Sunday, July 31, 2011
This morning, after chores and dishes (we always have lots of dishes to do on Sundays, as we don't usually do them on Saturday), I made 2 sour cream raisin pies and 1 apple pie.
In the later part of the morning, I got a call from one of our neighbor ladies, wondering if I would be able to come over to their house this afternoon and watch their 3 youngest children (their oldest was going to be with his dad), as she was going to be away and her husband wanted to go out and work on putting up some hay. I agreed to go over there, whenever her husband called and said the hay was ready. I got there around 1:00 and stayed until 7:00, at which time Mr. S. and Tucker returned from the hay field to take over. The 3 little ones (ages 4, 3 and about 8 months) and I went for a walk/bike ride; the older two had fun "Watering the lawn" and splashing each other in the process!; and we played games in the house until nap time, after which followed supper time. The baby is teething now, but was very good for me, so that was nice. I had fun feeding her and getting her to show her adorable smile. :)
I arrived home just in time for chores. Jacob went and got the goats for me (they can go out in a large, weedy/grassy area now and can get quite lost), so I could milk them.
And guess what? It's thundering again!
“And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.” – Ezekiel 34:26 KJV
Saturday, July 30, 2011
I had planned to write last night, but then there was a flashing lightning/thunder/rain storm that made our electricity go off for a while and messed up our Internet connection again, so I was not able to do so.
Do you all know what these blossoms are? Here's a hint:
*Tea made from these flowers supplies you with all of the B vitamins*
Yesterday was a very eventful day around our place. I only have pictures of our morning project though....
After Andrew & I had done the morning milking/chores, Dad (on his 4-wheeler), the boys (Andrew on his 4-wheeler and Jacob on his dirt bike) and I went up the road to move the cows to their next cell in the pasture. I used to help with this a lot more before I worked in town and miss it in a way. The pasture up North is very, um, wild. It feels like a whole different world when you get up to this part of the "Road". We rent about a thousand acres of pasture from our hunting friends, who helped us section it off into many different cells that we move the cows to every one to two weeks, depending on the size of the cell.
Here Dad is bringing the solar-powered electric fencer back to me (I had the Ram, so had more room to carry things than he or the boys did.) At this point, I turned the Ram (a very old, bouncy charger sort of thing) around and drove the long way around to the other side of the pasture where I was supposed to open the gates for the cows to move from one pasture to the next.
Once I got the one gate open and the other loosened so it would be ready to open when it was time for the cows to go through (there is a curving road inbetween the gates), I sat down on an old tire that was in the fence-line for some reason and took some pictures and enjoyed the beauty of the Lords' handy work....
(This beautiful lake is officially called "Stink lake", although I don't think it stinks any worse than any other lake does when it's been standing stagnant for a while!)
I zoomed way in to get this picture of the long line of cows coming:
"For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills." Psalm 50:10
Thursday, July 28, 2011
This is one of the times that I don't like working at the nursing home. I get so attached to a resident and then they're gone..... I pray that I am a blessing to them though, in what I do and say, and then I can always pray for them too, to not have so much pain in their passing, and to turn to God in those last few moments if they haven't already accepted Him into their hearts and lives......
Please pray for Judy tonight, if you are still up and reading this. She's one lady I'm going to really miss, as are many of my coworkers!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Mother and I spent the day cleaning; baking bread; hanging wash out on the line; pulling weeds out of the garden; researching distilled versus reverse osmosis water; and doing the evening milking. I also spent some time playing in the 2 newly arrived piano books I ordered from Marty Goetz's website!!! We enjoy Mr. Goetz's music so much, most of it being portions of the Psalms put to music.... The music he writes is so soothing and praiseful to our Lord. I highly recommend "Sanctuary" especially.
Here's a sample of his music, plus an interview of Marty, done many years ago:
The guys are nearly done now with the first cutting of alfalfa hay, just in time to start on the 2nd cutting! They needed to rake up this last field, as the wind had scattered all the windrows across the field and it looked as though they had mowed the field instead of cutting it with the mower conditioner and the MacDon header. We're thanking the Lord for lots of hay this year!
Well, the guys got home at dark and I stayed up with them while they had their supper and then we prayed together, so now I guess it's bedtime. Mother went to bed early, as she has a full day of helping people with their health concerns tomorrow.
Off I go. ~
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
We were all so pleased when "They" (Monsanto) gave up their efforts to get their seeds into North Dakota---one of the (if not THEE) biggest wheat growing states in the country. How disappointing it is to learn that "They" have now gone behind people's backs and gotten their product into our state---no matter what we think of it. Arggggh! What is to be done?
I had intended this to be a pleasant post about Mom, Andrew and my trip to Bismarck this afternoon, but I no longer feel like writing about that.
