Monday, August 30, 2010

School Days

Today was our first day of school.  I must say, I am glad its over.  The first few days are always a little difficult for me until I get into a routine.

The farmers love to get new school supplies.  It helps to get them excited for back to school time.

Here are some pics of our day and our new school room. We are really enjoying the space.
Our curriculum is My Father's World.  First grade for Pussycat.
Creation to the Greeks for Rowdy and Cupcake  (4th grade and 7th grade).
I love this curriculum.  It is nicely laid out and we are learning the same things at the same time.

Funnel Cakes

We sure do love funnel cakes.  The little farmers wanted one from Knoebel's but the lines were way to long.  We didn't want to waste precious "ride time" waiting in line.  So............on Saturday night we made homemade funnel cakes.  They were so good.  Once you start eating them, it is hard to stop.

Knoebel's Grove

We finally made it to Koebel's this year.  Usually we go in the beginning of summer.  The kiddos helped us clean out Grandpa's tool shed of broken bits and scraps of metal.  It took ALL day. Hubby took them to recycle it and we earned our Knoebel's spending money.  This was a valuable lesson for them to recycle.
Our annual picture with the clown.
We had a lot of fun.  I didn't ride any rides.  I learned where all of the benches were.  It was after 10pm until we left.  The kiddos thought that was so neat because their bedtime is 8:30.  The park looks so magical all lit up at night.  A fun time was had by all!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hanging on to summer (with both hands)

We have been enjoying the last few days of summer.  Hubby has been off.  We have had so much fun making new family  memories.  The children and I canned 19 jars of spaghetti sauce, 2 1/2 quarts of catsup, 13 jars of fox grape juice, and today I dehydrated a bag of apples which yielded about 1 1/2 quarts.  I've enjoyed flower bouquets from my girls.  I had some time to quilt.  I got  a massage which helped all of my sore spots (hip, back, arm) immensely!  We had time to play with the pottery wheel and to go to Knoebel's Grove.  We went at night.  It seemed almost magical seeing it all lit up.
Oh, how my girl loves to make a mess!
Today we accomplished a lot around the farm.  The boys are adding electric to our barn.  Pussycat and I baked a banana cake and dried some apples.  We had a great lunch and cleaned the schoolroom.  I sat in the fenced area with our chickens and drifted off for a short nap in the sun.

Altogether this has been a perfect vacation!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Turning My Frown Upside Down

Yesterday I was speaking with my oldest daughter.  She's 13.  She was having a grumpy day.  I was trying to make her smile.  My advice was to turn that frown upside down.  I thought about it and the words stopped me in my tracks.  The past few weeks I have had more frowns than smiles.

I decided to count blessings instead!  I may have current aches and pains but that does not and should not diminish all that I have to be thankful for.

  1. My husband that I have spent more than half of my life loving.
  2. The 3 children I have been blessed with.  When I was a little girl I used to dream of my babies.
  3. The freedom to homeschool my children.
  4. A beautiful daughter who gave me a pedicure just to make me feel better.  I now have lovely pink toenails.
  5. Making omelets for breakfast with our own fresh eggs.
  6. Vacation time spent leisurely shopping with the whole family happy and content. This was in Cabela's.
  7. Opening the chicken coop door in the morning and watching "the girls" rush out to start eating bugs.
  8. Listening to my husband be so happy and carefree that he whistled and sang the entire day in the car yesterday!
  9. Finding a little bit of time to quilt.  I am working on a fruit basket table runner.
Oh my......I feel so much better now.  I have been blessed!

Monday, August 23, 2010


I am feeling very discouraged.  On July 3rd I hurt my upper back.  I had been having pain on and off for a few weeks but I ignored it.  On July 3 it could no longer be ignored.  I was lifting a pan of chicken out of the oven and I felt like fire ripped from bottom to top of my back.  For 3 days I was pretty much an invalid.  I couldn't get up from a chair or sit down without crying.

I decided to see a chiropractor.  I had never been to one before.  He said the area of my back that hurt was in alignment but my neck and lower back were way out of alignment.  My right hip was also a 1/4" above my left hip.  At first the treatments seemed to help.  But I just had my 8th visit over a 4 week time span.  I hurt so much.  He said as long as the pain keeps moving and doesn't stay in one spot that is a good sign.  The pain has been moving some days I can not lift my right arm and then it is gone in a day or two.  Other times my right hip hurts so much I can hardly walk.

I feel very discouraged.  I have never had chronic pain.  This has been going on for almost 2 months.  I feel like I am wasting so much time.  There is so much to be done, I don't have time for pain.  I know that sometimes you need to go through something bad in order to appreciate something you have taken for granted.  I can't wait to feel well again.  I don't want to take good health for granted.

This is such a somber post.  I hate to even write it.  I feel like a hypochondriac with a different pain everyday.  I just woke up from a rough night's sleep.  I will end this and grab my ice pack and my Bible.  There is a true source for inspiration.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Fun but Busy Weekend

I am so glad the yardsale is over!  We had beautiful weather this weekend, all we needed was more customers.  I loaded up all that was left and dropped it off at Goodwill.  I was determined that the clutter was not going to come back in the house.

We started off with a sleepover with Super Granny.  We love to have her over.  Bright and early Friday morning my Aunt came over with her "treasures".  We had a lot of fun.  She taught my "little farmers" how to latchhook.  They sat for hours and latch hooked a santa rug.  I had time to quilt a few autumn splendor leaf blocks and best of all Super Granny and my Aunt made me a scarecrow for my garden.  I love it!

The other highlight of the week was that I witnessed an egg being laid by Gladys, our little white frizzle hen.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Busy Week

I can't believe how summer is flying by!  This has been a busy week.  Monday we froze lots of corn.  Tuesday we canned 6 quarts of peaches that we were blessed with by my Aunt MaryJane.  We had enough left over for eating and pies.  Wednesday we picked cherry plums at Uncle Bob's and canned them.  We ended up with 22 quarts and 4 pints.  What a sticky mess!  One jar broke in the canner and made all of the other jars sticky.

Today I need to set up for a garage sale that will be Friday and Saturday.  I hope we have a lot of customers.  I want to declutter the house!  The pile of yardsale stuff has been overtaking my screened porch for far too long.

My thoughts need to turn to starting school.  I'm not ready yet. I know when I settle down and look through our books for this year I will get excited.  But for now I'm clinging to the last days of summer.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Finally....Corn and Peaches

I have been waiting not so patiently for sweet corn.  Today was the day.  We bought 10 dozen ears of corn.  My 3 eager corn helpers were ready.  Three hours later we had 2 dozen ears ready to eat and 15 quart bags ready to freeze.  It tasted wonderful!

My Great-Aunt blessed us with about a half bushel of peaches.  My ever ready farmgirl baker decided we needed some peach pie.  Who am I to argue?  It is now 10pm and I am trying not to eat those peach pies tonight. 

Tomorrow we will start canning the rest of those delicious peaches.