Sunday, December 29, 2013
Super D is standing in front of the real fire while we get the effect with music from the TV. Of course next is presents…
Sassafras got a new hat from her sister. Can you tell she likes Pandas?? It’s an inherited trait, I collected Panda things as a kid too.
We then had a yummy Christmas breakfast of Eggs, bacon, and Cinnamon Rolls. Bacon was a treat too as we haven’t had Bacon around lately as it is a bit more expensive. Then we just hung out. Watched a Christmas movie and played.
Sugar Bug had all her clothed tried on and toys all played with before the day was over.
Here she is coloring after working a couple pot holders on the loom, by the end of the day we all had our own pot holder. And we played her new game together. It was very funny…
The game is called Hedbanz Act up.. The game like charades, you act out what is on another players card and have them guess. Super D is acting out an earthquake here.
Sassafras pausing to take a picture of us. With our game headwear . It is a fun game that gets us all laughing!
We didn’t have a big dinner just a simple every day one and that was fine. We had a family dinner with everyone a couple days after Christmas. It was nice to just stay home and enjoy the family.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
I thought I’d share our Christmas Letter with you all with extra pictures…
It’s been another tough year for the S Family. In July we lost Super D’s Dad to cancer. Super D was able to take time off and spent 3 months in Colorado caring for his dad in his last days and taking care of the estate after he passed. The girls and I made a quick week long trip up with my sister-in-law and her kids at the end of June. We were all able to see Grandpa G and say our goodbyes. It was a very trying trip but we made it, making a quick over night in Tulsa on the way.
In April I started working at the local store here. It is about 10 minutes from home and is going pretty well. I now know about half the town by name. We are the only store/gas station/ restaurant for about 30 miles.
In June we celebrated Sugar Bug’s 10th birthday at blue springs, her favorite place on the river. We had a lot of fun jumping into the icy water on the warm day. In October my mom , sister , grandma E, and grandma B along with a couple family friends all made the trip to visit us and help celebrate Sassafras turning 15! It was the first trip for any of them out here. We rented a cabin on the river with a gorgeous view for everyone.
October was a crazy month as along with everyone visiting we moved again. We didn’t move far. We still love the Ozarks and have expanded a bit. We bought another 4 acres practically next door with a mobile home on it. We are all thankful to have running water with working toilets and showers for the winter! We still have our other 6 acres with 10 acres separating the two properties. Originally, when Super D was growing up the all 20 acres were combined. His step dad had split it up to sell. Maybe one day we will have it all back together. For now we have put building on hold while we decide where we want to build and our next step.
Super D has been working installing solar systems with another guy who has decided to sell his business. As a result, Super D is no longer working with him and planning to starting his own business in the new year.
Despite our crazy year our little farm has managed to grow. We got a little milk cow named Sweet Pea who gave birth to a bull calf in August. The girls named him Thor. Thankfully she delivered with no help as Super D was still in Colorado when she had him. So I got plunged into learning to milk our cow! I am so glad she is a sweet thing and has been a great cow and we learned to milk together with no problems. This was her first calf so we were both new it all! We have loved the fresh milk and Super D has taken up cheese making. Our chickens didn’t fare so well while we were in Colorado so we got a new set of chicks that should start giving us eggs again in the spring.
Here is one of the Christmas pictures of the girls. I take pictures every year at Christmas our version of school pictures. This one captures my girls personalities wonderfully!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Monday, December 16, 2013
And the search begins. It was a beautiful sunny day with just enough snow on the ground to make it fun. This was contestant #1, first tree we looked at and really looked good but we wanted to search a little more. It was slightly on the short side.
Contestant #2 nice and full and right height but too wide. So we keep looking. By the way we are looking on our 6 acres where we have several smaller cedars growing.
Gotta play in the snow a bit while looking! The snowball ended up showering Sassafras as soon as we got the picture. Trust me she had it coming.
And the winner is Contestant #3 Good height, a bit narrower, and full branches. Down she comes.
We got her loaded up and home. Sugarbug helped me decorate after Super D got it set up and adjusted just right. Sassafras make cookies for us while we worked.
Ta Da... Okay so we learned some lessons. Cedar trees are a bit more pokey than the fake ones and they tend to grow once you get them inside. We ended up tying some branches up a bit to narrow it up even more so it fit better and we ended up cutting a bit off as it was slightly too tall for our roof. The tree wants to lean to one side but I love it’s imperfections and love having a real one that smells great too. Goliath our dog wanted in on the actions and posed for this picture too.
Hope your having a Great Holiday Season!
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Here I was concerned I’d miss snow when we moved. Well, I was wrong. Missouri has not disappointed in giving me some snow. Now it usually doesn’t stick around too long and I like that. I think I got the better deal. Ok on to the pictures. As most of the US is in deep freeze right now we got this yesterday…
Defiantly a blanket of white. And it was still snowing.
Prince was cold too trying to stay out of the wind on the porch. For some silly reason only he knows he didn’t want in the coop with the rest of the hens.
Well, I’m not talented enough to merge these two so you’ll have to use your brain. But bottom one is by the Hwy which borders our property and then continues in. You can see the pond in both pictures. (that’s the dark spot surrounded by trees) These are taken from our porch. Here’s one taken from the other side of the pond looking back…
I love the reflection of the trees in this picture! You’ll have to use your imagination for how pretty everything will be in the spring when it greens up. On this land we have quite a bit more woods. The border of our land is a couple hundred feet from the tree line in some areas and it borders a property that is just a 2 acre slice of trees it has a rich history that we are trying to learn about. But that’s for another day.
Just so pretty! Hope you stay warm where ever you are!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
We have honey!
So we are not the best bee keepers yet we started with two hives and one was weaker than the other. The stronger one survived, so we have one hive now. Our bees didn’t have enough time to make much honey just for us so we took the honey that was left in the weaker hive.
