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Spring Things

Hello everyone! I pray you are all staying safe during this time. We are all good. Getting things done at home.

So many things are coming to life here on the farm. This is an apple tree some good friends bought for us last fall. It looks like it survived the winter. We are very excited to have our own apples soon.

I see dandelion jelly coming soon!

We have starting making our fresh teas. We gathered this mullein the other day.

Today I am making lemon balm tea. I scavenged around and found a little curly leaf spearmint to add to it.

We found blood root blooming on one of our walks.

Our forsythia bush is beautiful this year.

I straightened up my little fire pit and have it ready to go. It is hard to have an outside fire here sometimes because we have so much wind.

We have been doing lots of garden work. I have planted a few things already. Beets, turnips, radishes,-things like that. Yesterday I planted peas and onions. Today I have some cabbage and broccoli plants to plant, also lettuces, kale, lots of greens. I LOVE this time of year and am so thankful I have the health and the space to grow all this yummy food.

Grace and I built this little teepee for our malabar spinach to run on. It is something new we are trying this year.

We mowed the yard for the first time. It takes us a long time to mow. Almost 3 hours with 2 push mowers and that’s not counting the weed eating. But it looks so good when it is all finished.

I have also started my tomato and pepper seeds. I plan on starting cucumber, yellow squash and zucchini in a few weeks.

Our little greenhouse. I keep it on the glassed in front porch because of the wind.

My helper!

Our amaryllis is blooming so pretty.

I hope you all stay safe and have a great week. God bless.

Happy Things

Hello everyone! I know these past few weeks have been crazy so I thought I would just share a few normal, happy things. My amaryllis is blooming so pretty. It has two full blooms that are open now and two more that will open soon. It brightens up the room so much.

Also Grace and I built this teepee the other day for the garden. We want to try to grow Red Malabar Spinach on it. This will be the first year I have grown it so we will see if it is a keeper or not.

Our forsythia bush is in full bloom. I think it is so pretty this year.

I ventured out to town yesterday to get a few things we needed. I stopped at our local greenhouse and picked up some garden soil to amend the raised beds.

I also picked up a few herb plants. They look so nice and healthy.

I put them in bigger pots this morning.

They will stay on the glassed in front porch until it gets a little warmer outside.

They make the porch smell so nice!

I think this purple basil is so pretty. I love the varigated one.

I guess that’s all for now. Everyone stay safe and stay home as much as possible.

God bless.

More Garden Stuff

Sunday the Bates crew came over and helped us get lots of stuff done. Dave and I worked on the fence that goes around the garden. Then we moved the arches down to the lower garden and put them up as trellises.I think they will be much more efficient this way. The arches were pretty but I didn’t have much success growing things on them last year. Now I have trellises in the upper and lower garden.I did leave one arch up over this raised bed. I think it adds a little cuteness to the garden.Our neighbor came and tilled the garden for us. He comes every year and tills it for the first time. Then Grace and I keep it up after that. I LOVE the look, the smell, the feel of fresh turned dirt!Then it was time to bring in the greenhouse. At first, I thought maybe I would not start seeds this year. That maybe I would just buy plants. But after Grace and I calculated the price, we thought it would be much more cost effective to start our own seeds. And, of course, much more fun. Juicy was helping me, as usual. He loves it when we bring in “new” things! He is so curious!Another reason to start seeds is that we have a lot of seeds. Some we saved last year from our own plants and some that are bought.Another new thing I have been doing is fermenting. I have done it before but not on a regular basis.I did these carrots with a little garlic and they are delicious.Dave and Jess ordered me some more glass weights and burping lids so I can now make more than one jar at a time.This is what I am fermenting right now. One of the carrot jars is for Dave and Jess.Jess has been put on a low inflammatory diet due to health reasons. She has been diagnosed with Lyme related arthritis. She has been in so much pain from this. She has been on this new plan for about 3 weeks.This is a picture of her before she stopped eating foods that are inflammatory. She is basically doing a vegetarian diet with no processed foods and no sugar.Picture of her now. I am so proud of her. It is so hard to change how we eat. She says though that it is definitely helping with her pain level so that motivates her to eat as she should.I know this has been a long post but I had a lot to catch up on. I hope you all have a great day and God bless.

