Wednesday, October 24, 2012
These are pictures of my daughter and her boyfriend when they went to homecoming. I cannot believe she is so grown up. We have a very good relationship and I am so proud of the young lady she is becoming. I don't know if she realizes it or not but I could not be more proud to be her mother.
Another thing that has been keeping us busy is we have to make 1 or 2 trips a week to Wexford to see the pain doctor for Doug's back. I pray that they are able to heal him and he will be without pain soon. He has been suffering for 5 years now and I want so much for it to end for him. I would also imagine that he would really like to have the pain go away also.
Lately I have also been getting away from eating my natural foods and using herbal remedies and wow have I been paying for it. My body must have liked how it was then because it sure is protesting now so I have decided that right now is a great time to getting back to that. I just love that little cast iron tea kettle in this picture sitting beside the crystal mug my mom brought me back from one of her day long vacations this summer. I am not sure what kind of tea that is but my favorites are honey vanilla chamomile and mint so it would be one or the other.
I hope everyone enjoyed reading my blog for today and I will try to keep it more updated from now on. Have a wonderful and blessed day everyone! God bless!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
What have we been up to lately? That is a good question that I know is on everyone's mind.
This is a pic of my wonderful husband making a redneck chair to hunt out of in his blind this deer season. He is so creative. I never would of thought to do something like this. It is an old computer chair with a bar from his old inversion table hooked (probably duct taped) to it so that he can rest his gun on it.
Here is a picture of my chickens making good use out of an old abandoned rabbit pen. Even my animals do not let anything go to waste around here. It was a nice place to sun themselves. Silly birds.
These 2 beauties are the best thing that has happened here this past week. They were born on September 11, 2012. Arent they precious? Seriously, the one on the left is named Precious because I kept saying awwwww come here precious so I decided to name her that. Her sister's name I will not take credit for. Her name is Moo. One of my girls thought that she looked like a cow when she was born so they decided to name her Moo. Oh the names they come up with! We now have a Cheddar Fry, a Mohawk, a BabyLynn and now a Moo!! I love the names the girls pick. They are much more original then what I pick. The rest are named Nellie, Bella, Sweet Pea, Joy and Champ. Mine are boring in comparison. Wishing everyone a wonderful and blessed day!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
God bless you all!
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Yesterday my mom texted me and asked if I wanted to ride out to the farmer's market with her. Not wanting to pass up a chance to go and maybe find some good prices on produce that I can put up for winter I said yes and told her I was ready now! I actually went expecting not to buy anything (that is a lol moment). Farmers markets and Tractor supply are this girl's 2 favorite places to shop. My dream would be to walk into both those places with unlimited funds and buying anything and everything I want. But since I live in reality and am one of those shoppers who tries to only buy what she needs I leave that kind of shopping for my dreams. I do have to confess that this thrifty mom has moments of weakness, too many actually. I will confess today that yesterday we ordered calzones because I was still busy canning beans and didnt feel like making dinner. Gasp!! I hope I did not disappoint too many of you. Anyway, enough rambling and back to my trip to the farmer's market. I just love looking over the fresh fruit and veggies that are filling the shelves and my favorite sign to see is the ones saying that the produce is from their own farm. Sometimes it is from local farms also so I watch for the signs. I found a basket of apples that were calling out my name, they were saying "April, April, oh April come see us. We know you already have a crisper full of apples but we are supposed to taste comparable to honeycrisp!" I stopped dead in my tracks, What did they say? Did they say they were comparable to honeycrisp apples? That is only the very kind I have been looking for for the last few year. If I cant find the original honeycrisp then maybe just maybe I can find ones that taste just as good. So I just had to put a big basket in my buggy, those little baskets are for the kids right? Big girls buy the biggest basket there. I was like Tom Cruise in one of his Mission Impossible movies guarding this basket so that noone can take it. Even though there were close to 20 more baskets there I knew that if someone saw mine they would fight for