Friday, July 8, 2016

Finally, some pictures...

I wanted to share some of the photos I have stored on my iPad, but had to consult Siri to find out how get them on my blog.  She's quite helpful at times.

This first picture is my little Honda the day of my accident on December 29th.  I had traveled this commute for 8 years and this was my last week at Swish White River, LLC in Hartford, VT.  God knew what he was doing and worked all this out for His honor.  That day, I must admit, I was a bit downhearted.  We had just gotten the car ready for inspection by replacing two tires with studded snows and fixing the front wheel bearings ( a tricky process that required a special tool ).  But God knew we would not need two cars since I would not be making this commute any longer.  I now work 10 minutes from the house.

I'm now driving my old Dodge Neon with 354000 miles on it.  It's still chugging away and we are putting some money away for a 4 wheel drive so I can get up our driveway and up the hill to work.  Then we'll probably retire the old lady.
my poor little squished Honda

Now on to happier things...
I got home from church a couple Sundays ago and the sky was soooo incredibly blue and the trees were just the perfect shade of green.  I just had to take this picture.  These are the trees up behind our home.

Any question why these are my favorite colors?

We had great success with the greenhouse this spring.  I raised all our plants except some of the beans and peas in the greenhouse and then transplanted them into the garden.  We can plant away, but God makes the little seeds grow...

Sorry the pictures are a little fuzzy... still working on my picture taking skills with this little iPad. 

I didn't raise the geranium, that was a half-price buy at Walmart.  I have that plant in a planter now and it is covered with blooms.  It was a great investment.
more greenhouse plants.  We gave many of these away.  It tend to "over-plant" in case we have some sort of plague and then I don't have room in the garden for all the stuff.

baby beets and squash.  Our four tomatoes are in the foreground.  They are a lot bigger right now.  We've had some great growing weather this year so far.  I've picked some summer squash and grilled it for our supper already. 
baby kale and chard and in the foreground pole and bush beans.  We've had several meals of chard and kale so far.  I love that stuff!

This is my perennial / herb bed.  I have dill, basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram and sage.  In other places I have tarragon and caraway which come back year after year.   

I've removed some of this oregano because it was crowding out my Corral Bells. 

first fruits.  We had greens for supper and the strawberries for dessert.  The chamomile I dried for tea.  I have it growing all over the place, but don't normally save a lot.  It does make a good tea and reminds me of summer when it's the middle of winter.

the second picking.  These went to Brandon's graduation party for strawberry shortcake.  Yum.

Well, that's all for now.  Just thought you'd like a little glimpse into our lives.  I am enjoying my new job as the Town Clerk/Tax Collector in Groton.  I've learned many new things and have been very busy.  It's a gift from God that I am closer to home and can spend more time there.  I've also gotten started in a water aerobics class and will be getting some physical therapy for my old arthritic knee.  It was getting quite painful.  Since I started swimming 3 times a week, it has loosened up quite a bit.  I know it will never be completely well again, but I want to keep it limber as long as possible.  I might even do some biking yet this summer. 

God has surely been good to us.  I'll include a couple more pictures of the beautiful lupines He gave me this year.  I think all blue flowers must be my favorite.  I have to force myself to get other colors.  You will see in the perennial bed I have yellow, pink and red now, so I'm making progress, but blue is still my favorite flower color to go along with the green leaves.

That's our electrical building and some of Doug's vehicles in the background, but just ignore those and take in the beautiful flowers.

More of the same

The "Bee" garden.  I've planted this for 3 years now with morning glories.  They are annuals so I added some perennial Holly Hocks this year.  We'll see how they do together.  The bees all came from my friend Betty.  My Sweetie calls me his "Honey Bee", to that's how this got started.  The heart shaped rock in the front is intentional and given to me by my "Sweetie".

I hope you all are having a very happy summer.  Get out there and enjoy it 'cause it's way too short.

Written April 18th/Posted July 8th... hmmm what wrong with this picture?

Odd for us that it is April 18th and we've had some really great weather.  I started my greenhouse about 3 weeks ago and things are coming up!  I went out yesterday afternoon and did a little cleaning up in the garden getting ready for some early planting such as peas.  We did have the chickens out there cleaning up in the spring but the fence wasn't able to hold them due to winter damage and with Mr. D busy building a fortress for pigs I just decided to take down the fence.  It will make it easier to till and plant anyway.  The blueberry bushes are outgrowing their fencing so that will need to be hiked up a little.  The fencing we use for beans need to be repaired so there are many little details to take care of.

