Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Who Are We, Really?

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Monday, July 6, 2015


Good Morning Folks! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend wherever you are. Here in America the air smelled of BBQ's and Gunpowder! 239 yrs later the Big Boom from the fireworks hasn't gotten old!
Hubby and I enjoyed a relaxing weekend....well somewhat relaxing...ha ha. We find working on our farm is relaxing. We worked in the yard and garden yesterday getting it mowed and tilled. Then we BBQ'd a couple pork steaks, baker potatoes and had a salad. It was refreshing after a hard days work!
The garden has been producing beans, jalapeno peppers, crooked neck squash, acorn squash and we got our first tomato out of the garden yesterday! It needs to sit for couple days but it is colored! Pulled all the onions... have decided next year to not plant sets probably will try from seed to see if they do better. The sweets did alright but the sets did horrible. In fact the reason I pulled them is because they had green mold on them.... to much rain I suspect.

This year the garden is slow to produce really. I think it is the weather! Have you ever heard of a zuke plant not producing? I hadn't until now....lots of flowers but no production. For that matter that goes for the a lot of the plants. Not sure what to think.....I hope it is not the case with my potatoes although the other day when I was weeding them I did run across a small potato from under the weed sooooo.....
We shall see.
The wild blackberries are out. I am hoping to gather some for the freezer it looks like a great bounty just waiting to be picked.
We are expecting to see a few days of rain again. Which just means I won't need to water the garden. I have watered it twice this year! Back home in Montana they are having the opposite issue...little to no rain and are burning up! It seems a little scary for the folks back home to have no water. It already is a "hard" place to live if you are a self sufficient type. Growing season is very short and then you add lack of water, oh boy not looking good!
Ordered the parts we need for the hot tub yesterday. Been out of commission for awhile now. Had a friend come over who is an electrician to hunt down the part that wasn't working and hopefully it is the right one. We think it is in the electrical unit that controls the flow. We shall see. I MISS my hot tub time. My muscles are screaming for some serious relaxing! When I don't have it I can see where it truly helped my disposition and my body!! LOL! But I am still moving which is important. Parts can't come quick enough!
Today we will finish up with the trimming before the rains hit. 

Goals for this week....finish up the floor in the shop, get the walls up and maybe get started on the posts for our cabin out back! Who knows we may actually have new digs before the winter months hit!! Would be so nice!
Ok I guess that is all for now....will keep you posted!
Have a blessed day!

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday Passage

1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
24For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
26Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:1-39

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

4th Of July

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Friday, July 3, 2015

We Rock!

We loaded up the bucket with rock for our non structural wall and commenced to filling in the gap at the bottom!

Gathered creek rock then hosed them down so the concrete would stick to them

Add this little tidbit ...he added dry concrete here with a dab of wet on the very top closest to the wall to help it set. Then sprayed it lightly with water just on the top....give it a couple days will be solid.

Whatcha think?

Now we start the floor for the tool part of the shop!!
We picked up supplies today and we are off!

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hearing God

Came across this video shared by a cousin of Mtn Man's. Thought you might like to hear it for yourself.
I like the phrase he used " Living In The Heart Beat Of God"
Have a wonderful day!
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mid Week Ramblings

Surprise It Is Raining Again! We did have some days of sunshine to catch up on the yards and the garden. Now we are looking at a week +/- of rain. What to do? What to do?

Wow so many things have changed as of late in our country I mean. May God have mercy on us all!  I have to be honest here and say I never thought any of this would happen in my lifetime! I had dreams(visions) when I was a wee girl about things to come and they might still happen on my watch. Wow! 
Again I say If you aren't right with God, figure out how to get right! If you are not a believer, might think about changing your mind! If you are a believer, better be taking time for Him in every way. This goes for me too! We are not perfect but we can work towards it! If ya fail pick yourself up and try again(for me this is numerous times in a day)! God is not going to fault ya for trying!
My heart is sad for God these last few days. I find that my inner self is very sad for people's disrespect especially our appointed leaders. Taking an institution and turning into a mockery will get His attention. I am sure the rainbow symbol use has already gotten his attention. This sacred symbol was a promise made to us from Him. 

"And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth." Gen 9:12-16

Many have made huge, expensive efforts to remove God from our gov't. For example: to remove "In God We Trust" on our currency , "Under God" in Pledge of Allegiance,
 "On a mission for both God and country.”, removing inspiration from the Bible when motivating players , Praying In School Removing the 10 commandments from gov't grounds in Oklahoma  and the biggest is The Current Muslim President of the United States  . (Matt 12:36)
Even He has said a day of reckoning (Acts 17:31) WILL come! May He Give Mercy To Those Of Us Who Are Trying!

I received a phone call yesterday that has me thinking too. This is second hand info, coming from me. This coming weekend we have a possible terrorist attack somewhere in the USA. They, whoever was warning the US on fox news, did not give details just a warning. Now we have heard things like this before .......

Warnings are just that.... BE AWARE!

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Passage

And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?
And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.
10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.
13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
37 And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives.
38 And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him.
Luke 21:7-38
King James Version (KJV)

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Auction Anyone?

