Saturday, March 06, 2010

Show us your life Fridays

Show Us Your Life with Kelly's Korner 

While exploring the blog universe during the parade, I can across Kelly's site and saw that she had a pretty cool thing going on.  Each week she asks us about our life, specific questions that we are to answer, in details.  I like reading about other people's lives, it makes me realize how much we all really have in common--and how different we are at the same time.  Please, leave a comment so I can say hi to you and check out your day!!!  Plus, I like comments.  :-)  So, here is a day in my life.
7-7:30 am:  I have to get up to fill up the woodstove or it'll be really cold when the boys get up!  Typically, I go to bed around 1-2 am and I get up somewhere between 3:30 and 4:30 to stock up the stove, hubby gets it stocked up around 5:30 and I'm up to start the day around 7.  Most of the time it's still burning ok but there are a few times when I've slept later and woke up to a freezing house---I don't like that one bit!!!  Oh, and by freezing I'm talking low 60's, LOL!

8:30-9 am:  Seamus wakes up like clockwork.  Usually he pulls his curtains down and then proceeds to hit the window with the curtain rod until I come in.  Believe me, it's not something I encourage but with an Autistic kid, routine is necessary and he's made that part of his morning ritual---I haven't been able to break him of it yet.  To make things easier, I have his curtains on spring rods, they come down easy and go back up easy!  After he gets up and I get him his juice and his medicine, we curl up together and watch a little Nick Jr. before the boys get up.

9:30 am:  Time to get the boys up!  I call them both 3 times and then go back into the living room.  Sean usually comes down immediately and after he wakes up a bit he plays with Seamus so I can go start breakfast.  Jaret takes a bit more prodding to get his butt out of bed but the aroma of baking bagels and hash browns cooking usually does the trick! 

10:00 am:  If I need to, I'll start mixing up my bread doughs and bagel doughs so they can rise while we are eating.  After breakfast, they are usually risen enough to punch down and form into loaves or bagels and then sit back to rise again.  I'll start any crockpot meals now or slow cooking items on the stove.

11:00 am:  Any lessons we are going to do today are usually started about now.  I'll start out one of the kids with a lesson that they can do unassisted and the other with something they may or may not need my help.  That way, one can be independent and one can have my attention--as long as Seamus is busy and happy!  We'll do this for 3 hours and then take a lunch break.

1:00 pm:  One of us has to go out and feed and water our chickens and rabbits.  We wait until the afternoon to feed and water them because they also go out to free range at that time.   We want to give the chickens time to lay their eggs in their boxes so they don't lay them in the woods.

2:00 pm  Lunch time!  Usually the boys will go and play Wii for a bit while I make lunch.  Seamus either plays with them or keeps me company in the kitchen, pulling out my pans or messing around on my laptop. 

3:00 pm:  Back to work or off to field trips or outside play or the library or shopping.  If we have a lot of running around to do, the boys just bring their books in the car and finish it while we are traveling.  We live 15-20 miles out of town so we have to do a bit of driving to get anywhere---which gives the boys time to work on schoolwork so they are done when we get home.  We do have 2 small groceries 5 miles from home, but they are SO much more expensive than Walmart.  I do buy locally for meats, though, I no longer get any meat from Walmart or the chain grocery stores.  In season, I get all produce from local farmers (or my own garden!)  Jeremy gets home from school around 3:30 so if we are leaving later we wait for him.

5:30  Hubby is home, yay!  The boys do their chores and bring in firewood and then they are free for the rest of the day.  Scott takes over with Seamus while I make dinner. 

7:30 pm:  Dinner is served and the family is all together and we talk about the day or whatever.  We try to engage everyone in some conversation---or I like to pick a question for everyone to answer.  Today's questions were from the Blogger Parade!  Everyone had fun with that! 

8:30 pm  Kitchen is usually cleaned up by now and hubby and I sit down with Seamus and spend a little time with him before his bedtime.

9:00 pm  Seamus is telling us it's time for bed. 

9:30-10:00 pm After Seamus goes down we either sit down and watch our shows or we head up to my studio and Scott catches up on work or reads and I work on whatever project I've got going.

11:30 pm Scott heads to bed, Jeremy is in bed and the boys are getting ready.

Midnight.  I have the house to myself.  Blissful peace and quiet, the only time of day I truly have time for me!  I love nighttime!

1:30-2 am.  I stock up the woodstove, grab my book I'm reading and head to bed, ready to get up in a couple of hours to stock up the stove again!


It's that time now!  Good night :-)

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Who doesn't love a good parade?

Hiya all!  As I was cruising around my blogger universe, my new friend Kim had posted about a parade she was joining in, so naturally I had to check it out myself!  It looks like fun, so I am going join in and hopefully you'll get inspired and join in on your blog as well!

Here are my answers to the interview questions, hopefully it'll let you know me a little better :-)

1. What's your favorite time of the day, and why?
My favorite time of day is late at night when everyone is sleeping.  The house is QUIET, it's quiet outside and I can actually sit and think and be creative without disruption!  I like to either sew away up in my studio or sit in the livingroom and read in front of the fire with a cuppa hot chocolate!  I like to hear the crackling of the wood, the creaking of the old house and the sounds of sleeping people around me!  Can't hear any of that when they are all up!

2. If health wasn't an issue, what food could you live off of?
Fried chicken, coleslaw and mashed potatoes and gravy, LOL!  Oh, and Cheesecake for dessert!

Since I don't consider Chocolate unhealthy---I will eat that ALWAYS!!!  :-)

3. If you could have one wish granted (besides wishing for more wishes), what would it be?
I would want health for my family and friends.  We've had some health issues in our little circle lately, I'm hoping my son will be helped with his Autism most of all!

