Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A little break

We are enjoying a few day trips as a family this week and having visitors so will be back to posting and catching up with everyone soon and will have lots to share! 

Enjoy your week!! ��

Blessings,
Jill

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Jerry's birthday and other news


We love having yard sales, not only do you get to make some extra money, chances are you meet some really nice people. :-) This was our first yard sale here and it was a beautiful day! Back in PA our neighbors would come out and join us talking, etc. Have to admit I did miss that this year. We also had it so regularly back there that the same people would come back every year, lol. We sold drinks and hot dogs and made a lot just from that. PA folks are some serious yard salers... You state that it starts at 7 AM and sure enough they are there at 6 AM while you're still setting up! Here we stated on the signs 7 AM, but didn't see hardly anyone till 9 AM! Apparently we have a few things to learn about yard saling here. The girls enjoy that we get them donuts as a treat on the mornings of the yard sale, they look forward to it. :-)



Kathleen was a little chilly in the early morning..... Cooper kept us company for awhile, but as it warmed up we put him back in the house with the A/C.


Hayley is awesome at sales, not to mention organizing all the clothes! Great at reasonable prices too and filling bags for a set price for customers buying a lot.


Elvis kept careful watch from the dining room window most of the day. He would meow every time a vehicle pulled in the driveway.


Of course the way our luck always is.... we have a yard sale to earn some extra money and sure enough Jerry's tire goes flat and guess where the extra money went....


On a good note... a beautiful butterfly liked one of the cosmetic bags we were selling and was hanging out for awhile. :-)


This wasn't at the yard sale, but since I mentioned insects had to share this picture Jerry took with his phone. A pretty great shot of this insect (some sort of fly maybe?) eating a mosquito! Just sitting on top a water bottle minding it's own business, lol.


Kathleen was slowly sneaking items out of the yard sale.... like this horse for her doll.....


Hayley worked on her drawing technique while waiting for people to arrive. She's doing really wonderful with her art work and enjoys it. My mom brought some coloring books for adults up with her, pretty detailed graphics of all kinds of things, landscapes, animals, flowers and more. Hayley, Kathleen and my mom had a few relaxing evenings of coloring.





For a quick lunch I put this smiley face together for Kathleen. Served with fruit and veggies on the side of course! Not one of my best creations, but she was super happy and excited. :-)


That same weekend we all went to see the new Minion movie. The girls liked it, but as a parent I was disappointed in the story line and it seems so much violence is being put into kids movies now. :-( I was not a fan at all.


This is Hayley having fun at a local youth group in the area. :-) They have pictures online so I was able to save this one.


We have huge planes that come over top our home almost every day... some days I'm almost positive they will hit the house they get so low! These next 2 pictures of the plane Hayley actually captured on her phone when she was walking.




Last week we were having a lot of storms and we were inside Lowes listening to the rain beat on the roof. When it finally calmed down and we went to leave we found this beautiful sky as a reward. Picture doesn't do the colors justice.


When Kathleen went to her Nature camp she met another girl and they hit it off really well. We invited them over for lunch and a play date. I cut some of the black eyed Susan's from our yard and placed them in a Ball jar I found at a yard sale. Made a nice little centerpiece for the table. :-)


I made this adorable desserts I saw on Pinterest along with the Marmalade muffins and they were a big hit. The little girl was so cute she sat there staring at it for the longest time and then she said "I love this so much I wish I could take a picture of it before I eat it!" :-) I had a lot of food... so much we had plenty of leftovers for dinner. I enjoy entertaining and moving here don't get to as often not knowing many people yet.


Lots of excitement this time of year with the farmers field next to us. Hayley took these two pictures of them cutting the wheat down. If you look closely to the right side in the second picture she captured a bird flying by and didn't even realize it until we enlarged the picture.




And finally on Monday we celebrated Jerry's birthday. That was when the youth group usually meets and he told Hayley she could go, but she said "nope, we're all we have here and I want to spend it with you dad". I know that helped to make his night.

I made his favorite strawberry cake he loves so much. One of my favorites too. :-) Along with a big dinner with some of his favorite foods.


Hayley wrapped his box in a plastic table cover to make it harder to get into, lol. They always make his cards every year too.










Love how this picture turned out of the three of them. Happy birthday to an amazing husband and a fantastic dad! We are so blessed to have you in our lives and we appreciate all you do for us! XOXOX's!


If you read this card you'd understand the laughter..... ;-)





Every year Jerry has a way of guessing his gifts no matter what we do or wrap it in... so this year we had a devious little idea... lol. Kathleen put an empty doll box in for when he shook it and on the bottom she wrote this........


"You get to pick your own present.... he-he-he" Hayley's lovely photo bomb to the left.... lol


Bunch of goofballs... guess we'll be going shopping soon!


    "The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege"   Charles Kuralt
                       

                                                                     Blessings,
                                                                          Jill

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

In the Garden

Busy summer in full swing, lots to blog about but seem to be short on time keeping up with everything, I'm sure you all can relate. :-)

If you look closely next to Kathleen you will see very tall stalks of overgrown Asparagus. Soon to be cut down and getting it ready for harvest next year. We have quite a freezer full of it for Winter!


Cabbage....which beetles I'm sure are enjoying as we've been pulling them off the blackberries and roses. Jerry dropped a few beetles in for the chickens...  ;-)


We have all kinds of pumpkins, gourds, squash, etc. popping up in the garden and some we didn't intentionally plant! LOL





Our plums are forming nicely, you can just see them in the branches above Kathleen's head.


She has so much enthusiasm for the garden and all the things growing in our own backyard!





This pumpkin has tripled it's size since I've taken this photo.


Queen Ann's Lace as I remember this fondly from my childhood... always thought it was so pretty.


Our tomato plants have really taken off... weeds too... That's another treat the chickens like when we give them fresh weeds from the garden. :-) Works for me!


Captured this moment of Jerry showing Kathleen things in the garden.




Lowes had pepper plants on clearance for $7.88, so we picked it up, already quite a few peppers on it!


Kathleen caught a good picture of this little guy....


Loving all my lilies....


Hostas looking good too. Our holly hedge really took a hard hit this winter. We are hoping it comes back. There is green at the bottom giving us hope.... we may need to cut it down to that point. Also have added fertilizer to it.



Kathleen's sunflower still doing awesome!


Loving my Rose of Sharon blooms and the hummingbirds and bumblebees are too!!


One of the other projects on our list was spiffing up our shed. These are before pictures; the paint was peeling bad and some of the wood was starting to rot...


We've been waiting for the rain to let up to actually get it scraped down and repainted.


I took these back in April before we built the chicken coop.




These are the after pictures, it looks so much better! There are baby birds in the bird houses so the mom wasn't too happy with us while the work was being done. Jerry and Hayley and Kathleen worked on the painting.


After it was painted he was able to secure the trellis he made for me.









Just a few more random pictures around the yard.








                                                                    Blessings,
                                                                          Jill