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Playhouse Among the Trees

In the title I say “among the trees” because this was originally supposed to be a tree house.  The plan got bigger and bigger which made me re-evaluate the tree.  Yep, my tree is not stout enough to hold the current plan.

Providing a playhouse for the kids is part of Growing Families 🙂 My girl has a great time hanging out in here. I catch her singing as she is rearranging her “furniture” 🙂

These plans available on this PDF aren’t super detailed, but it could help you along in your project if you are building a cute little playhouse! 🙂

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Playhouse Among the Trees

I didn’t take enough early pics of the process, but here it is before all the siding is on. There are pics of it painted at the bottom of this post.

Playhouse Among the Trees
Before the playhouse was finished we used an old palette for a ladder.
Playhouse Among the Trees
Cedar fence boards were used as siding.
Playhouse Among the Trees
A small square window was placed on each side for visibility and light from every side.
Playhouse Among the Trees
The trees “hide” the playhouse nicely. It’s like an enchanted forest.
And here with a little more progress.
Playhouse Among the Trees
The ladder is built and the playhouse continues to take shape.
Playhouse Among the Trees
The windows and doors are framed up.
We finally got this painted! Thanks big brother!
Playhouse Among the Trees
The creative yellow and green color scheme was used to keep it whimsical.
Playhouse Among the Trees
In place of a door we just used a curtain for “privacy”.
Playhouse Among the Trees
The shingles were reclaimed from a pile that would have been thrown in the dumpster. They were left behind our barn from when the house was built.
Playhouse Among the Trees
Ready for years of making memories and imaginary friends!
 Thank you for hanging out with me here to read about the Playhouse Among the Trees.

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Goldendoodle: I WANT TO PLAY, Cavalier: I DON’T

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Mermaid on the Farm

The fascination with mermaids is amazing!  Our daughter has watched every episode of H2O on netflix. She loves MERMAIDS!  So much that for her birthday she wanted a mermaid tail.  We found a great tutorial on YouTube on how to make them so we took the dive (pun intended).

Here is a short video of her trying it out in our pool and the public pool.  Enjoy!

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An EARy Night

I was asleep… very asleep.  It was about 11:30 last night when my youngest stood by my bed and tapped on my arm.  When I awoke I realized she was whimpering.  What could be wrong?  She told me that she felt like something was churning in her ear.  She loves to swim so I assumed that she had some water trapped in her ear giving her troubles.

It’s off to the medicine cabinet I go.  I made a small amount of a concoction that divers call “ear beer”.  This is a 50/50 mix of Hydrogen Peroxide and Alcohol (some divers add vinegar too).  Having my daughter lay on her side with the offending ear on up, I poured a small amount of the mix in, and… OMG!!

A BUG CRAWLED OUT!!!  Yep, it was an Earwig!  Wow, that was creeeeepy and gross.

I could NOT go back to sleep, so I stayed up for a while researching all about the earwig.  Apparently there is a myth that they lay eggs in the brain after entering through the ear.  I sure hope that’s a myth!

Many sites claim that it’s not even true that these critters go in the human ear.  Well, you heard it here… THEY DO.

After it was all done my daughter felt better and went to sleep and there is one more earwig in my septic system.  I’m not sure if I handled it all exactly right, but all is well and we all learned a little something.

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Thrifty Farmer’s Wife Blog

My beautiful bride is starting a blog!  I’m encouraging her to do so because I feel that she has a lot to offer.  Her blog will feature posts about the kids (of course), photography and projects that she takes on.  The projects are normally very “thrifty” in nature.  She loves to turn something found for free into something cute.

She would love for you to follow along at:

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