We had a fabulous weekend, and you?

We have been busy here on Marcaritaville…

We were grateful for the rainy weekend as that gave us guilt free time to relax, sleep in and run out shopping to pick up the things we needed. We started out at Home Depot where we picked up 4 rough cut 1x8x12’s for our raised beds. We were originally going to buy a smaller board, but when we got there we found these for only $9 and change a piece! One thing I love about Home Depot is their staff – we found a guy right off who was able to cut the pieces for us, and then just like that we had our raised beds all set to nail together.  (another thing I love about Home Depot is the sausage guy – we always get a sausage, pepper and onions – but due to the incredibly horrible weather the sausage guy was closed *insert sad face here*.

We also were able to go to this fabulous new (to us) local garden shop. It is called Roberts Greenhouse, and if you live in middle NH area, it is definitely worth visiting. It is a small-ish farm, with gorgeous sheep there to greet you. The people who work there are so very helpful (they didn’t laugh once at me as I asked them to explain to me how to pick seed potatoes). Their prices are seriously some of the best I have seen, and their plants are gorgeous! While there you can sample local foods they have for sale, and if you love handspun fiber you will be in heaven. It was a great surprise on a VERY cold (45 and drizzly) Sunday afternoon. *More about the seed potatoes in Tomorrow’s post! You won’t want to miss it!

Monday was definitely the day I had been waiting for! Beautiful, sunny, warm… with a slight breeze to keep the black flies at bay. After sleeping in we decided it was finally time to pull the cut boards out of the van and get started.

My husband is AWESOME!

My husband is AWESOME!

As he worked on assembling the raised beds, I surveyed my spot…

Destination Garden!

Destination Garden!

While I got to mowing the clover (which I left where it fell, because my Mama told me it was rich in nitrogen and good for my garden), Kevin was hard at work screwing things…

Kevin Screwing the Beds

Kevin Screwing the Beds

OH! I almost forgot! See those posts int he corner? They came in a box of 6, and were some sort of outdoor stakes, for only $4 and change! We had the wood guy cut them in half for us as well – he didn’t even look at us funny! I LOVE HOME DEPOT!

First Box Done!

First Box Done!

But I love my husband more! After all of the raised beds were finished, I played with placement, and this is what I decided on:

Bed lay out

Bed lay out

They still have to be pounded into the ground, but we were just about done for the day. I would have pushed through, but I hadn’t gotten my mulch yet to mix in with the soil. I discovered that my local dump/transfer station has a MASSIVE mulch pile the size of a house, and we can take all the mulch we want… FOR FREE! So I have to wait until the dump is open on Wednesday to go and get some. FREE! I love free!

After we finished the beds, we went to check out the chicken coop, and realized that there was a leak in the roof – GAK! – so we went around back to see just how bad of shape it was in.

Mind yourself… This is not for the faint of heart!

Roof in Desperate Need of Repair

Roof in Desperate Need of Repair

And the back side was in no better condition, so it will need to be fixed up before the chickens come home to roost (lol, get it? home to roost??? I crack me up!)

Boards needing replacement

Boards needing replacement

Our baby chicks have been procured, and are being well cared for by friends. I am blessed to have a great friend (Duffy!) who went and picked me out 5 darling chicks! And for another friend who will raise them until they are ready to be out in the coop by themselves. They should be coming home mid-summer, plenty of time to fix this mess up! But… if you should find yourself with some time on your hands and a truck we would love to have you over and send you home with a truck full of old shingles… Just sayin’…

Don’t forget to stop on back by tomorrow to read about my impending Potato Tower!!!!! Fun stuff!


Knit Marathon Update: Making soup is not knitting?

I have been a completely ADD knitter so far. But, I have accomplished quite a bit. As you saw earlier, I finished my 4 scarves which will be mailed out tomorrow to my sister for her family.

Sunday is church day for us, but one of my kids was sick, so she was brought to the clinic, and I stayed here with the other 2. While I knitted and attended church via the internet, the kids measured the snow for me and made a very cool fort

Total snow fall from NEMO

Total snow fall from NEMO

OK… Here we go again with that little “click here to see more” thingy… I feel like a real blogger!


Knit Marathon – sort of…

Hey all – for those of you who have been with me for a while, you know that I have joined Cheryl over at Cheryl Marie Knits for several of her Knit Marathons. She is hosting one starting today. Normally I knit 26.2 hours over 2 days. It is a wonderful way to get some things accomplished with yarn! I am always amazed to see how much I can get accomplished when I sit and focus for an extended period of time.

This time I am going to do it a little differently. My hands and wrists are a bit sore, and I am afraid if I go straight through I will be forced to NOT KNIT *gasp* for a couple of weeks after I am done. Also, I have church today, and as a result of NEMO we have been cleaning the basement out (nothing major happened, we were just inside and it happened). So I have made a game time decision to knit the 26.2 hours over the next 3 days.

What you will see from me here are multiple posts during the days I am knitting, so you can see what all I am working on along with other regular blog posts.

