I'm back! I can't believe I've only blogged 2 times in the past 2 months. And I can't believe that every day there are people out there checking in to see if I've updated. Thank you. You guys sure know how to make a girl feel good.
I got myself in way over my head the past couple of months, thinking I could be Super Woman and do it all. Lots got done. But lots didn't get done, too. Last week was the worst of it and I had 3 nights where I only got 3 hours of sleep. Saturday we rolled in from Caelan's race at 2:30 AM and by the time everyone showered and had a snack, my head hit the pillow at 4:00 AM. I couldn't make myself get up for church. Jesus may not have minded if I took a nap during the service because I know He knew how exhausted I was. I think everyone else might have raised an eyebrow so I thought it best that we stay home. I slept until 11 AM which I never do. It felt very weird to wake up and start fixing lunch.
I'm not completely caught up but I hope to turn in my last Fiskars project for the month this evening so that pressure will be off. Lots of great stuff and I can't wait to share it! I made my first full-size quilt and thinking I could go from start to finish in 3 weeks is how I ended up in the predicament I was in last week. My family is sick of looking at that quilt!
So, a few things we've been up to since I last blogged.
Too much of this. I know I sound ungrateful for the harvest but I'm really not. This just isn't fun to me. Rewarding, yes. Fun, no.
Now this crop, it is fun. Next to bell peppers, I love my black-eyed peas more than anything else we grow.
I suppose I should disclose that I don't have to shell them. Caelan does that. He's always enjoyed it so he shells them all while he watches TV. I still have to blanch them and freeze them but that takes a LOT less time and work than canning tomatoes.
Karen Taylor, you might want to stop reading right here. If you don't, remember I warned you!
I put every bit of this in my freezer. I didn't have time to make and can my chicken stock so I froze the backs and wings to do that later when the weather gets cooler.
I know some of you are wondering about the source of all this chicken. If you don't believe in the tooth fairy or Easter Bunny, you're likely to also realize that chicken doesn't really come from the grocery store. They're just your middle man. Well, our middle man is Estes Hatchery.
This is what they look like 8 weeks after we bring them home. I'll spare you photos of the steps between the last 2 photos!
I'm pretty sure this one was on to me.
I think our laying hens must have taunted him (her?) with stories the impending carnage. Most people think chickens are sweet animals. The truth is, chickens are ruthless. Our laying hens stand and watch, eating the feathers of the recently deceased. I'm very cautious when I go into the chicken coop alone at night. I've looked into the eyes of more than one chicken and seen the blackness of their souls.
If I didn't scare you away sharing the last activity we've been up to, this one might seal the deal. We've inadvertently built a race track in our front yard.
It's all for this one.
My father-in-law brought this dune buggy over a couple of weeks ago and Will wants to ride it all the time. So does Caelan. And as you can see, Shawn's kind of fond of our new race track, too.
I can't leave today without sharing a couple of links to new(ish) projects I have up on the Fiskars website.
I'm doing a series of projects and articles on redecorating Will's bedroom.
One of my priorities was doing something about this. This drives me crazy. One of the containers is broken (but I refuse to replace it since he broke it an hour after we brought it home), the handles are different colors, and the mish-mash of colors inside the boxes is unsightly.
So I made this. He fought me on the idea because it meant another step at clean up time. He's been using it for a week and I haven't heard a single complaint about it.
I made the back like this so it would be really easy for him to use.
You can find more photos and basic instructions for making a toy box cover on the Fiskars website.
I'll close today with a link to this drawstring backpack I made.
You can remove the straps and carry it as a traditional book bag. It's also reversible! There are a lot of step-by-step photos included in the instructions and it's delightfully easy to make. Will loves it. He wanted to keep it but it doesn't really fit his personality so I'm making him one in a camouflage material he picked out. That leaves me with the need to find a new home for this one! If you want it, leave a comment and I'll pick a name at random on Friday.
**P.S. to Jennifer. I've been wondering how your quilt is coming along but I can't find a link or email address to you to find out. Let me know how you're doing!