Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Rainbow Dash Costume Trial Run

So Brooke is very excited about Halloween this year, and much of that is to do with her costume. I have never been happier with something I created just because of how happy it is making her. Today we dressed up and went outside for pictures! This is what we got!



Love My Little Pony!!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Fall planting

Nothing quite like getting your hands dirty and planting the fall garden.




Monday, September 30, 2013

Pictures?




Cassava Root

What to plant in October (zone 9):

What to plant?
Beets
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Collards
Kale
Kohlrabi
Leek
Lettuce
Mustard
Bulb Onions
Parsley
English Peas
Radish
Spinach
Turnips


What to do?
* Plant garlic cloves now for a harvest next summer. Place a clove in the soil so that the pointed end is 1/2 inch below the surface and space cloves 6-8 inches apart.
* Plant strawberries. Choose healthy and quality transplants.

Making Halloween (Rainbow Dash Costume)



Halloween is coming faster then we know so it was time to get working on the costumes! Brooke's costume this year is Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony. None of the costumes in the store were cute at all, so this year I decided to make one. Yikes!

So I started scouting, how to design it, how to make it, how to even begin. A quick drive to Michael's and long walks down all the aisles to find the perfect items to create this costume took up a good chunk of my day but with the idea in my head to keep this cheap I finally found it. FELT! Each piece of felt was 29 cents the mane and tail was one color each. I used light blue felt for the ears and wings.
Rainbow Dash Tail

This is the back on the mane.
Front of mane (and ears)
I used a set of 99 cent wings then glued on cut felt, then covered in blue loose feathers. After gluing all the feathers down I set it to dry overnight.
Rainbow Dash Pegasus wings.






A trip to the thrift store provided us with light blue colored clothes for $4

Side View (need to add feathers to other side of wings)
Back View
Front vew and a happy baby!!

Once her cutie mark patch comes in the mail it will be added to her pants to finish out the costume.

Total Cost:
Clothes: $4
Patch: $8
Misc Materials: $13
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Final: $25

Sunday, September 22, 2013

It's Fall!!!!

Yip Yip Yippie!! Fall is officially here and despite the humid and hot weather of our cold front (bringing it down to 87 degrees vs 95) I wore a short sleeve sweater today! At lunch I ordered a Good Gourd pumpkin beer and tonight I shall welcome in the season with Cinnamon Honey Chicken and baked potatoes.

Ah fall. The time of wonder for us FL gardeners. The seeds are started, the gardens are being cleared, and the strawberries have arrived. Life is good!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Tampa Bay Times

Its always nice when someone takes you advice or admires your pictures. Its a whole nother thing when those things get published in the newspaper.

See me here: I always recommend people start their own seeds. :)

http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/florida-gardeners-share-tips-for-fall-vegetable-gardens/2142543

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

What to plant in September (Zone 9)

September

Plants Seeds Of:
Southern peas
Beans: Bush, Pole, Lima
Sweet Corn
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Peppers
Squash
Tomatoes
Broccoli
Cabbage
Celery
Collards
Endive
kale
leek
Lettuce
Mustard
Bulb Onions
English Peas
Radish
Turnips



 What to do:
* Plant strawberries late this month through October. Choose healthy and quality transplants.
* When planting fast maturing vegetables, make several plantings at 10-14 day intervals to have a steady harvest.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Weed Killing.

Slowly but surely we are wiping out the weed population here at Sunny Spot Gardens. Soon next seasons veggies will be sowed. But until then pull, pull, pull. I cannot wait until labor day, the whole family will have the day off and we can just work outside. :)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Our 1st Home Raised Rabbit Meal

After allowing the rabbit meat to chill in the fridge for 48 hours we are cooking it for dinner. Coated in herbs and flour and pan fried, served over an open face home-style biscuit and topped with a cream sauce. But first how to debone a rabbit... Hmmm



My butchered attempt looks nothing like their but lets just chalk it up to having a smaller rabbit ;)


Here we go with the pan frying of the herb and flour coated rabbit.

The finished product minus the cream...
lapin cuits avec sauce à la crème sur les biscuits
 
 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Rabbit Processing

Warning:  Today’s post is about butchering here at the gardens, if this would upsets you please do not read any further. Please know we give our animals the very best life we can offer them but these animals are not pets and raised to be food.



