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    Mooch Flowers and Visitors too. What a fun week!

    Mooch Flowers and Visitors too We had a fun filled week here, I hope you did also! I have Mooch Flowers and Visitors too for you this week. Mooch gets top billing. Guys, he made it to summer. This poor guy can not see, but that nose knows. Joe took him out back in the shade early last week, before the crazy heat. He was enjoying all the sniffy sniffs. He did not roam too far. I did think it was funny that he decided to lay in my ground cover. Thankful for each day with this guy. My friend and neighbor Lynn and I went flower shopping over the…

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    Dirt Snoopervisors and Full Glory Trees, the Homestead

    Dirt Snoopervisors and Full Glory Get a load at these Dirt Snoopervisors and Full Glory Trees. So the first “snoopervisor” was Cuddles. She decided that she liked to help with only the onions. Goodness knows why but she had to be in the center of it. Than of course when she did not like me moving her, YES, she was in the way. She decided to take a bath… Now Junior was just hanging out on the sidelines. However, as soon as I was ready to start the next row of planting… he decided to move. Right in my digging path. Seriously!! I have to say that you know that…

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    Flowers a Bird and Sand, a whole lot of sand!!

    Flowers a Bird and Sand This week is all about Flowers a Bird and Sand. This first photo is not your typical flower though. This one has lace flowers though. This is a small little piece of my first wedding dress. Did you know that there are amazing seamstresses that sew what they call Angel Gowns?? Curious, right?? Well check out that ruler. That dress is 11 inches. These amazing ladies are making gowns for babies that have passed WAY too soon. No matter if miscarried, SIDS or so many other things. My cousin Candi advised me that she will be able to get at least 13 gowns from my…

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    Not a Chicken Egg and more Flowers are blooming.

    Not a Chicken Egg and more No this is Not a Chicken Egg and more that is going on. On my way out to the store the other day, I saw this out of the corner of my eye. I looked up to be sure that there was not a robin’s nest in the Oak Tree above and maybe with the wind it fell out. Nope, that was not it. This is not the first time I have seen these here either. I know someone to ask and need to ask her why. I find them a lot actually. Several a year is my estimate. No damage to the eggs.…

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    From Suntea to Flowers and Snow. What a week here.

    From Suntea to Flowers and Snow It was an interesting week… From Suntea to Flowers and Snow this morning. Welcome to spring in the Midwest, right?? I also heard that this coming weekend is suppose to be over 70. We will see what happens. I can say that I sure did enjoy the suntea that I made on Thursday. When it was sunny. haha During one of my walk abouts, I found a new volunteer. The grape hyacinths (far left) I did not plant. I really do appreciate when the birds bring me flowers!! Middle photo is the first blooms on my creeping phlox. I have several different colors. This…

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    I see green on the homestead, not outside but still.

    I see green on the homestead You know that I love flowers, check out what I see green on the homestead. I know that in the photo is is tough to see this far away. However, I have more photos to share!! But first… Do you think these are flowers, veggies or both?? Okay, these are all flowers.. but, I do have lettuce, onions, spinach and kale seeds that were all planted on last Sunday. They are even bigger today, These are when I first started seeing the sprouts. So from left to right, Dahlia seeds, Strawflowers and Ranunculus cromes. The weather was showing signs of a warm up, but…

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    Little Green Dirt and Mooch, an old kitty says hello.

    Little Green Dirt and Mooch Ohh, things are getting a Little Green, Dirt and Mooch, our old man. Remember the Ranunculus set from the Jan-June mini?? Well I decided that I needed to grow my own. I have a mix and a tangerine. Soo excited to see this green. Down in the basement. Strange place I would agree, but you need to start somewhere!! There are many more with green sprouts, so YES I am jumping for joy! So, as you can see things are getting serious… I have 5 seed trays with snapdragons, coleus, foxgloves and dahlias and sooo many more. Plus not in the photo are greens and…

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    Today is the P.I.T.A.’s birthday, Trevor hope it great!!

