Friday, December 28, 2012

Just one more photo....

Good family shot... without Mr. D of course.  This was at my work this morning just before Heather left to go back home.

We all had boots and warm clothes 'cause it's a breezy 20 outside and fresh 10" layer of new snow.

Christmas at the Millett Farm


"Millett Farm"... doesn't that sound grand?  Actually it is a beautiful little spot on a hillside overlooking a valley and distant mountains.  I don't want to say that too loud or soon they'll be taxing us for the view, but it really is beautiful.  We get to see some glorious sunsets and though the hills on that side of us are not too large, they look beautiful with their cover of snow.

We had a wonderful, fun Christmas with our family here.  Heather and Brandon came in on the 22nd at 6pm and stayed till this morning at 11am.  They took the train all the way which is a relaxing way to travel these days and not so dependant on good weather like air travel.

Here's a few pictures of our Christmas Day.

Auntie Heather with Norman and his new "hunter's hat".

after dinner treats.... yummy stuff you only have once a year.  Brandon is 11 now, yikes, he's growing old so fast.  Notice the coat.  He was continuously cold though it was warm... bordering on hot with all those bodies in the camper and cooking dinner and all.  Just a little change in climate I guess.  He did spend a lot of time outside in the snow.  They went sledding on our driveway on Thursday.
come on give me a big kiss.  Norman loves his squash.  I think it's his favorite meal.  He had a little cold and was a bit fussy... but not too much.  When they stopped in to my work this morning he was all smiles.  Cutie!
Merry Christmas... a little late... to you all and hope you have a wonderful New Year too. 

just had to add this funny picture... hey Mom... what you doin' to me?
Norman with his "basket hat"... he's a man of many hats.

God bless you at Christmas and always!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012



Link up with Joyce for Hodgepodge Wednesday.....

1. So, when did you last take a walk in the woods? A stroll along the beach? A drive going nowhere in particular in the car?

It's been a while for a "stroll in the woods" or a "stroll along the beach", but I do once in a while take a ride in the car for no particular reason then to get out of the house.  Mr. D and I went to purchase some tires on Saturday and ended up doing just that.  Stopped at a thrift store and spent $.50.  I need to take a stroll in the woods, but probably won't again till spring.  I get home after dark and weekends are way to filled with things that must be done right away.

2. Are you sending Christmas cards this year? About how many do you send? Photo card or something more traditional? How do you display the cards you receive?

Hmmm the $.50 I spent at the thrift store was for a big bag of Christmas cards... all sorts.  I will send some out to friends and family, but don't send too many.  It has become rather expensive to send out cards, so we don't usually send to everyone.  For those who have email I send ecards.  There are some really cute ones with music and all.

3. What's a word you've heard too much of in the past week? 

I can't think of any... probably others have heard too much of the same thing from me.  Since I work in customer service maybe "have a nice day" or "have a wonderful holiday" or words similar to that which I say about 200+/- times per day.

4. December 13th is National Cocoa Day-are you a fan? Plain or flavored? Marshmallows or no marshmallows?

My new favorite Hot Chocolate is "Mint".  I like the one at McD's but also Swiss Miss has just come out with a mint instant hot chocolate and it's yummy too.

5. What is something you do to help alleviate the hectic pace of the Christmas season?
I just keep in mind that my daughter is coming to visit for a week starting the 22nd and that it'll all be over so quickly.  We try to do our shopping over the whole year and not wait till the last minute.  I love perusing through thrift stores looking for treasures.  We recently picked up a little shelf with about 6 drawers.  It's tiny and was dark brown and coming apart, so spent very little on it.  My daughter painted it up white and stenciled some little designs on it.  It is so cute... we're going to fill it with kisses (the chocolate kind).

6. Besides jewelry, what's a favorite sparkly-glittery item in your home or closet?

I'm not a sparkle/glitter girl.  I'm really so very plain, but I recently purchases a couple T shirts that have glitter and have been wearing them quite a bit.  Helps that they fit really good and are comfortable and that I don't have to look at the glitter when I'm wearing them.  :)

7. Share a favorite line or two from any Christmas carol.
Nat King Cole "chestnuts roasting on an open fire...
or Bing Crosby "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas....

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8. Share your own random thoughts...

