March 2011

  Wow, we went from the 70s to the 30s very quickly this weekend.  The poor flowers which were blooming are probably going to lose their flowers. . . I’d hate to have that happen to the lilacs out back.  Guess I’ll just have to cut some and take them to the office tomorrow!  Not a bad idea the more I think about it. 

   I had intended to plant carrot seeds but I think I’ll wait until the temperature warms a bit more.  We did have a nice rain so the ground is quite ready for seed. 

   My sweetie isn’t feeling well.  He stayed home while I went to Mass alone.  It was odd, but gave me a chance to talk to a few folks afterward.  He isn’t the social kind like me and can’t wait to get breakfast after Mass.    Anyway, since we are having our marriage Convalidated in the Catholic Church, I asked about music and what kind of service we could have.  Lots of things to think about and decisions to be made.  We may get to have that party here we’ve been talking about since we bought the farm!

    This weekend has been somewhat quiet.  Picked up the tax documents from the ladies who take care of them for us.  Did some laundry although not as much as I could have.   We will be clothed this week at least!   I should have done more so I have time to do the important things to get the property ready for that party.  I hope it’s not a big rush at the end. . . . but it just may be the way we do things around here! 

     Hope it warms up soon!


      As my previous post detailed we had many months of mice. . .. .sharing the house with us.    Have you ever done that?   It gave me the creeps.

      We tried sticky pads to catch them.   We caught about 12. . . . but there were more!  I cleaned out areas and put food into plastic impenetrable containers.  They kept coming in.    Once I saw one run from the kitchen into family room behind the television cabinet.  And how did the dogs respond?. . . Mouse, huh?  Mom, you woke me up to tell me there is a mouse?  What mouse?   
    The struggle continued. . . . .  I cleaned out drawers, used pine cleaner and tried strong scented deterrents as well as borax!  I was desperate. . . I didn’t really want a cat. . . . but what to do?                                                                                                                                                       I waited for the cabinets to be replaced.  And was hopeful that the foam would do the trick.   I waited and listened.  There was scratching in the walls. . . . I heard something in the bathroom one night.  It appeared that the hungry mouse was tearing the wrappers off cough drops and trying to eat them.  it was a mess the next day! 

    But it appears that once you take away the source of food from mice. . . they either die of find another place to live!    There has not been any new evidence of mice since. . . And that includes while we were gone on vacation!

During the early part of this year we made some real strides in improving our home. I can’t be any happier with the results.

Here are some of the before pictures:

It was a semi-functional kitchen with broken laminate counter tops and several difficult to use storage To get to some things, I had to almost crawl into the cabinet beyond my shoulders. And don’t ask me about the mice!

Okay since I brought it up. . . . it was a constant struggle to keep them out of the kitchen. . . . I wanted to move!   Since it is not the first house I lived in that I shared with mice it wasn’t unbearable. But it was difficult to keep clean! Just the idea that they would crawl over my silverware and chew on things which I didnt’ want to share with them. . . . not to mention cleaning up what the left! Just gives me chills remembering it.  As the workers removed the older cabinets, we discovered a nest they had made between the floor and the cabinet.    There are those chills again!  

Anyway, before we put the new cabinets in, the plumber sprayed some foam insulation where the pipes some through the floor.  The foam expanded some that the space was all filled.  I also understand that mice don’t like the smell of it either.  So all the more to keep them away. 

I couldn’t wait until the new cabinets were installed.

It was difficult for several weeks to work around not counter tops but the hardest was not having water in the kitchen at all.   Everything also looked better once the counter tops were installed.

Does it even look like the same place. . . .  My favorite is the new pantry cabinet!  I just love being able to slide a drawer out and select things without moving stuff around!    I am so glad I could share this with you all. . . If you stop by our little farm,  it’s probably the first thing in the house we’ll show you! 

Can you believe it? We took 6 days away from here to relax and actually do something besides garden, tend cattle and brush hay off our clothes.  It had been so long since we have used vacation time for just that purpose!  I almost didnt’ know what to do with myself (almost!)

We went to Florida to visit with Troy’s family and enjoy a bit of sun. His nephew took us fishing out on the Homosassa River twice while we were there. We caught several Sea Trout which are very pretty fish. Most were thrown back, but we did get to keep four of them. Chris took them home for frying later int he week. If you are on Facebook I posted a picture of myself with the one I caught!   If I can figure out how to get it from my phone to this blog I’ll share it with you too! 

It was great to get away for a while and change our point of view. But it is always great to be back home.   Yesterday I tilled to veggie garden and started seed for some flowers and lettuce.   Today I think I’ll plant some carrots and radishes directly in the garden.  But I best get out there before the rest of the day wastes away! 

Hey did you change your clocks?  I hope so. . . don’t get to work late tomorrow because of that now. . . I reminded you!  no excuses…..