Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Old and new from far and wide, December 2015

Hello, we hope your week is going great on this first day in December. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are up to currently or have done in the past. So much information from older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....


Photo courtesy of Choosing Voluntary Simplicity

Hard boiled eggs from Choosing Voluntary Simplicity. Hard cooked eggs have always been a challenge for me to peel. Not to mention the green rings associated with over cooking. I need to try this technique. Apparently these are not only perfectly cooked, they are easy to peel. Score!


Photo courtesy of An Oregon Cottage

Bulletin Board Push Pins using vintage jewelry, from An Oregon Cottage. This is also a great gift idea. You know that lone ear ring in your jewelry box, now you can put it to good use.


Photo courtesy of Maker Baker Glitter Shaker.

Crystal Pendant Family Picture Ornaments, from Rook No. 17. All I can say about these is Wow! This is an especially creative way to preserve smaller, intimate family photos. Jenn is very creative, and these show that skill in full detail.


Photo courtesy of Craft Leftovers

Cardboard Box Looms, from Craft Leftovers. What a creative way to be a crafter on the cuff!


Photo courtesy of, Common Sense Homesteading

Handy Kitchen Substitutions, from Common Sense Homesteading. Because it is not always convenient to make another trip to the store.....

Previously from such a busy backyard:

November 2015

You may also enjoy these from Our Sunday Cafe:

December 2015

November 2015



If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends, if not, tell us! Our goal is to share relevant information that you will enjoy and use for yourself and your family. 

Thank you for visiting such a busy backyard, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments!



Sunday, November 1, 2015

Old and new from far and wide, November 2015

Hello, we hope you weekend is going great on this first day in November. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are up to or have done in the past. So much information from older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....

Photo courtesy of Simply Homemaking.

Growing Jerusalem Artichokes, from Simply Homemaking. This plant will provide a constant source of tubers to enjoy year round.


Photos courtesy of Simply Homemaking 

Growing Luffa Sponges, from Simply Homemaking. Very easy and what a great shade plant for that quiet spot in the garden.

Photo courtesy of A Life Unprocessed

Update your light switch covers, from A Life Unprocessed. This would also be fun to make as gifts.

Image courtesy of DIY Natural

Growing different types of basil, from DIY natural. Basil is one of my favorite herbs, this should help me keep it going in the garden and hopefully wintered over in the house.

Photo courtesy of Homestead Revidal

Putting up a laundry line, from Homestead Revival. Line dried clothes smell the best!


If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends, if not, tell us! Our goal is to share relevant information that you will enjoy and use for yourself and your family. 

Thank you for visiting such a busy backyard, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

such sadness in our backyard...........

We got the call no one wants to get.

The one where the child you love; now grown, has to tell you that the baby was lost.

A horrible, horrible day for our kids.

After my anger, and tears and harsh words for how unfair it all is were delivered to my husband; I do what I always do, I got busy.

I seem to process the un-process-able best when I keep busy.

With just about anything.

First it was the laundry, now all folded and put away.

Then it was the green beans from the garden.

About 3-4 pounds of Romano green beans, now all snapped, packaged and in the freezer.

After that it was about 3-4 pounds of blue lake green beans, now all snapped, packaged and in the freezer.

During this time, my husband joined me at the sink. Snap for snap, we worked side by side.

And periodically through tears I would say a little something that I must have forgotten before the work began.

When pain and anger were in charge.

And that is how we do things here.

Together, in silence if need be, or in tears, if need be.

She is our only daughter, and we will be there to help them both, every step of the way.



Thank you for your visit today...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Let me introduce you to our new blog!





For us, life begins in the backyard. We garden, we create, we relax, and have fun with family and friends. We hope to see you here often!

Than you for visiting such a busy backyard, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments!