Wednesday, July 1, 2015

#100HappyDays :: Day 57

We took the kids on a little outing yesterday to a trampoline park, and then out to lunch.  It was a fun afternoon, the boys played hard, and then intently watched Portugal in a soccer match, commentating all of the way.  Of course the afternoon was topped off by intense debate about the strengths and weaknesses of certain super heroes.  Observing our little boys teeter back and forth, on that edge between childhood and becoming young men, a happy spot indeed.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

#100HappyDays :: Day 56

Our seasonal birds have quite the set up.  Outside their evening digs in the chicken tractor, they have a large area to roam, multiple spots to find food and water, the ducks and geese have a swimming pool, large shade trees, grass full of clover to snack on, and a built in spot that the chickens have decided is perfect for dusting themselves.   Happy birds.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Teenage Years

As we find ourselves fully ensconced in the teenage years it has been both a joy and a challenge to watch teenager #1 develop her own style through trial and error.    She is her own person.  She does not want to be a trend setter, but does seem to make choices that others want to emulate.  As she gets irritated when she sees her ideas begin to be duplicated, she is constantly tweaking herself.  Years ago she worried that she was going to lose her imagination.  She did not want to grow up and no longer be able to be creative.  Thankfully, her creativity seems to only be expanding in her ideas, art, and expression.

B and I decided long ago that since there would be many important challenges that we as parents would have to navigate and set strong boundaries for, that things like fashion choices and hair color would not be a major issue for us.  We would allow our kids to express themselves as long as they were safe and any permanent changes to their bodies that they desired would wait until they were of legal adult age.  With Leanne's help, it seems that Sidney's vision came out perfectly, suiting who she is right now.  Hopefully these little faiths in their creativity and ideas will give them the wings they need to fly with confidence and joy.

#100HappyDays :: Day 55

This pile consisted of 10 cubic yards of 3/8" chipped limestone.  A major project undertaking that ran fairly smoothly.

We had enough of the black fabric that we use for row covers to line 3/4 of the garden paths.  Thank goodness we have the tractor!  B was able to dump buckets on the edges or use it to fill the wheel barrow.  Happily it was a pretty easy material to spread with our metal rakes, and provided quite the upper body workout.

After about six hours of work we had finished the bulk of it, and could go no further without more landscape fabric to line the final two path lengths.  B's estimate was perfect as we had enough limestone to back fill around the pool as well and with what we have left should be able to finish the final paths with ease.  A hard days work that will save us hours of time in the long run.  We can check off the list trying to keep all of the weeds and grass pulled from the paths, and it doesn't look too shabby either!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

#100HappyDays :: Day 54

Everything is growing by leaps and bounds on the farm.  It is hard to believe that the ducks and geese are just over eight weeks old!

Our first farm bag of the season went out on Friday, the cooler weather has put us behind one week from last year, but has allowed a longer seasons growth of lettuces, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower and fennel to name a few.  The garlic scapes are just beginning to come on too, right on time!

The challenge each year for us is keeping up with succession plantings so that produce that is pull and done, keeps coming.  Yesterday we finished the irrigation system on one such bed, full of lush baby summer crisp lettuce, kale and bok choi.  Then we planted another eight heads of our favorite salinova lettuce.  Another re-use item on the homestead, old invisible fence flags to mark where seeds went in the ground so we can identify the young growth from the weeds that will surly come through too...a side bonus, maybe they'll keep Emerson out of the bed too!

After having 10 cubic yards of flat gravel delivered yesterday, the next tasks are infrastructure ones; rocking in around the pool to make a mow strip, and beginning to cover and rock in all of the paths in the garden.  I cannot wait to see how this final touch formalizes the garden that we have worked so hard on over the last eight years.  Me and my sore muscles will post before and after pics soon.  Happy Sunday!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

#100HappyDays :: Day 53

A fresh bouquet of wildflowers picked with a light heart.  Yesterday was a happy day.   The Supreme Court decision came down at a good time; there is so much divisiveness within our country and our politics.  In fact this environment has led some justices to regress and write tantrum like dissents filled with name calling, further illustrating a spiral toward childhood in how we approach issues.   I am happy that I no longer have to try to explain to my children why we had legalized discrimination.

Speaking of childhood, if any of you saw Inside Out this week, it leaves a good analogy.  Far too long have fear, anger and disgust ruled individuals.  Everyone needs to find their joy, balance their emotions out and begin to reflect on the integrity of their own lives and how they affect the world around them without being so concerned with the lives of others.  Do onto others people, Love Wins.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

#100HappyDays :: Day 51

You have got to love a playing a new game that involves trivia and silly dares.  Things like kneeling down by the player on your left and reading them a Shakespearean Sonnet in such a way as to move them to tears.  We were all moved to tears of laughter....advance one space.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

#100HappyDays :: Day 50

The early season view shows the garden well under way.  We top dressed the beds with hay to help inhibit weed growth and maintain moisture.  The little things really spruce the garden up.  Our constant nemesis is the grasses and weeds that come up in the garden paths, this year we hope to gravel the paths all in to eliminate this problem once and for all.

A bonus to having a tractor?  The delicate negotiation involved with B rising me up in the bucket so that I can get an 'aerial' shot of the garden.  Here's to  the summer season, complete trust in your life mate, and being half way through #100happydays!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

#100HappyDays :: Day 49

A few warmer days and the summer crops are beginning to grow like mad.  Everything is setting little flowers, this baby eggplant is a late summer treasure in the making.  


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