Wednesday, January 24, 2018


From this Side of the Pond

Connect to  This Side of the Pond and join in for this Hodgepodge.
1. January 24th is National Compliment Day. Is it easy or not so easy for you to accept a compliment? Share a recent compliment you've given or received.
As dumb as it is, I have a hard time with compliments.  I try to do what I do for God's glory and when people compliment me I don't really feel worthy, but I can usually mutter a thank you anyway.  It's something I've always struggled with.  Secretly though it does feel good to get a compliment.  I love giving compliments, but have a hard time accepting them from others.  Hmmmm.... another thing I need to work on.

2. Ten little things you are loving right now.
The sunshine today, the beautiful Amarylis that is blooming in my office, thoughts of spring and planting season, my family and my wonderful sweet and loving husband, good talks with my daughter and spending time with the grandboy on Fridays, getting all the crud out of my backpack... it was getting oppressive in there, finally having a regular quiet time by cutting back on my schedule a bit (praying for continued good health so I can continue doing this), not sure that this is little, but the peace of knowing the Lord is there all the time.
warmer weather is coming

3. Would people describe you as a positive person? Do you see yourself that way? 
I think I'm a positive person.  I find it harder in the winter to be positive when vehicles are breaking down and the weather is grey and nasty, but there is always something to be positive about... spring IS on the way.  I'm not sure if other people see me that way, but it is that way inside.

I read here  a list/description of eight things positive people do differently-
Positive people find something to look forward to every day, they celebrate the small stuff, they're kind, they stay busy, accept responsibility for their actions, forgive themselves, know when to move on, and resist comparisons

I would say that most of these are true of me.  I'm not sure of the "resist comparisons" thing.  I don't compare myself with others very often but once in a while I do.  There are times when I just sit and think... not busy ALL the time.  Forgiving myself is difficult too sometimes. 

Which action on the list would you say you do regularly? Which action could you add to your life to give you a more positive outlook? If you're a positive person, what's something you do regularly that's not on the list?
I regularly look forward to another day.  I definitely celebrate the small stuff.  I think I am kind to others.  I take responsibility for my actions.  I forgive others, but have a hard time forgiving myself.  I tend to move on when life is difficult and I try to not compare myself with others so I'm sure that is an area that needs work.

4. Homemade chicken soup, beef stew, or a bowl of chili...what's your pleasure on a cold winter's day?

I am fond of homemade chicken or turkey soup with lots of veggies.  I don't add rice or noodles since Mr. D can't eat them, but soup and biscuits is a favorite of mine and we have PLENTY of chicken!!!

5. The best part of my day is....

I'm a morning person and always have been.  Mr. D likes to sleep in a bit 'cause he has a hard time sleeping through the night, so I can get up early and have the place to myself for a bit before he gets up and presents me his list of stuff he wants me to do. 

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Randomly thinking about elections coming up in March and praying that I have a job still.  It's going to be tough dealing with this every 3 years knowing that you may not have a job if you aren't elected.  I am enjoying my position, but realistically I need to prepare in case I need to suddenly look for a new position.  I'm hoping all goes well this year as I really don't have anything to fall back on currently. 

We had to say goodbye to our little Spotty last week.  She has been a regular part of our lives for 11 years and we will miss he VERY much.  She had breast cancer and it got to the point where she had trouble walking and eating and moving around to get comfortable, so we knew it was time.  This picture was taken only minutes before the vet put her down.  She was a good dog!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A taste of summer. It really does warm up around here.

Little Spotty enjoying a pleasant walk to the garden.  She loves going there and laying in the cool dirt while I weed.

It's a little walk down the hill/driveway.  I've always liked the view down our driveway.

corn and zucchini
same plants after a week or so.

Beets, summer squash and pole beans in the background
the winter squash.  The culvert in the background will one day be our root cellar.

looking up the driveway from the garden, the summer squash in the foreground with netting over the blueberries.

We have plenty of volunteer berries, blackberries and raspberries all around the property.  They make yummy muffins and pancakes in the mid winter like today when the weather is brutal.
The Hollyhocks were nonstop this year.  These came up from last year and last year they were white, this year pink, not sure what will happen next year.  I loved these reddish pink ones.  I would have preferred them to be the double variety, but they were beautiful and lasted well into fall.

A few straw flowers.  I dried some of these to use in winter.  They are odd little flowers that feel stiff even when they are in full bloom and dry beautifully.

OK... that was my little fix of warm to get me through the rest of the winter. 

