Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Praying Mantis and Persimmons

It was so hot today. I went outside and was just standing in the yard and sweating. I feel really bad for the ones who have to work outside in this heat. Ok enough whining. We went out to grandma's to check on the tomatoes and get some potatoes. The tomatoes are done the heat and some kind of weird looking bug is sucking spots on them. But my cotton is so pretty! The Farmer took pictures of me and the cotton.
Me with the cotton

One short row the other is behind me

cotton
I can not wait until it actually has cotton on it. I hope to make some crafts with it. We also looked at the persimmon trees. It is unbelievably how big they are. 
Size of a ping pong ball

There are limbs almost touching the ground.


This limb broke out of the tree. Look how many is on it. 
We also saw the biggest praying mantis today. 

back side of it

Isn't it so beautiful. 
I bought me a cute little solar lantern Sunday. I need to turn my flash off and take a picture of it in the dark. Hey this reminds me see the little hydrangea plant growing down below. I rooted this off another plant that I have not had any luck getting it to bloom. I hope that this one will grow and bloom one day. 



I started my new devotion and I am really liking it so far. I have been 2 days without cookies and trying hard not to eat after supper. I hope that I can really make this commitment and lose some weight before August is over. 

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed my post.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

August around the farm...

I can not believe how fast August is passing by. Here it is already August 12. It has been hot and dry around here. Our pastures were getting dry and weedy. We got a little rain today and it was nice but it made it so humid outside.

This is a picture of the peach tree in the rain today.
The garden has slowed down a lot we are only getting a few tomatoes. The Farmer is talking about planning a salad patch and collards. I am ready for some. I walked around in the yard today and took a few pictures. 
Our big and little Crepe Myrtle tree

Look how big our lemon grass got

Cows eating some hay

Hummingbird plant at grandma's house. 

Tame blackberry vines. Hope we have some blackberries next year.
We have had an adventurous grocery trip one day. Our youngest son has to take his favorite toy balls with him when we go somewhere. While in the car he puts them between him and the door. Well we went to the grocery store in Troy and the Food Lion is on a hill. Well the Farmer open the door and out bounced the balls. He was trying to catch them but some of the got away. There was a family getting in the car next to us and they caught to of them but Buzz light year rolled down the hill and out onto HWY 24 27 going toward Albemarle. Well that one is gone. We went on in the store and got our groceries and we left. When pulling out of the parking lot the Farmer spotted the ball on the curb of the road. The Farmer turned around and went back and rescued Buzz from the busy HWY. That is a true fathers love! I love this man!!




We picked the apples off our trees. I have got to figure something out to do with them. 


I made apple pies cooked on the griddle one night.
I made my first batch of concord grape jelly was so proud of my self.


I am starting a new bible study Monday. I am excited about it. I went to a funeral for my dear friend Joan Powers mother passed away. Dot Moore Garner. The funeral was beautiful and really made me think about how she was remembered. As a God loving woman, humble and devoted to God and her church. She was a wonderful wife to her husband Jimmy Garner and 2 daughters Sandy and Joan. It made me think of how will I be remembered. I want to be remembered a one of God's servers and I hope that I will. Here is my new bible, devotion and journal.


I can not wait to start. 
I want to get closer to God and learn to be his server. 

My mother in law had a spot on her forehead removed the first of August and it came back cancerous. She had to go back this week and have more removed. Please keep her in your prayers that she will be ok. 

Well God bless you all and thanks for stopping by to read my blog.






Saturday, August 5, 2017

Count down to First Colonoscopy

I have been fine with turning 50 until I went for my wellness check up and the doctor informed me now that I am 50 you need to have a colonoscopy. I am on my 3 day prior were all I can eat is meat, potatoes, bread, pasta and rice. The first day I was like really all these veggies and fruit and I can not eat them. Also was trying not to eat so many carbs. I went and bought a loaf a bread and 1lb of roasted turkey to help me out and I am not a big sandwich eater. When I went to get my jug of meds I was like really you have got to be kidding me. I really don't want to do this but I feel like to be healthy it is necessary. My appointment is Wednesday. I dread the liquid diet day. Why am I doing this again????