Once a year in town they have an auction. We got up this morning and headed for the sale!
Lots of goodies to be looked at. We did buy a few things that we just couldn't live without.
I am a sucker for cast iron anything usable.
I bought two pans 10& 12 ($25).
He bought a potato fork, a pick and another tool attachment ($10).
We also bought some older windows($6),
a tater/onion bin($2)
and I think the best of the best a quilting rack on a stand (brand new still in the box)($3).
This stand from the best that I can figure was bought from JcPenney's catalog probably in the 70's or maybe even 60's. If anybody knows when these kind of things were sold in their catalog let me in on the info!

It is always fun to hit those kind of bargains.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

2 Days Without

In the age of technology that we live it took two days for them to fix my phone. When he got here took him all of 15 mins to have it fixed! LOL!

Thank you Mr. AT & T!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Road

As most of you know our road is an old creek bed that floods when the rains come. This causes washout on the road and makes it difficult to travel unless you have a horse! I called our Road & Bridge Maintenance Office yesterday(Sunday) leaving a message asking for repairs on our road. They appeared this morning(Monday) early!
They hung out on our road all day. Brought in loads of rock and fill to repair the road. Then the grader would smooth it out to make the road. It looks a ton better! And will probably be a bit easier to travel especially on our end.

The Results:

All this work is lovely BUT it has created another problem!
My phone is out again...LOL! The grader must of caught a wire or moved the dirt around so much from the washout areas that now my phone no longer works. It worked in the morning before I headed out to mow. So sent out another repair order via the internet.... 
Upside at least I still have this for communication! LOL!

All of this plus no sleep made for a very sleepy me! I am not a nap person unless I am exhausted or sick. Today( Monday) I took a two hour nap! It felt wonderful!!

Interesting Fact About Our County:
First Road in Missouri Lead To Madison County 

Mowed JG this morning. 

Happy Day!
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Weekend RoundUp

I got involved in a book and I couldn't put it down! It is by Rebecca Waters -Breathing On Her Own. I did not sleep a wink! Maybe I will get a nap in later today.

Yesterday the Folks showed up with their work clothes on. We gave Dad his Father's Day card
We worked on the yard mowing and trimming. We worked in the garden weeding and trimming. After all these rains we had the grass has grown a ton! We are so grateful that they came out to help on the farm! As the day went on the hotter it got and dried everything out nicely!

Cleaning up I came across some interesting creatures...makes a person stop and soak up God's Wonders.
Had no idea they came in this shade of color

I counted 4 in this nest!
Enjoy Your Day!

May God Bless You In Your Endeavors Today!

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday Passage

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13


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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Stop And Smell The ?

Indoor one I use all the time

Gotcha, didn't I?

I am taking advantage of the sunshine and breeze. It is a cool 71* out this morning. We ended up with a full 5 1/2" of rain since Sunday. Creek (wet weather) is still flowing out front. The garden will drain today so I can get in it tomorrow. Maybe get in it today to pull weeds from around the plants. Will check  it out anyhow. I am not a patient person I tell ya!

Tomorrow is Father's Day. Whether your Poppa, Papa, Daddy, Dad or Father is here or in heaven....I wish everybody the best of days. And if you are truly a "dead beat" Dad or sperm donor shame on you! Every kid needs their dad!

Well got off track on that one.

Speaking of track while I was hanging laundry I noticed these little buggers (tiny ants) making trail across my clothesline from the Walnut tree. Can you imagine how long it takes them to get across there then I come along and throw a wrench (clothes) in their trail?

Since the rains have been here I have been working on my blanket. I feel good about this one. I count my stitches and keep my pattern straight. I am proud of what I am getting done. I look forward to its completion. Still a ways to go.

Simple things in life! 

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Soggy Garden

Can't remember the technical name for this type of lily but they grow wild here in Mo

Easter Lilies

Tropical Bill has made it to our region. It is moving through a lot quicker than it did for our friends in Oklahoma and Texas. It still has a rotating motion as it moves through so for us here at the farm it has been hit and miss. For our St. Louis friends and family not so much! They have been inundated with rain causing widespread flooding throughout the city and the out lying towns.
Well the brunt of this storm is here NOW! I see out the window that it is pouring. Since last friday we are up to 5" of rain. We may very well hit 7" after this storm moves through. 
My internet signal has must be a doozy! 
Back up an runnin'! Ok where was I ...oh yeah rain fall. I am sorry but this is the biggest news right now on the farm.
When I measured a minute ago (1pm CST) it says 5 1/4" of rain since Sunday (told hubby Friday but am wrong per my calendar).
 Had a little break from the raindrops yesterday accompanied by a light breeze which was enough to dry out a bit of the garden so I could at least walk in it. Helps that it is on a slight slope too! Great for drainage!  I got out and pulled weeds until I couldn't bend over anymore. I really need to invest in a little cart seat thingy! 
I got the sweet potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, peppers and okra weeded. Filled up my black wheel barrow full! I gave these to my chickies! They were grateful!

The weeds are out of control! It is amazing how this country does not stop growing!!
Asparagus Up front...sweet potatoes in the back

Okra and my one pea plant with dill surrounding it

green bean row with volunteer tomatoes in it

Volunteer Tomato and Dill

Flowering Potatoes...hopefully we actually get potatoes without rot

"Akurn" squash as some say it around these parts

Rhubarb has lost its mind...

Zucchini plant

Yellow Crooked Neck Squash

View from the bottom end

Chickie Treats

They know I am coming with something good!!

And they dove in!

First picking of the year!
 Will aim for tomorrow to pull more weeds... we shall see! It is still drizzling now!
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