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Hello Everyone

I hope you have all had a good week so far.  Today is Thanksgiving day.  I will hopefully have pictures to share of how our day goes but sometimes everything is just too busy to take pictues.  

Grace has finished her Pokemon drawings.  We found a frame at Goodwill for it.  It looks really cute over her art desk.  I am proud of her for seeing it through.   There were quite a few challenges but she stuck with it.  

We have been experiencing colder temperatures here in Floyd which means time to have a fire.  This means time to cook on the stove.  One of my favorite things about winter is getting to use this stove to cook on.  On the stove today: pinto beans, cabbage and pork.  YUM!

I made these granola bars this week.  They are really good and I think they will be my go-to recipe from now on.  I got the recipe from

We also made these.  I guess when I’m inside more, I cook.  I got this recipe from  

Just a little funny thing, Grace was looking through a magazine the other day and saw this picture of these swans.  Guess what?

We have one of them!  Julie found it at a yard sale a few years ago.  We thought that was pretty cool. 

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

Fall pictures, Birthday and a Surprise

Hello everyone.  I hope you have all had a wonderful week.  Ours has been nice but a little hectic.   I took this picture last week.  There are still a few trees left with pretty colors on them.  

So pretty!

One of the things we did this week was celebrate my beautiful Grace’s 18th birthday.  Wow!  The Horns surprised her by making this cake.

So cute!

Grace has been busy working on this.  She is drawing all the Pokemon characters from memory.  She has another page to do.  I think she said she will be drawing 150 of them.

She has also been practicing with her watercolor pencils.  

Julie and I made two trips to college this week.  She had to do some of her work on one of their computers.  She also scheduled her classes for next semester while she was there. 

One of Julie’s favorite places to eat is IHOP.   She treated us both to lunch there on one of our days out.  

Since our trip to the tea house, I have been wanting to try my hand at making scones and the Devonshire cream they served.  I made these yesterday.  They were really good and definitely worth making again.  

Now for the surprise part of this post.  The other day, the girls and I were putting away some flower pots for the winter.  Julie carried them out to the building.  She was setting the pots down when she caught movement out of the corner of her eye.  This is what it was.

Now I think in all my years of living in the country and all the possums (yes if you live here they are called possums not opossums) I have killed this has to be the biggest one.  He was huge.  

I will leave you with much more pleasant pictures.  Enjoy your day and God bless.



Katie’s Tea Party Birthday

Hello everyone.  Yesterday we celebrated this beautiful girl’s birthday.  We went to Mae’s Vintage Kitchen in Kernersville NC.

It was a beautiful old house.

Katie loved everything about the tea party.

Especially the fruit.

From there we went to Build A Bear.

This was quite the experience.  For those who don’t know Katie, I will tell you that Katie LOVES to shop.  She wanted to get all the things.   But with a little guidance from mommy, she picked out just the right things for her bear (which really is a cat).

She helped stuff it,

Bath it and dress it.

And TA-DA!!!

I would like to say thanks to Dave who works hard to make days like this special for his kids.  Also thanks to Jess who planned all this.  It was a great day.  God bless!

Beautiful days

Hello everyone!  We certainly have had a beautiful fall here in Floyd.  Just for fun, I went back through my old blog posts and found the picture below.  It is the same tree as the above picture in Oct. 2010.  It was taken from a slightly different angle though.  

Absolutely beautiful clouds.

Our God is so good.  It saddens me to think people get so busy with their lives they fail to notice His gifts. 

We spent some time working in the garden this week.  Grace gathered her Indian corn she planted.  Isn’t it pretty?

We also found a few peppers left.  I plan on drying them and  making the pepper spice we like.

We are drying a few apples right now.  We love dried apples.  They are such a good snack.

One day this week I helped a friend of mine clean the upper windows in her house.

My last picture.  I took this picture this morning.  Just another gift from the God I love.  Enjoy your day.

Fall Pictures

Hello everyone.  I hope you have all had a good week.  I wanted to share a few fall pictures I have taken.  This little creek runs on the back side of our road.  It is always so pretty.

Last week on Friday and Saturday we helped a friend move.  Then on Sunday I went with Dave,  Jess and crew to West Virginia to get Dave’s new toy.

We stopped by Chuck’ s house on the way home.  Everyone needed some time out of the vehicle.

Jess’s kids had fun riding with Chuck’s kids while we grown ups visited.

Since Dave has the side by side now, Daniel gets to move up to what was Dave’s 4 wheeler.  Fun stuff!!

