August 19, 2014

Tuesday was pretty uneventful, I am excited that we are back in a routine.  I like having all the house items complete and dinner prepped before the kids come home from school.  Anything I can do to keep some order helps me run smoother, which makes me nicer.

Being back at the gym is the BEST !  Months ago I stumbled across a website with a six week workout program all written out !  SCORE !  So I grabbed my gym notebook and wrote it down.  No excuses it is all there for me.  Here is the link WORKOUT.

Today I warmed up on the treadmill for .25 mile jog.

  • Strength 1 min wall sit / 1 min plank (10 minutes EMOM)
  • WOD – jump rope 50 double unders * and  50 lunges* (4 rounds)

* I am not able to do 50 double unders…so I do 100 regular jumps and like 10 DU each round and I also shortened the lunges to 20 each round.  Paying for a summer of laziness !

For dinner I made a broccoli & cheese quiche with a side of ham.  I knew the kids would not eat the quiche, but they love ham !  Apparently Evie decided it is now gross, she does not like ham anymore.  I gave Charlie a toothpick instead of a fork and he thought it was fun, so he just ate dinner without a complaint.  Our kids used to eat EVERYTHING, now…not so much.  So annoying.


August 18, 2014

So I have some corrections to make…earlier I posted about hay baling, my father in law is keeping up with my posts and informed me that I had my hay baling steps out of order.  Lucky for him I was unable to help with the task, otherwise It would have been a mess out there.  Hay everywhere.  Anyway…the correct order is… mow the hay, tedder the hay, rake the hay, bale the hay.  I also learned that the word is tedder not tether !  Who knew.

This blogging is also a learning process.  I expected to get a site name and just type.  Everything would be pretty and inviting.  Apparently not, that is my job too !  I am stuck on so many tasks and design elements.  Going to call in the big guns, super brain husband to the rescue.  So for now…all my entries will be under the main page, because I have no idea how to add additional daily entries under my other tabs (exercise etc..).

Monday was a BUSY day.  Hit the gym and came home to work with FIL on downed trees.  Oh I love using a chainsaw !!!!  We had a huge tree that we cut into six foot sections.  He is going to use it to plug up an irrigation issue at the barn.  What I learned…when cutting a huge tree with a chainsaw have a wedge handy, when you get about halfway down the tree starts to close on you and will stop your blade and get the saw stuck.  To avoid this you drive a wedge in.  Also make sure you always wear hearing and eye protection !  Nothing ruins a fun power tool party like an injury !


FIL measuring out six foot sections of downed tree.


Me getting my chainsaw on !


When we were working the cows were in the next pasture. They were going CRAZY, thought they were going to storm the gate. I wish I had video, they were so loud ! Normally that means that they want to move to the next field for new grass.


We found out why the cows were yelling. When we finished chainsawing we turned and WOW ! Ten feet away stood a calf. Tricky little cow got into the other field and his mama was yelling for him and got the rest of the herd to voice up too ! We got him back with the others and they were reunited !


You can see the rain making its way to us. Green fields and beautiful Smoky Mountains !


After our big tree and cow reuniting was done it was time to light FIRE FIRE FIRE !!  I always hear Beevis and Butthead!  I am the great cornholio !!  haha yeppers, I am so mature.  We made a nice big burn pile.  I got to cut up one more tree and then we got rained on !



To cut the smaller logs I got to use a new tool. In the field I referred to it as the log picker upper thingy so I can saw the log. After a little google search, this cool diddy is called a Timberjack ! Use that in a sentence today !


Burn baby burn !

After we finished all of our work and evening came we hit the porch to rock and wine.  I love red wine.  Old Vine Zinfandel is my favorite !  Particularly Oak Ridge Winery.  It is a lovely thing.  Anyway…back to the porch and rocking.  Every time we sit on the porch we say the same thing, that tree is blocking the view of the mountains.  This week I am making note to call the tree service and have them top that sucker !



August 16, 2014

Most days I have a schedule.  I use an old fashioned paper day planner.  I get satisfaction from manually crossing items off my to do list.  My planner of choice is from Blue Sky.

Today I was supposed to help rake a field to prepare it for baling, but our daughter woke up sick.  Instead of driving the tractor, I did some cuddling and lots of laundry.  I will admit even though I hate her being sick, I loved that she wanted to cuddle.  She is a tween…so cuddling can go either way.  Today I held her close and smooched that cute little nose.  I did make a fatal error, I kept calling her my sweet baby.  One too many uses of the word “baby” and she was offended, informed me she was not baby and she moved to the couch…sigh.

This was supposed to be me….


Daddy R raking one of the hay fields. Once it is dry they will bale and tedder it. I cannot believe it is almost fall !


August 15, 2014

It has been a few days, busy busy,

First I am eating lunch now. Like shoving a salad in my mouth and making noises like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally. If you do not know what I am talking about….well you are too young. Visit Netflix. It is a classic. Anyway.. Jay found this recipe on Mr. Money Mustache website about a year ago, so easy.  I use Tamari instead of soy sauce, a LITTLE more paleo…  But it is salad bliss.  I think I will carry it with me next time we go out to dinner, yes it is that good.

The kids went back to school today !  They said I could just drop them off, but we had a few minutes so I walked them in.  Evie gave me a nudge and a smile as she went left.  Charlie is still little so I got a hug as he went right.  It is going to be a great year, I can feel it !


After drop off, I chatted for a few minutes with a few moms and hit the gym.  Oh how I have missed the gym.  Normally I am a 5 day a week girl.  It is my natural high, I get grouchy when I miss days.  I am so sore right now !  Nothing a few glasses of wine will not cure later. HA !

I go to our local community center, it is small and inexpensive and has everything I need.  I am a former Cross Fit Box girl and I still miss it, but…I am not driving 45 mins each way to attend one.  So I do my own CFish thing.  Today my WOD was… warm up run of .25 miles (I barely made it).  Then 5 rounds of (5 pullups, 10 pushups, 30 situps).  Rowed 1600m.

I am also a foodie girl.  Yes I post my menu and pictures of my food.  It is my thing.  Although no salad picture today, ate it before I thought about it.

  • B- coffee, 3 Chicken Apple Sausages (Applegate Farms) (lots of water)
  • S- 3 slices of ham
  • L- large salad w/kick ass dressing and chopped veggies, 2 oz roasted wild boar tenderloin
  • D- yeah…need to figure that out.  Maybe hot dogs over the fire pit !!!

Farmwise I was hopping to bush hog a field, but my father-in-law beat me to it, so I mowed the lawn.  Before the kids get home I want to clean the house and pick the okra.

Happy Friday !!!!

August 11, 2014

Everytime I write the date today I use the wrong year.  Today is our sons birthday and I keep using his birth year !  A huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our Lil Buddy.  He spent his day in Lego Star Wars pjs that are three inches too short.  Playing Harry Potter on the iPad laying on the couch.  Not a bad day !  He was beyond excited with his gifts.  Snackeez, Lego Movie, and National Geographic Kid books.  His meal request was cheese tortellini and pudding cups (instead of cake…we had a party this weekend with ice cream cake).

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Today my father in law (AKA Daddy R) had some farm work to do, so I tagged along.  LOVE running the chainsaw.  I cut up some large branches that fell and helped him load up the burn barrel.  We cleared a few sections.  Made up for the workout I missed the morning (gym closed).  I walked and lifted heavy things.  Very primal !

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I worked in Uncle Rs garden.  What a beautiful sight.  He has two, they are huge and it amazes me that we could survive without a grocery store IF we ate vegetables only.  Today I cut okra, I used a five gallon bucket and filled half of it.  That is a lot of okra.  The surprise of gardening today was the brussels sprouts.  I have six stalks.  I had no idea what I was doing, I would use a paring knife and notch off a few and cook them, total pain in the butt.  Then I got smart and watched a youtube video.  They pulled the entire plant out of the ground and sliced down the stalk and off popped all of the sprouts.  Brilliant.  I did the same, it worked awesome.  I will say cleaning them is a little work.  No idea what they put on the ones in the store, mine are not that pretty, but mine are purely organic.  We will cook them tomorrow with bacon using this recipe!!!

I did make Charlie his tortellini but I also made roasted veggies, Paleo style.  Okra, onions, red peppers, yellow squash, garlic, cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs (all farm to table).  I drizzled it in a butter and white wine sauce with reduced cherry tomatoes.  Topped it all with a little goat cheese.  It was DELISH.  Forgot to take a picture…oops.  Beginning blogger mistake #1.


Two brussels sprout plants after pulling from the ground.


Brussels sprout stalks after removing all the sprouts.


DSC_0209-001 Dinner prep at the outdoor kitchen, aka… patio table.

Now as the sun goes down we are sitting on the screen porch rocking and laughing (oh I love my family).  The mountains and a great glass of of wine.  Thanks Cousin Sharon and John !!!!




Lice Suck…

Literally they do suck your blood.

So we just found out that E and I are the lucky new host family for this pain the butt critter ! What we dismissed as dry scalp/dandruff was not.

Instead of church and family hiking or biking we spent today washing all of the bedding (that I just put on the beds yesterday) and doing vinegar hair baths and coconut oil/tea tree wraps. Just think of how smooth and silky our hair will be once this is all over !

Did I mention it is now 2 in the afternoon and I have already had a glass of wine.

If you find yourself in the same position, first do not freak out.  Then follow the steps below…

Skip the store chemicals and try this route it works GREAT !  This is not our first rodeo.  I used this method two years ago and it worked the first try, while other parents in the class went through multiple store chemical treatments.

As for method, a good nurse friend helped me the first time.  She said think of the scalp as a 2×2 inch grid of sections.  After the vinegar soak dries it is time to apply the coconut oil w/tea tree oil added.

Using a comb tip gather a 2×2 inch section of hair.  I start on the left from temple and work to the right in rows.  Gather your section, use your lice comb and remove the nits/eggs/bugs. Than saturate the section making sure to also massage into the scalp with the coconut oil (I add tea tree to mine) and twist into ringlets and secure with a bobby pin. When you are done you will have a head of 2×2 inch sections pinned tight.  This way you make sure to get each and every strand of hair and do not cross contaminate.  I take the remaining oil mixture and rub it on the skin lines and into the edges of the hair.  Then wrap in plastic wrap to let the oil do its magic.  Genius !

We will wait about 8 hours.  Then shampoo the hair a few time to get the oil out.  I will blow out her hair, comb it out again with the lice comb to make sure I got everything.  I may even flat iron her hair to make sure nothing escapes.  Wish us luck !

(Make sure to boil all hair products to kill any ick !)


Farm Musing #1

Woke at 645am to a cat walking on us meowing for food. Elbowed bald sexy husband (BSH) until he got up to feed said cat (and make our coffee).

7am sitting on back porch rocking, reflecting and sipping. Talking to BSH while he tries to read Atlas Shrugged (I was interrupting his zen).

745am neighbors wood chipper is full blast. Goodbye zen. Looked to the right, jumped up and screamed, dammit the cows are out. Someone not naming names (Uncle Ronald/BSH) forgot to close the gate last night. Got my work out in ! Running with a big stick and yelling at two cows. All are back behind the fence. Currently the chipper is silent, but I hear a chainsaw, more to come. Back to the porch !