Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
A reader of our Teaching Good Things blog asked the following questions:I have been wondering what are the pros and cons for canning and
freezing. I froze our blueberries. I picked some pears from my MIL's
tree and am freezing them. I was considering canning but not sure what
is better. I am new to all of this and if there is a book you suggest
or a website to read I would appreciate it! I am in awed that you
picked 5 gallons! It took 1.5 hrs to pick 2 gallons!
We choose to can most everything because we do not have a big freezer. But even if we did I think we'd can anyway. We like the way canned produce taste, the only down side is the extra sugar in the fruits. Canned items will last longer than frozen. Canned food takes longer to preserve and may cost a little more to get started. With freezing there is the issue of prolonged power outage and the possibility of loosing everything. We do freeze some things, like some berries for smoothies. :o)
My favorite canning site is Pick Your Own
Posted by Kathy, Jeff's Wife at 6:17 PM
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Posted by Kathy, Jeff's Wife at 9:13 AM
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
There is an orchard about a mile from us that will let us pick the apples that are on the ground for free. :o)
Jeff and the girls spent Saturday morning doing that with another neighbor. Only down side was that Jeff hurt his back.
We don't eat much pie but I like to take them to the neighbors and to folks when there is sickness...everyone loves a warm apple pie!
Great to put in apple cake or apple bread.
The girls have also spent a couple days making apple cider with an elderly neighbor.
I'll post those pictures tomorrow!
Sweet Corn (another great deal Jeff got)
Between our garden and beans picked from the Huie's garden there was plenty to can.
Monday we hit the blueberry patch.
We picked 5 gallons of berries for $20...quite a bargain!
Most of these will be given away as Christmas gifts along with a towel.
Posted by Kathy, Jeff's Wife at 4:22 PM
Sunday, July 27, 2008
As I meditate further on today's sermon:
- Remember where you came from.
- Remember Who you belong to.
- Remember where you are going.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear;
but ye have received the Spirit of adoption,
whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Posted by Kathy, Jeff's Wife at 2:12 PM
Thursday, July 24, 2008
When I was a child, yes, way before email and text messaging, I had an aunt whose husband was in the military so our relationship was a long distance one. She was so good about writing letters and even sending an occasional handmade card; I was always intrigued with her cards. She made her own cards ‘when card making wasn’t cool’. I also had an elderly aunt, that I rarely saw, for some reason she took up writing with me, she was amazing! She once wrote me a letter all in rhyme, it was beautiful!
Don’t get me wrong, I love email, but I also find it sad that there are so few hand written cards and letters mailed anymore.
Today everything is fast and disposable, including relationships. Relationships take time and energy; writing letters or sending cards can help to develop a relationship. There are times that things can be said in a letter so much better than verbally.
A hand written card or letter can be treasured literally for a lifetime and beyond. Letters and cards are a way of documenting family history. I love going to my grandmother’s home and reading letters that were written when she was a teenager. I wonder how much of our history is going into the Trash folder on our hard drives and forever gone? I wonder how much of our journal keeping is being poured into blogs, only to be deleted one day?
There is an element of dying to self and serving others when you set time aside to write a letter or hand make something for someone. It is a beautiful way to love your neighbor. It is a giving of your time and heart. Hand written cards and letters can be an incredible ministry of encouragement for anyone, but especially for girls. Girls that are at home and want to serve God by encouraging others can use their time in such a productive way while they sow seeds of kindness with each written greeting.
Some Things to Consider:
v Keep your words positive and upbeat.
v Usually your goal is to encourage others. No one will enjoy a letter or card that has a negative overtone.
v Share how God has provided for you or done something special.
v Have a balance of reference about yourself and other people/things. You don’t want it to be all about YOU!
v When sending out greeting cards, it is important that you know enough about the recipient to avoid accidentally being offensive.
v Stay away from cards that poke fun, the stores are full of those. You want to be encouraging, perhaps humorous!
v Consider the person’s interest and style, make the card relate to them.
v Think of holidays or seasons that give special opportunity to share the goodness of God. Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving are times when people are more open to hear/read Scripture.
v Address the Envelope Properly- You should send your card to the home of the recipient, not their place of business. Unless it is something personal like a birthday, get well, etc… it should be addressed to the spouse also, using Mr. and Mrs. Children are usually impressed when they receive an envelope with Miss or Mr. before their name. J
Have a Plan!
v Make a list or calendar of people you would like to minister to with your cards. Note birthdays and/or holidays.
v Set aside one or two days a year and make cards in bulk. Be sure to make some extras.
v Organize and store your cards and supplies.
v Buy stamps ahead of time and put them on the envelope. This is half the battle.
v The difference is not how artistic you are, but it is making it personal. Don’t fret about your card being fancy, just be yourself.
v As much as possible write out all the parts, the greeting, the signature and the address.
v Develop legible or even beautiful handwriting. Anyone can write nicely it is just a matter of self discipline (practice). Don’t you enjoy getting an envelope with pretty handwriting on it?
v Be flexible and don’t give up. If you have a time when you can’t get any cards out, just pick up where you left off. Sometimes life is crazy! J
v Distant Family
v Nursing Homes
v Sick Children
v Church Members
v Thank You
v For no reason at all! J
Sympathy Card Etiquette
v Mail your sympathy card as soon as possible after the death.
v Always include your last name, even if you know the family well.
v Send the sympathy card to the closest relative of the deceased, usually the widow/widower or oldest child.
v Keep it short and simple, unless you have a special memory you would like to share.
