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Monday, October 23, 2017

Shadow Is Getting Spoiled

Shadow has always been a floor sleeper.  The only time he sleeps on the bed is when it gets really cold.  Well, I think that has changesd.  While staying with George and Lisa our boy is now sleeping on the sofa.  Roxie, George & Lisa's dog, has even moved from the sofa to the recliner. See, Shadow is getting spoiled and thank you George and Lisa for taking such good care of him.  Miss you Bud!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Wears Valley Fall Festival

George and Lisa and Tim and I both attend Fall Festivals yesterday but we were at different ones in different states.  While Tim and I were at the Orange Park Fall Festival in Florida George and Lisa went to the Wears Valley Fall Festival in Pigeon Forge, TN.  We had heard about the Wears Valley one when we were at the Newport Fall Fest from one of the vendors.  They had told us it was a big one and it was.  Lisa said cars were lined up for miles to get parked.  It cost $3.00 a piece to get into the festival but Lisa said it was worth it.  This one was the biggest fall festival in the area.  Next year we will have to check it out.  She said it was great and she even managed to pick up a couple of items.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

And Shadow Stayed Home!

Tim and I have made it safely to Florida and it was strange not to have Shadow with us.  He loves to travel but we couldn't take him this trip because we will be at Disney World.  Disney World now has four resorts that you can have your pet at and we are actually staying in one but not the area we are staying.  George and Lisa are taking good care of Shadow and as you can tell by his first day he is really missing us...not!  He is staying with Lisa & George and Roxie, Angel & Chance.  Yesterday he went to Travis's house to play in the back yard with Nix, Gaia and Ajax.  There were a lot of happy dogs.  Thanks George and Lisa for taking such good care of Shadow.  Shadow, we miss you buddy!

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Baseball Season Is Over For Me

With the Cubbies losing last night and ending their season the Baseball season is done for me too!  I love my Cubbies and I am a proud Cubs fan. This was their third post season play in a row so they are doing well.  The Dodgers are just an amazing team this year. Their bull pen was amazing and they had the bats.  Good luck to the Dodgers in the World Series but more importantly Thank You to the Chicago Cubs for another successful season.  Go Cubs Go!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Prepping For A Trip

Today I have the challenge of packing for the next 12 weeks.  Tim and I are headed to Disney World for a week long vacation then I will be staying in Florida for a couple more days until I fly to San Diego for three weeks.  I will then be returning to Jacksonville, FL where I will stay through the New Year helping our daughter Jenny with her business for her Christmas rush.  I will gone from the farm for quite awhile but Tim will be returning after Disney but will head to Florida for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Getting ready for three different trips is a chore and today will be devoted to getting all my ducks in a row and getting packed up.  I will miss the mountains but I am looking forward to my travels and spending time with my girls!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Jeep Shopping - Not For Us!

Tim and George spent all day Tuesday out Jeep shopping but not for themselves or Lisa and I.  They were shopping for our son in law, Nate.  His car died and he really wanted a Jeep.  After shopping in the Florida area and finding nothing he reached out to Tim who gladly helped.  Tim and George headed to the Tri-Cities and after looking at a few jeeps they found one that they are hoping is going to end up being as good as they think it is.   Tim and I were heading to Florida on Friday and now we both will be driving!  Nice job Tim and George I know Nate and Jenny are very excited!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It's Jewelry Cards Time Again

With the Holiday season about to begin in a couple of weeks it is time for me to get busy and make Jenny a huge supply of jewelry cards.  We will be heading to Florida this Friday and I want to make sure I have enough supplies for Salted With Jen to last until Thanksgiving.  This is the biggest order I have made and it has taken some time to get it all ready.  I even had to make a run into Morristown to Hobby Lobby because I needed some new tools.  I am in the process of finishing up making over 1000 jewelry cards.  Only 400 left to stamp and I will be done.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Always A Cubs Fan!

The Chicago Cubs are playing against the LA Dodgers for the National League Championship Title and a chance to play in the World Series again.  They are down by two games but there are still 5 more games to go and they are at home the next three games.  Last year I got to experience the team that I have loved since I was 7 years old win the World Series and it was a wonderful feeling.  Do I want that feeling again?  Yes of course but if it doesn't happen I will still support my Cubbies; win, lose or tie!  Go Cubbies!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Parrottsville Harvest Festival 2017

Parrottsville Harvest Festival 2017 was a big success and Parrottsville, for being such a small town, really put on a great festival this year and the best part, no rain.  It has seemed that it always rained when Parrottsville Harvest Fest was going on but not this weekend.  It was sunny and warm.  There were several vendors, live bands, car and tractor show, helicopter rides, a beautiful baby contest, a beauty contest and a dog show.  The park where the Harvest Festival is being held is all decorated for Autunm and looks so festive.  We all came home with goodies made by the local crafts people and we all had a great time at the Harvest Festival!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

More Bears At The Farm

There are more bears here at the farm and we love it!  A couple of months ago Lisa got a bear caerved from a stump and it turned out great.  While we were there picking it out there was another couple of bears that would be perfect for the farm because an outhouse was involved.  George has wanted an outhouse for a while but not for the purpose that an outhouse has but for decoration.  Lisa purchased a downsized outhouse that came complete with a couple of bears and more.  Check out the pictures; so cute!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Way To Go Cubbies!

What a series for the NLDS (National League Division Series).  It took all five games but my Chicago Cubbies pulled off the win and I could not be happier.  I even wore my lucky Cubs shirt for the Game.  Every time I have worn the shirt the Cubs have won!  It was a tough series for two evenly matched teams going back and forth but the Cubs prevailed and won.  The 5th game was played for almost 5 hours and as a Cubs fan it was a very long  game. Now it's on to the Dodgers for the NLCS (National League Championship Series).  Way to go Cubbies and Go Cubs Go!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

More Fall Colors

I know I may be going overboard with the Fall colors but it is so pretty and this week end should be the peak for the colors.  We will be taking a drive to view the colors which means there will be more pictures.  You have been warned!  For now, just enjoy some great colors!  Happy Fall Y'all!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

No One Wins

The NFL took a firm stance against President Trump's remarks a couple of weeks ago and demonstrated by kneeling during the National Anthem.  This has caused a huge controversy between the NFL teams and their fans.  A lot of fans walked away from football and are continuing because some teams are continuing to kneel.  No one wins this argument.  Ratings are going down, sponsors are pulling ads and fans are not buying merchandise.  Today the NFL is considering changing the rule that players must stand.  I hope they do but it is a shame that they have to make this rule to make sure all the players do stand.  To the players "using this platform" please stop.  You are working.  Protest on your own time like the rest of us have to do.  See, no one wins and I miss NFL Football.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Newport Fall Festival

We attended the Newport Fall Festival last Saturday and we, Lisa, George and I, were pleasantly surprised how much better this festival has gotten.  The first few years we attended it was boring and did not offer much as far as crafts.  It did feature a lot of local businesses and politicians.  Happily this year it had several craft vendors and only three politicians.  We saw some great things and George and Lisa came home with some really great items.  I will see if I can get some pictures to share.  Thank you Newport for making this year's Fall festival the best one yet in Newport!

Monday, October 9, 2017

A New Lawn Mower

George has a new " Toy".  Now George would be correcting me right now saying it is not a toy but an essential piece of equipment for the farm.  In reality, it is both!  George purchase a new lawn mower but this is not just any lawn mower this is a heavy duty riding lawn mower that puts some of the golf course lawn mowers to shame.  A larger more efficient mower was needed and this new mower fits the bill.  George can now mow in almost half the time and that is always good.  Congrats George & Lisa on the new toy, oops, essential piece of farm equipment.  May it serve the farm for years to come!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Red Sky In The Morning...

Red sky at night, sailor's delight.  Red sky in the morning, sailor's take warning.  This morning I woke up to a red sky and the beginning of a rainy day.  Tropical Storm Nate, once Cat 2 Hurricane Nate, has arrived in eastern Tennessee.  We will not complain because we need the rain as it has been dry here for several weeks.  We do not necessarily want the storms and high winds but we will just have to wait and see what happens today.  Welcome rain...for now!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Peak Colors Are Coming

With Autumn in full swing the leaves on the trees are starting to change colors and fall.  The peak season for Fall colors is in another week but it is starting to get pretty around he farm.  There are a few trees that are just beautiful with their red, orange and yellow colors.  It has been a very dry Fall so I am not sure how it will affect the colors on the trees but I am hoping it will still be pretty.  I love the fall when the weather gets cooler, football is on, the baseball playoffs begin (Go Cubbies) and the Fall festivals around here begin.  We are going to Newport's Fall Festival today.  Check back tomorrow to see how it was!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Odd Jobs Around The Farm

While I was in Florida Tim had lots of time to work on some things around the farm.  He repacked the axels on the LCOW (Little Cabin On Wheels) which is good because we will be using it again in a couple of weeks but more on that later.  The LCOW is now ready to roll with new tires and the axels completed.  Thanks Tim!
Just before I left for Florida the battery charger for the golf cart died.  Tim actually said it literally blew up last week.  So since I have to have a charger to charge the batteries Tim did some research and found a new charge on ebay for a lot less then it would of cost through a retailer.  It came quickly and now we have a new charger for the golf cart batteries.  Thanks Tim!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Happy Birthday Shadow

Today is Shadow's birthday and he is 8 years old (56 in dog years).  Shadow IS the best dog ever and we love him so much.  We got Shadow about three months before we started this crazy life of making our RV our home and he has loved all the traveling that we have done.  Shadow is a traveling dog and loves to ride in the car no matter where we are going.  All we have to do is open the car door and he is in it.  Shadow has been able to visit almost every place we have seen unless dogs were not allowed.  We love you buddy and that you have been with us during all of our adventures.  Happy Birthday Shadow!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Secure Ride

Our drive back to the farm was another uneventful one which is good.  However, it was also a very secure ride.  There were police cars out all through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.  South Carolina almost had a police car on the side of the road every 2 to 3 miles.  Most of the police were on I-95 but there were still some on I-26 and I-40.  We have no idea why the police were out in force but they were pulling cars over on the side of the road and on exit ramps.  Luckily Lisa drove the speed limit, used her signals, etc. so we were good.  It was a secure ride!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Headed Back To The Farm

Our week in Florida is over and we are headed back to the farm.  We, Lisa and I, both enjoyed our families and of course time flew by.  Rory and I had a great time together and I will miss her but in a few weeks we will be together again.  For today, we have a long drive ahead.  Tennessee, here we come!

