July 2013 – Month 7
My Uncle Carl from California came to visit this month. He was able to spend an afternoon/evening at our house. Nola Mae warmed up to him very quickly.
Our family went to Big Falls to play in the rapids on a really hot day. It was the busiest I have ever seen the place. There were about 30 other people there, usually we are the only ones. There is a zip-line there where most of the people were. I would love for the boys to try it some day.
Just so you know, when Jack went down these rapids his butt dragged the whole time.
Nola Mae enjoyed the refreshing feel of the water.
Good things come in threes:
1) Jack installed my new clothes line.
2) Jack built a gate for us (my request). For some reason our road is a toddler magnet. Every one of our kids loved sprinting to the road. Maybe it is the thrill of Mama or Papa chasing after them.
We have had the W-9 since our first year living here. It was a tractor of Jack’s dad’s. We used it to break ground for our veggie garden and that is about it. It is a big tractor.
We also owned a Farmall H that was useful to us for moving firewood and cleaning the barn. We decided to sell them both. It was sad for me to see them go.
3) I have been trying to convince Jack for at least the last five years to buy me a skid steer.
I found some hay! I am thinking this will be the last winter I buy hay for my horse. She may need to die or find a new home. I have fond memories of all the sweat and dust of baling hay on my Step-Dad’s farm. I had a fun time with Robbie and Charlie going to get this hay. I pulled them away from the computer to help me one evening. We drove to the field where the hay was baled and loaded up two loads of 25 bales each. And then they helped unload it. In the truck on the way to get our second load Charlie said, “This is fun!”
Henry helped unload the second load in the morning. And helped with stacking it in the basement of the barn.
My friends and I ordered a total of 170 pounds of blueberries from Country Corner Sales for $2.05/lb. Last year I paid $2.53/lb. Not very often can you say, “The price went down this year!” The pick-you-own blueberry farm is charging $2.50/lb ($0.25 more than what they charged last year).
Nola Mae thought she had her own box.
I harvested my garlic this month and wrote about our garden.
I boiled eggs one day and went outside before they were ready to be taken off the heat. I got this exploded egg. It looks like a chicken head to me. What do you see?
Charlie has been wanting to bike to town (a round trip is 10 miles) all summer. We have only done a 4.5 mile loop in our neighborhood a few times. With complaints and many water stops most of the way. On this day I added a 2 mile loop, totaling 6.5 miles, to test them out for a trip to town. I hooked up the train for a bike ride. Henry on the tag-along attached to my bike and Nola Mae in the Burley attached to the tag-along. Robbie couldn’t find his shoes so he biked in socks. Charlie was just plain crabby about the whole idea.
The 6.5 miles wasn’t that bad after we were done.
A few days later, we went to town on our bikes. Charlie was pumped. Robbie was tired before we started. They raced almost the whole way and I had a hard time keeping up with them. It took us 36 minutes to go the 5 miles.
We had a picnic at the park, then dropped off some of my healing balm at a friend’s house and at the pharmacy. The pharmacist is testing it to see if they want to stock it on their shelves. We went to the library for some books on CD for our trip to Milwaukee and then to the ice cream shop.
On the way home Charlie was so tired I considered dropping his bike off at my friend’s house (3 miles from our house), putting Henry in the trailer with Nola Mae and having Charlie ride on the tag-along. Nola Mae was sleeping and Charlie seemed better after more water. When we were two miles from home Charlie figured out a way to hold onto the bike trailer/stroller’s handle bars with one hand and his handle bars with the other. He peddled while holding on and there were times I could feel him pushing me and other times when I was pulling him. He said he would let go when a car was coming and while going up and down the hills. I could have sworn he was holding on when we were climbing that last hill to our house and I looked back and he wasn’t. Henry is a good peddler on the tag-along. It took us 48 minutes to get home.
Often I find Nola Mae walking around with a pen ( or whatever writing utensil she can find) and paper. Maybe she will be a writer. She sat with Java for a long time as if she was interviewing her.
My friend, Lynn, gave me this cute dress for Nola Mae. I have been wanting to take a cute picture of her in the dress for Lynn. Nola Mae has been getting the dress dirty before I could get a photo taken. This is an example of how quick I can be with the camera. I was in the kitchen, my camera is usually there, I turned around and saw Nola Mae doing this…
I was admiring how well Nola Mae was playing with this car,
and the next thing she did was take a drink out of this little puddle on the deck.
Nola Mae comes out the chicken coop with me often, she is usually on my back, this time she was walking with me. I feed them and then collect the eggs, so I am not tripping over them or getting pecked when I am stealing eggs. Nola Mae decided to eat with the chickens.
Henry is teaching her how to climb ladders.
I have a friend who got married the same weekend as the Liver Walk. Earlier this year she asked me if I was interested in making her wedding cake. I seriously considered it. I knew she was having a small wedding and she would be the kind of bride I could work with. My only concern was having the time to make the cake. During the week of her wedding I was sad to not be making her wedding cake. I started making a triple layered 9 inch round cake for my nephew’s graduation party. I needed Nola Mae to be busy for a little while so I could mix the cake by letting her play with the water on a chair AT the sink. NOT in the sink!
Henry was doing a great job reading to Nola Mae. I was impressed with how well he knew the right sounds and words to Mr. Brown can MOO, can you?
Nola Mae wanted to hold the book and Henry didn’t like that idea. They both were happier once Nola Mae had her own book to hold.
Jack made this beautiful box for Nola Mae.
We went to the Liver Walk and had a graduation party for my nephew afterwards.
I made snake bubbles and they were a hit with all the little kids and even the big kids.
How to make snake bubbles:
Cut off the bottom of a plastic bottle (soda or water bottle).
- Cut an old sock just before the heel, so you are using the toe and foot part of the sock to cover the bottom of your bottle.
- Secure the sock on the bottle with a rubber band. Since I was traveling and making these a head of time, I also put duct tape over the rubber band.
- Soap mixture was 1 parts Dawn dish soap and 2 parts water.
- Dip the bottom of the bottle in the soap mixture and blow.
Note: Smaller kids may suck in while blowing and swallow or breath in bubbles. Henry will tell you that is YUCKY!
For colored snake bubbles click here.
Since the skid steer has arrived a lot of projects have been getting done around our yard.
I have gotten braver with my soaps. I purchased more essential oils this spring and made this soap in early June. It turned out beautiful, this has cinnamon and orange essential oils with ground cinnamon. If you like cinnamon smelling things you would love this!
Sewing projects this month:
Tooth pillows for a sister and brother.
A TNT pillow case inspired by Minecraft for one of Robbie’s friends.
I made a Mei Tai for a friend’s sister.
Three beautiful ring slings.
I bought this fabric at a rummage sale. It is the perfect weave for a wrap. I serged the edges and used it for weeks until I finally hemmed it.
It is shorter than my other wraps and there is only enough room for me to do a Rucksack carry tied under the bum (A.K.A. RUB). I have learned that I love it for very fast ups and downs and escaping out from the fabric when laying down Nola Mae.
I have another picture of her sweetness in my light rainbow wrap.
I am in a babywearing group on facebook. Each week they do a “carry of the week”. A great way to learn a new carry or in this case a new tie off. This is a double hammock carry with a salt water tie with my Zara Velvet wrap.
My favorite pictures of the month: