Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sawyer really enjoyed pulling the pins out and handing them to me. Don't you just love "Ham bones'" smile?! He cannot smile normally for the camera so we always wind up with interesting pictures!
"When are we going outside? I'm sick of sewing."
Look at those eyes.... you'd think I was doing something incredibly boring to get that kind of a look!
Sawyer thankfully found the fabric pencil and I was able to cut out the pattern pieces with out extracting him from sitting on the fabric!
After lunch, I ran into Honea Path and picked up some straw to put in the dog houses'. It was time to give the house some insulation as it's starting to get rather chilly at night. I'm really glad I decided to do it too as it was around 35 degrees this morning!!
Yes, those feet belong to me! Being the good dog owner that I am, I wanted to make sure that there was enough straw in the dog house and that it was warm enough!!! Lila and Buck wound up getting in with me and enjoyed "hangin" with me!
Lila obviously enjoyed the hay! After we got the hay distributed I took the dogs out to my garden to pull weeds and fix a rock border that had some directional difficulties. I so enjoyed the beautiful fall day and the time to get some much needed things done. I enjoyed every minute of it!
The Lord knew exactly what I needed and I Thank Him for it! Life is truly Good!
Monday, October 29, 2007
A view from "the aisle"
We will confess that several of us in the Castlebury family thought our dear mother was going mad when she *ahem* "adopted" this piece of furniture! Now I think we're rather thankful for it; several people stopped and asked questions about it and even told us about the cupboard that they owned! I will admit that the cupboard was a good salesman as everything looked so inviting hung, draped, or placed on this older piece of kitchen furniture.
Sawyer stayed with us during the morning, and Momma and I had fun walking him around looking at the various booths.
Momma had the ingenious idea to make a planter out of one of the mini burlap bags that we were selling! One lady even bought one for that purpose!
Trevor, Tristan, and Sayre came toward the end of the festival. They had a blast watching the magician pull all of his tricks, and we're still talking about how he did them!!!
We learned so much with the fair and are eagerly anticipating the next fair so we can implement some "new and improved" ideas!! Of course, you need to come and "sniff our booth" next time!!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
This is our first event to take soap to, although other people have taken it to their fairs or festivals! Mom has been planning our booth out for several weeks now, and it looks like she has finally got it down!! We will be using this piece of furniture as the "centerpiece" of the booth. I'm not sure what it is....... I just know we're using it! Momma is filling it with all kind of sweet smelling soaps, lotions, lip butters (I think), and who knows what else!! It will look very nice when it's all decorated at the festival!
We will also have other diplays set up. Marmee has given us several of her products to feature which will go in the "kitchen collection" display.
Momma has also been cooking up some Fragrence spray that is worth coming to smell!! The soap shoppe usually smells terrific, but with all the concocting Momma has been doing it smells like a dream!!! Rose, gardenia, Lily, Sweet Pea.......... ohhhhhhh, you must come smell our booth!!!
The cat is laying on the keyboard, her tail is moving the mouse around, and she's biting me so it's definately time to publish this and go fill her food bowl!! Have a terrific day!
Look at his smile!! He was so excited!
Unfortunately, some of us had a "goofy" streak running through us while Sayre was busy with his gun, and the camera operator had fun!
"Don't Ask me what they're doing........"
I just love Tristan's' expression in this picture!!
Blowing out the candles
Sayre didn't request a birthday cake, instead he wanted a chocolate torte which requires refrigeration. Not a problem!! It was interesting with the candles burning as the top layer is whipped cream and very soft!
Happy Birthday Sayre!!!
Friday, October 19, 2007
"First Deer of the Season"
Shotgun opened last Thursday and Collin got a nice sized doe! She was an older deer so the meat will be a little tougher. He was so excited to have FINALLY got a deer!!
Last night was the thriller though!!! He apparently scared up some deer right off the edge of our field and saw what he thought was an four point so he ran around to intercept it and took a shot at it. When he saw it was down he ran back to the house for "help" and to get the truck. When "the boys" (Daddy is included in that statement!) got back to the deer Collin saw that it wasn't a four point......... it was an EIGHT POINT!!! He was excited beyond all reason! He called Seth and Trevor to give them the good news and then sent a picture to another friend to prove that he really did shoot it!!