    Today is the P.I.T.A.’s birthday There he is, I had to dig back to last year for a photo, Today is the P.I.T.A.’s birthday! Trevor I do hope that you have a GREAT day. I bet that those that have not call you a P.I.T.A. are wondering what it means. Well, Pain In The, and I will leave the last word out, which I know you can fill in. Today he turned 32. man I am kinda feeling old. I know he went to visit my parents yesterday, I saw him when I was out at my parents a couple weeks ago. I know Mom enjoyed spending time with him…

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    Sprouts Buds and Visitors all this week, plus…

    Sprouts Buds and Visitors This week on the homestead… Sprouts Buds and Visitors! I am sure you can guess about the first two. You will have to wait for the last part. I went and did a walk around a couple times with Joe and my friend Kendra. We have found several tulips, later in the week. Daffodils over by the chicken coop. Green on daisy leaves, yarrow leaves and even in the creeping phlox. That was not the only thing that I found promising! Looking out at the fruit trees. Soo many buds. We have the potential for lots of fruit. Fingers crossed that the bees and all the…

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    Phew it’s been busy here on the Homestead

    Phew it’s been busy Ohh man, Phew it’s been busy here on the homestead and over at my parents house too. So Penelope has FINALLY decided that she needs to start visiting the craft room again. I was super happy to have her join me earlier in the week. You know that I love my kitty Snoopervisors! Ohhh and let’s talk eggs. The girls have really ramped up production. If you are local to me, I have fresh eggs. I have dozens of eggs. All are clean and beautifully colored. Contact me for further information. The later part of my week was spent out in Illinois. Dad has work done…

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    Dirty Hands and the Hot Fire on the Homestead.

    Dirty Hands and the Hot Fire Not much but Dirty Hands and the Hot Fire here on the homestead this week. Between classes and working on getting the Winter decorations down. This is all that I have for you this week. Every Sunday I have been heading down to the basement to start a few things. Last week it was the science experiment. This week it is a jump start on some bulbs. And my seeds came today so those heat mats that you see on the top middle of this photo will finally get some use. As you can see it is an organized mess. I have all the…

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    Helpers Cleaning another Experiment all this week.

    Helpers Cleaning another Experiment This week on the Homestead is all about Helpers Cleaning another Experiment too. Starting off of course with the outside helpers. I have been needing to get the front porch cleaned up, Again. However, I mean really cleaned up, took all the winter decorations down. Got them in the house … Which is were I had inside helpers. Even Mooch got in on the sniffs. The porch looks so empty now. No I did not pull everything, BUT apparently there was quite a bit out there. Now all of this is back downstairs ready for next winter. It makes me giggle watching these guys. Mooch was…

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    Snow Water Chickens and More on the Homestead

    Snow Water Chickens and More This week it is Snow Water Chickens and More, so much more, on the Homestead! Starting with the Snow of course. This photo was just the start. We ended up with about 6-8 inches. The wind was blowing stuff around so I am unsure the actual amount. However, now the temps are warmer and this is what I have… A whole bunch of water. Thankful that Joe can help directed it to where we want it to end up, the pond. Even the front had standing water. Small pond like water. Of course it helped warm up the ground enough to soak it all in.…

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    Parts Birds and Kitties this week on the Homestead.

    Parts Birds and Kitties Another week on the Homestead of Parts Birds and Kitties. So much going on as usual. Starting off with my dishwasher parts. Joe took the dishwasher apart. I will admit that I was slightly worried. However, things turned out great. And it is working much better for sure!! I am very fortunate to have a hubby that can fix just about ANYTHING!! Okay, you are asking… Jen what the heck am I looking at?!? The evergreen is my retired Christmas tree. Look past that. On the bottom left is my Iris sprouting, Dad those are from your house. But look over on the right. See those…

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    All about the Snow on the Homestead this week.