I am making a new yogurt.  Vicki and I went in halves and ordered this heirloom variety pack of yogurt starters.  The thing I really like about it is no heating of milk and then cooling it down.  You just put the yogurt starter in the milk and leave it sitting out.  So much easier.  So far, I have made 2 hatches.  I really like it.
I spent the day yesterday at Jessica’s.  We made a double batch of these popcorn balls and enjoyed homemade chili that she had made for lunch.  I LOVE fall!

I will leave you with a few more fall pictures.  Enjoy your day and God bless.


Good morning everyone.  I hope you are having a good week.  I enjoyed this beautiful sky this morning as I was letting out the animals.  

I am so blessed to live here.

We have had rain this week so we decided it was time to do an inside project.  This is the new colors in the laundry room.

This was the before. We will be so glad when all the soot is gone from all the rooms but we are taking it one room at a time.

The ceiling before and after. We love the colors.  So bright and cheerful and the entire room is done. YAY!  

Today we will be getting some groceries, cleaning house and just enjoying the day. 

God bless.

A Good Week

This week we have had the most beautiful moon.  At night, everything looks so pretty.

We have been pretty busy here this week.  The first of the week was just normal stuff, haircuts, groceries, cleaning vehicles,  things like that.  

We had a picnic with our friends the Horns yesterday evening at Smartview Park.  It was SO nice.  Many deer came by.  They didn’t seem afraid of us at all.  It was fun eating our meal and watching them.

Then today we decided to tackle another building.  We will certainly be glad when all of them are done.  Three more to go!  This is the before picture and …

This is the after picture.  Definitely an improvement.  

Then off to the dump.  YAY!  This old truck sure earns its keep here.  We are so thankful we have it.

Then for fun, we did a little fall decorating.  Something we haven’t done in years.  All in all, it has been a good week.  I hope yours has been a good one as well.  God bless. 

Good morning

I love it when the fog starts to rise.  Now don’t get me wrong I do not love fog when it covers everything for days and I can’t even see my front porch.  But times like this it is beautiful.

This young lady is sitting in our art room right now.  We had to take her to the vet yesterday to have a warble worm removed.  She is on antibiotics for 5 days and will have to stay inside.  

We got our first egg from the baby chicks.  Isn’t it cute?  Hopefully soon we will start getting some color in that basket as several of the baby chicks are Americanas.

I spent some time at smartview park with Jess and the kids last week.  We took some snacks and just enjoyed each other’s company.   The kids and I took a walk around the park and gave mommy a little quiet time.  The leaves are starting to fall which makes the park so pretty.

John Luke loved his popsicle.  Usually he doesn’t like cold stuff very much but he sure loved this one.  Jess and the kids have been studying Mexico in school.  She got these popsicles in the Mexican section of Food Lion.

Saturday we rode to Meadows of Dan on the parkway.   This little store is called Poor Farmer’s Market.  

It is a really nice store with lots of local produce.

I finally had to build our first fire of the season.  Nothing big just enough to take the chill out of the house but enough to remind us of what is coming.  

I hope you all have a great day and God bless. 

A Good Day’s Work

Today was a busy day but we got a lot accomplished.  First, we mowed the yard.  It was definitely in need of mowing.  Then we ate lunch and started putting together the new rabbit hutch. 

It was very easy to put together which made us happy.

Then we started taking down the rabbit lot to move it.  When the rabbits were first put in here it worked well for them however the bushes and trees have grown since then making it was an extremely tight fit now.  

George made the two hutches for Julie last year however her newest rabbit didn’t have a Dad-made hutch so she had to buy one.

Doesn’t she look so cute in her new home.

One of Julie’s male rabbits.  The other one was being shy and wouldn’t come out for me to take his picture.

 Here they are all in their new home.  Doesn’t it look so much better.  Lots more room. 
“Helping” is such hard work.  

Well that’s all for now.  Time for showers and supper.  Enjoy your evening and God bless.


Last week we were blessed to go on vacation with our friends, the Horns.  We went to Gatlinburg.  

We stayed in this cabin.  It was very nice. Thanks again, Quentin. We went down on Wednesday.   The first thing we did was divide and conquer.  Julie went with the Horns to Dollywood and Grace and I went to the aquarium.  We had a great time. 

Grace petting a jellyfish.  She said it felt weird.  

The next day we all went to the Christmas place.  It was beautiful.

So much to see.

Next we walked down to the river for a little rest.

After lunch we rode up on the mountain. 

It was so pretty there.  

We could see some of the places damaged by the fire.

The next day we came home.  We stopped at a few places on the way home.  The knife works place, Bass Pro Shop and Cabellas.  On Saturday we went to the Grayson Highlands Festival and were disappointed to discover no molasses this year.  Very sad.  Other than that it was a good festival day.  A few more pictures of the girls and me.  

That’s all.  Enjoy your day and God bless.