I am so thankful that we had such a good harvest this year.  Our freezer was full.  Now that Mr. D cannot pick up veggies, at least not at this time, we are enjoying what we have stored.  God has surely given us plenty.  We can plant our hearts out and strive to make things grow, but God is the only one that can make these plants produce the way he has.  I'm waiting patiently to get my hands into the warm earth again.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Tooo much cold

I am no fan of winter.  Most people who know me realize this.  I think it's from when I was a wee person in Maine.  I just don't like shivering and teeth chattering weather.  We've had a string of days now with temps below 0 deg F.  It's supposed to get to 23 tomorrow which is going to feel like a heat wave.  But alas it's going to take a dive again into the negative digits...

Of course every time it warms a bit, that means it will snow.  We've already accumulated 24" at our place and much more in other places around the state. 

All right.. I'll stop complaining now.  It is beautiful.  Christmas Day on the way to Heather's it looked like a Christmas card with all the fresh snow from that morning. 

We had a wonderful Christmas with family.  I cooked up a turkey that had been given to Jason and it was 26 pounds of yum.  We had the Christmas story by Joanna and Doug and then opening presents which took a long time with all the Ooohs and Ahhhs.  It's so good to have all the family together. 

Not the best picture.  I was trying to figure out why Mr. D was leaning over without turning away and yes, Brandon is taller than all of us now. This may be the last Christmas for Spot as the cancer is getting much worse. 

You can actually see the growth on her belly.  She's still active and on a special diet, but today I noticed she was having trouble walking.  I think it is not good to let her suffer, but it's Mr. D's call as she is his dog in every way.

I'll download some summer pictures next time so you can see that it is not always cold here.  It will warm me up too.  I gotta go now.

Happy New Year 2018 to all of my bloggy friends.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Just a normal everyday Monday

It's been busy, I'll not contest that, but it has been a normal Monday in many ways.  I've decided to cut the swim classes for the Month of December because it will be quite busy at work and at home and I don't want to be a skipper... class skip-er that is.  I enjoy the classes and I do believe it is helping the knee with flexibility.  I will go back once the holidays calm down and things get a bit more normal.  Hmmm wonder if that will ever happen.

I spent the evening with Norman last Friday and we baked up a storm.  We just finished and cleaned up the kitchen when Joanna came back.  I didn't really get much of a chance to snuggle with him, but it was a great evening and we made some good goodies. 

God has been working in my heart and I'm not restful right now, but I'll fill you in when I figure it out and can share something a bit more positive. 

Hope you all have a great week!

Monday, November 20, 2017

A Whole Year Has Passed

I can't believe it has been a year since I posted anything on this blog.
We've said goodbye to many friends who are now in Heaven

We miss our good friends

Chet Ireland (I don't have a picture)

Eugene Page
Kae Page
Esther Ward

Ken Ward

Pam Ferriere

They are all residents of Heaven now.  We miss them very much, but don't wish them back.  They are enjoying being with their Lord and Savior who loved them and gave his life for them. 

It just doesn't seem possible that they are gone.  I keep thinking of things I wanted to say to them or do with them.  We were going to ask Kae to accompany us to Polly's Pancakes and of course we would have invited Pam as well as Esther.  I drove by Kae and Eugene's house the other day and thought it looked so deserted and empty.  I drive by Ken and Esther's house nearly every day and it still has a trailer parked in back where they had been going through the stuff in the house so they'd be able take things to Florida.  It's lonely on this planet.  I do long so much for Heaven, but I have many friends and family here and the Lord still has much for me to do, so I'm here for as long as He wants me here and I'll try my best to do what He wants me to do. 

All is well on the Millett Farm.  We did not raise pigs this year.  We have no ducks since a mink wiped them out last year, but the garden was wonderful and we have 25 new laying hens who have been laying all fall.  We butchered 15 meat birds this year, so the freezer is quite full. 

My grandsons are growing up so quickly... it's hard to keep up with what is happening in their lives.  Norman, who is 5 now just started kindergarten.  I asked him what he liked most.  He said he like to go to the library, playing in the gym and the bus ride to school.  We went Christmas shopping for his Mom last Friday and he had a hard time thinking of something she would like, but he saw lots of toys.  I'll take Brandon shopping later probably.  It's a yearly tradition.  Brandon will be taking drivers education next semester in school and then he'll get his license and he and his mom have already been talking about getting him a car.  Yikes.  The good thing is that when he's driving, he'll be able to come over to church when he wants and has the time.  He'll also be able to come visit us when he wants.  I'm sure he'll then need to get a job on top of his homework and all, so he probably won't have a lot of time to just visit. 