"Grinding the meat"
Since we don't have things set up to process deer, the boys take them over to the Greene's. Collin wound up spending the night there as the Greene men had gotten three deer of their own; they were up until 12:30 last night processing the deer.
"Men in the Kitchen"
Seth brought him home earlier this afternoon, and they proceeded to grind the meat, make cube steak, and cut meat for jerky. I think we also got a roast out of it (actually, I know we did but I don't know enough about what went on to state that as a fact!).
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I love to read. When I was younger I would stay up till mid-night reading under the covers! I will admit that I read trash when I was a kid and I can see how it has affected the way I act and even speak. Thankfully, the Lord has shown me and given me a desire to read "the good stuff" now! I love good books! Here are a few that are on my reading list for the next months/year!
I have read this book twice now and each time I read it I come away encouraged and challenged in my life. It's been at least a year since I last read it and I'm having difficulty in remembering what all was said and addressed in it, so I'm putting it back on the "to read" stack! The authors address the feministic impact on our society and how we a Christian daughters can help overcome that influence. They also talk about how daughters can be a blessing, help, and encouragement to their fathers along with the impact you can have on your siblings. I highly recommend this book!
"In My Father's House"
I've been trying to read this book for several months now and even though it's a good book, I find it hard to keep my attention focused on it. I'm not sure why. Maybe I should set it aside for a time and pick it up later. Anyway, this book seems to be a compilation of writings from many many years ago with the authoresses using those as a starting point for each subject that is covered. There are four sections with several chapters in each section: #1 The Daughter at Home, #2 A Course of Study, #3 The Inner Life, and #4 What Next? It's been interesting to see the advice that was given in "the olden days" and then see that it still applies today.
I was given this book in order to do a review on it, and sadly after reading the first several chapters, I became busy and haven't picked it up in over a month. What I have read was a delight!! My first thought was, "oh.... I wish I had had this book when I was 12 or 13!!!" It is written to girls who are 10 and up and is very practical. The book is about "Becoming and Daughter of Victory and Virtue" and actually shows you how to "overcome sin" from a Biblical perspective. The Application at the end of each chapter helps you to understand further and apply what you have learned to your life! This book is one I will be keeping for my future daughters!
Momma had talked about getting this book but never really decided to buy it. I found a place that had it on sale AND offered an extra ten percent coupon, so I bought it! The book is about "Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style"- a quote from the back of the book says~ "Long ago, students were first taught how to learn. Today. students are taught an encyclopedia of subjects-trivia- but they are not taught the basic skills of learning: to discover, to reason, and to apply. They are not taught the Trivium." The book is a little over six hundred pages long and is full of information. I plan on reading it ..... someday, but for now Momma and I will enjoy perusing it, and reading snippets from it. I bought it for future use.
I read this book a year ago and I LOVED it!! Mom and Sayre read it for school and Sayre couldn't put it down! He would read far ahead of where Mom had left off, and actually finished the book before she did!! Alas, even though I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, I have forgotten the story line (I'm blaming all the information, responsibilities, and busyness that have suddenly occurred since I read the book, for my memory loss in so many areas). So, I'm going to read it again this fall!! Set in colonial Jamestown it's chock full of intrigue, adventure, Indians, and God's providence in colonial Jamestown!!! You MUST read this!!!
Now, if I can only get my mind off of the two hundred or so fiction books that are in my closet...... That's a story that I'll tell when and if I ever get my "extra" closet back!! Yes, I really do have that many books in there and most all of the have printing dates before nineteen-forty-five on their front pieces!
The day after I went to The Pantry Shop, I was in Greenville cleaning a house. During my "lunch break" I like to visit the "Junior League" (a consignment store) where I usually find clothes for Sawyer, Sayre, and whoever else, along with finding some really nice house ware items! Well, here again I hit the jackpot! I found two sets of almost brand new pajamas plus a really nice shirt for Sawyer, a Suet feeder, and a Hummingbird feeder!! The suet feeder only cost fifty cents!!!
