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My life is a crazy, unpredictable, jumbled mess of fun. Each day creating adventures and stories that will last a lifetime 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Peak Inside


I know I haven't been writing anything but puppy news, that's because my life took a very different turn a few years ago and my writing followed. My main blog is now Our Bit of Dirt.
After years of thinking all I wanted was a small garden, I came to realize what I truly love.
Homesteading.

For those that liked my writing, family or hilarity; feel free to drop by the new blog.


From new eggs to meeting our new hens.

To the amazing finds I've been able to snag this Spring!
Free tomatoes to a driveway full of bricks!

My life is full of new fruit trees, berries, grapes, potatoes and so much more!
I've met some truly amazing people along the way.
Learned more than I thought I would in a short span of time and have continued to find new loves!
Jams, jellies, wine and pies are in our fresh future!

Last winter I started repairing two of my quilts that are getting thread bare and have started to repair them.
We continue to build, add and grow new things.

In the last two years our lives have changed so very much - feel free to watch the crazy ride!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Meet Button!



  Please welcome Button!


When Button was only two days old a girl in my daughters online Academy class held up a cute brand new puppy!
Long story short, we went to see the puppies!
This photo is from when Button was only 4 days old!


That day she was ours!
Named and paid for!
All we had to do then was wait! and wait and WAIT!
(I hate wait*)


Button came home at 8 weeks old
on the day of our 15th anniversary!
The photo above is her meeting our other pure bred Shih Tzu Patch



This is our darling today!



She is our sunshine!
Her and Patch are FINALLY getting along,
Patch was jealous, annoyed and afraid of the little darling with razor sharp teeth.
I've currently nicknamed her Tiny Teeth of Terror and its more than fitting!




 My life is richer, fuller and more filled today!

So welcome to the family my cute baby Button!



*Favorite quote from The Princess Bride

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Puppy! Meet Button.


Meet Button!
Photo of Button 4 days old!
She, like our dog Patch, is pure bred Shih Tzu.
Shih Tzu's are a wonderfully smart breed of dog, very loving, highly loyal dogs.
They need TONS of attention.
Which makes it easy on our dog that I'm a stay at home mama/gardener/homesteader.
They also have REAL HAIR, not fur, making them great for our daughter who is allergic to dander 
and therefore highly allergic to cats/dogs and various other pets.
So far as long as she washes her hands and doesn't touch her eyes after petting or playing with him she's been 100% fine.


Button now at 6 weeks old!


She will be coming home in just over two weeks after her first puppy shots!
Hopefully (fingers crossed) just in time for our 15th anniversary!

For those that are wondering if I've fallen off the face of the planet,
I really haven't 
we've just been hard at work in the yard!
Check us out on
Our Bit of Dirt
my blog about our tiny urban homestead.

This year we've added 3 fruit tree's - Plum, Apple & Pear.
Our berry bushes are growing back lovely and this year we might even have enough for a pie!
Our garlic is growing in strong, onions, carrots & lettuce all growing well.
Peas have started to come up and soon I will be training them along the trellis.
So drop on by my homesteading blog to see all the latest!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Camping!



Camping!
Our camp site was roughly at 9,000 feet.
However we did take a day trip down to Current Crick.

Just one of the amazing days up in the mountains with the best people!



Our camp site! 

On one of our many nature hikes I stopped to take a great photo and the hubs snapped one of me!
So here is the shot of me, followed by the shot I was taking!



I could have stayed there forever!
(please forgive my disheveled appearance it was day 3 of camping and I really didn't care at all what I looked like.)
I mean really, who needs to look beautiful when everything around you is stunning!?!

I have to say I needed this camping trip!
Its been a stress filled summer and taking a week away to rest, relax and unwind was heavenly!
The stars at night were magical! 
Our site was directly underneath the milky way and at night (the moon NOT up) 
the sky was bright!

There are no words for how amazing the sky is far from the city lights!
I could try to talk about the inky blackness, the dark deep velvet of night, the shimmer and the brightness along with the depth of light.
How it looks so deep you could dive in and swim away to the furthest star in no time at all, yet if you don't have the imagine in your mind its just not the same.

Fall is coming.
Already the trees were turning yellow!


Sorry I haven't been blogging much, I've had a rough summer. 
Then I've two weeks of constant apples (canning, slicing, peeling ect)
Today is prayerfully my last day of apples - next I start on cucumbers!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Day with Friends



Today we celebrate a friends birthday!


We headed up the canyon, found an idyllic spot and celebrated another year of friendship.
The cool breeze was a refreshing break from the rising temps in the lower valley!




