Friday, May 29, 2009

Half Way There

I finished the top of my king sized quilt yesterday. It looks awesome, considering I'm a perfectionist and there are several things that will drive me nuts for a while. But hey, my skills are improving, and that's all I can ask for. Now I have to figure out how heavy to make it (Hubby want's it winter heavy), but we'll see what I can actually fit in my machine to quilt it. I am really liking the design, and am reminded why I don't make huge quilts all the time. It's tedious, and my back is sore. Oh well, the end product is worth it for at least a few more years until I get another quilting bug. As always I'll post picture, and more as things happen.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Fenced In, oh and some other stuff.

Hubby's Dad and step-mom were here this past Memorial weekend. And when they are down Hubby and his Dad get things done, weather permitting. It rained a lot of the weekend, but they did get new fencing up around the garden and they redid the chicken run for the not so little babies. They made two gates to access the garden through the new chicken run. They did a really great job, mud and all.The garden is really taking off. Hopefully soon we'll have at least some lettuce/mescalin mix to eat fresh. We've been plotting what we are going to do with the 30+ tomato and 20+ pepper plants. I know I'll be doing a lot of canning.

My newest project that I began over the weekend involved lots and lots of little blue squares, some bigger ones, and some big white ones. We visited the library a couple of weeks ago and I picked up a quilting book. Low and behold, Hubby and I found a design that we both liked, and so began the process. I've cut out over 550 squares and have already sew more than half of them together. The design is called Starry Night. I've sewn squares together before to make quilts, but this one I'm actually going to quilt instead of just tying it together. Here are a couple of pictures of the project in the works.This is only half the stack of squares, about 200 or so. I already got the others together when I remembered that I needed to take pictures.This is the inside of the design, it still has a 16 inch border. I am making it to fit a King sized bed. This is laying on our queen sized bed, and it still hangs over. I'm so excited to see it all put together.

I guess that's all for now, back to our busy Wednesdays. More updates and pictures to come.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Five Years Later

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband!It's five that we truly began our lives together. This morning started with a surprise: Breakfast in Bed. Hubby made me french toast, bacon, and pineapple juice, with a side of daisy's (all favorites). I have to tell you that I'm a hard person to surprise, so this was a last minute thing for Hubby to plan. I know some women expect red roses, and chocolates, and all sorts of fancy things, but not me. I love the simple things. I'd be totally content even if we just had Ramon noodles, and cuddled on the LovSac for any anniversary celebration.

I want to put down in words my love appreciation for Hubby, he is my best friend, my confidant, my soul mate, the father of my future children, and I don' t know what I'd do without him. He is such a giving person. He is smart, and is always absorbing more information about anything that he's interested in, which is a lot of things, and then shares that wonderful knowledge with me. He has an awesome sense of humor and always keeps me laughing, especially when I need a good belly laugh. Thank you Hubby for being who you are and loving me for me. I love you dearly and am enjoying the time we get to spend together (thankfully that's forever!).

Monday, May 11, 2009

Run Chicken, Run

What can you do with hog panels, t-posts, and zip-ties?
We made a chicken run for the babies tonight. Hubby helped a friend last weekend and was able to get 4-16foot hog panels, and about 26 or so heavy duty t-posts. The baby chickens needed more space, because they keep growing, so we lined one side up to the garden and went for it. The chickens love it! They were running, and 'flying', and boy did they love the weeds. We were finally able to count them again to see how many of each we have since we ended up with an extra, and two died. There are 6 Rhode Island Red males, and 4 females (we figure that first one we lost was a female), 4 Dark Cornish males, and 5 females (we lost a male about six weeks ago), 5 Buff Orpington females, and 1 Fred (he's a White Crested Black Polish Bantam). Poor Fred kept getting picked on so we separated him, and he's now in the building, inside the cat carrier, on top of the freezer. I think he's lonely, but I want his head feathers to finally grow in and for him to stop limping. We are thinking that as we are able to get more hog panels we can just extend the run around the garden.
Back to the grind and getting stuff done.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother

