Saturday, July 7, 2018


So my daughter is very opinionated. Thank goodness we share similar taste.  

Last week we were off work Thursday and Friday for the holiday.  So we went with a good friend to Hobby Lobby.  I could get in some serious trouble there.

And most of the decorations are done for her party!  We got some really cute things.  She kept telling us "classy not trashy" was what she wanted.

I think we succeeded.  I still need to dig out a dozen or so mason jars and paint them white.  And get more silk flowers.

I have a wooden box that we will use for the cards.

But so far I'm in love with the decorations.  And they really weren't that horribly expensive.  We do have to make another banner and I'm in the middle of painting a bunch of wood with chalkboard paint.

Hard to believe her party is less than a week away.  And the best part?  I'm putting all this stuff back because I'll have another one graduating in 4 years.  Which makes me feel really, really old.  Lol.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

It's Party Time

I have a high school graduate.  And I don't feel that old.  But her grad party is coming faster than we may like.  So the kids and I have spent the last few weekends weeding, mulching, mowing, trimming and decorating.  Inviting 200 people to a grad party is a great motivator to get some projects done.

There's still a lot to do but the farm hasn't looked this nice in a long time.  Almost makes me want to get a second job and stay here so I can afford the payments.  Almost.

I need to order more mulch - there's lots I haven't gotten mulched yet.  But our local mulch company puts all their mulch on sale after July 1st 50% off.  So Monday I'll order more.

Jessie and I have a 4 day weekend next week from work.  She got a full time job at the same company I work for.  The trade off for that 4 day weeken is we have to work Wednesday, but for 4 days off?  I can do it.

Tyler has been really working hard.  Every day i come home from work and he has something else done.  Whether it's picking up around the barns, weedeating, hauling stuff to burn.

It's taken a few years but my flowerbeds that I have planted are finally filling it.  I still need more flowers but that will come slowly but surely.

It felt so good to decorate outside for Memorial Day.  I haven't done that in a number of years.  I'm starting to find the joy again in what I once loved more than anything.

This weekend is supposed to be hot. 90 degrees plus.  I think we are headed out now to do some work in the barn and then this afternoon I just may paint the kids bathroom inside.  At least it will be cool in the air conditioning.

Have a great weekend!!!!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Hello again

I am 1000% sure I get the award for worst blogger ever.  And the kicker is I love sharing what we are doing in this little space.  The last 3 or 4 years have been pure hell.  And its still rough around here but maybe, just maybe, I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  But I remember how therapeutic it was to visit this space quite frequently, and visit all of you so I thought I need to make the move and come back.

A lot has changed over the last few years.  We still live here for now.  Soon it will be the kids and I alone here til the place sells and then we will find somewhere else to make ourselves a home.  I'll tell you my story one of these days. I'm still fighting through the feelings, the thoughts and the anxiety about our future.  But I know without a doubt we have more ahead of us, and more importantly, we deserve more.

In the meantime, the last few years have been a rat race.  Jessie graduated high school (!?!?) and is off to college in the fall to become a vet tech.  She is still showing her animals and has added animals to her show string.

Tyler will be a freshman next year.  He still loves his animals but is now obsessed with basketball and football.  And did I mention he is 15 years old and 6' 4" in his socks?  He's been playing on a AAU travel team the last 3 years and this year is playing JV/Varsity for our school.  I'm excited to watch him do his thing over the next few years.

And me? I've had some health issues and have taken to seriously using essential oils and I love them and have days where I feel amazing.  I'm still gardening, cooking, cleaning, quilting and knitting as time and funds allow.  I'll share more over the next few days about our life and the changes.

Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, December 6, 2015


Hello?  Anybody still out there?  Yes, a number of years have gone happens, right?

The kids are growing, and I mean growing up info their own individual selves.  Although some things don't ever change - they still love their animals, Tyler is over 6 feet tall at 12 years old and Jessie turns 16 next weekend.

Todd was involved in a serious farming accident almost 2 years ago. On Friday December 13th 2013.  He's still alive and kicking thank the good Lord.  I'll share our story here before too long.

All in all its been a roller coaster. Our foundation has been shaken but not our faith.  We have grown, each of us individually and as a family.  And I am so incredibly thankful for the blessings we have received throughout the years.

I'll be back!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Well hello there!

I think I should get the award for worst blogger ever - but what can I say?  We've been busy!

And me and my OCD must do everything and get everything done and do it well..... there you go.....

The last 7 months or so we have been incredibly busy and ...incredibly blessed.

Jessie played volleyball for the 7th grade....and basketball for the 7th grade....and then got on a AAU travel basketball team with an incredible coach.  Coaches really do make all the difference!

this was her first "3 point shot" that she has EVER made....
I think she made a total of 11 over the course of 7 tournaments.....