 I got home from work and went outside to feed and water the rabbit, the chickens were out pecking round in the weeds clucking as if I was obviously disturbing them from some very important work. I have been weaning the baby rabbits from their mother and have a pen set up with 4 rabbits, 2 still with their mom. These are our meat rabbits, raised for one purpose to feed us.

It may not be pretty but we eat meat, and a good amount of it. Our goal is to be a self sustaining as possible this includes providing simple foods for the family like fruits, veggies, and recently meat. Some would choose not to do this and that is fine but my goal is to eventually have a farm and homestead off it allowing the land to support us, here at Sunny Spot we have started that process on our urban farm.

While we cannot raise cows, pigs, or other traditional meat animals we can raise rabbits and easily. They feast upon not only store bought food pellets but greens grown in the garden, leftover foods, and grass. They can hop around the garden not causing any problems and produce wonderful poop fertilizer that grow even more veggies.

Today as I went out to feed them I picked one up and it just felt like it was now or never. I have been putting it off because its a hard process mentally. I brought it inside to weigh it. 2.6 pounds as I went back outside it started raining as if mother nature picked up my feelings. I did what I had to and skinned, and gutted the rabbit. As the process went forth I said a small prayer not to God or anyone in particular but for the animal. Im not sure all I said but it was from the heart basically thanking the animal for the food it would provide for our family. The blood went into the garden, the offal to the chickens, the head and tail went into the garbage, the skin into a bag and in the freezer until I can tan it, and the meat came inside and got rinsed out.

Brooke who had been inside then came and started asking questions. She was very curious about it all as it is no secret to her why we raise these animals. She wanted to know all the details but there is only so much I am willing to tell my 5 year old. We went over the basics, then I showed her how I was going to cut it up to chill overnight in the fridge. She was excited about eating it remarking how similar it looked to chicken. As I chopped it she laid claim to a leg.

This process was both a sad and exciting time for me. Now at least I know I can do it.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My first garden outting in months

All say today at work all I could think about in my minutes of free time was getting my hands dirty in the garden. I wanted to plant, I wanted to watch those seeds grow but there was one BIG hurdle before I could plant... the summer neglect. As you know the past couple months I have been a no show around here and thats not because I gave up blogging oh no its because I had nothing to blog about. I let myself slip into this routine of going to work, and crashing on the couch with the AC blasting in the house. Today was my first break of the habit and my goodness it felt good.

The rain had cooled us down to under 90 degrees and put up a nice grey layer between myself and the glaring sun so I got off work, picked up my daughter and ventured outside. It was worse then I knew. Weeds with deep roots were everywhere. First thing I did was start yanking off the vining weeds that were choking out my trees and rosemary. Next I pulled weeds along the bank of the pond allowing you to actually see where the ground stopped and the water began. Next I pulled out as many weeds as I could turning over the soil and then covering with thin cardboard from work. On top of that I pulled out pond plants that had covered the ENTIRE surface of the water and stacked them on top until you couldnt see the board underneath, this will quickly rot a create a compost layer. For the topper I have a bag of leaves waiting to be added.. then in a couple of weeks PLANT. I spent at least 1.5 hours working on a 4x8 bed... now only the rest of the yard to do..... 0_0


Above is Brooke who wanted to show off our hard work and her favorite hen Tiny. They are so cute!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Our First Rabbit Show

I thought something fun to do would be to start showing our rabbits as a family activity. We woke up at 6am and piled into the car before the sun had come over the horizon, it was dark and I was tired and crabby. We started our 45 minute trek to the show room. An 1 and 40 minutes later we arrived, Yes we got lost 3 times (plus I had to stop for coffee). We set up with some bunny friends and relaxed until it was time for Brooke to show. All morning she combed and styled her bunnies fur, finally it was her time to go to the judging tables. She stuck her bunny in the hole and waited.

All that styling must have payed off because this little girl one Best of Breed her very first show with Nibbler. She was thrilled and so was I, it was a fantastic day!



Monday, August 12, 2013

A long hard summer

This summer has been rough, humid hot and miserable. I don't even go outside, my yard is over taken in weeds. *sigh* soon, soon you will be seeing more posts... as soon as it cools down and I can get my garden underway.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

What to Plant in August (Zone 9)


Plant seeds of:
Okra
Southern Peas
Malabar Spinach
Pole Beans
Sweet Corn
Eggplant
Peppers
Pumpkin
Gourds
Squash
Watermelon
Broccoli
Celery
Collards
Bunching Onions




What to do:
* Harvest Spring-planted garlic when the tops are yellow and withered. Dig the bulbs and allow to dry in a well ventilated area out of direct sun.
* Start seeds of any items that can be planted in September

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Homemade Laundry Soap *EASY*

As I notice more people taking an interest in making their own homemade laundry soap I am posting my recipe. You can make your own soap for pennies on the dollar! All these items were found in the cleaning/laundry aisle of our local supermarket. The expensive ingredients will last you many batches. I am guessing but you can most likely get 6+ batches out of each box.

