Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hodge Podge 04/09/14

1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. When did you last 'shower attention on someone or have attention 'showered' on you? Did you love it or did all that attention make you squirm?

I don’t like it when people make a big deal out of something I’ve done or said. I’m rather a private person. I enjoy doing special things for people, but it’s a little embarrassing if they make a big “to-do” about it. It doesn’t stop me from doing it though, ‘cause we should never stop doing special things for people.

2. Share a favorite 'spring break' memory. Not talking about just the college 'spring break' thing, but any favorite spring break memory you'd like to share. Keep it family friendly please!

I love every thing about spring. I enjoy being out of doors finally, since I don’t do winter sports I am all stiff and sore for the first few weeks of warmer weather, but it is so enjoyable I don’t even care. This morning I went out to get in the car for work and just stood there for a few minutes just breathing it all in and listening to the sounds of spring… snow melting/dripping, new bird voices we haven’t heard all winter long chirping, breeze through the leafless branches… and feeling WARM for the first time in months.

3. It's National Pecan Month...are you a fan? If so, what's your favorite dish that calls for pecans?

My favorite pie is pecan. I recently found a recipe for pecans, dipped in egg white and brown sugar then baked in the oven till crisp. Wow! Those are some yummy pecans.

4. 'Put all your eggs in one basket', 'egg on your face', rotten egg', 'walk on eggshells' or 'a good egg'...which eggs-pression could most recently be applied to your own life?

We have chicken and twice a week I wash and box eggs for sale in our egg box and for sale at the Co-op. It is a big job and usually takes me and hour or more to label boxes and wash the eggs and then box them up and get them ready to go. As much as I like eggs… eating them that is… I don’t care for this job. I am grateful for the money that it generates. We haven’t had much over our expenses yet, but the ducks are laying well this year before anyone elses have started laying, so we have been able to sell many duck eggs at the co-op and that is a bit better money.

5. In my experience___________.

It is energizing having a clean house and chores done and not feeling guilty sitting down to do some cross stitch in the evening, or go out for a walk. Doesn’t happen too often because as the saying goes, “a woman’s work is never done”. But once in a while I get caught up and when I do it is an exhilarating feeling.

6. What's a favorite song with the word rain in its title or lyrics?

Lyrics to The Rain Rain Rain Came Down Down Down (Winnie The Pooh And The Blustery Day)

The rain rain rain came down down down

In rushing, rising riv'lets,
'Til the river crept out of it's bed
And crept right into Piglet's!

Poor Piglet, he was frightened,
With quite a rightful fright.
And so, in desperation
A message he did write.

He placed it in a bottle
And it floated out of sight.

And the rain rain rain came down down down

So Piglet started bailing.
He was unaware, atop his chair,
While bailing he was sailing!

And the rain rain rain came down down down

And the flood rose up up upper.
Pooh, too, was caught and so he thought,
"I must rescue my supper!"

Ten honey pots he rescued,
Enough to see him through,
But as he sopped up his supper,
The river sopped up Pooh!

And the water twirled and tossed him
In a honey pot canoe!

The rain rain rain came down down down...

The Rain Rain Rain Came Down Down Down (Winnie The Pooh And The Blustery Day) Lyrics on

7. What does the word hope mean to you?

My Hope is in the Lord
By Norman J. Clayton

My hope is in the Lord
Who gave Him-self for me
And paid the price
Of all my sin at Cal-va-ry.

For me He died;
For me He lives,
And everlasting life
And light He free-ly gives.

No merit of my own
His anger to suppress
My only hope is found
In Jesus' righteousness

And now for me He stands
Before the Father's throne
He shows His wounded hands
And names me as His own

His grace has planned it all
'Tis mine but to believe
And recognize His work of love
And Christ receive

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I’m too tired to have any "random" thought... I'm having enough trouble just with the purposeful thinking.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mr. D and I at 90

This is Mr D and I when we get to be 90

Welcome Spring

Well, today IS supposed to be the first day of spring.  Not that I'm complaining... I've done enough of that already.  These are from our home this morning...
car was parked here midway through storm

the green house... looks ready for planting ?!

our hobbit home

Joanna made it up the driveway before the storm
and these are her tracks from when she left for work at 6 am

in front of the house

the chickens are all snug in their coop

the back of our hobbit home... notice the trash can... that's this storm

Joanna's hobbit home

the mobile home and well house... much of this is from snow coming off the roof
My friend from MD says it's pretty, and it is, I just have a hard time getting excited about that today. 

I'll try to post some more this afternoon...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Late Winter Snow

Well, we're walking the driveway again.  Norman has been sick with the flu for a couple days and today Joanna packed him out so she could go to work.  I didn't see her leave... must have been in the shower when she went out, but I could see her tracks down the driveway.  It took me a while to get the ice off...  actually just to get the car door open as it rained a while yesterday before the temp dropped to below zero.  Everything was frozen.  The ride in this morning took twice as long, but arrived in one piece.  Thank you Lord!  I didn't take any pictures 'cause my camera was in the car overnight and was too cold this morning, but I'll post a few from the local news photo site "U Local"

we've been seeing Robins here for the past month... can't imagine there's much to eat

Jackson, NH

we've been seeing Voles all around this winter, unlike other years
I think they have either run out of food, or their den's filled up with water/ice during one of
our many winter storm
it's been soooo cold all winter I'm not sure how deep the frost has gone

because of the great variations in temperature they have been able to do a bit of tapping, but no sap today... way too cold
 Winter IS beautiful.  I don't think, even though this winter has been bad, that I'd like living where we don't have the beautiful change in seasons.  I complain more than I should.  I really am thankful for my home and even the cold weather...  it may reduce the flea and tick populations and give our moose a break.  We've lost many moose to ticks in the past few years.  We would see moose along the road quite often, but the frequency has dropped significantly and we hear from the biologists that the reduction in moose population is due to the increase in ticks.  We had a bad breakout of fleas on all our animals a couple years ago.  It was very bad.  We lost our cat and the dog was completely infested.  We found that "Frontline" was the only thing that worked, so here's an unsolicited ad for "Frontline" flea and tick drops...