Monday, October 2, 2017

More Fall Decor

Before leaving for Florida I spent a day making a few more decorations for Fall and one was a glass vase.  The vase is one I had but after making my autumn glass I wanted to make a vase too and it turned out great!  It took longer to design and cut the vinyl than I expected but when the vase was complete I was happy with it. Check it out!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Screen Door Saga

Two years ago we attached a screen door to the Crafty Cottage so on nice days the door could be open but the bugs would stay out.  Unfortunately on it's way home from the store something in the truck made holes in the screen and I placed tape on the screen to fix the holes.  In the beginning of the summer this year Tim replaced the screen and all was good until one very excited puppy decided to run through the screen door.  We tried to repair the screen but it was a no go and I ended up placing tape on the door and screen to secure it.  That did not work especially with the door exposed to the elements.  Tim purchased more screen and yesterday replaced the screen correctly so when I get back to the farm I will have a good screen door again.  Since the Fall weather will start cooling down it is perfect timing.  Thanks Tim!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The LCOW Upgrade Part Two

Tim has been busy since I left mostly working on the LCOW (The Little Cabin On Wheels).  He made some more additions to make storage a bit easier.  Since we cannot put anything next to the bed to hold items like eye glasses, book, the remote, etc.  Tim has figured out a solution and added two large trays that he placed on the wall for more storage.  He also reorganized the storage under the bed to get some more space.  The LCOW will be ready for our next trip for sure now.  Look for an announcement soon.

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Tin Project

Tim and George went to the scrap yard a couple of days ago and both came back with some scrap tin roofing material.  Now I know why George wanted it but I was not clear why Tim did until yesterday.  He used the tin to cover the air conditioning box on the LCOW (Little Cabin On Wheels) to help protect the air conditioner and water proof it a bit better.  It looks good and since we will be using the LCOW in about three weeks protecting the air conditioner is always good.  I will announce a little later what our next trip will be in a couple of weeks.  Nice job Tim!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Visiting The Scrap Yard

While Lisa and I were driving down to Florida Tim and George went to visit the Metal scrap yard to look for some junk but they would say treasures.  In the past they have come home with lots of things needed to repair or replace items but they have also come home with items that there were ideas for  yet they still sit in the barn waiting to become useful.  Yesterday, as we were driving, we received a picture of our new fire pit.  Of course they were just joking but it would be one heck of a fire pit.  Instead they came home with some tin roofing material for future projects that will be shared soon.  Boys and their toys.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Headed South

Lisa and I are going on a little road trip south to Florida.  Tim and I were suppose to leave tomorrow but Lisa now has a Gator game to attend and so I am riding with her instead of Tim who will stay home.  He is going to miss seeing his Rory but in a few more weeks we will be together at Disney.  We have the Coffee bowling league this morning then we will hit the road!  Florida, here we come!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The LCOW Gets An Upgrade

The LCOW (Little Cabin On Wheels) got upgraded yesterday.  We have a big shelf over our heads in the camper and it has a lip the helps hold somethings in but there were several times during our travels that what was on the shelf ended up on the bed once we reached our destination.  Well Tim has fixed that issue now.  Yesterday he installed a cargo net that is hung across the shelf and will serve two purposes; 1. The help keep items on the shelf ONthe shelf and 2. To store items in the cargo net.  So now we have even more storage while getting more organized.  Nice job Tim and thanks!

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Sad Day For NFL Football

Do you remember when football was fun?  When you looked forward to Sunday games, Monday night games, Thanksgiving Day games and the Super Bowl?  Well those days are over for so many people and all for one reason; disrespecting the Flag.  Over 100 NFL players got mad at some remarks our President made and instead of being like most Americans and let it roll off their shoulders they decided to be babies and protest during our National Anthem.  The sad thing about it is that they are only doing it because of what the President said about the NFL players who were doibg it and not what it is suppose to really mean.  I see it as a total disrespect for our flag and country.  We are all fortunate to live in this great country where this kind of stupid protest is allowed because of the freedoms we are allowed in this country.  I love my Bears and I am proud to say not one Bear knelt during the National Anthem.  However the Jaguars went one step too far as to disrespect our country while playing in a foreign country so Bye Bye Jaguars.  The Titans were too chicken to even come out on the field during the National Anthem so Bye Bye Titans.  There were some Chargers that knelt so Bye Bye Chargers.  To the NFL players who feel the need to disrespect the flag because of some remarks why don't you do it on your own time and not in uniform?  If I protested at my job I would be fired and so would a whole bunch of Other Americans.  Think about that next time you are in uniform and want to protest.  You play a game that Americans love but you have now forced several fans to stop watching.  The NFL blew it yesterday and created the saddest day in NFL football.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Pinefeast, White Pine, TN

Now that it is Fall that means one thing here in eastern Tennessee, Fall Festival time.  For the next several weeks there will be a Fall Festival or two each week end in nearby towns.  The towns coordinate their festivals so they don't overlap with eachother.  Each Fall Festival is different even though some of the vendors are the same they still vary.  The first Fall festival we attended was yesterday in White Pine, Tn.  It was very nice and had some great vendors.  White Pine closed down Main Strret and set up booths.  There were over 70 vendors, a car show, bounce houses for the kids, live bands and story telling.  Story telling is a big event here in eastern Tennessee and it is pretty good.  We has a great time and will be back next year.  Now we only have a few more to attend until November comes.
We finished a nice day with a nice evening and a BBQ at the farm.  Our friends Larry & Linda came to join us and we enjoyed a beautiful fall evening with great food and a wonderful view.  To top the whole day off all of my college football teams won!  It was a good day!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Kingsman -The Golden Circle

We went and saw the new Kingsman movie yesterday and we enjoyed it very much.  It was an action packed movie with suspense and humor in it.  If you enjoyed the first Kingsman movie then you will enjoy this one too.  It picks up after the last movie with a new plot to control the world this time by a crazy woman.  Check it out!  

Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Fall Y'all

At 4:02 this afternoon Fall will arrive and around the farm it is beginning to look like Fall.  The leaves on the trees are changing and starting to fall to the ground.  The orchard has been harvested and now the wild life is enjoying whatever may be left.  The fence has been decorated for Fall and so have the homes.  One thing that really signifies Fall here?  The stink bugs have returned.  If you know what they are then you know this is one part of Fall that should be gone.  Tomorrow we go to our first fall festival which marks the beginning of the next few week ends of Fall festivals in eastern Tennessee, Yay!!!  Happy Fall Y'all!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Cargo Net

When you own an  SUV the one thing that may drive you nuts, or at least it does me, is buying groceries and placing them in the back of the SUV then when you get home the groceries are all over the place because it is such a lRge space and the groceries roll around.  Well, Tim has solved that problem for me by buying a cargo net for our Dodge Journey.  He surprised me with it Tuesday and it looks great and I know will work great as I had one when we owned our Dodge Durango.   Thanks Tim, I can't wait to go shopping and give it a try!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New Trees

New trees showed up at the farm yesterday and they were big.  George and Lisa wanted some trees to line the new area of the new driveway but did not really want to deal with saplings so they made the decision to buy some mature trees so it would look more uniform with the other trees that were planted years ago.  The truck arrived around 10:00 am and by 1:00 pm there were eight trees.  Now all George has to do is water them twice a day for a few weeks and all should be good.  It looks nice!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Surprise Packages

I received a surprise package from my sister Pam.  She is a Stampin Up demonstrator who spoils me rotten.  Her September SAS is this coming week end then in November is her big Christmas SAS. That is the one that I not only get to attend but I help with the cards and door prizes.  I have now received four Christmas sets that I will be making multiple sample from each set for possible cards at the next SAS.  Thanks Pam! This will keep me busy and even though we are experiencing Summer again if you should come by the Crafty Cottage you will probably hear Christmas music; it can be very helpful in creating.  Fa la la la la, Fa la la la!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Home Again

On the second Sunday of NFL Sunday Lisa and I went to see the movie "Home Again".  We think it was the right decision after seeing the scores of the Bears and Jaguars games.  The movie, starring Reece Witherspoon, was a light hearted comedy and a feel good movie.  It is a movie you could see with the family but judging by the attendees at the theater it could be classified as a chick flick.  I thought it was a good movie and will watch it again when it comes to HBO or released on Blu-ray.  If you are looking for a fun movie then go see "Home Again".

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Circular Drive

Remember all the digging George was doing around his house.  It was serving two purposes: 1. To create a bigger RV area and 2. To create a circular driveway.  The RV spot is still settling before anything can happen with that so for now it is complete.  The circular driveway is on its way on getting completed.  The first of two loads of gravel was delivered yesterday and shortly the driveway will be completed.  However, with the completion of the circular driveway is a new project and this time it is a project for Lisa and I but more on that later!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Summer Has Returned

After the past few weeks of "Fall" like weather Summer has returned to the mountains.  For the next several days it will be in the mid to high 80's and no rain in sight.  We are running the air conditioning again and are back to wearing shorts, t-shirts and flip flops.  The leaves have started to change so it will be interesting to see what happens with warmer weather.  With Summer returning we will continue to grill out on the week ends as long as we can.  I just hope with the warmer weather that the bugs will not come back.  I have to say I do not miss the gnats! It won't last long so we will enjoy it until the Autumn returns.  I am posting a picture of this morning's view.

