Saturday, October 31, 2009
Well, I purchased the DVD a while back and it's been sitting in my dresser drawer for several weeks now. Jacob's birthday is this coming Thursday and, as I'm going to be leaving Friday morning for James and Amanda's wedding in Montana (and will probably wish to get to bed early Thur. night), I thought I'd give him his present now so we could all watch it together this afternoon. (Certain members of our family were getting tired of watching "It's a Wonderful Life" over and over.) So, we watched this fantastically done movie!
This film was made mainly by home-schoolers and it was so wonderful to see Christian values coming through so loudly and clearly! We loved it and would recommend it to others (even if you're not a fan of Westerns, as the western theme is only in parts of it.) We also watched the special features about the making of the movie and now have a much greater appreciation for the kind of work that goes into such a production. WOW!
To follow up on yesterdays' remarks about going out with the guys and their guns--I thought I'd just inform you that I did go. I wanted to take some pictures of them... (Can you see the clay pigeon flying high in the clouds?)
They did talk me into shooting too. Andrew let me use his shotgun and Dad threw for me.
Dad: "Are you ready?"
Myself: "I guess so..."
Dad: "Ok, here it goes!"
The clay bird goes flying through the air. I look down the barrel at the little bead on the end, trying to align it with the quickly falling orange piece of clay... I squeeze the trigger... BANG! I close my eyes as I'm so surprised by the recoil of the gun, (even though I'd been thoroughly warned beforehand,) and consequently don't see where my shot went to.
Brothers: "You hit it and sent it into a hundred pieces!"
I was so shocked!!!
The next two shots didn't amount to much, as I think I was still so excited. That, or maybe I was concentrating too hard on keeping my eyes open this time? Anyway, we had a good time. :) Oh, and I'm pleased to announce that the guys' aim was considerably better today than it was yesterday--especially Jacobs'... He was hitting the skeet almost every time!
That was our afternoon excitement. Tomorrow we want to bring the cows home (a 5 mile journey,) so prayers for all to go well would be very much appreciated!
Oh, and as it's now "Tomorrow", I'll wish you all a blessed November. ~
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Friday, October 30, 2009
There were various different things going on around our farm today, but probably the most enjoyable, for the guys anyway, was when they decided to take advantage of the sunshine and go out to practice shooting some clay pigeons (or skeet, as they sometimes call them.) I got this picture of them shortly before they took off. When my dad and brothers returned, they reported several hits and said that they had had a very fun time (and now they want me to go with them tomorrow and try to hit some clay too!)
I made something new (to me) for supper tonight--a recipe that Mom said she used to make a lot when they were first married, but I don't remember ever having it. Basically, you make some corn-bread and spread the batter in a pan, then cut some hot-dogs in half and press them into the batter. After that, you put some ketchup, mustard and pickles in the opened hot-dogs and then bake this for about half an hour (putting cheese on top during the last few minutes of baking time.) The guys said it was very good, so perhaps we'll make it again soon so that Mom and I can have some too. :) (We only have 2 more days to go on this cleanse--hooray!!! I'm so hungry for something other than water, lemons, maple syrup and cayenne pepper!)
As I was looking through the pictures from today, I realized I didn't have one of mother, but had one of everyone else, so I went back a few days and found this picture to share with you... :)
And now to a more serious topic...
I just remembered what "Holiday" it is tomorrow and just want to ask you to pray with me for the safety of everyone--especially children..... We researched the origins and traditions of Halloween many years ago and were horrified by what we learned, but I won't share that with you here as it's too_____yucky. One good resource we've found has been the Chick Tracts (written by Jack Chick) about Halloween. You can visit the website here to read these cartoon-format tracts for yourself... The ones specifically about this time of year are: Happy Halloween; The little ghost; Boo; The little princess; and there may be a couple others by now. One family tradition we have had for as long as I can remember is, on the 31st of October, we watch "It's a wonderful life." We love to celebrate life on this day of darkness and....death. Care to join us?
Thursday, October 29, 2009
You may already know what the boys' birthday surprise was, (if you read Jacob's blog...) but I thought I'd post some pictures here too.
My parents bought each of the boys a brand new shotgun! My dad's never gotten into hunting very much, but the boys would like to give it a try, so now they can all learn together. :) Dad also bought several "Clay pigeons" and a thrower so they can practice.
Here's Jacob, checking his gun out...
