Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Picnic Down on the Dock Time..




It's a beautiful Fall day here on the homestead and grandson Kaden is having a Nana Night so we thought it would be a great idea to pack a picnic lunch and eat down on the dock.  Loaded up some grilled cheese sandwiches,  some Frito corn chips, some Root Beer and some Ding Dongs and hopped on the 4 wheeler and off we went.  It's deer hunting season but it's noon so hoping the deer hunters are taking a lunch break.  No one is suppose to be hunting on the property anyways.
 
 
Kaden threw some Corn Chips into the water and the fish came up to try it much to his delight.  Notice the ripples he is watching...  Just a reminder that life is short so take time out of your busy lives to do the simple things that bring joy to your heart.  Family and a sunny day and a pond to enjoy.  Does it get any better?  I think not!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Life is busy down on the homestead...


       Summer is moving right along and life has been busy on the homestead.  Our weather has been hot with not much rain and the grass is so dry it crackles when you walk on it.  Doesn't look like it will be a good year for crops if rain doesn't come soon. 

       The baby chicks I started the Spring out with are looking almost full grown.  I have 10 of them and 3 layers I originally bought so in a few months I should be getting lots of eggs.  Nothing tastes better than eggs from free range chickens.

    I picked up a wildlife feeder so I can feed the turkeys and deer here on the homestead.  I don't see many turkeys anymore and I miss that.  Now rabbits on the other hand are everywhere.  And I still have lots of squirrels.  One got caught hanging upside down in my bird feeder a week or so ago and had to tear the feeder apart to get it out.  His tail looks quite a bit different now also.  Don't think that squirrel will be trying to rob the bird feeders anytime soon.

     Making time for family and friends this summer also.  Two of my grandson's have been enjoying the homestead and spending time visiting their Nana now that school is out.   We put up some old fashioned tire swings and they are learning to fish by themselves.  Makes me a bit nervous to see them take off to go to the pond by themselves but their momma says they are big enough so I'll just keep peeking around the corner to make sure they are safe.  Speaking of the pond, I have been doing some brush cleaning around it and hopefully by next year I'll have done everything I want to do around it.  Water level is also getting very low due to the drought. 

     The Bed and Breakfast has been staying busy and I'm enjoying meeting new friends.  It's a little bit off the beaten path but no one has complained of having to drive down a dirt road to get here yet.  I enjoy watching my guests sit on a stump and stare off into the pond while they wait on a good old-fashioned country breakfast to be served.  Country air is just plain good for whatever ails you.  That's my thinking anyways!

     Hope you too are enjoying this time of year.   Take some time out of your busy lives to slow down and enjoy your families,  spend time with some friends,  make some new friends and enjoy the Season we are in.  Kids will be heading back off to school soon so do something special with them.  Make everyday a special day!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

4th Of July BBQ time!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Never one to waste a good time for family to get together and since the 4th Of July was in the middle of the week this year my sisters and I decided to call the family together for a celebration the Saturday after the holiday. 
And since it has been 100 degrees all week we figured the best way to keep from heating up the house would be to cook outside.  So we took the turkey and put it in the big roaster pan, seasoned it with everything we could throw in there and took it outside and sat it on the patio table.  Every little bit I would stick my nose out the door and take a whiff of that wonderful aroma.  Bet it drove the local wildlife crazy!
 One of my sisters donated Pork Steak to the occasion and we thought that sounded like just the thing to put on the grill. 
 Not only are we sisters but we are all good cooks...
 And a storm came in and although we got a nice breeze out of it with no rain, it did cool the temp down to where it made sitting on the patio bearable.
  Family get- togethers are a great time to catch up on everyones h 5e22 appenings and see new babies and let the little ones play with the old Tonka trucks in the sandy dirt. 
 My nephew was given an apron and helped man the grill.  All we had to do was keep him in Coke's..
 The food was great,  talk was cheap and fun was had by all. 

 Oh yeah,  the new tire swings were a great hit also!  Made for a real old-fashioned 4th of July party!  Love getting together with my family!  Hope you did too....

