The misadventures of a Mother and business owner.


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My renewed obsession..

I learned to crochet a long time ago. My grandmother used to crochet a lot and she taught me the basics. She was an amazing woman who I looked up to her a great deal and miss her everyday. I find t…

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My renewed obsession..

I learned to crochet a long time ago. My grandmother used to crochet a lot and she taught me the basics. She was an amazing woman who I looked up to her a great deal and miss her everyday. I find that crocheting is a lot like meditating. For me it is a mind dump. I can stitch out all my feelings and thoughts and come out fresher on the other side. Much cheaper the therapy to.

I have been making blankets for the whole family. Hats, scarfs and even wash cloths. Lots and lots of wash cloths, lol. The are quick and easy to carry with you to pull out and work on when you have time. I have been loving working with the 100% cotton yarn. There are so many great colors and combinations to choose from. The wash cloths I have been making are very simple. Here is what I have been doing.

Sugar’n Cream 100% cotton yarn. Size H (5mm) hook. Gage not necessary. 

Row 1: Chain 31, single crochet into the second stitch from the hook and in each chain across. You should have 29 stitches. Row 2: Chain two, turn and single crochet into each stitch (29). Repeat                                      until you have 21 rows. Finishing: Weave in your end and you are done.                                 Simple but pretty and functional. 

I like the single crochet because it gives you fewer holes and a really nice look. It still works up quickly. They just have a nice feel. Hope you enjoy my short and sweet free pattern. I think you will enjoy making them as much as I do.


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So much going on, so very little time.

I am sure that many of us experience this. We as a society have become busier and busier. Always rushing from one place to another. We try our best to slow down and enjoy life more but it just doesn’t seem possible.

Kids have school, and sports, and friends….That list can go on and on. I have one graduating this year, so that means graduation and college prep. That in itself is never ending. You have work and home. Yard work and pets. Etc, etc.

I know I am preaching to the choir. Everyone I know goes through the same thing. Rush, rush, rush. I have been working on trying to slow things down some. As most of you know we have chickens, about 50 of them at the moment. We have rabbits and dogs and a cat. We even have a parrot. You have to make yourself slow down so you can care for them the way they need to be cared for. Go back to the earth a little bit. I do a lot of gardening and canning and I love every sweaty back breaking moment of it. It is the best kind of therapy for me. I am sure most of you think I am nuts, but it’s true. You should try it.

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We are busy prepping for getting the garden out as soon as weather permits. We are also working on the fence and getting ready to build a new rabbit hutch. We have been breeding our rabbits a little bit. They are just so very cute. You just can’t get over how cute they really are. So magical watching them grow. And of course the kids just love every minute of it.

More soon, there is a lot going on around the “farm” and the family.


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Frustration

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You always try to do the right thing, to do right by people. You have your little slice of the world and are content there. Then people, or their pets, come barging in.

So, now the back story. I live on two acres in Apex, NC. I own approx 50 chickens. Normal laying hens plus Orpington’s and other “nicer” breeds. I raise them for their eggs and their meat. I also sell the excess eggs to help cover their cost of living. My chickens stay in our yard, they don’t really venture outside of that space. We free range them during the day for obvious reasons. I say approx 50 because on any given day I don’t know if someone else’s dog will come into my yard and kill them. I have had this happen twice now. First time I lost 11 chickens. Was a chicken massacre all over my yard. Second time, which was yesterday, I lost 4. Only 4 because I saw the dogs out my window in time to go out and try to catch them.

People seem to have the mentality that they can do whatever they want and it doesn’t matter. If I hear the words “they are only chickens” one more time I might just explode. What if I killed their dogs and said “they are only dogs”. Do you think that would go over well? I think not. As a dog owner myself I understand that it is a dogs instinct to chase things that run. I understand that, I really do. But that fact does not make it ok for your dogs to come onto my property and kill my chickens.

The set of dogs from yesterday were hunting dogs. The owner was running rabbits, tracking collars and all. He admitted to animal control that his dog has chased chickens before. So why did he think that it was ok to run his dogs all over everyone else’s property? He made mention that chickens weren’t worth the eggs they laid. Well guess what? They are to me and my kids. There is a lot of time and money that goes into raising chickens. Granted they are cheaper then raising some other animals but that does not minimize the fact that it is not ok for your dogs to kill my chickens.

We are in the process of building a fence to keep out unwanted visitors, but it can’t seem to go up fast enough. So keep off my little slice of the world unless you are invited.

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Is 7 years to long to call it baby weight?

Just wondering, because that is what I have been calling it all this time. My twins will be 8 in July.

I have never had issues with my weight except during pregnancy. I am not one of those ladies who have the cute little baby bumps. I gain weight, and I gain it every where. Belly, face, fingers, you name it. After my first pregnancy I did lose all the weight within about a year and a half. With the twins it has been a completely different story. I was on bed rest for approximately 5 months when I was pregnant, which did not help with the weight I am sure. After having the twins I was so busy taking care of them that I did not take time for myself. To take care of me. But I need to change that, I do believe it is finally time to get off my butt and actually do something about it.

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Today I am starting Nutrisystem and I am finally going to do something for me. I will also be starting on the treadmill daily and cutting way back on my Dunkin Donuts coffee intake. Which is going to be a HUGE thing for me. If you know me then you know that DD coffee flows through my veins. But I can not keep drinking my calories, no matter how much I love and enjoy it. I will also be introducing more exercise into my schedule as my wrist injury allows.

New year and a new me, tired of hiding behind this fat suit. Here we go.


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A little thing called carpool etiquette

etiquette

Etiquette, the customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group.

I am sure I am not the only one who dreads carpool. The sitting, the waiting and the inching forward. Day in and day out. There is a certain etiquette that we should follow. We pay attention, we move up right away when it is our turn. You don’t take forever when picking up and dropping off. One of my biggest pet peeves is parking in the carpool line and getting out of your car and going about your business. It is not like there are people behind you waiting, that have done their time. Not to mention the people who get on the phone and don’t pay attention to what is going on around them. Or better yet, the people who fall asleep while waiting. Really people? You can’t find a better place to take a nap? I am sure we all have our daily frustrations, this just happens to be one of mine. I sit in two carpool lines twice a day everyday. I have become something of an expert. I am sure I will share more of my thoughts about this in the days and weeks to come.

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Right in the middle of the holidays

Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is right around the corner. I can’t even begin to tell you how sick of turkey I am at this moment. But that is ok, spending time with family has been wonderful and much-needed. The mad rush has begun, we need to get all the Christmas shopping done, then comes the wrapping and the house cleaning. Mix in getting my cast off and a sweet 16 party and you get a very hectic December. But we will get through it like we always do. Quite frankly we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Over Thanksgiving we got to go to West Virginia and spend time with my family. We had a white Thanksgiving which was a wonderful change from North Carolina. We also got to see our first golden eagle and I was lucky enough to capture a few photos of it. What an amazing sight it was, so beautiful and majestic.

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My goal is to blog a few times a week, really need to get better at this, I know I keep saying that. I will leave you with a few photos from our trip.

 

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