Friday, March 30, 2012

The house with the yellow door

Our front entryway has been long overdue for an upgrade. Considering how finances are pretty tight right now we dont have the funds to replace our door I decided to repaint it. I wanted something bold and funky and fun to spice up the place. After browsing pinterest looking for inspiration, I figured yellow would do the trick. After convincing the paint man at the hardware store that yes, I really did want to paint my door bright yellow, I got started right away. After painting the first coat I starting doubting my decision. The paint wasnt drying (maybe because it was raining and damp outside) and looked all splotchy. After three coats it looks good to me. I now say with gusto, we are the house with the yellow door!

Dining room table

Hubby and I have been trying to save money and pinch pennies so that we can afford to fix up the place. There wasn't too much money in the budget for a dining room set so I got creative. I bought a cheap table off craigslist, sanded it down, painted it up and put it out. I then bought some chairs from a farm near baltimore. They have great frames, but are super hard to sit on and the upholstery isnt exactly in my colors. I I bought a staple gun, and learned to use it on the chairs. I dont know why I have never bought a staple gun before. This thing is awesome! I love the "new" chair and will do the rest this weekend. What do you think?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Chalkboard dresser

Drive to work

Depending on how you see it, one of the "downsides" of living out in the country is that it takes forever to get to work. Im not talking a 2 hour metro commute to get into DC, but the nearest town is about 30 minutes in any direction. While I dont like being in the car for an hour a day on my way to and from work, I have to say that the scenery makes it all worth it. Check out the lovely ladies I pass on my way into town. I stopped to take their picture and they all came flocking to my car wanting their glamor shots. Who could resist?
Further down the road is this church with an old cemetary. I love cemetaries. Like really love them! One morning the fog was thick and I couldnt pass up on the opportunity to photograph the cemetary. If I cant knit on my way to work, at least I can admire the scenery!

Its Cherry Blossom Time

The cherry blossom season is here early due to the heat we have been having. Although this time is short lived, it is soooo beautiful. This is our fruit orchard in the backyard.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Back in Business

Victory Garden Farm is proud to announce that despite everything we have had going on, we are now back in business! You might remember we have been through a huge flood, job changes, possible foreclosure and oh so much more. We sadly sold all our animals last fall in anticipation of a possible move. Just last week, after discussing things with my ever wise parents, we decided to keep the place and see what happens with the army situation. For now, hubby is still in, and also working at Home Depot part time. I am working 2 part time jobs, so we are ok. It is super scary not knowing what will happen career wise for hubby.
All that aside, we are trying to come up with a 2 year plan. We are guessing hubby will be in the military for another year to two. If that is the case, we want to plant a garden and bring some animals back. We are not going to go "all in" with the animals yet until we know more. This weekend, we did get to bring home some goats and a few chickens. We bought 6 chickens from a farm in PA. Combined with the three we had left over we now have 7 hens and 2 roos. We also brought home a goat "family" on sat. The family consists of the mom, daughter and son. They are petite la manchas. I am not sure what the kids are mixed with but they are way more stocky than their mom. The mom is currently in milk, but since the previous owner hadnt been milking her, she is super skiddish and didnt give much milk. We might try her on the stand and if that doesnt work, we will dry her off and wait until we breed her in the fall. On Sunday we drove up to Pennsylvania to pick up a bred la mancha. She is about 2 months pregnant and will give us milk once she kids in the summer. We are so excited to add these new family members.
Hopefully in the next two years we will be able to fix up the house, so that when it does come time to get out of the military we will be able to sell or rent the place...Thanks for sticking by us dear readers (if anyone is left...) we look forward to sharing more farm news!