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Winter woes

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

We have been in the midst of an ice storm. This is a picture of our muscadines and blueberries this morning. It mostly melted off but still raining and is now below freezing again so imagine the ice will be back on by morning.

Christmas day 1999 we had a major ice storm which knocked out electricity for 14 days. There were trees down all over. It took until this past year for the forest service to finally clear alot of their log roads and fire trails. For eight years we lived with the possiblity of forest fires caused by the downed trees. We are hoping this is not a repeat of that year. So far with it melting today and if we don't have much freezing rain tonight, we may miss this one.

I'm not too worried about us except for maybe a tree or 2 falling on the house. We have lots of food canned and frozen and a couple of generators to keep the freezers running. We have gas and wood heat and gas cook stove so we manage the blackouts pretty well. We were without power this past summer for 5 days due to the hurricanes blowing this far north. Trees were down then but not like in an ice storm. We do take advantage when trees do go down to have them sawn into lumber. Sonny is a good woodworker so he has put most to use in our dining room add on and kitchen cabinets and lately he made me a moveable kitchen work station and cutting boards. Now he is making me new counter tops that will look like cutting boards.

We need to take advantage of opportunities whether good or bad. We need to look for the good in the bad that happens. When the power is out, it seems to bring out the best in neighbors and they all seem to want to help one another.

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BGGARDEN 1/27/2009 9:30PM

    We are getting some winter storms tonight.... only ours is in the form of SNOW! Expecting any where from 5-7 inches. I am trying to get excited about SHOVELING AGAIN!!!!

STAY SAFE Dear friend!

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Cool Ponds

Monday, January 26, 2009

These are our goldfish ponds. We found out the fish won't live through the winter in them unless we clean out the leaves at the end of each autumn. It seems it depletes the water from much needed oxygen. Same with us, if we only allow those things in us that hamper us then we begin to die. This goes not only for what we eat, but what we hear and see. If we watch too much of the bad stuff on tv or we read only the bad stuff or we eat only the bad stuff then our bodies, minds and souls begin to die. We are learning to eat well and become more healthy though our food choices and our physical upkeep here at Sparkpeople but we do not need to neglect our mental well being as well.

We have learned to move our fish to an inside fountain in the winter where we can keep clean water and give them food daily. This way they live and thrive. Just as if we feed ourselves properly, we will live and thrive.

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BGGARDEN 1/26/2009 11:28PM

    Really cool! Must easier to take care of then our 1/2 acre pond! :-) I have to post some photos of our ice skating fun to share with you.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful garden feature.

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Hamster Love

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I found this cute picture of some hamsters and it looks like one is giving another a flower and his friend is helping him by holding his foot so he won't fall.

How often do we help our fellow man, whether friend or foe? How often do we pray for others? How often do we think sweet thoughts toward others? How often do we give flowers or gifts of our heart to others? Just a little thing to think about.

How often do we think of ourself and do for ourself? How often do we give ourselves a little love? How often to we give ourselves a little helping hand? We need to be getting healthy physically and spiritually.

Take a little time for yourself and others.

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BGGARDEN 1/25/2009 9:35PM

    That is one of the cutest animal graphics I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing this with us.
I am in a LOVE mood too..... I decorated my page for Valentines day today.
Hope you stop by and send me some LOVE !!!

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Crazy Patch

Saturday, January 24, 2009

I have just been learning to crazy quilt. This is my first 10inch block. It was a lot of fun and a lot of work.

Our lives are like crazy patches. A little of this and a little of that. We pooch at funny places and need to be pulled in here and there. We do this by exercising. Our lives are patched with love of family and friends. Intertwined with love and living, just as my patch is intertwined with beads and buttons and stitches. The older we get the more embellished our lives become just as the more time I spend stitching on my block it becomes more encrusted and the more beautiful it becomes. Our quilt will be beautiful when we reach heaven. Our quilt then passes down to those we love.

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MIZROSE 1/25/2009 3:44PM

  Cool! I love the quilt block and your views on how our lives are patched together like the quilts. Makes me want to try a little quilting myself! Thanks!

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BGGARDEN 1/25/2009 9:42AM

    oh..... I love this! Looks like fun. I would like to take a bunch of 4" squares and crazy quilt them into a handbag! Whatch'a thinK? Does that count as a crazy quilt project?
I might just try that this week. Thanks for the idea.


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ANGORA4 1/24/2009 9:20PM

    Wow! Just love the block! I like what you did with the old laces and such. I love the look of crazy quilts, but never wanted to do that much hand embroidery, my hand doesn't handle stitching well, and can't do much of it. But with the lace and such, you got the wonderful look (of course, you did a lot of stitching, too!) But maybe I could handle that. One little block at a time, using up some of that box of handmade lace, that's just waiting for a home. And then maybe a few fancy stitches here and there, just for fun!

What a great analogy to our lives. Those little bits of things that didn't seem important. Little things we did. Things we kept in our hearts. Those things embellish our lives, just like the crazy quilt.

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Birds of a Feather

Friday, January 23, 2009

Have you ever noticed how birds of a feather flock together. It seems that most birds only hang out with their own kind. I have been watching the birds at the bird feeder and they do the same as our chickens. Funny how they will fly off when another kind of bird comes to the feeder. The chickens do the same. We started out with 18 white bantie chickens. We had to fight the elements to keep any alive. First the racoons got in and killed and ate about half. We put up electric fence. Then a hawk swooped down and got all but 3. Two of these were roosters. Well before spring last year the dominate rooster had killed the other one so we were left with 2 chickens. So we bought 15 Araucana pullets (colored egg layers). Well our little bantie rooster was king of the roost but really wouldn't have much to do with those bigger hens. So we decided to get a bigger rooster. A friend gave us a young barred rock rooster. He was a big fellow and the little bantie rooster didn't like him much so he would beat up on him as often as he got near him. But as the saying goes...birds of a feather flock together. The big rooster finally got tired of it and killed the bantie rooster. So now he is the king of the rooster but strangely he does great with the Araucana hens but he doesn't like the bantie hen and chases her off. It is strange really.

Sometimes we can be birds of a feather and only talk or speak or hang around those we feel are like us. It is high time we quit and decide to make peace with the world.

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ANGORA4 1/24/2009 2:48PM

    Araucanas were my favorite breed of chicken. I loved the eggs in khaki, sky blue, gold and pink. And even when I had a dozen different breeds, in the winter it was usually just down to the blue and green eggs. They were such great winter layers.

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BGGARDEN 1/23/2009 7:06PM

    This is wonderful! I love the photo of the chicks. Happy Weekend Dear Garden Friend,

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