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Summer, Books and Amazon

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick note to say I’m writing those catch up posts a little here and a little there. Things are quite busy for us in the summer what with the business and the fact we practically live outdoors all summer enjoying our freedom!

I got your comment Rebekah! Thanks for staying in touch!

If you haven’t noticed, our book lists in the sidebar have exploded! Guess we haven’t been too busy to find time to read. πŸ˜‰ Summer lends itself to lolling in the grass with a good read just as a winter fire in the fireplace does! None of us can imagine never having something to read or never a minute or two to flip open our books! (or mags, etc.) In the car, on the swing, sitting on a log, lying on the deck or even sanding handles (!), all of us (that have learned so far) always have something to read close by. (Even those that haven’t learned to read yet are frequently found looking at their picture books!) Or, books on tape/cd. I love how we fit in knowledge or imagination into our days this way! So, what are you reading this summer hmmm? πŸ˜‰

I’ve been squeezing in a little gardening too. Far from what I want to be doing…but I’m not complaining. I’m thankful for what little bit we having growing at the moment considering circumstances/situation as it is.

If you are still with me after that bit of a ramble, I’ll get to the Amazon part of my title now. I have been using Swagbucks for some time. I love it! Mostly, I’ve been letting the SBs accumulate and then redeeming them for Amazon online gift cards. I made an order a few months ago (yay – free $$$ to spend! Yes, it’s legit. πŸ˜‰ ) and was very pleased with how it all worked out. Very pleased! My Amazon cards have now been stacking up as I’m a choosy shopper/very frugal and I just haven’t decided what I want to get. (Both needs and wants are more numerous than the SBs just like with real $ unfortunately. *sigh*) Anyhow, I think I’m closer to deciding and this time I want to link up with someone and benefit them with my purchase as well. You can’t get a commission on your on purchases through your own affiliate links (bummer huh?!) and so I wasn’t really thinking about it when I ordered last. This time though I want to partner up with someone – I’ll use your link if you’ll use mine!! I know I could stop by a blog here or there and find someone’s to use…but what I really want is to benefit someone who is interested and cares about our family and helping us out and doing the same for them! So, if you read here and have an Amazon affiliate link and would commit to using mine in return, I’d like to hear from you! If you have used it, let me know what date you placed an order and I’d be happy to return the favor the next time I make a purchase. If there is more than one person interested, I’ll do a rotation of links. How does that sound? Any takers? Again, if you didn’t catch the addendum to my last post, I unknowingly chose a template that doesn’t show comments. I can see them through admin but they don’t show for everyone else. So, don’t hesitate to leave one regarding this – I’ll be able to read it!

Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

‘Til next time,
Tamara

PS – Here is a quick link again to Amazon or you can click on the affiliate button in the sidebar under Sponsors. Thanks!

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,

September in Review

Officially typed out 4/1/08
Updated 4/2/08 with pictures, links, etc.

Business

The market is over on the 9th. Please pray that our home business will sustain us through the winter/tourist season slump!

Celebrations

9/08/07 C.’s 9th bday! Happy birthday to our sweet third daughter! Your cheerful smile and enthusiastic bear hugs make our days much brighter! You are growing so fast into a graceful lovely girl and following your older sisters in becoming such a wonderful helper! We’re so thankful to have you in our family!

9/25/07 B.’s 11th bday! Happy birthday our dear dear daughter! You challenge us at times with your feistiness and stubbornness but when it comes right down to it, you have a caring, loving and protective spirit for your family. We wouldn’t change the precious package you are for the world. We love you to pieces Nanna! πŸ˜€

Chickens

The ladies are still on sabbatical. πŸ˜›

Children

9/01/07 L. is beginning to move one knee forward while on hands and knees! Also, nearly sitting completely on her own! She can push herself up to sitting and will use one hand but hasn’t quite been “brave” enough to lift the other one yet and play with two hands. Close though…real close.

9/02/07 P. has gone a week without wearing a diaper at night! Of course, I’ve been diligent about getting up in the wee hours (2-3am) to take her to the bathroom to make sure she doesn’t have an accident. I’ll keep it up about another week and then try letting her sleep to see if she’ll then wake on her own. The girls’ room gets some light at night from the neighbor’s yard light and the bathroom is right next to their room with a good night light…so, we’ll see if she calls to me or just goes to the bathroom on her own.

