Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"To Read" books ~ Loaded on The Kindle

Here is the list of books I've got currently loaded on the Kindle to read ~~

"Practical Ways to Simplify Your Life"
"Vegetable Container Gardening"
"The Frugal Guide to Cutting the TV Cord"
"Old & New Testament Manuscript History"
"Declutter Your Life"
"Candle In The Darkness" 
"Glutten-Free Diet"
"Vertical Gardening"
"Secrets of Quick Decluttering, Selling & Organizing the Home Area"
"Selling on Ebay"
"The Grads Guide To Money"
"Trash Picking for Profit"
"How to Save Big Money on Groceries"
"101 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Natural Disaster"
"52 Sunday Dinners"
"Homesteading: Money Saving, Frugal Tips & Recipes"
"100 Easy Recipes in Jars"
"Muffin Tin Meals"
"The Ladies Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness"
"On The Kentucky Frontier: A Story of the Fighting Pioneers of the West"
"Women on the American Frontier"
"The History of the 13 Colonies of North America"
"A Textbook of the Household Arts"
"The Life of Abraham Lincoln"
"Historic Girls, Stories of Girls Who Have Influenced The History of Their Times"
"Urban Gardening"
" Food Drying"
"How to Declutter Your Home and Simplify Your Life"
"Culinary Herbs"
"Mary at the Farm: A Bk of Recipes during her visit among the Pennsylvania Germans"
"Sizzling, Scrumptious barbeque Recipes for Camping, Home, The Grill & Kettle BBQ"
"Frugal Cleaning Tips"
"Homeopathy At Home"
" 89 Apple Recipes"

I guess I have enough to keep me busy for quite a while!  Boredom should not be a problem!  The best part is ~ all of the books were FREE.  Alot of them are historic books ~ which I love to read.  Its interesting to see the perspectives from different times.  But, as with everything I read, if I start reading a book that I deem is inappropriate....I will stop reading it, and delete it from the Kindle.

Happy Reading!

(Every once in a while, Frugal Hacks (http://frugalhacks.com/) will do a list of free ereader books from  Amazon!  I greatly appreciate links to freebies~and this is the reason my "to read" list is so long!)

Monday, April 29, 2013


Saturday morning dawned way TOO early this past weekend.  Amy, Greg, and I got up before the sun did and left for Hattiesburg to do training for the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Team.  The training started at 8, we left at 6 so that we had plenty of time.  The first hour was an orientation to how the team developed and the different disasters they responded too.  They were at Ground Zero, Hurricane Katrina, Sandy Hook, and others.  Plus all the tornado disasters that have plagued the South for decades.

We did the Meal Prep training.  And for real on the job training ~ the team cooked lunch for all the folks training in different areas ~ about 150 people.  In the emergency scenarios, you could be serving 10,000 ~ 20,000 meals a day ~ gulp!  The Big Rig tractor trailer truck has all the equipment.  And you don't actually "cook"...for a big disaster like the 9/11 or Katrina ~ its more of heating canned food and the Red Cross picks it up and delivers it to the feeding areas.  They also supply all the food.

If we were on a team to serve 100-200 meals to volunteers, clergy, law enforcement, etc. ~ we would be cooking "real" food. 

It was interesting and the assembly was packed.  There were probably 150 folks getting trained in different areas for emergency response.  There is a chainsaw/blue tarp team.  Sounds weird, but if you had a tree on your house, you would want them to come by and take care of you!

We are going to look into more training through different agencies.

(Will opted out of training to go play paintball with James, and a bunch of guys from church ~ they had lots of fun!)

Afterwards we cruised to the coast to look for a car ~ didn't find one!  But, we did get a yummy shrimp meal and took a little walk on the beach!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Easy, Delicious Dinner

We've "discovered" a dinner thats easy, yummy, easy, delicious, and did I mention easy~~~~~
We use soft tortillas, fill them with taco seasoned chicken, melty cheese, and whatever else you like ~ roll up ~ zap in the microwave for 1 minute or so and dinner is served!

There is a little prep beforehand that needs to get done ~ the chicken and taco meat need to be cooked, we use our home canned chicken for this dinner (this time I canned some quarts with homemade taco seasoning already added).  The other night Amy emptied the quart jar into a cast iron skillet and cooked till all the liquid was absorbed ~ as you stir it around, it also shreds the chicken nicely.

