Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kaden's Awesome Sandwich

Kaden made this double egg sandwich all by himself. It has bread-mayo-cheese-ham-cheese-egg-lettuce-ham-egg-lettuce-bread, topped with olives on a toothpick. Yum?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Konrad's graduation

Konrad graduated from Northwestern on Friday. There was a nice lunch banquet with many police chiefs in middle TN present. The keynote address was given by a Major General in the Army. They boys thought that was awesome and after the ceremony they asked for his autograph and posed for a photo with him. My Mom and Konrad's parents were also in attendance. Congratulations Konrad!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Konrad's Birthday

I don't know who is more excited for cake, but anyway, Happy Birthday Konrad!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Mess

This was my kitchen for several days while I baked cakes for Mom and Dad's anniversary party. I was also trying to do some canning during this time, see the tomatoes? And on the kitchen table is a bucket with more veggies that needed to be dealt with. It turned out good, so I guess it was worth the mess :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

More Food Plots

The boys are busy putting in more food plots in the back pastures. They do a lot of mowing, plowing, planting, fertilizing, and praying for rain, but so far no hunting. I didn't get a picture of it, but Kaden had his inaugural mowing while preparing this food plot. He was very proud to be allowed to mow with the zero turn. It's pretty wide open space, but still a big step for a little boy.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sleeping Cat

This is Carlos, the coolest cat ever. He is asleep, passed out upside down and twisted around, mouth hanging open. We will see him asleep outside sometimes in these awkward positions and we'll think he's dead. Nope, just catching some zzz's.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happy 40th to my parents

This past weekend we had a party to celebrate my parents 40th wedding anniversary. Aaron (mostly Jenny) shopped for and prepared the food, Ryan made a super musical playlist (and filled in a lot for Aaron in the kitchen), Angie helped with decorations, and I made the cake, a banner, and a pool float decoration.

I am really proud of my parents for their work over the years to keep their marriage in a good place and for giving me such a good example of marriage. I also am super thankful for the life they worked so hard to provide for me. You are wonderful examples of honesty, loyalty, friendship, and love.
I love you

Saturday, August 23, 2014


Chickens destroying my sunflower bed. They have taken it over as their bathtub. They bath by covering themselves in dirt and the shaking it off, this helps get rid of bugs on them. From the amount of dirt they have shoveled out of the bed I think I can say, mission accomplished. You should be clean as a whistle by now.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


This is the bull we borrowed. He is massive, but very gentle. Konrad can pet him. I don't try. He outweighs me by about 1900 pounds, so even a friendly head toss could be detrimental to my health. His name is Casanova. We are hoping he lives up to his name.

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Amish Paste tomato. It is an heirloom tomato aquired from the Amish near Lancaster, PA. Seed Savers describes it "Delicious flesh is juicy and meaty, excellent for sauce or fresh eating." The are basically big romas. This one weighs one pound! It is very meaty inside. I made salsa with them. Konrad likes it. He's my official salsa tester.

I've also pickled some okra and jalapenos, not together :)
I've got more okra ready to pickle. I only have a few plants, so I kind of have to save up for a few days. You can't let the okra stay on the plant because it gets hard and then you can't use it.

My 2nd batch of pesto did not turn out as good as the first. I think I added too much garlic. I didn't think that was possible. I had to phone a friend for help. I asked Gina to come over and taste it to see what I neededto add. She has a much more refined palate than myself.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Meat Chicks

We are down to 10, from 15. I think 3 were killed by a skunk, though I have no proof, and 2 have died from I-don't-know disease. Some just don't make it. I need to borrow a trail camera and set it up down there. If you're looking for any last minute Christmas ideas...
The chicks are being let out during the day. We can see them from the house so we keep an eye on them. So far nothing has bothered them during the day. This is a picture of them waiting to be let out for the day.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Homemade Pesto

Ready for homemade pesto, round 2! Yum!

Monday, July 21, 2014

First Day of School

Who did you think it would be?
Good Luck Konrad!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Meat Chickens

As you heard the other day, we prepared and ate one of our own chickens. That went well, the taste and texture were acceptable, so this past Saturday we took our remaining two meat birds to a friend's farm for a butchering demonstration. After a quick farm tour we proceeded to the processing area-out back by a tree-where Regina and Leeann each slaughtered a bird. I kind of watched through the holes in between my fingers :) It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't fun either. They both said it was doable and they would do it again. So we moved quickly forward and Monday we purchased a small flock of meat chickens. They are settled in at the barn.