L. is solidly on her hands and knees now and definitely scootching herself forward a bit at a time with one knee (always the same one LOL).

9/03/07 L. has discovered her tongue and loves making this “tthbbb” sort of noise. Sometimes it’s a “raspberry”…but sometimes it’s not. πŸ˜› LOL

9/04/07 L. is “military” crawling today! Sorta…she still hikes that one knee up occasionally (the right one).

9/05/07 L.’s first solid food today! (Four days from her 5mo bday.) Following NT suggestion, I gave her a small amount of smashed egg yolk. It was weird for me seeings how I’ve been trained to think that babies *should not* get egg before their 1rst bday…but we’ll see. (I understand the it’s the whites that mostly cause trouble.)

9/08/07 C.’s 9th bday!! ~*~Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!~*~ We love you bunches! πŸ™‚

9/09/07 L. is 5mo today – almost ½ a year already! 😯

9/11/07 L. gets up on her hands and feet now like she’s going to do the “bear” walk!

9/13/07 G. Hunt took everyone to lunch for their bdays and then we went bday gift shopping – fun!

9/25/07 B.’s 11th bday! ~*~Happy Bday Lovely B.!~*~ Love you! G & G B. arrived yesterday to celebrate with us and will go home tomorrow.

Exercise

9/03/07 I decided over the weekend that I was feeling healed enough to start “formal” exercising again. The PSD has increasingly gotten worse and this time is definitely not clearing up as fast postpartum. But, like I said, I noticed that I’ve been feeling pretty well recently and decided to get on the treadmill today. Here are the stats:

– Cal.: 289
– Fat Cal.: 90
– Incline: 3
– Time: 45min
– Dist.: 2.16 miles
– Laps: 8.6
– Speed: 3 average, 3.7 highest

Harvesting

9/22/07 40 lbs apples! (apprx) (See below under Recreation)

Homemaking

9/28/07 9 ½ pints of Mint Apple Syrup canned!

Recreation & Travel

9/17/07 Day trip to Whittier today! Got to go through (2.5 miles) the train tunnel! Very interesting and fun! Stats about the tunnel:

* Longest highway tunnel in North America (13,300′ or 2.5 miles).
* Longest combined rail and highway use tunnel in North America.
* First U.S. tunnel with jet turbine and portal fan ventilation.
* First computerized regulation of both rail and highway traffic.
* First tunnel designed for -40° F. and 150 mph winds.
* Portal buildings designed to withstand avalanches


Entrance to the Tunnel.


In the Tunnel.


Our playground for the day! (This pic is too small but two of our children are in it…mere specs in this majestic scenery!)

9/19/07 Day trip Glenallen/Kenny Lake area today – where dh grew up. In fact, we stopped at his old house, saw it was for sale so stopped in and looked around/took pictures. So cool for the children to see where Daddy grew up! We’ve been out there before but the older girls were really little and don’t remember. Plus, the house isn’t in the family any more so they only had a glimpse of it from the road. This time they got to wander around AND dh old tree fort (pretty elaborate) was still partially standing! Pretty neato! πŸ™‚


Daddy with all his children at his childhood home! Oh the memories of hauling water and firewood and using this…

It still has his name graffitied above the can that held the toilet paper!


The view dh grew up seeing! (Minus the satellite dish – that’s the current owners.)