May God save America! May His people stand up and fight for what is right and good, and may the good win in the end.... (just like in Louisa May Alcott's books, right Lane? ;) )
Monday, July 25, 2011
Mom took this picture of my brothers and I just after we'd arrived and parked in the "Parking Lot"----a big, bumpy pasture.
These pictures are quite mixed up, but in the interest of saving time, I'll just write about them as they are....
In the afternoon, there was a huge tractor and pickup pull which our guys LOVED watching! Mom and I enjoyed it too, for a while, although it was very, very loud and it was also a very hot day, so we came away with sunburns!
Preparing the track by wetting it a bit and working it up.... (There were actually people out on the track, picking rocks and throwing them out of the way!)
This is the sled that everyone took their turn at pulling. They're adding weights to it in this picture:
Sunday, July 24, 2011
I worked in town this afternoon/evening. It was a peaceful day, so that was very nice after the busy time I/we had at the nursing home last time!
Dad worked on mowing ditches around here today and the boys, well, I'm not sure what they or Mom did? So, I guess I can't tell you all that much tonight, and, when there's nothing really to tell, it's best not to say anything, right? Right. So I'll just go to bed. :)
Saturday, July 23, 2011
This afternoon, while Mother took a nap, the rest of us went downstairs and played a couple games (4 rounds a piece) of Foosball. We realized then how out of practice we are! We play a lot during the cold Winter months, but not at all recently.
Dad's cousin, Jerome stopped in this afternoon and stayed for supper, and visited a while after that. He brought back the kennels that he'd used to transport some of our geese to Jamestown for us a while back. Jerome also picked up the cattle rack (the kind that fits in the back of a pickup box) that he had bought the last time he was here. We sent him home with a couple cucumbers too. Oh, and a big round hay bale. :)
It was a lovely, quite day. We made 2 Blueberry Yogurt milkshakes (with the yogurt we made yesterday) which were very refreshing. Sadly, the doughnuts didn't last long and were gone before Jerome got here!
Tonight we watched "The Quite Man" which some friends gave to us. It was a bit on the silly side of things, but it was fun to see John Wayne playing in something other than a western...
I was very thankful this afternoon when Andrew found a way to get my pictures on my computer!!! It is late now though (we just finished our movie and family prayer time a few minutes ago), so the long picture post will have to wait for another time.
May you all have a wonderful new week, doing all that God has for you to do.~
Friday, July 22, 2011
All 3 of our guys worked all day in the hayfield. Before they left this morning, they got Andrew's arcade game thing (that he bought very inexpensively at an auction sale because it was not working, and then he fixed it) loaded in the tractor bucket so when the lady came this afternoon to buy it, we ladies wouldn't have too hard of a time loading it (it's quite heavy)!
It was a good day here at the farm for Mom and I (outside of the big-rock-prying bar getting bent and the big field-mower pulley and belt coming off).
Here's what we did:
- After morning chores, I packed the guys' lunches...
- Dad and Jacob showed me how to get the weed wacker running, and how to keep it running, so I went around all the flower pots; strawberry pyramid; the house; and around some of the garden until I ran out of fuel, which they didn't show me how to mix up, so I quit then....
- Mother changed all the fly traps around outside this morning and scrubbed all the goats' water troughs out, as they start to turn green over time...
- I went out to get the mail and checked our small raspberry patch (they're nearly ready!)
- Mom kept the sprinkler rotating through the garden all afternoon...
- We cleaned the house.
- I washed the Pacifica (my parents' vehicle), which took a good while, as there were a LOT of smushed bugs on the grill that didn't want to wipe off....
- Mom worked on several loads of laundry...
- I tried my hand at doughnut making, and they turned out quite well, if I do say so myself! :)
- Mom washed out a bunch of old, smelly pails that had been sitting in the entry way for a while (scrap buckets and the like). *Praise the Lord for nice smelling essential oils!*
- We spent at least half an hour getting Andrew's big game loaded on the lady's pickup! *That's when the bar got bent---somehow?*
- The UPS man delivered parts for Andrew's car project, and we got to visiting about turkeys----interesting. :)
- A friend from Napoleon came out to pickup something Mom's loaning her...
- Mom used the tractor and big mower to demolish some of the weeds that were down by the barns... *That's when the pulley came off*
- I made meatballs the way Sarah K. did when I was visiting/helping there, plus I made mashed potatoes and Mom and I made our favorite broccoli salad for supper...
- We ordered a couple of indoor-fly trap devices that we've wanted to try for quite some time. When you live on a farm, especially a dairy, you have lots of flies to deal with!
- We did chores somewhere in there, Mom milking the goats and me milking the cow...
- I tried loading my pictures on Dad and Mom's computer with a special card reader, but still received the error message I was getting before...
- We did take a little time to rest too, Mother by napping and me by looking through cookbooks for good ideas. :)
It was a good day!
