Monthly Archives: March 2011

“Brash” Pile

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This is one of our brush piles to be burned or as some of the old time Grundy people would say “brash”.  I am assuming this would be some of our celtic roots coming through.  I have no idea really.  I do know the older people had a different word for lots of things.  Help was hope, cover was kiver, boiled was biled.  These are a few that come to mind right off the top of my head.   Anyway we have this one piled in the first garden to be burned as soon as we can catch a day with not too much wind. 

We are supposed to get much warmer today-upper 50’s I think.  We will hopefully be doing more outside work after school.  The sun is shining beautifully but it is still chilly right now-30 degrees.  I have clothes that are ready to go to the line.  I love it when we can dry them outside.  The birds are telling me to hear out so I can hear them sing.  God is so good!

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Lilac Bush

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Our lilac bush has lots of buds on it. YEAH!  If all goes well, it will have lots of beautiful, sweet smelling flowers soon.  We have a small bush we just planted a few years ago at the edge of the garden and it is full of buds too.  I love spring.   I think our rain has stopped for a few days.  It is still very cloudy but the forecast is for the sun to come peeping through this afternoon.  It is already warmer than it was all day yesterday so that is a good sign.   We are hoping to do some more outside work after school.  We have been trying to start school a little earlier so that we can be finished around lunch.  Then we have the afternoon for work and play.  It seems to be working out well so far. 

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Yesterday, while the girls were at their piano lessons, I went into our local thrift store-Angels in the Attic.  It operates entirely on donations and volunteers.  All the profit each month is given to help local needs.  It is amazing.  They have moved 3 times because they keep growing.  The last time they moved, they purchased the building and in about 2 years had it paid off.   Since all workers are volunteer they have very little expense.  It has really helped our community.  The lady who thought it up is a Christian and tells everyone she can “It is all God”.  Anyway I said all that to say this.  Many years ago, my sister-in-law gave Hubby a coffee cup.  He loves this cup and uses it every morning.  Well, guess what I found.  One that looks just like it at Angels for 25 cents.  How exciting!  This morning I put my coffee in the new cup so that our cups matched.  Cute!  Ialso found this pretty glass.  I love old dishes and this glass just so wanted to come home with me. 

I better get busy.  It’s almost time for school.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

“New” Books

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Yesterday, we stopped at Goodwill while on our way to the eye doctor.  The girls found these Narnia books.  They were so happy.  It is the complete set except for book 2 “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.  We will have to be watching for it.  Grace got a good report at the eye doctor.  Her vision had improved some.  She will be picking out new glasses next week.  We have been  blessed so much with improvement in her vision.  She will probably always have to wear bifocals but she has definitely come a long way.   We are extremely grateful to God for this blessing.

Today is still chilly here with a chance of rain for this afternoon but the rest of the week is supposed to be really nice-much warmer.  We are doing school as usual.  Later we will be going into town for piano lessons.  Tonight’s menu is kielbasa, cooked cabbage, and potatoes.  I think I will make a batch of rolls to go with it.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

Crocus

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We are finally getting a little color in our yard.  I love these cheerful early flowers.  They brighten up the landscape and our outlook so much, I think.  Saturday was very nice here.  We got all the trimming done.  YEAH!  Everything looks so much neater.  It is all piled up in the garden to be burned whenever we can catch a day the wind isn’t blowing too hard.  Yesterday, was absolutely  beautiful.  The temperature actually got up to 60 degrees.   I sat outside for a very long time reading.  Then Hubby came out and entertained me with his banjo.   We had a team leaders meeting yesterday after church so we did not do our bible study last night. 

Friday’s weather was very different from Saturday and Sunday.  First we had quite a lot of rain.

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Then we had some hail.

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Today is chilly and overcast.  They are calling for rain  today and tomorrow.   Grace has an appointment at the eye doctor later today.  We will be doing school until lunch then leaving for the appointment.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

Wonderful News

I want to share with you all our wonderful news.  We just found out this morning that Jessica is pregnant.   We are not sure how far along she is.  She will be going to the doctor on Wednesday for her first appointment.   God is SO good!  His kindness toward His children always amazes me.  Thank you Lord!  I would so appreciate it if you all would be in prayer for her and this new life she carries.

We have sunshine today with wind gusts of about 50 mph.  Temperature is cold.  Actual temperature is 35 degrees.  I’m not sure what the wind chill is but I know it is cold.  I have one load of clothes on the line but I have to keep going out to pick them up off the ground.  The wind keeps blowing them off the line.  I think I’ll probably just go bring them in.  I wanted to do some trimming today but I think I’ll have to postpone it until tomorrow.  Hopefully it will be warmer then.

We had our first lesson today in our new study, NO OTHER GODS by Kelly Minter.  It seems to be a good study.  She asks a lot of questions that cause us to search ourselves for the answers.  I think these are hard studies.  I guess I’m just not very good at self evaluation.

