The Zarb Homestead

Living natural and healthy on a simple budget

Project 365: Weeks 6 & 7 February 17, 2013


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Heidi cat giving us her profile

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My new purse from Earthbound Trading Company

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My rose my father-in-law gave me

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My Valentines Day Orchids  from my husband

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If it fits it ships

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Spending the day at the parents house and hanging out with Gizmo

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My Valentines Day steak dinner my husband cooked me

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Mr. Mal rocking his tie dye shirt

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Horseback riding in the mountains

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I have been working on my sewing area, starting to look good

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Clean tank, well it doesn’t look clean until the next day

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Homemade sticky buns

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Weenier dog race at the Ice Bears Hockey game

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Project 365: Week 1 and Week 2 January 13, 2013


Another year, another 365 pictures to take. So, here we go. To start off 2013 here are the first two weeks together. I was sick last week and not able to post them. I will try better this week, enjoy.

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New Year’s Day: Trip to CabelasDSC_0012

Heidi Cat was happy we were finally home

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This cat is the hardest cat to get a picture of. You have to use a DSLR.

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It is so warm this January my bulbs are staring to bloom

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Cinnamon rolls, yummy

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Still no one living in here, maybe in the spring

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Mr. Mal keeping me company while I was so sick

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Still sleeping with me

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Good fruit smoothie for breakfast should help me back on my feet faster

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

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Set up my sewing machine

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Ice Bears Hockey Game

 

Project 365 – Week 8 March 11, 2012

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One broom is lame, I raise you 2 brooms.

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Spring has came to East Tennessee

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New addition to our saltwater tank, starfish

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Karma. This must be how he feels when I go clothes shopping.

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Beautiful spring flowers

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My dog sometimes thinks he is a cat

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Downtown Knoxville. Shot out the window of my car.

 

Wedding Bliss June 9, 2011

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I know I haven’t posted in a few weeks, but I have been a busy little bee.

Our wedding was a blast! We couldn’t have asked for a better day. We had so much fun and were so glad that we could share our special day with all our family and friends.

Before Wedding:

The wedding stress started when I checked the weather forecast and noticed that in East Tennessee we were getting record high temps all week! We had planned on getting married on June 4th because it has never been over 90 degrees in the Smokie Mountains on that day and the normal temp is in the low 80’s. That day sounded like the perfect spring day to get married in a lily garden. Well… on our wedding day it was 95 degrees. I just knew I would die wearing a long white wedding dress. All I could think about was Phil soaking his suit in sweat and being absolutely miserable. I didn’t think any of our guests were going to show due to the heat. I just knew it was going to a nightmare.
The day before the wedding the bridesmaids and I went to Twisted Scissors to get feathers put into our hair (the wedding had peacock feather accents) and got our medi/pedi before we had to be at the rehearsal dinner. After all our primping we arrived at the Dancing Bear Lodge around 5:45. We were running behind due to a miss commutation on the wedding rehearsal time.  The dinner we had was astonishing! I had the steak and Phil the fish. The desserts were to die for. There was a whiskey cake and a chocolate gnash cake. Even my extremely picky dad enjoyed most of everything. Our photographer was there taking pictures of everyone and some casual pictures of Phil and me since we never got around to taking our engagement photos. He was the nicest guy.

After the dinner was over we went outside on the deck to have some drinks and make some s’mores over the camp fire. I love this place because of the laid back atmosphere. The lodge was a very charming place tucked back in the woods off the main road. It had very unique hand craved doors and mantel pieces. There were cabins you could rent or there were rooms within the lodge you could stay at. However there were none big enough for our wedding party.

Once we finished at the Lodge we (Phil and I, plus our little old Yorkie, along with the bridal party and their dates) went our cabin that we had rented about 10 minutes down the road from everyone else. This cabin was huge. It was 3 stories and slept 12. It had 4 rooms and 3 baths along with a hot tub, pool table and had swimming pool nearby.   We all stayed there the night before the wedding and the night of the wedding

The big day finally arrived! We started the day with breakfast at the Apple Valley Restaurant. We had the wedding rehearsal at 1:30 at the Lilly Barn and wanted something to eat to recover from the night before. The rehearsal was short and sweet because we had to start getting ready because the photographers had already arrived and to take photos of us getting ready. I haven’t even showered at this point. I had to run back to the cabin shower and return within 30 minutes.
All the bridesmaids and I returned to get our hair and makeup done at the Lily Barn’s barn. It was a nice, air conditioned, 100 year old place. There was met with 3 ladies from Garde Bien Salon.  2 of them where doing hair do’s and the other was the makeup lady. After about an hour the hair and makeup was finished and the photographer wanted photos of me and my bridesmaids before the wedding started. We took pictures for about 30 minutes in the garden and then I had about 30 minutes to relax before the ceremony.