We are very much ready for a day of sweet rest tomorrow though.~
morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman
saw her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
"That laundry is not very clean," she said. "She doesn't
know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry
Her husband looked on, but remained silent.
Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the
young woman would make the same comments.
About one month later, the woman was surprised to see nice
clean wash on the line and said to her husband, "Look, she
has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her
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Thursday, July 21, 2011
Mother and I spent the morning in the garden (after chores were done, that is). Dad and Andrew cut down and put up hay again, while Jacob worked around the farm here. I worked at the nursing home again this afternoon/evening. I was sad to learn that one of the residents had passed away early this morning. He was not doing well last night when I helped care for him, but I had not expected him to be gone so soon.... This man was the father of Helen, (I help her at her Daycare occasionally), so I was glad to be able to give her a hug last night when all the family was gathered there.... Working at a nursing home has often reminded me that life is precious! We never know when it will be our turn to go, so we must be ready (and help others to be ready).
It was a very busy night at the nursing home and my head is aching still. There was a nice musical program put on by a mens' quartet from Eureka, SD at 7:00 this evening, so we CNAs (and the activity people) had to be sure and have everyone fed; taken to the bathroom; and out at the patio by that time. Then, as the program lasted an hour, there was a huge rush afterwards to get everyone back to their rooms; given their snacks; taken to the bathroom again as needed; and get them to bed by 10:30, which we did with a lot of teamwork and a good portion of God's grace! The residents really enjoyed getting outside and listening to the music, for which we were glad, but it did result in being an extra stressful night for those of us in charge of making sure everyone got to the right place at the right time, safely!
It is lovely out tonight. I decided to wait to open my windows though until I'm done posting here so I don't get invaded by bugs again. :)
Have a good Friday everyone! I keep meaning to try a different way of loading my pictures onto my computer (or onto someone elses' computer), but when I'm busy with other things, I'm not thinking about posting pictures, so forget. I hope to remember soon. ;)
~God be with you~
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Dad and Andrew worked on hay again today while Jacob wasn't needed there, so he stayed home and mowed, and mowed, and mowed the lawn. Mother had several sessions to do at home here (her uncle and aunt from SD came this morning...), plus I'm sure she did other things as well. I worked at the nursing home again...
Those were the highlights of the day.
Oh yes, one more thing Andrew and I did this morning was to catch our 3 bucks that had broken into the does' pen and to put them in a different pen. Hopefully we caught them soon enough so we don't have baby goats arriving in December!
Now I will leave you with a quote, (a Dutch proverb actually,) one that made me smile:
I can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
It was a very hot, miserable day here in ND. The guys made hay all day and were miserable. Mother traveled to Bismarck and did sessions most of the day. She did find time to run and get a part Dad had spoken for to fix our air conditioner. PTL!!!! I spent the day doing laundry and (gotta pause for bug flickin' here...) kept the goats watered and got the fan going in the greenhouse. I baked bread too and it rose the fastest it has in a very long time! I also did chores by myself, which was an adventure, to say the least. A cold shower felt wonderful after all of that!
Oh dear! Is that skunk scent that I smell on the breeze? (More bugs....) It most certainly is. Now I need to decide if I want to smell skunk very strongly all night, or close my windows and be terribly hot and sweaty?
I have to go. These bugs are getting to me! Hopefully they'll go back outside once I turn my computer off!
Here's hoping you're having a more pleasant night than I am at the moment! I have to wonder what PollyAnna would find to be glad about at a time like this? Hmmmm.... Be glad that, uh, I have screens on my windows so all the big bugs aren't coming in too? Also, I can be glad that I don't smell billy goat smell along with skunk aroma! :)
(More squished bugs....)
Monday, July 18, 2011
I'm still not able to load my pictures, and Andrew didn't know what the problem was either. Hmmmmm..... It really IS a problem when my brothers and/or Dad don't know what's wrong with something.
I picked our first cucumber this morning. :) What a wonderful treat that was to eat!
I get to be home all day tomorrow and hope to get some work done in the garden, although it sounds like it could be quite hot outside. Perhaps I'll work on laundry instead, as it won't take very long to dry the clothes on the line with all of that sunshine!
So, I'll try to get to sleep now, although it is very hot and muggy in here tonight. I have both my windows open and, thankfully, there is a bit of a breeze blowing through............
May God be with you all until we meet again (and after that too!)
Saturday, July 16, 2011
We all got rather burnt to a crisp by the end of the day, Mother and I especially. Jacob told me tonight, right before family prayer time, that I am no longer a pale face but am rather now a red skin. I threw a pillow at him, and we had a good laugh.... :)
Summer has definitely, finally arrived here in North Dakota. I wonder if we'll have to uncover our air conditioner pretty soon??????
Hopefully there will be pictures to share tomorrow evening!
