Garden Notes

Late September, my dad gifted me a gift card to a local garden shop (agriculture shop? I dunno, they sell things for the garden, chickens, hay, etc…) Anyways, Kat and I took off one Saturday a few weeks back to see what we could find. A few of my garden tools died last winter after being left out (funny thing, all that snow, ruining wooden handles and things…), so I was aiming to replace them.

Z. just goofing. (How could I not include it?)
Z. just goofing. (How could I not include it?)

We browsed and browsed (and browsed some more) and finally managed to come up with a few little tools and garden gloves for the kiddos (I briefly considered some for myself, but I realized I’d just be super frustrated with the bulk of them, and decided I’d just rather have my hands be dirty than not be able to work).

Anyways, I had also been really, really hoping they would have garlic. I have been wanting to buy garlic (for planting) for several years now, and just never seemed to get around to doing it at the right time. And then this year, I finally remembered, but then I was overwhelmed with the online selection. But, they had the garlic there at the store! Just a few heads left, so I bought them!


Homegrown garlic is probably one of my very favorite things to come out of the garden 🙂

The little pamphlet I picked up mentioned that the soil should be nice and loose, etc….


This is the location I was wanting to plant.


Ok, so it was the other end of the box, but they used the entire box for the same purpose. And they’ve been using the entire box for the last four months or so.

And the dirt was SO trampled down.

So, I set my handy dandy helpers to work turning over the soil:

They tried to take turns with the tools. And LOVED their new gloves (Kat’s actually had a hole in them, which I’ve since fixed, but maybe that’s why she wasn’t thrilled?)

We ended up not doing the actual planting that day. So we came back to it a few days later:

There are still two more heads waiting to be planted. Don’t know why we didn’t just do all of them that day. But, maybe tomorrow?

The other garden-y thing I want to do is replant our Day Lilies. We have two plants that haven’t been touched in a few years and they’ve become quite dense. So, maybe I can manage to squeeze that in tomorrow as well? Here’s hoping.

Oh, and I guess it’s semi-garden related, but I’m meeting with our neighbor tomorrow about a tree overhanging our yard. The tree has a few problems (#understatementoftheyear). The major one being that *IF* it were to, say, fall or lose anymore branches (two have already fallen, just this summer) it would land on our yard. Now, fences and houses can be repaired, but I have little guys that would not be so easily repaired if it were to land on them. I have a quote to have it removed, but it’s quite high. So, hoping we can work with the owner to have something done so I can let the kids out back without being super afraid for them. Prayers?


(Also, please let me know if the video doesn’t work)~~~Country Kids

Outdoors in the rain

We had a rainy day last week. I know, big deal. It rains. We need it. But, honestly I rarely let the kids go outside in it. Not so much because I’m concerned about them getting sick by being out in the weather (I don’t really buy into that particle notion, but moving on…), but more for the mess factor. And the fact that if I let them go out, there’s more chance that have to go out and I don’t really find that all enjoyable.

But, anyways, the link up this post is linked to is hosted by a woman in England. Where it rains. Frequently. And I notice when I look through other linked posts, there are ALWAYS some that show kids going for walks in the rain. So….. I figure if they can go for walks in the rain, we can go for walks in the rain.

This was during our 24-hour “vacation” over the weekend. The walk was made more fun by umbrellas I think, especially the brand new one Kat received for her birthday a few weeks back. I mean, what better way to break it in than a nice rainy walk on the beach?

We also were able to watch the crazy surfers. And attempt not to slip and fall in the mud on the path down to the beach – no one did to my recollection.

There was only a minor catastrophe while walking back the wind was getting a bit more intense and Johny managed to have his umbrella flip inside out and catch his finger in the process (it was mostly a pinch, but he’s my sensitive guy). Switching umbrellas, promises of a warm fire, cozy blankets and board games brought the world back to rights.

Nicki did great, although he was a little confused.

