One crazy week.


Okay, I really love posting twice a week and I was planning on doing one of my DIY’s today but this has been a crazy week for us. First let me explain something that is going on here in Arizona…teachers are on strike, except they are calling it a walk out.


So our son is home until the teachers can agree with how much pay they get. He is not happy about this. I think he is having processed food withdrawal. At school they give them pizza everyday and at home he has been getting home cooked meals like pasta, bean burritos with lettuce and tomatoes on the side, BLT sandwiches and homemade soups with fresh baked bread.

His week has consisted of home projects. He helped with the chickens, adding straw to their area.


Some of the other birds that hang around stopped by to investigate. Maybe they will be using some straw for a nest later.


He also worked on a garden design with his dad. They picked up a bunch of pipes that were being tossed and are going to make a vertical garden of sorts. It has been done before but this is the first time they are trying it, so we will see how this works. I will try to keep you all updated on that. Might turn out to be a great way to save on space for the garden area.


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He made some soap. This was by far his favorite thing to do. He hates dirt and loves clean projects. The day before, he went with his dad to get a truck load of dirt for our garden and when he came in to eat his home made meal (after washing his hands of course) he looked up at his dad and said “ That dirt smells like poop”


Without looking up as he took a big bite of his sandwich my husband answered back “ It is poop, it has horse manure in it”


The chickens at least love it.


The next day it took forever for my son to wake up. My husband told me maybe he was acting like he was asleep because he didn’t want to work with horse poop again. So I walked down to his room knocked on his door and said, “ Hey, you want to learn how to make soap?” well let’s just say he didn’t have to be asked twice. He was all in at that point. I guess anything is better than horse poop.

My umbrella broke that week; we had a bad windstorm. I pulled out some mismatched pieces of fabric I had and an old curtain that I think came from the 70’s and my son helped make a new cover. This was another one of those projects he worked with his dad on. I just cut and pinned the pieces together while they got out the sewing machine and sewed away. This was a clean project, so I believe he enjoyed this one too.



I had a great time shopping at the dollar store and picked up all kinds of items to add to our garden. My son helped with that as well.


We planted seeds and flower bulbs.


We added little garden gnomes and hung up old shudders with the cutest little garden baskets.


We also hung baskets from our fence that separates the chicken side from the poolside. I loved how these little baskets looked like birds nest. I only bought a few but I think a whole fence full of herbs and plants would look beautiful. The dollar store ran out when I went back though.


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We Filled little dollar store pots with succulents and had a fun day of updating our garden.


If you have any dollar stores in your area here in America, get to them quick because they have some really nice garden items out for Mother’s day and Spring. They even have bags of birdseed for your little garden friends.


Our tree is shedding like crazy so our pool is a little yellow from the pollen at the moment. My son is keeping busy trying to keep that clean too. It has been cool this week and we got a little break from our bright and hot sun with some much needed clouds. We are taking advantage of the cooler temps and getting some outside projects done before we are sunned in. I love spending time out in the garden.


At one point while up on the ladder hanging up plants I could see in other neighbors yards and there are some amazing trees and plants in bloom right now. The neighbor’s yards are orange, pink, yellow and purple. It is very pretty on our street right now, just hard on allergies.


So there you have it, our crazy Teachers on strike week. My son was on the computer the other morning looking up college classes; he is so ready to be done with high school and public schools. All I can say to him is to just hang in there it will get better. Kind of like what this little bird is doing…just hanging in there. It really does get better.


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Photos- the bird photos are all from my husband. The little birds in our garden love him. He is always feeding them so they hang out waiting for food, watching him feed the chickens or they watch me clean the pool early in the morning. They are very tame too. They will fly down by my feet looking up at me chirping away. The dove actually flew down and landed on my husband a few times. Everyone is up early in our garden waiting for food, water and maybe we entertain them with our human chores. Hope you all enjoy. I will be working on some DIY’s for later, I am off now to figure out what to feed my son for lunch while these teachers are on strike. I also have some old wooden kitchen chairs to redo. Hey maybe my son is up for another project.


20 Comments Add yours

  1. I LOVE the umbrella!! 👍

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    1. Thank you. I was going to buy a new one but the frame is fine, the fabric part just tore from the sun and weather. I can’t believe how expensive umbrellas have gotten and all those umbrella frames being thrown away because the fabric falls apart can’t be good for the environment. Doing it ourselves cost at the most $3 in fabric from a second hand shop. Can’t my son busy too. The teacher strike is finally over thank goodness.

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      1. Glad to hear the strike is finally seemed to go on a while!