I've been working on crafts at home.  Finished two big projects this past weekend even though we spent most of the day driving around on errands and such.  I wish I had more space so I wouldn't have to put everything away before I'm all done with my project.  I've learned to adapt, but it hasn't made me very happy **humph**.  I used to have a nice big sewing room where I could leave all my stuff laying about as long as I wanted to.  I'll probably have that room back some day.  It's looking good for next summer.  I'm hoping something will get done then, but not holding my breath in anticipation.

Just think, when we get to Heaven we won't need to worry about any of this we'll just be in the presence of Jesus looking at Him and worshipping Him.  No more scurring about trying to clean, cook, get gifts ready, send letters and cards and all the other things that need to be done around Christmas time... we'll be worshipping the one we celebrate on that day.  I'm looking forward to my home in Heaven and seeing all those who are already there.  Seeing the Christ of Christmas will be the best.  It could be any day now.  What a wonderful thought!

It's all about perspective.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Getting Close to Christmas

I'm afraid to say I haven't done much preparing for Christmas except work on homemade Christmas gifts.   My outside lights are not up.  I haven't done the deep cleaning that needs to be done.  I haven't even caught up with balancing the budget for the last two months.  Thankfully we aren't overdrawn.... yet. 

Normally we spend very little on gifts and many things are handmade or bought at thrift stores or discount stores.  I try to shop a little all year long.  The hard gifts are the ones we have to get for parties that draw names and I don't know who I'll get till the last week or two.  I try to prepare for a man or woman or child, but then the gift never seems quite appropriate.  Maybe you have a hint on how to deal with this as I seem to have problems with it.  Plus, my husband who is totally against giving baked goods with sugar (poison) in them to anyone, will not let me make a batch of cookies for the neighbors or anyone he chooses in a gift exchange. 

I have some plans for the weekend though.  I have a gift for Mr. D's Mom and Dad that I want to finish and then I want to wrap some stuff up so it doesn't get put off till the last minute.  I also want to get the house clean and some small decorations up.   There's only so much you can put up in a camper, but I do have a few little things I like to have there to show it is Christmas.  I'll try to take some pictures over the weekend to add here and a few of little Norman who really isn't so little anymore.

I want to get a picture of him in his Corn outfit "cornboy".  He was just adorable and Joanna has the picture. 

So more to come plus some pictures of stuff I'm working on. 

If I have a Sunday School class next Sunday we are going to work on an "Advent Tree".  The symbols tell a little each day of December about the birth of Christ working up to Christmas Day.  I've looked around for some lesson plans, but haven't found any yet that I'm really happy with, so I'll be teaching my own lessons which I'd like to post here if I have some time to do it... maybe after Christmas.

Hope you all are doing well with your plans for Christ mas.

Friday, November 9, 2012


This weekend we have a "Ladies Retreat" at Fellowship Bible Church.  We're going down this afternoon and spending the night together at a motel... 7 of us.  It'll be lots of fun being together with my "sisters".    I never had a blood sister, but this is better... at least as far as I know it's better.

Looking forward to fun and fellowship.

See ya soon.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pray for the leaders we have chosen.

I may not have voted for those who are in office, but I will be praying for them now.  I do not know the future, but I know who holds the future. 

I Timothy 2:1-3
 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

We need not fear what will happen to this country.  We do, however, have the responsibility to pray for our country and those that govern us. 

Isaiah 41:10
 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

America... the missionfield.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day 2012

I have bumper stickers on my old beat-up Dodge Neon with 300,000 miles... no kidding.

Praying today that the Lord will have His way in this election... well, we know He will so I'm just in agreement with His plan for this country. 

I love America.  I still get a big chill when I hear the National Anthem or see the flag all lit up in the night sky.  I love that this country was founded on Biblical principles. 

Pray with me today.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hodge Podge

Join Joyce at "From This Side of the Pond"  for HodgePodge Wednesday....

1. So, do you like beer?
After living with an alcoholic... no thanks!  Can't even stand the smell.

2. What's your least favorite repetitive task?
Shelling peas or shell beans... especially if there are several bushels to do.

