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Farmer Boy: CH26: Christmas

In a perfect world this blog would have been published in December.  Unfortunately, my world is not perfect; I forget my reusable shopping bags, sometimes I buy store-bought bread, my car breaks down, blah-blahby-blah.   

Obviously, the Wilder’s are celebrating Christmas; on Christmas Eve they prepare the Christmas feast and clean the house for the company they are expecting the next morning.  They hang clean stockings on the back of a chair for Mother and Father to put Christmas gifts in.

I have an old quilt that my Great-grandma Veda made, after years of use I had to store it because it was falling apart.  It was beyond repair but I didn’t want to throw it out for sentimental reasons.  Last year I decided to use it to make Christmas stockings for my family.  image



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Chapter 10: The Turn of the Year

Don’t let my nonexistent posts fool you; I am enjoying Farmer Boy more than Little House in the Big Woods.  Chapter 10 is full of goodies; it begins with collecting sap from maple trees to make brown sugar and maple syrup.  The sugar and syrup will last a full year.

The big excitement was the race to sell potatoes to the New York potato buyers.  The potatoes had to be hauled out of the cellar, loaded in the wagon and driven to town.  Almanzo’s father sold 500 bushels at a $1 a bushel.  The whole family was proud that he knew when to store the potatoes and when to sell them.

Once the potatoes are gone mother announces house cleaning, bright and early the next day.  Almanzo hated house cleaning; he had to tear up carpet tacks along the edges of “miles of carpet”.  The carpet was hung outdoors on clotheslines and was beat with a stick.

 We recently decided to list our house and needless to say the carpet was in a bad way.   We don’t want to replace the carpet until we are moved out, otherwise it will probably be ruined before we get the house listed.  We took the old carpet up and until we get moved out I have painted the subfloors.


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Chapter 9: Breaking the Calves

Chapter 9 is more of chapter 5.  Almanzo continues to train his calves Bright and Star.  His father helps him braid a whiplash from moosewood that will last until the summer heat dries it out.

We don’t have any calves to train but we do have Princess Buttercup and Padme.  No worries, we don’t whip them; we have two dogs and one leash so I decided to use scrap material to crochet a dog leash.


Cut your scraps into long strips, approximately 2 inches wide, sew the ends together to create one long, continuous strip.  This calico has a little too much stretch; fabric that doesn’t have a lot of stretch is best.


Fold in half and press with an iron.

Crochet a long chain, create a large loop at one end for holding and leave room to tie and sew the hardware that hooks to the dog collar at the other end.  I purchased my hardware at Lowe’s.

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