Where We All Get ALongwell
- Published on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:26
We've had some ice and we've had some snow. We're all safe and sound. Tif had a power outage for about 3 hours a couple of days ago but as far as I know they are good. They have the fireplace and lots of wood. :)
We had a tree come down toward the end of the driveway yesterday. John and I went out there with a couple of simple saws and hacked at it until we got the top off. John pulled it with the Jeep to the open area by the end of the driveway and we can at least get through. Snow this morning, still have power, still safe :D Lots of pics though. They are the ones that are numbered or you can sort by date.
The sun is out a bit now so we should melt off some. I also included a pic of the picachu I made for Thor's lady, Kasey, and I think I included the fish that had 23 babies last night. For now, here's the ice, click it to go to the pics directory.
- Published on Sunday, 08 February 2015 16:39
January kind of flew by. The kids were home until January 5th. So I started coming up with new ideas of things to sell in my @HomeNinja shop for geeks and for Valentine's Day. I have a few Pokémon items in the shop now. (Even at 14, Thor still enjoys that stuff.) I also did some flower rings, black and white baby sneakers, yellow and white baby sneakers, pink and white flip flops and a heart bookmark. Whew.
My dad, Roy, has been unwell for a while and finally ended up with a visit to the hospital. He has several pending issues and they could not do surgery on a hernia that is, at this point life threatening, until they take care of other issues. As of yesterday though, any infection has cleared up with antibiotics, he still refuses anything for pain, he has a heart murmur and they have done EKGs, Echos, Halter Monitor and really everything they can do and are awaiting results to see how he will fare in surgery. They will call him this coming week with more information on that and hopefully set a date.
I've been looking for work to make things ... not so tight around here. Of course no one is really hiring anything except factory (2nd/3rd shift) and truck driving but something will come up. John has a second job working from home doing website work but it's going to be a monthly pay gig and only when he has time to get the work in. :) We also received an order for a table, custom, and she paid up front for the wood. In the past 14 days, John has labored 12 of them to cut, sand (three levels of sanding so takes ages), stain and varnish. I've been able to help with the last two. We're doing the top over the next few days so it should be done by next weekend!
The end of January and beginning of February brings us Thor's big concert in Mount Juliet. He was the only White County student to attend the Freshmen Honors Choir. He was selected in September and had his concert on Jan 31st. He practiced with 50+ other students for the entire day and the concert was that evening. I've included Ave Maria's video. Al and Pat came and bought Thor a Tshirt and plaque they had available for him.
This month, so far, I've started making bunny slippers for little ones. Yesterday we attended the birthday party for Seth and Sidney. Tif made an awesome Minecraft cake! Yup that's it above. All those pics are included in the new image folder for 2015. Expect great things in there. :D
- Published on Saturday, 19 July 2014 15:07
Dez and the girls arrived on Sunday the 13th and stayed with us through Friday the 18th when they headed out at 4am to head back home. It had been so long since we had seen the girls. I think the last time we saw them was around 4 years ago when we lived in Lancaster.
The girls arrived early enough the first night that we had time to get them unloaded, have dinner and play/relax a while. We didn't pull the camera out until later in the week because, honestly, we were enjoying ourselves and I had totally forgotten. We think it was the first night that John set off several fireworks for the kiddos to enjoy. One of them did not go high enough in the sky and gave the adults a bit of a fright but the kids thought it was the greatest thing they had ever seen and wanted more. :p After fixing the tube all other fireworks were way up in the sky, where they should be. I have some pics of the July 4 firework display John did for us but did not bring out the camera for this one. Somehow I've misplaced those but will find them and upload some.
Jenny spent quite a bit of time over at our house with her girls. Autumn and Amaya were so excited to see her that they also spent a lot of time at her house too. It helped pass the time for all 4 kids awaiting the arrival of yet another batch of cookies or cupcakes. :D Jenny also managed (with a house full of kids either chatting or watching My Little Pony episodes) to make a heap of bread and butter pickles. Dez, Autumn and Noah helped me pick another gallon of blueberries, which brought us up to two gallons. No worries, we had them for every breakfast and sometimes with desserts. The girls took the remainder home for snacking and to have once they got there.