Good times, good food with great friends!
Happy Birthday!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Moving Homestead!



Ever since we bought our home five in a half years ago we have been working on adding to it! Changing the weed choked over grown back yard into a multi use space.
As you can see from my first two blogs on our house to be back in 2010 House & House part 2 we have worked hard to create a viable space, one for us, our kids and our mini farm.

Over time this blog has been filled with all my drama! Family, friends, kids, outings, camping, trips, pets, projects, rants, movies, books, recipes and other nonsensical tidbits.
Trying to get any type of sense, or reason for my mash up was impossible. Good news for all, I am moving the main bulk of what I've focused on for the last few years - our growing urban homestead.
My gardens, chickens and rabbits - plus all my future homestead projects to a more focused blog.

So if growing things - animals or plants, composting, green houses, building the items your self or doing it all on a small bit of land on a very tight budget is something you are interested in please follow my new blog over at Our Bit of Dirt.

This blog, Blessed Rain, will focus on family and friends - I will warn you that I won't be posting here as often but its not going completely dormant.
You have been the best and the most amazing people! Thank you so much for your friendship and support over the years.

When we first moved into our home I couldn't imagine raising chickens or rabbits but couldn't wait to get my fingers into the dirt!
Now I can't imagine my life without them! We hope to add many new things to both our yard and our lives - bee keeping, aquaponics, a green house, rain barrels and fingers crossed learning how to distill oils!
See you there!




Sunday, April 17, 2016

Our Urban Farm


We have the very large back garden where we grow the large things, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, corn, peas ect. (The list is varied and changes yearly but those are the basics)

The upper photo of the lettuce is my wonderful and amazing grow box, showing only one of four sections. Its growing fabulous this year and I can't wait until I can start to harvest it sometime next month. We start it in March, replant it in summer and enjoy lettuce until late fall.

The lower large photo is my kitchen garden. The blog to how we made it is here. Last year we planted carrots, onions, dill, radishes and cilantro in it.
This year we've planted two large sections of carrots (raising rabbits has increased my desire for lots of carrots). We moved the garlic from the upper garden into the middle sections and they are growing amazingly!
Last years dill is coming up around the garlic and they seem to be growing well together! By the time the dill needs more room the garlic will be ready to be harvested (normally mid-July). So we will see how well it does when I pull them out.
The lower photo of the plants came as a surprise, this year when tilling our back garden we found wild scallions growing!
I've already chopped up a handful and cooked them up with pork chops! Very yummy!

As I blogged before (here) we have added meat rabbits to our family. These are the breeders so they have been named and will continue to be doted on. The kids have permission to fall in love with them (as we hope and pray they all turn out to be good breeders)
Hubby designed and built the hutch all on his own from mostly reclaimed wood we were given for free!
On top we built a grow box and are currently growing wheat grass for the rabbits! Up next we will be building the grow out boxes for the babies we hope to have later on this year when these four are old enough.
Fun facts about rabbits - the males are the sweet ones! With many species the males are dominant and aggressive - not so with rabbits! If you are looking for a pet rabbit, choose a male! They are the sweetest things ever, I ADORE Zorro! Such a love!




Then come my ladies! I adore my hens! All 9 are well, we are getting 7-9 eggs daily now that its warmed up. We've been getting so many eggs I've started to sell them, 1-2 dozen a week!
Also I've added Mukluks, the latest in Chicken Couture - in spring and fall when the rain pours down (as it did ALL week this week) these are a must! 
My girls are the sweetest, fluffiest nutters! When hubs wanted chickens a few years ago I couldn't fathom raising them (he hadn't even mentioned rabbits!). Gardening, I was good with. I love playing in the dirt! 
Love the feel of earth, love fresh lettuce, carrots and our first harvest of garlic last year might actually last us until we can harvest in July - but I've been milking them along! We love garlic!
Raising chickens scared me! I was worried about the amount of care, time and health of taking care of them in such a mixed climate as Northern Utah has - bitter raging cold in winter and fiery hot summers.
They have been a joy!
I can't even believe it took me so long to get them! I don't know why more people don't have chickens in places its legal to raise them!

Next year (or the year after, life always throws odd things at us) we hope to add honey bees. We are also working on converting our small shed or even building a green house for an aquaponics system. Hopefully in the future we will have lettuce all year round, along with duck weed and fish.

So we have a bit of land, not much at all really, but manage to have a small homestead set up. The key is to take it one step at a time. I'm not overwhelmed with everything because we've slowly added one thing at a time.
Until next time ;) stay safe and healthy!


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