Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Meanwhile at the farm, we set up the back-drop for our Appleseed Shoot!
First, Dad and Andrew went and loaded up the bales, while I worked on cutting some weeds off and getting ready to mow the lawn. When the guys returned, they were pleased with how well the bales had stacked onto the hay-trailer...
Andrew headed out to the pasture with his lawn-mower...
Monday, September 28, 2009
Mother, Jacob & I went about our work of getting garden produce picked and carried into the house (there's a possibility of frost tonight...) and worked all afternoon at it. Still, no delivery man pulled in. By that time, I figured that the tracking information must have been off and that my camera would come tomorrow.
Well..... I had just taken a load of squishy tomatoes and onion tops over to the goat pen, when a bright red pickup pulled in the yard. As my parents headed toward the vehicle, I knew that whoever it was would be taken care of, and headed over to see how Andrew was coming along with getting the electric fence put back up (he and dad had cleaned out another lot this afternoon.) As it was very still out though, the sound of a familiar voice drifted over our way and Andrew & I recognized the voice of some of our "Neighbors". (I say, "Neighbors" because they live about 8 miles away and I don't know if they'd be considered neighbors--being that far away?)
Anyway, my brother and I headed up toward the pickup and it was then that I noticed that Mother was holding a small cardboard box in her hand... As I got closer, I realized that the box must be my camera--and it was!!! The amazing and miraculous part of this story comes in now, when I tell you how our neighbors got to be in possession of the small cardboard box......
There is a small farmstead up the road half a mile from us that is now owned by hunters (who are only here about 2 weeks out of the year.) All during this Summer, these hunters paid someone to mow the yard and all last Winter, they paid us to check on the place once a week to make sure the furnace was working. Other than the lawn-mowing guy; the owners during hunting season; and us, nobody is ever up there.
However, these neighbors decided to pull in there this afternoon and see if there were any apples that had fallen off of the trees. (A little strange, I know, but that's what they did...) When they drove past the house, they noticed a box on the cement in front of the door. As they were wondering who had bought the place, they decided to look at the name on the box. It read (yes, you guessed it!): CORA BORNEMANN. (It had our correct address on it and everything!) Hmmmm.... As they knew that I didn't live up there, they were very kind and decided to deliver the package to me. :) What a surprise!!! It makes me wonder what all I would have had to do tomorrow to try to find my package, had not God worked all these things out for good! "Thank you Lord!!!"
So, my brothers and I've been having fun trying to figure out my new camera...
Here's a picture I took with it of the box it came in:
There's this fun feature called "Panorama" where you take a picture, then aim a little more to the right and snap another picture, then move once more and take that picture. You end up with a very wide picture like this: If you don't hold the camera straight though, you come up with some very interesting pictures--where things are all smudged together!
Andrew took this picture (using the Panorama mode) of me in my room, checking my e-mails. :)
Just a few minutes ago, I went out to the entryway and took some pictures of our harvest of the day:
Our little muskmelons~
Northern Arizona melon--a new variety to us~
Sunday, September 27, 2009
For your information, if you would like to join us and haven't registered yet, please sign up right away at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/436168592%20%20%20%20%20%20, as the instructor would like to know how many supplies (targets, T-shirts...) to bring. I know that he brings extra supplies along for people who come without registering, but it's just nicer for him to have an idea of what he'll need...
And now, I'll share the pictures I promised you yesterday!
Here is a group of people visiting in front of the Alfred church. It was a warm, sunny day and was very pleasant outside.
During the morning service, the church choir sang a song together (one I had never heard before) and they did an EXCELLENT job!!! If you look closely, you can see a fellow blogger friend, Kimberly in a green blouse, towards the left side of the picture. :)
There was a special announcement during the service---that there were new members of the church:
This is the guest speaker, Mr. Israel Steinmetz. (All of the pictures of him turned out fuzzy, as he kept on moving around so much. :) He spoke on how many things we really have to be grateful for--and it was such a good reminder!
~ "Thank you, Lord, for your many, many blessings!!!!!!!" ~
This is the fellowship hall...
