Sunday, February 28, 2010
It was a good and busy day for our family. Here's a quick update before I head off to dream-land...
My dad was able to haul two loads of hay home and loaded grain for a farmer down by Strasburg besides.
This afternoon, Mother had a booth for her business at the Napoleon benefit get-together (the money went to the nursing home) and came home with an angel food cake that a friend had given her. :)
The boys helped me get the house back in some kind of order and we played a few of the new games we got from Grandma yesterday. Andrew also tried to get Mom's sewing machine working so I could try it to see if it sews 4 layers of fabric and 2 layers of Velcro together any better than my machine does, but it didn't... Thankfully, I have all the long pieces of Velcro sewn on and just have the ends to finish now. ........And I've only broken one needle!
First, we went to my dad's folks' house to visit with them for a while. They've found out recently that grandpa Earl needs to go on Dialysis and, consequently, they're planning to move to Mandan so they're close to the hospital that grandpa will need to go to every other day or so. Grandma's trying to go through all their belongings and decide which things they will need and which they'll have to get rid of when they move... The place they've looked at is about the third of the size as the house they're living in now! Grandma took us downstairs and asked us if we'd like this or that, ("This or that" being things like games and puzzles for the boys and sewing supplies for mom and I.)
Once we returned upstairs, Grandpa gave the boys each a really nice belt buckle and me a wooden plate that he had gotten over the years when he was a Keltgen seed representative. Then Grandma brought out a small box and handed it to Grandpa. Inside were all of the buttons and badges that Grandpa had had in the army..... He wanted us children to each have one of his buttons and a couple of his badges and he told us what they were each for..... At first, I picked out the button he got for being a sharpshooter, but then Jacob decided he really wished to have that one, so I let him have it and then choose another button--the one that has the medical sign on it from when Grandpa was a medic during the war.
At 3:00, we headed over to the assisted living building to visit grandpa Harvey. Uncle Rick and his son, Benny were there too and Aunt Sharel also stopped in for a little while, so we had a small family reunion.
Grandpa is doing so well where he is now and only complains about putting on 8 pounds since he's been eating such good cooking. :) He walks so much better than he used to and seems more cheerful too.
We visited for a while, then the boys got out a game and we cousins played it for a while. While we were playing, Mom dug out some hymns and sang with Grandpa and another old friend who's living there...
I thought it was really funny when cousin Ben asked me how old I was, as he couldn't remember, and he was shocked when I told him my age (lots of people think I look younger than I really am...) He said he thought I was just a little older than him--the truth of the matter being that I remember holding him as a baby when I was 8 years old. :)
This "Old friend" of my moms used to be my parents' neighbor when they were newly-weds and she is such an inspiration to many! Mary taught my mom a lot about gardening and taught her how to save seeds. She's been a Sabbath-keeper for years and now that we rest on Saturdays too, Mom has even more in common with this dear lady... I only remember meeting Mary once before and that was many years ago, but she remembers me from when I was a baby. When Mom asked her if she remembered her (my mom's) children's' names, Mary replied without hesitating, "Cora, Andrew and Jacob." Then Grandpa said that she also knows where we live, so Mother asked her where we live and she answered correctly, "Kintyre." Mary lost her husband a few years ago, but she is still being a blessing to others and lives with only a little assistant from the nurses there! Even though Mary's sight isn't very good anymore, she spends her time learning scripture verses and words to hymns by listening to them on tapes. She's also got a streak of match-making in her, and I'm beginning to wonder if every woman does? She said she has a really nice grand nephew who's single and who's a Sabbath-keeper....... :)
And now, do you want to guess how old dear Mary is? Here's a picture of her (with my mom) so you can have a better chance of guessing her age...
Did you guess?
Mary is 99 years old!!! What a wonderful example of a joyful Christian woman she is.
After saying our goodbyes to Grandpa, we went over to his house to take back some kettles that we'd cleaned out earlier and to clean out the rest of the items in his fridge, as he asked us to take care of that. Once fnished, we went to the Lyric Lanes restaurant to eat supper with Uncle Rick, Ben, and Ricks' friend Robin and her granddaughter. Grandpa Harvey had insisted we take some money and go out to eat before heading home, but we couldn't talk him into coming with us because he was scared of falling on the ice... We had a tasty supper of traditional, unhealthy American food and then headed home late to do our chores.
And today------we get to find room in our house for all the things we brought home yesterday! :)
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
With that being said, here's just a small sampling of the cartoons that are available for your viewing on the website...
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I saw this on a friends' blog tonight and thought I'd pass it on to you. I'm having trouble finding all of them and only have 17, so far... How many books of the Bible can you see in this: ?
"There are 30 books of the Bible in this paragraph.
Can you find them? This is a most remarkable puzzle.
It was found by a gentleman in an airplane seat pocket,
on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, keeping him occupied for hours.
