Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Chats on the Farmhouse Porch
So lets get to this weeks questions:
1. Do you have any special plans for this fall?
Sewing lots and lots of fall things, or teaching school? Things like that? Fall is always busy and I love fall so much.
2. Do you collect anything?
Yes, Books, lots and lots of books. Raggedy Ann dolls, chickens, gosh if I am not careful I will turn into a hoarder.
3. Have you done any canning or freezing this season?
Yes, as my brag posts have shared but just in case here is a picture of my pantry as of today. :)
4. Do you have a friend who lives far away? Where do they live?
All of my friends live far away. All over the U.S. and Canada, and Europe.
5. When in a store, restaurant, or other business, do you ever complain or praise to the management?
I try never to complain. I try to find something good about every situation. Even when a new person dumped two whole, full glasses of ice water in my lap, I tried to be nice. I did yell a bit as the water was cold and I did jump to my feet. The poor kid was very new and I could see he was almost in tears. I have been on the other side of that counter and I know how some-days you just need a smile.
Thanks to Patrice for having these chats. This is number 53.
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My sons, who have been very excited to see Dark Knight Rises before all of the stuff happened in Auroa. My older two left for camp and my younger two thought they would wait until their older brother got back to see it. I was hoping they would decide not to go see it at all. Sunday night my son got a bunch of guys together from camp and they all met at the theater to see the movie. My three sons and a bunch of really great young men.
They got home on Sunday night and did the " Oh it was an okay movie and went upstairs and as I was tired and ready for bed I let them."
Monday morning I was folding clothes while my son cooked breakfast. I asked him about his evening and he told me but was still acting funny. My Mom radar was going off and I said, " What else happened?" He said,
" Well, the movie had just started, when down at the bottom of the theater the outside exit door opened. 4 guys came in and sat down." He looked at me and then continued his story, " He said, every single person in that theater was on high alert and no one was watching the movie. A older man got up and went and found someone to ask them to see their tickets, while everyone watched." He kind of laughed, and said that two of the young men with him who are great big guys and weight lifters were talking between themselves how they were going to take those guys out. "
As he was telling me this story, my knees buckled and I had to leave the room because the fear and the tears and all of the other emotions flooded over me. I kept telling myself " get a grip, nothing happened they were safe."
There is the words in the last movie Return of the King, Gollum's Song.
Where once was light
Now darkness falls
Where once was love
Love is no more
Don't say goodbye
Don't say I didn't try
These tears we cry
Are falling rain
For all the lies you told us
The hurt, the blame!
And we will weep to be so alone
We are lost
We can never go home
So in the end
I'll be what I will be
No loyal friend
Was ever there for me
Now we say goodbye
We say you didn't try
These tears you cry
Have come too late
Take back the lies
The hurt, the blame!
And you will weep
When you face the end alone
You are lost
You can never go home
You are lost
You can never go home
I have no answers, just questions but they continue to haunt me as I try like puzzle pieces in my brain try to fit this all together. As Gandalf says to Frodo, "
Frodo: It's a pity Bilbo didn't kill him when he had the chance.
Gandalf: Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo's hand. Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends. My heart tells me that Gollum has some part to play yet, for good or ill before this is over. The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many.
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Sunday, July 29, 2012
It Has Been 3 Years!
This was my very first post.
Friday, July 17, 2009
It is really hot today. Hotter than a firecracker. The chickens are just standing out with their wings out on either side and the baby chicks just stand around panting.
I was so scared when I wrote this, when I hit publish, I promptly turned off my computer and ran away. All the thoughts and fears I had never happened. Instead it has been 3 years of meeting new friends. Learning new things. Entering a world where as far as I can tell, people are nice and normal and not at all like you see on the nightly news. Just normal people who love their families, who work hard who love their country and who are willing to share even the shirt off of their back. It has been a time of wonderful blessing for me.
I am for one very thankful that I did hit that button to publish.
So thank you for reading me and visiting and for just being my friend. I am still thinking about a give away. I am a very slow thinker. If you want to know the truth. My husband had the idea to write a blog. I didn't I thought he was going to write and take pictures and all of that. I wasn't going to live out-loud in a public place. I was going to watch him and well, something happened. He got too busy with work and I just couldn't stand to see the poor blog sit idle so I had to jump in and do it.
So now you know, and the rest is history.
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Saturday, July 28, 2012
Thoughts for Saturday
This morning I was outside and even though it is hot and is going to remain hot, it could have been my imagination but the air felt like school starting and it felt like fall was coming. It is 4 weeks until we start school so it really could be just my imagination.
It is a nice Saturday, I hope you are having a nice day. My daughter's kids are coming down with chicken pox, the baby has it first and you know the two will follow. At least they will have it over with. When mine caught it I had 4 of them come down with it at the same time and it was so much harder on the older ones than the young ones.
