I’m still here

Just a quick post to let everyone know that I am enjoying your post and will get back to my blog very soon! Life has thrown us a few curves that we’re reeling from but I’ll be back soon. Keep posting so I can enjoy all of your wonderful posts. Life on the farm is slowing at this point but everything family is topsy-turvy! Love you all and hope to send a truck load of posts before the end of the year!!

A beautiful ride with hubby gave us this view!

Green beans were bountiful this summer!

Green beans were bountiful this summer!

The bees did their best work ever even though we lost all but three hives!

The bees did their best work ever even though we lost all but three hives!

New roses provided us beauty in tough times and they're wrapped up for the coming winter.

New roses provided us beauty in tough times and they’re wrapped up for the coming winter.

 

Stockpile of winter fuel to keep us warm.

Stockpile of winter fuel to keep us warm.

I promise to update all on everything very soon!

Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow??

Can’t believe I can remember that nursery rhyme!!  I wanted to share with you the spectacular bloom my flowers and garden have provided this year.  Hope you enjoy the photo shoot.

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Green peppers and the plants are full of them.

Green peppers and the plants are full of them.

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Banana peppers by the baskets full!

Banana peppers by the baskets full!

These came from two hills and I cooked some with fresh green beans and we baked some for supper last night.  SOOOO good!

These came from two hills and I cooked some with fresh green beans and we baked some for supper last night. SOOOO good!

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Peonies

Peonies

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Lupine

Lupine

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Pinks, reds and white begonias.

Pinks, reds and white begonias.

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DSCN5215I had something blooming all summer and now the hibiscus, cardinal flower, hyacinth bean and trumpet vine are starting to open but it’s too wet to get new pictures.  I’ve had a very good year.  We’ve canned almost 100 quarts of green beans and hubby finally pulled up the last of the beans yesterday and fed them to the cows.  He planted turnips in their place and the corn should be ready in a few days.  In the spring the new rhubarb set got a great start.  The asparagus just wouldn’t quit bearing and the strawberries got a great start too.  We got raspberries and blueberries before the birds got all of them.  God has been good to us this year!!  Fall is upon us and soon winter will make us very glad and grateful for all of the bounty He helped us produce and these pictures will get me through the winter months waiting for spring to come again.  Our migrating hummingbirds have returned and I’m patiently waiting for the hummingbird moth to return.  Our fall calves have started arriving and the spring calves are growing fast!!  Life is good on the farm!

 

Bowling up some ladybugs

I’ve done a little crafting in my absence.  Don’t you just love ladybugs that AREN’T alive!!

Bowling ball bags for another project.

Bowling ball bags for another project.

Normal bowling ball with holes to fill.

Normal bowling ball with holes to fill.

Saw the ball in half.

Saw the ball in half.

Wipe clean of all dust with a wet paper towel .  I do this a couple times and let dry between dustings to make sure they're clean of all dust.

Wipe clean of all dust with a wet paper towel . I do this a couple times and let dry between dusting to make sure they’re clean of all dust.

It’s much easier to handle the balls to fill the holes and to paint them if they’re cut in half first.  Those suckers are HEAVY!!

Bowling ball holes filled with wood putty.

Bowling ball holes filled with wood putty.

Wood putty hardening

Wood putty hardening

Wood putty dry and sanded smooth.

Wood putty dry and sanded smooth.

Paint the bottom of the halves first and let dry overnight before adding the second and third coats.

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Paint the bottoms black with gloss paint about three times (let dry thoroughly between paint jobs) to get a good solid finish and protects the under belly.DSCN5002

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Once the third coat is dry, flip them over and paint the top side.  Also, the more coats you put on the longer they’ll last in your flower gardens or where ever you place them in the outdoors.  I take mine in during the winter months and it sits on a shelf in my kitchen.

Ready to add some spots and a face.

Ready to add some spots and a face.

Smear on some black paint in a "almost" oval.

Smear on some black paint in a “almost” oval.

Black gloss paintm wet paper towel for  "oops", newspaper to protect table surface.

Black gloss paint, wet paper towel for “oops”, and newspaper to protect table surface.

