Our raspberries are getting ripe! YUMMY!!!! Black raspberries are one of my favorite fruits. We have a few vines we have been working on getting established and it looks like this year we might get enough to make a cobbler at least. (if we can keep the birds out of them)
Yesterday was a nice day. We came back from church and cooked steak on the grill in honor of Dad’s day. Steak on the grill is Hubby’s favorite meal. We had fries with it, rolls and ice cream for dessert. Our pastor’s sermon was very good. It was of course directed mostly to the men in the church. He preached on Ezekiel 22:30. The verse says “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land but I found none.” He challenged our men to be the one that could stand in the gap. It was a very powerful message.
Temperature here this morning is wonderful. Low 60’s with a pretty strong wind. Great for drying clothes. I have one load ready to hang out and several more to go. The girls and I have many errands to run today plus piano lessons. I guess I better get busy. Enjoy your day and God bless.
Here are a few pictures of some flowers that are blooming around our house now. I am pretty sure these are called violas. I so enjoy their tiny bright blooms. So cheerful. Purple and yellow are my favorite color combinations for flowers.
Yesterday, we made strawberry rhubarb jam. I had enough rhubarb to make a rhubard pie as well. The recipe I use is :
1 cup rhubard- finely chopped, 1/4 cup melted butter, 1 cup sugar, 2 tbsp cornstarch and 2 eggs well beaten. Combine all ingredients and pour into 1 unbaked pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees until done. It takes about 45 min in my oven. I have made this pie for about 25 years. It is a family favorite.
Today was friends day at church. We had a great day. Probably about 70 people in total. Our numbers usually run in the 40’s. We had some really good music, a good sermon from our pastor and a great fellowship meal afterward because you all know how much we like to eat. I took pinto beans, green onions and a peach sauce pie. We won’t be having evening bible study tonight so we plan on just relaxing this evening. The girls and I will be traveling down to Jessica’s tomorrow to watch the boys. She will be having an ultra sound tomorrow to (maybe) discover if she will be having a boy or girl. This all depends upon the baby’s cooperation of course.
We have a slight breeze here in Floyd today. Well, okay maybe more than a slight breeze but not a hard wind. Just perfect for drying clothes on the line. When the wind is blowing like this, the clothes are so soft when they get dry. We had a busy weekend but lots of fun. The girls and I went to Sam’s Club Saturday and picked up a few things. Before that we went to one of our local malls and walked around, just looking. This is something we never do, so that made it special. They have already started putting up their Christmas stuff. It was so much fun. Yesterday was church day. The pastors sermon was very good. He compared being a soldier in the Armed Forces with being a soldier in God’s army. He did a really good job. Last nights menu was soup, pinto beans, cornbread, tator tot casserole, cooked apples and carrot cake. Very good.
Today we are doing Grace’s birthday party. We are going over to our friends the Horns to celebrate. Vicki is making the cake and I am taking some homemade chicken noodle soup. We are all looking forward to a great day. I know I have said it before, but we are very blessed by the Lord to have the Horns in our life. We so appreciate their friendship.
This pretty little stream runs through one of the fields below our house. A few blue flowers are still holding on. Yesterday was a beautiful day here in Floyd. Today however we may get some rain. Pretty windy and overcast. The pastors sermon yesterday was on David and Goliath and facing the giants in our own life. It was an excellent sermon. Last nights menu was mostly leftovers from the “critter chompin”. We had a cornbeard casserole, potato cakes, green beans, baked beans, fresh homemade bread, chips and dip, and cake. We always eat sooooo good!
Today, hopefully, we will get some more of our apples worked up, along with school. I am doing laundry but it will have to be dried inside-so sad. I really miss hanging clothes outside. I think they smell so good. Well, I better get busy. Enjoy your day and God bless.
We did not get to have our breakfast picnic yesterday morning at the park. Weather was too bad. VERY foggy here. Most people would not have been able to find the park . Everything is wet, wet, wet. We did move it to the church, however, so we still had breakfast. Just not outside like originally planned. Lots of good food though. The pastors sermon was on the Lord’s Prayer. It was a very good message.
I have been told this strange looking flower is called a Naked Lady. The name suits it. There are no leaves on it what so ever. Just a tall stem and then the flower. They have filled out more since I took this picture however I could not get a new picture. It is too foggy and dreary today. The girls and I will be busy making more salsa. I did not like the recipe in the Ball canning book as much as I like my old recipe. It was given to me by a Mennonite friend, Judy. So today we are making her recipe. Much better. Temperatures have been cooler here. Low’s in the upper 50’s, high’s in the low to mid 60’s. Wet, foggy. Nice days for doing work inside or just curling up with a good book. I think I’ll try to work both of these activities in today. Enjoy your day and God bless.
Sam really loves his swing. He does not however like his car seat. He was sooooooo ready to be home Saturday after shopping. He wanted his swing and some sleep. Us girls got up early and went blueberry picking. We picked 2 gallon-1 for us and 1 for Jess. We came home just before the rain started. Good timing. It rained most of the day there.
