Psalm 27:4 "One thing have I desired; that will I seek after. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life."

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Lot’s of Irons in the Fire

I feel like I’ve been burning the candle at both ends for a good month or more.  March and April were consumed with horse shows and May is going to be full of house cleaning, yard work, graduation party prep and finishing as much school as possible.

I haven’t forgotten the pictures of Kristen’s show vest, but Regionals didn’t go as well as we had hoped.  In fact, it was a disaster.  I’ll get pictures of her in the vest when she does another open show this summer.  And I have this strange feeling I haven’t shared pictures from the first open show she did.  She placed 3rd in a walk/trot pleasure class on one of the horses boarded at the barn we ride at.  Oh, we had fun!  Those pictures are mostly on my phone – and I’m behind the times with learning to get pics off the phone and onto the computer.

I do have some crafty projects that I’m working on:  a fun-filled Tuesday that took me down town to the big city netted three project chairs and a bar stool.  One chair I definitely need help with – it has a pink rubber cord seat.  I loved the back of the chair, so I grabbed it anyway.  Hey, $5 for all 4 of them~~

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Earlier this spring I scored a small hutch on craigslist for the dining/school room  for $25.  It EXACTLY matched the dresser that Kristen got from my Grandma’s house.  However – it was not right for my uses.  So, a little primer and a little paint – and it’s still in progress.

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Now, I’m in the middle of the process with 3 drawers completed, 2 started and the top piece primed:

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The color on the finished drawers is a matte finish Rustoleum spray paint in Burlap.  I love it even more on the drawers than I did the can top!  I used 3 coats of a gloss finish protector and it looks great.  It was after I primed the hutch top in the basement that I realized my paints had to move out to the garage – what a terrible smell!

In the middle of the above project I felt the need to do something that I could finish in a day.  So . . . .  I bought a steel pizza pan at Dollar Tree and spray painted it fire engine red!  I’ve had a set of really cute sewing/crafting magnets stuck to extra curtain rods in the corner of my sewing room FOREVER!  Well, when I finally (a dozen years after buying the fabric) made our dining room curtains a couple of weeks ago (in the middle of a school room make over too), the magnets had no home.  Now they have a very cute home.

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I super glued magnets to the wall of my sewing room (that wall will be knocked out anyway when we put in the stairs to the bonus room – poor sewing room will get moved again) and just slapped the pizza pan/magnet board up there.  Above it are two Valentine’s candy boxes my friend Penny gave me.  You know you’re good friends when you can pass on half eaten boxes of Valentine’s Day candy!!!

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I also really love Snoopy!  Those are attached with two small nails through the bottom part of the box and just slip the top back on.  All of that red is a nice contrast to the black and white in the rest of the little sewing nook.

The other project I have under foot is bar stools for the kitchen – bumble bees of course.

I picked up this red number on my chair score day.

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I had to fix a crack in the top, but wood glue is amazing stuff!  Oh, look, there are the drawers for the hutch.

And here is the bar stool along with a special little number I got from my mother-in-law a week or so ago when we made a quick trip to Michigan to see my father-in-law who had been in the hospital.  The companion stool was the base to Joel’s high chair!

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I filled the holes in the top of the stool with wood putty, primed (actually I primed first and then played with the wood putty).  I’ll sand it and give the top another quick coat of primer and then they’ll be painted black on top and the vertical legs, and yellow on the horizontal bars.  When that is all dry, Kristen will free hand a big bumble bee on each seat!

I wish I could say all of these projects have been on the cheap, but by the time I’ve gotten done buying primer and paint and  gloss spray, well, I still came in cheaper than custom done furniture pieces and the satisfaction of having done it myself is off course, priceless.

And would you believe, I have more projects on the simmer?  My mother-in-law gave me two solid oak end tables that we have sitting back-to-back in the living room to see if we like them as a double-deck coffee table (if not, we’ll put them under the window as a, ..well, ..table).  Anyway, they need refinishing, but I’m not sure if it will be stain or paint.  My MIL nearly died when I said I might paint them!  AND we stopped at Menard’s on the way home from MI for chicken wire for the garden (that ended up going back because once the original fence was pulled out from under all of the compost Kristen piled on it and stood upright, it actually kept the chickens out of the garden – go figure)and while we were wandering around  I found the EXACT color for my kitchen cabinets.  It will require stripping them, but then I’ll redo in a water-based stain from Minwax in onyx.  Done on oak it looks like a weathered gray – very farmhousey.  Which is kind of funny since my farm house is a colonial style on the outside with an open modern floor plan.  But anyway – I bought some stripper and I’m going to try it out on our bathroom cabinet which is the same as the kitchen cabinets (and I have hated both for the entire 15 years since we built the house, but I won’t go there).  If I don’t like the result, I’ll paint the bathroom cabinet and if I love it as much as I think I will – I’ll get new kitchen cabinets for the price of stripper, stain and a whole lot of labor!!!  I’m so excited to be creating and doing that I hardly want to do school – oh, yeah, that’s normal for me!!!

