Barn & the Backyard


You are my love, my life, my best friend…

Geek Adonis, I adore you! Happy Anniversary mi amore.

~to our inside joke this morning, I really do hope we have 50 more years together.

I am afraid that I was so caught up in the yummies and great conversation that I totally lost track of being camera happy. So, no pictures really of the event. Although, my main reason for this quick post was to say thank you. I had an excellent birthday thanks to family and friends.

Have I told you of my latest obsession? TEA! That sounds simple yes? Well, I suppose it could be. I on the other hand have not made it simple. Do you realize all of the yummy teas out there and all the different containers you can drink tea out of.

Sorry, I got carried away. I brought the tea up because for my birthday party we did a tea party.

These pictures got snapped before all of the gels and boys showed up for the party…

I love my new teapots! Plus, the warmers underneath will keep that pot warm for up to 4 hours. Seriously!

Me and Sugar Plum Fairy loved these things. I so forget their name, some Japanese rice ball. I think.

I must admit that I am a sucker for tea cookies, especially butter cookies. Once, everyone arrived this buffet was covered with all kinds of goodies.

The weather around here has finally dipped below blazing, we have actually had the opportunity this week to open windows. So, do you know what my absolute precious Geek Adonis did for me? He added another screen door to the back of the house. WOOT! Look look…

My front screen door (please ignore the well lived in house), that leads to the back screen door…

And, yes Sugar Plum Fairy did grace the screen door with her chalk artwork.

So, now I have a breezeway through the house. You, have no clue how extremely excited I am. Just had to tell ya’ll.

These gorgeous fellas were in our backyard this last weekend. Is was quite a treat to have three bucks, we normally only have doe’s.

Do I really live in a Barn? This is one of the most asked questions of my readers. I have been putting off this post, because I so wanted to pretty up the barn and make it look great before anyone saw it on here. I finally came to the conclusion it could take till the kids leave home before I get a chance to make it look great, but I thought well even then, we might actually at that point get to do some of the major renovations we want to do at that time. So, I realized that if you are going to see my life in a barn, you might as well see it as it really is day to day. I am definitely not Martha!

A Brief History

Our house was originally a horse barn that my dad built with the idea of having horse clinics there. It was used as such for a few years. After a time the above area where most barns store hay, was renovated into an apartment for cowgirls and cowboys to have a place to bed down when they came to visit and take classes at the clinic. After years of use the ole cowpoke who taught the clinics moved on and the barn was abandoned to used equipment and storage. My dad decided after a bit to renovate some of the downstairs into a living space and rent it out. After a few different families lived in the barn it was passed down to me and my husband three years ago and we have since made it our home. We hope to continue to renovate and change it bit by bit, yet keep it looking like the barn it has always been.

Here is the side (right side) that most have seen just from the heading of my website.

This is the front of the house (me and sugar plum fairy in the entrance).

This is part of the back of the house, with two of our additions to the house. The flower garden and the wood burning stove. You can see the stove pipe/chimney from the back.

Here you can kind of see where the stalls used to be between each 6 x 6 pole, which is now my husbands shop. When the downstairs was renovated it was split between a shop area and a living space.

This one is a little harder to see, we were tromping through the woods behind the house one fall and took a quick shot of the back of our house. The large deck that you see upstairs, we would like to eventually make that into the master bedroom.

This one shows the left side a bit (not much to see).

This is the last one I promise. I thought this one was a good overall front view.

Perhaps, in a few years (in my family a few years can be 2 or 20, just like the other day could be last tuesday or 5 years ago), we will have new renovations or changes. I hope this answered a few of the curiosities of if I really live in a barn. If you have any other questions, please ask.

My kiddos are enjoying the beginning of spring, I would say they are basking in it. What are you doing to enjoy spring? We are going to plant some strawberry plants today and take a walk around the farm.

Our first tea party!


Well, the kids actually drank juice!

I was so excited when I finally found a tea set for me and the kids. I have looked for a while now and all I could find was the cheapy plastic sets at Toys R Us or really expensive nice ones that I would always be afraid to use. Another blog steered me towards One King’s Lane. I would look on there from time to time and one day I just happened to notice they had china tea sets with extra plates and totally within my budget. I was super excited. I bought it without thinking twice. My little old man, loves them and asks all the time when are we having our next tea party. What he doesn’t know is that I am making scones this weekend for our next tea party. I cannot wait.

Every year God gives us some of the best natural free compost/mulch you can find. I like to call it nature’s confetti because it falls ever year around this time and lands randomly across the landscape. Leaves are awesome compost and mulch. Some people even gather it for you and put it on their sidewalk. All, you have to do is grab it before the trashman does. Leaf litter is nature’s best fertilizer! Think of the forest. Your plants will thank you.

If you love gardening as much as I do, then you wonder what to do sometimes with your garden during the off season. I feel like there is only so much planning you can do for next year. Looking for seeds or new plants online and in catalogs, perhaps even planning a new bed somewhere. I have been researching some of what I might be able to do this year. This helped me some, perhaps it will give some other green thumbers out there some ideas too!

OCTOBER

Fall is here and many vegetables don’t have enough time to develop before your first frost. There are still a few vegetables that can be planted in October.

Blueberries
Fall is the perfect time to plant blueberry plants. Planting in the fall will allow for good root growth and early growth this coming spring.
Suggested variety: Blueberry Bluecrop

Flower Bulbs
October is a great time to plant those fall flower bulbs. There are many varieties that can be planted this fall and start blooming early spring. Flower Bulbs

Garlic
Garlic is a vegetable that can be planted in the fall for a larger and earlier harvest this coming spring.
Suggested variety: Italian Garlic

Herbs
Herbs are defiantly the most popular indoor plant to grow throughout the winter months. Try your hand at these 5 most popular herbs.
Suggested variety: Basil, Chives, Oregano, Parsley, Thyme

I found a picture of this online the other day, but have not been able to find anywhere that sells a preformed corrugated chair to start the project. Guess its time for me to get creative and make my own. I am really hoping to do this next spring! I think it would be awesome to have an entire sitting area in a garden. Four to six chairs and a table? Hmmm!

I will try and post some pictures next spring when I start this project. I know fall is one of the best times to put out grass seed, but I really do not see myself getting very far at this stage in my pregnancy. (I have 3 weeks, left)

The ultimate grow-your-own—the grass armchair. Here is the answer to those tricky design problems—where to put the garden chairs, what kind to buy, will they get rusty, be comfortable, be green, look good. First decide on the best location for it—at the back of the garden so you can enjoy it in peace, or at the front so that you can watch it grow. But it can’t be moved so be serious about this. After you assemble the cardboard frame, you fill it with soil, sprinkle the grass seeds over it, and water it daily. Watch it grow. And enjoy.