Kathleen has been having a great time reading to the chickens and taking care of them. They have been a wonderful addition to our family. They are so curious and have so much personality!
Hayley is not too happy I took this picture...lol, but she has been a real help around our little homestead! I'm proud of both my girls and how hard they work and take pride in what we have.
Elvis is enjoying his new bed at the top of the stairs. He likes to be able to keep an eye on everything going on ;-) In the morning he meows at the first person up to make sure they don't forget to give him his treats.
We finally got around to spiffing up the lights on our front porch. The one on the right is the before.... Jerry removed the glass and spray painted it black; it really makes a big difference out front and saves money on new lights :-)
Kathleen lost another tooth and made a sign for the tooth fairy along with a nice letter.
We have wild bunnies enjoying our yard! Momma and babies we see quite frequently. Now if we could just keep them out of our garden!
Kathleen had won a scholarship at school for a free week of nature camp. This is her all ready for her first day! Back pack full... they waded through ponds and everything.
Last time these were clean for the week! LOL
This was the first week I was sick so after I picked her up we went to Rite Aid for my medicines. She was covered in mud, but absolutely loved it!
Jerry built me a really nice stand to put my herbs on, they are doing really well and make a great addition to my cooking :-) Nothing like picking your own fresh ingredients right from your front porch.
My clematis has bloomed beautifully with such a rich purple color! However we will need to build a new trellis for next season as it has broken this one from all the weight.
Kathleen's sunflower is still doing well and getting quite tall!
Pears are starting to develop on our trees. Last year we made pear sauce with them and it was so good!
I am so happy that I have several hummingbirds enjoying the feeders this year. I change out their feed every week. ( 4 cups water, 1 cup sugar dissolved in boiling water, no dye!) It is so important to change it regularly and keep the feeders clean to keep the hummingbirds from getting sick. We found this strawberry hummingbird feeder at a yard sale for a quarter and I cleaned it all up. It has been their favorite one :-) These pictures I took through my kitchen window with my zoom lens, so not the best quality... but happy to get them nonetheless. Those little birds are so fast!
Some yummy vegetable soup I made one rainy day for lunch, Hayley loved it so there were no leftovers, lol.
Also made these simple sandwiches to go with it. Just cut an English muffin in half. Cut up a nice ripe, juicy tomato and lay it on each side, sprinkle with 1/4 cup low fat cheddar cheese and heat in oven until cheese is melted at 350 degrees. So delicious and low in calories. In weight watcher points sandwiches are 3 points and soup is free! :-)
We have been having rain every day and it's getting old.... however did create a cool mist I took a few pictures of in our backyard.
All summer I like to plan learning and crafts, etc. with the girls. Being so sick has halted a lot of it so far... but one day I did manage to do this project with them. It's called crazy hair and is inspired by the artist Al Hirschfeld, who does black and white caricatures with exaggerated lines. He also is known to hide his daughter Nina's name in every picture. His work has been featured in several museums such as Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and Museum of Modern Art in New York. There is a lot of information on the internet as well as his pictures and I would suggest putting his name in Google to find a wealth of knowledge about him. There are also videos on PBS that are quite interesting about his life. Enjoy!
So this is Kathleen's drawing of crazy hair.... she added color to hers and it turned out great!
Hayley added her artistic flair to hers and subtle color, also did a great job!
And last is mine, and no pictures of me as bad as I have been feeling, lol. Didn't have the energy to add color to mine, but it sure took us some time to finish them. That's the great thing about art, everyone interprets it differently and there is no right or wrong way.
"Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons" Al Hirschfeld