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?

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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

Winter work

We started the "negative yardage" dance early this year. You know, one step forward, three steps back. We had gotten outside on a warm day last week to clear off some trees and brush, which was excellent and much needed. Except that then my husband ended up getting an outrageous poison ivy rash that was … Continue reading Winter work