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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pioneer Festival

 Con't from yesterday.....
Saturday
We received a call from cuz dave who informed us that he was on his way to his work truck to pack it to go to Alabama. This was all we heard on our cell before the volume function died on it. We tried numerous times to make it work but it is toast! Interesting really... considering we didn't take it with us on the trip on Friday. Hmmmm!
When we received this call we were on our way to the Festival. We felt really strongly that we were supposed to attend this event. We arrived and met up with John & Ann who were pleased to see us. 
We had a great time! They had all kinds of events, tomahawk throwing, skeet shooting, bow/arrow shooting, face painting, ol' car show, live band music, nerf ball games, hay rides and tons of food for all! Open to the public at no cost. This event happens every year.  I, of course took lots of pics....












We want to thank John & Ann for the invite...we truly enjoyed ourselves!
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Whirlwind Trip

Thursday we set the goats up for an overnight stay by themselves. Threw a hay bale to them and filled up their water. Then fixed the chickens up the same but left their door open so they wouldn't be pinned up in their small house for 24 hrs. They all survived it well even though they may have had company..... see what I mean!
This one made us laugh!


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We went off to the doctor on Thurs.with a bit of the jitters on what he was gonna say. But thank the lord the out come was great. Tues. Mtn Man has his final testing on his knee to find out what the progress is and where he is at from a medical stand point. Now he can feel like he can move forward even though there are still things he can't do and may never be able to do again. Bending down on that knee, not so much.... and so on.
We stopped off to visit his grandmother who lives in a nursing home. She will be 93 on Monday and we fully intend on celebrating it with her. 
After our visit we headed over to a friends house that Mtn Man hadn't seen since 2005. AleeYuss (pronounced Alias) and Mtn Man were very good buddies growing up so the stories were flyin'. Anyhow, we brought our puter tower over to him to see if maybe he could fix it for me. We ended up having to go to Best Buy and purchase a new hard drive. I wish hackers would leave well enough alone so things like this wouldn't happen. I now have to get used to a whole new program because that is what was available. I am grateful that he was able to get it up and running. Will be taking our others over to him to fix on Monday. It was nice to meet him....
We stayed the night a Inlaws house so we could head out on our trip to Cabool. Why Cabool, you ask? Well, Mtn Man's sister and nephew drove up from Arkansas who picked up Auntie M in Joplin to deliver a whole pig for us. I am looking forward to eating this pig. Homegrown pig is so much better than store bought any day of the week. 
On our way we stopped off at Big Springs. What a beautiful place!!

 
We ate breakfast sandwiches here and then took a tour of the park.


Yes, we took little Tator with us. Tator for those of you who don't know is my FIL little squirrel dog. Tator had a bit of fun on our tour and chomped on something that made his little belly upset. He started horking in the car and in a hurry we pulled the car over to the side of the road and InLaws cleaned up the mess and off we rolled.
Let me back up a bit, when we were eating breakfast sandwiches this Lady In Red rolled up in her red convertible stepped out of her car and started stretching using her car as her stable point to place her foot. Now she had a long red t-shirt on that looked like she had no shorts on...long skinny legs, blonde hair and stretching right next to us in front of my hubby and FIL(who had his back to this show). Mind ya, there was hardly anybody in this park, two other couples who were out walking the grounds and miles of parking everywhere else. But she had to pull up right next to us and stretch right there next to us. I can't keep my mouth shut most times and the present company and God was hearing what I was saying but I didn't say anything to her.... she finally left with her earphones in and went for her jog/walk.
We loaded up and off we went for our little tour. Ok now catching up to Tator and the Horking.So after getting things cleaned up we stopped off to throw trash away so it wouldn't stink up the car. We circled around looking at the camping grounds and guess who was walking around here too...you guessed it the Lady In Red. We passed her and headed for the Lodge that was closed and drove up to the cabins you can rent it was beautiful. Cleaned up Tator one more time after horking.

