Friday, October 28, 2011

Firepit Love

 We have been using our partially built fire pit and enjoying it.  Joffre is reading The Lord of the Rings to the kids now and it was especially fun be around a fire while the characters are too. The cat even sat perched next to Joffre for much of the story listening. Then she snuggled between Ward and I .

Thursday, October 27, 2011

2 Books I'm Loving

 I have been reading these two books and loving them so very much. The first is Peril and Peace. This is a children's book series that teaches about the people in church history. This is the first book in the series and starts with Paul. I am very excited about this because I think church history is way too neglected among Christians. You can learn so much about where ideas came from and how long they have been around and why. It is especially great to know heresies and see where they came from and how they are recycled through the ages. I am not sure this series examines the heresies but it is a great beginner church history series.

The second is a great gardening book about being creative and keeping the costs down. My favorite part about it is the balance she has about spending money. She tells you it is worth it to spend the money on a 15gallon tree because it has been researched to grow larger over the long haul but then she tells you what things are not worth spending the money on. For every purchase she gives 4 options of spending according to what you can afford and includes pros and cons for everything. There are lots of creative ideas and a surprising amount of pictures. I like books with pictures.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


 So life has been busy. We got a new roof (I haven't taken a picture yet.) and a new bathroom floor!After lugging four boxes of tile (which are VERY heavy) home I decided I didn't like it and lugged it back before picking out this one.  I really like it and now I am going to repaint this bathroom. I had a green linoleum floor before and had to work with a green color. Now I think I am going blue.

While the plumber was replacing the toilet in this bathroom he noticed we needed a sink in the other and offered this nice pedestal sink to us for free. It looks so nice.

Getting Ready for Reformation Party Time

These are the kids dressed as "The Chronicles of Narnia...and a knight". Earlier today all the boys were dressed as cowboys. I have a feeling they will be changing their minds about costumes a few times.


 I have been working on some other projects. Like making this planter holder for the chicken coop. It's from an old display shelf from our bookstore.
 I also planted a jasmine vine to make the coop prettier and hopefully a little smellier (in a good way). Next I am re roofing the coop and then I'll get a full shot.
 Here is the beginnings of our fire pit. I want one similar to this one. we've just begun but we put an old church pew from our bookstore out by it.
Here is a rock bed I am expanding.I've been using cardboard as weed barrier.

There are mostly the "before" picture to the hopefully great "after " pictures I will later show you.

Some of the Boys in My Life

Garden Update Fall

 green beans
 lettuce seedlings
 muscadine grape

So I'm back. It's nice to ignore your blog for awhile because when you go back you have lots to blog about. I planted some veggies for fall but I'm not sure I'll get to harvest before it gets too cold. I have been planting a bunch of plants I propagated and they look good but they are small  and not worth photographing. I am excited about trying grapes. Wine making maybe?