First Fire

Hello everyone. We built our first fire in the house. I always put it off as long as I can but we definitely needed one yesterday. Oh well, it is the middle of October.

We recently experienced some flooding in our area. This is not my house but a picture I took the other day as we were on our way home from one of John Luke’s appointments. We were glad we got home before it got too bad.

We have had some really strange looking skies lately.

Me and John Luke with his new “fast shoes”.

I was sick over the weekend with a stomach virus. I didn’t get to help my friend Retia move. I am feeling better now though and am very grateful. Unfortunately my being sick also meant Grace didnt get to go to the comic con she had been planning on going to. There is another one coming up at the end of this month. Hopefully we’ll get to go to it.

Grace found her picture on the comic con website. The picture was taken in October 2015.

And not to be the crazy cat lady but he is kinda cute.

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Good Morning

We have had some beautiful sunrises this week.

God is so good to show us so much beauty.

We also had a visitor. Grace was able to get this awesome picture of him as he sat on a fence post right in front of our house.

Big news this week for John Luke. He now has his “fast shoes” (braces). So far he has adjusted really well to wearing them.

I have been helping my friend Retia pack up this week. Next Saturday is moving day for her and Tim. Grace has had trouble with allergies all week. However she did finish up fall decorating and she has been doing the inktober challenge. Yesterday’s challenge was chicken. She drew this for it.

I love it. Notice the one on mama’s back. So cute!

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Fun Afternoon

Yesterday we spent the afternoon with our friends, the Horns. It was a lot of fun. The kids worked on craft projects.Grace’s project.Madison’sQuentin Jr.’s, Mackenzie’s. Vicki and I spent our time talking and looking at yarn on the internet. It was a good day.A few morning pictures.God bless.

Good Morning

I hope you are all having a good weekend so far.

Dave came over yesterday and helped us get a lot of things done. First we fixed the latch on the back porch door. It works so good now. Yay!

Then he put up this ceiling fan for Grace in her art room. Bev and Steve gave it to her. I think it looks really good in the room.

Another thing we did was try to start our Honda. For some reason, it won’t start. Dave thinks it might be the plugs and plug wires. I am going to try to get new ones this week so he can replace them. Hopefully that will fix it.

Also he checked out our refrigerator. It has not been working properly. He said it needs a new fan motor. He is going to try to find one online to order.

We also rearranged the propane heater on the glassed in porch and put a larger tank on it. I love using this heater in the winter. I spend a lot of time out here on this porch.

Another thing we worked on was making new gates for the garden area.

I love how they turned out.

Our feed building roof was leaking horribly and we have had a ton of rain here. He cleared off the roof, found the leak and we just spread a tarp over it until we could fix it better.

Grace helped us with some of the projects but after lunch she had her own project to work on. She dug this ditch and make this cute little pond in her duck lot.

It was a lot of work but it looks so good and the ducks love it.

After that Jess and the kids came over. We ate supper together, spaghetti and garlic bread and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Then we did a little campfire. It was a really good day. Today we are going over to the Horns to have a craft day. Thank you, Lord, for family and friends.

God bless.

New River Fiber Company

Last Saturday Jessica, Retia, Kelly and myself made a trip to a yarn store. It was in Blacksburg. We enjoyed the day, looking at all kinds of different yarns.

While we were enjoying our day, Grace, Daniel, Sam and Katie were having fun at the farm. They made an oreo dessert, played videos games and took a walk.

Just a few of the pictures Grace took on their walk.

I’ve been working on a few crochet projects this week. We are much too wet here to do any outside work.

I didn’t buy any yarn at the yarn store as I had this to work with already. Jess purchased a box of yarn for me and herself during the summer. This beautiful yarn was in it. I love it. It is so soft.

This yarn also came in the package. I have found a new to me YouTube channel to watch. It is called fiber flux. I have learned both these stitches from watching her channel.

That’s all for now. God bless.

Good Morning

It is a beautiful morning here in Floyd. Hurricane Florence has passed through. Everything is soaked but the air smells so fresh. Damage from the storm was not too bad here. Lots of flooding and road damage but not so bad. We did not loose power but I do not know about the rest of the area. We have not been out as I understand our road is not open.