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  2. I agree about the umbrella it is beautiful! You sure did have a busy week. Mine has been crazy busy too. Yard work, yard work, yard work. I am almost done, then of course, you know how it is, now it’s yard maintenance hahaha. The birds are adorable. Do you talk to them? I talk to all my animals, and I think that’s why my yard is full of them, and not so much the neighbours :):) I was laughing so hard at your son, and the poop dirt. See your hubby should have kept that to himself, and he’s still have had a helper. It worked out to be a blessing for you though because you got the helper, and quality time :):)

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    1. Yes, that is so important, spending time together making memories. Yeah, I talk to the birds, bees and even the little lizards in our garden. I am sure the neighbors wonder what the deal is but sometimes those little creatures act like they understand English. Then most of our neighbors talk to their animals too. They are so adorable.

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      1. They do understand us :):):) That’s my story and I am sticking to it. Too many times, I have told them something and they listen. I’m not saying they are talking back to me, that would mean it’s time for a “vacation” but I feel they do understand :):) hahaah


  3. mel says:

    I’m crazy about your little white window doors where you hung your birds nest basket!

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    1. Thank you. I have a collection of french doors and shutters around my house to redesign with. I always loved shutters, inside and out. Makes the place feel like a little English cottage. Now I just need to add some plants to the little baskets.


      1. mel says:

        I love…. french doors! yes, shutters look like a vintage piece.

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  4. Eliza says:

    Awesome pictures!
    Love and light

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    1. Thank you. I think I might do this again, a week in photos. I love seeing how other people are out enjoying their lives and this was a fun post to share our life with you all as well. Even if we don’t think we are doing anything, we are, and I always say it’s the little things that count the most. Hope you are having a great week out there making happy memories yourself. Thanks for stopping by my site.


  5. 3C Style says:

    What a nice post. I enjoy it a lot. Wow, you were busy and you kept your son busy as well. I bet he will remember this week for a very long time. Such lovely place you have and I looove your photos. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you. My husband pulled out the giant lens for those bird photos. Our tree was filled with yellow pollen balls and there were birds everywhere. It is so beautiful watching them hop around the branches.

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      1. 3C Style says:

        You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place. It’s like heaven on earth.

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      2. Thank you, my husband is always joking around with me saying we live in a resort. It isn’t of course but we have our little spaces we try to make a home and that includes that garden out back. I love seeing butterflies and bees around. We don’t use pesticides on any of our plants, sometimes they survive and sometimes bugs stop by to nibble now and then. In the hottest part of our summer our garden looks horrible because nothing really survives except cacti and Aloe. It all comes back though when spring hits. You can create beautiful spaces just about anywhere you live. I bet you have some beauty around you as well.

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      3. 3C Style says:

        I live in the city but I have a little garden and it is where I go during summer to read. There is a picture of it in the post MY HOME TOUR, part 1 if you want to see. Here’s the link:

        I too enjoy seeing butterflies, ladybugs, bees and other wonderful critters around in my garden. My son always says that I am a very strange fashion blogger as I don’t mind to dirty my hands and I like spiders, worms and salamanders. Beautiful creatures! Have a great weekend and looking forward to read more of you and see more of your gorgeous pics. -Dominique

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      4. Oh my gosh, I love your garden and your home is stunning, very beautiful. I love the old keys. They have tons of old antique keys up at the antique shops in a small town here in Arizona. I too like the little critters out in the world. I used to collect bugs when I was a little girl but I release them after I sketched them. My nana kept mayo jars under her sink with holes punched in the lids for me all the time. I run in grab a jar and she knew where I was headed…out to the desert mountain we lived on to collect scorpions, and other little interesting things. I was extra careful of course. The desert is full of poison. Have a great Mother’s day weekend (USA Mother’s Day).

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      5. 3C Style says:

        Ha, I did the same thing when I was a kid! No scorpions here though. When my son was younger I used to take him in the wood near our house and we spent hours collecting all kind of bugs. Good memories. Glad you enjoy the Home Tour. I should be doing Part 2 this summer. But the kids don’t want me to show their rooms! Have a fabulous Mother’s day as well (Here in Canada we celebrate at the same time as you).

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  6. Can I just live in your backyard! Your son is lucky to have a wonderful outdoor space to explore while teachers are “out”.

    My kids also had my kids also had junk food withdrawals…turs out they were actually better behaved when they at healthy! I guess I’m always trying to look on the bright side.

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    1. That is so funny. I probably would eat pizza everyday too if it was just handed to me. It is very nice right now back there. We have neighbors that want to come over just to hang out back there and of course we tell them to go ahead. It is very peaceful and a great place to read a book or in my case, crafts.


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