Afterward, we all went out to eat at Golden Corral. Then we went to look around at Lifeway. I purchased a new bible study. It is Ruth by Kelly Minter. I think this will be our next Friday Ladies Study. It looks very interesting. I saw so many new studies that I want to do. We even picked out one for the girls to do for their bible class this coming year. It was a great day. We all had lots of fun.
We are getting some much needed rain today. Temperatures are cooler too. 74 degrees right now. I like that. Did you all notice my drying log on the right. My darling baby girl, Grace, did that for me. She told me she watched David put the others on. I was very impressed with her knowledge as I have no idea how to do any of that. Thanks Grace.
Church was very nice yesterday. Our pastor’s sermon was on what it takes to make a man. It was a very good sermon. Then we had communion, followed by a fellowship meal. LOTS o f good food. Then we had more good food last night with our Sunday Evening Study. All in all it was a really good day. I better get busy. Take care and God bless.
It appears as if winter might be here to stay. We awoke this morning to ice. Not too bad but enough to be pretty. I would much rather have the snow from the weekend but I’ll have to take whatever God sends our way. Not a lot happening here in Floyd. Just winter coming on. School as usual. Getting ready for Christmas. The tree and all the decorations are up. Christmas music, which I love, playing on the radio. Life if good! I know I say that a lot but I really believe it. I am so blessed. God has given me so many blessings. My husband, my kid, my grandkids. I live in a beautiful home and have a wonderful church. For me, life really is good and I am thankful to God for His blessings. (My sermon for the day). The ice is melting quickly and temperatures are warming up. Our next spell of winter mix is for Saturday. I had hoped to go visit Jess on Saturday but I guess that might not happen. Depends on the weather. Well, break time is over and school time begins. Have a wonderful day. God Bless.
Happy Birthday to my sweet baby girl!! Yesterday was party day. Best Friends celebrating together. Life is good. Yellow cake with chocolate icing and only a few sprinkles (just the way she likes it). Yesterday, Hubby and his brother went out to cut more wood and today he is going with our friend from church. Hopefully lots to split and stack. He is deer hunting this morning , something he truly enjoys, and something we all truly enjoy eating. Good Luck, hon. I’m not sure what the girls and I will get into yet. There is always something to do around here. Tomorrow we hear another trial sermon from the candidate for pastor. We will have another fellowship meal after church. We also start our new study on Revelation from John MacArthur tomorrow. I think the book of Revelation is one of the hardest books in the bible to understand and probably the most misunderstood. Hopefully, I will know a little more about it when this study is finished. Next Sunday we will vote on the pastor. I’m still not sure how to vote Yes. or NO. I’m still praying. I think this is a very BIG decision and I want to make sure I’m on the same page as God. Pray that all will go well and that we, as a church, will vote according to God’s will. Well, better get busy. God Bless.
This is our kitty. You know, the one Mom said would never be in the house. Rule #1 Never say Never. The girls begged for an inside cat and finally we gave in. So now this furball is part of our life. She does occasionally have her good moments. However the girls love her dearly so I guess she stays. Thanks Grace for the picture. Today has been cool and overcast. Fog is, thankfully, gone. Hubby had a great time shooting yesterday. He hopes to go again soon. We have been without a pastor for several months. Today we heard a trial sermon from a prospective pastor, with a fellowship meal following the sermon. (Gotta have our food). He will preach again next Sunday. Then the church will vote. I’m not sure my feelings on this yet. I’m still praying. Tonight we will hear Mike Wingfield preach at a neighboring church. I’m sure it will be interesting. Gotta Go. God Bless.
Every day the weather permits the girls try to take Jasper on a walk. They want to teach him how to walk on a lease. They call this their P.E. class. They walk to the top of the hill on the tractor road. As you can tell, the kitten goes too. Sometimes, however, Dad has a real P.E. class for them. Anyone who has ever moved much wood knows what a workout that can be. It was a beautiful day for working outside. A litte windy, as usual, but warm with lots of sunshine. The last two days, however, have not been so nice. Lots of fog and wet. Oh well. The girls were probably glad for the fog. The splitter was loaned to us from a friend at church. We are very thankful for the use of it. Splitting wood by hand, I think, is a young man job. The older we get the harder it is to do. So thanks again, Dale. We appreciate it. Hubby is gone today with other church members to shoot some clays. The place, I think, is called Primland and that’s about all I know. They go there quite often. George has been looking forward to going with them for quite some time. They seem to always have lots of fun. Tonight is our Halloween Alternative at church. We call it Christfest. Lots of fun. Dress Up-kids and adults. Lots of games and candy. I will try to get some pictures to post so you all can see what fun it really is. I pray everyone enjoys the children tonight and that everyone will be safe. In my Daily Bread devotional today, it talks about children tonight filling their bags with candy and then it asks “What are we filling our vessels with?” Think about it tonight every time you drop candy in a child’s bag. If we are not filled with the Holy Spirit, we leave room for other things to fill us. End of sermon. God Bless.