I had broken my hummingbird feeder not to long ago, and was trying to find one at a decent price. I'm glad I waited! This one cost me three dollars and is literally brand new! The part that holds the nectar is glass and I'm interested to see if being in the sun will cause it to cloud up. When I got the feeder home, I found the original price tag on it for twelve dollars!!!
Mom had visited "The Collectors Antique Mall" in Donald's earlier that week and had found a picture that she thought I would like. Since I had to go to the Post Office on Friday, I decided that I would run by there on my way home. Yes, I found the picture and I also "re found" this butter dish! I had noticed this dish when Mom, Dad, Trevor, and I had visited the antique mall at the beginning of August, but I had decided not to buy it then. Imagine my surprise when I found it sitting in the place that I had left it in, only this time it was HALF OFF!!! I paid fifteen dollars for it!!!! I was thrilled!!! It's a "1930's "Doric" butter dish" and we think it must have had a lid as there is a lip around the top. I still get the tingles when I think about finding it!!
Then last but not least.... Momma went to the Salvation Army Store in Greenwood and came home with a stash of books. She found the larger sized "learn how book" and has given it to me (the smaller sized book was hers when she was a girl). This book shows you how to Crochet, Knit, Embroider, and Tat and is chock full of information! I've been attempting to learn how to knit, but it's been at least a month since I've picked up the needles. I need to do something to myself (like break my leg, or pull a muscle, or.... I think you get the idea) so that I HAVE to learn how to knit! I just can't make myself slow down enough in order to learn how to knit. Then again, who is going to make soap, feed dogs, clean house, and do what I do if I do do something to myself??!
Monday, October 15, 2007
The sun touches the tops of the trees
This is what I see looking out my bedroom window, but in a much larger form. It was around 8:00 when I took these pictures, but it looks much earlier to me.
I love how everything is becoming "warm and bright".
The sun has risen!
Everything went from "gray" to bright with in the space of fifteen minutes! I am always amazed at the beauty of Gods' creation. I'm reminded of the song "All Things Bright and Beautiful" very often these days! I only wish I could find the music for it..
Since I'm telling you about "Fall Mornings" around here this picture fits in.... I think. I just happened to look at our roof last week and look what I found! I don't know why the ladder is wearing gardening gloves, although someone did try to explain that it because they didn't want the ladder to scrape the roof, but I'm not staking a whole lot of confidence in that explanation!
For the past several mornings I have enjoyed watching a Blue Heron that is fishing in "the pond". It's so neat to watch it stalk around and make a jump at what fish are in there. I've tried several times to sneak up on it (to get a decent picture), but he either sees me before I get close enough or a dog runs up and he flies off.
These are the prints that he leaves behind. They look larger in real life! I'm going to keep trying to get pictures of this guy! I'll post them when I do!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
The Dam- Before I went for a walk Sayre asked me to watch his fire so he could go get a nail. He was making fish traps and need to punch holes in it.
Buck and Lila-the dogs had their noses to the ground most of the time as they could smell the deer and were eager to get on "the trail"!
A good part of our acreage is in planted pine. I love walking or running through it and seeing all the rows! When we first moved in none of the ground under the pines was cleared. Tristan spent last winter and the spring clearing all of the scrub brush that was under them. It looks like a park now!Tristan's cabin. He has built it all by himself; Yes, he has somehow gotten those logs all on top of each other without any other human help! He's waiting on rooffing materials (he isn't putting any money into it) so he can finish the roof; I think he has windows........
Buck, after our walk. Do you see his "smile lines"? He's so happy here! To think that he used to be a skinny, skittish dog who was scared to death if you came near him; now look at him! He's the epitome of "livin' in the lap of luxury" (as dogs would consider it!). He's a terrific dog!
This is a very common scene these days. The grass is dry and ready to be cut, so the tractors and balers are out in force!! Actually, this guy comes by quite often; they seem to cut their grass really frequently, which is very surprising as we haven't had very much rain this summer.