First I'd like to wish all the Mother's in my life (biological, step, in-laws, grandmothers, adopted, and every other way) a Happy Mother's Day!
Although I'm not a mother yet, Hubby went out and picked me a beautiful bouquet with flowers around the property. He said each flower represents something that he loves about me. I love my husband dearly and and can't wait to make him a father.I was looking through some old pictures, so I thought I'd put some of my favorite of my grandmother , and mother up. I truly admire both of these women in my life and am grateful to call them my family. I want to thank them for giving me something to work towards becoming when I have children of my own.My grandmother, Mary in high school.My Mother, Kay in high school.4 Generations, my great-grandmother, Ruby, grandmother-Mary, Mother-Kay, and me.My favorite picture of me and my Mom.My mother with all us kids, Scott, Wendy, Tim, and me.My Mother, sister-Wendy, and me.
My mom, and step-dad Eric.My Grandparents.

I come from a great family of hard working women. I love all of them, and are grateful for everything they do for us.

Room to Grow

The Garden Update
This week has been busy with trying to get stuff done in every aspect. One thing that we really have been working on is getting the garden in and going. We took the big area closest to the trailer and planted half of it with corn. Hubby tried his hand at all human driven tools. He used our high wheel cultivator to get up the weeds, then he made his own furrow to level the dirt, and finally he used the cool seeder that we got from my father for our birthdays. It worked out so great. It was muddy, so I followed behind Hubby and covered the seeds. We are going to have lots of sweet corn and we are so excited. We finished using the space in the main garden. We have lots of onions, garlic, potatoes, peppers (sweet and hot), tomatoes, green beans, peas, lettuce, and cucumbers. We are looking forward to really get our canning skills up. Here are some updated pictures that I took yesterday.The main garden is about 1200 sq feet. We did rows this year because it's easier to use the high wheel cultivator. We are still working on getting the fence put back up. We also need to make supports for the beans, cucumbers, and tomatoes. These are the potatoes that we planted back in January. The ice storm killed the tops, but all the rain we've been getting has really made them grow.These are the onions we planted back in January as well, they are a little bit bigger than green onion size, and they are so good.Here is all the mesclun mix that Hubby planted. We'll be eating lots of salad in a couple weeks or so. I'm especially looking foward to all the romaine that he planted.
We still have to get in our watermelons, squash, and dent corn, milo, and other grain to feed chickens. We have a lot more room, so no need to worry there.

Sewing Update
We are still working on getting the website up. It's been a lot of fun to work on, finding pictures, and picking patterns. My little brother finally gave his wife the bag I made, so I can put the picture of it up. It turned out really cute, and my sister-in-law liked it.I used black satin for the outside with a ribbon accent.I used the same material from my big pick purse for the inside, because pink is one of her favorite colors.This one shows the difference between the large size (big pink purse), and the small size (black purse).
I guess that's all the updating for now. I hope you all have a nice Mother's Day.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

In Full Bloom

For the last week we've been watching some Irises that we transplanted last year when we were digging up the garden. I wasn't sure if they were going to do anything, but low and behold they grew some beautiful yellow and purple flowers on them. It was so exciting to see them this morning. The are about 2 1/2 - 3 feet tall. We found some more around the property that we are going to go dig up and put in my flower bed. I love spring for this reason, you get to see things in the freshness and newness of their exsistance.
Other things growing around the property that I'm excited to watch progress.The strawberries that we planted this year have really started to grow. All the rain we've been getting has really fed them well.Our asparagus from last year really took off this year. It's been about two weeks since it started coming up and now it's taller than five feet.This flower is from my shady flower bed from last year. We mulched the whole thing and this one popped up at the edges next to the trailer. It doesn't get very much sun, but it's still beautiful.And this is our banana plant. Along with the other 20 tress we ordered and planted this year, we got a mini banana plant. It won't give us bananas (5-6 inches long) for a few years, but it's fun to see it grow. At first it really didn't do anything, but it's been growing a leaf a week. It's sitting on my desk under the sun lamp, and it loves it.
It may seem kind of silly to get worked up of such simple things, but I truly enjoy the simple things that God has created and lets us enjoy. I guess I've been doing a lot of thinking about different things, and I want to tell all my friends and family that read this that I truly appreciate everything they do for Hubby and I. Even if it's just a friendly hello everyone once in a while. We are very blessed, and you all make it that much better.