Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Pioneer Girl and Birthdays

Sugar Plum Fairy had a field trip last week to a type of Pioneer Day.
  In the past, students have learned things like how to churn butter, spin wool, weave fabric and cut wood. 
The kidnicks were allowed to dress up as well. 
This was right up my daughter's alley. 
 Since Halloween is coming up, I agreed to make a costume that could be worn for the field trip if she would also use it for the school's Carnival as well as Halloween. 
She agreed.
I found an adult skirt at the thrift store that I was able to alter.
Long socks, riding boots and a blouse were already in her closet. 

I cut a pillowcase apart and taught her how to sew it into an apron.

I found the sun bonnet here and the owner of the shop was so wonderful to work with. 
We had the perfect bonnet in the mailbox within two days. 
I must say that she, as well as I, was thrilled with the result.

On a side note, these guys are celebrating a special day today.
 Happy Birthday!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

From Stick to Harvest

 Just over 2 1/2 years ago, I shared with you the planting of a new walnut orchard next door.
 In that short amount of time, these trees have grown into lovelies and produced their first crop of walnuts for Mr. and Mrs. Farmer.
God is good and it is truly amazing what comes from a seemingly scrawny stick in such a short period of time.
 It is also amazing what our youngest looked like such a short time ago!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Truism

 We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...
We need silence to be able to touch souls.
~Mother Teresa

Friday, October 17, 2014

How I Changed the Weather

Several days ago, I decided that cleaning out the summer garden was a must. 
Besides, maybe the weather was hanging onto 90* temps because I still had tomatoes blooming and ripening like crazy and not the other way around.
At this point I was ready to try anything...it all came out!
 I made and canned Tomato Jam. 
 I started the final batch of Tomato Sauce for the freezer and this morning?
This morning, I was greeted by this....
There is not a number that begins with a 9 in sight. 
 I think we mat just have made it through the hottest summer on record....granted it is the middle of October, but we made it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Advice for Your Thursday

This morning, I want to share some VERY important advice.
Very important.
I request most of the books I read from our local library. 
 I will see a suggestion on a blog that interests me.
Much of the time, I do this early in the morning when the house is quiet and the coffee has not kicked in. 
Case in point.
It is important to request the book in ENGLISH. 
 It has been many moons since my two years of high school Spanish with Mr. Rugeroni.
Even had I done well in his class, I don't think I could have managed.
Once I requested the proper language, it was an enjoyable book.

You are welcome.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Maybe a Wake Up Call?

Many people believe that as long as they have water flowing from their taps or flushing their potties, life is good. 
 No worries. 
 It is something that is taken for granted and I admit I used to be one of those people.
Having lived in town all of my life until 12 years ago, I rarely thought twice about washing down the driveway or house with water. 
I didn't worry too much about the water flowing down the shower drain while I was waiting for the perfect temperature.
When we moved from town, I has a bit more aware since our water now came from our own wells.  More aware, but not overly careful. 
 Over the past several years, the lack of snow in the mountains and rainfall in the valley changed that.
It made most of us wary...and more careful.
We became true stewards of the land.
There is no feeling on earth like the one when, in the middle of the night, the toilet won't flush because there is no water.
Turning on the sink tap is further confirmation.
The helpless feeling that keeps you awake the rest of the night waiting for daylight to find a solution, knowing there is no real solution.
Farmers in our valley have been awake nights for months and months and months with worry, but it seems that the political powers that be, can't agree on storage...fish...you name it.
I wonder if the fact that this water crisis is now rapidly affecting people living in towns might be a wake up call.
This map shows the dry wells in our county
See the cluster of red dots in the center of the map? 
 Where there are so many dots that they literally cover the name of the town?
That's my town.
We are hurting.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Not Blinking

Please look past the awkward flash in the mirror as well as the splatters.
It was 5:00AM.
And a teenager's bathroom.
This little lady was dress in her 4-H uniform for the first time ever and looked so grown up it took my breath away.
We were off to work at our town annual pancakes breakfast. 
This event is hosted by all the 4-H clubs in town and is a great tradition.
The kids serve drinks, clear tables and retrieve whatever the guests require. Thee older kids and parents prepared the food.
Her shift was to be an hour. 
 She asked if she could keep working.
And work she did.
New friends, new responsibilities, new memories.
I am trying hard not to blink.
I blinked with her brother and sister time flew past.