Pear tree lane Farmhouse

~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.


~Something new to see~

   Written by Sue, Monday, January 30, 2012                              it is sunny, cold, temps. 50's, beautiful

Written especially for  our granddaughters,
 Lauren, Maddie, Abigael, and Katie,
who love our animals, specially horses,
 and for my friend Benjamin, 
who enjoys our farm animals too.
There is always so much  excitement around the farmhouse, when we have a new baby, such was the case yesterday when Mr. P. came in from feeding the animals. Says he "I have some good news, guess what we have?" He likes for me guess what is newly happening on the farm.~smile~ "A new lamb?"  By now I am grinning, "did Bessie have her calf?" Mr. P. grinning. "Yes and it is a beauty." He wanted me to see, so off we went to the pasture. We are calling the calf an it, because we don't know what gender it is, just can't get close enough yet. 

Here you see the other cows being introduced to the calf. Did you know that farm animals are very family oriented, and that they look after one another, here in the pasture, the cows are guarded by our three horses. 

Rain is being nosy!

Her curiosity got the best of her, when she saw us looking at the new calf, she just had to come over and check it out. Animals use their sense of smell a lot! They are very nosy.~smile~ Notice Bessie being very cautious.

She didn't impress the new calf a bit, it was "Savoring" all of the attention.

Rain takes off running and 

 Kicking up her heels, a sight to behold,

 She gallops off,to go tell the other horses, to which they took every thing in stride, this comes with maturity,  don'tcha know!~smile~

 She's just a teenager and acts just like one! Full of energy, always hungry, and always wants to be where the action is. ~smile~
 We watched as she galloped all over the pasture, after meeting the new calf.

She comes back to the herd, and gets between Bessie and her baby which just seemed to be fine with Bessie. I have also noticed that animals have an unwritten language of their own, they are so amazing to watch,  we could learn a few lessons from them.
After a bit, she takes off running again! A horse in motion is a beautiful site!

She finally gets over her excitement, comes to the fence for a snack from Mr P. Are you wondering why Mr P. is in his pj's? He had a stomach virus, and was not feeling very well, I was just getting over mine, Yes, I gave it to him.
After her snack she strides away, back to her business! Looking so proud, as if she was the one bearing the good news!

Still "Savoring Moments"
like these,
 until next time, 
May you continue
 to "Savor Your Moments"
Thank you so much for coming by, and for taking the time to leave me such sweet notes, I hope to be visiting in the neighborhood tonight.

Genesis1:25~And God made the beast of the earth, according to its kind, cattle according to its kind and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Linking with all the ladies at the Barn Hop, thank you for hosting.

~and what have I been doing?~

Written by Sue, Friday, January 27, 2012,      sunny and warm 7o degrees, beautiful~
I finished ironing, cleaning and organizing our closet, yesterday. You might say "big deal",  and it was! ~smiling~ You see I am married to the most wonderful farmer, when he works he wears jeans and just ordinary clothes, but when he dresses to go out, he becomes this fashinista. He loves clothes colorful clothes, like reds, blues, yellows, oranges, the brighter the better!

besides regular washing and ironing, twice a year I go through our closet , mend, and reorganize our clothes. I have been working on this project off and on for a week. When you get older, you can take your time, I have got to the place I use this "getting older" excuse more and more, and am afraid I have about wore it out.~lol~

Mr. P. has more clothes than I do, as I would rather spend my money on farmhouse fixings, and shoes, speaking of which...

When it comes to shoes, there is no contest, I win!!  I had to use his side of the closet to put my stash~grining~ tip#1 place shoes in plastic shoe boxes, write and tape their name on the inside, when you need them they are in plain sight.

I received a few scarfs for Christmas, and wanted to show you the one that  granddaughter Abigale made for me, the pretty red one, she is 11 years old, and is learning to crochet and knit, didn't she do a great job? And isn't it pretty?
The girls are trying to put some color in my wardrobe! ~smile~ I do love to wear this and to know that those small delicate hands made it just for me, not only warms my neck but reaches all the way to my heart. ~sigh~

They say opposites attract..
~Mr. P. likes bright colors~                                    ~Sue likes neutral colors~
       "It works,"
 we have become magnets" 

Tip # 2 Girls, if you look busy like this, or 
(photo from google)
 If you or the house looks like this,

(photo from google)
You most certainly will be asked out to dinner,
I was.... 
Now guess which one was me,
 and i'm not telling. ~a very sheepish grin~
Until next time,
 "savor" your moments,
I must have worked hard, yesterday, This morning Dh said I slept hard last night, which means I must have been snoring!  Not me, never, ever! tip#3 a true southern bell will never admit to snoring., EVER! 

Could there still be something growing in the garden?

Written by Sue, Monday, January 23, 2012                         Rainy, cool, temps. 50's, a beautiful day!
One of the joys of farming, and gardening  here in the South, is having some type of vegetable growing almost year round, turnips with roots are one. Last week while out on my walk, I went by the turnip patch, that's what we here in the south call a place where we plant our turnips.~smile~
After a good washing they are peeled. Do you like to play games when working? I do all the time!Whether I am peeling an apple, orange, or turnip, I try and get it all peeled with just one try! Did I succeed? hummm!! not quite, yet, but I will keep trying! ~smiling~

Here is the one machine I cannot be without, my foodsaver. It does exactly what it says it does, saves your food, from freezer burn, and it keeps food so much longer than regular freezer bags, especially when you buy in bulk.
Labeled and ready for the freezer. 
And what did I do  with all those peels?
Why I shared of course, the chickens love it and come running when I come outside with a pan because they know they will be getting a treat!

