Thursday, April 23, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Today I finished the buildups, planted potatoes, some leftover carrots from last year, and started filling the ditch in the front yard... boy am I sore!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
But while I was turning the compost, I found something... a worm. Big deal right?
This worm is 12 inches long and as fat as my THUMB!!!! We ended up finding 4 of them total in the compost pile (along with a bunch of little ones). It is so big, Rory is calling it a snake!
Without further delay, here are the radish plants that took 24hours to germinate!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Canyon is also on the home page for the Asheville Area Birth Network... AND he has an interview for a photoshoot with another local company this month! He is one popular little kid!
Every mom thinks their baby is cute, but it is a nice stroke to my ego to realize people aren't just being nice when they say it! I actually have cute babies!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Carl and our neighbor, Dab, cut some logs and laid them our for me to make garden build-ups. I have 4 right now (4ft by 6ft), and will be making one more for strawberries next week. I have to sift the dirt (LOTS of rock) and get the build-ups ready for plants.
In the meantime, while it is raining, I started our plants today. If all goes well, we should have quite the assortment of foods. I'm really excited about it and am doing a good bit of edible landscaping to go with it. Today I planted 150 seeds or so, while the boys helped me.
We have about 100 strawberry plants, 35 in front of the house in the flower garden (which obviously is now edible landscaping) and the rest I need to dig up, and make a build-up box for in the back of the yard. I got very lucky with berries. I was walking the yard and found them in the yard! Not wild berries, but cultivated ones! I'm hoping by next year, I have enough for jelly or jam! I am also going to plant all of our squash and zucchini along the back and side of the house. This will save room in the gardens for other plants.
I am really excited about teaching the boys about sustainable living and the value of raising your own food. So far, they are having fun helping me move dirt, and planting the seeds today.
I'm also hoping to have enough to trade some other local moms for their veggies and eggs.
I'm hoping to post photos as soon as things start progressing!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Even as I sit here typing this and remembering, I break into tears and have to explain to my 5 year old what happened and why I'm sad...
Carl came up to Ohio to visit me that day. We joined a big group of friends and went kayaking on the Slippery Rock. It was a great day. Sun shining, birds chirping, warm... unusually beautiful for so early in the season...
As we took off the river, Carl's phone rang... which was weird given the lack of cell reception you get in the gorge there... we tried calling back, it was the hospital... but we didn't know anyone who was there, and we kept dropping the call. After calling our family, to make sure it wasn't any of them, I told Carl to call Jason and Jeff, that if something was wrong, they would have called us from there... we tried Jason, we tried Jeff... no answer. We dismissed the call as a wrong number and headed out to dinner with our friends.
This little irking feeling kept coming over me, and I kept having Carl call Jason's cell phone. We never did get an answer... but about 10 minutes later we got the phone call that changed everything.
A friend of ours, who didn't know our connection to Jeff, called us and told us there was a fatality at Splat. Ironically it had happened at the same time we got the call from the hospital... I was in the middle of eating and Carl was talking to him, I looked up at Carl, smiling... and then saw his face. I still remember the feeling when he told me. I remember having to tell the other 12 people we were eating with... I remember trying to call my professors at the University, trying to explain through my tears, that I wouldn't be there that week, that I was going to assist in a body recovery and to support my friends in our loss.
Carl and I drove back to my house, grabbed what we needed, and drove home. Driving up to our house, we passed the house Jen and Jeff were living in, we passed the house 2 doors down from us that was Jeff's, and we parked at our house... the house we only had because of Jeff.
It wasn't true, there was no way he died. I was convinced he was just stuck somewhere, injured, but safe. That we would find him in the morning. I held to that hope for almost an entire week...
The next morning we got up early, packed food for everyone who was on the Rock, and headed in. Carl boated in, I ran the trail. I actually beat Carl there.
The next 2 weeks were a blur for me. I spent them in tears, still praying that he wasn't dead. I was in complete denial. The only things that are clear to me are the unusually beautiful 2 weeks of weather, the support and love from everyone that came out, and the cross Jeff S. planted at splat.
