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Friday, September 2, 2016

When she knows im leaving for work....

She won't even look at me because she's upset because she knows I'm leaving for work!. Truly if she could come with me she'd be so happy!  How I love her so.....

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Feeling Loved

I remember thinking( a time not so long ago) that Nobody appreciated me, that none of my kids realised how much I did for them or how hard I worked. Teen years were the hardest. Rebels they were...at every chance. I was sure that I would die from the raising of teenagers.  Now that all 5 are adults... I look back at those rough years... and sigh. I did make it, and so did they!  Dont sweat it Moms... when you think you cant do it, that not one of them cares... youll get a note, a bouquet of flowers, a beautiful card,a box of chocolate covered strawberries..and a gift ..and you will know ... yes, you are loved! Hang in there Moms! You got this!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Potting Bences from old Pallets...




Remember if someone wants to give you a pallet... take it,  pull the thing apart and build yourself a garden potting bench. We made two, one for the garden area and one for outside of the greenhouse.  We put hooks on the top to hang hand tools.   Repurpose those pallets people.  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Musings of a Seedling mamma

Its been beautiful here in Idaho during the day... but nights have been extremely COLD.  Degrees dropping below 15 degrees.  My Greenhouse is  full of lovely little starter plants for the Vegetable Garden and Flower Garden, and for the School Garden that I volunteer at.   Im always doting over my little sweet plants... making sure they have plenty of water, just enough warmth... I check on their growth and progress daily. When my Weather Man Husband... told me how cold it was expected to get... Mama tiger had to run outside to cover up and move all the seedlings to protect them from the cold. Our Greenhouse has no electricity other than the growing lites... no heater when temperatures drop. I was so scared for my green babies.  So, every night, I have to move them all away from the cold windows, and cover them with plant fabric, every morning... i rush out to put them up by the windows  to warm up.  Im just hoping I don't loose them as temps drop.  Come on winter... will you just go away already. We are ready for SPRING.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Lavender oil and honey body moisturizing bars

Winter reaks havoc on my skin. I decided to whip up some lavender oil and honey and cocoa butter moisturizing body bars. I use doTERRA lavender oil for the benefits of the lavender. They are so very easy to make. Scrumptious goodness for the skin.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

For the sake of a climbing rosebush

We have this massive climbing rosebush, that was neglected and tall when we bought our house three years ago. It was scratching the side if the house and growing wild...a big tangled mess. I started pruning it and it grew taller, producing beautifil red flowers. The rosebush kept climbing taller and taller, scratching up the house as the winds blew. We were contemplating digging up the giant rosebush that spaned over 14 feet tall. The house couldnt take much more abuse afterall and we need to paint the house next year, it will be in the way once it comes time to paint.  I really loved that rosebush, as tall and lanky as it was, it was begging me to not kill it. Ahhh haaa, lets build a arbor that we can use to pull it away from the house. Let's save it.... so, we looked online for plans,found one we liked and started cutting, staining, measuring and my yard became a construction zone. All for the sake of a rosebush. All I can say is that I hope it Thrives and produces beautiful flowers next year.  

Monday, July 14, 2014

The peacefullness in the early morning. .. working the land.

I'mI find myself doing garden work late afternoons. With the huge new moon we have been having... this morning  the moonlite  was so brite a 4:45 that it woke me from a deep sleep. Im normally a gal that is slow to wake...but when I woke up this morning. ...I looked outside and the stillness was magical. My chickens were still asleep! I couldn't resist but to step outside. ...then magic happened. My Garden called to me and we became one. Not a noise....no cars..no trucks...no noise at all. I started working on my 1/4 acre garden... pulling weeds and tying up  my  growing but young grape vines.... harvesting beets and lettuce. Before I knew it 3 hours passed and I realised how much I loved hearing the earth wake up.  It started with the chickens and rosters.... then I could hear engines start up in the distance of people getting on their way..... cows mooing and horses neighing... oh yes the neighbors goats reminding me that they love to eat the weeds I pull. Then my  husbad bringing me a cup of coffee with a smile.  He joined in on the task at hand of helping with our huge vegetable garden.... and before I knew it the morning vanished...and it was noon. As I stood at the outdoor sink washing my harvested beets..... I felt happy content...sweaty and ready for a shower. Thankful for my little hobby farm and the ability to work our land and the moon that woke me in the wee hours of the morning.

