Live Through Us at The Burrow


February 2010

More Progress

Well, I went in b/c of the snow.  I looked up and saw ominous clouds.  I said, it looks like rain, we need to hurry up.  In came the storm…surprise surprise, it wasn’t rain.  It snowed torrentially and melted away the next afternoon (for the most part).  Arlis stayed out there and finished the joists.  He’s putting in insulation now.

putting in insulation

As you can see, part of the deck has been removed.   Well, I guess I’ll just have to stay inside and find something to do to keep from going out there again (ha ha).  I finished a birthday cake, and as soon as I do the dishes, I’ll try to go help.

hello kitty cake

Bragging rights-whatcha think?  Hello Kitty is the easiest to make, I think.  Pipe the outline and then fill in.  I sprinkled sugar glitter on the icing before filling in.  Looks so much better than some that are hard!

Valentine lady bugs and tulips

Ever since we moved here, Marcus’s room has been the lady bug haven.  The first night that I vacuumed them from his room, I counted over 60.  It gradually decreased until recently it was less than 20 and I finally quit vacuuming.  However, we had a “heat wave” of above freezing temps one day.  That day I go into his room to find innumerable lady bugs crawling all over.  I got out the vacuum and was attacked.  One dropped off the ceiling and attacked me by flying onto my forehead and biting me.  Yes, they do bite, it doesn’t hurt, not even as much as an ant does.  In fact, one bit me before then and shocked me to death as I always envisioned them as completely harmless.  Anywho, I went to vacuum them today and started counting again, over 100.  Crazy

Oh, I also found valentine sales, and other than the obligatory chocolate, I bought these tulips for $1.60.  Poor things were crammed into the pot next to them, if you can believe that.  I repotted them and heard a  distinct sigh

bought tulips

Today’s Snow

It’s up to 3 inches today.  It is mostly powder and blowing, so it looks like it’s snowing more than it really is.  I’m allergic to something as my eyes are burning to the point of constant watering even with the anti-histamine.  Yesterday I decided to check the mail.  And yes, I am well aware…NOW…that the mail did not run (President’s day or something).  It took awhile, but I noticed the temp of the car rose.  Faster than I expected actually.  It took a while longer to get it moving as it was frozen to the ground.  I think it froze the plug from the tire to the ground and pulled it out when I put it in reverse because I heard the distinct HISS…HISS…HISS…as it rotated on its axis.  How could I hear it you ask?  Simple, there was no scraper so I got the insurance card and removed the powder down to the ice from the front and the back and some sides.  Even though the temp was halfway up, I noticed the heat and defrost was ice cold.  I also noticed that the rear window was untouched by the rear defroster.  No longer worrying about the lack of water in the engine now, I drove with the door open as the drive was completely white so it was even harder to see through the iced window as to where I was going.  All the windows were frozen shut by the way.  Less than halfway there, I gave up due to vast amounts of powdered snow blocking my ability to breathe from the wind blowing all the snow on the hood into my face.  I walked/jogged the rest of the way…with the dog…to find nothing.  I went back and quit running b/c my larynx and lungs told me they were going on strike if I didn’t due to the cold.  Mya found herself on the other side of the neighbor’s fence.  She was on her own this time…forget her!  I got back to the car and by some miracle made it home.  My ear canals hurt for an hour and I went to bed early last night.  All for the mail that wasn’t there.  Arlis is going to get the mail today…hee hee hee…haa haa  haa…HARDY HAR HARRR!!!  (I’ll write about it later-snicker)

Ah-on to the next adventure!

We’ve moved to Alaska!



That being said, we have received the lumber for the addition we’re building on, and Arlis is tearing the deck off today.  We lost power yesterday morning.  We have a digital meter here.  We guess it’s tied in directly because the electric guy was here within an hour and we had power back on.  That was faster than Knoxville!

Well, we’re waiting for the temp to warm up enough I can clean out the coup as it’s still frozen.   It is very windy here, and instead of solar, we are thinking of building a windmill…seriously.  The last snow made us snowed in for almost a week.  It’s snowing today…I wonder

The first two weeks

Again, this is an older post.  I have posts ready to go, but I will be busy for a few days.  I promise to post them just as soon as I can.  In the meantime, pretend I’m doing some fad like “way back Wednesday” or some other blogging gimmick Smile…lol

I will admit that I can’t believe it’s been 4 years.  It doesn’t seem that long.  Our desires and dreams have not been met, but I have grown greatly as a person and learned an immense amount I didn’t know I needed to.  I would much rather change the way I have than be “happy” without a clue.  I was almost doomed to being complacent and standard before God lead and I followed!  I am very thankful!

We had one bed set up in the “living room” with a TV and a DVD player.  We lived like that for almost a week as we cleaned up and fixed up the master bedroom.




