It's been a busy week. We have been remodeling one of our upstairs bathrooms and it's been a nightly event, getting to bed past midnight. It's coming along, but not quite ready to post pictures, yet. When I asked my husband how long a project he thought it would be, he said three days. Well, we are on week three, now, the way it goes with house projects, they always take longer than anticipated.
I didn't get to post my last weeks yard sale finds and here it is almost time to go, again. In fact, tomorrow I'll be going with my daughter, Christy, and taking 6 children with us. Plus, it's cold, again, the weather teased us making us think warm weather was here to stay and then it laughed and pulled a fast one with wind, rain, and cold. There is no rain predicted for tomorrow, though, so I will venture out and look for the bargains, spending time with my daughter and grandchildren. Here are some pictures of last weeks finds. Great deals, nothing over $2.00 except for my favorite find which I didn't get a picture of, a rice cooker for $7.00. I've already used it and love how moist the rice turned out and it's so easy to use.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
My husband, Chuck, turned 56, yesterday, and he was blessed with all his children and grandchildren celebrating it with him, along with his mom, sister and in-laws. When you get that many together, there were 37 of us, 19 of them children, you have quite a party. We had mexican food, enchiladas, spanish rice, refried beans, salad and lots of desserts. I had planned on good weather, the day before was actually a warm day, but wouldn't you know it, the sky turned dark and cloudy, wind came up and then came the rain! A jump house was planned for the kids for outside play, so of course with rain that didn't happen. So, 19 children had to find fun in the house. Which they did with my dress up box, cupboard of toys and our open hall way that they turned into a running game going from the living room into the hallway and back again in a circle, laughing and having the best time. I enjoyed watching them and all the fun they were having. Our sons kept us laughing with their antics and conversations, they are quite the witty ones. We ladies watched over the children, served the food, and enjoyed each others company. Having a large family is such a blessing and as I sat there and watched them all, I felt very rich, indeed!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Chuck and I also got some weeding done in our garden beds and he spread out compost from our compost pile. We got in on a sale at Home Depot, one day only, on vegetable and herb plants, buy one and get one free. I happily loaded the cart with many plants, an addition to the many seedlings growing at home. I'm anticipating lots of vegetables from my garden this year. I started an herb garden last year and bought several more herbs for that, too. It's nice to just walk out in the yard and pick them when I need them. With our short growing season here in Idaho, I'll have to wait another 4 weeks to plant them outside. Patience, patience.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Well, it's that time again, planning the garden. This shelf is a new addition this year that holds all my pots with the new seedlings and I have it filled to the brim. My dining room window has the best lighting for the plants and for the shelves that don't reach the window I have fluorescent lighting hooked up. This is my third year, so I still feel like a beginner, but every year I learn more and more. This year I made the mistake in getting my soil right from my raised beds to start my seedlings and it became to compacted in the containers not retaining moisture and needed frequent watering. I should have bought potting soil and used that instead as my pepper plants had low germination success resulting in only 6 pepper plants. The rest of the seeds, tomatoes, beets, basil, radishes, and broccoli did well. I am trying over with the peppers, hoping for more plants for the garden in May. Otherwise, I'll have to buy the plants as we like bell peppers. My dining room will look like this until my planting date around May 15th and then the shelf will become handy in my storage room. I'll also be planting different types of squash, peas, beans and cucumber, but you sow those seeds outdoors at planting time. Looking forward to a profitable season of gardening!
Friday, April 9, 2010
Katey, Dad and I are so proud of the woman that you are, God has a wonderful plan for your life and I'm so pleased to get to watch it unfold.