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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Should I call this my bimonthly blog post?

I know that you are all just as incredibly busy as I, but I just have the hardest time fitting the blog into my schedule since we have started schooling. I do try to keep up with all of you. I would rather read all of your blogs than post anyway. Well, we have had a lot going on the past few weeks and here is one......

My mother's cat had 4 kittens and using mother's words, 11 days later she had a fatal car accident (the cat, not mother). Well, mother did not feel that she could bottle feed all 4 kittens so she decided we needed to take 2 of them. You know since she thinks because we home school we have so much free time on our hands. That's a whole other story in itself. Here are the 2 babies we brought home and my girls have been bottle feeding. They look like little rats they are so small. I have a feeling we will end up keeping these 2, as much as we do not need them.

Now, this is the crafting I have been doing. I took one of my plain white lamp shades and spray painted it red. I got the idea from the Berry's Patch. She painted hers using acrylic paint and I used spray paint. I think it turned out great. I still plan to add some trim around the edges but I have to make a trip to Hobby Lobby for that.

Susie did you recognize that wonderful tassel? I love it!!!

Then I dug out this tropical tray that I have had stored forever. I gave it a quick coat of the red.

I hope to add feet to it and use it as a centerpiece on my table. I will update when I get it done. I also painted an old window frame white. I hope to put it above my mantel. Lord willing, that will be my next post.

Have a great week.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

The Harvest is Definately Coming In....

It has been a while since my last post and here is a big reason why. I am up to my ears in putting up the harvest. One thing that we inherited from buying our little slice of heaven is a row of muscadine/scuppernog vines and a huge pear tree.
Here is one of 4 sink fulls of Bronze muscadines. We also have purple coming in.

Here is one of 2 clothes baskets full of pears.
And this is the end result.... I have put up about 50+ jars of muscadine jelly, pear butter, spiced pears, and pear preserves. It has been very time consuming but I know come winter and Christmas, I will be glad I did it. I will be giving neighbors and other friends a pretty jar of jelly and a fresh loaf of bread for Christmas Happy's.

So with school and preserving our little harvest, I have been a busy little bee. I am also hoping to plant a few cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and lettuce today in a little plot we made Friday.

I still have not gotten out my fall decorations but I hope to this week. It is just now feeling like fall here in Central Ms. The temps. this week should be in the lower 80's, which is a nice change from upper 90's.

Before I go and check out all of your blogs, I wanted to share this You Tube clip. Of course it has a political overtone, that is not my intent. I just thought it was a tear jerker and wanted to share.


I hope you all have a great week. Oh, and Dot, I will be buying that black paint for the mantel today!!!!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

God definately provided.....

First things first, Christi at Charm and Grace Cottage, gave me this sooo sweet award. I have been given a couple of awards and am so humbled every time. If you have a chance swing by there, she does some amazing artwork. Thank you, Christi.

Well, I think all of us in the Mississippi- Louisiana area feel a huge sigh of relief. When we were watching the news on Saturday preparing for the infamous Gustav, we were told that he would come in as a Category 4 storm. That in itself is nerve racking. Instead he came in as a Cat. 2. Praise the Lord. Thank you Heathahlee for checking on us, that was just too sweet.

The evacuation of the Gulf went like clock work and all is good. My husband did have to go and spend the night in the armory on alert status but he did not have to go to the Coast. They sent 1200 troops down to the Ms. Coast on Friday to knock on doors to ask people to leave but my husband was not in that group. I don't want this blog to have any tones of politics but the differences in the operation of this storm and Katrina are huge. I think the big difference was the change in Governor in Louisiana. During Katrina, when the governor was asked is she needed federal assistance, she declined. Of course, in today's mainstream media you don't hear that, all you hear is that it was the President's fault (I have other issues with him, LOL). This go round the Governor took all the help he could get. I don't know who he is but he did a great job.

Here in Ms. our coast line was wiped out during Katrina. We had a whole town, Waveland, Ms. that was completely destroyed. You don't here, as much about the Ms. coast as you do New Orleans being so devastated by Katrina. I believe the reason why is because we had great leadership and as a result, we did not have as much loss of life. Today, you only hear the bad news. Ok, enough of that.

Here is a picture of the birthday girl from the weekend. She had a great birthday. She got a fancy smancy cell phone. I don't know who she is going to call but for some reason she felt it a necessity and my mother obliged. She got a new CD and a movie, some stationary and a new MSU t-shirt, and I got her 2 new Southern Belle's for Jesus t-shirts. She also got a good bit of money. These t-shirts are sold by a little country church about 30 miles from my house and they are too cute. They are selling them as a fundraiser for a new play ground.

This is the only real accomplishment we had for the weekend. We put up this hammock. The kids think it is the best thing. They got their pillows and blankets and swung until the rain came in.

Oh, and I also worked on the new look of the blog. You know the important things. I love this fall scene!!! I got it from Lena at Simply Fabulous Blogger Templates and there free!!! You don't get any better than that. I would love to know how I can change my template without loosing all of my saved blog links. Oh, well.

Then I thought I would share the newest members to the mini farm. Here are Betty and Wilma. My husband bought these little cuties about a month ago. He is planning to feed them out until about February. Then he will have them processed for the freezer. I keep waiting for them to get fat and ugly so that it wont be so hard to know their fate but so far they haven't.
So for the rest of the week, it will probably rain, as remnants of the hurricane. We are under tornado warnings all day today. However, in the grand scheme of things we fared very well.

If you lasted through this whole post, (LOL), have a great day!!!

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