Ingredients:
1/3 bar Fels Naptha or other type of soap( you can use normal people soap like dove but use a whole bar) **$2 for 1 bar**

1/2 cup washing soda **$5 for one large box**

1/2 cup borax powder **$4 for a box**

3-5 gallon bucket **FREE**

1/2 oz of essential oil (optional) **$2-$5**


*This equals about $4.50 a batch which gives you about 2-3 gallons or 40 cups (average) which is 80 loads (ONLY ABOUT $1.83 A BATCH IF YOU DON'T USE A SCENT)


Directions:
Grate the soap into a sauce pan.
Add 6 cups water and heat until the soap melts.
Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved.
Remove from heat and add 4 cups hot water and essential oil to the bucket.
Now add your soap mixture.
Stir and add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir.
Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel into something along the lines of egg white.
**You use 1/2 cup per load.**

Maybe you shouldnt get chickens...

http://www.nwedible.com/2013/05/you-absolutely-should-not-get-backyard-chickens.html

This story link above is a wonderful story of what you need to understand when entering a chicken contract (aka: buying chickens to raise)

You all know I am by far a huge supporter of people having a backyard flock but this is something that is not widely talked about and people forget this part of chicken raising until it comes about. We are approaching our first time with our oldest hen coming up on 3 years. She still is laying but we can see her slowing down... A LOT. Within the next year it will be her time to move on... *sigh* We love her!

Ready for August

August is exciting for me because even though I cant stand to be outside for more then 20 minutes I do get to start seeds for plants. Everything that can be planted in September can and should be started in early August. Giving them a great start and 4-5 weeks of growth before being planted out in September.

Ill be starting:

Eggplant
Peppers
Tomatoes
Broccoli
Cabbage
Celery
Collards
kale
leek
Corn

Easy direct seed plants dont need to be started early like:

Beans
Squash
Lettuce
Corn
Cucumber

As you see above corn is on both lists that because you don't NEED to start it early as it is easy to direct seeds and have it grow but sometimes that couple extra weeks gives the plants a good boost and quickens how fast the grow to maturity in the ground. 

Everything will be planted and set outside in partial morning sun. Ill be sending my hubby out with the weed eater to get all the weeds down as far as we can then we will get in there and start pulling by hand. The garden plan posted HERE will be put into work within the next couple weeks. :)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Grilled cheese

This city gal has an addiction to grilled cheese but not the kind you may remember from your childhood, while the processed cheese and over buttered sandwiches may remind you of a simpler time I prefer new and updated cheese. I found a place that goes to local farmers markets grilling up some unique grilled cheese but at $5-$6 a sandwich I cant afford such yumminess so I took it upon myself to craft my own noms at home.
 
My first sandwich was cheddar cheese, goat cheese, and fresh Georgia peaches on sourdough bread with just a touch of butter in the pan. It was Yum!

The one I made today was cheddar cheese, goat cheese, and wild raspberry jam that my mom from IL made. The whole thing was dipped in marinara sauce. AMAZING!

I use sharp cheddar cheese as my base cheese, and since I have a unnatural addiction to all things goat cheese I tend to add that to EVERYTHING. Fruits add a touch of sweetness and you can use fresh or canned. Next I will add things slivered almonds, veggies, and other goods to try other crazy yummy combos.

Hail to the grilled cheese!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Garden Plan

So here is my garden plan. We are named Sunny Spot Gardens due to the high level of sun we get here and NO shade; I thought it would be fun to take that to the next level ad design our garden based after the traditional child's drawing of a sun. The dark areas you see are the walkways leading off the main fire pit area.

The center sun will be the fire pit located almost in the middle of the yard, the spokes will lead to different areas as you can see... compost, chicken coop, rabbit area and garden, pond, and then 2 paths back to the porch and event area.

The event area will be left mulched and rugged with no garden beds to provide area for people to gather when we host events at our house.

