Friday, July 18, 2014

Wildflowers, Fruits and Animals - A day in the Life of Steve and Jen

The extreme motivator arrived...almost 400 wildflower plugs! I don't know how we can fit one more thing into our days, but the excitement of creating this wildflower farm might have something to do with it.

Steve somehow finds reserves of energy from deep within and keeps on keepin' on! He took to the bed prep challenge immediately, even after a long day at the office.

He enjoyed a little help from L.G. and...

Minnie Pearl (my birthday arrival kitty). What will we do with this girl?? She tags along by us, but cannot stand being handled and she needs spayed asap. Yes, you know what I mean.

Until we figure that out, we will focus on the bed prep!

And, all the delicious grapes coming on the vine...

the homemade blueberry jam from the 40 lbs of berries we picked at Berryfield Farm...

and the showstopper beets!

We turned these beauties into this and we loved, loved, loved this meal!

And, just to hint at something else fun happening...

Woo hoo!!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

L.G.'s New Pad aka Chicken Run

5 chickens returned home these past couple of weeks and we have one remaining here - Little Girl (L.G.). She's got quite the kingdom now and we feel it's well deserved after the brutal treatment from the other chickens. We may add another one or two at some point, but we are enjoying the freedom from the past complicated setup. L.G. laid the biggest eggs and now we are collecting a reasonable amount for us.

Here Steve's working on setting the gate:

Jennifer attaches the gate to the post:

Fencing is going up! Steve is working on making the join with the coop:

Steve, of course, salvaged this fencing and we adore its old-timey charm.

Pretty nice for L.G.!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

New Wildflower Bed!

Steve's been incredibly busy preparing this new wildflower bed. Poison ivy, grape vine, roadside trash and cobble-size stones ruled this zone so it took a lot of work to get it to the planting stage.

He's still got a smile on his face, but this spot might have made even Steve feel a little kicked in the butt.

Jennifer's Grandpa Vorndran's tiller made the whole project possible. What a work horse. We like to think that Grandpa is looking down on us and giving a nod of approval.

There's still lots of roots, trash and stone to clean up, but we are almost there!


What's to come? Lots of prairie plants including a large planting of broad-leaved coneflower, butterflyweed and ironweed. It's going to look fabulous!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Reclaimed Wood Tool (Or Whatever You Like) Caddy

The flowers are starting to bloom here and we LOVE it!

We cut a few blooms to add to Steve's beautiful new...

reclaimed wood tool or whatever you like caddy! Check it out - incredible! It will be a miracle if we ever have anything to sell since Jennifer must keep everything he makes.