While they were here Autumn and Noah played in the pool all day, Thor and Amaya played lots of Mario Kart Double Dash or were upstairs where Amaya played the Sims 3 with Pets and had horses and a cat. Dez and I crocheted a lot too. She's started a beautiful blanket! I made a couple of small things for the kiddos to take home but it reminded me I should do that more often. John grilled up lots of hotdogs and spent mucho time with his sis. We took the girls to Rock Island and got some really fabo pics. I have put the best ones up here. I've also put that link under the photo so you can click that too. I would have renamed the pics to better describe but then they'd be out of order. :p We greatly enjoyed the visit and hope you guys enjoy the pics as much as we do. :)
- Published on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:04
Since it's not yet Thanksgiving but after Halloween I figured it's time for some photos. Here's what we've been up to. Moose has a lady friend again. A couple of weeks ago she was in heat so we saw lots of her and Moose hated that they didn't get alone time. She's a pretty little neighborhood pup. Click a pic for more images, sort by date and these are Nov 19th uploads.
We also had some friends over this month! Yay! The Cook's came over for a visit. Earnie and Leila have 5 girls, this is Earnie, Lauren, Taylor and Sophia. They needed a break from just sitting at the Howell House (Leila's parent's place, they were in between houses atm) and we fed them and gave the kids a place to run and play with a couple of boys. :p Thor stayed on the first floor with Hannah and Kasey playing every video game they could find that was both anime and lame. :D Of which I'm sure we have plenty.
Noah has been reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. He reads 20 minutes a night for school. Once he gets through these we'll start him on something less "graphic novel" and more "read to enjoy the story" of it all. :) Parent Teacher Conferences were yesterday and Noah, while he still has work to do, is doing okay. He has GOT to focus and he has GOT to start using his book for the exams that are OPEN BOOK. sigh. For now though, proof the boy reads. :D
John made this absolutely gorgeous island/cart! It's the same height as the counters. It's got 2x4 base with bottom, 1x3s for the middle shelf and butcher block paint grade edge glued panel for the top. Thick outdoor white paint for the exterior, amber colored shellac for the middle and top. One hook on one end and a paper towel roll with 4 super heavy duty castors on the bottom, two lock. This one is a gift but we hope to have enough lumber left over to do another and maybe start making more later.
Last but not least, Katie had her baby! Zaydahlyn Mae was born November 7th, 9lbs 5oz. Here is Kate and little Zayda wearing the owl hat I sent, I'm glad it fit :)
Jenny is up there with her now and they're trying to get moved into an apartment. Kate, Dimitri and Zayda are going great. :)
- Published on Monday, 07 July 2014 17:38
Though it's hard to tell from the photo this is a glorious garden. John keeps the pathways through the rows looking low and spiffy, as well as short around the garden. Everything is growing quickly now!
On this end we have the banana peppers (left) and acorn squash (right). The next row on the left is Carrots and an empty spot for more carrots but we didn't fill that one so it's empty. Next row, Cucumbers and beets. Watermelons and many many tomatoes, then more peppers, basil and cilantro and celery. Next down is a big beefy tomato plant and tall lettuce that's mostly gone to seed and more tomatoes. Lastly is zucchini and bell peppers. mmmmm. On the far right we have pole beans and on the row that looks like a walkway is peas but they didn't like the overwhelming amount of rain recently and seem to have mostly died. Somewhere in there we also have onions that didn't want to grow. Way back on the left are the forever bearing blueberries, the huge bushy tree in the center is the peach tree that did not bear fruit and on the right are 2 apple trees.
John has been making heaps of JAM out of the berries we've picked. We're up to 19ish pints of blueberry, 6 pints of blackberry and 3 quart jars of blueberry jams. Zucchini we've made about 4 total loaves of zuke bread, 8 mini loaves, 24 mini muffins and 9 quart bags containing 2 cups each of shredded zucchini for later bread making. And we get at least 2 if not 3 zukes a day coming off those plants so we're going to have to start blanching and freezing in halves and slices...or come up with more people to take some of these freakin things.
For more pics of our garden you can head over to the Garden Pic List and sort by date. 7-7-14 are the ones from this week so they're most recent to this point. We also have to stick in a pic of Moose hanging out in the dill watching the gardening action. You can see more puppy pics over at his puppy pic list too.