On to happier things, we celebrated this handsome young man’s birthday this weekend. He is eleven. How amazing is that.

He chose a space theme. Jess did a great job with all the decorations. She made a cake, had milky way bars and moon pies. It was a lot of fun. He received a Nintendo 2ds from Dave and Jess. Grace and I got him a Pokemon game to play on it. They played it all weekend. Fun stuff.

Jess put this picture of Daniel on Facebook for his birthday. I think it is such a good picture.

We made a new jam recipe. It is called caramel apple jam. It looks good. We haven’t tried it yet but I took a jar to Jess. She said they liked it.

We canned more pie filling.

The kittens hard at work!

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Corn Cob Jelly

Hello everyone. I hope you have all had a good weekend. Grace and I made something new to us this past week. We made corn cob jelly. It is something we have seen before in little country stores around here but we have never made it. To be honest, we had never even tasted it. But you know I like to try new recipes so we gave it a try. We tasted it after it was finished. It has a slightly honey taste, definitely nothing like corn. We used the surejell recipe to make it so it is really sweet but still good.

Lots of fog here yesterday and today.

Grace loves foggy days for doing art work.

Here are a few of the things she has been working on.

This is one of her bigger projects. She is still working on it.

She has to put the colors on all these. There are 100 Pokemon characters on this paper all drawn from memory. I’ll put a picture on here when they are all finished. She has also been studying to take her GED test.

Another new thing. We now have two inside kitties. We think they are very cute.

We were blessed with some apples from Richard the other day. He has the best apples. They come from a very old tree and I’m not sure what variety they are. I just know they are good.

I made a pie first off with them. Yesterday I dried some in the dehydrator. I plan on drying some more today and hopefully canning some apple pie filling.

We bought some fall plants to go in a couple of the raised beds.

This beautiful little bird has been coming by every morning for a bite of food. He makes me happy to see him.

One more picture of the fog. Enjoy your day and God bless.

Sunday Morning

Good morning everyone!

We have been experiencing some really strong storms this week but this morning is calm. Just a little fog.

Tree limbs blown down on Grace’s duck lot.

No major damage though.

Grace and I put up our fall decorations yesterday. She loves fall. This shelf is above her art desk.

We also decorated the mantel.

Madison painted the scarecrow picture.

Fall is such a fun time.

Grace took this beautiful picture in a field on our way home from town. I love the cardinal reds that bloom this time of year. So pretty.

We have been blessed with a few more beans and I have saved a few flower seeds. Still working on the raised beds. I did get one bed planted with turnips yesterday before the rain came.

Grace does a lot of drawing on her computer. This is her latest one. The characters are her creations. One is named Ferkie and the other one is Zolten. The smaller one is Ferkie.

Beautiful sky last night.

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

Good Morning

Hello everyone. I hope you are all having a good week so far. Last Friday, Grace and I went with the Horns on a picnic and a small hike at Bisset Park. The trail goes along with the river. It is a really nice, peaceful trail.

While we were in town, we went to Rural King. I got these beautiful mini mums to put in our planter. I think they look really nice and just the right size.

We have been working on more garden produce.

Aren’t these so colorful! These peppers are for the freezer.

We also did some pickled sweet peppers and some pickled hot peppers but I forgot to get a picture of them.

We have been working on cleaning up the raised beds. They are in horrible condition and need lots of attention. We hope to get them cleaned up and put some fall crops in them. We’ll see how it goes.

This bed is completely finished and ready to go now. So one down 4 more to go!

I received this sweet picture from Daniel the other day. I love it!

Grace and I went to our local thrift store yesterday and Grace found these adorable monster shoes. She absolutely loves them.

I found this. I love Beth Moore studies and so was very happy to find this devotion book. I am looking forward to starting on it.

The moon has been so beautiful here. This picture, in no way, does it justice but it is the best my phone would do.

Well I guess that’s all for today. Enjoy your day and God bless.

Zoo trip

Grace and I took the three oldest kiddos to the Mill Mountain Zoo yesterday. We had so much fun.

First we get in our “new” car.

Then nap time.

we’re here!

We saw lots of animals and played at the playground.

After the zoo, we had a picnic lunch and then went to the star. At night this star is lit up and you can see it from a long way off. We had a very blessed day.

God bless.