3. When was the last time you rode in a bus? Where was it headed?
I used to ride the bus every day to work.  I'd say it's been about a year since I did that.  It leaves too early... I have to get up at 4:30am to get to the bus stop in time.
4. What song from your childhood or from your own children's childhood could make a parent's nerves stand on end?
I don't mind the Barney song... as long as my grandson doesn't ever see the show.  I guess we must have had some fun songs, 'cause I can't think of one right now that could make my daughter a little nervous.

5. The US Presidential election cycle is drawing to a close (can I get an AMEN??), and the third and final debate was held last night....what was the last thing you 'debated about'?
Hmmmm I try not to debate too often 'cause it comes across as being argumentative.  I think my husband and I had a "mini debate" after the final policital debate on Monday night.  We don't always see eye-to-eye politically.

6. Can a person make too much money? How much is too much?
As long as they are earning their money honestly and have integrity it's all good.  Remember the "love of money" is the root of all evil... not "having money".  It matters more what you do with whatever amount of money you earn and you remember who it is that gave you the ability to earn it.

7. Pop-soda-coke-something else...what's it called where you live?
soda bad stuff

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I have been trying to get some pictures onto my blog... unsuccessfully. 
I can't believe the elections are in 2 weeks.  It's crazy how fast time goes.

Way I'm feeling today.

Friday, October 12, 2012


I took yesterday off work.  Hmmmm could have been snuggled in a comfy chair reading a book and sipping hot tea... could have been shopping with friends or spending time with my huggable/kissable grandson... but instead of all those things on one of my precious vacation days I am tromping through mud and guts getting chicken ready to put in the freezer.  I am not bitter.  I am not even unhappy about this... what kind of person have I become that I would probably rather do this than any of the above things except of course snuggling with that huggable baby boy.  Well, for one thing we put 214 1/2 lbs of meat into the freezer yesterday.  We haven't even started butchering the 20+/- ducks that still need to be done.  It makes my heart glad to get that job done.  We're about 1/2 way through harvesting/butchering season so I will probably have one more muddy/gutty day to go. 

Pictures to come.

God is good!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hodge Podge

1. It's a brand new month...share one thing you're looking forward to in October.
I just don't like to think about winter, so October is the last month I get to enjoy a little of the garden... just picked another basket of paste tomatoes and a few green bean stragglers and some kale which is very yummy now after the 2 frosts we've had.  This will be the end though.  I don't expect we'll be able to go too much further without a deep frost and then it will be time to turn the garden over to the chickens who will lay waste to any remaining green parts.  Right now the leaves are all the beautiful shades of red, yellow, orange and maroon.  Even on the many rainy days of fall the sky seems sunny because of their warm colors.  I like that part of October.  This fall seems to be milder than most, so we haven't had to turn on the heat at all.  I do like fall, I just don't want to think about winter right now.

2. Is chivalry dead? Explain.   Many people today are quite "self absorbed" thinking only of what will make their life better with little regard to others.  I blame the way they were educated, and I don't expect their thoughts will change.  There are still many who have been taught to respect others by their parents and grandparents.  There are young people in the community where I live who will still open the door for a lady and who will offer to help without being prompted to do so.  I don't think chivalry is dead... it may be dying, but with good training I pray it will not.

3. On October 2, 1950 the Peanuts comic strip made its debut. Which character is your favorite? Which character is most like you? (Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Snoopy, Woodstock, or Pig Pen)  I guess if I was going to identify with any of them it would be "Peppermint Patty" .  She was the "tomboy" of the bunch and was a little bossy, which I can be.  She also wore sandals which I do most of the year.... at least till it gets too cold.  Gotta love the Teva's
4. What's something you're competitive about?  I am not outwardly competitive, but inwardly it really irks me to lose.  On cold winter nights, Mr. D and I will play card games, especially the Monopoly card game, and I hate to lose, but I don't let on that I'm unhappy.  I wonder why I do that?  Hmmm not sure.
5. October is National Popcorn Popping Month...are you a fan? How do you like your popcorn?
I eat popcorn nearly every weekend and take the leftovers to work with me... evidenced by the popcorn under my desk.  I recently started making "kale chips" which are rivaling the popcorn right now.  They are addicting.  I make popcorn on the stove in my 2 qt sauce pan.  A little canola oil in the bottom of the pot and then some kernels.  Heat them on high shaking the pot till popping stops or pops are 5 seconds apart approx.  Put the popped corn into a large bowl and salt immediately.  That's it... no butter.  It's pretty good!