Exactly 2 weeks after the accident we went to his memorial. We were singing Amazing Grace, and through my tears, I saw Jason take a phone call. It was the call alerting him that tomorrow was the day Jeff would be found.
My life has changed so much since the accident. My oldest son was born exactly 9 months after that fateful day. I have such mixed feelings this time of year when I look at him. Jeff changed our lives in every way possible.
Jeff's death scared me. It is the reason I have given up kayaking as much as I had been, I scarcely get out, and I haven't been an anything over class III since then. I think that has been a mistake. After reading Julie's post, I realize... Jeff wouldn't want that. We need to keep his memory alive, and to live life the same way he did.
I am going kayaking today.
To those on the Rock, I wish we could be there, and in some way, we are.
Jen, I love you hon. I miss you too. Please come to visit us soon.
Jeffrey Allen Mayfield, I love you. I miss you. I thank you for the gift of my son.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
He is 13th, 16, and 47th on the three different waiting lists. I'm not too upset about being 47th on the one list, but I really liked the other two schools.
Oh well, time to start the standard Kindergarten enrollment and hope that enough people pass on spaces and we get into Francine Delany or ArtSpace. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
On a completely unrelated note... It is FREAKING SNOWING and has been all night and is supposed to all day and night! GEEZE-O-PEASE.
Monday, April 6, 2009
I just got a call from her and got to hear the entire story of the "surprise" twin birth... She is absolutely amazing, strong, and incredible. I don't think that I could respect or admire anyone more than I do her! I am truly blessed to call her my friend.
I am so happy for her and glad that the babies are both healthy and strong. I just can't believe how it all turned out! She is so awesome, and is handling this in stride.
The babies were boy/girl twins, weighing in at 5.8 and 5.12. Not too shabby for just over 37 weeks. I'm just absolutely floored by all of this. No names are picked yet.
I finished knitting the second hat, and dropped it off in the mailbox this afternoon. (I didn't want to bother her and didn't knock on the door... I'll meet the babies soon enough!)
I will be taking her some food Friday and will meet the babies then... (if I can wait that long!)
Sonya, you ROCK, I love you, and can't wait to see you and the babies!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Congrats Sonya! I am knitting you another hat now! I can't wait to meet your new family members. Enjoy the babymoon. I love you!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
It was pretty chilly this morning (around 40degrees) but warmed up through the day:
The Carl and Rory caught the first fish at Reems Creek: (Carl got 2 there)
Then we dropped Carl, Vince and Peyton off at Bent Creek... where Carl got the rest of his limit for the day! We ate the beauties just after these were taken:
Friday, April 3, 2009
Over the past few years, NC Friends of Midwives has been jumping through legislative hoops to work with the state legislature to allow the licensing of CPMs and for the legal practice. Right now, it is a misdemeanor for CPMs to practice in NC, (even though it is legal in all of our surrounding states, and some states even allow Medicaid to pay for a CPM birth).
Recently the NC Medical Association introduced legislature (while we are trying to get ours introduced) to make CPMs felons in NC.
If you can, please take the time to write and call these co-sponsors of the hostile bill: (If you click on the names, you get the NC General Assembly page with their information).
Here is my letter:
My name is Lisa Marie Gittings and I am a North Carolina resident. I want to thank you for the support you have shown for the mothers/women in NC and to the NC Friends of Midwives. Both my husband and I are supporters of legalizing entry level midwives in the state, and we are both active in the movement towards this.
The NC Friends of Midwives have been working hard following the process for legalizing and licensing midwives. We have done everything asked and followed all of the rules/processes set by the legislature. It has been brought to my attention that the NC Medical Society has introduced what I would consider hostile/disruptive legislature with SB164. They are not acting in the best interest of the women in this state.
The 2008 House Select Committee on Licensing Midwives produced bill language instructing the NCOBGYN and NCACOG societies, to work with the Midwifery Joint Committee to establish standards for licensing CPMs in NC. This is important and needed for the health care of women in our state.
If SB164 is passed, we will be making felons out of midwives that are allowed to practice in all of our surrounding states. We cannot make midwives felons!
Thank you for taking the time to read this and to consider my feelings on this matter.