I hope you have a lovely, restful Sunday,
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Friday, July 27, 2012
I am glad today is Friday and like a fresh canvas I have been given, I am ready to paint my world today.
It is so nice to be back,
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Learning to Spin
At one point I had nothing but knots and big lumps. Megan was so patient and she would take it out of my hands which were all thumbs by the way and she would straighten it out and show me again and again. I couldn't remember where or how to start the fiber and she would show me how to just let it slide between my hands.To me it felt like trying to make a rope out of spider web. I felt as clumsy as a bull in a china shop.
So I guess it will be awhile before I am spinning, but it was a good day anyway. I told her I was going to blog about it and I
Then I managed to corral them all and get a picture without them being just blurs.
Gosh I don't know what is happening to me, I am going to have to change this blog name to Kim's brag Page. I feel like that is all I have done all week. I will get a grip soon, I promise.
Have a wonderful Thursday!
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Today on Wednesday
I made zucchini relish yesterday. I enjoy making this and I try to make it once a year. I only use it in tuna and on hot dogs, I need to learn to use it in other things.
I have had such fun making each one.
The other night we had 3 in the front yard and two in the back. Last night we were out by the pool and I have a slide that is on the play house and water collects in the bottom. Last night we watched the skunk get a drink out of the water on the slide.
I don't know if we are getting used to them and they are to us, we just look at each other and say, " watch out there is a skunk out there" and go about our business.
I will try to remember to take pictures of learning to spin.
Have a great Wednesday,
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Monday, July 23, 2012
I jumped up, and hit my head on the cutting board, dropping the peels that I had wrapped in a paper towel, making an even bigger mess in a place I had already cleaned. I should have taken a picture of my kitchen, I was trying to do too many things at once. It is all nice and clean now though.
I have to quit reading canning books. I think I need to read some vacation books. I picked every tomato that even sort of looked red today so I can do something different tomorrow.
Have a great Tuesday!
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Sunday, July 22, 2012
Our Pictures of 4 Years of Gardening
Our Second Garden.
Our Third Garden.
The heat was intense and it never let up 2011 It was really hard to decide to keep gardening.
2012 garden, and my favorite so far:
Thank you for being apart of that journey.
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Saturday, July 21, 2012
My summer projects:
1. Make strawberry jam
2. Sew lots.
3. Keep garden weeded.
4. Bible Study with the girls.
5. Learn to spin.
I realized that today if I didn't do some serious weeding, I was going to fail on this list. I went outside even though it was hot, and weeded the garden.
I bought strawberries yesterday because I planned on replenishing my store of strawberry jam. I was tired but I thought that my strawberries wouldn't wait. So I got out my things and started making jam, as my son said, " I have spent my morning "jamin" in the kitchen.
This morning before I started chopping weeds, I picked my third basket of tomatoes.
The only thing on the list that I haven't done yet, is I haven't learned to spin. My DIL brought a beginning book so I need to sit down and read it before she brings her wheel. The kids have been taking swimming lessons and right now it is fun for them to be in the swimming pool. I do mean to get to that next though.
I was pretty happy to see I am doing what I wanted to do this summer. I have had a nice summer so far.
The two oldest that live here have been getting ready to leave for camp in the morning. The are going to be camp counselors. I will only have my two youngest home this week. My daughter was house setting next door and I think I got used to the kids running over so it might be a quiet, lonely place next week.
I am glad I have garden work to do to keep me busy and lots and lots of sewing to do.
Have a wonderful weekend,
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Friday, July 20, 2012
Earlier this week, I got a package for dying cloth. I have been frustrated because I couldn't get the colors I wanted or the look I wanted so I broke down and bought a book. I am very happy with the product. I found this package on a website called Pioneer Primitives. She had a package that included a dye book, spoons, the five dyes needed and the swatches for the colors you could make out of these five packages of dye.
I can't wait to see how it turns out. In the book the lady has step by step directions and they are really easy to follow so I think it will be fun and rewarding and I will get the colors I see in my head.
Us girls around here love beets. The guys not so much. I think it is we might need iron and beets are very high in iron.
Have a lovely day and I hope a nice weekend. Our humidity is gone this morning so it feels a bit better. We will be over a hundred all weekend and into next week though.
Bye for now,
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Canning in my Kitchen
Yesterday I made what my Ball Cookbook said was Spicy Spaghetti Sauce. One year I put up 100 jars of the stuff. Out of about 50 pounds of tomatoes yesterday I only got 7 quarts. I was exhausted last night and today wasn't much better. I have no idea how in the world I made that much. I also made some dill pickles this week too.
I went out and picked this amount of tomatoes and bell peppers.
Thank you for reading along and looking at the the photos. I hope you have a lovely Thursday.
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