Harvest of Thanks is over-with for another year, but the good news is that we get to be grateful for the harvest (be that material or spiritual...) every day of the year!!!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
We spent a lovely day in the little town of Alfred, ND, listening to a wonderful sermon on thankfulness and visiting with many friends. (Oh yes, the food was delicious too!)
As I'm very tired now though, and as the pictures aren't loaded onto the computer yet, I'll head for bed and will share about our day (hopefully) tomorrow~
Friday, September 25, 2009
And my dad hauled grain from 7:00AM to 6:00PM. (Sorry, I don't have a picture of him today...)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
(If it cuts half of the movie off the side, just click on the movie and it should come up correctly in a new window... )
(Yes, that's him singing all of the parts!!!)
This day seemed to slip by way too quickly... Where does the time always go? Well, let's see...
When we were about half way through with morning chores, my dad got a phone call from the local elevator. They were wondering if he could help haul some grain from one elevator to another, so he took off and was gone most of the day.
Once chores were finished, the rest of us chased the goats into a different pen and then we took down the panels around the out-door part of their pen. Mom and Jacob went to work on some projects then, while Andrew became a full-time tractor driver (emptying the manure spreaders onto the fields) and I became a manure-spreader-filler--using our nice 9030 loader tractor. We worked together until lunch time and then took a break. After our meal was over, Jacob went out to help Andrew.
Mom and I (later Jacob helped too) made 3 crock-pots worth of salsa. Mother did a little experiment to find out how hot our Jalapeno peppers are this year... She put a pepper--with seeds in tact, into one batch; she put 2 peppers--with the seeds out of them in another; and in the last, she put one un-seeded pepper in. Tonight, when she tried the super spicy batch, she said she thinks we'll think it's too hot! So, I guess those will be her salsa jars. :)
Our Kombucha was once again ready to be started, so that took about an hours worth of time...
I did a little more painting on the merry-go-round and Jacob measured and marked the teeter-totter board for where we should do the different colors...
All in all, it was a busy day once again.
This is my favorite recipe for lacto-fermented bread--so far. :) My friend, Dorena, shared it with me 3 years ago and we've made it often since then. Enjoy~
The night before you want to bake bread, mix 6 cups of whole wheat flour with 4 cups of buttermilk (whey, yogurt, veggie or potato-water work too...). Cover and let set.
The next morning:
Add 2/3 cup honey
2/3 cup oil
2 Tbsp. molasses
1 Tbsp. salt
4 cups w.w. flour
1 more cup buttermilk (or whatever liquid you used the night before)
My mom and I also like to add:
1 Tbsp. unflavored beef gelatin (to help it stick together);
3 Tbsp. vinegar (to help it raise)
1/2 tsp. kelp powder (for health benefits).
Mix this all well. We use a Dimension 2,000 (similar to a Bosch), but you can mix it by hand also.
Then put 2 tsps. yeast into 1/2 cup warm water with a little honey and stir. Let this set a bit until it foams up, then add this to the bread dough, along with 4+ more cups of flour. Mix all this together and knead it well. (We usually let it run about 5 minutes in our Dimension...)
Next shape your loaves, put them in pans, and let them set for most of the day--baking them when they've risen a good deal. Bake at 350 degrees (F) for 35 minutes, then take it out of the oven and oil the tops of the loaves. Let the bread set for 10 minutes before removing the loaves from the pans. Then, dig out your cutting board and the butter dish and enjoy!!!
Yields: 7 medium-sized loaves
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
First, I thought I'd share a couple of pictures from yesterdays' projects... Mother snapped this one of me while I was adding spice to the pickles:
These are the Sweet Banana peppers that I picked and froze. There are a LOT more in the garden yet, but they still need to ripen.
This morning, it was so calm out that we decided to burn garbage... Once the guys got the fire started, we all started looking for garbage to burn and it didn't take too long for us to head down to our basement--which was a disaster!!! Boxes of every shape and size were everywhere down there, and some had gotten wet and were getting moldy, so we burned a lot of boxes. Then, Mom got to cleaning off the shelves down there (that have empty jars on them), and making room for more jars that were sitting around in boxes yet from when we moved here! The guys took the old water-heater out so we have even more room and it's SO nice... Not that the room is very nice, as it's basically just a hole in the ground, but it's nice to have more room down there now to store things. :)
After lunch, my brothers and I started digging potatoes in the garden. We got about a third of them dug, before our muscles were sore and we decided to work on other projects...
