Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday night saw our 4th calf of the year be born - ANOTHER heifer. She's cute, healthy and mom is good with her. We kept them in Friday night and Saturday - and then tossed her butt out in the field with everyone else. She has incredibly long legs.
And I caught Tyler doing this Friday afternoon:
My garden is totally planted! It may never look this nice again.
32 roma tomato plants, 12 hillbilly tomato plants, 4 pepper plants (so far), 3 cherry tomato plants, 2 crook neck yellow squash plants, zuccinni, pumpkins, sweet corn, green beans, beets and 50 sweet onions.
And I have 3 new flower beds. But only 2 are mine to take care of. A few years ago we saw a flower bed with field corn, soybeans and wheat in it. And Tyler wanted to do this. So we yanked out a bush and 3 gigantic hostas, and Tyler and Todd planted field corn and soybeans in it. Here in a few months we will plant some wheat, and he can do this again next year.
I spent all day yesterday digging flowers, moving flowers, weeding.....my SIL and MIL came up and took truckloads of flowers. Some of my flower beds I have had for 5 or 6 years and things were getting rather large. And I was threatening to roundup everything and start over, which they couldn't bear to see happen. Of course, when we moved the hostas, my SIL was there. This is from 4 hosta, and she took home just as much with her if not more. So you get the idea on how large they were.
I put an herb garden in under the purple martin housing - which we now have at least 3 pairs of purple martins. We had to forcibly evict some tree swallows, but....
Last year I had my herbs out in the garden, but when we tilled the garden up for the winter, the herbs got tilled up too. I still have to get a few more plants.
The ponds are still not finished - hopefully this evening we can get them finished. I am anxious to get mulch spread around and be done for the most part.....
Thursday, May 21, 2009
And I stopped at Wal-mart this morning to buy goodies to fill the canvas bags that Tyler decorated (with Jessie's help).
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Sorry I don't have to many in process photos:
The upper pond was filled in with stone (to creat the bog filter that will keep the big pond with the fish crystal clear here in about a week), rubber hose was laid, and the stream was dug. It's still not finished (we need more stone in the upper pond to raise the water level a little), and I need to finish putting rocks in and around the stream bed, but......it's functional.
This weekend Todd is building me a bridge over the stream. When we get around to finishing the concrete for the sidewalk, we will be able to get into the house through the basement to take off boots and heavy coats in the winter. And they will be out of my kitchen.
While he did that (because shovels do not fit my hands) I weeded most of my flowerbeds, cut down high weeds in the new flower bed and started raking it smooth, and transplanted a bunch of flower.
Tyler has already asked if his army guys can go white water rafting.....and we have 3 friends/acquaintances/neighbors who want water gardens put in.....
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Not the song I recognize but.....
We are gearing up for the end of the year. I'm madly working on teacher quilts - I stopped yesterday on my way home to get some flat sheets to back them in - much cheaper than fabric and should look just as nice. Hopefully I'll have some finished pictures to show shortly......
Have a great day!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Tonight I am going to a flower and vegetable garden about 5 miles from our house - Todd told me to buy something for my mother and his mother for Mother's day, and while I'm there get a few things for your new flowerbed. So I'm sure I'll come up with a few things. Which I had better empty out the back of the Durango so I have plenty of room.
Have a terrific Monday everyone!
Friday, May 8, 2009
Jessie is so into this whole 4-H project thing. Doesn't help that she got her project books, and she can be a little OCD (read: anal) like her mother. And she will tell you this. At least she doesn't say she has a mouth like me, right?
I have been trying to organize my time a little better - and usually right when I come home from work (around 2:30-3:00) I've been spending time cleaning the house. Just for an hour. And baking something. The kids are revolting that I am not buying fruit snacks and double stuffed oreos anymore but....they have their choice, homemade cookies, frozen fruit or crackers for their snacks now.
Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. I found the recipe on a blog yesterday. I'll look for it later today and post a link here. This is a recipe that will need tripled in our house. It made 38 big cookies. Which are mostly gone now. And I really need to get a cookie jar.
I had to hide some to put in Todd's lunch for today:
Then I have been trying to spend an hour (or more) in the evenings playing in my flower beds. Nothing as intensive as what my Mom is doing to her flower beds at the moment but.....the dandelions are not my friends this year. At least the chickens like them:)
Last night I thought Midnight had the right idea:
So I sat on my swing for 10 minutes and saw this:
While the kids were playing something on the trampoline. I don't know what EXACTLY they were playing, other than it involved a hose and lots of yelling "Pull him up NOW". Ok then.
And I was off and running to make sure chores were done, baths were taken and the kids were ready for bed at 8:00:). Which I then realized as I was starting to fill feed buckets that I had ALREADY fed the steers (or rather, I had helped Jessie feed them when she was done washing and drying Oreo). Duh.....
Have a great day!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
The local produce market starts up this Friday - I think I'm going to see what I can find. Maybe some flowers, maybe some early veggies......we'll see what comes home with me.
Monday, May 4, 2009
So the gords came down, we put bluebird houses up last night, and hopefully the swallows will relocate!
And Tyler and Jessie were able to walk their heifers this weekend - this is Tyler and Mittens.
Have a great day!
Friday, May 1, 2009
I think these fabrics will make a wonderful 9 patch quilt.....I found some cream at the local quilt shop, on sale.....so......I should be all set. Of course, Jessie saw them and wants a new quilt for her bed. Apparently the flip flop quilt and the lots of boxes quilt that are in progress are too bright for her now!
I realized yesterday morning that I did not put a label on the quilt for Tyler's teacher! So I quick did this one and hand sewed it to the back of the quilt before going to the party.
Which she loved the quilt! What a relief. I'm always worried that someone will not love a present I make as much as I do.
I don't think we have ANY plans for the weekend - other than soccer and the kids have a birthday party to go to on Sunday.
Jessie got accepted for the summer enrichment program sponsored by our local college. It's only for 2-3 weeks the end of July/beginning of August, I think, but we have to pick out her classes now (they can take 3). One of the classes is for math, but it's somehow connected to the Civil War Underground railroad and making the quilt blocks that people used as signals. She thought that one sounded cool, and there was one for science and birds. After I talked to her teacher (to see if anyone else from her class was going - thinking carpooling) she was the only one from her class to get accepted. Which she is apparently fine going off by herself for the time and meeting new people, but this is also going to put a crimp into the summer camps she wants to go to. I haven't mentioned the summer camp dilema to her yet - the enrichment program is WAY cheaper than summer camp:)
Other than that, it has just been the usual here. Waiting for the rain to dry up - if it would just come down at once we'd be fine - but no.....we get a little here, a little there.......ugh.
Have a great weekend!