Catching Up – October

I let Leah pick out whatever she wanted to make… she picked out strawberry cake with chocolate frosting with sprinkles.  Pretty easy to stay away from on my diet.  : )  Anyways, the girls wanted to help her make it. They were dressing up in some pretty strange outfits this day. Hannah is wearing Matthew’s vest.

The invader on the floor snuck in!

Trying out my new camera… our neighbor’s house. I walk down the road for my walk each day.

We’re STILL getting strawberries. Matthew has some plastic over them to keep them from frosting over.

This is Maple. Her name used to be Sassy when we bought the house as the previous owners gave her to us, but we like Maple better.

Cocoa and Ginger…

Our part Great Pyrenees/Antolian Shepherd… His name is Bisquit. The kids came up with his creative and cute name. The rest of the pictures are ones I took with my new camera to test it out. At the bottom is some of the kids helping Dad put the plastic on the strawberries.

Behind our house….

The sun was rising while we were out enjoying our morning tea/coffee one morning just a few days ago.

Before the sun rose… looks cold.

Pretty fog.

One of the twins helping Dad.

Our strawberries are underneath here…

Going Back to September

We’re almost caught up! Going back to September and I had practiced shots using one of my cameras that I returned (as my camera had broke), that showed the whites too white.

Elisabeth, one of the twins (I can’t tell for sure, probably Anna) and the kitties.

Pup holding one of our cats.  She has a beautiful gaze, looks like a girl from the 40’s or so to me.  Kind of a dreamy look.

Beautiful picture of you Pup.

Little Leah

Matthew, a little blurry but we got to show you too!  : )

Going Back to August

August Birthdays…

Hannah went to Walmart with me on the day of her birthday. I let her pick out whatever she wanted for her birthday treat. She picked out a peanut butter cream pie. She wanted candles on it.

Eleven years old…

Little Miriam had brownies and ice cream for her birthday. I like the candles, I think we’ll have all the kids do them at least once.

Seven years old… she gets the leftovers in the pan.

I had to share my find I bought in August, a beautiful cedar chest for only $45.00!

It goes perfectly with our house.

One of my weird posts, I know… where does pepperoni fit in with this all? I wanted to share my find from the Amish store… five pounds of pepperoni for only ten dollars. It is a 45 minute drive that I do once a month but it is so worth it for feeding our family. I have bought asiago cheese for $1.49lb there before and pastrami for under $2.00 a pound as well. I bought 3 cases of yogurt for the kids for only $12.00… though I still make my own kefir, it’s convenient to grab during lunches for the kids.

 

And Going Back to May…

In all the mess that happened in June, I didn’t realize that I had unpublished pictures from way back in May.

Here is Pup looking all friendly at nearly 12 years old.

Now onto the bee, sheep and kid pictures…

Some of our sheep we got back in March or so. We now have a ram so he can mate and we can have some lamb in our freezer one day.

Momma and her two baby girls. Katahdin lambs have hair, not wool, No need to shear and they are prized for their meat.

Dad bought one hive in March and kept doing splits… now he has 7 hives. Unbelievable.

Honeybeeeeeeeeeees…

One lone bee…

On Saturdays, my husband does his bee inspection on his hives. Our friends and neighbors, Gregory and Patty came to be a part of this one.

The kids are brave…

Dad’s gotta be proud of his bees…

Catching Up – Going Back to July

I’m sorry I’ve been so delinquent on blogging. I like to keep it up mainly for our children to view one day. We had an unforeseen situation come up at the end of June from an individual that still has us reeling. It has been very hard to recover and I have not been much into writing friends or blogging. We are all okay, but it is something that will stay with us forever. Our entire family has never been hit with something so bad. I wish I could share.

My camera broke as well. I loved my Panasonic Lumix, I really thought it was a DSLR because the quality of the pictures was striking. It finally went out and I tried their mirrorless camera and found the colors in the pictures to be weird. I tried a Canon again and didn’t like the quality for the price. I am back with a Nikon again and very happy. It came with a 300mm lens. So, bear with the awkwardly colored pictures as I am not going to edit them since there’s really not a lot of pictures anyways.  : )

The kids made the twins a birthday cake for their 6th birthday on July 24th.

Happy to be 6 years old! Anna on the left and Tabitha on the right.

Waiting for yum yums!

This may not look like yum yums to you all but our neighbor Jim brought us some wonderful catfish. I had tried catfish from a local store in Missouri once and vowed never to try it again as it tasted like mud, but this was different. Just wonderful. Jim is a kind neighbor, probably in his 70’s. He is a beekeeper as well as my husband and calls my husband “Teacher”.  : )

I had to fry it with flour and butter….

My husband was without teeth for 6 months. His car accident in 1989 that left him with a brain injury, left him without teeth too. The VA gave him new teeth with posts over 23 years ago, the problem is that it takes 6 months and lots of appointments to get it all together. He has his new teeth now.

When I see this picture of him, I feel sad for him because of what happened back in June as he took the brunt of it. It was my husband’s worst day of his 58 years of his life. We do have family and neighbors and people from the church here that have been supportive of us through this time that we are so thankful for. The situation has brought a reuniting with a family member as well and it means soooo much to me.