26 February 2014

Random on a Wednesday

-I just realized today that my dear, sweet puppies are 14 and 9 years old. I suppose they don't really qualify as puppies anymore. I wonder when we should start thinking about getting a real puppy (read: 3-5 yr old) to keep these old girls young and agile. And how sane is it to consider a third dog when I can barely contain the 2 small humans in my charge?
-On the way home from the restaurant tonight Sam asked where rocks come from. I was happy to talk to him about the three types of rock (Dad would be proud I remembered), however I couldn't remember how metamorphic rocks were formed (Dad would be scowling). Luckily Sam gave me until tomorrow morning to figure it out, and gave me a few rocks that I need to identify in the mean time as well. This is my favorite type of home schooling, on the fly.
-At the restaurant tonight my kids were those kids, the ones you watch from your own quiet table and silently wonder if they were raised by wolves. In my defense we were dining at a cheap pizza buffet ($15 for all four of us to eat and drink), but I am aware that does not entirely excuse my children laying in the middle of the floor, climbing over the booths, or laying down on the middle of the table. The second time they tripped up the only waiter we decided it was time to leave a big tip and leave.
-One fell asleep on the way home, the other is currently going strong.
-Today was my first time at the 'lady' doctor in almost eight years. Well except for those two times I was pregnant, and I think they were more concerned with the babies those times. The entire family came with me today, which is an experience everyone should try once, really. The dear hubby had to tag along because the midwives were taking my blood, and I pass out when anyone takes my blood. The dear children tagged along because the dogs are not good babysitters. Two and a half hours later and I think I've caught up on 8 years worth of exams and blood tests. Awaiting results on a possibly dodgy thyroid and various other electrolytes and vitamins.
-I haven't sat down at the computer in weeks. The warmer weather has dragged me outside forcing me to dig holes in the yard, rake leaves over the compost, and plan, plan, plan for spring blooms. Also I shoved our computer back against the wall and put a sewing machine in front of it. My sewing project (a lined cape for Super Sam) is slow going, but my plans for outside are actually materializing. Ten holes (3ftx3ft) for blueberry plants are almost done, compost and peat moss ready to mix in when planting; gardenias, camellias, hellebore, and wormwood moved around into their proper places; arugula and pea shoots emerging from the soil, alongside the garlic plants that have managed to survive the polar vortex; pig manure kindly donated and hauled home, ready to spread on the garden as soon as the soil is dry enough to plow; chicken coop plans finalized and 10 chicks pre-ordered and coming home on May 1st (Barred Rock and Black Australorps).
-I took a chicken butchering class this weekend and I killed a chicken. With moral support from some of the other ladies there, getting a bit upset and maybe crying for just a split second, I ended the life of my chicken (named Phyllis Diller by those with a good sense of humor). That was the hard part, but then the actual butchering began and there was a certain skill to it that I can honestly say I enjoyed. It wasn't messy at all (we were taught to skin the chicken rather than to pluck it), everything inside the chicken was amazingly well contained (almost as if by design!), and it all went very smoothly.  I don't want to continue butchering chickens but I'm glad that I know how to.
-And now I'm wasting precious moments when both children are soundly asleep (#2 finally gave up), moments when I should be sipping wine and knitting or watching t.v. shows that are not animated or just laying in the middle of the floor and enjoying the silence. Good night!

This Polish is what my butchered chicken looked like:

This Barred Rock is what some of my laying hens will look like:

20 December 2013

September 22nd was a good day to be outside

Cleaning off the camera and reliving the warm, sunny days of late September.

Mom rocking the freckles

A girl and her tractor

Making the spluttering sounds of a tractor engine, Sam taught her well

So much that I love, family, dogs, green growing things

Needing some love after a bump

Gotta lose the pants if you're going to play outside

Might as well lose the shirt as well

Mud, always mud

Naked in mud, I don't think he gets any happier

My view from the swing

My other view from the swing

Time for lunch

05 November 2013


The final wall color we decided on, along with some slight modifications courtesy of Sam

My favorite time of day, sun blazing through the windows, warm and peaceful

My favorite time of day for a few more reasons as well....

Cozy view from the bed, perfect for enjoying an afternoon nap

These people I love

A Morning with WIlla

29 September 2013


I put a hummingbird feeder right outside our front window this summer and was delighted with the results. I had forgotten how bold these little birds are and also, how mean they are with each other, often 2 or 3 ganging up one other to keep him away from the feeder. They were very curious about us though, half the time I stood at the window with my camera they zoomed over to the window to investigate.

26 September 2013

First Steps

So, Willa is walking now. Even running some.
But before she could walk she was climbing. On everything. We thought it was really cute and were more than a little impressed. Look, our baby can only take one or two steps before falling over but she can climb anything. We took pictures of it. And giggled a bit at how adventurous she was.

But then this happened.

I stepped out of the room for just a second and she climbed onto one of the toddler chairs. When it tipped over backwards we're not sure if she hit her head on a toy or just onto the floor, but she got a nice little cut for her troubles. Because it wouldn't stop bleeding our pediatrician said to go on to the ER and the doctor there recommended superglue instead of stitches (the wonders of modern medicine). And our home is now toddler-chair free, at least for the next few months.

25 September 2013

Our August

Our August:

We spent a lot of time outside working on the yard. The evidence of some destruction and many, many muddy outfit changes left on the front porch. Scarlett keeping watch on Sam from a safe distance

Tried on some new wall colors for size: gray, teal, yellow. The general messiness of the room doesn't really help out the ambiance. None of these colors ended up making the cut.

Picked up some $3 sunglasses from Target. We're pretty cool that way, you know.

Some random cuteness thrown in. This one started walking just days after her birthday, well more like running really, she's been a hard one to keep up with.

A bubble fan purchased for the birthday party. We thought the kids would have a good time testing it out. They had so much fun in fact that the bubble fan didn't survive until the party.

This one doesn't own clothes apparently. Or at least not pants most days. I had moved the couch away from the wall to sweep and he climbed right up and made himself comfortable.

Ok, so he does own some clothes. A fleece penguin costume that's perfect for a nice 90 degree day. Also, all penguins need to carry pistols with them, especially when on the couch.