Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
This door has been opened a many time on this farm, that we now live on. It is worn and old and I am sure has many stories to tell over the past 100 years of being owned by the Stubbs family. I was walking around our farm this morning thinking about Grandma Jo and Grandpa Jack who have since gone to live with the Lord. Grandpa had his little bird call that he would call Grandma to see where she was at. That means more to me today then it did days ago. We would come over with our little boys and work along side them in their garden. Off to the side of the garden Grandma had planted her Peonies, that she would use on Memorial Day to decorate the grave stones as she called it. Today we will use those same Peonies on Grandpa's and her grave stones. It is kind of strange, that she planted them and we are now using them for her. I was wondering if the flowers I am planting now will be used on my grave someday. It seems like when you are young you will live forever. I am not thinking that now.
I am realizing that it is so important how you love your family now. Hope your day is blessed as you think of your loved ones, that are not with you today. Know that I am praying for you. For some I know that this day will be very difficult. Know that I am praying for you.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
We are hosting a "complimentary" conference for this issue of The Girlhood Home Companion on Thursday and Friday. If you are enjoying the Spring issue of The Girlhood Home Companion or are thinking of purchasing it for the first time, come join us for these inspiring and informative workshops.
5/14 Thursday 9:00 AM
Jill Novak & Nancy Baetz - Welcome to the Spring issue of The Girlhood Home Companion - Make it Lovely and Sew Up a Legacy.
5/14 Thursday 10:00 AM
Nancy Baetz - Yielding Fruit in its Season - The Joys of Family Gardening
5/14 Thursday 11:30 AM
Linda, Tressa, and Taylor Stubbs of Peace Creek Collections - Remembering God's Amazing Grace
5/14 Thursday 7:00 PM
5/15 Friday 11:00 AM
Rebecca Jones (our Girlhood Photographer) Roughin' It: Making Changes without Fear
5/15 Friday 12:00 PM
Wanda Gibert - Rediscovering the Spirit of Loveliness.
5/15 Friday 3:00 PM
Heather Wombacher (Our Resident Girlhood Artisan) - Using What You Have to Grow Your Own Business.
To Join the call and listen on your computer click "Join Call." To listen by phone call the number listed on the lower left corner and enter the Call ID.
The Girlhood Clubs: We are working on our new membership site and you 'll be able to receive passwords to the member's pages as soon as they are available. We are working on creating a functioning membership site and hope to have that done in the next couple of weeks.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Just a tribute to my precious Momma. She lives in a nursing home, not far from my house. She knows me, but can not communicate with me. She just looks at me and smiles sometimes. Those day's bless me when she smiles. It is very hard to not have her so we can talk back and forth. I am sure there are many other daughters out there that experience the same as I do. It is a very hard road to walk. I do hold on to the special times I had as I was growing up in Alaska. Homesteading, being able to raise every kind of little animal, living by a glacier and getting to walk 2 miles to see it every Sat. Riding horses, eating sour dough pancakes with blueberries, I picked from the bushes next to our house. Helping her plant her rock gardens, as we called them and going up in the mountains to get beautiful wild flowers to come back home and plant. Hope that you all out there in blog land enjoy your day, with your momma or if she is gone remember the day's that the Lord gave you with her. I am praying for each and everyone of you today. I don't know your name, but the Lord does and he hears me.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
The Potter’s Shed is full of lots of plants, that I started this last Jan.-Feb. in the house. It doesn’t take much time and the results will give you a head start in your garden. This year we are going to do Farmer’s Market for the first time and we wanted to be ready. I will keep you posted as we start this new adventure. To start your seeds here is what we did. It works real well. You will need to make a homemade Heat Box to help your little seeds sprout using a brown cardboard box. It will get the dirt warm and the seeds will germinate real fast. Here is what you will need to get started:
Brown cardboard box the top dimension needs to be at least 2 ft. long x 1 1/2 ft. wide. The depth of the box needs to be at least 1 1/2 ft. or 2 ft. tall.
Plug in light bulb adapter (found at hardware store or Wal-Mart)
60 watt light bulb
cups or seed trays
Make a hole through the side of the card board box at the bottom unless it already has one like mine did.
Your flat tray or cups (put on a cookie sheet) will fit on top of your heat box. One of our farm friends told us about this inexpensive method, it really works well. You will not believe how those little seeds will come up. Now you are ready to plant your seeds.
After the seed has sprouted you need to take it out of the plastic and put it under a grow light. The light needs to be 1”-2” above the plants. We buy our florescent shop light at any hardware store. Be sure to keep the seedlings watered, but not soaked. I use my little tea pot to water each plant. If the plant seems too dry, set the cup in warm water and let the soil soak from the bottom up. Let the seeds dry a little in between waterings though. That helps the stems grow stronger and the roots fuller.
This year we started tomatoes, green peppers, watermelon, cantaloupe, squash, cucumbers. marjoram, basil, thyme, sweet williams, zinnias, nasturtium, jalapeno, cilantro and oregano,. All of the seeds I planted sprout easily. You can buy your seeds from seed catalogs or at the nursery.
I just love every part of the gardening process. It amazes me of the goodness of the Lord. To think that His word tells me Genesis 1:29 Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” To have a Heavenly Father that would think of our daily need for food. I just thank Him so much. I guess that is why I love the whole garden thing. He started it!
This last weekend I was able to go to Dillon’s Nature Center. They had trees that were 2 years old for sale. One of the men there was very helpful in telling us how to plant the trees. To water them, (if you are going to have to carry water) take a pcv pipe about 1 1/2’ feet long. Drill holes in the side of the pipe and put in the ground next to the tree. When you need to water the tree take a water jug filled with water, turn it upside down into the top of the pipe. I thought this was fantastic. Have a wonderful time gardening. If you have any tips on gardening please comment. As we put our garden in I will have more information. Think about starting some herbs. They are very easy to grow.
Enjoy your thyme in your garden! I find my quiet time to be able to lift up those I love in prayer. It is so quiet around our farm. I don't have very many neighbors. To hear the birds chirping and watching them get ready to have little babies in their nests is delight to my soul.
Be sure to put up a lot of birdhouses at your place. You will be amazed that you can watch the momma and daddy birds with their young. Two years ago our oldest son's family gave me a really cute bird house for the Potter's Shed. We had a finch family come and live. We watched the momma bird teach her little ones to fly. It is a special memory of ours.
Here are some sites that I have found helpful.