Monday, May 16, 2011

And more rain!

Okay, so it's been a while, again.  Obviously I don't have as much time as I think I do or would like to.  LOL.

Let's see, where did I leave off last time?  Okay, so the garden is growing little by little, I am sure due to the sun being MIA all the time, though if the Weather Channel app on the iPhone is correct this week starting Tuesday is supposed to be sunny for about 5 days in a row.  I won't hold my breath though.
Okay, so I was the last one in the family to get a Build-A-Bear.  Kara and Liam got me gift certificates last Christmas or Birthday, and I used them this Mother's Day!  Her name is Twinkle Toes and she is a bunny.  That is Robert's Build-A-Bear fireman next to her.  lol

The last sunny day we had, Raymond was busy weeding the front planter around the deck and Nik was mowing the front lawn (and flexing, because you really can't steer the mower like that hahaha).  Mom even made lunch and we ate on the front deck.  But as you all know, it is now back to the rain, again.  :(

 This is Gus and R2 being king of the hill.
 This is little P2, the only girl of the bunch!  She has curly hair just like Phoebe!
 Here are the four youngest kids.  M1, P2, P1, and M2 bringing up the rear!  They are all growing and doing great!
This is R2 with Gus in a close up.  He is so cute.  He lost his voice a little as we weaned him from Rachel, but is doing great and just hangs with dad Gus.  We are milking Rachel morning and night and using her milk to feed to Pig, who is growing and growing.
 Pig and Marty, yes Pig is bigger now, but Marty is still head pig!!!  lol
Hopefully, we will get lots of bacon and a few hams and pork chops and such!!!  We will probably be butchering him around the end of August or so.
 Here is the lettuce, spinach and onions, growing, growing!!
 Broccoli, cauliflower and potatoes in the back.
 And because we had so many potato starts, Mom and I started them in bags with dirt, potting soil and compost.  Then as they grow, we will cover with straw or any kind of mulch to keep the potatoes out of the sun and then harvest.  This is the first time I have done potatoes this way, so we will see how it goes.  I used leftover feed bags from the chicken and turkey food.
I finally transplanted the largest tomato plants I had from inside.  These are Roma Paste tomatoes.  I doubled up on the cover so they stay about 8 degrees warmer inside than outside, and they look like they are doing fine.  Will try to transplant some peppers next and cover the same way to keep them warmer until summer finally arrives, who knows when that will be.

Made the best granola the other day and have been eating it nonstop with yogurt and without!  It has rolled oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, almonds, oil, maple syrup, a little bit of salt and craisins.  Yummy, yummy!

Also, made the best macaroni and cheese the other day from a recipe on  It was so yummy and good and had bacon and onions too!!

Rob is off to work today, doing a 9-hour overtime shift, Kara and Liam are off to school, and I am here at home as usual.  Kara is all done with softball this year.  She is so bored now as there is nothing after school for her now.  Liam is still playing baseball.  Rob has decided there are to be no more Saturday games, as the only two games we have lost we played on Saturdays.  haha  I can't believe there is only one month left of school for them.  They just started, it can't be done yet.  How time flies, huh!?

We are going to the Green Festival in Seattle this weekend.  Should be fun to see all the different things offered and ideas to learn for being green.


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