We left and headed for Cabool with little Tator snoozing in the backseat. Now you may wonder about the Lady In Red and what she has to do with anything. Well here is "the rest of the story". About 5 miles out my MIL starts panicking because she cannot find her cellphone. A very expensive cellphone! This thing does everything under the sun except spit out money! As much as she paid for it , I think it should spit out money too! Back to the story, she is asking for us to pull over so we can search the car and NO Cell anywhere! Oh my lord, where in the world did it get dropped in this huge park? 
We headed back, chatting about where maybe it could be. Was it the first stop while Tator was horking or the second stop? Could it be in the trash can? The restrooms? I was afraid somebody picked it up and she would never see it again. FIL says well let's find someone at the lodge and call the number if we don't find it. Great idea!!! We did not bring our tracphone because we didn't think we needed it. We are so not used to having a cell but keep one of these around for those times when he isn't here or vice versa. Well, we didn't find it anywhere so he made the call. Someone answered....yes, you guessed it The Lady In Red. She had called Auntie M in the meantime trying to find out who's phone it was. She said she would come back to the park to meet us. You talk about eating some crow and God slappin some of us around! 


If you see this Lady In Red, Thank you for your graciousness!

We finally made it to Cabool without any more mishaps. Seeing his sister and nephew and auntie was a great break from our usual day. So grateful she was able to come up half way to meet us. We made it home around 9pm Friday evening. Thanking God that the farm was all well! 

After arriving home, we got a call for the second time in a week, to come to a church function, Pioneer Festival, the next day. We were so tired that we turned it down only to call them back 5 mins later saying we would be attending. In that 5 mins, InLaws had sent an email telling us that the plans they had for the next day were changed. We were all going to go to the Altenburg Country Fair. We tried calling cousin Dave to let him know that we were going up there to the church deal but was only able to leave a message.
Con't this tomorrow.......

 
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Passage

Are you listening?


Luke 8:4-15King James Version (KJV)

And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:
A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Be Right Back

Last couple days have been CRAZY! When I come down from the clouds...have tons to tell ya....Highlights....Grandma was visited before the Dr. visit which went really good...stayed at the folks for the night...went on a whirlwind 12 hr trip with them ,so much to tell there....tomorrow we go for a pioneer festival at our friends church .....Monday is Grandma's 39th(93rd) birthday....I promise when I get a bit of sleep I will return to fill in the blanks. Can't wait to tell ya bout the intervention from the man upstairs.....have a great weekend....
In the meantime read this... http://thoughtsfromfrankandfern.blogspot.com/2014/09/im-going-to.html#comment-form
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wall Post Erected


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14 qts=8 qts tomato sauce w/okra, 6 qts green beans
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall Wood

I just swallowed a flying bug.... at least I think I did....or should I say chewed one up....oh gag a maggot (yes I really said that). I am trying to keep my BT(Bacon/Tomato Sandwich) down which I only half of because that gag reflex has been pushed! I was eating and looked down to see little legs wiggling in front of me on the inside of my sandwich, really in the mayo that was on my sandwich. yuck! No I would not be a good candidate for a survival show..... eating bugs is not a good thing! No offense to anybody...if I was starving...yeah I would probably devour it and try real hard not to think about it........yuck! I can guarantee that there would be some horking going on........

Tis the season for wood..... We started day before yesterday getting our winter supply in, filling the wood box (which really is the corner by the stove) and the front porch area. Then started a pile up by the wood stack. We worked up about a cord of wood...good start!


Speaking of wood, Saturday the guys (FIL, Dave, Jim & Mtn Man) cut up logs at the sawmill for posts for the shop! Today the posts are getting in the ground for the shop.... so excited!! 

Well this puter just failed on uploading pics so I can't show ya that...doggonit!!
Went out with the kindle got pics....



Ok gotta go ....canning beans, tomatoes and okra today!
 
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Passage

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.- Rev. 1:3
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall In The Air