Isn't that beautiful?
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Off and on throughout the day, I looked at digital cameras on E-bay, trying to decide which one was the best quality for the money I want to spend. (I severely broke my other camera this Spring and have been missing it very much!) After asking Andrews' advice several times, I finally decided on a silver-colored General Electric digital camera!!! Now I can hardly wait for it to come... :)
Well, it's very much bed-time once again, so I'd best sign off!
May God bless you with safety, joy, and pleasant aromas throughout this new season.~
Monday, September 21, 2009
In between rain showers this afternoon, the boys and I (and then our dad helped later when he got back from cleaning grain) cleaned up around the barns--meaning we picked up all of the things that were where they weren't supposed to be and put them where they belonged! What a great feeling to have that done with...
Then, when it started raining too much to be out of doors, we all headed in to work on inside jobs. I made my very first batch of Mozzarella cheese today!!! Thank you so much, Grace for teaching me how to do it! My cheese didn't look quite as nice as yours did, but it melted very nicely on the freshly made pizza we had for supper, and the guys commented on how much like store-bought cheese it was. :) The best part is that it wasn't even that hard to make!
And now I have an announcement to make:
I've been "Tagged" (for the very first time :) by my blogging friend, Rachel. Thank you very much, Rachel!
The rules are to pass this award on to 7 other bloggers whom I think are honest in their blogging and to list 10 honest things about myself.
So, after working on this in my spare moments for the last few days, here are my answers:
2. I love living in the country! (This part may not be a surprise to you though... :) In case you don't know this, I'm a quite, shy type of person (especially around people I don't know,) although when I was young, I was a whole lot more so. The Lord's been helping me, but I still feel much more at home in the quite of the country than in big crowds of people I don't know! Consequently, I love to write and can express myself so much better in letters (and through blogging) than I can in person. Being around people with the Sanguine personality type is always delightful, as they're so easy to talk to and I forget my shyness and feel right at home with them. Do you have any guesses as to whether or not I'll marry a talkative man someday? :)
3. I have 2 violins, an accordion, and a lap-harp--but I play the piano!
4. When I was younger, I had a LOT of pen-pals that I'd write long letters to. I still have a few, but mostly we correspond the modern way these days.
5. Being on time is important to me. It bothers me when the meals aren't ready on time; the chores are put off 'til late in the morning; the garden isn't put in on time; etc.... Does that mean I tend to be a perfectionist? Probably.
6. I honestly don't like baking cakes, but I do really enjoy decorating them, and the two kind of go hand in hand, so... I bake!
7. I love the color green... I used to like wearing pink things until my mom told me that the golden color of my hair didn't look so well against pink, so now I like to wear green a lot... If I have a big, old fashioned barn someday, I think it would look very nice painted hunter green! :)
8. I've journaled since I was 7 years old. My brother, Jacob likes digging out my first journal every once in a while and we have a good laugh together over the things I wrote and at how atrocious my spelling was... For example, my first entry ever was on August 12th, 1994. It reads: "To day i wock up in my bedroom and i soa my wallpaper and my cousns came today and today i put my closs up stars and hun them up on the hanrss." If you figured out what that said--congratulations! :)
9. My family and I rest and worship on the 7th day of the week. You may have guessed this before, as we are usually going places on Saturdays and listening to sermons--and then are working on Sundays... We felt called to the Sabbath 13 years ago, and we have kept it ever since.
10. The last honest thing about me, that you may or may not know, is that I like blogging! :) I especially feel blessed to have met so many new friends in such a short amount of time, and I look forward to getting to know you all better in the days, months and years ahead!
Congratulations everyone! I look forward to hearing what you have to say. ~
I hope you all enjoyed getting to know me a little better today and that you'll still honestly want to be my friend--even after you know that I don't like eating raw tomatoes! :)