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Graduation

I don’t think I’ll go so far as to say that I survived (I’m still completely exhausted and immobile), but we had a wonderful time with Karra’s graduation and party and everyone has declared it a smashing success.

It was a long haul this past two weeks to get the yard and farm looking like a nicely manicured homestead.  The front door and downstairs bath never got painted and only the door trim on the deck doors got painted, but the house was clean – even the carpet.  Let me tell ya ’bout the carpet.

Wednesday night the family took off for church and I moved furniture and vacuumed and prepared the carpet shampooer to do it’s job.  Starting at the point farthest from the worst of the stains, I set to work.  Wow there is a LOT of soap coming out of that carpet, I thinks to myself.  Hmmm, why is there soap going out when I’m not pulling the trigger?  But the small area by the door where Lexi had had diarrhea was sure looking clean.  Wow, that went through a hole reservoir of soap.  So I refilled the soap container and put it on the machine and then took the water container to refill.  All set to go back to work and I moved the machine to find a big white spot under it.  Well, that sure looks clean, I thinks to myself.  Holy Cow!!  The soap reservoir was empty!!!!!!!!  It leaked the whole thing onto one already pretty clean spot on the carpet.  Now what do I do?

Panic quickly ensued.  What do I do?  I have to get this carpet cleaned!!  Ah hah!  Eden Clean to the rescue!!  I called my friend that has a cleaning business (she just happened to have had a new baby a month ago, but oh well).  Can your husband come and clean my carpet tomorrow or Friday?  I’m so desparate – my shampooer died and Karra’s graduation is Satureday – the dogs have totally trashed my carpet and I don’t know what to do!!!  All of this to a voice mail.  I waited two minutes then texted her husband with the same message.  I waited two minutes then called my BFF for sympathy.  She is the best BFF in the whole world!!  Not only did she tell me on Tuesday that she didn’t see any cobwebs on my ceiling, she told me on Wednesday night in the middle of my panic that my carpet (covered with doggie stains) really didn’t look that bad.  What an awesome friend!  While I’m on the phone with her, my friend calls me back and says “Oh, yeah, my husband can come tomorrow morning!”  Oh, good friends are the best!!  He came on Thursday morning, made all of the stains go away, tried one of the graduation cupcakes that Kristen was baking and forgot one of the hoses to his machine because I was giving him a farm tour – 🙂  I took the hose to them when I went out to grocery shop and got to hold their tiny little new baby!  Aw.  I think I’m like my Aunt Connie – I just can’t get enough of holding babies.

Friday was Kurt’s last day of drama camp and his performance.  I was running errands for the 5th day in a row when my parents arrived.  By the time I got home I was an angry exhausted woman.  After going to fetch Kurt I came home and took a nap.  I was a new person for the performance Friday night.  As usual the kids pulled off a funny and entertaining performance after only a week of practice.  It was a lot of fun and we had 6 family members along for the laughs!

Saturday dawned cool, overcast and windy.  Not a good sign for an afternoon party.  The girls decorated the fence and gate and I put up the front door sign.  Karra dove into my BFF’s box of decorations and made the house look lovely.  I kept coming out of my sewing room with a new decoration or something I’d made and she was duly impressed by my creativity.  She even said she had no idea her mom was so creative! (Pat me on the back)  We were all decorated and ready to go by 10:30.  By the time my extra helpers came, there wasn’t much left to do.  By two o’clock the sun was coming out, the wind had died down and I had a house and deck full of people.  We started our ceremony at 2:15 and were done in ten minutes.  Karra’s speech was funny, I didn’t cry and everyone enjoyed the food and fun.  The kids (Kristen and her friends) played badminton and my BFF’s husband and twins and some other folks played corn hole.  Uncle Gray Shirt, bless his heart, made us our own corn hole boards just for the party.

I’ll hush now and share some pictures.