Kale chips are easy peasy too.  Rinse and take main rib out of the leaves.  Cut into 1" pieces or rip the leave... not too small.  Let them drip off extra water or put them in a salad spinner.  Lay onto a baking sheet sprinkle with olive oil and sea salt and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until crisp.  These can be a little messy to eat, but on the weekend who cares if I have a little kale chip stuck in my teeth.

6. When did you first realize the world is small?  I guess with the coming of the internet the world became a lot smaller to me.  I haven't traveled much, but I do get to write to my family members who live all over the world instantly with the internet.  I still know that the world is big though because I haven't visited face to face with my family in a long time.  We write and exchange pictures, but have not had the money or the time to travel to see them.  My daughter comes here a couple times/year to visit and grandson Brandon comes to spend the summer with us.  I'd like to get to see my brother and family in SC sometime.  When I was younger, I traveled all the time, but now not so much.
7. In terms of architecture, what's the most beautiful building you've seen up close and in person?  I think the most impressive building I've ever been to is the US Capitol in DC.  I love all the white marble and the sculpture, the paintings, the history.  I like all that stuff.  Now you need to have special clearance to even go up the steps of the capitol, but when I was younger you could go in and tour with a group anytime you visited our nation's capital.
8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Joanna and I at the ladies retreat at
The Wilds of New England. 
 I've been so happy to be able to spend
time with my daughter this past year. 
 And to see her little boy Norman
daily as he grows and does new
things all the time.  I miss Heather
and Brandon and wish
they were living close by too.


Friday, September 21, 2012

Few new pictures and garden harvest

Hello ya'll.  I just want to update anyone who still looks in here now and then.  It's been a very busy summer and now things are beginning to slow a little.  The harvest is in, though not all processed yet and I'm getting ready to turn under the garden and soon we'll be butchering the chickens and ducks and putting them in the freezer too.  I need to clean out two freezers that got a little frosty over the summer too.

So here's a couple pictures my sister-in-love took at a recent family gathering... she put them into this cute frame for me  She's so good at picking out colors.

He's got the "poochie lip" down to a science, though he wasn't unhappy at all that day.  He just likes to look at everything and scrutinize.  The gentleman holding him was so happy we brought him to the reunion.  I was happy we brought him too.  His Mom was hiking that day.  She took an overnight break and Grandma and Grandpa had a fun couple of days with Norman.

I like this picture too:

Hey, Norman, you aren't supposed to stick your tongue out!
His new trick is shaking his head "no" and giving us the "raspberry". Love that little guy.


We had a good harvest by the grace of God this year.  Mr. D had no time to work in the garden, he was working on vehicles and getting ready to start construction, so it was up to me... actually I think he was able to put in an hour or two at the first.  We cut the garden size down using only about 1/3 of the space we normally do and the chickens had free range of the rest.  We didn't plant any winter squash like we usually do and I was able to plant some things 2 weeks early because of the strange weather we had this spring. 

I planted Jacob Cattle beans.  = 1 bushel  (plants were attacked by a white mold.. I sprayed with a combination of milk, baking soda, and dish soap and this helped save some of the crop)

Straight 8, and pickling cucumbers = we ate quite a few and put up 7 quarts of dill pickle slices from the rest (again these were attacked by powdery mildew... used the milk treatment on them too... wasn't as successful with the beans).

Amish paste tomatoes = good crop, very little rot, vines got heavy and toppled the tomato cages... picked 1/2 bushel twice off 4 plants.

Jet Star tomatoes = good crop, very little rot,  treated all the tomatoes with calcium chloride from "Gardens Alive" to control bottom rot which has been a plague in our tomatoes for two years prior.. picked 1 full bushel from 6 plants.

We aren't done picking tomatoes yet.  We also have many green tomatoes which I think I'll use to make a little green tomatoe relish and fry some up (fried green tomatoes.... mmmmm).

Romano Pole Beans =  I was able to plant 2 weeks early due to warmer than usual spring temperatures... we ate many meals off these plants and then picked 1 full bushel which I was able to process and freeze for winter.

Ruth Bible Beans = didn't do too well this year, but probably because I didn't plant many seeds and they were not in an ideal location this year.  We did, however, get a good amount for eating throughout the summer along with a few (very few) asparagus beans (won't do that again).

