Thursday, September 30, 2010
It feels so good to be back home again, in my own little room. What a blessing it is to be able to brush my own teeth... What a blessing it is to be able to hop into bed, without needing assistance from another individual... What a blessing it is to be able to pull the pillow down under my head a little more if desired, instead of having to push a button that will summon someone else to do it for me... What a blessing it is to be able to sleep a full nights sleep! These are blessings I'd never thought about before I began work at the nursing home, but for which I am now exceedingly grateful!!!
And now, I'm going to enjoy the blessing of a comfortable bed to sleep in (yes, comfortable, even though it doesn't adjust up and down, tilt, slant, and etc...) :)
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I washed and dried a bunch of dishes and canning jars; made tomato soup and canned it; then made cottage cheese and 2 flavors of ice cream. I was beginning cutting up tomatoes for another batch of soup when I heard from my family that I may be alone for evening chores and decided to go get them done with while it was yet light out. Sally tolerated my singing pretty well this time as I squirt out her 3 gallons of healthy, raw cow's milk. Then I headed down to feed her calf, Laura her 1 1/2 bottles worth of nutrition. I had just begun milking the 6 goats when my family got home and the boys came out and threw hay and did the water for the animals.
We just now finished supper and family prayer, and various members of my family have gone to bed while others are talking on the phone; reading Muscle car books that came home from the library yesterday; one is installing Windows again on a laptop; and another is posting on a blog. :)
I received the following piece of humor/reality in my inbox the other day and, after editing it a bit, would like to share it with you now... Sometimes I do miss being a child, but at others times it's really nice to be an adult!
~Oh, to Be a Child Again ~
Decisions were made by saying "eeny-meeny-miney-mo."
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in
Catching fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening.
It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
Being old referred to anyone over 20.
Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.
It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the "big
people" rides at the amusement park.
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down would cause
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a
Ice cream was considered a basic food group. (Actually, we eat more ice cream now that we make it ourselves than we ever did before!)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I did get the pictures loaded on this post this morning, but that's as far as I got, as you may have noticed! See, after helping with morning chores, I helped Dad and Andrew clean out a grain bin. Then, I came in the house and mixed up a batch of bread and then made some of that into a pizza for our noon meal. Meanwhile, I baked a crumb cake for dessert. Then I did some laundry and by that time, it was time to eat, do some dishes, and get ready to go to work in town. And now I'm back again, with tired feet...
Anyway, the pictures I have to share are of the progress that's been made on the large storage shed we're building by our garden.
Getting every thing measured and cut correctly takes the longest...
We started on this building 3 years (I think) ago and just work on it as we have time...
It will be so nice to have a shed to store things in!!! The guys plan to clean out their shop once the building's done so that they're able to get vehicles in the shop to work on them...
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
As I mentioned last night, we had a wonderful time of fellowship at the Alfred church yesterday! The church was packed with people from far and near...
But, before I share pictures at the church, I have a few from on the drive over there (it takes us about an hour to get to Alfred from our farm).
Our very experienced driver:
A practicing banjoist: (Andrew played a special in the afternoon.)
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
We spent part of our day getting ready for tomorrow--mainly getting the song Mother's going to sing onto a CD so she has the background music along, and getting everyone's clothes pressed.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of getting the house cleaned; canning tomato soup; and getting a feast prepared (including homemade ice cream and freshly made cottage cheese), we had visitors! The K. family stopped in to pick up a Kombucha mushroom, as they had stopped making Kombucha tea for a while and now wish to get back to it. Dad got home from grain cleaning just in time to visit with them too for about an hour. I spent most of my time with the 3 young K. children, petting Millie; washing off mud from little hands and feet that couldn't resist splashing in a mud puddle; and bouncing on the trampoline. Oh yes, we played "Duck, duck, doose" (as little Edmund calls it) too! :)
Well, I need to post this and get some beauty sleep, (as Mother calls it)...
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Oh yes, and as it's late and I just got home from working in town, I'm tired and so will just point you in Andrew's blog's direction for an update on what happened here at home on this rainy day:
Good night, sleep tight~
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Jacob Austin (14), getting ready to beat me in another round of Dutch Blitz. :)
Andrew Robert (19), in need of a hair cut...
