May 30, 2011

Fruits Of Our Labor

At the beginning of April we built some raised beds for our garden. We have planted tomatoes, bressel sprouts, peppers, squash, etc. My favorite is the herb garden. I have always wanted one and I'm so proud of it. I love going everyday to water and weed and see what new fruit or veggie is starting to form. It just makes you feel good. Kind of like giving birth, but with fruits and vegetables...and no sleepless nights.

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May 27, 2011

Way To Use The Noggin

Everyday the kids were begging me to go play outside. Problem was that they would go straight to one of the many mud holes. My laundry has tripled in the last few weeks. If you know me, you know how much I despise laundry. So I've had my thinking cap on trying to think of other things to detract them from the mud.

What will have as much interest as mud? Same texture? Can be molded as well as mud?


Its been my life saver! They have been out on the porch for hours playing together, no fighting, creating beautiful things. I always swore I would never have play dough in my house. Technically, it's not in the house or will it ever be. Play dough is this mommas new best friend!
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May 22, 2011

Country Living

I pretty much grew up in the country. We lived on 160 acres just outside of Cushing, OK. Me and my three brothers spent a number of days just walking through the woods, following the creeks and swimming in the ponds. No problems, no worries. We never thought "Hey there might be a snake in here." or "I wonder if we will get attacked by a wild hog or mountain lion." So why now do I worry about these things now that we are living on a farm again.

For a couple of reasons I guess. One, I'm older and wiser. I KNOW there are big mean things that live in the woods. I have seen thier tracks in the mud. I have seen their pictures on my dads game camera. Do I want to meet them face to face, absolutely not!
Two: It's been a long time. I've become accustomed to the city life. I guess this tom boy will have to say she has gotten a little soft and divaesque. Not as found of the dirt and bugs as I was as a girl.

All in all though. I'm really excited. It is a different way of life but it really takes me back to some wonderful memories of working in the garden with my grandpa. Of going fishing in the ponds and creeks. I love the beauty of nature. My front yard is trees. Lots of gorgeous trees. You dont hear your neighbors mowing their lawns, no traffic from cars or trains, nothing. It is so peaceful here. The kids can go out front and play and I don't have to worry about someone snatching them from the yard. Do you know how freeing that is for me and for them.

I'm also excited for the future. We got a vegetable garden planted and are starting to see some results. We also got a herb garden and I'm so excited. We have planted us an orchard of apples, peaches, plums, and cherries. Soon we will have some chickens, the horses as soon as we get the fence up, maybe even a cow or two. We will be a real farm. I'm excited to learn to be country and most of all for my kids to know how to do it too. I think I can get back to that girl who loved to play in the dirt and didn't mind the bugs so much. I actually think I'm more than half way there.
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