May Picture Post

Lovely weather here today! I have mowed the back yard, weeded the asparagus, cabbage, kale, zucchini, and cucumbers, and helped Madison rip the carpet out of the girls’ bedroom. The flooring needed replaced because of a leaky bathtub. Quentin and McKenzie picked some laminate up at Home Depot yesterday morning, and he wants to start putting it down this evening.

I have really let time get away from me lately, so I will share lots of pictures from the last few weeks that I meant to share with you. Guess I have just been having too much fun playing in the garden. :)

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We made Quentin a smurf cake for his birthday.

We made Quentin a smurf cake for his birthday.

Love this guy :)

Love this guy :)

Pretty flowers. I still don't know what they're called.

Pretty flowers. I still don’t know what they’re called.

A salad with garden lettuce. Thanks, Donna! And strawberries from our garden.

A salad with garden lettuce. Thanks, Donna! And strawberries from our garden.

Grilled trout for Memorial Day weekend. Quentin has caught a ton of trout this spring.

Grilled trout for Memorial Day weekend. Quentin has caught a ton of trout this spring. We had a great cookout with the Dawson’s also.

I surprised Quentin one day by fixing up his little pond. I still have to get some barley straw to clear up the algae.

I surprised Quentin one day by fixing up his little pond. I still have to get some barley straw to clear up the algae.

Newly planted strawberry plants

Newly planted strawberry plants

A couple of large goats. Only two more weeks to go!

A couple of large goats. Only two more weeks to go!

Willow's udders starting to fill up

Willow’s udders starting to fill up

Eleanor's

Eleanor’s

Look who's walking

Look who’s walking

This year's garden starting to green up. It curves all along the hillside.

This year’s garden starting to green up. It curves all along the hillside.

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I hope everyone had a great weekend. Happy Memorial Day!

:)Vicki

I Love Springtime

Spring has arrived in full force this past week with warm temps during the day and cool nights perfect for sleeping with the window open. We even had rain and a thunderstorm Monday night to help the garden along.

Our jungle is taking shape quite nicely :)

Our jungle is taking shape quite nicely :)

Irises on the hillside by the driveway

Irises on the hillside by the driveway

Irises in front flower bed

Irises in front flower bed

White Irises

White Irises

Lots of strawberry blossoms

Lots of strawberry blossoms

azalea bush on the hillside

azalea bush on the hillside

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azalea bushes out front taken last week. If you look closely at the bush on the right you will see….

Bernard shading himself

Bernard shading himself :)

potato plants pushing through

potato plants pushing through

a baby asparagus

a baby asparagus

cabbage

cabbage

broccoli

broccoli

peas

peas

lilac blossoms

lilac blossoms

 rhododendron

rhododendron

My Mother's Day basket

My Mother’s Day basket

Madison's cherry tart

Madison’s cherry tart

Quentin went back to work from vacation on Monday. He got in lots of cooking and fishing.

Claytor Lake

Claytor Lake

Even I caught a fish or two

Even I caught a fish or two

And spring just wouldn’t be the same without new life. We have two chickens setting, and we’re hoping for baby chicks soon. Goat kids will be born around the 14th of June. I can hardly wait!

Kittens. Such a sweet, little face

Kittens will be a week old tomorrow. Such a sweet, little face

:)Vicki

There’s No Place Like Home

We had a nice spring break on Jekyll Island. I think it might be the quietest, most peaceful place on earth. We stayed at the Jekyll campground. We slept like babies in our tent with the cool breeze blowing through listening to the sounds of nature. The campground is just a hop, skip, and a jump to Driftwood beach(our favorite), the pier, and the Horton house.

Here are some pictures from our spring break.

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065It was nice to get away for a few days, but we were so happy to be back home!

:)Vicki

A Picture Post

The weather was beautiful Saturday. We picnicked, fished, and hiked at Claytor.

The weather was beautiful Saturday. We picnicked, fished, and hiked at Claytor.

Bambi LOVES to fish and hike too. :)

Bambi LOVES to fish and hike too. :)

This tree looked just like a swing.

This tree looked just like a swing.

I made this cake for the bestest friend ever.

I made this cake for the bestest friend ever.

I made this cake for the bestest friend ever. Happy Birthday, Donna!

Happy Birthday, Donna!

What? You've never seen a goat wearing an okra face mask? :)

What? You’ve never seen a goat wearing an okra face mask? :)

Mr. Haney chewing his cud.

Mr. Haney chewing his cud.

A treat by Madison. Brownies with chocolate icing and chopped nuts.

A treat by Madison. Brownies with chocolate icing and chopped nuts.

Not much to report in the garden. The peas are getting bigger.

Not much to report in the garden.  We have gotten so much rain. The peas are getting bigger.

The hostas are growing. I love seeing green!

The hostas are growing. I love seeing green!

What Quentin did while I was mowing! :)

What Quentin did while I was mowing. :)

Enjoy each and every day!

:)Vicki

Dandelion & Violet Jelly

It’s a rainy day in Floyd. The rain is supposed to stick around for a few days. It is still spring, though, and spring is beautiful.

Creeping phlox are blooming on the hillside. The peach tree is as well.

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We had a nice, sunny weekend. I got the yard mowed and did some weed-eating.

Dandelions have taken over the front yard, and violets are growing through out the goat field. We love weeds and harvested a bunch to make jelly. :)

We have been making dandelion jelly for years. It is lovely and tastes a lot like honey. This year I used the recipe and tutorial found here. It turned out perfectly and set up just like jelly.

007The violet jelly turned out so pretty. Madison did it on her own from start to finish. I was really surprised at how yummy it tastes! The recipe she used is here.

004008I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and remember when life gives you weeds, make jelly!

:)Vicki