January 2016

During the short time while we were confused about the blog and website change, Troy and I had new cabinets installed in our kitchen! Yay!
Of course before the new ones went in the old ones were torn out.

And Lo and Behold! what did we find? ? ? A mouse nest between the floor and the cabinets! 

Well as work progressed we hoped to end that issue with a spray of insullation in the place that the pipes come up from under the house.   Take that mice!   We’ll see how that works.

I love the new cabinets.  Don’t you?  There are drawer-type pull outs on each of the lower cabinets.  And there is a pantry with 4 levels of drawers in one large cabinet!  That is my favorite part. 

Once the cabinets were installed  on a Thursday and Friday the countertops folks stopped by to measure.  They came out the next Monday.   Using special “dots” posted on each corner and special area of the cabinets and a camera mounted on a pole, they used computer technology to develop the template for the counter tops.   We ordered them in a solid surface similar to corian.  They are a beige-ish with yellow, and black flecks.   It looks very nice with the floors, don’t you think?


        Ah life is good. . . the sun shone  brightly most of the day.  But boy has it been windy! 

        DH bought more round bales and because the trailer held only so much e had to make two trips for it.   For some strange reason he gave the cattle a lot of stock feed today.   We have them separated into two herds now.  Boys and girls with their babies.  So each of them got a 50 bag of feed!  Dang I bet they were really happy to see him! 

        Lately I have been helping out at the local community college on weekends.  They are just starting a Sustainable Agriculture course during the days.  Unfortunately I cannot attend yet, but I took a number of non-credit courses from them and the instructor knows I want to learn more.   So he has asked the school if he could hire me to help on weekends.  The young plants and just seeded ones need daily water and the school is closed on weekends.  Since I’m less than 10 minutes from the school and it doesn’t take long.  I don’t mind and maybe I’ll get a little bit of the harvest!    One thing I also learn is how he has them plant their veggies, fruit trees, etc.    And it will keep my fingers in the class so once I retire I can slide into class easily!    

     In our own late garden,  I harvested some fresh broccoli last week and it was great!  I love it really fresh.   we should plant more next fall!  I hope that this batch still lives a while longer so we can get another harvest from it! 

     We have a short trip we are taking and when we return I’ll be planting the seeds for our veggie garden.   I hope to have a few different things this year to include luffahs and pole beans.  I also hope to plant more of the things we’ve had before! 


I love working in the garden in the spring.  Maybe it’s because it’s so hot in the summer.   Trees are beginning to look good, with new leaves and flower buds.   The Pin or Chokecherry Trees are going to be full this year.  Last year they were almost bare of fruit.  this must be a good year for them!  I wonder if I can make jam from them?  Hhhhmmm. 

I cleaned up the front flower bed and planted more lavender.  I just love lavender!  It smells so good and it very easy to care for. .. in other words it’s not much work to keep! 

The vegetable garden is all but ready.  I have carrot seeds down and they are germinating.  I also put some lettuce and cabbage in.   Hopefully I’ll get more in later in the weekend.  I have seeds of those both germinating also. 

Tuesday I got the peppers in the ground.  There are green, yellow, red and jalepenos.   The last ones are for my husband.  I hope he appreciated that. . . I cannot eat them! 

I hope to get the beans in this weekend.

Nearly every weekday morning, my buddy Thomas and I walk from the back porch to the end of the driveway. It’s close to a quarter mile so it is a nice way to wake up in the morning. Thomas has plenty of time to do what he has to do and as a benefit he gets to sniff out all the good smells that might be out there.
On Tuesday morning the sky was unusually clear. Most summer days are so humid that the sky has at least a haze about it. so there are not often many stars to be seen.
But Tuesday was very nice. I could see Casiopea, the constellation, Cyrus, The Swan and the Pleiades, The Seven Sisters. Even one “arm” of the Milky Way was visible in the morning sky.

Wow, we had all three of our babies within the past two weeks. We must not hve written down the breeding date correctly becasue we didn’t expect them until December! But hey when babies are born it is a wonderful event. So it doesn’t matter when it occurs. They appear to be healthy so that is good also. The newest is still getting accustomed to it’s surroundings. I hope they all get along. . . .

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