Basement clean up

Saturday we worked for about 6 hours in the basement…eeew! We have an infestation of spiders and millipedes.
I finished the touch up on the bedroom paint and urethaned the window sills (finally.)
Ryan helped Dad move furniture and other stuff for a hour or so…queen bed down and bunk beds up and worms to the garage (they have a nasty case of fruit fly-itis and I couldn’t handle that inside any more.)
We scrubbed and cleaned and moved and tossed and got things ready for our first session of The Truth Project. We are moving home group to the basement for the winter. Hopefully the heat will go in this week. Thanks Randy!

TGIF!!!

So thankful for Friday. Not that we will have much rest this weekend, but at least we will be together.
It seems that my “kids” are all going through the same phase at once….they repeat everything over and over…my least favorite phase. I need earplugs:)
Not much happening outside the last few days. My 5+ foot tall cosmos FINALLY bloomed only to snap off the very same day…at least they look pretty in the vase.
Ryan has been slowly but surely working on the workshop/goat-shed…the gnats have been nearly unbearable this week.
I have been dogging away at the basement bedroom. It needs a bit more touch up, paint-wise and then a thorough scrubbing before we can move furniture. We only have one week to get the basement in order for the Truth Project.
This morning I rounded up a truck load of stuff for Shelli to take to Harry & Amelia’s yard sale. That got rid of a bit of junk in the basement. Later, I replaced the torn border in the nap room and killed a few more spiders.
Tonight we have dinner with Dave & Iva and Brian & Lori-good times…I’ll be roasting a chicken.
Tomorrow the weatherman is calling for 80% chance of rain…not sure if we’ll be able to do anything outside but there is enough to do in the basement to keep us busy all weekend.
Sunday is Home Group-the men are”cooking” and cleaning up-nice. In the evening, my folks will come for dinner.

More Peppers…

Yesterday was very busy. I boiled all the wee potatoes and peeled them. I put up 5 more pints of beets and another gallon bag of broccoli. I painted the ” Savanna” room in the basement. I picked another big bowl of peppers. We got 17 eggs from 18 chickens…they must have been very happy yesterday. I baked three pies…one was an experimental recipe…Simply Orange Mango juice…kind of like lemon meringue only kickier…
Today I will wash all the bedding and get ready to move things downstairs. I was up at 5:30 am making food for a neighbor who got very ill from getting a flu shot. Stuffed 8 peppers and will make more pepper rings later.
Full load of kids today…lots of little boys…fun.

More work in the gardens.

I’d really like to use this blog as blogs were intended to be used; kind of a daily on line diary of the happenings here at Big Oak Ridge.

Unfortunately, there never seems to be enough time in a day …

Monday night I attended my first township meeting (see citizens for a free pa for information on that).
Paula wrote an article for the local paper about the March on Washington (never heard anything back).

Tuesday night I went to prayer meeting.
Paula washed all the outside toys for the play yard and washed the truck.

Wednesday we mowed grass (fast and furious!) got MOST of the yard done by dark. It wasn’t the best mowing job we’ve ever done, but at least we don’t have to use  a machete to get from the house to the chicken coop.

Thursday we picked tomatoes. We’ve started putting the garden to bed, so we’re pulling plants as we harvest. We got some more cucumbers and squash also. In the process of harvesting the tomatoes we found two “volunteer” potato plants with some nice potatoes on them!

Friday Paula processed tomato juice, mopped the floors, made some more pickled peppers, and did the laundry. Friday afternoon Paula paid bills (we had a REAL MIRACLE there! Thank you JESUS!), took Shelli and the grandkids to do some errands. I met up with them after work and we had dinner at Long John Silver’s.

I’ve spent a lot of time this week on the new web site, Citizens for a Free Pennsylvania (so has Ryan). We’ve got it pretty much up and running now; all we need is some volunteer “cub reporters” to attend meetings and report back on issues and items of interest.

Today I became a “township worker” – I went and purchased a truck load of unwashed limestone and filled in some holes on my road. I got another load of 1B limestone and fixed the front patio area by the ponds.  We hosted my mom and our son Jon for dinner; Jon is staying with us for the weekend. Tomorrow  “Big Oak Ridge Fellowship of Believers” (our home group ) will be here.

More wildlife at Big Oak Ridge

This large frog is one of several living in our fish ponds. Our fish don’t seem to mind, but I’m guessing we’d have a lot more baby fish if it weren’t for these guys.

Wildlife at Big Oak Ridge – a really big TOAD!

We found this toad while we were working in the flower beds. He was HUGE! We left him there to eat the bugs; judging from the size of him he must be doing a good job!

Working on the flower gardens – again

We spend way too much time on these flower beds.

The beds are mostly perennial flowers, which means they come back every year. That’s a good thing because you don’t have to buy new flowers every year; on the other hand, every year the plants come back they get bigger. That means every few years you have to dig things up, move things around, divide the plants (which means you have even more plants!) etc.

The dirt also needs replenished periodically. These beds were originally planted shortly after we moved in, when our daughters were getting married. We’ve worked on them off an on over the years, added plants, etc. but this year it was time to re-do them from scratch.

We lifted all the old plants from each bed, re-filled the beds with fresh dirt, and then re-planted the perennials. We also added a few mums for fall color.

They don’t look like much now but hopefully next year they will be beautiful again.

A “Nearly Perfect” Hibiscus

One of our new hibiscuses bloomed, and it was just about perfect – very large, facing the driveway, no bug bites or anything! These things only last a day or two when they bloom, but they are sure cool looking.

Construction on the Workshop and Goat shed has begun


I have started working on the Workshop/Goat shed. I have had some help since my hand is still sore from being broken. Makes it hard to run a post hole digger. This will make a decent sized workshop and goat shed big enough for 3 or 4 goats. Maybe more. 🙂

New Chairs! Woo Hoo!

Today we were able to purchase twenty chairs for the community meetings. These chairs will be used this fall/winter when we are working on our video series.