Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Kicking off the Holidays!

We officially started off our 2016 Christmas season with our yearly trip to the Emma Kelly Theatre in downtown Statesboro.  We came to see the Christmas Carol Ballet.  The girls love getting dressed up in their fancy dresses and high heeled shoes!  They looked so beautiful!

We even stopped to pose with the Nutcracker!
It was a wonderful afternoon and a great start to our Christmas season!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

SEBMS Band Concert

On November 15th we attended Jacob's very 1st band concert with SEBMS!  He started playing the trumpet this year and he loves it!

Monday, November 7, 2016

little paper things...: Four kids and a nurse practitioner

  A blast from the past....was reading one of my old blogs and happened upon this little ditty...enjoy!
little paper things...: Four kids and a nurse practitioner: Last Friday was going pretty well.  Was, that is the key word.  I got in an out of THE WALMART with two kids in tow in under 35 minutes.  Th...

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Celebrating 7

It's birthday time again around here....number 7 for our last little girl, Madison!  She had her list to us ahead of time to be sure she got "everything" she asked for....a gentle reminder from me that she HAD to leave somethings for Santa to bring her too...wink!  wink!

She invited her friend from school...a little boy who lives down the street and she ushered in her 7th year with a vigorous "Happy Birthday" tune sung by all her siblings (and mom and dad!). 


Most of all for her birthday, Madi wanted a Baby Alive doll that made "pee" in her diaper!  I kept telling her that she has a brother that does the same thing for free!! 

She named her Daisy :)

Happy Birthday Madison!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

Averitt Youth Art Gallery

Each month a different "artist" from each elementary school is chosen to have their artwork on display at the Averitt Center Youth Gallery.  Madison was chosen for the month of October!

This is  her beautiful picture!

Surrounded by her siblings...she's becoming quite the little artist!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tree limbs

Since Hurricane Matthew swept threw our town, I have an overabundance of tree limbs.  I've used some to edge my new garden beds...

or to build a little trellis for peas and such....

and also to make new roosting spots in the coop for the chickens.....

more spots to keep away from our night time visitor :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Autumn in pictures....

trees are getting sparse....

little boys are playing in the afternoon sun.....

wreaths are on the door.....

Red Ribbon week at school....

the Knock-out roses are still blooming...

spiders are building webs everywhere....

Fall garden is sprouting...sugar snap peas

kitties are napping.....

Ben is on guard.....

New garden beds are being prepared...

finally home.....

A visit from Boots the cat.....

Who is in the hen house?

Just a little nap..

Last week about two hours before work I laid my head down on a couch pillow and shut my eyes.  Just for a minute...a little bitty tiny minute.  I opened one eye up when I felt Lucas standing in front of me.  One eye to see this mess.....

Sweet mother of Jesus....who left the markers out???????

He's not even ashamed.  All I can say is thank goodness for washable markers!

Unexpected visits....

Last Friday as I was closing the door after waving goodbye to the kiddo's for the weekend, I spied a truck coming down the drive.  A kind of familiar figure was leaning out the window and I realized it was Nick.  Nick, my oldest son who I haven't seen in far too long was now standing in my driveway and inside the truck were two more surprises....

Ethan (or Alex, as they call him) and Elaina, my two grandkids.

Thankfully they were able to come back the next day and visit for a bit before I had to go back to work.  The kids are so funny.  I wish my kids could have spent some time with them.
Hopefully we will be seeing a whole lot more of them now. 

Sweet unexpected visits.  :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cutting things in half

I talked to a wonderful woman from Coastal Solar regarding our conversion to solar.  I found out a lot of great information and got a price tag for the system.  $29,000 for the complete install of the maximum allowed system on a residential unit.  That's is a hefty price tag and it would only give us at 49% reduction on our current usage.  Now there are rebates and tax cuts to be had but it's still a big chunk of money!

Since this isn't something I can do right now I decided to see what I could do to cut my bill in half.  Air conditioners are off since they eat up kilowatts.  It's been a bit cooler the past two weeks so it's aer  little easier to do this.  Now during a South Georgia summer?  Probably not so much!   A new exhaust fan is in the upstairs window to pull that hot air through and ceiling fans are running on max!  My kitchen is the hardest part to cool (because of it's location in the house), so I've just added a box fan out there to keep the air moving.  I  have limited mystove usage and am relying on my handy crock pot and the grill to cook, or just eating meals we don't have to cook. 

I've also stopped using my dryer.  Well, not totally, but if I use it at al it's for a quick dry of undergarments lol!  Everything else goes on the washline.  I purchased a retractable one from Lowe's and it spans my entire deck and can be easily put away. 

I've also really paid attention to my lights.  I don't run my outside lights all night.  (we have had a really full moon this week so there is no need!)  All other non essential lighting is limited as well.  I'm looking into using little solar lights in the house as well that I charge during the day and then bring in at night. 

So far this week, I have cut my daily electric usage in half!  My average daily usage last month was 132 Kw....my usage yesterday was 62 Kw!

I know there are some other ways to decrease my consumption.  The back of our house is all windows so I need to do something to deflect that direct sunshine and keep the house cooler.  Air flow throughout is also an issue.  I only wash with cold water for dishes and laundry, and I stopped using my dishwasher.  I don't really mind doing all these things because in the end it's more cash in my pocket to do the things I want to do!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Using less

I long to put solar panes on my roof.  We have an incredible southern exposure roof line and would greatly reduce our expenses if I could knock out my electric bill or at least decrease it significantly.  I am always looking for other ways to reduce my electric usage and sometimes they are just so simple it's ridiculous.  I have become so used to my creature comforts...the dryer, the air conditioner, the dishwasher.  It's all so easy...just a push of the button.  Today I thought to myself...well, let's just try a few things and save some energy and money!

I shut off the air conditioning and opened my windows. 

I baked six loaves of bread.

I put up a makeshift washline on the deck and hung out my laundry. 

Little things..one day at a time.