Archive for July, 2004

Baby Q.’s 1rst Haircut!

Baby’s First Haircut…finally!



Q.’s cue!



All gone!

Garden UpdateΒ +

I found the first ripe raspberry last night! Mmmm, was it good! πŸ™‚ Gave baby his first taste ever! He thought it quite sour…oh, the puckered lips!…but he asked for more. πŸ˜‰

I didn’t venture too far into the patch as two rather large webs caught my eye… I’m arachniphobic. Seriously dislike spiders. With our recent warm summers (anyone catch the PBS show on the warming trend in AK?) and looong daylight hours, we are starting to grow mongo bugs around here. (You should have seen the catapillar dd2 came home with the other day! It was at least 3 inches long and as big around as my middle finger! It escaped before we could take it’s pic or I’d show you. πŸ˜‰ ) Last year, I found a *huge* spider in the patch and that’s part of the reason I didn’t pick as much (along with it being terribly over grown and not producing well, etc). Well, I’ve let it get over grown again but this time I had done some heavy pruning in the Spring so from where I was standing it looks like the patch has done well this year despite the jungle it became. I caught sight of the spider that made them…it’s big too and the same kind that freaked me out a few days ago above our deck.

I went out late one evening to put the chickies in their carrier for the night and happened to catch a glimpse of a blob above my head off to the right. I had been knocking down webs every morning attached to the railing or the clothesline but hadn’t seen the culprit yet. Ugh!!! Was it gross! I changed my mind about the chickens and came in exclaiming to the family and everyone had to rush and see except dh…he :rolleye: his eyes (figuratively)…until the children told him how big it was. Then, after he saw it it was deemed worthy enough to have it’s pic taken! LOL

Anyway, that was the first. A couple days later, the same kind and almost as big was found in one of the playhouses. Oldest dd tried knocking it down to step on it but lost it in the grass. Last night, a third was found above the front porch and then I found a fourth in the patch. This morning I found a fifth in the other playhouse. I think they are surrounding us for an attack!!! (Actually, dh teased me that the one above the deck was trying to catch me since I inevidibly caught part of the web in my hair every morning… :-P)

So this morning, I put the chickies in the playhouse the children refused to play in as I wanted to move the other to a new place. Discovered both spiders and decided to give the chickies a snack. (evil grin) So, I took the hose and knocked down the spider in the empty playhouse and then grabbed the largest pullet and set her in there close to it…she spied it and gobbled it lickety split.

Chickens 1 Spiders 0

Yay!

Took her back to the other playhouse, knocked that spider down with the rake but that one laid still and didn’t catch the attention of the chickies. So, I pushed back the grass and wiggled the stick I was using a tad and the chickies came to investigate. The Silver Laced caught it but was slow to gobble so the pullet I used previously snatched it out of her mouth and dropped it in the feed dish to be sure it was ediable and then yum-yum! (another evil grin) So, the score should now be:

Miriam (name of that chickie ;-)) 2 Spiders 0

We are now devising ways to catch the other spiders and get them into the feed dish. >:-) So far there are no volunteers to do the actual deed but there sure is a lot of nominating going on! πŸ˜‰

Back to actual gardening news…

I picked the first two zucs yesterday. Yum-Yum! Sauted one with some of the fresh bushbeans and some garlic cloves in butter with a dash of salt and pepper. The children were standing around begging for some out of the pan like it was candy! πŸ™‚

Gardening will be wrapping up here soon. The weather has been rainy and the temps have turned cooler. We’ve been seeing yellow leaves drop occasionally and there is a tree out back of our property that has several now. I think they mostly started turning because of the heat and lack of rain we were having…but now… The Fireweed is just about done blooming and the grasses have their seed heads.

Blueberries should be ready soon considering the above…

Happy Gardening…and Harvesting…until next time!

Funny…

I read the first Hornblower book a couple of years ago when dh got it as a gift. I hadn’t thought about them in a while but when we had to move things up from the basement because of the flood I got a chance to go through some books that came up and saw it and it reminded me I wanted to read the rest of the series. I’ve recently finished the second and now am almost done the third.

