Monday, July 26, 2010


yep - this is a picture of the bugs flying around over the pasture. It's gross, isn't it?

This is a picture of the snake that was watching me walk around (BAREFOOT!) taking pictures. I decided the rest of my pictures were going to be taken from the porch (after checking for skinks, of course!).

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Poor Little Birdie!

Tim found a baby bird in the carport yesterday. Apparently the mama bird had decided that he was old enough to leave the nest and he was on his own. Hayleigh and Kirsten were fascinated with him and held him and followed him around while he was trying to learn to fly. I think they exhausted the poor thing! He flew up into a tree (not very high) and fell asleep!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Happy Anniversary!

Today is our anniversary - 22 years!!

I'm so thankful that I'm married to the most awesome guy in the world!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Soccer is one HOT sport!

This past weekend, Keenan, Tyler and some friends played in a 3v3 tournament here in Statesville. (We didn't do well at all....but that's another story!)

Tyler also played in some scrimmages for the high school soccer team.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Down on the Farm

This new calf is a brat! It never stays close to its mother and we can hear her calling it and then it moos back, but it never walks to her - it waits til she goes to it! I'm thinking that is a little high maintenance!

Our motley crew of chickens is getting braver every day. They are wandering towards the house and checking out the barn.

One of the chickens is very small. She doesn't seem to mind being held. The girls named her "chipmunk" because when we first got her, she was a little brown ball with a stripe down her back. She looks more like a pigeon now, but the name is stuck!

The peaches are awesome this year! A friend of ours picked up a few bushels for me when he went to South Carolina (thanks Scott!) and I spent 2 days canning. In addition to making a fresh peach cobbler and eating lots of cut up peaches sprinkled with sugar, I canned 28 quarts of peaches. I made and canned peach butter and peach pie filling too - they both smelled so good! And while I was at it, I made some zucchini relish and canned that too! I had the canner outside on the deck on the gas grill burner, so the house didn't heat up too much....but I sure did make a sticky mess with the peaches! Everything in the kitchen was sticky.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The South

There are many things that I love about living in the South - the mild winters, the LONG motorcycle riding season, the BLUE-BLUE-BLUE sky, the farms....

but there is one thing I hate about the South - the plethora of nature that finds its way into my house.

Specifically this little guy - the Skink. The smell, the slitheryness, the way they lose their tails when they get scared or feel threatened. AND ESPECIALLY THE WAY THEY GET IN MY HOUSE!!!

There was a live one of these AND a dead one downstairs today. The dog won't even eat them, so you know there is something not right about them (our dog eats just about ANYTHING - even cow poop, but not skinks!). I have a lot of run-ins with these guys too - there was one a couple of weeks ago in my clothespin basket and one in the bathroom the week before that...and sometimes they get in my crocs if I leave them outside. I have learned to look before I touch anything!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


The peaches this year are so yummy! A dear friend of ours picked up 3 bushels for me when he went to South Carolina. I'm going to be canning peaches for the next 2 days ---- they are going to be so good this winter!

(I just wish the air conditioning was working - canning is a hot job!)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” -Elmer Davis

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves” – Abraham Lincon

“We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.” – Robert J. McCracken


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