The rabbit area is being renewed. Mulch will go in the pathway and next to the tarp cover for them we are going to install a rabbit run and a small garden where we will grow veggies for them.

The chicken coop is being moved slightly to be able to be accessed more easily, we will give them a new hay floor and add an extra feeder for them.

Along the back fence we will leave the current lilies in place because they are almost impossible to get rid of (I have tried 5 times over the past 3 years) and add moringa trees, and cassava to block out that back fence and their mean dogs as best we can.

The pond will have a mulch walkway along the length of it and a slightly larger area in the corner which we will put a bench in for relaxing on.

Off to College

Well its official this Homesteading City Gal is off to college. I start at SPC on Aug 15th where I will be attending and getting my General Associates Degree with a transfer program to USF for a bachlors in Environmental Science and Policy.

I am very excited about this, as a young woman who dropped out of school, ran away from home, and got pregnant at age 17 I had many challenges to face and those all led me to where I am today. Renting a lovely modest house with my caring husband and wonderful daughter, Supplying my family with organic and sustainable food from our backyard, and now returning to school to pursue my future in something I love vs doing something I must do to pay the bills. I am incredibly grateful to have to loving support of so many who pushed me to get my GED, get my license and start bettering myself those years ago. If you had asked me even 1 year ago if I thought I would be going to college I would have said no. I had no time my life is so busy, and it still is but after much thought I realized if I ever wanted a better job, an easier life, and my farm I needed to pursue a higher education but I wasn't going to just do something I hated for the money.. No I needed to do something I loved or I would just end up hating school again like I did way back when.

I did many hours of research looking into possible jobs, which degrees I could take in the area, where the jobs were located, how much they paid, etc. I love degrees like sustainability, horticulture, biology but its much harder to find jobs with them and they require Masters Degrees or Higher. So I decided on becoming an environmental scientist. Science classes where the only class I ever enjoyed in school and if I had ditched the whole day I would never miss that class. Now science goes hand in hand with math which I am AWFUL at but I think with where I am in my life, and my new found desire to achieve this new goal math will be less awful. Maybe I was just bored. I always tested well in it even though I failed the classes. So now to begin a new chapter of my life...

Wife, Mother, Urban Homesteader, Full Time Worker, and College Student!

Seed Sale

Every gardener gets excited about a seed sale.
Right now Baker Creek Heirloom seeds (my fav seeds) are having a 25% off sale:
Use code FALLGARDEN13 to snag some great deals

They did not tell me how long this lasts so just try it!

The Honey Bees... Whats Happening to Them??


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What to plant in July (Zone 9):


Plant seeds of:
Beans: Bush, Pole, Lima
Cantaloupes
Okra
New Zealand Spinach
Malabar Spinach
Amaranth
Orach
Roselle
Yard Long Beans
Peanuts
Cow Peas
Sweet Potatoes


Things to do:
* Remember to pick cucumbers, squash, beans, okra, and peppers regularly so plants will continue producing.
* Blossom end rot on tomatoes or a similar rot on peppers is caused by a calcium deficiency or fluctuations in soil moisture. Try to keep plants evenly moist. Discard rotting fruit.
* Remove all diseased vegetable plants or infected leaves from the garden. Prevent the spread of a disease by watering plants carefully at the soil level.
* As basil plants begin to bloom, cut plants back just above a pair of leaves to encourage growth.
* Also late this month start your plants to set out next month.. this will give you a head start!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The day fast approches

Im getting nervous because its about that time, in just about 2 weeks I will be processing our first bunch of meat rabbits. I am very conflicted on this, i was raised in a time where rabbits were called bunnies and thought of as pets and snuggles buns not livestock as they have been for many a year. In my own quest from a vegetarian to someone who likes to enjoy her meat I have tried to stay away from industrial raised factory farmed meat as much as possible, raising my own meat was my next step.

I watched these rabbits grow from the first day they were born hairless and rat looking, to the cute little furry baby bunnies, and know to the stage where they are starting to look like mini sized grown rabbits. Within the last month I have distanced myself from them.. not allowing myself to become attached as I was there for a while. I knew this day would be coming and I am looking forward to it and dreading it. I am happy to be providing our family with sustenance that we were able to raise from day 1 ourselves. I know everything those bunnies ate, the kale I picked fresh for them daily and let them munch, the green hay, oats, pellets, weeds, etc, I know their parents, and mostly I know them.