I plan to post several updates on their progress over the next several weeks so that Reginia and Leeann can stay abreast, pun intended!, of their progress. I will title them all Meat Chickens, so if you are not interested you can just hit delete when you see that in the subject line :)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Fresh From the Farm

So this morning I am laying in bed and I hear a chicken squawking outside my window. I jump up to see what is the matter. I run to the back door, open it and there is a fox standing in the backyard staring at me with a chicken in his mouth. I yelled to Kolin "FOX!" and I rushed to grab the .22. I was at the back door when I realized that I wasn't wearing any pants. So I quickly put some pants on and rushed out barefoot, gun in hand, extra ammo in my waistband. We ran down into the neighbor's field in the direction he went but he had slipped into a thicket. We surrounded the thicket so he couldn't get away. Then Kaden came down and we sent him to the house for my shoes, Kaden's gun, and ammo for Kolin's gun. He came back with some of those items. So I left him and Kolin standing on opposite sides of the thicket and told them to make noise to keep the fox pinned down while I went for my phone to call Konrad. Konrad said he was on his way home so I got some bug spray and Kolin a shirt and headed back down to the thicket. In about 5 minutes Konrad came down with his AK-47 and a shotgun. He offered me the shotgun but I'd never shot it before so I stuck with the smaller .22. Konrad and I positioned ourselves on opposite sides of the thicket and had the boys start at the top and work their way down the thicket making noise to drive him out. They were more than three-quarters of the way down when the fox sprinted across the narrowest section of open ground. Konrad fired 3 or 4 rounds and I fired once, knowing well I wouldn't hit him, but not wanting to miss at least getting a shot off just in case I got lucky. Crazier things have happened, right? We searched some more but didn't find the fox dead or alive, so we don't know if we hit him or not. I'm guessing not.

I took notice that when the fox ran he did not have my chicken in his mouth. So I knew my chicken was in that thicket somewhere and I was now on a mission to find it. I found a few feathers at the edge so I followed them in and every few feet I would find more feathers. I crawled around and under things and finally spotted the dead chicken. So I picked it up by the feet and carried it home.

I realized on the way home that this was one of the meat chickens that I had hatched almost 14 weeks ago. Then I remembered that we were planning on butchering them this weekend. When I say 'we' I mean my friends. You see, the deal is, I raise the chickens and they process them. So I called up one of the friends, Regina, and told her about the situation and she said she could come right away. I'm sitting by the fire pit pulling feathers out of the chicken when Regina arrives. We talked it over and decided to skin it instead. I gathered some knives and she went to work. Pretty soon we were ready to take the bird into the kitchen.

We proceeded to clean the bird and trim a little more and then made some fresh chicken soup and chicken stock. So for lunch today we ate chicken soup from a chicken butchered less than 4 hours earlier! That's what you call fresh from the farm!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Race Day!

The boys ran a 2.5K race. Kolin completed the run in 16 minutes 40 seconds, Kaden and Konrad finished in 16 minutes 49 seconds.

First Solo Campout

By divine coincidence the boys got sprayed with a skunk the same evening, so sleeping outside was a perfect solution to two very stinky boys.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Opening Night

Tonight was opening night of 101 Dalmatians, a musical that the boys are in. This picture is the opening scene, they are waiting for the music to start and then they will start shaking their "tails". Kolin in a narrator and Kaden is a Dalmatian puppy. There are 3 more shows this weekend.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Piano Recital

Kolin participated in the spring piano recital this afternoon. He did an outstanding job, played with much gusto! Fortissimo! This is a picture of Mrs. Sandy and her students. We wer able to get a little video, but I figure out how to upload that right now!

Friday, April 18, 2014


Born December 25, 2001
Died April 18, 2014
It is with great sadness that we share with you that Kash has passed away. He was a wonderful creature that we were blessed to have as part of our family for over ten years. He was a hardworking police K-9 for the LaVergne Police department and always a dutiful servant to his master. He was loved and will be greatly mised.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring is on its way and I am wasting no time getting ready. I have tested by soil and everything looks good to go!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Piano Recital

In January the boys had their first public piano recital. This is a photo fo the four performers and their instructor, Mrs. Sandy. Next recital is scheduled for late April.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Baby calf born tonight!

I think I missed the birth by minutes, shoot! It's solid black and I think it's a girl :)
When I first saw the calf I didn't know whose it was because it was sitting behind one cow who was sitting on the ground looking normal (not like it had just given birth) and the other cows were all standing close looking at it. After I went to the house to tell a sleeping Konrad what he was missing, I returned and all 3 cows were nosing the calf to get it to stand up. Someone was mooing softly but I honestly couldn't have told you which one was her mother. It was so cool! It reminded me of elephants. When I returned from another trip to the house to get the camera I was pretty certain it was Rosie's calf, the red one.
I decided to leave and quit shining my flashlight in their eyes.
I'll try to get a better picture in the daylight.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St.Patrick's Day!

The boys starting making eggs for breakfast and I suggested a little greenery. Unfortunatley there was no ham available to go with our green eggs, but we just got word that our steer meat is ready so one morning soon we will have steak and eggs.