Garden Stuff

Just look at these beautiful crocuses. They are not mine but belong to a friend. I think they are so pretty.

I have been able to get a few things done outside this week. I cleaned up the asparagus bed and put fresh hay on it.

Cleaned up the rhubarb. It makes me so happy to think of fresh rhubarb and asparagus. I love them both.

I did some brush burning.

And got this beautiful truck load of mulch delivered.

The Bates crew will be coming over tomorrow to help get some things done in the garden. It is supposed to be sunny and warm, 60 degrees. I LOVE it! I will make a post showing our progress.

Spring is calling and there is much to get done!

Spring Is Coming

Hello everyone! I hope you have all been having a good week so far. Grace and I spotted these beautiful colts foot starting to bloom along the back side of our road.

Also the pretty periwinkle. These two flowers are our first ones to bloom in the spring. We start looking for them mid February. It is a little challenge between Grace and her godparents to see who spots them first. Grace loves to win!!

I also started a jar of fermented carrots yesterday. It has been several years since I made them. I think they look very pretty in the jar.

Grace took this picture the other day of Juicy. I think it is such a good picture of him. Don’t be fooled by his innocent look. He is definitely a mischief maker!

I am not sure what I will be working on today. The sun is shining right now and it is supposed to be warm. It is really muddy though so maybe I will do something inside.

God bless.

Fun Day

Grace and I took the kids to Christiansburg today to do some yarn shopping. You may recall I made Daniel a super hero cape a few months back. So now it is Sam’s turn for me to make him one.

He chose these Caron Latte Cakes and the color is velvet teal. I always said I didn’t want to use this yarn for any project. It is very fuzzy. Of course, that would be the very yarn he chose.

I have already started it and it isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It is definitely soft, which is what he wanted.

They were on sale at Michael’s, buy one get one half off so I thought it was a good time to get Katie’s yarn as well. Looks like I will have a lot of practice working with this yarn.😏

It was a really fun day and now I have the yarn here to work on in my spare time.

God bless.

Tea Party

Katie and I had a little tea party this evening. It was her turn to come to the farm for some alone time with Mawmaw. Grace has her GED class on Wednesday evenings.

We had so much fun.

Tea party food is her favorite. After we ate, we spent some time organizing seeds. Then we filled up a few of the stackable planters with dirt, getting them ready for seeds. It was a fun evening.

When Daniel was over for his alone time, we worked on learning to embroider. Sam and I played cards. I am so thankful they live close so we can have these special times together.

Enjoy your week and God bless.

Valentine’s Meal and Other Things

Hello everyone! I hope you have all been having a good weekend. We enjoyed a great valentine’s meal yesterday at Jessica’s. Great food and great fellowship. I so love my little family.Look at this awesome picture Dave took of John Luke. He is showing off his muscles. I love it!I have ordered a few seeds in anticipation of spring. It will soon be time to get some early things started. I want to make a stick trellis for the malabar spinach to run on. It is new to me for this year. I am excited to try it.Daniel is learning embroidery. He seems to enjoy doing it.

That’s about it for now. God bless.


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

I wanted to show you all this awesome stackable planter I got at Dollar Tree. I first saw one of these a few years back on someone’s blog. I really like them. I am thinking I will put herbs in mine.

Another thing I have been doing is making bread. I hadn’t made bread in a few years. It feels good to make it again.

I am still crocheting. It seems to be a good pass time for me. Keeps my hands busy, which I like.

An update on the fridge disaster from the other morning. Dave came over yesterday and turned the water completely off to the ice maker. We plugged the fridge back up and it is working great. So no ice but that’s ok!

Look at these cute house shoes Retia got for Grace. Grace loves turtle stuff so these are perfect.

Speaking of Grace she took the plastic wrap off her tattoo last night and it looks great!

I guess that’s all for now. I hope you all have a great week.

God bless.

Grace’s Tattoo

When I asked Grace what she wanted for her 20th birthday, she told me she wanted to get a tattoo.  There is a tattoo parlor in Floyd that does excellent work. Grace drew the design herself.

Grace LOVES crows. They have always been her favorite bird. Maybe because we have so many of them here on the farm.

So far it has healed nicely and hasn’t been too painful. 

God bless.