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written by Sue, Wednesday May 11, 2011
We like to play with snakes around here, as you can see Lucy is not to happy with it.~LOL~......This snake has been harassing me for about three years, he or she was living close around the house, eating my tree frogs and lizards, not to mention sunbathing on my porch, right in my  plain sight. I almost stepped on him or her one day as I was going out the back door to put some peas in the freezer.

Truth is,.... it is just a harmless black snake, What's that you say "How did we catch it?' Well!!!!! I was sitting on the porch steps putting my shoes on and saw him sun bathing partially under a shrub, Dh just happen to be plowing the garden, I  waved him down, and he came to my rescue once again. AHHH!!! my knight in shining armor.He and Lucy took it to find a new home some ways away from the porch.   
Number one Bud, decided to give number two Bud a good brushing. Lucy just sat and let  Mr P brush and brush. These two are the best of friends, and almost inseparable.One of these days I might come out and see Lucy brushing Mr P. lol Have I told you how much we adore Lucy? God is concerned about every detail in our lives, no mater if it is small or great. We prayed for a German  Shepherd, and God gave us one, who loves us too.
Besides chasing snakes I gathered the spinach, picked a few English peas and prepared them for the freezer.
Washed and stemmed, 
Ready for the blanch water for one or two minutes....
Placed in ice water to cool.... drained and chopped. this will make some very good spinach quiche..
Peas ready to be shelled..... I am surprised there are any in the pan, I kept eating them while I was picking. ~LOL~ When you grow your own you know what goes on them, and ours are organic, so I have complete freedom to eat while picking.
 This is my new FoodSaver, given to me by my dear sister, Mary and bil Steve, just love this machine.
Here are the peas and spinach ready for the freezer
guess you would say today is my official canning and freezing veggies season..~smile~ I love growing and gathering my own fruits and vegetables it is one of the most rewarding things I do. With the economy like it is,.... it will help our pocketbook too.

Until next time,
P.S. I see we all survived Bloggers mishap. lol


Farm Girl May 13, 2011 at 11:23 PM  

It is so nice to see what you have been doing, I would have started emailing if you had been gone much longer. I think I will put one of those things on my want list. That would be so nice to have to put things in the freezer.
Yes, we survived blogger but now I am aware of my addiction problem. :)
Have a very nice weekend my dear friend.

Debbie May 13, 2011 at 11:25 PM  

Yes it looks like you've been busy. I think I may be too much of a city girl to be casual about ANY kind of a snake though, haha. I think I might have been somewhat hysterical. Good thing your night in shining armor was near to rescue you.... : )

I get to see my Melly this week-end! Hope you have a wonderful one too.

HUGS, Debbie

Vee May 13, 2011 at 11:31 PM  

You mean he didn't dispatch the snake to the great beyond? I hope that thing doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Peas...here we think it's great to eat peas on the 4th of July. That'd be a little late for you folks. I love peas fresh from the garden. That's the first and the last time that I love them. ☺

Susan May 14, 2011 at 12:16 AM  

Sue it is good to see what you have been up to. I just got my peas planted today. I have that same food saver machine. I'm sure I will be utting it to good use this year. I just planted 4 twenty foot rows of peas. Iv never grown peas so I have know idea if that is a lot or not. Guess I will find out.

LDH May 14, 2011 at 8:07 AM  

Good morning, Sue!

Oh, I have to send this post link to my NY daughter. She has been seeing garter snakes in her yard and is totally skeeved! She explained (in detail) how she sent one to its death using a shovel! I din't think this sweet girl had it in her (ha)

I called my husband to the computer to see your photos (and tell him what a delightful lady you are). We were wondering what state you live in and I couldn't remember.

I gave him a quick overview of your beautiful farm and your animals and sweet home, you precious grandchildren and what hard workers you both are as well as your love for the Lord.

I also wanted to show him the curtains you have on your front porch. I did some rearranging in the bedrooms and have some sheer white panels that I would like to hang on our back patio. My question for you is do they make it through the summer season without needing to be laundered or do they get very dirty quickly?

I just love the soft look and since I have the curtains already I would love to hang the rods and hang them there.

As always, I just enjoy so much my time on your blog!
Kindly, Lorraine

Happy@Home May 14, 2011 at 9:33 AM  

It's always good to see what you've been up to on the farm, Sue. Your Food Saver looks like the perfect thing to use to freeze all of your fresh from the garden veggies. My peas are nearly ready to be picked. There aren't enough to freeze, but I hope to have them on my dinner table one night soon.
I'm glad DH came to your rescue with Mr. Snake. I know they say the black ones are harmless, but they sure can get BIG and they give me the creeps any time I encounter them.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Carmen C. May 14, 2011 at 11:13 AM  

EEK! Lucy has the right idea about that snake, I wouldn't like it either;) German shepherds are the smartest, most loyal dogs, we just loves ours to pieces, and your Lucy is just precious too!!!

