Friday, August 24, 2018

Friends that last a life time!!!

Good morning sweet ladies.......been a very busy last week filled with grand babies, grand children, gardening, canning and friends!! We had two of our grand sons and a friend for dinner.....I have decided that I am inviting them to our farm......I will feed them and we will get to hear what is happening in their life......they stayed for 5 hours......it was wonderful!!! I have time now that I have not had and it will be so fun to invest in their lives......they need us and we need them. Then one of my granddaughters has gone to college...2 hours away.....it will take some commitment on our part to go and see her!! We will!!! Can't wait.....I am painting her a chair and building her a bench. That will keep me busy!!! I know is it is rough out there and it scares me for her to be far away...but I am thankful for the Lord and how he hears this Grammies prayers and He will be all over in protection for my girl!!! She wrote me...she found a good Bible believing church.....she wrote how the Lord touched her that first night.......I cried through the whole message.......God had heard me...and He answered!!! Such a precious Lord I serve!!! I will continue to keep her covered along with all the other grands we have!! It is important that we pray for our family and friends!!! 




His smile.....her little hand!!



She thought she would just take his kerchief!!

Now how do I get up?

I also got to spend two days with these two littles and their Mommas!! We went to a greenhouse.......it was beautiful and the girls got pics of our time......they are so so precious!!!



Started picking and canning my tomatoes. I use a very simple recipe......Here it is from a past post years back. 


 I picked two big containers full!!!




Super easy, tomatoes, garlic, green peppers and celery!!!! Used my food processor.......ladled in jars!!


Pressure cooked them!
Here is an old pictorial Here


Cooled and they are ready for the shelf!!

Yesterday was a day for me to go visit my sweet friends that live down in the Beachy, Amish/Mennonite area. They are adorable ladies!!!

I walked into their kitchen.....memories hit me....dinners with the family right before Grandpa Yoder died.....Marian, Rosa's sister and my best friend sitting on the floor shucking corn while she was battling cancer....Grandma Yoder telling me that I had a problem with pride because I wouldn't take Rosa's fresh whole wheat bread....I took it and told her I was sorry......coming at CHRISTmas time to go to the tea room and get it ready for their family to have dinners and our tea party!! They all made me their own.....I was English and they were Beachy......perfect fit!!! How I miss all of those days!!! Thankful for the memories though. Rosa  had a jar of homemade pickles and a jar of just made fresh homemade pizza sauce!! She gave me the recipe!!! She also let me taste the finished sauce.....oh my delicious!!!




Here is the recipe......she sent me home with the bag of all the spices I need.....I will return when I am done!!! Love how she takes care of me!!



Their pickles were beautiful!!! Didn't get to try....but one day I will after they sit to ferment!!



I was invited to sit at their dining room table for tea......and homemade chocolate cookies......and I noticed the teapot......galvanized white and black........cutest!!!



Rosa went out on her porch and cut off some "fresh mint tea" as she calls it....and pressed it down into the boiling water to let it steep.......



videoed the process.......as she is stirring the tea........


our cups were ready!!!!  Aunt Ella brought in the cookies.......
now to laugh and share.......together all afternoon.......was so so fun for all of us!


 As we went out the front door I noticed all her beautiful white roses in front of their porch. It was beautiful. She had about 7 all across the front. Her daughter buys her the small miniature roses in the little pots.....you see them on Mother's Day a lot.....someone had told Rosa that inside one of those pot there are 6 to 7 individual plants......she broke them up and planted each one. I AM DOING THAT!!! They are beautiful!!! Big too!!! I have so much work to do on my little rose garden and I can't wait to get some plants and start planting!!! Not sure if it should be in fall or spring!! I will see!



We walked over to the tea room......it wasn't the same.....since Marian died life changed for all of us.....no more Tea Room parties......I am going back.....we are going to clean it up!! She has grands that need to have fun in there! It won't be the same.....but we can make it for the next generation!!!


The vegetation has taken over.....still looks pretty!!! 
I had not yet picked out my tea cup yet they were Marians. We had washed them a many times after having some kind of party!!! Oh the chatter that went on.....or the prayers that we prayed for our children that we lifted up to the Lord. She was a sweet sweet friend!! It was so hard to give her up....she died on the night before our youngest daughter got married. Marian wanted to so bad come to the wedding. It was a sad night for me.......but one day we will be together again!! She loved me deep.....I did the same with her. 



Lots of little stitches!


Before I left Aunt Ella wanted to show me her room. It was precious.....very neat and orderly!! Her dresses hung on a post.....with her bed clothes.....simple life! On her bed was a quilt.....her  Aunt (I think she said) made her the two color (my favorite kind of quilt) quilt. Precious.....worn and loved.......a long the top in some of the squares was written......Never to busy to Pray.......a reminder!!!


Then she handed me this blue rag.......she said would I like.....of course I would like......it was the best dusting rag she said......I will treasure it and I will use it!! Prayers for Aunt Ella and her precious family will be said!! 

