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~Remembering~

Written by Sue, Monday, May25, 2015                absolutely beautiful, sunny, warm 80's

Remembering, honoring, and being thankful to those, and their families who gave their all that we might have and enjoy the freedoms that we so enjoy, and blessed beyond measure! You are not forgotten!!


We are covering this nation in prayer, That the freedoms afforded us through so much sacrifice will not be in vain! 
II Chronicles 7:14~ If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
 We are also
Praying for those, too, and their families  who are now serving that these freedoms that so many gave their lives for will continue. You are always in our thoughts and hearts.
Dear sweet grandson~ Will~
On this Memorial Day weekend grandson was promoted to Petty Officer 2nd class, United States Navy.We're so proud of you grandson and love you very much.

Philippians 1:3-4~ I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer on mine making request for all with joy,
   Blessings,
Sue


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"This Journey Called Life!"

Written by Sue, Tuesday, May19, 2015             sunny, hot, thunderstorms in evening, temps. 90's


Saturday, I finished another chapter, In my book "This Journey Called Life',"I have probably finished three/fourths of mine. ~smile~, it was the chapter in which I was a part time caregiver for an Alzheimer patient! Leaving was one of the toughest decisions I have ever made, but for my own health, I had to say goodbye!

My shift was from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Wednesday and Friday, I would get up at 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning, work all day, shower and go to work in the evening, leave at 8 a.m. on Thursday, come home, shower, instead of going to bed, I worked until evening, (I am not a daytime sleeper, no matter if I am up all night,) This put me up for about 40 straight hours! I would repeat this same schedule on Friday!

Needless to say something went lacking...... Me! I am amazed that I was able to work for as long as I did, it is only through the strength given to me by my Heavenly Father that I was able to continue!

PSALM 29-11~ The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace!

I am so thankful for the opportunity to have served this family, though, it was I who was blessed beyond words,  I learned so much about this most dreaded disease! How to appreciate each day given to me, to be more thankful for my blessings, especially my health! I formed a lasting bond both with this precious gentleman, and his family! As you can see I gained more than what I gave!


~Life continues on the farm~
We have a new baby born this week


~There is no love like a Mother's Love!~
 This makes number five, donkeys are very family oriented, very entertaining, and can kick real hard!~ouch~ We have not quite figured out the gender yet, the names we have chosen are Jake or Joy!
Have a blessed day,
Hugs,
Sue

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Who knows what Pajama Gardening is about?

Written by Sue, Monday, April 27, 2015 , beautiful spring day, sunny, cool, high 60's!

Pajama gardening is when, one (moi) wakes up and can hardly wait to go check her garden to see how many slugs have been captured and killed! I didn't even take the time for coffee. If left to themselves slugs can destroy your flowers and vegetables, every year the slugs and I go at it. I am a stickler for not using chemicals in the garden, just a personal choice! Beer or wine will do the job!!

Last evening was the first battle, guess who won? They only come out at night!


 Can someone say "Yucky"?

While checking the vegetable garden I found Colorado Potato Beetles having breakfast on our few potato bushes, picked them off, and let them join the slugs, I am still pajama gardening! ~Smile~

Since working two nights a week, and having so much rain, I haven't had a chance to do much gardening, so things are a little behind!

I turned and saw the weeds were beginning to take hold in my new garlic bed, "this will never do", I say!


 I kept thinking that I needed to go in and change but just kept plucking , sometimes I get a litle  carried away!

Now, that's completed! Have I ever mentioned that I love to pull weeds? I don't like weeds in the garden for sure, but I love to see them gone. ~smile~ I know you are probably wondering, "who is this woman?"

 The first strawberry, not yet ready, I was tempted to eat it anyway!


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Other News...
Last Saturday night I discovered the refrigerator was not cooling, lost everything in both compartments, my freezer was full! You might ask why I didn't discover this sooner! I have a perfect excuse, we were gone from the house for two days, leaving early in the  morning, returning late, (another story for another day, ~grin~) there was no need to go into the freezer, the only thing we used once was cream for coffee. I didn't have thermometers in there, but,  now I have two ordered, and will be checking every day no matter how tired I am. ~grin~
I am happy to report it was only a switch that kept the compressor in check, it seems in my efforts to clean the coils, I pushed some insulation into the cooling fan, which hindered it from doing its job! So much for being a clean fanatic! The cost was doable, so glad it was fixable!

Sunday I worked on cleaning it for 3 1/2 hrs., when I finished, it looked almost new!

Spring brings forth new life here on the farm, 


This lady is ready any day now, the old gander is watching close by!


Are you a list maker, I am, this is what a typical day is for me. I really like this coil index card holder, I can flip back to see what was done and when, I always put the weather, Bible verse and sometimes personal notations! What doesn't get done today goes on the next day! I love coming in to check things off,just a fun thing to do.