1 bunch celery
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
...on the homemade pizza I made for the guys' supper tonight and it browned really nicely. I did save a little cheese back though so that, come Sunday (when Mom and I get off of the Master Cleanse,) I can taste some. :)
Another of my projects today was to make 3 batches of ice cream from the cream we separated the other day. We won't be eating it until Jacobs' birthday (Nov. 5th) and the boys' birthday party (Nov. 14th), but I wanted to make it and get it in the freezer now before the cream soured...
Most of my afternoon was spent in changing my summer and winter clothes around--always a big project... Mother did hers the other day, so now we can focus on the guys' things next...
Speaking of the guys, Jacob was busy with schoolwork today, but Dad and Andrew worked on cleaning out the lot across the road and spreading the "Fertilizer" on the old alfalfa field--the one that someone here will be breaking come Springtime. It is so nice to have 2 spreaders that work now--and 2 fellows to run them!
As I close post #300, I thought I'd share a poem I found just now... When I read it, I realized how it happened that I reached this numerical obtainment: Just by posting one post at a time!
ONE BY ONE
"One step and then another,
And the longest walk is ended;
One stitch and then another,
And the largest rent is mended.
One brick upon another,
And the highest wall is made;
One flake upon another,
And the deepest snow is laid.
Then do not look disheartened
On the work you have to do,
And say that such a mighty task
You never can get through;
But just endeavor day by day
Another point to gain,
And soon the mountain which you feared
Will prove to be a plain."
May all your mountains prove to be plains--with God's help on the journey, of course!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Some friends told us that the definition of a cowboy/girl is: a person that owns at least 3 cows, so I guess I could qualify as one according to that. However, usually when I think of a cowboy or cowgirl, I think of someone who is on their horse as often as possible; someone who walks around in chaps, clanging their spurs as they go. :) This is NOT me! We don't even own a horse currently and I haven't ridden one for several years.... I do have cows and like cows though, so perhaps I can claim the title of "Cowgirl" anyway? Hmmm....
If you haven't guessed yet that my hat came in the mail today, then I'll tell you now that it did! It's just as nice as I was hoping it would be.... Now I just need to get used to walking carefully through doorways and such, as I'm not used to my head needing so much space. :)
Enough about that...
Mother and I had a delightful time at my former (and current, at times) music teachers' house this morning! We needed to go to Linton (about 45 miles away) so that Jacob could get his calf check signed off at the FSA office and so that I could make a payment on my loan, so we decided to drive the 15 miles farther and visit the Keisters, as I needed some technical help from my teacher on a certain piece of music. He gave me lots of helpful advice and now I just need to put it into practice. :) Oh, I should tell you about this special piece of music... Amanda's (the young lady whom I'm going to be Maid-of-Honor for in a couple weeks) parents have asked me to play piano for them while they sing (at the wedding) the song that they had sung for their wedding. I feel honored to be asked to play, and yet I'm a bit nervous too, as I've never done anything like this before! Prayers would be very much appreciated, now, as I practice the song and try to make it as lovely as possible, and especially on Nov. 8th--the big day!
After we were through at the Keisters, Mother and I went to the FSA office to take care of our business. It was taking longer there than I thought it would, and we were supposed to meet a lady at 1:30, so Mom left me at the office and went to meet Mrs. Ballard...
I'd better explain how we know Mrs. Ballard before I go any further... We first met Mrs. B many, many years ago, when we started attending the Baptist church in Linton--the church that she and her husband attended. I don't remember that time in my life very much, as I was 6-9 years old when we went there, but I do remember a very special moment after church one day, when Mrs. Ballard came up to me and presented me with a beautiful teddy bear that she had made just for me!!! That bear has sat on my dresser ever since. Today I was trying to remember if the bear was for a birthday gift or something, but Mother says that Mrs. B just loved me so much back then that she just wanted me to have a pretty bear. We figured out that it's been 13 years since we've seen Mrs. B!
Now, to get to the reason for this meeting...... When we went through my grandma Erdie's clothes this Summer, (she passed away in April,) we found a nice fur coat and a nice leather one. As no-body's going to wear them, Mother had the idea to ask Mrs. Ballard to make them into teddy bears for us!!! Mom called Mrs. B up yesterday and everything fell into place for us to meet her in town today.
