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Yesterday was the type of day that the outside
was just calling to us — for many reasons!

First, Hannah, Daniel, and I happened to look out the window,
and saw something frolicking around in the front field.

When we went down to explore, it sat down in the grass and tried to hide.
Nothing but two ears showing . . .

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We didn’t hear mother near by,  so we kept inching our way closer . . .

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when he or she finally decided to make a break for it!

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How it moved so fast, I can’t imagine,
but walking with the camera held out in front of me,
this fawn still managed to jump up, spin around,
and get half way to the hedge before I could
snap a last picture of the little white tail waving like an alert flag as it fled!

On our trip back up to the house,
we saw lovely wild flowers that line the front of our property . . .

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and we checked in on our wild blackberries that have
taken over a portion of one of our fields!

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We’ve already picked and frozen a few quarts,
and as you can see in this picture, we’re expecting quite a few more!

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The real newsmaker in the outdoors yesterday was a very strong storm system
that packed winds of up to 85 mph in some areas.
We were very fortunate not to have any structural damage,
but there is quite the mess to clean up.

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We also had a tree by our back door come down,
but fortunately it fell away from the house . . .

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. . . and about 5 feet from the shed!

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Hannah and Caleb have since converted it into the U.S.S. Jewell,
and have each walked the plank several times.
Hannah’s reasoning, “Trees are boring standing up;
they become much more interesting when they are on the ground!”

Over to the garden, the green beans fared pretty well . . .

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but the zucchini, not so much . . . !

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They seem to perking up this morning, so we’ll have to see!

The electricity was out for about 12 hours, with a few teasing moments
where it’d come on for a minute, only to go back off.
These times have proven fun in the past, especially for the children,
who usually stay up way past bedtime, and listen to Daddy and Grampa share stories!

A much more sedate day today . . . !

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The whole family picked green beans in the cool of the evening last night —
we were very surprised at just how many beans were ready for picking!

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Last year’s crop was not nearly as successful as this,
and there are still twice this much still on the plants waiting to fill out!

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Today, we’ll be snapping, blanching, and freezing!

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I also have a few more teaser pics for you —
projects that I’ll be sharing with you probably by the end of the week!
You’ll remember this one . . .

teaser Bridal Bouquet dishcloth

. . . now to be joined by these.

teaser Deep Sea Fishing

teaser #3

Stay tuned!

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Oh, and this is what our house smells like at 9:30 this morning!

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Quoth my #3 son

“Oh, these aren’t all bean seeds?”

So now our bush bean bed has been
interspersed with watermelon seeds.


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Sigh . . .

Well, we’re preparing our raised garden beds for our spring garden.

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Micah had to do quite a bit of weed-eating,
since the weeds had taken control since last year.

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Hannah got the job of re-stringing the beds into 1-foot squares,

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and Caleb was in charge of making sure the weed debris was cleared off.

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I raked up all the weed-eated (is that an adjective?!) grass,
and then tomorrow we’ll use a mixture of
water, vinegar, and a drop or two of dishsoap to kill off the remaining growth.

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We took a moment to admire the beautiful apple blossoms on the apple trees . . .

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and then we made sure to check with our supervisors to see that
they approved of our work — they seemed to be pleased!

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Then, it was on the the next stage of the Paisley and Yellow bags —
I was able to assemble the outside of the bags . . .

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Tomorrow I’ll be hand-sewing the buttons onto the sides . . .

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So far, I’m pleased with the progress — on schedule for my Friday goal!