Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
This weekend, was pond cleaning time.
I looked to see what a person is called who cares for ponds because of course I would want to give proper accredidation to my beloved for yet another hat that he wears. A person who cares for ponds is a pondkeeper. Go figure. I was hoping for something .. . . ologist.
My brother Gerry was visiting with his dog Max. If a person is going to have to do a dirty job such as clean out the pond, well at least he may as well have an audience to cheer him on.
They did this well.
Over the winter the pond accumulates some good muck at the bottom and the fish can't be seen to put in their blue barrel for the duration for the cleaning.
In a few more years, I can easily see the lil' farmhand and little miss n helping to scoop, but this year the job was done by my pondkeeper.
Every bucket that was bailed was emptied and then the ground was checked for flailing fish.
The smart ones allowed themselves to be transferred to the holding tank while their pond was cleaned and refreshed with a new pump. The smart ones maybe didn't purposely trust the pondkeeper but went with the flow anyway. . . (pun intended).
Is is just me or is there a lesson here?
Oh Lord, I pray that I have ears to listen and eyes to see the wisdom that I need.
I don't want to be a dense fish, so certain that I see things clearly when in fact I'm looking through mud.
My beloved heard a speaker recently say something to the effect of .. .
Don't be upset when people who care for you give advice when you need it. . .
Rather be alarmed when people don't care about you enough to give you advice.
We thought there was a lot of wisdom in that statement.
If you can figure out how I got from the beginning of the post to the end .. .
give yourself a woo hoo and have a great day.
Monday, April 28, 2008
the babes looked perplexed at how to preform that trick .. .
they tried. . .
we laughed. .
When you think that keeping several babes organized for a photo op is complicated .. .
add a basket full of baby chicks.
Today is drizzly wet. We're hoping for a break in the rain to run over to our new neighbors a short drive away. . .family has moved back to town .. .
and their yard. . .
well let's just say is needs the touch of my gardener.
Have a wonderful day my friends.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I needed a menu that had no gluten and decided that some fresh spring soup would fit the bill perfectly.
Fresh Spring Soup
- 1/4 cup butter
- 4 leeks
- 2 ribs celery
- 1 medium yellow onion .. diced
- 1 bunch of asparagus .. .sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 14 small red finger potatoes .. .diced
- 2 - 3 carrots .. .diced
- 6 cups of chicken stock
- a small handful of fresh dill
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup of heavy cream (optional)
fresh chives to garnish
Slice them thin and then rinse well in a colander. (they tend to have grit)
In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter and add the leeks and the onions and saute until tender but not caramelized.
Add the chicken stock.
Add all the veggies but the asparagus.
Add the dill.
Bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender.
Add the asparagus and simmer a few more minutes
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Just before serving add the heavy cream to add richness.
Over the years from time to time, the girl cousins that live in our area have made an effort to enjoy a lunch together.
There are seven girl cousins total but five that still live in our area.
Yesterday three cousins were able to come on short notice for lunch.
It is always fascinating to find that though we rarely run into one another nor do we chat on the phone, nor do we see each other at family gatherings often. . .
the connection remains.
When I was growing up,
I adored these girl cousins.
Not having a sister, they represented to me the
all important valued females in my life.
There was no greater treat on a Sunday afternoon than to be invited over to one of these girl cousins house for faspa.
(Mennonite Sunday afternoon supper consisting of homemade buns and homemade treats, peanut butter, jam. and cold cuts)
No matter how much time has passed when we get together our interests in the family continues to be our bond. We rejoice with each other in the happy moments of family life and we
are saddened by the difficulties that all families face.
The other girl cousins still have both their parents.
Some of the time we talk about how the aunts and uncles are doing.
It always amazes me that they ( my mothers siblings) continue on without my parents.
Somehow I thought that after my mom and dad passed away, the others close in age would soon follow. . .
This is a good thing.
The family lives on.
Something else we share. . . .
is one beautiful aunt that we all adore.
I call her Auntie Betty and I carry her name within mine .. .
She is really Aunt Lorena. . . some call her Betty as her Dad called her when she was young.
Some call her Lorena . . . her real first name.
I call her because I love her.
Since I hav invited her to read my blog. .
she does. . .
She is interested in my life ..
She cares, and it shows.
(oh and girls .. .even though you didn't fully give permission to have your picture up .. .
