Catching Up

I’ll be catching up here and hope to have these in order. It’s been a busy Summer with house projects and still trying to settle in. I’ll post up to date over the next few days.

Cucumber salad from our garden. Homegrown tomatoes, dill, cucumbers and onions. A good dousing of good olive oil and seasoned rice vinegar…. yum. We all love this.

My mother bought me a real pottery batter bowl. It looks prettier than the picture here. The kids would bring things in the back kitchen door all summer and drop off their pickins’ from the garden.

The following are pictures I took some months ago for my mother as this is where she will have a house put up in about 2 weeks. They already have the electrical and plumbing in place and will place the concrete slab here next week.

The man who pours the concrete will put a  concrete walkway from the side of her house to the gate here. Our home is behind me on the other side of this driveway. We;re talking about taking down the fencing here.

It is nice and mowed now since my husband bought a good commercial mower.

We walk down this road often. My husband talks to his close friend Dan several nights a week and walks down this with a lantern. It looks so pretty and peaceful with the warm glow. I wish I could take a picture of it.

Okay, It’s been a while. I am guessing they made birthday hats for Pup’s 11th birthday in July.

Homemade cheesecake…

Hannah and Elisabeth

Miriam’s birthday… all smiles.  She turned six this year. It looks like Elisabeth was hungry for cake, she’s nearly done.

Dad’s homemade see saw in grandma’s yard. The kids are on this thing all the time.

My, this is a while back…. Matthew and I (and the kids) took off the linoleum from our kitchen floor to reveal the pretty fir wood. Here he’s removing the thin paper/glue with a hot mop.


Big mushrooms in our tree out front.

Fossils – The kids find them in an area in our backyard all the time. See the shell patterns?

This is a strange pattern that occurs with an eclipse. I had read about it so when it happened on our back porch, I took a picture. Wavy, moving shapes. It didn’t get pitch black here but dark enough that we could see the moon.

Hannah’s birthday. She wanted homemade cinnamon rolls. I think my mom will like having birthdays here.  : )

Ten years old!

My husband and little Matthew trying to get the poles squared off for the concrete pourer for grandma’s house.

Grandma’s backyard…

We had an incident where the strap that holds the swing on the tree broke and Elisabeth fell. I had just bought it. I took these two pictures for an Amazon review as I don’t want anyone else to get hurt. It’s supposed to hold up to 1100 pounds. Anyways, I thought the pictures were nice of Elisabeth and Dad so I put them on the blog.

Our neighbor baled hay on our property in exchange for cash. We now have his cows on it… nice set up.

Pretty picture of Miriam!

The hay bales drying out…

Pretty picture of our house… peaceful looking with the swing swaying in the wind.

  …and look at who we have here, little Ben! He still has delays and can’t or won’t feed himself. He’d rather play with the utensils.

We got a pot bellied pig from Craigslist for free. He’s much bigger now and contained, we’ll have him butchered eventually. He reminds us of a dog, wags his tail all happy when we approach.

Tabby and Annies’ birthday! That’s what the kids call them now. Five years since you were born in Iowa. It seems so much longer.

They had never had rice krispy treats. Every kid should have them at least once so that’s what we had…. two days in a row.  : )

Elisabeth all curled up reading a book. Oftentimes the kids will play outside with Dad out there working and me taking a nap… she will sit in and color, draw or read.

Matthew tore down this shed by hand and we had some young fellows come over and break up and take the concrete. It looks so much better now. The shed was ready to go.

A few months ago Matthew finished taking down the deck. It looks wonderful now. Everything is thrown away and cleaned up, the porch is cleared off.

Our lovely tomatoes. We are still growing them. I made some chili last night and used some of our tomatoes fresh.

Little Matthew looking out the window.

A neat little book I saw on Amazon. I like it.

A WONDERFUL cookbook….. who else has this?

Leah had a severe case of poison ivy this year. I took her to the emergency room and they gave her some medicine, she looked only half as bad the next morning. Terrible stuff….

The girls are always going in my room to read or play dolls or something.

Having a tea party with their dolls.

Ben wants to be a part of it.

3 thoughts on “Catching Up

  1. How very sweet all the pictures of the children. I loved seeing all they do. Reminds me of when I was growing up in upstate NY. It looks like you are getting so much done around there to make it your own. Very nice property! I think of you all often and pray for you daily. Blessings!

    • Thank you so much! We loved driving through some of New York… beautiful even in the cold months. Yes, it seems we are losing those precious places out in the country as the years go by but they are still here. : ) They have Veteran’s Day parades here, neighborhood park picnics with real old time gospel music, hayrides…. though it was too cold out for that last week. Thank you for your prayers… : ) We all need them even when things are going well.

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