Monthly Archives: April 2010

Grundy

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Here are a few pictures Grace took on our Grundy trip.  This picture was taken from Granny’s yard looking down on the road.

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Looking down the “holler” from the yard.

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Granny’s azalea bush in full bloom.

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Snowball bush.  We had a great visit.  It is a very different type of terrain there than it is here.  Lots of mountains and lots of trees.  Almost everything is built on a hill.  I enjoy going back to visit but I prefer living here.  Take care and God bless.

Growing Up

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This boy has definitely grown.  I’m not sure based on the past year if he’ll ever grown up but he has certainly grown.  He is a very playful pup and has brought lots of love into our house.  (Lots of other things too-but we won’t go into that.)  Things have been busy around here for the last couple of days.  Saturday I went grocery shopping while Hubby worked on clearing out some stuff from his wood working building.  Sunday was church.  Then early Monday morning we decided to make a trip to Grundy to see George’s Mom and Dad.  We didn’t get back home until a little after 10:00 that night.  Long day.  Yesterday was piano and I attempted to move that mountain of laundry that had built up.  We had to dry everything inside.  It was very overcast, chilly and windy.  Today promises to be better.  The sun is shining already.  Hopefully we can use the clothesline today.  We have 5 baby geese on the pond.  Big excitement.  I hope to get a picture of them today so you all can see them.  Our rhubarb is ready.  I think I will make some strawberry-rhubarb jam.  It’s one of our favorites.  Well, I think my crew is hungry.  I better get some breakfast going.  Take care and God bless.

Garden

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First step in getting the garden ready.

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Then Billy plowed them with the tractor.  Sorry I forgot to get a picture of him plowing.

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Hubby finished tillering them yesterday evening.  We now have peas, onions, and lettuce planted.  I hope to get the potatoes and cabbage in the ground this week.  I also planted a few cosmos flower seeds yesterday evening.  Today will be school as usual.  Julie is feeling some better.  Hopefully we are getting over all this.  We have sunshine at this moment but it is supposed to rain this afternoon.  Believe it or not, we actually need rain.  The garden was extremely dry.  I would have thought with all the snow we had it would not have been.  Time for school.  Take care and God bless.

Friday Ladies Bible Study Group

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This is our Friday Ladies Group.  Okay so two are looking down but it is the best we could do.  The sun was shining directly in our eyes.  The study as I have said before is really good.  We have 3 more lessons to go.  Then we are going to do I Corinthians using John MacArthur’s study book.  Today has been busy.  I made a loaf of bread, then made a batch of laundry detergent.  We are doing school and in my spare time I have hung out 4 extra large loads of laundry on the line.  Rain is supposed to come tomorrow so I wanted to get as much dried outside as I could.  We had frost this morning with temperatures about 28.  The house is just now started to warm up.  I didn’t want to build a fire because then the clothes I put on the line smell like wood smoke.  Not a bad smell-just not that fresh spring smell I wanted.  Tonights supper menu will be baked chicken, broccoli and cheese, and mashed potatoes.  And of course the  bread I made today.  Dessert will be rhubard dumplings.  Sounds pretty good.  I guess I better get started on all this food.  Hubby has just come in and seems to be VERY hungry.  Take care and God bless.

Honey Bee

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We have actually been seeing a few of these guys around this spring.  Very good news.  Grace took this picture.  Thanks Grace.  Things have been a little busy here.  Saturday was spring cleaning day at church.  We had lots of fun.  About 16-18 people showed up to clean.  We started at 9:00 in the morning and finished about 2:30 that afternoon.  We grilled hot dogs for lunch with all the fixings.  You know we got to eat.  Then when we came home, I had the most precious message on our answering machine.  My little man singing happy birthday to MawMaw.  He did such a great job!   Hubby mowed the yard and tillered the first garden.  I plan to start planting this week.   Julie has an earache today.  She feels a little better this evening than she did this morning.  Hopefully it will not last too long.  This weekend has been a little cool here.  Upper 50’s for the temperature.  Very windy.  I guess it wouldn’t be Floyd without the wind.  There will be no bible study tonight as some were wanting to go to another church for their revival.  We won’t be going.  I think Julie needs to stay in and rest.    Speaking of rest, I think I’ll go do just that.  Take care and God bless.

