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    com Roots Web the National Archives Ellis Island site and google searches to run the family names through AMAZING I have actually been able to research my bio family s genealogy to 1705 6 on my father s side My mother was a foster child so there are dead ends there In addition I am in contact with other families that may share links with my bio family Research is continuing and I hope to be able to gather documents to prove much of the research ongoing MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 19 2012 2 47 38 PM Sarah Houlihan Houligan19 3828 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Blogging badge I read Blogging for Bliss and picked out a blog of my own to start up The book was loaded with great information on how to start a blog which made it easy for me to start my own I decided to blog about the house and homestead me and my family will be starting for ourselves in the next few years MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 19 2012 2 48 32 PM Sarah Houlihan Houligan19 3828 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Blogging badge I started up my own blog and emailed it to www girlgab com I am really excited about this blog and sharing my dreams with everyone I can t wait to have some pictures and some more to say MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 19 2012 3 26 41 PM Elizabeth Guerrero Etguerrero 3709 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Blogging badge I started a blog called Contemporary Farm Girl at http contemporaryfarmgirl blogspot com I ve already written 13 posts and I ve requested that it be added to the GirlGab network It s going awesome I love writing and the best part is getting comments from other like minded women I ve got 26 followers through Google Connect very exciting for this small town girl MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 19 2012 3 27 56 PM Elizabeth Guerrero Etguerrero 3709 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an expert level Blogging badge I ve customized my Contemporary Farm Girl blog and love the way it looks I ve written 13 posts that all have photos and I use facebook to connect with other bloggers and to comment on their posts It s so much fun My favorite part is reading the comments that people leave on my posts especially when they ve tried a tutorial I posted and enjoyed it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 19 2012 3 29 16 PM Elizabeth Guerrero Etguerrero 3709 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning an intermediate level Let s Get Physical badge I ve started eating fresh salad for lunch every day at work and I m eating smaller portion sizes at dinner I take less than I would normally put on my plate and usually I find that that s enough to fill me up I m also trying to eat less sweets which is very difficult I m getting leaner and feeling more energized and strong It s great MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 19 2012 3 30 34 PM Christine Johnson Misskitty 3760 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an intermediate level What s Your Beef badge I just finished reading the book BEEF The Untold Story of How Milk Meat and Muscle Shaped the World I am not a history buff so the first half of the book was a little difficult to get through But the second half which speaks more about our contemporary history with cows and how we have come to treat them as a society was fascinating It provided me with even more knowledge and motivation to support ranchers who provide us with grass fed beef With that extra motivation my husband and I have made our final decision on which local provider we d like to buy from and are planning a trip to take our family out to tour his farm and operation We are very excited about our decision MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 19 2012 3 32 06 PM Christine Johnson Misskitty 3760 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Bustin Out badge For the month of February I tried one new organic food per week Week one Organic spaghetti sauce Week two Organic rolled quick oats Week three Local organic eggs Week four Organic whole wheat spaghetti to go with the organic sauce which we loved I have enjoyed discovering all of the organic alternatives to the foods I regularly feed my family MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 26 2012 10 30 50 AM April Choate Sonshine4u 658 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an intermediate level Shopping Green badge I ve thrown out almost every toxic chemical in our house We do have some bleach but that s just for emergencies We use only green products from the store and some I ve made with vinegar baking soda etc There are so many simple ways to clean up without all the expensive cleaners My grocery budget is much leaner with fewer high priced chemicals MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 26 2012 10 32 13 AM April Choate Sonshine4u 658 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for

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    has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Scrapbooking badge This project was lots of fun for me to do I had never tried Scrapbooking before and found it to be really interesting I m a Master Gardener and had volunteered at a garden called Cedar Hill near me I was there one time when Kat the director brought out a photograph book of the history of the place The book was literally falling apart with the pages torn at the edges of the binder The pictures were in glue pages that had yellowed from age Kat mentioned that she needed to redo it and I said that I would I found a scrap book on sale at Michaels that had flowers on the front and off I went Our chapter had a lot of equipment already so I didn t have to buy anything more to do it Kat was delighted when she got it just in time for an Open House they re having Even though she knew about it it was quite a surprise for her when she saw it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 26 2012 11 55 36 AM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge For this badge I decided to make quilted potholders out of some cute material scraps that were given to our chapter They just epitomized Farmgirls in my opinion and I think they turned out very well Adding the backing was more challenging than I thought it would be but I eventually got it in A bigger project would have made that easier I made nine of the potholders and spent way more than three hours doing this On the first one I used a polyester knit for the back and someone mentioned that it should be cotton so it wouldn t melt I used unbleached cotton muslin for all the rest of them and will keep the polyester one for myself and just be careful with it The rest will be Christmas presents for later this year MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 26 2012 11 57 06 AM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Quilting badge I finally came up with a design for a clothes pin holder using a Farmgirl inspired material It took way over 20 hours to do and turned out very differently from what I had originally envisioned Actually it kind of evolved and I got input for it from several of the girls in our local chapter I spent at least five hours quilting this in the company of the crew I put the batting on the back by ironing it on which was much easier It also became the lining and I didn t have to do anything else to the inside I think it turned out very well I have used it a number of times when I put the clothes out on the line to dry and when I put plastic and and old coverlet over my garden during cold weather MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 26 2012 11 58 58 AM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Spirit badge Our local chapter of the Georgia Farmgirls meeting this month was on the Farmgirl Spirit We all dressed up as our idea of what the Farmgirl spirit meant to us individually so there were lots of aprons involved We all brought food to eat can t have a party without food and chowed down Then we went around the room and everyone spoke on how they found the Farmgirls It was a fun and interesting way to get to know our fellow Farmgirls better and one member Paula brought her collection of vintage aprons to show She generously gave away one to each of us so we all have mementos of the day She wisely decided to just keep pictures of each of us with the aprons because they had been sitting stored away in a bag for years Things are meant to be used and all of us will enjoy them