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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.

27 comments:

Debbie April 19, 2011 at 11:08 AM  

The new fowl are soo pretty. My, what I don't know about farm life would fill a whole encyclopedia, haha...How I love looking at the pics of your farming life. And your farmer man? soo glad you have him. ; ) Have a wonderful day Sue! HUGS

Debbie April 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM  

I've enjoyed the visit. It's good to see Lucy so happy and part of your family. I've got a real soft spot for animals. My mom always talked about searching for guinea nests to find their eggs when she was little. They're very pretty.

Farm Girl April 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM  

I keep watching the weather and praying. This storm system is huge and doesn't seem to be letting up. Your guineas are wonderful. They will try to go home too. They are so funny. I hope you get them to lay eggs and hatch some more. I would like to have some more but my husband says no guineas and no peacocks. I love your new garden beds. Your dog is great.
Thank you for your kind comment and don't work to hard. I am trying to get my inside things done and hopefully my husband can take off the rest of the week and we can stay outside.
I will keep praying.

Vee April 19, 2011 at 12:03 PM  

It must be teaching you a lot about faith to lay your head down at night in the midst of such rough weather. (We don't have anything like that here, though a very dear friend perished in a thunderstorm stopping to help a motorist. The telephone poll that the motorist hit toppled over on him and killed him instantly. That's the worst of weather woes. Blizzards one can ride out at home, but tornados...ugh. Scary things.)

It's always fun to see what's happening on the farm. Love those beautiful hens!

Every man needs a dog. I am sure of it. John has taken to Molly and she to him like two long-lost pals. It's very sweet.

Southern Lady April 19, 2011 at 2:54 PM  

I'm so glad your beautiful farm was out of harm's way from the storms, Sue. My heart goes out to those less fortunate.

I loved catching up on what's been going on at the farm. I know it is a busy time for you and Mr. P, and I always enjoy hearing about it and seeing your pictures. Take care and keep us posted on things ...

LDH April 19, 2011 at 3:15 PM  

Visiting with you on the farm is one of my favorite things to do! :) Always great projects going on and lots to see.

GardenofDaisies April 19, 2011 at 3:35 PM  

I aways love hearing about what going on at your farm. Lucy is such a sweetie... I love that she carries that ball around with her. Lucky lucky you! Three new garden beds! I love lavender and herbs too. We sure have had some destructive weather this spring! So sad for those affected.

A Hint of Home April 19, 2011 at 4:09 PM  

Happy Birthday to Mary!
We are so blessed to have husbands that we can pray, share, laugh, and work with, aren't we!
Our hearts go out to those who are hurting and have lost so much!
Happy Easter to you and Mr. P.

Janette@Janette's Sage April 19, 2011 at 5:37 PM  

I thought of you when I heard about the storms..we are having history breaking fires in Texas. May we all count our blessings.

Love the new additions, and man's best friend, so content to be with his owner...as we should be with our Lord.

I just recently got pictures of this huge lavender farm in the Hill Country of Texas...I am hoping to see it when we go down for Easter...you wouldn't believe the purple, so beautiful.

Happy Easter!!!

Susan B April 19, 2011 at 8:52 PM  

Hi Sue,
I enjoyed visiting with you on your farm. I always enjoy your photos...you live in such a lovely place. I agree we should all count our blessings and cherish them every day. I hope you have a blessed Easter my friend. :) xo

Heidi Pocketbook April 19, 2011 at 10:47 PM  

I loved seeing your pictures and reading about your new additions of guineas. They are so fun to watch--I know someone who has them. They are kind of like guard dogs, lol!

It has been a wild and wooly evening here in the corn, praying that those storms aren't headed your way as well.

Hugs from Heidi

Jenni April 19, 2011 at 11:53 PM  

I am so glad y'all's farm was protected from the storms! and I love the guineas; they have the prettiest feathers.... I have a feather/flower pin with guinea feathers on it, and it looks so elegant.

Mr. P looks like the "model farming gentleman", thanks for sharing the pics with us! And Lucy is beautiful, you can just see the intelligence shining on her furry face!

I must say, your blog is one of my very favorite ones to visit. Happy birthday to Mary, and hope her day was filled with joy and good wishes!
Hugs,
Jenni

Susan April 20, 2011 at 1:39 AM  

Those guineas are beautiful!
I showed them to my dh and asked him if we might get some...We have deer ticks, they get on my horses in their warm places :o) dh, he just rolled his eyes lol.

What do you do with the lavender after you cut it?

