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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tball Boy

Drake is officially a ball player.
He's had two Tball practices so far along with a couple of session at home with daddy.

In theory, he likes it.  In practice, not so much.  Too much running, too much sun. Too much 'hurry up and wait'.  At this point, it's more like a comedy of errors, lol.  Nonetheless, I think most of the kids are having fun, Drake included.  Hey, it beats sitting at home!

(at least for me, lol)

Friday, March 20, 2015

How does your garden grow?

Finished planting the garden bed.

There's a corner for the leftover greens (which are still going strong even after being cut), then radishes, carrots, onions, kale and cabbage. All in one 8x4 bed. Each has about a 2x3 area to grow, planted in four rows each.  I'll thin them as they mature, of course.

The bed is mixure of perlite, compost, and peat moss in equal measure. I think we added in a bag of manure as well b/c the bed was so deep (a full foot, filled to about 8-10 inches).  It's great stuff!

You can see pics of my garden bed down  in my Feb 19 post, I think.

Next, I'll fill my planters and get the squash, cucumbers, bell peppers, and watermelon going.  I've still got to get more containers for the herbs, about 6 of them, I think.  I'll use miracle grow mix for these, and maybe some bagged compost as well.

For more info on square foot gardening (or just container gardening) see  by Mel Bartholomew.

It's going to be a busy year at our place!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Joy and Sorrow

Last night, Drake lost another tooth.
He is adorable with his new, gap-toothed smile.

This, however is not a full smile. He was embarrassed to show it, but he humored me!

Today marks one year since my mama fell and was basically lost to us.  She went into a coma and never came out. 13 days later, she died after three days off life support.  No pic for this.

How true it is that joy and sorrow often go hand in hand.  Life moves on. Drake is growing up, learning and changing. Mama isn't here to see it, and that hurts. But I am grateful for the years we had her, and for her salvation of which we are assured. 

It's a bittersweet day.

Monday, March 2, 2015


Things are looking yummy 'round here, y'all!
I've managed to build up a small stash of meats and pantry staples, and this is what we're eating this week. Enjoy!

  • Beans and rice w/ham (Navy Beans this time)

  • BBQ chicken legs, mac and cheese

  • Beef Roast, taters and gravy, mustard greens (from our garden bed!)

  • Shrimp Burgers w/Checkers fries

  • Steaks on the grill, broccoli, baked potatoes

  • Cubed steaks, rice and gravy, corn on the cob

  • Chicken Enchiladas (frozen family meal, my night off)

And that takes us to next Monday, when we'll start over. Technically, I have enough meats for yet another week of meals, but we'll stop there. Who knows what I'll be in the mood for next week!

Happy March!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Of Books, Cats, Couches and Boys

Today Drake's 2nd grade homeschool curriculum arrived.
We are going with Abeka across the board this year, supplementing with magazines, library books, field trips/vacations and such.  Our year starts October 1, but now was the time for us to buy. I'm glad to have it ready to go.

Here's a pic of Nita (Lanita Bonita Conchita Cash) lol. Drake's 'favorite pet'.  She lets him wallow all over her, carry her about, tump her off the play table, ect and then comes back for more. Winner!

Here's a pic of the boy himself, enjoying a Sprite. Or it might be Root Beer, which is his favorite drink ever, lol. He's growing up so fast!
Lastly, we got a new couch. Well, loveseat. Dh's recliner bit the dust, refusing to open. Then, once you had it open, it was a pain to close!   So we went to a local flea market and found a great loveseat for $75.  It's just the right size for the guys to cuddle up on while tv watching. Or wrestling. Which somehow always seem to go together!
(No pics though, just imagine it! :D)
Happy Almost March//Spring!!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

It's been awhile....

Took an internet break, but I'm back now. 

We had a good, if quiet Thanksgiving/Christmas.  We didn't do nearly the amount of going and doing that we normally do. No Okefenokee Light Show, No local live Nativity here in our little town. We did manage the Christmas parade, but I was so out of sorts it wasn't really fun for me. 

I chalk it up to being the first year without my mama.  Although had she lived she would have been in a nursing home and unable to be with us, I still was unsettled. I just wanted it done and gone. Sad, but true.

Now, I'm ready for spring. So ready for spring!  Some months back (yes, months) I planted (finally) some greens in my garden bed. They were doing really well, then it rained. And my garden box didn't drain.  Half of them drowned before Dh could fix it.  Now I'm left with about 4 bundles of greens about 8 inches high.  After several month of growing.  Not a stellar success. 

I plan to harvest them soon, and prep the bed for spring planting.  Drake has gotten interested in helping me pick out seeds, and as a result I have enough packets to plant the entire Midwest. Well, it feels that way, my seed box is overflowing! At least it's good for his science projects and learning!

We also got this great new grill.  We've used it twice now, and love it.  It's been years since we had one, and we've missed the delicious flavors of home grilled food. 

The weather today here in SE Georgia is cold and clear.  Pretty, for winter.  Here's a view from my back porch door. You can see Dh's shop on the back left, where he's working today on something or other. It's a man thing, lol.

Hurry up Spring, we need you!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

2014 Soccer Pic

So proud of my big boy, he's doing very well and is really picking up the sport.
Next year will be even better.