Here s a picture of us MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 26 2012 11 59 47 AM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Farmgirl Spirit badge A few days before and after Oct 25 2011 I and several other people helped a neighbor of ours move to our road because his house was being foreclosed We moved stuff after boxing everything up and I actually spent over 40 hours helping him I brought some food over during the moving process and helped him get settled into the new place afterward It was difficult because he had to be out by the 25th so we had a deadline After he got settled in I gave him a copy of the prices for grass fed grass finished beef Heritage pork raw milk and free range eggs from a USDA certified farm close to us Because he was fairly local already he did not need phone numbers He has tried the products from the farm but says he doesn t have time to go buy from it That s a shame but it is his loss MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 26 2012 12 00 44 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an expert level Farmgirl Spirit badge Mary Ann Witcher and I attended an Expo in November she representing the Georgia Farmgirls and I debuting my newly finished book Alive Health Recipe Book Healthy Eating On The Run Since we were side by side I was talking about the Farmgirls because I had gotten a badge for the book We showed the different projects that we were all working on from crocheted hats and felted purses to knitted scarves and handmade jewelry And of course my book We had brochures and information about the chapter which we handed out and had the What s a Farmgirl cards at our latest meeting It s always more fun when we do things together as a group MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 26 2012 12 53 06 PM Autumn Day Autumn Day 3964 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an intermediate level Shopping Green badge I researched green all natural DIY cleaners I found great recipes for cleaning bath tubs burnt pans upholstry laundry and for polishing wood I have been trying to get chemical cleaners out of my home for awhile But finding effective replacements is difficult and they are often very expensive These recipes utilized indregients I already had around my home and were simple effective and inexpensive MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 26 2012 12 55 43 PM Autumn Day Autumn Day 3964 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level What s Your Beef badge I went to www eatwild com and read about the health environmental and farmer benefits of grass fed beef as compared to that which is commercially raised I took notes and wrote down my opinions after having reviewed the website I m a vegetarian so beef isn t a huge concern for me However my family eats meat and I would like to provide the best possible products to them I appreciate the opportunity to educate myself on a subject that I otherwise would not have paid too much attention to MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 26 2012 12 57 38 PM Christine Jones OakRoseMama 4010 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge Started my first backyard chicken flock I purchased 4 pullets destined to provide my family with plenty of eggs 2 buff orpingtons 1 silver laced wyandotte and 1 plymouth rock barred I renovated a chicken coop painted it added roosts etc and raised the chicks in a brooder in the garage They are strong and happy and ready to go outside this weekend Besides their starter chick feed and grit they ve also been getting veggie leftovers from our garden organic I m not sure how it will turn out since they are so young but raising the chicks turned out great I m not sure what a finish date would be on a chicken flock since they are layers and I m sure we ll have them for awhile I am happy that they all seem to be healthy and all are girls since we we re not ready for a rooster It s been a great learning experience for me and I m surprised at how much like pets the chickens are turning out to be We ve named them Penelope Rosie Petunia and Clementine So far my daughter has learned a lot about being gentle feeding and watering the chicks and how they scratch and eat I can t wait until we get our first eggs For many more pictures of the coop and the baby chicks growing up see my blog www oakrosemama blogspot com MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 26 2012 12 59 20 PM Debbie Bosworth dandelionhouse 1199 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge Last year we remodeled our kitchen I took the opportunity to clear out all kitchen clutter and over the last year I have replaced broken and inefficient appliances utensils and storage containers It turned out great It s such a pleasure to work in a proper kitchen I took things one step further and also gave a TV armoire an up do I painted it farmgirl Red and now it s my Farm Pantry Everything is stored in glass jars or vintage ball jars labeled and stored on open shelves for easy access The whole family loves it No more bending over for chips and crackers and I can find ingredients for baking and cooking with ease MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 27 2012 09 51 36 AM Joan Nordquist Simple Living 3842 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Bustin Out badge My daughters and I have been eating as much organic certified products as we can find My DH never wants to change up on any foods but I purchased all organic veggies with organic salad dressing and didn t tell him I made a salad for him with these ingredients and he loved it So now that is all he wants in his salad all organic MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 27 2012 09 53 23 AM Trisha Sides Trisha 3993 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Crochet badge I officially learned to crochet when I was 10 but only recently took it back up For the badge I made a newsboy cap that took me about 5 hrs I also taught my son to make simple chain friendship bracelets Great It was pretty easy but more importantly it fits MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 27 2012 09 55 00 AM Diane Kasperzak DiDi 3657 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Knitting badge I have knitted a scarf that was far more challenging than my beginner level scarf because unlike my beginner scarf this one was knitted sideways Instead of casting on 30 stitches and knitting until the scarf was the desired length I had to cast on 168 stitches and knit to the desired width I used circular needles for the first time and was shocked to realize I was knitting without end an infinity loop so I had to undo the 168 stitches and the first few rows of knitting and start over again I also had to switch between two different colors which is something else I ve never done before I love this pattern I think the scarf is gorgeous and the stripes add so much detail I started another scarf using this pattern with a purple lavender white and grey varegated yarn which will have black stripes to go with a black coat I think I will be making this scarf pattern a lot I m getting great reactions to the red and white scarf my niece already called dibs on it and I can use any number of color combinations for scarves to give as gifts to family and friends MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 27 2012 09 56 25 AM Kristina Nelson FieldsofThyme 800 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an intermediate level Organic on a Budget badge We have really watched our grocery spending and utilized a budget mix as well Although we grow a garden each year and grow it organically we buy organic fruits and vegetables during the other seasons unless we have dried frozen or canned it Last year we planted a peach and plum tree for ourselves This year I d like to add apple trees more blueberry bushes and other fruits We do take advantage of wild black raspberries on our own property as well MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 27 2012 10 42 31 AM Thelma Adams Thelma 3568 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Families Forever badge My husband and I no longer have children at home but we do have three grandchildren ages 13 9 and 5 They spend a lot of time with us but not always on the same weekends This took us a little longer than 2 months because we can t designate 1 night a week to the project Also we did not tell the kids that we were turning off the TV However we did ask them to leave their electronic devices at home On New Year s Eve Our 13 year old granddaughter spent 2 nights and 3 days