NanaNor's May 14, 2011 at 3:30 PM  

Hi sweet Sue, Loved seeing your vege's and I guess the good thing about snakes is that they eat the mice that come with the chicken feed-at least that is what I tell my daughter. Have a warm and wonderful weekend dear friend.
Hugs, Noreen

Janette@Janette's Sage May 14, 2011 at 3:58 PM  

Oh you can keep your snake...the only thing that I don't like about the country life, oh well, God made them all.

Love seeing what you have done...your freezer is starting to fill up. Now since I can't spend gas money sight seeing in the country, I plan on coming here for a visit.

How is Benji the calf?
Blessings and Have a great weekend,

no spring chicken May 14, 2011 at 5:10 PM  

I love the picture of your hubby and his buddy. They really do make a lovely couple. :) It's so true that God cares about the little details of our lives and pets are such a wonderful blessing.

As for the snake? I have a harder time seeing the blessing here.

The gorgeous pictures of your produce have me envious once again! Enjoy the fruits of your labor and I'll feast my eyes on your fruits in hopes that I'll be able to plant some of my own soon!

Blessings, Debbie

Elena May 14, 2011 at 6:12 PM  

Your produce looks so lovely!! Your German Shepherd is beautiful!!
Your snake story reminded me of my mom. She was deathly afraid of snakes and there were a few times I rescued her from some little garter snakes. LOL!

Julie Harward May 14, 2011 at 6:39 PM  

I had to scroll quickly past the snake pictures..I am such a baby about snakes! Love the produce and your machine, how nice to have one of those! :D

Jenni May 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM  

Oh it's so good to get caught up with what's been happening on the farm..... girl, I HATE snakes..... we have had a family of garter snakes hanging around in the yard for the past couple of summers... and we steer clear of them! They might be harmless, but they would make me HURT myself, LOL!

Y'all's German Shepherd Lucy is gorgeous! And the bond she has with her "mom and daddy" is so sweet....
Have an awesome weekend....

A Hint of Home May 14, 2011 at 10:12 PM  

I'm so glad the snake was harmless and that your're ok.
You two are reaping what you sowed and it looks delicious!
Nothing like home grown food!
Hope you're feeling well these days.
Enjoy your Sunday services!

Cheryl May 15, 2011 at 12:32 AM  

Remodeling our (ONLY) bathroom has had us busy here too! But I am oh-so-glad that a snake was not hanging out at our house this week. Oh my goodness! ~~shudder~~ I may live in a farmhouse, but a true farm girl I am not!

Your spinach quiche sounds SO good. You have inspired me to make asparagus quiche with our current harvest of asparagus...yum! And my girls picked five quarts of strawberries on Friday (while my husband and I continued working on the bathroom, of course!), so strawberry shortcake is on the menu for Sunday dessert this week.

Blessings to you, Sue...

BECKY May 15, 2011 at 6:05 AM  

I had to laugh about the snake. We have one that stays in the bushes out front. I used to play with them when I was little!!

Always a joy to see the bounty of your garden, and I'm so glad you got a wonderful new food saver that helps keep your veggies longer!

Have a blessed Sunday, sweetie.
Love ya,

tania May 15, 2011 at 8:10 AM  

Snakes ugh! That's all I can say :)

It must be wonderful to grow your own food and know it is safe. Your spinach and peas looks so yummy and green, wish I could grow my own.

Thanks for sharing I love reading your blog and seeing your pictures.


Karen May 15, 2011 at 4:38 PM  

Oh Sue your shepard is beautiful...my husband always wanted a shepard,,but he has a gold lab and he loves him so much ,,a lot like your hubby and his best friend..
And oh girl.. i get creeped out even looking at that picture of that snake , harmless or not.. yuk..
Sue dont you just love your foodsaver.. Mine finally bit the dust.and I havent replaced it yet.but when I had all 3 kids home with all different schedules.. my food saver was my womans best friend.. love it..
Well great post once again..
Love ya friend.. have a great week..

Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage May 16, 2011 at 6:16 AM  

Black snakes are not all harmless in Australia!!
You are a brave lady, Sue.
I don't think I'd like to know he was hanging around me and my house lol!
I'm glad to see you post something..I was a little worried about you :-)
But you've been one busy girl, that's for sure!
bless you..Trish

Happyone : ) May 16, 2011 at 11:17 AM  

Ah to eat fresh veggies that you have grown.
I had a black snake visit me in the kitchen one day. : )

Debbie May 16, 2011 at 9:28 PM  

There is no such thing as a harmless snake around here.
They'll either bite me or cause me to have a stroke.

