The Quality Time Kid and the Martha Mommy

Originally posted on Happy Home Fairy:

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I am a DO-er.  I am always moving, cleaning, typing, working, reading, talking, folding, laundering, imagining and any other action verb you can think of.

This makes an interesting dynamic in our home because Happy Buddy’s love language is quality time.  All day long he asks me to play with him and look at him and help him and cook with him and sit with him and read with him and snuggle with him and just be with him.

And all that Martha in me is learning to be a little bit more like Mary.

Because y’all don’t have to tell me that time flies.


In 15 years I want my boy to still ask me to do all those things I listed above with him (even snuggle, because I know 25 year old boys like to do that with their mamas – at least that book Love…

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Monday Morning in June

It is a rainy Monday morning in June.

With the soft shower comes a pleasant breeze,

a whisper of the earth.

The gardens and trees soak-in God’s provision.

The purifying, cleansing nourishment which brings newness…hope.

Like that night so long ago,

all is calm, all is bright.

No hint of the turmoil surrounding the headlines.

That is there.

This is here.

This lovely, beautiful homestead;

where children giggle,

daddy slogs through his muddy chores,

and mama is overcome by a blessed sense of contentment and peace.

Our home awaiting our journey Home.

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Well now this is different! Hubs is the only one who likes tomatoes, so we won’t be growing but a couple of plants this year; just enough to make some sauce. Will you try this?

Originally posted on Lacewings and Ladybugs:

Tomatoes on dashboard of truck

By Christine Markel Lampe

Photo Caption:  Dehydrating cherry tomatoes and larger tomatoes on the dashboard of our truck.

Are you starting to be inundated with tomatoes? Looking for a way to preserve them? Dehydrating them is a great way to deal with them without having to buy a lot of jars, they take up less room than canned tomatoes, and I’ve got a way that doesn’t even use any electricity as opposed to an electric dehydrator. Just use your dashboard.

Cherry Tomatoes

Wait for when the weather forecast predicts at least two hot (90 deg. plus) sunny days in a row. It needs to be at least this hot so the tomatoes are dried enough by the end of the first day they will not get moldy overnight waiting for the next day to finish drying. If it is hot but…

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22 Sore Throat Remedies

I have been knocked on my back with some weird ick. Severe body aches, hot/cold flashes and a sore throat.

This morning my throat was so sore I could hardly swallow. A quick investigation on my part does not indicate strep, so I went to Google for the best home remedies.

Here is the link for 22 Sore Throat Remedies. I did number one, gargle in warm salt water and it helped right away. This evening I will try the Chamomile tea and perharps gargle in the ACV-water solution.

Game of Thrones and other Trash (Matt Walsh)

Once again Matt Walsh hits the nail on the head.
He is absolutely correct when he says, “the best thing is to at least treat our brains and souls with the same respect we give a kitchen sponge. You wouldn’t put your sponge in the toilet and then use it to clean your dinner plate. Why, then, do we let our brains absorb hours of filth every day and then think we can turn around and use those same minds to be decent, virtuous people in real life?”
God tells us to abhor even the appearance of evil. He also says we shouldn’t conform any longer to the patterns of this world and to be separate. We cannot be a light shining the Truth if we involve ourselves in the same garbage as the world.

Playing Catch-Up

Wow, we haven’t posted any updates for a while, so now it is time to play catch-up. Here’s a bunch of random pictures with explanations. I’m not feeling very well so I’m going to by-pass the whole actually writing a post thing. Okay?

20150516_162441Meet Ma and Pa Cochin. They were added to the homestead on Saturday, May 16.  She laid an egg for us already!

20150516_162938Here I am with Ma. I know I look horrible. I feel it too.

marcia and paPa is so protective of Ma it is sweet.

banties The bantam chicks are growing! We’ve narrowed them down to Mille Fleur d’Uccles, Silver-Laced Sebright, Golden-Laced Sebright, Silver Duckwing Old English Game and Porcelain d’Uccles.


BLRW We got a pair of Blue-Laced Red Wyandottes.

broodyleghorn The same day we fired up the incubator this brown leghorn decided to go broody. She’s our first broody hen. Between her and the incubator, we hope to hatch out Blue-Laced Red Wyandottes, Buff Orpingtons, Barnevelders, Lakenvelders and Buff Rocks.

juvies new home The oldest set of chicks have been moved from the large brooder to a much more spacious pen in the barn. They love all the extra space.

E hikingE hiking2 The people who own the property lining ours has sold some lumber. The tree cutting crew has been thinning out the woods behind our house. Hubs and Buck decided to go for a hike.

E batting first practiceE ground ball first practiceE pitching first practiceE running first practiceE third base first practice Buck had his first T-ball practice last weekend. Go Pirates!

What have you been doing this spring?

carrots under board

Originally posted on vegetablurb:

One of the weirdo ideas that has found a place in my book of goofy things that actually work is sprouting carrot seeds under a board. This is the second year I’ve done it, and I have to admit it works flawlessly (providing you pay attention around the time the seeds are due to sprout and remove the board immediately).


It took almost exactly two weeks from the time I put the seeds into the ground till they sprouted. I only had to pull out one lanky weed seedling in the 30-ish square feet of planted area. Carrots had been frustrating for me for many years, rows with large empty spaces and lots of random weeds dispersed among the seedlings.


There’s still a little more nurse-maiding to do; mulching and thinning (it’s always so hard to murder innocent young seedlings). But after that, piece of cake.

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Iowa farms devastated, impacts unknown as bird flu spreads

Originally posted on The Armageddon Times:

554d86c30ad8c.image_Iowa produces more eggs than any state in the country, and is ninth nationally in turkey production. But both industries are being rocked by a relentless virus that is forcing farmers to destroy entire flocks. A highly pathogenic avian influenza — or bird flu — believed to be introduced by wild waterfowl such as ducks and geese has infected dozens of Iowa farms, causing the death and disposal of more than 20 million birds. While some farmers cope with devastating losses, others are taking every precaution possible to prevent the disease’s spread, knowing full well it could all be in vain. Read Article

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