Friday, May 22, 2015

Wrap Up

The last couple of weeks have been extra busy. The school year has wrapped up and there were many activities.
Abe graduated from kindergarten. 

There was field day full of lots of water fun and ice cream.
The last big project of third grade was writing first person biographies and putting on what was called a wax museum.  Each student dressed in character and then recited the story of their persons life. Above you can see Betsy Ross and Clara Barton.
Finally school has ended. I think I might be more excited then Megan.  There were awards and then the annual balloon launch.  Each student writes a Bible verse on the card attached to their balloon in the hope that it will spread the gospel. 
I have this last area to paint on the back porch.  It will be the second coat and then the painting is complete.  The roof was installed this week.  We about killed ourselves getting the second coat on the rafters the night before the roof installation. 
I plan to paint this afternoon and then spend the weekend getting everything clean and tidy. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am looking forward to marking this project off of my list.

Next week Chuck is on vacation and the boys will be taking their family vacation also. Our little family will be staying home. We are looking forward to completing or at least starting some projects and spending some time enjoying each other. 

May your day be filled with joy and contentment! 

Saturday, May 16, 2015


All of my "spare" time the last week has been devoted to painting the back porch. I spent the first few days of last week scraping off the old, loose paint.
It is a huge project, but oh so necessary. We are getting a new roof due to hail damage. The crew came and removed the old roof and realized that they had the wrong material. The correct roofing should be in this week so this is a rush project. 
The first coat was finished Thurday evening. Just in time as it rained Friday and there are showers in the forecast through Monday. Oh how I wish we could paint this weekend, but it is what it is. Come Tuesday my time will once again be devoted to this project. I am looking forward to getting this done as my flower beds are calling my name!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015


Have I mentioned that this my favorite time of the year? :)
This is my favorite.
I used a hanging basket and took off the hanger and placed in a bucket I found on my grandparents old farm.  Love!
I don't know if planting the garden or planting flowers brings me the most joy. It is a toss up.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Monday, May 04, 2015

Weekend Happenings

What a great weekend! The sky was blue, the sun was shinning and finally the temperatures are rising. We had a wonderful time slowly going about our task. Friday night Chuck helped Megan put together a kit from the hardware store.
Most of Saturday was spent outside. I did some weeding and thinned some plants, Megan played and once again we ate dinner outside. There is something about eating on the back porch that makes dinner slow and more enjoyable.
Most of Sunday was spent on the go. Here we are Sunday morning ready to roll. Chuck's work partner retired last week and we attended a wonderful luncheon to honor him. I know Chuck is going to miss working with Gary. 
Once home we readied that last two raised beds. 
Peas were planted in one and the other is waitng for some strawberry plants to be added. 
I am once again working on painting the inside of my kitchen cabinets. Megan put the last coat on the shelves and I hope to get the cabinet put back together tomorrow and start the next one. It is certainly a time consuming project, but the results are fabulous.
The big garden was tilled! Thanks to my wonderful dad and his lovely assistant.
I can't tell you how happy I am that the weather has broke. I am an outside girl and love this time of year!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Chunk of Wood

There was a black cherry tree in our yard that died. When it was cut down Megan asked for a slice of the trunk.
It sat around on the back porch floor all of last summer. Quite frankly it annoyed me as it always seemed to be in the way. This spring it has been put to good use. It now has a place of honor in the middle of the outside table.
It covers the hole for the umbrella. (Which we don't need since we have a covered porch.) It gives this plain jane flower pot a little pop.
It helps to hold down the table cloth on windy days.
It serves a trivit for hot dishes
It serves as base for a game of tag.
It serves a steering wheel for little imaginations.

Who knew that the annoying chunk of wood from last year would bring so much pleasure this year. This goes to show once again that it really is the simple things that bring joy!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

Mother bird was insistant that her babies would reside in the playhouse. Chuck kicked her out a couple of times before there were eggs. I guess we are meant to see these little birdies up close. :)
 We had a new roof installed and the material was loaded onto the roof by a crane. A little boys dream!

 Here is view of what our Sunday morning looked like. Megan drew this picture while I was making dinner Sunday evening. Her attention to detail amazed me.
 The beginning of a birdhouse.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Crisping the Greens

I recently learned there is a better way to make a crisp salad. You take your greens of choice (don't judge my choice it was slim picking Sunday afternoon at W*l-Mart) and soak them for a couple of minutes in luke warm water. I have always used cold water but apparently the warm water opens the pours in the lettuce.
Drain and then add to a bowl of ice water for a minute or two.
Next you drain and dry your lettuce well. I received a salad spinner for Christmas, but dish towels or paper towels work just as well.
I then put it into jars and now I have crisp greens waiting for lunch.
Now I know the secret as to why the restaurant salads always tasted more crisp and fresh then my salad at home. You learn something new every day!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!