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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Garden Progress

First and Foremost....Happy Easter Everybody! 
If there is a question of what Easter is about besides bunnies and eggs, oh and don't forget Jelly Bellies...Read Here 

As you saw in yesterdays post we finished the fence and gates on the garden. It feels really good to get that done! I put on my sun dress, sun screen lotion and off I toddled to the garden to play. I planted beets, carrots, lettuce mix(I always take the packages and mix each together then plant), spinach(in with lettuce mix), kholarabi(plants & seed), broccoli(plant & seed), Brussels sprouts(seed), Cabbage (Red & green plants), Cauliflower(plants) and 2 kinds of peas(seed).
After next Saturday the 26th, according to the "holy grail", Farmer's Almanac, this will be last frost date this year. I will plant the herbs, beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes, asparagus, garlic, sweet potatoes, melons, squash, cukes and whatever else I have left! Whew will be a busy season that is for sure!!!
Thanks to my FIL he has a small tiller to help with keeping up with the weeds along with my trusty hoe!
Supposed to have a little rain here and there this next week but mostly sunshine. 

The ticks have shown themselves already which I am not excited about....gonna have to find something to take care of them soon! Just yesterday had a few seed ticks in places that they shouldn't be it was rather disturbing to my mind! Had no idea they would even go there!!!

Well I will leave ya with some pics to enjoy....Have a great day!
Squash, Melons, Cukes, Peppers

Tomatoes of all kinds(Ground, Cherry, Tomatillos)

Celeriac, Asparagus, Okra



Cabbage, Cauli, Broccoli, Kholarobi plants
Beets, Carrots, Peas, Kholarobi, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage Seeds


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Friday, April 18, 2014

Whatcha Doin?

 Well I am glad you asked! Looky Looky see what we got done........isn it pretty?!
















Beets planted yesterday and today will have peas & lettuce planted......

This morning I had some fruits thawed out from the freezer that needed to be used.....pie crust (store bought...was given to me) baked for 20 mins then wrapped the edges with foil when I put it back in the oven with fruit( peaches, blueberries, blackberries, mangos, pineapple) and crumble(butter, splenda brown sugar, oatmeal) topping.






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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Visits by the lake

Yesterday we went for a drive since the air was cold and the ground sloppy. We headed south hopefully to find some new places to explore. We ended up around the west side of Clearwater Lake. Both of us would like to eventually own a little plot by a lake/river to enjoy all it has to offer. Anyhow, while down there we run by these two fellas standing in their yard and decided to ask about a place for sale that was next door. To make a long story short, the one fella invited us over to his house for couple beers and chicken wings. What a fun visit! It is nice to know that there are people still out there that welcome strangers into their home or should I say Man Cave!
Always so glad to get home when we are away for the day...it is so peaceful here in our little holler!
While out wondering around we stopped off at a road side stand that was selling fruits & vegetables I couldn't pass up the buy on sweet potatoes. The next stop was a garage sale now here I went to purchase a couple bibles as I like to collect them and the gentleman said he doesn't ever accept monies for God's Bible so he gave them to me even after I told him that I collect them he refused any monies for donations even. I did buy something else from the gentleman so I could feel better about the deal. We thanked him and off we went........I love the ol' books!



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WINNERS-Two

CONGRATULATIONS LADIES!
I decided this time, being my birthday month, to give both Sandy and Linda a pair of these beautiful earrings.
Thank you both for playing along....
Be sure to stop by next month for the beaded barrette drawing..... 



 Ladies please email me (marye.masterson@gmail.com) your contact information so I can send you your gift! 



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Freezing Temps & A Birth Day

Like many of you who follow this blog, it was spring now freezing weather for couple days then warmth will return. Do believe it was in the lower 30's last night had frost on the ground when we woke this morning. They were calling for snow but to my knowledge it didn't do that......lots of wind and cold rain. Sun is shining this morning but is still windy and the temps 36*. Look for temps to stay colder till tomorrow.

 We spent some time yesterday afternoon covering the trees and plants that are fairly new so they wouldn't get frost bit. Do hope it helped them from getting too cold. Suppose to be cold today and then tomorrow be a bit warmer then and only then I will remove their wraps, I do not think it will hurt them to be under cover for a day.





 Do hope you got your taxes done....It is tax day as if anybody needed reminding, right? Today 44 yrs ago I came into this world in the very wee hours of the morning. Mother did not have an easy time of it as I was the first of three she gave birth to, 9lbs and 23 hrs of labor must have been very tiresome!

