February 23, 2012

A Little of This and a Little of That

I am feeling miscellaneous this week.  That is where our lives have been lately.  One minute I am on a date with my little man, the next we are talking house plans with our friends and still the next I am talking a friend through a difficult situation.  And that is all in one evening.  

I have a bunch of started posts but have not had time to finish anything this week.  However, there are some fun little snippets that don't really stand on their own but are too good to pass by.  

Like this picture a young lady from church took on Sunday.  Miss Lorene has a precious friend to us over the years.  We are really trying to teach our boys to return to the old rules of chivalry and looking out for others.  One of the ways they encourage and bless me is by seeking out people who need a little extra help or the ladies with their hands full so they can help them out.  As soon as we close in prayer each Sunday, they are rushing to ask me if they can go help Miss Lorene to her car.    
The weather has been bizarre.  Do you remember two years ago we had four feet of snow at this time?  Today it was 63 out and all my plants are in bloom!

Saturday we took advantage of the warm weather to split a few cords of firewood.  I love this type of work, as does the family.  It felt great to be outdoors again.  The boys are not allowed to swing the ax yet, but the girls had a blast taking turns splitting logs.
 Only at the Wachter's could this become a spectator sport.  
One of our neighbors drove by and saw the girls splitting wood while Allen was running the chain saw.  He didn't say a word but just went home and hooked his log splitter up to the four wheeler and hauled it up here.  Allen tried to explain that the girls were doing it for fun and we don't actually require them to do such heavy work.  But Randy stayed and spent all afternoon helping Allen work on the pile.
I don't swing an ax nearly so well as I did years ago.  But I do love getting out there and working hard stacking and smelling the fresh cut wood.  The boys are such amazing workers.  They hauled huge pieces of wood to the splitter for hours on end and never slowed down.  I am so grateful that they have developed their pa's good ethics for hard work!

In other news... I like to periodically switch the division of labor so all the kids are learning new skills.  This week has been a shifting week.  Emma is taking over the bread baking and teaching Nathaniel how to make the muffins.  Nathaniel is teaching Aedan how to make the yogurt and granola.  And Sam is teaching Elisabeth how to empty the waste baskets and put in new liners.  All in all, it went rather smooth.
Last summer Nathaniel had won a gift card to Chipolte from a contest at church.  Somehow it was forgotten.    He came across it a few days ago and asked if we could go on a date and discuss our Bible study.  He even had a plan to take me to Starbucks after wards with earnings from his granola sales.  Allen had to cancel but we went anyway.  We had a nice time sharing about what the Lord has been teaching us.  Have you all ever eaten there?  Those burritos are so huge even the two of us couldn't finish one.  
 Aedan has become quite the inventor.  This week he invented a pool filling machine.  I told him that is what we used to call a hose.  ☺He made his prototype with these recycled goods.  The hose connects at the top to the water bottle.  It runs down through the egg carton and lands in the pool, represented here by the pie tin.  He tells me it didn't work well when he added water, but I understand as I write he is back at the drawing board out next to the recycling bin.
 We finished our model of the solar system.  This is rather nifty and hanging above our school table.  Just about everyone has bumped their head on Saturn today.  Ah, the fun public school kids miss!
And speaking of fun.... as I said earlier, I am not sure what to make of this bizarre weather.  Since New Year's Day we have been waiting for winter to set in.  We've barely had more than a dusting of snow and what we have gotten has been gone the next day.  I have resisted the urge to get in my gardens and get busy.

Until today.  I told my girlfriend that if I went to the garden we would be sure to get a blizzard.  She said, "Well get out there then."

And so I did.  Thanks, Katie.  I hope you are happy.  I spent the afternoon weeding. Trimming, pulling up vines, cutting trees and raking leaves.  My hands and arms are full of thorns and every muscle in my back aches.

Gee, I haven't felt this good in months.  There is nothing like good hard work in the great outdoors!

Winnie loved it, too.  The kids tucked her into the wagon with lots of pillows and fluffy blankets.
When the sun got in her eyes, Elisabeth fetched her an umbrella for shade.  
She sat and chewed on toys (one of her favorite past times) and watched the rest of us work.
Oh and she definitely was tickled to be pulled around the yard by her cheerful chauffeurs.   
After a day like today, it is tough to  believe we are in the middle of winter.  And it is even harder to decide if we should keep hoping for a blizzard or start getting ready for planting season.

Which side of the garden fence are you sitting on?

8 comments :

  1. it's been a mild winter here. {knock on wood} we're predicted to get hit this weekend, maybe :)

    i thought of you today. katie was asking benji some math questions. if you have 'x' amount of fruit in a bowl, add 'x' amount more, add 1 lizard how much is in the bowl? benji: "none, the lizard would eat it all!"

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  2. I'm thinking that winter is over. Or maybe it never really began. As far as I'm concerned, Spring has arrived. We may get some cooler days here and there, but I've lost any hope for a good snowfall.

    I love that your boys so willingly serve your dear friend at church, and each other.

    I haven't gotten out to do yard work just yet but my kids were outside today pulling weeds. :)

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    1. We can still have blizzards and have frost well through May so unfortunately even if it feels like spring, we can't trust the weather enough to do any planting. It feels like limbo. Not winter but can't look to spring. Frustrating for someone like me. ☺

      Hugs,

      Kat

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  3. We had quite the snowstorm for our part of the country in Jan, but since then it's been a little like spring... argh. :)

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    1. Hi, Stephanie.

      We saw some great pictures of our little nephews who live out your way in that storm. They sure enjoyed it being the first real snow they have ever had. (They just turned 2).

      It has indeed been an odd year for winter. I really miss the long, cold, snowy season. But the Lord knows what we need!

      Hugs,

      CP

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  4. What a sweet date with you and Nathaniel! I love that he wanted to talk about what the Lord has been teaching you!

    That bread Emma is holding looks delicious - would you share the recipe?

    Hugs,

    Julianne

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    1. Sure thing, dear Julianne. It is so super easy. This is the first recipe I always show people when they are trying to learn how to bake bread. I posted the recipe here (http://artschilipepper.blogspot.com/2009/06/basic-wheat-bread.html) a few years ago. Let me know what you think.

      Hugs,

      Kat

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    2. Thanks Kat! I made the bread today and it was so simply and absolutely delicious! Def a repeat! I'm proud to say that it actually came out looking like Emma's did as well (I have a history of producing interesting shaped bread loafs....).

      Hugs,

      Julianne

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