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    A Look Back and Signs of Spring work

    A Look Back and Signs of Spring Here is a blast from the past. This happened 14 years ago. Joe and I were married right here on the Homestead. That is a Look Back and Signs of Spring all in one, right?? My craft room was our ceremony site. The kitchen and family room were the site of the rest of the festivities. I always say that there is good mojo in the craft room and this is one of the reasons. Both of our families were here, Trevor was home too. Remember back then he was a Marine about to be deployed for the first time. Lots of great…

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    Spring work and a Kitty on the Homestead

    Spring work and a Kitty on the Homestead Well, as you can see here, Momma is NOT doing much work. This week has been all about Spring work and a Kitty on the Homestead. It is sure funny to see all the different nap spots that her and Mr Gorilla Cookies has. I wish I could enjoy a sunny spot like this!! It is a tad chilly yet. As you can see by these photos, the bulbs are waking up. I had a friend stop by today and say that she saw a tulip blooming too. I have not gone to investigate. Top left is off the porch and these…

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    Buds Bulbs and a Kitty Door this week.

    Buds Bulbs and a Kitty Door Holy Cow, right?? This week I have Buds Bulbs and a Kitty Door this week. This is one of the Apple Trees. I am very worried. Fingers crossed that the Tree Frogs and Birds are right. Meaning that it is going to stay warm enough for these buds/blooms. I found several trees ready to pop. Very similar to this one. Also found this one… Remember me talking about planting three bushes on Christmas?? This Pussy Willow is one of those. Apparently it is still happy. Thankful for that!! There is a second one and it also has a few “flowers”. I will also tell…

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    Donnie Clyde and a visit to Michigan

    Donnie Clyde and a visit to Michigan Ohh it has been quiet. The calm before the storm I think… This week Donnie Clyde and a visit to Michigan was all I got done. Donnie has missed popping in to say hello. Not sure why, but he has been demanding attention. Happy boy, nothing really going on, I do not think. He has been doing some helping these days too. I will see if I can get a photo of that too, haha. As you can see though, Clyde has also been helping more. This photo was taken after my Michigan trip. I think he was happy that I was home.…

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    Destruction Winter Spring Kitty in one week.

    Destruction Winter Spring Kitty Here is the start of the week… Destruction Winter Spring Kitty ALL in one week. Things are sure getting Crazy around here. Do not panic, Joe and I were sitting on the couch one night and were talking about the fireplace. He could not get the parts needed to fix it. We both did not like the stone on it. So out it went. Joe does not like it when I take photos of him working… BUT You know that I do it anyway. I know that you guys like to see. So does my Dad. It really turned into a HUGE mess. Shocking I know.…

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    Lazy days new Bird and a peek at changes

    Lazy Days new Bird Mr Bigglesworth wanted to share the Lazy Days new Bird and a peek at changes. He found some sunshine and enjoyed a long nap. He was passed out and did not budge when I took the photo. Can I just add that this was the theme this weekend… laying in the sunshine. Thankfully there are plenty of sunny spots for ALL of the kitties. I wanted to also share a new friend at the feeder this week too. He is soo handsome. This is the first Northern Flicker that I have seen. Kinda excited to see if it stays or is just passing through… fingers crossed…

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    More Dehydrating and dinner made quickly.

    More Dehydrating and dinner made Another quiet week. Thankful to have seen the sunshine though. Today I am sharing More Dehydrating and dinner made quickly. Joe and I were talking the other day… So I wanted to see what croutons in the dehydrator would be like. I used Olive Oil and a few herbs for flavor. I am happy to report that the croutons turned out perfectly, as far as crunch. However they need more herbs next time. I can fit a regular sized loaf a bread with plenty of room to spare. I bit of tweaking and it will work out perfectly. Now to work on this batch of…

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    Snuggles Lovin Treasures and Construction

    Snuggles Lovin Treasures and Construction It has been a super quiet week here on the Homestead. Not much really to tell. Here are a few that the kitties wanted me to share. Junior has been VERY needy. Goes from Joe’s lap to mine and back. I can not get a thing done with him this needy. Violet (left) wanted to pop in an say hello. She almost missed out though. She did not want to look at the camera. Finally got one of her beautiful face. She is soo cute!! Wayne (middle)did not want to get his picture taken… so he decided to hide in the drawer. I do NOT…

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    Weather planting and kitty updates Helpers?