Dh brought a couple of entertainment mags home from where he was working and I breezed through them (even though they were from last Dec. ’03). Lo and behold! A&E was showing some Hornblower flicks on the 2nd! I just knew there had to be flicks out there based on them what with the trend over the last few years to bring period lit. to life – Jane Austen and Shakespear most noticably.

Anyway, now I’ll be on a quest to track down the Hornblower flicks. Per usual, they won’t be as good as the books…but they’ll be fun to watch anyway I think. That’s what I’ve thought of the J.A.’s at least. πŸ™‚

ps – Yay! Our library has them! I restrained myself and only requested the first volume so as not to ruin the rest of the series for myself. πŸ˜‰ It seems though that I’ve read them out of order… The book I’m reading out of had 3 novels combined so I assumed it was the first three. Obviously, I skipped the first having read it already. The second is the second but what I thought was the 3rd is apparently the 5th so… I’ve requested the third and fourth to fill in the blanks. There did seem to be quite a jump in action…now I know why! LOL It didn’t ruin anything but it left one wondering, “What happened in the meantime?” So, now I’ll “catch up” and have the fun of seeing if the film version stuck to the storylines or how much artistic license was taken… πŸ˜‰

Garden journal updated…

More about last week…

Good stuff this time. πŸ™‚

Exactly a week ago last Wednesday, our baby started walking for “real”. The day I was so sick in bed he decides is the day to practice and practice and practice! He moved from taking a few steps every now and then to going at least 5-6ft at a time! He used the walls, furniture, people and whatever else was close by (if need be) to go all around the house by evening with hardly any crawling. The next day he was practicing turning around midway whereever he was going without holding on to anything. Over the next couple of days he was even squatting down to pick something up and then resuming on his way. Wow! I’m always amazed at this process. πŸ™‚ He’s slacked off a little yesterday and today. Crawling is still a bit faster at this point…but he’s definitely moved into that “toddler” stage. (sigh.) I won’t officially start calling him that until he’s 18mnths… I just have to hang onto his babyness a little bit longer. πŸ˜‰

I finished a great book while I was lying abed. A Lantern in Her Hand really tugged at the heartstrings… I don’t think I’ve read a book that made me shed tears like that in a long time. All mothers who have experienced hardship, unfulfilled ambitions and poured their lives into their children instead will indentify in some small way I’m sure with Abbie. I’ve put it on our book-wishlist for our home library as it’s definitely a book I’d read again. Spiritual truths are interwoven subtlely, naturally. In fact, the whole flow of the book gives one that sense of the natural flow of life and how time can seem to take forever and be gone in a blink of an eye at the same time. I’ve always been weird that way… Felt the “crush” of time very intensely even as a child so perhaps this element had more meaning and impact than it might have on another reader. At any rate, it’s good – you all should read it! πŸ˜‰

This week…

Sunday was a good day finally although my dh had to work most of the day. I had a great Bible time with the children, we listened to some bible songs and listened to a sermon. Then, we enjoyed some time outside. Perhaps all went well as I didn’t push chores… A day of rest you know.

Monday, the pleasantness continued. Again, I think it was because I didn’t push chores. We did the *very* basics and that was it.

Tuesday was rainy and we were in all day. Just the very basics for chores again. Read a lot…both silent and a loud.

Today like yesterday.

I’m beginning to get worried now as I see a pattern. If I’m not expecting anything except the very basics, I generally receive cooperation. Anything more than that, it’s like “pulling teeth”. Hindsight, I can see what led up to this… Getting passed it will be challenging to say the least. I’m praying it won’t be “painful” and I hoping we can get passed it soon so that it won’t interfere with picking up the pace on our academics in a few weeks. It will definitely take *a lot* of diligence and patience on my part…I covet prayers for a “meek and quiet spirit” for myself through it if anyone is inclined. πŸ™‚

Speaking of academics, we all are really looking forward to some fresh material! We usually resume a full schedule the day after Labor Day so it won’t be long now! Yay! πŸ™‚

