The Month of Catching Up

So many successful people say that losing their job was the catalyst that pushed them forward.  Well, I’m leaning forward.  It’s still a matter of prayer and seeking God’s guidance, but I really feel that my place is here at home.  I’m so grateful for my friend, Andi, who has encouraged me to pursue my creativity, but first and foremost to pursue God’s direction in my creative pursuits.

Soooo, as I gut-clean my dirty house and cluttered basement, I will be focusing in on recapturing that lost art of “home making” and creating lovely little things for the Etsy shop (and working like crazy to get that list of Christmas gifts done).

Yesterday I started on cleaning the house.  I vacuumed the stairs for the first time in The-Good-Lord-only-knows when.  I got caught up in the kitchen and washed towels.  That doesn’t sound like a lot, but I had friends dropping off a mircroscope they borrowed for VBS and a load of Rock delivered for Mr. Fix-It to spread over the drain he’s putting in around the workshop.  And I caught up on checking Farm Boy’s school (two weeks) and ran errands in town – before getting supper and taking Farm Boy to parkour class.  There!  Now, it sounds like I did something yesterday.

Today I finally dusted the living room and went to water the plants that trail down the TV armoire and they were wet!  Fortunately, they are too high for the cats to have watered – :p  One of the rooms I hate, HATE, HATE to clean is the bathroom – specifically the master bathroom.  I know, we use it everyday, but I have a well trained eye for overlooking nasty.  But today, I attacked.  I took the CLR to the shower walls and swept and mopped the floor.  Sadly, the floor needs a second mopping.  My Lord, I have been a terrible person to let my bathroom floor get that dirty!

Laundry is started, pork chops thawing for dinner and I’m dreaming of the day I don’t hold myself accountable to clean my house, by telling the whole Blogospere how dirty it is!!

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm

Day Three of Unemployment

Well, three days in and my house is only marginally cleaner.  It’s amazing how often “clean up the kitchen” tops my to do list, like, twice a day?  Oh well, Cowgirl got over her initial terror at Mom not having a job.  She started her month long adventure working at the Quarter Horse Congress today.

I’ve worked the daily to-do list and added things to the big project to-do list that I’m hoping to have accomplished by the end of October.  I would love to take the rest of the year off and not look for work until January.  Even more than that, I’d love to get the Etsy shop up and running and start a new blog and never look back.  The job I had was absolutely perfect.  But, if God takes away – or allows to be taken away – something that was perfect, then HE has something better than perfect lined up.  That’s what I want more than anything – something HE has planned that is better than my perfect.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm

Life’s About Changing

Well, here I sit.  Unemployed after 18 months of working.  Enough in the bank for one month of horse board.  Cowgirl has a job for the next month that will cover a month or two of board if necessary.  I’m not sure what to do.  There isn’t much on the job boards that fits the bill like my last job – part-time, close to home, great people.

Maybe it’s time to start rambling with my fingertips again.  I know Farm Boy needs his schoolteacher back and this Crazy Bee just wants to stay home.  But I committed to the horse thing and I’ve got to find a new job.  I look at job requirements and I feel so inadequate again.  And yet, I’ve got 18 months of experience to help.

For the rest of this week I’m going to clean my house and take pictures of things I need to sell.  Horse items for facebook groups and horse polos for the Etsy shop.  Yah, my Etsy shop turned into a horse item shop!  Crazy BumbleBee Polos.

Well, Lord, here I am.  Open to Your suggestions and grateful for some time at home to catch up on a list as long as my arm and as deep as the month of October.

Pretty quiet on the hobby farm right now.

Ahem, Remember Me?

Yeah, it’s been almost a year.  Yeah, it’s been a BUSY year.  I admit to a hard time adjusting to being a working mom – the one thing I swore I’d never be.  But Penny is beautiful and so worth it!  The changes in her in one year have bean amazing!  And they won two 2nd place ribbons in their first show!!  I still enjoy my job, but I’m working 5 mornings a week now and it’s a lot harder to make time for all of the other things.  I did join a gym at Cowgirl’s insistence, not that she has time to go with me 😀

I’ve been re-thinking the blog again and still not sure if I want to continue to ramble about everything or focus more closely on one or two areas.  I may – oh horrors – have to start a new blog!!

My Newlyweds got hitched in October, my Cowgirl is a senior in high school and my baby boy has decided he wants to be a farmer – Farm Boy.  I’ve given up on gardening – I’ve been weed defeated, but I’ve now turned that over to Farm Boy for the summer.  Husband has drained and dug the pond and ruined my back pasture to a sad point. It’s going to be a hard recovery out there.

