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    Farm Ducks and Plenty of Flowers for you!!

    Farm Ducks and Plenty of Flowers Ohhh how I have missed you guys. Thank you for your support and understanding. This week I have Farm Ducks and Plenty of Flowers on the Homestead. Yes, we have added four new ducks to the Homestead. We are still figuring out all the ducky kinda things. The other day we let the Chickens and Ducks kinda roam around. They stayed pretty close to the coop and enjoyed the sprinkler that I had running before I took this photo. I think we will be adding a section to the pen for the ducks that is still an unknown situation. I am looking forward to…

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    Light Trees and Critters on the homestead

    Light Trees and Critters on the homestead You really never know what is going to happen around here. Seriously!!! This week is about However, there is a lot to share this week, Light Trees and Critters on the homestead. After finishing up the end caps on the entrance to the house. I wanted to add a little extra something. Well, both Rocky and Susan did just that. For my Birthday I was given two of these beautiful solar lights. Thank you ladies!! I am excited to share that I have finally gotten three of the trees planted from some bare roots that I ordered. First up was the Paper Birch…

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    Planting flowers and a Cute Kitty this week

    Planting flowers and a Cute Kitty Happy Beginning of the week. This weekend has been kinda crazy. How about you?? Between Stamp camp and trying to get the grass cut. Dang it was super high. There are still some areas that we need to get the tractor done to complete. Phew, Planting flowers and a Cute Kitty are what I will share this week. There are several more colorful spots to talk about. Including this photo. I do not remember if I shared the trouble I had with this ‘nesting box’ planter. The baskets that I had that fit were NOT deep enough. Even for one plant. After some thinking,…

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    Bugs Kitties and LOTS of Flowers this week.

    Bugs Kitties and LOTS of Flowers Our first bug is a Bee, a huge bumblebee actually. I love seeing them buzzz around all the flowers. This one was found in the wildflower patch out front. This week I have soo much to share that I had to do a photo collage so that you could see all the Bugs Kitties and LOTS of Flowers. Paula tells me that butterflies are bugs. However, I beg to differ. I feel they are in a class all their own. What do you think?? This one is very happy on a little bit of clover. It was out on the extension property. So glad…

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    Flowers Butterflies Flowers and Butterflies

    Flowers Butterflies Flowers and Butterflies Here we are another week gone from May. There is so much to do and SO much that still needs to be done. Joe has been home and you know how that goes… distractions and laughs. Yes, laughs… because of all the silly things that have happened. Rain and more Rain add in a little travel. I am bummed because I forgot to get a photo of the amazing orange iris that started to bloom on Friday. I forgot about that color!! And she is a beauty. However, this above photo was AMAZING!! I heard the bee. Although I could not see it. It was…

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    Kitties Flowers Trees and a Project this week.

    Kitties Flowers Trees and a Project Welcome back to another week on the homestead. This week I have Kitties Flowers Trees and a Project. There are two constants here. As always, Kitties and isn’t there always a Project?? It sure feels like it. I want to be sure that everyone had an amazing Mother’s Day also!! As you can see from the first photo… Henry, Wayne and Joe decided to put the stereo speakers in the family room windows. I will say that It was nice working out back and having some great tunes!! Flowers We have moved on from Daffodils and Tulips to Irises. I was bummed because I…

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    Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s!!

    Happy Mother’s Day to all I wanted to pop is and with ALL the Mom’s the best day ever!! Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s!! You know that I will be spending it in my favorite way… out in the garden. I went to see my Mom yesterday. I was super happy to get to spend time with her. I brought her some goodies and know that she will have a good day. Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Fun News Flowers and Bricks in the garden

    Fun News Flowers and Bricks Ohhhh, it has been a week. The weather has been amazing… Yes, we have had some raid, however, my plants are much happier!! Today I have Fun News Flowers and Bricks in the garden. Starting off with a Tree Frog that decided it wanted to hang out on the screen off the family room. It was driving the kitties crazy too. Hahaha. Yes, It is totally that time of year… Flowers… I found two of these hanging baskets when Kim and I went to one of the local greenhouses. Thank you for joining me Kim!! Yes we found several treasures AND I did get Mother’s…

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    Shopping Club Join Special 24-26 InColors.

    Shopping Club Join Special Are looking for not only a great deal but a way to continue to save $$?? The Shopping Club Join Special with the 24-26 In Colors for FREE might be what you are looking for. Here is what you get… All of the above for the same $99 and FREE shipping too!! The above is a value of $207 (plus $22.77 shipping savings). Dang that is a deal. Do you love all of the new colors?? Have the ‘Want it all’ mentality?? Well now you can get lots more for your money. Ohhh but wait there is more!! You also get a minimum of 20% off…

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    Greenhouse Blooming Flowers and Kitties.

    Greenhouse Blooming Flowers and Kitties This week has been fun… Of course it was my birthday on Sunday. But I have a ton for you this week. Including a Greenhouse Blooming Flowers and Kitties of course! Starting with a trip to the greenhouse and of course a cold snap. So I pulled up my little greenhouse to put on the porch. Worked like a charm. So very happy that I had it. There are many many new perennials inside. Can you see them?? Yes, several have flowers too. I know, not all are blooming, however, that apple is gorgeous!! I bloomed all through the cold snap and still today while…

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    Bricks Flowers Tea and Butterfly fun

    Bricks Flowers Tea and Butterfly There are a ton of bricks. Although some are in current use. These however are not, anymore. This week on the Homestead its all about Bricks Flowers Tea and Butterfly fun with a friend. Dad, do you know where the bricks are from?? Yes, you should you supervised. Joe and I have been debating on whether to remove them or not. And yes, I have a couple ideas on where these are going instead. You know that I will share when these things are started. Stay tuned!! I started in on the weeds this last weekend. However, I needed to stop and check out the…

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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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    Happy Easter with Throughout the Year.

    Happy Easter with Throughout the Year I hope that you will have a truly wonderful day today. Today’s Happy Easter with Throughout the Year card idea was made in my Coffee and Cards video yesterday!! Do you remember about a month ago we had a guest designer for 3D Thursday?? Lisa Fleming did an amazing treat cross. I knew that I needed to take that idea and make it a card. Cutting the Cross treat down from 1 inch to 1/4 inch. That way we can use it on the front of our card. Adding in a few Highland Heather and Fresh Freesia flowers. Also some Granny Apple Green and…

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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…