Back On Track …

Lots to share!  (Yep, the picture post I talked about…)  I’m so excited.  Our garden is producing:  Oh Summer, I love you!!!

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We have Cornish chickens (meat chickens) …  So, hear me out.  I researched and grew into this phase, FOR A WHILE – on my OWN.  One video I watched described them as a “Special Kind Of Stupid” … That sentiment warmed my heart – Just Enough … to buy all the dispatching supplies, feed, 10 chicks, and talk DH into expanding on the premise of growing our own food.  They are cute, in a less-than-elegant sort of way.  They do not have individual names, but are collectively called ‘My SKOS’ … or MaaSscowwzzZ – when I’m talking with them, uhm – daily …

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I know it sounds bad, but listen (… LINDA!)… I’m taking steps to learn about being sustainable.  NOT “End-of-the-World-as-we-Know-IT  PREPPER-style” … but, Sustainable-ISH.  Add the SKOS to my 10 books on learning/mastering/foraging herbal food/remedies; Along with my next endeavor (hydroponics) – supplies in transit; Smash it all up with my longer range plan (this April) of adding a few pigs (assuming DH and I survive THIS farming step) … And, next year’s garden is going to be EPIC!!!   I’m focusing on SUSTAINABLE!  WHILE transferring my inner farm-person from DH (who was reared in a farming family) to me …

20210809_153118And – I’ve acquired a new hobby.  One that makes sense, really.  CERAMICS … it uses many of the same materials I have/have acquired over the years.  I’ve read books, watched videos, ordered supplies … Yep.  I’m ready – watch out GHOST, I’m moving in!

I’m now enjoying vacation – with Swamp Juice … YUM!  I’ve officially decided it will be served at my wake!  Winking smile  And, other good food abounds (DH fell in love with tonight’s side of Hummus made with fresh parsley … and served with cucumbers from the garden)! 

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Our Garden – is doing great!  We’re having repeat issues with vine borers and squash bugs this year (no pumpkins, limited zucchini/squash and the cucumbers are SUFFERING!) – which ticks me off immensely.  But, I’m hoping to overcome that with my INDOOR GARDEN!!! [Uh yeah … HYDROPONICS!!!!]

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And lastly – the Ladies … we cleaned out their yard, scraping up TOO many layers of – lets just call it COMPOST.  So, now they’re enjoying their fresh multi-layered sand run.  Daily snacks of tomatoes, corn, borage leaves, radish (leaves – they don’t like the ‘fruit’), melons, bok choi, the occasional earth worm, and scratch … well sure, along with their pellets and their egg shells.  I’d say they are happy girls!  And with 7-10 eggs per day, so am I.

Happy Anniversary/Happy Summer Ya’ll!!!!  [HUGS & <3]


Oh, I did It Again …

Yep, I sure did.  I’m not sure how much mileage I can garnish from 31 years of marriage … BUT, I AM GOING FOR IT!!!  (Our anniversary is coming up … 8/11/90!  Thirty-one years of wedded bliss!  OMGosh!!!)

A few weeks ago (the Twin’s birthday), BabyGirl asked about doing ceramics – making a mug, or some such thing.  Amazingly enough, I had already begun to research this medium.  I felt I had many of the needed pieces of equipment, and … I was curious.

And so, I wished my oldest a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! (You go, girlfriend!!!)   And now, masquerading as my anniversary gift(s) … I have the needed missing elements on their way to me!  [Yep – I did it again!]

I’ll show photos once all the missing ceramic bits get here – eventually.  But – I’m not done yet …

DOH!  What?!?  Nope … Not done yet!

I’m interested (and always have been) in hydroponics … So, yeah – we’re looking into that too!

I have SO many photos to share – it’s RIDICULOUS.  My garden is JAMMING; My Neo pups are getting SO BIG; My meat chickens (did we talk about those?) – are spending time outside everyday; My ceramic studio (yep, full studio) is on it’s way TO ME; My next endeavor with hydroponics: The books are here, the research has begun – It’s really just a matter of time now … DOH!

Meanwhile – don’t feel bad for DH.  He has eaten well!  We are eating fresh from the garden daily.  I have cucumbers, squash, beans, dill, basil, parsley and mint daily … Our tomatoes and chamomile are close for picking; Our melons and winter squash keep growing; I’m keeping an eye on the eggplant – which seems to have stalled … It’s okay!

BECAUSE … I’m on vacation!  I’m planning on plenty of pool days over the next little bit.  I’ve been taking photos … I’m making swamp juice (umm, I mean SANGRIA); I’ll be making ceramic mugs SOON! And – I’ll probably share a photo or two from the kitchen, the pool, the coop or the Neo den!  Winking smile

This will be a non-photo post … Sorry.  But the next post – all pictures!!!

Busy … Not Busy –

So, while we have been doing ‘STUFF’ this last little bit, my studio has been quiet.  But that’s ok!

