We are pleased to meet

 Donna (Moe) Schmidtke

 I am a polio survivor that took up anything fiber craft I could get into. I came to love knitting at a very young age having not walked without braces or crutches until 8 years old. I kept my hands busy with learning knitting and crochet at the side of my beloved aunt Mary. I made my first Lumberjack style Christmas Stocking at the age of 12 for a cousins baby. I have been making them for friends and family ever since and eventually started to sell them. My business grew by word of mouth and is now keeping my busy almost year round with sales just over 70 socks last year.
 Aunt Mary was a real mom to me and I tried to emulate everything she did. I spent all my time when not in school with her on a farm in the hills of Ohio [Walhounding River Valley]. There we had no running water nor electricity. We cooked and got our heat and hot water from a big 8 hole double oven wood stove in the corner of the downstairs kitchen. Our refrigerator was a series of concrete steps with baffles over which cold spring water cascaded over and then on down the hill through the chicken, duck and geese yard and down through the field where the hogs were kept before running off into the Walhounding river. That place was a little Eden to me. It provided an abundance of wild strawberries and raspberries which I helped Aunt Mary preserve. Oh the luscious jam when slathered on her hot breakfast biscuits.
 Once I started a family of my own I carried on the learning I got from my youth in Ohio. I was like Wanda when it came to canning and used a pressure canner to can all my organic homegrown veggies and fruits and also meat. I could throw a big dinner on the table in the dead of winter without having to worry about a trip to the grocery store. Our 100 acre farm was 23 miles from town and it would be sometimes weeks without no going in or out because of the weather. My husband would cross country ski along the abandoned RR tracks 3 miles to the major highway where he would park his truck to get out to go to work.
 It was during those long winter spells that I picked up interest in weaving, quilting, and spinning besides my sewing, crochet and knitting. My one hundred sheep and angora goats provided plenty of fiber to work with. All these skills were self taught.
 I had 6 children and raised 5 [3 boys and 2 girls] having lost a son due to congenital heart disorder. I have 6 grandchildren [3 boys and 3 girls] and one more grandson due next month.
 I now live in Florida but am getting a lot of pressure from my boys up north in Michigan to come back to help raising the latest grandchild. I came here to live with my grandmother when my husband of 33 years decided to throw me away for a younger female 10 years ago.
 I met Bill on the internet 3 years ago and we were married this year.