Monthly Archives: April 2011

A Big Surprise

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We had a wonderful surprise yesterday.  We went to the N.C. Zoo.  On Wednesday about lunch time, Jess called and said David had tickets for us all to go to the zoo but we had to go on Thursday as this was the only day he could get off.  We were sooooo excited.  We got up about 5:30 yesterday morning and got home around 8:30 last night.  It was an absolutely great day.  We all had so much fun.  Thanks Dave for thinking of us.  Grace took lots of pictures. 

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Of course, by the end of the day we were all getting a little tired.

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Well, maybe not the one who rode in the stroller all day.

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We hope to go back again as there was much we didn’t get to see.  100_5725

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Tomato Plant

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Yesterday, while in town, we visited our local greenhouse.  We bought some cabbage plants and this tomato.  See the bloom at the top.  Hopefully, we will get tomatoes early from it.  I put it in a bucket (dry wall ) and as of now it is on the front porch.  I plan on moving it out on the front deck, then moving it back in a night.  For  today it will probably stay on the porch-too windy outside.  I tried to leave it out some yesterday but the wind kept blowing it over. 

The other day when my brother in law came, he brought us over some morel mushrooms.  It was a very nice treat.  These grow in the wild and are only available in early spring.  Some people call them  dry land fish.    Anyway, after eating the ones he brought us we decided to go looking for some here.  Hubby thinks it is still a little too early for here but we had a lot of fun looking.  It was so nice to get out in the woods and walk around. 

Time for school.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

Baby Emily

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This is Baby Emily, David’s neice.  She is a very hardy eater and seemed very content in Daddy’s arms.

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Daniel and his cousin Zack riding bikes.  Zack is Emily’s older brother.

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And baby Sam held prisoner in his walker.    We all had a lot of fun with lots of good fun.  Jess had ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and banana pudding.  YUM!

Yesterday we went to get the inspection sticker on my car and found out the tie rods ends were bad.  We had to make a run to C-burg to get new ones.   Hubby and his brother put them on yesterday evening.  We went back in this morning and got the inspection sticker.  Hubby still does not have his window fixed on the van.  This has given him much trouble.  He of course is trying to fix the old one instead of buying a new one.  For some reason, the wire is not winding up on the spool correctly. 

We are getting rain today.  Temperatures are warm though so it will be very good for everything.  The girls and I checked our seeds out yesterday underneath our greenhouse.  We have a few tomatoes coming up, cucumbers and broccoli.  Very exciting.   Well, our lunch break is over.  Time for school to start.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

Spring Blooms

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Our dogwood tree in bloom.  This one is located just outside the dining room window.

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Our lilac bush.   I love just walking around the house and smelling the sweet smell.  They make the entire yard smell so good.

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Coming around the house from the kitchen door, looking at the bushes.   The smaller bush is our gooseberry bush.

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Care to rest, anyone?  This is a beautiful sitting spot.  We will be going to Jessica’s to celebrate Easter with them.  I pray you all have a wonderfully, blessed Easter filled with the presence of our Lord.

God bless.

Pickled Eggs

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Every year at Easter and Christmas, I make pickled eggs as a special treat for my Hubby.  He and David both like them so I will be taking them down with me for our Easter dinner.  Don’t they look so colorful in the jar?

Yesterday we had some pretty hard wind.  Our plastic is still on our greenhouse, YEAH.  I had clothes on the line drying and looked out our dining room window and a pair of Hubby’s jeans had blown off the line and into the dogwood tree.  I should have taken a picture of them hanging from the limb but I didn’t think of it in time.   Anyway, the wind is not as bad today.  Our clothes are all still on the line.  Hubby and his brother are working on the van window.  Hopefully, they will be able to fix it.  It has been more difficult than he first thought it would be.

Well, time for us to start back on school.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

Our Greenhouse

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Yesterday the girls and I decided to try our hand at making a greenhouse.  We found these old metal things in the field behind the house.  They were used as a round bale holder but had been broken years ago. 

