Jammin’ On a Blustery Day

    

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     Yesterday’s wonderful, cool southwesterly breeze changed to a strong, hot, dry north wind today.  My front yard is littered with small, young tree branches that have broken out of the trees.  We really can’t open up much of the house today because the wind blows things around too much inside.

 

 

 

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     My clothesline, loaded with three loads of laundry, bit the dust around mid-morning!  The pole broke.  I’ll have to pick up a new clothesline next time I’m in town.

     You know, I shared awhile back that I’d saved up quite a bit of money toward having our piano tuned and repaired.  We were totally blessed by the gentleman who did the work for us, and we ended up with about $200 left after paying him.  My husband said that I could use that money toward some projects inside the house that have needed doing for awhile.  I began planning and was sure that I could tackle a couple of areas for sure, and maybe even a third. 

     Before any of those projects could be started, though, we had several things break that needed to be repaired or replaced.  Nothing big, just little things here and there, all very needful; but before I knew it, the funds had dwindled.  Once I replace my clothesline, the whole of that money will be gone. 

     I will, in all honesty, tell you that this has been a bit discouraging for me.  Not in a heart-breaking sort of way, but discouraging all the same.  What I want to tell you is this………..normally, my husband would have HAD to work overtime shifts to pay for the replacement of all of these things.  He would not have sacrificed the money he had set aside for our Disneyland trip to make these repairs, so working overtime would have been his only choice.  Though I am disappointed that I cannot paint and fix up my front hall and entry way (and perhaps the boys’ room),  I am glad that we did have the money available to repair needful things outside and in without my husband having to work ant overtime during this busy season at home.

     I have found that it is possible to be disappointed AND thankful at the same time.  Though my plans for my home will once again be put on hold, I am so thankful that the Lord did not give me the opportunity to go forward with my plans right away.  If that had happened, the money would have been spent on paint, moulding, new blinds, etc., and would not have been available for the necessary repairs we’ve had to make.  I am choosing, and it is a choice we can all make, to praise God for His provision for my family and to thank Him for His providence.  Choose today to be content in the Lord’s will for your life!  There is such peace to be found there. 

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     Aaron spent the morning with the trimmer finishing chopping down the weeds in the ditch along the front of our property and then down the side road.  He was almost done before the trimmer got all tangled up and fell apart on him.  It’s not broken, it’s just one of those things that only my husband has complete success with.  It’s been so dry here this year, that it’s absolutely essential that we have all that dry grass cut along the roadways.  It’s such a nasty job to do, too.  I hate that he’ll have to go out one more time to finish it up.  He certainly does a nice job.

 

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     This view, taken from our back porch, gives you a better idea of the amount of trimming that needs to be done.  You can see about half of the long stretch across the front of our property on the left side, and the far end of our property from this view. 

 

 

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   Warning:  Disturbing images ahead! 

     Aaron came to the house with a specatacular nature find for his brother.  He found a snake skin that was still in one piece!  Those are rare to find, and William loves having these in his nature baskets!  You do allow your children to keep these things, don’t you?  It’s quite simple, for even the most squeamish of moms, to allocate a couple of baskets for their children’s nature finds.  (I’d allow each child at least one medium sized basket).  The baskets look nice on a book shelf and the nature finds are protected safely inside, yet remain out of sight for those that aren’t particularly fond of such things. 

     Will has all sorts of things in his baskets.  In fact, a few years ago, he had a “dead” wasp nest in his basket. IMG_5331 One very cold, cold day we had the wood stove just blazing away and we were toasty warm inside.  Will was showing his nest to a friend, and the “dead” wasp babies were waking up!  They thought it was summer!

     I don’t remember ever finding a snake skin with the head parts intact like this one.

 

 

      While Aaron was working on cutting the weeds, Will and I made a run down the road 5 miles or so to the local strawberry stand.  The stand is run by an immigrant family.  They have taken a run down, modular home on an unsightly, weedy 5 acre parcel and turned it into a lush, beautiful strawberry farm.  I wish I had remembered to take my camera.  They started a few years ago with about an acre planted, and now have about 4 acres planted in strawberries.  The berries are juicy, sweet and wonderful! 

     Will picked out the biggest strawberry he could find to give to Aaron when we got home.  Let’s get this straight now, shall we…..Aaron brings Will a cool snake skin, and Will gives Aaron a huge, juicy strawberry in return.  The funny thing is, both were delighted with their gift!

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     Dani and I then worked together and made 17 half pints of strawberry jam.  I love hearing the jars “plunk” as they seal on the counter!  What a lovely, satisfying sound!

 

 

 

 

 

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     I almost forgot.  I made these frozen bananas early this afernoon as a special treat for my family to enjoy this evening! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Well………I had this post all written and ready to go when my Prince Charming, my knight in shining armor, came home from work!!  No, he wasn’t riding a white stallion.  He was, rather, driving a 12 year old Oldsmobile inherited from his mom.  No matter.  He’s my handsome hero all the same!!!  Guess what he brought me????

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     Yes, yes he did!  He brought me a new clothes line.  Wanna know what else???  He had to return a sprinkler part to Home Depot on his way home.  He used the cash from the return along with the remnants of a gift card he had in his wallet, so the clothes line was only $7 out of pocket!  I love that man!!! 

 

 

 

IMG_5345      He also reassembled the trimmer and gave Aaron some instructions on how to manage when it tangles in the future. 

     Like I said, he’s my knight in shining armor!