Running through some of the highlights from the last several weeks: 

A great celebration for Father’s Day combined with my dad’s birthday; Learning how to (and successfully) getting through two broody hens (the POLISH girls – Ava & Tosh, of course = our YOUNGEST chickens!!); SPRING-cleaning the outdoor chicken run (equals several hours scraping out old ‘flooring’ to replace with multiple inches of sand … Compost, anyone?!?);


Planting the new/improved garden – YO, LOOK AT THOSE BEANS!!!;


Making too many good meals to count; POOL DAYS – every time we can; Puppies (Gaia and her babies are doing great – photos to come!); Replacing our toaster oven with one that has ROTISSERIE options [DH is finally open to hearing about meat chickens- DOH!!!];

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Making a four pound meatloaf while cleaning out our fridge;

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Ruminating over the best approach for the latest nursing MANDATORY order; Acknowledging OUR TWINS turn 24 years old TODAY!!!! (OMGosh!) – Happy Birthday to my BABIES!!!


And, finally – heading back to work for 24 more hours of ER fun!

Caught up.  Leaving with a great photo DH caught from our pond …

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PS – We’re back up to 7-10 eggs per day … Go LADIES, GO!!!

Summertime Happiness

What a great week!  We made some changes to the garden this year, adding five 4’ x 4’ raised beds, instead of the one 15 foot bed that I thought I had successfully negotiated for … Why? … Because, DH found these ‘ready made’ containers – and thought they would be easier/cheaper … Silly man!  I sent him back for more (to finish out the garden space).  So, THEN we had to paint them and add sills/tops (DOH!!)!  But now, the garden is done – full to the max with various containers for growing!  THERE  YOU GO – as of today, our garden is 99% planted!  YAY!  Here’s a quick photo:


All of my studio-window plant starts are in, and we added some new herbs, vegetables and flowers this year:  Borage (… who knew?), dill, sage, mint, chamomile, cantaloupe (as the chicken ladies love them), and 2 varieties of sweet pumpkins, along with dahlias, petunias and 6 pots of sunflowers (5 gallon ‘construction buckets’ … fancy – NOT!).  Combined with all the other things we’ve grown/tried growing in past gardens …  I’m so excited!  I even made plans (a ‘blueprint’) for us to follow!

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We harvested a bit from our [previously planted] perennial herbs (thyme and chives – I will never need to purchase either of these herbs in my lifetime – Ummm … EVER!!!).  We made the spinach/ham quiche again (so yummy), along with some amazing egg salad [no photo] – Thank you, ladies!

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And – we’ve had pool days every day this week.  Chloe even had her first dip …  Plus – I have one more day of sunshine and pool-time before heading back to work.  Peace and hugs, Ya’ll!


And It hurt …

But, I need to move on.  And so – I am trying to move about my days, attempting to do just that.  Unfortunately, I was still hurting, and made mention of that to my work gang.  After a couple of cheap shots, another alpha-nurse tried to slap me down.  Oh … well, dang – this was too much!  I reacted, I swiped… and I behaved badly.

You’re still you, and I accept that.  And you are – I hope enjoying your honeymoon …

I need to move along and fix my ER family.  They will be with me for many, manywork girls more years … Meanwhile, I love our ‘safe-zone peoples’!!!  [Love to you, Miss D!]

It’s probably going to take some time.  It may need re-organizing.  I could blame you, but that’s what my evil-biologic taught me … go for the throat and take no prisoners.  I understand … 

We may not ever work it out … I did apologize – it went to cyberspace.  But I wish you the best, my friend!

What a wonderful day …

weddingThe weather was beautiful, our daughter was gorgeous … We had a great day!

Moving on … I have a whole week to play in the studio.  I have my garden starts growing … and I’ve roped DH into building one more (of the two requested) raised garden beds.  It’s all about moving forward!


The (not-from-our-well) water for the pool arrived today … ‘Jamaica in June’ is on it’s way!!!  I choose happy!  choose-happyAnd this sun-shine season will help make that happen!

Next up, progress in the studio.  I’ve been quiet – but, I’ve been doing some MUCH NEEDED CLEANING!  It’s all good – all the way around!!!  I plan to fill some molds and kick on these kilns tomorrow!  Hooyah!

garden-chickenAnd, lastly … my dad and step-mom know me so well.  They surprised me with a gift that gave me a laugh when I needed it – and so appreciated.  I can’t wait to add this ‘love-bug’ to our garden!!!  Hugs and ❤

I’ll leave with a cute photo of our garden helpers!  Awwwww … Winking smile


Tomorrow’s The Big Day …

Thank you Sweet Baby Jesus(!)   … This wedding has brought a major problem into the light.  It’s good to know your weaknesses, but … DANG!

