Monday, January 30, 2012

Pondering the master...

Because I do so very little during the day, and have no incomplete projects to tend to *cough cough*, I thought it was time to ponder the master... We moved into the house 20months ago and nothing has been done in the master bedroom...Well, besides sleep and making a big mess of boxes of books, cds and dvds....I know, why are these things in the master bedroom??...Well simply because the book shelf they once lived on is currently occupied with childrens books, puzzles, games, lego, and other 3yr old appropriate stuff.

So last weekend I finally hung an empty frame and the candle sconces on the wall over the bed...

yay @ progress

We have had the same headboard for over a decade and to be honest I am a little more than over it...I am thinking of making it look like an upholstered headboard using the toile print that is currently hanging there while I "ponder" this idea....

I would love to add some yellow plaid in here too...why?...umm cause I like yellow plaid and think it would make a great contrast to the yellow/burgundy toile...The room is also void of curtains, with just cheap $5 blinds from Walmart and a blue airline courtesy blanket (thank you USAir) hanging on just one of them because I took down the other one to use at a window in another room...Yup I have classy window coverings for sure lol..

If you took the time to click and enlarge you would notice our uper cute sheets...My MIL gave them to us because she said they gave her nightmares with the bold print...They have grown on me and I have come to really love them....The current comforter is the "back-up" while our other one is waiting to go to the cleaners....

I will probably make a cover for it one day...we have had it for 12yrs and it is starting to show the wear, but each time I buy a new one we hate it and miss the old ones comfortable familiarity.


What needs to be done to make over this room??

  • Find a better place for the books, CDs and DVDs than stacked in various corners of the room.
  • Decide on fabrics and their uses. (curtains, bed cover etc)
  • Teach hubby to put his clothes into the dresser and not pile them on the floor in front of the dresser. (this is going to be a hard one because he does not like me to put his clothes away *shrugs*)
  • Work on getting toddler sleeping in her room so we can remove the toddler bed from our room...(we are still working on some bad habits from prior to her surgery, but are getting closer each day)
  • Sort out closet so it is more efficient to put the clothing away.
  • Win the lottery :)

Blessings Kelsie

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Rocky and the goats.

A little Rocky update for you...

For those who missed the earlier posts about Rocky.
He is a 2ish yr old Blue Heeler...(Australian Cattle Dog)...His mom and dad got divorced and he is(was) looking for a new family/home...

So far he has proved good with the chickens and allows them to eat his food, share his water and even wander in and out of his kennel.

Nardia hates him...Every time he sniffs at her or comes near her, she yelps and falls to the ground kicking her legs...Rather odd behavior I must say since usually she loves the opportunity to play with another dog...She is not speaking to any of us adult humans either and has taken to sleeping in the teenagers room lol...I guess at 13yrs old she is allowed to behave strangely and jealous.

Boots was uninterested in Rocky, like always he just wanted to know where the food was.

 So the big test was how he is with the goats...Though he was raised with goats, he has not been around any for 6 to 8 months, plus these are not the same goats he was bonded to as a puppy...He was not bad with ours and I am sure it was his herding instinct making him want to nip at their ankles...When there is a fence between them he will take his ball to the fence trying to get them to come out and play...but truly showed no aggression towards them.
Deenie was not happy with the intruder and actually worked very hard to keep him away from Boots as much as possible...She is going to be a good mummy one day.

But I would still not feel comfortable just yet leaving him alone with the goats, and really would prefer there is 2 of us in the pen when he is in there with them...He is young and new to us (and again not worked with goats for a good while), so will need a little work to get him where we need him and to respond immediately to our voice commands...

We are going to build a secondary pen next to the goat yard for him, and then we can rotate him and the goats so they can graze both pens...Right now we are forced to keep him on a runner which is not ideal, but better than where he was before...It also means more work for me since I have to take him and let him run in the goat yard each morning before I let the goats out of their smaller pen. Walk him on a lead because we do not have boundary fences up yet and he loses his head when he sees a cat...Another example of the work we need to do with him to turn him into a good working dog as he grows up...but all in all he is a good dog so far.

Blessings Kelsie



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Friday, January 27, 2012

Washing an apron the easy way..

It is so frustrating when you wash your apron and all the ties get wrapped around the rest of the laundry creating one big giant wad of tangled clothing...


Pop your apron into a "Lingerie Bag" before putting it into the washing machine.

Blessings Kelsie

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Taco Salad with Homemade Tortilla Bowl


I have shared this recipe before but it was part of a rather long post last year, so I thought I would share it again just as a stand alone recipe.

