Sunday, June 1, 2014

First Cutting

First cutting is being "wrapped" up as I write this post.  Eric is out after dark wrapping the last few bales of first cutting. It was a late spring this year, with rain almost every day for most of May, so first cutting is slightly delayed.  And the corn isn't all planted yet, so that is next priority on the next dry spell.

A few pictures of today's bale wrapping work on a beautiful day, June 1, 2014:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Spring, Farming, and Projects!

Life gets a little busy at times for any mom, but I regret that I haven't had time to blog lately. I've been busy with a lot of little (and some big) projects, kids and work. Eric is busy out in the field and on the farm, and I am busy with refinishing furniture, painting bedrooms and the bathroom, and keeping up with the house and gardens. We've spent very little time outdoors until a week ago because it rained almost every day. Now that it is nice, it is hard to sit still knowing that there is so much to be done!
Memorial Day 2014
Clara's birthday was a lot of fun. We did a farm theme, of course. I'm shocked I hadn't done that one yet! The cake took me FOREVER, or at least 3 hours. And Clara got a nice black eye for all of her birthday pictures with a minor incident on the stairs. But all in all, I'm really enjoying this whole throw a big birthday party thing. Let's hope I outgrow this phase in a year or two.
The kids really enjoyed the piñata... except that they couldn't break it. A bunch of little girls vs. piñata equals an adult needing to get involved.
Memorial Day was enjoyable.  There are a lot of birthdays in the month of May, so a lot of time was spent with family this month. Family is such a joy, and I truly appreciate how close we all are on both sides.  I took some pictures of the girls on Memorial Day with their red, white, and blue outfits because they were so cute in coordinating colors.
I will have to post some pictures later of the furniture and house projects. I have been having a lot of fun with a coffee table and television cabinet. I'd bought these two units for sale at the Crawford Furniture liquidation, and they weren't quite the right stain color. So I sanded with an orbital power-sander, stained, and sealed... I've never done any of that before so it was quite a learning experience!
We also bought a Hoosier Cabinet: 
If you're like me and not familiar with Hoosier Cabinets, Wikipedia can explain it to you. It is in good condition, and I was really excited to get it home, cleaned up, and stocked with some of our overflowing kitchen items that I never seem to find a good home for.  We'll eventually put this in our new kitchen or pantry area when we get to that house remodeling project.
We haven't planted our vegetable garden yet, but hope to do that soon. I did buy some rhubarb (about 14 pounds of it!) and made rhubarb sauce.  I froze the rest, and intend to make a few (or several) batches of strawberry-rhubarb jam, which Eric claims is better than regular strawberry jam.  More precious than gold, I realized last year, when he hoarded it and wouldn't let me give any away! 
Happy Spring!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Christmas 2013

A photo montage is about to follow, of the highlights of the holiday season for our family:


Sunday, July 14, 2013


We took the girls fishing one nice Sunday afternoon.  It has been either raining or cloudy with a chance of rain for weeks on end, so this summer has allowed for a few moments of "play."  We went up to my parent's pond, which is secluded up in a field at the top of their farm.  The pond has bass in it, some large and a lot of them small.
Anna caught a fish or two.  See the little one she caught?
She was dressed in bib overalls like her daddy, so the pictures were super cute.  I pretty much took pictures the whole time.

Clara also observed all of the action.  And snacked.  Snacks are an essential item in her diaper bag.
Anna had a play fishing pole that she ran around with when she didn't have the patience to sit still.

My favorite picture was of them sitting together just quietly waiting for a bite.  Timeless. 

What a wonderful life!