My mother and father came to visit and help us out. Hallelujah! We need all the help we can get around here. My eight-year-old is into cooking, so I thought making the chocolate chip cookie sandwiches that Elliana wanted to make would be a good activity for them to do together.
When I help Elliana cook, I am often holding my tongue and sometimes my breath. I wonder if my mom had to do the same thing when she taught me to cook. I sure don’t remember her acting as tense as I feel when I’m in the kitchen with my kids. She’s an awesome mother and grandma.
The text this time said, “We [Brad and Elliana] are stuck. You need to come out to the field. Bring chain off cherry picker”
I was picturing the tractor in the middle of the field, but it was just the pick-up stuck in the soft ditch. It’s kind of complicated how it got there, but Elliana said it was the most exciting day of her life.
This was my first pull a pick up out of the mud experience, and it came right out on the first attempt.
FIVE YEARS after buying this house and saying we were going to change the countertops, we finally don’t have a grimy back splash that’s made of the same thing as the countertop.
The lovely green counter is also GONE!
I could’ve waited to take the ‘after’ picture until Brad got the black outlets installed; but considering the current season, I figured it would be better if I got the picture now – before the counters had the time to collect their usual collection of stuff. If these picture show nothing else, they should at least encourage us to get all that random stuff off the countertop.
Psalm 139: 17
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Some corn actually might be knee high this 4th of July because of the wet spring, but it is quickly growing. In the above picture you can see Brad’s pivot (the tallest corn in the back) and a corner of his dry land. Corn is actually growing in the middle of the dryland. It was just too wet to plant there when the rest was planted, so it got planted even later.
Pivots are running or will be once they’re fixed enough to work correctly. Brad is still spraying like a crazy man. He came home one day this week in the middle of the week. Little Liza was SO EXCITED!She wakes up asking for “Da Da” and walks to the back door saying “Da Da?” anytime it opens. It was just a cruel tease. He found more to spray. I’m considering if I should try and sell that machine, but maybe that’s the headache from earlier in the week speaking.
Small Town Nebraska:
He did make it to all our T-ball games. Elliana got to have him as an assistant coach.
The following tell you a lot about small town Nebraska
-All the girls on your T-Ball team go to your school.
-You’ll play with the same girls on your next ball team.
-You have your dad and aunt as coaches.
-You have a cousin on your team.
-You have 5 girls on your team who have younger brothers on your brother’s T-Ball team.
This one is the best: When you are out of milk for your one year old and the grocery store is closed, there is a kind person that will unlock it for you and let you buy your milk after the T-ball game!
How many differences can you find?
I just love that picture!
Help:Those bifold doors are going!!!! In their place will go a single normal size door and some drywall. We’re going to replace that window too, but I’d appreciate your thoughts. Leave the window where it is, move the window over, or put in a sliding door. The table has no other place to go and the window is centered on the outside wall. Spew thoughts now.
We’re back to begging God for rain. Instead of green wheat starting to grow, a lot of it just looks dead.
Quite a few farmers around here now have brighter shops thanks to Brad installing high bay T5’s. He’s rushing to get all his major electrical projects done so he can do what he moved here to do, farm. He got all of this conduit underground today .
Small Town Nebraska:
We escaped from the daily grind and went to the REALLY BIG city. It never fails that when you leave for the big city with an empty car, you come back with it packed with everything you found to buy and even then still feel like you need to shop more. That’s how I feel, and I’m not that big of a shopper!
I thought it would be fun to take a picture of my little garden every two weeks because a garden changes so much throughout the garden season. I did a great job at the beginning getting my pictures every two weeks, and then for some reason(s) I can’t put my finger on it felt like I lost all control and organization in life. As you will see, my garden reflects this craziness. Every two weeks went out the window. God is a God of order, so I’m fighting to get things back in control without becoming even more control freakish than I already am. Where is the balance?!
So I can quit trying to remember to take a picture of my garden every two weeks, here are the pictures up today. You will see no more after this.
April – Planted
2 weeks later – not much happening
2 weeks later – more green!
2 weeks later – a little more green!
needed another angle
2 weeks later – unhelpful shadows
notice the volunteer lettuce
2 weeks later – notice the cilantro going crazy all over – the bees liked it so I didn’t want to get rid of it
Day lillies are great for blocking the view of the propane tank from the road and our view of the garden from this angle.
What?! I planted beans that climb?!
see the bug eaten cauliflower?
Rhubarb takes a lot of space. We have now moved the rhubard out of my little garden
I did eventually pull the cilantro and try to get things under control for a time
I spy dead tomato plants.
Still August 30
Starting to look like fall
CHAOS. But food is still growing. 🙂
Any one want to come pick my beans?
Before (and before I could take a panoramic shot)
For counter and storage space, we made do with lovely green stacking crates and once we had our cabinets in we used one of them too. The toilet is to the left of green crates.
Huge bathtub and a tall, unattached to anything cabinet
Plumping parts spewed all over the basement
Shower, wall, tub removed
This picture doesn’t show you the can lights Brad added in shower and above the washer and dryer. It is no surprise that our bathroom/laundry room is well lit and well “outletted”. Since this picture Brad put shelves for laundry baskets above the washer and dryer. Does anyone else sort their laundry over six different ways? We still need trim, but our basement has needed that for over a year and a half. Considering that, you should be shocked I’m able to show you after pictures within a year of showing you before pictures!
I should also say my main contributions to this bathroom were buying the shelves and catching as much dust as possible with the shop vac hose when Brad was messing with drywall. We had a contractor come work for a couple of days, Brad’s mom did some drywall mudding and sanding, and other than that it was all Brad. He’s seriously amazing.
I love seeing people’s beautiful, clean homes. I am often disgruntled that ours is not that way. I present to you a recent picture of our kitchen table.
You could play I spy with it for quite a while. I spy craft supplies. I spy food. I spy an odd bi-folding door. I spy plates of food that children did not want to eat at supper time. I spy a comb and detangler. I spy a battleship; and yes, I spy a TV.
The TV is there because the shelves in our living room were in the process of being painted. Here’s a before and after shot in one oddly angled picture.
It seems our house is in that state more often that not, but the benefit to that is it makes days when it actually feels tidy quite relaxing.
In case the top picture makes you think you want to play Battleship with your three and five year old, might I suggest only playing in pairs. The “partner” of the three year old will have to be willing to only put pegs in the upper field. The 3 year old will take over the bottom of the board. I would also recommend playing the adapted version.
Covering part of the battlefield, helps the game fit into a time appropriate for their attention span. You’d think the special education part of me would’ve thought of that, but it was all Brad’s idea.