Tag Archives: Early Spring

Beautiful Corn

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The girls and I have been busy working up corn.  At first, we didn’t think it would do very well because of all the rain we had but it seems to have not hurt it any.  We put up 104 ears in the freezer.  That should do us nicely through the winter.

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I wanted to share the view with you all from my back porch.  It was a beautiful morning here in Floyd.  Our temperature this morning was 48 degrees.  Amazing!  Grace and I wore jeans to the garden this morning to pull the corn.

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This is a picture of some flowers we planted at the edge of the garden.  They sure do add color to the space and look very cheerful.

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I have shown you all this flower before.  We researched it and found some people call them “naked ladies”.  Well, this year, we found out more about them.  They are also called “resurrection lily”.  I like that name so much better.  In early spring,  they will come out as foliage, then they die back and in late July or early August these beautiful flowers come up.  Amazing how God works!  All the years we have lived here, the green foliage has come up and I just thought it didn’t have bloom on it.  I never made the connection between the foliage and the flower.  Remember last week when I helped Hubby texture a ceiling, the lady who owned the house gave me all this information.  She had them growing in her yard as well.

Well, that’s about it.  Time for us to eat lunch.  I hope you all have a great day and God bless.

 

Spring

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Friday these beautiful red winged blackbirds stopped by our feeders for a little snack.  They are usually the first birds to return in the spring.  They are a week earlier this year than last year.  Hopefully, that means an early spring.   However, this morning was no indication that spring is on its way.  Wind chill temperature -10 degrees with snow on the ground.  Well, the snow is gone now and the wind chill now is 5 degrees so we are warming up some.

Not much going on here.  I have started work on Sam’s quilt.  I have all the 5 x 5 in. squares cut out and am ready to start sewing them together.  School has went well this week.   Did I mention to you all about the last batch of homemade laundry soap I made using the laundry bar soap instead of fels naptha?  Well, those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that in the past I have had trouble with the homemade laundry soap.  My clothes seem to get a dingy look and the towels became really non-absorbent.  I know, strange stuff, but strange happens a lot here.  I guess it is our water that causes these problems.  Well, so far I have had no problems using this batch.  It is a little bit different recipe than I have tried before but I think the real difference is using homemade laundry bar soap.  I will try to remember to keep you all updating as to how it is doing.

Well, I better get busy.  Church tonight and the menu is baked potato bar.  Sounds delicious to me.  I really like baked potatoes.  Enjoy your Sunday and God bless.

Tomato Plant

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Yesterday, while in town, we visited our local greenhouse.  We bought some cabbage plants and this tomato.  See the bloom at the top.  Hopefully, we will get tomatoes early from it.  I put it in a bucket (dry wall ) and as of now it is on the front porch.  I plan on moving it out on the front deck, then moving it back in a night.  For  today it will probably stay on the porch-too windy outside.  I tried to leave it out some yesterday but the wind kept blowing it over. 

The other day when my brother in law came, he brought us over some morel mushrooms.  It was a very nice treat.  These grow in the wild and are only available in early spring.  Some people call them  dry land fish.    Anyway, after eating the ones he brought us we decided to go looking for some here.  Hubby thinks it is still a little too early for here but we had a lot of fun looking.  It was so nice to get out in the woods and walk around. 

Time for school.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

Geese

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This morning as Hubby and I were having our morning coffee together, we saw what we thought were tracks on the pond.  Then we thought maybe it was just where the wind had blown the snow in swirls.  Later in the day, Grace took these pictures.

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They look like they are having fun!

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Maybe this is a sign of early spring.  They do seem to be here kinda early this year.  Maybe it is just wishful thinking on my part.

Yesterday, for dessert I made an oatmeal pie.  This is one of my favorites, also Julie and Jess.  The recipe is:

2 eggs beaten, 2/3 cup sugar, 2/3 cup uncooked oatmeal, 1 tsp vanilla, 2/3 cup melted butter, 2/3 cup corn syrup, 1/4 tsp salt.  Mix all ingredients together and pour into uncooked pie crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for l hr. 

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Okay, so my crust is not too pretty but I promise you it tasted delicious!  It tastes a lot like pecan pie.  Temperatures here are warm-mid 30’s.  We have some sun right now but a storm is supposed to be moving in.  One forecast said 4-5 in of snow.  We’ll see.  Right now though it is nice.  I have clothes on the line outside, hopefully, they will dry before the clouds come in.

Tonights menu is deer bbq, made from the roast yesterday, home fries and slaw.  We still have some pie left for dessert.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

Flowers

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This lily has had a rough beginning.  In early spring, it was trampled and broken by a big footed pup.  It seems to have survived nicely though.  I have waited all spring to see what it would look like.  I think it looks pretty next to the purple flowers.  I most definitely will have to separate some of these flowers next year.  The bed is extremely crowded.  Yesterday was a busy day.  The girls and I cleaned out both of the big freezers-making room for this year’s harvest.  This took a major portion of the day.  Then I helped Hubby by mowing some before he came in from work.  For supper, I used some of the pork tenderloin I had cooked the day before.  I like to cook a large amount of meat at one time and then use it in different dishes for another meal.  So I put the tenderloin in the oven with some potatoes and roasted them.  We also had corn on the cob from our freezer, biscuits with butter and homemade blackberry jam for dessert.  Today is starting out to be a beautiful day here is Floyd.  Lots of sunshine.  Tomorrow our church is doing a horseshoe tournament down by the river.   We will play horseshoes, eat lots of good food, listen to good music and in general have a great time.  It amazes me some people think Christian life is boring.  We have a blast at my church!  We are small in number but we do lots of things together.  We are family.  I will try to get some pictures to post of our activities.  This is the first year we have done this and we are hoping many will come.  Baby Sam and Mom are still doing good.  Daniel says he loves his baby brother. Thanks so much for your prayers.  I hope to go down to see them soon and get more pictures.  Take care and God bless.

Chimney

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Our biggest accomplishment for today was getting the chimney fixed.  High winds in early spring had blown down the chimney and as I have said it is starting to get cool at night here in Floyd.  My brother-in-law came over to help us fix it.  We were very blessed to find this aluminum pipe down at the barn and it just fit perfectly over the stainless steel pipe that fits in the brick part of the chimney.  This all sounds complicated and in some ways it is.  The original chimney( as you can tell) is very old and was not useable.  We had to line it with a stainless steel pipe which was not tall enough.  The chimney must be above the ridgeline of the house or it will not draw.  Every year we have to replace the pipes that extend on above the ridgeline.  Hopefully this won’t happen now as aluminum does not rust.  Therefore it should last much longer.  I certainly pray so.  George was very glad to get this off his to-do list.   Today is busy with school and getting ready for church tonight.  Hope everyone has a great day.  God Bless.

Summer is Sweet

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I thought I would share some of my flowers with you.  The second picture is of the garden.  The third is my most favorite spot in the entire yard.  I love to sit on this swing and enjoy the view.   My hubby redid the swing last year.  It was one of those from Wal-Mart with fabric for the seat.  It also had a fabric cover on top however one Floyd winter can destroy much.  We have lots of high wind here so of course the top was the first to go,  another year or so and the seat was  in really bad shape.  So he ripped all that out and put treated wood on it.  I love it.  God and I have so many special talks right here in this swing.   Early spring pictures from my swing.  Enjoy100_2007100_2006100_2005