Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Man and Pumpkin


Brian is very serious about his pumpkin plant.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"Farm" Hunting

For the past several months, Brian and I have been driving all over Tennessee looking at farms.

We're ready to make the move...

but I've got to tell you, it's not easy. We've driven hundreds of miles not to find the right farm for us.

Our real estate agent is a wonderful person who tells us sometime it takes a little while to find just the right one...

and not to lose faith.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Quote by Chief Luther Standing Bear


"He loved the earth and all things of the earth. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard. He knew the lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to the lack of respect for humans too."

Source: Land of the Spotted Eagle

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I Spy...

Green apples...

and peaches!!

The fruit trees are full and I can almost smell the pies baking now!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Under Lock Down

Brian and I have had to resort to protecting the fruits and vegetables plants this summer.

We had to bring in the big artillery, barbed wire and massive tanks.

We surrounded the perimeter.

We had to or it would look like this...

The girls are not happy about it either.

Have you ever been on a chicken's "poop list"?!?! It's just as bad as being on the Italian Mafia's "hit list"... it's not pretty.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Begins


Today is the first official day of Summer.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Recycled Cans

Ever since I married Brian (about a year and a half ago), I've been saving the aluminum cans we've been using, well, mostly Brian but don't tell him I said that... plus some I get from work.

Yesterday was the day I turned them all in.

Holy smoke, we ended up having 32 pounds of aluminum cans!

At .47 cents a pound, we made a big $15.04... that covers a bag of dog food!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Summer List


“Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.”
- Henry David Thoreau

Here's a list of some of my favorite things about Summer...

1. watching lighting bugs in the evening
2. the smell of tomato plants
3. eating sun warmed fruits and veggies out of your own garden
4. the smell in the air when it's raining

I'll definitely think of more but if anyone has favorites, chime right in!!

We'd loved to hear them!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Good Job Joe!

Here a segment of "The Wonderful Thing About Pets!"

For some unknown reason, I was up at 4:20 am this morning.

My brain was just running at full speed ahead.

Time passed by and right at 4:42 am I heard a noise... crowing!

JOE, GO BACK TO BED!!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Pumpkin Cometh

My apologizes for not getting pictures from the very beginning of the process of "The Man and the Atlantic Giant Pumpkins." Brian has been hard at work since April growing the two pumpkin plants.

Here's the main pumpkin plant where he grows the "BIG ONE!" She's been slow and steady in growing. That's a good sign! She's already got a pumpkin on the main vine.

Notice the "chicken" fencing protecting the great pumpkin! The girls and Joe have no access to it per Brian's instructions...so they don't eat the plant!! They are really pigs, not chickens.

Brian has the sun shade up. That Tennessee sun has been already hard on the plant this year. Brian also started putting wheat straw down which helps the dirt stay moist and cool.

Here's the second pumpkin plant. That one was like a race horse out of the gate... it grew very fast. The main vine is not as thick at the other pumpkin but it's a good plant. It also has it's own shade from the peach tree above.

They both look like good plants this year.

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Day at the Pool

Yes, they have a baby pool... and... yes, they are spoiled!

We filled it with dirt for them to "bathe" in since we've closed them off of the pumpkin patch and garden beds. I've also seen worms in the pool, for snack time.

They really do enjoy it out there at the pool.

JD and Joe are just sun bathing.

I've hired Joe to be the life guard. He'll do a good job.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Collecting Eggs


That's two days worth of eggs. The girls definitely take their job seriously.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sunday Afternoon

What a lazy Sunday afternoon looks like...

At least this is William Jake's interpretation...

It made me sleepy just watching him... do nothing.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Turning 40


"Life is a long lesson in humility."
- James M. Barrie (1860-1937) Peter Pan

Today is my birthday. I wouldn't normally say anything but I'm turning 40. I'm actually proud of that fact. Life has given me ups and downs but through it all, I've been blessed with a wonderful loving family and friends. At 40 is when I feel like dreams are just now coming true for me. So my lesson today is... "Age is just a number, not a state of mind." Life is only getting better!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Meet LJ ... AKA "Little Joe"

Meet the newest little man of the house. LJ hails from a farm in Murfreesboro. Tess (LJ's mom) took this picture of him. It was such a pleasure meeting Tess and we hope to stay in touch with her!

Tess said, LJ is a Polish-Silkie cross. He's got blue skin and 5 toes... typical of Silkie breeds. He about a year old like the girls. We got LJ for JD, for company and maybe some day, have little baby chicks! I guess the chicks would be Polish Silkie Sultans!?!?

On the ride home, he was very good and quiet. I was kinda worried about him because he was so quiet.

After we got home, we let LJ out to move around his new back yard and introduce the girls to him. He started feeling a little bit more comfortable... and then... he crowed! That's when I felt better.

This morning he crowed about 5am... right on time! Now it's starting to sound like a real farm!

Tess, thank you so much for Little Joe!! We absolutely love him!! He's a great addition to the Seehafer Farm! We'll take great care of LJ!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

POSTED...

My sister sent me this and I loved it! So I had to post it...

TO ALL NON-PET OWNERS
WHO VISIT AND LIKE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT OUR PETS:

1) They live here. You don’t.

2) If you don’t want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That’s why they call it “fur”-niture.

3) I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.

4) To you, they are animals. To me, they are adopted sons / daughters who are short, hairy, walk on all fours and don’t speak clearly.

Remember, dogs and cats are better than kids because they eat less, don’t ask for money all the time, are easier to train, normally come when called, never ask to drive the car, don’t hang out with drug-using people, don’t smoke or drink, don’t want to wear your clothes, don’t have to buy the latest fashions, don’t need a gazillion dollars for college and if they get pregnant, you can sell their children.

(I just loved it!!)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Deck Dwellers

Ever since the completion of the deck, we've had "deck dwellers" that don't leave.

I've spotted them from early in the morning till late at night.

These "creatures" require food and water... actually they demand food and water.

Are there any exterminators out there that deal with sort of deck dwelling creatures?

We need to call them!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Decking Out the Deck

I did have some energy to make the deck more inviting...


and comfortable...