Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Kitchen Remodel

John and I decided it was time to post some kitchen photos.  The whole process went extremely fast since we moved in the end of Sept and had to have the whole house updated before graduation in May.  We look back now and see things we should have done differently, but for the most part we are pleased.  And if you know me...I'm never REALLY finished with a project.  I just keep adding.  Enjoy, and feel free to comment.  Check out the "Kitchen Works" page to see more photos.

Friday, September 23, 2011

2011 Harvest

The 2011 harvest season is finally upon us.  We REALLY thought it would never get here.  The late Winter snow falls and endless Spring rains made planting almost impossible.  This year's plans were to put in lentils, barley and durum.  With field conditions the worse they've been in years (standing water, mud, washed out roads, etc) we were really fortunate to sow any seed.  June, however, did dry up and finally warm up enough to get about 1/3 of our crops planted.  Durum only.

But alas, it's harvest time.  My (and John's) favorite time of year.  As farmers we find ourselves glued to the weather channel.  Praying for no rain, now we need rain, heat, okay that's enough heat, please don't hail, too much wind.  It's really in God's hands and our faith is often tested.  But, come harvest time we can send up our halleluhas.  There is no better joy than to watch the combine roll down the field.  Awe, did I say I love harvest.

I do have to admit though,  I have the easy job.  John and I farm together as a team but at harvest time I get the better deal.  My job is to run the combine.  It is air conditioned, is equipped with a great stereo system, has an awesome air-ride seat, is totally computerized, and with the latest gps technology pretty much drives itself.  Awwwesome!  John's at the other end.  His job is to drive the grain trucks and auger grain into the bins.  Not an easy task.  No air, itchy chaff clinging to your sweaty body, terrible grain dust, up and down ladders, a lot of walking, and's hot here in August & September.  Plus, he really has to hustle to keep up.  Poor guy.  Now planting season is another story.  We'll get to that in May.

The Fall Line-up

The durum this year was extremely short.

My hubby's looking good.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Blessed By Briley

Little Girls

Author: Karen Barnes
Little girls are made of daisies and butterflies and soft kitty cat purrs
And all the precious memories of times that once were.

Little girls are made of angel's wings and giggles and a firefly's glow
And all the happy feelings, deep inside, that we all know.

Little girls are made of cinnamon and bubbles and fancy white pearls
And snowflakes and rainbows and ballerina twirls.

Little girls are made of sunshine and cupcakes and fresh morning dew,
And these are the reasons, little one, why everyone loves you.
Our Granddaughter.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Vision Unfolds

Our house is now a home.
It feels like the before hung around way too long, 
but alas, the after has arrived.

We purchased our home in the fall of 2007.
There were two trees in the front side by side but by the time
 I snapped this photo John had already chopped one down.
 I knew this house had good bones and lots of

Taking out the driveway was a must.  The courtyard gives
 our family privacy and takes away 
the converted garage look.

Taking out one of the two mountain ash trees 
was a must also. Sometimes less is best.

Check out the "Before...Almost...After" page for 
pictures of the whole process.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Poetically Put

What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?  Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.  The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.  The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.  All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full.  To the place the streams come from, there they return again.  Ecclesiastes 1:3-7

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Who Knew!

Snapple "Real Fact" #679

A tiger's night vision is six times better than a human's.  
Who knew!
It's amazing the knowledge received from under the Snapple cap.