Today we finished with school and had plans for doing some outside work. However, before we could get outside, it started to rain. This, of course, required a mad dash to the clothes line. Thankfully, we got the clothes-which had already dried-off before they got wet. I think our outside work will have to be put off for another day. We are planning to expand our chicken lot and purchase more layers this spring so we have much to do to get everything ready. Maybe it will dry off enough later to work on it some.
I also wanted to share another bird picture. Grace took this picture yesterday. Mr. Woodpecker has been a regular visitor to our feeder for the past few days. Isn’t he beautiful?
Look, everyone, what is blooming at our home!!! We were all so excited today when we saw them. I just had to share them with you all. Also yesterday, the red winged blackbirds came back. They are always one of the first birds to return to our area in the spring. Every year, they stop at my feeder in the dogwood tree and spend the day there. We wanted to get a picture of them but everytime we would get close to the window they would fly away. Grace did however get a picture of this sparrow.
Today has felt like a spring day. Warm temperatures-60 degrees right now. Amazing! I LOVE it.
I just love sunflowers. I think they are so cheerful and fun. These come up underneath the feeder and I think they add so much to the area. The cats have played there so much though that a lot of them are drooping down to the ground. They still look pretty though.
I have been kinda busy for the past few days. As you all know, we went down to Jessica’s on Friday. We had a great visit and enjoyed play time with the boys. Then we went to pick the apples. She didn’t have very many but we got what was on the tree. I haven’t worked them up yet so no picture of pink applesauce. On Saturday, we went to pick apples at Faye’s sisters house. We ended up with about 4 bushel. When we got home I started working on them. I have told Faye all about our steam juicer and sauce maker. She has been wanting to buy them for herself. Sunday evening at church Gene (her husband) said he was going to buy them for her. We met them yesterday morning in town at the Farmers Supply. He bought the steam juicer, the sauce maker and a steam canner for her. She was so excited. We then went home with them and showed them how to operater their new equipment. She had a 5 gal. bucket of apples to work up. From that she got 2 qts of juice and 5 qts of applesauce. It was a really fun day. I really want one of those steam canners. It takes my water bath canner about 1 hr. to start to boil. The steam canner is ready in about 10-15 min. Amazing. We definitely would be saving on the amount of gas we use. Hopefully, we will be able to get one soon. Much faster and more economical.
I worked up some more of our apples yesterday evening after we came back from Faye’s house. We will be working on them more today. So far, we have 8 qts of applesauce and 4 qts of apple juice. Grace has been taking some more pictures. This is a picture of the sunset God gave us yesterday.
I forgot to tell you ladies about the nice weekend we had. Remember Thursday evening I said temperatures were cooling off. Well, Friday and Saturday morning the temperature when we got up was 58 degrees. Can you believe that? Then Sunday and Monday morning it was 61 degrees. The highs for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were only in the mid 70’s. Wonderful!! Thank you Lord!! Yesterday, it started warming back up and today I think it will be back to normal but it certainly was wonderful to enjoy a few fall-like days in summer. Enjoy your day and God bless.
The hummingbirds are really enjoying the feeders. We have this feeder at the old building and another one at the green swing. I think hummers are so much fun to watch.
Today, Hubby and I decided to put an outside faucet on the side of the new room. When we built the new room we had to take the old outside faucet off. Well, plumbing never seems to go as you think it will. We run the pipe and got everything connected, turned the water back on and amazingly, no leaks. Then we go outside, turn the faucet on and amazingly, no leaks. Well, of course, we are patting ourselves on the back now thinking wow, that was easy. Hubby turns the outside faucet off and guess what-it won’t turn off. It was a brand new faucet so we’re not sure what was wrong with it. Of course, we have no cut off valve in our collection of plumbing supplies so we have to shut the water off again, drive 30 minutes to the local hardware, get a cut off valve and a new outside faucet. When we get home, he put the cut off valve on so we could turn the water back on. He had to go look at a job possibility so the other faucet will have to wait. He will have to take the one that doesn’t work back out of the wall so he can put the other one in. Hopefully this one will work.
Well, that’s our day. Temperatures here today have been wonderful. Low 80’s. It is now almost 6:00 p.m. and the temperature is 75 degrees with a great breeze. Thank you, Lord. Tomorrow we will be going down to Jessica’s. She has a doctors appointment. We will be watching the boys and then going over to David’s mom’s to pick some apples. Remember last year, she gave us those pink apples. Well, they are ready to pick. They make such pretty applesauce.