Friday, May 16, 2014

When one owns a newly built greenhouse

As Ken my dear husband was building my huge beautiful greenhouse. He looked at me with his sweaty brow... and said.. Honey, after all this work and expense to build you this greenhouse... YOU Better Use it!!!. . Well, this being our very first growing season with it. I can say ... our greenhouse runnethover. We have a 1/4 acre garden. I grow food and flowers organically. I put up jars and jars and jars of jams and jellies and salsas and marinara sauce and pickled this and pickled that. Veggies of every kind. All produce from the garden.  Fruit was bought at local farmstand.  I also run my commercial dehydrator and make soup mixes for the cold and snowy Idaho winters. So, today as we were planting for the 4th day in a row .... he says that he was glad  he built the greenhouse. All the money we saved on nursery plants paid for the greenhouse.  The full shelves aren't so full now.. and the floor can be seen a little better today after planting the trays of plants into their new beds.  I also grew many many sunflower plants and Hollyhock plants to plant on the perimeter of our property as  To block a view of our neighbors collection of less than desired ... well .... um... garbage. Old cars dead freezers and fridge and other piles of heaped up old wood and  dead farm machinery. No fence to block the view.. so I figured I would make a flower fence .. tall Hollyhock and sunflower fence.  So, he is working on something else... and I yell him.... the flowers fence is next.. I will set them out. You dig the hole..... I will plant the plants.   I leve him with what he was working on.. then tell him they are ready for holes to be dug....He looked over at  the property perimeter... and he looked like a deer in headlights...."so many?" . ( 2 ACRE perimeter). I said....... well, I had to use that Greenhouse somehow! !!. Then he asked... Hollyhock s are a perennial ......right? Yes dear ... you wont need to replant these next year. I also grew veggies and flowers in the greenhouse for a elementary school garden... and all my cousins gardens. I WOULD SAY.... I USED THE GREENHOUSE.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Lockerhook runner rug is done!

I started this project back in November. The red white and blue colors will go nicely in the newly refinished camper. No more cold floors, which was my big motivation behind my rugmaking. This was my first rug making attempt. I found it relaxing and therapeutic to work on.... but must admit im HAPPY its done and will be placed into it's rightful home soon. Next project please......

Monday, January 27, 2014

What to do with old vases and bowls

I have acquired many vases and bowls over the years. Recently saw good reuse of these objects on Pinterest.  Making birdbaths and bird feeders makes sense. E-60000 adhesive days clear and is extremely durable. Simply stack and layer to your own liking. Making sure as you build that balance and sizes of found items all work together. Remember...these will be outside so put them somewhere safe. Not around rambunctious puppies, small children or galloping ponies. My plan is to place mine around the flower beds around the house. If they tip. They will land on soft soil. So go ahead get out your boxes of vases and bowls, platters and get a tube of E-6000 . The birds will love you for them. . If you live in colder climates..youll need to store them somewhere safe in below freezing temps.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The beginning of a Scrappy lockerhook runner

My GLAMPER runner is started and coming along nicely. Its my first lockerhook rug I've ever made. I'm finding it relaxing and addictive.  Love sitting and working on it. Its going to be a 10 foot runner so I'm wondering two things...  how long is it hoing to tske me to finish and do I have enough fabric?... will keep inquiring minds updated at the project develops.

Friday, November 1, 2013

My Glamper will get a lockerhooked runner soon.

This summer I took my very boring camper and turned it into a Glamper. With new valances, curtains , quilts and upholstry. I gave it the look of a co untry western bunk house.  I even dressed up the boring walls with jute and a embossed leather strip. Its all came together beautifully... but one thing is missing.  The floors have a white/grey linoleum and its cold to step on in the early brisk Idaho air when camping in the mountains.  I decided to make a locker hooked runner in coordinating colors. I have never ever made a rug.. so this is a first for me. I took a class and cut up all the material into strips. Im excited about making my first rug. Wish me luck.

Monday, September 23, 2013

My happy pantry

Since We grow most all of our produce, and this year our freezer is already full of our grass fed meats, I had no choice but to can everything. Ive bever used a pressure canner before, so I took a  class at The University of Idaho, a series if 5 canning classes.  My harvests have been bountuful, and now....my pantry is happy. I have pumpjins, beets a variety of salsas, Apple sauce, stewed tomatoes, pickled peppers, jams, jellies, a few different  pickles... and . Soon to add marinara sauce.  I even grew and dried my own beans. Lots of work. Hot sweaty work, but.I know everything was grown organically, no gmo,  ..no preservative or unwanted additives. Thats why I work so hard... and.... its so pretty to look at.

Its the purple crazy lady!

Its the purple crazy lady!
Essentially Mary