Archive for May, 2008

May in Review

Officially posted 1/07/09

Celebrations

5/23 Happy Anniversary to us!! πŸ™‚

Chickens

5/06 1 (M)

5/15 1 (M)

5/19 1 (M)

5/23 1 (L)

5/24 2

5/25 1 (M)

5/26 2

5/27 1 (M) Also, found 2 eggs outside on front bank probably from last week when we let them out. Both M.’s. Laid the 20th, 21rst or 22nd.

5/28 1 (L)

5/29 1 (M)

5/30 1 (L)

Total = 15 Guess the Ladies had a little “spring rush.” πŸ˜‰

Garden

5/11 Ok, you can’t really call this gardening but I did get outside and do some raking today. My aunt and cousin stopped by just after I’d gotten out there. They gave me a nice card and potted tulips for Mother’s Day. πŸ™‚ (So, close enough for this category right?!)

Remodeling

We continued with some kitchen remodeling this month. Things are looking a lot different. Those who haven’t seen it in a long time (namely W.’s mother & sister) would really be surprised at the changes. Granted, it’s still in progress so it doesn’t look *wonderful* yet but eventually we’ll be finished. I think…I hope… πŸ˜›

Weather

5/07 63°F in the sun. Finally, some warmth again although it’s windy too.

5/20 64°F in the sun.

5/22 64°F in the sun. Is summer finally here??

This a rather short update/review I know. April/May begins the busy season for our business so I spent many hours in the shop. Not much else goes on when there are knives to be made…


Who could resist this cute little “package?” πŸ™‚

Until next time,

May in Review

Officially posted 1/07/09

Celebrations

5/23 Happy Anniversary to us!! πŸ™‚

Chickens

5/06 1 (M)

5/15 1 (M)

5/19 1 (M)

5/23 1 (L)

5/24 2

5/25 1 (M)

5/26 2

5/27 1 (M) Also, found 2 eggs outside on front bank probably from last week when we let them out. Both M.’s. Laid the 20th, 21rst or 22nd.

5/28 1 (L)

5/29 1 (M)

5/30 1 (L)

Total = 15 Guess the Ladies had a little “spring rush.” πŸ˜‰

Garden

5/11 Ok, you can’t really call this gardening but I did get outside and do some raking today. My aunt and cousin stopped by just after I’d gotten out there. They gave me a nice card and potted tulips for Mother’s Day. πŸ™‚ (So, close enough for this category right?!)

Remodeling

We continued with some kitchen remodeling this month. Things are looking a lot different. Those who haven’t seen it in a long time (namely W.’s mother & sister) would really be surprised at the changes. Granted, it’s still in progress so it doesn’t look *wonderful* yet but eventually we’ll be finished. I think…I hope… πŸ˜›

Weather

5/07 63°F in the sun. Finally, some warmth again although it’s windy too.

5/20 64°F in the sun.

5/22 64°F in the sun. Is summer finally here??

This a rather short update/review I know. April/May begins the busy season for our business so I spent many hours in the shop. Not much else goes on when there are knives to be made…


Who could resist this cute little “package?” πŸ™‚

Until next time,

Crafty Post

Updated 6/19/08 to add missing pics.

I’ve had this post languishing in draft form for a couple of months. Thought this was a good time to revive it while I’m still reviving myself. πŸ˜‰

Here are pictures of things I’ve finished since Christmas last year in the order in which they were finished.


Scrap-ghan for 4yo ds (now 5yo). I had posted about it last fall when I had the squares finished but not connected. It is spread across my queen size bed so, as you can see, it definitely came out a good size for a growing boy. πŸ™‚


Narrower fitted dipes for baby.
(photo added)


Reversible Winter Headband for SIL. (I also made some hair scrunchies along with this that ended up not getting photographed…oh well.)


Prairie Dress and Pinafore for 9yo dd.


T-shirt Dresses for all 5 girls plus matching tshirts for the boys. Baby L.’s is not shown because I shared a pic in a previous post last fall. The boys t-shirts are also not shown as they are just a basic t-shirts dyed the same color as the girls and in the laundry anyway when I took this one. πŸ˜‰ They all wore them for Easter and now they are regular everyday play dresses.
(photo added)

A doll afghan for 3yo dd for her birthday.
(Sorry no photo yet. It’s not quite finished. Still have to finish putting the squares together. Guess it will have to have it’s own post when I’m finally done.)

I didn’t miss not having internet connection so much this past winter as I missed being crafty and renewed my efforts in those areas. Now that summer is here and school work is slowing down and business is hopping and I’m on the computer more, I expect I won’t be as crafty through the summer months. A season for everything…

Blessings,
~Tamara
♥ oxoxox ♥

Crafty Post

Updated 6/19/08 to add missing pics.

I’ve had this post languishing in draft form for a couple of months. Thought this was a good time to revive it while I’m still reviving myself. πŸ˜‰

Here are pictures of things I’ve finished since Christmas last year in the order in which they were finished.


Scrap-ghan for 4yo ds (now 5yo). I had posted about it last fall when I had the squares finished but not connected. It is spread across my queen size bed so, as you can see, it definitely came out a good size for a growing boy. πŸ™‚


Narrower fitted dipes for baby.
(photo added)


Reversible Winter Headband for SIL. (I also made some hair scrunchies along with this that ended up not getting photographed…oh well.)