Next was opening a can of refried beans and warming them up.  This used up our last can of refried beans, so now its time to learn how to make my own ~ does anyone out there make them and then can them or do you freeze them?

Then came slicing the melty cheese into thin strips ~

Our condiment selections also include ~ grated cheddar cheese, jalepeno pepper, salsa, sour cream and tomatoes

Now the easy part ~~~~~~~ everyone builds their own creations, so each dinner is personalized.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Getting Control

These days its so easy to lose track of time ~ we've got IPads, Kindles, laptops, mp3 players, a gazillion tv channels, pinterest, blogs, etc.  We can spend too much time on these little goodies and not get anything else done.  At the end of the day, do you ever think ~What did I do today?  Would you be embarrassed if someone knocked on the door and your den/living room was full off clothes baskets, your kitchen full of dirty dishes, your bed unmade, the bathroom looking like the health dept. needed to condemn it?  The solution.....put down the electronics.  Seems easy, but its hard.

Self control comes in many forms ~ what do you need to work on?  Do you struggle with dinner time, or laundry, or finding time for you, or priorities, or little ones "helping" or needing you, or lack of inspiration, or clutter?

I've posted about my routine a number of times.  Lets get down to the nitty gritty.  Turn off the distractions.....OFF.  Put them down, put them away, don't touch.  You won't get anything done, if you are pinning, updating your status on facebook, etc.

What is your priority for that day ~ have a goal.  If its laundry ~ get it done...sorted, washed, dried, folded, and put away (I do any ironing on different days).  If you can get one or more loads done ~ start to finish, you've accomplished a great deal.  If your children are old enough to help, then let them or require them too.  They could spray stains with prewash, help load the dryer, fold hand towels or wash cloths, etc.  It makes for more chaos in the mornings if everyone is searching for clean undies or a shirt to wear and can't find them ~ either because they are still in the washer or languishing in a laundry basket somewhere in the house.  (Confession ~ I did leave a load of laundry at Moms yesterday & we had to turn around and go back!)

If your priority is school ~ have a set time to start and get it done.  If your children are in public or private school, the schedule is already set for you.  Try to have that much discipline in your home.  I am not, nor ever have been an "unschooler" ~ where the children do what they want, learn when they want, etc.  While that could work for others ~ to me its laziness.  Get it done and get on with your day. And a boss/job would not allow that whatever/whenever attitude. There are lessons that are drudgery ~ math would be one for me, but is essential to life, so you have to know it.  Biology was fun, History was fun, Art was fun.  We always did the "dreaded" subject/s first, then moved onto the fun stuff.

What are your husbands expectations?  Does he want dinner cooking when he gets home?  Does he want clothes hung up or put up?  Does he want a clean living room or den to sit down in?  Find out and then try to accomplish this every day. Do you need to discuss what he wants or expects to be done ~ what standard is he relying on?   If you work all day (at an outside job) your evening is going to look different than mine.  If you are blessed with little ones running around ~ you may be doing good to have groceries in the house and have put on clothes that day.  Talk to your husband and set some priorities ~ its not his job to keep you on task, thats where your self control comes in.

Many books and blogs will tell you to clean, cook, etc. while your baby is napping ~ not me.  That was my time everyday...cross stitch, being online, reading a book, sewing,  relaxing.  When littles are up you can accomplish a great deal.  Train them to entertain themselves and then later to "help" you.  Amy was the only one of mine that would play in a playpen.  And she was happy the whole time, as long as she was in the same room with us.  With older brothers and tiny lego pieces or knex or boy scout projects, that was the safest place for her to be when I couldn't watch every second.  It takes longer to accomplish something when you've got littles "helping" but its great training for them for life. Get your children miniature "real" tools to work with...a safety knife for the kitchen, a tiny rake & shovel, a little broom and dustpan, etc.  They love to have their own things to work with.  Find little buckets/bins to store their supplies and teach them to put them back in the same place everytime they are through with them ~ and they do learn by example, you put yours up too.