I don’t like public events, massive gatherings or too much PEOPLE-ING.  I can handle all of it at work, as this is what I know.  I don’t do crowded spaces on my time anymore.  I have become a bit of an odd hermit (crowds of people at work, limited to NO visitors at home).  I now see the problem  I’m facing.  I have to dress up (in fancy-shindigs) to gather with a bunch of people – yes, many of them family, but still a cruise-ship boat-load of people!  Not to be a nurse, (not to be what I know as me,) but to be Mother of the Bride.  Well, shoot.  I don’t have a great role model for that one.  The evil-biologic showed up to my wedding in a WHITER version of white than I was wearing … That whole event – well, it’s just not a great reference point…  (I’m wearing TEAL, by the way…)

I thought I was cruising along, dealing with this personal space stress (which DH LOVES, by the way) … and I hit a speed-bump, lost control, and thoroughly lost my SH*T  on Thursday … Not sure why it happened, but my deepest apologies to my daughter and future son-in-law.  I’m so sorry.  I will be pulled together for the event, I will be well behaved, smiling and QUIET!


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And Finally a GOOD WEEK!!!

I’ve been Missing In Action.  I’m sorry for that.  Crummy Viruses, Avoiding Adulting, Dealing WITH Deadlines, and ULTIMATELY – We Are Here!

A few weeks ago, I spent some time (FORCEFULLY) visiting a lousy GI bug, but I beat it back and after 3 hard days – I won.  Then I successfully avoided tax prep for a minute, or so  … OK, a LOT of TIME!  But, we got them done, -AND TURNED IN (T-minus 9 days!) … I HATE DEADLINES – but we usually pull them off!

Now, with looming dead-lines met, tax papers turned in … I have several sequined Mother of the Bride fancy SACKS to choose from – plus, I’ve recently ordered corresponding shoes.  While my garden is not yet planted, my seeds-in-trays are finally happening, marinating in much-loved Jiffy soil pods, water, and natural/recreated sunlight!


alohaAnd – the second to last irrevocable deadline is coming up.  My FAVORITE ER doctor (x 30+ years) is ‘retiring’ … OK, probably not – but he’s leaving us and moving to HAWAII!  So, I needed to make this card!  [DONE!!! – Thank you T.S.!]


viola-lindacar-rideMeanwhile, we had a bulldog breeding.  Time will tell if our sweet Miss Linda Blue will have babies …

DH has been working (again) on his FAVORITE car – and the bulldogs love to jump in (as they love car trips) …

We’ve accomplished SO MUCH, I finally felt able to try a new recipe … We LOVE it!!! So it’s been added to our cooking-rotation!  [Thanks Taste Of Home and Melinda!]quiche

On the side – negotiations are in the works to find a day/time to gather with the Highschool Ladies … I’m so ready for this much-needed girls night!

And – it’s just over 2 weeks until our firstborn is married!  Gah!  It’s almost too much! But we have these girls (and other four-legged kids, along with chicken-Ladies) to keep us busy.the-girlz

Next up gardening – prepping and planting, Oh My!!!  I’ll leave you with this beautiful photo DH captured from the backside of our home!  Peace, ❤ – and stay SAFE, Y’all!5-21

PS: No update on the Ladies – but, they’re good.  We’re still working on the hierarchy ‘feather-pecking’ order, but Miss Hannigan was able to rejoin her flock and all is back to a safe ‘status-quo’ …  HUGS!

Getting Stuff Done …

Slowly, but surely!  We did a bit of spring cleaning in the studio, as my packaging room was over-run with more boxes than I would ever need for shipping.  There is no before photo, but trust me – it was crazy out-of-control.  And, I tried to reorganize one of my storage/display shelves … There is still a lot going on there, but I like to see my stuff sometimes …

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Our poor Miss Hannigan was getting picked on, someone was pulling her tail feathers.  A couple of theMissHannigan other girls have it too (and Hot Lips seems to like to pick at her OWN feathers), but not nearly as bad as Miss H.  We tried a ‘coat’ for a bit – but no good.  So, DH set up a temporary nursing coop in the garage.  She has settled in nicely, and is even making eggs.  Once we get her back to normal, I’m a bit worried about how re-introducing her will go over, but … baby steps.


new-murrini-listingI’m getting inspired to make a few glass projects … I made some new murrini listings for the shop … But, I keep telling myself we need to get the taxes done before I can really play … Grrr.  We’ve put in a bit of time sorting papers and tallying numbers this week.  BABY STEPS!!!

sending-smilesI do give myself a wee bit of time to play with paper.  I put together some strip backgrounds … Hmm – I like them, and creating more masculine-themed colors is easier for me this way.  I also pulled a card together with die-cut paper piecing … Pretty, while being a bit finicky.

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I have a batch of bone broth simmering on the stove, and later today I’ll make a vat of (slightly modified from this recipe) Cauliflower Chowder as we get ready to roll into the weekend.  Make good decisions, Y’all!  🙂


Happy & Procrastinating …

We are supposed to be prepping our taxes … But, you know – there’s still time.  So, I tidied the studio in bits and spurts, made some good food (no photos, all tried & true recipes), loved on our dogs, fed the Ladies …   I even played with copic markers today.  A good week! copic-roseTime to head back to the ER for a weekend of nursing fun.  I’ll leave with a quick pic DH sent tonight – seems a couple of the Ladies have figured out the wood perch we gave them several weeks ago.  (Miss Hannigan and Eleanor)


We’ll get on those taxes next week, I’m sure!  Winking smile  Stay safe, Y’all!