Daughter and I sat down one day and looked through some photos I'd pinned on Pinterest. We went outside and chose some rocks for painting, washed them well, and then made these.
She made the green kitty with sunglasses for me (green because she knows it is one of my favorite colors.) The owl has glow in the dark varnish on the eyes. All of them have been sprayed with a spray-on clear coat to protect them from hail. We put them in our gardens. There is also a smaller ladybug that Daughter made, but I couldn't find it when I was taking photos.
|I picked the left side of the patch a few days ago and got a huge bowl of lettuce. |
After I took this photo, I picked the right side - another huge bowl!
It will be enough for the next 4-5 days.
|Tomato plants (Oregon Spring) I started from seed. THey are about a foot tall now.|
In my flower beds, I keep finding new, exciting things. I assume that most of them are perennials we have planted over the years that were dormant (or too small to bloom) during the last several years of drought. In any case, I have a lot of flowers that feel like they are 'new' this year. I hope to divide some and move others, if we continue to get rainy weather. I also discovered some beet berry in the old herb garden. I thought it had died off over time, so I will (happily!) move it to the new herb garden so it does not get trampled. (The old herb garden is now under my clothes lines.)
I picked flowers and sprigs of lemon balm to make a bouquet for the kitchen table.
|bunny program bunnies|
|Mrs. Patmore, an English Angora rabbit.|
We were able to get our truck repaired this week! It was making a strange howling noise for a while. The mechanics who heard it did not know what it was....or tried something that did not fix it. The howl turned into a low growl (it sounds like we have a wolf in there!), plus a couple of people recommended that we take it to Al and have him check it. Al determined that it was the carrier bearing, which is a doohickey that is behind the U-joint. He replaced it, and our truck is quiet again. I looked it up - if we had not persisted and found someone to fix this, it could have been a much more serious (and costly) repair in just a few weeks. We bought our truck new...21 years ago. It has been very reliable and has needed very few repairs. Everything still works - even the air conditioning! - and we hope to keep it going for a long time.
I was able to pick up 100 feet of flexible drainage pipe that someone listed on a local freecycle page. We have some drainage we want to install and this is one of the things we will need to complete that project. Free is a great price! We also talked about some improvements we want to make in our back yard. We have some of the supplies on hand, so we may be able to get started soon.
We have some large stumps that were removed from the front yard last summer. Husband removed as much as he could for firewood, but Daughter wanted to keep them, because she likes playing in and around them. This weekend, we used some rope and plywood to make a 'sled', and rolled them onto that to relocate them to a space out back. Moving them felt like a Redneck Cautionary Tale waiting to happen, but it acutally went well. This became Daughter's "camp".
|There are spaces beneath some of the logs that she can use to cache her supplies.|
|'Wild game' (a fish and a bunny) on a line in camp, to keep bears from taking it.|
We borrowed books and media from the library. Daughter completed the first level of the summer reading program and got her coupon sheet for that. We attended a free library program as well, and had our first bunny program of the season.
My friend lent us some items we will use to help create Daughter's costume for the Renaissance festival this summer. She also gave me cuttings for coleus and spider plants, some cranberry beans (to grow or to eat? I still haven't decided).
We spent a lot of time outdoors, enjoying the nice weather. We had some rainy days that saved us some water as well. We have been busy mowing, moving plants, trimming trees and swatting mosquitoes.
How about you? What did you do this past week to spend less, save more and make do? What did you do for fun, and how were you blessed?