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RV Dining Room Makeover

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Well, we haven’t found an “RV Dining Set” that works for us. We had one for a while but felt it was much too bulky. We sold that and have kept our eye out for just the right table for over a year. In the mean time we use folding tables and step stools for chairs. Needless to say, we are happy to have a dining table and chairs again! This is what we settled on.

       

  

   

August Garden Update

Monday, August 10th, 2015

We are all feeling dry and hot this summer. As I was looking out the window this morning, I mentioned to Jonathan that the scenery looked like I was in California! Our beautiful garden is hanging on inspite of it all though, thank the Lord!

A panorama just before sunset two days ago. Green haven in the midst of the dessert, ha!

   
My mother-inlaw was thrilled to see my Pacific Statice flowers I grew from seed. They are a lot of fun. I enjoyed having lots of flowers throughout the garden this year. I hope to find room for even more color next year!

 The full garden as I headed over this morning for some updated photos.

   
 I do love the Sunflowers. I can’t grow enough of them!

   
This is a beautiful pepper but we are struggling to keep the majority healthy. Many of them are brown on the bottoms. It is sad after all that work. Hope they come out of it quickly andproduce many healthy peppers

 The pie pumpkins are getting ready to take over the walk path!

   

My green beans outgrew their trellis so I added an extension. Will save those high ones for seed.

 Happy to see this Brandywine tomatoe turning orange at last. This variety does not like something in the soil here so we really had to work to keep them growing.

   
Watermelon!!! No, not really. It’s called Orangelo. Like watermelon but it has orange flesh. Excited to try it!

 This is a jumbo melon…whatever that is. I have forgotten what the package said it would taste like. If we can keep the squrriels out, we should be able to taste some of these soon.

   
A freshpotof flowers Jonathan bought for me last month. 🙂

 Let those sunny faces make you smile!

   
Corn. Having a hard time getting enough water but ears are forming.

 Thinking ahead this year! These are my fall starts. Thankful again for the greenhouse. I could not have sprouted these without the sun protection the greenhouse provided. Now to get an area of the garden prepped for fall crops!

   
And another surprise from my sweet man. Jonathan bought these strings of flower solar lights for me to enjoy in the garden when I am out there watering at O-dark-thirty! We should call ourselves the midnight gardeners.

 They put off a decent amount of light too.

   
Now this guy REALLY puts out the light! Nothing like seeing your plants with artificial lighting, they look different. This big guy is like being out on the football field. Very nice!

 

The Chicken Cottage 4×4 – $900

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Cute as a dollhouse chicken cottage. Locking doors and windows, back panel removes for easy clean out, slide out floor for hosing off, great ventilation – suitable for 4-8 chickens. Base price is $600, with custom options.

Please enjoy a video tour on YouTube by clicking the image below:

 

   
    
    
    
    
   

Garlic harvest

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

   

Harvesting garlic, braid for storage Watch on youTube!

Boysenberries!

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

In search of raspberries, I visited a small farm just up the road from us. What a nice little operation of self-serve berry picking with friendly owners! I was a little disappointed to find that raspberry season is bacially over already. I did pick 3lbs raspberries, 4lbs of blueberries, and 5lbs of Boysenberries. Boysenberry jam was one of my favorites when I was little…but it is nothing like homemade. I would say my homemade boysenberry jam tastes like half raspberry, half blackberry. It is good, just not what I remember. After teaching half the day, and picking all these berries, I still had energy to make my batch of jam and put the leftover berries in the freezer.

   
 

Garden update

Monday, July 6th, 2015

The garden is doing beautifullly!!! We are very happy and feel blessed considering this is only our 2nd year gardening on this soil. Last year we were not able to add much organic matter to the clay soil. This year we hauled in 3 truck loads of composted cow manure, a free load of wood chips from a tree trimmer and another load of wood chips that we picked up with our truck. What a difference!  
My little flower garden by the front gate. Nasturtiums, Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, Pacific Statice, Marvel of Peru, and potted petunias. Close up of Kiss Me flowers below.

  Farmer Jonathan built this tomato cage out of old hog panels. Works splendid! We stick poles through the wires for added support as the tomatoes get taller. So far, my favortie tomato support system.  
I call this the Plant Cemetery. Perhaps a bad name considering nothing is dead here…but this is where everything went that needed a home and I couldn’t decide where to plant it. 🙂 We have Dill, lots of flowers, chives, cat nip, fennel, sunflowers, Borage and sage.

  On the other side of the walk path we have Statice, Marvel of Peru, Pumpkins, Oregano, Basil, and some carrots.  
Poor Larry the Cucumber Rock is struggling to stay visible! Good thing these cucs are growing so well as we are eating up our very last jar of pickles!!

