Hi all, so sorry I haven't been around blogland much. I really miss being able to read everyone's blogs! Things have been hectic and a little tough around here. My 80 yr old mom has been very ill since the beginning of September, I won't get into details as she would shoot me if I she knew I talked about it on here, lol, but I have been going back and forth to help my siblings out taking caring of her, she is doing okay for now, the future we are not sure of and there are alot of important decisions to be made. My mom is my rock, the lady who keeps me grounded, cheers me up when I am blue and is always willing to lend a hand when her family needs it. It's my turn to do my best for her and to help out any way I can and it's hard when I live 45 mins away and have a family here at home to take care of. And on top of that, my husband has been out of work since the beginning of September, and although he has been putting resumes everywhere, there is just nothing yet :( So here I thought that when school started and I would be on my own since all my kids are in school everyday now, I would get some me time to do the things I wanted to get done.....no chance of that right now, lol.
Guess I'd better run, so much to do and not enough time in the day to do it! I hope to get some free time in to get to everyone's blogs!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful week,
hugs and blessings,
p.s., BettyJ, thankyou for asking me if I was okay, it reminded me that I needed to get back on here since it's been so long :)
To all my family friends, tomorrow one of my friends (a Sanfilippo dad from Delaware) is leaving for Africa to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in order to raise funds to help find a cure for his 2 kids and all the others. He is taking this flag with h im in honor of our kids. Rhys's name is below the middle of the letter "M" near the bottom!. Every MPS child or adult that has requested their name go to the top of the mountain is on there. Please follow his journey with us, pray he does well on his 10 day adventure. You can follow this at https://www.facebook.com/events/363769350337170/ and also http://www.teamsanfilippo.org/ There are several ways to donate, please take the time to check it and out and donate something, even only $10, as every dollar adds up. It can be as easy as Texting CLIMB to 72727. Thanks so much!! ♥
As some of you know, my 11 yr old son Rhys has MPS1 Hurlers Syndrome. We are honored and feel privildged to have his name amongst all the other MPS children and adults on this wonderful flag!
Our newest editions to the family are almost ready for new homes! I wanna keep the grey tabby, he is so sweet..oh heck, they all are! If I could keep them all I would but since we currently have 9 felines in the house, some of them have to go, lol.
Wow! I forgot how long it's been since I last posted! Summer is halfway over with and it's been a busy one around here. I have had a hard time getting on my computer with the kids home, every time I go on it, they get bickering or fighting or just plain want me for something,lol. No rest for the wicked... Wish I could say we have been on vacation but we haven't :( We want to take the kids camping or something since it's been six yrs since we have been anywhere, it's just hard with hubby working long hours and on the weekend too. This past Saturday, we got our oldest daughter to babysit for the night and hubby and I got a hotel room in a nearby town, had dinner and enjoyed some much needed quality time for ourselves. It was so nice!
Anyhow, my oldest son graduated from gr.8 in June and is on his way to high school in the fall, I can't believe the time has gone so fast, he was just not quite 2 when we moved out here. My oldest daughter is going into gr. 12, she still doesn't live at home, but is doing very well, working hard and amazed me by making up 8 credits that she missed over the years, all in one semester! She is now on track for graduating next year, I am so proud of her!! Rhys is going into gr6,Brynn is going into gr4 and Kaedyn, my baby, is entering gr1. I will now have every day to myself, whatever will I do?? lol.
So, we have been busy with our huge veggie garden, despite having little rain, things are growing not too badly, but we really do need the rain, not just a sprinkle but at least a day or 2 of good solid rain! We are actually supposed to get a storm today, who knows what it will bring, hopefully no tornadoes but with the heat and humidity anything is possible.
On the July 1 rst Canada weekend, hubby and I went on a road trip , the kids were camping with grandma and grandpa :) It was a nice drive and we stopped in at various antique shops and yard sales. Of course I have been to a few auctions as well ( hubby is cursing me for bringing home more things than we have room for lol) Anyhow, the one yardsale we went to, I spied a lovely antique wood tub stand with the wringer and gavalnized steel tubs and a wood handled washer thingy, forgot what it's called. To my surprise, my wonderful hubby bought it for me! He spied some old gas cans ( I think I finally got him smitten with antiques so these are what he is starting to collect). I also found another antique tub stand on kijiji for a really good price so I had to have it! along with various crocks ,whipple trees,washboards etc. My porch is getting filled lol.
Tomorrow I am planning on making cucumber bread with some of the overflowing cucumbers our garden has provided. I have never made it before so wish me luck.
