Monday, September 26, 2011

Update on my Goals...

On January 1 of this year I listed 103 goals I would like to accomplish this year.  The other day I remember I had made this list and thought I would check to see how things were going.  And since I haven't really been blogging that much on HSM I realize some of these goals haven't been met.  HSM has taken a backseat to life and my other blog the Farm Wife.  Just a few weeks ago I was contacted by someone who likes my work and encouraged me to take it a step further.  So I am embarking on a new adventure for HSM.  More details to come soon! I have updated the 1st 40 and will do the remaining later!

2011 Goals!
1. Spend more QUALITY time with William & Wyatt-I have made extra efforts this year to spend more time with both my husband and the boy.  We have gone on trips together and just spent a few days at home enjoying each other's company.  It has been great but we should do it more often. 

2. Keep the house in order EVERYDAY-this has not been accomplished....there are still days when it looks like 2 tornadoes came through our house.

3. Never go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink-this also has not been accomplished...more nights than not there are at least a few dishes left in the sink.

4. Read my bible DAILY...and pray about it- I have been praying much more than I have in the past however I am still not getting in my daily reading time like I should.  I will do really well for a week or two and then it drops off again...gotta find a routine that works for me.

5. Potty train Wyatt- DONE!

6. Blog everyday- not everyday but I have been consistently blogging over @ The Farm Wife

7. Keep my gradebook up to date-this is no longer an issue...i left the classroom in June to return to the county as an informal environmental educator.

8. Have my lesson plans done a week ahead of time-#7 explanation applies here as well!!!

9. Update my school webpage weekly-#7 explanation applies here as well!!!

10. write on the farm blog each week- I have actually been doing this more often than once a week most weeks!

11. begin an adopt a cow/ewe program- still developing the program...hope to launch 1/1/2012

12. advocate for modern production farms are a good thing- I have jumped into this full swing...even attended trainings and spoken to various groups about the importance of modern agriculture.  I will actually be on the cooking stage at state fair Oct 15!!

13. declutter my house once and for all- a work in progress!  I have began this process and let go of lots of things but not finished yet!

14. sit down to supper with the boys EVERY night- we have increased our supper time makes a great way to wrap up the day.

15. dress nicer...especially when going out...even to make an early morning wal-mart run- this is hit or miss...some days I'm a diva other days I'm a disaster!

16. take better care of myself- doing better but should really drop my Bojangles habit

17. attend WIC each month- with William's new work schedule this hasn't been possible as he works late on Monday night so that's mine and Wyatt's night to spend quality time together.

18. Set aside time each week to coordinate SCBAP and BRE activities- I have gotten the SCBAP activities coordinated much better this year...probably not thanks to me but to my super national contestant...BRE is still suffering from lack of activities.

19. have another baby- still working on it

20. finish redecorating Wyatt's room...finally- not done yet...his taste and interest keep changing but we are finally narrowing some things down.

21. feed up nightly before William gets home- this has been completed...each night Wyatt and I trek to the barn to feed up.

22. practice my photography and photoshop skills-I take pictures like CRAZY...getting better at capturing the moment...photoshop skills are developing but not quickly.

23. complete Wyatt's 2nd scrapbook-I've started it but nowhere near complete

24. scrapbook our family farm- haven't even found paper for this project yet

25. help others understand why modern agriculture is important- working daily to share with others in various ways, Facebook, Twitter, and forums.

26. plant a garden- done and done again!  We actually planted a summer garden and now a winter garden.  Crops are beginning to come up and need to get to weeding!

27. learn to can- we have canned a few items but not sure how well it turned out...i think too much pectin in the jelly

28. clean out the car shed...and put a car in there..LOL-yeah no...haven't touched this!

29. landscape the yard- we did landscape right around the house but the front yard is still a blank canvas

30. bake a fresh loaf of bread each week- did really well with this until my oven went out...still haven't fixed that!

31. increase my compassion level- working on it

32. have more patience and understanding-prayer has helped in this area!

33. teach Wyatt to count- Wyatt can now count to 8...that's how many cows we milk in one line at the dairy barn

34. teach Wyatt his ABC's-he has gotten much better however he must have a hammer or some other object to beat with while he is singing them!

