Home Again

A Look at Our Week 

A full week at home! It has been a busy week around here getting back into our routines. My guy has started working a little so he has spent part of the day focused on that. We would love to be focusing on hiking, but the rainy weather is just not cooperating! We have had several good storms this week and I believe it has rained every day. It has been good to be back home and back into the swing of things, and our backyard view just cannot be beat. Even a year later, I often find both of us just stopping at some point during the day to stare out of a window.

We received a package from one of my guy’s high school friends this week. She lives in Montana and is the person I would love to be. She is a homesteader extraordinaire; she sews, quilts, knits, gardens, raises chickens,  cans the foods she grows, makes jelly and jam, she does it all! We often talk about making the trip to visit her and hopefully it will happen soon. She made my guy a Sponge Bob pillow case several years ago and sent him a new one and one for me as well. I was thrilled to see it was puzzle pieces! Such an awesome gift!

 

Animal Antics

We found the cows! We had assumed that when the horses came that the cows had been moved. We assumed wrong. They are still here, in a separate pasture from the horses but they do come into our back pasture at least daily. The cow owner had stopped by the other day to check on them. Apparently one that was supposed to give birth a while back was still suspected to be pregnant. He was not sure if she had the calf and it was in the pasture somewhere or if she was indeed still pregnant.

My guy did a walk of the pasture, or holler, the next day and was going to see what he could see of the cows. The holler is 30 acres and goes over into a neighboring holler so it would be impossible to walk it all to find the calf or cow. He saw three of the four cows during his walk. Later that evening they were all in our back pasture. We were confusing ourselves as to how many cows we were seeing. Finally the binoculars had to be taken out and we discovered that the new calf had been born. Apparently my guy had not seen mama cow during his walk because she was a little busy birthing her baby! Now Junior has a new friend. The cow owner came by that evening to check on the calf and confirmed that it is another bull. No names yet though as the real cow wrangler (the owner’s son) is out of town. Junior is growing up quite quickly.

 

The horses seem to be doing well. We have learned that two of the horses belong to the cow owner’s son and girlfriend and the third horse is being broken by the son. Should be interesting to watch! The horses will come up to the fence when I approach it, but if I attempt to touch them they back away. I picked up some carrots at the store this week in hopes of convincing them I am a friend. One horse wanted no part of the carrot. The other took both carrots I offered. The third horse (the one needing broken) was on the other side of the field and missed out on snack time. Hopefully I will have them trained to come get their carrots when I come out soon.

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What’s for  Dinner? 

With being home and being back on our routine means I can once again cook. I’ve missed it! I planned some adventurous meals to get me back in the swing of things this week.

Tuesday night we had Barbecue Chicken with Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower. It was delicious! I added both recipes to my nieces’ recipe books.

 

On the menu for Wednesday night was Broiled Parmesan Tilapia and Vegetable Risotto. The fish was delicious and made it to the recipe book as well. So easy and quick to fix. The Vegetable Risotto was good. It wasn’t earth shattering though. And with the amount of time and pans that it took to prepare it, I was expecting my earth shattered.

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Our Friday night meal is Thai Peanut Chicken & Noodles. I was a little wary of this meal but it sounded intriguing. It was a little different at first but was really yummy!

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Busy Hands & Busy Mind

My gift has finally been delivered so I can post a picture of my latest project now. A former co-worker recently had her first granddaughter. Of course her Facebook feed has been filled with pictures of this beautiful baby girl. One picture she posted caught my eye. It was a picture of the baby photoshopped into an elephant’s trunk as if the elephant was holding her. Well, I have a soft spot for elephants. My son loved Dumbo and elephants when he was little (and still does). I can remember every trip to the zoo and Animal Kingdom with him and the excitement when he saw the elephants. So, I decided I just had to make some kind of elephant something for this baby.

I did some searching on Pinterest and found a pattern for a stuffed elephant. I wasn’t sure that I could make this. It seemed complicated with all of its body parts, stuffing etc. but I decided I would at least try and see what I came out with. The first attempt was quite humorous but I learned a lot during the process. I quickly began working on number two equipped with all the knowledge I had gained. My niece, who also loves elephants, saw my project and requested one as well. Number two went to her. It was a good finished project, much better than number one but I still felt I could improve with number three. I completed number three in record time and it was ready to send to it’s new home. I now have to make a giraffe for the other niece. I have been studying patterns for that and will begin it soon.

 

I am still working on my baby blanket, making good progress and on dishcloths as well. I get tired of working on the same project night after night so I mix it up a little and will work on a small project along with a larger project.