TACO SALAD BOWL


Ingredients: 
Extra Large Flour Tortillas
Pam none stick spray (I use canola)
1 pk Yellow Rice (I use Dixie Land because it has only 40mg Sodium content and I omit the additional salt the instructions tell you to add to boiling water)
1 pk Low Sodium Taco Mix (water and oil as per directions on pk)
1lb of ground beef (or you can sub ground turkey or even shredded chicken)
1/2 head of  Diced Lettuce (I used romaine for the one pictured because it is my fave)
1 or 2 fresh diced tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh cut green onion
shredded cheese (we like sharp cheddar)
Sour cream
Salsa of your choice

Pre-heat oven to 400F ... Invert small cereal bowls onto a cookie sheet (however many you want Tortilla bowls) Spray Tortillas with "Pam" front and back, drape one Tortilla per bowl...Place in oven and allow to cook for 15 minutes, or until golden around the edges...should give a nice hollow sound when tapped on.

Cook Yellow Rice as per packaging (again, I omit adding the salt)

Make the taco meat with the ground beef (or sub meat) according to packaging.

Assemble in this order:
Bowl, Rice, Lettuce, Meat, Cheese, Tomato and/or Salsa, Sour Cream, Green Onions.

You can add re-fried beans before the rice.... Avocado slices between the cheese and tomato or on the side.

Blessings Kelsie

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Chickens without boundaries....

For those that missed this mornings post...


Can anyone tell me the problem here??


A little closer look...In the middle of all those chickens is Rocky's food dish...


Then moments later one of those naughty hens decided to investigate Rocky's kennel too...

Think it is safe to say, Rocky has passed the chicken test...

Blessings Kelsie

Taking him for a test drive....

This is Rocky...He is a 2ish yr old Blue Heeler...(Australian Cattle Dog)...His mom and dad got divorced and he is looking for a new family...


If he is a good boy and gets alone with the rest of the animals then he very well may become our new Goat Guardian Dog.


Rocky was raises with goats, chickens and children (and other dogs)...So we hope he will be a good fit 


Here he is bonding with Farmer Brown this morning.


He really...I mean REALLY likes Lil Sara's Disney Princess ball.

Blessings Kelsie

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Afternoon sun spot...

 
Seems our old boy Cosmo found a new afternoon napping place...


Such a sweet big boy to those that love him...

Even at 10yrs old, he is still spry enough to bring home a squirrel or rabbit for dinner now and again..

Blessings Kelsie

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Home Land Security....


It was all hands on deck yesterday as we rallied together as a family to defend what is ours...


Or at least what is left....Do you see those 12 lovely green, romaine lettuce plants??
No, me either...What I do see is scratch holes where they used to be and my compost and mulch flung around the garden.


Desperate times call for desparate measures...


Even the youngest dug in and helped...


Then supervised some more.... 


Our front line of de-Fence started to take shape by early afternoon....


Do not worry my lovelies...We will protect you from those ravenous meandering chickens.


Obviously we still needed to attach the chicken wire at this point...but how cute and rustic is it looking??

And finally a use for all cherry Laurel TREES we have all over the property.

We ran out of time, wire (15 ft short, wouldn't you know it) and light yesterday, but hope to finish up today...

Blessings Kelsie


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Nature Coast State Trail...

 After spending the weekend house bound because lil Sara was sick with a yucky coughing bug...And the latest cold snap lasting almost 5 day (OMGosh!!!..I know 5 whole days of cold weather in Florida feels like a life time)...We were delighted on Monday to be back in the 70s and the wee one feeling well enough for us to escape our 4 walls.

So what to do??

Well she asked if she could take her bike out on the "road"...As we have no paved driveway or outside area, she has always just ridden her trike inside the house...But yesterday, I loaded it, her and a helmet into my car and took them to the Nature Coast State Trail...Well the Fort Fanning portion of it anyway...


The beauty of this part of the Trail is that it does not intersect with any roads for about 6 to 8 miles, so it is the perfect place for her to learn how to ride "on the road" without actually being on the road...She worked very very hard on her listening skills too.

She was exhausted after pedaling her wittle wegs off for a mile or so hehe.

Afterwards we headed over to the playground to make sure every last drop of her energy was spent...got home just before sunset to feed the animals.

I am going to try and get hubby to come with us later this week and head to the Old Town Trail Head which is supposed to be about a mile from the parking lot to the old train trestle bridge over the Suwannee River...Will take the camera for sure.

A little bit about the Trail:
In the early 1900’s the railroad was replacing the steamship as the freight and passenger carrier of the Nature Coast. Trains hauled crops and timber throughout the Suwannee Valley, making passenger stops in small towns such as Chiefland, Cross City and Trenton. Today you can travel in the shadow of these early trains by retracing their historic route in the Nature Coast State Trail. The 31.7 miles of the Nature Coast Trail connects three counties and five communities.



Blessings Kelsie

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Blessings Book - Page 5...Eph 4:29


I am seeing real improvement in my art skills doing these pages, as well getting much quicker.

