Sunday, August 18, 2019

EMOTIONAL SUNDAY

Up this morning and getting chores done and then putting loin chops in the instant pot to cook while we are in church along with the baked potatoes in the oven.
Church was very emotional this morning for our family as our church family prayed for little CA's surgery as they all gathered around us. Craig our pastor cried his way through a touching prayer that didn't leave a dry eye in the house.

We all came here for lunch after church and had green beans, corn, cucumber salad, biscuits and sweet tea with the chops and potatoes.  We all had a nice visit and then daughter and I took the girls and #1 son's followed us over to our friends apple house to pick some flowers to lighten our moods and cool off with apple slushies. We also got some Honeycrisp apple that are my favorite apple to eat.





We left there and came home. Daughter dropped me off and hubbie and I relaxed for a while. Daughter went home to let her in-laws who were traveling back from Tennessee visit with the girls then she came back and picked me up to go with her and the girls to get some things she had bought from a friend off facebook.
We had a nice visit with Steve and Lynn and then came home.
I bought this big metal rooster just because I thought it was a good match for my d├ęcor but have no idea where I will put him yet.
Our church had our annual "creek" baptism today and there were over 25 people who were going to Baptized from young to old all these folks dedicated their lives to Jesus Christ today, all the glory to God. 



There were many folks who came out to support the Baptism and of course there was a huge cook out with plenty of food.

After the service the kids were turned loose in the creek to play. This is g-son, RL and EL enjoying the cool waters of Clear Creek.


And God sent a glorious afternoon of sunshine to welcome all His new soldiers.
Very thankful for our church family and the support they give.
God Bless and Good Night








Saturday, August 17, 2019

BUSY MARKET DAY

Up to get ready for market this morning. It is already hot as I got chores done and grabbed a cup of Keifer for some protein this morning on my way to market .
There were several customers waiting for me when I arrived at market so it was a hectic early morning. Hubbie went by daughter's and picked up her breads.
Daughter and the girls came in a little later and helped for a little while before she had to get home to feed CA.
Hubbie left to make our weekly Sam's Club trip and get home to finish some work from yesterday.
It was very hot in market again today but sales were much better than Thursdays so I am very thankful for that.
I was glad to see 2:00 roll around again today and get in my air conditioned vehicle.
I made a stop at Big Lots in hopes to find some lemon and almond flavoring but found a bunch of other things instead !!!
I came home and hubbie helped me unload and get things put away.
We rested for a little while then got chores done.
Another colorful eastern sky tonight.

Thankful for the blessings of this day and praying for CA harder each day as surgery gets closer.
God Bless and Good Night

Friday, August 16, 2019

BUSY BAKING FRIDAY

Up to a different morning today as we have no kids coming today. Deb has g-son and RL and daughter is taking IR with her to the doctor this morning to CA's cardiology appointment. CA weighed in today at 8 lbs 13 ounces so we are hopeful she will at least reach 9 lbs before her surgery Wednesday.
I got chores done and had breakfast. Hubbie went outside to catch up his bush hogging in the upper pasture in the cool of the morning.
I had to get the canning equipment put away and clear off the counters for baking today. I always use the water in the water bath canners to water my porch plants.
I started my baking , I baked 12 caramel, 2 pound , 1 applesauce and a pan of brownies before I had a late lunch.

Hubbie had came in earlier and grabbed a handful of peanut butter crackers and went back out to get the lawn mowed as clouds had moved in and looked like they were going to bring some rain.
This wasn't a good way to start the mowing !!!!

He had to push the mower below the house to an electrical outlet so he could jump the dead battery off with a battery charger.
We didn't get any rain only a very hot 91 degree sunny day.
I spent the afternoon inside getting some clothes put away and doing some ironing .
I got chores done then I pulled these 3 Curshaws from the massive vines in the garden . I thought I was planting giant pumpkins but got these instead. There were several more on the vines but the worms had already invaded them so the chickens got a treat.