     He really enjoyed his chocolate covered frozen banana, too! 

     I am so blessed!

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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21 comments to Jammin’ On a Blustery Day

  • No joke, that is a lot of trimming.

    Your jam jars look like jewels sitting on the shelf!  So pretty!

  • What a great day of trading and doing for others at Copper’s Homestead today!

    Very cool snake skin…I have not seen one with the head intact either!

    And bless your sweet hubby…a new clothesline is better than flowers

    Aaron is following in his father’s footsteps so well. He is such a fine young man, and will make a wonderful providing hubby, trained well by his father how to fix and repair things around the ol homestead! Aw shucks, I am already married

    Love you…Have a blessed day

  • Wait – where’s the disturbing images?  Not the bananas, right???  😉

  • My kids also love there nature finds, in fact one thing we have done is we have a empty aqurium that mom allows guests to spend the night in but in the morning they need to go back outside to there mom and dad . We have had garden snakes, turtles, and lots of salamanders visit for the night.

  • Thank you for sharing about how it’s possible to be disappointed, yet thankful to the Lord at the same time. This is a constant theme at our house it seems. I am still waiting to have the money to finish replacing woodwork in our living room–but each time we have a little “extra”, it seems there are ninety nine other true needs that the money gets spent on.

    Those frozen bananas look DELICIOUS! Do you freeze the bananas first, then dip them in frosting and apply sprinkles? I know those would be a hit at our house.

    Have a wonderful day!
    ~Becky

  • Cheryl – I love reading about your daily life! That strawberry jam looks so wonderful. It makes me want to do up some freezer jam myself soon. Here in Indiana the strawberries are just starting to ripen up! Can’t wait!

    Denise

  • That snake skin is COOL!!!:coolman:

    Your jam jars are wonderful…I want to do some jams with Charlotte, but do not have a clue. I plan to pick up the Ball Jar book you mentioned. I am putting my garden in this weekend. I can’t wait for the wonderful salad that will come out of it!

    What a blessing to get the new clothesline AND have it installed so quickly. You are blessed…that is true!

  • A super encouraging post! I loved your idea about the nature baskets, that’s exactly what we need. :coolman: Those bananas look delicious. :spinning:

  • A super encouraging post! I loved your idea about the nature baskets, that’s exactly what we need. :coolman: Those bananas look delicious. :spinning:

  • We had terrible wind here yesterday!  I was outside all day gardening and I felt I might blow away!  Today, it’s raining. Good for my new little flower bed.  Now I’m forced to work inside today.  My baby brother and his family are coming for a visit, so I need to tend to the inside of my house after working all week outside.  I’ve been busy!  Still so much more to do. 

    Your family is so dear to me.  You always encourage me.  Thank you for sharing your life.  :love:

  • :wave: Jam looks yummy, as soon as the blackberries are ready I’m trying my hand at jam myself, lol.  The frozen nanners look scrumptious – I use to make those for my kids :fun: when they were small *sigh*.  You are so blessed with a sweet hubby!  If you get time take a look at my blog from yesterday and see how sweet my hubby is, lol.

    God Bless,

    Gretchen

  • What a great new clothesline, we too hang about 3 loads out on the clothes line but our are about 4 long parrell lines that we hang up laundry on :goodjob:. I have a question, I’m going to be taking piano lessons soon from a dear friend that is doing out of love for free, that is a blessing but now we need to have the piano tuned, some keys fixed, etc. If you don’t mind sharing how much did fixing yours cost? BTW—that is SUCH a cool snakeskin!

    ~*~Megan~*~

  • What a great new clothesline, we too hang about 3 loads out on the clothes line but our are about 4 long parrell lines that we hang up laundry on :goodjob:. I have a question, I’m going to be taking piano lessons soon from a dear friend that is doing out of love for free, that is a blessing but now we need to have the piano tuned, some keys fixed, etc. If you don’t mind sharing how much did fixing yours cost? BTW—that is SUCH a cool snakeskin!

    ~*~Megan~*~

  • Congrats on the new clothesline!  It is very pretty!

    I love the “plunk” of jars sealing, too!  It’s such a satisfying sound!  Usually you have worked really hard getting the contents into those jars and to hear them sealing is like a little pat on the back for all the hard work!

    :goodjob:

    Alesha

  • Grace, joy, contentment, thankfulness, yumminess, a bit of discouragement and a big EW. All in one post. Wow. I applaud you.

    I’ve been wanting to can some strawberry preserves. Next week may be my opportunity – I need to pencil it in my organizer. 🙂

  • Isn’t it wonderful to be married to a man who still makes your heart sing after many years together?  I don’t comment very often, but I love your blog and your faithfulness to God and your sweet family.  Your recipes are wonderful too!

    Mary

  • “Choose today to be content in the Lord’s will for your life!  There is such peace to be found there.”   Amen!  :coolman: 

    I also love to hear the plunking of the jar lids.  We joyfully say “Praise the Lord” when we hear them.  The fun is being the first one to hear and say it.  😆

  • i always love all the pics you share- they are so homey!

  • i always love all the pics you share- they are so homey!

  • Hi Cheryl,

    Good to see you back.  LOL I am from Ca. My family went to Disneyland when they first opened. I wasn’t born till a year later so when I went there the park was just a couple years old. Yikes I am old or Disneyland is old. LOL I enjoy hearing about your days.

    Hugs,

    Elizabeth

  • What a wonderful surprise with the clothesline!!! The strawberry jam and frozen bananas look yummy!