This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!

Monday, March 2, 2015

A beautiful winter day....

 Last Saturday we had the most beautiful winter's day. We had a busy fun work day out on our property.
 The day started with our son, Grayson, coming over and borrowing our tractor. He bought a 17 acre place just 1 mile from us where him and Rachelle will live together after they get married! Right now he is fixing up his property and borrowed the tractor to help with his latest project of building a fence.
 The rest of us were up on the grassy knoll working hard. I love this picture that I snapped of Eric walking towards me and Grayson is driving the tractor away.
 There goes Grayson. I absolutely love having him for a neighbor. The wonderful thing about it is that he lives down a curving road, so him and Rachelle will still have their privacy, yet they are so close to us. I teased them and said I'm going to just show up unannounced like the mom from "Everybody Loves  Raymond."
Last year we planted 100 trees just below this area and sadly we lost about 30 of them (click here to read about that). Eric thinks that it was because we planted them later in the season and the seedlings were not the best quality. This year my hubby purchased 200 more trees to plant to finish off this part of our property. The first thing he did was cut back all of the wild blackberries and other brush.
We had a very special helper on this day, Eric's father, Jim.
Our son, Hayden, was helping too. Here he is dismantling an old fence.
Jim and I had the job of picking up large sticks and throwing them on the burn pile.
This was hard work!
We got a pretty good little workout carrying those sticks up this little hill.
It was so much fun working together on this beautiful sunny February day!
The burn pile got pretty big. I didn't think it would burn because the limbs were wet, but it did!
Time for a little break.
Blondie is hoping that we will throw a stick her way! haha
It was really fun for us to see that we had a little more property than we realized once we got in here and cut down the brush.
Working hard!
Playing hard!
Eric's teaching Hayden how to plant trees. I love this shot of the two of them together.
Eric had the trees soaking in water to make sure they were hydrated before getting planted. He purchased Ponderosa Pine and Incense Cedar.
A gorgeous day!
Hayden caught on to tree planting right away and did a wonderful job.
Grandpa Jim tended to the fire.
I love the smell, it reminds me of camping!
Hayden with his Grandpa. What great memories we created today!
And someday there will be a forest here to commemorate this day!

"Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for He comes to judge the earth." I Chronicles 16:33

Hugs, Sharon

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Planting trees

 Last spring my husband, Eric, planted trees on the east side of our property. If you look close, you can see where he staked the property line east of the white fence.
 This grassy knoll once had big trees on it, but they were cut down and the owners never replanted.
 Right now the area is covered in wild blackberries which will end up taking over the entire space. Eric  ordered 100 Doug Fir trees to plant here in hopes that when the trees grow up they will shade out the blackberries and we will not have a problem anymore. Plus, it will be so beautiful to see a forest growing on that part of our property.
 The little seedlings are about 2 feet long and come in these big parchment bags.
 My husband started his career in forestry as a tree planter, so he knows what he's doing!
 Blondie is always nearby wanting to be near her owners!
 The first thing Eric does is dig a hole about 8 to 10 inches deep.
 He pulls back the soil with the shovel and slips the seedling in the hole.
 Then he covers up the roots with soil.
 The final step is to pack down the soil around the tree.
 Then he moves on to the next spot.
 We are hoping these little guys will take root and one day in about 5 years we will see them from the driveway and in 10 years see a small forest!
 No, Blondie, we don't have time to play with you right now! haha
 My job was to give each tree a good soak after he planted them. It was a fun day working with my hubby.
This grassy knoll will one day be a wooded forest. I love this picture of Queen Blondie looking down on her kingdom!

"He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers." Psalm 1:3 

Hugs, Sharon

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A fashion nod to my moms...

My dear sweet mother-in-love passed away in October and I was so blessed to be given many of her beautiful things. I was very touched that I received this beautiful silver ring of wrapping leaves that she purchased in Mexico sometime in the 1970s. I remember her wearing this ring often. I specifically have a memory of her holding my babies wearing this ring.