Speaking of Labor Day, Autumn is just about upon us!!! 4 more weeks!!! Ack! We are in the finally stretch of summer… (sniff, sniff, sigh.) 😦 It always goes too fast. The Fireweed blooms are just about past and the grasses have their seed heads. We’ve also experienced some yellow leaves dropping this past week. (The trees haven’t truly begun to turn yet though…I think it mostly had to do with the heat and lack of rain we had…) The temps have taken a definite turn for the cooler. I could see my breath the last couple of mornings when I was putting the chickies out and my fingers got red and cold as I was cleaning their food/water dishes and filling them. (even bigger sigh.) I probably wouldn’t might it as much if my dh wasn’t sooo dang busy so that we could have more fun together hiking and stuff. (Don’t get me wrong. I’m so very thankful for the work he has. It’s just it’s “feast or famine” around here…he has so much work in the summer and the bills are paid and then in the winter we see him a lot but scrimp by…I’m just desiring some balance…) Also, there is so much to accomplish around the house that really depend on warm summer weather and we won’t have been able to enjoy them again for another year…like cleaning and oiling our logs and painting the trim and turning the front porch into an Arctic entry… That last one is a *necessity* as far as I’m concerned and to go through another winter with “tons” of children’s wet winter stuff crowded into the small entry and overflowing into the living room… Well, it’s just UGH! πŸ˜› I’d feel good about storing up and making ready the nest for winter if there wasn’t so much to possibly be left undone… But, hope springs eternal I guess…maybe, just maybe in the next 4 weeks we can accomplish those things at least…

Well, off to check the garden. I have a couple of zuchini ready to pick and I haven’t looked the raspberries for a while…they should be just about ready too.

I am Elinor Dashwood!


Take the Quiz here!


You are Elinor Dashwood of Sense & Sensibility! You are practical, circumspect, and discreet. Though you are tremendously sensible and allow your head to rule, you have a deep, emotional side that few people often see.

Thought I’d come back from Blog No-Man’s-Land with this fun quiz. πŸ™‚ I do so indentify with the elder Miss Dashwood…perhaps that’s why it’s so hard to be consistant blogging. My deep, emotional side that few people see keeps me from writing when times are tough, when I’m a little too stressed, etc.

This past week was emotionally topsy-tury for me. Let me play catch up here…in a discreet way of course. πŸ˜‰

First, I forgot to mention last Thurs. that the neighbor came knocking on the door the evening before to say that the young bear that had been hanging around was wounded and on his deck with it’s sibling (which has yellow ear tags and must have been the bear the children saw in the Spring). He asked if I could call the children inside for their safety but mostly so they wouldn’t scare the bear away. I really don’t think the children were going to scare the bear as we go outside *every* time for most of the day and the bear has been in and out all this time. Anyway, he had called Fish and Game and they were on their way to take care of the situation. I don’t know what happened because the weekend and week were just up and down, up and down for me and my dh was too busy to call. When we talk to him (the neighbor) next, I’ll update here. The neighbor said it looked like the bear was shot in the rear leg with a dart…

Friday was kind of a gloomy day threatening rain. We stayed in and tried to get some chores done but the children were feeling peevish or something and wouldn’t cooperate and picked at each other… It was a trying day. 😦

Saturday, the baby woke sick. Friday night he screeched pretty well when he didn’t want to go to bed…in the morning he could barely squeek. :-/ It’s awful to say but after Fri. night we all secretly enjoyed his laryngitis. So, he was sick and crabby all day, the other children were at each other again and preps had to be made for Sun. (making sure everyone had clothes clean and ready, car packed, etc.)

Sunday was spent most of the day at church and fellowshipping. A very pleasant day. After two really tough ones, I *needed* it. Thank you Lord!!! We got home in the late afternoon, had an early dinner and spent the evening outside and I putzed on a couple chores (cleaned the bathroom and did a load of laundry) but mostly enjoyed a good book. By bedtime, our eldest was complaining of a *very* sore throat.

