Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Senior Portrait ~ Stephanie

A couple of weeks ago, an old friend of mine came and stayed the week with us. When I was 9-11 she came every summer for a whole week, but then she moved. Her family moved to WV and we didn't keep in touch. But she moved back only a few years later.
~She is so beautiful!~
 
So just recently we've started talking again, and Amy has done a lot of things, and gone a lot of places with their church youth group. But Stephanie is going off to college this Fall and needed her senior pictures done as well as a profile to send in with her application. So here is what we did.


 

As you can see, we went down a dirt road that was beautifully shaded. The trees came to a really nice cover and it was just recently plowed.

We then were headed to a different location and decided to stop for this one.
 
 
These next few pictures were taken out behind a Church, about 6 miles from my house.
 
 
 
 
"Stephanie, you are an amazing person and I'm glad to call you my friend. Thanks for letting me do your pictures I had a blast!"
I actually am really proud of these pictures because I didn't have to edit hardly any. The last three I did because there was some stuff in the background, but with the locations we picked the lighting and composure was perfect.
Have a blessed day!
Bethany
 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

My Garden

Hello! I'm so glad you've stopped by. This is the first time doing my own garden, so I'm posting pictures on request (Sarah), and because I'm really excited to see how it works. ☺ So, please excuse the enthusiasm over some of the small things, or un-important things, that you think may be silly, childish, or prideful; I'm just really excited. ☺
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Today I finished getting my square-foot garden ready for planting. Here are my two 8 X 4 garden plots. Normally, they would be made out of wood; untreated, 2 X 6 boards. But because of the lack of this, and the plenty of cinder blocks, I used what I had.
(I love my pathway!)
This first plot is filled with Jungle Growth Mix.
 The second plot will be filled with Mel's Mix, from the Square-Foot Gardening book. I bought the materials to mix it myself, instead of buying the pre-prepared stuff.
~ Peat Moss
~Vermiculite
~Compost

Mel says to use 5 different kinds of compost, but I only got two (it was all I could find).

 I dumped half of everything onto a tarp. Once you do that Mel says to wet it (lightly) so that the ingredients don't get carried away by the wind. This is very smart because the vermiculite is really light and it was flying away every time I stirred or turned the soil. ☺
 Then you turn it, by pulling the corners of the tarp to each other corner. Back and forth, and back and forth, until its mixed. This was really, really cool because it wasn't as strenuous as trying to stir it all and not bust the tarp. And... turning it this way mixes it up nice and even. ☺
 Once that was mixed I put it in the plot. My tarp started tearing so I finished mixing the rest up in the plot.
Here is where I really appreciated having blocks for my boarders; I could stand on them, lean on them and walk on them to spread and turn the soil. Mixing the soil this way was harder because it doesn't mix as even as fast; you have to use more man-power, (or woman-power lol).
After I mixed it all together and spread it out evenly, I wet the soil, and now I'm ready to plant.
So, what am I planting? Stay tuned and you'll find out. Haha! ☺
Have a blessed day!
Bethany