Monday, July 13, 2015

Living for the Weekends

That phrase has taken on a whole new meaning for us. We took Picky monster to her College orientation a couple weeks ago. We stopped by the property and cut the grass and dropped off a couple things. Then again this weekend Grim and I went up to again cut the grass and drop off a bit more stuff. You know the stuff that isn't needed here but might be needed there. Like my mom's privacy fence fell over on one side of her yard. So me and the monsters went over and ripped a few of the fallen sections apart. Grim and I took that up. It will be used to build the woodshed. There are more sections of fence that needs to be taken apart. I'm hoping those will be ready when we head back up in a couple more weeks.

 This was Saturday evening after the grass was cut.

In the morning looking towards the well

These next two are of the future orchard. As you can see we still have some work to do. More brush hogging and trees to come down. The clump of trees I would have liked to have kept. But can't do to the colony of ants that have uplifted the entire clump.

Here is the makeshift clothes line... One of the monsters set it up. Hoping to get a more permanent one up next time

We floored our shed. We know that it won't last 100 years but its doing what we need it to do right now. And that's keep the critters out and our stuff safe.

Since life can't be all about the homestead for us just yet....
Here are some of the berries I picked off the bushes at my mom's!

This is the progress of my Sophie's Universe. I'm in week 6 of 20. Lots more to do, so little time! Especially, since I have like 10 more projects picked out to do... LOL!

Here is the front end of what I thought was a riding lawn mower. I was wrong.... its a riding tractor and it was given to us last year. We were told that there was work needed and we were never able to make the repairs happen. This year that is about to change. It needs a tie rod, there is something wrong with the deck, a new battery and maybe a belt. I will keep you updated as "Old Red" comes back to life! :o)

Wish me luck... I have something going on with my shoulder / arm.... pinky and ring finger are tingly. Hoping I didn't damage anything important.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Already?!?

When I left you last it was the beginning of May. A lot has happened since then. We have traveled to the property twice. Finished out the school year for 1 and got 1 to graduate! No small feat there. The girls and I have been working for a friend. Unfortunately, I won't be able to continue, due to something going on with my hand. Hopefully, it will get back to normal once I'm not doing that anymore. We have my mother in law settled into the nursing home, her apartment has been cleaned out, we are still waiting for medicaid. Somehow we weren't switched over to a different section. So now its a continued wait and see.

First trip to the property was during the Memorial Day Weekend. Loved it! We took the camper and stayed on site! It was fabulous, being able to stay there and get stuff started. Littlest monster took to cutting the grass. She had lots of fun doing it. The 2 older, helped to cut down some saplings. Move a tree that Grim needed to cut up due to it fell right where we didn't want it. The girls dug a fire pit. We put in a ring. Only problem with that was it filled up with water?@? Just one more thing added to the list to try and figure out.

Second trip, we were there for 9 days. We cleared most of my soon to be orchard. There is still some more to be cut back. But we got tired after 2 days of steady cutting. Plus, whats left really needs something stronger then the small brush hog we rented. There is a nice sized brush pile. The fire pit has dried out. We weren't able to use it though because all the bugs that live in the bush came out to visit. Poor Grim and the littlest monster look like pox victims. The ground was so wet, and the bugs had been undisturbed for so long, they saw us as lunch. Then we couldn't seem to keep them out of the camper either. It made for rough times. Finally, I got to go to town and get Windex. It works great at dispatching flying critters. So the family was happy once more. Plus, we went though 6 rolls of duct tape. We were also able to get the floor into the barn. The open area on the sides has been closed. We couldn't seal up the bottom of the doors just yet though. We have a nest with 3 baby robins just hatched while we were there. So we will keep an eye for them to leave the nest. Once they do we will finish up. I made it into the extension office, got a lot of contact information. They gave me the number and address to where to take the well water to take it to see if its safe to drink. Fingers crossed.

Things are starting to look up. We have some great leads on what to do next. My phone is in the shop so I don't have any pictures until the family uploads to drop box. 

Until next time,

Saturday, May 2, 2015


As you know I have been the long term care taker for my mother in law. Just a quick recap.... in early January she fell and landed on the hospital and then to short term rehab. She then went home against doctors wishes.... can you say stubborn. Then near the end of March, she fell again. Again to the hospital. This time though she ended up in long term nursing care. With that came a great deal of relief.... now we no longer have to be worried about her safety. But it also brought a ton of stress. Trying to get her medicaid, her apartment cleaned out, and on and on.