with us She was so excited about learning to embroidery that we forgot to watch the Ball fall at midnight The weekend was also spent stamping cards cooking meals together baking treats and reading From January 14 20 Papa and I traveled to the home of our 9 and 5 year old grands while their parents traveled They were in school during the day but evenings were fun On Sunday we spent several hours playing in the snow and making hot chocolate On Monday one had dance class and the other played with his toys building lots of equipment out of legos Tuesday was soup and game night Wednesday was hot dish and crafts night and Thursday was burger and rollerskating night On Friday school was closed due to a snowstorm We almost turned the tv on but the kids wanted to bake cookies and play board games On March 3rd we traveled by tour bus to an Owl Festival What a wonderful day spent with all three of the grands The kids learned a lot about owls their habitat the noises they make and why what they eat and on and on They made owl crafts ate owl shaped foods and a lot more No tv for us when we are having this much fun I am not sending pictures as I am not comfortable putting the youngsters pic out there in cyberspace I feel that this quality time spent together went well My husband did have the tv on a few times to watch the news and weather but the kids ignored it I am now looking forward to the summer months when we can be outside in the gardens or maybe even reinvent fishing if their Dads can help bait hooks and clean the catch MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 27 2012 10 43 30 AM Thelma Adams Thelma 3568 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Shutterbugs badge On February 20th and 27th I took a basic photography class I learned that f stop is the amount of light coming into your lens while shutter speed in the timing of the amount of light coming in We also talked about depth of field rule of thirds how to improve clarity when taking photos and how to take pics in gyms and barns Did you know that your flash flattens your photo We also talked about taking pics of wildlife people and pets I didn t know that taking pics when sky is overcast gives you better pics than sunlight which throws shadows We were given a week to take pictures using what we had learned and on the second night we critiqued our work and the work of others This was very interesting and I was surprised at the different cameras and talents other class members had I am now more determined that ever to purchase a more advanced camera than I am now using A fully automatic camera takes good pics but 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    of my favorite things on my blog is the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop I created in celebration of being asked to be MJF Beach farmgirl blogger I wanted a fun way to connect the two writing spaces Each week we have anywhere between 50 90 participants many are sisters and some have joined the sisterhood because they learned about it on my blog I always try to include a link or some news about MJF in my Farmgirl Friday post Writing my blog has inspired me to write more I even have a few book ideas brewing How has it turned out I d say just wonderful I included an image I posted on my blog for a Country Breakfast MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 27 2012 1 27 48 PM April Choate Sonshine4u 658 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an expert level Shopping Green badge I hosted our March River Valley Farmgirl meeting and spoke about why we should use our reusable bags I read some statistics from online about the oil use just from plastic bags 1 6 billion gallons of oil according to a statistics class in Indiana Scary Also here is a fact page with a ton more info about plastic bag use http www reuseit com learn more top facts plastic bag facts We also made t shirt bags from this pattern here http www marthastewart com 266942 t shirt bag It was great conversation and I m sure we will be learning even more about these things as we uncover even more reasons why to use reusable bags and how we should respond to things like bag bans and taxes The t shirt bags were really fun to make We used my rotary cutter to cut off the sleeves and the neck We sewed up the bottom learned that we needed a different kind of needle in the machine a knits needle and then sewed the corners to make a gusseted bag Turned out cute They were all excited to turn tons more t shirts into bags I used one of my husband s old race t shirts MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 27 2012 1 43 01 PM Penny McGee Acelady02 3343 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge I have always wanted to learn to knit I spent many nights watching videos on the computer till I learned to knit I learned with circular needles It was hard to teach myself but I m glad I took the time to learn it was challenging but worth it I have taught my best friend to knit just basic stitches but it was fun since she had never done it before and I m still new at it too MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 29 2012 2 40 12 PM Robin Luich Duckmama 1720 has received a certificate of achievement in Shopping Green for earning a beginner level Cleaning Up badge I have been collecting and using canvas bags for years but over the last 2 years I have made a conscious effort to not only use them all the time but refuse plastic as much as possible I carry a stuff sack style bag that hooks to my purse so I am never with out I have also brought my own homemade mesh produce bags to farmers markets and actually walked away from one vendor who insisted I use his plastic instead I love it and have for years People always worry about them getting dirty when they are bagging them I just shrug and point out that I wash them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 29 2012 2 44 45 PM Robin Luich Duckmama 1720 has received a certificate of achievement in Shopping Green for earning an intermediate level Cleaning Up badge My research for this was completed though reading and the internet I have been googling not only recipes for making my own cleaning products but the ingredients in the ones I was already buying Reading has been accomplished though a variety of books and magazines that I purchase including MJF and Mother Earth news I am currently reading Ready Set Green but this is only he latest book I actually creeped out my kids by putting some bleach in a canning jar with a small scrap of fabric and sealed it We left it on the kitchen counter to see what would happen It wasn t pretty For the last year I have been using meleluca cleaning products but have now started collecting and experimenting with making my own products to cut expense and my carbon foot print MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 29 2012 2 47 37 PM Robin Luich Duckmama 1720 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Families Forever badge We have always made the point of family dinners and on Sundays family game time Now that 2 of my children have moved back home one with his family in tow we have reinstated the traditions Every Sunday afternoon for the last two months we have played together for at least 3 hours It is often followed by popcorn and a one of their favorite movies from childhood Our biggest struggle was incorporating a 10 month old We want him to know how important this is He will often sit on one of our laps or at the table with us in his high chair We will take turns playing little counting games or singing and doing the hand motions to childrens songs with him as we play My biggest problem has not been the tv my kids watch very little it was the cell

