The City Chicks

The life and times of a couple of urban farmgirls!

I know, I haven’t forgotten you… July 22, 2010

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I know, I know.  I haven’t posted in such a long time.  I really don’t need the reminders girls.  ((wink wink))  Although, I do apologize to all of you faithful readers. You know how busy life can get from time to time.   So this weekend I have cleared my schedule to do a bit of blogging for you all.  I have tried several new recipes.  So I will share a few of those with you and then I am going to take some time to work on some U.F.O’s (Un~Finished~Objects).  In my case sewing objects.  First on my list will be to finish the apron I was going to send my Mom for mother’s day.  Better late than never I figure.  

So be sure to come back later.  I promise I will be posting again soon!  Maybe I will even have a give away.  Hum, what ever shall it be though. 

Hugs~

Christina 

 

Ahh! Finally a free moment… December 4, 2009

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I know we all have those days & weeks that never really seem to end. They just go right into the next day like a little blur. OK for some of you it is a life style choice! You know who I am talking about the ones that thrive in there own little chaotic whirlwind. I have some dear friends that fit that particular mold but for me I prefer the more simple life. Not that I don’t have my fleeting moments of craziness that I absolutely wouldn’t trade. I just prefer to not make them a daily habit.
So you know that in my last post I let you all know that we were making a few changes in our lives here at City Chick’s Urban Homestead. Well I am please to report that all has gone along smoothly. Yes, the son still guilt’s me for being a full-time working Mom at every opportunity he can find. I really love my job and nearly everyone I work with but I do have to admit that 40 hours per week and an additional 7 hours of driving to and from per week is causing me a little more chaos than I like in my life. It does start to take a toll on the household chores and my farmgirl chores. Well not chores so much as the fact that I haven’t had time to craft or sew! So I have decided that at the end of my first ninety days, which ends January 15th, I am going to put in for a schedule change and go down to 30-32 hours per week. That is until I can get on the at-home-agent team. Of course who knows how long that will take. Cutting back my hours will still give me plenty of extra money to support my fabric and textile habit! However, it will give me some time to enjoy it also. I am ready to step out of my little personal cyclone and feed my creative side again!
 

A change is a coming…. September 14, 2009

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All summer long I felt depleted for some unknown reason. It may have been the due to the unusually cool, yet uncomfortable muggy weather. It may have been due to the fact that all that weather made my garden very unproductive and sent my farmgirl heart into a downward spiral when I realized I wouldn’t be making any fresh salsa this year. It could have been the fact that I focused so much on my children and family that their was little left more me. You know how it goes…one minute they need you for everything the next they don’t want you near them. I love my family dearly but as I sat staring out the window and glancing at my dusty sewing machine a couple weeks back I knew I was due for a change. So no matter what the cause of my summer blahs had been I declared it to be officially over! So over the last several weeks I have been making some swift and decisive changes.
First, Donovan had been asking to go to public school for several months… so one unsuspecting day I decided I would let him go. That very same day I went to the districts main office and enrolled him. It wasn’t easy since he had been homeschooled all his life up until this year. I think he was just as amazed that I went through with it. After getting his class schedule redone and meeting some new friends he is doing great. Thriving actually and even getting all A’s and B’s…all except that D in spanish.
Second, I decided that in order to continue growing and nurturing my farmgirl spirit I was going to need to make a little more money than what my pittily little part time job was giving me. So I gently told my husband that I had every intention of going out and getting a new job. A full time one! Not that he is not a great provider for us. He is amazing and all our bills are paid and we don’t use credit cards. Cash and carry only here. However, I felt I needed one that would allow me to pad my bank account so that we can do a little traveling. Next year this farmgirl can make it to MaryJane’s Farm Fair over the 4th of July without worrying about if the extra funds would be there or not. Since we don’t use and rely on credit cards in our household this trip was not possible to take this year. Basically though my “wants” are starting to outgrow my “needs”. Is it selfish of me though at 35 to decide to myself first? Ok honestly I would never put myself first above my children so third. It is not like everyone won’t benefit from having the extra cash on hand. I have to admit though going out and getting a full time job was a bit more emotional than I thought it would be. I had so many emotions once I accepted the position and still do a little. I haven’t worked full time in so long(over 17 years to be exact) that I am still uncertain of how I will juggle it all. I suppose I will figure it out as I go.
I feel more changes are on there way but they will be good. I can see me outside finishing the interior of the chicken coop, and rerocking the fire pit so we can roast marshmallows over it as the evening temps start to drop. I can see several piles of fabric that have been calling my name. I am feeling energized and have a renewed sense of self worth. I know that as a wife and mother my contributions to this family have been abounding and abundant but they will continue to flourish even when I am not here 24/7.
 

