Our household has been active lately. We’ve been getting things ready for planting and for the birthday and graduation parties that are coming! It seems that no matter how much we do, more things get added to the list!
Yesterday I was fortunate to work in the garden with my hubby and the kids. I love times like this. No one is distracted by the electronic world. We were talking, and laughing…and grumbling the whole afternoon.
One of our big projects was to tear down an old John Deere grain wagon that has been in our yard since 1995. Unfortunately it succumbed to age and the elements and was in danger of being blown apart.
It was a grain wagon used by my hubby’s great-grandfather on their nearby family farm. He farmed with horses and this wagon was pulled by those horses. As the story goes, the wagon was in need of painting and g-grandfather did not have enough red paint or enough white paint to cover the wagon so he mixed the two and ended up with a pink wagon!
When my hubby’s grandfather took over the farm, he did away with the horses and the wagon was parked in the barn from that time on. As a boy my hubby was fascinated with the wagon and would always go out to see it when he visited. One day grandpa told him he could have it when he was big. After grandpa, the faded pink wagon came to live at our house, in our yard. We worked to restore it to it’s original paint, but despite our best efforts, it eventually fell into disrepair.
We have taken it apart board by board and have plans to reclaim as much of the wagon as we can and incorporate it into items around our home. We hope to make keepsakes for the children out of it too.
Taking down the wagon provided us with a lovely opportunity, standing there among the axles and wheels, to our younger two kids about their memories of the wagon and to share the story of it’s history, both on the farm and here at home. It was, as they said, a part of their childhood too. They even put in their two cents about what we should do with it. One very popular idea being that we should make the rear axle and wheels into a bench for the yard. I think that one is a definite plan. 🙂
After spending a fun and fulfilling day in the yard, I have to admit I did not have the energy to cook. We barely had the energy to eat! Besides, it had gotten so cold here and we were told it would rain so I’d rearranged the menu and kicked the grilling to the side for Chili, Chip, and Rice. Well, no rain and 70-degree temps put a wrench in THAT plan! So Chicken strips from DQ became our plan C. Then we watched a movie and everyone went to bed at a decent time. We will cling to this moment as this week wears on!
Busy week ahead. A lot of “lasts” for the grad. this week. A lot of end-of-the-year stuff and 4-H thrown in for good measure! Going to have to be quick and easy! OH! and did I mention we’ve not yet gotten the grocery shopping for this week done? No? Well, it’s true. So, dinner has to come from what I have on hand…at least until we can break away and get the grocery shopping done!
So, here’s the mess on Momma T’s Table this week:
Monday – Greek Salad
Tuesday – Pasta and Peas with Cheese
Wednesday – Fruity Chicken Salad on Mini-Croissant
Thursday – Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
Friday – Bacon, Cheddar and Pear Panini
Monday – Bacon, Cheese Burgers, Grilled Baby Potatoes and Bok Choy
Tuesday – Beam & Bird Kabobs with Portobello Fries (I’m anxious to try these “fries” as I’m thinking they might be a good alternative for my vegetarian daughter-in-law and grandbabies at our upcoming fish fry.)
Wednesday – Grilled Pierogies, Sausages and Veggies with mustard dressing
Thursday – Spinach Pesto Pasta with Chicken
Friday – Out to dinner then “Friday Night Live” featuring the seniors of the Chamber Choir! Another last for the boy.
Saturday and Sunday are cook’s day off. I have no idea what’s in store for me. 🙂
I hope everyone had a save and happy week. I hope to have time to post a couple more projects we have going on around here. I plan to post our experience hatching chicks and also thought I might share my system for keeping up and preparing for the boy’s birthday and graduation! 🙂