Like one of the others that comented, we are so blessed to have dh's that we can work besides, snuggle and pillow talk with and pray together with.

It looks like spring is well underway where you are.

My heart too goes out to those who are hurting and have lost so much.
We have so much to be thankful for and there are so many that we need to reach out to. We haven't had any disasters here of late but right here in our small town just this month a families house burned to the ground and another family just lost their 21 year old son to a drug overdose. Dear Lord give us hearts that break like yours and show us who and how we can reach out and share your love.

Im posting the recipe for homemade ranch dressing that you asked for.
You will love it!

This makes a dry mix that you will be able to get several batches out of.

Ranch Dressing Mix (no msg)
5 TBSP dried minced onions
8 tsp dried parsley flakes
3 tsp sea salt
1 tsp garlic powder

Mix and store

Use 2 TBSP dry mix per batch (you can adjust this to your own taste)

2 cups mayo
2 cups buttermilk

whisk and store in canning jar in the fridge....This will keep for several weeks. It doesn't last that long around here.

I make my own buttermilk and am going to try to make my own mayo
Blessings
Susan

Susan April 20, 2011 at 1:52 AM  

Oh, I forgot.....I got the recipe for the dressing mix from another blog.......Heavenly Homemaker...there is a button on my blog that will take you to her site.....she has tons of recipies and how toos.........I tried her Italian dressing for my husband and he loves it!!!

Oh and I love your donkeys!!!
Blessings

Michele Katherine April 20, 2011 at 3:24 AM  

Hi Sue,

I have some catching-up to do on your blog. I like to make sure I have time, and that I'm not rushed because I really love visiting you at your blog, it's a Happy place to visit :o)

I'm saddened by the loss that so many have suffered, and I realize how much I take for granted, and that needs to change.

Sue, Very touching, heartfelt words You wrote; as quoted below ;

"making sure we cherish every day and more important each other, and our dear family."

God bless you friend,
Michele

thesedaysofmine.com April 20, 2011 at 8:54 AM  

Such a pleasant post today. Love the photos of your "gentleman farmer" and his companion!

Happyone : ) April 20, 2011 at 9:46 AM  

Always a pleasure to stop by here. : )

Sunny April 20, 2011 at 12:29 PM  

My herb bed is in sad need of re-doing. I love the Lavendar and Rosemary the best I think,but also i will replant my thyme and others that froze out this year. I have lots of lemon balm. I don't think you can kill that stuff!

Elena April 20, 2011 at 8:48 PM  

Such beautiful and peaceful pictures. I am so thankful that you are safe and so home was not harmed by the storms.

Julie Harward April 20, 2011 at 8:51 PM  

You two have such a beautiful place..love it! I didn't know those birds were used for that, they sire are pretty! Have a wonderful Easter weekend. :D

Vintagesouthernlife April 20, 2011 at 11:52 PM  

I so enjoy visiting your blog and your farm.I too am so grateful. Our lives can change in an instant.

Barb April 21, 2011 at 1:49 AM  

Hi Sue!

Loved your post! I want chickens soooo bad! When we were at the garden center, they had new baby chicks and they always steal my heart! Maybe next year... :0(

I love your blog - there are actually leaves on the trees and green grass, very beautiful!

My heart and prayers also goes out to all those who lost so much in just a blink of an eye, what a tragedy. I certainly need to count my blessings more each day!

Have a very blessed Easter!

Hugs,
Barb

Happy@Home April 21, 2011 at 12:48 PM  

I am learning so much about life on the farm by visiting you, Sue. The picture of Lucy and the guineas is so sweet. I didn't know that they would eat ticks, but that sounds like a real asset.
I'm glad to know that your area wasn't affected by the devastating tornadoes.

gnee @ Singing With Birds April 21, 2011 at 9:19 PM  

Hi Sue,

It looks like you live in a bit of heaven...well bigger than a bit for sure! You new little spotted guinea hens are so pretty and will be useful too. I can only imagine your garden of blue and how it will smell, blue heaven!

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. I'm so glad all is well at your place.

susanbeemer April 23, 2011 at 11:25 AM  

love you grandma miss you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much can't wwait to see you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

susanbeemer April 23, 2011 at 11:33 AM  

your grandauther kaitlyn love the germen shepeered sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool miss you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much can't wait to seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee you

kaitlyn

Carrie of Farming On Faith April 26, 2011 at 10:43 AM  

Good Morning Sweet Friend~
Hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday!
Carrie~

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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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