35. help Wyatt learn to ride on his own...meaning Bartow moves without me leading him- Wyatt is trying but his legs need to get a little longer...right now Tubby (Bartow the horse) is too fat to feel his little feet.

36. be more frugal with my money-comes and goes...some days I'm great with this others I am terrible!

37. enjoy the little moments in life- doing my best...slowing down some has allowed me to sit back and really focus on what's important.

38. sew at least twice a week- for about 6 months I didn't sew at all and within the last month I have really picked up and started enjoying this again...i really love to sew just some times don't crave out the time.

39. set aside time to craft with Wyatt each week-Wyatt and I create something at least once a week.  It might only be a play dough monster or a painting but each week we create something fun.

40. listen to William- this isn't really that hard...he doesn't talk much but now I try to make sure I am actually LISTENING not just hearing him talk while I watch TV.

So there is the first 40...I will finish the rest later but that is a start to let you know where I am and how I am doing!

Monday, April 11, 2011

baking brownies...on a snow day...excuse the messy kitchen
So I realize I haven't posted in a while
my goal for the year was to post more often...
life got in the way. 

yum...brownie batter...again excuse the kitchen

Since the first of the year we had a major snowstorm
that kept us out of school for a week
we have been to Charleston, SC for a conference
and Orlando, FL for a conference
We have finished lambing out most of our ewes (those are female sheep)
Finished one full set of calves out on milk
now working on the second set
I coached a 4-H team for a state competition
competed at State
hosted a "how to show" clinic for 4-H'er involved in a local livestock project
had our annual livestock show and sale
things from my son's perspective
Wyatt got accepted to pre-school for the upcoming year
so we are beginning to prepare him
we have read the same book 214 times
he has become an expert at making circles
wyatt trying to land the blimp
And I have crafted zero..
i was inspired to work on a project this weekend
and when i plugged up the sewing machine...
nothing...i kept getting an error message...
so i set it away...then
yesterday i took the time to work on it and finally got it back working

Monday, January 17, 2011

Laptop Cover

A few months back I got a new laptop...
mainly because my old one was destroyed by a little man.
I didn't have a cover of the laptop
but didn't want to purchase a plain ol' black one.

So what does a crafty lady do???

Now this is not a tutorial by any means...
just a little bit on how i created my cover!

First I measured the width, length and depth of the laptop...
decided I would use some scraps I had from Wyatt's quilt
pieced them together
ironed a piece of fusible fleece to the back...
attached a piece of knit fabric (Rst)
and then stitched 3 sides together
flipped it right side out
covered the raw edge with some cute binding
folded right sides together
stitched the bottom edge and one long side
inverted and
shzam!!! a new laptop cover!

Again not the hardest project in the book
but definitely a cute one!!

Happy Sewing!

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The Trendy Treehouse

Keeping It Simple


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Nice Washcloths for Young Kiddos

Apparently we have mean washcloths at our home...
now i am not exactly sure what a "mean" cloth is but
that is the word my son uses to describe our washcloths.

Luckily Becky from Becky Ann Designs
helped to solve the mean washcloth problem.
Becky gave Wyatt two flannel washclothes and soap
she made for Christmas.
Below is one of the two...

I sent her a message on FB to find out exactly what she did,
since i didn't want my little man going around telling everyone
about our extremely mean washcloths.

I was amazed by the simple nature of these washcloths
and wondered why I had made these before...
umm...I thought I was crafty!

Well yesterday (snow day 4) Wyatt and I sat down 
to make a bunch so he didn't have to suffer anymore!
He helped me pick out the fabrics 
attempted to help cut with his John Deere pilers
and then sat on my lap as we stitched them together.

We now have an even dozen NICE washcloths.
This would make a great beginner project for someone interested
in getting started sewing...
I will post a tutorial soon...
really its easy peasy!!

Please forgive the photo digital is broken..won't charge AT ALL
and these were taken with my camera photo!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Another Printable

This printable is more of an example than a free download,
however if you have a little cowboy named Wyatt
you are welcome to have a copy of this.