I was getting extremely nervous. I felt like I was going too passed out. I don’t know if it was the heat or the stress. All I knew was that I didn’t want everyone looking at me; I had high heels on that I don’t normally walk in, and a dress with a long train. I just knew this was a recipe for a “fall on my face in front of everyone” disaster. I was also getting excited because I wanted to see Phil. Not because I missed him, which I did, but because he stated that “since he couldn’t see what I was wearing before the wedding, that I couldn’t know what we was wearing.” I couldn’t wait to see what he looked like!

It was time! All the girls jumped in the Element and drove over to the area where the wedding was being performed. I had to hide in the back with my head down “just in case” I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest. I walked up to meet my dad. When I started walking all I could think was “thank goodness I had my father to hold on to!” I made it down the aisle perfectly fine. I didn’t even notice people looking at me or my dress or anything else all I could think about was Phil.

The music, Stay Awhile, was performed by Erick Baker, was prefect!  We decided we want a short and sweet ceremony. We didn’t want a lot of mushy vows and sayings that took a lot of time mainly because we didn’t want our guest baking in the sun longer than they need be. We were going to mix 2 different sand colors in one vase as a symbol of our love that couldn’t be easily separated but someone forgot to set it out, so we passed that part. Once the ceremony was over we had to take the formal pictures with both families; this took about 40 minutes, then we were off to the reception hall.

Finally we were Mr. and Mrs. Zarb!

We were greeted with bubbles, lots of bubbles, some smelling of beer. I guess a few guests were enjoying the receptions open bar. Once we arrived into the crowd of family and friends, we danced our first dance as husband and wife. Erick Baker sang one of my favorite song, My Two Left Feet! The reception hall was so beautifully. The place was cabin like. It was open on 2 sides and had a prefect view of all the flowers that were blooming in the garden. The other 2 were solid wooden walls were the food and bathrooms were placed.  My mother and mother-in-law had decorated beautifully. The tables had brown table clothes with burlaps overlays. Every other table had tall center pieces filled with rocks and flowers and the other tables had smaller centerpieces fill with the same flowers. Phil managed to rock our table a little too hard tipping ours just enough to break the base. Water poured out all over the table, my friend’s boyfriend, Joey, managed to catch the vase before it tumbled over. No one really got wet just the table, which dried very fast. Before we started the dinner, BBQ from Famous Daves, we decided to do the mixing of the sanding and then say the blessing.

 

Everyone enjoyed the food; I swear it was better than the food they serve at their restaurants.

There was one more official dance to be done, the Father Daughter dance along with Mother Son dance. We decided to combine both dances into one. The song we choose was “I Hope You Dance.”  My father and I started the dance and Phil and his mother join in a few moments later. Next, was the cutting of the cake. Everyone was of course telling us to smash the cake into each other’s faces; however Phil knew better. The cake was red velvet on the bottom with white almond for the middle and top. It honestly was the best cake I have ever eaten. The last official thing we had to do was throw the bouquet, which my bridesmaid Ashley caught, and the garter.

Now it was time to dance the day awhile. Which almost everyone did! We had picked out a lot of current songs because I love to dance! That wedding dress didn’t slow me down a bit. I can’t wait until pictures are ready. All the pictures above were from a family friend. She did a great job.

That was the best day of our lives. We couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful day. I don’t even know how to show our families how much we appreciated all they did to make our day so special. Words can’t even explain.

On June 4, 2011 I truly married my best friend, Philip Zarb

 

Spring Has Sprung March 20, 2011

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Sunday March 20th was the first official day of Spring, my favorite season! Over the weekend I started to scope out my yard for the projects I’m going to do this year. I have decided I am going to have a vegetable garden and add a new flower bed. My yard needs some TLC. It has a lot of mature growth that needs to be trimmed back and some of the flower beds are barely visible to the naked eye. Moss has covered the rocks outlining the beds and weeds have taken over. I’m hoping to have them cleared by beginning of April and start planting some seeds. I haven’t decided on what vegetables we are going to have other than peppers. I have never had a garden before so this should be interesting.
The family that built our house, the mother was an avid gardener and at one time had a stunning yard. However, once she passed her son continued to live there and didn’t maintain the house nor the yard. Once he got married, he put the house up for sale and this is when Phil and I purchased it. We are updating the whole house little by little nevertheless, remodeling cost a lot of money so we haven’t been able to do much recently. This is why we are starting to work on the yard; all you require is manpower or woman power and a lot of time.
I have taken pictures of some parts of the lawn I am going to start on. First, our main goal is to grow grass! The dogs make this mission harder than it should be. Since we have so many trees, the sun doesn’t reach several parts of the lawn. Thus, when it rains it just becomes a mud pit and of course it is the first place the dogs run too when they are let outside. Along with grass we need to purchase gravel for the side driveway. Over the years, since we live on a hill, the rain has washed away most gravel and left mostly dirt. We don’t even park on it anymore we park in the road. Our goal this summer is to add curb appeal to house, even though we are the last house on a dead-end road, it will still add value. We have a lot of work ahead of us but in the end it will be beautiful.

 



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