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Starting a face

Starting a face

polka dots

polka dots

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Big dots, little dots, medium dots, random or patterned, suit yourself and your whim!  Make it fun!!

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LOTS of polka dots

LOTS of polka dots

Different sizes of polka dots

Different sizes of polka dots

Now we wait for drying time to paint on the faces.  This is when I start preparing their legs and antennae.

Lag bolts are used for the legs.  In the past, I've used wood for their legs and attached little wooden feet and painted them like tennis shoes.  This year is a little different.

Lag bolts are used for the legs. In the past, I’ve used wood for their legs and attached little wooden feet and painted them like tennis shoes. This year is a little different.

 

I painted them black and put two coates of paint on the lag bolts.

I painted them black and put two coats of paint on the lag bolts.

2014 ladybugs ready for the garden!!

2014 ladybugs ready for the garden!!

There’s such a variety of faces you can paint on them and I may do a completely different design and color on the next ones.  I drill holes in the bottoms and screw the lag bolt/legs in.  Then I use a very small drill bit to put two holes along the black line of their face to affix their antennae.  The antenna are made from pieces of a heavy black metal clothes hanger.  I curl the tope end for cuteness.  They’re quick and easy as long as you don’t count the time it takes to wait for the several coats of paint to dry.  Everyone loves them and their cute on the end of my porch steps, coming out of the end of a crock laying on its side, sitting on a rock or paver in the flower garden or waiting at the entrance of the yard gate!!

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These two are from last year and you can see the sneakers they’re wearing.  I decided to go with the bolts for their legs this year because these little guys are throughout my yard in the flower beds and the wooden legs and feet didn’t last as well as I hoped they would.

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Aren’t they just adorable!!  :)

 

Mischief – New Resident

Hubby is trying out a new coonhound and her name is Mischief!  She’s quite poor in these pictures and her new home with us will be a castle compared to where she came from.  She’s four years old and he hopes to use her as a young trainer to train his 18 month ladies.  He’s taken her out four times and is pleased but won’t know for sure if he’ll keep her until he can run her a couple nights with the young girls and maybe a night out with his eight year old.  She’s a beautiful dog but she HATES cats, so Cuddles and Fuzzy have learned quick to disappear when she’s lose from he pen.  More updates lady on this pretty lady.

 

Mischief-Walker hound on trial

Mischief-Walker hound on trial

Not quite as rounded as we keep our dogs.  I hate seeing ribs on any animal.  If you can't feed them, you don't need them!!

Not quite as rounded as we keep our dogs. I hate seeing ribs on any animal. If you can’t feed them, you don’t need them!!

She is being well fed and attended to daily.

She is being well fed and attended to daily.

Mischief is ready for a good chase.  Hubby wants a hound that barks on the track.

Mischief is ready for a good chase. Hubby wants a hound that barks on the track.

She will be hunted a few more nights so that he can make the decision and see how she hunts with the other working dogs.

She will be hunted a few more nights so that he can make the decision and see how she hunts with the other working dogs.

Absence makes the heart grow . . .

fonder and I hope a fresh catch up on my blog.  This summer has flown by and this gal has been topsy-turvy all summer. I hope to remedy that soon and settle into a calmer routine.

To start with the blog has been quiet due to family and work.  In earlier posts I noted that little brother was having some health issues and thank the good Lord above and lots of prayers from family and friends those issues aren’t as bad as expected.  A biopsy was completed on his prostrate after antibiotics were used and the issues remained.  The doctor expected cancer but the results were benign, praise Jesus!!!  The doctors are now treating him for high blood pressure but have released him to compete in Special Olympics and he’s very excited about that.  He will be competing in bowling, swimming and possibly softball and basketball.  Dean is also very happy because he is working three days a week at the James River Enterprise recycling center and loves taking that paycheck to the bank twice a month.  I was told last week that he has the best production of any of his colleagues there that have been working for 13 years.  He still attends “Life Skills” school twice a week.  This summer has been really full for him socially too.  He’s taken trips to Mill Mountain Zoo, The Science Museum in Roanoke, flea markets and festivals, Mill Mountain Playhouse and this weekend is supposed to have gone to the West Virginia State Fair.  He seems quite happy and rarely calls me now but I still call him every week and visit him every other weekend when he’s home.

