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Chef Daniel

Good morning everyone! Yesterday we enjoyed supper at Jess’s. Daniel made us another one of his Raddish Kids meals. It was so good.


I am so happy that he is enjoying doing this. Sam’s Tinker Crate is supposed to arrive today. Fun stuff!

We have had a wet week so Grace and I decided to do an inside project. We painted what we call the “new room”. This room was added a few years back. It is a combination room. As you can see our washer is in there and extra commode, plus storage. Grace has a curious helper!

We LOVE the colors.

The blue color was a miss matched paint from home depot and the green is called sea mist.

Grace carried my small greenhouse to the front porch for me. Sorry the pic is a little dark. I am looking forward to starting some greens in here hopefully next week. I want to start some lettuces, kale, chard, spinach, radishes and onions. Salad fixings.

Speaking of seeds, I received another order in the mail yesterday. I am looking forward to trying the lemon squash, supposedly they are resistant to insects. That would be nice as we have an over abundance of squash bugs here.

I also made a loaf of this bread. It is baked in a dutch oven which makes for a crunchy crust and a soft interior. I got the recipe from a YouTube channel I watch called Living Traditions Homestead.

Well that’s all now. I need to get started putting all the stuff back in the new room. God bless.


Good morning everyone! We have been getting some wintry weather here in Floyd.

We had some snow and ice over the weekend.

Then more snow on Thursday.

I don’t mind snow but the temperature is supposed to drop dramatically tomorrow. Tomorrow’s high I think is supposed to be around 40 and within 24 hours the temperature will be close to zero. Big change!

I have been crocheting some. I just finished this hat for Dave.

I also received some of my seeds in the mail this week. This company is new to me but they have excellent prices. I have some more ordered from Baker Creek seeds that should be delivered Monday.

We picked up these seed packets at Rural King the last time we were there. I love getting ready for gardening.

God bless.

Snow and Ice

Good afternoon everyone! I hope you are all having a nice weekend. We got a little snow and ice storm here yesterday. It wasn’t too bad but definitely enough to keep us home.

I decided since I was home it was a good time to work on organizing my seeds.

They were in much need of help.

I laid them all out on the floor so I could see what I had. This part was a little challenging as the kitty cats kept wanting to help.

Then I made file folders for them and put them in alphabetical order. I made the larger envelopes you see in front for my bigger seed packets. I always buy corn and bean seed in bulk.

I really like how this turned out. Much better than it was.

That’s all for now. I hope you have a great Sunday and God bless.

More Sunrise Pictures

We have had beautiful sunrises this week.

I thought I would share a few of them with you all.

As you all know I love sunrises and sunsets. I love the brilliant colors.

I also love the soft colors.

Our God is so creative!

And I love the fact that He wants to share all His creativity with us.

So amazing! That’s all the sunrise pictures for now.

Grace and I have been busy this week. Richard came over on Thursday and we worked some more on the big catawba tree. He brought his big splitter. We got a lot done. We worked about 3 hours.

Grace brought all the smaller pieces in the wood shed. We can split these ourselves with our little splitter.

Grace worked on the ditch on Monday. Hopefully this will help keep some of the mud out of our driveway.

I’ve been getting lots of seed books. I love seed books. I have already spent hours looking at them. This seed company is located in my home state. I looked it up on the internet and it is only 3 hours from where we live. My friend Vicki and I are working on a plan to go there. I have always wanted to go to Baker Creek Seeds but it is a long way to travel.

It is cold here today. Wind gusts 40 to 50 mph. 15 degrees temperature with wind chill -1. I kinda dread the outside chores this morning. The sun is shining though and that always helps. We are supposed to get snow this weekend. I think the last time I checked they were saying 6 to 12 inches.

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


Good morning everyone! Welcome to a new year. Grace made me this beautiful cover for my garden journal. I love it! It makes me happy every time I look at it. I think she is so talented.

For Christmas, Daniel got a membership to Raddish Kids. He made supper for us all last night. (With a little help from Mom) I am so proud of him. He made soup

Bread and cupcakes.

It was all very delicious!

Sam got a membership to Tinker Crate. He made a planetarium (with some help from Dad). I think this monthly membership was a great idea.

My morning place!

We were blessed with another beautiful sunrise the other day. If you look closely you can see the tractor.

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Good Morning

We were blessed with another beautiful sunrise the other morning. I love how sometimes God just catches me by surprise. I almost missed this!

We finished the cleaning at the Madison house on Thursday. I love how good the wood floors look. Dave and I still have repairs to do on the house but we can work on them a little at a time. The man who is renting the house is supposed to move in this weekend.

