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Outside Canning/Cooking

One of the reasons we did all that work on Saturday was for this.  I wanted to set this room up as a place to can and cook using the propane cookers.   It is usually too windy here to use these outside.

I have lots more I want to do to make it prettier.  I want to paint the walls white to brighten it up.  I also have to figure out how to run power up there for a light and a fan.  I know it looks dark and gloomy right now but it is a work in progress.  I am hoping it will not be too hot.  As you can see the room has one window.  I want to put a valence of some type there.   In the meantime it is totally functional now just not as pretty as I would like.  However, pretty will come later.  The goal right now is to not heat up the house.  

Just in case you were wondering what was cooking in that pretty green kettle. Fresh picked green beans.   YUM!

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


This is one of the many swings we have in our yard.  I love sitting and resting after a hard day’s work.  And today we worked hard.

Our friends the Horns came over and helped us clean out one of our buildings.   Before–

After! Another before picture– 

And after

Last ones.  Before


It was a long HOT day but we got it done. Now I want you all to know that I hesitated a lot about putting the before pictures out there for everyone to see but my blog is about real life.  My real life.  So there it is.  

God bless.

A Good Day

We had a really fun day yesterday with our friends the Horns.  We went to Grayson Highlands State Park.  It had been a long time since we went there to picnic and hike.  We got there somewhere around 12:30 and the temperature was low 70’s.  When we left at 5:30 it was mid 80’s and we never hiked up to where the temperature drops.  It is a beautiful place.  I highly recommend visiting there if you get the opportunity. 

Good friends just hanging out.

Time to eat.  Good picnic food.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and macaroni salad. 

Then off on our hike .

It was a beautiful trail.

It was filled with these little ponds.

And then the grand finale!!

We spent a lot of time here playing in the cold water.  So refreshing.

The water was cold and felt wonderful on hot feet.  

It was such a nice day and reminded me how much I enjoy hiking and how much I have missed it.  Hopefully we will go again soon.  

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Unwanted Visitor

For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you know we have quite a lot of wild life around here.  Well last night we had a coyote right here in this section of our yard.  Of course, it was gone before I could get a gun.  Hopefully he was just passing through and won’t be back.  We have a lot of coyotes here but normally they are out in the fields not this close to the house.

I thought I would share a few morning pictures with you all.  I am the first one up here every morning.  Imagine that!  Anyway, every morning I go turn all the animals out. The girls put them up at night so I let them loose in the mornings.  Good system.

The sun hits our yard very early.  I love that.

A few garden pictures

As I was making this post, I looked out the window and this is what I saw.

A beautiful cloud.  How blessed am I to live here!!  God is SO good.

New Frames

We spent the day yesterday getting new frames for John Luke.   This boy has had a terrible time getting glasses that work for him.  Some of you may recall that first he got these frames  

Well these just didn’t work out for him.  He kept pulling them off his face .  That in itself is not too bad but he would pop the lens out and you would have to go searching for it where ever he laid it down.  Then he started popping the lens out and putting them in his mouth so Jess decided that was just too much so now he has his new ones.  Well he doesn’t have them just yet.  She picked out his frames yesterday and they will get his lens put in hopefully by the end of the week.

So after the eye appt we had some fun. I used to take Julie and Grace to this same playground after Grace’s eye appointments. This is a great playground. We ate our picnic lunch first then time to play.

John Luke loves to slide.
And being the good big brother that he is, Daniel was always there to help him him get down.  The only problem was, it was just too hot to play very long.  

It was a good day though.  I hope yours was too.  God bless.

Good morning

Hello everyone.   Not much going on here.  I am sitting on my green swing enjoying my morning coffee playing with Ezzie.  The birds are singing so pretty.  The temperature is nice-low 60’s with a good breeze.  I love it!

Not a lot has been going here this week.  Just normal everyday stuff.  Yard work, garden, house cleaning.  

Our butterfly bush is very pretty this year.  I have noticed though not as many butterflies as usual.  Maybe they are just a little late in coming this year.  

Well that’s about all for now.  As I said not a lot going on.  God bless. 


Good morning everyone.  I hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was very nice.  On Saturday, Grace and I worked in the garden.  Julie was having some trouble with her ankle so she did inside work.  We pulled the bean vines and picked all the beans from them in one of the raised beds.  Then we planted more beans back in that bed.  We also planted more corn, cucumbers, squash and zucchini in some empty spots we had.  I’m not sure if the corn will make before frost but I wanted to try.  

We planted flowers along the fence.  Look how pretty these sunflowers are!

The tomatoes are looking good.  I can hardly wait for fresh tomatoes.  

Yesterday, we spent some time in Christiansburg. Lots of fun just looking around at stuff.  Grace got a few art supplies and Julie got a new book. Today is yard work day.  It takes us about 4 hours to do the yard.  Grace and I mow and Julie does all the weed eating.   We seem to have a pretty good system worked out.  

 I will leave you with a picture of our beautiful moon I took last night.  Most nights, I step out on our deck for a little while before bed.  Last night, the moon was so pretty.  

Enjoy your day and God bless.


I spent some time with the grandkids yesterday.  Jess had to go with Donna (David’s Mom) for some doctor appointments. 

This post is mostly pictures of them and our day together.

After spending time at their house, we decided it was time to come to the farm. 

What better way to have fun than walking on the tractor road.

Or running on the tractor road.  Whichever you prefer.

Some of us though prefer to walk.

A view of my house from where we were walking.  John Luke learned how to throw rocks in the puddles.  It was SO much fun watching him.  However then it took us forever to finish our walk because he wanted to pick up every rock and go back and throw it in.  I love living here.  God is so good.  

A Fun Little Project

Yesterday the girls and I spent some time cleaning house.  Julie then weedeated the chicken lot while Grace and I worked in the garden.   However it can’t be all work and no play.  While the girls were having their own chill time, I decided to work on this.  This little treasure was given to me by Jessica.  I was going to paint it but with all we’ve had going on,  it just got pushed to the back of the building.  Then the other day when we were digging the planer out we rediscovered it.  
Doesn’t it look so much better?

So I decided to give it a home.   I found the birdbath at the dumpster.  Our friends, the Horns, gave Julie the little rabbit and my friend Bev painted the rock for me.  I love it.  I think it looks cute sitting there with the pineapple mint.  

Have a great day.  God bless.


Grace checked out a book at the library a few weeks ago.  She wanted to learn how to draw birds.  This is one she drew this week.  She used colored pencils.  I think she did an excellent job.  

Another one she did.  She drew this one for a friend of ours for his birthday.   

I took this picture yesterday as I was walking back from the mailbox.  

Our butterfly bush is blooming. 

Remember these rocks.  The other one is down below this one so it didn’t show up in the picture.  Several years ago, I asked Marvin to bring them down for me to put in my yard.  They had been scooted over to the side of the road maybe when the road was made.  I’m not sure.  But I would drive by them and think how pretty they were.  Then one day it occurred to me they would look pretty in my yard and so here they are.  Marvin said it was the first time anyone asked him to bring rocks to their yard.  Usually people want them took out.  But we love them.  

I took this picture while I was cooking supper.  We had chicken and zucchini on the grill, green beans from the garden, cucumbers and watermelon.  Delicious!!

Enjoy your day and God bless.