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    month has helped me to be thankful for all the little things that we sometimes overlook in our busy everyday life I will keep writing in my journal MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 03 2012 12 13 38 PM Julie Kram Julie May 3733 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Shutterbugs badge I researched all of the required terms five of which I had never heard of Keeping the concepts in mind I set out to learn how to take an appropriate picture using a brand new camera my husband had gotten me for Christmas I trudged around the yard in the snow and managed to capture 32 photographs I thought were acceptable I now understand how to frame a shot and feel a bit more confident taking pictures I realize however that I have a LONG way to go and a LOT more to learn I feel comfortable plugging along and not as frustrated I wish I would have known some of this years ago Below is my facebook page where the pictures can be viewed http www facebook com media set set a 315153688533665 70567 100001171104161 type 3 l 501e9350ff MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 03 2012 12 15 06 PM Cari Alley IslandBettie 3041 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge Last year I started putting my dreams into reality I have always wanted to live on a farm and be a more responsible consumer I moved to my husband s island 5 years ago We have no store To get groceries it s a labor and it is not of love Ha ha I talked to my husband about starting with a flock of chickens He was all for it He was raised off home grown veggies and goat s milk plus he is a fisherman so he has the bounty of the sea to feed him We bought our layers and have not looked back Last winter an owl got into my pen and killed all but 6 of my hens In a few days I will receive my new Homesteaders package for a hatchery I am more than exited I try very hard to feed our layers veggies scraps and let them be free range but I do also give them some layer pellets I live my ladies They provide my family of 5 food and education I love that my children know where their eggs come from and they can tell the difference MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 03 2012 12 48 32 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an expert level Greatest Generation badge The relationships with my mother in law and another elderly friend continue and are maintained by my involvement in visiting correspondence providing services needs as previously described in the other Greatest Generation badge applications My involvement is consistent and regular and will remain so as much as is possible and or necessary I ve shared a bit about these two ladies with our Farmgirls Southwest Henhouse Chapter Thread in Project Discussions titled Our Senior Friends It is such a pleasure to be involved in the lives of our senior friends It is satisfying to be able to provide assistance but the companionship is just priceless MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 03 2012 12 49 28 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Birds badge Because of where we live we see many of the birds of Colorado After researching our birds I found a really long list There are many who are breeding birds that come here to raise their young and then migrate There are also others who migrate here to escape much colder climes Most of the birds I really want to see I have seen or am able to see on a fairly regular basis I would love to see more of our state bird the Lark Bunting My wish list is to just enjoy any and all birds that come visiting I even find the vultures that sit in the top of the big cottonwood trees on our place to be fascinating MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 03 2012 12 50 48 PM Paula Harris PaulaRae 3488 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Spirit badge For the March meeting of our local chapter Georgia Farmgirls our topic was Farmgirl Spirit We each dressed as our idea of what a farmgirl would look like and brought goodies to share For the Show and Tell portion of the meeting members shared their recollections of farm experiences some stories going back to our grandparents Folks brought pictures and books and I brought my vintage apron collection I gave each member present an apron and took a picture of them Here s a picture of one of the members with her handmade apron Everyone was happy with their aprons and we enjoyed a good time of fun and fellowship MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 03 2012 12 52 06 PM Paula Harris PaulaRae 3488 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Farmgirl Spirit badge One of our neighbors lost his home and had to be out by October 25 2011 Several people including fellow Farmgirl Barbara Roberts and myself volunteered to help pack his belongings and move him into a neighbor s basement We hung cabinets for his food and toiletries unpacked most of his boxes arranged his furniture and created a closet

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    have mesquite trees and cactus everywhere and you can only imagine what it looks like here Back to my not remembering the bags one night at our Farmgirl meeting of the Hippie Chicks we were discussing how we could make ourselves remember these bags One sister said that her sister in law will punish herself by purchasing a new bag every time she forgot hers I don t have the desire to go broke trying to shop green So I decided that if I forget the bags then all items get carried out either in my arms or the shopping cart I do believe that after standing in the cold loading our groceries in the reusable bags at the car has made me begin to remember them Today I use them every time MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 12 2012 10 22 08 AM Amy Farmer Amy D 3695 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an intermediate level Shopping Green badge I have researched ways to clean my home without the aid of toxic cleaners The products I have committed to using are Murphy s Oil Soap Essential Oils Vinegar and Water Seventh Generation dish soap Mrs Meyers room freshener counter spray tub cleaner I have found that by using non toxic cleaners my home smells nicer I didn t think it would be possible I enjoy knowing that the cleaners I am using are not hurting my family or the environment MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 12 2012 10 23 17 AM Amy Farmer Amy D 3695 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Grammar badge I use a word of the day website My new word comes to my email everyday I use it everyday It s great to expand our vocabulary MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 12 2012 10 24 01 AM Amy Farmer Amy D 3695 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Grease Chicks badge I have checked my fluids every week Making sure to check the oil in the morning before the mini van is started I have learned to check the transmission fluid while the vehicle is running I have discovered that I drive a lot Since January 2012 I have driven 4000 miles Which means it is time for an oil change My vehicle gets approximately 18 miles to the gallon It costs approximately 68 00 to fill up the tank It is great to know what is going on under the hood of my vehicle I am no longer helpless in that area MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 12 2012 10 25 01 AM Amy Farmer Amy D 3695 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning an intermediate level Grease Chicks badge In January of 2012 I visited my parents in Arkansas While there I asked my father if he would help me earn this badge He thought it was funny that I wanted him to teach me how to do an oil change when I could take my mini van to the quick lube and pay about the same price to have it done for me I explained to him the importance of me knowing how to do it I have always had a curiosity as to what went on under the hood Well maybe in the spring summer and fall time of the year My dad was never a fan of having his daughter under foot while he was doing car maintenance cutting the grass or any kind of man work So this was a big step in our relationship A funny step to be honest The time came for our lesson Mama of course told me to put on a pair of insulated coveralls She didn t want her baby to be cold I am 37 I was grateful none the less Dad instructed me to pull the mini van up on the jack stands I guess he forgot I was never given the opportunity to do this kind of thing I was very nervous I would drive off the other side of them I did it though He already laid out an old tarp so we wouldn t get anything on the ground I was glad he did this as I wasn t really digging the idea of rolling in the dirt As we crawled under the vehicle I prayed that this would be a good experience It was a super tight fit under there I had to lay there for a few minutes to get acquainted with my new space Dad showed me what everything under there was And then decided he would crawl back out from under the vehicle to get the tools My daddy is 72 years old and after 5 trips up and down from under the mini van I told him I think the first step should be to get all the tools together before you begin He agreed with a laugh I reminded him that our time together under there would be FUN and filled with laughter He agreed again After a while of him struggling to loosen the oil filter he finally let me use the wrench He was very discouraged to see that we drained