No new critters on the Hobby Farm for a while.  I still have the old chickens who heard they were being replaced and started laying eggs like crazy this spring!  We had 10 little lambs from 5 Moms, 2 singles, 2 sets of twins, 1 set of quads.  Yep, QUADS from a Katahdin!  And bless Honey’s heart, she has nursed all 4 of them – Huey, Luey, Duey and Magnolia (Maggie).  We had two little rams born premature and they held on for about 10 days, but Sawyer and Finn just couldn’t make it.  I hate those little graves on the hillside.  Stormie’s girls were all tangled together and got to be born at the vet’s office.  They were named after the technicians that made such a fuss over them, Emily and Jamie.  Rebekah gave us another ram, Markus and her stall mate, Lavender had a little bitty boy Sunday night, Duke.  Lavender is Daisy’s last baby.  Our beloved Daisy never recovered from Lavvy’s birth last year.  The vet ruled out Johne’s Disease and figured she must have had a tumor.  She was waisting away to nothing so we put her down – another horrible grave on the hillside.  Just like Stormie and Rebekah, Lavender is being a good mom.  We’ve kept the genes alive.

I’ll try to ramble more often now and will probably have some reflections to share – can you imagine ME waxing thoughtful??

And That’s only a bit of What’s Been Happening on the Hobby Farm.

 

So much to tell, So little time!

Two months later and so much more has happened! And I have some pictures to share, but of course they are all on my phone.  I need to upload everything on my phone to my dropbox so that I can access them easier.  But that’s for another day.  Tonight I’ll just type.

I changed jobs in mid-July and I am so much happier! I won’t tell all of the drama that was going on, and apparently continues, at the previous job.  I wouldn’t be able to disguise the guilty in an adequate manner.  My new job is wonderful! I’m working for a trucking company, small, family and fun to be around.

The fourth of July rolled around and after Camp Meeting, we tackled the living room reno.  Long overdue replacement of the pet destroyed carpet and new paint – okay, the husband was right; we really needed to paint. I showed him some paint colors, he picked the one I wanted and then chose a darker accent color than I was thinking – he was right.  We went to the store to buy carpet (because he refused to order something of high quality 🙂 ) and changed our minds and agreed with each other on 4 different carpet samples. FOUR!!!  Joel painted the ceiling, I painted the walls, Joel and Kurt did the carpet. It’s gorgeous!!  This week we finished up the hallway that didn’t get done over the 4th because the piano was in the hallway. I decided to go ahead and paint above the patio door because it was so grubby above the door. There is now a very obvious line of new paint, but I wasn’t ready to paint over the beehive on the wall – or paint all the way into the kitchen.

All of this preparation is in anticipation of the bridal shower we are hosting on the 23rd.  The shower in Michigan was a wonderful hit. We had a great time; Kristen’s cake for her sister turned out beautifully. The setting was perfect. The family fun to be with.  Packing the car to come home was an adventure!  Karra and Jason came up Friday after Kurt, Kristen and I had driven up on Wednesday.  Jason went home Saturday and we loaded up Monday morning after the shower on Sunday.  We were pretty full going up and had to come home with an extra person, extra luggage and a nice haul of gifts!  Kristen did a great job packing things up for me.

The next shower is still in bits and pieces and is only a week away.  Karra and I shopped last week for her flowers for the wedding bouquet and Kristen and I shopped tonight for the rest of the craft items needed for the shower.  Now, I have to get my butt in gear and get the decorations made, the games printed and remember to buy plates and silverware!  Oh, gosh.  I work 3 days a week, so time to work on things is at a premium.  Might be a quite sleepless week.

And Penny is making such amazing progress.  I’ve been able to see Kristen ride her a few times and everyone just loves her. She is such a sweet horse.  And she loves to play in the mud!!  She’s going to be a fabulous trail horse when her reining career is over.  Her mane and tail are growing in again and she’s so shiny!  She’s had a bout with hives that we think is probably because she’s always been outside and now she’s on bedding.  The hives have gotten much better as her immunity has built up.

And now I’m rapping up and going to bed.  I promise, promise after the second shower is over that I’ll post pictures to go with this post.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby farm!

Living at the Speed of Life

Good grief, life flies by at lightening speed.  It was just my birthday and y’know what?  Easter, spring, horse shows, Kurt’s birthday, I got a job, I bought Kristen a horse, I got a new job, Kristen got clobbered in an accident and her car was totaled, Easter, my parents visited, and Karra got engaged. And a whole lot of other life in between!