As they steadily gain weight and become bigger the faster my day approaches. Not only do I have to kill these rabbit myself, then I have to process them. I am going to try and use every aspect of these animals as I can. This is including blood for the garden, meat for us, bones for the garden, and pelts tanned for us. Its a very weird feeling for me, to be looking forward to something so much and dreading it at the same time. Such is the lifestyle I chose and a step I feel I need to take.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Farmer Spotlight:.Kuntzelman Family

Re-post from visit in 2011:

If you could choose would you pick meat that has been sprayed with who knows what, driven hundreds of miles from a factory farm who knows where, made with unknown parts ground together with such a high fat content people who have heart problems are told to stay far away over local pasture raised grass fed happy cows/sheep/chickens that meats so rich in omega 3 and so low in fat heart patients are allowed to eat it and sometimes even encouraged to??? I mean really what would you choose?


Well I choose the latter and went out to visit the Kuntzelman family to pick up my locally raised meat, and meet the family and the animals.

Brooke, my grandma, and I made the 30 minute trip to Dover and pulled up in front of this cute humble home with rolling fields and tall grass in the back.. a beautiful golden retriever jumped up at our arrival but soon settled back under the shade of a big tree, I walked up the driveway to find a young man and woman sitting outside enjoying their view and having some cold water, a baby monitor sat on the table. I introduced myself, my daughter and my grandma after we all shook hands we started the tour.

First close to the house was a large brooder with heat lamps and little 3 day old chicks running around.. Ahh! I remember having chicks : )
Next was a large area of the pasture fenced off where a metal chicken house sat and I saw laying hens and a couple roosters walking around and some happily hiding in the tall grasses!
Then on to the meat chickens which were in a box like structure that gets moved around the pasture everyday allowing the birds to have fresh grass and scratch the metal box had a large blue tarp over top to keep the awful FL heat from hurting them.

Next it was time to see the cattle/sheep/and goats! We walked over wild blackberries, cow patties where you could see worms have already started devouring, and through knee high grasses.. this is the life! My grandma wasn't enjoying it quite as much and is so the green acres theme song! Once we got close the goats rushed over and the cattle looked excited. The owners had brought treats for us to feed them! Brooke tried so hard to feed the cow but didn't understand to keep her hand there when the cow went to take it so my grandma fed them getting licked in the process while Brooke and I pet them. The sheep kept their distance munching grass and other weeds in the field. The goats though came right over and Brooke got to pet them as well she LOVED it and didn't want to go!
We walked back to the house passing a little garden where sweet corn and some winter squash was growing. When we got there we did some talking and he brought up a good point.. ever driven passed cows and they are in a field of neatly cut grass that maybe a inch or two tall??? Yea me 2 and that's how you know they are on grain feed.. in order to be grass fed that grass will have to be tall and thick for the cows to be able to eat and live off it!!!

At the ranch they use all natural methods but like a lot of small farmers cannot afford the "organic" license, fine by me as long as they continue to use organic/natural methods.
Life is a beautiful circle which modern agriculture has ruined and this farm is bringing it back!!!

Congrats Kuntzelman Family!


And a brief summary right from the owners themselves:

We came to farm after we decided to "opt out" of the conventional food system. We wanted to produce the healthiest and best tasting food on the planet for our family and then we decided we wanted to provide it for others too! We are still very small but the demand for our products if huge. However we are growing slowly so that we don't compromise quality just to get bigger.

Beef/Lamb - From birth to death our cattle and sheep eat nothing but grass and/or hay when the grass isn't growing. We provide them with an organic mineral supplement and move them to a fresh salad bar of grass daily.

Chicken - We raise our chickens on pasture in floorless pens that provide protection from predators and elements. In addition to grass and bugs they get a locally milled grain ration.

Eggs - Our hens rotate behind the cattle and sheep to scratch though the cow pies and eat fly larvae and parasites that can hurt the cows the next time they come into that pasture. In addition to bugs and grass they also get a locally milled grain ration.






Sunday, July 7, 2013

Its just so darn hot

Ah summer in FL, its much like winter up North. You don't venture outside and when you do go outside you get back in the AC as quick as possible. This is the time when I stay inside reading and dreaming of gardens to come. This is exactly what I have been doing of late, staying inside and dreaming.