less than 2 quarts out of the mini van He asked if I checked the oil before I left for my 600 mile trip to his house Well of course I did Daddy It was to that line kind of I think We filled the oil back up with the proper amount Which was found in the maintenance book I took a picture of it with my cell phone so I would have it for quick reference next time We also put together a bucket of fluids that remains in the trunk area at all times It turned out wonderful I now know how to change the oil in the mini van Plus I got to spend some quality time with my Daddy MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 12 2012 10 26 11 AM Amy Farmer Amy D 3695 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning an expert level Grease Chicks badge I have learned to fill up the transmission fluid washer fluid and radiator I then changed my head lights and cleaned out the mini van While I was working on my Intermediate Level Grease Chicks badge Daddy also taught me how to check the air in my tires and how to properly air them Also how to change a tire That was exciting I have never understood what went on with an air gauge I am now aware that you put more than a key and gas in a vehicle to make it from point A to point B Vehicle Maintenance is very important When we make a big investment in a vehicle we need to take care of it I have attached a picture of my Daddy MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 12 2012 10 27 37 AM Amy Farmer Amy D 3695 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge At one of our first Hippie Chick Chapter meetings I helped my sisters make tea cup pin cushions and provided them with old cigar boxes for a sewing kit We had a great time Everyone uses their sewing kits MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 12 2012 10 33 48 AM Amy Farmer Amy D 3695 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Sew Wonderful badge I have been sewing for years So this was an easy badge I m still fine tuning my hand stitching But with practice all things get great MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 12 2012 12 42 18 PM Christine Johnson Miss kitty 3760 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Going Green badge I went through my entire collection of cleaning supplies and purged everything that was not 100 percent green I made myself a green cleaning kit that consists of nothing more than baking soda Bon Ami distiller white vinegar hydrogen peroxide dish soap and some essential oils These ingredients seem to take care of most every cleaning job I need to tackle I began this whole process by keeping a journal of green living ideas and the journal has since expanded into ideas for all areas of my life I love it My family s mission statement pledging to use only green cleaners in the future Because our family believes in green living and we want to do our part to make the world we live in a better and safer place for future generations we pledge to purge our home of all toxic chemicals and replace them with only natural sustainable green alternatives from this day forward I have really enjoyed the peace of mind that has come with knowing that my home is now chemical free MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 12 2012 12 51 50 PM Deena Burnham Deena 3313 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I have about 10 reusable shopping bags that I use on a regular bases I have a cool bag for freezer stuff and different bags for different foods and stuff I have been using my own bags at my stores all over town I have a big insulated bag that zips for freezer foods washable light weight bags for things that might be sticky heavy bags made of recycled plastic for the cans and stuff and a cut little bag that folds up with a draw string for taking to the craft store In all I think I have about 10 or 15 bags I lost track MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 12 2012 12 53 09 PM Deena Burnham Deena 3313 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Build It Green badge I recently remodeled my house I live in a 1968 mobile home and there is nothing that you can do wrong other than adding a New thing My daughter did replace the sink in the bathroom using new stuff but that is a different story Over the Christmas holiday I took down the fax wall I had that was old closet doors and put the doors back on the closet This reopened the large living room and I put old bookcases back to back to make a separation and still add light for the rest of the room I had been keeping collectibles in hiding and I put them out on a table in front of the window so the sun can sparkle off them I have gotten my electric bill down under 25 for a family of 5 I love my new room It is Mommie Den where it had been the Man Cave for my son I only spent 10 for the entire change over for some sheer curtains I have old quilts for window coverings antique table coverings and who knows how old the rest of the stuff is daybed lamp book table 1940s radio case for my collection of antique dressing table containers It is so nice to have a special place just for me and it is homey by not having New stuff MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 12 2012 12 54 26 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Water Conservation badge None of the faucets in my house leak because I can t stand the noise of hearing them drip never mind the amount of water they waste Having a handyman in my house does help I have been conserving water for many years now especially after the two years of extreme drought that Georgia went through awhile back I actually timed the length of my showers and a regular one is two minutes long If I have to wash my hair it is five minutes because I have to leave the conditioner in my hair for two minutes The amount of water used up in waiting for it to get hot is five gallons per day During the summer that is not an issue except for showers because I don t need the water to be hot Therefore I save 28 gallons of water a week when it s warm outside like it is now MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 12 2012 12 55 07 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an intermediate level Water Conservation badge Gray water is all water that your household uses except for toilets which is black water and examples of this are laundry water and sink water This type of water can be used for watering plants and washing cars in many but not all areas Some places have ordinances against it but attitudes are changing as water shortages show up in more and more places Last year when I took the Master Gardening class they gave us the opportunity to make a rain barrel in an outside class They provided all of the materials and had drilled all the holes so assembling it was easy The cost of the materials was only 40 so it was a very good deal I now have it on my back deck and use it to water all of my outdoor plants and for my Aerogardens indoors which require unmineralized water MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 12 2012 12 55 42 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an expert level Water Conservation badge We are on a well and therefore have no way to determine how much water we use each month However we have both been actively trying to conserve as much water as possible for the last month I have been capturing it in a bucket when I can and use it to made compost tea as well as the other ways listed in the beginning and intermediate badges Our goal is to reduce excess usage by at least 10 and we are probably doing much more than that It has been unseasonably hot here for the last month and therefore it was much easier to conserve water MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 12 2012 1 36 16 PM Patty Byrd thebyrdhaus 1840 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an intermediate level Going Green badge I have researched ways to clean my home without the use of toxic cleaners I only use products that are eco friendly I make most of my cleaners I use a vinegar orange peel all purpose cleaner that makes my house smell so good It is so air friendly MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 12 2012 1 40 59 PM Patty Byrd thebyrdhaus 1840 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an expert level Going Green badge My house is now totally organized to going green We installed clothesline several months ago When we purchased our home last year we removed all the carpeting and installed hardwood flooring I have made several baskets of green cleaning supplies and gifted them to friends with a green cleaning recipe