Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Another lesson learned in the gardening arena

Make sure you wear an extra long shirt. Otherwise your tshirt will ride up while you are planting a seedling and the next morning you will have a sunburn on the small of your back.

and you will have a hard time tolerating underthings.

yes, really


go ahead and giggle

It is raining


my body just can't plant all those other seeds today

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I went and bought a gardening hat

#4 said, "oooooo! INdiana Jones Hat!"

Ready for the tally?
Yesterday I planted 80 strawberry plants, approximately 160 onion sets (didn't count), and 8 plants of rhubarb. I put in 1 garden bed of pinto beans (just to see if we can actually grow them).

Today: 160 onion sets, 80 seed potatoes, 16 cauliflower, 4 eggplant, 4 cabbage, 40 broccoli, 24 peppers (gypsy, pimento, italia, romana, cubanelle, anaheim, jalepeno), 20 cucumbers (pickling and burpless), summer squash 6 (zephyr), winter squash 14 (hopi pale grey, buttercup, acorn), tomato 124 (jet star, yellow pear, san merino ?, jubilee, beaverlodge plum, beef steak), tomatillos 8 (verde and mexican), ground cherries 8 (Aunt Molly's and pineapple)

In the kitchen garden:
shallots, garlic, lettuce, red onions, swiss chard, spinach, red pear tomatos, another san marino tomato (the neighbor gave them to me and I have to recheck the name-it is san m-something), sweet pea tomato, triefele tomato, 4 cukes, 4 banana peppers, white cherry tomatoes, cherry delight tomato, and a couple more that I can't remember without running downstairs and outside to check.

Lessons learned this season so far:

The baby will pull out as many markers of plants as possible and mix them up
Sharpie markers run on popsicle sticks that are markers-use ink pen
Need a better way to start seeds-greenhouse needed (and I have a place for it!)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Stacie tagged me

Here are the rules:
1) Post rules on your blog
2) Answer the six "8" items

8 Favorite Shows:
1. House
2. Britain's Got Talent
3. How Clean is Your House
4. mmmm, no cable, haven't had it for years and anything I watch is on hulu or youtube
5. see number 4
6. see number 5
7. see number 6
8.see number 7

8 Things I did yesterday:
1. Saw my old roomie and had a blast
2. Took number 4 to a birthday party
3. Made pulled pork sandwiches and a banana split ice cream cake
4. Rallied the troops to clean the house
5. Watched the chickens
6. Planted more lettuce seeds
7. planted flowers in the front bed
8. showed off my sunburn

8 Things I'm looking forward to:
1. the first tomato of the season
2. the house selling
3. going to the temple
4. planting the garden tomorrow
5. organizing the garage with the new shelves
6. hot and sour soup
7. a massage tonight
8. spending Monday night with friends

8 Favorite Restaurants:
1. Biwacko
2. Golden Chopsticks
3. the Thai place in Mount Clemens-Cindy knows, I know how to get there and it involves an orchid
4. Margo's House (she's better than a lot of restaurants)
5. the cuban restaurant in Detroit on Library St.-Margo knows
6. BDs mongolian barbeque
7. Texas Road House because every now and then you just have to have a good salad and baked potato and squishy rolls
8. Giglio's deli counter-best italian subs and cold Crush in a glass bottle in the frig section

8 Things On My Wish List:
1. the laundry bomb that is in my bedroom would magically be put away and ironed
2. peace within the brotherhood-#1 and #3 are bickering a lot lately
3. that all my fruit trees will live
4. a family fun night
5. new shoes, more than one pair
6. new bras, the girls need an uplifting experience
7. can I put laser hair removal on here?
8. a new kitchen

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Is it sunburnt or sunburned?

We did 17 rows in the garden today. We are sunburnt/sunburned. Which one is right? I have to look it up but I just spent the day in the sun and I am crispy and don't want to get the dictionary. Anyone know?

We will have approximately a 1/4 acre garden by the time we are done. Justsoseyouknow.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


I love learning. Today I learned that dehydrated lemon slices will store well in my pantry and still flavor my water. Who knew? I dehydrated a bunch of lemons and limes. I stuck one of the slices in my water and it tasted yummy. I am on my third glass and it is going strong.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Not much here

There isn't much to write about just little things here and there. Jon is neutropenic again-please pray. Essentially it means he has no immune system right now.

#1 has been doing a lot of hiking and prep work for Philmont. He and #2 are going rock climbing this weekend in Kentucky.

Last week I taught Stake RS Conference and 2 preparedness classes, one on container gardening and another on making bread. DH got me sick-why does the man kiss me?? Iknowhelovesme.

DH is still coughing-a few weeks ago we thought he had pneumonia or a collapsed lung but the xray came out clean but he is still coughing. I guess it is allergies.

#3 started crying at the dinner table yesterday because he wants to go camping like the big boys.

We had a hard frost last night and I lost my biggest tomato plant. grrrr the wind blew the covering.

#5 has picked up her M.O.M. (mistress of mess) designation with a furor never before experienced. Today it was an entire bag of rubber bands (0ver 500), styrofoam shredding (you know the kind that looks like snow but has so much static it climbs the walls?) and dry erase markers. Don't forget the allergy nose and any flower picked in the yard brought into the house and the piggy tails all rearranged by herself. I think we will start deducting the cost of vacuum bags from her mission fund.

#6 is going along with #5 but at least she is cute about it. No hair yet-there are peaches with more hair than this child. Her latest thing is taking a glass of water and dumping it in the carpet. She also will put her little mouth under the water cooler spigot and get herself a drink.

#5 is good. He wants to learn to read. I just keep doing the battle to get him to change his socks. "Why Mom? they awen't cwunchy yet."


Monday, May 4, 2009

I am glad she has a sense of humor

#5 was dancing around the kitchen, "Dad, I want a peanutbudda sandwich." He keeps walking and says, "That's nice."

She comes to me. "Mom, I want a peanutbudda sandwich!"
"Oh, that's nice. Maybe I would make you one if you said, "Mom, I am hungry would you please make me a peanut butter sandwich?""
Dancing in place, "Mom, can you please make me a peanutbudda sandwich?"
"Sure, if you go wash your face first."
She scurries off and heads to the front hall. It has a mirror that goes low enough that that 4 year old can see her face without climbing on anything. All the sudden I hear gut-busting laughter. She is laughing at herself and the mess that was on her face. She had a ring around her mouth of chocolate something (who knows, I was gone to the dentist), hard boiled egg crumbs and boogers. I am glad she laughed about it, cause it wasn't making ME laugh.

Off the make a peanutbutter sandwich...

Sunday, May 3, 2009

This Funny From #4

Mom? Is today Slow Sunday?

An explanation: Our faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has a monthly congregational fast. One Sunday a month we forgo food and water. The money that would be spent on the meals (2 of them) we donate to help the needy and poor. The Sunday that we fast we refer to as Fast Sunday. That is why #4's comment is so adorable.


The days are so different. Instead of mess and homeschool teaching I have a DH working from home and quiet until 2:54 when #6 (who is 10)...