Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Also, here's a video that I found on You-tube of a sand-bag filling station:
And here's another that someone took outside their home by the river!
As Mother noted, one good thing that may come of all of this is that the residents of this city may become more united and neighborly as a result of needing to work together to accomplish the jobs that need doing to preserve their city...
Meanwhile, here in the country, our water levels are higher than usual also! The road South of our farm has been under water for some time now, and today, my dad went up to see how the pasture (and fences) faired the Winter and he found the water level greatly increased there... The flowing well is completely surrounded by water and the tanks there are just floating (probably a 4-5 foot increase in water levels from last year.) What used to be several small lakes in the different cells of the pasture is now one big lake! Also, our hunter friends found their drill (which they left in the corner of a part of the pasture last Fall) completely under water. Dad had to pull them out again today too (this time it was their 2 pickups that were stuck and not the tractor.)
So, if you would say a prayer today for those of us with too much of a good thing (that wonderful, and yet in ways, terrible liquid), that would be greatly appreciated!
Monday, May 30, 2011
Not everyone can or should be fighting in the physical battles of this day, with guns and bombs and such, but there are many battles needing to be fought every day! Battles to: keep families together; to raise up Godly children; to educate people in the ways of the Lord; to maintain parental rights; to stay healthy with an ever increasingly dangerous food supply; to get our government to adhere to the constitution so we may always be a great country under God; to be a smallish farmer and not get squeezed out of business by the big farmers of this day; to show God's love and peace and JOY to the world!; and the list goes on and on!
May you be strengthened to fight whatever battle the Lord has for you to fight at this time in your life.
"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee."
Sunday, May 29, 2011
As the song says, we did gather lilacs this Spring again! Actually, in all honesty, it was Dad who picked this deliciously sweet-smelling bouquet. :)
I did not get any more sewing done today, as I helped Mom clean up the kitchen and worked on some outdoor projects (hanging laundry on the line; opening the greenhouse doors; doing the chores...) before heading to work in town for the rest of the day. This was what I worked on yesterday though:
I cut all the cute little square fabric pieces (that I got from my dear friend, Rachel,) in half,
...then I sewed one triangle together with another triangle that matched it and made all these squares. Later, I sewed all the squares together in one long line. I also cut out the dress material, so now when I have some time, I can really do some sewing. :)
That's all for now. It's late and I should really get some sleep! I'll leave you though with a few fun quotes that arrived in my e-mail Inbox today:
- Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not
putting it in a fruit salad.
- The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse
always gets the cheese.
- Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity,
they can train people to stand on the very edge of a pool
and throw them fish.
- When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire
Department usually uses water.
and last, but certainly not least:
- Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than
standing in a garage makes you a car!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
This afternoon, I asked Jacob to drive down to the field and get a picture of Dad seeding so I could post it here. When Andrew inquired why I didn't just hop on the 4-wheeler and go take the picture myself, I informed my brothers that I was in the middle of pie making, after which statement, Jacob quickly hopped on the 4-wheeler and said, "Oh, I'll go! I'd do almost anything to get pie." :) He took this picture of Dad, seeding the brown flax (we planted Golden Omega flax earlier in another field). We're praising and praising the Lord that he was able to finish that field and we are now done with seeding, except Dad wants to plant lentils in the former water holes so the weeds don't grow there! We are so happy and tired tonight!
I baked an apple and a blueberry pie this time. I decided to make a lattice top for the blueberry pie, as I'd never done one before but saw a picture of it done on top of a blueberry pie, and now I wonder why I've waited so long to try it as it was really quite simple and the end result looks so homey.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tonight, as Mom was talking to Andrew (after he called saying that he was done with helping Dave now,) I overheard her say that, as she was discing this afternoon, she realized that our whole family was driving a tractor today at the very same time!
Dawn: Discing (the last field!)
Cora: Picking rocks
How's that for cooperation? :)
I also took some pictures of Jacob, doing some "Real" farming. You know, I don't think he's played Farming Simulator for a few days now. He says he likes the real thing a lot better!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
This next picture is for you, Miss Linda. :) The pattern I'm kind of following is called "Women's Panel Dress" and is from the Common Sense Patterns company (http://www.commonsensepatterns.com/csp_main.htm) . The fabric is mostly cotton, the majority of it (the blue/green dots part) being some that I purchased with my graduation money several years ago, but have never used! The colorful squares of fabric where a gift from a very dear friend of mine for my birthday this year, and the lace is from a lady who gave me all of her sewing supplies many years ago....
