Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sweet Pea.....new baby lamb!

Good morning sweet ladies........all I can say is I have missed you! 


If you want to keep up with what is going on at Prairie Flower Farm........please follow me on my fb. I put up short posts. Go here anytime and You can see the happenings at Prairie Flower Farm. 


With working in the garden (planting strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, potatoes, rhubarb and 


decorating the farm with lots of flowers).......learning at the coffeehouse (learning a lot about the flower arranging) and still working at the college........ I feel like I am barely letting my feet hit the ground! 

Living on a farm it is busy and spring is always a busy busy time of year for us. I am sitting here this morning all by myself......me and the Lord. Reflecting on Good Friday.......on what  my Heavenly Father did for me at Calvary..... Jesus came to die in my place if only I would accept the Gift! Thankful He came. 

My sweet girl and her sweet man are upstairs......in our home and I am grateful! My family is celebrating Resurrection SONday today! It is the only time allllll of our family can get together. Can't wait to see them all coming up the driveway! I am praying for you and your family also!


Another thing that has kept me busy is allllll of the animals are having or will be have babies. Two sets of kittens!!!!!! 7 total mouse eaters. So precious! Here is a sweet one meeting Denali! 


I have two sister hens who are sitting on 20 eggs.......they are due at the end of the month. 

But I do have an announcement!!!!!!

You know we have been waiting to see which on of our sheep who are pregnant. Well........Olivia was really showing signs of being pregnant last week!!!!!!!!! 


All last Saturday I checked her every half an hour......


the animals were getting anxious (I am sure)......night came and still no baby or babies! She was showing signs of labor so I knew it wasn't but a day or so away! 


I got up early last SONday morning......video in hand and we had a new little girl! 
You can watch the video here
She was less than an hour old when I saw her for the very first time.


Meet Sweet Pea! I had to get her in the sheep shed because Aspen the year old sheep did not like the new baby! 


She was so little! We love her......a lot!!!!!!!!


She is now a week old and very frisky! 


She looks so much like her Daddy Birch don't you think? 


I love to just sit watching our new little girl! As you can see she is very little and complete adorableness! Now we are waiting on the other two girls to see if we have any more babies coming! 


She is so curious! Roo, one of our roosters that roams the farm was in the sheep pen.....it was adorable watching Sweet Pea as she followed him around the pen. Never a dull moment......so now you see why I have been absent! Farm life at it's best. 


This coming Monday I will be seeing little opening where the chicks are pecking their way out on these eggs!!! I have 35 chicken eggs and 3 duck eggs. The duck eggs will be ready to hatch the 28th. It will be noisy in our house! I am ready!


Friday when I got home I was moving the little kittens and Kitty (their Momma) outside. Look who I found sitting on eggs. She and I both got scared of each other and she moved from her eggs for a bit, I counted 18 eggs!!!!!! Truly a lot of "life" is going on here at Prairie Flower Farm. 

Now you see why it has been busy! 

Trust that Your Resurrection SONday is blessed one!

"This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His Name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things." 
Luke 24: 46-48

It is true....so grateful! 


Blessings, 
Linda






Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Weeks Worth of Busy!

Hello sweet ladies........

Went to check on the girls this SONday morning. Especially checking Olivia........and......
I have some news.......you are going to like..........


Olivia is going to have a baby or if she does like she always does.....she will have twins. I can't wait!!!!!! Her udder is getting so full so that means anytime. I can't wait and I will be running from the farm house to the sheep pen.......a lot during the day! Life is so fun on a farm in the spring time! 

it is cloudy outside and they say 50% chance of rain but no wind and it is beautiful. We have had sprinkles.....but nothing to talk about. I have wanted to wait for some rain to plant some of cool crops....so I have been busy in the house getting things ready all last week. I saved my strawberry corn. 


I took the end of a sharp knife and gently pried away the dried kernels. Sweet little seeds that will grow 5 to 6 feet tall. Isn't that so amazing? Love it.....God working all things together!!!!!! I hope to get a good crop and sell them at the coffee house. They make wonderful arrangements. I planted about 8 last year and they did okay. I hope to do better this year! 


This last week I couldn't stand it any longer. Every time I have gone into the farm stores I have not found the chicks I wanted.....so I would come home empty handed. Soooooo I started up the incubator! I have 35 chicken eggs and 3 duck eggs. I have been candling them all week and it blesses this Momma's heart every time I see the little veins start forming!!!!!! 


The daffodils are starting to bud! What was your first flower that you saw blooming???? I am hearing that there is still snow in the northern parts of the states........sorry!!!!! Yesterday I pinned this adorable picture for all those who have snow......hope it gives a smile!


