Blessed Rain

It’s been a little dry here in central WV.

When you don’t have rain you water by hand!

Those young plants just don’t have the root system to deal with the heat and dryness. So we pray for rain.

And receive a wonderful answer!

We had a little wind with our rain but that’s o.k. Those potatoes will recover just fine.

And everything and everyone was so refreshed by the rain.

The ground was so thirsty that we ended up with very little mud. Hannah was very thankful for that. She really doesn’t like mud!

We’re getting ready to add an extension onto our lower garden to give me room to plant my butternut squash and some cukes. Pictures to come in the next couple of days.

Do you need rain where you are?

My kiddos are asking for some ice cream. Time to scoot off here. Have a blessed rest of the week.

 

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New Additions! And Other Happenings

It’s hot here today in central WV. Lower 90’s for a high and it’s after 9:30pm and still 79 degrees with 76% humidity.

Our latest bunch of chicks have hatched! We had 11 out of 14 hatch but one was deformed and we had to put it down. I hate that but I know it’s better than to let it suffer. I’ll turn them loose tomorrow. Mama hen will take good care of them.

Some pics of the potatoes and some of the mulching that’s been done so far.

We’re almost finished with the lower garden. Only about 20 more (UGG!) loads of mulch and we need to water (again) if we don’t get some rain soon. Most of the upper garden (30×50) is tilled and waiting for corn, beans and tomatoes. Michael planted four rows of potatoes up there on Saturday. I still need to plant my cukes and butternut squash after we get a fence around where they’re going. So much still to do. At least we’re done with school so we have the time to work the garden. We really need to do fence work also.

At church today Pastor preached from John Chapter 20  about Thomas and how it’s o.k. to question God when you have doubts or don’t understand. I’d PREFER to be the blessed who have believed without seeing instead of a Doubting Thomas! Doesn’t always happen, though.  After church we got together with family friends and had lunch. It was nice to get out and visit. It’s the 1st time I’ve been out except for church in about 3 weeks! Maybe I need to get out more? Naw.

In the van leaving church.

Playing Blind Man’s Bluff with the daughters of our friends.

Kalina, Melissa and Michelle.

Hannah.

Time to go! Kalina and Melissa.

Our cow Honey. She should be due to have her calf in July.

We’re not positive she’s bred but we’re drying her up either way. If she’s not bred she needs to be and we’ve been milking her for over a year now. She is still giving us about 2 gallons a day but that’s nothing like the 5+ a day we were getting when she first freshened. We have to haul her to the bull and it’s not easy driving 10 miles round trip 2x a day to milk while she’s with the bull. I told my hubby he better find me something to milk! I won’t purchase milk from the store (the kids won’t drink it anyway) and there’s no one around here to buy milk from. He says no goats. It’s hard to keep them fenced in and we can’t take a chance on losing our garden. They can devastate it in no time. Been there, done that!

I’m off to bed soon. What’s happening with you?

I hope you had a great week-end. God bless.

More of last week

I’m so glad the lower garden is almost finished. We’ll be planting in the upper garden in the next few days.

These warm, sunny days are great for hanging out laundry.

And playing ball in the yard.

Who’s that “Monkey in the Middle?” That would be Hannah.

Almost 2 1/2 already. Where does the time go?

Our temporary visitors. A pair of robins that fell from their nest. It was too high to put them back. They sure eat a lot! They’ll be ready to fly soon. Then to teach them to find food. The joys of life in the country.

We had some visitors to our creek last week. Nine Canadian geese. They sure are beautiful. Sorry the pics aren’t better. It was evening and the lighting wasn’t good. I tried two different settings on the camera.

Our latest hatchling. Aracona cross. The kids say they look like chipmunks! We have 14 more due to hatch tomorrow.

Here’s a Polish cross. I love the topknots and they don’t have trouble seeing like the pure Polish.

And last but not least – “Get me out of here!”  Well, don’t stick your head in the bucket!

Have a great evening and Memorial week-end! God bless.