Fun

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Okay, so our visit went by much too quick.  Monday evening when they first arrived it seemed like such a long time, but now it is Thursday and they are gone.  I miss them already.  We had so much fun. We went to a park here in town.  When the girls were little they called it “the colored swings.”  We, of course, still call them that.  Tuesday was a beautiful day, we packed a picnic lunch and headed into town.  We had a great time.  Wednesday was cool here.  Not much outside activity.  Today however is gorgeous.  Nice and warm with lots of sunshine.

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Doesn’t he look like he is having fun!

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The girls had a great time keeping up with him.  Well, maybe not a great time but they did have fun.

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No fear-no gain.  Tuesday evening while we were outside burning off the garden, Daniel had lots of fun playing Superman.   As I have said before he is all boy.  Time for me to start supper.  I think tonight’s menu will be sloppy joes and fries.  Something easy.  MawMaw needs to rest.  (Just kidding)  I don’t think anything makes me feel any younger than being around small children.  They love so freely and completely.  No wonder Christ said for us to come to Him as a little child.  Take care and God bless.

Dandelions

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I think life is much about choices.  How we look at things determine how we react to them.  For example we can choose to see this as just ugly weeds we wish did not grow in our yard or

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we can view them as bright, beautiful, yellow flowers.  Years ago, when my daughters were little, they taught me to love dandelions.   Dandelions are usually the first flowers little hands gather and deliver with much love to their mamas.  How special that makes them.  Perhaps that is why God created them.  Anyway my girls and I love them. 

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This is a flower almost everyone loves.  My lilac bush is starting to bloom!  I can hardly wait.  The bush is outside our laundry room window and it smells wonderful when in bloom. 

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The girls and I worked very hard last week getting the garden ready to burn off.  Somehow the pile seemed so much bigger last week.  Anyway we worked every day after school except one.  It rained that day.  It is now ready to burn.  Hopefully if it is not too windy Hubby will do it this evening.  Then it will be ready for him to till.  He has to do some work on our tiller first but anyway we are gettting closer.  I hope to have it tilled and ready to start planting by the end of the month.  I love it!  David is gone on a business trip, so Jess and Daniel are coming up to stay with us.  I am looking forward to a great visit.  Everyone take care and may God bless your day.

Apple Blossoms

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Our apple tree is blooming.  Isn’t it pretty!  We are not sure what type of apples these are.  The tree was here when we came.  However they are very good apples.  The tree blooms very early though and usually gets caught in the frost.  I fear this will happen this year.  Temperatures tonight will be in the upper 20’s.  We have had a very hard wind for 2 days now so of course it feels much colder.  Temperature now is about 50 with a wind chill of about 40.  YUCK!  I guess this is what we call “dogwood winter” as the dogwoods are blooming now.  Warmer temps are on the way though.  Yeah!

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Dogwood in bloom outside our dining room window. 

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My bouquet of flowers for the ladies today.  I love to have fresh flowers out when they come.  Makes the room look so much more cheerful.  We all enjoyed these today.  Forsythia and spirea.  Class went very well.  Two ladies could not come.  We missed you, Wanda and Vicki.  I know I have said this many times, but this really is a good study.  She takes it nice and slow so you get to just let it all sink in.  I like that.  I better get started on supper.  Take care  and God bless.

Thursday

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My Grace took this picture the other evening.  The clouds were beautiful.  Thanks for the picture, Grace.  Today looks as though it will be another beautiful day here in Floyd.  The sun is shining, the birds are singing praises.  Beautiful!  I am getting ready to hang clothes on the line.  So much fun.  I also just finished making some homemade yogurt.  I have not made this in a long time.  I usually make kefir.  However I am having difficulties getting it to thicken.  I think it has something to do with temperature.  Without the fire, I don’t think it is warm enough in the house for it to set.   I had this same problem last year in the spring.  So maybe I’ll just make yogurt for a while.   Must be time for a change.  School today as usual.  Hopefully we will finish getting the garden ready to plow today.  I am really ready to play in some fresh turned dirt.  Get some early crops in the ground.  Onions, lettuce, peas, cabbage. YUM!  I don’t think I’ve told you all, but we have a mama goose setting on the island on the pond.  Much excitement.  We have never had one make a nest here before.  We are certainly looking forward to seeing babies swimming around.    We have always said when the birds were singing they were singing praises to the Lord.  On another blog, I read about listening to their praise songs.  I so much like that thought.  So it is time for me to go hang some clothes on the line and listen to some beautiful praise music.  May your day be filled with the sound of praise.  God bless.