Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas Eve

Clara gave us Chris Kringle today. Mikey helped me get him warm and back out to his mommy.

The elves are signing off for the year and heading back to the north pole.

Good night all!

Thursday, December 22, 2016


Finally finished, and not a moment too soon!

The blue, green, yellow one is for Michael, and the pink, purple, orange one is for Holly. These are made with soft and squishy blanket yarn. They are roughly the size of a twin bed, so perfect cuddly size for snuggling up with a book on a cold day. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas Party in Huntsville

I had a fantastic opportunity to go to Huntsville for a couple of days since all my support people were in town. I went to the company Christmas party for the first time ever.

Three days of meetings, and spending time talking to each of my people. It was a good opportunity to catch up,

Here is a picture of the new building.

And here is my support team, with our director at the top and me, the manger at the bottom.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Project Complete

This cute little washstand has been bouncing around the house trying to find a home. It was in the basement for awhile, then it came back up for the holidays to hold the tree.

Here is the before picture.

It had been painted off white.

Before that I distinctly remember it being green.

Before that yellow, judging by the many chips and gouges.

At one time it had been dark stain, sealed with shellac.

What to do, what to do.

Then I discovered chalk paint. Chalk paint in case you are wondering is latex paint with plaster of paris mixed in. It is very thick, Goes on think, and actually improves the surface of your piece.

I selected a color called theater wrap blue, prepped the piece with a thorough cleaning, and got to work.

After one coat.

I let that dry for about 6 hours. applied another coat.

The final step is to coat it with sealing wax, and rub off the excess. It kind of goes against my rule of polyurethaning everything. So the coaster police will need to be vigilant.

The last touch was adding three crystal knobs, and I really like the way it looks. Here is the finished piece put in place.

I really like the way it came out. I see other chalk painted pieces in my future!

Friday, December 9, 2016


December brought our cool weather to us finally! It was 28 degrees this morning and these guys
have the fire roaring in the wood stove. The new stove means we use very little actual heat. My last power bill was $132. compared to 2 years ago, $450 before new stove and new HVAC.

It's a Friday and I am taking a vacation day because I have to burn some before the end of the year and I don't want to lose it.

Check out my orchid!
It has been in bloom for almost a month. Right next to it is my Christmas cactus, which is about to bloom. I'm fascinated with orchids right now, but they sure teach you how to be patient!

In the effort to not kill a tree, this year we have a dwarf Alberta Fir tree in a pot to decorate this year. I have the lights on it but still have to get some ornaments up.
Notice my kitty trying to find a sunny spot to snooze.

I also got the Christmas lights up on the porch, on a timer - so set and forget, now just enjoy them.

Here's my three guys in all their bearded glory.

Happy Holidays from Papa Johns Farm!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Just Another Day on the Farm

We are finally back from our three weeks in Florida. I could tell by refilling my vitamin container that we were four weeks in the motor home.  We spent the weekdays in Sarasota, and the weekends parked in my parents driveway.  We played Mexican Train, worked on fences, did some shopping.  I also got to bring some treasures home.  Say hello to the coffee and tea station.

And to the bread making station.

These stainless steel canisters sat on the counter when I was growing up. I'm thrilled to have them in my kitchen now.

We also brought home dog beds, and so far Daisy is really a fan.

John put a heated blanket inside the mattress and she is so comfortable now. Sometimes when she comes back on the porch there are a couple of cats on it, and she'll just stand there and look at them. It's like she can't kick them off and is trying to get them to move by glaring at them. As soon as I free up real estate on the dog bed she is on it.  I think that between that and the glucosamine she is feeling better. She's likely close to 10 or 11 years old and has always been an outside dog.

We spent most of the holiday working on the big barn.  Tim worked at installing the shelves.

We also took a load to the dump, and reorganized everything in the barn.  The goal is to get the Motorhome back under cover sometime this week.

The boat is suspended from the rafters, no fiberglass can be done during the colder weather.

I need to go back to work to get some rest!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

First Day of School!

She was so excited!

Let's go already!

Still excited at after school pickup!

Monday, October 17, 2016

It's October ALREADY?

How did that happen?

In August we worked on getting issues with the motor home taken care of.  We thought we had a water tabk leak, but it turned out to be a fitting that was the issue.

Happily, we were able to refit the water tank that was under the seat to one of the basement compartments. John also added an extra water tank, so we now carry more water than we ever had before.

We took a couple of weekend trips to test it all out.

We mostly stayed in the NC, VA, WV area, there are all sorts of interesting places to visit.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Pool Party in the Shade!

It's has been beastlyhot here for the last couple of weeks. In the 90's every day. We wanted to be able to get wet, and tried to put up the inflatable ring pool, but it had a leak, the air lasted only a few hours.  Karol and Andy still had their pool from last year, so we pulled it out and set it up. It went up quick, and filled up in about three hours  our old filter connected fine, and a couple of chlorine tablets and we are good to go. They even have the pool cover so we can cover it if we get a bad storm.

So today we are having a pool party.  Papa is mowing, and then he'll head over for a bucket of KFC.

The kids are working on crushing cans.

Holly is already in the pool!


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Indoor Beehive

This is the tube connecting the indoor hive with the outdoors.

Here's where we put the jar of sugar water.

The is the flow frame, before they started sealing between the cells.

This one is from yesterday, they are completely covering the flow frame.

This is the back of the hive. Since there is more of a gap on that side, they are building extra cells. 

Up close your can see the cells.

They are evry

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Moving a Barn

Yep, we moved barn a barn.

Friday, May 6, 2016


Boy do we have eggs. I hope I have enough cartons!

Meanwhile, Mother Duck is sitting on a pile of them.