The other thing that has kept me away from my blog during the week is a change in employment.  On July 25th, I started a new job at Virginia Tech in the Aerospace and Engineering Department and it’s so very exciting.  This job just fell in my lap with a call from my daughters mother-in-law and within two weeks I had the job.  More pay, different working hours and change in scenery have been a great thing for me!!  I miss the colleagues at the Coal & Energy Center but still run into them on campus and talk with them through email.  They were a wonderful group of people!!!

Of course, the garden and homework will always keep me busy and here’s some highlights of what’s going on at home:

Making pickles and I love the smells pickling spice send in the air.

Making pickles and I love the smells pickling spice send in the air.

Abundance of squash and what in the world do I do with it all???    Give it to anyone that will take it, of course!!

Abundance of squash and what in the world do I do with it all??? Give it to anyone that will take it, of course!!

Beautiful applesauce, cooked off, and in the freezer!

Beautiful applesauce, cooked off, and in the freezer!

Canning, canning and more canning!

Canning, canning and more canning!

Kitchen table is staying covered with produce from the garden.

Kitchen table is staying covered with produce from the garden.

Sterlizing jars of all sizes and filling up the cellar.

sterilizing jars of all sizes and filling up the cellar.

Gorgeous English cucumbers for canning pickles, eating raw, for salads and of course, for friends and family!!

Gorgeous English cucumbers for canning pickles, eating raw, for salads and of course, for friends and family!!

Green peppers and the plants are full of them.

Green peppers and the plants are full of them.

Banana peppers by the baskets full!

Banana peppers by the baskets full!

Gorgeous Kennebec potatoes bigger than my hand.

Gorgeous Kennebec potatoes bigger than my hand.

These came from two hills and I cooked some with fresh green beans and we baked some for supper last night.  SOOOO good!

These came from two hills and I cooked some with fresh green beans and we baked some for supper last night. SOOOO good!

Mr. Stripey and German Pink tomatoes are being picked daily to keep the chickens from getting them.

Mr. Stripey and German Pink tomatoes are being picked daily to keep the chickens from getting them.

Golden nectar from the honeybees again.  We got 13 quarts with comb and 1 quart of strained.  We lost a lot of bees last winter but the ones that made are working so hard!  We may get one more super before we end the season!

Golden nectar from the honeybees again. We got 13 quarts with comb and 1 quart of strained. We lost a lot of bees last winter but the ones that made are working so hard! We may get one more super before we end the season!

More baby chicks!  Last two hatches produced four each.

More baby chicks! Last two hatches produced four each.

And of course, a little bit of crafting.  More details on this in a new post.

And of course, a little bit of crafting. More details on this in a new post.

New roses are growing

I truly love roses and am trying so hard to make them grow and survive our mountain farm.  In the spring I found a wonderful buy at Breck’s for five roses for $19.99 and they were bare root roses.  When they arrived they were already showing lots of new growth but I was afraid to plant them because we were still getting freezing temps day and night several days in a row.  Finally in early May, hubby helped me dig the holes and we put them in the ground with two tablespoons of epsom salts and lots of water. DSCN5366

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I watered them every day May through mid-June and we started getting some rain.  Now I water them thoroughly once or twice a week depending on the rain. They are doing quite well and all but one has bloomed and it’s still sprouting new growth.  I’m watching it carefully and giving it lots of love!  Here’s proof of the blooming:

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Now, I started this post in June and here it is the 8th of August and (more about that later)  here’s what my beautiful roses have done all summer:

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I’m dealing with some japanese beetles and some black spot which seems to be worse with all the rain we’re getting but I’m thrilled I’ve kept them alive, they’re blooming and so beautiful.  I just have to keep them through the winter.  New post coming with the rest of the flowers flourishing this summer!!  

DARK WITCH

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Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

 

Nora Roberts does it again. It’s a wonderfully romantic, thrilling and grab you by the seat of your pants book. I’ve read the entire  trilogy and couldn’t put them down!! Love, romance, witches, fantasy, it’s all in this book!!

Check out my GoodReads list to see more of my favorites and lots that I want to read.

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