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The Pedalboat

We have a beautiful pond in front of the yard and it’s full of fish.  It’s deepest part is about eight feet, I think.  On good days when there’s not pollen and it not cloudy you can see the fish swimming around.  We have perch, bass and blue gill in the pond.  We also have some massive carp to keep the pond clean.

Picnic table and boat house full of fishing gear.

Picnic table and boat house full of fishing gear.

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I love the gazebo but my favorite part of the pond is riding around in our pedalboat.  Hubby bought it for me for Mother’s Day a few years ago.  Last year we didn’t bring it out of storage but this year we did and I had high hopes of spending a good deal of time in it reading and relaxing.

All cleaned up and ready to float.

All cleaned up and ready to float.

It seats four comfortably and can seat three up front and two in the back.  There's cup holders built in and a cubby hole in the back for books, towels, food, drinks.

It seats four comfortably and can seat three up front and two in the back. There’s cup holders built in and a cubby hole in the back for books, towels, food, drinks.

Well, I haven’t been it but once since we brought it out of storage and that was to empty the rain water out of it so it wouldn’t sink.  It’s been horrible boating weather even on a small pond.  It has a lovely canopy that goes over the top to shade you from the rays of the sun.

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With tomorrow being the first day of August I’m hopeful that the sun will be seen more and we can play on the pond as we have in the past.

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2013 Maple Syrup Season Completed

It took three days of work for my husband and a very special friend and our kids and the maple syrup is cooked off and ready to sell.  From 235 gallons cooked down to 59 pints of golden maple syrup.  

Hubby collected the sap three days and stored the tank in the garage to keep it chilled.  He and our friend from Giles county worked on it from 10:30 Friday morning until 12:30 that night and started again at 6:30 on Saturday morning.

 Several of the neighbors came to visit and watch the creation and some friends from Blacksburg came on Saturday afternoon but not in time to watch the procedure.  They were fascinated with the results and the education they received about Mother Nature and maple syrup.  

I’ve decided to complete this post with the pictures I have of the event which my daughter took.  I was under the weather and banned to the house and a very special friend stayed in with me so we could catch up while I filtered the syrup and canned it.  All in all, everyone had a good time and there were lots of smiles throughout the day!

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Final pan boiling down 03162013

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Eddie and Jared in a maple syrup fog 03162013

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Marion Ross joins the maple syrup festivities 03162013

Preparing to take off a batch 03162013

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The man who puts up with me & the kids that help him

If you will recall, I posted a few days ago that my wonderful hubby had bought me a new computer for my birthday and Christmas (both in December).  I really missed my blogging and he knew it.  Well, Christmas morning I was so surprised to find out that he had also got me another beauty and here it is!

 

My 2012 Christmas gift from my wonderful husband!

My 2012 Christmas gift from my wonderful husband!

This is very special to me because he knows I’m not a jewelry girl at all but for the last four years he has got me a dainty necklace for my birthday or Christmas.   This one he picked out himself at a reputable jeweler.  The only time he’s ever set foot in these places is to buy my wedding rings 40 years ago.   I don’t wear jewelry except for my wedding rings UNTIL he got me these gifts.  Here’s a  picture of the first one he gave me but had my daughter pick it out after telling her what he wanted for me!  I am so blessed!!

2009 Christmas cross

2009 Christmas cross

 

This year because of the economy our kids asked that we not exchange gifts with them because work has been slow for both households.  I always go overboard when it comes to gifting for them and it make my Christmas a little “strange” to say the least.  On Christmas night when we got together they pulled a fast one both kids got us gift certificates to our favorite restaurant.  I love them so much and appreciate all they do for us every day!!I also received two unusual but beautiful gifts from my granddaughter, Victoria!  The first is a copper hearth cricket and as the  Legend has it,  a cricket in the house will bring good fortune to the home when placed on the hearth or mantel.  Mine is living on the mantle in our living room.

Christmas 2012 Hearth Cricket

Christmas 2012 Hearth Cricket

The other beauty she got for me is a Patina watering can shaped like a goose.  She knows how much I love gardening inside and out and this little goose will be used often.

 

Patina Goose Watering can

Patina Goose Watering can

My family is so good to me and I love them so deeply that there are no words to tell them how much!!!

Orphans at the farm

I love babies of all kinds and have raised two kids of my own but I’ve also raised several orphan animals and thought I would share some pictures of them.  It’s very gratifying finding them quick enough to get some warm food in them, warm blankets around them and a good warm bath no matter if they’re furbearing or feathered.  Here’s some of my babes:

 

Heather & Shawn, my beautiful children.

Heather & Shawn, my beautiful children.

My gorgeous granddaughter, Victoria. I didn't raise her but had her with me every moment I could!!!

My gorgeous granddaughter, Victoria. I didn’t raise her but had her with me every moment I could!!!

 

Sassy - our current baby!!

Sassy – our current baby!!

 

Sassy  & Dandy

Sassy & Dandy

 

Brandy

Brandy

 

Annie and the triplets

Annie and the triplets

Baby

Baby

 

Precious and Bambi

Precious and Bambi

 

Cuddles

Cuddles

 

Little Dan - now he's all grown up.

Little Dan – now he’s all grown up.

 

Baby chicks

Baby chicks

Half grown mallard babies

Half grown mallard babies

 

Baby Dude

Baby Dude

Fuzzy

Fuzzy

 

Baby Alex & Alexandra-dogs made them orphans

Baby Alex & Alexandra-dogs made them orphans

 

Buckwheat

Buckwheat

Garth

Garth

Roxy

Roxy

I can’t begin to tell you of all of the cats, dogs, fawns, squirrels, calves, rabbits, chicks and ducks I’ve hand raised but I can tell you everyone of them was worth the challenge!!