Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Right Now

Right now I'm...

...doing a load of short-sleeved laundry and reaching for my thick socks and sweatshirts again after last night's cold front that dropped us over 20 degrees back down into the seasonally "normal" range.
...wishing for just one or two more days like this weekend for a do-over! I spent most of the fleetingly beautiful weather of this past weekend on the couch sucking on cough drops and downing ibuprofen like it was going out of style.
...feeling glad the weekend wasn't wasted despite my absence from it- we got 90% of our new well house up! (and by 'we' I mean the hubs, the father-in-law, and the Littles)
...smiling whenever I walk through the garage- I might not have a garden worked out yet, but my seeds have found a way to grow anyway! In the crack between the garage and the driveway there are mescaline and hollyhock sprouts!
...looking forward to the Mother Earth News Fair in just a few more weeks! For the first time evah they're coming down to Texas and guess who's wrist bands came in the maiiiiil over the weekend? Yeeeesssss!
...also excited about my apiary equipment brand number that came the same time as my fair wrist bands... it was a good mail day! Now all I need are my spring bees!

Right now I'm on the mend (finally!), I've got bees on the brain, and my house is flooding with sunshine (so who cares if it's only 33 outside?). Also, my big smart 4-year-old is starting to write me letters. So I guess right now I'm doin' pretty good.

"Hola! Mama! I love you! From! Henry! I love you! Mama!"

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by all the potential around me, overwhelmed by the demands of the projects at hand, the family, the time constraints, the expectations and the bazillions of distractions ongoing all. the. time. There's excitement in it all of course, but it is also so overwhelming.

Sometimes it is so easy for me to get lost in the burdens and ugliness that come from always approaching everything with a 'DIY' mentality. There are so many to-do's, there are still so many fixes and repairs and time-sucking projects, and at times they all seem equally important. Most of them are good problems to have (where will the new compost setup go, what will the new well house look like, how are we going to finish out the bathroom?), though some are not (where is all this renovation waste going to go, where is the water leak in Audrey's room coming from, why does the garage keep flooding every time it rains?), and there are days when I loose sight of the forest for all the trees!

And sometimes there comes along One Of Those Days where the kids can't stop yelling and are sent to their rooms to play separately until dinner because they're driving me nuts and all I want to do is make flatbread and falafel like I made with my Mama that one time and for crying out loud I follow the directions exactly like we made it before and it JUST WON'T STAY TOGETHER and grease gets everywhere and popping chickpea shrapnel is flying and everyone is hungry but nothing is ready because so much time has been spent trying to make this stupid recipe work so I just serve the wrecked falafel as Flavor Crunchies and give up... and everyone loves them anyway.

So sometimes I just need to remind myself that, although it appears at times that things are falling apart, getting messy, or not happening the way I expected, I just need to chill because stuff around here will eventually turn out just fine in the end... as it usually does.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It's Final Resting Place

I completely forgot to check in at the end of the weekend- yes, we did in fact finish getting that garden shed relocated! It now rests square and sound on it's new foundation (though it'll still need to be anchored, the hole in the roof patched, and the trim and paint freshened up... so it's not finished, just moved).

It was a heave-ho push-and-pull dig in/dig out kinda day, and we busted our... humps... but we got it through the deep soft sand and up onto the foundation.

Thank goodness we weren't in a hurry to get rid of all those metal pipes from the old well... and thank goodness for the come-along!

Now what to do this upcoming weekend? Finish this well house, start building the new one, or refocus on the undone things inside?

*sigh* The lifestyle of the DIY weekend warrior...............................................................

Saturday, January 23, 2016


It's chilly but sunny (and dry!), we have our slabs all sorted out, and we have a little extra help... time for another project weekend!

Today we got our shed off it's footer and up the driveway... then encountered a bit of trouble in the deep sand between the driveway and it's final destination. Although we ended the day with the surprisingly heavy little building no longer blocking our drive, it'll be another full workin' day tomorrow.

I can't wait to start using this shed as a proper gardening shed... but for now I'll just be content with the open view out the front of the house!

Happy weekending!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

What's Been Goin' On

We've been real busy around here lately.

Is it only Wednesday?

It feels like we've already lived a full week... and seriously it's only Wednesday.

Well then I guess it'll be good to have a couple "extra" days left once things slow down again! (Will things ever slow down again?!)

Here's what's been goin' on:

This past weekend, we decided to initiate the beginning of the end of our master bathroom renovation... so we took out the big, gross, non-working tub. Check out those old mouse tunnels in the insulation (emphasis on old)!


Also this week we've had concrete work going on all around us. We're finally getting the footer done for the new well house, a pad poured for the relocation of the old well house, some fixes done to the driveway, and a back porch extension that'll tie the two smaller- and seemingly pointless- slabs into one functional space.

Then of course through all this weeks' worth of goings-on we're dealing with family stuff and the usual errands and business that would make a normal week seem full... and did I mention Audrey has had strep throat since last Wednesday? Yeah.

Oh, and tomorrow I'm getting new front brakes on my car.

Also, there's still chicken drama...

...because like I feared, another girl has stepped up to take ChickieB's place, and "Vicky" as we're now calling her is still completely ostracized. However, she will come out of the hen house now, and all her feathers look like they're growing back, so there's a bit of light at the end of the tunnel (chunnel?).

 I did make a killer blueberry buckle last night... and there's coffee a-plenty, and although it's cliche it's true: its the little things that can really make a difference in a long looooooooooong week.

Even though it's only Wednesday.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Having a Little Fun

Today I had to stay home while we had some work done around the house. I wasn't really able to do any work with a capital 'W,' so I decided that was reason enough for me to do something fun instead. Perhaps something I've been putting off for a while because it feels so indulgent?

Well, ok.

So today I decided I should finally start working on my beehives.

They've been assembled and waiting for attention for a while now... but they're still just so plain. Audrey has declared that they should have bees on them so the bees will know these homes are for them, and I do agree... but I want them to be a little more unique than, say, the average painted hive.

Then I noticed the 'Brushy Mountain' logo was burned into the wood of the bottom boards.


I have yet to do the bottom deep- decorated with transfers of bees by Audrey, Henry, my dad and my father-in-law- but my hand is cramped and out for the night! Then there's the matter of the second hive... I guess I'd better get busy chasing down more family and friends to contribute a sketch!

Once they're all burned into the pine I'll need to figure out how I'm going to weatherproof them all... I've been told that it doesn't matter what kind of sealant is used, as long as it's only on the outside and fully cured before bees are installed... has anyone heard anything different?

I feel like I'm on the right track with this approach. I can't say I've seen anything like these yet, so at least I've achieved uniqueness... and seeing them pop out of the wood is so cool. I'm loving them so far!

Now... who wants to swing on by and draw a bee for me?