The weather has changed here drastically! Went from high temps in the 90's to now temp in the 50's....today we both commented how it felt like winter in the air(it might have gotten to 60 degrees today but I doubt it).....not pushing for the cold believe you me don't want that yet or at all for that matter. But I really don't mind this fall like weather we are having.
Mtn Man is pushing ahead to get his shop built....won't be long and will have the posts in the ground before the frost!
We had a storm blow through day before yesterday that brought 2" of rain and in some places it was considerably more. Our garden was running with water....
I went out today to check on the new row of beet seeds and despite the rain they are peeking out of the ground. I was afraid they would wash out....will keep hoping that they all make it!
The beans are still coming on so yes, I am still canning....I guess I really won't be done with that until the garden freezes over....
Tomorrow I will pick, it was still to wet today for that.....
I started a project today that Mtn Man helped me finish....hanging all my cast iron pans. They have been in a crate under the table since we got here and I really wanted them where I could easily access them. I use my pans for everything.....and have for years.
 Whatcha think? It is so us! Eclectic..... Notice the recipe books in the hallway.. so looking forward to a cupboard to fit them in..... I do have to tell ya tho' when I measured for the boards on this wall it was amazing how different it is from top to bottom... in width I mean. For example that top board measures bout 29 1/4", the bottom board was 28 1/4". Not sure who the builder was but he might not want to quit his day job! Mtn Man made comment that he hoped the weight of all the pans on this wall doesn't pull that side of the house down to collapse on itself! Yikes! No really it is scary! Not sure if you can see it but if you look in that doorway there is a makeshift support for the doorway and in the corner it is coming apart like a gap that I can put my pinky finger in! Surprises us that this house is still standing....maybe it is in it's own vortex of space?
Ok doo doo doo doo....she went off kilter captain......I am back! So anyway, I, uh, did make a lasagna for dinner today and was it ever tasty! Wanted to try the crockpot lasagna but then time got away from me and well I made it in the oven.....made some rolls to go with it....cheated on those, Rhodes Rolls.....so good!
The recipe for this I will put in my Recipe (page 2) page. It is so easy and quick to prepare(20 mins). Baking it is the long part of the deal. One a person could prepare ahead of time and have one of the kids throw in the oven before you return from work. 
My dishwasher is fixed and it runs great!!! Happy Camper!!

Well that is all for now......Have a safe fun weekend wherever you are!!
Ps.....I want to say Thank You to everybody who stops by and reads my babble everyday. It is amazing to me that you folks from Finland, Greece, Spain, Russia, Ukraine, England, Australia, Indonesia, China, Poland, Germany, India, Philippines and my beloved country The United States of America( I am sure I am missing some) come over to read regularly. I guess what I am trying to say is this...Thank you from the bottom of my heart! May God Bless You!
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekend Updates

 Friday we celebrated our anniversary by going to the Merimac Caverns and then Saturday we took the day off and did absolutely not a thing!
Sunday we went for a two mile walk then we walked worked in the garden. Picked our first fall green beans, peppers and tomatoes.

 
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Passage

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.-Romans 8:38-39
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Merimac Cavern Tour (PIC HEAVY)

Today we woke to 66* which is a wonderful turn from yesterday's temps of 92*.
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Went to the Meramec Caverns for our anniversary. It was a lovely drive and the caverns were beautiful! Ranger Mark was our tour guide...... the tour was a mile and half long of 5 levels of the cave. Disabled Accessible. The cave is actually 26 miles of underground passages. Here is a bit more info on these caves
Sorry about the pics... the computer I presently use has issues with the card reader.... my main puter is still in need of repair....


Entrance

The little log cabin the found down by the rivers edge

The great ball room, is still used for special occasions

This cave was used in the Art Linkletter show in the 60's. The couple who won a honeymoon trip to Missouri all expenses paid ended up here for a weekend.


Our tour guide Ranger Mark showing us where they found artifacts from the Jesse James gang


Lassie shows were taped in this cave as well. Behind this area was a fall out bunker at one time that was dismantled in the 80's.


The Jungle Room- at this place we are 360 ft under the ground



Mirror River... Absolutely Gorgeous in person
Looking back on Mirror River

When they break off they are hollow inside like straws

Crystal Lake


This looks like an angel with its wings wrapped around itself head hidden up above


Headed up to the wine table room



This room was formed completely under water at one time




The Wine Table with the glasses on top



Headed back down
cupcake...they call it


Virgin Mary
The Stage Curtain- we are about 40 ft under ground here



This fabulous light show had a musical presentation-gorgeous!





Mother in Law Tongue


Behind the stage curtain





Open June, July, August



Zipline by reservation only

This cave on the way out of the park...hasn't been used in ages


 They offer sluice mining for children, gift shops, ice cream, fudge, restaurant, motel and camping. If you ever make it over to Stanton, Mo off of I-44 East just west of St. Louis, Mo stop in at this cave you can pretty much blow the whole day here.......

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