Clouds moved back in this evening but brought no rain for us. #1 son's family and Aa's family went to the corn field today and gathered corn and put up some frozen packs.
The kids loved playing in the field.





RL made sure the goats got their share of the corn shucks.

I spent a busy evening icing cakes and getting things ready for market tomorrow.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and prayers going up for CA.
God Bless and Good Night


Thursday, August 15, 2019

SLOW HOT MARKET DAY

Up to greet IR this morning as daughter takes another workday to get things ready for the interim in her classroom.
I got chores done and got things ready for market and we headed out right on time. IR is always glad to be riding in Pawpaw's truck going to market to see all her friends.
Sales were very slow this morning but I am thankful for all I did sell.

Hubbie and IR sat outside on the bench so she could listen for fire trucks and eat her cantaloupe .

IR also sat and played with the toys Sue the manager brought for her to play with here at market.

Hubbie took her to go do his dump errand and picked up lunch on the way back from Hotdog World and we all three ate a good lunch. IR loves their hotdogs and fries.
After we ate IR needed a nap so her and hubbie went home. I stayed until closing time but there were few customers who came in in the heat of the day. I felt like I was wilting and was glad to see 2:00 come.
I left market and made a stop at the bank and then to Aldi and Walmart for baking supplies.
IR had gotten woke up from her nap by a large truck that came into the yard who was lost but she seemed okay when I got home.
Daughter and CA were also here so we got things unloaded and put away then daughter and the girls went home.
Hubbie and I got chores done then he gleaned the tomato plants while I got things ready to start canning .

I added 9 quarts to our winter supply and was glad to get into bed once again after a busy day.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and praying for CA.
God Bless and Good Night


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

BAKING WEDNESDAY

This Wednesday morning started off early with g-son, RL and IR here as daughter is going to work to get her classroom in order and get things prepared for the interim teacher that is going to work until she gets back after CA's recovery. She took CA with her so she can feed her there.
I got chores done and had breakfast then Deb, d-in-love's mom came to pick up g-son and RL to spend some time with them after an early morning doctor appointment she had. She got her little car stuck in one of the water breaks in our drive after she tried to back it up with a patch over her injured eye but we got it out with no trouble.
After she took the kids IR was left to play by herself which she is pretty accustomed to doing.
Hubbie took her outside which is her favorite thing to do and let her swing until she got really sleepy.
I spent the morning and part of the afternoon in the kitchen again this time in baking mode. I baked 6 caramel, 2 chocolate, 4 pound cakes and 1 blackberry wine and a pan of brownies.
The storms rolled in again about mid afternoon so I went to my office while hubbie and IR took short naps and did weekly paperwork and paid bills. I also got the month ending paperwork done for July that showed this July right on par with the last couple years so that was a good thing.
Another man is supposed to pick up the hens I have for sale this evening so I started chores a little early after the storm passed with only 3/10ths inch of rain in the gauge.
Thankfully this man showed up all the way from Marion and took all 10 of the hens. He said he couldn't have noisy roosters where he lived but had lots of free range hens so my girls will enjoy their new home.
I turned the 2 remaining roosters out in the pasture to find their pecking order and be free range at least unless someone calls wanting them.
The clouds are finally giving way to a pretty sunset this evening and I can tell the season is getting later when the sunsets move closer to my view window.

After chores were finished I returned to the kitchen to ice cakes and get things ready for market.
Thankful for all  the blessings of this day and prayers going up for little CA each day.
God Bless and Good Night.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

ANOTHER TOMATO TUESDAY

UP this morning to greet g-son and RL and get chores and breakfast done so we could load bikes up and head to the park early before the heat of the what is predicted to be the hottest day of the season so far hits.
Daughter met us there with Addie, IR and CA and Re and her kids also came along.
The kids had a blast riding their bikes around the walking trails that were empty on this warm morning.







CA had the most comfortable ride !!


After our walk and the kids rides we were a hungry bunch so we stopped for an early lunch at Subway. All the kids enjoyed their pizza and we got to cool down and rest while we ate.

