Hubby has been home this past week, due to a bad transmission in the semi. So he was home all week, which was nice, though it meant no pay next week. The kids and I took a break from school, since daddy was home. #1 son mowed the grass at church and loved it. So the next day, he used the push mower at home. He still has some things to learn, like getting closer to things (just not too close!). But he loved every minute of it (I better enjoy this, huh?) and sweated like a...uh...boy pushing a lawnmower when it's really hot out! (I'd say sweating like a pig, but they don't sweat). Anyway, it was great having daddy home and it was sad to see him leave last night.
The Lord answers prayer His own way, and He provides our needs and even desires we don't dare think about! A couple from our church came out to our house this past weekend, bearing gifts! It was so nice to see them come in, but then they came in with a cooler, I couldn't guess what was in it! They had brought us things we don't buy for ourselves because we don't have the extra money to get these things. She said she remembered what it was like pinching every penny and having two boys eating everything in the house. They brought us orange juice, chocolate milk, ice cream, 2 things of breakfast sausage, and STEAKS! Wow! Steaks! I haven't bought steaks in years! They also gave us some money for groceries this week! I about cried right there on the spot, and talking about it now, brings tears to my eyes! The Lord blesses His children in ways we cannot fathom! What a blessing these two brought to us, what a blessing these two people are to us each Sunday, and what a blessing and a Friend we have in Jesus! He even sees beyond our needs, and gives us what we have desired for a long season! Hubby and I were speechless...
Much better last night! We all slept soundly, thanks to no storms. Hubby will be home tonight and storms will come again tonight. We'll see what happens. I'll probably be back out in the living room again with "Brave Lady". (HA!) She's not brave. At least about storms. I need to make Lady an appointment with the vet soon. I think that I will bring this up to him about her going crazy with storms. She doesn't want to get down, she wants up off the floor. I, though, do NOT want her on my bed. It's enough that she's in the house.
I put up some trellises on the south side of the house. These will have some kind of viney veggie climbing it this summer.
Well, better go get dinner on the table. We have to go to town and get groceries. I also have to drive out to a cave our little Heritage Trails group will be visiting tomorrow. I need to make sure that the river isn't too high or that's it too muddy to get to. With all the rain we've had lately, with more tonight, we may have to cancel. Make it for a dryer month, like August. This is the only known cave in Shelby County and for me a big thing. When growing up, our family was always going to the state parks and caves in Indiana. Seems I've been in all of them, even the one at Spring Mill state park, though no one is really supposed to go in it now. Used to though, you could go in part way. Seems that the state government, etc, think we're too stupid to make wise decisions. There are those who seem to not be able to and accidents always happen, but seriously, I'm tired of the way "they" dumb us down all the time. Just read the instructions on things or the warnings on boxes. (Okay, I'm done ranting and raving. I'm off my soap box now.)
What a night! Bad storms raged through and lots of lightning and thunder, which means the twins were on edge and the dog. Boy, that dog sure hates storms. Mom thought maybe it was the way her head is shaped? She heard from someone that shepherd dogs' heads are shaped in such a way that storms actually hurt their heads, therefore they are very scared of storms. Our dog is not a shepherd, but a spaniel. I wonder if this is true for her, though, too. Our old dog could have cared less about storms. Lady, though, is stupid during a storm. I let the kids sleep in our bed and I stayed in the living room with the dog, trying to keep her somewhat contained and calm. So, I didn't get any sleep from about 2:45 a.m. (which is when Lady jumped into my face to let me know she was scared) until about 5:30, when I asked #1 son if he wanted to go back to his own bed. He did and Lady followed him to his room, where she got up on his bed. I got in bed with the twins, but was laying next to "Mr. Ants-in-his-Pants". I told him to lay still, but I guess he couldn't sleep, either. #2 son slept through it all. :)
Here it is, almost noon, and Lady is snoozing (of course, she didn't sleep all night!) and I'm tired. I can tell that the kids are tired; they are kind of biting at each other at times. So, I believe we will all be taking a nap this afternoon. More storms, supposedly, tonight...:P NOT looking forward to that with Lady around. Wish they made ear muzzles for dogs! Hmmm...maybe I will invent some....or maybe I could have a tranquilizer for her?!?
What a wonderful weekend! What a wonderful family! I truly am blessed and thankful for the blessings that the Lord gives to me daily! I am sure that most moms and grandmas and aunts had a wonderful day and am thankful for that, too. We spent the day, after a great Sunday school message and morning sermon, with family. First with hubby's family, then with mine. The day before, my mom, brother, the 3 boys and I went to a cousin's 30th birthday. THe boys had a great time getting to know their goat, 3 horses, all their cousins and the pond out back. Hubby would have come, too, but had a meeting at church and also had to grease the truck.
