For Our Troops......

For Our Troops......

Welcome!

Either you're searching for some information and stumbled across here, or already know me and are interested in what I/we do. :)

The dairy cow doesn’t ask for much, but she asks every day.
People who are creating wealth with a cow either are hardworking and reliable or get that way in a hurry. This is the way it has been for a very long time.
--Joann Grohman (Author of Keeping a Family Cow)


There are three kinds of people in this world:
Those who watch things happen,
Those who Make things happen,
or you can wonder what the hell happened.
--Captain Phil Harris (RIP)



A few of words of wisdom I have come across:


Choose not to just live within your means, but live within your needs.


If you don't want to be responsible for or defend yourself, please don't expect others to do it for you.

(My translation: Buck up and learn some skills!)


Prepare for the worst, hope for the best!

"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the AmericanGovernment take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian."--Henry Ford

**~*~**Spread the word!**~*~**

Small Family Farms need our help when ludicrous charges have come up against them. Maybe someday it could be one of us on this "make an example out of you" chopping block.

Pushing back (via donations, interviews, getting the word out, etc) and standing up for what we believe in will send a clear message that we refuse to just roll over and give up!

When we know what we're fighting for, we fight harder--Sgt . Gary Stein (USMC)

THANK YOU!!!



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Friday, August 31, 2012

Jared is Back!


The top photo is Jared wearing his 'sweat band' and the second one is him over "there".  (I have more photos, will get them posted in the coming week).

It's been slow blogging for the last couple of weeks because we went to North Carolina to meet Jared as he came back Stateside.  A whirlwind trip that was a GREAT one! 
Hat's off to Danielle who let us bunk at her house (again)....she's such a sweet lady and a great cook! :)  Her husband is home now, too; making everyone happy!  Wooo-hooooo!!


Kyle is now officially in the National Guard, he will go to Ft. Leonardwood in early November....let the fun begin! (ha)

We have lots of peppers to pick and 'maters as well.  Apples are almost ready.....so the canning/freezing/drying marathon will begin again soon!!

We got 3/4 of an inch of rain while we were gone....when we got home 3 days later we couldn't even tell it had rained.  Still dry here, but not as bad as other parts of the country we saw on our trip.  Corn is just getting harvested now.....the soybeans are starting to turn color.

All in all it's been a busy month, but we can all say a "Thank You" Prayer for keeping our families safe: in war, travels and just daily life. :)
 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Blessed Cool Down and getting Stateside!

The horrid heatwave has broken (at least for now!).  The temps have been 90 or lower , with lows in the 60's and even upper 50's.  I've noticed Dolly is starting to get her winter hair (coat) growing, early this year.  The younger bovines have been ornery with the cooler weather as well.

The garden is still going strong.  We've gotten lots more food canned, days off from work translates into getting more work done here!

We've canned so much from our plentiful bounty that we are raiding the garage for canning jars stored in boxes.  But we are discovering we are low on pints, and we have lots of the big Blue jars that take the old zinc lids. 
A good surprise is I ran across a bunch of my half-gallon jars (been wondering where they 'went') that I use for milk.  I acquired these when we lived in Texas; a lady at a local fleamarket found them for me-they were like new. 

Most of my jars have been given to me over the years, I always ask "Are you sure?" hoping they'll use them for themselves.  Many people don't can anymore, they say it is too much work.  :(  That's OK, they know how to do it (skills!!) if the need arises! :)

Jared is slowly working his way home!  I'm not sure exactly when he'll be Stateside, but at least he's kind of-sort of working on it along with all the fellows in his Platoon.  We are excited that he is in less danger now and hopefully in a week or so will be able to get to see him. Woo-hooo!! :-)   

Kyle is still working alot, he gets to help move his girlfriend into college later this week.

This is some of the peaches we canned from our tree--the branches were hanging so low I had to move my electric fence out further.  It's a July Elberta (I had to look on the tag!) and they are very sweet and tasty!  They have a white flesh; all of our other peaches are more of a traditional peach color.

Our young pear tree has 10 pears on it this year, it's first year for producing fruit.  Next year it will be interesting to see how many we get!  Our apple trees didn't produce this year (all younger trees) but we are hoping next year we'll get some fruit.  Our newest Apple tree additions are doing great.....with some TLC! ;-)

Patrick and I have been canning, watering, mowing and keeping up with day-to-day 'stuff'.  We have plenty of projects to keep us busy....One of these days we'll (finally) get to work on the garage roof.  It's a long overdue project!