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Then we planted our seed and put the metal “thingie” over it.

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Then we covered them with plastic.  All of this is recycled material.  The only cost to us was the seeds.  We have never tried anything like this before.  I have attempted to start seeds indoors many different times but always with no success.  They grow too fast and then just die out so we just buy plants already started and use them.  I got this idea from my blogger friend at http://holcombhappenings.wordpress.com/.   Thanks, Cheryl.  We have about 30 days before danger of frost is over for us.  We are hoping our seeds will produce and we will be able to transplant them.  If this does well, I want to start our seeds earlier next year.    Anyway, it was a very nice day yesterday and we had a lot of fun making our greenhouse and planting our seeds. 

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Wild Mustard

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I thought I would share these pictures of a field of wild mustard.  This field is on our way into town. 

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I think it is absolutely beautiful!

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So of course I took several pictures from several different views.

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Last one.  As I was taking these pictures another man was up in another driveway taking pictures too.  He of course had a very fancy camera with a tripod.  Obviously, I am not the only one who thinks it is beautiful.

We are overcast still today but it is supposed to be fairly warm.  I am getting ready to take clothes to the line to dry.  We still have some wind but not too bad.   We are hoping the wind dies down soon.  We have not burned the brush pile off the lower garden yet.  We need to get it burned as Hubby will soon need to tiller it.   School today as usual.  Yesterday we only did half school as we had to go to piano practice in the afternoon.  We stopped by the library and Julie found plenty of books she was interested in reading.  Grace found a few but not as many as Julie did.  Sometimes it is difficult to find books we want to read.  The librarian told me it probably meant we had already read all the good ones.  We do enjoy reading.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

More Babies

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We have more babies!!  This morning Mama Goose came off her nest with 6 little ones.  Very exciting.   I could hardly wait to get pictures and show you all.   They had six little ones  last year and we so enjoyed watching them grow up.   We are looking forward to watching these grow up as well. 

Saturday we had a great visit with my aunt and uncle-just didn’t seem long enough.   The time went by so quickly and we had so much to catch up on.  We hope to get to see them again soon.   Yesterday’s church message was very good.  He preached on how the Jews missed recognizing Jesus as the Messiah and how the same reasons still apply to the world today.  It was very interesting.

We will be doing school today as usual.  I have to help Hubby fix the drivers window on the van.  It has somehow managed to get off track.  He has to take the door panel off.  Hopefully, it will not be too difficult to fix.  I know I have said this before but I am so thankful  Hubby is talented in the area of fixing things.   I think it is going to be a fairly nice day here in Floyd.  It is a little overcast but I think the forecast is just partly cloudy. 

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Whoopie Pie

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The other day the girls and I made something new.  New for us anyway.  We made whoopie pies.  To my remembrance I have never even eat a whoopie pie much less made one.  It was very good though and I plan to make more.  I got the recipe from another blog http://holcombhappenings.wordpress.com/  She has so many good recipes.  We are getting lots of rain and wind today.  I was hoping for nice weather as we are going to visit my uncle today.  He and his wife live in Michigan.  They are down to visit her stepmother who is in a nursing home in Salem.  Salem is close to us so we plan on meeting them at the nursing home for a quick visit.  We wanted to meet at a little park in Salem but weather is not cooperating.  We will just have to visit somewhere else.  I am certainly looking forward to seeing them.  The last time we saw each other was about 10 years ago.  Much too long. 

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I thought you all might enjoy this picture.  Maple trees are one of the first to bud out here.  Another sure sign of spring.

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Fields

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I thought you all might enjoy some pictures of our fields.  I know their dandelions but I think they look beautiful.100_5589

Looking at the pond from the top of our driveway.

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Our house.

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Going down the road toward the milk  barn.  My thanks to Miss Grace for taking these pictures.  Enjoy your day and God bless.