Blessings Kelsie

Saturday, January 14, 2012

My Book of Blessings

 I started a new project this week...It is a journal...BUT only for Happy Thoughts and bible verses...a place to count the days blessings no matter how small...

IT IS
Cover

I am not a writter...actually anyone that has followed my blog for any length of time will notice I tend to share more images than words...and this will be the case for this journal too I am sure.

Page 1

The first page of course is about My FAMILY...and though many times they are driving me insane, they are also a joyful blessing and bring me many opportunities for growth.


I just have to take the time to remember it.



The lyrics playing the moment our baby girl was brought into the world by emergency C-Section,  7 weeks preemie...3 little birds told us "Every little thing is going to be alright".

Start of Page 2

.Most of the time prayer will help me thru the bad spots, but sometimes I find it hard to know how to pray or where to start reading in my bible when I am really low....My hope is that having this book will help me focus...

Blessings Kelsie

Friday, January 13, 2012

Revisiting an old love...

Yesterday I got a few quiet moments just for me, so I snatched up the kiddies crayola water color set and headed out to sit in the sun on the front porch.

A little disclaimer, back in my pre-marriage days I was an oil painter, water-colors are something quite different...I am also year out of practice with a brush, but boy did it feel good to have one in my hand again.


Painting a moving chicken was a challenge since the girls were in full "find the bug mode" all over the front yard...Maybe I should try working from my chicken photographs to begin with.


My Jar lid might be a little lope sided but I was happy with how the glass jar turned out...

I think next time I have some quiet moments for myself, I will dust of my old text books and do some of the basic exercises in the Elements of Design....after all 12yrs is a very long time when you are not using a skill set.


Blessings Kelsie

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Random Chicken Post


I love taking photos of the chickens...Don't ask me why, I just do.


We walked around the side of the house the other day and was spotted by the chickens, one second they where at the goat pen, the next second making a bee-line (or should I say a chicken-line) for us.


They love Lil Sara, she usually brings them food...Sometimes they will even eat directly from her hand.


I really do love seeing such happy chickens, making happy chicken noises around my house.



Providers of hours of endless entertainment and yummy eggs.

And oh so pretty

Blessings Kelsie

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Lavender for Goat Lice?

As tends to happen when you have indoor/outdoor animals, we got invaded by fleas...They were pretty persistent on the dog, and it took a double dose of Advantage (2 weeks apart) and then finally the flea pill from the vet...


But in the meantime, the couch being the only soft furnishing in the living room, got infected (what does this have to do with the goat lice?...I am getting to that)...Well since we have a 3 yr old, I did not want to use harsh chemicals on the piece of furniture she loves to sleep on, so I started researching how to use Lavender on household furnishings to get rid of fleas...Well in my search I also discovered a method used to remove them from your dog...

Simply mix a few drops of lavender oil in a bottle or bowl of water...dip or spray the brush and deep groom you pet...It also mentioned it gets rid of ticks and lice...*light bulb moment*

Due to the winter break from Headstart, I was not able to use the store brought chemicals on the goats because I had a constant companion of our 3yr old, and hubby kept "forgetting" (don't even get me started)

So today I brushed the goats with a brush wet down with Lavender Oil and water....Boots tolerated the brushing and his coat looks gorgeous this afternoon, Deenie was not quiet as co-operative, but I think I managed to brush most of her....I will brush them again tomorrow...and see how the lice look over the next few days...I really hope this is successful and I can take the nasty chemical treatment back to the store for a refund since it is still unopened.

Blessings Kelsie 


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Goin' on a Bug Hunt!!

Saturday we went ladybug hunting...


I guess Sara must have heard they like bright colors when she got dressed this morning...NOTE the gloves, I was told you need these incase you find frogs, "cause they is gicky" 


We looked under the front steps at the old house...Nope, no bugs...perhaps these chickens ate them all.


We checked at "Sara's Tree"...A gift from a neighbor while I was pregnant...NOPE no bugs there..


We found Diablo the stray cat that...yes we feed....was abandoned on our property a few months back....He might have bugs but I was not going to get close enough to find out.


After all the walkin' and huntin' we needed a break...So we sat on the back of daddy's 1958 Volvo to rest.


Nardia was like...That is enough 'laxin' let's go !!!

So we headed over to the veggie garden.


Hmmm...Something has been nibbling on the cabbages...I think it might have long ears and a fluffy tail.


It also bounded thru the Romaine lettuce and snapped them off...I think I would prefer to see them eaten than wasted.


Carrots are looking good...Thank goodness no bugs here.


Seems the cold snap (18F) two nights in a row has taken care of all the bugs...It also took care of the pepper plants as well...Our temp greenhouse did allow us to harvest another basket of fruit before this happened though.


Well if we can't find bugs...Let's go play in the goat playgound instead.


Boots says "Don't forget about me"

Maybe when it gets a little warmer we will see the Ladybugs at our house again.

Blessing Kelsie