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I'm tired again tonight, but am so glad that God has brought us all together again under the same roof of the same house on the same farm in the same county in the same state in this country on this continent in this wonderful world in our solar system in this galaxy........that we live in! :) Good night everybody. ~
Monday, May 23, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
After chores were done and the greenhouse was closed up for the night, Dad and Andrew agreed to help Jacob and I sight in our new rifles. Andrew grabbed some AQTs and a blanket to lay on and we headed for the large square straw bales to set up our targets and to do some shooting. With our new guns, after quite a bit of sighting in with our scopes, Jacob and I both met the Sharp-Shooter qualifications, which we were very excited about, as we had both only mastered the "Marksman" level before! Now to practice some more so as to be able to be a "Rifleman!" Thanks again, Andrew, for the wonderful presents..... Do you need any more chores done? ;)
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Later this afternoon, we headed out of doors, to see the baby animals; to play in our "Park"; and to dig up some rhubarb plants (they didn't have any!).
The Dads, visiting...
The Moms, swinging... :)
The younger people, teetering...!
All 4 of the S. children loved the goats! Here they're all trying to catch themselves a kid... We had to help the littlest girl, Pristine, catch a kid several times, as she kept letting them go. :)
Andrew, playing with a kid on the ground, while Liberty and I rock our babies to sleep... :)
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Well, my one picture-guesser guessed pretty close to correct when she guessed "Gomer Pyle", as Jacob is playing the part of Barney Fife!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Here's a quick overview of our day:
- Did morning chores (milking, taking care of baby goats and bottle calves, feeding hay, water and grain)
- Dad fixed the hitch on the big seed-drill
- Jacob worked on working up the South field with the big white tractor, pulling the vibra-shank
- Mom and I went to town and picked up our beef from the 2 steers we had butchered
- Dad helped us get the freezers filled up (I'm so glad I got the big freezer cleaned out yesterday so it was ready to go this morning when the meat locker lady called...!)
- Opened the greenhouse (it was 90 degrees inside before noon)
- Made beef stew with dumplings
- I headed out to the field on the 4-wheeler to pick up Jacob for lunch but ran out of gas half-ways there and walked the rest of the way. When my brother and I walked to the 4-wheeler again, Jacob showed me that the ATV has a reservoir tank, "For such a time as that", so we rode home the rest of the way and then filled the tank with gas!
- After lunch and dishes, Mom went out to finish the field.
- Dad and Jacob finished welding the hitch and getting things ready to go again
- I made a batch of bread and a pizza crust
- Mom came in the yard for fuel, then headed West to "Fern's up North" (about 10 miles away) to began working up that ground so Dad can seed there tomorrow
- I dug some dirt from the garden and filled up our many flower pots, then planted the Petunias and Pansies Mother had purchased while in Bismarck...
- I also raked up the pine-cones that were under the pine trees, and raked off some of the excess goose-droppings across the road on our playground lawn
- Dad and Jacob headed out with the tractor/drill and the truck with seed on it and asked me to bring the 4-wheeler down too
- We filled the huge drill using buckets, Jacob and I being in the truck, up to our knees in flax, filling the pails for Dad who then took them from us and dumped them in the drill (thus the shoes FULL of flax--a very funny feeling!)
- Dad planted the whole field
- Jacob and I ate a quick supper; worked on getting Jacob's outfit ready for a play he and Andrew are possibly going to do at Prairie Days; and then worked on chores
- Dad came in the yard with the tractor and drill once he was done and said Jacob should go get Mom as she was done with that field and it was getting close to dark
- Dad held the goat I needed held while I helped get the kids in the right place to nurse (while we were doing this, we noticed Jacob's goat, Jane was in labor and she later had one huge buckling)
- While Dad fed the cows some hay, I started working on emptying the drill (yes, again with buckets for the most part, except then Dad got out the handy vacuum "Thing" that sucks the grain out and spits it into the truck)
- Dad came and helped when he was through with feeding and we were almost done by the time Mom and Jacob returned home
- Jacob helped Dad then, fueling up the tractor and getting things ready to go in the morning
- Closed up the greenhouse
- Mom and I made hamburgers with our meat--hooray for "Real" meat!
