Outside Our Home

July 28 already!  Summer is flying by.  We have finished our third week of school, doing school only 4 days each week.   We are very glad for Saturday. 🙂  I will be making yogurt, making laundry detergent, and freezing green beans.  We will also give the house a good cleaning because Quentin’s parents are visiting tomorrow.

Our garden is still growing well although the zucchini and squash plants have given in to the squash bugs.  There are a lot of watermelons on the vine, and we hope to pick corn soon.  I don’t think it will be too much longer before we pick some okra.

Corn & Watermelon Vines

Okra

This little apple tree has one branch that is loaded with apples.

One of our apple trees

And we are starting to pick tomatoes.  My guys pick early. 🙂

Our first four tomatoes

I have worked the last few days in our flower beds.  Most flowers have bloomed already, and we are left with a lot of green.

Back and Side Flower Bed

My father-in-law gave me the seeds to this older variety of marigolds. They are unique.

Marigolds

Yesterday we got our first hibiscus blossom.  The rose of sharon bushes are also starting to bloom.

Hibiscus

Rose of Sharon

I am always greeted by the goats and chickens.  They hear the door open and start calling.

Lilac and Willow

We love tomato leaves!

We have a couple of hens that are still setting.  They have hatched five chicks so far, and one of their eggs was peeping last night.

A couple of new barnyard chicks

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

:)Vicki

I am linking this post to Homestead Barn Hop

It’s a Hard Life

Yep, she has it rough!

Hi, I hope everyone is having a great week.  It sure is flying by-Wednesday already.  We are on our second week of school and are now doing History and Math.  We are taking a three day weekend so only one more day to go this week.

After school on Monday and Tuesday, I worked on putting in more fence posts.  It had been a while since I worked on them.  I want to have it done by winter so I really need to keep at it.

We picked green beans yesterday and got 7 quarts.  We didn’t get any last year because of these little, yellow, prickly looking bugs.  They are back this year on one patch of green beans.  Luckily my kids planted the beans in four different places so they haven’t found them all!

I have clothes that need to be hung out to dry, then we will rummage through the garden to see what we can find.  There isn’t anything else that has to be done today.  I will do some weeding and just spend some lazy time with the kids.

:)Vicki

Grayson Highlands & Blueberries

Grayson Highlands is one of our favorite places to visit.  We went today to pick blueberries, but I mainly just came back with pictures. 🙂  The bushes are loaded with lots of unripe berries.  We did pick a pint or so and did a lot of munching.  We hope to go back in a couple of weeks to camp and pick more blueberries.

My Oldest

My middle child

And youngest

Quentin & me

It is always nice to see the wild ponies.

They aren’t too wild.

Father & Son

I hope you all had a restful Sunday!

:)Vicki

Around Here

Summer is ticking by, and we are enjoying it fully!  This past Saturday Quentin and I celebrated our 14th Anniversary.  We went to the movies to see Spider Man and Quentin cooked our meals for the day.  It is hard to get my guys to go out to eat lately.  Too many Yahoo articles on restaurants I suppose?!  My favorite gift was an old chair-of course!  I was admiring this one in a shop down town a couple of weeks ago.  It was a nice surprise!

Our garden is still doing good.  We have been picking zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, and cabbage.  There are baby green beans that will have to be picked soon.  We have frozen 58 cups of shredded zucchini.  We like it in brownies, bread, and muffins.  We also like it sliced and fried, but I am mostly too lazy to stand and fry anything!

Zucchini brownies are an old favorite of ours.

Chocolate zucchini bread is a new favorite.

Zucchini carrot muffins make a colorful breakfast or snack.

I think I have figured out how to take care of cabbage now.  I froze 4 quarts from one head of cabbage yesterday and have two more cabbages recovering from some kind of caterpillars that I killed off with Dawn dish liquid.  When my zucchini plants are finished I plan to plant more cabbage in its place.