May the Lord bless you all in this new week,
Friday, July 15, 2011
B. A billy goat (or "Buck", which is its' proper name)
I was debating this question as I drove home from Chuck's with the the bucks' odor filling the air, after passing an area where a skunk had obviously been. I don't care for the smell of male goats, but I think skunks still take the cake when it comes to being the stinkiest. :)
Anyway, onto a more pleasant topic.....
I had a very delightful time at the Keisters' house! I took a few pictures too and I'll try to post them tomorrow when I write more about my visit.
For now, it's late again and, as I woke up very early this morning when the "Garbage Man" came and emptied the Keisters' dumpster at the crack of dawn, and, as I helped clean 2 houses today, I'm tired and am heading for bed.
Until next time,
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
As I left Napoleon tonight, I didn't realize that I'd be driving through an obstacle course on the way home! Shortly after turning onto the Hwy., I had to move over for a couple of boxes that were on the road. A little further on, I had to do a little swerve to the left so as not to drive over the 5 or 6 orange kittens that were along the side of the road! Then, around the lake, I had to dodge to the right so as to miss the 4 half-grown raccoons that were in the middle of the road!
After that, I slowed down.
It began to sprinkle then and kept on all the rest of the way home. I was thankful when the one vehicle I did meet on the road was driving in the correct lane! :) Of course, I said a prayer of thanks too that I didn't hit anything, (other than the raindrops....)
This is going to be a very short post, as I hope to get a few hours of good sleep and then wake up and get things ready to head to our friends' place.
So, good night, dear friends! I may (or may not) be posting tomorrow night, depending on if I spend the night with the K. family or not.....
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Mother got our Azure order this morning, so we now once again have frozen blueberries to do things with. Blueberry muffins anyone???
Andrew went down to the Linton area today to help farmer Dave again with some haying. It still is pretty wet here, so Dad said he could go. Andrew's not back yet, but should be coming soon. I got to milk his Sally tonight. :)
Later in the day, my dad was able to rake one field of alfalfa (and nearly got stuck!) and then he baled another. He just got in the house about an hour ago for his supper and now we're all heading for bed. It was such a beautiful day!
I work in town again tomorrow, but then hope to go help our friends, the K. family (who live about an hour away) for a day or two. Sarah is so busy with their 4 little ones; a garden to tend; home schooling to do; healthy cooking to keep up with; and with being a pastors' wife, so it will be fun to go and help her again with whatever needs doing.
So, until next time dear friends, I'll wish you a good night and a good day tomorrow, doing the things that God has for you to do---be that: canning green beans; making water keifer; taking the perfect picture; preparing for corn mazes; mowing lawns; fixing cars; or making hay. :)
Monday, July 11, 2011
I worked in town yesterday and today. Yesterday was a real adventure there as, shortly after we listened to report and headed out on the floor, the nurse gave the order to have all the residents brought to the TV room, which is in the middle of the building (it has no windows), as there was a bad storm coming and the possibility of tornadoes. We had just finished getting everyone up from their naps and wheeled them out to the TV room when the electricity went out. It stayed off for about 4 hours, which made life interesting, as the generator there does not provide enough electricity for lights in the residents' rooms or any of the bathrooms, so when we had to take someone to the restroom, we had to take a couple flashlights along so we could see what we were doing, and even then, it was a challenge! Praise the Lord though that there were no tornadoes in town. I did hear mention of one being spotted South of town, but never heard if it did any damage. The rain poured then and flooded the street outside of the building. When I looked out a window, I saw several vehicles back tires halfways under water... On the way home that night then, my van was vibrating badly whenever I went faster than 50MPH, and when I told Dad about it, he said it was most likely because all that water had washed the mud/dirt off of half the tire and now the tires were not balanced. So, this morning, according to Dad's advice, I took a garden hose to it and when I drove to town later in the day, the vibrating was all gone. :)
Another adventure this morning was when my brothers and I fixed the greenhouse roof. After one of those big windstorms, the plastic had torn a little bit, so I taped it up, but the tape eventually lost its stickiness and the plastic tore some more in these last storms we've had. Dad gave us the idea to put a couple more boards up on the greenhouse ceiling and then to wrap the plastic around the boards and screw the boards down. We did this, and now we just need to pray for no more windstorms!
That's about all the adventures of the day. I did find a new hair style (you can see it HERE) that I liked and wore to work (at the nursing home) today. A couple people said they really liked it, so I may do it more often, as I like having my hair up when I'm running around, getting really warm there.
I'll leave you with a quote now and say "Good night":
"Happiness is like jam. You can't even spread a little bit without getting some on yourself. " :)
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Be blessed as you go where He wants you to go!
Friday, July 8, 2011
Jacob cut hay with the 9030...
...and Andrew drove the 1486....
My froggies are almost lost these days, this one amongst the watermelons and sweet potatoes.... The Lord has definitely blessed our greenhousing efforts this year!