Friday, September 15, 2017

More Cricut Items

I said in yesterday's post that I have been having fun playing with my Cricut and now that a few more gifts have been given out I can share those too.  Last year the double sided pumpkin/Snowman was a popular item at the fall craft shows.  I love the idea of dual decorations so I created my own Fall/Winter decorative signs.  I sent one to my sister Pam which she received yesterday and I gave one to Lisa.  I think they turned out great!  Love this Cricut!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

My Cricut Has A New Home

My Cricut has a new home.  It has made it's way to the Crafty Cottage and since moving it down there I have done nothing but play with it.  It requires  internet to use it and now that we are with AT&T I can use my phone as a hotspot.  I have had so many ideas and projects that I have wanted to do and now, since it has been moved, I have been doing just that.  Now I call it playing because it is like having a new toy.  Good thing I finished my sister's door prizes before I moved it to the Crafty Cottage.  I will post a few projects I have been working on.  I can't show them all because some are gifts that have not been given yet.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Autumn Colors Are Starting To Show

i know we are only in week two of September but since we have been experiencing Fall weather why not enjoy one of the best things about Fall or Autumn...the colors.  Some of the trees are starting to turn colors and so today I am showing a glimpse of what is going to happen soon.  It won't officially be Fall/Autumn for another week or so but for now I am enjoying the colors that are starting to pop up.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Good bye Irma!

I have been watching all the Irma coverage and I am both thankful and heartsick.  I am thankful that my family and friends are all okay and have survived Irma.  My girls were both without power for several hours but both have there power restored by 10:00 pm last night.  Jenny & Nate had some damage to their fence but that was about it so far.  Carrie and Daniel had no damage as far as I know. We are driving to Jacksonville this weekend to see them all.  Rory slept through the storm which is truly a blessing.  My family in Sanford are all okay and have some yard and pool clean up to do.  My friends are all good so far.  Prayer really does work.
I am heartsick over all the flooding and damage throughout Florida.  The Keys, Naples, Miami, St Augustine, and Jacksonville/Middleburg.  In Orange Park the road that leads to my old store is completely under water and my hometown for over 20 years, Middleburg, is flooded with roads closed.  It will be quite awhile until things return to normal.
Irma has come to Tennessee but all we had was rain and some wind.  I think everyone will be glad when Irma just completely disappears.  Good bye Irma!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Irma Is Coming For A Visit

So now that Irma has attacked the Caribbean and ALL of Florida she is not done yet.  She will be visiting us here in Tennessee tonight.  Irma has been a bitch of a storm and I still am waiting to see the damage she has left behind.  I did contact my kids who live in the Jacksonville area in Florida and it has been a long and scary night for them.  They have another couple of hours before Irma moves on and so far so good they are both okay and so are their homes as far as I know right now.  I have heard from quite a few of my Florida friends and they are also good so far.  Prayers worked!  So Irma be warned, we don't want you here so go away be cause there will not be a friendly Tennessee welcome to you.  Move on or better yet...disappear!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Fence Is Done!

The fence at Travis's house is up and already in use.  George and Tim finished putting up the fence late yesterday afternoon and now that it has been completed Travis's three dogs will now be able to run and play and Travis won't have to worry about the dogs.  This makes life so much easier for Travis and the dogs.  The fence is 350 feet and has three gates: two double gates and one single gate.  Good job Tim and George! 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Making Progress...Off The Farm

The fencing project going on at Travis's house is moving along well and should be finished soon.  George and Tim have been working long days to complete it.  The great thing is the weather has been cooperating really well.  It has been warm, in the 70's, and no rain.  Soon, Travis will have a fenced in yard for his dogs and Tim and George will return back to the farm working on more projects and there are a few!

Friday, September 8, 2017

We Have Florida Visitors

With Hurricane Irma heading toward ALL of Florida people are being evacuated and going where it will be safer.  Lisa's mother and daughter decided to get out of Jacksonville and came here to the farm for refuge and we are glad to have them. Sandy, Lisa's mom,  is staying at Travis's house and Kaitlyn, George and Lisa's daughter,  is staying in the RV that was just vacated by Travis's move.  Everyone has  their own space at night but they will all be together during the days.
As for my girls they will be staying in Florida and riding out Hurricane Irma but both will be safely housed and are prepared for the storm.  As much as I wish they were also up here at the farm taking refuge I understand why they are not.  This is a warning to my girls...I will be calling, texting, etc for updates and more.  To all of my Florida friends and family please be safe, be prepared and be protected.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A New Project...Off The Farm

Tim and George are involved in a new project but it is off the farm.  I announced last week the George and Lisa's son Travis bought his own home.  Well now that he is moved in George and Tim have a new project at the new house; putting up a fence.  George found a chain link fence on Craig's List so now he and Tim are working on getting the new/old fence up.  They just finished day three on the fence but things are going well but they still have a couple more days of work.  Once the fence is up it will allow Travis to let his dogs, he has three, play outside.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Warning To Irma and Jose

This is a warning to Hurricane Irma and Jose; don't mess with my trip to Florida!  I am headed to Florida next week to visit my kids and most especially my Rory.  It is called getting my "Rory fix".  I don't need you two storms to screw it up so make your turn east towards the Atlantic and move out to sea.  Rory is waiting for her Gamma to visit!
Seriously though, after the devastation that Hurricane Harvey did in Texas and Louisiana Irma could be worse due to it being a Category 5 storm. If you are in the path of the storm please take it seriously and get prepared.  Don't wait until just before it hits and start complaining you cannot find water or batteries.  To my Florida family and friends if you need to evacuate and don't have a place to go you are welcome here at the farm.  We will find room for you.  Just be safe!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Glass Castle

The movie, "The Glass Castle" was made after the autobiography of the book by the same name about the Wall family.  Jeannette Wall wrote the book and told the story of she and her Sibblings and their childhood.  I had not heard of the book so I had no idea what to expect of the movie.  I thought it was very good even though the content of the movie was tough.  It is an amazing story of survival by the Sibblings and what they could do together.  If you have not seen it, give it a try.

Monday, September 4, 2017

NFL Football Season 2017-2018

It is football season once again and that means it is time to share my team picks!  The first and most important team is The Chicago Bears...Da Bears.  I know they had a terrible season last year but they will and forever be the team I love and follow!  The second team is the Jacksonville Jaguars and that is because I lived in Jacksonville when they got the team and have followed them ever since and also this is my Children's team.  Jaguars to them is like the Bears to me.  The third team is the Tennessee Titans and that is just because I live in Tennessee and that is the only reason.  My new team, this year to follow, is the Los Angeles Chargers.  That is right the Los Angeles not San Diego and the  only reason I am following them is I figure they need fans.  Since they ran out on San Diego and went to LA where even the Rams are not that well received it will be a struggle for the team.  So I am not doing it as a rub in your face San Deigo just an okay they need a fan.  My line up may not be seen as a bunch of winners but just you wait, you never know what the underdogs can do.  Go Bears!!!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

It's College Football Season!

College Football 2017 season has started which means Saturday's for the next several weeks will be filled with watching football and that is a good thing.  Tim loves College football even more than NFL Football which means most of his Saturdays will be spent watching the games.  I will be revealing what teams I will be following which are all repeats from last year.  So, what are my teams?  Well here we go!
Northern Arizona University (NAU Lumberjacks) my alma mater
Northern Illinois University (NIU Huskies) my second alma mater
University of Florida (Gators) because I lived in Florida and you have to follow a college team - sorry Seminole fans.
University of Michigan (Wolverines) because Jim Harbough is the coach
University of Tennessee (Volunteers) because I now reside in Tennessee
Naval Academy (Navy) because we are retired Navy
I will be keeping a weekly tally of wins/losses, rankings and maybe a recap or two so if you ever need to know the outcome of a game and don't want to watch ESPN then stop by here for the info.
Go Lumberjacks, Huskies, Gators, Wolverines, Vols, and Navy!!!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

A New Homeowner

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Travis, George and Lisa's son, on buying his first house.  Way to go Travis!  Travis moved to the farm last November and was planning on building a home but he is a programmer and needs reliable internet to do his job.  Unfortunately living in a rural area the Internet here is either on your phone or a satellite based one.   Neither are that fast which in Travis's business is not good.  He needed a cable base Internet and decided to live just a little less rural.  Yesterday he closed on a beautiful three bedroom home where he can live with his three dogs and work with the proper tools needed to do his job.  Congratulations Travis!

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Crop That Couldn't

Who does not like corn on the cob?  To me it is one of those simple pleasures.  In the summer there is nothing better than a fresh ear of roasted corn on the cob dipped in butter; yum!  We had high hopes for our corn crop this year and it was a group effort to get the ground prepared, planted and growing.  The con was even planted in intervals as to not have it all at once.  It was a great plan and the planting part went well.  The rest is more of a war between nutrients and pests.  There are a few reasons we were unable to enjoy the fruits of our labor and this year we did not even get one ear of corn.  Now that is a crime.  The soil was lacking some nutrients for growth and the raccoons and turkeys had there eyes on the corn and they won.  George trapped 12 raccoons but then gave up once we saw the crop was not going to happen.  So as we buy corn on the cob at the store the raccoons and wild turkeys are enjoying what we thought we would.  One day, we will grow corn AND we will eat it.  Be warned raccoons and turkeys this will happen so enjoy what is left this year because next year...well, let's just wait and see.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

I Subbed!

The Coffee League has started again and this year I am not a member of any team.  I gave up my spot on the Pin Busters to Lisa because I knew in advance that I was going to be gone for a while in November and December.  This move left me as a sub for the league but also without a team which was weird and a little lonely.  However, I put my big girl panties on and accepted it.  Yesterday I got to sub for another team.  Of course I wanted to do my best and help that team to a victory and I did but not the way I thought I would.  I can bowl but I am not quite consistent yet and I can have great game and I can have terrible games.  Being a sub I wanted to play my best but my ball had a mind of its own and the alley and pins fought me too.  Needless to say I bowled my worst games.  This was my first time bowling this year which means these three games would establish my handicap.  While I suffered through the games my handicap began to grow and as I am apologizing to my team for the day my handicap gave them the win. Now I am wondering if I will sub again?  Only time will tell.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Chain Gang At The Farm?

