Thursday, May 30, 2013

Our Time up at the Utah VA Nursing Home

Our second visit for my son's Eagle Scout Project was very successful and I think a great learning opportunity for the boys.  
 They were able to assist and learn a bit from these men.
 It was looking pretty good!
Tomatoes and Marigolds were planted in the boxes.
 On the upper garden they planted zucchini, green beans, summer squash, cucumbers and pumpkins.
 We were able to talk to one of the Veterans who was flying a plane over Germany and was shot down.  He then spent the rest of his war time in Stalag Luft I.  A true American Hero!!
 Hopefully this last Memorial Day and future ones will mean more to these boys!
 Our next visit included my son "getting" to hold this baby kangaroo.
One of the VA personnel raises these babies until they are about one year old.
He was not to happy to hold this little guy after he had heard my story of visiting a Kangaroo habitat in Australia and being KICKED so hard in the leg that I could barely walk for a week.  (All because I had run out of food to feed them.  I got out of there fast.)
 We cleaned up the rabbit hutches and gave them some new straw.
 I think they were a couple of happy bunnies!
My two "growing fast" kids!!
All in all it was a good project for us to do and I think the boys learned allot!!
We have a couple of little things left to do up there and I think we will be done.
Hope your summer is off to a great start!!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Summer Fun Celebration on Etsy brought to you by The Old Farm House Gathering Team

These are my creations for the Summer Fun Celebration for The Old Farm House Gathering Team!
 Time to celebrating SUMMER!!
 Bring on the WATERMELON!
 Bring on the PICNICS!
To see all the wonderful creations click HERE to see all the fabulous creations this team has come up with!
Hoping you all have a great day.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Give Away Winner and Summer Fun Celebration

It took me a bit to recover from helping the Scouts and Veterans plant the soon...and luckily we did not have any rain!!
I think it was a good thing for the Scouts to interact with the Veterans.
We were able to have one of them tell us about his WWII story.
Of course I was intrigued to say the least.
We are loosing these folks quick and with them goes their stories.
Also this week we could hear a rumble in the sky and over our house flies a B-17.
My son and I lost our minds!!  
We will have to go up to the secondary airport to see it today!!
OK, now for the winner of the giveaway.
I had my son pull a name out of a bowl.
The Santa Ornament winner is is
I will contact you for your addresses and get this in the mail to you.
Thank you all for your support and coming to visit me on my blog.
I appreciate all of you and your sweet comments.

Starting Monday the OFG Team on Etsy will be celebrating Summer stay tuned!!
Enjoy your day,

Last Day to Sign up for my Giveaway

Last day to help me celebrate "Christmas all Year" and a Scouting project almost completed.
Click HERE to sign up.
Winner to be announced tomorrow.
More photos of our time at the VA with Scouts and residents to come.
Friday is recovery day!!
Enjoy your day,

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Summer Fun Celebration!!

The Old Farmhouse Gathering Team on Etsy is about to launch a new summer celebration starting Monday, May 20th.  
Summer Fun Celebration!!
Here are a couple of my things that will be in the celebration!

Celebration will run from Monday, May 20th- Saturday, June 1st.
It will be fun to see what everyone has been creating!!
Now off to the VA with a van load of Scouts!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Last Thursday we were able to take five Scout, our family and another Scout leader up to work on the garden beds at the Utah Veteran's Nursing home.
My son in charge!
We were able to lay new soil, till in the soil, water proof the garden boxes, and get it raked ready for planting this next Thursday with the residents.  
 It has been a lot of work but really beneficial for my son.  I think we have all learned so much about organizing a troop, communications, and securing funding.
Hopefully these will be things he will remember and take with him into his life and learn from them.
The troop was willing to work and we all had a good time. 
 My daughter even got into the action! 

 They all did such a great job and we got everything done that was outlined by my son! 
 We even had Pizza, cookies, and soda pop for dinner!!
The troop at the end of a hard working day!!

Just a reminder about my giveaway--celebrating the spirit of Scouting!!
Click HERE to join in!
Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Give Away and an Eagle Scout Project

We have been busy here getting ready to help my son do his Eagle Scout Project.
Loads of paperwork, contacting people, arranging for supplies and tools, arranging times, the list goes on and on.  Tomorrow we will head to the Utah Veteran's Nursing Home and start working in their garden beds and getting them ready to plant.  Then the following week we will go back up and help the residents plant their plants.  I think it is a good thing for the folks up there to have something to do and show for it.
Good for the Scouts to help them out too.

With all this going on I did not want to forget my New Years resolution of trying to keep Christmas in my heart this whole year.
In honor of the Scouting project I will be having a giveaway of  this boy looking Santa ornament.
(It kinda reminds me of my son.  He too wears his heart on his sleeve--luckily not on his beard yet.)

The Rules:
Be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post.
New followers always welcome.
Leave a way for me to contact you if you do not have a blog.
If you would like to share this giveaway I would appreciate it! 
A winner will be picked on May 17 and announced on the 18th.
Might even be an extra little something Spring related for another follower so you have to stay tuned.
Open to all USA and Canadian friends. 
Good Luck to all!
Now off to do more work.....hopefully related more to painting then the project for a little bit.
Enjoy your day,

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Happy May Day complete with SNOW!!

Nothing  like going from 70+ degrees to white out snow storm today and back to mid 30's.
I do not think I am the only one that is "mental" nature comes to mind!
But on a GREAT note I was the winner of Becky's give away over at the Country Lane Folk Art Blog!
 She is a fabulous painter!!  
 Love this Pear.  Yes, she is so talented!  Once again photos do not do these pieces of art justice!
This is a little candy dish holder she had added Kisses too...but I was under stress and pretty much ate them all before I got to taking the photos!
Under stress you ask??? 
 My son is in the middle of working on his Eagle Scout project so it has been a bit time consuming and stressful.  
His project is to help the Utah State Veteran's Center help get their gardens ready to plant.  Then the Scouts will help the Veteran's plant the food that they eat at the center.
Now if the weather will cooperate we could get this going for them.
So if I am MIA for a bit I am up at the VA helping the Scouts get this underway.
Hope you are enjoying your MAY DAY!!