After a couple of frustrating horse shows, I was just fed up with Kristen only ever showing the whatever horses that people brought to IEA. So, I got a job and bought a horse before I even started working! We had our eye on a 4 year old quarter horse at a rescue in Athens and once I got the job, I talked to our trainer and showed him the papers and info on her. We headed off on April 4th with a horse trailer in tow to visit BellaRunEquine.org .  I was feeling really good after Jeff told me he loved her on paper. Reining, cutting and ranch horse blood lines. He watched her moved a bit in the round pen and said yep, we can work with her. And one adoption fee later, we were horse owners.

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AQHA registered Whiteoaks Bonnie a.k.a. Penny. We found a shiny penny and picked her up and took her home!  So in love with this sweetheart.  Jeff promised us in 60 days we wouldn’t recognize her, but in just 2 weeks she had gained weight and started to build some muscle. Kristen is doing an apprenticeship to work off the training fees and I’m paying the monthly board.

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A month later – first time in the saddle. She’s responding to her training so well! We couldn’t be happier with her.

We bought a saddle on Thursday – great price, brand new, but has water damage on one fender and a rusted stirrup. So, we bought new fenders and stirrups. After church today we bought a girth. Saddle (came with bridle and breast collar), new fenders, stirrups and girth – total price? $300!!!!!

(No pictures, they showed the laundry and mess in my living room) 😀

The next day after we brought Penny home, Kristen was hit by a drunk driver – at 5pm in the afternoon! He hit Kristen then a semi then another car. We got a good settlement from the insurance company, but her car was totalled due to the extensive right side damage. Large tears abound. I never cried, but I got that call that stops every parent’s heart – hysterical child on the phone. We have said many, many prayers of thanks that Kristen and Kurt weren’t hurt. Kurt was covered in glass from the shattered window but only had a few nicks on his elbow. His glasses have nicks and gouges in the lenses, but not a scratch on his face.  I got Kristen to the chiropractor right away because she had her final IEA show that weekend!  She was really sore, but it just capped off an overall disappointing season.

Three days after the accident was Kurt’s birthday

Creeper cake anyone?

Hey, cool gaming chair!

Over Memorial Day weekend we had a poop moving party. Joel and Kristen took the walls off the stalls, the roll bar and exhaust off the tractor and turned Kurt loose with the backhoe.

He takes his job very seriously – and he’s quite good with the backhoe.

It was wonderful to go out to the barn and have clean stalls with fresh bedding. That clean out was long, LONG overdue. Of course moving all of that mess stirred up the flies something terrible. I like to think of it as making them readily available to the chickens. 😀

And the last thing rolling off the fingertips tonight are DIMS Day projects!

I can’t remember where I saw the project to take scotch glasses, a candlestick and a relish plate and turn them into a bathroom caddy, but I finally found the candlesticks at a garage sale and was ready to roll. The end result:

It let me put all of my lotions and body sprays into a basket where they are corralled instead of floating freely all over the counter. Anyone else have wandering lotions and body sprays?

The one I’m most proud of is my little ottoman. Again, I can’t remember where I saw the tutorial to take a milk crate, cover it with jute and make a cushioned top.

The supplies

Wrapping and gluing. Gluing and wrapping.

I used 2 and 1/4 of the rolls of jute to cover the entire crate. I did cut foam core to put into the bottom thinking I would make it usable for storage.

It only took 20 minutes to finally find the staple gun Kurt gave me for Christmas :p  Once I found it I got down to upholstery business! I didn’t go with an easily removed cushion because the crate is kind of small and I can’t think of anything I’d put into it anyway.

Hubby got busy and installed a bathroom fan (that we got for $20 at a garage sale – brand new in the box)

It goes great with the new beach theme in my master bathroom. And the new fan doesn’t chirp and chatter like a crazy cockatoo!

Bathroom curtain. I have enough fabric to do my bedroom curtains, too.

We went to IKEA for our 25th anniversary and I got the metal bed I’ve always wanted. Joel even agrees that it’s a great bed – very comfortable!

Hang in there newlyweds – sometimes it takes 25 years for Mr. Wonderful to realize that his wife is right! And speaking of newlyweds – Karra and her Mr. Wonderful got engaged on the big fishing trip to Canada. Her ring is beautiful. She is happy. And I’m going to be a mother-in-law. I love the way he calls me Mom Two. He’s my Son Also.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm!

 

 

Oh, Hello

Well, WordPress sure changed while I’ve been away.

Happy Thanksgiving

Merry Christmas

Happy New Year

That’s covers the major ones. I have been away.

The Holidays were good and I got most of my projects done – still haven’t stained Kutt’s new bed 😦 He’s being a trouper about the delayed bedroom makeover.