Tonights menu will be ham biscuits, the leftover kale and potatoes.  I made fresh rolls today for the ham however half of them have already been eaten.  I love to cook things that get eaten quickly.  It makes me fill happy inside.  I also made a fifteen bean soup with ham for tomorrow.  I like to make soup a day ahead when I can.  I always think it taste better the next day. 

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Signs of Spring

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These are some of our earlier flowers.   I’m not sure what they are because they were already here when we moved in.  It is alway very exciting to see them start shooting up out of the ground.  As you probably can tell by the picture, we have been getting lots of rain.  It is still raining today but I think it is supposed to stop tonight.  I am looking forward to doing more trimming Friday and Saturday.  Being outside is so nice after being inside all winter. 

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Christmas in March

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I think my Christmas Cactus is confused.  It bloomed around Christmas time and has decided (to our great pleasure) to bloom again.  It looks so cheerful and happy in the room. 

Todays temperature was a little warmer when we got up, 26 degrees.  It is a little overcast  but the sun is coming through.  It is now about 30 degrees.  I have one load of clothes on the line and am getting ready to take another.  They are predicting rain for tomorrow.

On the menu for tonight is pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, and kale.  I think I will do homemade biscuits with it and have cooked apples for dessert.   Time for us to start school.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

Birds

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The birds are starting to come in to the feeders now.  Different ones than we get in the winter.  They make such a joyful sound to the Lord.  As soon as I get up in the morning, they are already singing.  I go hang clothes on the line, their music fills the air.  Such blessings the Lord gives.

Our weekend weather was a little different.  It started to rain about 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning.  It rained all day Saturday, all night Saturday night and most of the day Sunday.  All our little creeks were overflowing.  Several places the creek was running across the road when we came back from church Sunday afternoon.  Then it started to ice, then it snowed some and finally it got bitter cold.  When we came out from church last night, the side doors to the van were frozen shut.  Julie and Grace had to get in the the front doors.  We had some fierce wind so I guess that made the doors freeze.  This morning it was 20 degrees when we got up.  The wind has slowed down to a more manageable breeze, the sun is shining and hopefully it will get warmer.  I just checked and it is 32 degrees now.  I already have 2 loads of clothes on the line and another load ready to go out.  I love clothes dried outside.

We finished our study of II Corinthians last night.  Next week we will begin in Galatians.  Our supper menu last night was pigs in a blanket, mashed potatoes, corn, baked beans, cornbread and a sour creme pound cake for dessert.  I tell you, we sure do eat good.  Our pastor says if you like to eat and shoot this is the church for you.  As you may remember, our church does a lot of clay shoots as a men’s outreach.  Lots of the women shoot too.  We certainly have a lot of fun at our church.  Hopefully, I haven’t made it sound like a social club.  We are very dedicated to worshipping and serving the Lord.  We just believe the Lord wants us to have fun too.

Well, it is time for school.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

More Daniel and Sam

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So here are the other pictures I could not get to load yesterday. 

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Today we are getting much needed rain.  The fog has already come in so it promises to be a dreary day here in Floyd, a good day for a inside project. Temperature is about 35 degrees.  Hopefully, this will all be rain.   I am hoping next week to get some outside work done here.  All the trees and bushes need trimming, along with the grapevines.   We also need to do some cleanup in the blackberries.  Not my favorite job.  The thorns are hard to work with but it has to be done if we want to enjoy the berries.   I love outside work.  In my opinion, so much more fun than cleaning house.   I am already looking forward to enjoying  fresh fruit and veggies. 

I added a little bit to my menu  last night.  One of our favorite things to eat in the spring is wilted lettuce and green onions.   Hubby likes pinto beans with his.  So I purchased some fresh baby greens at the store, put a little chopped onion on top.  Then I heated olive oil  (shameful but I did not have bacon grease).  Next step is to pour some of the hot oil on top of the greens and onions, then top it off with pinto beans.  A big chunk of cornbread finished it up.    It was not as good as it would have been fresh from our garden but it definitely was good.  

Enjoy your weekend and God bless.

Daniel and Sam

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Daniel is doing some serious thinking about something, probably something he can get into.

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Baby Sam is definitely growing.  I have other pictures but for some reason I could not get them to load correctly.  Hopefully, I will be able to post them tomorrow.  Today is sunny here but kinda chilly.   Temperature is 30 degrees.  It was 18 degrees this morning when Hubby went to work.  I am going to hang clothes outside in just a few minutes.  I’ll need a coat and gloves though.  I can’t stand for my fingers to get cold.  I know I’m becoming wimpy in my old age. 

We are planning to go to our friends, the Horns, after lunch.  It has been too long since we got to spend time together.  Supper tonight is cooked beef chunks with potatoes, pinto beans and corn bread.  I already have the beef in the crockpot.  Before we leave to go to the Horns, I will add the potatoes.    I also have the pintos cooking in another crockpot.  Hopefully all will be done when we get home except baking the corn bread. 

Enjoy your day and God bless.