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Here they are – all of those first day of pictures.  When my Mom showed up with 1st day of dance and 1st day of 1st grade pictures,  I had to scrounge for 1st day of kindergarten picture.  It was easier to find than I thought it would be.  From 4 year-old dimples to pointe shoes in 10 years.  Oh my gosh, how the time flew by.

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The newly remodeled school room with a table moved back in.

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The view from the front door.

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A close up of the “presentation table”. The paper was her outline of the day’s activities.  Complete with the Belmont Stakes at 6pm.

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The words on the front door are her exact quote of the words she said we could put on a banner on the front gate.  I found a banner that said Congratulations! and then had decals to put her name on, so I went with that for the front gate.  I had planned to do a magnet-board type thing at the gate, so I just taped them to the front door and added the hats from the decorations box.  She loved it.  I still can’t believe I surprised her with my creativity.

And at last – the very end of the post – the Valedictorian of her graduation class of 2015!

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And That is What’s Been Happening in the Homeschool and on the Hobby Farm!!

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The End of an Era

I sat at the school table last fall and told the kids that this was the last 1st day of school I would ever have with 3 students.  And I never gave that comment another thought.  Until yesterday.  Karra called everyone to the table to expound upon the end of her school career.  It was my first “last” last day of school.  She’s done (except for two subjects finishing over the summer).  She’s not an official graduate until June 6, but she’s now an ex-Senior.  I hope in the next two weeks I can round up all of our “1st Day of Homeschool” pictures that we take every year.  She’ll hate it, but I’ll put them out at her graduation 😀  After the school day we went to Cold Stone for big bowls of creative yumminess!  What a perfect finish to the day.

I still have a lot of cleaning in the house and we have a lot of yard work to do and I need to make decorations – and my BFF offered the things left over from Karra’s BFF’s graduation party; oh, joy!  The next two weeks will be REALLY busy and I’m going to put the hutch together and seal everything except the back walls so that Kristen can paint the flowers on later.  Right now it needs to get out of my garage!!  And those bumble bee stools need to get painted – along with my front door, exterior trim on 3 doors and my downstairs bathroom.  In two weeks??  QUIT LAUGHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday we tried out the new pressure canner and we are ready to rock n roll at canning season!!

We put fresh laid eggs under one of our broody hens today and are hoping to have some mama-hatched chicks next month!

And today. . . . Kristen and I got started on the stalls. I took 3 wheelbarrows from the cow stall to the chicken run and then Hubby pulled the truck into Libby’s stall and we loaded the truck. We had an adventure figuring out how to get from the barn in pasture one to the hole we wanted to fill in pasture two. There is windbreak planted through the pastures that was planted long before we decided we wanted to have farm animals and pastures. The cows have enjoyed killing/stripping/destroying about half of the screening willows. Hubby had to take out 3 small dead trees to make a path in pasture two and another dead tree in pasture three. We had to drive out of pasture one by the workshop – no first we had to pull out of the barn and miss the maple tree, but turn sharp in time to miss the screen of willows and then out of the pasture – up the driveway, swing wide to the right and turn left into pasture three ( he should be glad that I insisted on that gate!) and then weave through the maple and poplar trees going toward the road to turn the truck and come back through the trees and the opening Hubby made to get between the trees and the fence line. Dead branches banging the truck, we got through the gate into pasture two, wove through the open section then squeezed through the new opening between live and dead screening willows. Pulled through that tight spot to another opening and then backed up to the hole. After we unloaded the mess, we had to reverse the course in order to get back out of pasture three and return to the barn. We took two truck loads out of the barn and had to quit because we were exhausted. The stalls are NOT done. Those of you with a tractor or BobCat are the most blessed farmers out there.

Of course, now I’m adding to lop those dead branches off the trees and get all of the tree branches out of the pastures (and the orchard) before the graduation party.  The new garden posts are in and cemented in place and we’ve decided to move the blueberries (again) into the garden area.  I may only get one more garden bed out of the expansion, but we’ll have grapes, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries SAFE inside the garden.

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

 

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!

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