Two more months slip away

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(WordPress has been wonky so it took me a WEEK to get this posted).

February turned out to be pretty busy. We got some solid work finished on the house.  The porch is now screened (thank goodness). It looks SO much better.  We need a door still but hey, improvement is improvement.

Hunter is working on a shelter for a shop. We (he) considered a lot of different routes there and even considered borrowing money to do a rent-to-own thing. But, in the end, we (he) decided to keep the container he uses now and then build a shed of sorts around that. So, he got the roof up and on and he’s used some leftover retaining wall blocks from a job to put a retaining wall in so he can get the floor level. Next will be adding more dirt, gravel and then concrete. This summer, he wants to put walls up and a door so he can close it in.  Then he’ll have a nice, dry place to work and a place to put all his tools. It’s been on our “plan” since we moved and was on the list from the other house. It’s time for him to have a place to work that is his I think. He deserves it.

In the middle of all the shop progress, we also hope to get a small coop built and get ourselves some chickens again. I’m pretty excited about that. Our plan is 8-10 layers and then 10-12 meat birds. We’re gonna do it. Try the meat birds thing. I’m a little apprehensive about it but it is worth a shot. Growing our own just makes sense.

As far as a garden, I just don’t know where we can put one so I guess I’ll take the leftovers from my family’s produce business when they have it. I do plan to put a few peppers in somewhere though and I’d love to do some green bean tepees and try a potato box. Just for the fun of it. I also need to add some new herb plants this year. I would like to figure out a nice permanent place for the perennial herbs like the rosemary, chives and more oregano. That would give me more room in my galvanized pot garden. There’s this little gully that runs the top of the backyard. It’s mostly for drainage but I am thinking that I might be able to plant along the banks of that. Or build some beds that come out from it a bit. I don’t know.

March is almost over already and we’re completely out of firewood. You’d think, being in Georgia, it would start being warmer at night but not so much. As much as I love a fire, I’m ready for spring. (And hoping we can afford a furnace so the ugly window AC units don’t have to go back in. I truly hate them. They block so much light).

Baseball has started (and t-ball) so we spend 2-4 nights a week at baseball. It’s madness and the sheer coordination astounds me. 26 ball games between March 18 and May 9.  Madness.

Life rages on. I do promise to try to get some pictures of the screened porch. I took them. I Just haven’t downloaded them from my camera yet. Who has time?!?

Carrie

Weekend Festival Time!

This past weekend was what I simply called, “Festival Weekend.” Our hometown festival was this weekend.  That means fair food, lots of “hey, how are y’all?” and of course, the parade.  We do a parade float every year and the kids love it.  And I love that they love it because I always did as a child.  I love sharing that with them. But let me just say, the cost of candy is RIDICULOUS.  But the food was good(smoked turkey leg for me a Reuben for Hunter, hot dogs for the kiddos although they ate half of mine), the kids played games and of course, we came home with pop guns.

The olders spent Saturday night with their cousin for his 7th birthday and had a blast. So, yesterday, Hunter, Rhett and I headed north to Brasstown, North Carolina all by ourselves for the J.C. Campbell Folk Festival.  The Folk School is an absolutely amazing organization that offers students opportunities to learn what I call “old trades” through their classes. Each year, the school opens their school and their land to the public, hosting an artisan craft festival with beautiful hand crafted products. There are demonstrators all through the festival that take the time to explain what they are doing and how things work.

Bowl carving

We watched this guy turn a wooden bowl. He stopped frequently to tell us why and how he did things so the bowl came out right and wouldn’t crack.

Handcrafted at folk festival

There were potters, turning clay.  I loved this cup/bowl that one of the students was selling. Isn’t it gorgeous?

I didn’t bring my “big girl” camera so I settled for my phone for pictures.  I wish I’d of taken more of them. We saw someone working on a loom, spinning yarn, knitting, carving a wooden bowl (by hand), beading, crocheting….you name it!  That’s what I love most about this festival, their willingness to show you their crafts and talk with you.

It would probably be wrong of me to not mention the food.  Hunter, Rhett and I thoroughly enjoyed BBQ sandwiches (Rhett and I), some kind of sausage and pepper sandwich (Hunter), an apple pie (oh my word), an apple betty and this gigantic bag of kettle corn.  But we did bring home some for the boys, I promise!

It was a fun weekend for all of us but we were all tired this morning!  I am off today so I’m getting the rabbit cage winterized and taking the dog to the vet.  Exciting times, no?  The air is cool and brisk and it finally feels like fall.

How about you?  How was your weekend?

Summer past: Memories Made

An end of summer wrap up of a few memories made….
(from top, left to right)

1. Hunter at Jekyll Island (our first alone getaway since Lee was born!)
2. Baseball is part of our lives now….spring and fall.
3. And t-ball….Levi’s first year of t-ball
4. Rhett’s first camping trip.  He fell off the platform in the first 10 minutes we were there and ended up with this memory.
5. Sunrise on Jekyll Island.  Gorgeous
6. Hunter and I on the dolphin tour.
7. Levi camping.  Tree climbers they are
8. We made these and they had quite the time.
9. Lee camping…also a climber

Will they even like each other when they grow up?

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I find it absolutely ridiculous that I (more than often) have to tell these boys to sit there, eat their breakfast without talking to one another, touching one another, looking at one another. What should take 15 minutes (or less) usually turns into 30 minutes or more of pure torture.

Does it get better? Will they even like each other as adults?!? I surely hope so. But I often wonder…

A Simpler Christmas

The inevitable has happened…

Tissue?Not only do I have a cold but I also got lucky enough to catch a stomach virus as well. Aren’t I the lucky one?!? I guess I should see the day off as a blessing. I’ve been on the couch all day watching TV. ALL DAY.

Presents Under the TreeI’ve got a project on the needles (so cute and I am dying to show it to you but I don’t want to ruin the surprise!) that is close to wrapping up but today wasn’t the day for such endeavours as following a pattern.  Today was for water, toast, TV and rest.   A hint of computer time but nothing major.

Christmas is approaching and that means projects.  Crafting. Sewing. Knitting.  But in all honesty, I’ve taken a step back this year.

moving, moving, moving

With boxes still with us, the thought of dragging out all our Christmas stuff just overwhelmed me. So I didn’t.  That’s right. I didn’t. I made things simpler. In fact, I only found the rest of our ornaments last night. And that’s ok. The kids are having fun placing a few each day. My Christmas village? Not lit. No snow. But it is certainly pretty in its new home. My mantle? Just greenery and lights. Nice and simple.

christmas lights
I’m paring down, keeping it simple. Things change every year. Less people gather, less can make all the activities of past. I’m adjusting.And trying to not be disappointed. So this year, I’m buying less (even though it sure doesn’t feel like it), baking a little less, and just enjoying sitting in front of our beautiful tree staring at the lights while the fire crackles in the fireplace.

Is there anything better?


What’s on your Christmas agenda?  Are you paring down for a variety of reasons?  What’s out the door this year and what’s staying?  


Carrie