Norman enjoying one of our only funky looking asparagus beans.

Gnuddel Beans = I think we rec'd about 8 seeds and from those we got about 1 quart of shell beans.  I packaged them in small amounts to add to soups and stews.  I don't think I let them go long enough, so probably won't plant again.  They need to longer a growing season than we can provide.

Kale = lots... will probably harvest this week since we just had our first good frost and kale is sweeter after first frost and so good in soups and this year we decided it was an excellent pizza topper.

Peas = were done quite early this year because of the heat.  We had a few good meals of peas.  I will not plant the shell peas again - just the edible pod.  It's too much work for so little produce.  With the garden being so small it just isn't practical.  When we have a bigger garden, I will maybe grow shell peas.

Strawberries = did poorly this year.  Rain came just at harvest time, so we lost a lot to mold and I transplanted this year, so next year may be a little better if I can keep up with the weeds.

Zuchini = all the plants I started early died right away, so I bought one at the greenhouse and it did well   Though it also got some powdery mildew on its leaves, the plant was very healthy and strong and just kept growing.  We got several nice squash to enjoy and I think if the weather holds we'll get a few more.

So the garden is not completely put to bed yet.  I want to turn the soil and burn all stubble to help prevent powdery mildew next year and get some neem to help keep the fungus down and some milky spore to help fight grubs and japanese beetles next year.  

Over all we are very pleased with how the garden produced despite spending very little time there.  I let the flower beds go this year in favor of veggies.  I wish I had more time, but I am where God put me at this time in my life, so I'm happy.  I can honestly say there are days I'd prefer not to make that trip to Hartford,  but then I remember there are so many folks looking for work.  I am thankful to have a job.

God is good!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

1. Aloha! On August 21, 1959 Hawaii officially became a US state. Have you ever been? Upon arrival would you prefer an orchid or a hibiscus to tuck behind your ear?  No, I've never been to Hawaii.  I'd like to travel someday.  I'd like to see other places, Hawaii being one of them.  It's one of those dreams that I have a feeling will never come true, but my real home is in Heaven and I'll be content to go there.  I'm a flower fanatic, so either one would be just great but the orchid would probably last longer.

2. Since we're talking tropical...what's your favorite food or beverage made with pineapple?  Mmmmm I like pineapple.  I like fruit cake, but only if it has big chunks of pineapple.  I like pineapple coolers... chunks of ice (I brake mine up with a rolling pin - no wonder my pie crust has divits), plain yogurt (if you feel especially "sinful" get the whole milk yogurt), and crushed pineapple in a blender... I have an immersion type blender, so there is very little clean-up and lots of enjoyment.  I do like pineapple, but wild blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are even "yummier"!
some fresh wild blackberries and raspberries from around our property

3. Do you believe in soul mates? Explain.I'm assuming you mean as a mate for life kind of "soul mate" as opposed to a "kindred spirit".  I think there is the mate that God has chosen, but if you don't get it right, God can cause love to grow.  We often don't get it right in life and God comes to our rescue over and over.  If we wait on His guidance in our lives we will be in the right place at the right time.  If not we must settle for what we have and what we have can be sweet if we look to Jesus.

So I guess the answer is "yes", I believe there is a perfect mate if God intends for there to be a mate.

4. Share a memory about the house you grew up in. My brother and I grew up in a lot of different houses.  I guess the one I remember most vividly is a small trailer we had in Maine.  My brother probably remembers it better since he's 4 years older than me.  This was a trailer smaller than many modern camper trailers, in fact it was about the same size as the camper I live in right now.  The back room was divided in two with a partition.  My brother had one side and I had the other.  We both had a small closet with drawers under that my father had added.  My parents slept on a hide-a-bed in the front of the trailer.  It was VERY small, no indoor plumbing and wood heat, but it was also a wonderful home with lots of love.  I especially remember Christmases there.  My father loved to tease us about Santa Claus and we always got big boxes from our relatives far away.  My grandmother would sent the most delicious fruit cake (with whole cherries and big chunks of pineapple) all the way from Bellingham, WA to Alexandar, ME... check out a map... that about as far away as you can go east to west and still be in the USA.

