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Thursday, August 12 - Mowing Crew Finished! -
Today the guys finished up the I-40 mowing and came home. They were
all very tired and glad to be done. What a blessing everyone stayed
Cim, Joe, Laredo and the Boss.
Carolina was part of the home
crew after all.
More Canning - We dug out a pile of
frozen venison roasts from this year's harvest and thawed them enough to
cut them up and pack them in jars. The canning book said not to add any
water at all. I ended up with 12 quarts of tender cooked meat pieces
ready to pop into stews, casseroles and BBQ sandwiches. I had never
tried canning meat before, but it did really well and the jars were even
full of beefy-looking broth, too. I've mentioned before that we're
trying to empty out our freezers, so I also canned 6 quarts of turkey
broth that I had previously frozen.
From the garden today came ripe cherry
Atlanta's teaching Carolina to sew. She
worked on an apron for herself from some material she bought with her
own money when we were at Wal-Mart a couple of weeks ago. Pictures of
the finished project will be coming soon.
Atlanta made tonight's supper, her
favorite cornbread casserole.
Tuesday, August 10 - Canning All Day -
Today we pulled bags of juice out of the freezer and did several rounds
of jelly. Grape, peach and wild plum were on the menu for today. We
still have lots of juice in the freezer that needs to be made up, but we
ran out of pectin so we'll have to wait before doing any more.
Yummy jelly in jars of various sizes.
We put up over 50 jars today.
Yesterday, these green beans from our
garden turned into 4 quarts of preserved food.
Monday, August 9 - Grenade
Video added - This morning I put a new video on the website. It's
the 10 second grenade stunt video that the boys filmed and put together
Saturday night. It's very realistic and I think you'll be surprised.
Check it out
Pictures - They say a picture is worth a
thousand words, and I do think a few pictures will sum up today's
A long racer snake sneaks past the back
porch traveling almost too fast to capture on camera.
Aspen's chicken hutch looks nice after
it's recent paint job.
Storm clouds gather straight overhead
and cool us off with a little evening shower.
Aspen returns from feeding at the barn
after the storm clouds pass to the east behind her.
The opposite sky rewards us with a
breathtaking sunset full of colors.
Sunday, August 8 - Tidwells for Breakfast -
Jim, Sunny and Granny drove up this morning to pick up Hannah and
visit a while. Nathan fixed pancakes, eggs and bacon for breakfast. They
stayed for church and we had a packed house. We had fun trying out a few
new songs and few old songs as well. We also enjoyed sandwiches,
watermelon, chips and dip for lunch before they had to head back.
We had a fun visit with Hannah. Here
she is helping Atlanta and Carolina fix lunch yesterday.
Hannah trying her hand at milking Bessie,
the milk cow.
Fried Pies - Sunday afternoon after the
Tidwells left, the Shannon ladies got busy making breakfast burritos and
packing snacks for the mowing crew and planning supper. We decided that
there were enough left over enchiladas that we could have a light supper
and then have something special for dessert. Atlanta decided to make
apricot fried pies. They were so delicious. I wish you could have been
here (but Nathan's glad you weren't because that left more for him!).
Evening Ride - Nathan, the little kids and
the boys all went riding Sunday evening after it cooled off. Carolina
and Stockton were both wearing their new chaps and were having the time
of their lives. (See
Chaps for Carolina and Stockton,
Proud Dad looks on.
Saturday, August 7 - New Air Conditioner - Anyone who's
visited us recently can attest to the fact that it can get quite hot
during the day in our house. Nathan went to Childress this morning for
feed and parts and brought home a new air conditioner as well. Yeah!
It's a lot cooler now.
We replaced the older unit in the
kitchen with the new one.
Nathan cleaned out the old unit with
his air compressor and put it in a window in the schoolroom. Now we have
more areas we can use during the day if necessary.
Fourteen Kids and Five
Pans of Enchiladas - When you have the former, you must have the
latter, that is if you want to get them full! The Phipps family came
over this afternoon and everyone had a great time. Atlanta had fixed the
enchiladas and brownies for supper. We even had popcorn before it was
all said and done.
