Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Happenings At The Homestead
Today I thought I would share some of the many happenings that have been going on here at the homestead. Today it is so bitter cold outside. I hate to go outside to do the laundry but we needed clean towels & wash clothes. Even the mice I believe have found it to be bitter cold. We have seen a few more inside the homestead. Today I treated Oliver to a day indoors. She is a good mouser. She has to earn her keep to eat today. If she gets those cute little field mice I will give her a special treat tonight.
The library called this week to let me know that the book I requested weeks ago was delivered from a library away from here. Off I went to pick it up. The Private World Of Tasha Tudor. Of course I had to look at all the beautiful colored photos first. Yes I did read bits & pieces of it as I turned the pages. I always like to read the last page first. Always have. The last pages of the last book of the Bible will make one want to read the rest so as to be ready to meet our Maker & be saved from that dreadful hot flaming place of torment.
Do you remember many years ago buying gold nugget gum in these little sacks? Weeks ago the country store Laken works at got some in. We purchased two bags. I like to find or make something new for the tree each year. After we chewed all the gum I though to myself how cute these would be on the tree. But the store was out & was not sure they could get anymore. Order placed & then the candy delivery was postponed a few days. Oh but then they arrived & Laken brought them home just a few nights ago.
I love how they look hanging from the branches of our homestead Christmas tree. I took the bags of gum out of each little gold sack & stuffed them. After Christmas I think I will coffee stain them for next year.
Our Christmas garden flag flutters in the cold crisp air out in the garden to greet all & reminds us of the Babe in a manger sent so many years ago to save us if we accept Christ as our savior & confess our sins. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved. St. John 3:17
The homestead garden looks so barren & cold but I am sure those tulip bulbs under the frozen ground are doing their thing. The fish pond is frozen over but if I look real close I can see the fish swimming below. I have been keeping a air hole open in the ice for them each day since the freeze. If I just had a wood water wheel to keep the water flowing like the old tyme mills.
The first day deer season opened the boys dressed for hunting & their Dad took them to the woods to hunt down those poor beautiful white tail deer. Lucas got one early that day. After they drug it home & hung it their Dad went back out & soon after he got one himself. Later that night off went the deer to the butcher shop.
Sam & his Dad going back out to hunt a deer. This was the first year Sam could hunt. Hunting is really big in this area so the school gives two days off. I left Sam take an extra day off but he had no luck. The first day of season he watched the deer his brother shot fall to the ground & helped drag it home.
Tonight the homestead kitchen is warm a cozy with candles a glow. The slow cooker is filled with potatoes & tasty spiced deer meat. The yummy scent makes us want to eat right away. I do believe I would like to make some candied sweet potatoes in the old cast iron skillet for myself so I must be going to tend to my meal. Peace be with you all.
Blessings Til Next Time!