Hello and welcome to the third installment of our A New Beginning in Budgeting Series! Our first installment was “A New Beginning in Budgeting Part 1: Using Quicken to Build a Buffer” and our second was “A New Beginning in Budgeting Part 2: Adjusting our […]
I want to thank Katie from Sled Dog Slow for nominating Oscoey for the Leibster Award! It was completely unexpected and the email was a wonderful surprise after a long week of craziness in our house. I have only been blogging for a few months so for somebody to recognize my little blog is amazing. I love reading other blogs and especially those that are about homesteading. We are just starting out with our little urban homestead and many of the articles at Sled Dog Slow have inspired me to do more. I especially love the honesty of Katie about the toughness of living out in Alaska and homesteading in general. Thank you once again!
What is the Liebster Award?
The Liebster Award started out as a way to recognize other bloggers in 2011. Liebster means beloved, dearest or sweetheart in German and the term is used in the award to show which blogs people are fond of. It is a great way for bloggers to connect, get to know one another and to highlight new or smaller blogs.
My Favorite Blog
My favorite blog has to be Old McDavis Farm. Nicole at Old McDavis Farm has a wealth of knowledge about urban homesteading in the Pacific Northwest and she has helped me tremendously with advice on raising chickens. Many people in our community turn to her with advice and she is always ready and willing to help. Nicole’s post about healing your chickens at home is especially informative and great for new chicken keepers. I also love her ability to write about her learning process and how she worked through the mistakes she made early on. Her article about moving her new chickens into a new coop was both entertaining and informative and I loved reading it! I will definitely be talking to Nicole before we buy our own chickens and most likely buying one of her hand made coops as well. She and her husband use reclaimed material to make the most amazing coops! You should definitely head on over to her blog and read all about them!
10 Random Facts About Me!
Hmm this is tricky.
- I have never traveled outside of the continental United States and Canada.
- When I was little I had Anoles as pets.
- I hate peas but I eat them almost every day because they are my kids’ favorite vegetable.
- My husband and I met in Kindergarten.
- I am a third generation dachshund owner.
- I love Forget-Me-Nots even though they are weeds.
- I am ok with spiders as long as they don’t touch me.
- I was a huge American Girl Doll fan when I was growing up.
- I love playing legos with my kids.
- I have always wanted to plant a Giant Sequoia tree in my yard but have never had enough space.
My Liebster Nominations
- Old McDavis Farm
- 15 Acre Homestead
- WholeHearted Homestead
- Coffee, Grace and Tomato Paste
- Just Keep Momming
What to Do if Nominated for the Liebster Award
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you should do the follow:
- Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
- Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.) At the bottom of this post I’ve included a whole lot of images you can use for your 2017 Liebster Award.
- For the 2017 Liebster Award I will be shaking things up! Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
- Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (This year I’m making this optional. If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you.)
- Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
- Answer all 11 questions asked and ask 11 questions that you would like those bloggers to answer.
- List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link by to this post.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
- Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or mine if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it! Post a comment in the comments below so I can view your post and check out your blog. I personally visit each and every one. I visited a few hundred last year!!
What is your favorite flower?
I don’t really have a favorite flower. They are all so beautiful. I guess my favorite flower is whatever is currently in bloom.
Who is your real life hero?
Probably my grandma. She has always been a leader by example in helping those in need.
When is the best time of day?
This one is tricky because it never happens any more. My favorite time of day is when I get up before the kids and sit quietly in the living room enjoying a cup of coffee while I collect my thoughts for the day.
Where is your happy place?
I love being outside working in the garden.
Why did you choose your blog name?
Long ago when we had two dachshunds named Oscar and Zoey I decided that when I finally got around to writing my own blog I would combine their names into Oscoey. Oscar is no longer with us but I still love the name so I used it.
Which is better: Climbing in bed after a long day, or waking up after sleeping in?
Climbing in bed after a long day!
How do you prefer your eggs for breakfast? (Over easy, scrambled, etc.)
Over easy for sure! Runny eggs are my favorite!
What is the best movie you’ve ever seen in theaters?
Hmm. We never go to movie theaters any more and it has been so long that I can’t remember which ones I actually saw in the theater.
What is your favorite smell?
I love the smell of the woods near my grandparents house after the rain.
Can you sleep with the light on or does it need to be completely dark?
Are you a dog person or a cat person?
Dog person for sure!
My 11 Questions:
- If you drink coffee how do you like it?
- Would you rather be able to fly or breathe underwater?
- What is your favorite fruit?
- What is your ideal cheap vacation?
- What is your favorite grocery store?
- Would you rather have a flower garden or a vegetable garden?