Excuse the messy kitchen.
Super D cut open the comb then set the trays up in a warm oven to let the honey drip down. I had to go to work so I got out of helping but came home to four beautiful jars of honey.
It tastes wonderful. I am excited for next year. Since we have an established hive I’m hoping we will have a bigger haul.
Friday, October 25, 2013
The plus to all this is that I have a like new computer with less glitches and am using a new program to write my blog that I hope will make it a bit easier to post. We shall see as this means learning a new program but so far I like it. So once again I put you on hold and promise to have photos as soon as I can.
Life really is an adventure!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
We moved. Yes, you read that right. We moved again! But not too far. We only moved about a city block away. Next door out here. We have one neighbor between us and new place. We moved to 4 acres with a mobile home on it.
We now have running water, electric on demand, toilets, and showers. Even a huge bathtub. Several factors played into our decision but don't worry we haven't abandoned our dreams, they are just evolving with life. :)
We somehow managed to move, throw a birthday party, and have company in a 5 day period! I've hardly had a moment to call my own. But as life is getting back to routine I will fill you all in!
I have some pictures saved to show you but still need to download them. I wanted to check in though. I will update very soon with all the new news! What are you all up to this fall?? Anyone have any good adventures?
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I think we've all done this. But remember pictures, even videos, are just snap shots of what really goes one. Most of us are putting our best foot forward to share with our readers. I have been known to move junk out of the way of a picture so you see what I want you to see and not the dirty dishes in the background.
Today I thought I'd break the mold and show you the bad and ugly side too...
This was taken just on a random day. Some days the trailer looks worse and some better. Living in a small space means that surfaces get cluttered and messy quick. After one meal the kitchen counter is overflowing. The tight space can sometimes drive me nuts. I have had to learn to live in the moment, and to look the other way when things can't get done right then.
Thankfully a small space also means it doesn't take too long to clean up. Staying on top of everything can be tough with four people using the space. It seems the second I clear a space someone is putting something in it again.
Living in small space does have some advantages. I enjoy being close to my family, I like that I can sit at the table, on the couch or even be in my bed and know what everyone else is up too. We like the open kitchen and living area and plan to include that when we build.
I miss having a flush toilet and shower. I am ready to have some of those conveniences back! We may have some of them back soon....
I may not have a picture perfect home but it is home and I am thankful for what we have.
A while ago I posted what I do daily.. Well, it's changed since then so I thought I'd update my day to day activities .
I get up between 7 and 8 most mornings. By 9 I milk Sweet Pea (our family cow) That is first thing. She starts demanding attention the minute she realizes anyone is up an moving.
Most days include collecting eggs, making butter (about every third day), schooling the girls, and cleaning up the trailer.
Then each day I prepare the things I make weekly, like granola and yogurt. I try to do those things on the days I don't work at the store.
I still love this land. I love looking out each morning and seeing the beauty and looking up each night and seeing the stars. I love the feeling of what I do really mattering to our daily life. If I don't milk the cow, we don't have milk. If I don't collect the cream I can't make butter.
I know my life is different but It's mine. :) Any questions?
Thursday, September 12, 2013
We had a fun surprise at the trailhead....
We opened this box to check it out. It had a paper to sign in on and told what trail we were taking and had two little mice to welcome us to the forest...
On to the hike..
This was our haul for the day. We've gotten better about not picking everything but just got samples of ones we didn't know what they were. The girls did awesome coming home and working to identify them.. We did have some edibles and had a good lunch of ramen and wood ear.
We haven't had a chance to get out again but hopefully our weather will cool off again and we can hunt some more before the year is over. :)
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Born August 16th
Thursday, August 15, 2013
It is green! At this point I think there is more grass and weeds then my plants but that's ok. I've managed to keep them from choking my plants out.
My poor cherry tomato plant may not make a full recovery. It was attacked by these guys...
This is the Tomato Hornworm. Really it is a caterpillar and it feasts on tomato plants. I pulled 6 off the cherry tomato plant and they did that damage pretty much over night. Thankfully I haven't found many more but I have learned to keep an eye out for these guys. They blend Very well. The chickens will eat them but even they can't see them on the plant!
My bush green bean plants have done well. I have 3 rows and I've harvested a handful about every other day. I think next year I will plant about twice as much so I can really can a good amount. I haven't quite had enough to can this year. We eat them too quickly. :)
I planted squash, zucchini, watermelon, cantaloupe, and cucumbers too. But it started to rain while I was taking pictures. Go Figure. I hope to feature each veggie or fruit and share some ways we use them, store them, and save seeds as I learn.
No calf yet either. Her due date was VERY wrong. We are anxiously waiting to see her little one.
How's your garden growing this year??
Saturday, August 10, 2013
I have never seen so much rain in my life! Here is Patrick Bridge where we often swim...
This has even gone down the water was up to where I am standing. The river has even flooded some of our tall bridges. It is incredible to see. When this happens it changes the landscape of the river so when the water settles it will be a new place.
By the way, I am recovered from my sickness, we've ordered new chicks which should arrive this month, and Super D is progressing with all he had to accomplish in Colorado and will be home soon.
In all we really have survived just fine, but I am tired. Running this place with just me and the girls is a handful... plus my other job. (at the local store) It has kept us going but we really miss having Super D around.
I feel as though we just got stuck this summer. Instead of moving ahead we were only able to maintain what we have. But we will pick it all back up soon and have some progress of getting things done around here.
The plus of all this rain is that it is God's miracle grow! My garden looks more like a jungle and everything is very green. Quite the contrast to last years drought conditions.
Will do a Garden post next so you can all see how it's going. Not as well as I had hoped but better than last year! :) Happy last days of summer!