I'm getting excited to get my fingers in the dirt and it's coming quickly this year.  Yea!!!

The girls went for a little hike on Sunday and sent a couple pictures over FB. 
I think that Norman went hunting for salamanders already so mom just let him wade in his skivys .

Brandon is getting so tall.  Nice picture of the two of them together. 

It was a beautiful day Sunday and the temperature was a steady 74 at our house all day.  I looked at the weather map from last year and on April 24th we had snow.  I'm not saying it can't happen, but I don't see anything about snow on the weather calendar for this April. 

I haven't taken out the camera in a few months.  My job keeps me busy and I thought with less travel and another entire day off I'd have a bit for free time, but not so.  Seems I'm busier than ever now.  I gotta get some pictures going so I can remember these times and preserve them.

Norman comes over sometimes to see us and so doesn't Brandon.  Grampa has fixed up a bed that stretches across the backs of the seats in the dining area of the camper so he can get a good night sleep when he comes over.  When Norman comes over he sleeps on the couch.  He loves coming over to Gramma and Grampy's house and we love to have them both.  It's not a big place and certainly not "classy", but we've got lots of love. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

After the Long Silence

I am not a very good blogger I guess.  Not only have I not written anything here in a long time, I also haven't read too many blogs lately.  I wish I had an excuse, but I think Facebook has taken me away to some extent.  There have been many new changes in my life.  So I'll begin with the new job since that seems to be the most recent and greatest change.

I've left my position at Swish White River LTD after being there for nine years and have taken the Town Clerk's position in our town.  There are numerous differences.  The first is that I won't need to drive an hour to and an hour from work anymore.  I am extremely happy for that as it also gives me a couple more hours to be at home each day and the gas consumption has decreased greatly.  I was doing a small column for the local paper "Talk of The Town" when they needed a correspondent for our town. Because of this I started attending the Select Board Meetings once a week.  This gave me an opportunity to meet more of my fellow citizens and hear what was happening in town politics.  One Tuesday night it was brought up that the Town Clerk was resigning.  This was first sad because we all loved our former Town Clerk and hated to see her go.  In my mind it seemed a very distant chance that perhaps if she was leaving I would be able to "apply" for the position, so I met with her and the Deputy Clerk and had a chat about the opening.  About two weeks later the Select Board appointed me Town Clerk and I began work on January 8th.

There are soooo many things to learn and get straight in my head.  When this is due and when that is due and this law and that law.  I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd find myself in politics, but I will be running for this office in March.  As far as I know I only have one "contender" who will be a write-in for this election and perhaps will also run on the ballot in two years.  I'm hoping to win this election, but it's really in God's hands and I will be content with what He chooses for me.

At Christmas we went to Maine for our family get-together.  We had a wonderful time and I had taken a few days off work so it wasn't rushed.  The next day on my way to work (actually the day I was supposed to give my notice at Swish White River LTD), it was storming.  Out on route 118 (which is a dilly of a road most people 'round here know well), I slid on the ice and the car hit the guard rail front and back.  The collision totaled our little Honda Civic.  She was a great little car, even though we didn't care for the fact that she was a two-door.  As it worked out it was OK, though now I do not have "my own car" which can be a trial from time-to-time.  I don't really need my own car now since I'm only driving 10 minutes to work from home.  We still have a small pick up truck that works fine and my old Dodge Neon is still on the road after 340,000 miles and we have a couple other non-conventional vehicles that would be fine in a pinch.  If I had a horse, I could ride the horse to work **smile**.

Here are a few shots of my cubicle at Swish White River LTD.  We had a Christmas decorating contest.  Mine didn't win, but it was a lot of fun.

Here's the grand boys waiting for Grandma and Grandpa to get settled so they can start opening their presents.  It was hard to wait! 

Here's Norman with his new "beard hat".  Too cute as always.
Picture Joanna took while out hiking this winter.  Norman loves being outdoors and Joanna has taken him hiking quite a bit.

A gift from Nanna and Grandpa Millett.
Out of the blue one day he told me "When I grow up I'm gonna be a daddy... with a moustache." I guess Nanna and Grandpa thought they'd give him a head start. **grin**.

Great pictures of Brandon and Heather on their recent trip to DC to visit with friends there.  They seemed to have had a great time.  A needed break from the grind.  

Good days to remember in the dead of winter.  This was from this summer when the girls and their boys went camping.  What funny people.

Marvin the noble keeping out an eagle eye.


static!  what fun!