While  I was leaving the Crafty Cottage to go up to lunch I looked over and on top of the hill just below the RV were Tim and George digging and moving rock with shovels.  The scene reminded me of seeing the movies with prisoners out digging along the road.  As I drove past them, in my golf cart, I had to stop and make a comment and of course they agreed; they did feel like they were on a chain gang.  The good thing is they finished moving the rocks and George and Lisa's driveway is coming along really well. Good job George and Tim!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Surprise Goodie Package

I received a great surprise yesterday when I received a "goodie package" from my sister Pam.  Inside the box was some vinyl and new cartridge for my Cricut, lots of Halloween decorations, some fun things for Rory and some Stampin Up ribbon. It was a wonderful surprise and I had a lot of fun opening it.  I have already started to play with the new cartridge and vinyl last night.  Thanks Pam for the present!  You are the greatest!!!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Not Quite The Last Harvest Yet!

The harvesting is winding down but we are not quite finished yet.  We still have some tomatoes and green peppers hanging in there along with some cantaloupe and watermelons.  Watermelons are just becoming ripe and we have three different types of watermelon this year.  I will do a future blog on the watermelon and what we will do with them all.  If they all survive we will have a few!  A couple of things that have never happened before happened while down in the orchard one being I lost the back end of my golf cart.  I was driving up from the corn field and the entire backend came off and just flipped over.  I had too much weight due to the watermelons.  Tim was able to fix it easily; thank you Tim.  When we were down there picking it up one of the watermelons rolled all the way to the bottom of the orchard into the woods.  Tim went after it; thank you Tim.  Have you heard the term things happen in threes?  Well they do!  A little later our patio umbrella decided to take a little flight of its own lucky Tim caught it before it did too much damage or got destroyed itself; thank your Tim!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Being Creative

Since Friday I have spent my days in my Crafty Cottage working on being creative.  It is SAS time again for my sister Pam and I am once again working on her door prizes.  The good thing is she has been so generous to me and sending me new stamp sets to use so I am also having fun playing with my new "toys".  So, even though I have work to do it is like playing.  I have made some great cards and some bad cards; all in my opinion.  I even received a surprise package from Pam with a brand new stamp set that I am now currently working on more cards with.  I have designed two of the three door prizes and once I have the third I will be busy working to complete all the sets.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Summer Bowling Is Over

The Thursday night summer bowling league is over and the champions were...all of us.  This was a league that sometimes was as small as 5 and sometimes as big as 12 that just enjoyed getting together to bowl.  The bowling alley gave us a league rate and were very accommodating to us; Thanks Victory Lanes.  We would bowl three games together and cheer all the great scores and console the for the bad scores. We just did it for fun and it was.  I am going to miss this league and look forward to it next summer.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Special Edition: Happy Third Anniversay!

Today is the third anniversary of this blog Just Another Day At The Farm.  It does not seem like it has been three years but it has and now I have to wonder where the time went. I know the saying "the older you get the quicker times goes" and I guess this is a perfect example of it!  In the three years since we have been here at the farm a lot has gone on and almost every single thing was good.  Okay, now I am sounding like a Pollyanna but it is pretty much true.  Of course this blog could not have happened without all who live here at the farm so I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Tim, Shadow, George, Lisa, Angel, Roxie, Chance, Travis, Nix, Gaia, and Ajax.  We have had a great three years together so why not go for another three...or more!  Happy Third Anniversay to this blog Just Another Day At The Farm (justanotherdayatthefarm.blogspot.com).

Thursday, August 24, 2017

And The Dirt Moved

A few weeks ago George had rented a backhoe to do some digging and boy, did he dig.  He had finally finished two areas that he has worked on for well over a year.  The RV pad that he created was enlarged by quite a bit and the driveway near the house was made wider and a great turn around spot for vehicles was created.  What was also created was a lake, after so many days of rain, that almost dominated the new portions of the driveway.  George had some fill dirt delivered to help reduce the lake and so he could smooth out the drive.  One load was delivered at the height of the solar eclipse.  It is looking a lot better and dirt load by dirt load the lake is disappearing and the drive way has been created.  So the dirt did move!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Disney Fast Paases

We are planning a Birthday trip to Disney World in October and I have say that the Disney experience app is making our planning so much easier.  We are coordinating for 7-9 people and so the app has been so helpful. Since we are all staying at a Disney resort and all have park passes we could make up to three fast passes at each park 60 days out.  So this morning Jenny and I were on the phone  with eachother talking and she booked the fast passes.  There is a strategy to this and Jenny has figured it out so we are all happy that she was willing to book the passes; thanks Jen!  With the fast passes booked that is one more plan to check off our list.  Now I have to get ready to bowl because the Coffee League begins today!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Solar Ecplise

Tim and I spent the afternoon yesterday observing the solar Ecplise but had to do it the old fashioned way since we could not get the solar glasses.  Tennessee was one of the states  with the total Ecplise and where we live it was 98.5 totality.  We did not get the total darkness but it did get a lot darker and the temperatures dropped  5 to 7 degrees.  The lighting outside was weird where the bright colors just disappeared.  It got dark enough to turn my light sensor light on at the Crafty Cottage.  It was cool to experience the eclipse. We liked so much that we are talking about a trip to the Great Lakes for the next one in 2024.  A once in a lifetime event has happened in Tennessee and we are glad we got to experience it first hand.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Working For Salted By Jen

I have the honor of making all of the jewelry cards for Salted by Jen.  It is my daughter Jenny's company and she does really good work: Saltedbyjen.com.
Anyway, I had to get some new cards to her because she is low on inventory.  So I spent my week end working on getting a big order to her.  It takes some time to make the cards.  I spent about three hours on Saturday, I had to run and get supplies so if you count that it would be seven hours then.  Sunday was my long day.  I knew it would be and left it wide open because of it.  I spent 12 hours in the Crafty Cottage working away at the cards.  I made 700 jewelry cards for her with two different types.  Each card has to have its corners rounded which is hand done which equals 2800 corners.  This is what takes the most time.  The process is easy just time consuming:  Cut the paper to size, round corners, stamp both sides and package.  I did take a break for lunch and dinner and I am not complaining because I enjoy helping out Jenny whenever I can.  If you get a chance check out her website and if you are looking for nice gift she has lots of options for you. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

A Nice Evening

Saturday was a day that was not predictable at all except for the evening.  What started as a day where nothing was planned until the evening, okay except a manure run and a vet visit, things changed rapidly and Tim and I ended up driving to Waynesville, TN, Lisa & Travis went furniture hunting for Travis and George went to Bristol, TN for the NASCAR race.  Yup, that all happened yesterday but the evening was perfect.  Larry & Linda came over for a BBQ and we spent a nice evening together grilling steaks and enjoying the nice night on our deck.  We got all caught up on what is going on with everyone and did it while enjoying the view.  Thanks for coming over Larry & Linda.  We always enjoy your visits.  It was a good night!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Pickles Queens Were At It Again

With the amount of pickling cucumbers that we picked the other day we knew we had enough to make at least one batch of pickles.  We decided to make another batch of dill pickles because that is the ingredients we had to do so.  We pretty much have the pickling down to an easy routine that we can now complete a batch in less than two hours and we did yesterday.  This may be the last batch we make as our cucumbers are starting to slow down but I guess we will have to wait and see.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Golf, Bowling & Pizza

We had a day of activities yesterday but not at the farm.  Tim and George played golf in their Senior Golf League.  The League runs from March to October and matches happen every Monday and Thursday.  The nice thing about this league is you can pick and choose which ones you want to lay. Since the matches are held at golf courses all over the area they can be as close as 20 minutes or as far as two hours away.  That is why they can choose which ones they want to play.  While they were golfing Lisa and I ran into Morristown to grocery shop.  When the guys got home it was our turn to leave and go bowling.  The Coffee league begins next week but we still have one more week of the summer league to go. After bowling we went and had pizza.  It was a fun day away from the farm!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Getting Back To Work

We all got back to work at the farm which just means things are back to normal now that we are back from vacation.  Lisa and I went to harvest after several days of rain and it ended up being a pretty good harvest.  We got lots of pickling cucumbers which means more pickles and the tomatoes were enough to do something with them.  Tim and George got busy getting rid of the last tree that was left from the five that had fallen and after being cut up created the log wall along the driveway by George and Lisa's house.  After cutting up what they could they then burned the rest of what was left.  So, the tree is out of the orchard and they are done with trees for awhile or so we thought.  Last night when we were on our deck talking we heard two more trees fall down in the holler.  No rush on those yet. I got back to work in my crafty cottage and got a couple of projects done so it was a busy but good day for all.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rain, Rain And More Rain

After spending two weeks away from the farm I heard we had missed a lot of rain but we got to experience the rain we missed yesterday.  What was weird is that it would rain when least expected. An example would be that it was sunny and I went down to visit Lisa and while I was at her house it just began to pour.  That was the pattern of the day.  So we ran in and out dodging the rain but we managed to get the little camper and car unloaded and four loads of laundry done.  So even though it rained we still had a productive day.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

We Are Back At The Farm

After a long day of driving, yesterday, we are back at the farm.  We pulled in just before dark last night and decided to just unload what we may need.  Today we will unload the rest of the car and little cabin on wheels, do laundry, and check out the farm to see what has happened around here while we were gone.  It will be a busy day getting settled back at the farm.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Returning To The Farm

Today we begin our final leg of our 3/5's GreatvLakes trip as we head for the farm.  We have not decided to do it in one day or two so we will either be back at the farm late tonight or early afternoon on Tuesday.  Only the road will decide and how well the drive goes.  Tennessee, here we come!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Rain Delay

Due to a lot of rain happening at the farm not much else has.  The rain has stopped George from doing much outside and the garden only needs harvesting every six days so i guess you could say that the farm is on a rain delay.  i guess this is mother nature's way of making sure everyone gets a break at the farm.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Farm Happenings

So, what is going on at the farm?  That is a really good question and one that I will answer in a couple of days when we return to the farm.  Until then maybe I should make something up so here it goes:
A mass landing of alien ships have landed in the garden and have started to destroy producing plants. These aliens have dusquised themselves as squash bugs and have discovered that the stems of Zucchini, pumpkin, yellow squash, acorn squash and butternut squash are delishious and can feed the whole alien nation.
And that is what is happening at the farm!