- What do you do first when you wake up in the morning?
- How many pairs of shoes do you own?
- What is your favorite way to cool off in the summer?
- Are you into camping or glamping?
- What is a favorite childhood memory?
Thanks once again to Sled Dog Slow for the nomination! It came completely out of the blue and is greatly appreciated! Keep blogging everyone!
We have had some excitement in the garden this week. Our plants are continuing to grow super fast from our week of excellent sun and we harvested our first few strawberries. I got some more seedlings planted and we spent quite a bit of time weeding and cleaning up the back yard. Whew. It was a lot of work but well worth it in the end.
Our first ripe strawberries happened this week. Our daughter ate a few of them but the rest were stolen by our thieving squirrel. I had to chase him off twice and just now when I went out to turn on the soaker hose I discovered he had left a half ripe one on the sidewalk. Luckily we are all strawberried out from picking them last weekend so our daughter didn’t even notice. Usually she is way more on top of that sort of thing.
The lettuce in the top of our strawberry tower continues to flourish and our three year old continues to be the only one eating it. She spends most of her time in the front yard randomly telling me she is going to eat a piece and then running over there and chowing down. It is awesome because she will not eat lettuce in the house. We haven’t been eating a lot of salad lately and I honestly prefer romaine lettuce but I should really pick some of it so we can eat it. Maybe I will put some in my salad next week. I need to buy more seeds so I can do some succession planting. I have a long planter I want to fill with a variety of lettuce but just haven’t gotten around to.
Our apple tree has a couple of apples. I was really surprised since we planted it only a year ago. I thinned a few of the smaller ones but I am on the fence about the remaining ones. I have heard conflicting information about whether to leave apples on the tree before the third year and honestly I haven’t had time to look it up again to double check. So far of the 5 varieties on our combination tree the only two with fruit are the Gravenstein and the Gala. I will probably end up removing them. I think we also need to prune back our tree a bit since it is a little leggy so I will definitely have to read up on my apple tree care this week!
Our bush beans are doing well. I thinned them a bit after I took this picture but I am still having a hard time ripping seedlings out since they are all so healthy. I know that they will be too crowded though so eventually we will be down to about 4 based on the space available in the bed. I will continue to pull a couple out every week until we are at a good number.
Our carrots are doing ok. They are finally growing a little bit but not super fast. We didn’t have much luck with these seeds last year. There is a lot of room in this bed so I may grow some fast growing plants such as radishes on the edges while the beans and carrots grow since I am running out of room in my garden. I have heard that is a way to increase your crop yield but it may need more soil amending than I am ready to do.
Our broccoli seems to be having a hard time getting started. All of our seedlings are still small and a little leggy so I may start some other plants inside for crop succession since we eat a lot of broccoli. I am just really short on time and a little concerned that the garden will get away from me if I plant too much.
The luffa plants are in the ground with their trellis and doing well. I may have to guide them towards the trellis with some string but they have grown a couple of inches since I planted them a week ago which is fabulous!
So I am only partially certain these are both cucumbers. We may have mixed up our seedlings since I only labeled the front of the rows and I didn’t warn my husband when he brought me some and then I may have forgotten and mixed them up even further but hey, it will be a nice surprise later? I don’t have enough trellises so I planted these two along the fence hoping they would grow up the fence if they needed more space. I am quickly realizing we need a much bigger garden if we are to grow the amount of food I want to.
Our green beans are starting to come up under our tepee and I am really excited about it. The little kids are going to have a ton of fun sitting in there while I garden sneaking fresh green beans. I really with I had room for a bigger crop of green beans so that we could freeze a bunch but maybe next year.
Our squash continue to do well. The zucchini is really taking off. I was slightly crazy and planted my last zucchini plant so we have four total with a couple of yellow squash and possibly some spaghetti squash. That is a lot of squash for us. I put some Mylar firecracker decorations in the squash and pumpkin beds because I suspect the squirrel is eating some of the blossoms. I did some research and Mylar strips are supposed to keep both birds and squirrels out and we happened to be at the craft store and saw these with the Fourth of July decorations. They are pretty garish but I love them. Hopefully they work.
Both our Shortcake and our mystery raspberries are doing well. We have a number of berries on the larger variety and I am hoping I will be able to freeze some of them.
The blueberries continue to look delicious. I am really excited to eat them later this year!
My gigantic Hydrangea bushes in the front are covered in blossoms. They seem to have grown at least two feet in the last month as well and I can no longer get even close to trimming them back to a decent height. I am pretty sure I will be majorly chopping these back this year and probably won’t get any blossoms on them next year but I am ok with that because they are completely taking over the space and it is going to be a nightmare trimming all of those flowers. Last year there were probably a third of the blossoms and I spent several hours a week deadheading these bushes alone.
