After The Storm

A bit of calm and a chance to smooth ones feathers…
Hummingbird Welcome

Lazy Weekends Are the Best


So nice to have everyone where they ought to be. So enjoyable to sit and just hangout this weekend.

20 + Years

Life after Homeschooling

For over 20 years (5 children) at this time of the year I would be making lessons plans, gathering unit study supplies and making books lists in preparation for the new school year.
Not this year. This year I am under the shady tree with a cold drink and a stack of my favorite magazines.
#myjobisdone #lastchildgraduated


New Chicken

That is what we named the above chicken.

She arrived early one morning, just flew over the fence and there she was.

I checked with the neighbor who has pet chickens thinking she had ran away.

The neighbor came over to get her, stopped and said “My chickens are white”.

We waited 2 days to see if she would stay. I gave her a bowl of water right away and she ate all the snail and slugs and other bugs she seemed to like.

We went to the Tractor Supply store and bought her laying feed. We looked at coops and enclosures. I just don’t have the heart to fence her in. My flower beds are suffering for it. Right now she is sleeping in the apple tree at night. We will probably get a coop before the rain and winter get in full swing.

Henrietta lays eggs. They are a white/light cream color and small.

She has gotten used to us. We are in our yard a lot and she no longer runs away and even gets fairly close to us if we stand still.

I have always wanted chickens. 13 years now I have had thought of chickens but would push it out of my mind.

Everyone loves her. My husband has made it his job to collect the eggs on the weekend.

I hope she stays. We have no idea where she came from.





Stars and Sparkles in the Night

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes

½ C Butter
2 C Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla
4 Eggs
1 15 oz. can Pumpkin Puree
3 C Flour
3 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar

Heat oven to 375 F. Prepare muffin/ and or cupcake liners.
Cream together butter and sugar very well. Add Vanilla. Beat in eggs. Mix in puree. Mix in dry ingredients. It will be a thick batter. Pour into prepared liners, filling about 2/3 full. Bake at 375 F for 13-15 min or until done. Frost when cool. I like Cream Cheese frosting. Makes about 28 cupcakes.


Memorial Day

While today we remember men and woman who have lost their lives while serving in the armed forces, it is also a day of general reflection for loved ones who are gone – a focus of our memory on them.

How it became a summer kick-off and BBQ event I do not know. Yes, we are having our family BBQ today. The husband (former Air Force Sargent back in the day) would not have it any other way.

It has also become a big race car weekend – Nascar and Formula One. Again making my husband very happy.

I did most of my food prep Saturday and Sunday. With the help of the family, today will be a holiday for me too, allowing me even time to write here.

I have some good news about my Mother and Mother in Law.

My Mother had a radioactive PET scan 2 weeks ago and when she met with the surgeon last week for the results he told her that the tumor they biopsied after being found in December 2013 is gone. He has no explanation that he can give for why it is gone. I do know that many people were praying for my Mom and it is nothing short of a miracle.

My Mother in Law has had a terrible past few months and was taken from the senior living home and hospitalized twice. The last time being very scary life and death stuff. She was in the this last time for almost a month.

She is out now and in physical therapy to get her legs strong again. When I last saw her she was able to use her walker again, but tires easily. While in the hospital one of the doctors on her team asked if he could be her doctor. She jumped at the chance and said yes. This will be wonderful, instead of when she is feeling ill and putting in a request to see the Physicians Assistant at the home (and then waiting) she or one of us in the family can make an appointment for that day or the next and keep ahead of all these health issues.

Very good news indeed.




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