Work on a grocery list and a weekly menu.  Know what you are going to fix and when.  Have the items you need.  We all know that its very rare to run into the grocery for 2 items and not come out with 10 or 12 or more.  But also, be flexible.  You can mix up your dinners...its ok to serve Mondays dinner on Wed. or Wed. on Sat.  I would also have some "quick fix" items on hand ~ spaghetti sauce, a frozen lasagna, hot dogs & chips, etc.  Life happens ~ no one expects Super Woman every day.  If you know that Wed. are church night ~ don't plan an elaborate meal that nigh...you will just end up feeling rushed and tired.  That would be a great crockpot day. 

Don't let others make you feel guilty for non participation in events ~ you don't have to teach Bible School, you don't have to attend every homeschool meeting or event, you don't have to be at everything/all the time....your priority is your own home and family.  Take care of that first and then you can add other things!  Those little children the Lord has blessed you with are your Mission Field ~ nurture their bodies and souls & share the Bible to them in ways they can understand.  Little ones are especially adept at learning scripture and singing songs!  

What are your distractions?  Maybe you get lost in a book and lose track of time....set a timer!  A timer would be great for anything that could draw you away from what needs to get done.  Give yourself 20 minutes to have fun on pinterest, or check up on facebook or emails.  But you control them, don't let them control you or your day.

And lest anyone think I've got it all together.....you would be wrong.  I am learning.  And now that we are done with homeschooling, I am relearning.  Find some like minded folks, so you can encourage each other or hold each other accountable.  Ask your husband for his help or advice.  Don't try to live up to an unattainable standard ~ Martha Stewart has an army of helpers (she does have some cool craft and decorating ideas!).  Don't compare yourself to other people ~ you won't do exactly what your mother or grandmother did, but look to their example for how to get it done. 

Most importantly, rely on the Lord for his strength & guidance.  Spend time in His word everyday ~ post some bible verses around your home ~ play praise music on the cd player ~ pray!

Happy Homemaking!

Friday, April 19, 2013

An Application

Application for Permission to Date My Daughter
This is great!  And the funny is ~ Amy found it! 
The original is found at ~ http://www.sadanduseless.com/image.php?n=1904

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Crewel Embroidery

One of the entries for the State Fair is Crewel Embroidery ~ something I haven't done in 30 years or more.  After the fair last year, I decided to find a kit and try this type of embroidery again.  The kits at the craft stores were very pricey ~ even with a 40% or 50% off coupon ~ so I started looking around on Ebay for a cheap kit.  I found 2 that I purchased from different sellers ~ one for me and one for Amy.  Both were small and should be easy to complete.  Below are a couple of pictures ~

The kit I chose for me had 3 small pictures in it.  And its by Avon (which I sold for many years).  When I received the kit, I discovered that one of the pictures had been started ~ which they didn't mention on ebay, but the kit was really cheap so I didn't complain.  I started stitching the "Peaches" picture 2 days ago and finished last night...its little 2 1/2" by 3 1/2".  As I was stitching, I noticed a funny thing.....all these are canning jar pics ~ and labeled "First Prize at the County Fair" ~ but look at the fruit ~ they all have stems and leaves!  You don't can with stems & leaves or peach pits for that matter!

I like the way it turned out ~ now to frame it! 

My views on crewel ~ it was another category to enter, it was ok to do, it will go well in the kitchen ~ but I still like cross stitch the best!

Oh, and for any who may ask ~ how do you find the time ~ I cross stitch, quilt, crochet, etc. while we travel (Greg always drives), sitting in the car waiting for Amy during dance lessons), or while watching tv at night!  If you want to do it ~ you will find the time!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Her Own Expectations

Yesterday I found a lovely list of 100 things I want my daughter to know before she walks down the aisle ~

Now while I saved this list on Pinterest for Amy, its also applicable to Amy Kate, Katie, and Jennifer.

While we were out today ~ Amy L came up with her own list
"He has to....."
like cupcakes
like animals
like Disney
like children
be pro-homeschool
like Owls
be a Christian

When you invest some of your birthday money in this....

Then your future Romeo better like cupcakes!
I don't know where the sign is going to be hung ~ standing on end it about 5 feet tall!
Thanks Hobby Lobby for a 1/2 price sale!

