Saturday, June 7, 2014

Weekend Routine



After a busy week, THIS is a Saturday morning made in heaven.

What is your favorite weekend routine?

City Girl :-)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New Favorite Thing




So being the mother of a five year old and a three year old makes for lots of invitations to birthday parties. 

Growing up, I remember the opening of the presents. It was a long and arduous process with everyone standing around shoveling cake in their mouths while having to make a comment about every single gift the birthday person received. 

After moving to the East Coast, I noticed that the gift opening process is unceremoniously left out and I quite welcome that.  

The parties seem to focus more on having fun, socializing and eating cake without the added half hour of present opening.

The two parties we've had since we moved here, we've also practiced this ritual. Close friends come over to the house after the party is over and that's when the boys get to open their presents.  

It's my new favorite thing especially now that party season is in full swing!

City Girl :-)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Stabilization Project






Phase 1 of The Stabilization Project

Phase 1


Phase 2 with tub and ferns added

Phase 2

English Ivy, up close and personal

A fern I have tried desperately to kill (not on purpose) but continues to live

When we get massive amounts of rain here, there's this part of my front flower bed right next to my front door that seems to take a beating. The gutter that handles about two thirds of the water off our roof funnels it all to the other over-worked gutter. We need to fix the gutter system and we will. It's on the Honey Do List!

In the mean time, we washed all the mud, dirt and old mulch off the brick from the constant Niagara Falls we seemed to experience with rain-mageddon at the beginning of this spring. We mulched our flower beds using nothing but our free wood chips and I (personally) love the all natural, wood chip look! Every time I see colored mulch, I stare at the mulch, not the plants. My plants take center stage in my flower beds so I'm really digging the natural wood look. Did I mention the wood chips were free!!

So while we were mulching, I was thinking about ways to prevent the mulch from getting washed away.

Last year when we went to pick up the boys Craigslist playground, Country Bloke noticed a huge pile of nice looking rocks in the person's backyard. He allowed us to take them (for a very small fee of course) so we've had the huge pile of rocks in the backyard next to the wood chip pile. 

So I thought why don't I use them to help stabilize the soil? Ding, ding, ding!! (When I have a good idea, Country Bloke says I'm having a "tink". Its a word from an Australian children's book series called Bottersnikes and Gumbles. Look it up. They are the cutest books!)


After mulching was complete, we stacked the rocks in along the wall as you can see in the Phase 1 picture. I put an old galvanized tub in the corner to catch some of the rain water but it still looked sort of lifeless to me. So I went to the local nursery and picked out two Ostrich Ferns to complete Phase 2 of the project.

Pretty Little Fern
I love ferns. I especially love these particular ferns because they form dense colonies and help with soil erosion problems. If you have an issue, see if your local nursery carries Ostrich Ferns. I'm pretty excited to watch them grow and spread. And they will come back after winter is over. Score!

I'm pretty pleased with the outcome so far but I think I might go get one more fern...

Have a lovely day!

City Girl :-)

Beautiful Series...A Storm



Some moments in time just take my breath away.

City Girl :-)

Monday, June 2, 2014

So this happened...

Sheep, Funny
Yes, this really happened.



And no, we did not put the bucket on poor Marrio's head.



But we did have to take it off!



Our poor ram, Marrio, just can't catch a break sometimes. 

He's a beautiful ram but not to bright sometimes. Before Country Bloke swept me off my feet, I dated a few men like that. Lol.

Apparently Country Bloke used that bucket to give the sheep some grain and, in his usual fashion, left the bucket out in the yard. Marrio is able to sniff out even the smallest amount of grain. 

So what do you think that blessed creature did? 

Well, he stuck his big ole head in there in an effort to ensure any and all grain was promptly disposed of. 

Only problem, his head was too big for him to get out of it!! 

Poor thing was running into fences and tripping over things. Country Bloke had to run out there (after he was done taking pictures and have a good laugh about it), corner the poor beast and yank the bucket off his head. Marrio suffered no injury (except maybe just a little of his pride).

And all while I was at work!

Things like this are a daily occurrence on this blessed, wannabe farmette!

Hope this made you smile today.

City Girl :-)




Saturday, May 31, 2014

Walkabout (City Girl Style)

Red Rose

Something is eating my leaves

Foxglove

Not sure what this shrub is called

But it flowers gorgeous fuchsia colored flowers

Purple Clematis


According to Wikipedia, a walkabout refers to a rite of passage during which male Australian Aborigines would undergo a journey during adolescence and live in the wilderness for a period as long as six months

My walkabouts are not nearly as intense nor am I living in the wilderness for six months!

This was a very busy Saturday so I just went on a walkabout for about 10 minutes around my home and these are some of the pictures I captured of the various flowers and shrubs. 

I'm not sure what some of these beautiful flowers are called but they sure do make me happy.

Be sure you take some time to stop and observe what the plants are doing around you.

Hope you are having a great weekend! 

City Girl :-)

Friday, May 30, 2014

T.G.I.F!