I made this for my son's room.  His walls are a little bare but his love for all things cowboy and farm related regin supreme.  To make this I used photoshop and a picture I had snapped of his "South Dakota" boots after a day of playing in the feed barns.  I think it turned out ok...what do you think?  I would love any suggestions you have to make it better!  Thanks!!

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Punkin Seed Productions

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Free Printable

I have seen lots of these while blog hopping
i just love them
so i thought i would try my hand at making one...
more time consuming that i orginally thought but
well worth the time and effort...
i can't wait to start on one for my son's room!! 
So here you go a free printable for you to use

Right click on it, and save
you can print it from home or at your local photo shop
it is sized to be an 8 x 10

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Whimsy Couture

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Working on Day 3

Snow in South Carolina is a big thing...
an event to be celebrated, enjoyed, and then...
gone when you wake up the next morning!
it's a weather related one night stand...
not this time...
it began snowing late Sunday night...
snowed most of the day Monday...
began sleeting last night..
this morning we woke up to a total forest...
it looked all nice and pretty...
like fresh snow waiting to be enjoyed...
but it wasn't...
one look at my porch steps told me differently...
it was 6 inches of snow with 1/2 inch of ice on top

being a farm wife i didn't have the option of hanging out inside the house all day...
someone has to feed baby calves,
check on ewes,
 and make sure all the kids are accounted for and okay
(goat kids people).

i began my morning by filling up 5 1-gallon jugs
 to haul hot water to the barn to mix milk ...
i loaded the jugs
my soon to be 3 year old

 into the make shift wagon/sled
and pulled the whole contrapation
kid and all to the barn...
the path was slick
my son thought it was WAY more fun to go fast than i did
but we made it...unharmed down the hill to the barn
the calves were happy to see us
as the milk warms their tummy
for the most part everything was fine
we did have a calf that needed special attention
he wasn't doing good last night and this morning was worse
he wouldn't get up or drink...
tubing him was useless
its discouraging...
i have spent the last 5 days morning and night
feeding him
ensuring his health
but the weather has gotten the better of him
you learn that with the gift of life comes death
you deal with it and move on

the ewes however were fine...
we are starting to see many of them bagging up...
preparing for lambing

the kids crazy as ever...
jumping all over their mom...
the hay bales...
and my son

and one of the previously weak calves had greatly improved!
I am happy to report i didn't have to
tube a single calf this morning!!!

For you non-farming folks..
To tube a calf you mix up a bottle of milk
pour it into a hard plastic iv bag kinda thing
this bag has a long semi stiff plastic tube on the end of it
you must keep the tube bag right side up
until you are ready to give the calf milk
otherwise you are wasting...
and money!!!

You then take the semi stiff tube and place it in the calf's mouth
making sure the tube is on the left side of the calf's mouth
you ease it down the calf's throat
the entire time you have to make sure you are on the left side
the left side goes to the stomach
the right goes to the lungs
once you are certain you have the tube in the calf's stomach
your turn your bag upside down and milk gravity feeds into the calf's stomach
this is a great way to feed  calves that aren't doing well
it helps ensure the calf is getting enough to eat
with weak calves it is also good
as the calves don't have to use up all their energy sucking down a bottle..

so after my morning rounds...
we headed back up to the house...
going up hill is much harder than walking down hill...
especially if your little man rocks the make shift sled thingy.

he enjoyed playing outside for a while...
we attempted to venture out to pick up
milk for us...
another bag of milk for the calves...
feed for the calves...
and a few other random supplies...
no such luck...
we are stuck again...
this time in front of our porch door...
William's not going to like this...
(he had to pull us out last night too)

i spent the rest of the day...
doing laundry...
catching up on emails...
hanging out with wild man...
(who is teaching teddy bear to ride the rocking horse)
and explaining why we can't go outside
and ride Bartow or Force today...

instead i caught him with a bottle
of apple barrel paint...
redecorating his chalkboard wall...
the chaise lounge...
and himself...

we are looking at day 3 of being at home tomorrow...
i got the call about an hour ago...
no school tomorrow...
I suppose i could do some lesson plans...
but really i plan to sew...
i don't know what yet but i will be making something!!!

Until then have a great evening!!