Friday, September 18, 2015

Preparing for Baby

Hospital bag is now packed and ready.  A little over a week ago I went into premature labor with nothing packed.  It was a good trial run, I guess.  Now we have everything prepared for the next hospital visit.

Part of my preparation was looking into how I can use essential oils during labor.  I recently signed on with doTERRA so that I would have some quality essential oils safe for ingesting and applying directly to the skin.

The three oils that will be traveling with me to the hospital are Lavender, Frankincense, and Peppermint.  They will be in the diffuser, in my massage oil, and nearby for a good whiff when needed.  Hopefully it will be a good distraction anyway.

So why these oils?
I chose grapeseed oil as a carrier because it doesn't clog your pores and I have very sensitive skin.
Lavender is for relaxation and to ease muscle tension.
Frankincense is for labor discomfort and can be applied to stomach and back.
Peppermint can be used on the back for discomfort and for nausea.

Now to find some good labor and delivery music.  Any ideas?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Farmer's Market

I'm so excited to be working with Montgomery County Market Days to start a farmer's market in Willis!  We've had a few hurdles but it looks like our first market will be held on Friday, September 4th at Montgomery County Milling Co. in Willis.  Please help us get things going.  If you are a vendor or know of someone who would like to be part of this please spread the word.  You can sign up to be a vendor at

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Pumpkin Patch (attempt no. 1)

I've been meaning to plant a pumpkin patch every year for the last 3 years or so and always wait until it's too late to do anything. I probably waited too long again but I went ahead and planted today. July is the end of the planting period for zone 8 which happens to be where I am located.

 According to The Backyard Homestead and several sights I browsed online, pumpkins are planted on mounds about 4 feet apart with around 4 seeds per mound. I planted 7 mounds in a 10'x10' area and one in a planter box that happened to be empty at the time.

To prepare the soil I first spread compost/chicken manure and tilled that in. A few days later I tilled in Better Naturally veggie food.
Ok, technically it wasn't me that tilled the soil.  I'm not allowed to operate the tiller at 6 months pregnant.  I recruited my mom the first time around (when the ground was hard as a rock) and the best husband in the world the second go around (the hottest day of the summer so far).  Thanks guys!!

The seeds were purchased online from Sustainable Seed Co. The planter box was a last minute addition because I had extra seeds. The planter box is filled with top soil from a burn pile mixed with chicken manure.

 Stay tuned...

Friday, January 3, 2014

Items Around the House

During my last few days off from work, I decided to do a quick project.  I've been wanting to bring in more plant life in the house so I went to Home Depot and picked up several small indoor plants.  Next, I went scouting around the house for items to put the plants in.  Here is what I came up with.

Starting from the top left:  a glass cream dish I found in the woods near an abandoned house; a tea cup I fished out of a stream in England; an urn I bought at an auction in Normangee; an actual planter that was home to an ivy I killed and then some succulents I killed; Illy coffee cans that I spray painted silver; and finally a Rotel can I spray painted black.

I felt like I was on a scavenger hunt trying to find appropriate sized containers for my new plants.  It's nice to have more life in the house.  Hopefully I can keep them alive longer than my previous plants.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

So long 2013...Here's a look back.

This marks a year of blogging for me.  It's been very rewarding in that I didn't quit, and I found that writing about my life is enjoyable.  This whole thing started as a scrapbook of sorts for me.  I don't print out pictures anymore or keep a journal, so now I have all my memories out there for the world to see.

These are the highlights for the year.  I look forward to more blogging in my future, maybe someone out there will find something insightful...probably not.

So long 2012, this was the beginning of a new year that has come and gone.

From campouts, to graduations, we had a lot of good times with the family and friends.  I am so lucky to have so many people to celebrate life events with.  Can't wait for more this year.
The summer was a very memorable one, spent baling hay with my dad, getting a new job, and losing an amazing dog.

We enjoyed a nice evening at my grandparent's for an impromptu Friday night dinner, like the old days.  Rhonda had a proper send off before her wedding in Normangee in the heat of September, then more Normangee in the cool of November.  Finally, there was the trip to Louisville for lots and lots of volleyball.

These are only a few of the highlights of the year.  They're the small (and some large) moments that I never want to forget.  Time to ring in a New Year and make many more memories.  See you next year!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Dover and Canterbury

Sept. 17, 2013

When we left London, we drove straight to the White Cliffs of Dover.  This particular day was cold and windy so we bundled up and took our photos of the beautiful scenery at the edge of the English Channel.

Next stop, after a scenic drive north, we arrived in Canterbury, Kent  What an amazing place!  So historic and beautiful.  The Roman ruins here date back to the 1st Century AD.  It's a little overwhelming taking it all in.  It began to drizzle while we were here so we had to take shelter in the Cathedral.  By the time we went back through the town center, everything was closing and the schoolers were flooding the streets.  No shopping today.

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves:

Now we must hit the road to our next destination...Milford-on-Sea (and surrounding areas).

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


It's been over a month since I was walking the streets of London.  Sadly, it's been so long that all the wonderful memories are beginning to fade.  Let's see...

We arrived at Heathrow airport sometime in the afternoon on a cloudy Sunday, September 15th.  It's all coming back to me!  The rental car establishment was very helpful, in that when we asked to upgrade to a larger vehicle to accommodate our 2 weeks worth of luggage, they gladly gave us a brand new Audi sedan.  Yes, the Audi did have room for our luggage...without us in it.  This was not going to work.  Not only did this car have not a scratch on it and beautiful leather seats, but we were going to have to put a large suitcase in the front passenger seat with three people in the back if we wanted to drive out of that lot.  We promptly traded that upgrade in for a beat up VW minivan with tons of room to spare.

Now we're feeling good, first obstacle out of the way.  On to the next, driving on the wrong side of the road!!  The trip from the rental lot to the hotel was very colorful.  Our driver had 3 backseat drivers to help him along the way.  We treated ourselves to the Jamie Oliver Diner in Piccadilly Circus and then off to bed.
Street view of our hotel.

The hotel, in Sussex, was very comfortable.  We enjoyed a typical English breakfast of poached egg, toast, ranch style beans, and boiled tomato each morning.  It was pretty tasty.  The first morning we hit the trail to Hyde Park which was just a few blocks away.
I kept getting a rock in my shoe on our trip through Hyde Park

 This day was full of walking.  We hit all the main attractions in one day.  We only went in to a few because of time.  St. Margaret's Church, across from Westminster Abbey had no line and was free to get in so we opted for that.  We also went in to St. Paul's Cathedral and climbed to the top for a spectacular view.  The Tower of London was a favorite for me because it brought to life all the Philippa Gregory novels I've read about Henry VIII.  I also very much enjoyed sitting in the sun and having tea near Hyde Park.

A royal toilet

The sun did not last unfortunately.  By lunch time it was raining on us.  We had to duck in to a cafe in the City of London for a bite to eat until the rain slowed down.  From here, we made it to the River Thames to get a glimpse of London Bridge, Big Ben, and the London Eye.

By the end of day one, we were exhausted.  We took the tube back to the hotel from the river, freshened up, and had a delicious Indian dinner.

The next morning we were off to Dover...