Sunday, October 22, 2017


Up to greet this Sunday morning slowly with still a nagging cough. Hubbie didn't sleep well at all last night as his back hurt and it was his first night without a dose of Nyquil in several nights.
As we pondered the day we decided not to grace everyone at church with our coughing spells.
Forgive us Lord.
 We had corn beef in the crockpot so I made a brocolli casserole in the other crockpot  while hubbie boiled cabbage and mashed potatoes and cooked green beans. I also made an apple crisp and he made biscuits.
We set the table and waited for church to be over and everyone to arrive.
Re and the kids came first then Aa came in from the soybean field as #1 son's family arrived.
We all ate and the corn beef was really delicious. #2 son and Tif came in a little late and ate also.
Everyone had a great visit.
After they all left hubbie sat down to watch a race and I put up some clothes and then headed out to clean out my hen houses. I cleaned them in July before we went on vacation which has been about 3 months ago. I will clean them now and by the time cold temperatures set in they will have enough manure built up for extra heat on cold nights.
Hubbie came up and carried all the manure to refill some of the raised beds for next year's plantings.
I wore a dust mask the entire time I shoveled but almost  have a headache tonight and my throat is really scratchy so hopefully this doesn't aggravate my already inflamed airways.
I put it off from last weekend thinking I would surely be over this crap by now !!!
We also moved the garden chicken tractor to a new green spot.
By the time I finish this cleaning it was choretime .
We came inside after chores and rested for the evening.
Daughter and son-in-love went to the pumpkin farm today for pics and they are really good as g-daughter IR was all smiles.

Back in October 1997 the kids were 16,14,12 so there wasn't much Halloween fun with the teenage boys but daughter and a couple friends still got into the spirit for the church carnival !
Carla Ellis, daughter (the bee), Rachel Owenby. 

Fun memories and I actually still wear this apron that Carla has on from time to time !!
Thankful for the wonderful blessings of this day and praying that it be God's will that hubbie and I both kick this crud soon.
God Bless and Good Night

Saturday, October 21, 2017


Up and out to get ready for market.
Market was slower today but I still had a pretty good sales day as the weather warmed from the upper 30's to the mid 70's on a sunny day.
My neighbor Steve saved me today when he brought me a hot Chia Tea back from the coffee shop next door. I sipped this all day to keep my coughing to a minimum thankfully.
I left market and only made one stop at Sav Mor on the way home.
I couldn't help but notice there is very little leaf color so far this year . The main color is still green.
Although the harvesting of brown fields and the fallen leaves on the driveway assure me it is late Fall already.

Hubbie was blowing leaves from the lawn so he could mow the lawn without so much dust when I got home. He helped me get unloaded and then went back to his work while I got some clothes ironed and got out the recipes for tomorrows lunch.
Tif sent this pic of a dog her dad gave her. He is a pretty , really sweet dog.
Hubbie dug the rest of our red potatoes tonight. We've been putting off digging all the potatoes because of the warm weather and figure they are better off still under ground.
After we ate we did chores then relaxed for the evening to try and recharge and get rid of this crud we are both still fighting. The weather is going to get really messy and cold this coming week.

Thankful for the blessings of this day and for a Loving Wonderful Savior.
God Bless and Good Night

Friday, October 20, 2017


Uhlhhh !!!!  I am getting soooo tired of this coughing and nose blowing !!!  Thankfully I sleep pretty well and don't have problems during the night. Up at 7:15 to greet both grand girls  on his cool foggy morning.
I did chores while RL had her breakfast.
I took RL to preschool while hubbie stayed with IR so she could get a morning nap.
I came home and had breakfast and then started baking cakes. I baked 12 caramel, 1 strawberry filled white cake, 1 coconut, 1 pound and 1 peach wine cake along with 1 pan of brownies.
I had to turn the ovens off midway through and go pick up g-daughter RL. Traffic was horrific on this Friday and as I crossed over the interstate it was standing still . Glad to get RL and get home by the backroads before they become crowded with folks getting off the I-26 looking for different routes.
Both g-daughters napped when I got home through our lunch. Hubbie went up to his wood working shop to cut out another NC state form some old wood he has to replace the one I sold Thursday.
IR's nap didn't last long enough for me to get my baking restarted so hubbie only got the one state done and had to come back inside and take care of her out in the sunroom so she wouldn't wake up RL who took a good almost 2 hour nap.
I baked the rest of the cakes and then got RL her late lunch after she helped me get all the baking things put away.
These two are hilarious some times !!!!  RL wants to share now but probably won't when IR gets old enough to take what she offers !!!!

