Thursday, January 26, 2012

Short and Sweet

Hi, everyone.  Today post is going to be as the title states, Short and Sweet.  Just an update on my WIPs. My socks are still awaiting a turned heel.  My scarf is coming along nicely.  I had to frog is once because I dropped some stitches and didn't even realize it until it was too late.  Rachael's sweater is half finished.   My DH had been helping me to organize the kitchen cabinets.  I've finished the Hot Pad for my Nana which she loved and I've got another idea for something that she'll like even more.  But that's for me to know and her to find out. LOL.   Work has been coming along nicely as well.  I'm super excited about my clients.  I believe the program for Breastfeeding Peer Counselors has gotten off to a great start.  I'm so glad that I'm able to be a part of it.  We only have like a little over one month before Rachael's arrival if not sooner.  So things around here a off to a humming start.  Well, I hope everyone has a wonder Thursday, it is suppose to rain but I'm not letting that ruin my good mood.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Children, Crochet, Cows, and Cats

Yesterday, we actually made it to church.  Reese and I were both very pleased.  The girls were too.  Pastor Bill preached a really good sermon.  It was something that we'd been needing to do lately but never seemed to be able to get there.  Pastor Bill's sermon was on Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42) and his title was "Simplify".  It was about simplifying your life by identifying what's more important to God and forgetting everything else.  Which is something that I have a hard time doing.  I worry about everything.  So yeah it's something that I struggle with a lot.  Anyways, he went on to say that serving the Lord is important but savoring (worship) the Lord is most important.  Jesus wants us to be still and trust in Him. Here is a poem written by Pastor Bill:

Mary and Martha 

Martha was concerned to put out a good dish,
It may have been lamb, beef or fish.
She wanted to serve her Lord so well,
That this meal made her head ache and swell.

Mary too was concerned for good food,
She sat quiet before Jesus and did not brood.
She opened her heart as one opens their lips,
And gulped down the Truth not in small sips.

So what do we learn from the faith of these two,
That one chose best for in her heart she knew.
That Jesus Christ was surely heaven's true Bread,
Whose Word should nourish and remove her dread.

And surely we must be diligent in good deeds,
To serve our Savior and scatter spiritual seeds.
But our strength must come from sitting at His feet,
Receiving daily through His Word our spiritual meat.

For only Jesus is the pure bread of life,
Who can give us peace and quiet our strife.
So open His Book as you would a dear love letter,
And, like Mary, you will find you have chosen what is better.

Author: Pastor Bill Thrailkill
Back Creek Presbyterian Church

After church, we came home and grabbed some lunch and then we went to get the cows up to be milked.  Then we went to check the pregnant cows for new babies and after that we went over to visit with Pop and Granny.
Here is a picture of Mary making her "Say Cheese Face".

She thought something was funny in this one.

Lexi was drawing on her Innotab.  

This is a close up of the picture of the girl that she drew.

This is one is an abstract rainbow.

This is a pot holder I'm working one.  It seems to be going along nicely.  Here is the free pattern on Ravelry.

Girls grazing.

This is Elli. I love her brindled color.

We cut the engine and just sat there for a little while.  I've been told that cows are very nosy and that is the truth because next thing I knew we were surrounded.  They were licking and smelling everything.  This picture reminds me of the Chic-fil-a commercials.

Here are some playing with the float in the water trough.

Then they decided to have some fun,running around and jumping.  I wish I would've gotten a video because it was so funny.

This is one of the cows I call "Mud Cows".  I absolutely love that color.  Only if you could spin yarn out of cow hair. I would have some that color.

This is an action shot of two running around and having fun.  It looks a bit like a game of tag broke out. LOL.

I call this one "Heavenly Milk" because it looks like they just stepped out of the sky.

The mommy and her new baby we discovered on our travels.

These are the steers down in the valley.

Even the dogs love the cows here. 

This one is Genie in my flower bed.  I was originally going to take pictures of the flowers but she decided that she wanted in on the action.

Then along came Sun Drop, aka Sun Kitty, who posed so pretty I couldn't resist. 

These are some of the daffodils that have decided to bloom.

This is an old chicken house that's been on the farm since it's started.

This is the Old Johnson house.

An oak tree that just screamed take my picture.

This is a car shed and the rectangular hole at the bottom was used to accommodate a car with a long nose.

This is a Locus bush.  Which I've been told his deadly to tractor tires.  I thought that it was just beautiful.

Here is the base of the oak tree in the previous picture.

This is a front window of the Johnson house.

Well, I hope everyone enjoyed my post.  I hope everyone has blessed day/night.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Moo Cows

Yesterday was fun.  We went to lunch with my DH and after we came back we went to bring the cows up to be milked. Here are some pictures of the lovely ladies grazing.

Here's a shot of two who decided to share the same spot.

Here are the girls walking up the lane to get milked.

After getting the cows up, we went with my DH's dad to get up a fresh cow, one that's had a calf.  Then we came back to the house for a nap.  Mary had already taken hers early so we watched Gruffalo and Lexi took her nap.

I got a picture of her sleeping.  She didn't even know it. LOL.

Well, I hope everyone has a good weekend.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

DH's Wood Stove Handle

Here are the pictures that I promised of the new handle that Reese made for our wood stove.
This is the handle made from a ratchet and extension.

This is the inside of the door.  Reese also made the latch, shown in the picture, out of galvanized steel.  He drilled a hole in the middle and then made it square by filing it.

Here is the ramp he made to pull the door tight.

Which as you can see he made adjustable.

Here is a close up of the ramp and how it will adjust.

I'll leave you with this bonus picture of my babies being lovey.  I hope everyone had wonderful Tuesday and I also hope everyone stays warm tonight as well because it's suppose to be cold here.