Auntie Betty trumps you .. .she said .. .
put it up)
(that is one of the reasons I love her so .. . she has spunk)
Have a wonderful day my friends.
Monday, April 21, 2008
This morning right after the last cup of coffee was enjoyed,
I ran out to the rhubarb patch to have a look.
I once again thinned it out.
I have a rhubarb sauce simmering in the oven.
He said .. . "what are you doing today?"
I said .. . "I am having my spring luncheon."
He said. . ."well I should buzz over the lawn quickly before I start chores"
(OH I love that man)
Inside . .. the table is set.
The custards are in the oven .. .
Perhaps if the ladies aren't terribly shy, tomorrow I'll post their smiling faces ..
and maybe if it turn out .. .
the recipe for the Asparagus, Leek and Red Potato Soup.
Have a wonderful day my friends.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Oh yes, about yesterday. My concrete finisher and I went to the kids arriving a few minutes past the beginning of the work day. We were to arrive at eight sharp, moments ahead of the concrete truck but we arrived to see the truck in place and our little farmhand with eyes wide open watching from the porch.
Last year we were invited to help with landscaping .. you might remember.
This year a set of stairs is needed from the back yard to the street.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
We paid our five dollars each to gain entrance to tulip town.
I noticed that the buses held the retired folks,
the vans held the mothers anxious to prop
their little girls amongst the blooms,
and then there were the cars
with the lone photographers,
and a few couples,
A few years ago, we might have done this outing on a double date . .
the men could then amuse themselves with guy talk,
as the girls walked ahead a bit.
The outing would have primarily been .. .
two guys. . .with their two girls.
We've done that lots, and had such fun,
we even talked about the last time we had been to LaConner,
yes, it was with another couple.
These days, we can take a day in the middle of the week since that is the day we have farm help.
Good idea .. . that farm help.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Who would have spent the day indoors of their own accord?
It leaves me perplexed to be sure.
I fully expect that most people would have ripped the linens from their beds, rolling the inhabitants onto the floor and flung the laundry into the machine,
simply to see this .. .
smell the outdoor linen scent later.
I am always amused that this scent can be purchased for the indoor dryer.
. . ..so they say.
I say ..
not even close.
Tell me, when is the last time you have slept on linens dried on the line?
At the very next opportunity . .try it.
This morning I was reading from the book
"My Utmost for His Highest" by Oswald Chambers.
Something I read gripped my heart.
It reads like this ..
"God wants you to be entirely His, and it requires paying close attention to keep yourself fit.
It also takes a tremendous amount of time. Yet some of us expect to rise above all of our problems, going from one mountaintop experience to another, with only a few minutes' effort."
Wow, this really hit me .. .
First of all I smiled since he was speaking of us trying to keep fit, we want it done quickly with no pain. (seemed to ring a bell)
I'm sure we all have areas in our life that requires much more of God,
and far less of ourselves.
but I need to be concerned what I need done in my life.
By the grace of God, I'm forgiven, . . . .that was completed when Christ died on the cross.
I desire to live a life of obedience daily,
and that takes effort to be aware and alert .. .
and a determination to lay aside my selfish nature. . .
oh boy ..
Why is it so hard to let go of selfishness?
If I really believe what the Bible says, I will.
If I really trust that God has my life in His hands. . .
By the grace of God .. .I will.
Have a wonderful day my friends. . .
I'm off for my walk.
Monday, April 14, 2008
In time, I came upon signs directing me to the small community flower show.
Parked outside the community hall was a variety of retirement living small buses.
There were some retired community folks helping with the parking.
The sign said .. .
Entrance .. still only $2.00.
I had my debit card, my credit card .. .but no cash.
I had left my vehicle at home and had taken my beloved's truck.
I stopped and started to rummage through his console ...
counting up quarters, dimes and nickles.
I made the $2.00 with a few dimes to spare.
I paid my fee at the door ..
chit chatted with the local ladies eager to welcome me . .
and entered the hall that was fragrant with "real fragrance".
All around me were retired couples taking their time strolling about.
There were many small groups of ladies admiring the hundreds of varieties of daffodils.
There was a group of school children politely filing in towards the stage to participate as a hand bell choir.
At the far end of the hall, a tea room was buzzing with activity.
Clearly several of the groups from the retirement homes had claimed some of the seats and were enjoying their tea.
Yesterday as we were planning our week .. .