Just sayin'...

And I love your food saver. I would like one.

gnee @ Singing With Birds May 17, 2011 at 1:09 AM  

Talk about pretty peas and that snake, yikes! I'm with Debbie, not into them for a second. I can't blame him for wanting to sun at your beautiful farm in plain sight. I feel quite at home when I visit too!

no spring chicken May 17, 2011 at 4:30 PM  

I think it every time we pay each other a visit, so I thought I should just tell you.

Your face makes me smile.

I had a grandmother who always had an open face, beautiful smile and sparkle-y eyes. My sister and I always said that we hoped we would inherit this from her. How is it that you did?! ;)

I pray sparkle-y eyed people in your day today...

Blessings, Debbie

Cheryl May 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM  

Sue, it is always a pleasure when you stop by for a visit! ♥
And I DO appreciate the fact that five of my grandchildren live close. Three grandchildren live very far away, so I know something of what you feel.

I said to one of my daughters today...God orders the details of our lives. I rest on that!

Blessings to you...

Michele Katherine May 18, 2011 at 12:38 AM  

Hi Sue,
Sadly, my father-in-law passed the day after Mothers day, so it's been non-stop prep. for the funeral etc.
I needed an escape, so here I am at your blog, and as always I love to hear about your life on the farm. The snake is very scary, and I'm happy to hear you didn't find it on your couch. I love dogs, and your German Shepherd clearly has a bond with your husband. What great photos.

The FreezerSaver is brilliant. What a thoughtful gift that was, and it looks like your making good use of it.

God bless you and your family,
:o) Michele

GardenofDaisies May 18, 2011 at 1:23 AM  

How wonderful to have your own garden and so much beautiful produce. It all looks delicious! Well, except the snake that is. I can do without those.
I bet your Lucy is a real gem! My niece had a German Shepherd for years, and she was the sweetest tempered dog I have ever met.

Christine May 18, 2011 at 8:44 PM  

Snakes and Spinach, two different words! Hate snakes and love spinach.

I don't know where you live but what great weather and to have vegetables already!
I have a blossoms on my tomatoe plants and my carrots are showing... ~sigh~

Sunny May 18, 2011 at 9:48 PM  

Hi Sue, your veggies look scrumptious!! Also glad to see you were blessed with such a loving canine friend. Our Izzy was scared of my hubby when we first got her (she was so very shy!) but now when I call her to sit on my lap in the evening she turns and runs to sit with hubby.... then looks at me like the spoiled thing she is, LOL. She is perfect for us and gives us lots of reasons to laugh. I know you and Mr P will enjoy Lucy very much!

Jill May 20, 2011 at 9:07 AM  


I just found your blog and so glad I did! It's delightful! I was looking for a follow button but didn't see one? This snake brings back memories of when I lived in NC. There was one that scared the life out of me as I was sitting in the gazebo in our yard. I screamed so loud my husband heard me even though he was mowing and came to the rescue. The snake was taller then him stretched out! Ewwww. LOL
Then where I currently live I had a snake curled up in my foyer...have no idea how he got in. That day I called my husband home from work... :-)
I look forward to visiting here and getting to know you better. Your home is beautiful!
Many blessings,

Denise May 22, 2011 at 3:24 AM  

You are definitely a beautiful busy little bee my friend, love you.

Ms.Daisy May 22, 2011 at 3:07 PM  

I loved your analogy of the missized curtains and our lives and how God fixes us so the we look wonderful to Him. I got tears in my eyes when I read it and thank you for posting it. Your music is so soothing too.


Rebecca May 23, 2011 at 5:55 AM  

From the lesson of the sheers to those delicious looking peas, I am blessed by my visit, Sue.

What a thoughtful gift from your sister! With all the produce you preserve, it must come in REAL handy!

Wonder what you'll be enjoying from your garden THIS week?

The Quintessential Magpie May 25, 2011 at 2:49 AM  

Sue, I'm so late visiting from my post last week (still recuperating from an old injury which has kicked up again), but despite my tardiness, I still wanted to thank you for your sweet comments. I appreciate them and you more than you know.

As always, I loved reading your posts. I am scared to death of snakes, but I have learned to appreciate black snakes and have one who sunbathes in our topiary outside the kitchen window. He's been MIA of late, and I'm worried about him. Have I gone 'round the bend??? ;-)



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