Enjoy your day,
Blessings, 
Sue

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~It's That Time Again~, Or Is It?

Written bu Sue, Thursday, April 16, 2015              rain showers, cool temps. 50's

I love halos especially on angels.~wink~ Canning citrus fruit has been on my to do list for sometime; since the season was soon ending I decided it was time, if I had known it was going to be this easy, I would have done it sooner. Next, I am going to try a combination of fruits. Ha ha


The first step is to wash, rinse,sterilize, the jars, lids, and caps,  

After peeling,
Perfection!

 take the pith,(that's the white strings you see.) They are bitter, this is the most time consuming of this process, but well worth the time. When I researched this on the internet, I found that companies use a chemical solution to remove the pith. I'd rather not do this, so I peel. ~smile~

All clean and ready to place in jars.


Prepare a light syrup, 2 cups sugar, 6 cups water, mix, you could make it sweeter, I choose the light syrup, bring to a boil! At the same time I am bringing the lids and caps to a boil, turn burner off.
 Pack clementines in sterilized jars, I will either sterilize my jars in my oven on 200 degrees, or use the dishwasher, it depends on how many jars I have, this time I used my oven.

add syrup,


 stir to get air bubbles out, wipe rims, place lids and caps on,process in boiling water bath for 10 mins. time starts when the water starts back to boiling.

Voila', my own  mandarin oranges, ready for salads, desserts, including mandarin orange cake!



 Does this mean, that my food preserving for 2015 has started? ~smile~Na, just a little side stepping here.~wink~ This time of the year I would rather be outside in my garden!


Personal note*
I dearly love blogging, and have met and made some wonderful friends, as I was looking back over my previous posts, I could hardly believe the few times I have written and posted, after all this is suppose to be a journal of my life! Life situations happen and one has to prioritize, as most of you can relate!
Thank you Dear Friends who visit and or comment; a heartfelt "Thank You"!
Love,
Sue

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Who says nothing exciting happens here at the farm.

Written by Sue, Monday, April, 13, 2015    beautiful,sunny, warm, 80's

On the phone talking with my Mom, this morning, door bell rings, might not be unusual for you, but it is for me especially when our gate is locked. I glanced out the window and saw a young man in uniform. I greet him he explains his situation, he had to land his helicopter in the pasture. I asked how I might help, he wanted to know if they could land another helicopter and bring a jeep for repair work. I said for them to do whatever they needed to get it fixed, I also asked if I could take some photos!He invited me to go see the helicopter and  take photos.

I found Rain inspecting the helicopter, and was so surprised because she is so skittish, she just took everything in stride.


This was such a thrill for me, I got to meet some wonderful young men, and to thank them for their service to our country, how my DH and I pray for all of our military men and women each day,they all were so thankful,polite and wanting to make sure they weren't doing any harm to the pasture.
I've never known Rain to be so nosy, (I guess she is like her owners,grin) she got even closer!

 Help is on the way!
 Picking up the two officers who were on the first flight.
I found it so amazing that a third helicopter was continually circling  the other helicopters,kind of like a mother hen. ~smile~ once the two officers were on board and gone, it left.

It took a couple of hours for the helicopter to be repaired and then....

 up up and away
 off into the wild blue yonder.

"good by dear soldiers" may the Lord bless and keep you in His loving arms!
I felt so bad that I had no goodies prepared to give them, as I had sent all the cookies home with three sailor boys yesterday,Here is Mr P. with grandson Will and two of his friends,  they came for the weekend to camp out, and relax in the back field. We don't bother them as we know they need time to unwind, and get away. I always try and have some goodies for them to take home.
Have you thanked or hugged a military person lately?

 A personal note*
I have so much respect for our men and women and their families who sacrifice so much so that I can continue to enjoy the freedoms, that I now have. Sad to say that so much of our blessings and freedoms are leaving due to wrong decisions being made by our leaders. I urge everyone to please continue to pray for our nation, our military personal, and our leaders!!

This morning in my devotion, Isaiah 6~ I was reading of how Isaiah went to the temple when his friend King Uzziah had died, while there he saw the majestic glory of God manifested in a powerful way. He repented, his guilt was taken away, his sin atoned, and was given a new commission, He received a fresh vision.
So many times I find my self fretting over situations, in my personal life as well as in the state of our country, (to which I dearly love) and the world. I am reminded that God is still in charge, and that things are always changing, but one thing for sure, God Almighty remains the same, he never wavers. Just as Isaiah found and received a "fresh vision",  So I am asking for one too!

Much love to all, 
Sue 

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I'm a working girl now!

Written by Sue, March 24, 2015                       Partly sunny temps.60's

Hello dear friends,
Yes, I am a working girl for real, I am getting to use my CNA training, I work two 12 hr. shifts twice a week, at night, I must admit it is a real challenge staying up at night,~smile~. My whole body rhythm is out of sync, that's probably the reason I am writing this post so late tonight, or should I say morning.~grin~

There are only a few things in life that I hate, I don't even like the word hate, but Cancer and Alzheimer's are two things I literally detest. I have dealt with cancer through my Mother's illness, and am very happy to say she is doing so well, (no cancer found with the last surgery,)so much so that she has even gone back to working one day a week. To God be the glory!

