There is something so invigorating about opening a window on a spring day especially after a long winter. Even if, the day brings rain it has it’s own refreshing smells that we can enjoy. The days where the sun is shining and the birds are singing their songs tend to put a “spring in our steps!” That is what I hope to be able to share with each of you. Little bits of information, hints of my junk hunts, and maybe tales of life on the farm. My hope is that each of you already know or over time this belief will increase that you are beautiful, capable, and courageous. Human beings are each one absolutely amazing!
I became Mom at 17yrs old and had three kids by the age of 21. All the while, I was also doing the chores on the farm while my husband traveled to livestock auctions being a broker near and far. Over the years we have had sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, chickens, horses, dogs, cats, and cattle. In addition to those main stock we have had a few additional animals like llamas, alpaca’s, donkey’s, buffalo’s, fainting goats, zebu’s, pot bellied pigs, and peacocks. We couldn’t always afford to take each of our animals to the vet so I read a lot of books: Merrick’s Veterinary Manual (a classic), Paula Simmons Raising Sheep the Modern Way, Paula Simmons Storey’s Guide to Raising Sheep, Phillip Keller A Shepherd’s Look at Psalms 23 (every lambing season). I was also blessed to have a dear friend who would come over when things were complicated. She was a vet and taught myself and children how to navigate when a ewe was prolapsing how to save both Mom and baby, amongst many other techniques. Sharon helped me save my horses leg when he got tangled up into barbed wire.
My curiosity and tenacity in the medical field kept me asking questions I guess it wasn’t just with animals. When I took the kids to the doctor, I asked him lots of questions. We talked about the kids and about the animals. He had raised sheep too. He would smile and answer my questions. He nicknamed me, Farmwife101. Life on the farm can be intense. It has prepared me for many of the very challenging experiences over the years. I wouldn’t have changed it for the world!
Life this spring has been pretty wet. Which has made things pretty muddy. I keep thinking about how nice and green it will be. My green thumb is anxiously awaiting the day when I can dig in the dirt. I know that some people need the beach. Some folks exercise for a high. I get elbow deep in dirt. Until then, I ordered some starts from Burpee Seeds and Plants (burpee.com) the strawberry plants are looking marvelous and the coleus are just starting to come up from the dirt. In our part of the country you can’t plant anything until after Mother’s Day. If you do you could loose it because of a frost. It’s important to know the climate you live in to know when to plant.
One of my favorite patio planters is an old wash tub. I use a combination of (4) Martha Washington Geraniums (3) Sweet Potato Vines (1) Spike (2) Coleus. When I purchase my plants I use a local grower when at all possible. I set my plants on top to get an idea of where I want to place each plant. Place them into the soil.
Stir together until well mixed. You can spoon this mixture around the base of most flowering plants, except for African violets, Don’t, mix into the soil, just let it sit on top of the soil.
Apply this mixture monthly.
Aphid Spray: 1tsp olive oil, 1tsp dish soap, 4.5 Liters water Place in Spray Bottle. Spray under Leaves.
Once planted, they do take daily attention. If you can, set up an automatic watering system. Just as we need food and water daily for optimal performance, so do these gorgeous plants to achieve their optimal beauty. If you are looking for those big gorgeous planters you can plant them now but will need to keep them inside. But, by that Father’s Day BBQ you will have an amazing patio design.
Many have asked “ where do you find all of your junk?” To tell you the truth it’s in many different places. Just like you I am a Yard Sale Junkie! I have bought something and thought it was old only to get home and found the “made in China” sticker-lol. On the other hand, I have found the hidden treasure. I have become more picky in my purchases. Looking for more of the unusual and unique items. There seems to be tons of estate companies (absoluteestatesolutions.com & www.resolutionestate.com) and a few auctions(owensauction.com) around. I also have the garage sale app on my phone.
Using the mapping abilities has been a plus. My secret though, have fun! One of my funnest memories is a crazy truck load from Idaho. One of my most favorite buddies was with me, Amanda. We went to a couple of stops. What I didn’t tell her was that we were going to also pick up a couple of goats and chickens for my husband. We ended up strapping down a whole load of junk. Had goats in two dog carriers. And a container of chickens! We seriously looked like the Clampets going down the road. I told her I was going to get her on the top in a rocking chair with a shotgunn! Don’t be the people that are crazy intense and going fist to cuffs. Your golden nugget is waiting for you to find it or make it.
Let your light shine. Be present with those whom you are with, they need you. Make sure to look yourself in the mirror today and tell yourself how beautiful that you are. Remember that you have 100% success rate up to today at making it! So as my Mama use to say...” Keep on, keeping on”.