Showing posts from June, 2009

Black and White Kind of Evening


Milk House Cleaning

Its not a job I dislike, matter of fact I might just even admit that I like to clean the milk house. Scrubbing it down is satisfying work and the pine cleaner makes it smell so good. Today I even polished up the trophies and washed the window. With the window so clean, it made me think that some curtains would look nice out there, but curtains would probably be good hiding spots for creepy crawlies. The goats stood and watched me work, a bit confused when I arrived out there with a bucket, since it was way too early to milk. I hayed their barn too and decided that next week I will give it a good cleaning too. Scrub the walls and take out the old hay and put down all new stuff. New hay in a barn is a smell like none other, its a good smell.
My apron is dirty from all that barn work, but will leave it on until I have gathered eggs in a few minutes. The chicken house is not a place I like to clean, so walking in there today will not lead me to some moment of inspiration to clean it. I le…

A Little Dunkin Donut Girl

Wanted to share this photo taken with my iPhone of Mei-Ling enjoying her first chocolate donut.
She enjoyed every single bite of it and then wanted my toasted coconut donut ! All she needed was a big cup full of "gooats milk" to go with it. She calls me on the phone to let me know when I need to deliver some more "gooats milk" for her. She loves the stuff.

Greenbeans in the Garden - The West Girls

Love this ~

Nothing But Sunshine...but wait, is that a cloud I see ?

It would be nice to have a gray cloudy day with some rain, just to change things up a bit. Its been hot and sunny for so long now. The gardens are scorching, and lawns are turning from green to a rather burnt grass color. You find yourself almost in hibernating mode, staying in from the extreme weather. Triple digits on the thermometer, make you sigh. Iced water my drink of choice. I get my laundry done early, it dries faster than in a clothes dryer and you bring it in as soon as you can, hoping the heat from the sun doesn't rot the elastic in things.
I start thinking about autumn in July, longing for it, lighting apple cinnamon candles to refresh my memory of what fall smells like. I dream of winter time, and woodstove heat and cold on my face as I do my outside work. We humans are a funny lot, always wishing for something different than what we have. Maybe though, if I lived where the weather was perfect, I wouldn't be thinking about the next season to come. Is there a place …

SORI Part9/11

this is from my all time favorite movie

Less than an acre and in the city limits

There was a time when I was almost embarrassed to say we owned just under an acre of land, I wanted to have a full blown farm, not a tiny speck of land inside the city limits. But now, how we live on such a small bit of land, and in the city is perceived as a "wow" type thing, and no longer are we hearing "oh you poor thing" because we have such a tiny speck of land to live on with our homestead life. Times and mindsets change as the world circumstances do.
We use our land carefully, and if we wanted, we could even transform the front lawn into a usable garden like these urban homesteader folk in California . There was a time when the children were all home that it seemed every inch of our land in back was used in some kind of productive way. The girls raised show rabbits, had a pony and cart for transportation. We had sheep, angora goats, quite a few milk goats, a buck and a couple goats trained to pull a cart. We had chickens, ducks and yes, we had a good sized ga…

Saturday Morning Ramble

I laid in bed just a little bit longer than usual this morning, looking out the window, feather pillow under my head propping me up so I could watch the birds at the feeders and admire the way the yellow sunlight mixed in with the greens of the juniper tree, it reminded me of a well thought out batik pattern. Along the fence, mustang grape vines flutter in the slightest of breeze. The only sound in the house is that of the fan in front of my dresser.
Emery is soon off to work but walks so quietly, with a tender heart, as not to disturb my moment, letting me savor the gold and green view from bed just a bit longer. I think about how gentle my life is, no rushing around, never has been, except for when the children had an Irish Step Dance competition, then it was a little hectic getting things in order for the four of them. It often took planning to avoid that stress of rushing. When the children were all home, I would spend Saturday nights preparing for church, have 6 pairs of black sh…

A Ramble

I just heard one more time that one thing over so many small things has been the major player in why this country and so many of the nations are where we are today, in a deep recession. The word I have heard is greed. Greedy people wanting houses they can't afford, people demanding bigger salaries than they need, greedy bankers, investors, anyone that has a list of "I wants" that is much bigger than whats in their wallet and desires for more than they will ever need in life. Children that have no concept of money and parents that give in to all the demands made on them. It seems that just about everyone has a deep sense of discontentment. Whats that all about anyway ? This high level of discontentment... what are we really hungering after ?
Even though we live this rather simple existence, we still fight the "I wants" the ones that have nothing to do with need. Emery makes really good money and everyone seems to expect us to live a certain way, a way that shout…

Simpler Living

"I believe we would be happier to have a personal revolution in our individual lives and go back to simpler living and more direct thinking. It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest, and living close to nature. There are not hot house blossoms that can compare in beauty and fragrance with my bouquet of wildflowers".
~Laura Ingalls Wilder~

Harry, a wolf in waiting ?