Once that was done, we were able to move into the master bedroom, and work on our little boy’s room.  He lived in the living room until then.

We have a teeny little wood stove that is actually a fire place insert converted for a trailer.  We bought a new wood stove b/c you could get warmer huddling a snow ball than around the old one, and discovered that it is “not approved for mobile homes.”  We have come to find the only ones that are approved are extremely expensive cast iron look pretties that do pretty much nothing.  However, after talking with the insurance agent, as long as we put the new stove in the addition we will hopefully soon build, it is considered not part of a mobile home and therefore covered.  In the meantime, we replaced the missing firebricks in the old stove and fixed the flue as it rotated freely, and now it stays lit over night-well 6 hours anyway.  The new stove is an end table until the addition is built.

My husband built us a new bed and a pantry



The chicken coup-two feet of fertilizer for my garden!   Guess again.  These idiots put OSB down every year instead of actually cleaning it out and so I have to shovel out layer after layer of poop/OSB lasagna.  Oh…and it’s frozen.  There are also plenty of nails and wires and other trash and junk all over the place.  It’s amazing any of his chickens survived!


Arlis, my husband, built a run, but cut a hole in the coup.  No door.  After I explained to him, in disbelief, that you can’t have a permanent open hole in the bottom of your chicken coop, he’s going to build a door to replace the gaping hole he cut in the wall.

There is a herd of beautiful black cows outside our back door.  20 feet from our back door actually.  Mya, the dog, just about ended her life, and our neighbor’s fence, that day when she decided to bark herself silly at the poor cows that started stamping their feet and acting a wee bit upset.  As I herded the dog back to the door, they followed me wherever I went….that’s a bit unsettling.

We ordered the orchard/berries today.  A lot of money, hopefully just once, but we did put some off until next year to span our spending out some.  Next year we plan to get the apples, peaches, etc.  This year, we got: strawberries, Arlis insisted on blueberries, thornless blackberries (I said to just go grab some wild ones, Arlis insisted to get these for whatever reason.  I think he wanted the thornless in particular), raspberries, concord seedless grapes, 2 pecan trees (they don’t self pollinate), almond tree, orange and banana trees that are especially made for growing in pots so we can bring in during the cold months, and my cherry tree!

I tried to order seeds, but the company is BO’d to where I can’t yet.  I may have to find another company and that is going to be hard as I only use open pollinated heirloom varieties.

Well, we have learned about boredom and how much we rely on the internet.  We have learned how to live without any TV as we get TWO channels that consist of a splotchy PBS and a channel with Jerry Springer, Tyra Banks, and some other horrible show that I can’t remember as I refuse to even try anymore.  OH…aaaaaand the DSL is only 1.5 so the streaming Netflix is constantly stopping to catch up.  (since analog is no longer available, we had to purchase over $100 in antenna and booster and grounding, etc in order to get these two channels.  And even then it’s only some of the time.)  I can’t get my PC to keep Central time, and the cat refuses to use the scratching post. (She still doesn’t)  Also, we have been VERY grateful and full of prayer for our internet now and not losing power.  For having enough food to last the storm and our retained sanity.

We have been snowed in for several days and can’t even make it to the mailbox.  Arlis thinks today may be the day we can!  Below are some pictures of our winter (looking out over our field from the house) so far:


Adding a Run and Starting School

Arlis managed a chicken run.


Our boy’s room got invaded with ladybugs


We were literally vacuuming over 100 at a time.  I didn’t want to b/c they are so beneficial…but…enough’s enough!

Since I had to pull our little one out of school in the middle of the year, we have switched to homeschooling.  Now that the internet is up and running, we can continue the rest of school.

For grammar we use First Language Lessons For The Well-Trained Mind.  This is an excellent book that will span two years.  It is intended for grades 1-2.  This is a TRADITIONAL approach by an author not afraid to use “him” instead of alternating every paragraph.  Your child will memorize poems (no longer taught in school), learn basic grammar, months of the year, seasons, and more!  The book even has long term projects.  You do NOT need a teacher’s guide-TOO AWESOME!!

Now, I also used the online books the school gave us access to.  I’m probably not supposed to, but I still pay taxes whether I do or not so….

For science we use Purposeful Design.  This book is from a Creation perspective without being ridiculous.  I have had great difficulty in finding a science book.  His online resources from the school were already insisting and implementing evolutionary viewpoints.  I have no problem with him learning about that THEORY, but only after he has a good foundation of our faith.  All of the other Christian science books that I looked at were completely ridiculous with severe overkill on God.

We also bought some handwriting paper, but that’s about it!  I hope I do well this rest of the year.  He was so far behind, it’s like starting over…sigh!

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