Prairie Dress and Pinafore for 9yo dd.


T-shirt Dresses for all 5 girls plus matching tshirts for the boys. Baby L.’s is not shown because I shared a pic in a previous post last fall. The boys t-shirts are also not shown as they are just a basic t-shirts dyed the same color as the girls and in the laundry anyway when I took this one. πŸ˜‰ They all wore them for Easter and now they are regular everyday play dresses.
(photo added)

A doll afghan for 3yo dd for her birthday.
(Sorry no photo yet. It’s not quite finished. Still have to finish putting the squares together. Guess it will have to have it’s own post when I’m finally done.)

I didn’t miss not having internet connection so much this past winter as I missed being crafty and renewed my efforts in those areas. Now that summer is here and school work is slowing down and business is hopping and I’m on the computer more, I expect I won’t be as crafty through the summer months. A season for everything…

Blessings,
~Tamara
♥ oxoxox ♥

Wiped out!

I’m sooo tired. It’s been a tough week (plus a couple of days) while we pushed to complete an order of 300+ Ulus and stands. Very little or no sleep in varying degrees between dh and me. He left to deliver it around 10:30am this morning just after we finished it so I’ve been chilling reading backed up email, etc. I’m really feeling too burned out to even sit here… If I owe you an email or something, bear with me. I’m catching up on my rest and with the children today. I’m probably not even going to do much housework. Just make sure everyone has clean underwear to wear and clean dishes to eat on (oh, and food to put on them). πŸ˜‰ My older daughters do great in helping things run relatively smoothly at times like this and I’m so thankful for them!

Ok, off to shower, eat, nap, hang out with the kiddos, etc. πŸ™‚

Blessings,
~Tamara
♥ oxoxox ♥

Hunting and Fishing Flashbacks

I was browsing through PPP opportunities today and this site featuring hunting equipment and deer feeders caught my attention.

I come from a family of hunters – on both sides – and was quite the shot myself growing up. πŸ˜‰ (I’ll have to get some old photos from my parents to scan and share! πŸ™‚ ) The hunting and fishing in the wilds of Alaska are what first drew my parents here and there was hardly a youngster of my generation that I knew who didn’t grow up tramping through the woods gun over their arm or a have a line in some river or who’s family (or someone closely related) didn’t have a commercial fishing boat (big or small). I spent many an hour on the famous Kenai River and even caught quite a lunker of a King salmon when I was 7yo! Bigger than me in length and pounds! (Have to check with my Dad on the exact stats. πŸ˜‰ ) Many Red salmon tired my arms too. πŸ˜‰

So, hunting and fishing “stuff” interests me. Being in the business I’m in with dh makes it even more so – gotta have antler – beg, borrow or steal. πŸ˜‰ OK – NOT steal…but you catch my drift I hope! πŸ˜€ While it’s been a few years since me or dh have been on a hunting trip, we are encouraging the children to go out with Grandpa. (Actually, I take that back! I took a couple of my children rabbit hunting earlier this year on a trip to my parents! We didn’t go out long and didn’t get anything so that’s probably why I forgot. But I shouldn’t have – my children were so excited that MOM took them hunting! LOL ) My parents too have a great camp on the Kenai River so the children have experienced that awesome Red fishing as well although we haven’t done as much of it as we’d like since our business has kept us so busy these last few years in the summer. Anyhow, back from my tangent…tramping through the woods in search of the elusive Bull is a great time to keep your eyes peeled for old dropped antlers!


My Dad and oldest dd

All that to say that company’s link peaked my interest and I was curious to see what they carried so I popped in for a spell. It sparked some nostalgic thought and so here I am telling you about it! LOL

Did you grow up in a hunting and fishing family? Share some of your favorite memories! πŸ™‚

Blessings,
~Tamara
♥ oxoxox ♥

Heads Up for Nursing Mamas!

This is a warning for users of Mommy’s Bliss N*pple Cream. It has been taken off the market and the FDA says don’t use it.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned women not to use or purchase Mommy’s Bliss N*pple Cream, marketed by MOM Enterprises Inc. of San Rafael, California.

The cream, promoted to nursing mothers to help soothe dry or cracked n*pples, contains ingredients that may cause respiratory distress, vomiting and diarrhea in infants, the agency said.

The potentially harmful ingredients in the cream are chlorphenesin and phenoxyethanol.

“FDA is particularly concerned that nursing infants are being unwittingly exposed by their mothers to this product with dangerous side effects,” said Janet Woodcock, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Additionally, these two ingredients may interact with one another to further compound and increase the risk of respiratory depression in nursing infants.”

The company has stopped selling the cream. The FDA said consumers should stop using the cream and consult a doctor if they experience problems or believe that their infant may have experienced problems due to the product.

Mothers whose children may have suffered adverse effects because of this product should contact the FDA’s MedWatch at 800-332-1088.

Article can be found here: CNN.com – Health

Personally, I’ve never used any creams while nursing. My first midwife suggested using my own br*ast milk should there be any soreness, cracks, etc. Very rarely did I have to – a mere handful of time that I can recall – through seven children now. It worked *every* time though and very well! So, my suggestion considering the above article, is save your money period. Use what God naturally gave you! πŸ™‚

Blessings
~Tamara
♥ oxoxox ♥

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