Birthday

Melissa and Michelle had a birthday this week. For the first time they wanted different desserts so we had two yummy sweets! Melissa wanted a chocolate pudding cake. Very sweet and chocolatey and a breeze to make.

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Michelle wanted frozen chocolate pudding pie. I made the pudding from scratch but used a pie crust I had in the freezer. It was really good. Just don’t forget to put the candles in before you freeze it!  🙂

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Both received cards from Grandma Jo Nell and Aunt Ruthie.

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Michael and I went down to a little store about 8 miles from here (the closest store) because he needed bar oil for his chain saw and I hadn’t been there yet and wanted to look around. I came home with this.

Free bananas! At least 25#. They go from this…..

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…to this….

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…to this!

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Breakfast today and freezing the other. I’ll make more this week-end because Michael wants some for his birthday breakfast on Monday. The rest are going into the freezer to use as needed for bread, cake, pudding, smoothies….  🙂

Late summer the sunsets were beautiful. Now the sunrises are fantastic. These were taken on two separate days last week.

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The wood pile seems to be a favorite place to hang out.

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Kalina with Mimzy.

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We ran over most of the black walnuts to loosen the hulls so it was time to clean them.

In the hulls.

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Out of the hulls and into the bucket.

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Into the washer. The old ringer washers are great for more than getting your clothes clean! (And yes that’s what we use ours for!)

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Water and agitate. I changed it a couple of times.

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Then out on a screen to dry. But watch the pig because she was sure we had cleaned them up just for her and stole 2 before being chased away!  🙂

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Now we can sit and crack them on those days when it’s just too cold to move far from the stove.

The men are coming to put the new roof on tomorrow. No more leaks. Guess I better go take some before pictures.

Have a great week-end and God bless!

 

 

 

Still here!

Some pics of Michael using the baler. It was a good investment.

The bales are small but it makes them easy for the kids to handle.

I would have preferred hay but the weather and other things kept us from getting it soon baled enough. I am thankful for the straw for bedding for the animals.

We finished the roof over the shelter and hay/straw storage.

Helping Dadda work on the tractor. He’s learning all about tools and loves to spend the time working with Michael.

Clifford with some antlers left here by the previous owners.

It takes a lot of wood to heat for the winter. We’re figuring on at least 7-8 cords. We have about 3 cut and split and we’ve probably burnt at least a cord so there’s a ways to go! This is maple from some large rounds we moved from our old place.

These beautiful fall days call us outside. Kalina reading to Clifford (and Skitters!)

A favorite pastime for my children…read, read, read! I finally unpacked my Foxfire books. The girls (Melissa and Hannah here) found them fascinating reading and found many things they would like to try.

Michael is off to pick up our hams and bacon from the butcher today. He’ll also pick up our cooler that we traded 1/2 of a hog for. It’ll only be used for chilling meat when the weather is too warm for hanging the meat and we’re very thankful to have it as it’ll allow us to butcher anytime we need to and not have to wait for cold weather.

We’re still working on the water system. There’s plenty of water but pumping it up to the house is still causing some headaches. Right now it’s taking two pumps which have to be turned off when not in use. Michael still has another pump to try which if it works should pump it to the house with no problem.

We still need to pick up more hay for the cow and calf to get us through the winter. And we need to get the sow bred soon so we have babies early next spring. If Michael doesn’t eat her first! Right now she’s running loose but not causing too much trouble.

Next time (hopefully not a month from now!) I’ll post some pictures of the snow we received from Sandy.