I notice she didn't put chocolate on the list....I guess its more for her.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

24 Ways to Prepare your Young Girl to become a Lovely Woman

  1. Be gentle in words and actions. Let your beauty come from a gentle and quiet spirit (I Pet. 3:4).
  2. Determine to be strong. As a woman, you’ll face many situations where you’ll need to be steady and of a sound mind. Strength and honor are her clothing (Prov. 31:25).
  3. Live purely. There’s goodness and power in purity.
  4. Choose joy. You will bless everyone around you with your joyful countenance. Besides, it’s a lovely way to live.
  5. Seek wisdom. And as wisdom comes from above, look up (James 3).
  6. Laugh freely. It will lighten your spirit and everyone else around you too.
  7. Care for your health. Be sure and eat good foods, exercise, and get enough rest. If you care for yourself, then you’ll be better able to care for others too.
  8. Speak sweetly. People will be able – and more open – to listen to you if you do.
  9. Be willing to work hard. Learn to enjoy your tasks and take on what must be tackled (Prov. 31:13).
  10. Sing loudly. A song can both change a mood and give glory to God. So make a loud noise! (Ps. 98:4).
  11. Study many different things. Decide you’re going to be a life-long student. Learn about gardening, ancient history, bread-baking, new languages, natural medicine, geography, or anything else that fascinates you.
  12. Look after those in need. Have compassion on others and use your gifts to bless them.
  13. Bring beauty into your life. And into the life of others. Whether it be flowers, art, poetry, handwork, or bright colors.
  14. Walk through trials in faith.  Don’t walk in your own strength, but trust Him who will carry you through.
  15. Have a good cry. Now and then. It’ll make you feel better.
  16. Invest in a few good friends. Make time for and pursue relationships with those who can encourage you, inspire you and challenge you.
  17. Learn how to cook. It’s a handy and necessary skill. Because doesn’t everyone need to eat?
  18. Spend time alone in the Word. Don’t ever get too busy for time with your God.
  19. Be kind to others. Kindness isn’t all that hard to offer and yet has such a significant impact on those around you. And on her tongue is the law of kindness (Prov. 31:26b).
  20. Serve cheerfully. Look to Christ as your example, not what the world says about service. Nothing begrudging or stingy there (Phil. 2).
  21. Pray about all things. Don’t try to solve everything by yourself, but go to your Heavenly Father with your joys, cares and concerns (Eph. 6:18).
  22. Watch what you say. Your words have power to build up or tear down. So use them carefully.
  23. Love others deeply.  I Corinthians 13.
  24. Draw near to God.  And He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)
Yes, it takes a lot to be a woman. And even more to be a lovely one. But it’s so what I want for her. 

This was reprinted from the blog "Club 31 Women"

Many thanks to Lisa Jacobson for giving me permission to share her post on my blog.  If you would like encouragement for living as a Proverbs 31 Woman, please visit her blog!  I will be reading her past postings!

I received encouragement from reading this list ~ both in the aspect of raising a daughter & being a Mom and Grandma ~ we can all use more femininity in our lives.  The world tells us to be tough, do it all, rely on no one, etc.....but in most cases that is contrary to what scripture lays out for women.  The word of God is just as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.  Donna

Monday, April 15, 2013

Slow & Steady

Working on Projects for entry in the State Fair is an on-going year 'round project for us.
Starting the day after drop off for the current year ~ I begin working on stuff for the next year.
Last year, I promised myself I would be better organized ~ and so far that is working.
The completed projects are tagged & the projects written down in a notebook, so I can keep up with the different categories.
I also promised myself that I would not spend time & energy working on projects that I didn't like.
The one item I may try again is metal working ~ just because there are so many cute owl projects on pinterest & Amy is owl~addicted!
Recently, I also decided not to "advertise" how many projects I have or haven't completed.
None of us are competing against each other ~ we are competing against ourselves & working to improve our skills in creative areas.

Here are a few pictures of projects that were recently completed ~

Hand Quilted Birthday Table Runner ~ all from scraps I already had

Another "Zoo" quilt top ~ this one will be for Amy's Hope Chest

My "got from Pinterest" chicken scratch idea ~ will be made into a pin cushion
*The table runner is completely finished.
*The quilt top still needs backing and batting & hand quilting.  The quilt top is the same I made for Robert last year ~ Amy wanted some of the colors changed.
*The chicken scratch needs to be finished ~ the pinterest project didn't have directions, so I just printed out the picture and sewed from it.  The red thread has a tendency to tighten in areas making the loops less loopy ~ since I wanted it for a pin cushion, I tacked the red loops with tiny stitched to hold them in place.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Springtime at My Home

Our 1 remaining azalea from Gregs Grandmothers yard

guess this tree isn't dead!

iris from same Grandmothers yard

That stupid snake nearly gave me a heart attack ~ and I don't care how big/little it was!

