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My house in the country

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Thought I'd post a picture of our house. It isn't much but it is home to us and I wouldn't live anywhere else. It is really a mobile home we bought in 1986. We were rushed to find a place to live when we moved here. There were no rentals in the area since it is rural and the house we were planning to buy fell through at the last minute. I was to start a new teaching postion in less than a week. So we bought the trailer and had it on a rent lot for about 2 years. In that 2 years we bought the 6 acres and cleared part of it. Then in 1988 while I had surgery my husband had it moved to this location. I wish I had taken before pictures but didn't think of it. We put a roof over the home first all the time continuing to clear the property. Then we added log siding. In 1996 we had the place completely paid for. We had intentions of building a nicer home on the hill behind it as the view is gorgeous. We even ran water lines up to the clearing. Well our son's had grown and left home by then and my husband and I decided that we didn't need a bigger home and that we were very very happy where we were. We did add on a nice dining room as it was needed with the growth of our extended family. All 3 son's married and have families of their own so it is a crowd when we all get together. We also added a large laundry room and moved in 2 freezers and 2 water heaters (electric and gas). We turned the old laundry room into a walk in pantry though it has not spilled out into shelves in our laundry room. When people come to visit they never realize that it is basically a mobile home. We have remodeled the livingroom, kitchen and both bathrooms. Our master bedroom is next on our to-do list and then the spare rooms which we now use for our 'playrooms/studios." We have also added a covered patio area (in photo) and a spa house behind the house where we house our spa hot tub and exercise equipment and house plants in the winter. It is HOME and quite comfortable and best thing is it is paid for!!! Since we didn't incur a mortage to build another house, we both were able to take early retirements. AAAAH!!! Life is good in our part of the country!!

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WANDASEW 3/28/2009 10:52PM

    Glad I came across this blog....reminds me dh and I are doing right by not getting a mortgage and waiting it out. Thanks!

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MARILYN432 3/26/2009 10:10AM

    I Love it! It is actually very cool, and it seems to provide lots of fodder for your creative spirits! I love creative people! Your whole home is a work of art. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMACRUISER 3/26/2009 8:45AM

    It looks perfect to me! I wish it were mine. emoticon

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SANDRA-G 3/26/2009 7:30AM

    I wouldn't trade my country life for anything!

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Gnome garden

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

This is my new gnome garden. I don't have the door installed on the tree yet but you can get an idea of what it will look like. We also go the small gardenia tree (looks like bonsai) planted in that area as well. I also have a couple more gnomes to get out there later too. I will post an update on it as it progresses. It has been fun to make this little garden spot. I hope to get some flowers in pots around this area as well. Even my husband has gotten into the fun of it and built me the door and we are just waiting for the varnish to dry. Enjoy!

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GRALLEN 3/25/2009 2:32PM

    We're gonna be working on a statuary garden this year and I told hubby I wanted a gnome for it.

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PINK-SOLDIER 3/25/2009 7:54AM

    Awesome! emoticon

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BGGARDEN 3/24/2009 9:33PM

    THis is a super fun garden. Thanks for sharing!

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DOXMOM 3/24/2009 4:06PM

    How cute! Liked your garden pics too. You must have a green thumb.
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Egg count

Monday, March 23, 2009

We are getting around an average of 9 eggs a day now from our hens. And for 13 hens, I would say that is pretty good. We like eggs for breakfast. I eat one and Sonny eats 2, so you can imagine how they tend to gather around here. We give the kids eggs to take home and take to the neighbors and anyone else who happens to stop by the house. I tend to give our hard working hens a little extra feed every day to reward their hard work. They have gotten rather tame too...all but the rooster!! I expect one or more hen will soon start setting eggs. We plan to let some set and hatch for a good start on next years hens. Also free range chickens and eggs are much better for you and the eggs taste so much better fresh than store bought do. We enjoy the fruits of our labor (or our little hens' labors).

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DORATHYINMN. 4/14/2009 7:29AM

Dear Barb,

I really enjoyed your artical on your hens laying so many eggs in a day. My grandma had hens and I was aloud to pick up the eggs very carefully. Grandma sold the eggs and that was her extra cash for her.Yes your right the fresh eggs do taste great.


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ANGORA4 4/2/2009 1:02AM

    Ahh. . .eggs. We have one hen left. Lost the rooster (probably to predators, he just disappeared) a few weeks ago. So, we have a nest, but they won't be fertile for hatching. Now if someone close just had a New Hampshire (not Rhode Island red) rooster. . .!

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DORATHYINMN. 3/24/2009 6:06AM

  Dear Barb,

It was so nice for you to share your blog about the eggs. I used to be farm housewife and raise chickens and ducks and geese. I really to miss the simple way of life. I enjoyed going out to the cop the gather the eggs for grandma also.

May you have a great day and thanks for sharing.

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Gardening is great exercise!!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Well I thought I would share a picture of our garden since we have it cleaned up and tilled nicely. Notice the landscape timbers. There are a double row of them so that it makes a small raised bed between them. Also notice the reliance peach tree blooming. It is one of the later blooming variety and is a deep dark pink color. They are in full bloom now and the blooms aren't as big as the elbertas. I'm putting a picture at the bottom of this to show you the small raised bed at the top of the garden. It is a close up. It is filled mainly with rotted horse manure from the neighbor's across the road. Our neighbor thankfully loaded our kawasaki mule with his bucket loader. Our mule has a dump truck type bed so it made it much easier but still alot of shoveling once it was unloaded. We spent Friday building the bed as it is staked down with cement foundation stakes and then nailed together with long 8 inch spikes. Saturday we filled it with the manure and planted it and even had to make a run to the nursery to pick up 3 more bunches of asparagus. But that part is done. We won't plant the rest of the garden for 2 or 3 weeks yet.

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DORATHYINMN. 3/23/2009 7:54AM


I'm so pleased to see your raised garden.My husband also raised our garden a few years ago to help me from having to bend so fare.My back got so bad I'm not able to do it, so now he raises the garden.We have a small spot but it really raises alot of veggies.I enjoyed your blog .Thank you for sharing. emoticon emoticon


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Busy day today!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

We got our landscape timbers set around the top of the garden mainly to stop rain from eroding and washing down through the middle of the garden. We planted 4 bunches of asparagus in that bed along with lettuce, onions, garlic, carrots, radishes, beets and assorted herb seeds. I wll get flower and herb plants to go in there as well later on. I also transplanted some daffodils and bluebells to the side of the driveway where we cleared out the fence row. I noticed they had the wave petunias at the nursery already. I will have to get some of them.

I'm also busy making Easter bunnies for the grands and for friends. I also have several things to do for the April magazine so have really been busy lately.


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