Planting, growing, harvesting, and preserving, the fruits of your labor is not only economical, but so gratifying. Even after all of the many years I have been doing this, I still get so excited when I go to the garden and see something growing that dh and I had planted. What's so amazing is that you don't have to have a lot of acreage, just a little place where soil is, even among the flower beds, herbs and veggies love to reside, it makes them feel important, don'tcha know, as Miss Emily from Walton's Mountain would say! ~smile~

Hope you are still
 each day along with me!

Ecclesiastes 3:12,13~ I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives,and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor--- it is the gift of God.

Linking this week with, Amy at Homestead Revival.

~What have I been doing?~

Written by Sue, Friday, January 20, 2012                            cold, rainy day, simply beautiful! temps. in the 50's
Why savoring moments like these...

The watering hole, Oh so refreshing!

"Ma, I think my face needs washing!"
"My helicopter tail says it all! Yummy"! What a sight when that tail wags!
"this is my best today, I haven't had time to visit the salon, besides you interrupted my lunch!"

"Chewing the cud!" Please, Bonita, Where are your manners? Absolutely no sticking your tongue out!
"Ah!! this is the life!!"

"Watch your step bud, I am just to lazy to get up!"
Mr. P. chasing the chickens out of the garden, look at those short legs run, (the hens, not Mr. P). ~LOL~ My favorite "savored"moment! He is soooo cute!!!

We've been getting ready  for our next growing season! our weather has been so pretty!

Beans soaking,

Flowers for me! What a pleasant surprise
Soups ready, come and get it! the best 14 bean soup evah!!
The girls have finally started back to laying,... eggs are like people they all come in different colors, sizes and shapes, but all are so "delicious"
Enjoying these while doing dishes, I find myself looking for more dishes to wash! ~smile~ 
View from my kitchen window, a bluebird and a Carolina blue birdhouse, can it get any better?
Fruits of labor, a clean and organized laundry room!!

Since receiving my new word,"savor", for this year I have become more keenly aware of the many gifts given to me each day by my heavenly Father, something as simple as the sound of a train whistle in the far distance as dh and I are closing our eyes for the night, and being wakened by the song bird outside my window in the morning. I can't count the times I have uttered the word, "savor"since january 1st. My goal this year is to "savor" each moment and every gift given to me, especially by the one who loves me most, James1:17~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.....

 and by my loved ones, speaking of which,... Yesterday I received this in the mail, from my dear daughter , Susan, and haven't taken it off since. I have read this inscription over and over. The whole Serenity prayer is inscribed on the bracelet, How cool is that?
These are just  a few of my "savored" moments this week! Now how about your savored moments, I would so love to read them.
Until we meet again, enjoy your weekend,
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

--Reinhold Niebuhr
A personal note from me... I apologize for such a long post! 

Have you finished, yet?

Written by Sue, Monday, January 9, 2011                                 showers, cool 50's,  a beautiful day
Starting today off on a happier , and hopefully a more normal note..

I was feeling a little smug the other day, thinking and telling dh that  I had finished taking down and packing the Christmas decorations, all in three days, when low and behold, I looked upward ,.... please tell me how anyone could take as many decorations down as I did and not see this? A very humbling experience, I have finally run out of excuses, and I am not going to blame it on age, as I am still  refusing to get old!! ~smile~
This garland  once graced some beautiful house at Disney World. Disney sells their discarded  Christmas decorations in a warehouse, and I was fortunate enough to know someone who worked there, I don't know why they got rid of it, it is so pretty and  in excellent condition..Please excuse the mess, I am working on that.
I can now say that we have officially ended our Christmas season by doing three things..number #1
Saturday was so beautiful it was what one would call a picture perfect day, we decided to clean, organize, and place the boxes on shelves in the garage, here they are labeled and ready for this next season, which by the way will be here before we know it. Notice my plants I am trying to overwinter them in the garage, so far so good! Notice also that a floor paint job is due this spring, any volunteers?
Well, bless it's little heart, my little begonia wanted to let me know that she is thriving even in harsh condition, seeing this flower caused me to think about how surprised Olivia Walton was when she found her cactus while in the cellar looking for apples for her applesauce cake in the the movie "The Homecoming". This prompted me to ask Mr P. if he would watch it with me as a last "farewell" to our Christmas season.

Before continuing we decided  to play with Noel and Lucy, Yes we like to play outside too!! If you remember we are bottle feeding Noel, she has come a long way, and we are hoping to soon return her to the sheep barn. Notice dh wearing short sleeves , our weather has been so spring like. Today is a different story.
Now on to our list taking the tree to the pond was next. Do you remember the children's song, "Mary had a little lamb?" Mr. P has his own little lamb that follows him too,oh! let's not forget Lucy.
One, two, three,...

Weee!! the tree will give the small fish a place to play hide and seek with the larger fish
Mr P. loves animals and they love him, He  is the most amazing man I have ever known, and  is the perfect example of what a Christian should be, he walks the talk.
We topped off our list by watching "The Homecoming". this is the first Walton's movie, the only actors that were taken into the TV series were the children and Grandma Walton, I think they made some wise choices in who they chose to play the characters on TV.
To some watching this movie at the end of the season might sound strange, but there are so many lessons of love, family devotion, and values that we all enjoy. Though the season has officially ended, we try and carry this Christmas Spirit in our hearts all year long.
Until next time,

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


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