Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wanted to wish all who visit my blog a very happy Thanksgiving.  May your families, homes and lives be blessed.  We have so much to be thankful for.

I have a wonderful family, husband, home and farm that is very bountiful and peaceful.  I am so thankful for everything I have been blessed with.

Mostly I am thankful for the gift of Salvation.  I am so thankful that Jesus took on flesh and came to this earth to live and die for my sins.  That I might be washed clean and stand before the Throne of God blameless.  Make me ever more like Jesus is my prayer.  Help me to be kind and giving and show the love of God to everyone I come in contact with.

Have a blessed day of Thanks!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Duke is home!

We brought Duke home yesterday, late.  He wasn't walking when we brought him home.  But after being home for a little while he got up and wanted to go outside.  He went out and did his business!  First time since he got hit.  He also walked up and down the stairs and walked all over outside.  Poor fella ran and got into his dog house!  Ed had to haul him back out of there and bring him back in the house.  He has been an outside dog, and he felt much safer out in his dog house I guess.  We are still giving him lots of meds.  He has steriods for swelling that is pinching on his nerves in his hind hip/leg, antibiotics, and pain medication and antibiotic cream for all the scrapes.  Funny thing is they gave him the same pain med that they gave my Dad after surgery!

He finally drank lots of water this morning.  We are just praying for a complete recovery.  We are so happy to have him home at last!

God is good!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Duke needs prayer

Duke got hit by a car yesterday!  He was chasing a cat in the field next to us, and ran out into the road and got hit by a full sized van!  He ran back home after laying in the road for a few minutes.  The woman who hit him had come to tell me she did it.  He was down the road several yards from our driveway.

We took him to the vet, who took x-rays and examined him.  He is badly bruised, skinned and has stitches in his back right leg/foot.  He can't seem to get up and walk right now.  The vet seems to think it is because he has so much swelling and pain.  We were all so devastated when this happened!  He is still on IVs and pain medication.  He isn't eating or drinking on his own yet.  We don't know when he can come home.  He needs to be able to eat and drink and get up on his own first.  Please say a prayer for his full recovery.  He really is a sweet dog and our girls and all of us are so attached to him.

The same day in the afternoon our wall heater in our kitchen shorted out and caught on fire!  Thank the Good Lord I was in the kitchen when it happened.  I yelled for Ed and he flipped the main breaker and I grabbed the baking soda and we got the fire out before it caught the wall on fire.  Thank God for keeping us safe!

I will post more updates on Dukes recovery as we know what is happening.

Friday, November 6, 2009

A little Frugal Friday tip

What are those little cups you ask?  They are the Ball freezer containers.  ( I just love them!  Aren't they cute?)  On the left are lemon juice and the two on the right are lime juice.

I buy 5 pound bags of limes and lemons from our local wholesale grocery.  They are so inexpensive this way!  I can usually pay less than 3 dollars a bag for them.  While at the regular grocery store I might be lucky to buy them two lemons for a dollar. 

And you are thinking, who in the world uses that many lemons and limes at one time?  I use several each week in my cooking.  Also we use the slices in plain water to fancy it up a bit.  Or I make lemondaid or limeaid once in awhile.  But for those times like this last shopping trip, that I can't use them all up before they start going bad.............I squeeze them and freeze the juice.  I can use it later on for cooking or for lemonaid.  That way I don't waste any of that goodness.  : )

We picked up our beef from the butcher yesterday.  Tonight I made chuck roast with potatoes and carrots, onions and garlic.  I must say this is the best beef we have ever eaten!  It is so fine textured, and tender!  I was so sad to have the cow butchered, but now we are blessed with hundreds of pounds of beef that you can't buy at any store. 

Next Wednesday the pigs are going to the butcher.  We will have a completely stocked freezer and pantry now.  We have been very very blessed.  We are so thankful for all the Lord has given us.

Last Wednesday Ed was laid off work without any notice.  They just showed up at our door, told him to clean out the truck and hand over the company cell phone, that his job had ended!  That was shocking and very frightening at first.  After being upset and shocked, we just prayed and thought about it and have decided that this is just another blessing.  Ed was planning on retiring next Spring, and this just made it happen a bit earlier. 

The girls and I are so happy to have Ed home all day with us.  He has time to do all the projects that he couldn't get to when he was working a full time job.  And we can wake up naturally without that annoying alarm clock going off at 5am.  We still wake up then, but know we don't have to jump out of bed right away and can doze off for another hour.  Yes, that is a blessing!

God is our provider and we are just to trust in Him.  What peace we now enjoy.

Have a blessed weekend all!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sewing at last!

I finally got to sew again today.  I hadn't sewn since last Spring!  I have had a new sewing machine for a couple of months now, but hadn't used it yet.  I can say I love the new machine!  It is the first computerized machine I have ever owned.  It sews so smoothly!  What a blessing!

I am working on blocks for a swap that I am doing with my online quilting group.  I am down to a few days before the deadline!  I will get them done and mailed off to the hostess in time I am sure.  I have two finished today and all the pieces cut out.  I only have 26 more to go.  : )

I will be doing more sewing posts as the Winter progresses.  I have so many things to sew for my home and my family.  I will be sure and share the projects with you as I work on them.

The photo at the top of the page shows my first two blocks.  So what do you think?