News Update. . .Lost in Time

Please forgive my silence. Between the garden, animals and the issues unforeseen, I’ve just been inundated with work and only open the computer a couple times a week.

The garden is full!!! With so much rain this summer, our pantry is running over.

The garden is full!!! With so much rain this summer, our pantry is running over.

Our granddaughter graduated from high school in June and starts college in a couple weeks.  Where has the time gone!!!

Victoria and proud Uncle Shawn

Victoria and proud Uncle Shawn

Parents, Victoria, and maternal grandparents.

Parents, Victoria, and maternal grandparents.

On top of that we have a brand new grandson born three months early and he’s in New Jersey (450+ miles from Virginia). He’s in a neonatal unit at Children’s Hospital in New Jersey. His mother had some major health issues which caused toxemia and the baby had to be delivered early on July 8th. He weighed 2 pounds and 2 ounces and 14 inches long. He’s a little fighter and gained some weight and now weighs 3 pounds and 15 inches long. Declan Bryant is his name. He’s having some serious issues this week and the little guy is exhausted. Shawn, our son, is in New Jersey this weekend to see him for the second time and he’s keeping us updated.

Shawn's first visit with his son.

Shawn’s first visit with his son.

I’ve been canning and freezing green beans, broccoli, cabbage, pickles, squash, apples, rhubarb and Eddie told me last night that I’ll have more beans in the coming week and corn after that. We’ve pulled the onions and waiting on the brussel sprouts. We have a crock of kraut fermenting now and hope it’ll be ready before anything else comes in.

Pickles, pickles and more pickles!

Pickles, pickles and more pickles!

Squash pickles

Squash pickles

Canned fresh squash

Canned fresh squash

Green beans and we're not done yet!!! I think we'll sell the ones coming in now.

Green beans and we’re not done yet!!! I think we’ll sell the ones coming in now.

I’ve taken on two part-time jobs working on websites for two sisters and working away from the house on one of them 2-3 days a week. The other one I do from home. It’s a little extra spending money. Our big yardsale/estate sale was for one day and we cleaned out one house on the farm and made around $2500.00. I’m in the process of filling it up again from the other buildings and we may have one more sale next spring just to get rid of it all.

This is enough news for now but will catch up again later. I haven’t touched my blog in some time but haven’t given up on it.

One more bit of news, neighborhood dogs that aren’t watched after cleaned out our duck population in one night back in June, I think, and another one got in my chickens this week. I’m down to 21 hens and two roosters at this point.

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This is just a quick catch up and I’ll hopefully be back soon! Love you my friends and want to ask you all to keep our grandson and son in your prayers.

5 responses to “News Update. . .Lost in Time

  1. Wow….you are busy for sure!! Many prayers for your grandson and son. And tell those neighbors to put the darn dogs on a leash!! That’s ridiculous and I can’t imagine how bad it was for you!! Stay strong with all your happenings going on!! Tina

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  2. Sigh! People really need to watch their animals. I’m so sorry, Rita.

    Linda

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  3. Look at all your preserves .. What a good girl you are! So sorry to hear about the dogs .. Not good news! You take care and thinking of your son and lovely baby.

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  4. Good God – you have had a shocking few weeks.
    Thanks for the e-mail update. I’ll reply tomorrow.
    People who let their dogs run havoc, well this is a nice
    family orientated blog so I shall refrain from comment
    – the blog might explode!!!!
    Chin up.
    Here weather wise in Brisbane – the EKKA is on – that
    usually means winds from Penguin Land ( Antarctica)
    but on day 3 no winds and unbelievable sunny clean skies
    weather. The EKKA committee must have a direct line
    to the Almighty – ha ha.
    The EKKA is the major Agricultural/Animal/Equestrian
    show in Qld. The country comes to the city.
    Your Aussie Mate
    Colin

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    • Oh I forgot.
      Best wishes to your son, Shaun. I hope all will be
      OK.
      Also congratulations to Victoria. I am sure she will make
      grandparents and parents proud.
      Colin

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