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Good Morning

I hope you are having a good weekend. Dave and I are working on a huge project. We are replacing all the copper pipes in his house with pex pipe. We got about half of it finished yesterday. Hopefully the rest will be finished today.

I wanted to share with you all my newest bible and bible study. I really like them both.

My friend Bev came up for a visit. She does beautiful stained glass work. She made this angel for me

And this one for Grace. I think they are so beautiful.

Jess and the kids came over to visit with Bev.

Bev took these great pictures.

Me and Grace.

Yes, that’s me sitting in John Luke’s car seat. We were having a hard time getting the seat beat to lock in place. Fun stuff!

Grace and I stopped at Michael’s the other day and she got these cute birds. It’s getting time to start fall decorating. Grace loves fall decorating.

I guess I better get busy if we are going to finish running that pipe. I hope you have a great Sunday and God bless.

More Canning

Good morning everyone. Look at these beautiful tomatoes. They were given to us by our dear friends, Richard and Brenda. They also brought us a sack of corn. I may can the corn or put it in the freezer, just depends on how our time goes today. John Luke has his speech therapy appointment this afternoon in Roanoke so we’ll just see how our time goes.

I dried some tomatoes this week in the dehydrator.

And some peppers.

I love this. It is very good to add to just about anything.

Sam and Katie came and spent a few hours with us on Saturday. They helped Grace and I pull up all the corn stalks in the garden.

Daniel, Sam and Katie spent some time with Grace yesterday while Jess, John Luke and I met Dave in Cburg. We are having trouble with my phone and he is working with Sprint trying to get it to work properly. The kids love to come spend time with Grace at the farm. They made dirt pudding. That’s what is in the glasses.

So I want to take a moment to share something Sam said the other day. The kids and Jess were discussing Julie and the accident. Jess was talking and said something about we may never know what happened. Sam said “maybe we don’t need to know, Mommy. Maybe it was just between Julie and God”. I so love that boy. Just because I don’t mention Julie’s going to heaven very often on this blog doesn’t mean we all don’t struggle with it every day however out of the mouth of babes comes wisdom to help. God is good.

Now on to other things. I made my first batch of pumpkin bread for the season. It was very good and tastes of fall which will be here very soon.

Speaking of fall, look at this cute fall painting Madison did for us. We love it. Grace and I are trying really hard to wait until September before we put out our fall decorations.

Dave had to make a business trip last week. He was gone for several days which was very hard on this little girl. I love this picture. Total love and devotion on both faces.

Next, Grace saw this huge bear the other day. She was in our yard and looked over at the field. The bear was between the first two corn rows. She got several pictures of it.

We decided no more walking on the tractor road until the corn is cut!

That’s about all for now. God bless.

Canning Update

Good morning everyone. I hope you are all having a great day. I wanted to share with you all some of what we have been doing this week. Just look at all those beautiful tomatoes and peppers.

Look how huge this one is. I raised Amish Paste tomatoes this year for my sauce tomatoes. I LOVED them! I definitely want raise them again next year.

With next year’s garden in mind, I am already saving seed. I have seed for October beans, amish paste tomatoes, Mr. Stripey tomatoes, banana peppers and a sweet Italian pepper that I don’t know the exact name of. I purchased it several years ago at a farmers market and saved the seed.

I made peach juice from the peach peeling and we made 7 pts of jelly from it.

I also canned some yellow squash. Only 4 jars as I don’t know if we will like it or not. We will see. We don’t like mushy food however I read a recipe online using canned squash to make a squash casserole. I think we will give that a try.

Our spaghetti sauce simmering. By using the amish paste tomatoes it did cut down the simmering time and it is the thickest sauce I have ever made.

My canning for the day! I am so happy with this. We have enough salsa, spaghetti sauce and crushed tomatoes to get us through the winter. Thank you, Lord!

Now, just a few pretty pictures from our sunrise the other morning.

I am so blessed to live here.

Good Morning

It is a beautiful morning here in Floyd. I am getting an early start this morning as we have lots we want to accomplish today. Here are a few things we have been doing.

We canned peaches yesterday. We had 12 qts of peaches and 7 pts of peach jam. We are so happy to have these. I haven’t canned peaches in several years.

Corn is pulled and put up in the freezer.

Just look at this beautiful ear of corn.

My view as I shucked the corn. God is so good to allow us to live in this beautiful place.

I pulled out one of our old crocks to make some sauerkraut. These crocks belonged to my mom. I love using them.

We also canned some black beans. I bought the dried beans from Walmart.

A neighbor gave us a box of October beans. Grace had so much fun shelling them out. She worked on them while I made salsa. We had 10 qts of beans and I’m not sure how much salsa. We will be making more salsa today though.

Also big news! Grace and I got a “new” to us car. It is a 2005 Ford Five Hundred. It was a one owner with low mileage. Locally owned. We really like it so far.

