From the monthly archives:

June 2008

MaryJanes Outpost was my most recent read and it was fabulous!  Just released last week I have ooh’d and ahh’d over this book since Wednesday.  This book is all about enjoying the great outdoors!  If you like camping, fishing, hiking, or just enjoy being outside than you will truly enjoy this book.  It is filled with ideas, how-to’s, recipes and all kinds of helpful information.

In the year 2000 after I spent my first summer in Arkansas I thought I was going to die! Having been raised in New England where the days may be in the 90′s with no humidity and the nights often got into the low 50′s this deal of the temperature NEVER dropping below 75 about did me in.  But the truth is I have come to love the summers here and spending time outdoors is something I love to do.

Earlier this summer I built a chicken coop and started a compost pile.  Currently I am working to build a fairly good sized raised bed garden for next season.  I should have it ready enough to plant some garlic this fall and put in a good crop of lettuce before years end.

I have also really become interested in the concept of “outdoor living” where you create spaces outside that are just as comfortable and enjoyable as your own living room.  One concept that never really crossed my mind until I read “Outpst” was that of bathing outdoors.  Not until I came across the Instructions for an Outpost Bathtub anyways!  I’m not gonna share the directions-you’ll have to buy the book for that-but here is a picture of what I want to make.

I have an old cast-iron tub in the barn that will be just perfect for this little project.  It needs some major cleaning and some refinishing but by fall I will have an Outpost Bathtub!

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Summer Break is FINALLY here!

by Julie Kohl on June 26, 2008

Yes I am a teacher and yes school has technically been out since the 23rd of May and yes we did take 5 days to go to Virginia.  But we are also required to get 60 hours of professional development over the course of the summer.  The education co-op offers workshops all summer long but Richie and I decided we wanted to try to get them out of the way early this year.  Since we both have master’s degrees and Richie has about 40 credit hours beyond a master’s we have been in University classes every summer in the eight years that we have been married.  This is actually the first summer that neither of us have University obligations.  Well today was our last official workshop until school starts back on August 7th. I have 43 days of uninterrupted vacation ahead of me.  I was able to attend all art related workshops.  Richie attended 3 of them with me which was really nice.  It was really neat to see him tap in to his creative side and he did some interesting work.  Here are some of the projects we did over the last 3 workdays.


Covered Bridge by Richie

Covered Bridge (unfinished) by Julie

Pattern Turtle #1 by Richie – he didn’t like it so he “ran it over”

Pattern Turtle #2 by Richie

Pattern Turtle by Julie

Mixed Animal by Richie

Mixed Animal by Julie

Pattern Hand by Richie

Pattern Hand by Julie

Comic Strip by Richie

Comic Strip by Julie (I CAN NOT draw people!)

We really had lots of fun! I got lots of great ideas for my classes next year.  I was proud of Richie for trying everything and surprised to see that he actually has a lot of natural talent.  He said the last time he drew anything was about 22 years ago!!!


Hairball, WHERE?

June 17, 2008

Hello Kitty! Did I wake you? That’s it. Let it out. Don’t be embarrased. Lots  of cats sleep in the bathtub!        

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Happy Fathers Day, Dad!

June 15, 2008

I love this picture! I took this picture about two weeks ago.  My dad was teaching Richie how to fly fish.  You can really see the sparkle and excitement in my dads eyes.  This is how he is about everything.  My dad is really smart.  He knows about so many things, is capable of doing […]

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June 14, 2008

A Bakeover is a one-skillet savory meal made using any combination of veggies, meats and a Farmgirl Budget Mix™or other Mary Janes organic bread mix.  For my bakeover I used the organic Garlic Pesto Fry Bread.  This was my first attempt at a bakeover and it was SO good! My husband was gone for the day to […]

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June 11, 2008

Sunscreen is REALLY important.  Most sunscreens claim to have a three year shelf life but I am not sure I agree with this.  Last week I got into the pool.  Before I suited up I covered myself with Coppertone Sport SPF 30 that I had purchased last summer.  I noticed the lotion was a little […]

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Goodbye Kensi

June 8, 2008

“Kensi” Kensington July 27, 2000 – June 8, 2008 My doggy died today.  I knew it was probably going to happen soon.  Kensi had been sick since about the beginning of May.  Having been bitten by a snake in the same spot she was bitten last year she was really having a hard time recovering.  […]

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New in my Etsy Shop

June 7, 2008

I have just listed a fresh handmade lavender wand.  I will have more available soon in other ribbon colors.  Come take a look! Visit my shop HERE!

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Visiting Virginia

June 7, 2008

Richie and I just returned from visiting my parents in Virginia.  We had such a great time!  My mom and dad own a beautiful bed and breakfast in Lovingston, Virginia.  They didn’t take any reservations while we were there so we had the whole place to ourselves and got to do lots of fun stuff. […]

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