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Food Saver

A few weeks ago on Facebook I saw a video on a new product that helps protect food.  I thought it was so great and shared in on Facebook; which is the only way to save things for later. Anyway, my wonderful, beautiful, talented, charming daughter (just in case she reads this) ordered me some as a surprise and it was and I love it.  They work great and they do keep the food fresher.  This food saver is great when you need half a tomato, cucumber, pepper or onion and don't feel like cutting up the rest.  Just place a food saver lid on the other half and it keeps it fresh until you use it in the next couple of days.  She ordered them from Amazon which ended up costing less then ordering directly from the food saver site.  Thank you Jenny for the great gift.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

We Have Tomato Sauce

We have tomato sauce thanks to Lisa making some the other day.  Last year we made quite a few jars but with the garden under producing this year our tomato sauce is slim.  The good thing is she will have some jars to enjoy. I know I said I would have the zucchini lasagna recipe today but I am having wifi issues so look for the recipe tomorrow or Saturday.  By postponing the recipe I have been adding up the ingredients.  We have zucchini and we have tomato sauce.  I know we can make cheese so; Lisa are you up to it?  Haha

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Zucchini Bats

I am not sure if I could make up a new game using zucchinis as bats but if I could we could grow them.  In a two day period we have had some zucchinis that grew from 6 inches to almost 15 inches long.  I have no idea why but we were shocked when we went down to pick them.  So what do you do with a huge zucchini?  Well you takes pictures then play with it a bit but then you make it into zucchini lasagna noodles and make lasagna.  Come back tomorrow for the recipe.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

An Anniversary Is Coming Up!

Lisa & George just celebrated their 30th Wedding anniversary last week and Tim and I will be celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary next Sunday but neither one of these is what I am talking about.  The anniversary I am talking about is this blog and Tim & I arriving at the farm; can you believe it will be three years?  During this month I will share some memories of the past three years at the farm along with our everyday tales!  Three years soon?  WOW!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Farm Flashback - The Bear

We now have three bears at the farm.  Are we concerned?  Not at all in a matter of fact we wanted these bears at the farm.  Now I know I said three but right now I can only reveal one.  Lisa's birthday present from George and made just for her; cutest bear ever! It hangs out by the back door on the porch welcoming all who comes and visits...or does he???

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Bread & Butter Pickles - Low Carb

While I am out seeing the great North Lisa has been busy making more pickles.  This batch of pickles  are Bread & Butter pickles but she made them low carb by replacing the sugar with Splenda.  She made 6 quarts and last night was the true test of how they turned out.  She said they were really good and George could not tell the difference from the sugar B&B's.  Last year we made some B&B's with stevia and they were awful; we threw them out. I guess this year we will be enjoying the B&B's instead of tossing them.  Way to go Lisa!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

No News Is Good News

I go by the old saying "no news is good news" a lot because I figure if I don't hear from anyone, like friends or family, that all is well.  In most cases it is.  So since I am not at the farm I cannot share what is going on so I am using the no news thing and report nothing for today.  Mean while, please follow my travel blog as Tim and I are having a great trip.  Travels With Ruth :
travelswithruth-ruth.blogspot.com.    We start our third leg of our trip!

Friday, August 4, 2017

A Nice Harvest

Since I am on vacation Lisa had to harvest on her own and it looks like it was a good one and she will be busy processing the harvest.  There is a good amount of tomatoes and cucumbers which means one thing...pickles and tomato sauce.  Our pickles, although not as many as last year, are good and The tomato sauce should be too if Lisa uses the same recipe.  We have done one substitution this year.  Instead of using sugar we are using spleda.  With Lisa watching her carbs this switch works well and the taste is still good.  Have fun Lisa!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Cantaloupe Is Great!

Even though we have been struggling with the garden the cantaloupe has been doing well and I have been fortunate enough to enjoy it.  I have had both kinds now; the regular size and the mini.  We even had enough before I left on my trip to take with and enjoy on the road.  There will a lot more cantaloupe before I get back but Lisa will make sure someone will be able to enjoy it.  Whoever does, they are the lucky ones. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Welcome Chance

While Lisa and our neighbor Cheryl were out walking the other day they came upon a tiny kitten that had been abandon along the side of the road.  This is the second kitten they have found in the last month.  The first kitten they found they gave to a neighbor.  This kitten has been welcomed into Lisa's home and joins Angel, their 14 year old cat and Roxie their 3 year old dog.  Chance is four weeks old and weighs about 1 pound.  He had been bathed to get rid of the fleas and is being dewormed.  He still need special kitten food because he is so young but with the loving family that has just adopted him he will be receiving all the love and support needed.  Welcome Chance!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Dirt Has Been Moved

The backhoe has been at the farm for over a week now and  of  the dirt moving project has been completed but it took a real effort to get it completed.  The day after receiving the backhoe it broke down and it took two days to get it repaired.  Once the backhoe was repaired the dump truck decided to break down.  The good thing with the dump truck is that Tim was able to fix what broke.  With all the set backs the dirt moving project did get completed and the backhoe was picked up this morning. 
Now there is a big turn around area down by George's house so even if a semi truck comes to the farm it can turn around.  The RV pad has been expanded and will create a nice area big enough for the RV, the shed and a nice yard for the dogs.  Great job George and Tim!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Preparing For The 3/5's Great Lakes Trip

Tim and I are getting ready for the 3/5's Great Lakes Trip that starts tomorrow.  We will be taking the Little Cabin On Wheels and heading north to Michigan and Wisconsin where we will spend two weeks traveling through.  We chose Michigan because we have not visited that state during our travels and Wisconsin will be family visits.  It is called the 3/5's Great Lakes trip because during our travels we will be visit 3 of the 5 Great Lakes; Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.  We spent some of yesterday and will spend all day today packing for the trip.  I will still be keeping up with this blog everyday but to follow along with us on our trip please follow my Travels With Ruth blog:  travelswithruth-ruth.blogspot.com.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Garden Time

The garden is slowly coming along and our harvesting is hit and miss.  As you know we have lost one pumpkin plant and two zucchini plants but we have also lost half of the corn, all of the green beans and the squash is getting iffy.  The culprits, well let's just say between the squash bugs, raccoons, and poor nutrients in the soil this year's garden is struggling along.  We have already been making plans for next year's garden and we know what we have to do to get rid of some pests.  George has a plan to get nutrients back in the soil so next year's garden should be a lot better.  As far as this year's garden we will appreciate all we get from it when we harvest.

Saturday, July 29, 2017


We went to see the movie "Dunkirk" yesterday and not really knowing the story I had to closely follow the movie.  It was an amazing feat that the British people did to save their own and it showed the cruelty of war.  What amazed me was some of the protocols of war and the handling of the troops.  Seeing 400,000 men standing on a beach waiting for the boats to come rescue them all while the German planes fly over head dropping bombs and taking target practice with them showed the bravery and the will to survive these men had.  It was a powerful story and depicted in a way to show what these brave men endured to stop Germany.  It has given me even more respect for the men and women who are serving or have served in our Military.  Thank you!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Rest In Peace Pumpkins

We had an emotional day in the garden.  We had to say good bye to one of the pumpkins plants and it looks like we may be doing the same to our other one.  The culprit or murderer?  The squash bug!  This is the second year we have planted pumpkins and this is the second year we have been defeated by the squash bug.  The pumpkin plant that was removed yesterday had six pumpkins on it with four looking really good, one had already been eaten by some baby squash bugs and one that was still green and growing.  After much research we do now know how to treat the soil for next year and what we need to do battle with the squash bugs.  So, this is a warning to the squash bugs.  Be afraid...be very afraid because we will be hunting you and killing you to rid you from our garden.
For now, rest in peace Pumpkins!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Relish Is A Success

We taste tested both relishes yesterday and they were both delicious.  The dill pickle relish had a great dill flavor and is going to be very good on burgers, hot dogs, sausages and added to tuna salad.  The zucchini relish is the star of the relishes.  It is sweet and delicious and will be good on anything and everything.  It was good alone too.  Last year we were at a craft show in Gatlinburg and purchase some zucchini relish.  The recipe called to mix it with cream cheese which we did.  It was a great dip or spread for crackers.  We will be doing this with our relish this week end.  The zucchini relish was so good we are making more today.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Making Zucchini Relish

It was another first for Lisa and I.  We made Zucchini relish yesterday and we will know sometime today how it turned out.  I tried zucchini relish last year for the first time and it was good.  It was even better mixed up with cream cheese as a dip or spread on a cracker.  It was not hard at all and it basically followed the same process as when we made pickle relish on Monday.  If both relishes turn out to be good we will have a dilemma of what to make...relish or pickles.  Check back and see how the relishes, dill pickle and zucchini, tasted!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Making Pickle Relish

Making pickle relish is a completely different process then making pickles.  I was surprised on how different it was.  With pickles you pack the jars, make the brine and pour it into the jars, process, cool and that is it.  With relish you chop up the cucumbers, thanks to the food processor it made this part easy, place the chopped cucumber in a bowl with salt and turmeric, add water, cover and let it sit for two hours.  After two hours you rinse and then add other ingredients to a large pot along with the chopped cucumbers and cook on the stove.  After the pickle mixture is cooked it gets placed in jars then processed and cool.  Later today Lisa and I will test out our dill pickle relish.  Today, we will try something new again- zucchini relish.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Dirt Is Moving

George is making progress with getting the dirt moved dispite the fact that the backhoe that he rented has given him nothing but trouble.  Tim and George have had to do a lot of repairs to keep the backhoe going.  When calling the rental place they were of no help.  Luckily George has pretty much gotten what he wanted done but since he will be responsible if the backhoe breaks he has decided to quit using it before that happens and at the rate the backhoe is leaking fluids and tires going flat why take the chance.  The RV area has been beefed up with a lot more dirt and the pond is gone.  Also his driveway is bigger with a turn around spot.  A definate improvement!  Way to go George & Tim!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Slab Is Poured

The cement slab needed for the garage floor at George and Lisa's house was a three day project.  The first day a team came out and spent a couple of hours setting up the forms for the garage floor.  The next day, very early as promised, a big crew showed up and prepared the area and then the cement truck showed up and the slab was started.  It took two loads from the cement truck and about 6 hours work on pouring, smoothing and continual smoothing of the slab.  On the third day, again early, one guy came out and added cuts in the slab.  With that, the slab is almost ready to be built on.  It looks huge but when it is all done George and Lisa will have a great three car garage.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Happy Birthday Lisa!

