It’s Fall Ya’ll!

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Trying to enjoy the fall weather here @Home and spending time out in the woods before the cold sets in.

treesinwoodsroadWe went out this past weekend and even though it was spitting rain, we got out into nature to get some fresh air and exercise. The weather has been warmer than normal lately so it’s been easy to get out and enjoy it.

The leaves are just starting to change here in Northern Indiana. You never know how they are going to be until you are in the midst of full color. A couple years ago the leaves went from green to brown and totally skipped the color. One year we had the most amazing color changes I had ever seen. It’s my favorite time of year and I’m always eager to see fall how ever it comes.

How are you spending your time these days? Comment below and let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:3

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Until next time – live simply and love abundantly!  Grace and peace…

Ann’Re

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Happy New Year!

Wow, it’s been a little while since my last post. After my laptop died and then my tablet shattered, my online activities were greatly diminished.  They still are to a point, but thanks to a new tablet some things are a bit easier.

I hope that you and yours had a wonderful time over Christmas and New Years.  We didn’t go anywhere and didn’t have anyone over (everyone seemed to have their own plans already) so ours was nice quiet time at home.

Now that it’s the new year, I’m already thinking about the gardens.  I am making lists of seeds that I’d like to order and starting to draw out where everything is going to go.  I am also shopping for clearance garden supplies…you can get some great buys this time of year.  Tomatoes and peppers will be started here soon so I need to inventory my supplies to see what I’ll be needing.

I am also re-launching my craft business.  I was doing quite well but a few years ago I with everything that was going on at that time, depression set in and I quickly got burned out trying to keep up with it.  I thought it best to step back from it and focus on myself and my family.  The time seemed right to revive it and I’m excited.  While I will have a link to my business, this blog isn’t for selling anything.

I am still committed to minimizing my home and life.  I did quite a bit of decluttering in 2015, not as much as I wanted.  Being a borderline hoarder I think I did pretty good.  I found a book online by Marie Kondo called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and I am hoping to get it. I think one of the biggest roadblocks I have to decluttering is letting go. If I can change this mind set I will be on my way.

I am off to start planning our sons birthday day. He wants to start the morning off with French toast and bacon, ending with dinner at his favorite restaurant.  He is growing into a fine young man.  I adore him!

Until next time…grace and peace.

Father’s Day Weekend

This morning started off a bit foggy, outside AND inside. Mondays are like that. But the fog has burned off, I have had my coffee, and chores are in process.

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At the range.

Had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend with hubby and son. Hubby wanted to go to the range for Father’s Day, so that is what we did. Personally, I’d rather shoot with the camera (and I did), but we all had a nice time and hubby was happy.

I also worked a bit in the garden over the weekend. The beans and peas were beginning to push against the bird netting we had put up to keep the rabbits from feasting on them. So we cut the center and folded it back into a make-shift fence. We’ll see how that works out. So far the beans and peas are looking great.

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A visitor while we were at the range. Handsome fellow, huh?

I don’t know about you but we get lots of volunteers in the garden, and I really hate pulling them out. Our onions are planted where the tomatoes were last year and there are so many tomato weeds growing in the onions. The tomato weeds are growing better than the tomato plants we actually planted. Go figure. Anyway…I really don’t have the room for more tomatoes, but I just hate pulling them out. On the other hand, with all the rain we’ve been having (and the 7 day forecast is saying we’ll have 6 days with rain) I may just leave them alone. Some of my tomato plants are struggling and could get taken out with all the rain. I don’t think my onions will be effected too much by the tomato weeds.

Speaking of tomatoes, I went through our tomatoes and pinched off the bottom leaves to help prevent any blight from the wet weather. The weekend was fairly dry so the ground had a little bit of time to dry. I think the peppers are suffering the most. They aren’t growing much and actually have a bit of wilt to them. I’m wondering if getting an organic fertilizer might help.

That’s it for now, I guess. I’ve got laundry going, chore to catch up on from the weekend (mainly dishes), milk on the stove cooling for yogurt, and dinner to figure out. I’ve got ground beef thawed, but not sure what to do with it. Hope your weekend was great and hope your week is as well. Grace and peace…

Springing Into The Garden

Been a while since I posted an update. I’ll be getting back to writing more frequently now that I’m feeling better.

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Chives are blooming in the herb garden.

Usually I have the garden all prepped and mostly planted by now, but I haven’t been up to it this year. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to do a garden. I didn’t seeds and didn’t even crack open the seed catalogs.

As the weather warmed up I did get out to clean things up a bit, pulled the weeds from the herb garden, and that lead to prepping the lettuce bed and getting that ready for planting the beginning of May. I still wasn’t sure if I was going to work the big garden.

Hubby and I were discussing the garden and he was all right with letting it go this year.  As we were talking we decided to start converting it to raised beds.  I figured now would be a good time to start, nothing has been planted yet. So we are in the process of planning out some raised beds. Hubby and son will build the first one this weekend.

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Weeds, weeds, weeds!

In the mean time, I started working around in the other half of the garden. The weeds were up to my knees. Before I knew it I was hand spading the garden and planting onion sets.

We don’t own a tiller.  We found that it was more cost effective for us to rent a good tiller from the local rental center than it was to buy one.  But since we hadn’t done that yet, I thought I’d get the head start with hand spading.  If the soil has been worked before, it really isn’t that hard to do.  And I think I may have burned a few calories!  And I noticed there are lots of worms in our garden.

Using a shovel to hand spade the garden.

Using a shovel to hand spade the garden.

As I’ve been going along forcing myself to get things done, I find I’m feeling better and excited about the garden this year.  Must be the dirt and sunshine.  I won’t have a whole heirloom garden, but at least we’ll be growing our own food.

I’d love to hear from you about how your garden is going this year.

Grace and peace!
Ann’Re – Mama @ Home

Fall Color

Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love all the trees changing color, the cooler and crisper air, hot cider, boots, sweaters, soups and chili, bonfires, apples…I could go on and on.

We have a maple tree in our back yard that shows off each fall, and this year it is especially bright.  The pictures just don’t capture how truly beautiful the color is.  Several of these pictures (for example, the very last one) were taken by my son who is starting to get interested in photography.

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Back when the leaves were really started to fall, not much color yet.

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The color is so much brighter than the picture shows.

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