Hope all of my followers are having a fantastic summer! Stay cool if you can :)
Good evening every one! Oh how I have missed you all :) Remember my last post where I was having troubles with our internet? Ugh, well we completely lost our connection for 2 weeks :P After numerous attempts to have someone come out and fix it, and appts made for them to do it and non shows without calling to let us know, they finally showed up today! So we are back online thank goodness, we were getting tired of playing solotaire on the computer, lol. I haven't been this frustrated in a long time since we paid for the entire service for the year up front. I want to thank you all for the lovely birthday wishes, they meant so much to me!
hmm, so what is new around here? Well we got our 40 by 100 foot veggie garden ready and things are growing nicely! Corn,onions,lettuce,tomatoes,potatoes,beans,carrots(well they are not growing well, lol), radishes, strawberries, cucumbers, both regular and pickling ones, water melon, cantalope, peppers, and best of all, weeds! NOT!! We bought 2 apple trees and a plum tree as well. My flower gardens are doing well when the chickens are not digging up the flowers or eating the petals. 2 weeks ago we had a surprise hatch of 3 chicks, hatched out by one of the americauna hens that was given to us. I have a banty hen sitting under the old snowmobile with loads of eggs under her too and they should be hatching soon. Under our new porch, a robin family built a nest and Monday, 4 baby robins hatched out and I get to see them through our front screen door all the time, it is so cute. As well, our cat Spyder who snuck outside in April, is expecting very soon another litter of kittens. We were just about to get her spayed when she got outside for the night and found the barn cat Tommy, the father of her last 2 litters. So spring has been very busy with the critters around here but I love it!!
Back in May, we had an F0 tornado touch down not ten minutes from us. I just missed it by about 5 minutes when I was driving to go get my daughter to take her to driving lessons. I had to drive right up the road it went through and didn't even know one touched down til later. I drove through the after effects I guess, washed out road, heavy down pours and watched river like flooding racing through the farm fields. Thanks goodness nothing was really damaged and nobody was hurt but I was scared as I had left my oldest son home with my youngest daughter while I went and my husband had not come home from work yet. I shudder to think what might have happened if that tornado had come our way!
Tomorrow is a P.A. day for my kids, I don't know why since school is out in less than 3 weeks! This weekend is going to very busy. I can't say why just in case a certain family member stumbles on here and finds out, lol, but I will tell you all afterwards :)
Hoping you are all having a fantastic week and I just wanted to stop by and let you know why I haven't been on here. Guess I have alot of catching up to do eh?
It's almost Friday...and my birthday :) Okay, another year gone by, I won't say how old I will be, lol. On Monday, I got a surprise in the mailbox, a special birthday card from Linda at Parker's Paradise! It really started my week of great and I truly do appreciate her thoughtfulness and kindness, thank you so much Linda!!
Our internet has been crappy all week, since we live in a valley with hills and trees all around us, the reception is getting really bad and we need to get an extension rod put on our t.v. antenna for the reciever for the internet. With all the leaves out on the trees it is getting blocked :( I am actually surprised that I am able to post right now. Mother's Day was lovely, we went shopping for my gifts on Sunday, I picked out a Hydrangea bush, and an Azalea bush, I want to go back and get a bloomerang lilac bush that flowers all summer long, maybe for my birthday :) The kids picked out some strawberry plants and my son bought a Gay Feather plant with his own money. Hubby bought an apple tree :) We are hoping to get our veggie garden planted this weekend as it's the May 24 weekend and Monday is a holiday, the weather is supposed to be hot and sunny!!
It's been a pretty good week, the kids want to take me out to dinner tomorrow night for my birthday, it all depends on how late James works, he's been pretty busy and with the long weekend coming up, everyone is going to want their septic and holding tanks done...hopefully he won't get called in over the weekend, lol.
Well, I had better get off of here before my internet goes on me!
I am a stay at home mom of 5 children and I am married to my wonderful husband James for almost 9 years. We live on a 75 acre farm in the rolling hills of Kendal, Ontario which has been in my husband's family since the mid 1880's. Our house is over 150 yrs old and I love it! We have 3 dogs, 3 cats, 1 horse,1 hamster, and numerous chickens and ducks. Life is never dull around here to say the least. I love antiques and the simpler way of life and I have a interest in Prim Decor which is slowly but surely taking over my home. I also dabble in candle making. soap making and prim crafts but I have alot to learn.
My motto is ;
I BELIEVE, MIRACLES DO HAPPEN!, since our 9 yr old son was born with a rare genetic disorder called Hurlers Syndrome/ MPS1 in which he received a bone marrow transplant at the age of 11 months old to slow down the progression of his disease... during this time he was so ill that he was not expected to recover and come home with us... BUT HE DID!! And against all odds, he is still with us today :) So Believe That Miracles Can Happen!!