The patient that I take care of is battling Alzheimer's, he is one of the sweetest persons I have ever met, a retired minister.I have learned so much lately about this terrible and dreaded disease, of how it affects not only the patient but the family as well, as many of you know, because you have walked this road yourself. When faced with situations in life, I am reminded of God's truth and faithful promises!

Deuteronomy 31:8~The Lord Himself goes before you, and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

 The most important thing is to be sure the patients physical needs are met, but a close second and third, is to try and make sure that they keep their "independence" and "dignity" as well! When I come to his home the first thing I ask him is "Did you miss me?' His reply always with a big grin is "Till I'm gone." another favorite time is when I put him to bed and I ask him, "are you ready for your goodnight prayers," he always prays the sweetest prayers, I tuck him in and he goes to sleep fairly quickly, but soon is up again!

It is hard for the family to see their loved one being boxed into a dark and lonely place, my heart really goes out to them,and as a caregiver I have become so attached to both the patient and family, trying to be there for them when the questions seem to roll, especially in the morning when they come over and I have to give an oral and written report of how his night was! it seems that Alzheimer's is so much more evident at night. I love the smiles when I am able to say "He had a good night."

So much has and is happening here at the farm, we are so busy getting things planted for our new season, and lots of new lambs this year too, hoping to share real soon, I truly have missed everyone and think of you so often.  I wanted to have a pretty photo to share with this post, hope you enjoy! This rose is for you  dear friends!



Blessings 
Sue 

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~Update~

Written by Sue,Thursday Feb.12,2015                                 sunny, windy,temps. 50's a great day for a walk!

My Mother is recuperating at home, though the surgery was a little more detailed this time, she is doing well, this morning  she is up and wanting to get back to her normal schedule, we are having a hard time getting her to rest, like I said that energy bunny has nothing on her.
A heartfelt "thank you" for your thoughts and prayers, she was so blessed when I told her my friends in blogland were praying., and even more thrilled when some said she looked like Debbie Reynolds, a favorite actress of hers! Tomorrow we go back to see the dr. for the results, asking for more  prayers.

OH! the flowers and card were a surprise from her grandson,(my son), I thought he was so thoughtful!, and was told that I had something special coming too!!Whoopie!!
Can't wait to see how beautiful the blooms will  be, we could not decide if they were tulips or lilies, either way they will be pretty and bring much joy to Mother! She is hiding her face because she said "I don't have my makeup on," and that is because the surgeon took a spot off her right cheek! I find her to be beautiful any way, because her beauty shines from within.
Enjoy your day, 
Love
Sue

Proverbs 31:30~ Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

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The farmer and his friends
Thank you so much for coming by, please come and visit anytime.

~Welcome home~

This blog is dedicated to my dear family who live many miles away, and to you dear ladies , who have a heart for keeping the home fires burning. You, who love and cherish your family, and have a desire to create a home that says "Welcome, you are loved and cared for."

My desire is that when you leave that you will be encouraged and know that you too are loved.

Sue~

The phrase "There's no place like home", is so true.

No matter where I go, I always love turning the key and hearing that clicking sound in the lock of our back door . Even if I have only gone shopping, I am so happy to be home.

Did you know that every home has its own scent, the first thing I do is sniff the air, and I offer a quiet prayer of thankfulness, and for safety.

My decorating style is my own, I decorate with the colors and treasures that are me. One of the things that I have enjoyed about blogging is the difference in how we all view the world, and our homes. Just like our Creator made each of us to be unique, we create our own unique styles and colors in our own homes. I have learned so much from you and enjoyed your homes so much, and have learned so much about you from your homes...

I truly believe that God wants us to have a safe haven to come home too, a place we can claim as our own,... just like us, homes come in all shapes and sizes if love is there it is our home.., if our things are there it is our home. When we add our own personal touches, it is our home

Home is a place we can go to when the storms of life are raging. I often listen to the wind and rain when it is coming down hard and am reminded of the safety of our sheltering home. It is the one place that we control what and who comes in, (well,most of the time. lol)

Sometimes late at night, when I am unable to sleep I will get up and as I am walking across the room, I hear the floor creek beneath my feet, I go, sit, and listen to other sounds that my home makes, a pop here and there in the wall, it is like the wall is talking to me. A home not only has its own scent, but it also has its own sound. I truly believe that a home takes on its own personality, US!!

So why this blog?....
I wanted a place that I could come, talk about, and share of how my day was spent here at the "farmhouse", and about the things that I do to make it a "home". Making a house a home is a lifetime endever, and I might add a joy, as our lives are always changing.

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