Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thanksgiving Preps!

"A grateful heart… comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives."
President Thomas S. MonsonThe Divine Gift of Gratitude, October 2010 General Conference
Thanksgiving is the beginning of our winters' holidays. I love fall and winter. Fall has a crispness in the air that seems to clean the air. Fall is when I love to begin baking again. Summer is usually to hot and there is so much work to do putting up food for the winter.
Our fall leaves have dropped so quickly this year that I have no beautiful pictures to share.
Here on the homestead we have had out first snow last week. We had approximately 2 inches that stayed around just a mere 2 days. But it was beautiful and peaceful.
This was taken on the second day. Now just an hour south of here, their snow had been all melted by this time. I am so thankful to live on this mountain and the beauty it brings.
I did make one new Thanksgiving craft this past week. Although I cannot turn the candle on inside with my wrist brace still on. It is a wire pumpkin with some fall embellishments wrapped around a grungy candle that is battery operated, so it makes the perfect centerpiece for the table.
Tonight is a beef stew and fresh dinner roll kind of night. I tried to take a picture of the rolls after being baked and the battery on my camera died. So just picture the risen rolls all toasty brown and yummy.
Enjoy the fall evening and think of all the blessings  and experiences you have been given to be thankful for. 


 Dieter F. Uchtdorf  “No matter our circumstances, no matter our challenges or trials, there is something in each day to embrace and cherish. There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it.”

Friday, November 8, 2013


I have be at a lose for words lately. Must be the homesteader slump I have been feeling since our garden did not produce well at all this year. My only conclusion has been Mr. Farmer put too much manure on it, too late. It is on manure overload.

The pigs are doing great, for of then will be getting butchered in the next few weeks. It looks like Lucille is expecting to deliver again in the next 2-3 weeks. Lorenzo had done his duties soon after he arrived on the homestead, even though Lucille was not friendly to him and still is not friendly to him or anyone else. Lucille is always putting him in his place. She is a don't mess with me kind of gal.

Mr. Farmer has been so busy all summer repairing fencing and adding electric fencing so the pigs do not route themselves out under the fencing. They did that once early summer and needless to say, one neighbors was not to happy about our pigs. 

I had to buy eggs yesterday! My chickens are molting at this time and I am not getting any eggs. Such a bummer. I definitely will be adding to my flock in the spring. It just does feel right buying eggs on for the homestead.

The only new news I have is I fractured my left wrist in three places like a dummy. I was coming home from visiting a friend driving my 4-wheeler and all of a sudden I was flipping. I protected my head at all costs, so in turn my left wrist took the brunt of my accident. All I think that happened was I glanced as 2 dogs coming at me, hit  pot hole which sent me up the side of the mountain and flipped. So it does not matter how old you are you still can be prone to dumbness. I am truly grateful that is all that was injured.

My front porch floor decking is completed. Now to get siding on our home and finish the porch would be just wonderful. We keep going back and forth what siding we will be using. I would really like would and Mr. Farmer wants vinyl. So we will see what we end up with.

Blessings from the Homestead!