Now to get back to my story of this afternoon, Mother went and met Mrs. B at the church; visited and got the coats to her. Mrs. Ballard said she was hoping to be able to see me too, and Mother told her she could if she'd come over to the FSA building and wait a few minutes, which she decided to do. When I walked out of the building and started walking down the sidewalk, Mrs. B got out of her pickup and came towards me with arms outstretched--ready to give me a giant hug! When she finally stepped back, she said that she'd still have recognized me even if she didn't know I was me. (That sounds funny!) I still remembered her too, but then I think I've changed a little more in the last 13 years than she has. :) It was so nice to see her...
Well, I could write more---about breaking into our Temvik house (because we didn't have the keys along) to get some items we wanted to have at our farm and other such interesting tidbits, but as it's getting late, I'd best bid you goodnight.
"Sweet dreams and may God bless you~"
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Later in the afternoon, the boys helped me finish up our cabbage for the year. We made 11 more quarts of sauerkraut, plus saved 2 heads of cabbage for eating later--fried in butter or shredded into coleslaw...
"We must take our troubles to the Lord, but we must do more than that, we must leave them there."
Saturday, October 24, 2009
2 cups white sugar (or 1 cup honey)
2 cups flour (we use whole wheat all the time)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup oil
2 cups pumpkin--mashed
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. clove powder
2 tsps. cinnamon
Mix all together and bake in jellyroll pan at 350 degrees. This will actually make 3 cookie sheets or 2 broiler pans full--depending on how thick you want your bars. :) We bake them for about 20 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
1/2 cup butter--melted
1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese--softened
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar (we DO use sugar for this!)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Cream butter and cream cheese, then add the sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Spread on bars and sprinkle on the nuts.
Friday, October 23, 2009
I thought I'd share the recipe with you all in case you'd like to give it a try. The ice cream turns out about the consistency of store-bought and tastes even better, (probably because we know what the ingredients are! :)
1 quart (preferably raw) whipping cream
1 dozen eggs
1 to 1 1/2 cups (once again, preferably raw) honey--I'm sure you could use sugar if you desired...
1 Tbsp. vanilla
a pinch of salt
flavoring--if desiring anything other than vanilla ice cream. We especially like the following: add a little cocoa powder to the mix to make chocolate ice cream; add strawberries chunks; maple flavoring, or a few drops of Peppermint Essential oil!
Whip the quart of cream in a large bowl and set aside. Then, separate the dozen eggs (put the whites in one bowl and the yolks in another) and whip the whites until they make a peek and add them to the cream. Now, mix the yolks lightly and add the honey, vanilla, salt and flavoring to them and mix well. Add this to the cream and egg white mixture and stir all together well. Put the (covered) bowl in the freezer and wait! You'll want to stir it a couple times, we usually do it every other hour or so until the eggs quit sinking to the bottom of the bowl. Once your ice cream is frozen, all that's left is to enjoy it!
Mother and I had another nice time together shopping this afternoon... There is always a large community rummage sale held at the Napoleon Catholic church this time of year and Mom and I decided to attend it. We came home with 4 large black garbage bags full of clothes--things for everyone in our family. Mom also bought a roaster pan, as the one we have now that's that size has sprung a leak! Everything there (except the belts and socks which were 5 cents each) was a quarter, so our total bill was $27 something or other. :)
Once we got home, we started up the washing machine and then Mother taught Jacob some math and I made another batch of tomato soup. We are finally nearing the end of our tomato crop and are down to orange and green ones, so now it's time to focus on the apples...
Around 5:00, our neighbor called and said that our cows were out, so Dad and Andrew went up to get them back in again. Apparently, the electric fencer wasn't zapping very well, so they worked on it for quite a while. Hopefully the cows will respect it now! We'll be bringing the cattle home from pasture soon, but until then, they should stay put. (But tell that to a cow!)
Oh, one more thing I was going to tell you about today is that I ordered a cowgirl hat! I waited until we got home from the rummage sale, as I wanted to make sure there wouldn't be one there (which there wasn't), and then I showed the hat to my mom and placed the order. I don't know a lot about cowgirl/boy hats, but I do know that I like this one a lot better than any of the cheep plastic "Straw" ones we saw yesterday. :) I'm so grateful that I found this one, as it's a brand new, lined felt hat and the total price (with shipping) is $3 less than the already stated plastic one was! (As you may be curious about how much I spent, I'll just let you know that the plastic one was $30 at 50 percent off!) My dad had a good idea too... He said, after the wedding, I can try to sell the hat if I don't ever plan on wearing it again, so we'll see what happens. It does seem a little extravagant to spend so much on a hat when you can spend the same amount and get 4 large bags of very nice clothing! :)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
As long as we had plates with seeds spread out all over the table this morning, I thought I'd take some pictures of them and share them here. I also took pictures of our popcorn, here...
