Monday, April 6, 2009 of my favorites! Ruthie made these sushi this past weekend. She used avocado, cucumber and carrot. Yummy!
Anna has been busy quilting. She made this adorable quilt for a friend's baby shower. Now she's working on two full-size quilts that were abandoned by Maggie's twin friends. (They cut out a few blocks before they realized they didn't enjoy quilting.)
Lizzie surprised both herself and me by sewing two dresses this week! Lizzie is my most outdoorsy child who usually despises anything that requires being indoors or sitting down. She loves taking care of the ducks, bunnies, and dog. I was pleasantly surprised that Lizzie sews very straight, and even did better than me on the buttonholes! Maggie found this recipe and got Sarah to try it for her.
She popped it with no oil, then added dill weed and garlic salt. Yummy!
This is the before picture of the wheatberries.
And this is the after picture. Not much difference, but the berries are puffed to twice their size.
This year, Maggie is fulfilling a longtime dream to own honeybees. This week UPS brought us 3 heavy, huge boxes full of supplies. Mike and Allen have been diligently preparing for the bees arrival next Tuesday by building the hives.

Maggie ordered the bees back in the winter to make sure they weren't sold out. But her Daddy wanted to be the one to order the hives and supplies; however, time was flying by and the hives weren't getting ordered. While Mike was in California this past month, Maggie sent him little poems to remind him to order the hives. I thought they were cute:

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A Collection Of Beehive Poems

Vs. 1
The little bees will soon arrive
to start a brand new home
but what if they find they have no hive
to build their honeycomb?

When the bees find they have no hive
how very sad they'll feel inside
if there's no place to call their own
how will they make it feel like home?

Vs. 3
They need a place to raise their young
a place to store their honey
where will they hang their "hive sweet hive"
while making their spaghetti?

Vs. 4
(in case you didn't know, Nefertiti is my queen's name)
Nefertiti, Nefertiti,
where will your bee swarm go?
they need a hive to stay alive
and honeycombs all in a row

Vs. 5
When all our bees come buzzing home,
they'll have no place to build the comb,
then all the bees will get so angry,
because they'll have to sleep,
in the humidity
and because all bees hate humidity,
they'll fly right back home to Italy.

Vs. 6
Please bees,
don't hold it against me,
it wasn't me you see,
my dad how sad
he had no time
to order you a hive
he goes unnamed (he should be ashamed)
so when you sting be sure to remember!

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I'll be sure to show you the finished beehive. Our friend, Chris, has almost a dozen hives, so he will be coming next Tuesday to help us set our bees.

We got lots of nice, light rain today...perfect for our garden. Mike tilled the garden this weekend, so after our midweek freezing temps, I hope to get out and plant my asparagus and potatoes. Many blessings ~ Kathie

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