Tuesday, August 22, 2017

FOG IN AUGUST = SNOW IN WINTER ??

G-daughter I was the first to arrive at 7:30 this morning. Just as daughter was leaving g-son and g-daughter R arrived, then #2 son arrived with grand-dog Bear to spend the day here while his house was being shown this morning.A lady I went to school with is looking at his house as she and her husband are retiring and wanted to move back to this area to be half way between their kids and to help with her aging parents who live less than 1/4 mile from #2 son's house.
I did chores and then took g-daughter R to her Tuesday morning play school in town. It is a very foggy August morning today so I expect at least one big snow this winter !!

I stopped back by Walmart to pick up baking supplies. I love shopping this time of day all by myself, it is so much faster without the crowds.
I got home just in time to fix a bottle for g-daughter I but once again she refused to suck any milk from the bottle and after crying and fighting with all her might to keep the nipple out of her mouth she just went back to sleep.
She slept the morning away so she must not have been that hungry.
I did some house cleaning while she slept and hubbie worked in the yard cutting back some limbs that were overhanging one of our out buildings.
I picked up g-daughter R and she went immediately to sleep in her carseat.
We put her to bed when we got home but she only slept about 15 more minutes for a total 30 minute nap !
I fixed lunch for everyone including myself and then fixed another bottle for g-daughter I. I used another bottle that BB used to use and she took it a little better but still only drank about 1 ounce. She doesn't act hungry and doesn't cry except when we try to give her a bottle ????
G-son loves these 2 girls very much.

R found I's bottle and thought it was hilarious when I told her she used to drink from one of those. She loves to wear my rain hat !!!

Daughter came in first today about 3:30 and g-daughter I was definitely ready to nurse. We are going to try some different nipples and see if maybe that will make a difference.
D-in-love came in a little after 4:00 and after a short visit daughter, G-daughter I and I went out to the first home volleyball game of the season. Daughter isn't coaching this year but is going to be the official score keeper for the JV game  so that the regular score keeper can watch her daughter play.
G-daughter I did very good during the game and watched the entire thing with all the noise and excitement not bothering her at all. North JV's won the game in 2 close sets.
We left after that game and I came home to get chores done.
Hubbie was bush hogging the pastures.
I picked the half runner green beans to break and sell at market Thursday. These Mountain Half Runners are really a prolific bearing variety of green beans. I've lost count of how many bushels of beans I have gathered from this one row.

I took a nice walk this evening in a much cooler evening than yesterday. I noticed all the signs of Fall that are beginning to show up.
This is an interesting spider web I saw . I walk through several of these each morning now doing the chores. Whatever spider that built this one sure sent a lot of time on this intricate design.
The Queen of the Meadow or Joe Pye weed is almost finished blooming this year .
There is plenty of Jewel weed blooming around the creek. This is great for keeping poison ivy from breaking out on your skin .
This is a flower that brightens up our pastures every late summer and in some post I have referred to it as Indians Paintbrush and in some Cardinal flower. Since neither of these varieties are native to our area I assumed the seeds have some how washed down the bottoms from some ones purchased flowers. I have decided however that this is a Cardinal Flower from closer looks at the online pics of both. There are only a few of the plants around the bottom pasture and creek bank but they sure are bight spots.
The Millet seed heads outside the Quail cage are starting to dry.
Our farm pond is definitely full pool right now but is loaded with pond scum from all the rains.

Back at the house hubbie and I relaxed for the evening.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and for the love of a wonderful Savior.
God Bless and Good Night





Monday, August 21, 2017

GREAT AMERICAN TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

Up to greet g-daughter R and g-son early this morning. G-daughter I has a doctor appointment and will be here later. She is at school with her mom this morning.