5. Are you comfortable with silence? Yes!  I love it when I can think quietly or read quietly.  There are other times when I like noise.

6. You spot a giant spider on your bedroom wall...what's your next move? (all spiders are giant, right?) Funny you should ask... we have an abundance of giant barn spiders... I mean giant.  They live around our camper door and entry way and kill a huge number of flies and moths.  So I keep them.  I should name them since I talk to them frequently and tell them they better get busy reducing the fly population or their lives are in danger.

7. My idea of fun does NOT include the normal stuff that people think of as fun.  I would prefer to take a hike in the woods than go shopping.  I would prefer to spend time in the garden pulling weeds or picking veggies.  I would prefer to watch the ducks swimming in the pond and interacting or sit with a good book or do some cross stitch or sewing.  Those are my idea of fun.  I don't like to spend money at an amusement park, or go to a crowded place with lots of loud music etc.

8. Insert your own random thought here. I had a really grumpy night Monday night.  It was hot in the house and because of Mr. D's allergies we had to close up the house early in the evening.  I had not done all my cleaning on Saturday because of the "chicken swap" that ended up with no sales.  I can't believe no one wanted those beautiful Muscovy ducks.  We have 24 of them that hatched this spring and no one wants any of them which means we will be feeding them until butchering time and then have to kill them all **sniff** 

my sweetie at the "chicken swap" with all our little ducks

Then I thought how foolish it was to be ugly like that in my heart.  Think of all the blessings I have.  I have a wonderful husband who puts up with me when I'm grumpy and shouldn't have to.  I have a beautiful daughter living right next door with my very cute grandson (4 months old) who had for the past two weeks washed all my laundry and hung it out for me in the sun.  God had given us a beautiful piece of property to live on and a night sky filled with a "gazillion" stars.  I have so many blessings I don't even have time to list them all or do I have the space here or anywhere for that matter. 
Norman James Peel,  4 mos, 6 days

My grumpy evening was short-lived.  I would like to abolish all grumpiness but it seems to gradually creep up on me.  It's not invited and when it arrives I kick it out right away, but the damage it can do in that very short period of time is phenominal.

I would like to say "never again", but that would not be true.  I will strive for that though.

Hope you all have a wonderful day... no grumpiness allowed!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Tour of the "Blogosphere"

Had a little time today to swing around the blogosphere.  It's great to see you are all busy and happy and productive and it's great to drop in and visit for a couple minutes from Australia, to Pennylvania, to Kansas, to Missouri, and back to New Hampshire.  Isn't it amazing?  What a difference from just a few years back when the only way to communicate economically was to mail a letter.  It took some time to write the letter and then to get it from the desk to the mailbox with postage, then sometimes you'd get a return letter, sometimes not. 

I went to visit my friend Sharmayne from Australia.  It's fun to see the changing seasons for her.  Right now she's in the midst of the winter season and we're in the midst of summer.  She makes soaps and is very talented with yarn.  Stop in and see some of her handiwork.  She also sells her soap, but not sure what the postage would be like to get it to the states.  Unfortunately the internet has it's limitations.

Then there's my blogging friend Gina from Pennsylvania  who is also very talented and a great mom with a wonderful family who all get together for fun events like butchering, canning, and just plain good fun.  Her latest post was about their new chickens.  We have that in common and gardening... I love to hear about her garden.  She also has the most adorable children.  Gina's a reader, who often gives book reviews.  I've ordered a few of the books she has recommended.

Then I get to visit with my friend Connie from Missouri.  She has such encouraging posts.  It's fun to get those in my email box nearly every day.  She also has a wonderful family with three adorable children.  She will be homeschooling this year, so pray for her as she takes this on as well as caring for a toddler.  Lots of you moms out there know what that's going to be like.
She shared this gem the other day and it made me laugh outloud!!!

Then there's my Kansas buddy Linda who is the bestest cooker.  I love to hear about her yummy recipes and what a talent she is with a needle in hand.  She lives on a farm with horses, sheep, chickens and kitties.  I also get her posts via email and it's always such an encouragement to hear all about her family and job and farm life and crafts and cooking adventures.  Hey, Linda, do any of your recipes fail???

