Thursday, August 25, 2011


Good Morning.  The weather has been so hot, in fact last night I had a hard time going to sleep because of it.  Next week it is supposed to cool down some and that will be nice.  It was 102 degrees yesterday, just too hot to work outside.  Our garden is doing okay with our new method.  One good thing with  putting the straw down is it holds in the moisture better.  Last night we went and checked the vegetables and we actually have some growing, hopefully they get big enough before the freeze comes. 

We got a barn cat a couple of weeks ago.  We named her Sylvia.  She is about three years old and we got her from our Vet.  She lives out in our barn/garage and is doing great.  She took about a week to come out of hiding and greet us.  She is a gentle cat and really nice.  I am not a cat person.  I have actually liked two cats my whole life.  I am surprised how nice she is since she was a stranded cat.  The boys really love her and she is great with them.

On a sad note, we had to put down our big black dog named Oliver.  I have had Oliver for over 11 years and he was almost 12 years old.  He was okay physically, but believe it or not he had major mental problems.  I have had to deal with his anxiety all his life, which has not been fun, but managable.  The past few months he just went down hill really fast.  He killed one of our chickens and he tried to get our cat and he almost succeeded.  It was a hard decision to make, but he had so many issues, we decided it was time for him to go.  It has been really hard for me at times.  I still think I see him laying around the farm.  We will miss him and it will take some time to get  used to him being gone. 

Well, have a great day everyone.  Cheers.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

This n' That

Wow!  It has been two weeks since I have blogged.  It really doesn't feel like it has been that long.  The camping trip I went on with my friend and her two boys was a flop (so to speak).  The camp ground we wanted to stay in was full and it was raining really hard off and on while we were there.  So, we ended up renting a room from a young family.  We got to go on hikes and stuff, but no camping that trip.  I told the boys I would set up the tent in our yard and we can try it that way.  While I was away for a few days with they boys on that trip, my husband surprised me and put in the new counters.  They look so much better.  He didn't finish the whole kitchen, but it won't be long until I have counters around my stove.  I can't wait!

Our garden is a nightmare.  We finally are trying a different method to see if we can salvage some of the vegetables.  My husband heard about a method from Ruth Stout.  You put straw down everywhere to keep the weeds out.  If you see a weed trying to pop through, you just put so more straw on it.  We are about half way down and it is a very itchy job.  Before we put down the straw my husband got the tractor out and disked as much of it as we could.  Hopefully this works because we are overwhelmed with weeds.  We also realized we just made our garden too big.  So, next year we are going to add a section of fruit trees, grape vines, raspberries and blackberries.

It has been so hot and I am ready for some Fall weather.  Have a great day.  Cheers.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

new (reused) counters

Greetings.  The kids are still asleep and I am enjoying some solitude (except for Max crowing like crazy).  Today we are going tent camping with a friend who also has two boys.  I have never tent camped with the boys, so this should be interesting.  I love tent camping and am looking forward to some fresh mountain air. 

My sister decided to get new counter tops installed and so she gave us her old ones.  Her kitchen is huge (and she doesn't even cook), so we will have enough to re due our kitchen plus add some over by our stove and put some in our mudroom.  I am excited and can't wait till we put them in and I am thankful she gave them to us.

Our garden is doing pretty good, but I did find squash bugs last night.  I had to kill them and look for all the eggs on the leaves.  There were a lot of eggs, but I think I got most of them.  I hate squash bugs and they are so hard to get rid of.  Hopefully, by finding them early I will keep them from eating up all our squash plants.  I do find lots of lady bugs in our garden, so that is great for getting rid of the bad bugs I miss. 

Well, have a great day everyone.  Cheers.