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Getting a Few Things Done

Yesterday was a busy day here. Lots of things got done. First on the list was to get our rain barrels installed.

I have wanted to have rain barrels for quite a while and now two of them are in. We got some rain this morning and they already have some water in them.

Dave also got our tiller started and our lawn mower in operation. Thanks so much, Dave. We then had a cookout with burgers and hot dogs. Grace and the kiddos picked dandelions for us and then Jess and I got them ready to make jelly with. I so wish I had gotten a picture of them picking the dandelions but I missed it.

Isn’t it pretty?

Grace did get this picture of Daniel, Sam and Katie. I love it.

A friend of ours came and tilled the garden for us the other day. We are so thankful for family and good friends.

Grace and I rode around the farm the other day and I took this picture. We are blessed to live in a beautiful place.

God bless.

A Nice Walk


Grace and I took a little walk the other day. This beautiful trail is behind our local library.

It was a very nice day and the trail is starting to show signs of spring.

Grace taking pictures. One of her favorite things to do.

She took this picture of a Meadowlark the other day when her and Jess’s kids were on a little walk. Isn’t he beautiful!

Also her art room is finished.

She loves it! It is such a cheerful room.

Jess had gave Grace little crystal prism balls. They make beautiful rainbows on the walls when the sun shines through them.

God bless.

Beautiful Moon

We have enjoyed a beautiful moon the past few nights. So pretty.

Grace and I went to church then came back to Jess’s for Easter dinner. We had lots of good food. We had ham, rolls, deviled eggs, potato salad and corn. Molasses cookies and a stack cake for dessert. I didn’t get a picture of the table though. I did get a picture of the stack before I took it over.

Grace and I have been busy painting her art room.

We have all the trim finished and about 1/3 of the walls done. It looks so good and she loves it. We are hoping to get it finished today.

I wanted to share a little something that happened yesterday. A lady I have never met before came to see me. She helps some with an elderly lady who lives close to us. They had told her about Julie going to heaven. She wanted to tell me that she had met Julie when Julie was working at the bread basket. Julie was working the cash register that day so they had an opportunity to talk some. She said after talking a few minutes she asked Julie if she knew the Lord. She told me she was so impressed with Julie’s answer. Julie looked directly at her and boldly said “oh yes, I know the Lord”. The lady told me how confidently Julie made the statement. Now to some reading this, this may seem like a small thing but to my mother’s heart it was priceless. Such a comfort. I feel it was a special message from Jesus to help us with our first Easter without her. And to remind us all that we are always witnessing for Him in ways we might not even think about. It’s not always the big wordy sermons that leave an impression, sometimes it’s the small ones.

“Oh yes, I know the Lord.”

God bless.

Seed update

Just a little update on our seeds. So far they are doing pretty good.

We decorated eggs yesterday with our friends the Horns. It was a good day. We ate supper with them. Quentin had smoked some chicken breast in his smoker. It was very good. We also had baked beans, mac & cheese, garlic bread and a really good dip made with smoked fish and jello for dessert.

Grace and I have also started painting her art room. We have finished the ceiling so far.

Big difference. This room has a lot of suet damage as you can tell. I will have updates on this room as we progress with the painting.

Grace starting to paint one of the shelves. This paint goes on pink but dries white.

Enjoy your day and God bless.


We got lots of snow here this weekend which made my Grace very happy. She loves snow.

We got about 15 inches or so.

A very pretty snow. Temperatures stayed warm so it was fun to be outside.

The downside to all that beautiful snow is that our power was off for about 24 hours. Thank God, though, this doesn’t affect our heat or our ability to cook.

Now for some beautiful sunrise pictures.

Walking day by day in His mercy. God bless.

Starting Some Seeds

Grace and I got out the little greenhouse and started a few seeds.

Mostly flowers. We think we will just get plants for most of our vegetables this year from our local greenhouse. I did start some herbs though and a few peppers.

We meet our friends, the Horns, at our local greenhouse Saturday. We got these beautiful pansies. They are still on my front porch as we are getting snow today and more predicted for the weekend. They definitely brighten up the porch. After the greenhouse, we went thrift store shopping and then Quentin treated us to Mexican for lunch.

Grace got a new betta fish on Sunday after church. His name is HotDog. He seems to love his new home.

God bless.

Signs of Spring

We have been blessed with some beautiful days here in Floyd this week. Today’s temperature was 70 degrees with sunshine. I love it. We spotted this coltsfoot blooming on the backside of the gap. It is always the first wildflower we see blooming.

Our rhubarb is coming up. Makes my mouth water just looking at it.

Buds on the lilac bush!

And clothes on the line.

All these warm spring days make me want to get some projects done.

The gate going into the chicken lot was in bad shape. We cut a few new pieces and fixed it up pretty good.

At least, it opens and closes better now.

And, of course, I had to dig in the dirt.

In this bed, I planted a few green onions, lettuce, spinach and kale. It may be a little early but I just had to take a chance.

Our project for today involved trimming back the grapevine.

We raised the vines up higher and put one of our benches under it. I anticipate it to be a shady place to sit and rest this summer after working in garden.

One more picture of the pond. Mama goose is already on her nest and papa goose is standing guard. Oh, I almost forgot, last night we heard the spring FROGS. That makes me so happy. I love to hear them.

Enjoy your day and God bless.


Look at this beautiful bird. Grace took the picture yesterday while he was at our feeder. We think he is a male house finch. He is so pretty.

She also took this picture of these ducks at the pond. We looked them up and think they are mergansers. I probably spelled that wrong?

Things here have been kinda busy. We were having trouble with our electric wood splitter so we have been splitting it by hand. Not fun! However, we think it is now in operation. Dave sharpened the wedge for us and bled the lines. The problem though wasn’t just the splitter. Come to find it out, something is wrong with the electricity going out to the shop. This is way out of my league. So until it can get fixed, we are running a cord from the porch to the wood shed and running the splitter off it.

In other news, our water pump went out and we were without water for 2 days. We got that fixed and now the commode won’t fill up! Oh well, that’s life.

On to happier things. I got some more seed the other day. I love seed shopping. It makes me very happy.

I took the older kids to Parkour class last week as John Luke had his speech therapy that day. The kids have a blast at this class.

We also took this handsome guy for his hearing test. He did great on it.

I took this picture of Grace as she was cleaning out her duck house. As you can see though she has helpers which makes the work go better.

That’s about it for this time. I hope everyone has a good day and God bless.