The issue with this is I am missing being in the garden, the dirt under my nails, watching the seeds pop up through the soil. So a week ago I walked outside... other then at sunset to feed the animals. I found that the weeds had consumed EVERYTHING and were about 2 ft tall. I got stressed how I could I let my gardens get so overtaken. *sigh* So my husband and I pitched together and bought a weed whacker. I normally work with my hands and that alone but this mess called for desperate measure.

Yesterday my wonderful hubby set out into the yard with one thing in mind, chop down those weeds. and that he did. We now have 2 inch weeds that can easily be managed and smothered. We will be laying boxes and new pathways ASAP before we get out of hand again. I will be drawing up a plan and posting it soon :)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Greek Yogurt

I had a tub of plain greek yogurt that was about to go bad and wanted to use to so dinner and dessert was based on that.

For dinner I created Chicken Rollups..

Flatten your chicken to a 1/2 inch thick, use 1/3 a tub of plain greek yogurt and mix in herbs from your garden... we used sage, parsley with a dash of salt and pepper. Take spoonfuls and spread over the flattened chicken, add cut up arugula then roll up chicken, wrap in a tin foil pocket and cook at 375 for 50 minutes.

For dessert I created Strawberry Ice Cream....

In the blender add 1 part Greek yogurt and 2 parts frozen fruit. We used frozen strawberries left over from strawberry season. Yum!


Sunflower Love!





Welcome Summer 2013!

Today is the first day of summer and it ushers in a whole new season of change. 

I plan to improve my garden, block out the weeds, improve our front yard with color and trees while we have the wonderful rains of summer. This summer will also bring the first time we will have sustainable meat produced in our own backyard. 

While bettering the house and yards i also am to improve myself, i recently enrolled into college and plan to attend to become a environmental engineer, biologist, or horticulturist. These 3 professions share common studies. 

We are also joining the YMCA so we can improve our health and get Brooke into fun things like swimming and anything else she would be interested in. I feel very lucky and happy that we will hopefully see much growth this summer just like the plants.

Happy Summer!!!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Circle of Life

So we lost one of our almost 4 week old kits tonight. 
We just buried it in the garden.

Its a very interesting talk to have with your 5 year old about how animals and people decompose and become part of the soil and can support another life by becoming food for a plant. As a girl who has started her life with very strange urban farming parents Brooke is very accepting and understanding of how things like this can happen. She also understands that we eat some of our animals and while it may be a little sad they pass on to another very important part becoming our sustenance and or this we are truly thankful and appreciative of every animal we have. 

The amazing circle of life!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

School

As most of my readers know I have been busy learning skills that I feel will come in handy one day when we own a farm and are homesteading. Things like archery (for hunting), fiber spinning, soap making, canning, organic gardening, baking, and so on. Some things are hard to acquire and may require going back to school.... so I took my first step today. I sent in a application to attend college, while I have never been a person who liked school I thought that learning some skills that require me to attend college would be a good next step to take. 

Sick Notice

Its a funny thing when you become sick, you crave nothing more then to cuddle on the couch and watch reruns of a show on tv, drink soup, and relax. That's great and exactly how I am feeling. I even came home early from work just because of how miserable I am feeling, and there is a high chance I wont go in on Monday... but do you know how didnt get my sick notice?

The animals that rely on me.

No their day started the same, they woke up to the muggy warm Florida sunshine, spent the day enjoying their shaded cages, then as the sun started to fade they started getting antsy...knowing that dinner was coming soon. Nothing changed for them, they had no idea the woman begrudging raising herself from the couch that now forms around her that brings their food was sick nor did they care.

They greeted me the same way the do everyday; Rabbits stretching up on the doors of their cages, noses twitching ready to be given dinner and the cuddling that was sure to come, the chickens clucking their dinner song and pacing the walls of their run... they were happy, they were content, and despite the swollen throat, pounding headache, and general exhausted feeling that I was currently feeling I smiled because this just felt right!

A bouquet from the garden


It's always nice when you get to bring part of the garden inside. Fruits or veggies picked from the garden, or even a simple bouquet of flowers snipped right from the plants. Its always a nice when you look over and think yup that beauty came from right outside in my backyard. This is what we are enjoying tonight, a lovely array of colors from our assortment of zinnias. I love the green one, its called envy.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Welcome to Hurricane Season 2013

Florida Welcomes Hurricane Season which started June 1st with Tropical Storm Andrea.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bunny Wunnies!



Storm

Blaze

Tifa

FooFoo~ Mommy Bunny

Baby Bunny Pile