Sunday, August 29, 2010

Life is going along....

Not too much excitement, but just enough.

Monkey 5 found this little guy in our yard!  We let him go immediately, of course.

Some good news. . . .

in the cold, clear spring water at Balmorhea

Christine is doing very well.  I think we are finally close to a diagnosis!  Her new specialist believes that she has been misdiagnosed (again,) and a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan are on the horizon!  Your prayers are being heard. . . . thank you for all your prayers, words of encouragement and support.

More news. . . .

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Changes: chickens, sewing, and crafting

Out of the twenty chicks we purchased this spring, which were plainly labeled "pullets," by the way, thirteen of them were roosters.  THIRTEEN.  And they were very mean, very aggressive, always fighting to be top rooster.  They began attacking the Monkeys and me, so it was time to make some changes.  The Dirty Dozen of Evil Roosters had to go.   I had to remind myself that this was for the good and safety of my family, and for the good and health of the flock that we are keeping.

Now that the mean roosters are gone, the change in our hens (plus the one remaining rooster) is incredible.  Night and day!  They're so docile and gentle, and are pleasant to be around.  Maybe now the hens can sit in peace, and have a moment or two to actually lay an egg.

Another change. . . .

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tiny: time stolen and wondering. . .

As I sipped my coffee and perused my favorite blogs this morning, I found myself wondering, "how do these women find the time to do all this stuff?" 

My Monkeys hit the ground running early in the mornings, as I drag my tired, old body out of bed to shuffle to the coffee pot.  To be sipping my coffee and reading blogs is pretty much stolen time to begin with.  And then there is school, chores, chickens, etc., until the kids are in bed around 8 or 9.  I then have the evening hours to work, sew, create... but usually, I'm just too tired, or want to unwind.  A lot of unwinding.   I don't have the time to make stuff everyday, and then post beautiful, inspiring pictures about them everyday.  I very much wish I did, but that's not life for me.  I'm beginning to suspect that if I were to accept that fact, perhaps life would be... simpler.  But still:  How do you do it??

So, today, all I have is this.  Tiny lizards caught by tiny hands. . . .

Friday, August 13, 2010

Out of control, and a new plan

I was sitting in my sewing room last night, and I looked around.  It's approaching Hoarders status.  Floor to ceiling stacks and bins and piles of fabrics.  So many beautiful fabrics, untouched.  Many have been hanging around for 3, 4, 5 years.  Why?  It's so wasteful. 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Why I love Etsy.... Reason No. 5,897

Beanie lovingly handmade by Liz, of The Lavender Lizard, for my gigantic-noggin'd Monkey.  We love it. . . and it hasn't left his head even for a second!  Thank you!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

And recently.... a bit of construction

Another fairly random post about stuff going on around here.  I hope to get back to some craftier posts soon, but until then. . . .

Last week, my skilled, creative, and very generous family blessed us with a new roof and ceiling for my laundry room.  The laundry room is actually a small building right next to our house -- not attached to the house at all.  I know.  It's odd.  But it works.

Anyway, it was a total laundry shack. . . 

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