This last weekend we celebrated the end of our Girl Scout year with a Outdoor Movie Night at Teacher Kari's. Kari doesn't ever do anything half way and so I was in awe and yet not surprised at all when she made this outdoor theater even more special with all her personal touches.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014
The Littles and I have had a great summer's week.
Today Tim and I celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. Crazy thing is I totally forgot about it as these summer days just flow from one to the next now that The Little Girls are out for break and I could not tell you the actual date in the month. But I think we will try and get a little date in this weekend to honor all these years together. Happy Weekend.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Did you know that by planting radish seeds and carrot seeds together you create a symbiotic growth relationship? If carrot seeds are planted alone, the gardener must thin out the plants to encourage shoulder and root growth. But plant the radishes (which mature earlier than carrots) with the carrots and you thin them by harvesting the radishes. This practice yields large amounts of radishes.
Pickled radishes are delicious. Thanks for the recipe Tara.
For Father's Day Tim wanted to explore in the mountains. So we took a quick half hour drive and lost ourselves in the quiet of nature.
Monday, June 16, 2014
On Friday Wrenna showed her goats as her 4-H project at the county fair. She was so adorable in her "whites" as she took photos with The Littles and then headed into the ring. To begin she showed Kona, her baby Nigerian Dwarf. Wrenna kept her calm and cool while Kona gave her all sorts of trouble but despite the jumping and bleating, she won 1st!
Friday, June 13, 2014
Savannah Jane takes sewing classes. Her sewing teacher entered her final project (the pillowcase dress above her head) in the El Dorado County Fair. She won 1st Place! We are so proud.
After visiting all the animals and seeing our neighbor's 4-H projects (4 pigs), we watched the senior division steer showmanship (I have no idea the technical term for this but basically it is teenagers showing their 4-H project or FFA project: steers). It was awesome. I could sit and watch that competition for hours. Here below: Krista, Wren, Ivy, Savannah and Goo.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
It seems my tolerance limit for rooster crowing is 1 week. Yesterday I called a local chicken supplier and asked if he would try to re-home our rooster El Señor. Luckily El Señor is a gentleman and because of his beauty, sweet nature and handling he should be a good candidate for reselling.
It felt fairly awful to give him up and because at the time he wasn't making that alarming sound, I called Tim just before I left the house to convince me to go through with it. The Littles were sad, giving up a pet is hard.
Since I was down a hen, The Littles picked out a 12 week old Americana to join our flock of "Babies". Meet Clara. She has yet to be welcomed into the flocks good graces, she is after all 6 weeks younger than the rest. And she is terribly frightened. There is definitely a big difference in chicken manners and friendliness when children hand raise chicks, I hope she will become more comfortable with us as time goes on.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Yesterday I promised The Littles a swim but couldn't conjure up the energy to drive to the lake. By late afternoon we were all regretting my failing miserably. I took them down to the garden to pick for dinner and we filled up the pool our sweet neighbors lent us as a water supply for the bees.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
On the recommendation of my friend Tara, Tim and I took The Littles on a hike Sunday to a reservoir in our small town. I have lived here for 30 years and I did not know that this dammed up creek even existed. The trail begins a short 4-5 mile drive from our front door, then a picturesque 20 minute easy walk amongst blooming wildflowers and swarming ladybugs takes you to the water's edge.
I can't wait to explore more.