diapers, diapers, and more diapers!

Well, I’m going to delve into the world of sewing my own diapers. P-man’s diapers just don’t fit right, and I’m tired of listening to my hubby complain about their fit. So….. I just bought 24 yards of flannel (yikes!). If they’re a success, I’m hoping to sell them.
Also, we finally finished the chicken coop, and it looks great! Our girls love it, and it’s placed behind the house so no one can really see it from the road. Now we can’t wait for them to start laying eggs! We’ve really been missing those fresh eggs.

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I’m Back!

Hi everyone! After a long trip to visit family, and a very hectic few weeks afterward, I’m back! As for what’s going on around here, we’re building a new chicken coop since we got 7 new chicks, Matt will be in TN for the next 2 weeks, and I’m almost done stenciling the big wall in the living room. Things are still really busy around here, and no hope of settling down. My goal is to finish painting the downstairs, and start cleaning the room in the basement.

It’s a Dad’s Life

This is for all the wonderful dad’s in my life…

Preserving…food that is!

The other day, while at Lowes, I picked up this book about preserving food. It’s wonderful! It explains the different techniques to canning, dehydrating, freezing and root cellaring. I am looking forward to getting into canning. I’ve never canned anything on my own before, so this will be an adventure! Does anyone out there have any tips? I’m hoping to get a pressure canner from ebay since they’re so expensive in the stores. A pressure canner is needed to preserve low-acid foods like veggies and meats. I think it will be nice to eat food that was preserved at home and not at a factory. I’m not sure it will really save us any money (at least this year, since we didn’t get our garden going…), but I think it will still be worth it since we will know what was put into our food! If anyone has any suggestions, I’d be very grateful!

A Quahog Clam…

We’ve been reading an “Alphabet” book, with lots of textures for all the animals. For the letter “Q,” the animal is a quahog clam. So, when we read that “a quahog clam is hard outside, but inside’s soft and squishy,” we had to go buy one, bring it home, and see if the book was right! Today we went to the farmer’s market and bought “Clammy.” I think the lady thought we were nuts for buying one clam! When we got home, I had to open Clammy, which was much more difficult than I thought. I decided to use one of Matt’s screwdrivers to pry it open. We don’t eat seafood, so I figured this would be the best way (sorry Matt if your screwdriver stinks now!) It was very difficult, which I guess is why one cooks the clam before opening it! I eventually got Clammy open, and indeed, he was soft and squishy (and stinky!) – a good $.70 learning experience!

Tie Dye Day

I have been promising P-man that we would tie dye some shirts for the past few days, and today is the day! While he is napping, I am getting everything ready so we can “paint shirt” as he calls it! I can’t wait to see the results! I bought the dye at Jo-Ann Fabrics, but I think I might order some from Dharma Trading Co., since I can see myself getting into this new craft! On their website, they talk about “sun painting,” and I think this would be a wonderful way to make my own headcoverings! These would make rather inexpensive, and very unique headcoverings, and if they turn out well, I may decide to sell some. I will post pics of the shirts tomorrow after they are dry, and I’ll keep you all posted on the sun painting thing! Just what I need, another craft project…

Therapy Day!!

Today was OT for P-man. Wow, what a difference a little swinging will make! He’s still mad that Dada is gone, but he’s actually taking a nap, so therapy has helped in that sense. We’ll have to see if he goes to bed tonight… P-man has made such great strides in the last year and a half! Now he actually tolerates the swing, and sometimes asks for it! The therapists at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta are just wonderful! So supportive – of the whole family! Starting today, we’re moving up a CD in the Listening Therapy program – Apricot Jams. I can’t wait to see how this helps!
I referred out OT to the SmartKnit socks for people with orthotics. We’ve been so pleased with these socks for P-man and his SMO’s, and she is going to get some for her father who is getting AFO’s. They’re kind of pricey, but well worth it. These socks have no seams, and wick away sweat, lowering the incidence of sores and infection (ewwwwwwww!)