Monday, February 25, 2019

Mother Nature Is Mad!

If I were to rename our state, I would name it Blustery as that is how the weather has been the past 24 hours. Wind moved in sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning and I believe anything that has not been tied down, it probably gone. Wind gusts of 60 miles an hour were common yesterday and the highest gust was 66mph. That is hard for anything to withstand. Trees were down and many people were without power, thankfully ours stayed on.

In places near us, chimney's blew off homes, gas station covered were downed, and even buildings toppled as the wind continued it's fury. The winds are still howling today, but the gusts have been cut in half and are supposed to slow down even more today, but it is cold!!! We had a high of 60 on Saturday and today it is 15.

Weather is worse near the Ohio River where flooding is a huge concern. Places like Carrollton, KY were under water yesterday as well as some places in and around Cincinnati. I was also learning of major flooding near Clinchport, VA were my dad grew up and I spend a lot of time in my childhood. In 1978, Clinchport was truly washed away after the snow from the Blizzard of 1978 and spring rains flooded the Clinch River. My grandmother's house was across the road from the river and almost every building in town was destroyed and some washed completely away. Seeing photos of the area yesterday was sad and a reminder of what happened to such a precious little town years ago.
This is near the exact area that my grandmother lived. I still have an aunt and cousin that live near this area. My aunt lives just around this corner and up a hill. 

 This is the same area within just a few hours of time. As you can see the water is a foot and a half above flood stage at this time. This is the Clinch River.
Another picture of the same area but you can see the water is still rising. About where the white thing on the left side of the photo is where I believe my grandma's driveway was in the 70's. 
This is in Livingston, TN I believe. As you can see flooding is a huge concern there as well. 

Anyone that has ever visited Pigeon Forge, TN is sure to have seen the Old Mill Restaurant and this is the current photo of that area. Flooding is severe in Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky as the rivers and streams can simply not hold the water that they are getting. 

Another concerns in these areas are mudslides. Roads being taken away are a huge concern as the land is saturated and it is still raining. 
These are more mudslides pictures that I have taken from FB that my friends in KY, TN and VA have shared. 

Mother Nature is mad! She has unleashed a fury that I haven't seen in awhile. Wherever you are, hang on because you may be in for some rough and wild weather until we calm here down. Please pray for those affected by these natural events if you believe in prayer. 

Until our roads meet again, may your trail be smooth and your ride be blessed!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

New Life on The Farm

Look at what is new on the farm! We are proud "parents" of 6 new chicks. They are blue and lavender Orpington's. I love them!! My grand doll loves them! They are being kept in my office as they are too little to go outside at the moment. I have them in a large tote with a heat lamp on them and plenty of fresh food and water and clean tote. 

Orpington chicks are supposed to be gentle, docile animals that do not mind being held and will follow you around. I hope that they are like that as they get older so that my grand doll can hold them for a long time. She loves to now!
Every morning, she checks on them as soon as she walks in the house. She likes to help feed them and change the water. She is such a good girl most of the time. 
My oldest daughter enjoys holding them as well. She is the one that brought them to me because she knew I would love them as much as she did. She is making some big changes in her life at the moment and I pray that she finds herself in the changes and does what makes her happy. 
This is one of our older roosters and he likes to sit on the porch rail.  He will sit there and crow to wake us up usually hours after I wake up. LOL!! 
I placed bird seed on my patio table to attract more birds to the porch. I was hoping to see plenty of woodpeckers and I did attract a few. This little guy knew I was attempting to take his photo as he would not face the window and he would not sit still. This one photo was one of about 50 that were blurry or he was not there when I snapped the photo. 

Until we meet again, may your trail be blessed and your ride be smooth!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Primitive Farm Decor

I am looking to add some primitive farm décor to my home as we remodel a bit. I started by painting a bread box today. This was blue with geese on the front of it and now it is a solid chalk matte color and I may paint my knife holder the same color as I like it.
 I may paint bread on the front of it, but I am not sure that I want to do that yet. What do you think?
Should I paint something on the front of it or just leave it be? I truly love the color and it is going to be perfect with the kitchen when it is finished. See the cow curtains behind it? They will be gone soon too as we will have drywall there or bifold doors. I am so excited! 