I’d have to say overall a success. Although I am partial to beaches in almost any weather. And if I can procure some more rain appropriate clothing I think we’ll be all set! 🙂


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City Kids Out of Doors: chalk fun and picnics {p,h,f,r}

We’ve had a few non-rainy days this week 🙂 One was ever really, really, “warm”. I know, I know, all my Southern friends will laugh when I say the temp reached *maybe* 65,  but for us… that’s warm. And maybe even jacket-less 😉

This was from our picnic. I should have thought to grab a shot of all the kids eating, but we ended up inviting the neighbor girls over to eat with us… and I *did* take a photo of all of them together but not my kids so I didn’t want to just be posting photos of them. Anyways, good times. I’m sure we’ll have more picnics and I’ll be taking more photos of them eating. But, so, so glad we’re getting back to this point. I think it helps everyone be in a better mood 🙂


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Chalk.  I’m a sucker for {photos of} spilled crayons, chalk, etc…

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Katherine wrote the numbers (all of them are there 1-10). Karl was pointing them out and counting.   {Homeschool moment of the day! #win}

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This particular day was a bit on the hard side, for me at least. Katherine was in “no play” punishment for the day on account of hitting, yelling, scratching, etc…. her brothers.

We’ve I’ve been struggling with how to deal with this because she isn’t normally like this. Yes, she’s a bossy big sister, oldest child and all. And there’s a certain degree to which that’s just her role in the age order, and everyone really does just accept it. The boys look up to her, and I think in a lot of ways wait for her to lead the way; they really seem a little lost without her, Johnny especially.

Anyways, Jared imposed the no-play-day, which was fine, but I was left to implement it. Which was probably just as hard for me as it was for her.

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He never did quite get the hang of hopping on one foot, but he had a great time jumping around

In which they all try to jump while holding hands…

{I’m thinking this may work better when they’re just a little bit older}

lines work better
lines work better


We made it through the day though, for what it was worth. I’ve since been thinking about other ways to address the issue and have come up with a few ideas.

It seems what I’ve come out of these last few days learning is the amount of pro-active work that it takes to teach children right from wrong, good from bad, kind from unkind.

I think I always just thought that those things were inherent in each person because I don’t remember specifically learning right from wrong, but I know if I was anything like my kids are then I must have had to learn it at some point.

It just seems a bit daunting to take on the task of teaching right and wrong.

{Real Life Blog Posting for You: I wrote this piece last, and wanted to take it further, but…. my brain is fried and I’m feeling overwhelmed, so I’m gonna publish and ask for prayers! Tomorrow is supposed to be nice again, and we’re planning on cooking-out! Kids are excited! So am I! Enjoy the rest of the photos!}

Katherine's hopscotch, again, all the numbers are there! To Note: "Mine is pretty, it has a flower on top" ~ Katherine
Katherine’s hopscotch, again, all the numbers are there!
To Note: “Mine is pretty, it has a flower on top” ~ Katherine

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Zachary didn’t make it outside with us on the hopscotch day. It was just a little bit cooler and breezier than I wanted him to be out in. Plus he was “napping” (although I did hear him from one of the not-supposed-to-be-opened windows while we were outside).

After we went in, I decided to try my hand with feeding him rice and beans.

All the other kids LOVE them…

… Don’t know how sure he is of them just yet.

Anyways, I guess I should just start terming these posts “photo dump posts” because that’s what they’ve become 🙂

~Ruth Anne

Linking with Finding Beauty, Like Mother Like Daughter
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

City Kids Out of Doors: planting

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Last month the kids, and by the kids I mean I, purchased some plants for Jared for his birthday. I know, I know, it was totally romantic and “exactly what he wanted”, but they were relatively inexpensive and the kids go absolutely crazy over buying tangible things (as opposed to the gift cards that he.. *ahem*… really wanted). I mean what 5yo wants to buy daddy a gift card for his birthday? But anyways, I digress. So we bought these nice colorful plants.

I made sure to buy bulb plants, not just cut flowers, just for the reason of being able to plant them when the ground thawed.

So the ground has been nicely thawing for a few weeks, and the plants have been pretty much dying inside the house because… they’re plants (with flowers) and I have a really hard time keeping plants living in my house. Something about having to water them regularly? Anyway, moving on.

Tuesday was the day!

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Raw, windy, very chilly Tuesday.

I basically started a hole for them and had them dig it out. Johnny’s plant, the primrose, is the one I’m most concerned about not making it.

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The worms were out in full force.

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I wish I could say the above was *only* a posed squeamish face, but…. she really was not impressed with the worms.

But, dig on we did:

And removed from packaging…

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Inspected the bulbs/root system…



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Numerous discussions occurred about when the flowers will come back (hopefully they’ll make it through). They seem pretty excited that next spring they should see these flowers again.

And then we planted…

And patted down the dirt…

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… you’ve guessed it! His hands got dirty!

We spent the brief remainder of our outdoor time making kites/flags from the plant wrappers

And riding the bike, always riding the bike!

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~Ruth Anne

Linking with:

Finding Beauty and

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall