This season has been tough on my garden. It was relatively cold for most of the Summer. Nevertheless, we got some good yield from our Summer 2019 Garden:
Tomato’s- 6 heirlooms, 4 hybrids
Garlic (already harvested)
Brussel sprouts (Pierson wasn’t quite sure about what it was).
Unfortunately, I had to battle the birds ALL SEASON LONG. It was frustrating. My favorite part of the Garden was the garlic. We harvested 75 bulbs and have them all dried.
Building a modified version of Deek Diedricksen’s Transforming A-Frame Getaway Cabin. Father-daughter Team Cal & Sabrina doubled the size of the cabin and added a 220 square foot deck. Cabin has a huge swing door that is great for stargazing and opens with help of gas struts. Complete with a tiny fridge and freezer, sofa bed, and sink.
www.thejujuparadise.com to visit via Airbnb.
The first photo was taken on May 11, 2019 and this video was uploaded June 13, 2019- so overall it took us approximately one month to complete. We also built an outhouse in this time, but that was not videoed. We spent approximately $3000 to completely build and furnish, using the redwood milled from our property.
Please contact me if you would like to use these pictures or for questions about the build. Do not reproduce without my permission.
Here are some pictures of the completed project:
This is the second year of the garden and it is quickly developing into the garden I always wanted. I had lofty goals for the year, and they are panning out just as I hoped. I love using The Old Farmers Almanac Garden Planner to plan the layout of the garden. This is an awesome resource that helps plan out what fits in the raised redwood garden beds, when to plant what, and when to transplant. It is such a fun tool to use in the Winter before the garden gets going in the Spring. I also love to plan the future expansion of the garden.
This garden provides us with around forty vegetables & herbs.
A future goal I have is to grow all the fruits and vegetables we eat. For now, with two young boys, my goals are to:
- Immerse the kids in gardening and caring for the garden.
- Introduce a variety of home grown fruits and vegetables- they seem to be more adventurous with their food choices when they take part in growing it.
- Grow different varieties that we cannot find in our local super market.
- Introduce Airbnbers to the garden and the varieties of plants we grow.
- Grow a HUGE pumpkin!
- Have fun, get messy, and reap the rewards.
Follow along with me as we enter an awesome 2019 season. I plan on introducing the various fruits and vegetables we decided to grow in a later post. Stay tuned!
Be everyone’s cheerleader.
I was a cheerleader in the traditional high school sense- pom poms, flips, and repetitive chants. I spent many days practicing and many evenings cheering at various high school sports events with cheesy smiles and poster board.
Looking back now I realize that I am still a cheerleader.
When someone tells me their idea, I’m not going to be the reason someone doesn’t follow through. I am not going to list all the reasons why I think their idea is crazy.
When our team is down and the other team has the ball, I am not on the sideline pointing out all the errors or faults in the game. Instead I am screaming “DEFENSE” “GET THAT BALL BACK”. After all, I’m not the Coach and I’m not the person in the bleachers that thinks I could do it better.
And when the basketball player is dribbling down the court in the direction of the basket about to score, I’m on the sidelines cheering for the slam dunk.
See when someone is down and heading in the wrong direction, I do not take it upon myself to be the Coach. I don’t know their game. What I can do is tell them to get on defense and understand that they are trying- grab life and get that ball back. After all, no one wants to lose the game intentionally. No one wants to suck. We all have dreams and aspirations- they may seem silly to others. Don’t dim their dream. If they want to be the next star in the NBA, why sit there and tell them all the reasons that isn’t going to happen. Don’t kill it for others. As long as they are on the court, they are making the effort to win.
Be someone’s cheerleader.
Be that person that tells them to keep running to the end-zone. Be that person that cheers when they get a touch down. Even though it wasn’t you that got the slam dunk, you can still be on their team. And when the player is making judgements that you don’t understand, ask yourself if you are their Coach or if you are their cheerleader.
Do you know their game well? Do you have authority to give tough love? Are you an expert in their life? We all need Coaches, but we also need cheerleaders. So if you are their cheerleader, make sure they have a Coach. Make sure they are on the court. Then support them and tell them the good you see. Don’t be the reason they feel bad about losing the game- help them get off the bench. Scream, “We are proud of you, say we are proud of you.” Chances are they are harder on themselves than you could ever be- don’t contribute to that negativity.
And when you are at the top of that pyramid-all eyes on you- remember it takes the strength of some pretty awesome people to lift you up there. When people below you are doing all the heavy lifting so you can be in the spotlight, be humble. Remember to pass the support on- be infectious with your spirit. Use the support you get and pay it forward. Acknowledge the people lifting you, because without them, your moves wouldn’t be seen.
Sending big smiles and spirit fingers,
*If you dove way too far into this analogy and are finding exceptions, criticisms and jokes— you’re probably that person that goes to high school football games voicing your opinion loudly from the comfort of your last row bleacher seat. We all know how you could play a better game in your day.
We were given the opportunity to move back to California and live in my childhood home. To move again wasn’t a decision we took lightly. In the end to be close to our family, have our kids grow up and attend the same schools we did, all while keeping & renting out our home in Texas was the best decision both financially and emotionally that we could make for our family. It’s been a stressful couple weeks, but we are where we should be.
Here’s what I use:
Lion Brand WoolEase Thick and Quick
1 Large Pom Maker
Make the Pom Pom according to the directions.
Brush the Pom with a hairbrush and trim to make it a perfect ball.
Big bows step aside… big poms are taking over Winter 2019.
Baby beanie with big Pom. $20 on my Etsy store.
My son is 4 years old and is modeling the slippers.
Size H- 5mm crochet hook
Double strand of 100% wool worsted weight yarn. I used Patons classic wool.
Rows 2-10 *Sc1, turn, SC across*
Fold slipper in half
Row 11-19 SC around
*SC1, SC 2 tog* repeat 15x
Thread through remaining stitches.
Christmas is just around the corner and I will use every moment crafting with the kiddos. Decorating the tree can be cheap and fun with everyday household items and a quick trip to dollar tree.
For this project you just need some glue, puzzle pieces, green paint and sparkly pipe cleaners (or something to make a bow).
My son is four years old and absolutely loved glueing the puzzle pieces in a ring. He was able to do it himself, with a little guidance. We let the puzzle ring dry over night and painted the wreath the next afternoon. Top it off with a sparkly bow and it is ready for the Christmas tree!
We used some cheap paint that is meant for kids. We found the best coverage painting on the cardboard side. You can spray paint the back of it (where the puzzle image is) if you want, but we kept it for character.
I absolutely love crafts like this, especially for Christmas because these are the types of ornaments that create memories for years. I will write the year on it in sharpie as well. Such a quick craft that was perfect for my preschooler.
Traditions are important to me. Since my Grandma passed away I feel like there has been a shift. She never got to meet my kids and never got to see me as a mother. Traditions shifted. Now my mom is the Grandma, and I am the mom.
New traditions are now blended with our old traditions.
I found this list from Country Living Magazine and I am set on incorporating these activities into our December Holiday Season.
Click here, for a copy of Christmas Traditions to download a copy for your family.