It has cooled off enough here to comfortably work outside.  It is only 75º out right now. Yesterday we even got a lot of rain.  There are tons of green tomatoes on the vines, and I am hoping the rain will help them to ripen.

This morning we started school.  It will be several weeks until we are back at it full time.  Our schedule for the year looks like this:

7 am Feed goats & tidy up the house

7:30 am Breakfast

8 am History (drive thru history America foundations of character)

8:30 am Math (teaching textbooks & math u see)

11 am lunch

11:30 am break

12 noon English(rod and staff)

1 pm science (a beka will do rod and staff when finished with last years book)

1:30 pm Spelling (spelling power)

2 pm Reading(rod and staff ordered day before yesterday)

3 pm Feed and Water Animals & outdoor chores

When we finish up with History we will work on Health which will more than likely be Rod and Staff.  I am allowing 2 1/2 hours for math.  That will give me time to go over assignments, get everyone started on their work, and one on one time if needed.  We are excited to be working on school again.  We really enjoyed Drive Thru History America this morning.  For the first time I felt like I was doing a good job teaching History, and it was fun!

I hope you all are enjoying your summer and keeping cool!

:)Vicki

America’s Birthday

Our little home decorated for the 4th.

I hope you all had a happy 4th.  We had a fun, relaxing day. Quentin’s mom made it over around noon, and we ate and just enjoyed being out in the sunshine.  I filled 150 water balloons, and my kids introduced the three little boys from next door to water balloons.  We all got soaked.  I wish I would have taken some pictures.  In the evening Quentin set fire works off for us, and we watched Floyd’s fireworks from the porch afterwards.

My kids with their Momaw.

Madison got brave and had her ears pierced on Tuesday.  She did great and has been taking care of them and keeping them clean.  She paid to have it done herself.  They do grow up way too fast!

Newly pierced ears!

Yesterday, we took Quentin’s mom to Schoolhouse Fabrics in Floyd.  It was her first time going, and she enjoyed looking through 3 stories of fabric and craft supplies.  She also treated the kids to lots of crafting supplies.  Madison got a bow making book and is having fun learning how to make different bows.  They also had all their patterns for half off.  She got the girls a dress pattern and fabric for dresses.  She also taught us that there is a fabric that is called polished cotton that is better for making dresses.  It doesn’t wrinkle.  I wish I would have known that a long time ago!

Cute little ducklings!

I am catching up on laundry and housework today.  Someone is supposed to come buy all our ducklings today.  There are chicks hatching right now that I am chick-napping as they dry off.  I will use the ones that turn out to be hens for eggs.  I want to learn how to process chickens so I can butcher the roosters for meat.

New chicks.

We have taken off over a month straight from schoolwork.  This morning I ordered Drive Thru History America: Foundations of character.  When I get it in the mail, we will start working through it.  We will work on history for a week, and the next week I will add another subject.  I will add a new subject each week until we are fully back into the swing of things!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Tomatoes, Corn, & Zucchini

What a difference two weeks makes!

tomatoes two weeks ago

tomatoes today

corn two weeks ago

corn today

zucchini two weeks ago

zucchini today

How I love watching the garden grow!  There are tons of little green tomatoes, and we have picked 5 zucchini so far.  The flour and dawn dish liquid seem to be helping out with the squash bugs.  They have moved on to my son’s pumpkin and gourd vines.  I have been flouring those now.  Overall I am happy with how everything is growing.  I hope to be picking green beans soon.

One of several green bean “patches”. My kids did the planting. 🙂

We got a pretty good storm last night.  Lots of good rain for the garden!  Today we plan to stay indoors and get the house cleaned.  Tomorrow we will go grocery shopping and spend the rest of the day cooking.  My kids are going a little overboard with our 4th of July menu, and I’m letting them.  My mother-in-law is spending the 4th with us so they are planning a special day for their momaw.  I love watching them serve others.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!