Monthly Archives: May 2014

What a mess..

Not a very pretty sight at the moment. We’ve kinda thrown things by the trailer, no organization outside whatsoever. The bad weather last week didn’t help. Or the fact that it took us a couple days to get the inside organized (much more important and yet still not completely done).


But as I sit here and rest my aching knee (old injury), all I have to do is turn my chair to the side and get a beautiful peaceful view of our canyon.


But,  the hubby is done checking the fluid levels in the truck, so here we go for another load. This run is to get the chickens and take them to my parents’ house. The hens are going to live at the parents’ house until we get more settled in and a better water system figured out.

And speaking of water, our family of 4 used a total of 7 gallons of water for all our needs over two and a half days. Talk about conserving water! I’ll have to write another post about it soon.

Till then, be blessed.


“I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.” Ps 121:1-2


What a day to do the bulk of our moving! It rains/snows less than 100 days out of the entire year* and this is the day it chooses to rain all day?


But I’m loving the mists rolling through our mountains. And hearing the rain on the trailer roof. 🙂

It’s a long process of moving in because with such a small space, we have to unpack each box as it comes through the door.


This is all our school supplies. With a child in third grade and one who will be hitting preschool sooner rather than later, we pared down as much as feasible. But, with some creativity and organization, all the supplies in all those boxes went in the cabinets pictured.

Ok, time to get to more unpacking!

EDITED: *This morning I looked up our average days of precipitation and I was slightly off. The average is not near 100 as I stated above. It’s more like 50! 14% of the year, and it chooses this week to do it??? And btw, it’s still raining today!

“I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.” Ps 121:1-2

A “new” way to wind a garden hose


Yesterday, I experienced one of those moments that make you say No Way! I was winding the garden hose back into its spot on the ground. It kinda sorta did its own thing and wound into a figure 8 rather than a circle. But here’s the thing,  as it was being put down, I didn’t have to twist or wind the hose to get it to lay flat. In fact, the whole thing laid down with nary a twist in the entirey. Which means, that in theory, when I pull the hose out next time, it shouldn’t twist and coil and kink.

Did I really just discover the secret to un-kinked hoses? Will it unwind with the same ease? Will my gardening life hereafter be blessed with free flowing water?

Have any of you experienced this? Am I really just now discovering this? Is this the “right” way to wind hoses and I’m just now learning about it??? Or was it a total fluke and it won’t make a difference?

Empty House

I never expected that I would experience the emotions I’m having about packing up to leave this place. There are actually quite a few things I’m going to miss. And this sight makes me downright depressed.


For those that don’t know, this is where I stored our jams and jellies, etc which we sold to fund our adoption of our yougest child. I LOVED walking down these basement stairs and seeing all those jars gleeming brightly (granted, usually under a layer of dust). It brought to mind all the hours of hard work we put into making them. It was a labor of love  (believe me, I may not have carried her inside my body or birthed her, but I labored for that child!).

It also brought to mind one of the reasons I started canning in the first place: to reconnect with generations past and skills lost. To see those jars lined up on my basement stairs meant that I had re-captured a piece of the past. I had something in common with our foremothers.


Yes, I still have all those beautiful jars of deliciousness, but now they are in boxes, waiting to be moved. But our eventual new house is not going to have a 100 year old unfinished basement where I can line the walls with my canned goods. It was like a dream come true to have that. And in just a few days, I’ll have it no longer.

But, at least I have the memories and a bright future to look forward to. And who knows, maybe now that we’ll be on the homestead,  I’ll finally get that root cellar I’ve always wanted. That would be almost as good as a 100 year old unfinished basement.

Oh, and PS, I’m really on a roll with writing every day, but don’t get used to it. I’m new to this blogging for strangers thing (my last blog was mainly just for family.) Probably once the newness and fun wear off, I’ll slow down. But then again, I’m so excited to share, maybe I’ll keep write on going! (Pun intended 🙂 )


We’ve been living in this nearly empty house,  waiting for it to sell, for almost three months now. The first things we packed were things off the walls. Including all but one of our clocks. It’s been 3 months, do you think I look at the watch I now wear 24/7 on my wrist when I want to know what time it is?


Of course not. I look here instead:



But speaking of time, we’re not going to have a lot of it in the next several days to be posting. In fact, I don’t really have the time to be blogging right now. Tomorrow starts our big moving adtenture! We’re so excited I can’t help but share. By Monday, we should be living at the homestead. It’s really happening!

What we’ve been up to

So, I figured I’d reward our three subscribers by putting up some new content 🙂 We’ve been super busy the last several days.  Have we been out in the garden on these beautiful summer-like days? Nope. Making some delicious  yummies from the produce we still have in the freezer? Nope. So what have we been doing? Well, here’s a picture of our living room.


Understand now? Yep, we’re packing. Because we’re moving in two days! Nearly a full month ahead of schedule! After this weekend we will be living on the homestead! (That was a lot of exclamation marks! 🙂 ) About the only ones in the family who are not excited are the baby and the dog because they don’t understand it all. But both will be totally stoked once we get out there. Sid because he’ll have 40 acres to run and run on, and the baby because she loves to play in the dirt. We are so looking forward to being able to let our girls roam and explore without fear.

Ok, I need to get back to packing. See you all later!

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