Hello! I’m getting back into the swing of summer, and want to catch you up and give you a preview of what’s coming!
I’ve started doubling up a few recipes, one for dinner and one to freeze. Coming this week:
Lasagna and homemade garlic bread Pizza!
And yes, it will post Tuesday because I’ve already got it done and auto-set to post. I’m not joking…I’m going to get back on track!
Then there’s our four weeks of fun:
I’ve made a goal every week of getting something we already had going for summer. Seems stupid but when you make it a big deal, the kids think it’s a big deal…almost like getting a new gift.
This week (Week Four):
A homemade disc swing!!
We already had one that was hanging from a rope that had been there for…way too long. It finally broke.
Yeah, from way up there. It was quite a fall for my oldest!
So with new rope in hand I decided we needed at least one more (probably two before it’s over).
I was strolling Pinterest and came across bowerpowerblog.com‘s homemade version. Duh! Much cheeper than the thirty five dollars my mother-in-law spent one this one!
It’s so easy!
Buy a wooden disc from your local home improvement store.
Drill a hole in the center large enough to slide your rope through, then paint/stain however you want.
I painted it then decided that it just wasn’t smooth enough, so I sanded on it a little. I would suggest sanding it before you paint. I was going to put on another coat of paint, then decided to grunge it up instead, so I sanded a bunch and threw on some stain.
So, it may not look like it’s been hanging there forever like I was intending with a bright new yellow rope…oh well!
Just hang it from your tree and watch them play!
So week one was:
Dad started putting new engines on go carts and the working the track.
I started up the swimming pool. Last year they couldn’t swim a lot of the time because I had to try to get the pool clean. Not this year! My mom had to get a new one, so I inherited her filter!! (The one that comes with those pop up pools…stinks.)
So, there’s a warning…that I ignored.
We used the hardware from her old pool to pump the clean water in…and put the hose that pulls in water in the old filters place.
Assume your own risk if you do this and know that body parts can get pulled into that filter hose very quickly!
Ours is securely down in the filter compartment OUTSIDE of the swimming area, so that there is no risk of that! We don’t run it all the time, either. I’ll turn it on in the morning for a few hours and then again for an hour or so in the evening, so it’s not always running. Again, I repeat, NEVER PUT THE HOSE PULLING WATER INTO THE SWIMMING AREA!
I’m just happy that the pool is sparkling clean! And not leaking like crazy…I decided to leave it about a third full with some bleach over winter, rather than pack it away. New pup decided to dig at a couple crawl dad holes along an edge, resulting in tears along edges of the bottom in a few places…and the “winter water” draining without me knowing…the first good storm this spring it flew like a kite with the power cord (which was stuck ) being the string…once it landed he proceeded to have a good ole time pouncing around on it. So…it took two rolls of vinyl repair patch and I’m still finding pin holes from his stinking toe nails. Puppies.
We revived the sand box with new sand and toys.
AHHH!!! A whole month is already gone!
Other than that…
Our garden is coming into it…I’ll have to take some fresh pics soon!
The pasture is coming to life. I went on a photo shoot:
Yarrow makes my heart smile.
Wild roses made for some pretty pics…
I don’t know what this is…
But there was a lot of it…
I mean a lot. Pretty, though!
A storm blew out a nest and we had to go on a rescue mission (new dog was going to eat them!) So we put the nest in a basket along with the chicks and hung on the same tree they blew out of.
Then we discovered another that got a leg hung on its way down.
My husband rescued it at the risk of his own life!
Mama watched and fed them…
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‘Til next time!