Our little dog, Spot, has cancer and it is progressing quite rapidly.  We hate to see her go, but we don't want her to suffer either, so when we think it has come to the point that she needs to go, we'll be taking her to be put down.  She has been a good pup and we will miss her.  We are already looking around for a new pup.  There are a few at the VT Dog Rescue we'd be interested in, but haven't heard back from them about our application. 
Spot as a puppy back in 2006

 and then Spot today.  She's getting a little grey.  The scar is from her being run over by a truck back in 2010 or 2011.. I can't remember exactly.  We thought we were going to loose her then.  She was a trooper.
The puppies were are looking at look a lot like her, so I think they must be Rat Terriers for the most part.  Mr. D is wondering how it will be raising a pup in a camper.  Spot had boundless energy when she was young... actually she still has plenty of energy doing her little dance to let us know she's hungry or needs to go out.  It will be an adventure. 

  We're heading to Maine for Thanksgiving this year... 
from last year...

It will be good to get away for a couple of days and see family.  We thought maybe one of the girls would be going with us, but she is helping a friend plan for her wedding, so we'll be on our own. 

Lots happened this year....  here's a glimpse
summer kyaking
trip to the beach

Stanley and his "mom"

shop king

visit to SC - Fuddruckers

quiet afternoon in the rocking chairs... southern tradition

last Christmas (2017) the fam

the eclipse in SC

Norms and Mom... camping again

dem dogs is wiped out

Best event of the whole year.  Brandon was able to lead Norman to the Lord during a rainy camping trip in VT.  We are all so happy!!!

not sure I'd dare to go zip lining, but these crazy people did.

sportin' his Fuddruckers hat

Second most wonderful thing that happened this year... I was able to go see my Brother and Sister in Love in SC.  It was sooooo good to see them!!!

He said he was a "mixed up chameleon"

Norms lovin on his mommy.

fall camping.... not me

pumpkin carvin'

Brandon's original design... ahem...

punkin' head

And that pretty much wraps it up... we had a good year.  God is good always.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas too.

I know it's been ages since I've blogged.  I seem to have a bit more time now so we'll see how it goes.  My job keeps me busy but now that the harvest is in I seem to have a bit more time.  I am happy to say that the freezers are full to the brim.  We butchered two pigs and eleven meat birds this year. 

This was the sow and also the first time we ever butchered a pig.  We tried to singe the hair since we didn't have means to dunk her in hot water and scrape her.  Finally we gave up and skinned her, which we decided that we would do for the second pig while it was hanging.  It took the two of us quite a while to do the skinning.  This pig was around 500 lbs and yielded about 350 lbs of meat.  I deboned the shoulder and the hind portion due to freezer space.  I packaged most of the meat in 3-4 lb portions so it is easy to grab a package and thaw and cook it in less time.  If we have company we can always grab a few packages.  I froze the bacon slabs and packages of sausage scraps for when I have more time to work on them.  I've never cured or smoked meat either, so that will be another learning curve for us.

This is pig number two, the boar.  He was a bit smaller and yielded about 260 lbs of meat.  This whole process went a lot smoother as we skinned him while he was hanging.  I don't think we'll do another pig for a few years as it is quite a labor intensive process feeding and processing them.  And to tell you the truth we probably won't need to do another for a few years judging from the amount of meat in the freezer.

We moved all the vegetables that I put up this summer into the upright freezer which now is completely full of squash, green beans, beets, peppers, mushrooms (precooked), Brussel sprouts, and various other veggies.  The chest freezer is nearly full of meat and various berries.. blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.  We took the flour out, but I think I may put it back in as there is room for it.  Mr. D was able to purchase many five pound bags for 1.99 and .99 each  at the discount food store, so we stocked up.

Mr. D and I took a day off and went to Maine for Thanksgiving.  It was a much needed break and good time together with all of his siblings and their spouses and Mom and Dad.  They took this picture just as we were getting ready to leave for home.  It was a stormy night and I had to go about 30 mph all the way home. 

Updated pictures of the Grandboys.  Handsome creatures.  I love them to pieces.  Brandon is even taller now as is Norman.  I hope to get some new pictures at Christmastime.   

We thank the Lord who has given us blessings beyond measure. 

Pray you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and will be blessed this Christmas.

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.