Bell Pepper plants

Apple Blossoms

Our Egg Production Team~one of the girls was busy "producing"

We think the potatoes are happy in the box ~ some cucumbers are planted on the right side to climb the trellis
I am linking up with

Friday, April 12, 2013

Happy Birthday Amy Lynn!

Happy Birthday to my sweet Amy Lynn!

17 years ago today the Lord blessed me with a beautiful, dark haired baby girl!

You have filled my days with 
Laughter (& some tears)
Innumerable Pet Facts
Delicious Cupcakes
Girlie Times

I love you!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cross Stitch Designs

DMC floss is on facebook & they release new "free" patterns every once in a while.  Today was such a day ~ this time it is a set of 2 cross stitch goodies.  They both look gorgeous and easy to stitch!

The link for the goodies is http://dmc-threads.com/spring-freebie-2-piece-set-cross-stitch/.  This will take you to the page showing the finished projects.  Just click on each one to bring up the patterns.  When we print at home now, we try to always print in the fast draft option or black/gray option to save money on ink.  (The ink prices are outrageous these days!)

Hope you enjoy it!  There is also a link on the site (somewhere) to "join" ~ again free.  This give you access to their free pattern library and you can print away!

Have fun stitching..............now to add these 2 patterns to my mountain of Projects I want to do!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Truth for My Life

I pray that the lives we lead honestly reflects our lives.
May the Lord grant me wisdom and strength.

Monday, April 8, 2013

A Very Special Day!

Today is a very special day!
Its my Mom's birthday!
Wish we were there to help celebrate!

Mom, Me, & Amy sailing off into the sunset!  On our cruise in Jan.
We love you!

Happy Birthday!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

In The Dirt Again!

Today was gardening day!
I've got 9 tomatoes in the ground.
36 Cucumber plants are planted.
Thanks to Amy, the 3 shutter boxes are full of pole bean seeds.
A peach tree is in its new home.
And 2 Thompson grapes are in the "vineyard".  Haha...the vineyard now has 4 grapevines.

Greg and Will worked on the chicken coup box, strung wire for the grapes, and changed the oil in the cars!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Yippee, Its Almost the Weekend!

I am so ready for it to be the weekend!
This has been a busy week & Greg has been out of town since Sunday afternoon.

Our church is having its annual garage sale to help the Haiti Mission Team ~ so we've helped with it.

Amy's had dance 3 days this week.

Amy and Will have had Bible Drill 3 days/nights this week.

Will had a job interview yesterday (at a grocery store ~ we should find out next week if he got it)

And Monday morning I picked up 2 cases = 80 pounds of chicken from Zaycon.

I've can 21 quarts of chicken + 8 pints + cut up and froze 2 bags of tenders to use with the French's onions recipe (recipe on their website, its good) + got tired of canning and froze 14 chicken breasts.

We bought a flat of strawberries from the Farmers Market over the weekend & they had to be cleaned, cooked and frozen ~ making the jelly later!

The good news ~~~~~

Greg is on his way home!

The chicken is done!

The children & youth teams all passed the associational drill & are going to the State Drill next week (bad news...check in process was horrible and we waited over 2 hours to even compete)

Just got a call that we aren't working on garage sale stuff today until 1 instead of 9am.

And the weekend is almost here!


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Its Bible Drill Time!

For the last 4 years, Amy & Will have participated in Bible Drill at our church.  This will be their last year as both are graduating.  I know how much hard work goes into learning the material and practicing.  From Jan. to the present ~ Bible Drill work becomes part of their school day.  Last night was the Church Drill ~ held in front of everyone in the sanctuary ~ the kids say this is the hardest drill because they know everyone (its easier in front of strangers).  They all did AWESOME!  All of our Youth are going on to the Associational Drill today! 

