I’m sorry that I didn’t blog last week but I turned around and the week was gone. Where did it go? I guess the same place the year has absconded to. Anyway it seems both are gone. Like everyone else I am busy, busy, busy. I have my shopping done and my sweet husband has done most of the decorating for me. Now we have to wrap the gifts.
One of my best gifts will be here this coming Monday. My youngest son is coming home for Christmas. I am so excited to have my family together. God blesses us with a family and it is up to us to enjoy them Yes, there will be the usual cooking and preparing but we will also be enjoying each other’s company which is a gift money can not buy.
Since I have so much to do I won’t write much this time. I might not write any for the next couple of weeks but know I am thinking about y’all and the joy you bring by following my blog.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are all prepared for the most blessed day of the year. Merry Christmas and God bless.
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I’m sorry that I didn’t get this blog out yesterday but I had a doctor’s appointment and time just got away from me. We have so much to be thankful for. I always thank God for letting me live in a country where I am free to blog on whatever I choose and I can worship when and where I want. We know that God determines where we live even though we might think the choice was ours. In this wonderful country we can choose our careers and be as successful as we are willing to work hard. I saw a billboard the other day that said “The distance between your dream and reality is call action.” I fully agree.
The garden is coming along just fine as you can see from the peppers above. I am so proud of them. This is the first year that I’ve had such a large beautiful bounty. My eight year old grandson had a sleepover with me this past weekend and he was excited to pick them. He chomped right in to one like someone might eat an apple. I’m glad he likes vegetables.
He was thrilled when he gathered the eggs and found nine in one nest. The young hens have started to lay so now we are getting plenty of eggs. Granted they are small but will get bigger as the girls mature. He took the photo of this one on her nest. The older girls are still molting so right now they aren’t earning their keep but that’s all right with me.
I sent in a query letter to see if I can get my novel “Defiance of Destiny” republished. Hopefully this time by a publisher who will give more help with the promotion. I’m almost finished with the suspense novel “Forethought” and soon will be sending it to get a copyright. Once that is done I have to finish the women’s drama novel “Tomorrow’s Memories.” As you can see I have plenty to keep me busy and out of trouble. Maybe I’ll include and excerpt from one with one of my blogs. Please let me know if you would like that?
Thanks for stopping by; have a blessed Thanksgiving and keep writing and gardening.
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It is another beautiful morning here in Florida with the temps in the 70s. The birds are singing and the chickens are clucking. My garden is growing and my family is healthy. I know God is good all the time. I hope all is just as well in your corner of the world. I don’t know if the election turned out the way you wanted it to but we must all remember that God is still on the throne and He is in charge. He sets up kings and removes kings Daniel 2:21.
Have a blessed day and please stop back by soon.
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The last few days have been absolutely perfect here in Florida. My grandson came for a sleepover and he took tons of photos. He loves the chickens and garden as much as I do. He even took a picture of a frog that was resting on his swing. There is just something about little boys and frogs isn’t there?
The older chickens are molting right now so no eggs from them but a couple of the young ones have started to lay. Granted not every day but I do get a couple of eggs every day but I think from different girls. They are small right now but that is to be expected. The Rhode Island Reds lay nice size eggs and a lot of them from what I have heard and read. We shall see. In a couple of months we should have plenty to share since I now have 14 hens.
One on the nest. He isn’t the best photographer but he is learning and he enjoys it so that is what matters. He is such a joy and we share so many interest. I thank God that he shares my love for nature, gardening and of course chickens. I never thought I could love anyone as much as I love my sons and then he was born; what a blessing.
Thank you for stopping by please come back soon.
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God is so good all the time. This morning I gathered our first mustard of the season so we will have fresh mustard for dinner tonight. I just love being able to go out in our garden and get our fresh vegetables. My little grandson loves the star apples lol. Thank God we have a few on the tree this year; more than ever before. Last year we had some but the cold ruined them. This year the tree was loaded with blooms but not all the blooms mean fruit because the tree is self-pollinating so some of the blooms are male and some female and only the female bear fruit. But we have plenty and some to share; I love to share.
Everything in the garden is looking good except… My onions are not coming up like I hoped but I will give them time. And the first carrots I planted refused to germinate so I replanted them and some more beets last week. I think with the beets, spinach and English (sweet) peas I used too much cow manure. They were all planted in the raised beds and none of them did anything. So this week (maybe Wednesday) I will plant some more pea seeds in the side garden.