 

Date Night 

Thursday night was the drum corps premiere show of the season. Fortunately, they air the live feed of the show in certain  movie theaters. Our closest theater showing the feed was an hour away. This called for a date night! We headed out to Bristol TN/VA Thursday afternoon. We had plans to stop at a craft beer store to stock up my guy’s supply, go to dinner at Cootie Brown’s and then head to the theater for showtime at 8:30. We split an order of tamales as they seemed to be one of the menu items they were most known for. They weren’t outstanding, but good. We had time to kill after dinner so we headed to State Street and found a bakery. I had been back on my program all week and was doing great. I knew I wasn’t going to come out of that bakery with nothing though. They offered homemade doughnuts, strawberry iced and chocolate caramel ended up on my plate. My guy couldn’t decide between a doughnut and ice cream so he just had both. It is a charming downtown area, but showtime was coming and we had to go.

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The show was outstanding! Now, my guy would tell you all the technical ins and outs of the show and anything that didn’t sound completely perfect, but to my untrained ears, it was wonderful! To watch these groups of young adults is really quite astounding and has to give us hope for our future. They work hard and give their all every single day of their summers. The talent that they have and the drive they have for excellence is mind-blowing. And to sit on the sidelines as these shows are put together, I mean they start off with 15 to 30 second chunks of this music and they play it over and over and over again and slowly start adding more to it. Then they play it some more and add a little more. As I would sit on the sideline and they would add more in, I would begin to recognize the music. It is quite an awesome experience to watch. The pride and dedication of the whole organization from the volunteers, to staff, to the design team, to the members is incredible. It’s going to be a great summer. Go band!

Of course we had to be present for my guy’s bass trombone’s big debut in the theater! Looking good!

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Movie Night Selfies! Have a great week! XOXO

 

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21st Celebration

A Look At Our Week

We finished up our time in college and came home for half a day! It’s hard to believe our three and a half weeks are over and at the same time it feels like it’s been forever since we’ve been home. It is truly amazing to have the opportunity to watch as a drum corps show is put together. I can’t wait to see the premiere in theaters Thursday! It’s just amazing to me that it all starts from little 30 second chunks. Here’s my guy helping out one of the awesome  drum majors.

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My reason for going with my guy was 1. We just need to be together. Yes, it’s that simple. We have learned that our lives just work better when we are together so it only makes sense that we would make it so that we are together as much as possible. 2. To take care of my guy. Not to say that he wouldn’t have been taken care of if I wasn’t there. The drum corps would have taken care of him and made sure he was fed. But taking care of my guy is one of my most favorite things to do and I like to think that no one else can do it quite as well. I learned his schedule each day and made sure his lunch & dinner were ready for him when it was time. We had a lot of turkey sandwiches and went out way too much and had way too many treats! Time to get back on the program now!

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My guy had the chance to play a pretty special instrument during our college time. Of course I didn’t get all the hype, but his excitement was contagious. I love his passion for music and what he does. Here he is playing a York tuba.

Gardening Fun

I checked in on my garden as soon as we arrived home. I was quite disappointed to see that some type of critter has enjoyed my tomato plants. I was holding out a little hope that they were going to make it. It looks like one or two may make it.

It looked like I have maybe one or two pepper plants and then either a lot of cucumber plants or weeds. I haven’t determined which yet. I will definitely hit the garden hard next week and start weeding out and see what is left standing.

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I finished the project I have been working on and then made another. My niece had seen me working on it and asked for one. I will post pics next week after my gift is delivered.

I have started on another baby blanket and blue was the only appropriate color for this blanket, boy or girl!

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Traveling Times 

We left Indiana Wednesday morning. We visited my guy’s beloved Skyline on our way south. Once arriving home I immediately went into unpack mode and settling in to home.

I had a girls trip planned for Friday to Nashville, TN to celebrate my niece’a 21st birthday. Early Thursday afternoon my guy received confirmation that he needed to make a trip back to Indiana to deliver an instrument he had agreed to loan to the corps. We both went into prep mode getting him ready to leave yet again. There was a little back and forth on if I would be going with him or not. Finally we settled on leaving my schedule the same and he would go back to Indiana in his own.

After getting all pumped up preparing my guy to leave I decided I would go ahead and go to my sister’s a day early. We had a good evening hanging at the ballfield and eating pizza.

Friday afternoon we were finally packed and loaded and ready to head to Nashville. My oldest niece was meeting us there and my youngest niece was coming with us.