After they were picked up hubbie and I did chores and watched the news while waiting for IR to come back to stay here while daughter and son-in-love went over to Bold Rock brewery to hear a young man that graduated from North High School sing. Canaan Cox is very good and daughter believes he is getting ready to make the big time as he is very good. He sings country music. He sure packed the house tonight.

While they were there hubbie and IR watched TV, well hubbie watched TV anyway !!!!
I iced all my cakes and got things ready for market.
Daughter came back after IR about  9:30.
Hubbie went to bed and I finished all my market preparation and got into bed about 11:30.
Thankful for the blessings of this day.
God Bless and Good Night

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Both g-daughters were here extra early this morning. The temp again was 36 but there was no evidence of frost today around here.
I did chores and got ready for market. We made it to RL's pre-school on time today and my nephew who had just arrived with his son sat in the car with IR while I walked RL in to her class room, Thanks Aaron !!
I met hubbie at market and since there were no customers yet and IR was getting hungry fussy we fed her before getting set up.
Connie, Josh's mom, arrived just as she finished her bottle and took her to daughter's house to stay with her today.
After we got set up hubbie left to get his errands done. I had a slower day today as expected with the colder weather moving in but I am thankful for all I did sell.
I left market and ran my errands at the bank and PO and Aldi and Walmart then stopped at Farm Bureau and paid some insurances policies.
I made it home at 4:30 and hubbie helped me unload. We rested and watched the news then did chores.
I had to work on our security camera this evening as after a recharge yesterday it was only taking black videos of traffic in and out today. I think I got it fixed by re-setting it.
I also watered all the plants I brought inside the other day and got them set up for their winter stay inside.
Since this is one of those rare no pic days it is a good time to start the decade pics for October. The first year I found any pics was 1987 and of course with 3 little ones and a birthday and Halloween their were plenty of them.
First the 6th birthday of #1 son with a party at our house with all the family.

He is held by Goldie Pryor , his maternal grandmother in this pic.

At that time I was still working at Norton Diamond Tool Division and #2 son and daughter were at a daycare ran by a friend of mine, Sheila Corn and she was taking #1 son who was in Kindergarten to Edneyville Elementary and picking him up since my work hours wouldn't allow me to do either.
She had pics made of all the kids at the daycare that year and it was the first time daughter had smiled in a photo.

She even had a pic made of #1 son after school .
He also had his school picture made that year.
His kindergarten teacher was Mrs. Hamilton and he had a great first year of school.
Of course they dressed up for Halloween and went trick or treating at a few family houses.
As I found these two pictures from that year they sure jarred a lot of old memories for me as I looked across our pasture at my dad's old barn that he built all by himself and we used it for several years when we started farming. I remember spending alot of time in this old barn with my dad stacking hay bales and feeding cattle. I remember all the wood shavings for the chicken house were dumped in the upstairs of this barn and he would back a trailer pulled by his Alis Chalmers WD45 tractor under a trap door in the barn floor and we would get to kick the shavings down into the trailer. I can't tell you how many times my older brother and I went sliding through that trap door into that wagon giggling all the way and landing on those soft shavings.

Thankful for all the old memories that bring smiles to my face each month when I do these decade pics and I humbly thank my Awesome God for the life He led me through.
God Bless and Good night


Wednesday, October 18, 2017


There was some spotty frost around the farm this morning but the garden was sparred because it is at the edge of the woods but the upper pasture had some sparkle from ole Jack Frost with the rising sun.