Oh yeah, I didn’t tell you. In September my husband rotator tilled the side yard for me and we had six yards of garden soil brought in so I now have a garden there. I am so proud of it because I can plant a lot more. It used to be in the shade but my neighbor had her tree trimmed so now it is in full sun; love it.
I will also till up the soil in the raised beds and try to plant some more spinach. I have just never had much luck with spinach. This year I planted turnips and they are doing well; first time I’ve tried them in ages. I don’t know why because we love turnips. I just love fresh greens period. My radishes are doing well so I’ve been able to get fresh radishes for a couple of weeks now. These are a tiny bit spicy but good and crunchy. Radishes are wonderful for a snack. I’ve planted some Watermelon Radishes for the first time and they are up but not big enough to eat yet. I can’t wait to try them. I try out new and weird vegetables from time to time.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you come back soon and in the mean time have a blessed, happy life and happy gardening.
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I have so many butterflies in my yard this year it is amazing. Of course someof my flowers are paying the price but I’ve planted enough to share with them and still have plenty for myself. Some of the caterpillars love my Dutchman’s Pipe vine and I have to keep a sharp eye out so they don’t eat enough to kill it. And I do have Monarch but I haven’t been able to snap a photo of them yet but I will keep trying.
I love sitting at my dining table or out on my back porch with a nice cup of coffee early in the morning and watch them dance from one flower to the other. They even share with the humming birds.
I just had to share these pictures with y’all. I hope where ever you are that you are blessed with butterflies and birds. I court them as God’s beautiful blessings.
Thank you for stopping by until next time don’t just stop and smell the flowers also relax and watch the butterflies.
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Yesterday morning the fog was so thick in our area that you could almost slice it with a knife. Okay… okay I’m exaggerating, maybe… a little, but the fog was thick. It was pretty to me. Of course I didn’t have to drive in it. I like almost all kinds of weather except bad storms and there is even beauty in that. God has a purpose and reason for everything and He controls the weather. Like anything else in our lives we can look for the good or expect the evil; I prefer the good. No I would not like fog every day nor would I want rain every day. I’m just thankful that I don’t control it one way or another.
I’m trying to decide what I want to plant in my spring garden. It isn’t an easy choice since I have limited space. I just always pray that God supplies me with enough to share. And He does. I guess I’m greedy because I want to try everything. Some of the things I plant make it and some don’t. In my opinion that is just part of being a gardener or farmer; taking chances. This past fall was the first time I tried to grow cauliflower and it is coming along fine. I’m sort of proud of it but I believe I will have to wait until next fall to plant it again since we have some very hot summer days which start early in Florida.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have five or ten acres to grow whatever you wanted? Ahhhh… but it is only a dream. At my age I probably would not be able to keep up with that much land. I will just be thankful for what I have and that I am able to work it. We are sort of planning to add two more 8×4 foot raised beds which will double my space so that’s good. I’m thinking maybe I’ll give okra a try.
Thank you for stopping by and until next time I will be pouring over seed catalogs and dreaming of a bountiful harvest. God bless.
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I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I tell you 2016 flew by so fast I was surprised it was that time again. But we had a wonderful time. My family was together and that always makes me happy. Both of my sons and daughters-in-law are Christians and they are teaching my six-year-old grandson to serve God. I know we can’t make that decision for him but at least we can give him the foundation.
With that said I must talk about one of my pet peeves. I hate it when I hear someone say ‘Christmas is all about the kids.’ No it isn’t! Christmas is about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! We are celebrating His birth. Yes, I get the gift giving concept because God gave us His Only Son as a gift that we can accept and have eternal life. I guess you could say Jesus was the First Christmas Gift. And listen, I love giving at Christmas and I love getting gifts also but please let’s remember the real reason for the celebration.
Don’t get me wrong I love children…well most of them anyway. I have been around a few I found hard to tolerate but that is not the child’s fault. There are no bad children just terrible parents who fail to teach what they should. But that’s a subject for another post.
Thank you for stopping by and come back whenever you want; you are always welcome. And please when you hear someone say ‘Christmas is all about the kids’ explain to them what Christmas is really about.
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