Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Goodbye Blogger

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Garden update

Here is the state of our garden these days. The tomatoes are finishing up, the broccoli is finally coming in and we've gotten a few green peppers. When I was cleaning out the watermelon vines, I noticed a live green vine and some fruit. So, the watermelon is not dead and it goes on, there are 3 melons growing right now. We cleaned out everything else and planted pumpkins and built a trellis for pole beans and cucumbers. I plan on planting some more tomatoes, squash, onions and bush beans once I can find the seeds. The local stores removed the spring displays and aren't getting any new seeds for another month. The spring garden was a great learning experience, how many seeds to plant, what grows well, and how long things take. I was able to preserve alot of cucumbers and tomatoes through canning. I have displayed the cans in the Living Room shelves, not much pantry space available. We are now down one pig. Scatter has left us and will return in a few weeks in a new form. It all went well, we found a butcher in MacClenney and he picked up the hog yesterday and it will take about 2 weeks to process. It's weird writing about this, I know alot of people think we are weird for wanting to raise a pig and butcher it. We just want to taste fresh meat that we raised and know what exactly is in it. The bacon is cured and then smoked in a real smoke house by the butcher. He said the store-bought bacon is not processed in a smoke house and the bacon he makes is totally different. Can't wait to find out the difference! In crafting news, I practiced with my machine some more and embroidered a burp cloth for a baby gift. I like the way it turned out, still trying to figure how to line the fabric up in the hoop properly. I'm also working on a crib bumper, skirt, curtain panels and pillow covers for a custom order. This will be the first time I've made these for a customer, so I'm a little nervous I'm going to mess up, but excited to see the finished product!

Monday, August 07, 2006

German Night

We are part of a Supper Club that meets every 4-6 weeks at a different home each meeting and the themes have included Thai, Italian, Greek, Soul Food and German. We hosted German Night this past Saturday Night and we had a Cheese Dip with crackers, Knockwurst, Brautwurst and Keilbasa with Saur Kraut, German Potato Salad, Cabbage Salad, Pumperknickel Bread and Black Forest Cake and a variety of German Beers and Wines. My Dad's heritage is German, both his parents were from Germany, so I borrowed a few things for the table from them, including some great family pictures from Germany. Jay's Dad collects German Steins which we borrowed and used for drinking beer out of. The night was such fun we want to have an October Fest Celebration next.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Happy Birthday Sean!

Today Sean turns 2! We celebrated last night with some friends/family and good food. The menu included home raised barbeque chicken and store bought pork ribs, but soon that's going to change. Jay spent the good part of the morning preparing the birds while I got the rest of the food ready, like corn bread muffins, coleslaw, sweet tea and chocolate cake with strawberries. The kids had a great time playing and just being kids, they managed to stop for 5 minutes to eat and then it was off to playing again. After we ate, we went swimming next door at the grandparents house and enjoyed cake and ice cream. The kids swam till it was dark and our boys are still sleeping it off this morning. I can't believe my Seanie is already 2, I don't remember much of the past two years, since Ian is only 20 months older, it just seems like a blur. Sean is very special to us and we love his happy personality. He is always ready to give us a hug and a kiss even when we don't ask for one. Lately, he has been into dress up clothes, trying on everything he can manage to wear, like a cowboy hat, a hook and a sword with a santa claus hat underneath. We love you Seanie!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

watermelon anyone?

This morning we headed out to the beach for a little fun in the sun. We live about 45 minutes from St. Augustine Beach, which makes our trips to the beach day trips. I haven't taken the boys by myself before, because of the drive and the effort, but what was I waiting for. I remember when my sister would pack up her station wagon with her boys, her two sisters, and everything else baby related she could fit in and head out to the beach. Those were the best days of my summer when I was 8 and I want my boys to experience the beach too! We had a great day playing without any complaining or fighting over toys. It's carefree play at its best. I'm going again next week and maybe the week after that. I think we'll make it part of our weekly routine until it's too cold to go.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

summer heat brings sunflowers

A few months ago we planted 3 sunflower seed packets and hand watered our little plants until today they are producing lovely, no beautiful flowers. They are the most gorgeous flowers I've ever seen. Yesterday I had 9 3-4 year olds and their Mom's over for a Van Gogh lesson (homeschool co-op). We learned all about Van Gogh and painted sunflowers, well some of the children attempted to paint them from the still life I had in the center of the table. Ian and a few others just painted all over their papers without even looking at the flowers. That's something we need to work on. Anyway, we learned about pointalism last week and next week we are doing some kind of painting on plaster. I'm very excited about my latest bag. It's a bag for the beach/pool out of oil cloth, inside and out. I got an email last week from someone who found my site through another and they wanted a pool bag. Well, I had this idea and I wanted one too so I made a mock up for myself. It's so much better than my old baby blue bag that was a freebee. Sean has really gotten into dressing up so here he is last week as a police man with a hook!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

worth the visit

I would like to introduce a good friend of mine from college, his name is Clay Bolt, isn't that a cool name? We were both in the art department at Anderson College in the great state of South Carolina, where Clay grew up and still lives. I had the privelage to hang out with him and a few other talented and very hilarious people, Kelli, Katie and Kerry in college. I have such great memories of those days and I still keep in touch with most of the group. Clay is now married to a great gal, all the way from Australia. They have a cute little little boy and a baby on the way, yeah! Clay is a talented graphic designer, a nature photographer/writer and an avid bird watcher. You can check out his great website, clay bolt photography, which includes beautiful photos and a journal, which is like a blog. I'm so proud of my old friend! © copyright 2005. © Artist works, scans and web design protected by copyright