Do you have a sweet friend that you love and loves you back? It is a treasure for sure!! 

I would love to hear if you would like to share!! 

God bless each of you.....I know this is long......but I had to get my week journaled or I would forget!! One day I want still want to write a book.....hope my dream comes true.

Hugs to your day and know that you are loved by me,

Linda






Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hello.......it has been awhile!!!



Hello sweet ladies.......oh my it has been forever since I have been on here......I have started some other posts......and then life happens......and when that happens.......I don't get to finish them. I have missed blogging for sure......and maybe this will get me started on a roll. We sold the coffeehouse......we are thankful that we can now give time to help our family and to be on our farm.......you will find me in the garden and putting up produce and picking zinnas. I am so grateful the Lord has allowed this in our life again!!!



                It is wonderful to be back  H O M E and not working                                            outside the HOME!!!

For the last 2 and a half weeks we have been out with my sis in Idaho......and what a sweet time we had......I picked plums......then we put up plum jam. It was delicious and I got to bring produce and fruit back home!!! I will put it up when I have time after I get the things in the garden put up. 



Went to OHANA Farms a no-till while in Idaho........had such a sweet time.....picked blackberries and weeded an area for them to replant. We loved the place and the precious people. It was such a delightful time seeing how they farmed! Lord willing we will go back and we told them we want to help again!!! 


When we came back from Idaho we took a few days and went to Estes Park Colorado.......how beautiful are the mountains!!!!! Loved it. It was such a sweet time. First time we have ever gone with just each other......different......but ever so sweet!! Usually we have traveled with our family!!! It is different not having kids in our home......we are learning! Not always easy still......but the Lord has been with us!! He is enough. 


We have been building things.....using my tools.....I love it. One item was a long long dining room table 9' 9". I have had the chairs reupholstered for months......is so nice to have a table again. We will use it much with college kids back and for our family and friends!!! 



I started to build this little porch area.......we had at the coffeehouse and now I wanted it at the farm. My sweet man helped me put up the top part......now I love sitting.........stitching or knitting! It is peaceful and a quiet place to sit at the end of the day!! 



This last weekend I bought a cupboard that was 7' tall x 4' wide.......lots of shelves and perfect for what I have been wanting. I have to paint the outside...it will be white......and I will try to change the look of the doors.....maybe build some new ones.....we will see. I couldn't wait to start organizing love cupboards!!! 
Like a lot!!! Behind each door there are 3 big size shelves.....perfect!!! I still have more sorting today of things to go on each shelf......I know it is going to help me a lot!!! Oh and it cost me $10. Now that made me really happy!!! 



For the last 2 weeks we have been getting rain......lots of it.......I am not sure on the whole amount.... over 7"at least.....we have so needed it!!! This morning we had a literal pond in our yard. The geese were all to happy!!!  It was a beautiful rain......took my umbrella and went out to the garden......I dug some potatoes for breakfast. So nice to have fresh from the garden! 



I hope all are well.......I hope I can hear from some of you and hear what has been going on with you......I love hearing from you too!!!! God bless......and lots of hugs to each of you, 

Linda



Monday, March 5, 2018

Spring is coming!!!

Good morning sweet ladies......just have to say I have missed you much!!! I do keep up on my facebook because it doesn't take the time that doing a blog does....just in case you want to come over. It has been a while......since I have said hello! Life can get so so busy for me. First off I want to apologize fort the photobucket square that is so not nice on my blog. If I want it off I have to pay a lot of money or take all my photos off. I will trying to figure what I can do or start a whole new blog at some time. Just not now in my life....but I am sorry!! 

We still have the coffeehouse and our children and grandchildren that keep us busy. Started my sweet potato slips in January and they will be ready for spring.......been sharing them with some of the old time farmers in town......they remember when they were young doing this with their Momma......love their stories!!!



Our little is learning to be a barista at 4 months of age with her Auntie.......life has been such a gift the last months since she was born. We love her and pray for her precious life!!!!




The coffeehouse keeps me busy baking, making up soups......made egg noodles and a pot of chicken soup when the flu was going around.......they went over well.......serving food......loving on Momma's and their littles.....makes for a busy life....


coming H O M E on the weekends are my sweet gifts from the Lord!! 


Love love love taking care of my chickie girls.... puttsing around the farm......got my greenhouse ready for my plants!!!! Can't wait to bring them home from the market when they are ready!!!


Some weeks back I started getting my seeds planted......learning a lot this year about transplanting. Have regular shop lights at the shop and everything is doing fantastic under them!!! The key this year was to learn about worm castings...... to buy if you are interested here  and learn about worm casting tea go here . I am not kidding this stuff is like pure gold!!!



The Roma plant on the left I had transplanted two weeks ago using worm castings in the soil. I had only so much soil to plant half of all my seedlings. I bought some more seed starting soil and had to get the seedlings transplanted....still waiting on an order for worm castings. The one on the right was when I got transplanted one week later in seed mix without worm castings. It showed me what I needed to know. I am amazed. 