Think of Christmas Cards, don’t we love getting them?
v Do we really take time to read the pre-printed greeting?
v Do the ones with the pre-printed signature make a big impact on you?
v Do you respond differently (emotionally) when there is a handwritten note inside?
v Don’t you love it when there is a picture included?
Christmas cards are a big part of Christmas tradition. This is an ideal time to share the Gospel during such a commercialized, God mocking season. Consider setting aside some time to put serious effort into your Christmas cards. It takes planning and some money, but you’ll be amazed at how Christmas cards touch hearts. Make them personal, let people know they are not just another name on your list, but that you really want to communicate with them. Make them feel special! Remember it is about relationships.
Thanksgiving is another time to send cards or letters to people expressing your gratitude for them.
Not only is card making a way to show love to people, but it can also save your family money! A card from the store can range from $1 to $5. Plan ahead, make your own and save money!
Give her of the fruit of her hands;
and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Posted by Kathy, Jeff's Wife at 7:13 PM
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Most commenters are kind and encouraging, but there are some that have nothing better to do than be rude and cruel. Usually I ignore their ignorance and move on. But today I decided that this is MY blog and I have chosen to have it reflect a God honoring atmosphere, so I will no longer allow anonymous comments. I do not have time for such nonsense.
As for you Ms Anonymous, I am not angry with you, nor am I hurt. If anything I feel pity for you. Pity that you feel it is your place to point out other's struggles and that this is best done by calling names and cursing; pity that you have such anger in you. Although my family and I are not perfect in physical size and do not dress in a way that pleases you, I do hope that my family would treat you kindly in spite of such a hard heart and sharp tongue. We have tried to teach our children, "If you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all." I'm sorry you did not learn this lesson as a child. May you find a way to spread joy and not insults, maybe then you would not have to hide your identity.
Life is too short to spend time being so mean. Maybe someday you will know peace and joy through Jesus Christ.
Posted by Kathy, Jeff's Wife at 7:47 PM
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The Eddys gave an honest and encouraging review of our Basic Cake Decorating DVD. Hop on over to Joyful Momma to all see the other pictures of her children and their eatable creations!
THANK YOU Kimberly and thank you children for bringing JOY to my heart and home!
Posted by Kathy, Jeff's Wife at 4:44 PM
Monday, July 21, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
We are back home from our trip to New York, as much as we love our family I can honestly say THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME! :o) We've been playing catch up with the laundry and in the garden...thus there has been no time for blogging.
OK, now to bore you with some vacation/family pictures:
I wish I'd gotten a picture of Olivia going from the house to the car with an umbrella because she didn't want the bird to land on her at first.
Like Jeff, his brother Lynne is a Vol. Fireman. The department host Field Days each summer to help raise funds, it's kind of like a mini-fair, with a parade and fireworks. Lynne's family helps with concessions. Olivia, Cousin Katrina and Emma.
They have a ramp thingy so he can roll the ball down which is pretty cool!
The girl's cousins (one is not pictured here) are the same age as they are
and their personalities are similar, so needless to say they giggle non-stop!
We had a graduation party for Olivia over at Jeff's parent's house. It went really well with about 80 people there, the weather was perfect and we had a good time. I'll post more about that later.
This year was our family reunion (my side), the first one in a long time. I guess it has been 20 years since I've been to one. Anyway, some of my cousins (and their families), an aunt and uncle and my mother came from out of state also and stayed at my grandmothers, she has a BIG, old, farm house.
I thought since a lot of us would not know each other that each sibling's family should dress in one color to help us sort who belongs to who. The Conover Clan (my grandma's family) dressed in red.
Posted by Kathy, Jeff's Wife at 8:33 AM
Monday, July 7, 2008
Yes, this is Olivia proving you CAN do farm work in a skirt. lol... That is a hook in her hand that is used for grabbing the bales of hay.
Jeff taught Emma how to drive the Ford tractor, it is a 1951.
This is the same tractor I learned to drive on as a kid.Plan A was to use this baler that kicked the bales out toward the wagon.
Part of being a farmer is to know how to maintain and REPAIR your equipment! All of this equipment is so old it breaks down often, which is the case here!
Yes, Jeff had the short end of the stick on this job, or I guess you could say he got the heavy end of the bale! ;o) Olivia would stack the bales.
And just for the record, I did drive the tractor near the end of the night, but I won't post those hideous pictures.
Here we are getting it on the elevator and int5o the haymow just before dark.
Posted by Kathy, Jeff's Wife at 6:38 PM