Zechariah 13:9

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. Zechariah 13:9

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

This & That on the Farm

Wednesday, 07 July 2010

  • This & That on the Farm

    We were very blessed to have 3 bushel of green beans to can today.  It is 10:10 P.M. and I have 3 more canners to go.  It was a very, very hot day today, so we ended up working in the kitchen that is void of air-conditioning.  We survived and the outcome is 56 quarts.  Last week we did 4 bushels, which we put in freezer, and hopefully next week we will be able to get another 2 bushel.  Then we will be finished with beans.  By the way, did you know that you can put raw clean green beans directly in the freezer?  So easy and fast and so yummy stir fried!
    The other week we made hay.  We were able to purchase a baler, so now we can make hay when we want to make hay and not have to wait on someone to come bale for us (we rent a neighboring farm and that is where we make hay).  This baler is an old-time baler, but it works great.  I love helping to make hay!  Making hay is a family affair.  Someone drives the tractor, others are on the wagon stacking the bales.  After the wagon is full, the bales are dropped from baler to be picked up later by dump truck.  Busy, but rewarding time.  I like to make swizzle to drink during hay making days.  The recipe is:  1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 tsp. ginger.  Mix together in a 1 quart jar and fill the rest of the jar with water.  I like to add some lemon juice also.  Love it!

    No, we don't have big equipment, but what we have gets the job done.

    Our charming granddaugher, Oakley, is now 9 months old!  She still has everyone in this house wrapped around her tiny finger.  She is such a sweetie!

    Some friends of our gave us a swimming pool!!  Thanks so much, Ray & Dawn!  You have no idea what a blessing you poured upon us.  The boys haven't had so much fun in a long time.  Oliver and Uriah taught themselves how to swim and all of them have become like fish in the water.  It feels so good to jump in after a hard, hot day of work.

    There is something about swimming that makes a person tired and hungry.  These boys were very ready for bed after swimming.  I caught them just sitting on these bales looking like they were done for the day.

    It has been very hot this week and we need rain very badly.  Our yard is all dried up, as well as the pastures.  It becomes a bigger problem to the farmers than to most folks.  We are so at the mercy of the weather.  We were talking the other day of the faith that Elijah had when there was a drought (in the Bible).  One day he saw a cloud as big as a man's hand and he told the people to prepare for it was going to rain. ( I Kings 18:44)  And it did!  My faith falls way, way short compared to that man.  Something to work at, for sure!
    One more canner of beans to go and then off to bed.  It will probably be 12:30 till I get there.  Life is good, isn't it?  Let's attempt to always keep the right perspective (which is not always easy) and to always remember what is the most important thing in  life, which makes me think of my next post (sorry, you will have to wait) ................
    Until next time..................

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