Our weekend in Nashville was wonderful! The weather was perfect and our AirBnB served it’s purpose well. A good time was had by all. We hit downtown Nashville Saturday and visited the Hall of Fame. Our girls were a little disappointed that more of the new artists were not showcased. They seem to think they have paid their dues. I’m always in awe of the history that Nashville has to offer. I attempted to share some of this with the girls, not sure if they held on to much of the information.

It is quite amazing how quickly these girls have grown up. I’m so proud of them and so happy to be their aunt.

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Road trip selfies & our last ensnble! Have a great week! XOXO

 

Back to Work

A Look At Our Week

The weather finally cleared up for us this week. We have had lots of beautiful, sunny days and have not had to shelter in place even one time! We came back from our visit with my family and went straight back to work and into our normal routine. We did manage to fit in a Skyline Chili visit on our way back though! My guy tries to never miss an opportunity for Skyline. I could take it or leave it and avoid the three-way at all cost. I much prefer a good ol’ southern Krystal burger!

There’s not much to share this week as our days are pretty much repetitive. Do band, eat, sleep, repeat.

Hard at Work

My guy has been in an unexpected role this week. He’d be quick to tell you it was an unwanted role as well, but he has handled it all wonderfully. I love sitting on the sidelines watching as he works. Especially when I am able to hear him as he talks to the members. He has quite a way with words and it isn’t lost on these young people.

Again, no show secrets coming from me, but I did manage a few rehearsal non-give away shots. You have no idea how unfortunate you are that there is no audio to go with these pictures! It’s going to be a great drum corps summer.

Busy Hands & Busy Mind 

My hands and mind have indeed stayed quite busy during my time on the sidelines. I have beat my amount earned records with my work and I am beginning to finish up all of the jobs I brought to keep myself busy.

Among those jobs has been dealing with pictures. I have brought all of my pictures for my scrapbooks detailing my travels and hikes with my guy. I have worked to organize and label all of these  five years worth of pictures as well as organize my pictures folder on my computer. Everything is now in it’s place and properly labeled. I am currently working on putting our hiking pictures into a movie/slideshow. I am envisioning this playing during the background during gatherings in our home. No worries, I have no plans to make anyone sit down and actually watch it picture by picture. Looking at all of the pictures really does make me stop and realize the beauty that we surround ourselves in each day. I miss our mountain home!

I have also worked on writing down some family recipes for yet another scrapbook project I am working on. I want to make my nieces a recipe scrapbook. They both have an interest in learning how to cook and well, their mother will be no help in that area. 🙂 I am trying to include family recipes that have been passed down, but I am finding it hard to get my hands on some of these. Also, I would love to have handwritten recipes from family members to frame and hang in my kitchen (when I get one.) I’m all for not being a hoarder, but there are some things that are priceless and do have value. So, if you are reading this and have some handwritten recipes from my family, I’d love to have a copy.

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And of course, I have been crocheting as well. I am still working on the same project and have had a few bumps in the road. Like sewing a leg onto the head and arms two different sizes, but I am pleased with the progress. We will see when I complete the project in the next day or two if it is “gift-worthy” or not.

Gardening Fun 

I am happy to learn (thank you weather app!) that at least my garden has had some rainy days while I’ve been away. I’m anxious to get home and see if there is anything left. If not, then I will just have to keep the farmer’s market in business this summer and try again next year. Seeing pictures of other people’s gardens is making me quite jealous.

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Have a great week! XOXOXO

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Halfway Point

A Look At Our Week 

Our first half of our move-in tour is done! Heading back to Indiana today to finish the second 11 day leg of our tour. Our first two weeks have been full of wind and rain. Lots of severe thunderstorms and tornado warnings. Hopefully clear skies will stay with us for the next two weeks.

My guy normally works from after lunch until 9:00 or 10:00 with a break for dinner. I usually go with him and find me a nice shady spot to sit and work and watch. I have to be creative in finding  my spot so that I can work. I have to be behind the band so that I can hear my transcription work and out of the direct sun so that I can see my screen.

We have lunch in our room together each day (yay for turkey sandwiches) and for dinner we either go out and eat big or stay in our room for soup or another sandwich.

I’ve offered to help out with the corps but no takers yet. I manage to keep myself quite busy with working, picture organizing, and crocheting. I also spend a lot of time just watching and listening and have learned a lot. I usually have a list of questions for my guy when his work day is done.

College Walks

Not too much hiking going on these days but I do walk through campus everyday. My guy drives to the rehearsal spot and I meet him there after my walk. The campus is beautiful and I don’t think I’ve done the same walk twice yet. The surrounding neighborhood seems a little sketchy so I tend to stay on campus.

