Friday, September 28, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
After one by one were set down, the competition became one of sister against sister! Amanda and Rachel were to fight the battle- best two out of three.
. . . And our champion is. . . .
. . . Amanda!While the bobbing went on, the fire had burned down to coals, making it perfect to roast our hot dogs.
Following supper, we started our annual marshmallow stuffing contest.
One by one, marshmallows are stuffed into the contestant's mouth until they can hold no more! Jerry, last year's reigning champion, was defeated this year by William who used an unusual stuffing method which turned him into a sticky mess!
After we cleaned our faces, it was time to re-focus for the campfire devotion and singing, followed by campfire stories.After a good night's sleep, we began the morning with a Prayer Walk. It was a spiritually uplifting time.
Our morning worship time was followed by dinner and fellowship. An exciting treasure hunt was soon to follow. Two ladies from the past visited us as we helped them find their great-great grandpapa's hidden treasure.
They reminded us that our real treasure is the found in the Word of God.
Bill planned the games that followed. They were such fun!
The evening concluded with our quarterly fellowship meal and worship service.What a wonderful weekend of Family Camp spent with our Christian family!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
In the meantime, Rachel gathered Sumac berries to make Sumac Lemonade. Buddy, our miniature jack decided he wanted to help pick berries as well!It tasted refreshing to have a "wild" drink as the day was very hot!
Molly and Polly, both standard size jennets, decided that since we were going to have a treat, they wanted one too! Theirs was not a beverage of sorts, but rather a pile of straw sitting atop a fence post! Trey's hat looked like a tasty treat!
They totally destroyed his hat in an attempt to get what nourishment they thought there was in the straw! Donkeys are so funny!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
After breakfast was over and daily chores were finished, we headed to the barnyard to butcher thirteen roosters who had grown to fryer size. They were waiting nicely in our "chicken tractors."
While Rachel and Rhonda finished cleaning and cutting the chickens into fryer pieces, Mark and Amanda, our resident bee keepers, started to harvest the honey that the bees had stored all summer. Mark donned his bee suit and they set off. With only two active hives, and without a centrifuge, they scraped the comb and honey from the frames rather than uncapping and spinning it.
Sadly this year was dry, so we harvested only a little over a gallon of honey. Hopefully next year's weather will cooperate more so that the bees can have lots of flowers to visit. Home-grown honey tastes so good! Maybe this winter we will enjoy a little cornbread, butter, and honey! Yum! Yum!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
It was in their plans to move Dolly and Rio, using the fence they cleaned up to extend her fence. Fresh grass was soon added to her menu. She enjoyed munching as Rio ran as fast as his little legs could carry him to the delight of all. Maggie was enjoying herself as she watched everything from a distance. She is a good dog, helping round up the sheep and protect the animals.
The pigs are growing quickly. The little one has grown so much since she first arrived at Providence Prairie. They thoroughly enjoy the slop they receive every morning, making themselves such a mess!
We are drying off Cinnamon and Buttermilk, as their bellies are growing and they need a rest from milking before having babies. Buttermilk let us know just what she thought of that!
Saturday evening, we traversed north to Piopolis to the Tennyson's home for the annual Fall Homeschool Meeting. We had 51 in attendance! After the chili supper and presentations by several of the children, we played music and sang while the rain poured down outside. A good time was had by all.
Friday, September 7, 2007
The Rhode Island Reds are enjoying the garden. We opened the area up so that they could run in and scratch to their heart's content. The bugs and insects are running for cover- much to no avail!
They were enjoying a moment in mechanics together as they contemplated the next move to make.
The clouds began to build as we proceeded with the evening farm chores. We have had several light rains off and on for a few days, but this storm that was a'brewin' looked like it would last for a while. It is yet to get here, but it is on its way.
The sun outlined the storm clouds in the west with pure gold. It truly was a sight to behold!
Gracing the sky in the east, we beheld a small rainbow, reminding us of God's promise to never flood the earth again! What a wonderful way to end our day.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
It is so gratifying to know that in future downpours that come to Providence Prairie, we can stay dry sitting outside, watching the rain fall, listening to the pitter-patter from under the new porch roof!
The goats and sheep were excited to nibble on the hay through the fence and did a thorough job of getting in the way. Hot and sticky, we retired to the house, knowing our animals would be well fed this winter.