Headed towards back to the basics living.


Raising our first Baby Chicks and all that Jazz

Whew! It has been a busy, busy weekend! Have you ever noticed how it seems like there is a period of time when nothing is happening and then bam!  Suddenly there are twenty different things happening and a million more to do? That is the story of my life right now.

On Saturday it finally really felt like summer here. I had my shorts and a tank top on and the breeze was a warm one. Snow is no longer a realistic possibility-thank goodness! So that means its finally time to get out there in the garden-get the tomatoes in the ground and every other vegetable and flower that needs to be sown directly in the ground. For me that means a LOT of planting. I was quite ambitious when I saw all the seed packets there in Lowe’s a few weeks ago. Now I’m wondering if I bit off a bit more than I can chew this year. Reminds me of going to eat at a buffet when your eyes are always bigger than your stomach!

At the same time DH is busy building our chicken coop. We got our little chicks (or pullets, as they are called) a couple of weeks ago. They will be ready to go out soon and the coop is a priority project. So no help from DH with the planting. The chicks are adorable but those little girls are fast! Meaning its up to DH to catch them and get them outside for some sunshine.  Just imagine a 5.5 month preg-o lady squatting and lunging with imagined lightning speed arm reflexes- and all the while trying not to hurt herself or the chicks. It was quite hilarious the first and only time I tried it! And with the weather being so chilly lately they barely got their first couple of days out this weekend. They looked so happy pecking and scratching around on the ground. And of course they we’re intensely guarded obsessively watched by our two fascinated labs.

And to add to all that excitement ,”luck”  brought us not one-but two bull snakes passing through our yard. One was a baby (relatively harmless). The other was a mammoth size creature that I thoroughly wish I had snapped a picture of  DH the snake wrangler proudly holding up before tossing him to the outside of our fence.

Did I tell you about the yummy chocolately marshmallow cookies I made or the two new vegetarian recipes I tried out? MMMM…they turned out pretty good-stay tuned for the recipes on those this week. They passed DH’s test of meatless dishes: seconds requested and no mention of “something’s missing” (i.e. the meat). One he actually requested without prompting to be made again. Ha ha-success!!!!! And it was the one I was least expected too. Go figure!

DH was actually my hero this weekend.  He painted the frame and legs of this previously ugly forest green card table.

Ugh! Depressing color! (Did you know you can remove the top of most card tables with a little help from a drill and an excited labrador assistant?)

I have hated the color since the day we bought it and have refused to use it in my craft room until its somewhat “beautified.” I’m doing a redo of my craft room that I hope to have completed at least in the next couple of weeks. Here’s a sneak peek of the table. (Stay tuned for the full reveal of the table -and the room, of course.)

Sorry about the lighting here-it looks a bit dark or yellowy color but it's actually a pretty celery green.

Busy, busy, busy-buzzzzzzz!!!!!



Just One Word

Growing. If I used just one word to describe my life right now, it would be “growing”.

Have you ever looked back at times in your life and thought: “That was my awkward stage,” or “Oh, I remember-that was the Summer we drank iced tea and sat out on the porch for hours doing nothing.” Yeah I know, who has time for that these days, right? But it sure does sound nice anyway. Well, I’m currently in a growing, growing, growing stage. Allow me to provide some pictorial examples if you will. (Been thinking of doing a scrapbook album based upon this. What do you think?)

Growing Belly. (i.e. Growing appetite, i.e. “Feed me Seymour!”) Growing Baby. Growing Family.

16 weeks, 4 days and counting!

Growing grocery bill.

Eek! Someone please tell me how to make this one stop!

Growing list of projects to do before said baby arrives.

Is it actually possible to get all this done before the baby arrives? I'm starting to wonder...

Growing seedlings.

Who'd have thought empty toilet paper rolls could come in so handy?

Second year to attempt herbs. This is a leftover organic apple container. Which I found quite ironic-organic apples in a plastic container. At least it was labeled a 1 for recycling, right?

And next weekend we’ll be adding growing baby chicks to the list. They are finally going to get here! (All 15! DH  is very ambitious these days!)

Can't wait to see how our own dogs react to the new chicks! Monitored closely, of course.

I really could continue….growing love for the weather (sunny and warm!), growing appetite for all things fresh and homegrown, growing gray hair (gotta love 30!)…just growing, growing, growing….

What about you? Got a word that just fits your life right now?