Friday, 25 April 2014

This Moment

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

It's been a crazy week.

What a busy week it's been at work!  I've had barely a chance to check the blogs I like to read - never mind updating my own!  I'm exhausted.  But today I work from home - which I haven't done in quite a while.  And it's so nice and quiet.  No one coming to my desk and interrupting my work, nice sunny day.  Good to be home.
Looking for treasure with the metal detector

Easter Weekend was lovely too.  I took an extra day off so had 4 days at home with the family.  We didn't host a dinner or go anywhere this year - which was really nice actually.  We did have some company stop in and enjoy a bonfire and I dog sat my aunt's yellow lab, much to Murphy's enjoyment.
Wanna play wanna play wanna play wanna play?  How about now?

I planted my tomato seeds about a week ago and they are sprouting nicely and I should be planting peppers soon too.  The garden is tilled and waiting, it is a beautiful thing.  I have lists on lists of things I want to get done around here.  Most of the raking is done around the property and the grass is getting greener everyday.  After the winter we had, I'm not wasting a single second of time outside while the weather is fair.
Think I'll sit here for a while

I think our little chicks are about ready to be transferred to the barn.  They are getting so big and most of their feathers are in now.  They are messy and hungry creatures.  We clean out their pen twice a day and refill their food at least 3 times a day.  My favorite thing about them are their eyes.  Usually animal eyes give me the heebie jeepies - even the horses and dog's eyes and especially goat eyes - but the chicks eyes don't.  Go figure.  So I'm off to help the hubby with some chores now - over my lunch break :).  Have a great day.

Friday, 11 April 2014

This Moment

{this moment}
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. 
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Spring melt and time outside

As the days get longer and the sun gets warmer I know we made the right decision moving here.  We are outside people.  On a nice day I could spend several hours outside just doing this or that.  Going in occasionally to try to drag my oldest out of the house and into the sunshine.  The last week has been like that.  We are going to have a +14 day on Saturday and I'm tempted to pull out all the lawn furniture.  I've already raked out a couple of my flower gardens, dragged branches from all over the yard to a central location, planted my tomato seeds, strung up my sugar snap peas and next I'll clean the windows and on Sunday probably rake the lawn.  I have to go to town for several hours while my oldest takes an art class and I just can't wait to get back to the house in the afternoon and do some more work.
Soon these guys will be out in the pasture all night and we can clean out the barn for the summer.
The levitating rake - stuck in the last of the snow and ice.
Almost there!
Have a nice weekend everyone!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Looking ahead

The snow is melting!  We have plus temperatures!  These things make me very happy.  The chicks are growing fast and the thaw is showing me all the work that is coming up in the spring.  It's going to be hard to be away from the farm in the spring and summer, which I don't mind.  I miss the place when I'm not there.  I encountered this yesterday....we had a nice, sunny day, a day where a lot of work could get done outside and in the barn comfortably.  I had the girls and we were out on a movie and get our nails done date.  As I was sitting in the movie theater I kept thinking was of how much I wanted to be at home doing stuff, not just sitting there.  But the girls need time away from the farm and they miss their old friends so we were in the city instead.
Maddy matched her nails to her outfit.

This spring has already uncovered a lot of downed branches, large a small that will need to be cleaned up.  Lots of dog poo that - because he has full run of the property - is everywhere.  I tried to keep on top of it but realistically - he would go and it would snow and cover it - repeat 20 times and add a layer of ice from an ice storm right before Christmas.  Suffice to say - there is a lot of raking in my future.  And the baby chicks have almost out grown their bin and will soon need a bigger space to stay.  Oh these chicks have been so much fun.  I always know if something is amiss - someone has escaped, the water is tipped over, they are out of food, because the peeping gets quite loud.  And my mom ears caught on pretty quickly to those distress peeps. We want to rip up the carpeting on the stairs, put up drywall in the mud room and oh yeah, there is a garden to plant.  And a barn and pasture to clean out.  I find these days - these in between days where it's not yet quite spring, where the snow isn't completely melted off the grass and barely at all from the pastures - that I'm doing a lot of looking ahead, thinking of the work that will need to get done.  And I'm doing it with a smile.
My sugar snap peas and enjoying all of this sunshine.  Some of the branches for clean up in the background.  

Friday, 4 April 2014

This Moment

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The melt.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

A walk in the woods

My youngest daughter had a friend over on Sunday.  Tegan is 7 now and into every little thing. It's a balance of finding things for them to do, checking on that they are doing but also giving them the freedom to explore and and just be kids.  It came to the point in the day where they wanted to hang out in the car and play - which is a game where they pretend they are teenagers - and instead I suggested we go on a walk.
Sunday was beautiful, no jackets required in the barn!
Tegan took a bunch of pictures by spinning around and clicking - the pic above and below are hers.

Hasn't the extra sunshine just been wonderful?  I can't wait to open the windows and let in the warm air of spring - soon, very soon.