- Listened to Andrew's message on the phone, saying he may be home tomorrow night, especially if it rains
- While Dad and Mom ate, Jacob tried on the outfit we'd put together earlier
Do you have any guesses of who he's acting like??? :)
I praise the Lord for the safety He granted for us all this day and for the many, many seeds that went in the ground! If you would, please join us in praying for the rain to stay away for a few more days so all the farmers can get the crops in. It is getting late already and is high time to get the seeds in the soil.... Jacob told me yesterday of something he read about some farmers paying to have their crops planted by helicopter as the ground is just too wet to drive on with equipment! How does that old saying go?: "When there's a will, there's a way"....
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Jacob spent the day in the red tractor, going back and forth and back and forth, working up the ground ahead of Dad so he could plant the corn in the newly turned soil.
Mother was in Bismarck most of the day, doing sessions for clients and getting farm supplies.
Andrew headed for our Organic farming friend, Dave's place to help him for a few days, so I had the farmstead to myself most of the day. I watered the greenhouse thoroughly; checked the cows; cooked and did dishes; and I defrosted the big deep freeze so it will be ready for the beef we had butchered a week ago. I also dug out some fabric and ironed it so, if I find some spare moments, I'll sew a prairie dress. :)
Speaking of the prairie, I spoke with Mrs. Dagley today about Prairie Days plans and she updated me on some of the things that they're planning. One very exciting presentation on Saturday (June 18th) will be a reenactment of George Washington by Mr. Mark Collins (a pastor from TX). Click HERE to watch a video of him in action! Also, Mr. Simplify will be coming back to P.D.s this year. Also, I learned recently of a trapping demonstration that will be done... It must be time to update the Prairie Days website again! :)
Back to farming though.... I think I've shared this song before, but it was quite a while ago, so I thought I'd share it again. We heard this on a computer CD Jacob had when he was just a little tyke and we memorized it and have sung it off and on ever since. It is indeed a big job when you're working on a farm!!!
"Well we're up with the sun and out in the fields,
Raising up the crops for their highest yields.
Plowin' and a plantin' and a balin' up a storm.
It's a great big job when you're working on a farm.
Got a tractor out here and he's working all day
A pullin' and a pushin' and a towin' things away.
Then it's in from the fields and back to the barn!
It's a great big job when you're working on a farm...
...When you gotta be big, and you gotta be quick,
And you gotta watch out that the plow doesn't stick,
And you gotta be tough, and you gotta be strong,
'cause this is one big job that lasts the whole year long!
In the Spring we plow, in the Summer we grow,
In the Autumn we harvest it, row by row.
In the Winter we've got to keep the animals warm.
It's a great big job when you're working on a farm!
...When you gotta be big, and you gotta be quick,
And you gotta watch out that the plow doesn't stick,
And you gotta be tough, and you gotta be strong,
'cause this is one big job that lasts the whole year long!
Well we're up with the sun and out in the fields............"
After all the work is done, it sure feels good to lie your head down on a nice soft pillow.... Speaking of which, I have 2 new ones tonight, thanks to Mother who said my pillows were nearly non-existent (very old feather pillows) and who bought me new ones! Thank you Mother! :)
Monday, May 16, 2011
Mother took this one of Jacob holding a picture of (what he says is) the ideal alarm clock! :) He then used the paper to wrap up the cap he bought and gave to Dad...
She also took this one of me wrapping one of the gifts I gave my dad, a couple of "Food" videos: "King Corn" and "Food Inc.".
And this is the beautiful birthday cake that (*blush*) I didn't make.... Mother knew I wasn't feeling up to baking a cake this time, so she bought this one at Sams. The guys said the bow tasted like glue, but other than that, the cake was pretty tasty. :)
Sunday, May 15, 2011
The kids that slept in the kitchen pulled through the night well. PTL! Mother fed them in the middle of the night and they drank really well. Now they're out with the herd again....
I planted the replacement dwarf orange tree that Gurneys sent me (the first one that came was broke in half, the stem not having any leaves on it at all and the leaves being all dried up.) This one looked much more healthy and alive! :) Someone asked a while back what kinds of dwarf fruit trees I'd planted, so here's a list:
2 different types of bananas
2 Fig trees
1 Cherry tree and 1 Blueberry that didn't ever get going :(
and 2 Kiwi plants, which aren't dwarf and which I have planted in the house currently
We've tried growing dwarf bananas before, all to no avail, but I'm hoping with the greenhouse, they'll do better....?
