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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wreaths Across America

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Can you volunteer in your area this coming Saturday?


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Has Arrived!

 Mtn Man came home early yesterday with a buzz in his spirit! He was ready to decorate! Luv him!!











Some of these decorations we haven't seen in years!! Our tree is plum full!!

Our first Christmas in our "New" Cabin!


Merry Christmas Everybody!!!
May you be blessed and remember Christ is the reason for the season!!




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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday Passage


For by the grace [of God] given to me I say to everyone of you not to think more highly of himself [and of his importance and ability] than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has apportioned to each a degree of faith [and a purpose designed for service].-Romans 12:3 (Amplified Bible)

"Faith is not a feeling.....Faith is a decision that we make about where we are going to put our trust"-Joyce Meyers

Mtn Man and I, are constantly testing this avenue in our lives. What I mean is, we tell "the Man Upstairs" that we give it all to Him. Trusting He will take it and run with it. The test comes when we try to take it back, and we run with it. You know what happens? Failure most times. We call that "Indian Giving"....Give it then take it back. When we let Him have it, it is always successful to His plan.
We were talking this morning about plans for our future. We, tend to dream, like we all do. But...But we also realize that our plans are not always HIS! He sees the whole picture....He has our dreams in mind, yes, I do believe that. He has THE plan, and we have to practice faith that He will have the plan that is best for us. It is difficult at times for us to practice faith, to have faith in His plan. This is where Trust comes in to play.
Let's face it...it is difficult to have trust in a being that you cannot see. That others see as being a fool. But they don't know or otherwise do recall, that I had a lot of practice not having Him in my life. All it caused me is anguish, turmoil, and pain. I have been shown the other path. Peace and true joy are on that path. Hard work, responsibility, accountability, and knowing that blessings are on that path are the only way this family is going.
When we stop practicing faith which in turn, means we are not putting our trust in God, we tend to see things fall down in our personal lives.
We all fall down, most of us get back up. It is what we do that matters. Do we practice faith? Do we have faith in God? Do we trust Him to have our backs?
God gave us a degree of faith.....Do we use it or are we losing it?


Disclosure: these are my thoughts only, from my heart. No disrespect to anyone or your beliefs. I am not an ordained minister. Just a farmher with thoughts in her brain to share with others who want to listen. Thank you.
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Hay Feeding Time!!

 A familiar scene in the morning. They are hollerin' cuz it is really cold on this mornin'. Their caretaker, ME, needed to hurry up and get them fixed up! The temp was 11 degrees! Our weather has been crazy lately. Temps from the 70's to the teens within a week or two. Crazy. Some of you know what I am talking about with the snow in areas that are having their first snow ever!!
Hay and water coming up!
M.E. in the shadows

yes this farm girl drives a tractor....hay is coming girls and boys

P-Nut is here to keep everybody in line

When we stick the bales out, we always have to cut the strings. What strings? Well, the bales have continuious strings on them to keep the hay from unraveling. When they are baled up in those funny box looking balers. The hay is packed in wide rows which are then wrapped up into a bale. At the end the strings wrap around the bale ...kind of like wrapping a ball of yarn.
We, then, have to cut these strings off so the critters don't eat them. They will, if you don't, especially cows. Silly, I know, but they can't tell the difference when they are eating it. String in the gut(s) can cause havoc we just would rather do without!
As an added measure I usually run my hand down the middle just in case a string is deeper.


 Not sure what I could do with all this string. It usually is pretty wore when we get to this point. At our place, it gets trashed.
With all our critters we feed a lot of hay in the winter months. We have purchased about 36 bales thus far. Depending on the winter that should get us through. If it gets colder, we will probably need more for sure!
Their water had to be broken up. It was an inch or more thick with ice. When it is this cold, morning and evening is breaking water time. When it is cold, animals don't drink as much. The cows 'tank' up on water once a day. We like to keep the options open for all our critters by breaking water twice a day when it's this cold! Brrrrrrrr

Stay Warm or Cool, wherever you are in this world!
Thanks for stopping by today...Toodle Loo!


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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Logs Delivered

Kind of cool to see cedar logs being delivered. Thought some of you might enjoy the view like I did.
I don't think the fella knew I was taking pics....



Having our mill reminds me of when I was a little girl growing up in the Mill Camp. The smell of the logs wafting into our house was a welcome smell. Log decks in our back yard. Log trucks parked close to the house, all lined up like bumble bees ready for take off. The trucks were yellow and black. The sounds of the noon whistle, alarming everybody that it was time to eat. Watching the fellas find a spot in the yard to eat. Daddy stopping by the house to pick me up for a ride in the big log truck. I sat on a milk carton for a seat. Bouncing up and down the roads. Oh the memories just flood in.........
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Making History


Mtn Man and I, as most of you know, are true believers in the Man Upstairs. We try to follow his direction, not always getting it right. Thank goodness He is a forgiving being or we would be in a world of hurt, for sure!
In our lifetime, we are seeing so many changes to our world and today was another. Our president declared Jerusalem the Capital of Isreal. Declared that the United States is moving our U. S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Making a stand for Isreal in the most public of proclamations. WOW!!!
If you watch closely, prophecies are coming about before our very eyes! It really is incredible!