Material they learned this year included ~
Quotation~The caller says the verse & they have to quote the referenced Scripture
Genesis 12:3
Exodus 4:11-12
Deuteronomy 4:7
Job 19:25
Psalm 23:1-3
Proverbs 20:1
Matthew 1:18
Luke 6:31-33
John 8:31-32
John 14:6
Acts 2:21
1 Thessalonians 4:17-18
Hebrews 10:16
1John 1:9

Key Passages~the caller says the Title, the student has to remember the reference and find it
Joseph Flees Immoratlity (Genesis 39:1-20)
Walls of Jericho Fall  (Joshua 6)
God speaks to the boy Samuel (1 Samuel 3)
Esther Approaches the King (Esther 5:1-8)
The Psalm of Praise (Psalm 100)
The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)
The Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13)
The Birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-7)
Jesus and Nicodemus (John 3:1-21)
The Love Chapter (1 Corinthians 13)

Bible Answers ~ student has to find the verse the questions references
Who Does the Earth Belong to? (Exodus 19:5)
Where does Knowledge begin? (Proverbs 1:7)

How are we like sheep? (Isaiah 53:6)

Where will God write His law? (Jeremiah 31:33)
What does God desire? (Hosea 6:6)
Who is the resurrection? (John 11:25)
How can I bear fruit? (John 15:5)
What is eternal life? (John 17:3)
What does God think of Marriage? (Hebrews 13:4)
Can I be forgiven?  (1John 1:9)

Scripture Search Drill~caller calls out any book of the bible and student has to quickly find it

As you can see, thats an enormous amount of knowledge for them to retain and bring forth in a Drill.
There are only 6 calls from each section, so you have to know everything because the caller can pick any 6 ~ you don't know ahead of time.

The most remarkable thing.....they have to do each call in 8 seconds or less.  Its all timed!

Great job, drillers!  And thanks to the adults who help and guide them to this accomplishment!

Here are a few pictures from last night!

The Children & Youth Teams

Emmalyn, Morgan, Lee Catherine, & Amy

Our Youth Team with their leaders Rosana & Melanie
This afternoon its on to the Associational Drill (yippee, they all passed the church drill) and then next week, we go to the State Drill!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

She Finished!

As we are finishing school subjects, we are picking up unfinished craft projects to complete.Amy has been working on this quilt for 2 1/2 years ~ she decided to hand quilt this jewel and decided to quilt around each square within the log cabin block....there is miles of hand quilting on this approximate twin size quilt.  2 weeks ago, I decided she needed to get it finished ~ honestly, for the last 6 months this has been in the sewing room closet ~ neglected and tried to be forgotten.  I am not being critical because I have my own quilting project still residing in the quilting frame upstairs....just being honest!

The last 5-7 days she has been quilting up a storm. And all the hard work was accomplished last night.

birght, cheerful colors!

the quilting on the back ~ we really like the back as much as the front
My finished jelly roll quilt ~ I have 3 more "in the process"-all different color themes
I told Amy when she finished that I would do the binding ~~~~~ which she reminded me of last night!  Thats the next step ~ then washing it and its ready for the fair in Sept.

Her next project is going to be something small and easily accomplished in 1 or 2 days.  We've found lots of owl ideas on Pinterest, that she wants to do!  I love free ideas & inspiration!

 I am linking up with ~

Monday, April 1, 2013

Making Time for Everything

There is so much I want to do ~

I've got.......
Books to read
Reviews to write
Recipes to try
Quilts to sew
A cross stitch quilt top to finish
Hand quilting to do
Pictures to take of flowers & trees
Lots of chicken to can (got my Zaycon order today)

Since our homeschooling is coming to an end ~ I've got to find a new normal.  I don't know how this is going to work yet.  Some days, it seems like I've got all the time in the world, and other days, it seems like I am busy but don't have lots to show for it. 

I am also looking forward to getting the garden in ~ the weather is warm right now, but who knows if it will stay that way.  Its time though~  the grass in the back has been cut twice and in the front once. 
It appears that all our trees are alive!  And our potatoes are coming up.

I am ready for summer swimming afternoons, cookouts, etc.

Time to get off the computer and finish the laundry for today!  Glad to have the laundry accomplished!  Tomorrow is chicken canning & maybe some sewing!

 Found these little goodies on Pinterest!