Thursday, February 22, 2007

Compost Bin

Daddy, Jacob, and Pop pop built us a compost bin with three compartments. It was extremely cold the day they worked on it, and I was afraid they would freeze! They did a fine job, and after they put the doors on the bins, I will take a picture for y'all to see.

Tricia Ann

Fun to be Feminine

Hey, Girls! Isn't it fun to dress like a young lady!? I think so. Swishing skirts, hoops, calicos, petticoats, scarves and shawls, gloves and hats...They're all so delightful and feminine (I wouldn't expect you boys to understand)! I finally finished sewing my dress, and here it is...not the best picture in the world, but it will do.

Tricia Ann

Favorite Things

Books, music, and little ones...These are a few of my favorite things!

Friday, February 02, 2007

Let the Gardening Begin....Already?

Earlier this week, our men got out their trusty tools and commenced building. They built a large, sturdy, and cleverly-designed shelf for sprouting and growing our garden seeds indoors. Their next project was a three-section compost bin. I've learned two important things about farm life: (1) If you want to be a serious gardener, the season starts really early. We started planning right after Christmas. (2) Compost is a gardener's best friend. Jacob has spent two full day shoveling horse manure from behind our neighbors' stable and carting it up to our garden site, and we've been saving every little bit of leftover scraps from the kitchen in hopes that we can mix some (as Jacob would say) "bodacious" compost.

The compost bins aren't quite finished, but they're sure looking spiffy so far!


Here's our seed-starting-shelf! We hope to have some cabbages and peppers growing happily here under the adjustable lights in the next few weeks.

Tricia Ann baked some melt-in-your-mouth garlic loaves, and we ate them for a snack, dipping them in a bowl of melted butter and fresh garlic.


"Happiness is a warm puppy!"


Thursday, February 01, 2007

A Jolly Snowman

Philip and I ventured out this afternoon and built this Frosty Friend. We used our "Snowman Kit" that we made a few years ago at Christmas. We had lots of fun!


We woke up this morning, and everything was covered with a white layer of snow. We got 4 or 5 inches during the night. It's so pretty. We have some really good hills for sledding, so we hauled the sleds out of the shed. Sliding DOWN the hill is great... Coming back up is more difficult. Mom and Dad even joined in the fun. We slid down and tramped back up that hill until we were thoroughly exhausted. I thought I'd better go ahead and post some pictures...just in case the power goes out later.

Tricia Ann

Gimli had a blast.

Here's the pond.