Today is Lisa's Birthday and I want to take this opportunity to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY LISA!!!
There has been a lot going on around the farm these past few days and while George has the backhoe things around the farm will be busy.  However, there will be a break to celebrate Lisa's birthday today with dinner, dessert and presents.  First present today; not having to harvest!
Lisa, Tim and I are truly blessed to have you as our very good friend and we cherish our friendship so very much!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Backhoe Has Arrived

The backhoe arrive early yesterday morning and George went right to work.  He is filling in the pond that was created by his original digging a couple of years ago and making a cul de sac to make it easier to turn around down at his house.  He is also getting ready to build a three car garage.  He wanted to get as much done yesterday where the new garage is going because the cement truck showed up early this morning.  Things are happening at the farm.  Check back tomorrow for an update!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

In A Waiting Mode

Now that the two big projects are underway the prep work has been completed and now it is a waiting game.  The backhoe should arrive sometime this morning and the team coming out to pour concrete should also be here some time today.  If they all come at once this will be a busy place.  So we are in a waiting mode to see what happens next.  Meanwhile, Lisa will be busy prepping veggies (squash, green peppers and green beans) for freezing.  There is an abundance of yellow squash and she makes a squash casserole that I will share the recipe with you next week.  Maybe I can even get her zucchini lasagna recipe to share too.  She made it last night and it was delicious! Thanks for dinner Lisa!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Something New Is Going On

George and Tim are going to be busy for a little while.  Two major projects have or will begin in the next couple of days.  The first project is an ongoing one dealing with moving dirt and creating spaces.  Once the backhoe gets delivered George and Tim will be busy moving dirt and continuing to build up the RV spot at the top of the hill where Travis's place is.  If you remember that spot was created last fall but did not settle well.  After sitting all winter and spring it is ready for more dirt to build it up where it will then settle again for a while.
The second project is brand new and was just created over the week end.  George is expanding on his home building a two car garage.  To do so the existing deck, that has never really been used, needed to be removed along with the wood storage area.  Later today the emptyspace created will be poured with concrete for the pad of the garage then laborers will be here to stud the walls of the garage. 
So, as you can see there is a lot going on at the farm and that is not even mentioning the harvest that Lisa and I picked yesterday.  It is a busy, busy farm right now!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Visiting The Sunflower Fields

In Knoxville, TN there is an area of the city that has 331 acres devoted to wildlife development.  Each year the River Wildlife Management Area plants fields of sunflowers. The sunflowers are beneficial for attacting Mourning Doves, Gold Finches, Northern Cardinals, Indigo Buntings and other songbirds. It also attracts deer and turkeys.  When the sunflowers are in bloom they also attract thousands of visitors a day.  It is really something to see and to walk among the sunflowers towering over you is a cool feeling.  Lisa and I visited the fields for the first time last year but did not see all the fields.  Yesterday we went back to see the fields we missed.  Although we caught the sunflowers towards the end of their season we still loved walking all the fields and enjoying the sunflowers. The fields of sunflowers are still an awesome sight and seeing all the birds flying around and the bees pollinating the flowers is Amazing.  We will be back next year!

Monday, July 17, 2017

We Have Cucumbers

We have cucumbers which means one thing; there will be pickling!  We decided to let the garden go one more day before picking it and we are glad we did.  We were able to pick enough pickling cucumbers to be able to pickle.  Being pickle queens it means a lot to us.  We also got the first okra which all I can say is yuck!  The harvest was pretty good.  Unfortunately, we have raccoons so I will keep a raccoon counter, posted at the side, to keep track of what was trapped and released by the river. We are at five so far in our first week.  Look for pickles soon!

Look for the next chapter to the "Bowling Shoe Saga" later this week!  It will be a page turner!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Spider-man Homecoming

We went and saw Spider-Man Homecoming yesterday and it was good and the latest of the Marvel movies.  This younger Spider-Man was introduced in the latest Avengers movie and now, along with several other newer characters from that movie we get to know the story of Spider-Man.  This movie was good but a bit different from the other Spider-Man movies.  In the movie Tony Stark played a bigger role then expected but it helped the movie.  There is also a glimpse of what may come in the next Avengers movie.  If you are a fan of the Marvel movies then definitely go see this movie.  One side note with the audience yesterday that was so cute.  In the movie the work "porn" was said.  A little boy sitting behind us asked his mom what porn was.  She answered with corn, he said corn.  The other little boy sitting next to his brother said to his brother I though I heard porn and the father spoke up and said corn also.  Cute and the right way to handle it in my opinion.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Trying Hello Fresh

Tim and I tried Hello Fresh a new way of eating.  Hello Fresh is a mail order company that delivers fresh ingredients to your door to prepare dinner.  They call themselves the "farm-to-box" company that sends you fresh ingredients that inspire great meals.  You sign up and order the meals on line then you receive a box full of ingredients and easy to follow recipes to make the meals you chose.  I was fortunate enough to receive a free 3 night meal plan to try.  Once we received the box it is well packed, insulated and iced, to keep the ingredients fresh.  Each meal's ingredients are packaged separately except for the meat which is stored in a cooler area of the box.  UPS delivers the box to your door and the rest is up to you.  Our first meal was Carolina BBQ chicken with Mac& Cheese and green beans.  It was delicious, easy to fix - following the recipe, and I did not have to shop.  A three meal a week plan does run $59.95 a week so it is something that will not fit into our budget but if I could afford to I would subscribe for ease of meal planning, learning to cook new things and convenience.  If you get an opportunity to try this please do so.  Hello Fresh what a great way of eating fresh!

Friday, July 14, 2017

It Is Getting Better

The harvests are getting better.  Yesterday we harvested a couple of zucchini, some yellow squash, a cucumber, lots of green beans and tomatoes and a few green peppers.  It still isn't like our harvests last year but something is better than nothing.  We did lose the blueberries to either the birds or the deer. Either way, they are gone.  On the bright side the apple and peach trees are coming along nicely and this year we may have both apples and peaches!  So yes, the harvests are getting better!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Pickle Queens Are Back!

After an 11 month hiatus the Pickle Queens are back.  We had 5 pickling cucumbers to do something with so we decided to make Refrigerator dill pickles.  This was the first kind of pickling we had tried and now it is the way we start our pickling season making it three years in a row that we have done this method and it is very good and easy.  The process is simple: clean and slice the cucumbers, add some dill seed and minced garlic in the jar, add the cucumbers then make a brine and pour it into the jar.  Place the lids on the jars and place in the refrigerator.  24 hours later we have dill pickles.  We will test them out on Friday during our BBQ.  The Pickle Queens are back!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wow, What A Difference!

The pickle Queens are still on vacation but are ready to get busy once we have enough picking cucumbers to pickle.  We did cut down by a couple of plants but we think the bed that we planted in lost a lot of its nutrients so it is taking longer for the plants to get going.  There are a ton of flowers on the plants which should eventually turn into cucumbers.  I will post a comparison picture of last year's picking compared to this year's picking.  Wow, what a difference!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Bowling Shoes Saga

Who knew bowling shoes would be so hard to get here at the farm.  Lisa is finding out the hard way.  She ordered bowling shoes for Dick's Sporting Goods on line because they do not sell bowling shoes in their stores.  I did the same thing and got mine without an issue but this is not the case for Lisa.  The first pair cane but they were a size seven.  She contacted Dick's which had her returning the shoes to a store for a quicker refund.  While she was at the store they ordered a new pair for her.  Well yesterday her new shoes arrived...in a size seven again.  Lisa spent 90 minutes on the phone trying to correct this situation. The outcome: new shoes were ordered at a reduced price,  she received 1000 points on her rewards card and she still has to return the wrong shoes to the store.  Returning the shoes to the store would not be a big issue if the store was just down the street but here it is a 45 minute drive to Morristown.  So the saga continues and now we all get to wait and see if the correct shoes will be delivered or not!  Check back and see!

Monday, July 10, 2017

It's Raccoon Season!!!

First thing this morning I got a text from George with a picture of a raccoon in one of the trapping cages.  This means just one thing...it's Raccoon Season!  Now this is not a happy season for us because it means we are back to battling the raccoons for our corn.  Last year 40 rows of corn was planted but we only got 12-15 ears of corn.  The raccoons got the rest.  So we are at war again and we are hoping this year to have more.  Raccoons really are bandits.  One down and who knows how many to go!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The First Bountiful Harvest

Lisa and George picked the first bountiful harvest this year so far.  They picked more zucchini and yellow squash, cucumbers and the first batch of green beans.  We knew the beans were getting close to being picked but it was nice to see some that were ready.  We planted twice as many beans as last year so we are hoping that we get a lot.  The cucumbers are coming along but we are still not sure how much pickling we will actually do this year.  Once we get enough the "pickle queens" will be back in business.  Until then we may have to do something with yellow squash because that crop is doing very well.  Way to go Lisa and George on this harvest.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

An Easy DIY Decoration

Just before the 4th of July I came across a really easy project to do to decorate our 4th of July BBQ table.  Lisa helped and we made four decorative candle holders. We used 4 mason jars, we used the quart size, and purchased 4 small cloth U.S. Flags.  We also purchased some mod podge, colorful stones and some tealight candles.  We washed the jars and removed the flags from their rods.  We placed the flag in the middle of the jar then brushed a thin layer of mod podge over it and let it dry.  Once it was dried we put the stones in the bottom of the jar and placed a tealight on the stones and our easy DIY candle holder decoration was complete.  Try it!

