Come to Aunt Jo’s to Learn Beans About Beans…

Today begins the first full day that the seven cousins are here.  It has been great, sometimes a little bit trying, but overall, it’s been great getting to know them a little bit better.greenbeans

By the way, this is Kelli, Jo’s oldest daughter.  Often times when I come home, Mom gives us the choice of two tasks to complete….mop or sweep, change laundry or fold laundry, or clean the bathroom or burn garbage, thus the reason I am blogging…I was given the option of doing the blog or finishing dishes, so of course I chose the blog!  Who wouldn’t?

This morning when I was working on mom’s quilting machine to finish a quilt I started the other day, I ran into a little trouble.  I was quilting away and I ran out of bobbin thread, so of course mom was paged to come to the rescue.  When she got upstairs, the kids started bothering her and wondering what we were going to have for lunch.  When she replied that we were having fresh green beans, I was excited, but then remembered that we would have to snap them…grrrr….not one of my favorite chores, but then mom informed the kids that they would be snapping the beans and helping with dinner “because everyone else in the world has to make their food so you’ll have to too.”

So if you ask me I definately got the good end of the deal all day long.  I got to blog, sew, play with kids, and avoided snapping beans.  I just don’t know if it can get too much better…

My “Baby Girl” Sings at the County Fair!

Last night our local radio station sponsored a musical event at the county fair.  Jeni Grouws, an area DJ/singer, organized the event holding tryouts to find talented singers and musicians.  Several weeks ago, our daughter Kalissa tried out and was selected to sing.

About 15 minutes before the performance the storm clouds rolled in complete with thunder and lightning.


They delayed the show until most of the storm passed then one by one performers came out to sing until it was time for Kalissa.


Here is my baby girl, Kalissa, singing Sugarland’s hit song, “Baby Girl”.  I know it’s bragging if I say she did a great job and etiquette tells us we aren’t suppose to brag…but I am ignoring etiquette and I am going to brag.  She did a great job!

Rabbits and Cayenne Pepper

When our daughter Kayla was home last weekend,  she did the NICEST thing for me.  She helped me weed the garden. 

My garden has been a mess this year.  I planted early, then we had a late frost and I lost my green beans.  Then the rabbits found my garden and I lost my second planting of green beans, kolarobi, and beets.  Then we got too much rain and my garden doesn’t have the best drainage… then, I wasn’t very interested in gardening anymore.  Gardening just seemed depressing.  Well Kayla helped me weed and I am ready to get back to gardening.  But how do I deal with the rabbits? 


Kayla helped me yet again….she is doing an internship at Living History Farm and they are not allowed to use any chemicals or fertilizer that aren’t appropriate to the time period.  She said they sprinkle cayenne pepper around the veggies that the rabbits like to eat.  The rabbits don’t like the cayenne so they leave the veggies alone.  Well I thought it was worth a try….

When I say that Kayla was so nice to help me, I really mean it.  While Kayla is working at Living History Farm, she spends a large portion of her day in the garden.  She has absolutely enjoyed her experience.  She dresses in period clothing, cooks on a wood stove, cards wool, takes care of animals, makes hats and does anything that is appropriate to the time period.  She is going to be learning to use a treadle sewing machine too.  This is one lesson I really hope she learns so she can teach me!

Will the cayenne pepper work?  I don’t know.  I will keep you posted.

Anne of Green Gables…the Musical

     We are eagerly awaiting the weekend when Kalissa will be performing in the New Minowa Players production of Anne of Green Gables the Musical. 
It’s been a LONG eight weeks of practice.  Being we live a half hour away, I’ve had kill time in town waiting for her to be done…sometimes 5 hours.  Needless to say I have become quite familiar with the local library.    This week is a fun filled week of dress rehersals and performances.   
The nights have been REALLY late.  It’s gotten to point that I have forgotten what my husband looks like.
Thankfully, he’s really understanding.
     I’ve gotten behind on EVERYTHING… the house, website, blog, and even the mail…but that’s okay…these are the special moments with Kalissa that can’t be replaced!  She’ll only be 14 once.

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