Finally back home to our "neck of the woods".  I love my friend Mrs. T's  blog.  She always has something encouraging to say in her posts.  She puts me to shame with my measily few posts over this past year.  She also has many adventures and many yummy recipes to share.  Even though I get to see Mrs T often and get to taste some of those yummy recipes, I still like reading her blog when I have opportunity.

You all encourage me and inspire me to get going and get things done and get creative.  Love ya all even if I don't comment all the time... I'm lurking. 

This is only a sampling of the blogs that I visit, but ones I highly recommend for others to read and follow as well.  If I could give them all an award, I would.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hello From the Millett Farm

The garden is growing and producing and we are thankful.  We've had beans, peas, and cucumber so far, but lots more on the way.  Joanna's nasturtium are drawing in the hummingbirds and the sunflowers are drawing in the bumblebees.  My grandson was here through the month of July and we had loads of fun and he was able to go to camp at The Wilds of New England for two weeks through the grace of God.  We sent him home exhausted and in the middle of a crazy rain storm. 

It has been a great summer so far with many blessings and work to do.  My job has been extremely busy... good for job security, but exhausting too.  We've been enjoying the new deck and the outdoor fireplace.  We've had numerous visit from bear but not pictures since they like to visit at night and no one wants to go be too friendly with them. 

The 28 little ducklings are growing up and now go out and enjoying the duck yard.  Here they are going on a "playdate" under all the momma's watchful eyes.  They really didn't want me out there taking pictures of them. 

Our meat birds are getting "meaty".  I gotta get busy and use up last year's chickens before we put in this years.  Won't be long till butchering day arrives.  They seem to be quite healthy.
They are "waddling" well. - * 3steps, plop * 3 steps, plop* -  That's how they get around.

More pictures later so that you can see more of what's happening on the farm.

Just a word about the grace of God. I Corinthians 12:9 "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness."  God's grace is something I do not deserve and certainly is not something I can earn.  In fact the more I lean on the Lord, the more grace he shows.  The more I try to do things on my own the more challenging life becomes.  I know in my head that God has my times in his hands and that the more time I spend with Him the more precious He is to me, but life just seems to crowd out these thoughts and I find myself floundering, like Peter on the stormy sea.  I wonder what I'm going to do about this or that and don't think so much about when I'll get to spend some more time with God in prayer or in the Word.  God seems to always catch me when I'm falling and bring me back to that place where I am listening to Him again.  Oh foolish human that I am.  When will I ever learn that without God I can do nothing.  Unless He is the builder there is no soundness to the structure.  Unless I abide in Him my life will be fruitless.  I wonder how many others struggle with this very thing.  I'm sure there are other's out there who get into this vicious cycle.  If you have any helpful hints, let me know.  

It's a beautiful sunny day out there today.  Even though I woke up with a terrific headache, the pain is easing up and I'm at work with a full staff today, so it won't be too crazy.  God is good to me again.

Have a great day! 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Isaiah 61

Wow... it's been a month since I wrote anything here on this blog.  I want you all to know that it is not because I'm loosing interest.  I want to post more often.  There are too few minutes in the day and far more pressing issues.  I know you all understand where I'm coming from.  I love you all and have been keeping up "sort of" with you all and praying for you all too.

Just thought you'd enjoy and little New Hampshire "GREEN" today.  My garden is coming right along, though it is about 1/3 the size of past years.  The reason for that is we will be filling in the back end to level it off and Mr. D thinks that may happen this summer sometime.  So... the chickens have full reign over 2/3 of our garden space eating weeds and bugs and not really doing that good of a job, I might add.  They have cleared about 1/2 of the unused space and the other 1/2 is thick with weeds.

What I did plant this year is thriving thus far.  We've had perfect growing weather so far.  A little rain, a little sun/heat.

I was reminded of a passage of scripture which I have used for the title of this post.  The whole chapter is lovely, but I thought of verse 11:

"For as the earth brings forth its bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations"

The tomatoes, Jet Star, and Amish Paste

Jacob Cattle beans for shell and dry beans

The strawberries:  these are the June bearers which I replanted into rows this year after they had berries.  I will be mulching these after they are done spreading their daughters.

The peas, haven't harvested any yest, but they've gone way past their fencing and are loaded with blossoms and small pods.  Soon we'll have some fresh peas.