Friday, July 7, 2017

We Have A Name

The puppy that found its way to the farm now has a name and a family.  Welcome Ajax, a six week old puppy that is flea ridden, needs to be de wormed and then needs to gain some weight.  The good thing is that Ajax is in good health otherwise and with clean up and loving Ajax is going to be great!  There was a decision that had to be made and that was who Ajax will belong to.  George & Lisa wanted him and so did Travis.  In the end Ajax is now Travis's dog and has two sisters now too; Nix and Gaia.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Farm Is Going To The Dogs

A little after 7:00 pm last night Travis had a visitor at his doorway,  A tiny puppy was sitting at his steps.  Now, we know none of the neighbors in the area have puppies so it was quite a surprise to see this puppy.  He is tiny, full of fleas and very hungry.  Travis took the puppy down to his parent's house, George and Lisa, and got the puppy cleaned up (after a flea bath) and fed.  The big question is what to do with the puppy or the bigger question is who gets the puppy? Will Travis keep the puppy or will George and Lisa keep the puppy?  I guess we will all have to wait and find out.  So check back tomorrow and see who the puppy will belong to.  Either way, welcome puppy to the farm.  That makes 5 dogs at the farm now so you see it really is going to the dogs!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

What A Nice 4th

We had a nice 4th of July watching movies during the rainy parts and enjoying a great BBQ with friends.  Thanks Larry & Linda, George & Lisa, Travis and Tim for a great day.  Even though the weather was not cooperative we had a great time anyway.  Tim grilled steaks that were delicious and all the rest of the food was great.  It did rain on and off during the BBQ but we were inside anyway so all was good.  We could not go see the fireworks because of rain and a thunder storm so we did the next best thing watched them on TV.  Thanks PBS, Channel 10 & NBC for the fireworks. It was a great 4th!  Happy 241 years America!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th Of July

Happy 4th of July aka Independance Day.  It is hard to believe that 241 years ago today our country declared Independance from Britain.  Since then, the 4th of July has been a celebration for our great country.  We have had ups and downs but we are still country strong whenever someone or things attack us.  So on this July 4th appreciate what a great country we have and help it to remain home of the free and the brave!  Have a fun and safe 4th of July!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Trying To Celebrate The Fourth

Lisa and I have been trying to celebrate the 4th of July by sttending the activities in our local town of Parrottsville that held their July 4th celebration on the 1st.  We missed the parade by 10 minutes but to be fair we did not know what time the parade was going to be.  We went to attend the other festivities but it began to rain and we decided riding on hay bales in the rain was not going to be much fun.  Our BBQ got rained out and so did the fireworks.  So I guess Mother Nature was telling us no celebration this year which would make it three years in a row that we have missed it.  Well we will show you Mother Nature, we are having our own BBQ on the 4th and we will create our own fun with good friends, good food and whatever else we come up with.  Check back and see how we did!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Chore Day

Before relaxing on this pre 4th of July week end some chores have to be done and Tim was busy doing them.  He cut and weed whacked the yard, fixed the steps leading onto the deck, they were the RV steps that were relocated when we built the deck onto the RV, and then painted them.  They look great! Tim also put rock guards on the little cabin on wheels.  He is getting it prepared to take the longest trip we have taken in it.  An announcement on that trip will be coming in the future.  With all the chores done Tim can have a relaxing week end.  Everything looks great Tim and thank you!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Rib Feast

Last night we were treated to homemade BBQ Ribs courtesy of our neighbor Cheryl.  It was a thank you for helping with her hay.  She made and grilled 6 racks of ribs for everyone.  I heard they were delicious.  I am not a rib person so I enjoyed a couple of hotdogs.  Along with the ribs Lisa cut up and baked some zucchini spears which were delicious and  I provided the baked beans because what is a BBQ without baked beans.  It was a good evening with good friends, good food and fun.  Thanks Cheryl for the ribs and to George and Lisa for hosting us all!
An added surprise today...I can post pictures again which means I can stay with blogger.com.  I did report the issues but never heard from blogger.  I am okay with it since it is now fixed.  Thanks blogger.com!

Friday, June 30, 2017

We Have Direct TV

We had Direct TV installed yesterday.  It is going to save us some money each month especially with my new AT&T account for my phone.  By getting direct and AT&T together is will save us over $50 a month.  We loved DISH but it was getting too expensive having it for tv and Internet and also having a data package.  If DISH could of worked a deal minus the phone we would of stayed.  Of course when Tim called and canceled they were willing to work with us but where was that a couple of months ago when we were looking for options?  Anyway, so far all has been good!  Hello Direct!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sill Waiting...

Well, I am still waiting to hear something from Blogger, the host of this blog.  I have been with Blogger.com for six years and have been very happy until now.  I can still blog but, for now, I am unable to post pictures which I feel enhances my blog.  I have sent another inquiry and hopefully will hear something soon.  If not, I will be changing blog host sites.  There are several out there I just have to choose one and set it up.  If you have any suggestions for a blog host site please let me know by commenting on this blog, emailing me, texting me or by facebook, twitter or Instagram.  I have one requirement, it needs to be a free host site.  Fingers crossed I get to stay with Blogger!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Things Go On...

...things go on here at the farm but for now I can only share with you through words because I still am unable to post pictures and I have some nice ones too.  Back to the farm...it was a busy day around here.  George was grooming Quail Way by getting all of the weeds and grass and trees cut down on the sides of the road.  It looks so much nicer now, thanks George!  Lisa has harvested our first big harvest picking over 10 pounds of veggies.  Tim has been  sprucing up the yard with cutting the grass, weed eating and he even planted some wild flowers.  I have been busy in the Crafty Cottage working on door prizes for my sister's SAS in July.  Travis has been busy working and unpacking more boxes now that he has things the way he wants them in his home. The dogs are all happy running around playing and laying in the grass enjoying the cooler but sunny weather.  See I told you there is plenty going on at the farm.  Hopefully I will soon be able to show you too!  It is just another day at the farm!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Troubles With This Blog

I am not sure what is happening with the pictures on this blog but as of yesterday I have been unable to add pictures to this blog.  I have sent in the feedback to the blog host site but have not heard back on it yet. I will be updating the blog daily and hope that a solution is found.  If it is not Just Another Day At The Farm will be moving to a new blog host site.  If you have any suggestions for one, please share!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Helping The Golf Game

Tim and George play golf in a Senior's Golf League where twice a week they have an opportunity to play a round of golf at several different golf courses in the area.  The golf courses are as far away as Kingsport and as close as Greeneville.  They don't play every week because they have the opportunity to pick and choose which courses they want to play.  Tim decided it was time to help his game out a bit by putting new grips on his clubs.  They are due and it is not a hard job but it does take a little bit of time.  Once they are all done hopefully it will help out his game with a better grip on the club.  The league they play in can be fun, frustrating, winnable, maddening, enjoyable, etc.  FORE!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Got Mulch?

The Welcome fence or sign fence or whatever we call it needed some life or color to it besides our holiday decorations.  We have had several discussions on what to do to the area to make to it more colorful but because it does not get a lot of sunlight it makes some flowers or bushes obsolete.  We enjoy decorating the fence for the seasons or holidays but it just needs more. George has come up with a plan and has started to put it in place.  He mulched the entire area.  Now this did two things, made it look better and because of the color of the mulch makes the decorations on the fence stand out.  Phase one is done...we got mulch!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

My New Fitbit

Last August Jenny and Nate gave me a Fitbit Charge because my other fitbit was giving me issues.  I love the Charge because it has a watch.  I wore it every day but in the last month the band started to fall apart from the fitbit unit.  These bands are not replaceable and I was so disappointed but I decided to contact Fitbit and see if anything could be done.  Fitbit was excellent and was going to replace my fitbit because it was still under warranty.  They sent it out the next day but I never received it.  After waiting 12 days I contacted Fitbit again telling them my issue and they asked me to track it down with Fed Ex and the Post Office and I did but got no where.  Fed Ex said it was delivered to the Post Office and the Post Office said it never received it.  I believe it was lost by Fed Ex because the tracking number is still saying in transit.  So, I contacted Fitbit once again and asked what could be done.  They looked into my issue and sent me another Fitbit but sent it 2 day delivery.  I got my Fitbit Charge yesterday and while setting it up I had another issue and contacted Fitbit support again and it corrected it with me.  Thank you Fitbit for backing your product and for also having a great support system to aid your customers and their issues.  If you want a good step tracker that backs their product and has a great support center then buy a Fitbit.  You will not be disappointed.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Waiting For Cindy

A couple of days ago I kept getting texts from my daughter in Florida about Tropical Storm Cindy and that it was heading their way.  Yesterday while talking to Jenny she was glad it did not move that far East but realized that it was heading for us.  So yes, way up here in Tennessee we are awaiting the arrival of Cindy.  Now we will not have the damage that Cindy caused on the Texas/Louisiana border but we will get rain and maybe a tornado.  It rained on and off yesterday and it is suppose to rain on and off today but late tonight early Saturday morning is when Cindy will be arriving.  Hopefully it will just be rain but we will have to wait and see.  So, we are waiting for Cindy!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

From Full To Empty Nester

The second batch of baby wrens have hatched, as you know, and they seemed to have grown rather quickly this time.  The nest, when checked, was so full that there was not any room for the birds.  Once we saw this we knew it was just a matter of time before the birds would fly the coop and they did.  Shortly after the full nest pictures were taken the birds took off.  We even had one of the wrens trying to start a new nest inside our grill.  We caught it in the very early stages and took it apart then fixed the grill so the wren could not get back in.  Now with the nest empty we are wondering if there will be more eggs.  The wrens in this area can lay eggs this late in June.  I guess we will just have to wait and see.  For now, we have gone from a full nest to an empty nester!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Patriotic Fence

On this first day of summer it was time to get the spring decor off the fence and make it festive for the summer.  We went with a partriotic theme.  We wrapped garland around the rails and bought some big bows to also place on the rails.  It looks so good and even better when you see it in person; pictures do not do it justice.  It only took Lisa and I about 15 minutes which was good because after 5 minutes we were dealing with gnats.  Did you know I dislike gnats? Anyway, we are ready for the 4th of July! Go U.S.A.!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A New Addition To The Bird Sanctuary

Lisa and George have set up a really nice bird sanctuary and while we were in Dillsboro they purchased a new birdhouse for the bird sanctuary.  It is actually a church birdhouse and it is really a nice one.  When we got back from Dillsboro George got right to work to hang the new addition.  It really looks nice and helps complete the bird sanctuary.
Today is the longest day of the year for daylight and it is also my son-in-law's, Nate, Birthday.  Happy, Happy Birthday Nate!  We love you very much and could not be happier or prouder to have you as our son.  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dillsboro, NC Arts & Crafts Festival

On Saturday we took a little road trip to Dillsboro, NC to attend their Arts & Crafts and Music Festival.  We have never been to Dillsboro and had no expectations of what to expect but what we attended was just that, an arts and crafts festival.  There were over 40 vendors selling pottery, sewn goods, bird houses, dog accessories, paintings, jewelry, furniture, candles and more.  Along with the vendors there were live bands playing all day and the local shops were also opened.  It was nice festival and Dillsboro is a nice small historic town in North Carolina.  For more on Dillsboro visit my blog Travels With Ruth this Thursday.  There is another festival in August that Dillsboro sponsors so we may be checking that out too!  It was a fun day!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day!