Here are some of my favorite sights from my walks. The lilac bushes blooming smell amazing. I can always smell them before I see them. I love all the statues, clock towers and fountains throughout the campus.

Dorm Life

We have settled into our dorm life and our setup is actually working. My guy’s half of the room is right next to the air unit and stays freezing cold. I’m nice and toasty on the other side of the room! Here’s a peek at our new normal.

Music Madness

Details of this year’s show are top secret! I work really hard to not break any rules so you won’t be seeing or hearing any breaking news from me. I will say it’s a cool show and I love watching from the sidelines as it is all figured out and put together.

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I have spent a lot of time organizing pictures from the last five years to get me ready to start scrapbooking all of our adventures.

I haven’t crocheted too much but I am working on a project. It’s nothing like I’ve done before and has been a good challenge. Thank goodness I found a good pattern with a tutorial video. It’s a gift so not too many details just yet, I wil include a picture of all of its parts though.

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I also hit up the local Hobby Lobby and was thrilled to discover this sign! That yarn room needs to happen!

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Traveling Times

We left Indiana Thursday and headed to my mom’s house. I have been helping my sister and nieces plan a surprise 50th birthday party for my brother-in-law. My family has been all about partying this year!

This was my first attempt at catering completely by myself. Mexican Fiesta was the party theme so Taco Bar it was! The party was Friday evening and everything  turned out great!

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Selfies & Sunsets! Have a great week!! XOXO

Off to College I Go!

A Look At Our Week

I never went away to college and I have often wondered what that experience would have been like. Well, I am finally getting my taste of the college life. My guy and I are staying in a college dorm until June 11th while he is teaching drum corps. He is the perfect college roommate (even if his side of the dorm is a little messy.) I spend my days transcribing while I watch as he works. I have brought many tasks with me to keep me busy but have had very little time to work on any of them yet. I have not even crocheted this week and my crochet to do list is very long. I am sure I will find time for it all before we go back home.

You would have thought we really were going off to college with everything we had packed in the car!

 

Animal Antics

I did manage to grab a picture of the horses on our land just before we left. I was thrilled to learn it is actually three horses instead of two. Still no signs of the cows so we have assumed they were moved when the horses came in.

 

During one of my college walks I saw a squirrel. He was not phased by me at all. I was impressed with his dark color. His fur was almost black. Must be an Indiana squirrel thing. 

 

We had to stop for a line of ducks as we were entering Indiana. Our animal antics seem to follow us everywhere!

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Road Trip 

One of our favorite activities to do together is road tripping! We have had some of our best conversations while on the road. No way for either person to escape, it’s the perfect talking place! Unfortunately, the talks on this trip mainly were about how we hoped my car, Rosie was going to make it to Indiana and back home. Rosie’s had a lot of issues since we bought her just five years ago. We will have to start looking for her replacement very soon.

Our favorite snack while road tripping is McDonald’s chicken nuggets. You don’t have to tell us just how bad they are, we know! But we just love to split a 20 piece (or two) and experiment with all the different dipping sauces as we go down the road. Barbecue and Hot Mustard are his favorites while Sweet & Sour and Honey Mustard are mine.

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Gardening Fun 

I spent a little time in my garden before we left. I weeded the tomato rows since they seem to be the only thing still standing. I’m not quite sure what I will find once I return but I am anxious to find out. It has been a fun learning experience for sure.

The roses were blooming as we were packing up the car. The bush is right next to our front porch. I love roses and they always make me think about my sweet Daddy. When I was younger I told my Daddy that I wanted peach roses at my wedding. He planted every shade of peach rose he could find in his flower bed. He always took such pride in his flower beds and landscaping. I always think about him during this time of year when flowers are in full bloom.

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What’s for Dinner?

We have done it again. We have found an amazing five star restaurant in the middle of nowhere. The most delicious steak I have ever ate!

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Road trip selfies and cold weather ensemble watching selfies! Have a great week! XOXO

 

All Ready to Go!

A Look At Our Week

It has been a week of prepping for our trip to move-ins with drum corps. We leave today for Indiana and will return home the second week in June. I feel like we are packing everything we own but we are ready to start #movinginBLUE.

This weekend was one of our favorite times of the year. Appalachian Trail Days Festival in Damascus, VA. We spent all day there Saturday and took advantage of the events they had scheduled. We separated for the morning to attend different classes. My guy learned how to forage for food on the trail and all about map reading and compasses. I listened to others tell stories of their time on the Trail and how the Trail has changed over the years. I also went to a reenactment of the Trail journey of Grandma Gatewood. What an amazing story! First woman to complete the trail and she was 67 years old!! Man, those Ohio women ARE tough!