    All about the Snow This week is All about the Snow. No matter is you love it or hate it. That is what this one is all about. Why?? Because I love it!! Especially fun photos like this. The wind was blowing. The flag was swaying but the snow did not give up. Hummm, maybe that is a sign?? It does look cool, RIGHT?? I am super excited to share that there is one more bud popping up. This is one of the last of the original 4 that I planted. This one ended up being Pink and White. When I ordered these, it was a mix. Meaning I had…

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    Mooch Chickens and the Flowers all this week.

    Mooch Chickens and the Flowers This week is all about Mooch Chickens and the Flowers. I wanted to update you about the old man, Mooch. I am very thankful that he is still with us. This blind kitty navigates the house pretty well. We have added a second water fountain to the house to help him figure out where he is. No moving furniture though. I have a second table up in the craft room now and there are times he struggles. Especially when there are extra legs too. haha. It is always good when he is up wondering around. This morning he woke us up putting in his breakfast…

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    Flowers and fun with Furies on the Homestead.

    Flowers and fun with Furies Another week on the Homestead, Flowers and fun with Furies. Remember the planting that I did around November?? The bulbs are doing GREAT!! This one is the one that is going to be my mom’s. I was attempting to bring it back in late December. With all the crazy events going on I still have not gotten out there. uugghh Check these out!! Alrighty, the top bud is the second flower heard for this red one. Mom would have loved this. I am not sure that I have gotten her a red one. I do not think that my grandma did either. Let me just…

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    While I was gone the kitties were lonely.

    While I was gone While I was gone the kitties were lonely. Well, Joe was home. Apparently though Mr Bigglesworth missed me he has been at my side and in the studio with me, all day!! He was sound asleep. Dropped a few things on the floor and he did not budge!! The “twins”, I feel silly calling them kittens, had to smell everything that I pulled from a bag. When I arrived home late last night. I was for sure not up to putting everything away. The back seat area of the truck was full. No room, well, I guess I could have stacked some bags. Earlier in the…

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    Kitties helping with Swaps and its for the birds.

    Kitties helping with Swaps Yes, really the Kitties helping with swaps and so much more this last week. However, this has been my view mostly this week. Lots of parts and pieces to creating fun and fancy folds. These will of course be upcoming class ideas. Stay tuned for all that is going on. Dare I say that I have been thinking of the Second Annual Butterfly Birthday Bash as well!! That is an event that you will NOT want to miss!! Check this out for a peek from last years. With all the dips in temperatures Joe tried to explain to Cuddle that she could not go out and…

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    Cuddles and finally some snow plus more kitties.

    Cuddles and finally some snow You guessed it, this week is all about Cuddles and finally some snow. Starting of course with Cuddles. She is after all the great white hunter, haha. She was out there trying to get those voles. I hate to admit I really do want her to catch them. They dig up the yard and get inside the pen of the chicken coop. Unfortunately she was not successful. So she came inside and fell asleep under the Christmas tree. She sure looks tough here doesn’t she?? Finally the snow… After Christmas but it did finally get here. At first we were suppose to get over 8…

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    2022 rang in with Lots of Crafting, all today!

    2022 rang in with Lots Lots of Crafting that is. Starting the day with our first FB live of the year. Using some new ribbon from the upcoming mini and die cuts from the annual catalog. Joe, the critters and I hope that you have the most AMAZING year! With many blessing, much love and only happy days! Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    All the Christmas Festivities, baking and family.

    All the Christmas Festivities I know with All the Christmas Festivities we have all had, it is time to relax. Well for a minute anyway. Today’s post is all about the last few days. I am super excited to say that Trevor and Bee were able to join us this year. It has been a few years since he has been out to the homestead. There was tons of prep work to do like… Grandma Ward’s Christmas Cookies Baking of course. This is a family tradition. My mom’s mom made these EVERY year. She even gave them as gifts to friends and family. They really do bring back amazing memories.…

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    Mooch’s very Merry Christmas, from his chair.

