Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dressed in the Night

The azaleas in front of my house have made an appearance. Finally.  They are always the last to bloom out of all the other azaleas that I have scattered about our property.  They're also such a pretty soft pink.  I trimmed the hedges, and a couple of days later, boom! azaleas everywhere.  Just look at how they fill up the bushes in the below picture.

While out admiring God's handiwork, and also the hard work that went into trimming the bushes, the kids came around with the dog.  Peamite Alpha loves his Wolverine costume.  He asks if he can wear it all the time.

 Comet smiling with the kids
Comet giving Peamite Alpha kisses

Last night, Peamite Alpha asked if he could sleep in his costume, so David put him to bed in it.  When David went into his room this morning to get him up for school, he was in the bed with a t-shirt and jeans on.  At some point during the night, he got up, dressed in school clothes, and then went back to sleep.  

Yes, what a strange child I have, but that's ok, it makes life interesting, and therefore, I have something to tell you about here. :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Comet said OK

Comet likes to bark.  It's what dogs do; their way of communication.  Our dog likes to talk, so I guess he fits in just fine with our family.

This morning, he was justa barking.  I looked out the window to see if I could see what it might be, and it was a truck way down the road that had parked on the side of the road.  I'm guessing they're doing some sort of work, since people have been working up and down our road lately.  He's so far away, there's really no reason for Comet to be making such a fuss.

I stood at the living room window and called out to him.  I figured he would hear me just fine since dogs have super hearing, and he did.  I told him to stop barking at the people down the road.  When he realized I was having a conversation with him, he walked over to the window and looked up at me.

"Comet, don't bark at those people way down there, they aren't bothering anyone.  If they come to our house, then you can bark, but while they're down there, please be quiet!"

And I kid you not, he looked right at me, and gave a short bark as if saying, "Ok."  and went on his merry way.  I haven't heard a peep from him since.

Katie petting Comet

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Gardening Little Homemaker

So, I just wanted to say, I'm so proud of myself.  Since we can't afford to hire someone to keep up our landscaping, it's my duty.  David said if it was up to him, he'd dig it all up so he wouldn't have to fool with it.  But, Crazy Me would rather have a nicely landscaped home, so like I said, it's my responsibility.

I invested in a cordless hedge trimmer...much like the one in the picture below.

And let me tell you, it makes all the difference in the world.  Going from hand shears to that, made the job so much easier and quicker. We have bushes and trees all around our house, and I have trimmed and cut and pulled for 3 hours at them.  I felt empowered using a power tool.  I am woman, hear me roar...or meow. 

I was surprised at how many little oak trees were trying to sprout up right next to the house among the bushes.  Since I don't exactly want a towering oak right next to my house one day, I cut them down while they were easy to get at with a lopper.  Which is also one of my favorite gardening investments shown in the picture below.
I think I spent most of my time cutting down little oak trees than anything else.  They were literally popping up all over the place.

Today was a great day to get all this yard work done.  It's not very warm today, and a nice breeze from time to time.  Since it was such a beautiful day, the kids were out with me the whole time running around, swinging, riding bikes, and occasionally helping me pick up limbs to put on the burn pile.

I had to stop before I was completely finished because I knew I needed to go in to get Peamite Bravo down for a nap.  She had worn herself slap out playing that much!

The landscaping will be a work in progress for quite a while until I can get to the maintenance stage.  The house we bought hadn't been lived in for a while before we moved in, so the landscaping had been neglected a lot.  There are briers and weeds everywhere.  I'm holding off on pulling up the briers this Spring until I can harvest the dew berries.  They'll be done soon...I noticed they're already turning green.

In addition to the dew berries, we bought a hanging strawberry plant, and my parents gave me a cutting from their blueberry bush.

The kids are great about taking care of them.  We make sure they have plenty of water almost every day.  Mom said her blueberry bush has lots of blueberries on it that'll be ready soon, but unfortunately, my new plant is too young to have fruit this year.  We have that to look forward to next year!

So this little homemaker is going to rest up before Bible study and revel in all the hard work accomplished today.