I think I’ll take a nap now –

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You’d think it was Lexi doing all of the work around here!

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

Ah, Winter Showed Up!

Finally – some snow.  We haven’t had snow since the weekend before Thanksgiving.  I sent the children out to celebrate.

Kristen, Kurt, Luke & Lexi in the cold

They were playing by what is slowly coming back as our pond after Joel drained it this summer.  Kurt thought he could brake the ice on the pond – not a chance at temps of -24 wind chill.  The four of them had a great time throwing ice and then wallowing in the snow closer to the house.

I’ve been working away on a couple of projects and I’ll give you a sneak peak of my filing cabinet makeover because the paint revealed something really cool on the cabinet.  BEFORE:  ugly old filing cabinet

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First paint color

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um, NO!!  Turns out the paint I already had would have been great on a bike (what it was bought for) but will NEVER be good in my mostly brown and black living room – can anyone say, “way TOO bright?”

Coolness revealed by the paint:

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With all of the Spiderman chatter in the house in the last month I thought this webbing was really cool.  Apparently the original paint was in worse shape than I thought.  The snowflakes/spider webs didn’t show up with the primer, but the bright paint brought it out.

I bought a darker wine colored paint that has made the little cabinet much more appropriate for it’s future purpose.  It’s way too cold in the basement right now to play with Mod Podge, so the finishing touches will have to wait a week or so.

I’ve also got this project started and hope to finish it this week.

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I haven’t taken mid-project pictures, but I’ll snap a couple before I proceed further than the paint.

After the BEEs I HAVE to tailor Kristen’s show shirt since the big, first show is next weekend!

I’m doing well on my projects for the year, but my goals are suffering.  I haven’t had coffee with Jesus more than once this year, I haven’t exercised a bit and I’m 8 days behind on the yearly Bible reading.  I have made 2 weeks of menus  though!  Hmmm, I suspect my priorities are out of whack, huh?  I’ll be working on that starting immediately.

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

A Blah Kind of Day with a Sunny Side Up Ending!

How can you have a blah day when it’s 80* and sunny?  I managed it.  I felt really wounded last night and sad.  I kind of woke up with it and it has gotten better, but finding my dear little Lexi had chewed up two more mechanical pencils and my Mother’s Day pen from church didn’t help my early morning disposition.  I didn’t successfully accomplish much of my to-do list today, but I did read with Kurt, get printer ink so I can start printing all of that school transcript crap that I need to send off for Karra, (it’s like a 50 page book that I need to print, organize and ship) and I made homemade stevia extract.

Kristen managed to catch the FBI Moneypak virus on her laptop last night and wouldn’t listen when I tried to tell her that the FBI wasn’t going to be at our doorstep first thing this morning to arrest her.  Being quite technically challenged I doubted my ability to remove this virus even with an online tutorial.  At the bottom of the instructions for removing this virus was a caution that unless you were quite technically knowledgeable you shouldn’t try to remove the virus because you could do even worse damage to your computer.  Um, why was’t this warning at the TOP of the page before some poor unfortunate, gullible, trusting person tried to do it themselves????? Hello!!!!!!  I didn’t try.  I did a system restore to yesterday morning and it worked!!  Maybe I’m more tech savvy than I think I am (pat on me own back).

And another cheerful thought on my blah day is that last week I made the most perfect loaf of bread that has ever come out of my bread machine (this machine – I made some gorgeous loaves of bread with my old machine).

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Isn’t it gorgeous?  It was beautifully shaped and perfectly golden and it tasted so delicious!  I can almost taste it now, still warm, dripping with soft, yummy butter.  Think I’ll make another loaf tomorrow.

ERRRRRRRRRRR – BREAK!!!!

In the middle of my post the girls came home from the barn with the news that the Inter-Scholastic Riding Team competition starts in November!  Yikes!  And the first show is on a household birthday – ugh.  “Mom, all I need is a hat, a shirt and chaps.  And look, look, look, my new spurs!!!”  Um, can anyone say excited?  And they have reining in every show (all 5 shows of the season 🙂  )!  I think my blah day has picked up considerably.  I’m trying not to think about the new additional costs that really aren’t on the budget horizon.  God will make a way.  We’ve been praying about affording this when it came time to do it.  Lord, I trust You.  I know that Kristen’s riding is part of Your plan and it’s all in Your hands. Amen.

