Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Our First Snow of the Season

On Saturday we woke up to a light dusting of snow on the ground. It was so lovely to see the tree branches dusted with snow. It was beautiful!

I went to town later in the day and saw a dead mountain lion on the shoulder. I was not able to take a picture of it because I did not feel comfortable stopping on a busy highway. I did pass by it twice and got a good look of it. Its paws seemed enormous. Jarrett was amazed by its large tail. It is unusual to see a mountain lion around where we live. We have heard of hunters seeing them in the dense woods.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Another Bike Ride

 We went on another bike ride last Saturday. I wanted to get another bike ride in before December. We rode bikes on another part of the same bike trail we visited in October.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Jarrett's Favorite Cat

 This cat is a perfect pet for Jarrett. He first met him last October, while he was picking walnuts at a house on the other side of town. The owner of the house did not know who the cat belonged to, but it had been roaming around. Jarrett wanted to take him home, because they formed a bond right away. This cat loved Jarrett the first time he saw him. It was cute to watch him snuggle up to Jarrett. Well, dad would not approve of another cat. Jarrett tried to have me persuade dad to change his mind. I told Jarrett to pray for dad to change his mind.

About a month later, on the day after Thanksgiving. Jarrett found the exact cat in our barn. He ran into the house, out of breath, to share the news. I called Brian right away. I said this cat was given to Jarrett by God, because this little boy prayed for this cat, and he was granted the desire of his heart.

Jarrett's older brother Shane, said to his brother "the cat has been looking all over town for you, since he met you; It took him over a month to find you."

Well, needless to say, Brian let Jarrett keep the cat. How could he say no? Jarrett named him Stripes and they daily give each other love. Stripes will go to the door and meow for Jarrett to come out. It is so cute that he lets him know when he wants attention. I have never seen a more lovable cat.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Wild Turkeys

Yesterday while I was waiting for Shane and Carissa to finish piano lessons, four wild turkeys crossed the road in front of my car. It was amazing to see them so close.

Heading back into the woods.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Bike Ride

 An old utility pole

This past Saturday, we went on the 8 1/2 mile bike ride. We rode our bikes on a trail that once was a railroad. It was a nice 60 degree cloudy day. I was surprised that I was not really sore from peddling 8 1/2 miles. Afterwards, the boys and their father had to stop at Dairy Queen. I did good and did not order anything. I did not want to ruin the amount of calories I just burned off. We plan to do more biking along different parts of the trail.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bobbing for Apples

The boys went to a birthday party this past weekend and played this game. They sure got wet and had fun doing so.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Dinner and Green Beans

Here is a meal that my family enjoys eating. It is a recipe that Brian started making years ago. He passed it down to myself and Carissa.

Our neighbor gave us some tomatoes from her garden, so I did not want them to spoil. I chopped up 8 tomatoes and one onion. I put everything in a glass bowl. I added some salt, pepper, basil, and a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. I like to put this mixture overnight in the refrigerator. I think letting it sit overnight causes the mixture to get juicy.

I cut two medium french bread loaves in half and then in half again (four quarters). Spread the mixture on the pieces of bread.Top them with mozzarella cheese.

I bake them in the oven at 425 degrees for 15- 20 minutes.  

The homegrown tomatoes really make this a fantastic tasting meal. It is a winner every time.

Brian likes to top some pieces with paprika and orgeano.  

Hot out of the oven. It smells delicious. 

We received some green beans from a friend's garden. You got to love fresh green beans from the garden.

Here are the green beans after I snapped them. We had enough green beans to go with three meals.

I had some green beans left over. These green beans were lighter and thicker than normal, so I decided to roast them. I am trying to prevent homegrown veggies from going to waste.

I put them in a bowl with some olive oil. I just used enough oil to lightly coast them. I added some salt and pepper too. Roast them in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

I think they taste really good roasted. You can roast any vegetable. So think about roasting veggies before you let them go to waste in the fridge. Roasting is quick and easy. It makes a great snack too.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

One Fall Day

 I love this spot in the front yard area. There is a swing hanging from this 100 year old oak tree.

 The colors of fall. 

Here is a picture of our extended front yard. It is probably a good acre from our front door to the beginning of our front property line. 

 Brian and the boys cleaned the siding on the north side of the house today. There was a good amount of mold.

Jarrett and Shane cleaned algae from the back deck.

 The soy bean field ready for harvest.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Something New for Jarrett

 Jarrett has to wear glasses now. He got his eyes checked on Saturday and they had his glasses ready yesterday. Poor guy, last Monday, he told me he could not see the white board in class. His left eye is 20/70, his right is 20/50, and has a significant astigmatism. His prescription is 20/50 because the doctor does not want to shock his eyes. We have to take him back in 4-6 months to have another eye exam and to receive a new prescription.

He is so happy to be able to see things better. 

Doesn't he look smart!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

More Early 90's Worship and Current Worship

Do you remember this song? I would sing this song at bedtime, while the toddlers were tucked in their beds. I still sing or hum it to Shane and Jarrett from time to time.

Do you remember this album? This is one of the first Hillsongs albums I purchased.

Here is another song from 1992. Remember the Power of Your Love?

What about this one, this one, another one, and yet another one? Yes, we really did dress like that.

Okay, have you heard about the worship band Jesus Culture? They are from Bethel Church in  Redding, CA.  Here are some songs I like:

Where You Go I Go


Break Every Chain

How He Love Us

15 Top Songs