Sunday, August 28, 2016


No clue what it is. I know it's not Chamomile, I grow Chamomile and it's not it. Ideas?

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lego Storage

So we went and got Cole this table. Surplus about ten bucks or so. He was in love. BUT he needed storage. So we designed something, but then the heat wave it. So yesterday we ran down to home depot found a cheap board of lp, had them cut it to size, although the guy was blind. Like seriously. But since it was for us I let it go and we just went with it. We had a board here of scrap to cut up, and off we went. Thanks to my lovely new nail gun.

Now to buy a few more plastic containers. Cole is in love with this storage system. Now to get the other boys thinking of what they may need?

I Spy

We thought this peach tree died. It was brown when all the others were green and growing and lush. But we left it because we didn't have the time to dig it up. Well then it started to grow, and turn green and really shoot up.

Then I'm out working under the peach trees taking care of my rose hips when I look up and started to sequel. We have a peach! One whole whopping peach.

We've had these trees for years. Like 5 plus years. We are getting pears and cherries, but no peaches. So hoping next year? although watch us not be here next year???? Sigh.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

We've Painted

My arm is about to fall off, but three sides of our house is painted. We are taking a break and probably try and pick it back up this weekend? Here are some before and after's. I adore the blue. It's called Crater Lake. There are times you look at it and it's blue, and other times it's green. It's a great color and a BIG change. But we needed a BIG change.

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Wall

Remember these?

The Before.

The After

These are stained cedar boards. Took many, many stain colors before we settled on these. First project in the dining/kitchen make over Done.

Thursday, June 16, 2016


Crazy busy weeks, of course what week isn't crazy busy right? Our water system is in. YEAH. Got the timer on the front yard and it works great. YEAH. Just put in the back yard timers so hopefully I wake up tomorrow to sprinklers going? Tell ya it will free up a ton of my time. I can actually leave the house during the day. I will still have some hand watering to do. But it should take me ten minutes, not hours on end. 

I often find these two like this. Nose to nose sleeping. 

So I FINALLY got my birthday present. So hubby missed the birthday, no happy birthday, no nothing. Just another day to him. It does hurt, but frankly after 15 years he won't ever remember. So the other day we run to Home Depot and checking out he picks up an ad. Told him not too, but he did. Well cooking dinner he looked at the ad. A lot of OMG what a great deal, and before we knew it we were heading back to Home Depot after dinner to pick up something I have been wanting for years. Granted I had to pay for half of it. Do you all know how much trouble I can get into with a nail gun? You all have no idea the amount of trouble I can get into now. 

This is a project I have planned after we return from camping in a few weeks. I have been buying samples of stain, trying to find the right ones for this project. I finally found the right mix of about 5 different colors. Just wait until you see what I'm doing with these samples. And I get to use the nail gun.....

Tomorrow we are building a picnic table for the neighbors, she is getting a picnic table and two side serving tables. Like buffet tables. After a stain/paint debate, I took over some samples of my light stains and she fell in love with Honey. SOOOO excited to finally be able to use Honey on something. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Debit Card Fraud

I'm sure many of you remember a few years ago, we got hit with check fraud. The bank cleared a funny looking check and it cleaned out our bank account. Which sucked at the time because of the timing, the day before Mortgage was to be taken out. 

Well since that day, I check the bank account at least daily, but some days I'm checking 4-6 times. I'm always checking. Also since that day, our checks are cleared by a person, not a machine. Yet on the other hand, I maybe write 4-6 checks a year. We are cash only people, but sometimes we use the debit card. 

Like to reserve come camping sites coming up, and this and that. I don't use it often, because weekly we go to the bank we pull out our weekly money and pay cash for everything.
So the other day I'm checking the bank account and there is a weird charge. Hum? Thinking I did something odd, I did just order from ebay, so checked that out and no that cleared two days prior. It's not an amazon thing. In fact I don't remember the last time I have touched my debit card. So I debate all day, and nothing came to me, so I googled the name. Tagged. Come to find out they find cc numbers and charge them 9.99 a month. Oh I think not.
I called the bank the next morning. It was my card, my card was cancelled and two days later the pending charge was removed. So I didn't loose 10 dollars. Because to us ten dollars is a lot of money. When one makes about ten dollars an hour, it's an hours worth of work.
So it's important to keep your eyes on your bank account. Check every charge and question things. If something is odd, call your bank.
So yet again, we've been hit, But luckily it wasn't bad. Grateful for that. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Part Time Work

So we've (my hubby and I) work part-time for the neighbor, she wants her house just re-done. If we can't do the work we tell her. But right now she picks a project and we take a week to work on it. She pays us by the hour. Some projects take 4 hours, some take over 12.
This is how we are saving for a second car. Had to pause that for a wee bit and we are putting in a watering system in the back yard. Something we can't afford, but have been wanting to do it for years. Hopefully before our trip it will be all done and on timers????? We shall see.
So this has been a three part project. It started with painting the fire place. She will be getting a new insert so we didn't paint that. 

Part two was building a mantel. At first she wanted it painted gray, but I took stain samples over and they fell in love with a stain. It's Jocobean. It's a brown/black. very interesting, but it works well for this project. 

This is the trim she picked. 

Part three, she wanted shelves. These suckers took forever. From ripping them, she wanted a special paint job on them the distressed look. She saw it on something we did on our house, but she wanted a gray distress. Ok then. 

This is how it looks now. I would have stained the shelves. But it's her house. We just finished the shelves this afternoon. 