Then I got to thinking what if I could make up some worm casting tea.......I researched and sure enough. So when my castings came in the mail...... I bought what I needed. Now I have done more research and if I really want to do this right I will invest in a bigger air bubbler........but I am more then satisfied on a small scale what I have accomplished so far. On my second batch....went around the farm and put some on my little bushes and trees. 



To make some tea up you will need to drill a hole in the top of 

2 cups of well composted worm castings
2 tablespoons of unsulphured molasses
5 gallon bucket filled with water.....or rain water. 
follow instructions above in link. 

I am going to show some who have asked how I start seeds.


Starting seeds is very simple. I was running out of space and cups and thought I would try using my plastic milk jugs that we go  through in our coffee shop. Turn on side so label is on the bottom. Keep lid on!!!! Starting cutting from the back top of jug "leave about a three inch space that you will not cut" in the back so it can have a flap. 

Fill  milk container half-full with seed transplanting soil. You can add some worm castings if you would like. It really is amazing stuff!!! Pat the soil down a little bit. 

Sprinkle seeds on top. Cover seeds lightly with your soil. Spray with a spray bottle filled with warm water.


IF you want to learn how I do my tomatoes 🍅 seeds go Here



I wrap anything I am starting in plastic bags and put in a warm place. I can used the top of my shop light.....I have also used the top of my refrigerator. Works great. Now wait until it grows. After the plant gets about 2" to 3"tall you can transplant into a small paper cup or I am using the milk jugs and putting space of about 1 1/2" in between seedlings. I think it will work great until I can get everything outside!! 



I have also been knitting for our new grandson (still in his Momma's womb)....still need to make him his hat. His name is Jackston and due in May close to his Momma and Daddy's wedding anniversary!!!!!!! We are so excited!!


The chickie girls are doing so well.......I am sooooo waiting for someone to start sitting and going broody!!!! Been spouting seeds for them......easy easy!!! 



I have been sprouting alfalfa, wheat, lentils and quinoa. Staggering them so every other day they get fresh sprouts!!!! It isn't hard to do ......just need a large mouth jar or containers especially for sprouting. Mesh lids or cheesecloth/a canning jar wide mouth lid ring works great too!!! Fill jar with water and let seeds soak for 8-10 hours. Rinse and allow water to drain out. Everyday two times fill jar with water and rinse....draining water out each time. Place jar on it's side in a slightly sunny spot. Watch little life happen!!!! Your girlies will love you!!! You are giving them good food and it only takes a few minutes each day!!!




Well......this is a little update on what is happening.....today I am quilting and making some hen quilt patches and sheep and can't wait to get into my craft room to start...it is a fun day......just know you are so thought of so many times!!!

Please leave a comment if you still follow. I know it is a wonder if anyone still does....and I so understand!!! 

Hugs and God bless your day!!!!!!

Linda













Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Good morning sweet ladies,

So nice to be back on my blog......it is quiet.....which is a new new new for our H O M E......getting used to it now that our Tressy is married, but the tree is lit.......and the sun will be rising real soon. Eating my favorite breakfast........pie and a cup of milk. Now I am set! Just got off from FaceTiming our little.......she is so sweet in the mornings so her Momma calls so we can have some sweet time together......one of my favorite things to start my day. 

I know the post are few and far between......so much has happened in the last few months..... so I got up really early this morning......so I can journal some things that have been going on with PFFarm. 

We have a new little in our family. 
Christmas time was wonderful.......having her added to our family during this time of year....made it all the more special!!!


I had this idea for pictures or Christmas......I knitted her a hat and mittens........I needed a bag so I used some of the burlap we had from her Momma's wedding.......made a tag.........tied a red checked ribbon around the top.......stuffed the bag with a lot of pillows and set her inside....with her little ornament and stuffed puppy (we keep it here at Grammies).....it will always be the grands!!! So fun to shoot these pics......there is such a sweet manner about her. We had quite a few giggles when she did a face plant in the cluster fiberfill......when she came up it there were patches glued to her face......then she started slipping down the backside to the inside of the bag......her Momma and I both went after her......made some sweet memories!!! We love her so much and thank the Lord for her allllll the time!!



A few weeks back we had some baby lambs over at my farm friend's farm......she is the sweetest farm woman......last year I made her mittens with sheep on them.....


this year I made a cowl to match the gloves........


when we drove to her farm we drove by Peace Creek


lots of memories have been made here!!!! It is a favorite place for us.

We got to her farm.......Willow has a boy and so does Aspen.....we were hoping for girls so she could build her flock. 

 Willow and her little boy......he was a big baby!!!


Aspen had just had her baby boy......so cute!!!!! Miss having them on the farm, but after the babies are weaned the girls will come back.

God bless each of you....I have missed you......please follow me on facebook.....it is the easiest place for me to journal daily!!!!!! 

Merry CHRISTmas!!!

Linda