Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Strange Find

I was doing the laundry today and guess what came out of the dryer?

Dryer + Tape = melted mess

Friday, June 18, 2010

Stumbling along

Well I have been super busy since the last 3 weeks of the kids school. Witch ended on the 3rd. Today I am getting ready for Litha celebration Yay midsummer is here and boy we can feel it. Been super hot, muggy and plain miserable.
Things have been finically tight for us lately ugh so horrid, but I know things will go up from here. It has to.
Property hunting is at a dead end, its just not going to happen. The bank took 2 seconds on there decision. Oh well, maybe in a year we can. I just hate spending $500.00 a month on a place that is falling apart and the Landlord wont do anything. They said they plan to fix everything when we move out. Yea right like how can we move? Bla just stressed. I would give my Pinky finger for some property right now, I can build me a home!
I have like 5 videos to edit, make stuff for the shop (hope we can sale it stuff soon!) and try to keep the kids from killing each other.
They are fighting fiercely this summer. The oldest keeps asking e something every 2 minutes, I can bearly think sometimes. When the day is done I fall fast asleep and wake up exhausted.
Love them but geez give me 5 minutes to answer your question.
Okay feel somewhat better off to clean, decorate (which daughter is helping with, lets see how long this keeps her attention), and get ready for visitors.
Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Garden Tip 1: Planning

Have you ever wanted your own garden? First think about what type of garden you want.
Types of gardens: Herbal Kitchen and medical, Fruits and veggie gardens, Decorative flowering gardens, Inside potted gardens, Porch potted gardens, window seal potted gardens.

Do you have a lot of space? or small space?

We did a potted garden for years although this worked great for when we lived in small places such as apartments and such, it was very limited on what we could do. we had many of the veggies and fruits, but it was still very limited on space wise. I couldn't grow all the things I really wanted and had to chose just a few things. This option is great for those just starting out and getting the hang of it all. Suggested Plants to do in pots all year: Tomato (try to pick 2-3 plants I did one of each: Cherry, Beefstock, and grape tomato), Basil, mint, spearmint, peppermint, catnip, peppers, oregano, dill, eggplant. Hanging baskets of cucumbers, strawberries, pumpkins (small), Peas, Beans these plants did well from hanging baskets but one could put them in big pots with steaks and tie the vines up as they grow.

When we moved out of the apartment our new home wasn't much better big pine trees every where and far too much shade with no space to have a garden. So we went without one for 4 years.

Our new place has the following issues: Grey clay and grass that wont go away. So this years solution to our garden is simple. We tilled 6 long beds we eyeballed it on width and length but if you are the more percise person measure and tie out your beds. We then will be adding the following to the beds:

Hay : This is free from our local expo center it is all ready broken down some with manure from past shows. Check your local expo center about there wast hay or even your local animal action house. Or if you have friends with stables ask them for there hay from the stables.

Compost conditioner and compost: The conditioner was 2.98 a bag from home depot we got 15. Compost is the left over veggies and organic matter from our kitchen.

Top Soil this is about 1.00 a bag at wal mart we wanted things that didnt have fertilizer in it.

We layered all this on our tilled spots. Then we covered with plastic drop cloth weighed down with yard stuff such as limbs, rocks and so forth.

This will allow the beds to worm up and break down more. Once broke down they will be ready for transplant.

While our beds are cooking we started all our seeds indoors. We used a combination of peat pods and pots with compost conditioner. By the time April Comes around everything will be ready to be placed into the ground.
What we started Indoors: Tomatoes, Peppers, Catnip, Lavender, Cucumber, Icicle Radish, watermelons, Pumpkin, Cucumbers, Dill, Chives, Sage, Chamomile, Strawberries, Potatoes, Chard, Rhubarb, Asparagus, Eggplant, zucchini, lemon balm, leeks, Brussels sprouts, thyme.

We have plenty we haven't started yet but these will be planted directly into the ground.

We Also started an earth worm farm for our compost bin this will be a great investment for us for years to come.

Picks to come on a good sunny day :)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Adventures in Eating out

When I went to pick up the kids from school, My oldest started asking if we were going out to eat. I said  "No, we are going home where dad is." she started the tear factory.Thendeclaredd "Okay you ask daddy while I stay in the car with Owen." Took me by surprise but I recovered quickly "Why don't you ask Dad?". Silence pure silence for about 2 minutes "No way, do you think I am crazy?" Cutos to the 5 year old! "No I don't think you are crazy, But since it is your idea maybe you should be the one to excite it?" She laughed at me I was serious lol.

So we get home and for 2-3 hours non stop "Are we going out to eat?" "I don't wan't to eat here" So we finally caved and went out. We get there, the place is packed of course it is, it's friday night. Lots of people from the movies were there they said all the showing of all the movies were sold out. We get our table order the kids food and our drinks. Hubby ad I take forever on ordering our stuff. That way kids chomp down sooner. Well Our daughter wasn't eating. She was fidgety, she kept saying she was cold. I should have known by the time we got home I noticed she was quite, which isn't like her. She has what I call diarrhea of the mouth, she doesn't stop talking. Yep she's sick with fever. All stopped up with a sore throughout. I just hope it isn't strep.

While we were eating there was a group of 5 people with kids over at a table near us. What was funny was what one of the kids said "tra lala i need to potty" it was the musical tune he used it was funny. at least he said he needed to go. Cutos to the creativity of needing to potty!

Friday, February 5, 2010

My New Laptop

I know I haven't updated this blog in a long time. to be truthful there was not a lot to say until last night. Last night hubby went and picked up my new Laptop. We had ordered the MacBook pro and I must say I am HOOKED!!!! I love this thing! Mobile, Fast, Light weight, lots of memory. It only took us 30 minutes to get aquatinted. I love the fact that it works when I click on something instead of waiting for centuries for it to think about it. I used to work with macs in school and just prefer something that just works. Did we mention that there are no virus, bugs, or spam bots for Macs? Plus now i can use my print shop and photo shop as well edit my digital videos of the kids to give to family. Oh idea now I can probably use my You Tube account! *Gasp* I believe i have finally come int the modern age lol! Down side is its techno upside I can now keep up and be mobile. So the next time we chat I might actually be in my car waiting for the kids to get out of school, or at a craft show/ Trade Show. Oooo now I can take Credit Card payments at shows! This is exciting and the newness will fad but I believe my love for Mac Products will never fade.

This is not a paid opinion, this is my very own thoughts and excitement for my new toy!