Hello everyone! Definitely long time-no post. Not sure why it has been so long. I would say I have been busy but then we are always busy. I guess I am in a blogging slump! I just can’t seem to think of anything to say (I know, imagine that huh!!) Well, anyway, today is beautiful here. Our temperature is 55 degrees and we have lots of sunshine. We had snow Friday about 3 in. but it is all gone now. YEAH! I am so done with snow and cold weather. I am ready for picnics and hiking and fun stuff like that.
As I said I am in a blogging slump. Sitting here typing and I just can’t come up with much to write about. We are enjoying our new pastor. He really has some interesting messages-gets us to really thinking about things. School is going well. We finished history this week, now to double up on science and get it done.
I guess I better get started on my Sunday night bible study lesson. I hope you all have a great day and God bless.
Saturday we went to http://www.sciworks.org It was a lot of fun. We have visited several science centers this summer and for me this was the best. So much hands on activities for everyone. I did remember to take my camera, however, I didn’t think about batteries. Therefore no pictures of all the fun stuff inside. You can tell though how excited Daniel was to be there by the picture I did get.
We have been there once this summer but not since they put in the aquarium. It was awesome!
So much to see and do!
The highlight of the visit was touching a stingray!
You can’t really see him but Sam is in there too and Katie even got in on the action. First time for us to “pet” one. Another first for me yesterday was touching a snake. Not sure if I want to touch another one or not but it was not near as bad as I imagined.
We are canning rhubarb today so I better get off and get busy. I hope you have a wonderful day and God bless.
I thought I would share this picture of Katie that Dave posted on facebook. She certainly is growing. Thanks Grace for helping me do this.
Things have been moving along rapidly here. Friday we went down to Jessica’s to fix a railing on her porch. Saturday, Jess and the kids came up to us for a visit. Dave is down to the wire on finishing his book. She thought he might get more done on it if they were out of the house. It was a really nice visit. It had been a while since they had been up.
Jess and I went in halves on a 50 lb bag of soft white wheat. This is totally different from what I am used to using. I have always used Prairie Gold wheat. Supposedly, soft white wheat is for things that use baking powder not yeast. I have had a hard time learning how to bake with it. I made chocolate chip cookies Saturday that were FLAT and I do mean flat. Anyway Daniel said they were delicious! Gotta love that boy!! So I think I have finally cured the problem. Because I freshly grind the wheat kernels, they are “fluffy”. I need to add 1/4 cup more flour for every 1 cup the recipe calls for. I did that this morning with some more cookies and they turned out fine. Next trial-pie crusts. Our rhubarb is up and I think there is enough to make a pie. I want to try this recipe http://theblessedhearth.blogspot.com/2013/04/theres-nothing-so-sweet-as.html
We are moving right along with school. I think we will be finished by the end of May if all goes as planned. We are looking forward to summer break this year. Lots of fun stuff going on.
Well, I guess that’s about all that’s going on here. Enjoy your day and God bless.
Our cheerful Christmas dishes. These were bought for us several years ago. We get them out every December to use. I love cheerful, happy dishes. After December, we get out our snowman dishes. We use them through winter.
Temperatures were too cold for any outside pictures today. After the snow, our Floyd county wind moved in. Gusts of 50-60 mph put the wind chills down at zero. I don’t think our actual temperature will get to 20 degrees today. Very cold! We didn’t have church yesterday, the roads were too slick. We spent the day snuggled in doing fun stuff and keeping warm. I watched a movie on INSP channel-The Perfect Gift. It was kinda like the “Joshua” books. It was a pretty good movie to watch.
I know I have showed pictures of rolls before but I don’t think I’ve ever shown loaf bread before. I use the same recipe as for the rolls. Actually, I use this recipe for lots of different breads. I tried a new hamburger bun recipe yesterday. We did not like it as much as our old recipe. I am cooking a beef roast on the woodstove today. I think I will add some potatoes and carrots in the pot. Then maybe open a can of homegrown green beans. Nice hot fresh baked bread. YUM! I also have a peach pie in the oven. I hope I made everyone hungry. I sure made myself hungry.
Look at these beautiful little violas! They were hidden away beside some other larger flowers. I think they are so cute. They reminded me about how sometimes the beautiful things of God are hidden. He wants us to put forth a little effort to find them. Reading and studying His word, praying. These are all things He wants us to do in order to see His beauty. But I think also He wants us to listen. This seems to be the hardest part for me. Satan obviously knows this because he continuously puts things in my path to distract me and, of course, I allow it to work. I want to do better. Spend more time with Him.
What better place to spend more time with Him than right here. My front yard-looking down at the field. The cows are up for their morning snack. The sun is shining and for today (just today) we are almost caught up with the canning. The girls and I are going to have a “girl day”. We have some errands to run and then maybe do some fun stuff in town. We are thinking about going to Goodwill or the Salvation Army, maybe both. We might even go to Books-A-Million. I’m not sure yet what we will do, other than have fun.
One more flower picture. I thought you all might be getting tired of seeing pictures of canning jars. A little color was needed. We’re off to enjoy our day. God bless.
What a difference a day can make. Yesterday the snow was falling. Today is equally as beautiful but in a different way. The sun is shining and as you can see the sky is a georgeous blue. It occurred to me that sometimes life is like that too. Each day brings a different type of beauty. Sometimes we have to look deeper to find the beauty and sometimes it is easier to find. I believe God has a treasure for us each day, it is our responsiblity to search and find it. Today will be another snuggle in day. Church at home. Maybe play some games with our girls. Fun stuff. Family stuff. The things memories are made of. I love days like these. I wanted to tell everyone that I now have a comment link on each post. If you want to leave a comment just click on the link. It is always exciting when someone leaves a comment. Thanks Dave for fixing this for me. I want to take a minute to let you all know what a great son-in-law I have. The Lord did a great job picking him out. He is always ready to help us (no matter how dirty the job). I just wanted you to know, Dave, we’re glad you are part of our family. Okay enough of that, I don’t want his head to get too big. Todays menus is venison roast cooking on the wood stove and also some beans. I think maybe biscuits and fried potatoes would be good with this. I try to cook on our wood stove as often as possible. I think the food tastes better and of course it saves on the electric bill. I’m always for saving money. Well, I think I’ll get busy enjoying my day. God Bless.
I thought with winter so hard on us, we could use a little summer. These are from my flower garden this summer and I thought they looked very cheerful. The girls and I did something new this week. We made butter. This was a new experience for us. It was a lot of fun. We collected cream from our milk, added a little salt, put it in a quart jar and began to shake. No we did not have a churn, but it was not necessary for the small amount we made. We had about 1 cup of cream to begin with and ended up with about 1/2 cup of butter. Pretty exciting stuff. I also made a batch of laundry soap this week. We all went yesterday and got much needed haircuts. Gotta look good for those Christmas pictures. The weather forecast for this weekend is snow. Perhaps many inches of snow. I love snow! Hopefully we won’t have to postpone our visit with Chuck and the grandkids. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. The other morning our pond was completely frozen. A goose was walking across it. I ran to get the camera, however by the time I got back the goose was gone. It would have made a great picture. It’s time for us to start working. School and all that fun stuff. God Bless.