It's So Good To Be Back...

It's so good to be back on a blogging pattern. If you think it's been a little bit crazy here. I put up some of my posts that were just sitting there. I changed some of the dates since they were actually written at an earlier time, some I just let them go up when they were dated. I need to get on top of things. That said...

I'm just loving this weather. Fall is one of my most favorite times of the year. Beautiful color, mixed weather (up & down) and just doing different things. I guess I'm also ready for the garden to end and get everything ready for winter.

What's on... I made my first pot of homemade soup this week. Mmmm mmm good! I love homemade soup and chili. I like my soup in cool or colder weather. I also made homemade bread. I don't do a lot of bread baking in the summer either. Mmmm mmm good! I made fudge a couple weeks ago, but I may make it again this week. Plus, I think I'll look up a new recipe to try.

Note: I'm working on glitches... for some reason this did not go up as it should have.

Long Weekend...

I had a long and eventful week end. It all started Friday morning with Breanna's grandparents day. We had lunch and a patriotic program. It was so cute!

Friday evening we celebrated my father-in-laws 90th birthday. I need to see if I can get a picture to post from Beth. He is such a dear and loved his party. The cake was beautiful, a big part of the family was able to come, and of course Grandpa was doing pretty good.

Saturday morning Merrill & I left for Ky for my family reunion. We got there in time for a big country breakfast. The group is getting smaller and smaller. So many are passing away and it seems the younger generation doesn't go in for reunions much. It was good to see my Uncle and cousin from Georgia as well as other family and friends.

Last year was the dangerous year and we did not have it. In fact, it's a miracle that I'm still alive. There was this big bad flood that covered the roads. The shelter and cabin is up in the hills and my parents were stranded up there. I gunned on the gas a plowed through the high water several times, and I was so shaky by the time I got to their Ky house. Going home really scared me because I saw what I drove through at one spot and it was a creek out of it's banks. I would have been a goner if my van had tipped over. I spent the night worrying about my parents up in the hills and just hoping that they didn't try to get out. My uncles and brother went up the next morning to try to get to them. The road was all washed out but in spite of it all they were able to get out. The government repaired the road and it was in pretty good shape this week end. My husband calls it a trail because it is barely one car width.

I wanted to be able to stay a little longer and sit out on the porch and enjoy the beauty of the hills above the valley, but it didn't work out that way this trip. Hopefully, another time. I did enjoy driving the country roads back in the hills. They are so secluded.

We came home yesterday, but I've been really tired today and haven't got a lot accomplished. Of course, resting up to stay well might be considered an accomplishment. We'll call it that anyway!

Have a good evening!

There Will Be Peace In The Valley...

I have always liked Johnny Cash's bass voice. Recently, I was reading their life's story. They had many deep sins and struggles, but God changed them. When he and June Carter went to the Holy Land several years back, it made a deep impression on their hearts. God can save and change anyone, not matter what stage of life you're in.

I just got back from a trip to Ky today. This morning I was in the valley looking up at the beautiful hills. I just thought about this song and decided to share it with you.

Step Forward Then Step Back...

Sometimes we just step forward then step back. That's the way my computing has been lately. I got this virus just before Labor Day. I could not do anything on my computer. I could not even restore it.

Big decision... I just reloaded the whole computer from start. I lost a lot of things, but remembered the importance of saving to cd, external hard drive, USB drive or an external program like Mosey. I've traveled this road before, so I should have had things backed up. Excuse, it's summer and I didn't have time.

To make a long story short... I got everything loaded back on. My Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite and some other useful programs. Guess what? I got another big virus Monday. Same virus... I was all locked up again and couldn't use restore dates, but I was able to do a default restore and pretty much followed the same path I did right before Labor Day. Only, I still have to get my Office and Adobe Suite back on. Lesson learned! I do have a disk with the pictures that I had in my picture file so that helped a little and I had my library and office files so it's just half sad. :0 Maybe, reading about my misfortune will be a reminder to someone to backup their files.

Now for some good things...

Our weather is great! My favorite times, weather wise, are in the fall and summer. The temperatures are soooo agreeable. Not too hot and not too cold.

I just made a batch of applesauce and apple butter. Mmmm good! I also baked bread for the first time in a while. Right now an apple nut cake is in the oven. I guess you could say that I'm having an apple of a time!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Slowing Down...

I am so glad that things are slowing down. I am so ready for fall! I don't know how the colors will be because it hasn't rained very much in the last 6-8 wks.

The cooler weather sure makes for easier outside work. It just takes some getting use to, but I like it. Hopefully, I can get the garden beds, the garage and basement in good shape before too long.

Since things are slowing down I've been able to do a few fun things. I've been working on a new afghan for our bedroom. I'm looking forward to getting the sewing machine projects started that I want to do. Plus, I'll be able to spend more time on the computer with my writing, pictures, art, designing and forex trading etc. I really look forward to all thatagain. It is too bad we don't have 48 hrs. in a day so that we could get more things done. Like I've said... I'm just ready.

Well, that's about it for today. The rest of it is works in progress...

Have a great day!

New Month...

Well, we are into a new month. I always look as the day after Labor Day as the first of September. When I was a girl, many, many years ago, school didn't start until after Labor Day. We had nice long summer vacations. I feel so sad for today's children because I think they need this time off. Life goes fast enough without giving up your childhood. There will be a lifetime of learning.

Saturday, Merrill & I went to Berne Indiana. It was nice to have a day trip and get away. We drove the country side which is one of my husband's favorite things. We love the land, farms, animal and the different farm buildings. Times change and today's farms are different than those from years gone by.
I shopped in Berne. I got two individual butter crocks. I saw these for the first time in Holmes County Oh at the Lehman's store. They keep butter fresh for up to 30 days on the table. These were little crocks instead of the bigger one. I have already really like the little things. Real butter is ready when you need it. Bigger ones will hold about a stick of butter. It is soft and it is sealed in the crock. Pretty neat! I also picked up another corn cutter. This one is different than the one that I currently use. It works great also and is easier to clean than my long one.

We enjoyed a leisurely walk through the Bear Creek Farm Village. We ate at the Bear Creek Farms restaurant. Wow! They have great food!

It turned out to be a pretty nice day. We were very tired when we got home.

Yesterday, we had a great family get-to-gather time at Paul & Candy's house. Wayne and Wilma & girls made it back from Colorado Sunday eve., so they were there as well as Steve & Buffy's family, Beth and Isaiah and some of Candy's family. Good food, fun and relaxation. What a great way to end summer vacation and celebrate Labor Day.
That's the run down of recent activites...