9/22/07 Day trip to Seward. (Dh also lived here – from the time he was 14yo through high school.) Picked apples at a small orchard just down the road from our house before heading out though for the first time! Been passing it for years and always said we should stop in there “this year” but wouldn’t and then would say “next year.” LOL This year the sign said FREE and there was no way I was going to let dh keep driving! Got about 40 lbs! We had a lot of high winds and cold weather this year so the apples were small and there were a lot of windfalls so the owner just decided to open it up to everyone (rather than charging) so they wouldn’t go to waste. Even allowed everyone to pick off the trees so we got a good variety. Delicious! I’m going to be busy canning or drying or something! LOL Anyway, a little late heading out to Seward but at least we didn’t pass it up this year! In Seward, we mostly enjoyed exploring and playing at the old “homestead” (dh’s deceased grandparents 30 acres that now belongs to his mother/uncles with one uncle still living there). It’s on the bay and boy was the smell awful because the tide was out (spawned salmon)! :sick: But, the children went out on the beach anyway. When the tide came up, the smell was nice and fresh and salty again. πŸ™‚ We had a bonfire with the uncle and roasted hot dogs, etc. Been a long time since I’ve had a s’more! πŸ˜‰ Great fun and came home pleasantly tired. πŸ™‚

9/29/07 Bonfire at our friends the Mischenkos! Had a great time Grace – thanks for inviting us! πŸ™‚

Wildlife

9/02/07 Saw our third flock of geese flying south today (over the house). Yesterday some did too but the flock wasn’t as big. Last Wed., we saw our first one while at the store. That flock was big and flying high and fast. *sigh* It seems a little early to me…I’m not ready for Fall/Winter/cold weather. 😦

‘Til next time – Blessings,
~Tamara
♥ oxoxox ♥

June in Review

Chickens

6/01/07 1 (M)

6/02/07 0

6/03/07 1 (L)

6/04/07 2 (M & F)

6/05/07 1 (L)

6/06/07 1 (F)

6/07/07 2 (L & F)

6/08/07 0

6/09/07 2 (F & L)

NO EGGS FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS!! 😯

6/23/07 1 (L)

6/25/07 1 (L)

NO MORE EGGS FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH!! double 😯

Total = 12 😦

Children

6/09/07 L. is 2 mnths today!! Time flies… She giggled several times when I was nussling her neck and kissing her! She hadn’t done it since birth although she continued to be a smiley baby. I can’t wait to hear more of it! πŸ™‚

Celebrations

6/17/07 My parents celebrated 40 Years of Matrimony today! πŸ™‚ We love you guys so much – Congratulations! What a positive example you’ve set in this day and age. ♥

Garden

6/11/07 No gardening to speak of again this year for us. Just what’s already established. Basically, lilacs, rhubarb, raspberries and the crabapple tree. Two friends and the neighbor lady gave me flower starts so I have three pots of flowers on my deck. That’s it. The real gardening news today though is: First rhubarb picking! Pies coming. πŸ™‚

6/28/07 2nd rhubarb picking. 1rst pie! Yum! :mrgreen:

6/30/07 2nd pie! The kiddos can’t get enough. πŸ˜‰

Recreation

6/06 – 07/07 We all went to my parents for a visit and to see an aunt and uncle who are here for the summer from VT.

Humph

My bag of potting soil is missing. Dh and I both think we know what happened to it πŸ˜‰ but it’s a moot point now. I have a list of errands I’d like to accomplish today if dh has the time to get me out-n-about and I’ll add soil to my list; otherwise, it will have to wait until Thurs. when I have my midwife appt. Meanwhile, I’ll clean up the houseplants a bit. The pots and plantstand are really dusty and the plants themselves need some pruning. I have one daughter anxious to help me with that so it should be a good time if short on satisfying my gardening itch. :mrgreen:

Antsy

I just couldn’t stand it any more!

I pulled out all of my seeds, even before I was dressed, this morning. Knowing I was a little ahead of myself, I pushed them back to the corner of the counter and resolved to wait later in the day to do some planning. Accomplish our morning routine at least first. (They are there where I can see them and they’ll keep calling me and I won’t be able to put them off!) πŸ˜‰ I have no idea what I’ll be able to do this year…but preliminary talks have begun with dh. He tore up and out all the garden boxes from the last few years, etc. in anticipation of bringing in some topsoil (did two dump truck loads this past Sep./Oct. – hauled by hand to the backyard – *whew* ) and regrade the backyard. But, I can’t wait to see when or if we’ll get to that! I need to grow something and I need to it now! LOL I’m thinking tomatoes at least. They’ve done really well in large containers on our deck in the past and the deck is a safe place…at least as much as I can foresee into the future! LOL

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