Tag Archives: Back Yard

Wild Roses

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Wild roses are blooming everywhere here.  We took this picture over at the job site. 

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Also, blackberries are in bloom.  If the amount of bloom is any indication of how many berries we will have, there should be an abundance of them this year.  I helped Hubby again today at the job site.  We pulled wire all day for the electrical.  I think I have always taken for granted the amount of wire that is run in a house to make everything work.  I will be helping him again tomorrow.  Hopefully, tomorrow will finish up most of the electrical. 

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I wanted you all to check out the size of this toad frog.  He was huge!!  He had wondered up in the back yard.  The girls carried him back down to the pond.  We thought he would be much happier there.

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Another picture of the goslings.  I hope you all don’t get tired of seeing them.  It seems every time they come up into the yard they have gotten bigger.  Well, that’s about all for today.  I put a beef roast in the crock pot before we left this morning.  Green beans and biscuits sound good to have with it for supper.  I try to keep supper easy when I work with Hubby.   Enjoy your evening and God bless.

Beautiful Day

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Today has been a beautiful day here in Floyd.  Temperature as I type this is 72 degrees with a slight breeze.  An absolutely georgeous day.  Thank you, Lord. 

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This is a picture Grace took yesterday.  This is the view from the back yard of the house Hubby is working on.  The girls and I have  been working on plums today.  We did one batch of freezer jam.  I am trying out the ponoma pectin that my blog friend Cheryl at http://holcombhappenings.wordpress.com/ uses.  You only have to use a small amount of sugar with it.  I have some now on in the steam juicer.  I wonder how plum juice will taste? One thing for sure,  the  house smells delicious! 

 I am also making yogurt today.  This is a new recipe for me.  I got it from Cheryl too.  The recipe is Sweet Yogurt:
7 cups milk
1 pkg unflavored gelatin
2/3 cups instant milk
1/2 cup sugar
4 Tablespoon yogurt

In a small bowl, measure yogurt and let it sit. Mix ingredients (except yogurt) in a large saucepan and cook to 180º; do not boil. Cool to 112º in pan. Stir in a small amount of milk into the yogurt and then mix it all into saucepan. Stir well. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla (if desired). Divide into 2 quart jars, cover with lid and band. Wrap in a towel and set over a pilot light or on a heating pad covered with a large pot. Check in 4 hours.

The only thing I did different is use my yogurt machine.  Well, actually, it is Jessica’s machine.  She is letting me borrow it.  The recipe filled up the yogurt machine with about 1 pt left over.  I put that pint in the oven and turned the oven light on.  I want to see how that works.  I’ll let you all know. 

Well, the juice is almost done so I better get busy.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

A later note to this post.  The girls and I were working on the plums when the house started shaking.  David, my son-in-law called almost immediately to see if we were okay.  Evidently, there was an earthquake somewhere close to Richmond VA.  We have never felt an earthquake here.  It definitely was strange. Our friends, the Horn’s, felt it at their house also.   We said a prayer of thanks to the Good Lord for his protection over us.  We also prayed for the safety of others.  I will let you all know more about this as I learn of it.  God bless.

Grundy Visit

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This weekend we went down to Grundy to move my in laws into their new house.  It was a long hard weekend but well worth it.   I have a few house pictures but for some reason they did not load correctly.  I will try again later but here are a few pictures that did load.  This is looking out her kitchen window.

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A view from the back yard.  The new house was built in the exact location of the old house just laid out differently.

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View from the side yard.

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Her azelea bush.  We bought her this bush several years ago as a mothers day gift. 

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One of her snowball bushes.  She definitely has a green thumb.  We had a good visit and got lots of their stuff moved into the new house.   We were hoping to get them in completely but time ran out.  Hopefully they will spend their first night in the new house tonight. 

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I did finally get the other pictures loaded.  This is their kitchen.  She has never had built in cabinets.  Very exciting for her.

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Their floors.  I’m not sure what is going on with the 3 pieces that do not match.  They ran out of the other and used those.  Hubby was appalled.  Of course, the contractor in him found all sorts of flaws.  This one though is very obvious.

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Their  bathroom.   They are so excited to have a bathroom.  This new house is set up handicap ready as my father in law has to use a walker.  I know this will make their life so much easier.

Well, enough for now.  It is past time for school to start.  I just wanted to show everyone a little of what we’ve been doing over the weekend.  Enjoy your day and God bless.