G-daughters were both here early and happy today.

 RL was ready to get to her pre-school and sang songs all the way there.
My low tire emblem was lit up and after driving thru several stations that were charging $1 for air I finally found free air at Quality gas house but I couldn't find my tire gauge that I have in my Honda so after several attempts to get the light off I gave up and went home to let hubbie check it out with his gauge and air tank.
While he checked my tire I fed IR her first bottle.
The tire was supposed to have 35lbs of air and only had 28lbs so hopefully I let some air out of it when I tired to put air in at Quality and I don't have a nail of something in it. He aired it up and we will keep a check on it.
IR was watching her favorite TV ,Daniel Tiger and I started baking cakes. I baked 6 caramel, 2 chocolate, 5 pound and 1 blackberry wine cake before having a late lunch.
After IR woke up and had her afternoon bottle we decided today would be a good day to see if we could get a good pic of her at the pumpkin farm nearby.
She was very co-operative for a few good pics.

We made it home before schools let out to beat all the traffic and settled in to wait for her mom.
Daughter fed her and then I went with her back out to the high school for her to keep score at the last volleyball game of the season.
G-daughter loves making new friends at the games.

I came home right after the game and did the chores. The white Silkie hatched 6 chicks but one was already dead this evening and she also had one egg that didn't hatch so she has five little black chicks.
That's a very good percentage for hatch as out of the 14 eggs I put under the 2 hens I have 12 chicks.
As I was finishing up chores hubbie came outside and yelled for me to look in the southern sky and we could see the space shuttle gliding across the sky. All I had was my cell phone but in this pic I circled the light from the shuttle.

I came inside after chores and did weekly paperwork and paid bills before icing my cakes and getting things ready for market. I also watched part of Survivor with hubbie before ending the night at about 11:30.
Thankful for the blessings of this day.
God Bless and Good Night

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Thankfully I woke up more clear headed and feeling much better after a long nights sleep.
I felt so bad last night I just said a prayer that the weather forecasters would be correct with their 38 degree temperature predictions for overnight and no frost here because I just couldn't muster the energy to get my plants inside or glean the peppers from the garden.
Well the forecasters missed it by 3 degrees as it was 35 degrees here this morning but I saw no frost on our farm.
I did chores and then took g-daughter RL to school and on the way there I did see some frosty fields along the way, whew thankfully we were sparred . When I got home g-daughter IR was more than ready for her first bottle of the day and then happily took a long nap to celebrate her 17 week birthday.

While she napped I had breakfast then hubbie and I cleaned house. It is nice to have him helping with this job as it sure makes it go faster. I mopped us out into the cool morning about 11:00.
We all went along to pick up g-daughter RL at 11:45 and then while both girls napped in the Honda we went to Southern States to get chicken feed.
We came home and got the feed unloaded and then brought the girls inside.
This one is not having a good day !!!!!!!
After lunch both girls cuddled with Neena and my SHIRT SAYS IT ALL !!!!!!!
I think we are all a little under the weather today so we pretty much just cuddled and let the afternoon pass us by today.
After the girls were both picked up I decided  I didn't want to take another chance with the weather forecast to be even colder tonight at 35 degrees with frost warnings .

So hubbie and I gathered all the plants inside that over winter in the little green house area in our basement.

Then we gathered all the peppers from the plants in the garden. Seems my peppers always do great in the late season .
Hubbie has more Hot Banana peppers to pickle and I will freeze the Bell Peppers for use in soups and sauces this winter.
After all this we did chores and I heard little peeps coming from the 2nd setting Silkies brooder box but didn't want to open it and let the cold air in.
We came inside and I went looking for decade pics tonight since this is past the middle of the month and about time !!!
I am feeling much better but tired again tonight so an early bedtime is on my agenda again tonight without the Nyquil dose of the last couple nights which I'm feeling like won't be necessary tonight.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and for the strength God blesses hubbie and I with each day as we strive to honor Him in all we do.
God Bless and Good Night.