We met back up in the afternoon just in time for the hiker parade. It is always cool to see just how many have hiked the trail and to get to meet those that are currently in their through hiking journeys. Of course there was plenty of fair food to be had  as well!

Gardening Fun

I’ve stated several times that this year’s garden attempt is purely a learning experience and experimentation. I’ve known since I first decided to plant the garden that I would have to leave it unattended for three and a a half weeks and what a risk that would be.

Apparently, the critters of some sort have enjoyed my garden already! During my daily visits I noticed it was hard to find the cucumber and pepper plants. I’ve now accepted the fact that it was hard to find them because they are gone. I have a couple of each still planted but the majority are completely gone. Not sure if it’s bunnies, groundhog or crows or something else I don’t even know about. All of the tomato plants are standing and seem to be doing well.

I spent some time weeding my tomato rows the other day in preparation for my trip. It’s so peaceful and relaxing sitting in the middle of my garden (even if most of the plants are MIA!).

Traveling Times

My baby boy turned 19 Friday! This called for a trip to Danville and a long overdue visit with my boy. I do believe he has missed his mama! We were able to meet the new girlfriend over a birthday lunch at Olive Garden complete with birthday cookie cake. I do believe I may have found away to get the boy to come visit more often. When I mentioned baby cows the girlfriend’s face lit up and she said it was her favorite animal. I promised to cook their favorite foods and provide lots of cow viewing opportunities if they would come visit.

After lunch we headed to the mall for some birthday shopping and more catching up. We met friends for dinner at our favorite local restaurant. It was great to walk into the restaurant and be greeted with waves and hugs! After dinner we headed to our storage units to have a visit with our prized possessions stored in two storage units. I promised them that we would all be together some day soon.

Hiking Adventures

We actually did a hike this week! Every time we get back out on a trail I can’t help but wonder why we don’t do this every single day. We went to Linville Falls on a beautiful sunny day. The hike was very touristy and much more populated than we would prefer, but the views and falls were awesome. After we were done with our joint hike my guy took one of the harder trails while I napped in the car. What a life we are living!

Animal Antics

Still no new baby calves, but I noticed the other morning how quickly Junior is growing!

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We came home from Danville late Friday evening after it was dark. As we were driving past our pasture I noticed two large white things standing in the pasture. After getting out and investigating we learned we now have two white horses on our property. We haven’t been able to grab a pic yet because we have gotten home late each evening and in the mornings they are further out in the holler. We’re not sure if the cows are still here or if they were moved out when the horses came. Never a dull moment!

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I did it! I completed my first big project. I wanted to make an orange and white (think UT Vols) afghan for my boy for his Christmas present. I looked for a pattern and could not find one that I liked. I decided it would be easy enough to create my own checkerboard pattern. I worked on it for about a month with smaller projects being worked on at the same time. So happy with my end result.

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Time to start packing the car! Have a great week!! XOXO

Happy Mother’s Day

A Look At Our Week

We took in just a little more culture Sunday afternoon. Our local community theatre was putting on a Beverly Hillbillies play and we went to check out the local talent. A step down from our Barter experience, but still very enjoyable, especially when we were encouraged to “Wee-Doggie” after each scene. Who knows one day we may just jump out of our comfort boxes and join in.

Gardening Fun

The garden is planted! My guy came out and helped me with my trellises. He’s a math guy, so it’s all about measurements and calculations with him. With me, it was more about digging in the dirt. But we worked it out and worked together to get the job done.

Now we wait to see where it goes from here! This year is definitely our learning, experimental year. Being out of town for three weeks will be a challenge, but I am feeling positive about it. With all the rain we get on a regular basis and the wetness of the soil fronunderground springs I don’t think watering will be an issue. My biggest worry right now is the critters. We shall see what happens!

Animal Antics

Speaking of critters!! The day I finished my garden planting (before the trellises were installed), after my shower I checked the back door to check in on my hard day’s work. I couldn’t believe my eyes!! 2 mama cows and the baby cow were inside my garden fence!!!! I screamed!!! My guy, in true knight in shining armor fashion took off running with his hiking stick. After a few tense moments (and choice words) he figured out the best strategy to shoo the cows out of the garden. By this time it was dark and I was unable to assess any damages until the next morning. Thankfully, all was well and I only lost two cucumber plants in the shuffle. The picture is blurry and dark, but this moment of heroism needs to be documented.