The paint job. 

Trim doesn't show up well, but it's the same as the mantel, just a smaller version. 

This was a past project. She wanted beds for her grandsons. Although now she has exchange students coming in. OY. Well at least she has beds for them now? 

Neighbor came over tonight and said we MUST do the paint job and trim on all future projects. We have this shoe tree project thingy to do, and shelves in the bathroom. OK if you like it that much. Although our next project for her is a picnic table and two side serving tables. But that will be in about two weeks, as we are pausing she is having septic issues and so she is working 12 hour days to pay for that fix coming up next week.
So this pause allows me to work on my own projects. I have a lot of things in the works, so stay tuned. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Weekly Update

We are painting the house....We narrowed it down to four colors. We have picked one....We'll show you later, we won't be painting for about a month or so. 

Got the garden planted. FINALLY. only running nearly two weeks late. 

Blogger will only let me upload four photos. so....But the garden is planted. have to do a garden post later. 

We are in the midst of putting in a watering system in the back yard. Like we have in the front yard. Nearly have part one done, it's broken down into 3 parts, well maybe four. Would love to get it all set up and on timers to free up my summer. I have a house to paint. A kitchen to re-do (more on that later). Mucking to do and a clean out of the goats. A play area to clean up. Plus a list a mile long from next door. We just built a mantel, we are close to installing it, either tomorrow or Tuesday, depends on how dry it is.
About 99% of the garden is planted. Tomorrow it should be 99.50% I have one tray left and a few odds and ends. Tomorrow starts the first round of fish poop, we will stake the ones that need staking, and next week work on staking the rest. Now that the heat wave is over, well one more day, it's time to get the garden in shape. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Burnt Out

Do not know where to begin here. Sometime last week hubby came home from work sick. LOVELY. He is hacking all over the place and touching things and finally I was done, STOP TOUCHING, don't cough into your hands, Like Seriously? Your not two anymore!
Then Wednesday night hit and it hit hard. I sent hubby in for a nap, I went next door to paint a fire place. Came home dinner, shower and then BOOM. I was in bed, with every single muscle hurting. I moved I screamed because it felt like I was breaking bones. Thursday, could not get out of bed. The sweats the banging head, these poor kids were on their own. Hubby comes home from work and BOOM a call from his father saying his mother is in the hospital. So I was on my own. Dying sick and I'm on my own. LOVELY. Tell ya the last time I was this sick I was in labor with Tucker, throwing up and screaming with labor pains.
Friday I had to pull it together. Why? because now I have three kids sick. Got to see the husband briefly who looked like hell, so dragged him to urgent care, make sure it wasn't worse then the flu. It wasn't. Just take a nap. Oh yeah, not happening. I see hubby again on Sunday where I sent him to bed early so he could get 8 hours before work. That helped a lot. Although I went down again over the weekend. Well trying to take care of three very sick kids.
I fell so far behind on the garden. On the work for the neighbor. On school. Hubby has been gone more then he has been here. I think I see him tomorrow? It's all me.
And yesterday no one remembered my birthday. Some friends did, but what about the hubby? The mother? I think I"m done with birthdays. Just done.
I don't know but honestly I could use a break. I haven't been out of the house alone in over 6 months. ALONE! In thinking hubby and I alone have not been out to dinner since Cole was a baby. He is currently 9 years old. I'm drained. I'm tired. I'm wiped. But yet I have to somehow get up tomorrow and keep going. Because three very sick kids depend on me.
This week has tested something, I'm drained, I'm tired and frankly just flat out broke. We don't have extra money at the end of the week. On payday every penny is accounted for. We gas up once a week and that is it. We've had to gas up three times this week, with me pulling money from the second car we are trying to save for. Not complaining, at least it's not like a few years ago, when we had to borrow thousands from retirement, just for gas, it was so bad had to pull the kids out of school. Because by the time you drove to the rehab place, then to their house, any errands that had to be done, back to rehab. We were spending hundreds a week in gas. Forget about taking the kids to school and picking them up.
Just burnt out right now. 

I'll do a post later, but Mr. Lincoln and Night Owl got together and made me a new rose. Need to deal with her. 

This one snuck ahead of Cole and finished math first. 

Cole said what the hell? and he started doing a lesson daily until done.
Ethan is not done with math. We are not done with History. I have tried hard over the last two days to get the garden in. Tomatoes were begging to go out. I have maybe one more trip to the neighbors and the fireplace will be done?
I still need to get some dirt. Finish planting, so much to plan for our trip. well if we get a trip. Hubby has about 5 more vacation days he can take, after that we are not getting paid if he has to take a day off. We are toying with cancelling the trip, well except everything is paid for. I would loose money in cancel fees. Yet on the other hand we need to eat, and no one understands, if hubby doesn't work and there is no vacation to take, we don't get paid. Which means we don't eat. Or we really struggle with paying the mortgage or something has to give.
Family doesn't understand that if hubby doesn't work he doesn't get paid. OH you can just call in and take another day off. No, he can't. The pay cut alone hit us hard. Try living on 10 dollars an hour, and then not get paid.
Lots of stress, lots on the plate. And I'm close to loosing it.
My night ended tonight, with Tucker throwing up in the toilet with a nose bleed. My toilet looked like it had been through a war. No hubby to help.
Not complaining (much) but need things to calm down, need some sleep without coughing up lungs. Need kids to get better, need the garden planted. And honestly could use some time away from the kids. Maybe in 11 years?
GOD have you tested me enough yet?