While all of this was going on, I got let go from my day job. All because both parties couldn't come to an agreement and I got caught in the middle. Grim, applied for a promotion. We still haven't heard anything. We are still hopeful.

I finished the mystery afghan. I will post pictures later. As I'm writing this post from my phone.

We are in the process of bringing home our oldest from University. 2 years down. In the fall both of the oldest will be away at school. Big changes are coming.

I was able to be outside for awhile yesterday to usher in Beltane. I was very pleased. I picked up fallen sticks, saw the wonders of Spring, & spun in circles. Unfortunately, I didn't have any ribbons to place in the trees.

Till next time!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Mysteries Abound!

Here is week 4. I'm really liking how it is coming together. I wasn't 100% sure about the colors in the beginning. The only thing I didn't get done was tieing in the ends from this week. Just lazy I guess. If you have started or want to start this you can find this weeks installment here. Today week 5 comes out! Super excited to get going on this as it will be the half way mark. Looking forward to seeing how this all comes together.

As far as the other mystery. It has quite a few rounds in week 4. And I have been doing a lot of frogging. I'm hoping to get week 4 & 5 done this week though. Wish me luck.
If your keeping up on this one I'm about half way done with week 4 but since it is so intricate. I figured I would share what's done so far.

I have also been getting 1 to 2 rows of the pink and grey blanket done at a time also.
Not sure how wide it will be once its done but it is the length of a king sized bed. I have 13 skiens of yarn for it. So we will have to wait and see.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Mysterious Year Part2

Here is the second cal that I'm working on. Its called Sophies Universe!

This is week 1

This is week 2

This is week 3

The Mysterious Year!

This is the year of mystery. I'm in week 4 of the first cal. But here's a picture of week 3.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ash Wednesday & a Mystery

I didn't partake in any King Cakes or Paczki, yesterday on Fat Tuesday! What I did was way worse. I had a tuna sandwich for lunch not to bad.... Then a bologna sandwich for an afternoon snack.... Then 2 pieces of pizza and a couple of bread sticks for dinner.... then because I felt like it I had some pasta and sauce for a snack....

Now this isn't a normal fare for me. But it does show that one off decision can lead to more off decisions. See I'm a carb aholic! It would have been fine to have had the tuna sandwich. But I didn't have anything with it. So by the time I got home from my off site job.... I was starving. Which led to the bologna sandwich. Add to that the porkchops I had pulled out weren't thawed and someone was lax on their chores. I said pizza!!! And that leads me to the final decision of the pasta and sauce. The only thing I had yesterday that was healthy was the morning fruit smoothie. Strawberries, black berries and banana... a little almond milk and powdered kale. Looking at how I managed to eat like that I can see the error in my choices.

I need to get in and get some dental work done. I cracked one of my crowns loose. And the other side of my mouth that I'm forced to chew on is horrible. I have put off having the work done. The only thing that comes close to my hate of dental work is house cleaning and would do that everyday 12 hour shifts just to avoid the dentist. With that being said... its hard to eat the raw veg that I would normally be eating with my meals. Apparently, I'm to lazy to cook them also. Over the next month I will be having a lot of dental work done. Lazy or not I need to make better choice.... Was doing so good. That's always the way it goes. Something happens that we don't expect and it changes everything.

So what does all of this have to do with Ash Wednesday. As most of you know I'm not Catholic. But I really do enjoy Lent. Its 40 days to give you a chance to form a new habit. Its 40 days to become a better you~!  Its not like a resolution, that the media and society say you won't stick to. This is a religious idea, and if you say I gave up >>>> for lent, people are more likely to be behind your decision. I understand that its all a mind set.... And if I don't mind, then it doesn't matter. I also know that when you feel like the world is against you most people cave.

For my 40 days of Lent.... I'm giving up ground flour products. No pasta, bread, crackers, cake, pizza. Well you get the idea. Its funny when I went on the paleo diet it was so easy to stay away form these items and then slowly they made their way back into my diet.

Now on to the mystery!

Here is the first week. 

20 Granny Squares.

Lavendar Blue is my main color.

Color A

Here is the link for week 2

The color is Sage

Color B

I only have 2 done so far. I'm hoping to get a few more done tonight. And a big chunck done tomorrow!