In earlier American rural life, communities raised barns because many hands were required. These events occured in a social framework with a good deal of interdependence. Members of rural communities often shared family bonds going back generations. They traded with each other, worshipped with each other and celebrated with each other. Barn raisings were an integral part of life and socializing.

In our modern American life, communities don't mean nearly as much as they did back then. It is our family's goal to bring a sense of community back to our lives and those lives that touch ours.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

After One Hundred

    My Dad keeps asking me what happens after one hundred (see previous post). I guess life happens. It has been a crazy week. So crazy that I can't believe it has only been a week. It seems like two at least. So here is a brief summary. I know, I know, I keep doing summaries. It would be easier if I just stayed on top of things. But like I said, life happens. So here goes.
    Wednesday, August 3: The kids are still doing their garden class through the library. It takes forty-five minutes to get there, but Hubby and I decided to have them follow through on the class. It only seems fair. They planted the garden and they should get to see it come to fruition.  Beyond basic maintenance, on this day they turned their worms loose in the garden, but only after measuring their length and manhandling them. They also studied eggs and the different insects, reptiles, birds, etc. that lay them. The teachers brought in an incubator full of eggs and a cage with two Guinea keets (chicks). The Guineas were hilarious. The kids got to feed them four grasshoppers and those birds went nuts! I keep hearing how good Guineas are for insect control, and now I'm thinking I might have to get me a few.
Investigating the worms

Even Thane got in on the worm action.

Guinea Keets
     Spencer and Hubby finished up working with the 4-H volunteer who has been helping Spencer learn leathercraft. He has been so amazingly helpful and we are lucky to have him as a mentor.
    I had a doctors appointment and all is still very well. My doctor is a very bizarre individual. I call him Dr. Jekyll. He is insanely nice, however he makes me remember why I don't like doctors.
    Meme and I have decided to do something that we both have been wanting to do for some time. So we spent this evening throwing bowls. As in making pottery. I have no picture proof of this since it is hard to take a picture when you are covered in clay. Meme and I each managed to make two bowls in our two hour class. And they are beautiful. Trimming comes next, then a firing, then glazing and the final firing. I can't wait to be done and have my final project in hand. I do believe this is a hobby that I will do for the rest of my life. What a feeling to sink your fingers into the clay and feel it move and form under your hands. And then to have something that you can actually use as your end result. It is going to be as addicting as knitting. Which I need to pick up again...
     Thursday, August 4:  I have no pictures of this day. Not a single one. We had the opportunity to meet a fellow blogger today. I found her blog along the side of another blog that had been featured by GRIT on Facebook. Whoa. That's a convoluted way to find someone that lives an hour from you. Linda blogs at  They are selling their harvest of hay and we just so happen to need some hay. So we made the drive and after a visit in which the children soaked in the wading pool, checked out the old truck in the barn and were taken on a four-wheeler ride, we loaded the hay and headed out. We only took one bale just to make sure the goats liked it. They do. So we will be heading back again for more. This time hopefully we can bum a truck and maybe trailer so we can get what we need. Another drawback of driving a Subaru Outback. You would be surprised though at all of the things we can cram in there.
    In the evening we drove to Paonia to listen to music for the yearly series called Pickin' in the Park. It's like a mini festival every Thursday night in the month of August. We were lucky enough on this night to listen and witness the band called March Fourth Marching Band We have seen them before and they are awesome entertainers. We hula hooped, played dress up, played at the park and danced the night away. It was just what we were needing.
    Friday, August 5:  Today was a catch up day. Hubby went to work and I did laundry and cleaned house.
I love baby clothes drying in sunshine.
     Saturday, August 6: Spencer finished his leather project for the fair, which starts on Monday. He is doing so well with this, I hope he continues to do this as a project in the following years. The artist in him really shines through.
    Sunday, August 7: Happy Birthday to my niece, Kalli! I can't believe she is fifteen. She is as old now as I was when she was born.
    Hubby and I are procrastinators to the bitter end. We were up until midnight helping Spencer finish his record books and display board for the fair. It all turned out lovely, but made me reminisce about eighth grade science fair. Display board, rubber cement, last minute hustle. This seems to be our M.O.
    Monday, August 8: Got up early to make it to the fairgrounds in time for Spencers interview with the fair board judges. He looked so sharp in his white button up and Wranglers with his boots polished and his hair combed. Even Maycee dressed up. He did great in his interview and we will find out the results of his project on Tuesday.
My handsome boy
   The kids and I wandered through the barns looking at all of the animals coming in. It really took me back to my days in 4-H and FFA. I wouldn't trade those days for anything. I only hope that my children can build the same type of lasting memories. 
And this brings us to Tuesday which will have a post of it's own. Thank you for reading and allowing me to catch up.


  1. what a wonderful program for Maycee Thane and Spencer to participate in! gotta love the worms and the guinea keets!
    and yes Spencer does look handsome for his 4-H event!

  2. That was a lot of info, lol.