*** as a side note, and completely unrelated, I finally figured out how to do that “page break” thingy – and will be inserting one of those “more” tags in my blogs from now on. When you click on the “more” button, it will take you to the remainder of my post. Here is my first official “more” button! Don’t forget to click it so you can see what I have already finished this morning***


Anatomy of a Blizzard – 2013 Edition

It’s 4:30 pm, and the snow has only just changed over from the fine powder to a heavier snow. This morning we all slept in – except for Kev, who was working from home – taking advantage of an unplanned day off. OK, nix that, I had to go in and work at the gym for 4 hours today, but still…

This morning we were pretty lazy. Mads made a breakfast sandwich. This was a feat considering her right hand is in a cast from a basketball injury:

Maddie's morning creation

Maddie’s morning creation


Week Two of New Beginnings

Today is the start of a brand new week! Which means time to reflect on last week, and set new goals for this week. I did pretty well last week. I made 2 healthy dinners, and tried out one new lunch recipe for the kids – Pictured below is the healthy version of the kids’ favorite Pizza Lunchable:


Pizza Lunchable

Pizza Lunchable

I used a Whole Grain Sandwich thin, which splits in half and make 2 full “pizzas”.  A baggy of shredded mozzarella, organic pizza sauce and pepperoni slices. To add a little something extra, I put in a pickle and for dessert, a fiber one granola bar. The kids loved them. And yes, they eat them cold.

Back to last weeks’ goals – I made it to the gym twice. I didn’t get very far sorting my knitting. My hubby was away, as were the kids, and with the empty house, I spent the last 4 days watching shows everyone else hates on Netflix while knitting and puttering around the house. I am really ok with that, as I made it a conscious choice, rather than just not getting to it.

I made great progress on 3 projects. These will be my main projects until they are finished.

1) My hunny’s Nordic-Style Sweater – I finished the last 17″ on the back, and have the front done all the way up to the split for the zipper. I also cast on and worked the ribbing for the sleeves while I was on the bike at the gym this morning.

Kev's Nordic-Style Sweater

Kev’s Nordic-Style Sweater

2) The Un-Fat Sweater: You may remember this beauty from about a year ago. She is called the un-fat sweater because I bought her with Christmas money as a reward for working so hard on my weight loss and getting fit goals. I stopped working on it because I stopped working out. I am back on the fit-train now (as of last week), and so I am working on her again. She is made of the most delicious Malibrigo you have ever felt!

The Un-Fat Sweater

The Un-Fat Sweater

3) The Stellar Socks: Of course, I can’t go without a pair of socks to work on – being that this is the year of the socks for me. Kevin bought me sock yarn for Christmas. HE went to my local yarn shop and picked it out all by himself, with no prompting from me what so ever! I didn’t even ask for yarn! He picked out this perfect sock yarn, that as I knit becomes a perfect sock for wearing with jeans and by brown leather clogs. The man did good!

The Stellar Socks

The Stellar Socks


Alrighty – this week? My goals are:

  • Continue to make better food choices
  • Get to Storms Fitness (my local gym) 3-4 times this week.
  • Locate and pull out all of my yarn and yarn-related items
  • Keep blogging!

Dinner tonight is a Rotiserrie style chicken in the crock pot – It is a brand new recipe I found online. If it comes out yummy, I will share it with you.

Crock Pot Chicken

Crock Pot Chicken


Here’s to a healthy  and productive January

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!








My baby’s back!

Well, my laptop had more things wrong with it than just not reading my memory card. We had to send her away to the HP people, who took her apart, ripped everything down and rebuilt her. Can you say “withdrawal”???? Ya. Anyways, now I have her back.


Who, aside from me, is excited for school to start? I love fall! I love making plans for all of my projects (most of which never get done, but hey… ). While finishing Maddy’s pink pom pom socks, I decided this school year would kick off the year of the sock! My goal is to knit a pair each month… that’s right… 12 pairs this year! I have picked out several patterns (FREE) on Ravelry.


Maddy’s Pink Pom Pom Peds

Am I only knitting socks this year??? Heck no! I still have 872 other knitting projects to work on, and I want to start another quilt. I have already started My September Socks in a fabulous Malibrigio Sock yarn. I am also working on a sweater for Kevin right now.

September Socks and Kev’s Sweater


Other quick updates from the Ort-stead… Aidan is running cross country, Maddy is playing Middle School Field Hockey, and Katie is on the JV Volleyball team… And you know what that means? LOTS of knitting time! lol…

We are also looking at some change in the near future – I am looking for a job… *gasp*… I know, right?

OOooooooh – and just because I love to brag on my kids…. we went to a wedding this summer, and I was able to get the BEST family photo (albeit without Katie)…

The Ort’s all Cleaned Up!


That’s all for now, but next time I will fill you in on all the fabulous sock patterns, and other Work-In-Progress I have here at the house!

Enjoy the last couple weeks of summer… I know I will – while dreaming of FALL!




The Anniversary Quilt… and patio progress

So, after having the fabric cut out for almost a year, I finished the Anniversary Quilt Top in roughly a weeks time…

Quilt on the Dollhouse Lattice

Quilt Top and the Garden

While I was finishing the quilt, Kevin was finishing the patio out front…

Kevin Laying the Final Paver

And then we had Father’s Day dinner on the patio. After dinner, Kevin enjoyed a cigar and a glass of MacAllens.

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