 

 

Quick update

It’s been a very busy week. The 1st garden is almost finished and the upper garden is mostly tilled and ready to plant. And I’ve managed to get a rather nice sunburn the last two days!

We have 6 tomatoes in with another 22 to set out. We’ve also set out our peppers, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. About 80 ft. of corn, 40 ft. of beans, and 2 hills of yellow crookneck and 4 zucchini plants.

We have about 150 potato hills in the lower garden. Weeded and de-bugged (potato beetles and we’re trying to stay ahead of them) and all but three rows hilled for at least the 2nd time.

!st line of defense against the weeds. We planted extra wide rows to allow the tiller between for weeding.

2nd line of defense – kids and hoes!

Aren’t they beautiful?

This will provide a different kind of food for our family as soon as the weather permits. Grass fed pork. Yum!

And this will provide more baby piggies.

Time to hit the sack. I’m one tired farm lady and tomorrow will be another busy day. We’ll be planting more potatoes and setting out tomato plants. I’ll try to post with some more pictures of other happenings tomorrow.

Good night and God bless.

 

Venison Stroganoff

This is one of our family’s favorites. It makes plenty to feed our family of seven with lots of  leftovers.

12 Tbl. butter

1 med. onion, chopped

Melt butter over medium heat and add onion and sweat. Don’t brown.

Add 8 Tbl. flour and cook about one minute.

Blend 2 cups broth from 2 quarts of venison with 2 tablespoons dijon mustard, 1 cup cream and 2 cups sour cream. Stir into flour mixture.

Cook about 5 minutes over medium heat stirring frequently. Add the 2 quarts of home canned venison, mix and let heat about 15 minutes.

Serve over egg noodles or rice with your choice of a salad or vegetable. Yum! And so easy.

Ingredients

12 Tbl. butter

1 medium onion, chopped

8 Tbl. flour

2 quarts venison with broth

2 Tbl. dijon mustard

1 cup cream

2 cups sour cream

I’ll try to post tomorrow about what we’ve done in the garden.

Hope you had a blessed Sunday and a Happy Mother’s Day.

 

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Another day

A partly sunny, partly cloudy, sort of breezy and chilly kind of day.  The garden is still wet. Some of the onions are in standing water. But the potatoes are looking great and the peas are starting to peek through the ground. The weeds are beginning to get the upper hand already. We’ll tackle them tomorrow come what may. (Unless Jesus comes back!) I hope to get my tomato plants in tomorrow or Saturday. I also have some broccoli, cauliflower, and squash to get in. Part of the garden needs to be retilled and it’s been too wet. Praying for a few days break from the storms.

In our homeschooling we’re doing finals in most of what hasn’t been finished. Hannah is closest to being done. Melissa and Michelle have the most with history and math still to finish. Kalina is close to done. She has finals in history and language tomorrow. It’ll be great to have more time to devote to the farm and garden!

We’ve hatched some pretty funny looking chickens again this year. Part polish so they have a funny top knot.

Clifford.

No, it doesn’t have a blade!

Time to hit the sack. It’ll be a very busy day tomorrow. ‘Night all and God bless!

Shopping

Today was my big once a month shopping trip. We went to Elkins and had lunch with my brother, Velair. It was nice to visit with him for awhile before he headed back to work and we headed to shop. We actually went to Elkins to check on the ownership of a piece of property that used to belong to my Grandparents. We’re interested in possibly buying it. We forgot that with election day that the court house would be closed! I don’t know where our brains were. It was worth the trip anyway to get to see my brother. If we can get this property it will put us much closer to some of my family. We’d love that.I’m glad this kind of trip only happens once a month. We’re usually gone most of the day and I have so many things I’d rather be doing at home! Not to mention it’s tiring. So glad to have it over with.

We were able to see the perigee moon on Sunday night. Clifford kept saying, “Super moon!” The kids were up way past their bedtime but were so excited to get to see it. It was slightly cloudy so it wasn’t perfectly clear. It was still good. The kids said it was worth the lost sleep. Not a great picture but the best out of what we took.The reflection on the creek was beautiful.

Got to go now. Still lots to do this evening. Night, y’all.