Monday, October 19, 2009
I'd write more, but my brothers are calling and saying they have a John Wayne episode ready to watch, so I think I'll join the cowboys... :)
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Here's my grandpa Harvey...
My dad putting apples in the boxes...
- Picked the popcorn and found a place for it to dry in the house
- Hauled corn stalks and giant squash to the goats
- Made a Fall display and tied it to the old plow that we use as a lawn ornament
- Tilled up an area and planted 100 tulip bulbs
- Dad worked on the semi most of the afternoon
- Picked Lima beans and started shelling them
- Saved Marigold, Zinnia and Love-in-a-Mist seeds
- Hung up a load of wash--yes, A load, as there were too many bees around that liked the smell of the laundry
Some things got done inside too:
- Ground up and froze last batch of tomato sauce
- Cut up vegetables for another kettle full of sauce
- Baked bread
- Made homemade pizza and fried up zucchini in butter and dill
As you can see, our day was full and now my bed looks so appealing. :)
Saturday, October 17, 2009
We went down to Eureka, SD today to visit our grandparents/parents and to pick up the rest of the apples from Grandpa Delzers' tree. We took lunch to Grandpas' house so he didn't have to cook anything, which he seemed to appreciate.
Later in the afternoon, we went over and visited the Bornemann grandparents and our guys ate supper with them, and Mother and I joined in visiting. :) We had a nice time and got home late, but as we don't get to visit with them very often (it's an hour and a half drive down there), we like to visit in person when we can.
I'm praising God that we made it home safely--even though there were several deer out tonight. Oh yes, and a cat ran across the road too. :)
I'll try to post pictures tomorrow.
Sweet dreams everyone~
Friday, October 16, 2009
This kitty is looking down on---
---this kitty, while neither of them realize that---
--there's a little mouse close by, peeking out of his hole!
Here's the happy-birthday girl, Sophia! I think by the time that she and her mom left our place, Sophie had figured out who would get which cat... and who would get to eat the mouse...and the ball of yarn............ :)
Thursday, October 15, 2009
While my dad (and brothers some of the time) were Wig Wagging, I cut up tomatoes; carrots; onions; and peppers for another batch of tomato sauce...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
My dad headed for town this morning to get some supplies... While at the hardware store, he bought a new faucet for our kitchen sink! Hooray! Our old one has been dripping for months. The guys took it apart a while back and cleaned it up and it worked for a little while then, but it soon got right back to dripping. Dad put the new faucet in and it is SO nice not to listen to that sound anymore, although I'm afraid it will take us a little while to get used to not turning the handle a little up and to the right all the time (to slow the stream down to a drip!)
Mother and Jacob got serious with schoolwork today, while Dad and Andrew worked on fixing things around the house. It is so wonderful to have handymen who live in the very same house with you!
I ground up the pumpkin Mother had baked yesterday and put 4 quarts in the freezer. Then I used the quart I had left out to make a double batch of pumpkin bars--one of our very favorite desserts! The only sad part about making the bars is that Mother and I are now doing the Master Cleanse (otherwise known as the "Lemonade Diet") and won't be eating anything for a couple weeks, so we won't be eating any of them! :)
We made more applesauce and juice today too and canned some salsa... It was so nice to be inside with the snow blowing around outside!
(later) I just got off the phone with Mrs. Dagley... We talked over some of the plans for the wedding and visited. She shared how God's been giving her verses in the Bible everyday to help her as she tries to think of daily life without her daughter's presence.
Amanda & I've been e-mailing back and forth with some clothing issues too... She sent a picture of her brother and sister-in-law so that I could see what the guys will be wearing and what the ladies' blouses look like. Once I saw that it would match, I ordered a pretty denim skirt last night and now can hardly wait for it to come... I'm just so excited and can't wait for November to arrive! I can't imagine how excited Amanda must be now (and James too, of course!!!)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Here is smiley Michael (7 months old)...
And here's energetic Amelia (2 years old)...