Finally going to have a blueberry crop.  This is year 3 for these 6 new bushes.  When we moved we had to leave behind our beautiful blueberry bushes.  It was VERY sad, but the new ones are starting to produce now.  Thank you Lord.

Parsnips gone wild.  I have never had parsnips to this (biennial), But they won't be harvested till next spring anyway.  Hope they're not too woody.


wildflowers that came back from seed... 1/2 are in the chicken yard and 1/2 in the herb garden.  We'll see how many survive after construction ends.

One side of the greenhouse.  Got some little stars from the craft store and this is my favorite combination of flowers for the window box.  I plant these every year.  One 6 pack of each will do 2 boxes, so VERY economical.

This is the sign Joanna made for me a couple years ago.  The little birdhouse in the window box is supposed to be attached to the branch of the tree, but it came off and I haven't reattached it yet. 
Happy July from the Millett Farm.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Just a short post...

check this out.  Fledging Red Tailed Hawks at Cornell.... live feed.  Might take a little time to start the live feed, but very interesting.  One took off this morning and is perched in some nearby oak trees.  Another is about to fly... sitting on an outside ledge.  Another is still in the nest eating meals that the mother is bringing.

Check it out if you can.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I'm going to do it!  Hodge Podge Wednesday and it's actually Wednesday.  I usually don't even get to read these till Thursday or Friday, but this week sounded like interesting questions.  I'm linking up to Conny's blog  and to Joyce's blog and will share my humble opinions:

1. My daughter2 is graduating from university this month and plans to teach elementary school. What are three qualities you most want to see evidenced in a teacher? 

I was a teacher at several different Christian schools for 15+ years, not counting the years I went to school and did student teaching.   I think a teacher should always seek to grow and update their own education.  They will be able to relate to what's going on in the world of the children they are responsible for.  Lead by example.  Always be ready to answer lots of questions and ask questions that will promote thoughtful answers.  Follow Christ's examples when He taught.  I had the privilege of teaching science and math in the 7th - 12th grades.  I wish often that I was still teaching.  My career change was based on our financial need more than anything else.
2. You can tell a lot about a person by_____________________.

... the way they treat others and how they react under stress.  ...for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.  Luke 6:45

3. What song makes you think spring?

Vivaldi - "Spring"  from "The Four Seasons" 

4. May 1st is Mother Goose Day...share your favorite nursery rhyme.

Who on earth comes up with this "Mother Goose Day"... I was never really that fond of "Mother Goose" stories.  I was more of a Dr Seuss kinda mom.  My girls remember those stories well and "The Hungry Thing".  I like SOME of the old Mother Goose illustrations though but others are just scary.

like this one is so warm and inviting...

but others are like this...  whoever came up with this evil looking Humpty Dumpty?  Yikes!

5. What makes someone unforgettable?

I'm sorry to say that I most often remember those who were hurtful.  I don't mean to do that and usually wish I could just forget, but those memories stick.  I do remember many who have been helpful and kind or just fun to be around.
6. Should music and/or art be part of a well rounded education?

Absolutely!!!  It has been studied and found that learning to read music or play an instrument excel in other academic areas as well.  My daughter the artist has a better frame of mind when she is doing art or creating.  She is more relaxed and easy going.  When she is kept from her creativity by work or other stuff going on in her life, she can get depressed and anxious.  I think some people are just hard-wired that way.
7. What social situations make you flustered or nervous?

I get really nervous and/or embarrassed when receiving recognition for something I've done whether it is good or bad.  I've been in both situations.  I don't like to go to the hairdressers, 'cause the focus is on me.  I don't like "awards" where the focus is on me.  I've been asked to speak at certain times and even though I spent all those years teaching and loved it so, I still get almost sick to my stomach when I have to get up in front of my peers.  It is getting better as I get older, but still panics me.
8. Insert your own random thought here.

My random thoughts at this time are really in the forms of prayers.  Prayers for a young girl who is practically homeless and I have no way of helping, prayers for a friend who just had surgery on her throat and I can't go visit till Thursday, prayers for my daughters and their boys, prayers for our house that it will somehow get together before next winter and I won't have to live in a camper unless I want to actually go camping.  My mind is flooded with thoughts, but no answers, so I just pray about them.  What else is there to do?  I'm waiting for clear direction which I know will come eventually, but the waiting is not fun.