~Pear tree lane farmhouse~

~Strawberry picking time~

Written by Sue, Wednesday April 27, 2011                                    partly sunny, very windy, 87 degree...
What have I been up to?....Picking the first strawberries out of the garden. among many other spring flings, and trying to decide what to do with them....

I washed, hulled, and chopped them, There is such a great feeling , knowing that you can eat something fresh out of your garden and not have to worry about chemicals covering them...

 I then...added some cream, I love fresh cream with strawberries. Hmmmm! not quite what I want, there seems to be something missing, now what could that be?....

OH! I know!! yes!! Chocolate!!! it goes with everything. I melted semi-sweet chocolate chips with a little water, and Voila! sauce.

Was this yummy!!! Just ask Mr P,  and so quick......

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 This is such a busy time here on the farm , and we will continue to be busy for a while. I am having so much fun working in my flower gardens,planting and growing  veggies and fruits to put on our shelves and in our freezer. After hearing of how coffee prices are and were going to soar, I am thinking what other things will be sky high in the future, and lets not mention the gas prices, or  I might get on my soap box! ~Lol~

Planting and harvesting your own produce doesn't take a lot of space, just some work.. and oh! so worth the aches and pains. ~laugh~.  My English peas will soon be ready for harvesting, and I would like to show you how I preserve them in jars and freeze them. Doesn't this pea blossom look like she is smiling. ~smile~

And my spinach is ready for harvesting, (which I will do this week).
Each day brings so many wonderful and beautiful gifts from our heavenly Father, a song sung to us by a song bird, a sunrise so brilliant you have to squint your eyes to see it, a very fragrant rose in your garden. All we have to do is reach up and grab them...... You dear friends are in my thoughts especially when I am busy working here at the farmhouse.~smiling at you~
Until next time,
Sue
James 1:17~ Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

New additions

Written by Sue, Tuesday, April 20, 2011                                                                                       Sunny 80 degrees
Mr P. came home with these guys last evening. Guinea fowl are a necessity on a farm. They eat a lot of insects, especially ticks. They also warn when strangers are around. We will have to keep them locked in with  the chicken for a couple of weeks, as they would try and find their way back home.

Lucy is inspecting the new additions to the farm. You know she has to give her approval before they can stay. ~smile~
 This is what a"gentleman farmer" looks like. ~ happy face~ We have been busy... with about three different projects and here is one of them. I have a tendency to do things in numbers.... most of the time I will have three books that I am reading at once, and it seems that I do the same with work, and projects. ~laugh~
Mr P's helper,.. Lucy, she doesn't want him out of her site. I tell him that he has got a little tick(southern saying).. They have become great buddies. ~smile~ That ball stays beside her, she is always wanting a game with Mr. P.

My new cutting  beds that we have been working on, not quite finished, but soon. I will be planting one of my favorite herbs, lavender, in two of them. 
Why did the chicken cross the road? 
To get to the other side of course! Always so entertaining.

This post was a little hard for me to write, when so many folks here have had their lives torn apart in a matter of a few moments. Mr P and I have done a lot of talking since Saturday about life, and making sure we cherish every day and more important each other, and our dear family. Each night as we lay our heads on our pillows we give thanks for our blessings and make sure we pray for those who lost loved ones and their own pillow.

Wishing my dear sister Mary a very happy birthday today. I want her to know how much I cherish and love her.
Until we meet again,
Sue
I must run as the garden is calling my name. I will be back to visit tonight.

Just who do you think you are??

Written by Sue,Wednesday, April 13, 2011                                                                                             sunny, 78 degrees 
A very interesting walk today.. This Cattle Egret, info. site here was busy forging for dinner. They follow cows, horses and other animals eating insects that the animals stir up while walking...Hmmm very interesting. I kinda think this is  a female,
The Egret thought I was harassing  so ...
It decided to go visit the horses, I followed, she thought I was harassing her again so..
she flew to the fence post and decided to let me photograph her, and decided to stand on one leg. , and when she thought I shoud be finished, she saw..
Mr P. on a tractor discing and she just knew there would be more delicasies so she
Went to visit Mr. farmer,...  said photographer followed her, Miss Egret flew, I walked..... I was told by Mr P. that she indeed had found a lot of insects.
she says "enough is enough", and flew back to the cow pasture., she didn't have to worry, I had had enough too.
Said photographer went back to painting, we have a deal Mr P. sands, I paint. all sixteen sections,gate, and fence posts, two coats.lol Why or how do I get myself in these situations, I will never know.
And so the story continues.
until next time,
Sue

Monday meanderings~

Written by Sue, Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday was so beautiful, It started out with us having these, eggs fresh from the hen house. Oh! so delicious. Look at that yolk, so full of protein. "Hey, I like lots of pepper on my eggs.

waited until late evening to take my walk, I can't seem to make up my mind if late evening or early morning is my favorite time of day. Anyhow evening won out. As I was beginning my walk, I noticed how calm the wind was, the air was so clean and fresh. I took some photos...
The sun going down behind the trees, made it my favorite time of day...

I've been waiting to see the wild Dogwood trees. Wild flowers have a uniqueness  about them that is indescribable. 

These Canadian geese have been visiting us about this time for several years. They were not happy about being photographed, and let me know it too.