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What will you do this weekend?

Country Bloke and I always try to figure it out on Thursday evening since we always take on too much. The garden is the priority right now but we have a huge list of other tasks not yet complete. Finishing the split rail fence is numero uno so the deer and racoons don't ruin our garden before we've even had our first harvest!

This weekend will be filled with a day of fishing with the boys and we have a birthday party to attend for 1st boy's (my 5 year old) friend.

Perhaps I'll try a new casserole recipe. I've got my eye on an Oven Chicken Risotto Recipe at Southern Living. I always try to make 2 when I'm making a casserole so we can freeze one. Saves us from those "Uh Oh" nights.

Maybe I'll head over to a local nursery and pick something pretty up for the garden. If you head over to Pinterest page, you can see some of the beautiful pictures I'm obsessing over for my future landscaping projects!

Have a lovely weekend!

City Girl :-)

Moving Sheep

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Lots of fun getting this beast in the back of the pick up truck!




We had to transport him by himself since he's so aggressive towards me.





Not a happy camper!


So that's Marrio, our rambunctious Ram, in the back of Country Bloke's truck. He absolutely hates me and charges me every time I go into the paddock. Our amazing friend down the road who owns about 20 acres and supplies us with hay has most graciously allowed us to graze our flock of sheep on areas of pasture his tractor can't get too, which explains the ride in the back of the truck. 


It's a mutually beneficial relationship. Our sheep clean up his property, getting nice and plump in the process and he gets his land cleared for free.  


You learn out here in the country that mutually beneficial relationships are the unspoken rule.


I'm happy to have the sheep moved. They can be quite noisy and a pain in the butt to manage. We definitely bit off more than we could chew with having a flock of 12! With full time life, it can get quite difficult balancing everything.


 But Country Bloke and I are dreamers. We don't really know exactly what we want so we are just trying everything out so we can figure out what we DON'T want! Lol.


 I can tell you what I don't want, I don't want to shear a sheep ever again! Blah!




Country Bloke shearing Zanette. She's a biiiig girl.

Til next time my country livin' lovers!

City Girl :-)

Friday's Big Discovery

This is sooo 20th Century!!

I honestly do not know if this will make your life easier but if you are married to another person who is anything like my Country Bloke, you will think this is amazing. 

 I may be the last person on earth to know about this BUT its an awesome web-based app called Out of Milk. (And no, they did not pay me money to talk about it. I just think its pretty awesome and want to share.)  

It's just a web-based grocery shopping and to-do list organizer BUT you can download it on Android and iPhones plus log into it from any computer. 

How many times have you been sitting at work and remembered something you forgot to put on your 20th century grocery list?

BAM! No more having to remember to add the item to the list when you get home!!

When you have full time jobs, full time kids, and full time animals, anything that will make your life easier is a blessing.  

Try it out. Seriously!

I've got a "Honey Do" list, Grocery list, CVS list, a Lowes list and some other ones that I share with Country Bloke. 

He actually loves it too because he ALWAYS has his phone on him. 

An added bonus of this web-based app is the saving money aspect. 

Despite the fact I have failed miserably in my grocery store 52 week challenge, I still take a list to the store with me and gone are the days of remembering the list taped to the side of the refrigerator. 

Do you have something you've discovered lately? 

City Girl :-)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

10,000 Views!!

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Although my blog is not yet a year old AND I only have 25 posts under my belt, this little, ordinary blog has reached 10,000 page views!

I have no idea how accurate that is or if that is even impressive but I am deeply humbled and thank you for reading my blog (despite the fact I'm as flaky about writing in it as that apple pie crust that I still haven't baked). 

Despite all my self-proclaimed failures, I'm so happy that I've had readers from all over the world visit my simple blog about simple life!


Wow is all I can say.


And THANK YOU!

City Girl :-)

Monday, March 17, 2014

I'm back and Spring is almost here!!


Spring is here...sorta.


So I took a massive hiatus from this blog and it was quite nice. I decided to quit one of my two jobs, focus on my family a bit more and just enjoy life a bit.


In this culture nowadays, it's like we all strive for some sort of non-existent perfection that we see on the likes of Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. We are all exhausting ourselves to achieve this unnatural state of perfection. Even my blog can seem to be a little too perfect sometimes. It makes me envious of it and the life being portrayed in it. Believe me when I tell you that my home, my garden and my life is a constant battle between chaos and perfection but I enjoy it and take a moment to do just that.

Country Bloke and I have started getting our BTE garden prepped for planting. Unfortunately there is another snow storm that is about to dump 4 or more inches outside so we shall see how my little seedlings in my milk container greenhouses fair in the March snow storm. I've also got seedlings started in egg shells and they seem to be doing quite well.

I've still got my dream garden in mind while I'm designing my garden as well as saving money

I've failed miserably at keeping up with my grocery bill as I promised but circumstances changed in my family life so I don't do much of the grocery shopping anymore. Lucky me!

Take care and enjoy life.
City Girl xo