(Thank you for sharing it with us, Mrs. D!)
3 ice cream pails of tomatoes or 1/2 bushel
1 bunch of celery
2 large onions
10 sprigs of parsley
Skin tomatoes then cut in fourths. Chop the rest into bite sized pieces. Put all in very large kettle and cook until tender.
Run through a blender and strain out strings and some seeds.
Bring to a good boil then mix in:
1/2 cup salt
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp soda
Add 1 lb of butter melted with 1 cup of flour.
Mix together and cook 10 minutes. Place in hot jars. Process in hot water bath 10 minutes.
Makes 8 quarts.
When I cook this soup to eat, I add equal amounts of milk or water with powdered creamer. Try not to let it boil if you add milk.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
...that it is once again the time of year to clean off the garden? But, it is! Mother, Jacob and I picked all our ripe tomatoes; peppers; onions and some more apples and brought them in the house.
And, can it be...
...that it is nearly Autumn? Where has the Summer gone to? The leaves are turning colors already in preparation for Fall...
And, can it be...
...that it is nearly time for the Alfred Church's annual Harvest of Thanks? Well, it is! This coming Sabbath we'll be heading East to celebrate God's blessings with our friends in Alfred. :)
And, can it be...
...that we will be singing "And Can it Be?" as a family for the afternoon music service at the Harvest of Thanks gathering?
We'll see if we have time enough to practice sufficiently before then! If you'd like to join us in Alfred this Saturday, you'd be more than welcome. Visit:http://www.churchofgodalfred.com/index.php?p=1_5_Upcoming-Events for more info and directions to the church....
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Would you please join us in praying for some sunshine? Thanks a bunch!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
A friend shared this with me the other day and I knew then that it was something I wished to post on my blog to share with you all.....
Listen to Clara Beth recite Psalm 23:
(This is what I would like my daughter to be like someday! Isn't she so adorable? :) )
Friday, September 17, 2010
Andrew: "Not yet."
Ahhh Hah! Sally had had her baby!!!!!!!!!
Apparently, Andrew had heard her mooing softly last night and wondered if she had calved. Upon further investigation, he found a several-day-old calf by her side. :) I guess with all that's been going on here, nobod's been checking on her daily...
Andrew headed out to the pasture on the 4-wheeler to get her in the barn lot and I slipped on a jacket and went out to help get her in the barn. It's been about 3 months since we dried her up and I knew she'd be a little stubborn. (Can you see Andrew in this picture?)
When we finally did get mother and baby in the barn, said mother was a bit nervous and left a mess to clean up later...
At last, we got Sally to go in her stall and then Andrew milked her (we're doing it by hand these days) while I held the smelly tail so Andrew could maintain a clean face!
As the milk got dirty in all the excitement, the cats were more than happy this morning! We locked the calf up now, so hopefully we'll be able to save a bunch of milk tonight--just in time for Sabbath.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I just got home from working in town again (4 nights in a row) and I am "Futsch" (which, I learned tonight from one of the residents, means finished, done, had it.... in German) for the week!!!
RANDOM FACT: I found out tonight that the 2 coworkers I was working with this evening both have daughters who are 23 years old (my age). :)
About my title... My brothers and I are arranging a surprise vacation for our parents' 30th wedding anniversary that's coming up in October. (Don't worry. They already know that much, so they can read this! They're even helping to pay for the trip, but they don't know where they're going to...) It's been so much fun making plans and changing plans and remaking plans and booking and scheduling and.............. I can hardly wait for October 10th to come! Actually, I can hardly wait for the 17th, when they get home with stories to tell and pictures to see!
Well, I need to get some sleep. I think tomorrow has farming on the menu for us all--as long as it doesn't rain or snow...
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Hmmm... I guess there are a few things to share:
Sabbath was a peaceful, restful day at home...
Mom and I are working on getting apples and tomatoes put up for Winter.
The boys helped out at the Braddock Threshing Bee these last 2 days.
Dad's out grain cleaning.
