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Picnic and a Surprise

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Tuesday we went for a picnic with the Horn’s.  We had a great time.  It was our first picnic of the season with them.

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The picnic spot was beautiful!

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Fresh strawberries from North Carolina.  It’s still too early here for them but these were delicious!

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I came home today to find this lounge chair being made.  I love it!  Thanks Hubby.  We have looked at this design for a while now and he said he thought today was a good day to build one.  It is chilly here today and very windy.  Our temperature is 50 degrees as I type.  I think there is a freeze warning in effect for tonight.  Wouldn’t you know it, we just got our plants in the ground this week.  I certainly hope they are wrong.  It has been a beautiful day though, just chilly.  Beautiful sunshine and the air is so clean and clear.  I do love days like this.

Have a great evening and God bless.

 

Rain and Visitors

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Yesterday morning we had some strange visitors at the pond-sea gulls.  I guess they were confused with all the rain we have been having.  Look at the level of water at the pond yesterday- now look at it today.

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Lots of rain.  I do not know for sure but I estimate 6-8 in of rain.  The pond is overflowing.

8386878314_bddc72b209_zOh well, we definitely needed rain and this has been a slow steady rain which is good.  I think the forecast is for snow tomorrow.  Well, it is time for school so I hope you all have a great day and God bless.

Snow and Ice

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I thought I would share a few pictures with you all of what it looks like here this morning.  We had some snow fall during the night and then the ice came.  We have some wind and lots of trees are down because of the ice.  So far, we still have power but I’m sure lots of people do not.  We have water collected in buckets for just in case.  When the power is out, our pump doesn’t work.

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These two pictures were taken looking out from the dining room window.

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We are snuggled in for the day, staying warm and having fun.

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Enjoy your day and God bless.

Merry Christmas!

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Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  We certainly did.  Saturday was a full day.  All my kids and my grandkids here at our home.  God is SO good.  We enjoyed a good meal.  We had ham, rolls, potatoes, green beans, corn and so many desserts I don’t think I could name them all.  It was such a fun day.

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We will be having our candlelight service this evening.  We all look so forward to it.  I think it is a beautiful service.  I wish I could get pictures of it but my camera doesn’t take very good night time pictures.

I pray each and every one of you have a wonderful Christmas.  God bless.

 

 

Sunrise, Geese and Jasper

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Not much going on here this morning.  Grace is practicing piano and Julie has already practiced.  Then we will do the regular morning chores of sweeping, shaking rugs, etc.  Then time for school.

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It is a beautiful day here.  Lots of sunshine.  We were a little cool last night-mid 30’s.  I will probably have to build a fire by this evening.  It is chilly in the house-62 degrees-but I am hoping it warms up in here as the day goes by.  I have clothes in the washer ready to go on the line to dry.

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I took this picture of Jasper this morning as he was on duty.  There are calves that get out continuously.  Jasper takes his duty very seriously.  He makes sure they know their boundaries.  He does not allow them in the yard.  He has learned well this summer.  I think he will be a very good farm dog.

Well, Grace is almost done practicing so I better get busy.  I hope you all have a great day and God bless.

New Canner and Homemade Deodorant

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This is my new canner.  I stopped at a yard sale a few weeks ago and the lady had this canner for sale.  One of the handles was missing so she sold it to me for $5.00.  Yesterday, I stopped at Farmers Supply here in Floyd to see if they could order  new handles.  I had no idea if they could or not as the canner appears to be old.  Well, they could and they only cost me $8.00.  I then went to the extension office and had them calibrate the guage.  It was off 1 and 1/2 pounds so I thought I probably should get a new guage too.  This cost $l8.00.  Amazing.  These parts will be in by Friday.  So for roughly $30.00 I got a new canner.  This one is much taller than my other ones.  It will hold 1/2 gallon jars which I plan to use for our juice that we can.

Then we went on over to Vicki’s and had a great visit.  We ate lunch together and then Vicki and I made homemade deodorant.

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We used tea tree oil in the solid deodorant and lavender in the powder.  I really like it.  It smells so fresh and clean.  I am impressed.  I definitely will be making it again.

Today the girls and I are making spaghetti sauce.  This will be our last batch of spaghetti sauce.  I think the rest of the tomatoes will just be used to make tomato juice.  Our tomatoes are doing very well this year.  I think this isthe best ours have done in a long time.

I better go stir the spaghetti sauce as I do not have Mrs. Sally’s good kettle any longer.  I took it back to her Sunday.   Enjoy your day and God bless.

 

Divide and Conquer

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Yesterday we divided up to get more done.  This is not something we usually do.  We normally all work together on projects,  However, Hubby wanted to start boxing in the remainder of the back porch and we had lots of tomatoes to work up.  So Julie helped me with the tomatoes and Grace helped Hubby with the porch.

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The girls worked with me today on more tomatoes and Hubby worked alone.  We had to run into little town first to get a few supplies that he needed .The walls are now up and there is a window where they are standing at.  He still has to put a door on and the siding but it is almost finished.  T.

I better get busy working on my Sunday School lesson.  I hope you all have a great evening and God bless.

 

Blueberries and Squash

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The girls and I picked a gallon of these beautiful blueberries yesterday.  It was a nice day for picking.  It rained on us before we got to the blueberry place but stopped before we got there.  The bushes were wet but the temperature was not bad and the bugs even left us alone.

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Today we made this zucchini pineapple recipe.  We used yellow squash instead of zucchini.  It actually tastes like pineapple.  You would never know it had squash in it.  I got the recipe from here.  http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/zucchinipineapple.htm  A blogger friend of mine had made it the other day.  She posted about it here.  http://holcombhappenings.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/a-day-of-canning/  I think it will be really good.

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Now, question time.  I found out from the internet this squash is called a patty pan squash. Do any of you ladies have a recipe for it?  Our pastor gave them to us and I really would like to try them.  Online it says it pairs good with tomatoes but I thought I would ask you all.

Our weather change here has been amazing.  We had rain yesterday which we so much needed.  We laughed and said the plants in our garden were doing a happy dance for God.  The temperatures have cooled off so much.  We are right now at 73 degrees!!!  Thank you Lord.

Well, that’s about all.  I hope you have a great evening and God bless.