    

 Farmer Jonathan’s pepper plants are doing swell too! Look how dark green and healthy these guys are! Happy!

   
  We harvested our cabbages and garlic, then ripped this area out, rotatilled in some home made compost, and planted my pitiful pumpkins that needed transplanting at least a month ago! Hope they snap out of being root bound and get growing fast. Don’t those wood chips look great!?  
The strawberries are doing much better too! They are so enthusiastic, they’re making new plants! Maybe they were feeling lonely. Glad to see them happy.

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
Did you notice the changes here? My lavendar plants were not too fond of their water can pot. So, I dug around in the dirt, added a bit of potting soil, heaped on some nice wood chips, and planted my French, Dutch, and English Lavendar plants here beside the greenhouse! Hope to get some lovely Lavendar blooms soon.

  And while I’m out doing my Lavendar transplanting, Farmer Jonathan is busy clearing brush out of the way to install his new Chicken House. The girls are MORE than ready for move in day!!  
 

Independence Day

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

We celebrated our wholesome life of simplicity and freedom, thanking God for His many blessings!

The menu:

Sloppy joes from a cow grown on the property.

Greek Pasta salad with garden tomatoes, peppers, and herbs.

Festive pudding pie – red raspberries, blue blueberries, both hand picked, white vanilla pudding. 

Blue sky organic soda for a special treat.

And vitamins of course! 😉

   
  Pretzels were a rare treat in celebration of the special day as well.

  
As you can see, I spent most of my day in the kitchen. It was a joy to prepare a special little meal, thoughtfully counting each and every blessing. God is very good to us and we are thankful most of all for freedom in Christ!

 

After dinner, we sat on the hill and watched fireworks from 5 differnt towns.

Kitchen Makeover

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

We have been living in our little home for well over a year now and we love it! There are still projects here and there, things we would like to change, etc. Just this week we finished painting the kitchen. This is something I have wanted to do since day one! I am very happy with the results!

Sadly, this is the only “before” picture I have.

 
Here I am contemplating colors. Seriously! Apparently I have no artistic sense at all. I picked the blue colors on the left, Jonathan picked the greenish blue on the right. We asked 6 people to vote and all 6 of them voted for Jonathan’s color choice! Frustrating for me! But after stubbornly painting MY color up there first, I had to agree with the others. Sea Tickle won the color competition! 

  The finished product adds so much bright cheer to our house! It also makes the space feel bigger.

  
  

   

Quaker Style Chicken Coop

Friday, June 26th, 2015

“Home built 5×8 Chicken Coop. Quaker style. For sale: $1,200. Nest box doors split to provide food storage. Will safely house up to 25 hens. Vinyl windows with sliders provide ventilation. Delivery available.”

Jonathan just finished building this nice Chicken House. We are thinking of decorating the interior with some curtains just for fun. More pictures coming soon, just the exterior and building process for now.   

I came home from teaching one day and he had been to the lumber store and started working.    

  
  Dad, Mom, and Grandma came down for a visit. Grandma supervised while Dad helped Jonathan with the roof.

 

The Nest box is divided for food storage space. Pretty cool! Fits 3 bags of feed nicely.

 The Girls are anxious to move in but it looks like they have to wait a while because this one is hot on the market this weekend! 

Jonathan did most of the painting but I did get to help! I painted the interior. I also put the tar paper on the roof.  I love helping him on projects whenever I can! 

Garden 2015

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

 Please click the link below to watch a video of the scenery I get to enjoy everyday from my garden and a pan around the garden to show you what we are growing this year. So thankful and blessed to live In such a beautiful place!

 Garden video tour 2015

   
 This years garden has been doing really well so far! We were able to get a nice early start and we have had some very beautiful spring weather. Some of the things we had intended for fall crops last year survived the winter and got a jump start on the cool weather of spring. Because of this I was able to harvest our first head of cabbage yesterday! Not only was it the first head this year, it was the first head I have ever successfully grown! I know cabbage is supposed to be easy to grow, but somehow I failed 4 years in a row!   

    I have also always failed with onions. So much so, in fact, that Jonathan asked me why I was planting them this year! But look at them! I am so excited, they are doing so much better. I read online that each leaf shoot represents a ring of onion being developed. Interesting! I also read that one should NOT pull the weeds around their onions. This was a fascinating thought for me. They said I should cut the weeds off at the ground instead of pulling them. This leaves the tender roots of the union bulbs as undisturbed as possible. Makes sense!!! 

   
I am trying to grow lots of flowers in my garden this year. Partly because I like them and they are pretty, partly because I can’t grow them near the house or the deer will eat them, and partly to attract bees. I am growing some unique heirloom varieties and am excited to see what they look like in bloom doesn’t look like I have to wait too much longer! 

And then here are some random pictures around the garden. Enjoy!