Great stuff. 

Hope you have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hodge Podge Wednesday

Link up with Hodge Podge at "From This Side of the Pond"

1. Do you have an interest in learning about your family's heritage? Why or why not? If you know a little bit about your roots, share an interesting piece of trivia or a fun fact about someone who goes way back on your family tree.

I do like to find out fun things about my family.  Quite a few years ago I found out from my Aunt Jean that we were related by marriage to Karl Marx.  Not sure if that is something to brag about, but it is interesting.

2. Branch Rickey, the baseball exec credited with signing Jackie Robinson, is quoted as saying-

"Luck is the residue of design."

Agree or disagree? Why?

I don't believe there is such a thing as "luck".  I truely believe our times are mapped out by God.  We may wriggle out from His perfect will, but he still is in control.  So I cannot agree.

3. In the town where you currently reside, what's your favorite green space?

In my town there are many beautiful places.  I like my own back yard best...

Our backyard in spring Lupines

4. Who is your favorite comedian?  I think my all time favorite is Dick Van Dyke.  He just makes me laugh and I loved all the old movies he was in.

5. March is National Nutrition Month, and almost everyone needs to improve their diet in some way. What about you? How can you improve your nutrition on a daily basis? Will you try?

Best thing I could do is just eat less and make sure to eat breakfast.  I sometimes get busy in the morning and just don't have time which make me want to "graze" all day.

6. Which of these green expressions have you 'experienced' in recent weeks -green with envy, green thumb, green around the gills, or give the green light? Explain.

I can't say that I've experienced a green thumb, but I hope to soon use my "green thumb" and plants some veggies and pray for good weather and that God would allow them to grow and prosper.  I didn't keep up as well as I should have with the garden last year and we lost quite a bit to powdery mildew and things were planted together way too close, so that will change this year as well.  Looking forward to spring in the midst of a snow storm.

7. Where is one place you don't mind waiting?
Anywhere I can do come cross stitch while I'm waiting is a good place to wait.  At least I'm accomplishing something.

8. Insert your own random thought here.   Today March 12th we are getting a "spring blizzard"  they expect 12-20 inches Wednesday to Thursday.  Hmmmm... and then it's supposed to be cold again.  I just have to think of the warmer days ahead, the garden, fresh strawberries from the garden sweet and warm... it will come eventually...  Here's a few green pictures to encourage us all....  

another summer picture... great family shot about 1990 or 1991
me, Joanna, Cindy, Adam, Mrs. Reese (Cindy's Mom) Dad, Mom, Paul, Heather, Norman Paul
L ---> R
I see Peonies in the background, so this must have been in June sometime.

he was sooo hot that day... look at those rosy cheeks

Saw this one on FB and just had to share it here :)  We don't do Lent, but lot of people here at work have been talking about it, so I suggested they take this little bit of advice.

Have a wonderful day everyone.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Happy Friday

Not sure where this graphic came from, but not original to me.  I liked the verse very much and was a good thought for me to dwell on today.  I've been feeling restless and then this week came down with a bad cold so have been more confined than normal.  I've been doing some more seed shopping.  I'm not sure how much of the garden we'll have for planting this spring, but if I get things started in the little greenhouse, it should help out. 

So far I have: 
* Lutz Winter Keeper (beets)
* Xtra Tender 277a (corn)
* Mammoth Dill
* Sugar Star (snap peas)
* Henderson Baby Limas (beans) - 60 day variety
* Jacob Cattle (shell/dry beans)
* Romano (pole beans)
* Burgess Buttercup (winter squash) plus some saved seeds also
* Straight Eight (cucumbers)
* Pickling (cucumbers)
* We'll also pick up some tomato plants nearer to planting - Jet Star and Amish Paste
We have some asperagus and I would like to add some more to the mix this year.  We won't see those till next year probably or even the year after, but we all like asperagus.
I think that's all we'll have room for this year.  If the garden is expanded by planting time I may add some more herbs.  I want to put is some penny royal (good to use in a flea bath for the dogs with tansy which I have)  and also some sage and basil to eat fresh, freeze and dry.  I have oregano, caraway, tumeric, and camomile established already, but would like to get some other perennial herbs started.  I don't think sage or basil will keep, but penny royal should.  I'll need to experiment with others in another year as my herb garden has been reduced in size.  When we move into the house I'll probably move all the herbs out of their current locations and bring them up closer to the house so I can take better care of them. 

OK, I've rambled on probably more than I needed to.  It's just in the planning stages right now, but hopefully will become reality this spring.

Any others of you planning your garden yet?

maybe instead of a horizontal garden, we could plant a vertical garden

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hints of Spring

Yesterday was so wonderful.  First day I can remember when the temp was above 10.  Not really, but it was so nice to ride down the road with the car window open and just to sit for a few minutes in the sunshine.  It got me so excited for spring I went to the dollar store and bought a few seeds.

4/$1 seeds... can't go too wrong there even if you only get one or two fruit from each packet you've made back your investment.  Let's see, I bought cucumber-Pickling and Straight Eight, kale, sunflowers-Mammoth Russian, snap peas, and a few flowers which I thought might be interesting to try.  OK, it's not all that I'll grow, it was definately an impulse buy but it made me very happy. 

I have all my seed catalogs for the "serious" seed shopping and I'll let you know what we decide on as soon as we make our picks.

Happy spring ya'll.

Love ya!