I am not feeling well as I have a head cold, but I am glad that I painted this today while my grand doll was with her mom. I am thankful that I can keep her but thankful to have some time to accomplish some of the work that I am wanting to get finished. My husband and I replaced our entry way floor yesterday. It had old ceramic tile on it and it is now hardwood laminate flooring. 

Life on the farm is beginning to go in a different direction and I am excited. After 12 years or longer here and nothing being done, it is time for some changes. 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Just a Look at the Farm

This is just going to be a random post that showcases some of the beauty I see each day. Being Sunday morning, it is a time to be thankful for what we have. I am thankful that this cow is now meat in the freezer. Many wonder how you can raise them knowing that they will be meat and I know many feel is it not proper to do that. Farm life is one of knowing the cycle of life and what animals are for. 

Remember the baby calves that my husband brought home, well here they are a month or so ago. They are getting big and are not as friendly as they were, but still not too bad. They know I bring food. 
Of course, I am always blessed by this little one. She is such a joy most of the time. She loves to help in the kitchen and I hope that I can instill a love of cooking in her. We are starting to do a little more in the kitchen. We made Reese's Peanut Butter cupcakes the other day. They were delicious!!!
For some reasons, Snickers seems a little blurry in this picture, but this is the little ones' pony. She is a sweet treat here on the farm. Well loved for sure!!! She loves apples and carrots.
This was taken at Bass Pro Shop in Missouri, but it shows her at some of her best. She loves to ride the 4 wheeler ( with a helmet, of course) and she loves to ride in my side by side( like a golf cart) and on the tractor. I can't imagine the miles she has logged on these vehicles. Simple joy!!!
This is a picture of my father in law. He is such a special man. He has a speech impediment due to biting the end of his tongue off in a ballgame many years ago. He is the heart of this place. He still wants to feed and water the animals every day. He gets along good to be 80 years old. He is a real sweet heart!!!
Our farm dog. LOL! No, she is not really a farm dog, but she is the only dog here and she is a fierce protector and she loves the chickens. She is such a cutie but oh how I wish she did not bark. This is Jazzy!! 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019





Frozen Yogurt Day was the most fun of the choices for today's first question.  I have no idea why the creator chose a winter day to celebrate a frozen dessert, but here we are!!  Let's talk about food today (one of my favorite subjects)!
1.  Today, Wednesday, February 6th, is Frozen Yogurt Day!  A cold dessert on what must be a very cold day for most of you reading this today!  Do you enjoy frozen yogurt?  Does it matter what the weather is?  Share with us your favorite flavor and/or topping, please!!  I don't really like frozen yogurt, but will eat it before I will eat regular yogurt. 
2.  What food do you know you shouldn't eat but can't help yourself?  Chocolate ice cream, Oreo's, and pasta
3.  If your life was a meal, what kind of meal would it be?  Some kind of comfort food- roast and potatoes, beef and noodles.
4.  Do you like spicy food?  Why or why not?  What is the spiciest food you have ever eaten?  I don't care for spicy food. I like certain things to have a little spice to them, but I don't want my mouth burning. The spiciest was a meal that I got once at a restaurant. Wow was it hot!!!
5.  What food do you eat or crave when you have a bad cold? I don't know of any food, but I always want hot tea when I have a cold or I am sick. 
6.  Please tell us something random about your week (and maybe it will involve food).  We ate at Ruby Tuesday's for lunch that day with a dear friend that recently lost her husband. He was like a dad to my husband. It was her first time there and she loved it! She insisted that she pay and it could be our anniversary dinner. It was nice. We came home and rested and then watched the game.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Good Morning

Good Morning! This post is going to be quick as we are headed to the hospital because my daughter's boyfriend ( of 12 years) is having shoulder surgery. He has spina bifida and so his arms are under stress daily between his time on his crutches and the time in his wheelchair. This is going to be a long recovery for him. Any prayers and thoughts for him today would be appreciated! 

Hope you all have a great day!!!

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