book My asthma has actually been less bothersome and I find myself having to hit my rescue inhaler much less frequently since going green MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 12 2012 1 51 47 PM Patty Byrd thebyrdhaus 1840 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an expert level Shopping Green badge I hosted our farmgirl sisterhood meeting on March 9 2011 We talked about using reusable shopping bags and I demonstrated how quickly one could be made from a feed sack Each farmgirl chose a feed sack that I had on hand and quickly made a reusable shopping bag It was fun and most were thrilled to have such a sturdy shopping bag MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 12 2012 1 56 48 PM Nancy Witko Annielaurel 2301 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge I went through my cupboard and examined my storage containers and lids I took out all the ones no longer usable and took them to the local recyclable place Then I went and purchased new ones with lids I found some shelf paper at the local thrift store and used that to line the shelf It is nice to have the new containers with lids that fit I am saving time now that I don t have to fumble around trying to find lids that fit Also I was happy to find the paper at the thrift store to line the shelf I used it to line some other shelves that need it too I felt really well about the whole project

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    29 2011 The business has steadily began to grow Between referrals and repeat business I have gotten so busy that I had to hire an assistant We are pretty active in the community and involved in Relay for Life which is on April 27th Things are going very well In fact more so than I thought they would be going after being open for 9 months MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2012 12 09 45 PM Tosha West 3966 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge When my family and I lived in Japan I fell in love with the idea of having my reuseable bags we collected bags while we lived there Now that we live back in Texas we shop at a natural food store that does not provide bags and places that do I love pulling out my bags and saying no thanks This project was very simple for my family and I we carry reuseable bags everywhere and the rare occasion I forget them we carry our stuff out MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2012 12 12 32 PM Tosha West 3966 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Horse Dreams badge We recently moved to a ranch The owners own horses I have had the privilege in meeting a wild mustang The owners adopted 3 mustangs about 6 months ago one of them has had a baby My son and I have really taken to these BEAUTIFUL creatures I have fallen in love with one in particular and have started working with the owners in breaking her meaning getting her ready to ride So the day before easter we got her saddled and I also got to ride her I feel that her and I just have this connection It turns out that our bond is so great that I will be adopting her I don t have a picture of her but I have a video of me riding her on my blog at www thatfarmgirlsblog wordpress com MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2012 12 13 29 PM Tosha West 3966 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge We did this one with our local chapter Hippie Chicks Sister Amy hosted this get together They were made with left over tea cups and saucers and mine was made out of a mason jar I also gifted one to my son that of course I made to suit a boy We all now have a sewing kit The picture is my son s kit MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2012 12 14 13 PM Tosha West 3966 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I decided to reuse a pair of jeans to make my half apron but I didn t just want to have that so I made a ruffle bottom and used the same fabric to make a strap and made it look like a belt Love it It inspired me to reuse jeans that were too short on my daughter and turned them into a skirt MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2012 12 15 35 PM Tosha West 3966 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Aprons badge I took a pattern that I used to make my children s aprons and just made it bigger to fit me I will be making a more frilly apron soon but for now this is perfect for the kitchen I used leftover fabric MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2012 12 16 48 PM Mary Duffel Madelena 3153 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge I was going to attend a local MJ Campout and needed to make an exchange gift and a hostess gift So I dug through my scrap basket and found enough matching material to make some pillows I cut and sewed squares together for the front put a thin batting and a backing behind it and hand quilted in the ditch Then I backed the pillow and inserted a pillow form to fit It turned out lovely I made a shabby chic pink pillow and a blue pillow for the activities I like them so much I decided to make an extra blue one for me I can t wait until the next project MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2012 12 17 36 PM Mary Duffel Madelena 3153 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Quilting badge I was a member of a quilt guild that offered a challege for their quilt show They gave us some 1930 s fat quarters and asked that we make a traditional 1930 s wall hanging I researched quilt blocks that would have been used in 1930 s quilts and also what a number of quilts looked like in that era I decided that I would used construct a traditional patchwork motif and made my personal challenge TRIANGLES I completed the quilt top and had a friend show me how to do binding correctly I entered the wallhanging in the contest for fun I thought it was a little stressful because there would be many quilters who would participate in the challenge that were way past my quilting level However I worked diligently on trying to make blocks with triangles that did not lose their points always a challenge for me I spent hours on my first block agonizing over triangle points But finally I was able to greatly improve as I did more blocks My wallhanging did not win a prize but for me the prize was having the courage to put an entry in a big show and to challenge myself to improve MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2012 1 00 34 PM Sallyann Dyer Congdon Adirondack roots 2973 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Scrapbooking badge I am an avid scrapbook and have done many many books so far so I wanted to try something new to earn this badge I used a printer s box you can buy them at paperwishes com to make a collage for my friend Amanda s wedding Stupid me I didn t take a picture of it but it turned out beautiful I will definitely make more of these MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2012 1 03 24 PM Sallyann Dyer Congdon Adirondack roots 2973 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a beginner level Stargazing Chicks badge I noticed in March that I could see Mars very close and bright in the Sky I was really fascinated by it so the girls and I looked it up online We ended up looking at star charts and which positions planets are in at different times of the year and when you can see them with the naked eye We found out we could actually see 5 planets in March this year As far as degrees of arc I did search and read on that but think I will leave that up to the astronomers We saw Mars Venus Jupiter Mercury and Saturn Saturn was only visible after midnight so the girls were excited to stay up that late and look for it I also taught them how to find Ursa Major and Minor and Orions belt Those are the only ones I know I showed them on star charts on the internet first MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2012 1 04 22 PM Sallyann Dyer Congdon Adirondack roots 2973 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Birds badge I used Teresa Julian farmgirl 1348 s link to www wildbirds com to find birds native to NY state From their list I made a list of all the native birds I have already seen and photographed Canada Goose photographed Wood Duck Mallard Duck photographed Ring necked Duck Pheasant photographed Gray Partridge Ruffed Grouse Wild Turkey photgraphed Common Loon Great Cormorant photographed Great Blue Heron Little Blue Heron SeaGull photographed Turkey Vulture Osprey photographed Peregrine Falcon Bald Eagle Red tailed Hawk photographed Pigeon Mourning Dove Ruby Throated Hummingbird Pileated Woodpecker Downy Woodpecker