This month started out pretty horrible. I had strep throat. Once I was feeling better, I hurt my back while pulling weeds in the garden. I literally spent over a week sleeping and lying around. I feel fortunate to have independent children, a hubby who is able to take a day of vacation anytime and a wonderful doctor friend who will see me in her office on her day off and again on the weekend. I wouldn’t have been able to get better as quickly without her! That week did a number on my brain too. I haven’t recovered from that lost week yet!
If you come to our house, Nola Mae will want to show you the big hole in the garden. There once was a large rock there.
This hole keeps her busy and entertained.
Another source of entertainment in our yard.
Waiting for fireworks.
Mr. Ernst baling his hay in our field.
Counting Mr. Ernst’s marshmallows.
I love this smile!
Our big boys went to North Dakota with Grandma, Grandpa, uncle and cousins.
When they called me from North Dakota they told me they could spend all summer there because they were having so much fun.
All four kids together after the big boys came back from their trip to North Dakota.
Henry has this great friend, Micheala, who he sat next to in school, they played together, helped each other with projects and giggled a lot together. Micheala invited Henry to her birthday party at the pool. Every day we counted down the days until the day before the party. Henry helped me pick out the fabric for this bag to give to her, because she LOVES pink!
The weekend came…Eddie came to help Jack cut down the huge oak tree that was leaning towards the house.
Helen counted about 120 to 130 years for the age of the tree.
Jack and Eddie did a fabulous job dropping the tree away from the house and garage. Jack put his chain saw in a “safe” place. The tree landed perfectly on our wood pile and did not damage the chainsaw!
The video on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10202381381878986&set=vb.1326037913&type=3&theater
We have an awesome firewood pile. Charlie thinks we won’t have to make firewood for a couple more years. I didn’t have the heart to tell him we make firewood for future years, not the coming winter. This wood is what we will burn, not this winter, next winter (2015-16) and hopefully some will be left for the following winter (2016-17).
The weekend was over…On Sunday night, after reading our bedtime story, Henry asked me again, “How many days until Micheala’s party?” At that moment I realized we missed the party, it was yesterday. The poor boy cried himself to sleep. I called the mom and made an ice cream date with Micheala. We picked her up and while we were in the car Henry had a whoopee cushion and kept blowing it up and squashing it. They were giggling so hard it just melted my heart to see them having such a great time. While at the ice cream shop they talked and talked while just sitting on the riding toys.
Fifty-five pounds of blush and bing cherries ($1.66/pound). We ate almost all of them except for a quart size bag of them went into the freezer.
Five days later, eighty pounds of blueberries arrived. I paid $2.25/pound. The kids were slacking this year and only ate about fifteen pounds before we made one pie and froze the rest.
There are wonderful times in my life when all four kids will play nicely together, not often, but it does happen. They went down the path to the edge of the field and played for a very long time. I can’t remember how long but long enough for me to keep wondering “What in the world are they doing?” Finally, this is what I saw coming up the hill.
And then something like this happens…Henry and I picked raspberries one hot afternoon. While we picked Henry and Nola Mae weren’t getting along. They were mostly fighting about who would get my next handful. I sent Nola Mae to a shady part to eat her raspberries. Henry was still kind of mad at her so he said, “Nola Mae I hope you eat ALL your raspberries! And then you poop, raspberry poop, on your head!”
Our lotion girl: Thankfully this mess was outside.
My sewing projects:
I made this wet bag for a friend who uses cloth diapers.
And this Didymos Winter Lillies wrap was made into a ring sling for another friend.
I dyed this in June and sewed it into a ring sling this month.
and this one.
My first minecraft creeper inspired pillowcase.
My dyeing projects:
Charlie designed the glue resist on this cloth to cover his desk. He wanted rainbow colors, which I used to ice dye it, but it doesn’t look very rainbow-ish to me. When he saw it for the first time he said, “Awesome!” I was holding my breath because it didn’t turn out like I expected.
I made this ring sling for a friend who loved the ring sling I made last month in the same colors. This one turned out a little darker and just as beautiful. We traded this ring sling for a new bike for Robbie.
Robbie with his new bike. I think we got the better end of the deal!
This is a picture of “testing my patience”. I have learned that dyeing stuff takes a lot of patience. All of those items in the bags first sat under ice for over 24 hours, then I gently put them into these plastic bags for 12 hours.
Then they needed rinsing with the hose, and then rinsed in the washer for many rinse cycles.
Once I dried everything in the dryer I hung them on the line to get a good look!
This was a white sheet that I will make into a quilt for Robbie.
This was a white table-cloth.
with matching napkins that I dyed.
We have a trombone player! He is very happy to be done playing the piano.
I have had this sign on my fridge for many months. I was reminded this month how very important this is for everyone to follow (adults and children)! I hope you follow this advice too.