Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Laundry day is the day in which the sun or wind is at it's best. To avoid the dryer and over use of the washer, I rely on the outdoors to dry the clothes. Today it's raining so I get the day off.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Initial Post on Reading the Bible in 365 Days
Monday, April 27, 2009
Even after several moves, I am finding I can live without a lot of what I have - books! For a long time I would visit every book sale in the area, and then some. We'd buy more book shelves just to accommodate them.
Then came the hardships of our economic financial crisis. Less money, less money for gas, layoffs, decline in jobs...........less everything. Extras have to be eliminated. Even some thrift stores have raised their prices to the point in which they are not even affordable.
Soon, my boxes of outgrown clothes and books I no longer want or need, were donated. Yet, a box ready to be filled awaits my decluttering and reducing. With a simple house I can wake up every day with a smile.
This week, since the wind is pretty strong, throw rugs are being washed. Even though rains may come again this month, it is nice to know they are clean and the job finished.
Next on the list is undecided, but starting in the kitchen or living room is a possibility. I can say that I will not be throwing myself into it 24 hours a day and obsessing with it, but taking it one day at a time.
Once again, the recipe was one from the Nintendo DS game, Personal Trainer: Cooking. Not only can the kids get step-by-step instructions out loud, but they can stop it and continue by talking directly into the game. It records the meals that are made, and it's really helping the kids expand their knowledge, confidence, and independence.
The meal was a success and I had the chance to finish a book while she cooked with her younger 12 yo sister. Yum!
This book is wonderful and has step-by-step pictures for stitches and projects.
Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting, by Kim P. Werker and Cecily Keim
Check your local library before buying a copy.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Just as the pink clouds were dissipating, and the sun was barely rising from the Earth, a fascinating thing happened. Out of no where a young deer ran through the farm fields and stopped directly in front of the sunrise. He/she stopped for a few minutes looking in the direction of the sunrise, and then ran back to our side of the highway, and returned to the woods behind us. We almost had a runaway dog, but managed to keep him from seeing the deer.
What a wonderful way to start the day. Absolutely beautiful!
Friday, April 24, 2009
The Angel of Mercy Series, by Al Lacy
*Book 1: A Promise for Breanna
*Book 2: Faithful Heart
*Book 3: Captive Set Free
After starting to read this series, I found that a series was printed prior to this one. I am searching inter loan locations to read them.
The Journeys of the Stranger Series, by Al Lacy
I hope you enjoy these books and take time to read this summer. Children who see their parents read are encouraged. Encouraged children succeed.
Now, in the country, dandelions have a different look.
"Look at all those dandelions coming up", I said disgruntled to the kids.
"I think they look pretty against the red barns", said my 15 year old daughter smiling.
Living in the country gives us a different perspective on something, that at one time in our life, was seen as a nuisance. Amazing.
Today, the Lord has provided us with gleaming sunshine and a strong breeze. My laundry should dry in minutes with this wonderfully provided weather. The dogs are begging to run and play already.
I am hoping we can afford supplies to fix the chicken coop this weekend. The chicks are growing quickly and have outgrown their chicken wire covered box that is in the house.
Last night we watched the move, "Faith Like Potatoes", and thoroughly enjoyed it. We all need faith like potatoes in our life. If you haven't seen this movie, which is based in Africa, you should check your library for it. It truly is a good movie.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Completed one scarf today using some yarn I already had. I'm one step ahead for next winter. This pattern is found on the free crochet patterns from Bernat yarns. When you register, you have access to free crochet patterns for any skill.
To sign up for benefits like free crochet patterns on Bernat (Click on the highlighted word)
The pattern I used was actually a free pattern for a child's scarf and hat. I just adjusted my length to about 62 inches long.
You can talk directly into your Nintendo and say "next" to go from step to step. There is even a timer at the end, and you can make a grocery list and take it with you shopping. It's a great way for kids to learn how to cook.
However, some of the recipes call for wine. You can either do that step for them, or eliminate it from the recipe. Either way, your kids can learn to be independent and gain confidence in themselves. It also gives Mom a break from daily cooking and baking.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
This full size blanket is finally finished. I quit counting skeins, but think it was about 10. This pattern used a lot of yarn, but will be very warm. One down and so many more to go. These are part of the kids hope chests. However, the child that this one was for, wants to keep it on her bed. I feel good knowing this project is completed. Now onto the next.
I have two Lindt Lindor Truffles left from Easter. I bought myself a bag and that was the extend of my chocolate. They are so good! The inside feels cool as it melts in my mouth. The only way to eat them is to put the entire ball in your mouth and let it melt. Never chew it! Yum!
Tonight is "Kid's Cook Night". However, only one kid will be cooking. With the help of her Nintendo Training game, she will not be needing my help. I can't wait to taste it. In exchange for her cooking, I am doing her dish duty for tonight.
The kittens are growing fast, and a second one has almost opened his eyes entirely. I pray we find homes for them all.
I have learned to keep a house key in my pocket when I am taking laundry outside or sitting on the patio. Jesse (smallest dog) gets antsy and will chew on the door knob, pushing in the button lock, and locking me out.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Here is baby #2 born on April 3rd. Now 9 days old. One eye has opened and the other is half open. All the other kittens eyes are still closed. The first two kittens are growing quickly and this one squeals very loudly when Aurora (Mom cat) is out of the box.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The top picture shows how the babies curl up with each other when their mom steps out of the box to eat and get a drink of water. They curl up and stay that way until Mom returns. As soon as she steps into the box, they squeal like crazy.
Here is proud Mommy Sapphire with her brand new 4 baby kittens. One orange, two tan colored, and one almost the same gray colors as mom. They were born some time today. Since she was trying to squish Aurora's babies yesterday we had to put her back in the barn last night. Today she gave birth in a box that was in one of the barns. Since we did not see the birthing of the babies, we do not know the order in which they were born. The kids are excited, however we have to separate the two mom's. Aurora continuously tries to get into Sapphires box. It's snowing out and too cold for them all to survive outside.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Well 2 kittens is all she had. She is curled up, purring up a storm, and the babies appear healthy and eating well. Mom sure looks proud.