Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sandy has passed

My sister in law after a decade long battle from brain cancer has passed on, she was one brave, strong woman to endure all that she did.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-cancer-cluster-death-mccullom-lake-met-20160621-story.html

Hard to write anything else :( but I will try.

My mother had back surgery yesterday. She had a disintegrated disc in her lower back and they fused the ones below it. She had been in severe pain for months and kept sending her to the pain clinic for shots and etc. Then they finally looked to see what was really wrong, when that is the first thing they should have done. Sheesh.

The weather was cool last week 50's and low 60's and this week it is mid to high 70's. Next week we are supposed to be back to the 80's again, bleck.

We have been working in the garden, weeding you know. never ending.

Sometime this week we will be butchering the meat birds. I don't know if we will do them all in one day but most likely all 24 of them.

That hail again.
The nearly golf ball sized hail did a real number on our trees. There go the apples this year and it shredded our 2ed growth of rhubarb to pieces. The maple trees also look pretty bare now.
The State shop had windshield smashed out of the trucks and dented things up real well. They are 2 and 1/2 miles away and the hail was even larger there.

Over and out for now.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Cold, Hot ,Cold and a Wedding

We spent 4 days way to hot for us 90's. But yesterday it cooled back down and today it was a whole 50 degrees. But it made for baking being a lot more comfortable.

Wednesday we had large hail. Hubby's hand. Here is one of them.

Made some non gluten dishes and a banana bread for those at the reception that can't have regular noodles or flour.

Daughter Ch and An are getting married tomorrow Saturday at 11 am. in Clarkston WA. Then a reception out in Pomeroy, Washington. 

Here's the cake I just finished for them. She didn't want fancy, so this is what they are getting. He is a Vet. They both like trucks, cross bows and etc. He likes motorcycles as well.


I also finished the baby quilt a couple weeks ago for the new great grand girl that will come in August. Kept it simple.
The meat birds and turkeys are now down in their big pen. That was a chore transferring them from the barn. 24 Cornish X-Rocks and 5 turkeys.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Four Legged Company

Here is our company for a while. The mules will be great for our pastures.
 Of course I guess Bear dog thinks they are great big dogs and kept escaping into the pasture to be with them and walk around and under them. I think I have that fixed. Lillie would bark and tell on him.




The layers are growing.


I also dried some lemons and made some rhubarb/strawberry rollups.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tilling Time

We're trying to get some work done before it rains again. 

He did spray around the house to stop spiders and etc from coming inside but now the chances for rain have gone up for tomorrow and Thursday.  He also tilled three quarters of the garden area and mowed the high grass.


Last week I manged to get several pints of rhubarb/strawberry preserves made. Dave helped fill the jars for canning.

Yesterday I sliced  quite a few oranges up to dry in the dehydrator. I want to buy some lemons and lines to do this with also. You can but these in a blender or food processor to make a powder out of to add to and make desserts and so on.

Friday, April 15, 2016

There Be Daffodils

Its odd for us up here but the daffodils bloomed out a week ago. This is the earliest we have had them in the whole 12 years we have been up here.

Our neighbor M came over Tuesday and he and hubby built a new back gate up by the coop. We had just field fencing up there when the old gate finally gave up the ghost.



It was way to warm for us as bam it was in the 70's. The last couple of days it has been in the 40's and we had snow and an ice storm last night.

By Monday it's supposed to be back in the mid 70's again. We're either freezing or roasting.

Dave put this together today for the new turkey and x-rock chicks we will get on the 19th of April.

I had a bad headache so I was lying down and wasn't much help. He did a great job. All I could help with was the finishing touches. We even made a step on the outside and the inside to help getting in and out.

I had to redo the book covers on here as After The Dying Time I and II, the publisher changed the covers. :)

 



Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Been a nice March.

It has been a while since I posted again.
Life just gets in the way of posting here it seems. I will catch you up on things.

We have had some snow off and on, waking up to snow and having it melt off as the day goes on. Not bad some days with flurries off and on and rain. On a few days we had it all, snow flurries, hail, sleet, rain, sun and then back to snow again.

Lots of wind, some even blew some of our flashing off the barn left top of the barn. Here is dh putting it back up, it was ripped in half and crunched but he did a good job. barn needs painted again.

We also helped our neighbor slaughter and then 10 days later butcher it. They cut up on side and then 3 days later did the other.




DH was ill most of the month and is going in for more tests this morning. These were his better days and things had to be done.

On one of the butcher days I handed my camera to grand daughter and that kept her busy, she ran around taking pictures of all sorts of things. The creek, plants, dogs, rocks, the truck and so on.

I made biscuits and chili on and in the wood stove you see in the back of this last picture. The temperature was in the 30's so it helped. They guys finger were numb from the cold meat.

Heard from my brother T in Illinois, my sister in law's brain cancer is back big time and she only has 2 or 3 months left There is nothing the doctors can do now. She has fought a good fight and had been around longer then many others that ended up with this in McHenry IL. brain cancer cluster area at McCullom Lake. Videos next.

Sis in law in beginning Sandy.

Another with Sandy and my brother at the end.

Maybe someone will get something, my brother had to settle for very little just to pay the bills and then the money was gone. The amount was under 400,000. Way under :(. The lawyer got more than they did. We are all ticked about it. But what can we do. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Snows Been Melting

Been a while since I got to post here.

I caught something a couple of months back and it has been tough to feel better again. I think I am on the road recovery. I best be I am getting tired of this lol.

DH is off to activities tonight as March his his month to be in charge.

Taxes are finished and we had to pay into the state enough but not as bad as last year. One has to pay on your social security if you worked over a certain amount and he didn't retire until last April, so we had to pay.  Ack.

The snow is melting well here, only the tallest of the drifts remain. We received about a 1/2 inch of new snow last night but is almost gone now.

Storage:
I just found we are out of things like onion powder, I found I hadn't kept track and let us run out, only been like 6 years since I bought some. I know it's not a real necessity but I like having it around as DH prefers it to pieces of onion.

No recipes this time. Will put some more up next time.

This is before the snow started to melt.