it, cause I got the best one right? As I was walking around waiting for my mom to get a few peppers and some other little things I saw it, I couldnt take my eyes off of it. Want to know what it was? It was a half bushel of the tastiest, prettiest looking canning tomatoes man or woman has ever set eyes on and they also knew my name. How do they do that?! How could I pass up such pretty tomatoes, and there was so many things running through my mind to do with them. I can just taste the stewed tomatoes and spaghetti sauce I can make with them. I was already drooling. I didnt even have to think about this one, if I did I might have remembered the garden with about 15-20 tomato plants in it or the freezer full of tomatoes waiting to be peeled and turned into sauce. I also might have thought about the amount of jars I have at home, on payday I will be buying some jars. After putting the tomatoes in my buggy and let me tell you a half bushel of tomatoes is heavy I caught up to my mom and we checked out. She must be used to shopping there with me cause she didnt even bat an eyelash at the produce I was buying. :-) After I returned home from our trip and lugged the apples and tomatoes in the house I remembered the 3 baskets of green beans that I had on the table to can so the tomatoes had to wait until today. I am happy to say that I canned 19 pints and 10 quarts of green beans yesterday. Yummy!
Wishing you all a blessed and happy day!
Disclaimer: Some of the reactions I stated in this post about how I reacted to seeing certain produces might have been slightly exaggerated but I thought it might be more entertaining then just saying I went to the farmer's market and bought some tomatoes and apples. Happy Sunday!
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
I hope you enjoyed seeing my first attempt at fresh ground coffee.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
One of the things I love about farmlife is that it is a slower pace. The only deadlines I have are when the produce is ready to harvest (dont want to wait so long it rots) or when an animal is gonna have its babies (It doesnt always happen on my schedule, lol). I dont think I would survive in the fast paced world where everyone is in such a hurry to get nowhere. I enjoy being able to take a break when I am tired and being able to decide when my work day is over. I can be in the middle of a job like cleaning pens and see something that I want to savor the memory of and I will stop and watch whatever it is. It could be anything from kid goats playing in the pasture to someone stopping to visit. I wont lie though the work is hard and at times is back breaking, sweaty, blood drawing work but at the end of the day I have a satisfaction that what I am doing makes a difference to our lives. I know where the food we eat comes from and that the animals we raised were treated well. I think some of my animals are downright spoiled at times. Like when my husband shares his sunflower seeds with them, lol. I dont have time to sit around and watch television all day but that is ok. I dont miss it at all. At the end of the day I do not wish I could have seen more television but I am happy to sit on the porch and enjoy the beautiful moon giving light to the night sky. I hope each of you finds simple things to enjoy, even if you live in the city and cannot live the kind of life I have chosen I believe that you can find a way to enjoy the things that God has truly blessed us all with.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
We have been going through a terrible drought for awhile and my garden has been dieing off slowly and I was giving up hope on getting much more from it because I was also not able to water it. Thankfully the Lord has been blessing us with a nice amount of rain the last few days and things are starting to perk up. My strawberries are blooming for the second time and my roses are even blooming again. Only problem is that along with the stuff I want to grow there are also weeds growing like crazy and the garden is too muddy to weed. I sound like one of those people who can find something bad in anything. :-P
My husbands back has been so bad lately that he could not even get off the couch for a few days but thankfully he is able to get up and move around some now and it seems to be getting better. So, it looks like things are starting to look good at the Kimble home.
Later today I plan on putting tomatoes in the freezer (to freeze of course!) so that tomorrow I will be able to can them. I learned a neat-o trick last canning season. If you freeze the tomato and then dip it in hot water (not to long, you dont want to cook it) the skin will peel right off. It is soooo much easier then using a knife to peel the tomato and it wastes alot less of the fruit. Yep! You say tomato I say tomahto but we all know it is a fruit! Hope everyone has a blessed and joy filled day!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012