He enjoyed it so much, he passed it on to some friends.
One friend from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his john boat.
Another friend studied it while playing his banjo.
Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend,
was so intrigued by it she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column.
Another friend judges the job of solving this puzzle so involving, she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves.
There will be some names that are really easy to spot. That's a fact.
Some people, however, will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized.
Truthfully, from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or a scholar to see some of them at the worst.
Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have in seeing the books in this paragraph.
During a recent fund raising event, which featured this puzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth set a new record.
The local paper, The Chronicle, surveyed over 200 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of the most difficult they had ever seen.
As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, "The books are all right here in plain view hidden from sight."
Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown.
One revelation that may help is that books like Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers.
Also, keep in mind, that punctuation and spaces in the middle are normal.
A chipper attitude will help you compete really well against those who claim to know the answers.
Remember, there is no need for a mad exodus, there really are 30 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph waiting to be found. God Bless. "
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
CHEWY GRANOLA BARS
*Note* This is not the recipe I used the other time I made granola bars, (that recipe made very crumbly granola bars!) but this is our favorite recipe--so far.
1 cup brown sugar (we use 1/2 cup honey instead)
2/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup wheat germ
2 Tbls. sesame seeds
6 ozs. chocolate or carob chips
2 Tbls. vanilla
3 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup coconut (shredded)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raisins
--This is a very flexible recipe, meaning if you like coconut better than sesame seeds, you can adjust the amount of coconut up and sesame seeds down. In other words, add your favorite ingredients and subtract the ones you don't have on hand!
Stir well. Press into 9x13" pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Enjoy!
*Note* This is another flexible recipe, in which you add what herbs you like and then just add enough oil to make it be above the herbs by an inch.
One of our favorite herbal combinations is as follows... It makes a salve that's good for moisturizing your skin and for relieving itches and skin irritations (and this is the salve we use on our cows too.) The salve is oil-based though, so be careful not to touch your clothing right after putting some on your hands or it will stain your clothes.
Put in a large kettle or a ceramic crock-pot 1 1/2 cups of each of the following herbs:
gumweed (we find this in our pasture--it helps you if dealing with poison ivy)
comfrey leaf (good for wounds)
plantain (good for skin)
chapparal (antibiotic--helps with tumors)
3 Tbsp. bee propolis (bee-keepers can provide you with this)
1/4 cup beeswax (also a bee-keeper item--although I imagine you can find these items elsewhere too?)
Then, poor oil over the herbs and add enough so that there's about an inch above the top of the herbs. This big of a recipe requires about a gallon of oil. You can use many different kinds of oils in this salve, so experiment with what you like. We generally just use vegetable oil, as it's the cheapest and we go through a lot of salve everyday at milking time!
Allow this mixture to "Cook" at about 225 degrees for 4 hours. If you see that it starts to boil, you'll need to turn the heat back. Stir occasionally. When the 4 hours are up, it's time to do the salve test! Dip a clean knife into the mixture and then place the knife on a plate in the refrigerator for a few minutes until it sets up. Then scrape it off the knife and see if the salve is at the consistency you desire. If it's too thick, then add some more oil to your pot and let the salve cook a while longer before testing again. If too thin, add more beeswax (just a little bit goes a long ways.)
Now comes the messy part! When the salve consistency is to your liking, then you need to strain off the liquid--which becomes your salve--and throw away the herbs. I've seen this part of the process done in different ways... You can put a dishcloth (one you don't mind being stained) over the top of a glass bowl and strain the mixture into it and then poor the salve into smaller containers. Or, the recipe says you can use a coffee filter. Or, you can take a soup ladle and scoop off as much liquid as you can and strain through the old toe-end of a nylon directly into the jars or containers you've chosen for your salve.
Which ever way you choose to do it, you'll want to add to the liquid while still hot:
approx. 20 vitamin E capsules--they work as a preservative
OR: several drops of grapefruit seed extract--for the same purpose
Once you have the liquid in jars, just let it be for a couple hours and it should set up nicely!
Then, all that's left is to enjoy your salve!
Warning: Our fellas do not like the strong smell the herbs give off while cooking, (they say they can smell it even before they walk in the front door!) so you may wish to make this while your menfolk are planning to be out of doors for a while. :) Mother and I like the smell of the salve though, so it's a matter of personal preference I guess.
If you have questions, I'd be happy to try to answer them!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Here Andrew's signing as witness to David & Susanna's will...
One of the main themes of the day was discussing winter-survival tips and things you should have along in your vehicle during these cold months. Steve S. is showing some of the things he likes to have around in case of disaster:
...Mrs. Dagley talk about what she has in her first-aid kit.