Tyler played flag football in the fall.....then he played Rec basketball throughout the winter....and now baseball is winding

Our old buckeye barn/storage shed that was never in very good shape to begin with.....we tore it down and brought a new one to put in it's place....must get some landscaping done in a hurry and get the yard picked back up.  And let's not forget - I need to finish hauling all of the stuff that was stored in the old one from the basement to the new shed and organizing it and putting it away.....

Ignore the weeds and the dirt....I'm working on it slowly but surely......

Both kids have pigs for Wayne County Fair.  Me?  I'm excited that we will have bacon in a few months (2 of the pigs were a little large when we brought they are being put on self-feeders this weekend and pushed)....At least they are "pretty pigs"....

The calves are growing this year!  We had 10 babies this year....We will keep 2 or 3 as replacement heifers and sell the rest.  And since we ended up with only 3 (?!?!?!?!?) bull calves, we will have to buy the kids their steers this fall.....

And what else have I done?  Our kitchen is in the final stages of being mostly remodeled - still have a new floor to pick out which will happen sometime this summer/fall - but since I'm not 100% sure what I want, I'm taking my sweet old time to get it done, our bedroom, the living room and the computer room have all been cleaned and painted.  It is OCD when I have a "painting schedule" on my phone to tell me what rooms I painted when, the colors I painted them and what year I plan on re-painting them.......

I've got so many plans for the house, the barns, the yard and flower beds....but I'm enjoying this busy season with the will be over this weekend and then it's gearing up for the county fairs in August and September.....

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Elk Hunt 2012

Todd just got home from a hunting trip to Colorado with his Uncle, Cousin, and a family friend.  It was a management hunt on a private ranch, meaning they could only shoot what their guide told them to shoot (older, mature bulls that were not going to be trophy bulls and they wanted them killed before they started to decline health wise).  I just had one request - bring home meat!
Despite too warm weather the first 3 days of their hunt (70's and sunny), the last 2 were better (snow and 30's/40's) and everyone was successful.
Todd was pretty happy with his bull elk.

The last time he went out to Colorado (before he took a digital camera), 4 rolls of film were not enough for him.  He took pictures of EVERYTHING the last few trips - where they stayed, the scenery, the hunting.  This time?  I got 17 photos.  And no scenery.

I always threaten that I want to go on these hunting trips - not for the hunting but for the scenery, to take long walks, etc.  I think I'm going to have to push the issue one of these years if I'm not going to get any pictures of where they are actually at!!!

There was one accident on the trip - when Todd shot his gun it recoiled or something and sliced his thumb open.  It still looks pretty nasty - and he did say that if he had been nearer than 6 hours to a hospital, he would have probably gone and gotten stitches.

They couldn't get pictures of everyone's elk racks together on the trip - so when they got to our house I took a few as they were unloading and sorting through all the gear. 

It's not the same as on top of a mountain, with snow and trees and canyons for miles around but....

I guess it does make a good picture of just how successful everyone was!
And while Todd was gone - I was busy......very, very busy!  This is my sewing room before it got cleaned and painted and the furniture rearranged:

And this was my living room after I emptied out the sewing room so I could clean and paint it.  A few more finishing/organizing details and I'll be back with pictures of my new rooms.  Let's just say that 11 days is not really enough time to clean, paint and organize 2 big rooms!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Happy Halloween!!!

Every year I keep expecting Jessie to say she is too old for trick or treat.  And every year I am pleasantly surprised when she wants to dress up and hike through our little town collecting candy.
This year her and her bestie wanted to be a box of nerds.  Of course, they mention this the weekend before Halloween.  Kelseigh's mom was stumped, but we quickly came up with this:

2 cardboard boxes, spray painted for the base coat, and then the girls drew and painted the rest of it.  I brought some webbing (like what you would put on a tote bag) at JoAnn's and cut holes in the boxes and safety pinned it all together.

I had the brilliant idea to buy white tights and use RIT dye to get them the right colors, but actually, sweat pants and sweat shirts from Aeropostale worked just fine!

We ended up with 3 adults and 6 kids walking around.  It would have been 4 adults but our trick or treating was postponed from Wednesday to Sunday evening due to Hurricane Sandy and all the rain we had Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  And Todd left on a hunting trip on Saturday so he lucked out.

We did decide the nerds costume was pretty fitting for Jessie and Kelseigh.

I think herding cats would have been easier than keeping track of these kids!

Tyler wanted to be Michael Myers.  So a pair of blue dickie work pants and a blue work shirt were sewn together and we painted his face white and put the blood on it.   This picture was a couple weeks ago for his Boy Scouts Halloween Party - which I did not put as much "blood" on him.

This was last night during trick or treating - much better!

I've been busy painting and cleaning - I'll be back later with any luck to show my finished sewing room!