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Friday, March 27, 2009

I have been noticing that the bluebirds have returned for spring. We had a pair to nest in a small apricot tree in our back yard. So Sonny has gotten busy and made some bluebird houses and we have hung them up around the place. I'm so excited to see some straw hanging out the drain holes in the bottom of one. Not sure yet if it is bluebirds or not as we have a lot of wrens around and they love the houses we have everywhere. I'm still seeing the pair of bluebirds so I will keep up updated on whether they are using the house. We have already had our usual run in with a wren getting into the house. We have a doggie door and he happened to fly in it. It drove our doggies wild so they chased him to my studio where I opened a window and removed the screen and he was able to fly out. I've found this is the easiest way to get them out of the house. We have had redbirds to venture inside as well as humming birds. Living in the country can sometimes be a thrill with the wildlife that may happen to come around.

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ANGORA4 4/2/2009 1:12AM

    Now that's getting close to nature!

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Gnome garden PART 2

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Well we got the gnome house door installed on the tree. The top picture shows the overall view with the gardenia "tree" to the far left with the little Gnome with the shove under it. I will bring out my other 2 gnomes later and plant flowers around this area. But I'm really pleased at the looks of it already.

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ANGORA4 4/2/2009 1:04AM

    I found it! Cute as can be, and what an inventive idea! You have such a gift!

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    OH That is terrific! I know the children must love it.

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    It is so whimsical. You need to make a fairy ring of flowers with little fairies dancing around it. I would love to do this but in the aparments, we have no yard. Poor fairies and gnomes, no place to play LOL. It is really great.

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GLORIBEE123 3/27/2009 10:42AM

    I love it, I love it, I love !!! I wish it were in my yard.....I need to start looking around out there to see if I have a gnome house tree too!!

Really cute....thanks for sharing it with us.

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DOXMOM 3/27/2009 9:53AM

    How very Sweet!

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ANGELIAP 3/27/2009 12:35AM

    Your Gnome Garden is wonderful! I can just imagine everything that must be hidden behind that door.

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MARILYN432 3/26/2009 11:09PM

    So very cute, Barb! You are so talented and such great ideas! I love it! emoticon

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    Ohhh, I love it!!

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CARLI_MAE 3/26/2009 9:07PM

    How cute! I've been looking at all your pictures ... want to come do some landscaping here when you're done? haha ... I have this rabbit who's been hanging out in my backyard now since it was a baby, year after year, all seasons ... I think the poor thing is nearing it's last days as it sits all day in the sunny part of the yard sleeping & getting fatter & ... emoticon ...

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CEB2007 3/26/2009 8:19PM

    That is so cute -- I love it. Where did you ever come up with an idea like that. I hope your "gnome" appreciates it.

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SUNNY332 3/26/2009 7:34PM

    That is great! I just love it.

Hugs, Sunny

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JTRACY59 3/26/2009 2:17PM

    Barb, I love it!! I had tried something like this several years ago and it left a lot to be desired! but your's is beautiful and now I want to try again - thanks for the inspiration!!

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MYMISSY 3/26/2009 1:26PM

    Sooo cute now I know where to go if ever I leave home... emoticon

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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.
- Karen emoticon

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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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