Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Busy Times At The Homestead
The homestead Christmas tree was all a glow when everyone arrived home last night. Dinner was waiting for all. The kitchen was cleaned & all went about their own business.
Laken was busy researching colleges online to apply to.
Lucas was busy doing his homework.
All was quiet from Sams room last night so I went to check in on him. I found Sam & his little dog sound asleep.
Toby the turtle looks on as he waits for his snack tonight. Sam & his little dog are fast asleep early tonight so I fed Toby & then turned out his tank light.
The homestead kitchen will be used in full force cooking for all again tonight.
I believe this was once called a smug pot. I remember seeing them in the orchards here many years ago. They were lit & sat yards apart in the open rows between the apple & peach trees. The heat helped protect the trees & fruit from the frost. I found this one at a yard sale some years ago. It was in very good shape as far as looks. I have never burnt it. I did remove some of the insides so I could put a strand of Christmas tree lights inside of it. This Christmas I needed to replace the strand of lights. Now it is glowing in the dark in the homestead living room. At the time I bought it I told my Pap about it. My Pap told me a little story how when my Gram & him went to housekeeping so many years ago. Pap had built a chicken house & Gram & him had ordered some chicks to start their own chicken flock for eggs. The day Pap went to town to pick up the chicks he told me my Gram was worried the chicks would be cold so she lit one of these old smug pots inside the chicken house to warm it for their little flock. When Pap arrived home with the chicks the chicken house was on fire & it burnt to the ground. He laughed that she had burnt down the chicken house. I am sure he was not laughing when it happened so many years ago. They have both passed over the years but have not been forgotten.
This month is going by so fast. The days are counting down til Christmas. I still need to get some gifts & wrap the ones I already have. Shopping will need to be done soon for gifts & all the trimmings for a yummy Christmas dinner. I have not really planned what we will be eating this Christmas yet. There will be the normal foods we always have. The big question is what kind of meat will we have. Today I have been busy running in & out doing the laundry. It is very cold & windy here today. The snow has all melted & all is froze. The ducks are not very active today. Tucked in their bedding up at the duck house & tucking their beaks under their wings & fast asleep. All the animals at the barn have been fed & watered & bedded down for another night. The family has started to arrive home from school & work so I must be getting to the homestead kitchen now. Stop in again soon.
Blessings Til Next Time!