4. What's one thing that you get teased about a lot?
Probably my grandiose ideas!  I always do things BIG, whether it's cooking for a party, planning a garden, or making all the gifts for my family for Christmas, I never choose the easier path--for which my friends and family tell me I am crazy but they are happy recipients of my grandiose ideas!

5. If you could choose one movie, book, or TV show to spend your life in, which would you pick? What type of character would you be? 
OMG, this is a hard one!  For the movie pick,  I would like to be Francis from Under the Tuscan Sun.  Moving to Italy into an ancient house In beautiful Tuscany? I wouldn't mind being Diane Lane, either, LOL!

For the TV show I'd like to be Anne Heche in Men in Trees---remember that show???  She had the perfect life, a posh apartment and job in NYC and a cabin in the woods and a fairly simple, primitive life up in Alaska--man I miss that show!

For the book I'd have to say Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.  She didn't have to suffer horribly like some of the heroines of that day--before finding happiness.  Sure, she had some issues---like having to be proposed to by her idiotic cousin, or Lydia going off with Wickham, but otherwise she had a nice life!

6. If you could have one talent that you don't already have, what would it be?
I would like to belly dance.  I have 2 left feet, 2 left hips, 2 left arms, just no grace at all---a few years ago my friends tried to teach me middle eastern dancing---I felt it but I couldn't do it!  I was much better as a middle eastern drummer!

7.If money were no object, where would you go on vacation?
The British Isles, I've always wanted to go!  Being Scottish and Irish, I feel a pull for both countries and someday I am going to get there!

8. If you were an awesome singer, which genre would you sing?
Rock and Roll!  I had a band in high school, I fancied myself the next Joan Jett or Pat Benetar.

9. If you could have a $10,000 shopping spree to one store, what would it be?
Home Depot.  I would be able to get a lot of the materials we need to rennovate my kitchen and bathroom!

10. If you could live in any point in time, when would it be?
Well, having been in the SCA for many years, I would say medieval times---but knowing how those times REALLY were, and knowing from my family tree that I would not have been a landowner, I think I'd pick the late 1800's.  I would want to have been a pioneer woman, forging a new path, a new life in the west.  I'd want to live like Laura Ingalls Wilder!  I can see myself cooking from scratch, making clothes and quilts, taking care of the chickens---oh wait, I do that now!  LOL!  Well, at least I have electricity and computers, now!


11. If every outfit in your wardrobe had to be one color, what would it be?
I look good in earth tones so I'd have to say green!

12. If you were one of the seven dwarves, which one would you be?(Doc, Grumpy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Bashful, Happy, or Dopey)
Sneezy, definitely sneezy.  Major allergies!

13. What's the last album you listened to?
Last ALBUM?  Probably Pink Floyd, The Wall.

14. What's something we'd be surprised to know about you?
While I love my homesteading life and living on my farm, which has been a dream my entire life, a little part of me would love to have a loft in the city so I could go to clubs and dance.  I've never done that, not even when I was younger---but I've always thought it would be cool!

Monday, March 01, 2010

March has come in like a lamb.......

No lions so far, as a matter of fact,  there is no horrific weather expected this week---so far!

I've got my seed catalogs, my garden plans and my dreams all ready to go.  Just 3 more months before I can actually plant anything, LOL!  Or, 2 1/2 months to be more accurate, but any north east Ohioan knows that to put anything in the ground before May 15th is asking for failure.  You just never know here.

Hubby came through again!  We haven't gotten the cube shelf started yet---money, illness and a general malaise had stopped that project for the time being, but remembering that he had picked up a substantial bunch of wood from a lady who had posted it for free on Craig's List, I thought----we have to fill up the rest of the wall where the cube shelves will go---why not just regular shelves???  I presented my idea to Scott who looked like he needed a project to work on---he'd been indoors with the boy all weekend and hadn't left the house to do his usual projects or chores.  He grabbed his measuring tape, listened to my ideas, measured and scratched his chin and then went into the barn for a couple of hours.  This is what he came up with:

Pretty cool, huh?  I figure I can store our vast amount of magazines we've saved and can't part with yet on the upper shelves and use the lower shelves for the fabric that is crammed on the plastic shelves next to the new ones.  

 I helped too!  I'm the painter in the family.  As soon as the boy went to bed I ran upstairs to paint my new shelves while watching the closing ceremonies.  Ignore my horrible hair---I had to cut it short last fall.  It was long and halfway down my back but being ill all year had taken it's toll on my hair, a lot had fallen out and it was very scraggly and dry and just unhealthy looking--so I cut it off.  Now,  my hair is back and healthy but it has decided to be curly, or at least more curly than it ever has been in my lifetime.  The problem is that it is curly in some places and not at all in others, LOL!  I'm working towards a perm---I'm a wash and run kinda gal, I don't like spending an hour to make my hair look perfect, which is what it approximately takes with my hair.  It's all just to bide my time until it gets long again and I can braid it or wear it up or whatever---I hate short hair!

Wow, I went on a tangent there, LOL!  Anyway, my shelves are cool, I am so lucky to have a talented, smart, accommodating husband.  I think he felt good getting out of the house for a few hours so it did both of us some good!

Building a snowman

Making a snowfort

Visiting the chickens, they are hanging around the food and water cooler, chatting away about how irritating the roosters are, LOL!

I'm not going out there!

Snow is getting deep, yet Seamus seems to float on it!


 Of course, I managed to find the post hole and fall into it!  I thought I had gone far enough to the right of where I assumed it to be---you know what they say about assuming.......

King of the mountain!

Jaret trying real hard not to smile.

Our snowman.

Hey, if you have read through my post, thanks!  I like to say hey to those who take the time to check my site out so please, leave a comment and leave a link and I'll visit your site!  We're off to the library, see ya later!