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You might be wandering how the cows were able to gain access to the fenced off garden area, well, that would be the fault of one tired gardener! When I came out of the garden I only closed the gate and did not lock it with the chain. I hadn’t been doing this throughout the entire clearing out process with no issue. During the planting the cows had been very curious watching me from the other side if the fence though and I guess their curiosity got the best of them! As I said earlier, his is a learning year, lesson learned!

My baby birds have flown the nest! I am sure mama bird is happy she doesn’t have to worry about the crazy gardener lady coming around anymore! Happy life, baby birds!

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Date Night

We celebrated our gardening success with a mid-week date night! We have been wanting to go to this cool movie theatre I had found in one of our favorite towns to visit, West Jefferson, NC. A tap takeover announcement by our favorite restaurant gave us just the perfect opportunity. Avengers End Game was awesome and so was the couch/recliner movie theatre!! (And my guy reports the beer flight was awesome as well!)

Traveling Times

Friday morning I headed off to Mom’s for a weekend of hustle, bustle and activity! Friday was spent celebrating Mom! We took her shoe shopping to find a good pair of tennis shoes that would help to support her foot/ankle. After many size changes, success was had! Then off for pedicures to make those feet look good!

After a nap for Mom the celebrations continued with dinner and a Steel Magnolias play and the Oak Ridge Playhouse. Wonderful show showcasing the love a mother has for her children!

Saturday was full of prom prep activity with my nephew and niece. It’s amazing how quickly our children grow up and how handsome and beautiful they are.

After prom pics my sister and I headed to Memphis to watch as my oldest niece has try-outs for her senior year on the Memphis dance team. Senior year, what?!?!

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Have a great week!! XOXO

A Week of Culture

A Look At Our Week

We’ve had quite the full week around here! Two sets of visitors, gardening, choral concert, Barter Theatre play, baby birds, baby cow and deer!

I love all the activity and hustle and bustle, but I am looking forward to a low key week as we begin preparing for our three week drum corps trip that is coming up in a couple of weeks.  A lot to do around here to get ready!

Gardening Fun

The garden is ready to go! I am planning on doing my planting in the next few days. I am hoping to get them planted so that I have a couple of weeks to watch over them before we leave town for several weeks for band camp. The cucumbers have recovered well and are looking much better.

 

I worked with our new cultivator this week and learned that being a FarmHER isn’t always easy! As I was attempting to leave the pasture with the cultivator, I touched my leg with the side of the cultivator and have a nasty burn on my leg. (I’ll spare everyone the pictures!)

I have kept check on my bird’s nest and made sure not to disturb the area while cultivating. The birds have hatched and usually have their little mouths open when I peek in the nest. Mommy bird will watch me from the fence post while I’m in the garden and immediately flies over to check the nest when I leave.

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Busy Hands & Busy Mind

Our local craft store celebrated Yarn Day last weekend by having a big yarn sale! Did I need yarn? No! But it was on sale so I at least had to check it out! I did rather well!

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I worked on my Christmas ornaments again this week. Finished up two more and have the supplies ready for two other ornaments.

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And then this also happened this week. I received my last picture order in the mail of pictures for Cutler’s scrapbook. I am almost finished completing his last scrapbook. It comes with a mix of emotions!

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Hiking Adventures

We hiked on our rental property this week. My guy will hike the entire rim of our holler which usually takes him about an hour. I will hike up the hill with him and then usually head back down.

 

 

While at the top the other day we heard a noise and watched as a deer came through the trees right in front of us. He stood and stared for a few minutes before turning and running and alerting the rest of the deer family that danger was near.

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Traveling Times

We had an unplanned travel day last Sunday. We took the scenic route on our way home from Boone and ended up at the original Mast General Store. I love exploring these stores! The complex had four different stores and if you visited each store you would receive a free moon pie at the end. Well, who can resist free moon pies?!??

 

 

Y’all Come Visit

We love company and we had lots this week! Tuesday our friends from Sevierville, TN came to visit and attend my guy’s first choral concert. We had salads and flatbread pizzas for an early dinner before the show and coconut cream pie for dessert. The show was based on songs from The Holocaust and was very powerful and emotional. After the concert we headed to a favorite local hangout for more food and beverages before our friends left town.

 

 

The weekend has been company filled as well. Friends from Danville, VA came to spend the weekend with us. We had plans to go to the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA to see the play Madame Buttermilk on Saturday afternoon. They came into town on Friday evening and we went to a local authentic Italian restaurant for dinner.

