Friday, July 15, 2011

Busy Summer Days

I'd have been writing up a storm if I was "bored", but there seem to be no days like these summer days to keep a person busy.  This weekend Brandon (grandson) and I painted the green house to my specifications... red with white trim.  If you do it yourself, you get to choose the colors.  There's always the garden to weed and for some reason, though the plants are sluggish this year, the weeds are flourishing.  We have new fencing to put up for the chicks who needed to get out of the brooding area  and meet the great big world outside. 

On top of all the normal business there has been a little "trama".  Several who are very close to me are going through some deep water.  I don't feel at liberty to share too much.  It makes one stop to think... does God forget us and let us flounder?  NEVER!  Don't ever for even a nanosecond believe that lie.  When trouble comes, that's opportunity to lean on the Lord and He is always there.  I used to think that
the reason God sent trouble was because we had not been faithful in some area, but I no longer think that lie either.  Of course God allows trouble for a reason, but think of Job.  When did trouble hit him? 

Job 1:8
And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

OK, I certainly am not as perfect and upright as Job, but if I were, would I even suspect bad times were on their way?  Well if my thinking were messed up I might think that trouble would never overshadow my doorstep.  That's what Job's friends/wife thought.  "Well Job, what did you do to bring this on yourself? " 
Yes, I deserve all the trouble I get, but even if I were a perfect person, trouble would come as it does to all people.  All people face trouble and if we have trust in God it will cause us to draw even closer to him.  
OK enough about trouble, here's some fun pictures from around the farm.  I don't get to blog much, so there aren't so many pictures this year.  
A friend gave us a goose that was "naughty" terrorizing his wife, kids, and dogs.  So he ended up here...

Brandon's first butchering.  Not sure he was too impressed.
Don't think I'll raise geese for meat... not that great.
The garden had a slow start, but through the past week has recovered quite nicely.  In an earlier blog I posted pictures of the garden, so you can compare if you like. 

This is the shady area.  We have peas, kale, Jacob Cattle beans,
pakchoy (which has bolted due to heat) and a few winter squash in
the front.


This is the top of the garden.  Things grow the best here.  More
Jacob Cattle, tomatoes, and pole beans, and of course more

This is the herb garden from the back, plus lettace, carrots, corn..
I took a picture from the front, but for some reason the camera
didn't save the picture.  It's pretty from the front because
the wild flowers are in bloom right now.
And the chickens are growing like little weeds.  Don't know if you remember the last picture...
Beginning of June.  This was the day after they arrived.  They
have long since graduated from this tiny tub/heat lamp.

These bad boys will be ready for butchering in a month, maybe even
sooner.  They would lay in their feed and eat all day if we let them,
but have been supplementing with fruit and veggies.  Hopefully
the meat will be leaner and they will stay healthier this year.
So far they are doing well and we've lost only one... he got left
out in the cold accidentily when they were just little chicks.


The little Rhode Island Red hens depend on the big boys for warmth
at night.  Even when the temperature dips to 40, this room stays
about 50-60 because of body heat.  It is all opened up during
the day to keep them from cooking in here.  This coop was a camper
trailer that we got for free.  Works very well as a coop for us and
it's moveable.

So that's the news from our neck of the woods.  Glad to be able to let you know we're still alive. 
Hope you all have a great weekend.

1 comment:

  1. I loved catching up with you (and thanx for your continued comments/encouragement over at my blog as you get time to stop by!). I am so glad you're enjoying your grandson - praying for him as he grows in the Lord!!
    Also, thanks for the reminder about our troubles, our THUDS (if you will) ... I found a quote recently that said something like - it didn't matter if life was good or bad -God's will is always GOOD. (It was better than that, but I can't remember it exactly!). Anyway, GOD IS GOOD - better to us than we deserve - and He goes through our trials with us! :)