    Mooch’s very Merry Christmas We were very happy to share Mooch’s very Merry Christmas photo. This had been Mooch’s favorite Christmas decoration since I mop Ed into the house. Guys let me tell you why this is a big deal. About two months ago we’re thought it was his time. As a 19 year old kitty that spent over two years wild and outside. It is truly a miracle that he has lived this long. For this I am thankful and so is Joe. He knows what this chair means. It does not matter that he can not see. He smells the tree. Is happy for one more Christmas with…

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    Christmas Decorations on the Homestead, WOW!

    Christmas Decorations on the Homestead Soo, here we are with all the Christmas Decorations on the Homestead. Starting with the tree. Joe and I went to the local Christmas Tree farm, Hensler’s to find out perfect tree. So many possibilities. We went with a smaller nettle this year. It was a nice day, thankfully. What do you think?? After two attempts to get enough lights. It is complete. There are 800 lights on this thing. It was Joe’s idea for the multicolored lights. Which I thought would be fun, however… I had none. Took a guess at how many we would need. Yup, I guessed too low. Not only that…

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    How do you take your coffee?? Serious enough?

    How do you take your coffee Sooo, How do you take your coffee?? You know that is a VERY serious thing around here!! Joe still gives me a hard time because I put cream in my coffee. Okay flavored creamer. However, I have seriously cut back on how much. I do love my coffee and with the weather cooler, I find that I am drinking much more. What is your favorite beverage?? Here is another question, do you have ONE favorite cup? or do you have more?? I have moved the spring summer cups to the basement. Why?? to make room for the Christmas cups of course!! Holiday Hugs and…

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    Lots of food and a Tree, plus kitties of course.

    Lots of food and a Tree Yes, Lots of food and a Tree, plus lots more. There were only two here for Thanksgiving. However that did not stop me from cooking all the usual suspects. Plus a new recipe. You either love or hate them. I have to say I do really like them when they are cooked right. Brussels Sprouts, bacon, maple syrup and pepper was all it took. These were soo good. Joe even enjoyed them as left overs. That of course was not all that I made… Joe smoked a turkey breast and made mashed potatoes. Adding a bit of stuffing, green beans and fresh made bread…

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    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you I want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Enjoy the time you have, hug everyone most of all be thankful for all that you have. HUGS and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!! Who can I help you check off your list?? This special is ONLY until Tuesday. Check back for another way to participate in Giving Tuesday!! Here is your new Ordering Host Code and the easy Link…

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    Kitties Joe cooking and an update on surgery.

    Kitties Joe cooking and an update For the last week, I have preparing for my cataract surgery, but the Kitties Joe cooking and an update are all I have to offer. Starting of course with these two cuties. I can not really call them kittens anymore. So how about the twins?? These two boys have brought much joy to us. I do not typically catch them like this. They are actually sleeping. Yes, they sleep a bunch, however, not together like this. They were chilling with me after my first eye surgery, Friday night. I was happy for the company and the quiet time. I know it is kinda hard…

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    Fall has arrived on the Homestead, color too!

    Fall has arrived on the Homestead I know I am ready, Fall has arrived in the Homestead. However, not for the shorter days. Soo much to do! As you can see Joe has been working on those dang reeds. Guys it has been months since I have seen water. I know we have to do something, but Joe does not want chemicals. Which I understand, but…. This is one of two burning bushes that we have in the homestead. The leaves fell pretty quick on the one in the front. This one is holding on, even as I type this it still looks so pretty! Reminder…. Fall likes to teach…

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    Shenanigans, Mom kitties and Joe too, join us!

    Shenanigans Mom kitties and Joe too. All kinds of Shenanigans Mom Kitties and Joe too! this week on and off the homestead. Starting with a visit to my parents. I finally remembered to bring mom her summer shadow box. As you can see by the smile, she loved it! I love that smile! Well, not just hers, but everyone’s! I LOVE the smiles! How can I bring a smile to your face? Comment below, I will see what I can do. Junior has been needing LOTS more attention. This was what he needed on a cool evening before bed. However, this other kitty is in BIG TROUBLE! Both Clyde and…