At least that is what it looks like....Harry sits licking his chops as the kittens temp him to a chase. If you look close, you will see that there are two kittens hiding under the rake. Harry is really quite gentle with the kittens but it doesn't look that way in the top picture. Reminds me of the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood !Morning chores provide me with such entertainment : )

Singing praises of Creation

“But tomorrow, dawn will come the way I picture her, barefoot and disheveled, standing outside my windowin one of the fragile cotton dresses of the poor.She will look in at me with her thin arms extended,offering a handful of birdsong and a small cup of light.”~William Collins~
High up in the cottonwood tree a disheveled bird sang to me, rejoicing it seems in the beauty of the day, and beside him in the Black Walnut tree, another great singer, rejoicing in all of creation. Life is good ~ moments that capture you, hold you, and change you.

Mushroom Onion Quiche

There was no real recipe for this but I can tell you what I did to make this quiche. The recipe made two. My grandmother and mother cooked without using recipes and they taught me to do the same.

I used 3 packages of sliced mushroom and 5 onions (small) sliced and sauteed with the mushrooms in some olive oil until tender. I sprinkled in some oregano too. In a large bowl I whisked 8 eggs and a hefty cup of sour cream, to that I added about 3/4 cup of shredded swiss cheese. When all cooked, put the onions and mushrooms in the pie crusts, Fill to the rim of the crust with the egg mixture and sprinkle with more shredded cheese. Bake for 15 minutes at 425, then turn the oven down to 300 and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted, comes out clean.

Goodwill finds of the day

There are some days at Goodwill that you just hit the jackpot and today was one of them. I found a wonderful service for 10 of Johann Haviland China made in Bavaria Germany, complete with a covered vegetable dish. I believe the pattern is called, "Forever Spring". I also found two beautiful International Silver "Early American" serving pieces that have been very well cared for. Just a bit of a polish and they sparkled. The dishes were $12 for the set and the silver was $6....not bad at all but even better since I had a coupon for $10 off ! Not so sure I NEEDED another set of dishes but maybe one of the girls would like them if I can't find room for them : ) Oh yes, I also picked up a sweet little dish that just begged to be brought home.
Melanie found a beautiful set of China, service for 12 that is white with silver around the edge. Beautifully made and of a good quality. I believe it was made in Japan. Very delicate and simply beautiful. I would say, It was …

Golden Simplicty

There is something profoundly beautiful about the morning sunshine filtering through the windows and casting gold rays on the mundane, the ordinary, the very things we might otherwise fail to acknowledge on any given busy morning.
Stopping as if I was in an art gallery, standing still, to study, to admire, the pure gold of the morning sun grace the dinning room.

An Irish Weaver's Rugged Remote Life

This is the real simple life....

"Let Us Go Back "

Let Us Go Back
~Thomas Curtis Clark~
Let us go back
To the simpler and better things.
Let us retrace our steps
From our greed-born bickerings
Back to the quietness
Of plain, good friendliness.
Let us go back
To the old roads of beauty's quest.
Let us again find joy
In the fields and the woods, possessed
By the thrill of the spring,
And of summer wandering.
Let us go back
To old-fashioned content, our wealth
Found in the garden nooks,
And beneath home roofs.
Let the health
Of the trees and the grass
Be ours, as the seasons pass.

My Maternal Grandmother Alexandra Mae Neil Heckbert born 1902 Noel, Nova Scotia

Some Happy News

God is blessing our family once again with the joy of a new baby on the way. Melanie and Casimir are expecting a baby ! We are so happy. Melanie is 8 weeks along and doing well, except for terrible morning sickness which for her brings some very low blood sugars. She had to go to the hospital the other night for dehydration. They have heard the babies heartbeat already.
We will be on bended knee for many months now, praying for Melanie's health, and for the baby. Please keep them both in your prayers.
I am anxious to find out if it will be a boy or a girl so I can start knitting and sewing in pink or blue. What a blessing grandbabies are and we would be happy to have many many of them. Proverbs 17:6 Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
May Emery and I live to be the pride of our children