We all headed home and RL did go to sleep on the ride home today and slept for an hour after hubbie carried her in and layed her on the couch.
We all took a nice rest time as a storm passed through that left 4/10ths inch of rain in the gauge.
After the kids left I got chores done early and then headed for the kitchen once again to get the 2 runs of pasta sauce made. I had picked all of our bell peppers to go in the sauce and also added some Vadelia onions to it . Both batches were very tasty. I ended up with 12 quarts and 1 pint of sauce which will last us all winter.



I still had some tomatoes left over so I will be canning tomatoes later this week.
Our garden has served us very well this year but now somethings are definitely giving up in the high heat of the late summer.
We are very thankful for all the produce we get to have fresh to eat and to preserve for the coming winter months.
The sun goes down on another wonderful day filled with undeserved blessing.

Another late night and another thankful prayer for the strength that God gives me to be able to get things done.
Continued prayers for CA and her upcoming surgery and for a miracle that I know God can give her that she won't need the surgery.
God Bless and Good Night

Monday, August 12, 2019

BUSY MONDAY

Well I feel the need to apologize to all my followers on here as I am behind once again in posting daily. Life lately has just overtaken me and I just cannot find time at the end of each day to  get a post up.  So now once again I am in catch up mode and thankful for the back dating tool on blogger.
On Monday morning both g-son and g-daughter RL arrived at 7:45 as d-in-love went back to a 5 day week to get ready for the start of the school year in a couple weeks.
I got chores done and we all had breakfast then decided we would make a trip to Carl Sandburg's goat farm one more time this summer.
Daughter brought IR, CA and Addie over to go along with us and we headed out .
The kids always enjoy the walk up to the farm and today we spotted this little Ring Neck snake along the trail.

I was very surprised at the difference in IR this time as she loved the goats and went around giving each one of them big or small a kiss. Last time at the beginning of summer when we were hear she didn't want much to do with the goats.






RL has always loved coming here to pet the goats.
 All the kids enjoyed the very friendly goat kids.







This time g-son made a quick friend and this goat kid wouldn't leave his side.
CA wasn't impressed but tolerated the hot day well.


We all got hot and sweaty and decided it was time to make our way back down the mountain. IR wanted to walk instead of ride in the stroller and held on to g-son's hand all the way as RL held on to Addie to keep from falling on the steeper parts of the trail.


Hubbie carried CA to save her the bumpy stroller ride by carrying her back down the mountain.
And this same large water snake that we had seen on our last visit was sunning himself in the same spot below the bridge as we left the park.

Back down at the cars we decided it was a good day to go cool off with a Pelican snowball so we headed over there for a treat. The kids love this place.

We left there and came home and daughter took IR and CA home for naps. We were thinking RL would go to sleep on the ride home but she didn't so her and hubbie went in the cool playroom to play while I got weekly laundry started.
Her playing didn't last long and she was at my heels everywhere I went ,wanting to help.

She sure misses her playmate , IR !!1
Her dad got off work early and picked her and g-son up.
I spiced the applesauce that has been cooking in the crockpot and had a couple bags for the freezer as well as a bowl in the frig to eat. It was a little tart from the early apples but good.

We got chores done and waited on a man that said he was coming to buy all the chickens I have advertised but he was a no show. I don't understand why people say they will for sure be here and then not call or anything.
Hubbie and I decided this would be a good time to try and get these ivy covered trees down that are hanging over the driveway. We worked for a couple hours but were successful in getting both of the ones down that were leaning over the drive.

As we cleaned up these trees I noticed my favorite Mimosa tree dying and this makes me very sad. We think it is just really old and has lived it's life expectancy out.

I came inside and then my evening work began as I had 4 quarts of green beans that we had picked and broke on Saturday evening to get canned and I finished filling the canner with 3 quarts of tomatoes from the boxes of tomatoes that are sitting on the table waiting for processing.

Whew this has been a full day but I have an accomplished feeling tonight as I finally put my head on my pillow.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and praying for CA's upcoming surgery.
God Bless and Good Night