Monday, April 02, 2007

A busy week


With spring and all its beauty brings work. We woke early today. Finished chores and school by 10:00am and went to work. The oldest two boys headed over to the neighbors yard to mow, it is about a half acre and they get it done in around two hours, switching off as they get tired. It really is neat to watch their team work. If one is on a hill and is having a hard time pushing the mower up, the other will run over and help get it to the top.
Seth my 3rd oldest and I along with all the little ones headed out to our backyard to turn over the dirt for the garden. The rains have made it much easier to turn the sod over which made me super thankful. Our plot this year will be about 20x8. Last year we did raised container gardening but I did not have good luck with that. I think it might be too hot here for that. We still have alot of prep work to get the garden ready to plant, but hopefully we will be ready by this weekend.

The chicks will arrive Monday. I cant wait! So we also need to get the chicken tractor finished, that will be pretty easy.

I have blueberry bushes to plant along our fence line in a section of the yard that is going to be our berry garden, with blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and whatever other berries I can get in there.

We also hope to get a few fruit trees in this spring. Lots to do!

Donna asked what pattern I use for the jumpers. I actually have taken ideas from about 3 different patterns and put them together to make what I wanted, which was basically a dress with no uncovered seams. In other words all the seams are enclosed in the bodice. But here are a few that you can use and are two of the ones that I pulled together to make my jumper.

See and Sew 4488
New Look 6850

Basic jumper patterns are a dime a dozen, so just look through your local fabric shop and you'll find something you like. I realized after sewing for a few months and buying way to many patterns that they are alot alike. You have your bodice, lining and your skirt. Then you just have to tweak it to make it what you want.

4 comments:

rcsnickers said...

Do you can your fruits and veg from your garden? Care to share canning techniques? I am going to "attempt? to can this year.

Letisha

Elise said...

All this gardening talk is making me very upset with our weather - which is sunny one day, and snowing the next! Freezing is not good for my herbs. :(
I'm glad things are going forward with your garden, though - really, I am! :)

Tiany said...

My goodness Im tired from just reading your post! You are one busy Mama! Im sure baby has settled into a nice little place in the family. Glad all is going so well for you! The dresses are lovely!

GINA said...

I HAVENT BEEN ON THE COMPUTER FOR SOME TIME NOW AND WAS JUST CATCHING UP--BUSY AROUND HERE TOO. ANYHOW I ALWAYS ENJOY THE PICTURES OF THE KIDS IN THE FLOWERS THAT YOU TAKE AND SEND. WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ONE TO REPLACE THE ONE ON THE FRIDGE. HINT HINT. NOT SURE WHEN I WILL GET BACK ON SO IN THE MEAN TIME TAKE CARE!

Oh that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! Duet 5:29