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.

 

Girls, Kitties and Flowers

One of the girl’s special spots that they go to, to read.

My aunt wanted to see some pictures of our new kittens. This is our old cat that came with the house.

Here’s one of our mousers…. he’s always chasing leaves and anything that moves.

We had bought three at $10 a piece at the animal shelter three weeks ago, however, we don’t know what happened to our black and white one. He went missing over a week ago. Anyways, one has long hair and the other is a short haired cat.

 

Here’s those flowers you wanted to see, Karen. We were told that they are zinnias.

July Birthdays

Hmmm, from this end the pictures I uploaded are looking smaller than normal. Maybe something I can fix later. Anyways, we had a couple of birthdays so far… Elisabeth and Benjamin.

Elisabeth made some cookies for Benjamin’s birthday. He turned 3. He is doing very well cognitively… he can count to eleven now. Not bad for being so behind.

Just look at your happy face Ben!

The three girls sitting on our loaner couch from our wonderful neighbors. This was so I could put my foot up. The girls just looked so sweet sitting there so I had to take a picture.

Elisabeth is 12 years old now! She has changed so much this year, grown many inches and is just as lovely as ever.

She wanted mom’s blueberry waffles. Leah getting seconds or thirds or fourths…

Sweet smile…

Here she’s laughing at something I was doing or saying. She’s usually in a good mood and laughs easily.

One of my pretty new dresses I made. My other ones are swimming on me. This fabric I got was on fabric.com. Another 30-40 lbs and I can wear that antique apron with it.  : )

Hoping to post a few more pictures tomorrow.  Corky and Debbie, you have been on my minds since hearing the news. We love you and miss you. Corky, I can’t believe you are almost 90 though… you still are so young at heart and that’s why we love ya. I remember you helping load wood into Matthew’s truck like a 35 year old. You two are a big part of our foundation days of our early marriage. If we didn’t have the kids here, we’d fly over there in a jiffy. We love you and will talk with you again soon. If you are well enough please consider flying out for a visit.

40 LBS

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Yeah! Down 40 lbs and feeling good. I have been wheeling the wheel chair around my table and living room to music for an hour a day. It beats sitting around waiting for the 6 week mark. I’m starting to walk all over the place (in my home) now too though I’m not supposed to until my appointment on Monday. I can’t wait to ride my bike. I’d like to work up to 20 miles by the end of the year.

My aunt wanted some pictures of our zinnias and new kitties that we got for the kids last week so I’ll post those tomorrow. Happy 4th everyone!

 

 

Broken Leg – Fibula

Day 8 After the splint came off. Very swollen compared to the other leg.

 

After losing over 30 lbs, and being able to ride my old bike pretty well again, I thought it was time to buy a real mountain bike so that I would be safe on these dirt, gravely, country roads. On June 1st, I got up early and eagerly went to get my bike – a Trek Skye S mountain bike with front suspension and lockout. It is the female version of the Marlin 5. Since I was up to working out two times a day, and on an old, rickety Walmart bike in which I had to constantly move the handlebar back in place while riding, it was so smooth to take it out for my first try out. I road it down the street towards our neighbors and couldn’t believe the difference between bikes. I got to the end of the road and slowly started to turn around when my bike slipped out from under me on the gravel. My leg stayed. I knew I had fractured it as I couldn’t put weight on it or get up. I crawled to the side of the road and waited for someone to come by so I could point them to my house to get my husband.

While I couldn’t walk, I could drive… up to the VA in Kansas City. I brought the two girls with me so they could get someone to get me into a wheel chair. They did x-rays to confirm a broken fibula and a chip off of somewhere. I had to go back again for what I thought would be the real cast and the doctor said for me to come back on Thursday the 14th for surgery. The next day I took a fall coming in the house trying to hold onto a handle that broke. I had just wanted to sit on my porch. I hurt my leg again and knew I needed to go in again for x-rays. It swelled up profusely and hurt more than the original fracture. I couldn’t sleep that night thinking of driving up there so far from my husband and home again and then being so far for surgery. I was at my end where I couldn’t do it emotionally or physically. I talked to my husband that next morning about going local as I’m on ChampVA program but wouldn’t get it for free as I would at the VA on the CITI program. We agreed that it was the best thing to do. I went in on Friday then saw the doctor yesterday with my husband and he shared that I DO NOT NEED SURGERY!!! I am already 2 weeks into the healing process, we needn’t start the healing again after surgery and we are both so relieved. My husband is doing all the meals and laundry and EVERYTHING. He is doing such a good job but it sure is a strain on our family right now, bad. But, thank God for the good news and deciding to go local to hear I won’t need surgery. I may get to walk with a walking boot on July 9th. Be safe, have a good summer everyone.

 

Mother/Daughter and Weight Loss Picture

I had my husband take a picture of my 30 pound weight loss today (since March 1st). While I can feel a significant difference, it’ll take all summer to lose a good amount. It is NOT coming off as it did before just 4 years ago, but I am happy, content and satisfied with the results. My hips, feet and knees were hurting and I was starting to have health problems. I know that what I do now will affect my days of old age that are coming upon me. This to me is my last chance to gain strength and health before I get old. I had gained 15 pounds in a couple of months last winter due to taking Metroprolol for heart palpitations. I got rid of it and thought that losing weight would be best for my future (and kids future). I’ll take another picture at the 50 lbs loss. I’m walking and started bike riding again on the beautiful country roads out here.

Elisabeth was nearby so I had her join me.  Our picture is a bit washed out. She will be a healthy 12 in July. She follows me around all day because she says that I’m interesting… hmmmm, only a kid would say that.  : )  I love how close we are. I love this age and miss it so much from before. Only the Lord knows how much. Such a blessing to have an almost teenage daughter again to love.

 

I’m blurry but I like the picture of Elisabeth here. I can be blurry, right?  : )

She likes when I give her kisses still…

We have pictures of a bee inspection we had with our neighbors yesterday. But for now it will have to wait because my husband went to bed already and he has to tell me about some of the pictures I took. I know, bee linguistics….  : )