A Saturday night posting here on the Blessed Hearth..
I am so glad you have stopped by tonight..
As I sit here in the sun room and type these words to you, I can hear my husband in the family room chatting with our youngest son out in Alberta..
My heart is full.
I expect yours is too...
What is it about a mother?
When everything is lovely and our kids are great then we are lovely too..
But when the world is turned upside down you want those chicks near to you..
You know they are grown with lives of their own and able to make decisions and fend for themselves but you feel better when they are near..
You put them in the hands of the Father but yet our heart yearns to hug them close...
Isn't it wonderful that we have a Father above who feels the same..
He gathers us under his wings and we will find refuge...
He is a faithful God and during these terrible times we can put our faith and trust in Him..
Not that we don't have moments of anxiety but we can take a time out with Him and get back our peace..
I didn't mean to get to that already in the post but there it is.. smile..
How are you all doing?
We are in isolation along with most of the world..
Doing our thing..
Just the two of us..
We were so happy to have our oldest son visit this morning..
Outside in the windy day with lots of space between us..
But so happy to see him..
To see his sweet smile...
Thanking the Lord for the special moments..
The rest of the time though it is just Terry and I..
It is not hard to keep ourselves occupied though..
I will share a few of our doings with you as I always have..
This post is not in order of the days but anyway..
We visited the farm and trying to get it ready for the summer months...
An early foggy morning there when we arrived..
Terry put the fire on while I read in the truck for a bit while it warmed up..
The house is not heated all winter and the water is turned off..
We do not always get to be here as early as this year..
There is snow but mostly mild and windy days..
That means the snow won't last long..
The kitchen and porch do not take long to warm up..
Water is turned back on and a big kettle boils on the old wood stove..
My chore this day is to clean the kitchen and pantry ...
Here are some pics of the pantry...
Everything is cleaned but there are always some new decorating to do...
I seem to always have little things I want done..
Hopefully we will get an old old sink put in this spring...
It will go there where the pots are hanging above..
The shelving will be taken out and put on another wall..
I guess I only took one side of the room but will take more later...
The old cupboard with the pine cones hanging are on that side..
Our oldest son brought the cones to me one day last summer when he was walking out in the woods..
I thought I would hang them below Tasha Tudor's pantry pic.. smile..
Then of course we always have lunch there..
This is the turkey I talked about last post..
Sliced and frozen with a tub of gravy..
An easy meal to get ready..
We bought a big bag of turnip last fall..
They were starting to soften up so Terry peeled and we cooked and mashed them..
The first time I have frozen turnip..
Remember my wonderful old stove..
I actually found the knob that was missing.. grin..
Many years ago we had a hobby farm in Sussex..
We had 3 sheep and chickens, turkeys, geese and even a bunny..
I so loved those sheep ..
After we bought this farm we really didn't go there much for the summers as we had our cottage by the sea..
Then about three years ago we decided to try out the farm and see how we liked doing the hippie -want- to- be thing..
I am sure I have written posts about that but anyway..
I have wanted and yearned for three sheep and a donkey..
I love love donkeys..
Well, he doesn't think we need them..
We come home again in the fall and where would we put three sheep and a donkey.. Pray tell.. sigh..
I was at a yard sale and there on the table were these 3 wee sheep and a donkey..
I thought they were trying to tell me something..
I bought them and took them to the farm..
They are a constant reminder to Terry that I have not given up! grin..
This is turning into another one of those long posts..
You have no place to go.. grin..
Since I am on a story telling binge...
May I share one more with you..
I had a lot of plants at the farm last summer..
Then in the fall I bring them all home again..
As you know .. I love my plants..
We were home quite awhile and I noticed that my Strawberry Begonia was missing..
I had a small one that I had planted but could not find my big one..
We went to the farm a couple of times but I looked around and couldn't see it..
It was odd!
We arrived at the farm for the first time to stay for the day..
I am doing my thing..
I needed something in the living room which was very cold..
We keep the french door closed in there for the first several times as it takes awhile to get the place warm and dried out..
Well.. on with the story Faye...
I happened to look on top of the hutch which had a ladder leaning against it and thought I saw a plant pot..
Lo and behold...
There it was!!!
Alive and well!
No water and freezing all winter..
Isn't that amazing!
The dear thing came right home with me..
It is on the kitchen windowsill and soaking in the sun..
I think it has grown a few inches..
I am half baked!
Here on the home front..
My fave view as you all know..
Bleak and Cloudy but the promise of Spring is everywhere..
Spring is coming to New Brunswick..
Well, it is actually here but not really! grin..
We are so behind some of you..
A friend from Arkansas sending me daffodil pics today..
Sad... just sad... lol!
Made a couple of rolls of bread the other day..
One of sourdough...
Lori was asking about the brand of sourdough flour..
I bought it at a Bulk Barn and there are no brands perse there..
Just a bin of flour that you scoop out..
Sorry about that..
Then a loaf of whole wheat no knead bread with sesame seeds..
I forgot to take a pic of it baked but it was delicious...
And a big bowl of chicken soup with dumplings..
No.. a dumpling..
That is all I get.. grin..
On these lovely warm blowy days I do laundry and hang it out..
Our waterbed sprung a leak in it..
The first time..
All fixed and back to normal..
Made for a bit of laundry in one night though.. grin..
And it was on Terry's side.. grin..
Put this one on Instagram.. sorry girls if you have already seen it!
One of my little projects..
Tis my first try so not so great..
Love doing this craft though..
Then just before all this world crisis actually took place..
We spent a wonderful few hours with our daughter..
She was decorating her church for a Cherish Conference for girls..
It is a lovely time and the girls look forward to it all year..
This year the theme was to be Sparkle..
Here are a few of the trimmings..
Shonda and her friends were almost finished ...
but lots of fun, too, I am sure..
I had my pic taken with Shonda on the left and a dear friend she grew up with.. Wanda on the right..
I had a grand time..
The next morning Shonda messaged me that the government would not allow that many in a conference so it was cancelled!!
Understandable for sure but so much work..
I hope they can use it all next year.. eh!
Just one more thing..
Made some cookies..
We all make cookies but at this time when everything is haywire;
it seems one just needs a cookie...
A lovely hot cup of tea and one cookie served on an old fashioned plate..
Makes the world a better place.. grin..
I found this recipe in an old old book..
I told Terry it was the best chocolate chip cookie I have ever ate!
Not sure if the cookie was that great or the fact that I had not had one for months made the difference.. grin..
If you make them then please let me know if you think the same!
Well, dear hearts..
This is all for tonight..
A very long post once again and I don't blame you if you just scroll down the pics and say hello..
But it was still wonderful to be able to chat with you again..
Isn't life grand?
Won't we appreciate normal when it comes back?
When we can hug our big kids and shake someone's hand and go through that door at church and tell the pastor's kids how beautiful they are...
Not having our hearts quake when someone coughs a mile away from you? grin..
Did you see that video clip of the cat?
Oh my word...
It is so funny!
Now how awesome is that!
Says it all..
I take Christ..
No matter what we go through, He will be there with us..
God bless you dear things and I will be praying for you and yours and you pray for me and mine..
Thank you for being here..