Blue Jay photographed American Crow Barn swallow Cliff swallow Black capped Chickadee Eastern Bluebird American Robin European Starling House Sparrow Northern Cardinal photographed Evening Grosbeak Pine Grosbeak Red Wing Blackbird American Goldfinch photographed I have seen quite a few in my backyard since I learned how much they love sunflower seeds over any other birdseed I have tried I d love to see all the birds again since I got a much larger zoom lens for my camera I can now take much better photos And that way I can Journal my birds for the Intermediate Level I d like to get a purple martin or oriole to come to the house And I d like to set up some plants to attract hummingbirds I had to look up some of the birds I have seen to find out exactly what they were so I think I learned quite a bit from working on this badge MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2012 1 05 27 PM Sallyann Dyer Congdon Adirondack roots 2973 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Entrepreneurial Spirit badge My husband and I work for Corporate America at Corning Inc We have wanted to start our own business for some time now We finally have set down a timeline of 3 years at which time we hope to retire from Corning and work for ourselves fulltime Our business will fall under the category of property Management It will include rentals home repair landscaping gardening etc I have come up with the name Heritage Homesteads and applied for our DBA a Doing Business As number We are on our way to starting our business MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2012 1 06 58 PM Laura Burdette lburdette 3859 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge For the beginner level it was rather easy I had to collect six reusable bags I have six in my car at any one point in time I even have a little sack rolled up in my pocketbook Next was to commit to using them when I shopped To be honest I was much better at this in theory rather than practice I could look in my trunk and make sure that they were there I could tell myself I would no longer use any type of store bag But inevitably a store bag would sadly wind up in my car with me disappointed staring down at my trunk strewn with reusable bags I decided one day that this had to change and that I had to get things in gear I decided notes were going to be my friend to make this become a habit I was on a mission I decided to put notes on my dashboard one in my wallet I have left the store to go out to the car get bags and return only once I have had success It has been wonderful I committed to doing this for 21 days with no mistakes I have been a successful I have even dropped one of my bags occasionally in a cart for another while waiting in line I feel good about my commitment The noticeable less waste in my house is amazing The kids and my husband do not ask about the missing plastic bags I stuck a few in his car and he even uses them My youngest will search the kitchen for one similar to the one I toss in my purse and clip it to his jeans Until he has it he is not ready to shop MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2012 1 08 32 PM Laurie Conner Montrose Girl 1587 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Greatest Generation badge I continued to spend time with our 90 year old neighbor Over the time frame I cooked her a loaf of bread applesauce and a Mexican casserole We take walks on occasion otherwise we just visit I also met another neighbor and was able to spend a few hours with her She loved the interaction with my young son I enjoy spending time with these ladies I get to hear stories of them raising children sparked by the presence of my son and how different life was Both are full of adventures that make you laugh MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2012 1 10 51 PM Deborah Cornett DeborahLynn 3980 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I collected the bags for my shopping trips I had a few reusable bags already but I decided to splurge and buy some that have an insulated lining to help keep food cold on the way home I really like them and I have to admit that they are really cute so I will want to use them I am trying to do more bulk shopping to cut down on the number of trips I need to make to the store I am committed to using my new reusable bags so I am storing them in the back of my van so I will have them whenever I need them Having the bags ready to go in the back of the van is wonderful My local store actually gives you 2 cents back for every reusable bag you bring in so I am even saving money MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2012 2 10 05 PM Michele Preston Batnthebelfry 2622 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an expert level Know Your Roots badge Since most of my family has passed on I decided to create scrapbook genealogy books that not only give all the pics of that person but info on who they were married to names of children plus any stories I may have on them this way I have a gift to give family members who may know very little of who their family really was I was able to do a tape recording with my Uncle before he passed on that really helped me know who my grandparents were some of their life that I didn t know I am putting together genealogy scrapbooks to donate to the genealogy sections of the libraries in the States where my grandparents ect lived so other future family have more info 7 pics also So far it has gone well with the family members I have shared it with Since there is so few of us left 3 sisters we now get together every 2 yrs for a sisters reunion so that we can visit talk laugh about what we remember its been a great experience doing this since I have always loved research to find ancestors MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2012 2 12 50 PM Michele Preston Batnthebelfry 2622 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Self sufficiency badge I have started working on herb gardens to better understand how to use them in cooking I had grown herbs for years to use in my old fashioned lye soaps but never thought about creating herb blends for cooking I have found that I love making all natural teas for family friends who are tea drinkers instead of coffee I invested in a herbal drying rack so I could use that instead of the food dryer I like that I can see them as they dry smell them when I walk by I must say creating a herb garden has been a lot of fun Planting herb seeds I never planted before watching them grow has been a joy then to smell them drying in the house is great though the cats seem to think some of it is for them so had to hang them higher I have also found that living in Massachusetts some herbs do not do well if they have a long growing season what too much rain does I had basil the size of lettuce that even the chickens wouldn t eat after months of rain I have been creating special blends for my tomatoes that I put in when I can them up still learning to get the amounts right so far most are too bland but that will come with time I think MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2012 2 17 04 PM Sue Sensenbaugh Padgett Suellen5 3992 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner and intermediate level Shopping Green badge The reusable bags started a long time ago for me Three