I thought I would post a picture of our small herb garden. We planted Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano and Sage last year. They Rosemary didn’t make it through the winter and I have yet to buy another plant. For some reason I keep not liking the ones I see in the store or they are tiny. We also have some garlic in there that we planted last spring that probably should have been harvested. I will probably pull one up at the end of the summer and see how they are doing. We are going to have to redo this section after a little bit since the plants are starting to crowd together.
I think the next few weeks will be interesting as the garden really starts to take off with the nicer weather. We are planning on removing all of the ivy in the back by mid-July so we can install our back fence. We have made some progress but there is quite a bit of it and we haven’t had time with all of the end of the school year stuff going on. I also really need to weed the side yards and start trimming all of the bushes that tend to overgrow. I need to move or find homes for several bushes in order to put the fence in and that will take some time as well.
What’s happening in your garden this week?
Stitching update time! My goal was to update once a month but we were so busy in the garden that I barely got any time to stitch until a couple of weeks ago. I had to pause all work on my birthdate alphabet sampler to work on a present for my mom for Mother’s Day. I didn’t finish it in time but I should have it complete in the next week or so. I found this cat butt pattern in the Freudian Stitch shop on Etsy. My mom is not a fan of cats and I have been giving her cat things just to make her laugh. She loves my stitching so when I saw this pattern I knew I had to stitch it. I showed it to her on Mother’s Day (unfinished) and I should hopefully finish it soon.
I am really enjoying stitching the cat butt pattern. It flows really well and I love how easy it is to count the stitches in between the cats. I have had to substitute a couple of colors since I could not find them in my gigantic boxes of thread and I didn’t have time to go to the store until after Mother’s Day.
I went through my stitching boxes yesterday to see what I could find in there and I am ashamed to admit I have several WIPs that I had forgotten about and several patterns with thread in various stages of being kitted up. I am a huge fan of the Heaven and Earth Designs website and have purchased quite a few (ie more than 10) of their patterns. To date I have finished exactly one of them. It still isn’t framed properly but it took me three years to stitch off and on and I am super proud that I actually finished such a big project. It was the Cairns Bird Wing pattern by Teri Rosario and I loved stitching it.
I have this huge project I started about three years ago called “Computer Wizard” by Randal Spangler. It is a gigantic project with about 90 full pages of stitches to do. I have completed about half of a page of it which seems crazy with all of the time I spent on it. I have not worked on it in a few years though but I hope to put it back in the rotation soon.
Here is a picture to show the scale of “Computer Wizard” My cat butt project is on a standard hoop and will fit into a 4×6 picture frame when it is complete.
I worked a little on my alphabet birth date project but most of my limited time was spent on the cat butt project. I am really please with how the alphabet project is coming along. I just wish I had more time to stitch it but as soon as the cats are done I will switch back to this one since it needs to be finished ASAP and it doesn’t require using a magnifying light. My eyes get tired really fast using the light so I can’t stitch as long as I want to.
Progress! I extended the blue border and got some of the yellow squares complete. Hopefully I can finish this block and another by the end of June.
This is a piece I bought of of Etsy a number of years ago. It is a Halloween Dachshund sampler I got from Plum Street Samplers that I started when I first started stitching and forgot about. I spent more time than I should have carefully placing these stitches but I looked at it again and I am not sure if I cut my fabric large enough so I will have to measure it out again to double check.
This is another Randal Spangler piece. It is a quick stitch, which in Heaven and Earth Designs means it doesn’t always use the full picture and the colors are not as detailed but it still has quite a bit of confetti and details. It is called “Literate Dragon“. I am having a really hard time with this one. I picked the quick stitch so that I could finish it in about a year. There are only four full pages and a few not even half pages so the pace wasn’t super fast but it is proving very difficult to stitch. I am having a hard time finding my rhythm and every time I pick it up I just get frustrated and barely make any progress. I am going to try again in a couple of months depending on my progress with the alphabet piece.
I have a few other pieces I have sort of kitted up, patterns that have been printed but no thread purchased and possibly a couple of starts still stashed away but I was a little overwhelmed by how much I need to work on when I went through everything so the rest of it will stay on the back burner for a while. I also need to desperately organize my extra thread, fabric and random stitching accessories and hopefully now that we have a dedicated sewing space I will finally be able to organize it instead of having my stitching stuff stashed all over the house. My goal is to have the sewing room organized this fall once everyone is in school and I have more time (ha ha!). Now off to work on my cat butt project!