M.I.A. March 3, 2009

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A couple of my friends accused me of being M.I.A. recently. They were curious as to what I had been doing and why had it been over a month since they had seen me last. I didn’t have any real concrete answers other than “life just gets hectic” and “I’ve been busy with the kids.” It was all true but as we ended our various conversations I realized that maybe they really didn’t quite believe me fully. So later I decided to take a little time to really think about what I had been doing. We do live in Nebraska after all and so most of my activities have been home based. I did get my new sewing machine which I have played with now and again trying to learn all the new bells and whistles it has to offer me. It is no where as easy as my old machine which I can’t seem to part with. I have been to the quilt store to peruse the fabrics several times. Finally last week I picked out fabric to make a new quilt. So have I started it yet? Sadly NO. Not because I don’t want to. I am patiently waiting for my new quilting foot arrive. I have taken a hand applique class at the Country Sampler. I really don’t know why I was so hesitant to accept that it was a valid method of quilting for so long. I guess the fear that I would be no good at it. Well I am good at it, the instructor confirmed that for me as I whizzed through it with no problem. Needless to say the quilt I will be making next has some applique on it. I sat thinking I realized that those were really the only highlights of my last couple months. I did patriarchate in a wonderful secret farmgirl sister exchange for a few months. I had a wonderful sister in Diana who sent me some of the greatest little treats. I hope that my secret sister enjoyed her items. I never did hear a single word from her; so for all I know some random person received all the packages I sent. If that is the case it must have been quite a hoot for them each month to receive a package from a secret pal! It makes me laugh just thinking about it. I found us a new church to go to after a couple months of searching. Jade still has no desire to go but I know she will come around but the rest of us went for a visit and enjoyed the service and everyone there. I have been keeping busy with O.E.S. and all of the meetings and practices that we have had since January. I know that I am doing my best in that regard but boy is it difficult to get those lines memorized and all those marches. After March that should all be back to our normal schedule. Then of course there is work. Granted that is only 2 days a week.

Two of the last and possibly most disturbing things I realized though was how much T.V. I have been watching and how much my family and I had been eating out! I always admit that I am a t.v. junkie and in the winter it is horrible. I have cut back on how many shows I watch but how could I deprive myself of my top two guilty pleasures of Nip/Tuck and Big Love. We had some extra money steadily coming in and I swear we must have really boosted our local economy by eating it all away. So when I saw that March was national nutrition month I decided that we would not eat out for the whole month. I am a great cook and my son is starting to walk down that same path so why shouldn’t we be eating nice meals in the comfort of our own home. Meals made with fresh whole food…not the processed garbage. Plus, with my daughters awesome baking skills we should be able to eat like kings and queens.

I realized that even though my friends may not have realized what I was up to I was up to one thing all along that is dearest to my heart. Being there for my children. Yes, I think that sometimes as a parent I can s”mother” my children but at the same time I am always trying to encourage them to be the best they can be, to follow their heart-n-dreams and to be the best that they can be. To be the type of person who is tolerant of others and does not judge. To be a good soul and respect all life. They have both been exploring their creative sides the last couple months and keeping up with their school work without me pushing them too much. Are they happy? I think so and so for me that is a lot to accomplish. Happy well rounded children complete our little family.

Hugs until next time!

 

Where does the time go? November 14, 2008

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Fall came upon me so quickly with it the sweet smell of fallen leaves, now composting in my garden, and the scent of impending snow with each passing rain shower. Fall has to be one of my favorite times of the year but it seems to be passing me by all to quickly this time. I had well laid plans of making several of my holiday gifts but as I looked at the stack of fabric for my sisters quilt, which I have been planning for three months now, I realized that the time is not progressing any slower. Where has all this time flown away to? I know it hasn’t all been fun or surely I would remember. Yes, there were some great times…meeting with the girls for our farmgirl gathering and dinner with trick or treating with the Pope’s in October.
Then of course who could forget the history that was made on November 4th. Wow! I am so excited to be able to say that I was alive with my children to witness history. Even though I was raised in the “bible belt” of America I was fortunate to be influenced by a strong willed woman who told me to never judge a person by the color of their skin or by what their religious beliefs may be. Why was this important? That woman is my mother. A child born in the 50’s and raised by parents who nearly always judge others based on those things. Time will not change others but the lessons we give our children and the next generation will change our future.
So as we get ready to celebrate during this season of thanks I know I will be thinking of the things that I find important to teach my children and remembering all that my family has taught me. I will remain thankful for those times that have been fun even if they haven’t been as often as I would have liked. However, maybe most importantly, I will recall all of the rough times that we have thankfully persevered through. I believe it is how we deal with them both that shape us into the people we are to become. After all no matter what our age may be we are always evolving.
Hugs~Christina
 

Forever 29? September 24, 2008

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Well this weekend I turned 35. I had a few friends ask if was just wanting to stay forever 29. Well maybe. While I want somethings about me to remain 29 forever, or at least a while longer, there are definitely things I enjoy about being in my 30’s. Age is just a number anyway!

So while this past weekend I did celebrate what my friends felt was a mile stone in life I had a great time. My honey and daughter took me to the areas Apple Jack Festival in Nebraska City. Where we joined by my good friend Arlene and her family. It was great. The weather was beautiful and it was so nice to be able to just be outdoors visiting with good friends. I was able to come back with 3 big bags of apples fresh from the orchards.
My daughter was sweet enough to make me a pie out of some of them. I do think she was pleased when she discovered that the old apple peeler and corer I had up in the cabinet actually worked; once I showed her how. It saved her a lot of prep time. Oh, by the way Donovan wasn’t with us because he was spending his time at his first ever Boy Scout camp outing. Which was probably best because he would have been bored with us. That boy loves to go junking and antiquing with me, but crafts are definitely not his thing.
 

16 years and going strong… June 11, 2008

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Can you believe it? Yesterday Todd and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary! I know when we were married that many had their doubts that it would ever last. They said we were too young; but what did they know. I am not saying it has been the easiest thing either of us have ever done in our lives but I think that we both agree that we wouldn’t change a thing.

How have we managed to do it? We learned that we had to put each other first and foremost very early on. Only our two children have slots that walk side by side with us. One day new slots will open for the families they build. Until that day arrives we will continue to remain loyal only to each other and our family above all others. We have also learned to pick & chose our battles wisely. We basically decided that really there is nothing worth battling over. We just sometimes have to agree to disagree.

I was lucky to have found my soul mate so soon in life. Many people spend a lifetime searching for mister right. I hope when we reach the 50 year mark we can still say that we are madly in love with one another. I know I will keep working everyday to make sure it happens.

Hugs~ Christina