Friday, May 27, 2016

Walking around our yard, an abandoned home and a double rainbow to enjoy


See momma duck peeking out of the bushes? She has quite a few eggs in there she is sitting on and we are so excited. Hoping this round of eggs survive, she abandoned her last nest.



                These are the 2 males (dads) in our pond and they keep a very close watch over her.


The Canadian Geese have become quite protective of us too. They watch over the yard and the other animals and when they see crows or other threats they attack them and scare them off the property.



Although they can be messy, I enjoy seeing them everyday. Our neighbor next door does not like them coming into his pond and he shoots at them which I am not a fan of at all. One it is too dangerous to shoot so close to homes and with children playing outside and 2 those geese are doing nothing wrong. :-( Country or not it's upsetting...


This little house behind what was a beautiful tree belonged to a family member of the previous owners. It is at the edge of our current property and has a garage also. It was being auctioned off about 2 weeks after we bought this house and property but our property line is literally a couple feet off this back door. At the court house Jerry went to show interest and to let others interested know that it was basically right on the property line. Well the guy didn't listen and then he purchased it without knowing where the line was and Jerry saw him cutting down our tree, it's on our side and went to talk to him and let him know where the markers were, he also told the guy that the septic was on our property which we found out from prior homeowner... the prior owner also said to us it would make sense for only us to have the property because no one else could really do anything with it.

When the guy found out the septic and tree were on our property he left the branches sit and him and his wide, kids and guy working for him left. Leaving us to clean up the mess :-( Being an abandoned property it already didn't look the greatest. So now we have no idea what the guy's plans are. Jerry mentioned to him if he was going to sell let us know. It's about an acre but it is small. The prior owners had all family members here so it worked for them but when the brother got sick with cancer and couldn't make the payments the county took the home. They wouldn't release it for the family members to buy and it sat for 15 years vacant. The brother had passed away..... sad story.... hopefully something will get sorted and bring this little home back to it's former glory. For now it's an eye sore from our property and super sad to see our tree so harshly cut, it has begun to die....


            This is the garage next to the little house. Has a lot of potential just needs some love.




Just enjoying a beautiful day and walking around reflecting on things and being aware of all that surrounds me. Like this little bee working hard and traveling between the dandelion and flowers.


                                                   Ducks and the Geese in perfect harmony :-)


I was lucky to catch this shot of momma duck when she took a break from sitting on the eggs. She was so happy to get a bath and she was shaking off the water. LOL. Totally in her glory :-)


                                                       Found some wild strawberries too!


A very large mushroom.... I bet there are some pretty magical fairies building a home under there! ;-)




                                 Hayley found some moss and rocks to make a craft out of.



One of the best discoveries was this double rainbow out across our front yard. It was so beautiful and even as a light rain fell I went out to take pictures.




                                     So beautiful and peaceful.... God's promise to us all....













We have a busy weekend ahead! Jerry and I are celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary on the 28th! We've been together for a total of 26 years. Tonight we are going to a nice dinner and staying at a nice hotel while my parents are here with the girls. Looking forward to some time away :-)

Then we come back tomorrow afternoon and Jerry's brother and fiance will be visiting. Sunday is Hayley's 15th birthday and we will be having a little party here with all her new friends. Will be posting updates about it all soon!

Have a wonderful, relaxing, safe Memorial Day weekend!! Remember the true reason to celebrate and thank those for our freedom! I know my family and I are very grateful!!

                                                                       Blessings,
                                                                              Jill

Monday, May 23, 2016

Trying Out a Brand New Metal Detector for the First Time, see what we found! #metaldetecting


"It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds supreme joys."    Antoine de Saint-Exupery

My sweet Kathleen has been asking for a metal detector for awhile. She has a very adventurous spirit and enjoys trying new things with lots of enthusiasm. :-) We encourage her every step of the way! Recently she used her money she had saved to order one and we tried it out this past weekend.
Just look at that smile!!!



After doing the test runs to make sure it worked properly we set out in our own yard to see what we could find. Our home was built in 1968 and has almost 6 acres so we started out in a small area first. We will explore more areas on another day.


                        She was not disappointed! We started finding some things right away!


                                          Perhaps the part to an old wind up watch??


Here was near our driveway and as Jerry started to dig we think it was a metal base that may have once supported a basketball net (which we'd love to put another one up soon ;)


     She was like dad I can dig those holes myself, lol... and boy she tried her best... did well too!


                         She had no problem getting her hands dirty to search through the soil!



                                                                   A bolt of some kind....



           Here's a photo of Hayley and Kathleen's hands working together to find the next item :-)


I just love how she chose her hiking boots and a back pack to carry her finds in. She thought of everything! ;-)


          This was a pretty cool find, Jerry said it's a spring tooth harrow tine off an old plow. :-)




                                                           Also found a bullet shell....


                                                                A hinge of some sort.


                                                              A brake shoe for a vehicle....


                                                          Not sure what this is exactly....



                                                                        Steel plates...


                                                                      Another bolt....


        This area was a burn pile from the other owners. Here was mostly staples that she found.


                                                               Part of a shovel.........


                                                        Wire a an old 7UP soda cap :-)



                                                             Water spicket knob.....



                            Also found a wire clothes hanger, here's all the finds in one pile :-)



It was a lot of fun trying it out and seeing how excited she was to find out what it had detected. I love her enthusiasm so much, I think she will carry it through with her the rest of her life. Leading her on a path of discovery and wonderful experiences. She's already been talking about doing it again after school today, lol.


                                                                                Blessings,
                                                                                      Jill