I've also been working on planting my order from Northern Trading Co. that I got earlier than I expected. So far I've gotten everything planted that they've sent (all but my apple tree)--so that's a load off my mind. They sent a Robin Hood rose and some hyacinth and crocus bulbs as free gifts. Everything looks fantastic!!! I can hardly wait for spring now to see it all grow!
Another project I have coming up is to pull up the poison ivy along the fence line to plant daffodils and the hyacinth/crocus bulbs. The last time I attempted such a feat (in 2004) I was laid up in bed for 2 weeks afterwards with poison ivy on my face and chest (I was breastfeeding Son #6 at the time and I didn't know that I was covered in the oil when I nursed him. He proceeded to help spread it on me though he didn't have any reaction himself--Praise God!!). Sadly, I didn't realize that all those stringy roots I pulled up was poison ivy until after the fact because the leaves had fallen off already.
This was BEFORE it got really bad!!!
The best memory from the whole ordeal was when Son #4 said to Son #5...
"Don't kiss Mommy or you'll get poison ivy and you'll
be UGLY too!" It still makes me laugh.
The children constantly told me how much I looked like Gothmog
on Return of the King (Lord of the Rings)
Honestly, they were just about right!!!
It really was horrible!
This time I'll pull the ivy while I know what and where they are and I will be prepared by wearing rubber gloves, jersy gloves, long sleeves, and pants with all of it coming off as soon as I'm done and being thrown into the washer immediatly. Then I'll wash up with Dermoplast Poison Ivy Treatment/Wash.
I will never be without this most excellent product again!!!
It truly is miraculous!!!
And now, on to happier thoughts. :-)
A well camouflaged grey tree frog on our weathered window sill.
He's so cute!
From left to right...
Wellsummer, Americauna, Gold Laced Wyandott.
The Wyandott doesn't really appear to be moulting (the fuzz
on her tail is from the other hens pulling at her feathers. Brutes!)
I still get an egg from her almost every day.
But the other two are terrible--feathers missing, they're not laying
and they've lost weight.
I'll be glad when they're new feathers come in and they look
whole and healthy once again!
Just look at all those pinfeathers!!
I'm so excited about this little thrift shop find! Dh had a pretty good day last week and we went shopping. One of our stops was at our local Goodwill where I found this tiny little desk...
As I looked closer I realized that I knew that little clown face in the
center of the upper part of the desk.
And those little red knobs.
The neurons in my brain were firing furiously.
I realized that I had a desk very similar when I was little.
My most vivid memories of my desk are of wiping chalk
dust off of the inside groove where the chalkboard top rests
when it's closed.
When you erase the chalk marks some of the dust gets
I can also remember the way the pegboard smelled when you
lifted the lid.
$12 for a little piece of my past.
I'm working to replace a few little things that I've lost through the
years (to our many moves as a child and getting flooded a
couple of times in my married life).
Funny how I didn't even remember this little piece of my life until
I saw it sitting there--waiting for me to come and take it home.
Now to get it cleaned up and find it a comfy spot in our home.
I'm so happy to have this little jewel (back) in my life!
It's the little things in life that give me so much pleasure. :-)