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Saturday, August 21, 2010

As the flower fades.......

The whole purpose of this blog for me is to document our life. You know, so that as I forget all of these great memories, there is a record somewhere. I have not done a great job of it the last year and I hope to do better this fall. Here is a little of what our summer has entailed. It's been a great summer.
This is my chalk board in my dining area. We have had this verse on it for a few weeks. The grass is withering and the flowers are fading, sniff sniff, but we have the assurance that God's Word stands forever. Praise the Lord!!

It seems as though the season has flown by but here is a small glimpse of what we have done and seen. We have watched many beautiful sunsets over the pastures.

The girls have spent a great deal of time with these guys. They haven't ridden a whole lot, as this summer has been SO hot but they have done a lot of caring for them. This special guy went to the trainer almost 2 wks. ago and Lord willing, will come back a perfect gentleman just right for riding. The girls miss him terribly and even shed a tear when he left.

My honey has done a lot of grilling for us. And it has been soooo good. We grill though, even in the dead of winter. Ha Ha Oh, how I love this man!!!

I had this little nook of space beside my cabinets that I really wanted some type of storage system in so Mr. Wonderful also built this for me. He took an old ugly dresser apart cut it down and added shelves. I love it!! I am having the best time scouting out glass canisters and jars for all of my baking supplies. I found the huge one, holding my Prarie Gold Wheat Berries, at Old Time Pottery in B'ham for $3.99. In hindsight I wish I had gotten 3 of them. At the time, I didn't know if they would fit my shelf. I like the idea of all the different shapes and sizes. It gives a rustic feel. I think. Ha Ha
We've had a turtle race. Our little nephew, Ace, has now entered his 3rd turtle race at Lena Day. This turtle was named Hot Junior. He loves it and it causes us to have many laughs!!
We watched the fireworks on Lena Day, 4th of July. They were great, as always.
Cousins got to bond again over the summer. This is our youngest girl cousin Jessica. She has 4 brothers and would love to come live with us part time.
This has also consumed my summer. We were getting a 5 gallon bucket of tomatoes a day. It was a blessing but it took every moment of my day. Oh but the rewards are so worth the effort. God is good!! Prov. 3:10I have been filling my freezer. It's even fuller now. I have been filling my pantry. Oh, it is so satisfying to be able to look at the fruits of ALL your labor. The tomatoes, tomato sauces, spaghetti sauce, ketchup, and salsa are over flowing on out in the laundry room. I need more shelving and places for shelving. Ha Ha
Now the pears and muscadines are ripening but I don't think I am going to make very many preserves and jellies. We have an abundance from the last two years we need to eat up. I do hope to make and can some muscadine juice.
And last but not least, here is the newest member of the family.......
Her name is Phoebe and she is a 6 wk. old miniature pot bellied pig. My oldest daughter, Katherine, has been wanting one for quite a while. So about 3 wks ago we found one at the flea market and I told her if that is how she wants to spend her money then go for it.....Ha Ha..... and She did.She is supposed to live in this pen that was custom built for her until she gets big enough to go out in the pasture.

She thinks she is a dog..... and has been living on the back porch during the day and sleeping in her nice pen at night. Too funny.
She cracks us up....I mean literally my Ronnie watches her and just starts laughing.
We have also taken a few trips, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Vicksburg to name a few. We have one more planned in 2 wks. to Tn.
So it's been a great summer and we are so sad to see it leave but I am ready for some cooler days. We have already got the hammock hanging and the girls have started laying out in it and reading. So I know fall is in the air even if its still 90+ degrees outside.
Oh and by the way, School starts at our house on Monday.


Greg and Donna said...

Yeah! You updated your blog! We did turtle races in Oklahoma last summer on a mission trip! That was fun. Your jars of canned goods are beautiful! If you ever have too many tomatoes, I would love some more. It was great to meet you too! I hope y'all have a wonderful first week of school. Hi to the girls!

Greg and Donna said...

I just showed Amy the pig and horse and she squealed in my ear...OH THEY'RE SOOOOO CUTE!

And I forgot to tell you that we grill all winter too! I have pictures of my husband grilling on Christmas Day last year!

HeathahLee said...

How is it I missed TWO other posts!? It looks y'all have had a great summer. That pig is so cute! : )

Will y'all be near Memphis??? Coming up 55??? *wink wink* : )

Anonymous said...

You have been busy this summer! I agree, it has been a hot summer. Fall is around the corner though.

Your freezer and pantry looks so organized. Great job on filling them.

Loved the pictures and your new cabinet. I like the way you have your iron skillets hanging, also.

Phoebe is a real cutie pie!

Have a great day.

Peggy said...

sounds like you had a fun but busy summer! Wishing you a blessed fall

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

Hi Trixi,

I found your blog this afternoon and just wanted to let you know I've enjoyed reading your recent posts. I also look forward to visiting again soon.

basicliving@backtobasicliving.com said...

Trixi! So nice to hear that you are all fine and doing well. I just love the little pig! Sweet picture with the pup :) The cabinet with shelves is just gorgeous. Your husband did a wonderful job. I love all your glass canisters. The girls look like they are loving caring for the horses. I love looking at all the food you've put up. It's a lot of work, but doesn't it feel so nice to look at that bounty and know your family will love every bite of it?

I'm so glad you're back :) Although I completely understand not having time to update the blog - I've really struggled with that this summer to!

Greg and Donna said...

Hey Trixi, I left you an award on my blog...check it out. Donna

Rie said...

Hey Trixie, I finally made it over to your blog. So glad to have met you and the kids and love having y'all join us in sewing. I'll be checking back.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Oh my....I wanna just love on that sweet piggy :)

His bondservant said...

So glad your husband is home safe and sound. I know how wonderful that feeling is! Love seeing all the food you have preserved. You have been incredibly busy. Really like you new storage area. I have this thing about seeing food in jars. I think it is some of the prettiest "decorating"...it just says home. And I must admit...your pig is too cute. Can you say that about a pig?

mommyx12 said...

Wow, what a pantry. That is great to have all those lovely jars of your hard work. One question, what exactly are muscadines? I have never heard of them.