We had a late breakfast Saturday morning before heading to Abingdon. The play was hilarious and lots of fun. After the show we headed to Boone, NC for dinner and to watch the Kentucky Derby. Unfortunately, we were seated in a no TV area and had to settle on watching the Derby on a cell phone instead! Mom actually kept us up to date with her texts reporting all of the drama!

We had an earlier breakfast Sunday morning before they headed back to Danville. It was a wonderful weekend!

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Somehow we did not get pictures with any of our visitors! We must get better at this!

Animal Antics

Mama cow is still quite protective of her baby and will usually move him away whenever we come around. I did manage to get a couple of good pics of “Junior” the other day!

 

 

We recently purchased a pair of binoculars and have enjoyed our close up views of our wildlife from our back porch.

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Sappy Selfies

Selfies in front of the Love sign … you can’t get much sappier than that! Have a great week! XOXOXO

 

 

One of those weeks!

A Look At Our Week

It’s been one of those weeks around here … You know the kind, when anything that can go wrong goes wrong. The week started off with me in a wah-wah mood after our house hunting disappointment last week. Then on laundry day (apparently the first one we’ve had in a while: Three loads!) the dryer stops working. I hang our three loads of clothes up on the back porch to dry. During this process I get a sharp pain in my lower back that sticks around for several days. My to do list is much too long for this!

 Busy Hands & Busy Mind

I finished my market bag! One work in progress is complete! I’m still working on the afghan and it is coming along nicely. I also completed a birthday  gift for a family member (picture to come later!)

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Gardening Fun

All my seedlings are able to have “outside time” now. They stay out all day and come back inside at night to their ironing board greenhouse. The tomatoes and cucumbers are doing really great, the peppers are a little slow coming along but I have faith.

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Well, I spoke too soon! As the week has gone on things have changed! I had the great idea of transplanting my cucumbers into larger containers. They were getting so big on their seedling pots. They have not handled the change well at all. Doing further research after the fact I have learned that they do not do well with transplanting. This is a learning process! I will plant more seeds in the ground when I plant.

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Update: They seem to be recovering a little bit now after a few days. We shall see what becomes of them.

We made our first trip to Tractor Supply this week! We were in the market for a cultivator for my garden spot. We had attempted to shop at our local hardware store, but when we asked for a price on a shovel the sales girl disappeared and was never seen again. Off to the big store we went and the customer service was off the  charts! The salesman pulled the cultivator out of the box and gave us a demonstration of how to use it.

 

I was so excited to use it the next day. Unfortunately, I hurt my back and have not yet felt up to attempting to operate any heavy machinery.

Animal Antics

We have a grand-cow!!! We checked the pasture when we arrived home Sunday and only saw four cows. When I checked the pasture Monday morning there was a baby cow! It must have been snuggled up beside it’s mom earlier. The mother is very protective and doesn’t like it when we come close to the fence. We were able to steal a few photos though.

 

Cow babies do not come without a little cow drama! Since the birth the cows have been more active and traveling over more of the land now. I keep check for sightings of them throughout the day.

One evening I looked out and the baby was laying down in the field. I kept checking and he continued laying down. Then the mama cow went to the calf and to me it appeared she was trying to get her up and could not. I’m now on constant cow watch with my chair pulled up to the sliding glass door yelling out updates every few minutes to my guy.

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It’s beginning to get dark and finally the mama lays down next to her baby. My guy tells me if I’m so worried that I should call the guy who takes care of them. I was tempted to, but hesitated with fear of overreacting. I was convinced the mother was laying there mourning the loss of her calf.

Sure enough the next morning the cows were all gone. They came down to the pasture later in the day and the calf was perfectly fine. I was relieved that all was well and also relieved that I didn’t call the owner and have him come check on his sleeping calf.

What’s For Dinner?

We have a new dinner added to our “Food for Guests” folder! Shrimp Scampi is one of my guy’s favorite meals and I finally made it this week. It was delicious! Be sure to let us know if you have any adverse reactions to shellfish before you visit!

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We also had Beef Tips over brown rice and Barbecue Chicken Flatbreads with our at home salad bar. These could easily be added to that “Food for Guests” folder too.

 

Sappy Selfies

No selfies this week, but this one showed up in my Facebook memories today from 5 years ago. It was our first publicly posted selfie! Have a great week! XOXOXO

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Happy Easter!

A Look At Our Week

We packed in as much activity as we could into the past week! House tours, family visits, gardening, visiting a friend in college, crocheting, and a holiday meal! I’m looking forward to a much less active week this week!

