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.


Enjoying some R&R

Written by Sue, Saturday, July 27, 2019,    sunny, low heat and humidity, very pleasant temps'  80's
This week is coming to an end on a very pleasant 🎵. As I am winding down with my preserving of garden veggies, I find that I have more R&R time, and to begin/complete other projects.
Today is one of my R&R days, I am sitting in the swing, writing this post while  listening to the fountain, 

Playing hide and seek with this little guy, my plans are to stay here as long as the weather permits
Am I being lazy or what?

It has also been a week of waiting for delivery, and repairs of appliances, so far I am enjoying my new washer and dryer, just taking a little getting used to computerized models! We bought larger W/D so that I could wash the bed linens, i.e. blankets/bedspreads/pillows. they take up more space than what I had anticipated, but I think it will be worth it.  I am 5ft7", and  have to reach way down into the washer as it has a deep tub.~wink~

The shelf broke on the vegetable bin  in the refrigerator that we bought several months ago, I could hardly believe that even though we bought an extended warranty, they say it is considered a cosmetic repair... we'll just see about that. ~wink~ Anyhoo a part has been ordered.

Other projects completed this week were cleaning, organizing master closet, washing and ironing lots of clothes from said closet. Do you do much ironing? I love a wrinkle free shirt/blouse that has been ironed with creases on the sleeves, (a little quirk of mine), I am happy that this task is completed, I have found that I can do a lot of thinking/meditating while ironing. 
I made and canned tomato/meat sauce yesterday,16 pts., I haven't done this in a while, my kids and grandkids love my sauce, we will be mailing packages real soon. Here is the link if you want to see how I made it.

 I am so thankful for the relief of the extreme heat, hope you are enjoying pleasant days too, it has been a very long heat wave. 
Have a blessed day,

p.s. To all who visit thank you very much, i cherish your friendship

~Waiting patiently~

Written by Sue, Tuesday, July 23, 2019  cloudy, rain in afternoon, hot, waiting for cold front.

Today is  a day of waiting, waiting for  Lowe's delivery man to deliver my new washer and dryer. The only answer I could get about arrival time was 'they will call 20 mins. before they come.'
I can't start any new projects, such as caning tomatoes, making salsa, and my newest project is making pickled okra. Oh! well, there is tomorrow. So today is rest, and blog day, I am so enjoying catching up.

However, while I am waiting let me share some of my patriotic decorations, these have been up since May, I will be taking them down within the next two weeks,replacing them with my fall decorations,I am so ready, it has been and is a long hot summer, of course, you might know by now that fall is my favorite season., I have a tendency to rush it.
I try and decorate our home for many seasons and holidays, it just seems to brighten each time of the year.
 This is the breakfast nook, one of the most used rooms. The chandelier came from our old home place, I just couldn't part with it.

This is the foyer, I enjoy seeing the red,white and blue lights on the tree at night.

The dining room is one of my favorite rooms, I love stopping by in the morning and seeing how the sun brightens the room.

I also love this view when coming down the stairs, I call my style, 'eclectic', I love farmhouse,country, traditional,folk, no modern for me. I love the richness of wood especially oak,and find it hard to paint them, I have debated so many times of whether or not to paint this hall tree, so far it is holding its own.

While writing this post we had that much needed rain come in, giving thanks to our heavenly Father for His many blessings. Mr P got caught in the rain, was soaked, but didn't mind,~smile~ rain in summer is so refreshing like a warm shower.

Have a blessed afternoon.

~A Quick Howdy Doody~

Written by Sue, Monday,July 22, 2019   hot, humid, sunny, heat index over 100, relief on the way!

Most folks like it when Friday rolls around,... me,... I like Mondays, because  I feel I get another chance to try and get it right.~wink~
I know it has been a while since I posted here in the neighborhood, (posting sporadically on instagram)blogging remains my favorite. The only excuse I have to offer is, I have been so busy, if I remember correctly it has always been the same excuse, and you, dear friends, are probably tired of hearing it, I know I am. Nuff said about that.

It would take lots of photos to catch up, so here are just a few with thoughts...

Most of my friends know we grow and preserve lots of veggies from the garden, and this year even with the high heat, humidity and drought, (we irrigate) it has been such a bountiful crop, which we give thanks to our heavenly Father.

Field peas are picked, hand shelled, washed and

pressure canned in jars, yes, they turn brown when cooked Love, love these, I think only southerners can appreciate them
Taking time to enjoy some of our veggies, nothing better than fresh from the garden

 Lets not forget fresh cherry handmade pies, oh so delicious, and easy,... tasty and easy is what I like best!

I have always wanted to can cherries, I found some fresh ones on sale, voila' I think they look great, the true test is in taste. I opened a jar, and they were good, but that is not what I wanted, best is what I strive for.Canning is trial and error, I followed directions, exactly, but they were a little softer than what I wanted, next time I will cut the process time in half. in the meantime I am enjoying them. ~wink~

I made sweet and dill relish, so good, I use them in salads, on hot dogs, and burgers, trust me if you make your own you will never buy commercial again.Another easy recipe.

I am not a great pickle maker, that is, until this year, these are called Bread and Butter pickles, once again I found out through trial and error. In the past I wasn't slicing the pickles thick enough, therefore they were not crisp, by slicing them thicker they now meet my standards., very crisp, you can hear them crunch in my mouth, ~Wink~Next year I will try dill and Kosher pickles.

 Last week I canned tomatoes, and will finish this week, preferably tomorrow with my meat sauce, and salsa. My kids and grandkids love these.

 Who likes tomato juice, I do!
We have made some wonderful memories this summer with family and friends too, birthday celebrations, Father's Day,etc.  May your summer days be filled with love, laughter, and wonderful memories with family and friends.
Today I will be preserving okra, laundry and ironing, waiting for the cold front to move in tomorrow so I can work outside  in my garden.

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


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