Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Stop and smell the flowers, how true of a statement is that. Seems we are so busy with trading seeds, starting seeds, getting soil ready, babying seedlings, planting, weeding sometimes we forget lest we be reminded to just slow down it will get done in the lord's time so enjoy each and every day and slow down and smell the flowers :)

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

What's Going On Outside

I saw a couple of Grape Hyacinths popping up today, now that puts a smile on my face because I know Spring is just around the corner and that's a good thing for sure. I'm not prepared for it but I'm ready for it :) Now to get prepared for it, I still need to cut back the rose bushes and I have a pile of cuttings from tree's and plants in the vegetable garden space that needs to be burnt so I can till that area for my cool weather veggies, It's getting mighty close to time to put them in and I still need to start my tomato plants and peppers. Hmmm doesn't sound like there is any way in the world to get all this done in such a short time but I'm ready. I need to get it done because once May arrives I have the additions on the shed to start and warm season veggies and I have a fence that needs staining, grape vine trellis that needs to be built and a stone landscaping border around the flower beds and maybe a stone walkway to the house, see where I'm going here, Cottagy :)
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Day Dreaming

Today it's a very chilly day but the sun is out which makes this wintry day seem not as cold which is a good thing. I haven't even began to wintersow this winter and I haven't made plans to do so, but for tomato's and peppers and maybe a few flowers but very few. I have made plans or am contstantly changing plans in my mind to expand my outbuilding or shed as we Virginian's would refer to it, It's such a cluttered mess but it's because it is way too small for the amount that I have tried to put into it, a major renevation is on top of the list of "Things To Do" and come May it will be started along with the vegetable garden. It is currently 12x12 and in much need of parking for a riding lawnmower and a place for the tiller, wheelbarrow, pushmower, pressurewasher and fuel and oil cans, I have it layed out in my head I just have to finalize it on paper with a drawing and measurements, also would like to add a tool room in which I could place all the hand tools in an orderly way this would free up the main section of the room for woodworking, gourd burning, wood finishing, as it is now I spend way too much time looking for what is needed to do a project. I hope to start it at the beginning of Spring in hopes that come fall I can have the room for winter to do some work. I also desperately need to add 2 new windows and would like to do vinyl siding but the siding might have to wait till the following year, we shall see what is in the budget :)

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pyrography with Gourds

What have I been up to? You ask. Well I know I haven't  had an update in quite a while so here we go. I have been doing my seed trading and planning the vegetable garden, I dont need to grow for food this year because I still have at least another years worth of jarred up good's. This year I get to grow for fun so I'm growing lots of melons :) and new to me Tomato varietys and I will get more into specifics later on of exactly what it is I'm planning on growing and I do believe I've reached a decision of going back to my traditional planting in row's, which I am really looking forward to walking.. Now here is something I tried on a lark and I seem to have a bit of talent for it, needs much work but I've noticed vast improvements in my skill very quickly and I think if I had the material to work with I could really produce something decent but I will have to wait to grow the gourds for you see the two I had to work with were given to me by a farmer down the street that grows them for bird houses that he makes and hang's all over his farm to attract birds thus keeping his insect population down, he explains to me, my reply brilliant and thank you for the two gourds..Here is my first two attemps at pyrography or simply put woodburning on a gourd :)

Hummingbird gourd I put a satin finish on it

Woodburned a Buck on this one, I did the entire gourd all the way around
And here is a photo of the opposite side of it
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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Free Seeds

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