    Weather planting and kitty updates Two Saturdays of crazy weather here… Weather planing and kitty update or helpers?? Yes, we finally have enough snow to cover the brown grass. We have had some CRAZY wind to go along with the snow. However, I could have done without the below zero temps. The chickens especially were not happy being ‘cooped’ up. Why?? Well, when the regular temperatures go below zero I lock up the poor chickens in the coop. The wind chills were in the -20’s and lower. I have had chickens with frost bite before, not good! My new violet apparently likes it’s new home. I took the photo on…

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    Baking Dehydrating Organizing Snow is here

    Baking Dehydrating Organizing Snow FINALLY, yes that is right, finally we have snow. What do you do when you are stuck inside due to weather. For me Baking Dehydrating Organizing Snow is here. Starting off with baking… This Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake was first on the list. It was seriously the best way to start the day after all. Next up was Apple chips in the dehydrator. I was a little disappointed with the bag of apples that I picked up. However, I was VERY happy with how they turned out. Thinly sliced and adding a bit of cinnamon on top. After 7 plus hours they turned out super yummy!!…

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    Seed Planning a Plant and Kitty laziness.

    Seed Planning a Plant and Kitty Ohhh, the collection of new seed catalogs has been arriving. This week I have Seed Planning a Plant and Kitty. There are catalogs that I have gotten from before and a few new ones. I look forward to planning what I need and what new things we want to try!! Joe and I have been talking about the garden. Well the veggie garden that is. You know that I will always plan flowers. But letting the garden rest last year I am looking forward to seeing what we can get in this spring. Kinda along the same lines… I received this ‘variegated’ violet today.…

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    Visitors Snow and even more Visitors

    Visitors Snow and even more Visitors What a super fun week I had!! Friends were off of work and decided to come for a visit. Plus even more with Visitors Snow and even more Visitors. Kendras visit started off my week. Holy Cow she surprised me. We had talked and figured some time during the week. However, the 830 am phone call saying she was on her way was even more awesome. We talked crafting, gardening and of course all sorts of other things. I was so happy to have her. I can not wait until next time!! We had a light dusting of snow on Sunday. And trust me…

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    Christmas Time with Family cookies too

    Christmas Time with Family cookies too This last week has been fun, fast paced and full of smiles. After all it is Christmas Time with Family cookie too. Starting off with a visit to see Mom. Guys, I am soo happy to say that Mom was having a GREAT day. We talked a bit of art and decorating plus other odds and ends. We did a bunch of walking too of course. Dang can she walk!! I need to ask Dad how much she walks a day. Happy also that we took a photo of all four of us together. The memory care unit had a couple different Christmas Trees…

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    Memories and lots of Christmas decorations

    Memories and lots of Christmas Decorations We need to start here. The Christmas kitty chair. This is where the Memories and lots of Christmas Decorations usually start. However, this year it was one of the last thing. Why?? Because with losing Mooch that was his spot. I will also add that all the kitties know that is his chair. No one has been in it, YET!! Here are a few more decorations in the house for you. The one all the way on the left is the kitchen table decor. Reusing the faith from the fall decorations. The middle is the special angels that I got from a friend. I…

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    Snow Christmas Flowers and Fun this week.

    Snow Christmas Flowers and Fun This week on the Homestead was a bit of Snow Christmas Flowers and Fun. Now obviously this was Tuesday, and YES it has all melted since then. Bummer I say, but I get it. I am happy to report that the inside is mostly done. I have to find the angel for this… This was completed on Sunday. However, has been in place without lights or anything else since earlier in the week. It sure has been a crazy week. I need to mention the new train has come. Joe and the kitties have been having fun!! They have been taking turns sitting in the…

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    Bulbs Dehydrator Christmas Decorations

    Bulbs Dehydrator Christmas Decorations Happy Monday!! This week is about Bulbs Dehydrator Christmas Decorations and still soo much to do!! Finally I was able to get all 1,120 plus bulbs planted. So thankful too. The ground is starting to get cold. I sure was happy that I have fingerless gloves. Most of my hands were super toasty. I did notice thought that I have three bushes to get in the ground. Fingers crossed that things stay warm for a few more days so that I can get that done too. Now for those that are not gardeners, everything is better in the ground. The pots are not as insulated. Last…

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    Packing Fall Kitties Snow and a new project

    Packing Fall Kitties Snow I think this is soo funny!! Today is about Packing Fall Kitties Snow and a new project. I know that you all think I have the pumpkins and gourds covered, right?? Well it sure does not look like it while they are spread all over the house. However, when you look a this pile is there a color that I am missing?? Hummm?? From Galvanized, Purple to green and even brown. Fall would not be done without all the leaves and floral too. It is a pretty big pile. There is garland, stems and individual pieces here. Soo, to move on to Christmas, I needed to…

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    We hope for a Happy Thanksgiving to you!!

    We hope for a Happy Thanksgiving Joe and I are enjoying a quiet day hope this year. We hope for a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones. Remember to hugs them and tell them that you love them. We are so thankful to be a part of your life everyday. Thank You so very much for your love!! Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Last of Fall and Happy Chickens this week.