I also ordered a Hops Vine which grows to 20+ feet long. I/we've not decided where to put that yet, so for now, it's getting going in the greenhouse too. :)
I'm tired (I worked in town today) and so am going to post this and leave the birthday picture posting for another time....
Outside of the goat troubles, it was a very nice day. Jerome came (he's spending the night too!) and we ate good food (and some cake); played Apples to Apples; Dad opened his gifts; the guys visited for quite a while and tonight we watched a movie. At evening chores, Mom discovered that 2 more kids had just been born and they both seem to be doing well....
I pray that you all have a wonderful week!
Look for birthday pictures posted here soon,
Friday, May 13, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Mom and Andrew went to Bismarck, Mom to do sessions for clients and Andrew to run around and get some supplies (seed, the Quonset door spring that the guys had special made, ammunition for the Appleseed shoot at Dagleys, computer parts at State Surplus and a thrift store, etc...).
Meanwhile, Dad and Jacob spent the day working on making sure the farm machinery is ready to roll. They had to go to Kintyre and Napoleon for parts/supplies also...
I kept the home fires burning, so to speak, (made "Indian Fried Bread" to go with our vegetable soup at lunch and then tried a new recipe which produced a very dense chocolate cake...) and also took a nap (thank you for your prayers for my quick recovery from this nasty bug!) Then I went out to the greenhouse and weeded and watered for an hour before supper.
While out there, I found one of the two surprises----an Indian arrow head! This is a pretty small one, so I'm guessing it was used for small game, perhaps gophers? :) This is the first time I've ever found one, so I was excited and had to go show the guys. (For those of you who may not know, this rock was probably fashioned by a native American many years ago for the purpose of inserting in the end of an arrow--a stick--binding it there, and using it to hunt with.)
At chores tonight, we caught ourselves another bottle calf! That sounds funny, I know, but that's what we did. To explain, there's been a little calf (we're not sure who the mother is) who keeps crawling in with the milk cows and it drinks from Andrew's young milk cow, Suzie. We caught it the other day and put it back out with the main cattle herd, only to have it be back in with Suzie the next morning, stealing milk. So, we've decided to put it in the barn with our other bottle calf and raise it that way.
I checked on the kittens tonight. Their eyes are open now and they are so roly-poly! So cute!
While Jacob was out feeding Lydia some grain and Dad was still feeding the cows their hay, I played with my kids. The girls fell asleep in my lap while one of the boys drank from its mother and the other one chewed on my finger and jacket. :)
When Mom and Andrew returned, we learned that Andrew had a surprise for Jacob and I. Of course, he hauled in everything else from the vehicle before the "Surprise", which only served to make us more curious! Finally, he said he was bringing it/them in....
He told Jacob and I that he wanted to give us something in appreciation for all the times we do chores for him while he's out grain cleaning (and also for when we'll be doing them all the time when he's gone for a week helping our organic farming friend get his crops in soon....)
He walked in with:
2 gun cases! He said, smirkingly, that he thought we'd like to have something to store our guns in. As he handed us the cases... (thank you, Mom, for taking pictures!)
we were suspicious, as they were quite heavy for just being cases! Upon further investigation...
...we each found a brand new, 10/22 semi-automatic Ruger rifle, with a scope and everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Andrew's 22' is pretty similar to these and he really likes it, so he knew we would too! Jacob was hoping to buy a semi-automatic before the Appleseed event, but his brother did it for him. Pretty nice, eh? :)
As Mom noted when she saw the smile on Andrew's face, "It truly is better to give than receive"...
I must say that receiving is pretty nice too though! ;)
"I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. "
Thank you again Andrew, ever and ever so much!!!
Monday, May 9, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
(Love you Mother!)
Since I last wrote, there are a few more mothers that are enjoying their KIDS. :) My goat, Tulip had twin bucklings today:
Also, yesterday, my goat Fay had triplets! This time, I got some girls, 2 girls and 1 boy. :) I'm hoping Fay will be able to provide enough milk for all those hungry little mouths, although they'll have to take turns drinking!