My dear sweet mother is still alive, which I'm so thankful, but she has health issues and memory issues going on and she's just not the same mama I remember. My sisters and I are taking on the hard task of cleaning up our parents home and we recently cleaned our mother's closet out. We each took some special pieces and I received this beautiful scarf. I remember my mom wearing this to church with her black wool full length coat.

This week I wore both of these pieces to work remembering my two moms who were both so beautiful, classy and had great taste. I am so thankful to God for these two amazing women.

"She dresses in fine linen and purple." Proverbs 31:22b

Hugs, Sharon

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Garden fresh...

We have a new "garden fresh" garden! Well, we don't have the garden yet, but we have the garden bed all ready to go! This is what the space looked like when we first moved in a year and a half ago.
 And this is what it looked like a year later after my hubby spruced it up. We chose this spot, which is in the back yard behind our workshop, because it is flat, has full sun and is near the shop's water faucet. My husband has created small gardens at every home we have owned, but he has never tackled a project this large. We did research and talked to local farmers on how to plow up this field to prepare the soil for the garden.
 The first thing that needed to be done was remove a couple of old tree stumps. My husband's buddy had the right machine for the job, so we hired him to do this for us.
 It was quite a neat machine, which broke down the old stump and ground it into a pile of fine sawdust.
 After that my husband staked out the area, if you look closely, you can see the markers. It's going to be a very large garden, 60x80 feet. We are going to put rows of raspberries and have several blueberry bushes. We do not want to be slaves to it and will only plant what we can eat and share it with our immediate family. At this point I do not plan on canning food, but I will freeze as much as I can.
 Eric attached a plow to the back of the tractor and plowed up the area.
 The soil was broken into big clumps.
 It's exciting to start really envisioning the new garden space!
 We found all kinds of junk buried in this space including these cool old rusty remnants from an old wood stove. Some folks do things different out in the country and instead of taking garbage to the dump, they simply buried it. Click here to read about the jacuzzi tub we unearthed. I saved these pieces to use in the future for some garden art projects.
 For the next step he borrowed a friend's tractor and disc tiller attachment to break up the soil further.
 This implement left the soil in large rows.
 He then sprinkled fertilizer over the soil and watered it to help it break down.
Several days later after it had dried out, he used a smaller tiller implement to break up the soil even further.
 The next step was to measure and mark the four corners of the garden where the fence posts will go. My husband is so smart with all of this, he knows how to do the math to ensure that the plot is squared perfectly with the nearby shop.
 My job was to hold the stakes. It was fun working with him on this project.
 The next step was to dig giant deep holes in the ground to hold these big poles at each corner. These are actually recycled telephone poles from our property that once held all the old electrical wires we removed when we first moved here (click here to read about that). He purchased a post hole digger attachment for the tractor that saved many hours of labor for him.
 If you look closely here, you can see the four corner posts are up!
 Next he added the smaller inner posts.
 We had to make the fence very tall at 10' so that the deer could not jump over it.
 It's looking so nice!
 He has the main frame done, and now is working on the gates. We will have one man gate and two tractor-size gates.
 We did a lot of research on what kind of actual fencing to use. We thought about chicken wire or goat wire, but settled on this plastic mesh. It's strong and much more affordable. It's also so much easier to work with.
We were a little concerned that our garden was going to obstruct the view from our back windows/back deck to the grassy knoll and trees beyond our property, and were so pleasantly pleased that it's almost see-through and we still have the beautiful view!
 He purposely left this section open for a special delivery....
...from this big dump truck.
We ordered 9 loads of sand to improve the soil structure.
 It  looked kind of like aliens left these piles here!
 The next day Eric smashed all of the sand down into the soil with the tractor.
 I was skeptical that he could smash it all down. I was worried we ordered too much sand, but... spread out perfectly and left a nice thick topping to the soil.
 He later brought in horse manure and tilled it all together and we left it for the winter.
Now spring is coming and we get to start the fun part of planning the garden layout, buying the plants and seeds and starting to sow our garden!

"Do not be deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Galatians 6:7

Hugs, Sharon
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