Well, I guess that gets you mostly up to date with the fam.  It's been a very eventful winter and we hope that spring comes soon.  It was neg 18 degrees F yesterday and thankfully all is well.  Our water is not frozen and the cars still start.  Supposed to be in the 30s this week with rain on Wednesday.

Have a wonderful day everyone.  Hope it won't be so long till my next post.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


So I took a day off work... tomorrow... to work on getting the rest of the harvest in.  We have winter squash and beets yet.  Also Kale and chard which are more frost hardy, so probably will let them go as long as possible.

We were able to find a large chest freezer to replace our old freezer which met a demise this summer along with 2 refrigerators and an upright freezer.  I'm now ready to fill-er-up.  We have chickens to butcher too and I am thinking about getting the price on a 1/4 beef or pig to put in also from a local butcher.  With the meat and veggies this year I think we'll be set for food... except dairy (butter, cheese, milk, yogurt) and flour.

I gotta tell you about this freezer.  We had been looking for quite some time, actually since the middle of summer when the old freezer died.  We had several leads and I was ready to throw in the towel and get a couple of smaller chests in lieu of a larger chest freezer.  We found a few of those, but Mr. D was a hold out.  Just need to say, He's the best husband ever!  We found this one on Craigslist and they were asking $550 for it but it was a few years old / not new / and so they agreed on $300, but because they helped load it Mr. D paid them $325.  They also threw in 500 lbs of popcorn (guess they used to do the fair or something and will not need this - extra).  What a blessing this all was and now I'm on a tear getting everything in from the garden before winter.

Mr. D is overwhelmed with tasks getting ready for winter... there are cars to maintain/register and inspect.  Then there is the general clean up so we'll have a place to push the snow.  The tractor needs a gasket which he is having a hard time finding.  Once the garden is taken care of, I will be available to do some of these things myself, but was fighting an infection on one of my fingers last week and it's amazing what you can't do when you have an infection on just one finger.

Some days are like this...

Well, I'm not sure about that... but what I do know is that God is in control, He loves me, He knows my life better than me, He has a plan (sometimes I wish I could see that, but other times I'm thinking it's probably better I don't), and He knows my frame, abilities, knowledge, and strength-limit.  I guess I'd better just trust Him!

He allows us to do what we are physically able to do and will work out all the details.

Have a wonderful day all of you in bloggy land.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

More Harvest and the Cornish Fair


Friday evening after work I went into the garden and picked more beans.  I also knocked loose one of the Spotted Hound winter squash.  I cooked that up on Sunday for the potluck and it was very good though not fully ripe it was sweet and very fleshy.  We have a good number of these on the vines so it looks like there will be plenty of winter squash this year if all goes well.

This weekend we had both grand-boys overnight.  Norman went with us to the Cornish Fair, Brandon being older and wiser decided not to go to the fair, but he came with us afterwards.  

beep beep

Look who's driving!!!  He was tickled to be driving an "off road" vehicle... a vehicle Mommy would like to have I think.  

More fun on the tractors.  This is what Grandpa would like to have sitting in the backyard.  

We had lots of fun at the fair.  I didn't purchase any food there 'cause it was way too expensive, but the animals were lots of fun and we did go on 3 rides... actually Norman went on 3 rides and I went on the big Ferris Wheel with him 'cause that was a little scary.  Then on the way home we stopped at the Meriden Market for some corn dogs and sat on the "bear benches" to eat them up.

After the fair we went home and Grandpa and Brandon went on a bike ride and then swimming in the river, while Norman played in the wading pool and Grandma fixed beans (which I didn't get done since there were literally hundreds of questions to answer).

Grandpa spent a good amount of time at the fair talking with the owner of the pigs.  He has an order in for two next spring.  Another expansion to our little farm.  I think I'd rather dress out a pig than 20 chickens... well, I've never done a pig before, but I've done other large game animals and that doesn't take all day like it does when we butcher chickens and not nearly as messy or smelly.  We'll see what happens with the pigs.  Live and learn is my motto.

Hope you all have a wonderful day in the Lord!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Found this on Facebook... too cute not to share.

Thursday, August 20, 2015


I love this cartoon.  I eat good food, just too much of it.  I heard on the radio that research tells us that if we make commitments to others, or proclaim our goals, it's not so easy to fulfill those goals.  Psychologically we tend to think of them as done if we proclaim them.  I find this is true with long range goals, but I always write down a Saturday list and check things off as I get them done.  I would like to write down a plethora of goals, but am a bit shy of doing that since so many things get in the way of accomplishing them and maybe it's true after all, if I tell people about my goals I may never accomplish them.  I'll just tell you, I have secret goals!  How's that?