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Ode to January…

It’s that time of year.  The weather is cold and uninspiring.  I clean the house, look for new crafts to do, do research on future projects.  All of this is just a way to avoid what really needs done.  2 things demand my time at this time of year.  They are taxes and Girl Scout cookie sales….  Both bring on headaches for sure!

Girl Scout cookie sales are unavoidable if you have a girl scout so I am stuck with it.  I will keep a smile on my face and be a motivator to my daughter with her goal of 600 boxes (last year she just barely sold 300).

Taxes – UGH!  Last year my dear hubby started his own business.  So for us that means we (I) have more work to do.  Thank God for Quicken to keep everything organized.  Tomorrow is no school so I plan on getting started on getting all the numbers together.  I may need a glass of wine hard cider by the time I am done.

By April, Girl Scout cookie sales will be done, taxes will be filed, winter will be over and spring will be here.  Focus on that! Spring, chickens, sunshine and new growth. Also, April is closer to summer vacation and when you work in a school as I do, Summer vacation is a glorious time!

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Long time and no blogging!

Well I just looked and last time I blogged was 4 years ago!  Wow! So much has happened in that time. We have bought a house married off a daughter, gained a son in law and 2 grandsons.  Another child has grown up and joined the Army. We have bought our house and discovered home ownership is hard work but worth it!  I have went back to work after 16 years of being a stay at home mom and hubby has a new self-employed career.  The kids left at home are 5th and 7th graders already!

Life goes by us so fast!!!!!  This year I am letting about 80% of my garden go.  Keeping the asparagus, rhubarb and a small patch for tomatoes.  Work is keeping me too busy to tend my large garden.  The land won’t go to waste though.  I am getting chickens and giving them the space!  Yep trading garden for chickens.  I will have 8-12 chickens, including 1 rooster to protect the flock.  I will be raising the chickens for eggs and when they quit laying we will butcher them for food.  I will let the kids name them but I want old fashioned names like Henrietta, Adeline, Bernadette and the such. Look for stories about chickens and chicken raising in my future!

Also,  I have gotten back in touch with my crafty side and will hopefully have a place this year to set up my sewing machine where it won’t need to be put away ever again.  I am talking about a craft room/she shed.  One day in the future hopefully and I will be able to explore sewing like never before, have a place for all my craft supplies and a love seat for friends to hang out on.  Maybe I will be able to share some lesson’s I learn on the way with crafts!

Home ownership is amazing!  We are responsible when things break or wear out.  Having a contractor for a husband is a big bonus.  We have pulled paneling off the wall and painted, painted the exterior, tiled the shower and painted both bathrooms with new hardware.  My husband just put a new roof on our house last month!  Next projects are laundry room and kitchen/living room flooring!  I will definitely be posting pictures of those processes!

Please forgive my for my absences.  I will try to share life stories more often!  God bless and have a great night!