Monday, April 29, 2013

oil lamp

I've been trying to build up my oil lamps as of lately...this is my newest find...
antique ruby red oil lamp
Joyful Mother

Spring is among us

happy baby
chicks getting big
kids looking for ? by the pond
Joyful Mother

Friday, April 26, 2013

A lovely Friday morning...

Fresh raw Kefir pancakes...with Kefir Fruit topping...Yum!!!

Chores being done
A sneak peek at my "new" kitchen...more to come...when finished!
Joyful Mother

Thursday, April 25, 2013


pasture growing up nice...
free range chickens...
chicken tractor in the works...
my new favorite dressing...
kids taking pictures of their tent building...
The dressing recipe if you would like to try it...
1 cup Mayo (I will be trying to make my own soon),
3T Red Wine Vinegar,
1T Honey
Joyful Mother

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Vintage breakfast...

Breakfast...Banana muffins w/streusel topping
My new vintage find...a Lehman Babyguard wooden high chair dated back to the late 1930's

Have a wonderful day!

Joyful Mother

Thursday, April 18, 2013

More babies!

Babies babies everywhere!

This is Cookie named by little miss.  We found them Tuesday evening nursing comfortably in the loft.  Cookie was here when we bought the place.  This is her second set of kittens since we've lived here.

Joyful Mother

Another baby!

On Saturday we woke up to this...

Iris had her baby!!!  It is a little bull calf...


Joyful Mother

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Making Soap

Today we made soap.  Getting ready for our local farmers market.  Trying to get our stock built up so we don't have to be making soap during the summer months!

We have made soap a couple of different ways...crockpot being our favorite.  It's simple and ready to use the same day!

Also...painting the living room today and experimenting with kitchen cabinets...before and after pictures to come...

Joyful Mother

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Crazy April Day...


One Snake to go!!  A Copperhead mind you...yikes!!  Notice the dissection and the frog!!

Swimming on an April day...crazy kids!!

Snake Hunting!!
As the kids were getting in the pond they saw a copperhead head.  So my oldest and hubby went down with the shot gun.  They each shot one.  That was pretty exciting.  One of the snakes had a lump so they decided they needed to dissect...out came a frog! The other snake, well let's just say SOME of the family had snake for dinner...yuck!

We had a pretty crazy day as you can see.  The weather was exceptionally warm...81 degrees!  We did get some garden planted.  Thanks to our neighbor for coming down with the tractor yesterday and giving our garden it's start.  We are doing raised beds this year.  Something new to us.  Hopefully this will be a successful idea for years to come.  So right now it's a LOT of work, raking and shoveling the paths into 4 foot rows.  We have a pretty big "garden" space which equals a LOT of rows.  I hope to plant quite a variety of things in there this year.
Today we planted lettuce, spinach, kale, beets, radishes, and peas.  I haven't had very good luck at growing some of these, so I hope they turn out. 
So glad to get some things in before the big rain coming!

Joyful Mother

Sunday, April 7, 2013

We have a new baby!

Meet Buttercup...Our new calf.  Rose lost her baby, so we allowed her to adopt! ;)

Joyful Mother

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Please join me in signing this petition for the sake of this family. 
In only 14 days, the petition to seek a formal response to the plight of the Romeike family will close. If we don’t gain 60 thousand more signatures by then, th...e petition will simply be erased from the White House website. Now is the time to act.

Thank you, everyone who has liked and shared our photos over the last few days. We so appreciate it. Spreading the word about the Romeike family is so important!

But sadly, many who have seen the posts, articles, and memes have simply clicked "like" and moved on to the rest of their day. Based on our social media analytics, if only a quarter of the people who saw our last few memes took the 15 minutes to sign up for an account and sign the petition, we would have reached our 100,000 signatures in a single afternoon.

Please consider how sacrificing just a few extra minutes of your time to actually sign the petition might dramatically impact the entire lives of the Romeike family. A few minutes of your time in trade for the rest of their lives.

Thank you for your help. Together we can defend the innocent.
Joyful Mother

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