Gosh, I’m excited now.

I also have a picture of a Kristen DIMS Day project.  She wanted another guitar stand and didn’t have the money to buy one so, necessity being the mother of invention, she measured, I cut, and she made one.

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Yes, those are her proud feet in the back ground (please excuse the lunch cooler and cat litter in the background, ahem).  She used scrap lumber from the barn building and wrapped felt on the wood anywhere that would be touching the guitar.  We did add a gray ribbon strap to go around the neck to keep the guitar from sliding to the side.   That’s her old guitar in the picture – the one everyone signs – but in her room it holds her snazzy, blue, electric acoustic.  The brand new electric guitar gets the store bought guitar stand!

AND  the cabinet that we purchased to clean up, paint and use for canned goods in the basement, cleaned up so well that we just put it into use.  I do need to touch up some of the paint on the front and change the door knobs, but it really does look nice and the slightly beat-up exterior goes well in my unfinished basement.  What do you think?

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Before

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After

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Look at that jar storage!  How did they know I LOVE beadboard?  You can see the chipping on the front that needs touching up.  It was made as an entertainment center and the center cupboard has a slide out shelf.  Cool, huh?  We also have the water bath canner and the dehydrator on the top and Kristen moved the jars of popcorn onto the side.  I am so thrilled with it and it was totally free!!

I’m off to start looking for western chaps on ebay.  Have a great evening, blogosphere.

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

Sunny and Cool Sunday Afternoon

With a good football game on to boot!

What a beautiful fall day.   Of course, it’s October cold instead of September warm, but it is a nice crisp day.

I haven’t done any spectacular to report on in the last couple of weeks.  I did pick up a free cabinet that Kristen and I are going to paint and use to store canned goods and canning supplies in the basement.  I cleaned it up this past week, but now it needs to be sanded before I can repaint and then it will be a new surface for Kristen and her paint brush.  I was pretty excited to pick it up for free off of craigslist.

We’re hoping we have a buyer for the sheep this week.  He emailed yesterday but I haven’t heard back.  We really want to see Joy and Stormie go for breeding and not for someone’s feast – I’ve had a couple of calls from people with heavy accents (how do you say that without sounding prejudiced?), but it would break my heart to know they were butchered.  Fortunately, I’ve been able to say that I have a sale pending – thank you, God!

We picked apples on Friday and got 1 1/2 bushels of drops for the price of a 1/2 bushel picked off the tree.  I was doing some math for my homesteader ladies and last year the drops that became applesauce saved me as follows:  applesauce in the little cups runs around $1.88 (last time I bought it) and I’d buy 6 pkgs. a month. $11.28/month x 12 = $125.36.    I saved on applesauce last year – $125.36 –  $24 for the 4 oz. jars I invested in  = $101.36.  This year my Mom has given me another dozen jars, so the savings will be even more significant.  Of course, it’s a lot of work to do all of those batches of applesauce.

The girls came home from the barn on Friday with a 50# feed bag full of sweet corn that the trainer had given us.  Sweet corn is something I just didn’t have the resources for this year and now I’ll still be able to put some in the freezer!

Did I mention that we butchered our old chickens?  I didn’t cry and Sarah will be commemorated with a plaque naming the new chicken coop for her.  We boiled up the carcasses and got 25 1/2 cups of chicken stock and 10 cups of usable meat.  The meat was really tender.  We used 4 cups of the meat in a pot pie and it was very tasty.  I’m going to BBQ some of it too.

I only got 11 pints of pears from our tree.  A lot of the pears were tiny or too full of bugs and bad spots, so the chickens got quite the feast from them.  They’ve also been getting quite the feast from my garden.  The old girls never tried to squeeze through the fence into the garden, but these gals go right through the holes and eat my green tomatoes!!  I chase them around with a stick and have to climb on the compost to finally get them out.  I may have to do something much different with my garden fence.

I went through a nightmare trying to download my much raved about Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.  We’re on super slow internet so I got up Thursday night to download and the link wouldn’t work.  I emailed and tried again Friday night with no luck.  I emailed customer service again and she sent me a new link since they had reports of problems with satellite connections not working.  Up AGAIN last night (have I ever mentioned that I like to sleep all night?) and the new link worked.  I downloaded everything including two videos on using herbs.  Today I ordered the bonus freebies that interested me and signed up for two ecourses.  I have lots of reading to do and I’m excited about it.

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

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