Pinned this HERE isn't this adorable????????

I am thankful we don't have snow......but that doesn't mean it still can't happen! I am still working out in the garden!!!!!!


We worked all last week and got all the ground we used last year roto-tilled. Then we opened up some new ground. I am putting a border of raspberries and rhubarb (I spit my old patch up, it is time, it's 3 years old).  I want to separate the different parts of the garden this year. It looks pretty in my mind.....we will see how it turns out.

Well that tells a little about my week......busy, but a fun busy! Today after church I will be out in the garden......it is my rest and quiet time! Trust you are all doing well. Praying for your SONday!


Please continue to pray for our country and the world. V was out at the farm this last week and walked in the door. He said, "Grammy......where is the hammer? It got it for him and up on the roof of one of the sheds that needed repair he went. He is like a monkey!!! I have never seen a child so strong! V loves to work with his hands and their is plenty for him to find here at Prairie Flower Farm. I thank God that he was rescued from what could have been a very sad life in Ukraine. But my heart aches for all the other children that are left there. With all that is going on in Ukraine and the invasion of Russia.... now there are orphans who could not come back who were already in the process of being adopted. Their future is bleak. Please pray for the Mommas and Daddies from here in the states that could not continue with the adoptions. Pain for them and the children left there. We are in evil times and we need to pray that God would continue to work His plans out and protect the people of Ukraine! Thank you! 

Hugs from my farm,

Linda

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

We are getting rain........wind and maybe lightning tonight!!!!!!

Hello sweet ladies, 

it seems like I have been gone forever from my blog! Busy, but that seems like it always is on a farm. We have also been helping at Broadway Market. We are learning so much and enjoying it! 

Our 3 day vacation was wonderful a few weeks back. We stayed with Taylor and Tyler.........that was so special! Also went to their church......they are in a wonderful church. It was a precious time. 

We also went to 7 different coffee houses. 5 in Kansas City area.     When we went in to each one we looked the whole place over. It was so fun! I am not a coffee drinker. I love the smell, but I like to have all the sweet stuff in it.....so I don't drink it very often! 




One of the coffee houses had lots of 150 lb. bags of raw green coffee! 



The bags were really neat. I looked at them and thought of things I could make. The owner gave me some! I was so excited. He was a very giving person. We learned so much from him also about the process in roasting coffee. 


Here is the largest of the roasters. They had two, but this was the biggest. It would have been interesting to see them roast some coffee. 


Tressa and I want to learn latte art. One of the shops did this cup for Tress. So pretty! It isn't easy.....but we are going to try! I think it will be fun to try! 

We got home on SONday before we had to go back to work. Monday night was going to change for our family and the cafe forever. Monday we went to work and then went to Broadway to work for the evening. When we were there we found out that one of our friends and coworker had died. It shocked our family! The next day at work the employees were in shock! It was sad sad sad!!!!!! But I have to say that the Lord was faithful!!! This young man had been in our life for 12 years. A precious young man! 


The hardest for me was to take Ben's EMT boots and decorate them for his Momma for the funeral. Ben loved firecrackers!!!!!!!! I wasn't sure I would find what I needed at Hobby Lobby. God was so good..........three rows of Americana stuff!!!!! I kept praying as I started working on his boots. Ben would have liked! 

Things have calmed down a bit, but the most precious gift was when a girl got saved the day after he died. She accepted what CHRIST did at the cross, another girl asked our boss if we could start a Bible Study, another has decided to live her life for CHRIST......there has been a sweetness in the cafe. God has meet us.......He is using Ben's life even though he is gone......Ben would be so excited! Life is hard, but we are looking for what the Lord has for us! The kitchen has changed...it has peace and lots of love for each other. When we first got to the cafe 4 years ago we prayed.......we saw prayers answered last week and will continue to see them answered!!!!! We will miss Ben! Please pray for his precious family....it has been so painful!!!!!! 


When we came in the back door when we got back home from vacation...... this is what we found. Four sweet little kittens.



What a sweet little face. Spring is coming......it will be really warm  this SONday. 

Well, hope all is okay in your life!!!!! Please let me know how you  are! I would love to hear from you! 

Blessings and God bless! 

Linda













Thursday, March 13, 2014

Seed Swap Sweet Ladies Have been Matched!!!!!!


Hello sweets, 


Love gathering my eggs.....this night we were leaving for the coffeehouse to help out......I was in a hurry and didn't get my basket......used my blouse and sweater instead.....it works!



It is soooo nice when I can be home all day long......anytime of the day you will find me with the Girls....in fact allllllll day long you will find me in and out of the coop! 