I accidentally went off my depression medicine right before Christmas. I think I’m still messed up from that. I waited until I had 3 pills left, like I usually do, only this time, the refill expired 5 days before I called. The pharmacy said they would call my dr.’s office. Six days later, I’ve been off my pills and am having the most bizarre dreams!! I’m getting dizzy like crazy and feeling like when I turn my head, it takes 5-10 seconds for my mind to make the turn with my body! Really creepy. And was a grouch!!! My kids would have used a different word: b*(^*&*. Karra announced that she would be following herself to Michigan if I was like that for Christmas. Personally, I would have liked to see her follow herself. Anyway, I called my dr. office and got back on my meds. I’ve been a much nicer person to be around since then.

I’ve really been re-thinking my blog lately and haven’t decided if I should continue on with the hobby farm, revamp what I write about, or start a completely new blog. Until I decide something, I guess I’ll keep rambling to you.

I feel like the hobby farm is winding down – or maybe just changing seasons. We butchered SugarBelle in September and I sold LibertyBelle in December – she’s now happily mated to a Hereford bull and expecting a Baldy calf. Torpedo is a steer – not as much fun as a moo moo mama, and a little on the grouchy side being by himself most of the time.  I miss my cows. If we venture into a milk cow again, I’ll make sure I can get her bred easily, and also probably go with a regular sized cow. The Dexters didn’t prove to be all we had hoped for. I want a sweet cow. I want a dehorned cow.

The sheep are so easy to take care of – not to mention breed. Shamrock joined the ladies October 1st and we separated them in late December. Honey and Stormie already show signs of udder development. Kristen has bumped the girls and she’s pretty sure that 4 of them are pregnant. Rebekah we’re not sure of – she’s an awful lot like her mama, Daisy. 😀

One of the things I’m thinking about for future hobby farming is replacing our Shetland lamb that died and raising some woollies.  It would probably be smarter to go with a spinnable wool hair sheep, but we’re still pretty leery of horns on animals. Soay have horns. Painted Dessert sheep have horns. When it comes to wool, Jacob sheep and Icelandic sheep have horns. Icelandics are pricey, too!  I’m thinking about alpacas or llamas, too. My niece had a beautiful llama when she was in high school – Dominick. Oh, he was gorgeous!!!!  If I could raise the fleece, there is a mid Ohio fiber mill where I could have them washed, carded, and spun. I could put them on my Etsy shop (which I finally opened!) as roving, or knit them into something.

We’re also talking about replacing our chickens this year, but not Brik!! And we may be getting piggies to grow for the freezer. Yum, yum.

My head continues to spin with ideas for how to start my own little cottage industry from my own little – well, big – cottage.  The transcription course got bogged down in cyber relax massage chairs (don’t ask) and I’ve gotten very discouraged with it. I know it’s something I could do, but I really got hung up with it. And quite honestly, all I want to do is spend the days and hours of my life in my sewing room creating things. Fun things, usable thing, whimsical things, nonsensical things, practical things. Things that will bless people. Things that people can bless other people with.

OK, the Etsy shop. Yes, I opened it. The only item in it is one of Kristen’s paintings. I’d love to see her sell it, but in the meantime, it hangs in my living room and I really, really like it!

The plan is to stock The Crazy Bumble Bee.Etsy shop with baby blankets and bibs. At least to start. I have a partially finished blanket in the sewing room for my friend, Sarah, whose baby shower I couldn’t attend on Tuesday because I’M SICK!  I really like piecing together squares for a simple baby blanket. It’s fun. I’m looking forward to blessing the Woman’s Clinic of Columbus with baby blankets, as well as stocking the Etsy shop.  Hopefully by fall I will have some Christmas items done that I can stock as well. I would still like to do a completely Christmas shop, but I’ve felt God speaking to me about that, so it may be something I keep separate from The Crazy Bumble Bee; I’m not sure at this point.

Kurt’s LEGO robotics and invention team is doing well and they’ve advanced to the State Finals competition next month. Go LEGO Force!  Kristen had her first IEA show yesterday (I left my death bed to attend). She did respectable for her first Open classes, two fourth place finishes. She and our team’s top horsemanship rider both drew the same horse and after watching her teammate have a not so good ride, Kristen started to get her in her own way. But when she went out to ride, she rode that horse! She definitely had the better ride and when we watched a really good rider on him later, she only finished one place above Kristen and her teammate on the same horse. It was a big win for Kristen in that she didn’t let herself focus on her teammate’s ride, but went out and tried to do something different to find the horse’s buttons. And it worked! Our next show is in West Virginia! and is the weekend after Kurt’s LEGO competition.

And That’s What’s Been Happening on the Hobby Farm.