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~A little Thyme in the garden~

Written by Sue, Tuesday, June 23, 2015      Sizzling hot today, 102, high humidity

If you come looking for me early in the morning you will probably find me in the herb garden,first thing on my agenda is going through pulling any weeds that have popped up overnight, trust me they do pop up overnight. ~grin~ Next I clip any over growth I see, especially if the herb is beginning to flower out, that is not good, when this happens the herb losses some of its potency and flavor.
As you can see Peter Rabbit is very diligent about keeping an eye on the garden, nothing gets by his watchful eye.



#1photo~Here you find, rosemary, love the fragrance so much, it is very strong! I use this with baked chicken,and salmon!
#2~going across is sage, I use this in stews, dressing,also dry it for later, though this herb is hardy in the South, and most times I can gather it fresh!
#3~flat leaf parsley, this herb is great for just about anything,also use fresh and dry!
#4~curly leaf parsley, same as with the flat leaf parsley, also it is good for freshening the breath, just      pick, wash and pop in the mouth!



#1~ has several varieties of oregano, there is even a spicy hot one, it is very hot! I use oregano fresh    and also dry for winter. This really comes in handy when I make my spaghetti sauce.
#2 basil, I have about five different varieties, love the smell of basil! Do you see the flowering bud at the top of the stem, cut it off, the basil plant will become bushier, and the flavor will be stronger.
#3~  is eucalyptus, I use it when making flower arrangements, can also be used medicinally.
#4~ is lemon thyme, smells so good, I also use it fresh and dry for winter.


This is stevia, I will be cutting and making a fresh stevia elixir this week, great for those watching their weight and who like sweets.

 Lets not forget dill, I use this in making pickles, as you can see the seed are forming, just waiting for them to dry!I also plant garlic chives, good for making vinegars, lemon verbena, curry, marjoram!
 On my way in from all the heat and humidity I couldn't resist cutting a few hydrangeas for drying! I tried this last year for the fist time and had great success!This has become one of my favorite flowers!

Genesis 1:29~ And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which (is) upon the face of the earth, and every tree, in which(is) the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.    
I hope you enjoyed your visit with me in my herb garden today, I started learning and planting herbs over thirty years ago, and truly believe they are so healthy for us, when I use herbs,  I don't have to flavor so much with salt, plus I use herbs for medicinal uses.
     
Example.... Last night Mr P. went out to water the plants on the porch, dressed in shorts no T-shirt,  the mosquitoes had a feast, he showed me the whelps and bites this morning, I immediately went and made a mixture of coconut oil and Tea Tree oil, rubbed it practically all over him, (I have never seen so many bites), immediately he had relieve and has not had any itching since, though the whelps and bites are still very visible. Tea Tree oil is always in our medicine cabinet! So many other uses for it!

That's about all for now from the farmhouse, I would like to really complain about the hot, humid weather we are having, but the Lord wants me to be thankful for what I have, my heart and prayers go out to all those who are having even worse weather situations than a little heat and humidity! As I know that this will soon pass, but those who lost everything in the tornadoes and flooding will have a tougher time rebuilding their lives.Please help me pray or them!
1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that first of all. supplications, prayers, intercessions, (and) giving of thanks, be made for all men:

much love, 
Sue


Once again linking up with Stephanie at Roses of Inspiration, thank you Stephanie for hosting, I am looking forward to making new friends! Also thank you for mentioning my blog and welcoming me to Roses of inspiration link-up party!

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The not quite finished patriotic porch!

Written by Sue, Monday evening, June 15, 2015      very hot and dry, temps. 101 today

In between weeding, gathering veggies, and canning, I have been busy cleaning and decorating the porch, for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and now Independence Day ! Maybe by July 4th. I will have it finished. LOL Anyhoo...




Last weekend we had two Navy seamen visiting the farm, the one stretched out on the swing is our grandson,Will, they come every few weeks scouting, and camping out on  the hunting land. It is always nice when they come by the farmhouse for refreshments, talk, and just plain ole` porch sitting.This is how "country folks" enjoy a late summer evening, (notice Mr P already has his pj's on) ~smile~

I usually send them home with goodies,.. this trip, I made a ten layer chocolate cake,




chocolate chip cookies and some jam.Did you know that Country cookies are not uniformed, just  like us, God made each of us unique and special!



This is what I have thus far completed, I need to hang the sheers, sew the patriotic pillows, etc.

I must get those curtains up by the weekend, but folks it is so hot here 101 today 104 predicted for tomorrow, Don't think I could stay on a ladder in that kind of heat. ~smile~


I made Bread & Butter pickles today, I was so pleased with how they came out! I find it so amazing that in a matter of a few hours veggies can go from this,


To this.... I have two kinds of Bread & Butter recipes, one done the old fashioned way, the other is a recipe that my niece gave me, so delicious, quick and easy, they are called Bread and Butter freezer pickles! Oh my I was so amazed at the taste! Tomorrow I will be making sweet and dill relish, that's the plan.~grin~


That's about all for now from the farmhouse, stay tuned something is always brewing around here.
Lots of love,
Sue
Linking up with Stephanie at Roses of Inspiration, thank you Stephanie for hosting, I am looking forward to making new friends!

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~Here and there, mostly there~

Written by Sue, Tuesday, June 2, 2015               partly cloudy, with showers, 80's

Just a quick note,....

 A few hours yesterday was spent picking, shelling, and canning English peas,


 All by  my lonesome self, well, not exactly  Jack and Lucy,(our faithful companions) were sitting close by~

Reasons Why I can..
1~I enjoy it so much
2~More economical
3~it is organically grown
4~ I know who handled the produce
5~etc...
BTW Do you see that iron in the background? I put it to good use yesterday too,  as a matter of fact I worked for quite a few hours straight without a brake, even slept under sheets that were kissed by the sun, soooo.
Mr P thought I deserved a day off we are leaving just as soon as I finish this post for our State Farmers Market, "flowers and herbs here I come."

WOW! I can hardly believe I wrote his post in fifteen minutes!!! Just goes to show you what you can do if you put your mind to it!~Grin~
Enjoy your day,
love, 
Sue

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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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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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