Monday, two sickies. Baby and Oldest. Oldest throwing up not able to keep anything down, feverish and just wanting to sleep. It was gloomy again and the other three were really feeling cooped up. Ugh. The refereeing I had to do…

Tuesday, three sickies. Baby, Oldest and oldest son although baby wasn’t as bad any more. Oldest not as feverish, able to keep down H20 and crackers and still wanting to sleep. Oldest son same as Oldest was yesterday but I didn’t attempt to feed him so we avoided the throwing up. :-/ He slept all day too.

Wednesday, ME sicker than a dog. (Btw, how sick does a dog get?!? LOL) The woman with the hardest stomach in the world, who can’t remember the last time she threw up…it has been years and years though…who doesn’t even throw up during pregnancy…DID! Ugh. I spent the day in bed just as the previous sick ones had. Oldest finely feeling better and able to make a late breakfast for her and siblings. Me trying to bark out chore orders from the bedroom. Ugh. I had them all stay inside as I was in and out of consciousness… I had Oldest call Daddy to tell him I was sick, sick, sick but he couldn’t make it home right away. Two to three hours later, he finally arrives, makes them dinner and loads the three middles up to take back to work with him. The Oldest stays and occupies Youngest. Aaaah, peace and sleep! πŸ™‚

Thursday, me still not well. But, out of bed on the couch with a good book watching as children play outside. Finally, some good weather to enjoy but I’m missing it. 😦 I’m finally able to keep down some crackers and H20 too. Needless to say, household work stacking up big time. Dh came home stressed, I had a tough day with the children still uncooperative and picking at each other, etc….leads to a big row about what now in hindsight was something not very important. πŸ˜› He packed up the children and took them all back to work. They weren’t gone but an hour…maybe two…but it wasn’t long. Everyone appologized to everyone but still…feelings were hurt and it takes time for those to mend. 😦

Friday, tried to get back on track but it didn’t go well. The kitchen got cleaned and a few loads of laundry cleared off the folding table. I just gave up after that and sent everyone outside.

Today, much like yesterday.

Hindsight again, I know that this stomach bug had everyone out of sorts and that contributed to the children’s misbehavior and dh’s and my already overfull plates. That still doesn’t make me feel better emotionally.

It was a rotten, no good, awful, bad week! 😦

Tomorrow is the Lord’s Day though…a new day and a new week. I can feel the optimism rising!!! πŸ™‚ I pray that it’s a good one for all of us here at the Hunt Household…and for all that are reading! πŸ™‚

ps – For those that have asked and are praying, my HCG level was at 31 on my last visit. Hi-ho, hi-ho…off to the doc again I go… πŸ˜›

GardenΒ Update

Sunday and yesterday we picked our first and second turnips respectively. Mmmm, they were good! Ate both raw (sliced) and the greens for lunch and dinner on both days.

A tiny cauliflower was noticed on Sun. About the size of the tip of pinky then. About the size of a quarter now.

Tomatoes are blooming like crazy!

*Lots* of pea pods noticed (but not counted) of various sizes.

Still getting squash blossoms and there are a handful of little squash appearing so far.

The few radishes that are left will be ready to pick in a couple of days.

Cute little skinny bush beans are appearing.

Some of the hollyhocks are getting big…about 6 inches now.

Potatoes seem to be hanging in there…some of the other leaves are beginning to look yellowish though…hmmm.

The one older lettuce plant is doing well and we used a few leaves Sun. for our sandwiches. The other two are coming along sloooowly…

Mint is doing great as are the raspberries. New garlic is too.

Geraniums finally blooming! πŸ™‚

“Corn is as high as an elephants eye!” (from the muscial Oklahoma…correct?! momentary loss of memory…but I can hear the song in my head! πŸ˜‰ ) Ok, not really but it’s big for one who hasn’t grown it before…especially for being in pots I think. Don’t know where this is going but enjoying the journey! πŸ™‚

All I can think of or have time for at the moment…

Happy Gardening ’til next time! πŸ™‚

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