Tuesday, June 29, 2010


That is what I've been doing lately. Why hide you ask? Because my children follow me around everywhere asking me endless questions and they just. never. stop. talking...Who thought up this idea of giving children a break in the summer? Please tell me because I would like to kick them in the head. Back to schoolwork I say!!

Okay, yes, I homeschool but it is different when we are doing school. They are on a schedule. They do multiple subjects and there is no time for boredom. Our summer has been full of "I'm bords and I have nothing to dos and can I have ice creams and what would you do ifs" every. two. seconds. So, I hide.

I have been hiding in the garden, hiding in the barn, the orchard, chicken coop, in my office buried under mountains of curriculum, photos and books. Also, hiding in my closet with a bag of chocolate because that is the only place my children can not find me.

I thought summer was supposed to be relaxing, peaceful, lazy and fun. When I was a kid, I was outside all day. I made mud pies and played in the sprinkler and went on long walks and found interesting animals. Like humongous slugs. Then poured salt on them and watched them fizz and bubble and disintegrate. You know, fun kid stuff. Why is it such a struggle to get my kids outside and using their imaginations?

There is forced outside time around here. You would think they were told to go break rocks in a chain gang. There is moaning, crying and whining about going outside. Even when it is not hot. The only thing that gets them excited about going outside is the threat of raking or shoveling or doing hard labor. Then they scatter and can't be found for hours. *sigh* Whatever works, I guess.

Uh-oh..I hear them coming. Off to hide again. *Please send chocolate*

Thursday, June 3, 2010

This and That

I've been pretty scarce lately. We have been so busy working in the gardens and doing various projects outside. We have officially finished our "school year" and will be enjoying a short break before switching to our summer school schedule.

Everything is growing and blooming around here. It is so pretty and is such a great blessing after all our hard work.

Dahlias are my absolute favorite flower ever. When tulips are not in bloom that is. I just love these guys. Some of them are dinner plate dahlias. They get bigger than my kiddos heads. If you've seen the middle one's head, then you would be pretty impressed. (Just kidding buddy, I love you and your sweet head more than chocolate)

This is a lily from a lily tree I planted several months ago. These lily trees can get up to 5 feet. I can't wait to see how tall it gets.

These are my clearance sale Wal Mart roses. I got them for two dollars each. They looked very sad when I got them. I nursed and loved them back to life.

I have no clue what this is. I bought if from a sweet old lady that grows and sells plants from her home. She could not remember what it was but said it bloomed the same time as crepe myrtles and that they were very pretty. If you know, please tell me so I can properly care for it.

Cilantro going to seed.

My veggie garden is in full swing. I've already harvested about 250 lbs of potatoes. I'm planting corn where they were. I also have squash,

Sweet peas

Cucumbers and lots of tomatoes, okra, a variety of peppers and watermelon. Plus, I planted a lot of herbs in the orchard and started a bunch of new plants from seed. I love this time of year. I am truly thankful for all we have been blessed with.

We have a few new additions to the farm. This little cutie is a Banty chicken. They are much smaller than normal chickens and lay teeny tiny little midget eggs. They are so cute! You can't do much with them but she is fun to have around.

Just look at her next to the other chickens. She is so little!

My pretty Americana rooster is all grown up and beautiful. His feathers have so many different colors.

I got 8 Black Maran chicks. I have been wanting these chicks since we moved here but had not been able to find them. I feel like I hit the jackpot. They lay chocolate brown eggs that are so beautiful. These hens and their eggs are very popular. They have such a sweet temperament. The kids feed them out of their hands and pet them like little kitties. Too cute!

This is my newest Americana hen. She is supposed to lay pink eggs. I have only had her a few days and she has not laid an egg yet. I am anxiously waiting to see her eggs.

I traded these new chickens for something else that left the farm this weekend. I can't tell you what yet because it is too painful. Just kidding, I really have to go do a bunch of errands and am running out of time so I'll have to finish the story later.

Have a wonderful Thursday!!