In other news, please pray for all those who are suffering from the fires in California. Crazy pictures to see

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Monday Ramblings

Well, the crud has hit this house again! Dangit if I didn't get it now. Mtn Man has been fighting this crud for almost two weeks. Sinuses fill up and then drain off like a flood, scratchy throat, itchy ears and a little bit of a cough. Ick!
I am going to try to head it off using essential oils and natural concoctions. I am not one to go off to the dr. for every little thing! In fact, you would probably say, heck she never goes unless she can't breathe or is bleeding uncontrollably. I would say, you are correct! Dr. would go broke if I was his only patient. ha ha!
Despite what my head is telling me, my will is saying to heck with this crud we have things to do. So, off to do chores this morning. let the chickies out, feed and water. then walk over to the pasture to remove the horse blanket for the day.
Later in the morning, Mtn Man called to let me know that the log truck driver is coming by with a load of logs.
Which means P-Nut and I needed to move some critters back to the other pasture. She did real good!!
Gates are open, we are ready for delivery!
Bought a spiral ham yesterday. Put it on the grill and heated it up. When it was done, split it up into sandwich makings for Mtn Man. 7wks worth and a supper for tonight! All for less than $20!!!!
Yesterday, a client came by with his spanish chairs he wants to have refinished. These chairs are neat!
The leather attaches to the back and the bottom of the seat. Mtn Man has to forge some additional tacks for the project.

We understand these chairs have been in this family for decades. I love saving heirlooms!!
What is my current project? Well, as usual, I have many. Today it has started raining so I am working on this bead project...


Have a great day.
Pray these storms don't get too crazy for us tonight! winds are picking up.....

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sunday Passage

Isaiah 40:28-31Amplified Bible (AMP)

28 
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become tired or grow weary;
There is no searching of His understanding.
29 
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who has no might He increases power.
30 
Even youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
31 
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];
They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Gettin' Ready

Mtn Man took the day off Friday so, we could get some things done around the farm before the cold weather hits us this next week. We have been very fortunate or not, as of late with warm weather. Last night (thurs.), brought a cold that is affecting my arthritis something terrible! Despite all that, we soldiered on gathering wood. Mtn Man says it will be a 'woody weekend'. Hmmmm


We cut off about 3 o'clock in the afternoon. I headed for the 'she shack' to work on fixing Lyfa's blanket. The buckle is broken so it has to be replaced.
Easy fix!! Thank the lord for that! After gathering and stacking wood my arms can't take much more hard work for today!
Well I am off to do a bit more editing on my manuscript. Seems this takes forever.......very anxious for the next step...page design.

Until next time........



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Friday, December 1, 2017

Horsin A Round

Lyfa comes up to the farm for the winter season these days, so she gets her extra goodies. She is 25 yrs young. For a horse she is in her senior years.
Today she saw/heard me come out of the house from across the field and started to winnie for treats. I stepped back in, grabbed my kindle and headed for the paddock.
I got some fun picks of her...





She is having issues with her eye sight these days. She gets a little buggy eyes!
Of course, the other pasture mates had to see what the fuss was all about...
sheep and goaty goat were navigating the weeds to get to us.....

They did all get their goodies......freeloaders!

Have a great day!

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

We are BACK!!

It has been too long!! I miss writing my blog! Feels good to be back! Did you miss us??
Hugs Hugs Hugs for all!
We, bloggers are a different breed of people for sure. Addicted to writing and telling our stories.
Over the past year and half  we have made great strides in getting our homestead up and rockin'!
Let's do a little catch up:
My "She Shack" is a busy, cozy spot for me to go too! I love it! Quilting, Beading and Yarn projects all in one spot!
I have a view of the garden from this spot. It is a short walk from our backdoor and close to the outhouse! ha ha




















We have been reminiscing over the past four years. We have come to realize we have accomplished a ton in such a short period of time. We have built fences, a beautiful screened in porch, got our mill up and running, shop building (includes his leather shop and blacksmith shop) and got our cabin in the back of the big house. A TON!!
Here is some pics to catch ya up!!
Thanks for coming! ......

  I see there is some adjustments being made with getting our blog up and rolling...please bear with us! The comment section will return soon!

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Finally!!

I finally finished my book!! Yay!!
Submitted it Friday and Tues at noon I got a call from my Agent...The Review Board accepted my book!! Wahoo!
Coming this spring 2018.   A heart in pieces~Return From Devastation
My book will be available in Hard cover, paperback and e~book!!


            
A HEART IN PIECES
                       RETURN FROM DEVASTATION       

                            
                      AUTHOR- M. E. MASTERSON



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Thursday, July 7, 2016

She Shack Update

Air Conditioning is in.... Light/Fan is in.....LED lights are in....
Can you see me dancin'?


Next is the wall covering and then the floor!

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