After chores and breakfast hubbie played with g-daughter R while I did weekly laundry. I got three loads done between getting things for the kids . Then hubbie went out to school to help daughter get some heavy tables moved into place in her classroom.
An apple, a cookie and chocolate milk , a perfect brunch !!
She was really good this morning and played hard.
That meant an early nap time for her.
I have a feeling this is going to be a regular sight around here for a while !!!!
G-daughter R couldn't believe who came while she was asleep !!! Hubbie isn;t asleep in this pic !!
G-daughter R was very concerned with G-daughter I's "booboos" under those bandaides on both legs from her shots this morning.
Soon  daughter and d-in-love joined us for our "eclipse" party.


G-son was very excited and had the best viewing place on top of his mom's SUV.


G-daughter I thought the whole thing was boring !!!
This is some pics we took through our glasses.


Thankful the clouds had breaks in them so we got to see this once in a lifetime event. It has been 90 years since the last total eclipse crossed America and the next one won't come until the year 2078.
This is a pic from one of the totality areas, our area was in the 99.8% totality but that .2% kept it from getting totally dark.  This is called the "diamond ring".
However it had nature very confused as all the tree frogs started chirping loudly when the darkness started and the roosters crowed their heads off when it started to lighten up again.
A photographer friend took pictures of each stage at his house just out the road from us and this is what it looked like in our area.

After the eclipse was over d-in-love went back to work and daughter took g-daughter I and went home.
I finished laundry and then played with g-daughter R until her mom got here at 5:45.
Hubbie and I did chores and then I walked around the bottom pastures this evening for a change.
Good news on this eclipse day is the announcement that d-in-love's brother family is going to be adding another member with the confirmation of Whitney's pregnancy. Stella and Jed look like they have mixed emotions about the news !!!
This has been a second very very blessed day in a row for our family. The Baptism yesterday and to be able to witness this historical event today  makes me feel super blessed and I am so thankful to God for these blessings.
God Bless and Good Night





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Sunday, August 20, 2017

SPECIAL CREEK BAPTISM SUNDAY

A beautiful Sunny Sunday morning to start this very special day. The morning was different than usual in that we aren't having our family lunch today so we didn't have anything to do this morning but chores and have a leisurely breakfast before church.
Our new associate Pastor gave the message today about treasure on earth verses treasure in Heaven.
After church we all went to our separate houses for lunch because we are getting ready to go up to a special place on Clear Creek, the same creek that runs by our farm for a Baptismal service this afternoon.
We went to #2 son's house and rode with he and Tif over to the field since it was very close to their house.
It was a very blessed day as I got to watch my oldest grandchild give his public profession of faith in getting Baptized .
I feel so blessed to be able to witness this event and I was so proud of the way he handled himself during the service, encouraging the younger and older ones that were also being Baptized. There were 9 candidates for Baptism in the creek today, May all the Glory go to God !!!
 G-son and Pastor Craig enter the creek.






 HALLELUJAH,  TO GOD BE THE GLORY AND WE ARE SO PROUD OF THIS YOUNG MAN!
Little sister was taking it all in under her dad's watchful eyes.


There was a great crowd to witness this wonderful afternoon event.

G-son's entire family was there for him,from left-Tif, #2 son,g-daughter R,d-in-love, John deb's b-friend, Tim d-in-love's brother with his daughter Stella, Deb, d-in-love's mom, daughter, hubbie, son-in-love with g-daughter I, and #1 son.  G-son was still in the creek and I was the photographer.
G-daughter I slept in daughter's lap through alot of the service !!
G-daughter R had to have her turn in the water with her mom.
We left shortly after the Baptism and came home to relax. Since we had eaten a late lunch we weren't hungry to stay for the cookout they had. I did contribute a caramel cake and some of my homemade hot mustard sauce for the dinner.
Son-in-love and daughter came after their dogs who have been here all weekend while they were in Pidgeon Forge , Tenn.
Hubbie and I had watermelon for our supper from the large melon hubbie bought at the flea market last week.
We did chores then watched this special day end with a beautiful sunset.
This is a special day for g-daughter I also as she turned 2 months old today. Time sure has flown by this summer but this summer has definitely been one to remember for our family.
I am so very thankful for the blessings of this day and for the comfort in knowing that G-son will spend eternity in Heaven with our Wonderful, Heavenly Father.
God Bless and Good Night