Seed Starts 2019

It's time, it's time!!! Today, or actually Sunday, was my 8 weeks before last frost day. So I was waiting for my tomato and pepper seeds to arrive so I could get everybody started in time for transplanting in spring. I knew we had a bunch of kids for a reason. My oldest wouldn't nap … Continue reading Seed Starts 2019

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What Do I Do All Day?

I read an editorial last year about the author's late wife. He was honoring her memory by going over all the many things his lovely bride could accomplish in a single day. It set a goal for me then; to read more, plant more, care more, serve more, give more. what I really wanted was … Continue reading What Do I Do All Day?

Fun Work Day: Playground Phase 2

I finished up the tire section of the playground while the babies napped. Then we had a nice snack and watched Shawn the Sheep (I admit, I really love that show.) Then I got started on phase 2, which is the balance beam... Which is a fancy term for "2x4 and some cinder blocks" I … Continue reading Fun Work Day: Playground Phase 2

Seed Inventory 2019

I'm getting antsy, y'all. I wanna be out in the garden playing in the dirt! And since that's not happening for a couple more weeks, I decided it's time for planning and inventory. I got out my little green notebook. To my pleasant surprise, I found that just about half of my seed Inventory is … Continue reading Seed Inventory 2019

Fun Work Day: Playground Phase 1

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So as compensation for helping me re-mulch the back porch and pathway, I started building the kids' playground area. Initially I had thought about putting it out front, but after thinking things through, I decided building over where our water line comes into the house … Continue reading Fun Work Day: Playground Phase 1

Late Winter Pruning

We gave the orchard some love yesterday afternoon and pruned up the apple and chestnuts. The chestnuts I left for their first year in the ground untouched because I had been told they were rather finicky. But this year, I went ahead and cleaned them up some. I was going to get creative with their … Continue reading Late Winter Pruning

Shaggy Maple Update

So upon a lot of contemplation, I both created and deleted a SMH Facebook account. I can't bring myself to go through with it; I hate what social media has become. I hate spending time that should be spent studying God's Word, or working on the property, or telling stories of rich family history or … Continue reading Shaggy Maple Update

Spring Garden 2019

I'm so cold right now, I can't even stand it. I take solace in planning the spring gardens. I think this is really going to be a good year for us. Granted, I think that every year, but I'm not going to let that dampen my optimism. I have really enjoyed the "zone gardening" planning … Continue reading Spring Garden 2019

A Head Start on Spring Cleaning!

I've made it over the holiday hurdles and I'm almost finished putting away Christmas decorations... I don't know why it takes so long. Oh, wait, yes I do... I have 3 small kids who unpack behind me... It's a process. Anyway, I've been bitten by the spring cleaning bug early this year. I blame the … Continue reading A Head Start on Spring Cleaning!

How I keep my Children Healthy

This post is a little ironic because my middle child was in bed with a pretty high fever as I wrote this... But, I know several stay-at-home moms who almost avoid getting together because every time they take their children out in public, they return home with some kind of viral or bacterial illness. It's … Continue reading How I keep my Children Healthy