So the other day we were going down what we call the back side of the gap and this beautiful creature flew right in front of us and landed in a tree. Thankfully, Grace hardly ever goes anywhere without her camera so she was able to get some awesome pictures of him. He looks like he is posing for her.

Speaking of posing, Grace took this picture of one of our cats. I love it.

I guess that’s all for today. God bless.

Rainy Day

We are getting some much needed rain. Also much cooler temperatures! Highs in the mid 70’s. Pretty amazing for the end of July.

Just look at all that beautiful water.

We have been busy doing more canning.

We went to visit Tom and Sally on Friday of last week. We picked 2 and 1/2 bushels of beans. Grace and I have them all canned. We are set now for the winter. We have about 75 quarts we have canned this year and we carried a few jars over from last year. I love that. Green beans are a staple here.

Tom also gave us some jalapeno peppers. I used them to make hot pepper jelly. I plan on sharing these with Tom.

I also tried a new recipe this morning. It is called cowboy candy or candied jalapeno peppers. I only made 2 jars so we can give it a try. It looked really good. I was watching one of my favorite vlogs on you tube this morning, Living Traditions Homestead, and she mentioned it. I had never heard of it before. I love trying new things.

Just a few pictures of the pretty sky.

God bless.


Hello everyone. I thought I would share a few pictures of what else I’ve been doing other than the treehouse.

Canning green beans.



And making a few pickles. I so enjoy putting up food for winter for my family to enjoy.

Today I tilled this part of the lower garden. It had green beans in it but they are done. We canned 15 qts from here plus ate several times from it. I hope to plant some fall crops here. Carrots, turnips, beets, mustard greens and a late row of beans. Yum!

Just a few of our sunflowers. They are so tall. At least 8 ft maybe 10. They all came up volunteer from last years flowers. I love them!

God bless.

Treehouse Finished

YAY! The treehouse is finished. We are very happy with how it looks.

The steps and the rails are from trees we cut off Dave and Jess’s property. I really like how they turned out. Very strong.

I love this tree going right up through the treehouse.

The kids are loving it. We finished it yesterday evening. I am so happy I got to help with this project. It was hard work but so much fun!

God bless.

Tree House

So it started with trees and some sawmill lumber. A project!

Then we put the scaffold up.

Ratcheting in the first bolt.

More leverage. And a close up of my finger.

Even more leverage! I think we put in 5 of these bolts!

All the kids had turns.

First board going up. We used sawmill lumber. The frame boards are 2 x 10 and weigh at least 100 lbs. each. We had a hard time lifting them up. The lowest point on the treehouse is 10 ft. The highest is about 12 ft.

Break time.

We started work on this treehouse on Saturday, June 30th. We worked every day until Thursday when Dave had to go back to work. It was 5 hot, humid days. Temperatures in the 90’s.

We made a lot of progress though.

We started again on Saturday morning.

The kids were so happy to finally be getting the floor down.

I just want to take a minute to say what a good man my son in law is. He has put a lot of hard work and money into this treehouse for the kids to enjoy. They have been out there with us every day. He has let them “help”. It takes a lot of love and patience but it is something there will always remember.

That’s me up there!

So we are making the rails out of trees we cut down from their property. This is the first one we cut. It was a little too big for the table saw so Dave had to use the chainsaw. It took a while but he got it done.

In the meantime, this sweet boy is whittling me a garden stake out of a scrap piece of wood.

I love it.

The first rail is up. That’s all until next weekend. The generator ran out of gas and we needed more screws. More updates to follow.

God bless.


This is a picture of my little resting place in the garden. It has become one of my favorite additions to the garden this year.

The garden is doing pretty good so far. We have been enjoying quite a bit of fresh veggies from it.

This is one of my favorites. We planted a few hills of beans in one of our raised beds. We took a chance planting these early because of danger of frost. But it worked out this year and we have BEANS! It’s not enough for canning just enough for eating.

I also dehydrated some zucchini this week. I seasoned it with salt, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. It was pretty good. Something different.

We had a foggy morning yesterday.

I thought the asparagus was beautiful with all the moisture from the fog.

We have some lilies that are blooming. So pretty!

Grace and I took a walk yesterday at Bisset park in Radford. It is such a pretty place.

The walkway reminds us of the trails on Jekyll Island.

As we walked along the trail, we could hear the river in the background.

It was a very nice walk.

Some of the colors reminded us of fall which is a favorite season around here.

Just a few rainbows. I walk downstairs almost every morning to this site. I think they are beautiful and they always brighten our day. Thanks Jess!

God bless.

Duck Lot Expansion

Yesterday, Grace, Dave and I worked on extending Grace’s duck lot. They have so much more room now.

Don’t they look happy?

We also built a new bird feeder. The one we had been using was coming apart.

We built this one out of scrap pieces we had laying around.

Jess and the kids came over and brought supper. Grace and the kids took a walk on the tractor road. They played a few games and then we built a campfire and made smores. We got a lot done and had a lot of fun.

God bless.