Saturday, December 28, 2013

Last Saturday of 2013

This is the last Saturday of 2013. I admit in a year such as we had, I will describe it this way. I used to have braces on my teeth, every month when I went in to have them tightened for a few days my teeth ached. Then I would grow used to the pain and everything would be fine until the next month. 2013 is like that I grew used to the pain, and 2014 will be like when I was going to get my braces off, I was used to the tightening and the pain because it was normal for me. A new year will be full of new challenges and new beginnings and a whole set of life I have never lived before.

We finally got the old chicken house down and the old wood moved out to be disposed of and what can be salvaged will be used for other projects.

It really is a very pretty part of the back yard with the way the trees grow. We will have to do something pretty with it. I just couldn't take pictures of the mess. I share lots and lots of my life here on the blog, but that eyesore was just a bit much even for me.

Here is a photo of the junky wood and wire we moved. This morning when I got out of bed I felt 110 years old. I was so sore I could hardly move.

I am still pondering about this much wood, and just hauling it all off or just seeing it as treasure. I am not at the treasure part yet.

Today I am going to trim all of my rosebushes and get the last of the leaves raked and get my garden all ready for the spring. As soon as it warms up. I do have a thing about getting all of my yard and garden and my flowerbeds all cleaned before the New Year.

One of the things we have in our back yard is a potters wheel. I am a very slow and not very good potter. The different kids through the years have taken pottery but it never clicked. Then Nik came into our family and we found out he is the potter we have been waiting for all of these years. For Christmas, Nik wanted clay. So in the cold on Christmas morning he came outside and made this vase. We are now looking for a kiln so he can throw and bake and glaze his work. We are so thrilled to have some one in the family to now throw pots and use this. He is amazing to watch. God has brought such wonderful gifted people into our family.

Speaking of gifts. Ron bought for me something I have been longing for, I was so thrilled to open this on Christmas morning.

My very own rubber boots to go tromping in the mud and to clean my chicken pen and my feet won't get wet and my shoes will stay nice and clean. I really was so happy to get poka dots.

Since Ron has been on vacation he has had time to work on his trees. Here are a few more that he has done.
Each one he does just thrills me to death.

He even made the pots for the tree. So that has been fun watching him work with clay too.

This is a darker one and he used different colored wire.

I like this one because I can see it as a big tree hanging over the top of a cliff on a mountain side.

Here is to show how small he is working to get them. I loved this one too. Just tiny Bonsai trees. He does wire and I read out loud. It is very pleasant to spend the evenings this way.

Just some odds and ends today. I hope your Saturday is very nice.



Julia said...

Your posts never cease to amaze me.
I'm glad that you have found the potter to go with your potter's wheel.
Those Bonsai trees are pretty amazing too.
Ron is in business.

Happy New year.

Meg said...

Wow, I never knew Nik could throw! That's amazing! I just love dad's trees. They're just gorgeous. We have ours (Ok, Ben's but I'm claiming it too!) on the mantle and it looks just perfect.

Nellie said...

What a beautiful vase! Also, you had better hide those boots!:-) If I were near, there would be a contest to see who would wear them when!:-) Of course, I have no need for something that useful here, though. Your husband's trees are amazing! xo Nellie

TexWisGirl said...

those trees are just awesome artforms. and tiny! wow! i love that nik is a genuinely skilled potter! you are going to have your own art compound, soon. :)

camp and cottage living said...

I never realised your hubby made wire tree too. They look so real!
May 2014 be an easier year for you, Kim.
God's Blessings-Kimberly

Three Sheep Studio said...

First off - loving the boots !
Really love the Bonsai !! How detailed, tiny and lovely !
An amazing work of art. Does your husband sell these ?

Rugs and Pugs said...

Happy New Year's to you and yours! May 2014 be everything you wish for.
Ron's trees are amazing!
Hugs :)

Dog Trot Farm said...

Kim, I am just so impressed with such an artistic family you have...What a clever idea Ron came up with crafting tiny bonsai trees, They are amazing...I'm sure there must be a market for them...I am always in awe of those who can throw pottery...that is a perfect vase...looking forward to seeing the finished product...Our son arrived home this evening, the lights are on in Maine, we now can enjoy Christmas, be it a little late...Happy New Year my friend...

Gumbo Lily said...

You've been busy working hard outside. Looks nice. I like the Bonsai trees. What intricate little creations. I can imagine the two of you -- one reading, one twisting wire.

myletterstoemily said...

here's to new boots and ano braces!

Debbie said...

I see beautiful wood crafts in that pile of wood ;)

LOVE your boots......they make awesome pots for plants as well, when your done wearing them!!

annie said...

love the boots, look for treasure in the pile!
you found your treasure in him, the trees are amazing!
pots Yes!!!! more art from the dreamy fields of home!
hope you have a great last few days of the year!

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh those Bonsai trees are so beautiful I appreciate the work that goes into making them. Oh you have a potters wheel I have never made anything like that but have always dreamed of trying it, the vase is beautiful.
I love this story and your imagery of braces and pain of 2013, I so get that and this will help me. Your writing touches my heart. I do know both of us are going to be smiling in our fancy boots this year for sure. Just look down you boots will make you giggle. Mine do:) Hug B

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Those little trees are simply beyond gorgeous! And I love those boots! Adorable!

Your analogy of the braces was profound ... but then your writing is always so moving. You have a gift, dear one.

Pom Pom said...

The cleared area looks fresh and ready. I'm sorry that you are so sore. Yikes! I'm sore from lying around in bed, but you're sore from hard work, Kim!
The tiny trees are enchanting. What book are you reading to Ron?

Thistle Cove Farm said...

I'm looking at that wood and seeing $$$...if you don't want it, someone will pay good money for it to use for new floors.

Empty Nester said...

There is just no limit to the talent in your family! I'm so glad you share with us. I can't wait to see what one of the talented folks in the family comes up with on that wood. Oh, and the polka dots! My favorite!!!