There was also time for visiting and I was SOOO glad that my friend Susanna (from SD) was able to be there (and that she let me hold her darling, Clementine!) :)
Susanna's younger sister, Rose (from MT) was there too, so that was another unexpected treat! Here she's showing me the pattern she's following to crochet a pocket for an apron she's making for Prairie Days...
This job also required very heavy thread, which Andrew bought a large spool of...
In order for us to fill the bobbins and a smaller, empty spool that would fit in my machine, Andrew designed some Lego contraptions to aid us. But, it's late once again, so I'll have to talk about that more another time.
For the present, I'd like to thank each of you who guessed on this mystery picture! It was so fun to see your ideas and to share them with my family...
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thank you for your guesses! So far though, nobody has guessed correctly what the last mystery picture is, SO, I've decided to give you another day to guess and will post the answer tomorrow night...
I've added a picture here of the same item--taken from further back, to make it, perhaps, a little easier?
I'll give you a hint too:
"This is not something that most people would have on hand in this quantity, but is something that anyone can purchase at their local Mac's store if desired."
Outside of that, would you please pray for us, as certain members of my family are going to bed with upset stomachs tonight... Never fun! Thanks so much~
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Have any ideas?
I'm planning to post the answer tomorrow night and will post any comments with guesses in them at that time. Have fun!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
- A couple days ago, Hannah tagged me again, so I've been working on doing this one in my spare time ever since then. Here are the questions and my answers:
Are you right-handed or left-handed? Right handed.
Have you ever had anything removed from your body? My baby teeth--and a wood-tick or two!
What is the last heavy item you lifted? I wonder what the definition of heavy is?... Is it anything that's not light? Well, if that's the definition, then I would have to say the heavy item(s) I lifted last were the water pails I carried to the calves this morning.
What is your salad dressing of choice? Homemade poppy-seed dressing. Yum!
What is your favorite sit-down restaurant? We don't go out to eat often, but when we do, I'd have to say the Golden Corral is my favorite place to go to!
What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it? Tacos...
What are your pizza toppings of choice? Homemade tomato sauce with turkey pepperoni and cheese on top of that--plus some black olives! What do you like to put on your toast? Butter and honey... or apple butter...
If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? In a way, this would be nice, as it would give you motivation to accomplish all of what God has for you to do before that time, but I know that if God wants us to know this, He will reveal it to us! If you could change your name, what would you change it to? I like my name, so would only wish to change my last name--if I got married. :)
Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000? Is there a time limit on getting it down or a limit on how much milk you can drink with it? If not, then, absolutely!
How many pairs of flip flops do you own? Zero. I really don't care for them, as I like to wear something a bit more substantial while walking around the farmyard...
Last time you had a run-in with the cops? In a bad way? Never! I saw and talked to several of them last year when we found that lost, sick man in our pasture though...
Last person you talked to in person? Andrew.
Favorite Month? I like all the months of the year, but if I had to pick, I'd probably say March--my birthday month and the time of year where it usually becomes apparent that Spring is on it's way...
Mood? Contented. What are you listening to? Lady breathing heavily, as she's in a deep sleep.
Watching? The words come up on the screen as I type them. :)
Worrying about? Nothing at the moment.
What’s the last movie you watched? I think it was an Andy Griffith show--if you can call that a movie.
Do you smile often? Yes. :)
Do you always answer your phone? No, not if there's something important going on... That's what answering machines are for. If you could change your eye color what would it be? I like my hazel eyes so wouldn't wish to change them.
What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? I don't even know what Sonic is.
Have you ever had a pet fish? Yes, a couple Goldfish many years ago.
Favorite Christmas song? It would be hard to choose, but I really like "O Holy Night."
What’s on your wish list for your birthday? A Goldfish. :) Can you do push-ups? A few... Can you do a chin up? I haven't tried in a long time, but I used to be able to do ONE.
Do you have any saved texts? Nope.
Ever been in a car wreck? Thankfully, no. I was in a car when it went in the ditch once (no damage done), but that's all. Do you have an accent? I'm sure to someones' ears, it would sound as if I do!
What is the last song to make you cry? I don't remember exactly, but it could have been one of my favorites, "Trust His heart". I usually try to listen to happy music though!
Plans tonight? Milking and then perhaps watch some more of the Olympics?
Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom? Can't say as I have.
Name 2 things you bought yesterday: Yesterday? Well, I ah, paid my dad for some fuel that he used when hauling my calves to town and for some medicine for my animals...
You ever been given roses? I can't honestly remember a time when I was, so if I was, it was a while ago.
Current hate right now? Sin. (This was Hannah's answer, but I whole-heartidly agree!)
Met someone who changed your life? Yes, my Savior--and some dear friends!
What were you doing 12 AM last night? Sleeping.
What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? I'd best let Lady outside...
How many televisions are in your house? Zero, although Andrew did set up his computer to work as a TV for this week while the Olympics are on.
