Sunday, February 20, 2011

What February Means Around Here

made some pine cone fire starters
heart pancakes for my sweethearts on V day

February Is:

A Big Birthday month for me: Dad, Mom, 
Littlest Brother, Biggest Son + more

Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, and in the case of this year
Thank Heavens, I do not know how much longer I personally
could have continued inside this house!
I am an outdoorsy kinda gal, and the ice was not enough
of a draw to get me and keep me out there! 

chicken feets in the mud
the sun returned

This weekend dug out the "pond" aka black plastic oval shaped leaf catcher/frog headquarters/decorative thingy 
(left my previous homeowners)
My ohh my is back a aching.  
Lifted and moved 30+ stones, shoveled over a
wheelbarrow of decorative rocks. 
But it is looking good!!

my car mechanic bro adds welder to his talents

Him and his friend spent the majority of the day welding the boys go-cart back together.
Woo-Hoo will they be happy when they get home!

  • Ordered new bee hives ~ arriving soon!
  • Pre-ordered the taters for spring planting
  • Reserved pavilion for Alyssa's Wedding in late August
  • Planning the veggie garden and landscaping
  • Started aerobic workout "stomp down the mole hills"

Hope you are having an exciting February too!!
~ assortment of our 13 new chicks ~

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Who Dun It??

Meet Baby Face Buttafucco 

And Brett Wurst

Movie Star Cecily Sicily and Eddy "The Tongue" Corneoli
 We didn't do it! 
Bullets in the Bathtub was a comedic murder mystery dinner we attended last night at our local German Restaurant.  This 4H fundraiser was our family's Valentine treat ~ 1920's mobsters and flappers we were last night.  We had a great time!  Not sure if we had more fun planning and preparing or the event itself.  Our boys were the only youngsters there and they loved it.  I can't share with you who dun it, but I can tell you none of us dun it!

Don't mess with my guys!


We had a blast and hope you enjoyed a sneak peak!
Happy Valentine's Day to you all!  xoxoxo

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today is a grand day. 
Today we celebrate the life of a great man.
He is my Father, my Dad, my friend, my cheerleader and my advisor.
He is the man that has always told me how beautiful I am and to love my self first.
He showed me the beauty in nature, love of maps, photography and food.
He IS the World's Best BBQuer!!
He is a wonderful Father and Grandfather

I love you very much Dad!!
Happy 64!!

All My Love,
Your Daughter

Iced In * In Illinois

Well, for some of us ~ this blizzard never actually transpired.
And I believe that is probably something to be grateful for.
What we did get was a nice layer of ice, covered with 2" of sleet, 
and then around 1" of snow on top (left to blow across this icy tundra).
Soooo. . . . . some of us are iced in!! 
My husband however, is not.  He couldn't handle being stuck here another day.
My husband left no tracks, he slowly slipped down the road 
and headed to work and took Josh with him.
I do not think I could safely pull my van out of the garage, 
make the sharp turn in our driveway on ice and travel the 1/2 mile 
on our lane that is a complete layer of ice.

And the problem is ~ that the weather shows no sign of a warm up.
Will I have to wait for spring to go anywhere??

Well at least it is pretty, we have plenty of firewood, and food.
Wherever you are I hope you are warm and your belly is full!
glass grass
 basking in the glow of their red heat lamp
coop 'cicles


chicken wire


whisker's whiskers
my driveway's sharp turn ~ this is the icy layer BEFORE 2" of  frozen sleet!

this morning the sun broke through
beautiful layers of frozen land and light


DO NOT STAND under this corner of the house!
frozen corn stalks

the pine tree has turned to glass