I want to take this opportunity to wish all the fathers a very Happy Father's Day!  A special shout out to some wonderful men in my life.  To Tim for being the best Dad to our girls, I love you very much! To my son in law Nate who is an outstanding Dad to our girl Rory, we love you Nate!  A special loving Happy Father's Day to both my dads, Warren Colley and Edward Winship who have loved  and guided me through life.  I love and miss you both everyday.  Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Planting Times Three

We planted the garden for the third time yesterday.  We are trying to make some crops grow longer and have staggered the growing times so we would not have so many of one item at a time.  Corn, green beans, lettuce and carrots are the main crops that we did this process with.  If they all grow the way we are hoping we should have these crops harvest well into August and maybe even September. I guess time will tell.  We did do our second harvest yesterday.  We picked some more blueberries, about 6 of them, and three cherry tomatoes.  I ended up just eating the blueberries and I am sure that is what Lisa will do with the tomatoes.  Later in the afternoon George was in the orchard with Lisa looking at the fruit trees and did pick the first peach.  It was not quite ripe but the parts that were tasted great.  Harvest time will be upon us before we know it!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Some Cricut Fun

Did I mention in this blog that I have a Cricut now?  Well, I do and I love it! My daughter, Jenny, bought a new one because she is starting a side business with a friend and wanted to have an updated Cricut for the business.  So, I received her old Cricut that she has had for a couple of years.  Well, needless to say, I am thrilled!  I have wanted one for several years but knew it was not in the budget.  So, with my new toy,  I have already been having fun learning and creating things.  My latest creation is my tea jar and tin bucket where I learned to layer vinyl.   The tea jar is simple vinyl and the images on the tin is done in layers and it was fun to put together.  Now that I have the Cricut I want to decorate everything!  The pictures posted are some of the projects I have created so far with my Cricut! 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Clear Phone

Yesterday Tim and I spent a couple of hours at an AT&T store in Morristown because we were switching my phone from Staight Talk to AT&T.  The associate helping us did a fantastic job handling us and about 10 other customers.  Straight Talk was giving us a bit of problem in porting my number but AT&T and the associate was persistent and got it done.  Now,  I liked Straight Talk but I did discover one thing after switching; my phone is a lot clearer when talking on it.  I can hear better and the ones I was talking to said I sounded clearer.  I guess having AT&T with the AT&T tower right near by makes a huge difference then using a third party through it.  Thanks AT&T!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Old Mill Square

The Old Mill Square is a shopping area that surrounds the Old Mill Restaurant that is a mill that was built in 1830 and has been in operation since then.  The Old Mill has demonstrations daily as to what and how the mill works along with candy making demonstrations and pottery making demonstrations.  The Old Mill is a big restaurant that serves homemade foods like your grandmother use to make.  Around the Old Mill are more shops and restaurants that also feature items made at the mill and lot of other merchandise too.  There is the Farmhouse Kitchen store, the Farmhouse Candy store, a huge pottery store, along with jewelry, clothing, soaps, metal sculptures, blacksmithing, and wood working stores. There is even a distillery and much more.  It is a nice area to spend some time shopping at but make sure you go hungry so you can enjoy a meal at the Old Mill.  We did not get a chance to but we will be returning to do just that especially since the cross stitch store I like is located a block away from the Old Mill.  If you are visiting the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area make sure you take time to visit the Old Mill and Old Mill Square.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Girls Day Out

While the guys were off golfing and since Kaitlyn (Lisa & George's daughter) was still in town we decided to have a girls day out.  We headed to Pigeon Forge and to the Old Mill Square (more on that tomorrow) then headed to the Apple Barn for lunch.  After lunch we went to Old Time Pottery where we walked the entire store and down every aisle.  We then headed to Joann's and then Hobby Lobby before heading back to the farm.  We had a great time and I enjoyed spending the day with Lisa and Kaitlyn.  Thanks ladies!

Monday, June 12, 2017

We Have More Baby Birds

We have more baby birds!  The second batch of eggs in the wren nest has hatched and it looks like they are all doing well.  Lisa got some pictures yesterday and the birds are bigger that we thought.  They are probably not far from fleeing the nest.  The next question is will that be it or will our mama wren have one more batch?  There is still time to do so which means we will be doing an egg check of the nest for a little while longer.  Welcome to the world little birdies.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Twine Holder

I was able to purchase several rolls of baker's twine in several colors but storing them so I would not forget them was troublesome.  So I came up with a storage idea and I had the items needed to make it so I did.  I used a wood plaque, a wooden dowel ( cut into two pieces), a drill and some wood glue.  Tim and I assembled the twine holder together by drilling two holes into the plaque, cutting the dowel in two and placing them into the holes filled with wood glue.  It took all of 5 minutes from start to finish.  Thanks Tim for helping and now I have a great storage area for my baker's twine!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Gadget That Works

My daughter Carrie gave me one of the best kitchen gadgets that actually works really well.  It is a watermelon slicer that will cut a watermelon in slices easily and almost no mess.  It is a simple tool that has a strange look to it but it slices through watermelon with ease and literally only took me maybe 30 seconds to slice up a quarter of a watermelon.  I will be using this tool going forward.  The best thing each slice is the same size too!  Thanks Carrie, I love it!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wonder Woman

I have never been a fan of comic books, with the exception of Archie when I was a little girl, but now that Marvel and DC Comics are bringing out movies I am becoming a fan.  I do like the Avenger movies along with Thor, Captain America, Ironman and Guardians of the Galaxy.  We went and saw Wonder Wonan and it was great.  So now I am looking forward to DC Comics Justice League.  Wonder Woman tells a story I never knew and it was well done.  The movie is action packed and the special effects are really good.  If you are looking for a fun and action packed movie with a good story then go see Wonder Woman!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg is an amusement park and snow ski area located in the mountains overlooking Gatlinburg, TN.  It was built in 1962 and it has a large mall with indoor amusements, a skating rink, restaurants and stores.  Outside there are ski runs, an alpine slide, a mountain roller coaster, some kiddie rides, a maze, miniature golf, a wildlife encounter and a scenic chairlift to the top of Mount Harrison (elevation 3590 ft). In the winter there are ten ski runs, a terrain park, three chairlifts and a multi lane tubing area.  To get to Ober Gatlinburg an aerial tram is taken from downtown Gatlinburg up to Ober Gatlinburg that is a 2mile ride and takes about 10 minutes.  The ride has some spectacular views especially if you get by a window. During the fires last fall in Gatlinburg it was reported that Ober Gatlinburg was totally destroyed but I am happy to say that is false.  The fires did surround the area but Ober Gatlinburg was safe and is in full operation.  The scenic chair lift to the top of Mount Harrison is a relaxing ride that leads to some spectacular views of the Smokey Mountains.  An added touch at the top, live music that is played all day. Ober Gatlinburg has so much to do in any season and is very family friendly.  This was our first time (Tim and I) and we will return.  It was a great day and a great place to spend anywhere from a couple of hours to all day.  If you are in Gatlinburg for a few day then visit Ober Gatlinburg and have fun!    To see more of our Gatlinburg visit please visit my Travels With Ruth blog.  travelswithruth-ruth.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Happy Birthday Carrie!

I would like to wish my daughter Carrie a very Happy Birthday.  It doesn't seem possible that you are turning 33 years old today especially since I am only 32 myself.  I hope you have a wonderful day and wish we were with you to celebrate your special day.  From the time you were born to currently you stole my heart and it will be forever like that.  You have grown into a woman that can do anything and you have your whole future ahead of you.  Keep doing your best, make good choices and just live.  Happy Happy Birthday Carebear! ❤️

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Dead Men Tell No Tales

We went and saw "Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Dead Men Tell No Tales" and if you are a Pirates fan then you will love it.  Even if you are not it is good.  We are and so we throughly enjoyed it.  We all liked it better than Pirates 4 and it kind of wrapped up the on going story from the first three movies and still left it open for another Pirates movie.  I don't want to say much more than that because I don't want to spoil it for anyone but if you want to go to a movie for fun and action then this is it!

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Plants Get Fed

After planting all the seeds and plants in the garden some of the tomato and egg plant plants were not looking very good so Operation help the tomatoes & eggplants began. Lisa was reading about the impact of heavy rains on the nutrients in the soil and found out that the rain will wash away key nutrients such as nitrogen. George & Lisa decided to use tomato & vegetable plant food and George sprinkled the granules around the plants and Lisa followed him with the liquid food both hoping it would work and it did. The plants are doing much better and we are all pretty sure there will be a bumper crop of tomatoes and eggplants.  Sounds like some eggplant Parmesan will follow too!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Dump Truck Lives On

As you know the dump truck on the farm has had its ups and downs and most of the time it has been down so the saga of the dump truck was created but if you remember a couple of months ago Tim and George ended that saga and yesterday went even further than the saga.  When repairing the truck used parts from an old truck that George had purchased, to be used for parts,  fixed the problems on the dump truck and yesterday it had its maiden voyage and it did a great job.  The maiden voyage was to pick up horse manure from a local rancher and instead of using the pick up truck and make several trips George and Tim were able to make one trip with the dump truck.  One small problem is the battery was weak and as the manure was getting loaded they did have to jump start the truck.  Other than that everything went well and now there is a working dump truck on the farm and a whole lot of horse manure!  Basically the Dump Truck lives on!