Sunday, May 27, 2012

Day one on our hobby farm.

We are so excited to finally be here in Idaho. Will miss family and friends in California, but for us this has been our dream for over 10 years. Today our friends here in Idaho sold us a must have tool on any homestead. A troy rototiller. We have a half acre designated for vegetables. And today being day one at our homestead we decided that we would not waste any time and get the garden in. At first I attempted to pull the weeds up. But with the large space we have I knew it was futile. So, Kim and Wendell to the rescue with our rototiller. Ken mowed the weeds down as far as the mower would go, and viola, the rototiller worked its magic. Within 2 hours over have of our garden plot was tilled.  May I also brag about the fine rich soil that was under those weeds? Whoo wee. Tomorow we will work on tilling up the rest of the designated garden plot. Im sooo sore tonite but have a huge smile on my face. Wish all our kids could be here to share in our excitement.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

One More Day.....

 Tomorrow I retire. Yes, I have been working jobs of a wide variety since I was 13, first as a babysitter. Then my first official job at a nearby amusement park at 16.  Then at 17 I worked at a restaurant... and now at the age of 52 I am officially throwing in the time clock for a life of.... whatever I decide.  In my life I've had a few jobs that I've hated... like being a legal secretary.  I did it for 6 months. Diddn't like the legal field, the lawyers lying and cheating old people out of money. Diddn't like the non creatie invironment or the  fact that I sat at a desk all day. Being married to a entrepeuner brought many wild jobs too. like fruit stands, running a fleet of Ice cream trucks and a lighting business... but I liked having a steady paycheck and entreupuneurship was so iffy... I went to work as a admin. assistant and office manager, but got layed off after two years with a builder.   So, I went back to school and got my degree in early childhood education.  I worked in preschool settings for MANY years, then opened up my own preschool for a few years before my husband decided to own a restaurant, so then... i sold my preschool and went to work at the restaurant.  That was rediculous.  The hours were not conducive to raising kids...I loved the restaurant business, but had 3 young kids at the time to care for.
So, I went back to working with kids and realized that was what I was good at so I opened my own home daycare, and did catering on the side.  For many years I was content.  I got a wild hair and thought it would be fun to own a papercrafting store... so I opened up a scrapbooking supply store and LOVED IT.  The business was successful, thriving and doing well and I ran my baby for 5 years until the lease expired and I decided to close it down as the rent was through the roof and I was never home.  Literally working 60+ hours a week.  At that point  I went back to work with Kids at the local elementary school. But this time as a Para-professional in a Autism program.  for 8 years. I worked with the most demanding kids ever.  Loving at times, and other times I would have chairs thrown at me, have to dodge a kick or a hit because they diddn't want to do their work.  I taught non verbal kids how to talk, read, write and how to do math.  I loved it... and tomorrow is my last day.  I am moving to Idaho to start a new life. Because I CAN.  My husband and I raised 5 awsome kids who are adults, live their lives and have careers and are in college.  We have always wanted to live in Idaho and grow our own  food. My days will no longer be filled with kids academic goals and/ or  meeting their demands.  It will be about us, growing our food. Doing what we want to do. I've allways wanted to learn how to play the piano, paint with watercolors.  I also want to fly fish, camp under the stars and stay up late and then sleep in.  I have  a chicken coop in my near future as well as growing the biggest vegetable garden ever.   Our new house has 2 aceres of land on which is ready for our creativity..... hard work and imagination.  Ohhhhh the possibilities.  I don't look at my life as half over... Its just beginning.  I have been so wraped up in raising a family, doing what was expected of me as a mom, as a employee... that somehow at times I think I have forgotten who mary is... but at the age of 52 Im anxious to find out who she is, what she likes and dosn't like and to create some amazing memories with my wonderful husband.   Retirement to me should be and hopefully will be about doing what we want to do... and not feeling guilty about doing it.  First thing, rototilling up the 1/2 acre vegetable garden plot..... then painting my art studio... then..... we will see.    Happy Retirement to ME.

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Letter to Grandma in a Bottle
Mothers Day Blessings.  Since I will be moving out of state to start up my homestead hobby farm projects.( A lifelong dream of mine) I decided that I wanted to get the kids together for a fun day at the beach.They are all adults and have life of their own, with careers, college, friends etc.  We usually get together once a month, but once I move it will be once every 3 months.  I will go through some seperation anxiety for sure.   At the beach we held a little memorial for my mother who died 11 years ago. It was her favorite beach that we went to.  We all shared memories of her and laughed as we released her to sea ( yes, we've been holding on for 11 years) my oldest daughter wrote her a letter on the day she died.She was 15 then. Now she is a mother of two and a Soldier in the Army.  Her wish was to throw it into the sea.  My mothers day blessings were to have all my three children  together and my two grandchildren with my sister and stay the entire day laughing as the ocean roared nearby.   I love days like this and my hubby promises a trip once every three months. With the hobby farm, we will be lucky to get away that often. Our lazy  day at the beach was anything but lazy. We laughed, shared stories, ate and of course went treasure hunting.  My biggest treasure was the memory we made together this day. 
Autumn is Digging in
The Fam-Bam. clowning as they always do

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Childhood memory quilt

<p>Our son, youngest of 5 children, graduates this June. He is our younest of 3 boys, 2 girls. All our children have been active in team sports, scouting. I was always the team mom and girlscout leader, soccer,baseball and marching band driver while my husband was a amazing coach. I have been saving our sons team t-shirts since his very first t ball team at the age of 5. Soccer, many more years of baseball, swim teams, waterpolo teams and police explorer programs. There are a whole lot of memories and love put into this quilt. I hope he knows how much joy he has brought to us and how proud of him we ate. Next up for him is college. Hes going to be a firefighter and is already signed up to play on thd waterpolo team.

Winter is fast approaching... so I have been sooooo busy here.

Harvesing the garden and not to mention all the herbs. Tinctures to make, soaps to set to cure...  I do love my life here on this little plo...