Category Archives: Family farm

cow catching

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If you are getting ready for work…

and you are trying to finish your ice cream and relax for 5 minutes before leaving…

and it’s pouring rain…

you probably aren’t going to be pleased when your daughter yells from the window, ” Twink’s loose!”

Hubby & sons ran out and managed to chase her out of the ditch (on the other side of those lilacs)….
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straight through every single thing that they had planted in the garden just before it rained.

Nice Twink.
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When she had finished destroying that she took off for the back yard…
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It took a few minutes, umbrellas, yelling, and a bucket of grain, but they got her back in her stall safe and sound.

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And hubby got off to work in time. :)

The rain is on its way

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The Mister checked the weather this morning. It’s calling for rain, rain,…. and more rain.

Nice.

So, we decided to get as much yard work completed as possible before the indoor days hit.
This year it will be so easy to keep the yard looking decent (at least that is our plan) with 2 boys behind lawn mowers and the oldest able to use the whipper snipper.
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We are also trying to make the gardens look nice. We’re new to flower bed gardening and I’m finding we need to just do ‘something’. If it ends up looking weird we can always dig and move stuff, right? :) When we moved in there were so many plants and it has all gone rather wild on us. Now we have to weed through to save what we think might be non-weeds and see how it turns out.
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We were able to get a fare bit done outside and still manage to feed everyone and take some time to play with the baby. The kids wrapped up their chores, got showered up, and we all chillaxed and read some more from The Secret Garden before bed.100_5522

It was a good day. I love getting ready for my head to hit the pillow knowing that I’ve earned it.
Now let’s hope the baby thinks I’ve earned the right to stay there for longer than 3 hours at a time undisturbed. :)

The Weekend

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We had such a nice Sunday here. We came home from church and had no plan for a meal.
I whipped up some Jiffy Cinnamon Rolls and let everyone know that was the extent of lunch and we went outside to enjoy the sun.
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I made sure the baby was asleep and grabbed some good Sunday afternoon kind of reading, then found me a cozy chair under the crab apple tree.

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There was a big shin-dig going on at the farm across the road. We just enjoyed the scenery and totally chillaxed.
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Hope your weekend was just as sunny. :)

A little colour

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We love spring.
We love the colour.
We love the new activities it brings.
There is wood to cut & stack, lawns to mow, gardens to till & plant… ice tea to make…
that last one would be my favourite. :)
Here are a few pic’s from the last few days to give you a taste of what it ‘feels’ like here at Watch the Sky Farm.
I say ‘feels’ because anyone who drives by may think we’re crazy for thinking an unkempt place such as this is anything to feel cozy about, but we really do see it this way most of the time.

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Happy last week of May!

Bless your cherry pickin heart!

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Our cherries are ready to be picked and they are really good this year. Our first year of getting around to harvesting them. Also, the first year for cherry jam. :)
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Twink was very nice and allowed us in her territory to pick them.
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It’s kind of a cozy way to spend a day. Work all day long, feel like you’ve accomplished something, take the kids swimming for an hour or so, come home for supper, and then finish the day off by gathering in the ‘orchard’ and filling a few bowls with cherries. :)
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I was shocked that it took me a full hour to pit a bowl of cherries. We now have about 6 cups of prepared cherries for jam and hopefully a tasty pie.
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And hubby is even more excited that more will be ready to be picked tonight…. along with the second round of peas….

Planning for the future.

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I’ve been spending hours, and I mean HOURS, recently on school preparation for this coming fall. If you have never homeschooled 4 children together at the same time you have no appreciation for it. I love doing it, but it can get mind boggling at points.
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I think I finally came up with a working ‘flow chart’ for our week days this fall, baby included. Because I’m just that type of person I plan my life months in advance with the routine of feeding my baby at 6am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm, 10pm. It just has always worked so nicely for me and makes my life sane I wouldn’t dream of doing it any other way. But this time I needed to fit in Math for 4 grades, history, geography, etc… around meals, chores, feedings, laundry… it was a LONG afternoon working it all out with sticky notes and pencils and erasers. It looks very hopeful. I even get a nap almost every day if I want (which I know I will). :)