I think my Girls are so prettaaaa....... and I enjoy my Hen House..... love to see my Girls sitting away.....amazing to think of the process on making an egg. God thought of everything didn't He.....for His children......even my enjoyment of seeing His faithfulness!  I am in love.......with HIM

Today I finished getting allllll those who signed up for the seed swap......ask if that was fun. I wish I could be a mouse in each of your homes when you get your "sweet mail"!!!!!! If you didn't receive an email.....you need to let me know!!!!!! I don't want anyone missed. Be sure to check your junk mail. :< ) this is a raggedy face, can you tell?



Our vacation has been so busy, but so enjoyable! I've worked  inside and out! Was able to roto-tilled and area in my garden today for beans and potatoes. The weather is in the 70's and all this week and next it will be in the 60's.......spring is coming, but that could change real fast. We are in Kansas!!!!! 


My tomato plants just keep growing away!!!! They are so pretty to wake up to each morning! They are really healthy! 


My little violas are the sweetest little seedlings. The seeds are so teeny tiny when you go to plant.....amazing they grow. 

Well, I am so glad that we have some new followers......you are so welcome here.....please leave a comment if you would like. We would love to meet you!

The Lord's Blessings to you!!!!!! 

A big Hug also sent your way from my farm to your HOME,


Linda




Friday, March 7, 2014

Seed Swap Two!!!!!! Let's have a Party!

Hello sweet ladies, 



Today is the first day of our vacation........9 days.....on the FARM....doing a little getting ready for spring! 


This morning my sweet man let the sheep out to pasture they were ready!!!!!   



Opened up the Hen House and the Girls so they can go running and scratching around the farm. 
I will get to watch them.....Heart be still!! 


On this vacation I will try to get a lot of things done.....it will help me be ready for spring when it really happens. We will have a beautiful 70 degree day on Monday......eeekkkkk! I will spend some time in our garden..... digging around and planning where I will plant what where!! 


Pic from last year.....gets me giddy thinking about spring!


I will also work a little on the inside of the Potter's Shed. We have a group of college kids coming out to the farm on the Monday after we get back to the college for a bon fire......want to be ready.


Busy busy time here at Prairie Flower Farm......but will be so relaxing to be outside without snow on the ground. While on vacation I thought we should do a little something fun on my blog. 


How about let's have a Prairie Flower Farm Seed Swap!!!! 
PARTY Thyme!

Someone mentioned it......so thought it would be fun to do it again. 

I will make it soooo easy for you! 

Buy a card or make one.

Write a little bit about yourself and slip in a seed packet of seeds.

Send me your mailing address to
prairie flower farm at g mail dot com

Please put Seed Swap Two in the subject line.....now lets have some fun! 

I will match you with another sweet lady and then send you your seed partner's name and her address. Easy Peasy!!!!!


I will take names until March 10th at noon. 

Ladies from other countries are welcome to sign up!!!!!!


Sooooo lets see who will be signing up. Leave a little comment here if you are going to join the party. Tell us what you might plant this spring!

Love you sweets!!!!!! You make my days so blessed!

I am planting lots of veggies and flowers in my garden. I enjoy going and seeing color when I am harvesting and caring for my plants! Lots of daisies this year that I planted last year!


Hugs from the farm......it will be a good 9 days Lord willing,

Linda











Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Snow Day on our SONday!

Hello sweet ladies, 


Thought I would let you know that I still only
3 Prairie Flower Farm 2014 calendars available 
 for sale. 


Here is a little sneak peek of the pictures I have taken from Prairie Flower Farm for our calendar.......each can be framed after you are finished with the calendar. That's a sweet thing....right?

Each calendar is $20.00 plus $5.00 shipping.

If you are interested send me an email at
prairie flower farm at g mail dot com

Put Calendar in the subject line. Thank you!
We do paypal, check or money order.

I will do first come first serve. 

We also have our Prairie Flower Farm card sets available. 

Here are the different sets.

Winter Thyme Collection 1

Winter Thyme Collection 2

Chicken Collection

Farm Life Collection

Sheep Card Collection

Go HERE for instructions on how to order!


The weather for the last few days have been hard on the farm......snow, ice and sleet make it harder getting chores done. Yesterday while I was out in the big coop I saw my lavender guinea up in the rafters (she is always up there when I walk in).....she wouldn't move! She was nice and toasty warm! I had my camera with.....and started shooting! 


Aren't her polkadot feathers beautiful?


See her horn on the top of her head.....she really isn't the prettiest of birds.



Love her face.....she gave me some precious pic's! My favorite part of this pic is her hairdo!!!!!! 

Hope you are enjoying your SONday......we didn't have church......
so we watched it on line. We are staying inside......it is 3 degrees right now.


Hugs and God bless your day,

Linda