What color cell phone do you have? I haven't had a real need of a cell phone yet, so don't have one. My family let's me borrow their phones if necessary.
What does the first text message in your inbox say and who sent it? We don't have a texting plan on our cell phones, so we don't text! Who was the last person to call you? Ryan--a guy my family is meeting in town today to sell him some of our farm products.
And that's the END!
I tag whoever wants to do this!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Do you remember a mystery picture from a while back, in which I showed a long, skinny, rolled-up leaf that was red? Well, that has now turned into this:
(with another red leaf-curl on it's way to maturity.)
Here's Millie, waiting patiently for the goat milking to be through.....
Monday, February 15, 2010
Today, I had charge of seven children, age 5 and under--and all went well! :) The Daycare lady I help needed to go to town all day with her husband for doctors' appointments and asked me to come care for the children. We had a great time, reading; playing games; doing puzzles; eating; napping (they did, not I); singing; and just living.
Here I am with 2 of the little girls--Jada in pink and Lily--who's trying to get me to stand up and swing her around again: (A 4 year old boy took this picture and I thought he did a pretty good job...)
I thought I'd mention that my family and I weren't able to go to the movie (No Greater Love) after all, as the pastor's wife called us and told us they had to postpone it, due to getting 7 inches of snow the day before and not being able to get in the little town of Alfred. We were disappointed, but then spent the day together watching the Olympics, so that was really neat. I hope we're still able to see the movie when they play it, but until then, I guess I can't give you my opinion on it. :)
Be blessed and have a good rest,
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
So, Andrew got up early this morning to do some wiring so he could hook up his computer/TV screen to an antenna cable thing and get TV coverage of the Olympics. We won't normally have TV in our house (and we turn it off every time the commercials come on!), but this way we can watch the parts of the Olympics that we wish to see without having to wait for much slower Internet streaming. :) What we watched today was pretty amazing... Now I'm especially looking forward to the team figure-skating!
Are any of you watching the Olympics this year?
Friday, February 12, 2010
It was a pretty usual Friday here... My dad hauled a load of organic grain to Casselton; my mom cleaned and cooked and did odd and end type jobs that don't get done during the rest of the week; Andrew worked on his grain cleaner and had to run to town for parts; Jacob did some schoolwork and helped around the house; and I helped clean and made tortillas for our chicken enchiladas and a crumb cake for dessert. Now we're all ready for a restful weekend!
Andrew read this joke to our family tonight and I thought I'd pass it along to bring a smile to your face too... Enjoy!
Elmer says, "First, I got tonsillitis, followed by appendicitis and pneumonia. After that I got erysipelas with hemachromatosis. Following that I got poliomyelitis and finally ended up with neuritis. Then they gave me hypodermics and inoculations."
that spelling test."
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I'll wait to post your comments until tomorrow evening if they contain guesses. :)
Sweet dreams~ and may God bless you all as you daily seek out His will for your lives!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
We all talked to Dad on the phone a few minutes ago and it sounds like he's really enjoying his time at the convention and is learning a lot once again... He's planning to be home very late tomorrow night, so I'm not sure if we'll even see him until we wake up Thursday morning. Family prayer time just doesn't seem quite complete without Papa here to join us!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Dad and Andrew spent most of their time working on Andrew's grain cleaner. Mom taught Jacob his lessons and then did some sessions for some clients. As everyone else was busy, I got drafted to go to town to run some errands. As it was snowing (we got approximately 4 inches today and it's still snowing!), the visibility wasn't very good and there were pillow drifts across the road in many places. I was glad to finally return home, safe and sound!!!
I cleaned the van out a bit today and my mom ironed some warm shirts, as my dad is leaving early in the morning to go to the Northern Plains Sustainable Agricultural Society's annual convention (what we call the organic convention) in Watertown, SD. He's meeting up with "Dave"--a friend of ours in Wishek and they'll carpool the rest of the way to the convention. Dad originally planned to stay until Thursday, but now he has some trucking he agreed to do on Thursday, so he and Dave will be coming back late Wednesday night. I hope he has a truly wonderful time and learns a lot! We're currently praying for it to quit snowing and for the roads to be good, as it will be about a 4 hour drive...
After returning from town, and after getting a chicken in the oven and making our favorite Apple-Raisin-Cardamom stuffing, I had a little time to work on my quilt again and finished the rest of my heart blocks! Now I just need to figure out how to do a smaller heart block and the middle pattern for the quilt...
Tonight, while out at the barn, I noticed how pretty the back barn door looked with it's snow frosting and ran inside for my camera. :)
I also snapped a few other pictures as long as I had my camera with me:
The boys with their milk cows... (Look out for that tail, Jacob!)
Mom with her cow, Clara...
Millie--peaking out from her hiding place...
And our kid, Cosette, enjoying Andrew's hood string!
Such was life on the farm today!