Friday, July 5, 2013

It's all about swinging...


It's all about swinging

I recently realized that for some strange reason I have never been on a tire swing.  And tire swings are a tradition as old as man I am sure.  Since I had a couple old tires lying around I figured the homestead needed an addition.
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First a suitable tree had to be found. 

 Then the perfect tire was picked out...
 Notice my grandson is wondering how this is gonna work...
And of course the "bigger kid" has to make sure it swings properly. 


Then it was Mark's turn to climb on and make sure it was just right. 

So I thought since swing #1 worked so well that we needed another one up by the kids play gym.  So I pulled the truck up next to the tree and with much caution and prayers going up to the Father above, I climbed on top of the truck to put the rope around the tree.   I will have to admit that it later had to be taken down and the tractor brought around and a chain put from tree to tree much higher up before it was completed.  Whatever...

Grandson Mark thought this swing worked great also.  And it will be the perfect height for little brother Kaden to climb up on also. 

 Now everyone is happy.  One smaller tire swing and one bar swing.    Now to cut off the excess rope.   We can officially say we have a good old fashioned country tire swing on the homestead.  In duplicate.  Bring on the good times!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

An afternoon down at the creek....



Two of my grand kids were down for the weekend so we decided it would be a good day to go visit my dad and check out the creek I waded in when I was little.  It was hot outside and you could drive right down to the creek and wade right in.  My dad has a cabin built on the other side of the creek where he can go watch the deer and other wildlife and I thought the boys might enjoy seeing all the cool things my dad has in it.
  They especially were in awe of the stuffed bobcat.  And yes,  we are hearing more and more reports of the "big cat" in our area.  Mark calls them "big cats."  My dad says this one came from here so Mark was immediately on the alert looking for tracks.
Brothers.   Doesn't get any better than family does it?
 Mark and Koda are checking out the tadpoles and little fish going across the concrete crossing my dad built.  This little creek has quite a bit of water in it for as dry as it is in our area.  And there are parts of it that are deeper than I remember as a kid too..
 We decided to check out this path to see where it goes.  My dad had taken his tractor and brush hog and mowed a path for the deer.  It was cool in the woods and we all needed the exercise.  I wish I had a path like this at the Bed and Breakfast for a nature trail. 

 Grandson Koda decided barefoot is the best when cool water is involved.  Remember being a kid and walking barefoot in the water?  Hope you had a creek to play in as a kid.  That's the kind of experience that stays with you always.  Bet these boys will remember Nana taking them to the creek on a hot summer afternoon to look for frogs and crawdads.

Mark was trying to convince me this was a "big cat" paw print.  He grabbed my camera to take a picture to take back and show his Poppy.  I didn't care what it was from as long as it didn't show up on our nature hike anywhere...
By the way, at the top of the mowed path we followed was this neat sign.  I need one of those too.  I have all kinds of neat ideas of things I want to do now.  Can't wait to get back home and get started.

The boys liked these blow up turkeys and wanted their picture taken with them.  Maybe that is what I need to entice the turkeys to come down to my pond.  Hmmm....

Hope you enjoyed spending the afternoon down at the creek with us.  We had a good time and we'll be back another day!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Fish Story...


My Bed and Breakfast guest and his son went down to the pond in the heat of the day to try their hand at fishing.  They were pretty excited cause they caught several fish including this Large Mouth Bass.   Now that's some fish!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

It's a New Day...



It's a New Day...

It's a new day and a new season down on the homestead.  Life is changing fast and I'm trying just to keep up.   And speaking of keeping up--my plan is to do a much better job of keeping up with my homestead blog!  My thoughts  this morning are running along this line:  "do I plant a garden this year"  and "should  I
 stop in at my local nursery and see what flowers are in" .  I'm been busy raking leaves and dreaming about getting my hands in the soil and planting something and watching it grow.  And of feeling the warmth of the sun soaking into my bones as I spend some time sitting on the deck.   And of evenings visiting with good friends around the fire pit since we still have cool evenings.  My goal is to make each day count!  Hope to see you sitting on that deck with me or around that fire pit!