Grace and I took down all our Christmas decorations yesterday and got them all put away.

The kitties helped some. To be honest, I am amazed this didn’t happen earlier. They are extremely active cats.

I saw this on Facebook and I really liked it so I thought I would share it on here.

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Christmas 2018

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas.

Grace and I went to Jess’s on Christmas Eve day and enjoyed a wonderful meal. Then we went to the candlelight service at church.

Grace loves to wear her Christmas sweaters. This is one of her favorites. It has jingle bells on it. She also had on Christmas socks that had bells on them. So much fun!

We enjoyed our day together and had leftovers from our big meal at Jess’s.

We also took the kids last week to the Christmas maze. They loved it. Especially the apple cider!

Friday we saw this beautiful rainbow in Christiansburg. It was so pretty.

Another thing we did Friday. Grace surprised me with an early Christmas gift. She bought us a peppermint mocha frappuccino from Starbucks. We never do Starbucks so it was a really nice treat. It was delicious!

I wanted to share this picture from Christmas last year.

And to say that even though we miss her more than words can ever say, it was a really nice Christmas.

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

Christmas Maze

Our local greenhouse puts up a little Christmas maze every year.

As best as I can remember, we have never missed going to see it since we have lived here in Floyd.

They have a pot of warm apple cider sitting right at the door. Free to enjoy.

I suppose you would say this is one of our Christmas traditions.

It was a lot of fun.

I thought I would include this picture of the parkway during the big snow. Most of the snow is gone now.

We spent the day yesterday working on cutting up the big tree.

It is now all cut. Yay! We still have to split it and get it stacked but the yard looks much better now.

Much thanks to our friends who have helped us with this huge project.

Grace took this picture of the eagle the other day. He was sitting in the tree at the top of the driveway. We think he is so beautiful!

Speaking of beautiful, we had a beautiful sunrise the other morning.

Also check out these strange clouds. Very unusual. God is so good.

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Big Snow

Hello everyone! I guess the big news around here is our big snow we got last weekend. This little bird is resting in Grace’s footstep.

Grace took all the bird pictures. She has made sure they have plenty of food to eat.

We ended up with about 20 inches. A good amount of snow for our first snow. It was very pretty and the power stayed on so all in all not bad at all. However, as much as I love snow, I do not enjoy doing outside chores in 20 inches of snow.

We took advantage of being inside and put our Christmas tree up and our decorations. So far, the cats have not bothered it, which is amazing.

I always like to get this tablecloth out for Christmas. My mom and I embroidered it together. I did one side, mom did the other. I wanted to quit working on my side. Needle work has never been one of my favorite things. Mom wouldn’t let me and I am so thankful I finished it. Every time I get it out to use, I remember how much fun we had working on it.

Grace and the kitties.

We were blessed with a beautiful sunrise this morning. God is so good.

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

Good Morning

Hello everyone! I hope you have all been having a good week. We were blessed with a beautiful sunrise the other morning.

We have been very busy here. Dave and Jess’s renters moved out of their Madison house. They left the house in need of a lot of attention.

Very sad.

This is the inside steps going up to the bedrooms. We steam cleaned them Tuesday. They look much better now and are ready to be painted.

Everything in the house has to be steam cleaned and painted.

The floors have had to be scraped with a razor scraper.

Can you tell they smoked in the house?

We worked all day last Saturday and Sunday then all day on Tuesday. We have gotten a lot done. Dave’s sister is coming up in the evenings and working on the painting. It is already looking a lot better. Hopefully it will soon be ready to rent again.

On Monday, we worked on cutting the willow trees and getting them out of the duck lot. A neighbor came and cut them for us while Grace and I moved them.

We have two piles that will need to be split. I think we can split these with our little splitter. The bigger ones we just rolled over to the side. They were too heavy for us to move.

We also have two piles of limbs to burn.

The duck lot looks so different with the trees gone. I hated to see them go. I got the original start from George’s mom when we moved up here. It was a full day’s work but the ducks are very happy to have their lot back. We are so thankful to live in a community where neighbors take the time to help each other.

We had some snow yesterday. Very exciting. Nothing really laid on but it was beautiful to watch. We are supposed to get our first big snow over the weekend. We’ll see how it goes.

Some of Grace’s latest art work. This one she did by hand. I love all the colors.

This one she did on her computer. It’s CHRISTMAS! I think she has so much talent.

And a picture to show how much the cats are growing.

I guess that’s about all. Grace and I are hoping to put up some decorations today and maybe even the tree. We’ll see. Whatever we don’t get finished with today hopefully we can finish over the weekend. If it snows like they are predicting, we won’t be working at the Madison house.

God bless.