Adversity seems to have always brought my hubby and I closer and it has again last week. Something happened at our church and, though, it may have seemed to be small to others, my husband's authority was undermined and there was a general lack of respect for him and the decision that was agreed by the session. It involved him, my mom and myself. We were apologized to, but we will have to see. THis gave us a deeper appreciation for each other. I'm thinking it will give the session a deeper appreciation for my hubby too in the long run. It is sad that things like this happen, but they do, for we all are human and make humanly mistakes. Unfortunately, this has brought out some things that weren't known before and our eyes have been opened to some things that have been said and thought at church.
Yesterday, the kids and I went to the local Feed and Seed and I used a certificate that my brother gave me for my birthday (in Feb.). I bought a load of mulch, Tickseed (Coreopsis Grandiflora), and 2 Shasta Daisy plants. I've been putting mulch around in some places that have been begging for mulch. Planted the Tickseed close to some Coneflower, Bee Balm and another plant I don't know the name of, but I call it Mexican flower. I am planning on going to Lowe's to use up another gift card I received from my brother for Christmas. I want to get some more Boxwood (2) and some impatiens.
My family bought me a very nice digital camera and a book for Mother's Day. Maybe I will try to get some pictures up about the patio and all that I am doing to the south of it.
No, I didn't kill a deer. I believe it's the deer that's been wobbling around here for months. It obviously had hurt its leg sometime last fall or possibly summer. Looks, by the ground around it, that it had a struggle with the coyotes before it/they brought it down. It had to have happened either last night or the night before. It hadn't begun to stink, and no buzzards have been circling. #1 son and I went out to the field to have a look-see. We had a bit of an anatomy lesson while looking this deer over. (I'll spare the details, but, yuck is the word I would describe the condition of this young buck.)
On a more positive note, I know it's a bit late, but I planted peas and turnips. The turnips should be fine since they mature in 35 days, it won't really be that hot yet here in IN, in the middle of June. I could plant more this fall. The peas I decided to plant, at least some, by the big gas tank in the N part of the yard. I secured part of a fencing panel to the tank, then planted the peas along the bottom of the panel.
Mom was over for supper tonight. She is preparing a site in her backyard for a gazebo. She is taking down a picket fence she had up around the pond. (The pond is getting filled in, after all the tadpoles have developed into the hundreds of frogs she will have this summer.) I have always wanted a railing or fencing of some kind on the E side of the porch. These picket fencing will be perfect, esp. painted the cream color of the trim of the house. :) I, or hubby :), will cut the pickets off a bit, so they won't be too tall. But I think it will look so nice and give the entryway some homey character. At one time, I was seriously considering using the sides of a baby crib for this purpose. I even had the thought of using the ends of the cribs on either side of the steps. It sure would have brought some character to the porch/house. It would have worked and looked really nice, except that one of the sides was missing some of the ballisters, due to the kicking of one of the twins when he was a baby. :)
Also known as "Poor Man's Strawberry Jam"! :) This is my mom's recipe, which I'm guessing she got from her mom:
6 cups diced rhubarb
5 cups sugar
1 20-oz. can crushed pineapple, not drained
Mix together well in pan. Heat until boiling. Cook 20 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat.
Add 6 oz. strawberry gelatin. Stir well. Pour into jars. Store in freezer. (Be sure to keep one out and just place this in the fridge, for eating right away.)
Makes for a nice thank-you gift, Christmas gift, or just-'cause-I-was-thinking-of- you gift. Neighbors swore this had no rhubarb in it until I gave them the recipe. Also, for those who are allergic to strawberries (poor people!), they can eat this and still enjoy the flavor without the puffiness! :)
The jewelry party didn't go that well. The economy and people's schedules had a lot to do with it. But I still had a few orders and two people wanted to host a jewelry party later in the year. :) The gathering of clothes for the shelter was a success, though.
I've been so enjoying going out to the raised bed and cutting off spinach leaves to eat with our meals. One son really likes eating "leaves", the other tolerated it, and the other turned up his nose at it. I've been making tortillas from scratch. I've been pondering making tortillas with spinach in them. :) Then #1 son will HAVE to eat spinach!
A couple from church gave me some tomato plants on Sunday, so I planted those on Monday. 3 are Romas and I can't remember the other 3. Am planning on going to the Farmer's Market in Shelbyville and get more tomato plants and some other seeds.
Ate supper with mom last night. Ate at a little restaurant in the nearby town. Then back at her house, she showed us the hundreds, if not thousands, of tadpoles in her pond. She'll have a regular toad farm this summer. Talked with my brother, who had come over to split firewood. Later, she taught me a new card game to play called "Golf". Pretty fun.
The farmer is putting up a new barn, and had to have a place leveled out first. We've been enjoying watching the excavators, dump trucks and bulldozer doing their jobs. The boys have been in the sand box, mimicking them.
Well, it's raining again today. But it sure has been good for all the plants.
Made some Rhubard Marmalade two days ago and will be making more today. So easy to make and sooooo good! It tastes just like Strawberry Jam! The boys all love it, and talk about a cheap meal. I make some bread in the machine, and blob the marmalade on it, and the boys are asking for more! :)