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I’m hosting Big Boy!


(picture via The Farm Chicks)

I’m excited to share with you all that I’ll be hosting Big Boy in about 20 weeks or so.  Basically, I’ll take him around Maryland (and maybe DC) show him a good time (all legal people, get those minds out of the gutter) and we’ll take lots of pictures, and then I’ll mail him back to WA where they’ll get him ready for his next adventure.

If this sounds like something you’d like to do, check out The Farm Chicks blog post and sign up.  Hurry up!  It’s first-come, first-serve basis.

And here’s a bit more information for those curious minds:

We’ll be sending him to any state in the U.S. and any country in the world, if you’d like to host him. He’s already been to Washington (his home) and to California. Where will he go next? It’s up to you!

Here are all the details:

  1. If you would like to host Big Boy, quickly leave a comment here on the blog, telling me which U.S. state or country you live in. Since he will only visit each U.S. state or country in the world once, the first person to comment from each state or country in the world will be the host.
  2. We will email each host to get a mailing address (he will be traveling to each locale in the order the comments are received).
  3. When Big Boy arrives to your home, show him around and take pictures of what he’s seen and done. After a few days with your family, you’ll mail Big Boy back to us, along with the pictures of his journey and I’ll share them here on my blog.
  4. Big Boy’s journeys will continue through the end of April, 2013.

At the end of his journeys, I will let the readers vote on which trip they liked reading about the best and that person will receive a brand new Instax Instant Camera from me! Hooray!

And since I almost never win anything, I’m going all out for the camera – and the adventures. : )

::Happy Living::


Down on the Farm #2

Here are pictures from the weekend after her party.

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startin’ some seeds to sow

And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.  Genesis 1:11

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”  Genesis 8:22

For my niece’s upcoming 4th birthday, I wanted to get her a seed starter.  I looked on and found something I liked, but when I went into Target this weekend, there it was!  I found some really great seeds, too, but I want to keep some of them a surprise from my family, so I’ll have share them with you after her birthday party.

I splurged and bought myself a larger one, as it’s something I’d been wanting for a while.  Not expensive, and so fun when you think of all you can do with it.  I planted lots of flowers and a few edibles, including two herbs.  Not quite sure where those few edibles will end up (someone didn’t think ahead very well… oops!), but it’s a fun learning experience all the same.  Assuming this works out well, I bought some cucumber seeds and loofah seeds, in the hopes to turn them into Christmas presents, but I can get more into that in a few months.

There are several photographs of the self-watering seed starter I purchased for me, with photos of the contraption and how it works.  You know, just in case you decide to join in on the fun!

starter kit

on top is the mat that allows this kit to claim it’s self-watering; you’ll see…  also, it hangs over the side to absorb water in the bottom of the tray.

this was the best container i could find, at the time, though when I thought about it later, a baking dish would have probably been better to fully submerge it – next time!

the mat goes down on top, and then the part of the kit with the seed cells goes on top of the soaked mat.  a hole in the bottom of the cell allows the dirt to absorb water continuously.

it’s important, that as you’re setting the kit together that you keep the pellets flat, so when they expand after you add water, they go up and not across; causing pressure and making it extremely difficult to break them up later to add seeds.

wrong way:

right way:

aren’t they cute little things?

pellets expand when you add water

after you’ve broken them apart in their cells, take a pen (or a similar object – even your finger) and create a hole in the center for your seeds.  I found the pen worked great to give me just the right size.

look hard!  do you see them? seeds!!

cover the hole, and ta-da!  seeds are planted.

be sure the mat stays damp.  the kit claims the water will last for 10 days, but i have my kit near the sliding glass door to get lots of sun, so i wouldn’t be surprised that with said warmth if it evaporated sooner than 10 days.

these are the fun seeds that will surprise my family – I love how they look like tiny river pebbles.

and while I was planting seeds, I saw through my screen door a mommy and daddy cardinal feeding a baby (probably a fledgling) that was just chilling on a branch.  so cute!!


Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  Matthew 6:26


100 years of cherry blossoms

One of my favorite things about having a blog is the research.  While I may ask tons of questions of myself about “why this?” and “why that?” in reality, I may only look up the answers to those questions about 50% of the time.  Here’s a great example, “What is the story behind DC’s cherry blossoms?” – and so, here’s the history.  Did you know this year we celebrate its 100th anniversary?  So cool!  It’s worth clicking the links; quick, interesting reads.

A friend and I managed to make it into DC and hang out for a bit, even with an impending storm.  I’m happy to stay we remained dry and am so glad we took that chance.  (Story and favorite three pics, here.)

I’ve found it’s easier (and takes up less space) to post a large group of pictures as a slideshow, with a small gallery below; I’m enjoying trying out new things on my blog.  In doing so, though, I’m not really able to comment on all the pictures, so I’ll mention some things here.  There are a lot of pictures framing the Washington Monument; I was experimenting.  Also, there’s a cat in a tree that looks a lot like my Oliver; it’s not him.  All of those shots remind me of the Cheshire cat from “Alice and Wonderland” – pretty cool.  Last, there are two pictures of a “flower cross,” something that is very fitting for the upcoming celebration of Easter.



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I love little adventures like this; chancing the rain and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.



Naptown photo shoot

I had a fun visit with my photographer friend, Jen, last month as we walked around downtown Annapolis around sunset, snapped some pictures and sipped some coffee.  Can you believe I’ve known her since 6th grade?!? 

Since my momma is so nice, I was able to borrow her fancy schmancy camera for the day and I had so much fun playing around with the settings.  That being the case, I’m not being humble when I say these aren’t the greatest – there are two I’m quite fond of, though – but nonetheless it was a lovely (and cold!) day.

(an entrance to the Naval Academy)

(in the backgroud in pic above to the left is the Bay Bridge!)

(the above picture is my favorite!)

(what you can see – he’s skateboarding with laundry bag.  what you can’t see – he’s also talking on the phone.  Talk about talent!  I have a hard enough time walking and talking on the phone…)

(my favorite coffee shop – be sure to check out the Jamaican tea!)

(Annapolis without boat shoes is like Rudolph without a red nose.)

(this cracked me up!  it’s a dessert “tunnel of love” with a chocolate river; creepy little monkey with heart included.)

(Go Navy!  Beat Army!) (also, sorry for the glare.)

I decided that while I was still in possession of said camera that I would snap a couple of pictures of my sweet, furry love, Oliver. I love how his orange has so much red in it!

Dallas/Fort Worth area pics, part 1

Over the next several days (weeks) I’ll post a series of pics from my recent visit to Texas, and then onto more current things, like my camping trip last weekend. 🙂

Fort Worth skyline.


For the rest of the weekend, thanks to my dyslexia, it became known as the “prakes and larries” district.


grain elevator.

lots and lots of big power lines.

lots and lots of never ending road construction.

lots and lots of water towers.

and, lots and lots of trains!

(between two tracks)

old buildings

local library

with a book drive through.  it does get awfully hot down there.

a lane just for u-turns.  pretty smart idea!

i had forgotten all about sideways lights.  we have them in Mason, too.

clever.  “wreck-a-mended” (i took this one for my step-dad)

krav-maga.  mandi and i were sooo tempted, lol.

front lawn missing a pink flamingo, or two?  you can just throw one in the back of the pick-up while you’re pumping gas.

windy flag.

our famous trip to the “beer barn.” i seriously want to open one soon – fun business idea!

and, our visit w/ Mandi’s sweet niece, Lily.

part 2 coming in a few days.

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