I had to drink it all!

and I did

Water, coke zero, and chicken broth Yummy!!!


Well it happen and I am glad it is over. I had 3 polyps removed and they say I need to eat more fiber in my diet. I told them I eat a lot of veggies and fruit already. Oh well. I am starting a new exercise routine Monday and getting stricter on my diet. Here it is August 6 and I have got to get into a better eating routine. I  hope This is going to be a great month.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Tomatoes... One happy woman...

My tomatoes started coming in. I am one happy woman. I love to can salsa, spaghetti sauce and this year I canned some soup starter. I hope we have a lot more tomatoes. I have already canned around 100 pints of salsa. I canned 9 quarts of sop starter and 1 pint.  The next batch of ripe ones I am making spaghetti sauce. I hope the Farmer kills a lot of deer this winter. I love ground deer meat in my soup and spaghetti.


soup starter

salsa
We also found a bunch of concord grapes on the vines at grandma's house. The hedge bushes have almost taken over the vine but I talked the Farmer into cutting it away so we could get to the grapes.




I hope to make some jelly with them. We set an owl decoy out there hoping to keep the birds from eating them all. We also noticed some milkweed in the field. I have not seen any in a very long time. 



I had the Farmer plow down the green beans, squash and cucumbers. It had gotten so hot around here they were not doing good any more and I had an over abundance of them. I have made 4 gallons of pickles, frozen 30 quarts of shredded zucchini  and I have a bushel of spaghetti squash. I don't know what to do with that many. 



I have one butter nut squash. I can not wait to try it. Next year I want to plant some cantaloup. Look how much my cotton has grown.




It has been so hot around here we went over to the pasture to take a ride down to the pond but the cows thought it was hot to!!



These were standing under the pier to stay out of the sun. 
Well I will close here. Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Ladies night out...

I got to have another ladies night out. One of my friends in the neighborhood had a pool party for the moms at church. Each was a very good night.


Here is the table of food we had

Food

Good conversation

Doesn't the pool look inviting 

The group of ladies
I really wish we had a pool. I have always wanted one. When I was little I tried digging one in the back yard when we lived in Rockingham. My dad worked for the parks and recreations and I could go swimming everyday in the pool. I loved it. I have always had a love for water. The beach,  the river and swimming pools. Now that I am adult I don't have much chances to do any of them like I did when I was young. 

It was a great night and I hope she does another one before the summer is over. 

On another note a sweet little puppy showed up out at grandmas house today. I really wanted to keep him but it is not the right time to have a puppy. It was a little yappy puppy. 




We feed him and gave him water and was trying to find him a home but he left unless he is back tomorrow morning. 

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Gardening

Well things have been moving right along around the farm. I got over ran with zucchini and green beans so I got the Farmer to mow them down. I froze several pack of shredded zucchini and spaghetti the zucchini. I hope I remember to use it this winter. We still have cucumbers coming in I have put up 4 gallons of pickles so far. I would love to find a good sweet gherkins pickle recipe. Our tomatoes have end rot really bad I finally got enough to make my first batch of salsa tonight.  I got 17 pints .




We have been getting some spaghetti squash but the two I have cooked so far did not string out like spaghetti. They tasted good though. We dug our potatoes and they are so good. They have blown my idea of eating less carbs all to crap. But I have had some yummy baked potatoes, stewed potatoes, and french fries. Oh well. Taters are good.



It has been so hot around here that I don't go out for long periods of time. I usually wait until the evenings to go pick the garden. We usually take a Kawasaki mule ride to cool off. This day the cows were hot to. They were in the pond but the sun was shining on the pond so two calfs were under the pier. 



Well thanks for stopping by. Hope all is well with all of you.