Gardening Fun

I have started clearing out the garden spot  on our land. This garden plot has probably not been used in about 20 years. My first chore has been to clear out all of the sticks/vines that are covering the land. Once that is completed I will begin to dig up the grass so that I can till the planting area. My plan is to plant my seedlings around the second week of May, so not much time left for the work to be done. Here is my current before and after picture of my garden clearing process.

While working in the garden the other day as I was walking to the other side, a bird flew out and startled me. A little while later I was reaching down to pull up some wildflowers and realized what the bird was doing … I found her nest hidden in the flowers with several eggs inside. Mama bird was keeping a close watch on my activity from the fence. I backed away and left the flowers as they were. I guess my garden will have one small uncleared patch!

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My seedlings are coming along very well. My living room ironing board greenhouse is doing a great job. I now sit the plants outside during the day and bring them in at night.

Busy Hands & Busy Mind

I am still working on two of my works in progress, my market bag and an afghan for my son. I’m really pleased with the afghan. The market bag I am not too sure how it is going to turn out but we shall see.

During our car ride this week I crocheted several hair scrunchies for my nieces, sister and myself. I was quite happy with how they turned out!

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House Hunting News

We’ve viewed four properties in the last week. We have began widening our search borders in hopes of finding something. The first two houses were about two hours from here. One was a solar house that really intrugued us. The land and views were beautiful but unfortunately the house was not! Next was a beautiful, spacious house with a huge laundry room and master bedroom. The only downside to the house layout was the size of the kitchen. The lot was small and most of the land was not usable land. Also, it had an uphill driveway that was a bit challenging. In the perfect world we would be able to find the second house on the first house’s land.

Since we had a trip to mom’s planned we decided to see if we could find anything near her area that caught our eye. We looked at two properties during our visit that were about three hours from here and about 45 minutes away from mom’s.

The first property we viewed has 92 acres.  The current homeowner led our tour and gave us a gater ride of the land. She was this cool, barefoot, hippie-like woman who maunevered that gater like a pro up all those hills. Most of the land was wooded with no pasture land. The house needed some cosmetic work and was a little on the small side for our preference but could work. Here’s my guy and our tour guide during our gater ride.

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The next property was 28 acres of a mix rolling pastures and woods with great front porch views. The living room/dining room/kitchen area is perfect. Beautiful flooring and the kitchen is the perfect size. A full greenhouse is included and there are several garden spots all ready to go on the property. But – there always has to be a but – there are a few design flaws that concern us about the property. It is on the discussion block and we shall see how it goes from here.

This house hunting  experience has been quite the emotional roller coaster for us both.  I have a very difficult time viewing these properties and not getting attached or getting my hopes up. When things don’t work out for whatever reasons I tend to go into a moody funk for a couple of days to recover. My guy isn’t quite sure how to handle those moody, funky days. I will just be glad when we can finally just be settled and have all of our own things around us and truly begin our new life. I’m sure people wonder if we will ever find a house, I’ve wondered it as well but I am positive that we will.

Animal Adventures

We have cows on our land again! The land owner’s grandson has brought four of his cows to our pasture. Three of the cows are pregnant and one is due any day now. We’re going to have grand-cows! Needless to say the first thing I do each morning is to check the pasture for babies!

Traveling Times

Last Saturday evening we made a trip to Bluefiled, Virginia to attend a choral concert of a friend of ours from Danville. This is her first year attending Bluefield College and we were very excited to see her perform and catch up with her. At first we we were unable to spot her during the concert not realizing she has changed her hair style and color. After the concert we took her out to dinner before we returned home.

We went to visit my family for the Easter holiday from Thursday through Sunday. Mom is continuing to recover well from her latest surgery and is able to walk in regular shoes some.

We had planned on attending a group hike on Friday morning but it had to be cancelled due to stormy weather. I prepared Easter Dinner for the fam on Saturday evening. Thanks to my sissy for giving me full access to her kitchen! Dinner turned out very well despite the fact that I somehow “cooked” the ham for 90 minutes with the stove turned off! We had ham, pork tenderloin, macaroni & cheese, broccoli, glazed carrots, deviled eggs, green beans, tossed salad, potato salad (Thanks, Mom!), fruit kabobs and strawberry cake. Oh, and rolls that were supposed to be in the shape of a bunny but looked more like an unmentionable object instead!

It is always good to catch up with my family and I love being able to cook for everyone. We climbed up the mountain on Sunday morning for a sunrise service.  Such beautiful views of the city below!

Sappy Selfies

Have a great week! XOXOXO