4Ocean

Have you heard of the 4Ocean movement?  It’s pretty awesome.  They hire local people to remove trash from coastlines before it has a chance to go into the ocean, and they have full-time captains and crews cleaning our oceans and intracoastal waterways 7 days a week.  They do it one pound at a time.

I’m proud to support the 4Ocean movement and I encourage you to do the same.  Can you imagine not having clean water to drink, bathe or swim in?  We are all in this together.

When you purchase a 4Ocean bracelet you are, in effect, removing one pound of trash.  If you think about how much a plastic bottle weighs, that’s a whole lot of garbage!  The bracelet is made from recycled materials.  The beads are made from 100% recycled glass.

Thanks 4Ocean for your commitment to cleaning up our coastlines and oceans by pulling out garbage – one pound at a time.

Until next time . . .

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Some Like it Hot

Some like it hot . . . not me.  I prefer temperatures in the 70s and low 80s going into summer.  Here where I live it’s been in the mid to high 90s for over a week.  I just realized yesterday why I’m feeling so sluggish and exhausted.  It’s the heat!  I’m grateful that today it’s cloudy with showers and a temperature of 70.  It feels so good!

Today is going to be a housecleaning day if I can motivate myself, because after putting it off for a few days, my friend is coming tomorrow so we can paint our barn quilts.  Mine is primed with the pattern drawn on ready for paint.  It’s going to look awesome hanging on our barn.  I’m also going to paint a barn quilt for our neighbor.  She’s in the process of picking out her pattern.  Once she sends me her design, I’ll graph it and get to work on it.  I have a goal of creating a barn quilt trail up and down our county road.  How awesome would it be to drive past every homestead displaying a barn quilt?

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Queen Bee Check

Today is Day 3 after hiving my bees and it was time to check to see if the queen had been released.  To my great relief (after an almost sleepless night) she had been and the bees were very busy building honeycomb.  It’s windy today, so I didn’t want to spend too much time in the hive, but I did manage a few pictures.  Hopefully on my next inspection it will be a nice calm day so I can pull frames and find the queen.

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Random Foto Friday

Welcome to Random Foto Friday where I share some of my favorite moments from around the farm this week.  It was an exciting week as I received my first ever package of bees which I installed on Tuesday.  Upon checking on the hive yesterday morning – Day 2 – I saw two bees bringing pollen into the hive!  I was super excited as this was a good sign that all is going well in the hive.  Today I’ll be checking to confirm that the Queen has been released from her cage and has begun laying eggs.

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The Scent of Lilacs

I don’t think there’s any other scent that takes me back to my childhood like lilac does.  I remember playing in my neighborhood and at my grandma’s house where the scent of lilac filled the air.  I am and always have been an outsider . . . meaning that I have always preferred being outside than inside.  I’d much rather mow the lawn than cook or do dishes.  Yep, it’s the outsiders life for me!

I’m blessed to have two old lilac trees out front of wonky old farmhouse.  As I came around from the back this morning, the scent of lilac was intoxicating.  I decided to cut some stems and bring them indoors to freshen the house.  They not only smell gorgeous, they look gorgeous!

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My Bees Have Arrived!

It’s an exciting day on the farm as I picked up and hived my first ever package of bees!  Moving methodically and with care, it was a surprisingly easy task.  All those sleepless nights were for naught.  If you’ve taken a class or watched umpteen bee installation or hiving videos on YouTube, rest assured that you can do it.

Here’s a little video I made of my first ever installation of a package of bees.

 

Until next time . . .

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Random Foto Friday

Welcome to Random Foto Friday where I share moments from around the farm this week.  It’s been an exciting week with warm, sunny weather over last weekend and into the earlier part of this week.  Brian and I got a cement pad laid for our electrician to come in and move the A/C unit and generator so that our landscaper can come in and do her magic.  I’m really looking forward to putting a pretty face on this wonky old farmhouse.

Not a beautiful picture . . . but it’s progress!

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Farm Visitors

We were privileged to host Prairie View Elementary School yesterday.  It was a chilly, rainy day, but everyone enjoyed themselves anyway.  We hosted two tours, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

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In Full Spring Swing

We’ve been having some beautiful weather which is wonderful for getting things done around the farm.  This past weekend Brian and I laid the cement pad for the air conditioner and generator to sit on.  It was a lot of work and it turned out great.  Next week the electrician will be here (finger’s crossed) to move the A/C and generator, and then the landscaping can begin.  The landscaper will be here on Thursday to finalize the plan.  After three years of living in wonky old farmhouse, she’ll finally have a pretty face!

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A Well Planted Pot

I’ve always loved the lush abundance of a well planted pot alive with colorful flowers and vines dripping over the edges.  You see them in greenhouses, often with hefty price tags.  I decided this year to plant up my own pots and only time will tell if I’ve filled them well enough.

I started with a good potting soil and planted one dracaena plant in the middle of each pot, followed by three red geraniums, one euphorbia, one bacopa, and two sweet potato vines.  They look pretty and hopefully they’ll fill in with that lush abundance I’m looking for.  The other thing I need to keep on top of is watering.  This year I’m going to water with liquid fertilizer in the watering can.  These particular plants sit in full sun all day, so watering is imperative.  As is turning them one quarter turn a day to keep them growing in evenly.

I didn’t get to the blueberry bushes although I did give them a good watering.  Perhaps tomorrow.

Until next time . . .

 

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