    Last of Fall and Happy Chickens I love how this picture turned out… Today is all about the Last of Fall and Happy Chickens. The Cleveland Pears were the last to look beautiful. However, with all the wind we had today…. I would bet that it is bare now. Do you see the little sliver of a moon on the top left. The last of the fall looking shrubs. The Oakleaf Hydrangea is looking AMAZING too. That dark burgundy color has been on this for over 3 weeks. I keep walking past it and meant to take a photo sooner. It sure is loving its home!! While cleaning out the…

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    Last of Fall Growth and Kitties of course

    Last of Fall Growth and Kitties Today is all about the Last of Fall Growth and Kitties of course…. Do you still have color?? Meaning color on any of your trees?? Our Cleveland Pears are the last to change. The one in the front has a lot more green then this one. I am loving all the amazing color that we had this year. How about you?? Did Mother Nature give you some beautiful colors?? I know that this does not look like much. Kinda looks dead. However, this Bridal Vail that I brought inside was looking worse believe it or not. Joe wanted plants in the master bathroom. So…

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    Snow Kitties and making Soup this week.

    Snow Kitties and making Soup What a week, holy cow… no bulb planting. However, Snow kitties and making Soup was what I did this week. This was about the trace amounts of snow. I know I have friends that did get lots more. I know they were not ready and neither was I. As you can see in this photo, I starting organizing my lanterns and stuff that needs to come in for the season. There is a TON of stuff. Chairs, clay pots a long with all my little cute picks for my pots. You know the butterflies, angels and other things. Ohhh how I love decorating my potted…

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    1400 Bulbs to Plant and Winter Prep work.

    1400 Bulbs to Plant and Winter Prep Guys I have been wanting to get thing done. However, the much neede rain has my hands tied. With 1400 Bulbs to Plant and Winter Prep work to be done I need a few nice days. Tonight is supposed to be our first hard frost. Ohhh my poor flowers. That is okay… I am working on planting lots for spring. Soo many pretty new Tulips and Daffodiles that I have not seen before. I am even more excited because I was able to share some of my bulbs with neighbors too. Planted at four of my friends houses, plus a couple other places.…

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    Fall Delivery kitty sillies and holes this week

    Fall Delivery kitty sillies Today I have Fall Delivery kitty sillies and holes this week. Here is the last of the Fall decorations. I love decorating this cabinet!! I especially love how even though I only add a few things each year, It always looks different. Move something here or there. Change the placement, and boom its amazing!! I have a TON for you this week… buckle up!! I found this HUGE bumblebee on one of my flowers. Plus the Dahlias are still showing off. I know there is not much time left to get in on all the different colors and that nature will be hibernating VERY soon. I…

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    Fall on the Hamscher Homestead, a peek

    Fall on the Hamscher Homestead Yes, the decorations for fall are complete. Okay, mostly. Fall on the Hamscher Homestead must have a few pumpkins and gourds. However, I have not seen any that I can get excited about. What I am talking about is real pumpkins and gourds. Trust me when I say that the inside of the houses is a sea of orange. Yes, in all shades. There are colored leaves, scarecrows and loads of sunflowers too. This is the corner of the kitchen counter. I might have found new candles for this arrangement. I need to wait and see. I do love me some LED flicker candles that…

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    More Kittens and Lots of Fall decorations

    More Kittens and Lots of Fall Well, yes, it is true. There are More Kittens and Lots of Fall decorations on the homestead this week. No we are NOT keeping these, I am coming close to looking for homes for these five little cuties. Not sure what is what yet. I do know that the Cream and White is a female and one of the Orange Tabby’s too. This mom is currently being called Girlfriend. I can not say what I was calling her, Joe got mad at me. Anyway, They are not in the house. And Yes, I have approval to find homes for them. Fingers Crossed I can!!…

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    More Naughty kitties Birds and a big group.

    More Naughty kitties Birds Ohhh my YES, More Naughty kitties Birds and a fun big group. I have since moved and locked up since this has happened. This poor Aloe plant is still struggling from this. I repotted them in three pots too. Trust me when I say that there was dirt everywhere!! The window ledge, both sinks and yes even the counters. Solution… Yes, there has been one. No one is allowed to run around at night. All 9, yes Nine cats sleep in the bedroom with us. Door closed. That was the only way that I found to be able to wake up and not be stressed. I…

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    Naughty Kittens a Wedding and friendships

    Naughty Kittens a Wedding and friendships I see you shaking your head. Yes, this is Naughty Kittens a Wedding and friendships too. Yes, this part is naughty kittens at work. They like to chew on the plastic thanks to Donnie. This is what happens once the bag breaks. They get excited and it truly goes all over. Yes, I sweep it up and put it in the box. However, this is about a half of an almost 10 pound bag. All I can say is… UUGGHH I was honored to be able to attend this beautiful ladies wedding. Kaitlyn you were an even more beautiful Bride. Joe and I were…