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Violet Jelly

Grace and I had a ton of fun yesterday picking violets with this crew.

Look how beautiful they are!

The end result. Beautiful violet jelly.

After the jelly was finished I spent some time watching these two play. The boys were busy at their fort playing while Jessica and Grace did some bird watching in the front yard. It was a good day!

God bless.

Pink Moon

Hello everyone! I took this picture the other night during the pink moon. It was so pretty.Dave and I had a project over the weekend. We built a play area for John Luke. First we went to a local farm store and got our supplies.

It turned out really nice. He loves it. He wants to play outside all the time.

The kids came over last week for a little while and we got to take a ride in the bumpy truck.

Wild mustard is blooming so pretty. I don’t suppose I will ever look at a field of wild mustard without missing my sweet Julie.

God is good though ALL the time!

Grace helped me get the cover back on the big greenhouse. Hopefully it will stay on this time. I need to start moving the little plants outside some so they can get hardened off. It will soon be time to plant them in the garden.

We have also been busy catching up on the mowing. Grace mowed a path to the pond. It is so wet in this section that I think a path is all we will be able to mow.

As you can see, it is very wet and the grass is very high which makes it so hard to mow.

I hope you all have a good week. God bless.

Good Morning

I hope you are all having a good week. We had some storms pass through over the weekend but no real damage here. I think some trees were down blocking roads in some places, minor flooding and some power outages but nothing severe.

I’ve been busy with my plants. They are doing good so far. I moved some of them up to solo cups. Hopefully they will do good in them. We have about another month before our last frost date. I think I will start hardening them off about the first of May.

Some cucumbers and squash I started from seed. They grow SO FAST.

A new squash I want to try this year. Isn’t it pretty? I probably will save the tomato to try next year. I think it would be too late to start the seed for this year.

My helpers!

I have a birthday coming up this week. We celebrated with the Horns on Sunday after church. Madison made me this cake and Grace drew the bird and the flower. I LOVE it! Dave also has a birthday this week. We will be celebrating both our birthdays at their house this weekend. It also happens to be Easter weekend so it will be a big celebration. I think we are going to work on fencing in a play area for John Luke as well.

That’s all for now. I hope you all have a great week and God bleas.

Happy Birthday

This sweet handsome boy is 4 years old today. Amazing! He, like all children, is such a blessing to us all. We love you, John Luke.

We celebrated his birthday yesterday. He had a great time. He loves fire trucks.

I have been busy with garden things. I started the cucumber and squash seeds yesterday. I plan on having these ready to plant by mid May. That is our last frost date. Then I will direct plant more so hopefully we will have them most of the summer.

One of my tomato plants I started from seed last month.

A new melon I am trying.

And a few peppers. I am really hoping these all do well and produce lots of food. I have definitely enjoyed working with them this past month.

My amaryllis is blooming beautifully. Such a cheerful sight!

A beautiful sunrise this morning. I consider myself blessed to live here. I go to sleep at night to the sweet music of spring peepers and awake to the sound of birds singing praises.

Thank you, Lord!


I hope everyone has had a good week. We have been busy here.

One of our fun things this week was that Chef Daniel cooked another one of his Raddish meals. These are the fruit tarts he made. I somehow managed to not get a picture of the entire meal but it was delicious.

Sam made a robot with his Tinker crate. His name is Walker. They are both loving the kits they get every month.

Sam also got his glasses this week. Isn’t he so handsome?

In gardening news, I got this load of mulch delivered this week.

It will take a long time to get it all put down but I have started on it. I think it will look so good when it is finished.

I also planted a few flowers this week.

And filled this planter. It has some spring greens and flowers in it.

I went to our local greenhouse and was gifted with all these pots. This saved me a ton of money as it was time to start potting up the tomatoes and peppers that I started from seed.

They are looking so good.

This is a picture of just random things Grace drew. Every night we watch TV together from 9 to 10:00. She draws something while we are watching a cooking show. She does such a good job with her art.

That’s about all for now. I hope you have a good day and God bless.

Good Morning

Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a good week.

Dave came over yesterday and helped me put down some of the weed barrier in the garden.

It is all starting to take shape.

We used all the weed cloth I had purchased so I will need to get more before we can finish.

I can start though filling up the tractor rims and the other raised beds with dirt.

Then after we finish putting all the weed fabric down, it will be time to start spreading the mulch. It will definitely be a LOT of work but I hope it will make it easier to keep up this summer.

God bless.

My Week

Hello everyone! God has certainly given us a beautiful moon this week!

Weather here has been nice all week. Temperatures in the low 50’s. Really good for working outside.

I got quite a lot done in the garden. I redid this block raised bed.

Put these tractor rims in. These were given to me. They will make great raised beds.

Dug these tires out from the fenceline and put them down along the path. I plan to put flowers in them.

Then it occurred to me how much dirt it would take to fill them up so I cut wood pieces to make a barrier so I don’t have to fill up the inside of the tire.

Next I took down my old compost bin. It was coming apart and I want to make something different for compost anyway. It was made of these old pallets. When I took it apart, I thought I could do something with them. So I cut a board to fit the ends of the pallets so the dirt wouldn’t fall out and I am going to use them for spring plants. I know they won’t last too long but I hope to get a few years out of them.

I should say that all of this will have weed fabric under it. Hopefully that will make for less work this summer.

Then I decided to stain the benches I had put up there.

They look SO much better. Hubby made me all these and it brings me much joy to sit in them. I am looking SO forward to the garden this year.

God bless.

First Hike 2019

Last Sunday Grace and I went with the Horns on our first hike of the year. It was a nice day for hiking.

It was our first time on this trail but hopefully not our last.

It was very pretty with moss covering many things.

The trail led down to the river.

We saw this beautiful holly along the way. It was so pretty and green.

It was a much needed time with good friends.

I took this picture a few days ago. I love how God gives us these special glimpses of His creation.

God bless.


Grace and I have been busy getting the garden ready.

Look how good the fence line looks now without all the briars and weeds.

Tomato seeds are starting to come up. For the first time, I am using heat mats and a grow light. I think it has made a difference.

Yesterday our neighbor Richard came and tilled both our gardens for us.

They look so good!

I am working on a new plan for the garden. I want it to be functional and pretty.

So while Richard was tilling I cut down the grapevine that was here. It hasn’t produced edible grapes in years so it was time for it to go. The trellis was in bad need of repair so I took it down too. Dave and I hope to build a new one soon.

I took the bench that was under it and moved it to the upper left corner of the garden. I plan to put landscape fabric down and then mulch. This will hopefully keep the weeds and the grass from taking over.

That’s all for now. I hope you you all have a good day and God bless.