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]

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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?!?);

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

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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!!!

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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:

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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!

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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!

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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

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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!

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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.!]

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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.

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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!  🙂

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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)

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