Would you like to feed this bunch every
night?? The Phipps have six kids like we do and we also have cousin
Hannah and friend Joe Wells with us, too. Of course, Regina and Quint
and Nathan and Windy ate, also!
Northfield Commandos - Don't tell
Homeland Security, but there seems to be a militia group that has sprung up in the
area. They have secret maneuvers about once a week in the surrounding
Laredo, Caleb, Joe, Grant, Stockton and
Cimarron are ready for an air soft battle. (Air soft guns shoot a
plastic BB that can still put a whelp on its victim--just ask Stockton)
To see the 10 second grenade stunt they filmed
Majestic thunderhead seen in the east
from our house last evening.
Thursday, August 5 - Cousins! - Today we
had a visit from some more cousins. Kristin Dendy and Vicky
Tate (my cousin and aunt) and Kristin's daughters, Clara Vee and Mara,
as well as Granny, came from Lubbock. They arrived about 11:00 a.m. and stayed until 3:00
or so. We enjoyed lunch together and watched the kids swim, ride horses
and generally run wild!
Cooling Off! Hannah, Clara Vee,
Stockton, Mara, Carolina in the pool.
Does this look dangerous? I thought so,
Hannah and Mara take a turn on Dixie.
Atlanta is the horse wrangler.
Carolina and Clara Vee are enjoying the
day together. They have also become pen pals recently.
Baby Shower for Isaiah Lipps - Tonight we
attended a baby shower/salad supper for Hannah (Boedeker) Lipps new son.
I dropped off Aspen, Stockton, Carolina and Hannah at the Phipps house
which was just down the road from the shower to play for a couple of
hours. Atlanta made Isaiah a confederate Kepi of his very own. He
reminds us so much of Hannah's brother, Will, who is very much into the
Civil War and who got the kids interested in the time period so many
years ago, that it seemed like a gift he needed.
He doesn't exactly seemed thrilled with
his new cap, but he did look cute!
Wednesday, August 4 - Trip to Lubbock -
We went to Lubbock today to attend the viewing at Resthaven Funeral Home
of my uncle Floyd Davis who died this week. It was good to see so many
family members that I hadn't seen in so long. "Unkie" as I knew him,
will be missed by many. We brought Sunny's daughter, Hannah, home with
us to stay a few days.
Five-year-old Hannah is a little ball
of activity and will spice up our lives for the next few days!
Tuesday, August 3 -Trip to Turkey - Today
for lunch (and supper) we went to the Phipps house in Turkey. They're
our new home school friends that moved here this year. We had so much
fun and the kids especially had a good time. It was nice having the
How many kids can you fit in one pool?
Elaine, Carolina and Stockton are cooling off, Josiah is in the chair
When Carolina found out we were going to be
visiting the Phipps, she said she couldn't wait to show Elaine her new
mermaid costume. Atlanta decided to make one for Elaine as well. Here
are the girls together in their new suits:
Monday, August 2 - Painting the Chicken Hutch
- Aspen, Stockton and Carolina painted the hutch Aspen got for
Christmas. We never had gotten around to painting it, so it seemed like
a good hot day for it. They painted it with a base coat of white and
Aspen may choose to get another color to go over it later.
Carolina's Mermaid Costume - Atlanta
decided to make some mermaid costumes to put on her
Etsy website. She made one for Hannah last year for Halloween and it
turned out so cute. Carolina was really sad that she didn't have a
mermaid outfit, so Atlanta had pity on her and made her one, too.
Bow and Arrow - Later that day Carolina
showed me her new skill. Cimarron had worked with her on Sunday
afternoon and taught her how to shoot a bow. She hit the target every
Sunday, August 1 - Making A Week's Worth of
Food - After we finished church, the girl's and I started in making
breakfasts and lunches for the boys this week. They'll be working out of
town all week again. Aspen fried 40 eggs and two packages of turkey
bacon to make 20 breakfast sandwiches.
Atlanta assembled the sandwiches on English
Incidentally, before she did that, she whipped
up two pans of Manicotti for lunch. Whew!
Carolina helped me pack snacks for the boys to
use to put their lunches together this week.
granola bars, fried pies, pretzels,
cheese-its, dried apples, popcorn cakes, crackers, ginger snaps, etc.
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