Growing up in my father's household, we did not celebrate birthdays. It was remembered in a short discussion or a short mention something like "you are 9 yrs old" and "You were such a large baby when you were born" but never did we ever sing birthday songs or have birthday cakes or even a party. It was explained to me that even God does not recognize the day of your birth more the day of your death, if he didn't recognize Christs birthday then why would he yours? The birthdays celebrated in the bible all had dire endings to them.  Gen 40:1-23 speaks of Pharoah's Birthday Party he executed his baker by hanging, Job 1:4,5; 6-13; 18-19 speaks of Job's oldest sons party where God allowed Satan to kill off 10 of Job's children, Job chapter 3 where Job is cursing the day of his birth; Matt 14:3-11 speaks of  Herod the King making a promise that was not kept and as a result died on his Birth day, 
The day that the "Wise Men" showed with gifts for Jesus the "King of the Jews". Customs were that if you were presented in front of a King you presented him with gifts. The belief is that he was a young child when this occasion happened not his Birth Day.

With that said, at the age of 24 my days of believing this way ended. On my 25 th Birth Day, a friend threw me a party which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was smothered with gifts and had a cake and nobody died. I was not struck down by God on that day nor have I been struck down since then. I have read these scriptures in the bible and continue to read the bible to this day, we all have our interpretations of what it says to us personally is what I believe. I, Thank God for the Day I was born by celebrating and sharing it with those that care about me. So much has come to pass due to religious beliefs, another story for another time, that I do not hear from the family I grew up with but about once a year or sometimes when a major event has happened usually if someone dies(sometimes not even then) and especially not on the day I was born. I do not in fact hear from any of my "family" members whatsoever, including my mother who gave birth to me on this day, another story for another day nor my sister or my brother.

My Birth Days have turned into more of a celebration of another sort. I recall the events that happened through out my years the good and the bad alike. The birth & death of my children, the birth & deaths of my marriages, the birth & deaths of my relationships with those who birthed me & those who raised me and my survival through it all. The growth one makes living this life!

With that said, I say, enjoy and celebrate the day you were born because we are all born for a purpose. God created us to complete a journey that is only special to you! Mine has been grueling at times and wonderful at other times. And do hope when the day comes I reach my journeys end that I am able to stand before God and explain my life, the good and the bad, in a way pleasing to Him. And do hope to Thank Him For The Day I Was Born, My Birth Day!

  "One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind."-Rom 14:5

If you missed the "Blood Moon" event in the wee hours of the morning be sure to stop over at Shutterbugs to get a glimpse of it....gorgeous!

Ps. Last Day for Signing Up for the GiveAway....... think gifts for your wife or daughter or a friend even or maybe yourself. No cost!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Poor Man's Pie

 I like this dish when I want to do something filling but easy! This is also one I use for a refrigerator clean out...using one's imagination!

Recipe:
In a 9x13 pan layer these in order of the list
2 Cans of Corn or Green Beans or Veg-All- DRAIN ONE CAN OF LIQUID
2 Cans of tomato soup or something creamy (DO NOT ADD WATER TO SOUP)
1 lb. of ground meat or shredded meat-cooked & seasoned (Options: Add onions, mushrooms, green pepper)
 Mashed Potatoes-Instant works or you can make from scratch...I make enough for
4-6 people then Spread on top
 Bake in a 375* oven for 25 mins-then add cheese on top cook for another 5 mins
Forgot to take picture so had to peel back meat and I drained off a bit of the liquid you see here figured it was to much





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Sunday Passage






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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Rendezvous & A Birthday Party(Pic Heavy)

Today was full up!!
First we headed off to the "Old Greenville Rendezvous" which was a great event. About 80 tents and about 90% had something for sale or trade. We had a great time met up with Cousin Dave & another couple, D&A, to enjoy the festivities. All ended up taking home goodies of their own!  Here some pics from the event....





Non Juried Event

Memorial for Tom Terry died recently

Working Blacksmith







These fellas were sittin here when we started and still in the same position when we left!
 





Then we headed over to the Inlaws for what was supposed to be a surprise birthday party ( birthday is actually on Tuesday) for muuah but the pooper that I am Mtn Man ended up having to tell me about it this morning ( Not good with surprise parties). Nevertheless, it was a wonderful party! We had pork ribs, broccoli salad, fried corn, french bread with garlic butter, baked potatoes and peanut butter cheesecake...all of these are my favs!! Thanks everybody!!!

Ps...I did get a gift too......CROCS the color of CHOCOLATE!!! Love them!!!



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