Our calves were out this morning, so Andrew got them in again, but I got delegated to fix the fence, as he and Jacob needed to head out to the fields.
The Hubbard squash are getting really big!
I'm down to 1 turkey poult, but the 6 older chickens (I raised this spring) are doing well and the 10 baby chickies are all doing well. I'm thinking there maybe is not enough of something in the feed I mix for the chicks to sustain the turkeys? (A mixture of wheat, oatmeal, Azure popcorn, field peas, and salt--all ground together--plus some free-choice grit.)
I need to get ready to head to town again for 8 1/2 hours.
That's about all that's new!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
This was a good day...
First thing this morning, Dad went to Bismarck and bought truck parts.
Meanwhile, chores got done at home here and Mother, the boys and I piled in the van and headed for Dawson to pick up our (and the K. family's) Azure Standard order. When there, we were surprised to get to see an old friend, Donna, and got to visit for a while with her. Also, there was Carmen to visit with, (and we got to see her relatively new baby girl), so we didn't get out of there for a while. On the way home, Mother dropped we 3 younger people off at a friend's (Isabelle's) farm auction sale. (We've known Isabelle, and her now late husband for about 6 years--and they were the ones we'd bought our first milk cows from--and whom we got our pipeline milking system from.)
Annnnyway, Mother headed home, as Sarah K. was coming to our place to pick up her Azure order, but as I said before, the rest of us stayed at Isabelle's and helped her and her son get household items out of the garage so they could be sold. Dad came later when he was done in Bismarck, and then stayed for most of the afternoon.
Andrew especially found several items of interest to purchase, and Dad found a few as well--mainly: some open pollinated Indian corn seed; a cream separator that's in better shape than ours; and three boxes of tools, wire brushes, and etc....
The boys, loading up the truck:
We saw several people we knew there--neighbors, old friends from the Linton church we used to attend, homeschooling friends, and Dad talked with a guy he knew from Eureka...., but I think the most surprising friend there was Marty---the Marty my dad grew up with near Center, ND. We were surprised he'd come all that way for an auction sale, and he was surprised to see us there, as for some reason, he'd thought we lived near Kulm instead of Kintyre. :)
Here are the two old friends, catching up on what's gone on in the last few years.....
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
~By Marchette Chute
When spring comes round, our apple tree is very full of flowers,
And when a bird sits on a branch the petals fall in showers.
When summer comes round, our apple tree is very full of green,
And everywhere you look in it there is a leafy screen.
When autumn comes round, our apple tree is full of things to eat
And apples hang from every branch to tumble at our feet.
When winter comes round, our apple tree is full of snow and ice,
And rabbits come to visit it...
We think our tree is nice.
We are still working on apples, apples and more apples! I'm glad apples smell delicous.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
This morning I picked some of my Indian corn. It's so amazing to see the many different shades of reds, yellows, creams and so on--all in the same cob sometimes!
Now to do some decorating.....
This is by far the queerest cob I picked--starting as one cob on the bottom and then splitting into two cobs toward the top!
Oh yes, and I have a mystery picture for you!!! This might be really easy, I'm not sure...
Can you guess what the following picture is of (or, more specifically, what the black things are and what they're for?)
Let's have a look and see.....
At the Henry Street Hebrew School, the rabbi finished the
day's lesson. It was now time for the usual question period.
"Rabbi," asked little Melvin, "there's something I need to
"What's that, my child?" asked the rabbi.
"Well, according to the Scriptures, the Children of Israel
crossed the Red Sea, right?"
"And the Children of Israel beat up the Philistines, right?"
"And the Children of Israel built the Temple, right?"
"Again you are correct."
"And the Children of Israel fought the Egyptians, and the
Children of Israel fought the Romans, and the Children of
Israel were always doing something important, right?"
"All that is correct," agreed the rabbi. "So what's your
"What I need to know is this," demanded Melvin. "What were
all the grown-ups doing?"
I guess it does. :)
Monday, September 6, 2010
Finally! Fluted squash--and they're not only pretty, but tasty too. :)
Oh, and a couple days ago, Andrew found another chick for my collection!