Thursday, December 12, 2013


I really love a good countdown activity.  I've made them for family.  I do one myself.  I look for new twists each year.  I even started a tradition of sending one to my grandsons for the month of December so they can think of me every day as they countdown.  I had this crate at a sale recently when all of a sudden this idea came to me.  I pulled the crate off and saved it for me to use.  It works perfectly for the twelve days of Christmas.  I ordered the craft boxes on Amazon.  They are 3x3 and fit perfectly. I got it ready and delivered it today so it could be started tomorrow.  Jeremy will have fun seeing what's inside the box every morning.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"Moose on the Loose"

This December I wanted to do something fun to celebrate each day.  There has been a lot of interest in
Elf on the Shelf which really took off in popularity last year.  I wanted to do a twist on it for Gareld.  I thought about Elk on the shelf and went to D&B to find and elk.  They didn't have one but they did have this moose.  From there Moose on the Loose was born.  Here is Morning Moose from day 2.  Gareld is playing along and even gave him a name today.  Meet Morris.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Testing 1,2,3.

I haven't looked at my blog for months!  I had a lot to blog about this summer, too.  Last time few times I tried to blog I couldn't get pictures to upload.  This is a test.  I just may have to get back  into blogging.  I had several blogs I followed and I haven't checked in on them either.  Wyatt and Grayson are having a blast playing in the hay during their photo shoot last week.  I can't wait to see them in a couple weeks.

Saturday, May 4, 2013


It's time to start thinking about the big summerlong growing project again.
In order to have a pumpkin patch for our Shabulous show in October we need to get these beauties started.  Last year for the first try at the patch we had a cold spring and we weren't sure when to plant.  Then the first week of June we had two graduations and a trip to Disneyland.  I don't think they were in the ground until mid-June.  Not enough time for them to all turn orange at the end.  
Last fall I saw this idea on pinterest to use paper rolls as "peat" pots.  I have been saving them for months.  I lined them all in a tray.
Next I filled them with seed starting soil.

These are the seeds I saved from last years pumpkins.  They sprouted in my test run so I used them here.  I also planted mini pumpkins and gourds.

They are watered and out in the sun.  Grow baby grow.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Caught on Camera

Here's a pretty shot of the house and shop from the trail camera across the field.  Gareld decided to take them down today.  He thought the batteries were probably dead in both cameras but this one had a lot of life left in it.
This is the young bull that hung around our place by himself. 


We have about 200 photos of our neighbor on his tractors preparing the ground and planting seeds.  Round and round he goes. 

And round some more.

The sky sure was blue today.

Thursday, April 4, 2013


It's coming down.  The ugly trailer is being torn down and sent to B&K for recycling.
Almost everything can be recycled.  If it can't be it will be burned.
It served a good purpose as a storage unit but now it is time to go.  It had become a giant beehive.  Hopefully they move on and don't just invade my shabby shack.
We have a good crew doing the work.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Pumpkin Seeds

Last summer we made our first attempt at growing a pumpkin patch.  It was a learning experience.  We need to get them in the ground earlier for one thing.  No trips to Disneyland to postpone the planting.  My goal is to get them in the ground at the end of May.  Once they started growing we had plenty in numbers.  They all didn't have time to turn completely orange though.  

I saved the seeds out of several pumpkins last fall.  I removed them and let them dry then put them away.  I haven't done this before so I don't know if there is anything special you have to do to get them to grow.  I decided to plant some now and see what happens so I don't find out later that a whole field of pumpkin seeds is not going to sprout.  The toilet paper tube in the center is an idea I saw on pinterest to create your own planting pots.  I will let you know how it works.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Little Boy Blue

Wyatt during his first winter.  This isn't very good edited but I wanted to close in on his face to see how he looks next to Grayson's photo in the same hat this winter.  It is one of my favorite pictures of him.
Now look at this cutie pa tootie!  Love the big blue eyes and the bubbles are priceless.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Elk Crossing

We've been enjoying the elk migration.  Spotting them on the hill is the highlight of each morning that we are here long enough to see daylight.  Gareld has one of his camera's down by the old house where we caught this bull.  It's fun to collect the cards and see what we caught on film.  By the looks of the date on this one it's time to go get them again. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Winter Blues

It's winter here on the property.  It's also been very cold.  Last Saturday I ventured out for a few minutes to get some pictures for the blog and then I couldn't upload them.  I was reading another blog today and she mentioned her google account had been suspended, she couldn't upload photos, and she had to start a brand new blog.  I was about ready to do the same thing until I saw today I could upload again.  I don't know what was going on.
This pile of pumpkins brings back memories of long summer days and two a-day watering sessions.  I saved a lot of the seeds from that crop and the rest are just composting away along the fenceline.  Jeremy had a good idea.  He said I should try planting one to make sure it's going to sprout.  I'd hate to have all my little seeds planted in the toilet paper tubes I've been saving and not take off.  As I found out last summer, we planted too late.  Each year we will learn something new.  In the meantime we will enjoy winter. 
"to everything there is a season..."

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Paris in June

How can I get there this year?
Morgan is going to be in Europe for a month with her friend, Amy.  They planned on going to Disneyland and since it is one of my favorite places, I said "I should meet you there".   The idea was planted.  I can't shake it.  Could I really go?  Paris has never been on my list of places to visit but I just don't think I can pass this up.  Why it!!
I hear they have a little flea market there. 

Here's part of the plan:
1.  Do not attend Junk Salvation in Hillsboro in February.
2.  Do not attend EXPO in March. ( Easily saving $700 or more)
3.  Do not carry debit card to work everyday.  (If I need it plan for it.)
4.  Only $20 per paycheck budgeted to thrifting. (I couldn't go cold turkey)
5.  Trip to Philadelphia Easter weekend paid for up front.
This is one of my goals for 2013 so I'm going to make it happen!