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    Lynn 4067 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a beginner level Woman at Arms badge I actually was working at the gun shows in our area for the last 2 years which you have to know the laws for I also have been a hunter for the last 11 yrs and love to go skeet shooting during the summer in my spare time for the last 3 yrs I also enrolled in my hunter trapper safety course and have also completed it It turned out very well and this has become part of my daily life now MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 18 2012 12 03 44 PM Angela Flinchbaugh Angie Lynn 4067 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning an intermediate level Woman at Arms badge I went to hunter safety course half of the day was spent in a classroom setting and the other part was spent outside learning hands on familiarizing ourselves with our guns and shooting them We them came back into the classroom and took a test which if I remember right I only had one question wrong I actually have put in over 20 hours by hunting every year and also shooting skeets at the range every Sunday I feel that things went very well I passed my safety course and really enjoy hunting and range shooting It has actually become a very big part of my life MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 18 2012 12 05 13 PM Angela Flinchbaugh Angie Lynn 4067 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning an expert level Woman at Arms badge I earned this merit badge by going hunting and taking my sister in law along to teach her to hunt by doing that I also was teaching her about observing the rules and guidelines Unfortunately we walked out of the woods without dinner this time It went well except my sister in law did not continue to hunt after that but she does go out to shoot at targets so in teaching her I bettered my own skills and knowledge MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 18 2012 12 55 19 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Nellie Make do badge This tote bag is made from recycled curtains that were white with a blue band They reminded me of the bag I had bought from Michaels so I decided to make a tote using that bag as a pattern I spent way over 100 hours on this because I took out as much as I sewed I tried using a doubling of the cloth as a batting but the tote wouldn t stand up that way So I checked with the Farmgirls and got some leftover batting from a quilting project from one of them Likewise with some interfacing which I had to piece together to make it fit I used chalk to draw lines on it for quilting and then couldn t get the chalk off It took many washings with different soaps to get it clean I also found that since the fabric was a knit type it kept pulling out of shape when I sewed it But since I m going to cover it with MaryJane badges that won t matter I m really pleased with how this turned out but my advice to others is buy one don t try to make one That would be a whole lot easier MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 18 2012 2 24 01 PM Tami Linamen 4029 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Scrapbooking badge My friend and our families every summer went to a local kid s amusement park Now our children are older and have outgrown that activity I went back and gathered pictures from over the years I scrapbooked an album for her at Christmas She loved it It was fun looking back at all the great memories I scrapbooked each ride in its theme for example with the stage coach ride I did a wild west theme etc MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 18 2012 2 39 22 PM Tami Linamen 4029 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Community Service badge I volunteer for Girl Scouts I have for 14 years I started when my daughter was in kindergarten and now she is in college I started because she was extremely shy and Girl Scout promotes leadership qualities and girl involvement at all ages My troop meets twice a month for 2 hours each meeting This past weekend we met with a police officer and he gave us a self defense class and next day we hosted a dinner party for their parents My troop cooked a spaghetti and meatball dinner The girls did the cooking from scratch This weekend alone I volunteered for 6 hours It is a very rewarding experience I believe it helped my daughter with her shyness my original goal and I have gained a lot of friends and life experiences MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 18 2012 2 40 12 PM Tami Linamen 4029 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Community Service badge I have volunteered for Girl Scouts According to my troop schedule I have worked with my troop a total of 128 hours My troop has spent 2 weekends volunteering as wranglers at a horse ranch The hours add up pretty quick We feed brush help younger kids with the horses I have watched these young ladies grow

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    15 X 17 It turned out so cute It has embroidery at the top rick rack around the edges and 2 calico sqares on the bottom We had a great time working on these together MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 25 2012 3 26 53 PM Mandi Wright 3643 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge Over the years I ve not only collected six reusable shopping bags but more like 20 I have them comming out of my ears to the point that I m giving them away to friends who don t have them I also use reusable produce bags which I love I ve been using these for the past 4 years or so and haven t looked back MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 25 2012 3 27 44 PM Mandi Wright 3643 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an intermediate level Shopping Green badge After the birth of my now 5 year old daughter I began looking at ways that I could clean our home safely and also save money White vinegar and baking soda have been my main staples along with essential oils It s been fabulous my husband who was in the beginning a skeptic was quite suprised at how well these simple products work Now my 5 year old AND my 2 year old ENJOY helping me clean and I don t have to worry about harmful chemicals in the home MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 25 2012 3 28 54 PM Mandi Wright 3643 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level In the Garden badge Each year our garden grows bigger and bigger Last year and again this year we ve chosen to use trellises and bean tee pee s to help save space Both the bean tee pee and the trellises were very easy to put together and use I used some branches from a tree that recently had to be cut down and wrapped them w twine that I had on hand The tellises were made from some leftover rebar and cattle fencing that we also had on hand MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 25 2012 3 29 46 PM Mandi Wright 3643 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge A couple years ago we began raising chickens We researched and found a local poultry farm that raises their chickens all natural and took our children to visit and to purchase our chickens Since we live an organic lifestyle we found a local menonite feed mill to purchase our feed from It was so much fun not to mention addicting This poultry farm had every kind of breed imaginable and we wanted them all We currently have 12 chickens that we love and adore We ve been consistently purchasing our feed from our amazing now friend Menonite feed mill We have more eggs than we personally can deal with so we enjoy giving them to friends family or donation MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 27 2012 10 38 00 AM Nancy Witko Annielaurel 2301 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Make It Pretty badge I drew and colored a picture of one of our local birds a spoonbill flamingo I used colored pencils after sketching the picture onto a heavy drawing paper I like the way it came out The bird has such an unusual bill I have framed the picture and it is hanging in my living room MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 27 2012 10 45 08 AM Kristina Nelson FieldsofThyme 800 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an expert level Organic on a Budget badge I have helped teach more than two families about switching over to organic foods My husband and I both have been sharing our organic recipes with several couples and women that work out at the same gym as us I ve also delivered some of my homemade jellies muffins and breads I continue to share with others about raising our own meat chickens and why we do I also continue to give others starters for their own organic herb garden MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 27 2012 10 46 57 AM Tami Linamen 4029 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a beginner level Disconnect to Reconnect badge This past week we had a power problem We had no electricity My family was a little concerned It worked out great We played cards read books Everyone in my family loves to read We wrote letters It turned out to be alot of fun My kids learned we can do without electricity at home We have camped without power but never at home I was amazed at the difference in the sound level The house was much quieter without the TVs music phone ringing etc MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 27 2012 10 48 15 AM Amy Farmer AmyD 3695 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge I started out my backyard farm with 6 hens from my farmgirl sister Evelyn They have done very well Two months ago my children and I purchased 5 baby chicks and 2 baby ducks They are growing big It has been an experience that I love We get fresh eggs everyday My family loves them It is also very fullfilling to give

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