The English peas are really growing. Those tracks belong to a certain Mr. P.,... seeing these tracks reminded me of when I was a child, and I would follow my uncle as he was plowing with his mule. I tried so hard to place my feet in his tracks but couldn't, but it didn't stop me from trying.

always know that spring has finally sprung, when I see guys like these, I caught him relaxing in the sun. Some guys, really are stuck on themselves
He really has made himself at home. There is something about this farm,... all animals both wild and domestic enjoy, and for some reason they feel, and make themselves at home 
 Enjoy your day, as you too begin to experience this new season.
until next time
Sue

Expect the unexpected

written by Sue, Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday started out like any other ordinary day, Mr P left to run errands while I started cleaning. Usually I turn my music on  while I am working, but  I opted for silence, or so I thought.While washing dishes, I heard this swishing sound in the breakfast room area. I walked over to the wall and leaned toward the floor., sure enough I heard that sound that all home owners dread. I knew there must be a line under the house that was leaking,  gushing. I was trying to remain calm, as I
Mr P. calm, cool, and collected! Me, frustrated!

called dh on his cell phone( I am so thankful for cell phones, and don't know what we did before them) Mr Cool, Calm, and Collected said "now just be cool, I am turning around and coming back, go cut the water off at the pump." Duh! now why didn't I think of that?  I was wondering why he said to remain calm? I thought I was being pretty calm, (trying to impress him, yes! after all these years  I still do.) I wonder.... if he had detected any thing in my voice, or if it was he who was not cool, and calm, after all it is possible you know, even though I call him Mr P, aka Mr. Perfect, I bet you have been wondering why I call him Mr P, well now you know. lol

 I truly believe he is about as perfect as you can be, God chose him just for me, cause He knew who would keep me balanced. I always look forward to seeing him drive down the lane and him walking through the back  door, and hearing him say 'Hey, I'm home", he does everyday.,.LOL.... hmmmm!!

Truth is ...I could just see the ground flooded with water, and I imagined that it had been going on for who knows how long..... Wonder why we women are called "Emotional"!! lol

Long story short, plumber called, plumber came, plumber fixed it , and water back on, "Mama" is happy.
So how was your day? I hope you didn't have to call a plumber or a repairmen. lol
Hugs,
Sue
P.S.
I don't believe in happen stance. I believe that my daily steps are ordered by my Heavenly Father who loves and cares for me....... The plumber told my husband that it was a new leak. God cares He knows and He understands ALL.  In life we are going to have problems and situations that arise, but God is always in control. I can't imagine what would have happened if I had not heard that sound!
Psalms 32:8 ~I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye.
Saturday is the day~
Written by Sue, Tuesday April 5, 2011
that we set aside as a day to do things that we just want to do. Sometimes we go antique browsing, thrifting,  and mall shopping. It is what we call a free day, though most times we end up working very hard, because most projects require some time.lol

I cleaned my dining room last week, and promised my buffets that I would come back later and organize their drawers. lol.

Saturday here I come...
I took my table linens out and decided to press them (all of them)  and organize the drawers. I could hardly open them,as the drawers were bulging.
I had table cloths that had never been used, and were still in their packages, this is one of them a white damask,with napkins. It is so pretty!

This matching napkin almost looks gray.. the detail is so pretty.


This tablecloth was made and given to me by my mother a very long time ago, I mean a very long time ago. I cherish it, because I know the time it took to make it.


And done by loving hands!

This tablecloth was one that belonged to my dear mother-in-love, I remember  her putting it out during the holiday season, and it was used for placing deserts on at her annual Christmas dinner. And now I get to use it at Christmas. Having and being able to use family heirlooms is such a joy!

Do you think I might have too many napkins here? I ironed all 143 Saturday. What's that you ask? How do I know? 

I counted them! lol. Most of these napkins still had the tickets on them, and they are just about as old as I am. I have collected a lot of things over the years, and it seems that napkins must have been one of them, and I didn't even realize that I was collecting them. lol

All tablecloths ironed and neatly stacked,... Oh! What's that You ask? How many table cloths? Oh! 15 or so! Yes!  I counted them. These tablecloths and napkins have been with us a very long time!.( I don't throw any thing away)... In my defense hee hee I only paid 25 cents for some, and most cost under a dollar! lol..... I can now stop using the same tablecloths and napkins every time since I have no excuse for not using these, now that they are pressed and tags taken off. lol

I heard a  commotion in the kitchen, when I went to see what was going on, I found Quacky Duck jabbering away... She spread herself across the side and told Miss Prissy to move over, that she was the new kid on the block, and that prissy had to sit and be pretty. the nerve of some people!!
Thanks for letting me share! Now fess up, how many napkins are in your closets and drawers?
Sue

A big "THANK YOU" and "HUG" to all that are praying for  Will, and our military, and for taking the time to stop and leave me such  sweet notes.

Lookie here!!

written by Sue, Friday, April 1, 2011...
Do you know how proud we are of Will?
Just got this updated photo of Will, as you can see he got there safely. and is busy learning how to do what is expected of him!! Please continue to pray for all of our military men and women everywhere.
Being raised in a military family causes me to be even more proud, and I know if Will's great grandfather were alive that he would be even more proud than us..... My father was a soldier through and through, and he taught us to love and respect our country and our military, and to know the principals to which this country was founded. Freedom of worship,...God first, loyalty to the  Constitution to whom he was sworn to support, defend.
Thanks for indulging me!!

Hugs,
Sue
I Thessalonians 1:2~We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.
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~

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