Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CH CH Changes

It has been several months since I last posted on this blog.  
It feels so good to actually have the time to sit before the screen of my laptop and get typing.
So much has been happening!
There have been many changes and more changes to come! 
Allow me to catch you up if I may…

Let’s back up to the month of May if we could…
In the beginning of May, we were able to take a lovely, and much needed vacation. I’ll share more about that in a future post.

Any guesses where we went on vacation??

By early June, my babysitting responsibilities for the grandkids were coming to an end.
 (Their mama is a teacher) 

 AND our garden was coming along nicely. 

But sometime in June, hubby completed his current construction project.  
(He’s a construction manager) 

He had been on this current project, a hospital, for nearly 10 years. 
  As soon as one phase would be completed, they would continue on to the next phase and the next……well you get the picture.

As this project was drawing to a close, he learned his next assignment would be inside the beltway, in Maryland. Yes, Outside Washington D.C.  
                                                            And YES, the land of liberals!                                                                                                                                      
We live in Pennsylvania. 
Ahh, the serenity of our neck of the woods...

So while his new assignment is not that far away, it is too far to commute on a daily basis. 

So being the gypsies we are, we have packed up a few of our possessions, and headed to Maryland.                                                                                                                                                                        Talk about being a square peg in a round hole! 
Yep, that's how I've been feeling these days!

We have not sold our home.  In fact, we will probably be able to go home most weekends… mow grass, manage the garden 

and of course, love on our little ones.

Unfortunately, in this process, I had to re-home the girls.  L 

And my country dog has become a city dog. 

Josie, waiting patiently at the door of
 our tiny apartment to go for her next walk.

  I don’t think she’s minded though, because she gets walked often.  
  I’m sure as soon as she gets home, she will head to the field to do some ground hog hunting! 
So what does a simple country girl blog about when she is surrounded by city life?                                                         

Well, we shall see..


As if we haven't had enough change...
There are more changes coming…

In September, we have a wedding to look forward to.  
My baby boy is getting married. 

Okay, so he’s not a baby, he’s 28.  
But nonetheless, he’s my baby and he’s gettin’ hitched.

  And we are looking forward to the addition of a new daughter as well as a bridal shower coming up soon.  More about that later!

AND can I get a drum roll please……

We are going to be grandparents again!   
That’s right.  Jack and Rhea will be getting another brother or sister for Christmas. 
  When asked if they wanted a girl or a boy,
 Jack said "a boy,"

 and of course Rhea said "a girl."

  So good ol’ Jack told his sister that he could have a brother and she could have a sister.  I’m afraid someone is going to be disappointed!  Kids say the funniest things don’t they?

So there you have it!
                                                                                                                                                                         Lots of Changes… Lots to look forward to..             

And plenty of reasons to be grateful 
and to trust in
and lean on 
the goodness of our God!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Rogue Chickens

Around here, it seems like every week, 
we get a new covering of the white stuff.  

While I confess, it has been beautiful...

....some would probably  
call it brutal!

Some of us are loving it...

and some of us are wearing down, 
and growing very weary of it, 
because of all the work it creates!

Could he get anymore wood on that cart!?!?!

Winter can be tough for all of us.  
But thankfully, we have coats and gloves,
and warm homes. 

But during times of  extreme cold (and heat), 
I feel bad for all the critters who make their home outdoors.  
So when I came across a pair of rogue chickens,
I felt compelled to rescue them.

Nearly every time I turned onto my country road,
 I would see a pair of hens pecking around for food. 
The problem is, because the ground has been covered with snow for months, 
they were pecking at the gravel along the edge of the road.  
Needless to say, the risk of them becoming road kill was HUGE. 

They were living here, in these pines.

One Sunday after church 
we nearly hit them.  
So after lunch we went back
 and wrangled them up.  
(should have had a camera for that!)
They had literally made themselves
 a little den in that mound of snow between the trees.  

They seemed to be in good condition, though very light weight.

They have been eating well now for the past 2 weeks,
 and are beginning to adjust to the other girls.  

 These girls are very sweet,
and very shy.

 They both appear to be Araucanas.
So hopefully,
 sometime in the near future 
they will give us some pretty blue/green eggs!!


Friday, February 14, 2014

Foto Friday- Winter Storm

Today, we are enjoying some beautiful sunshine.  But yesterday, was a different story.....

 Outside my door

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cricut Crafting

I've decided it's time to just make lemonade!
You know...
 when life gives you lemons-
Make lemonade!

So I've decided
I'm just gonna take all these harsh, wintry days..
and just do some things I enjoy doing....
things that give me 

With several inches of snow on the ground,
and more in the forecast...
I can't get outside to work in the yard
or even get the chicken house cleaned out. 

my garden and raised bed :(

So, I've been doing some crafting!
I love to create...
My favorite crafting tool is the

With Valentine's Day this week,
and a wedding this weekend....
I've been busy. 

One of my favorite things to do with the Cricut, is to cut vinyl.  
That machine cuts vinyl like butter. 

 Love it!  

And the sky's the limit on what you can do with vinyl.

For some Cricut inspiration, check out my Pinterest page.     

For the wedding couple,
I created this wall hanging....

I started with a frame.
Sprayed adhesive on the backing of the frame
stuck on a piece of white burlap 
cut out the vinyl and 
very carefully applied the vinyl to the front of the glass. 

Getting the vinyl on 
Just Right
was the hardest part. 

I sure hope the  lovebirds... 
love it!

I even used the Cricut to make some of the parts of this tri-fold wedding card.  

Friday is Valentine's Day
(in case you forgot)  

Here is a sneak peak
of just two of the cards I made.

For my sweetheart...

And for my son and his soon to be bride...

The cricut was not used to create this card, 
I downloaded this template
and used a craft knife to cut it out.

It's perfect for my deer hunting couple!


We will be getting more snow tonight and tomorrow,
so I'm hoping I will be able to make some more lemonade and
enJOY the free time 
and creative burst
it brings!

What about you...
How have you been spending your winter days?

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