Sunday, November 26, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving 2017!

I'm dutifully posting our annual Thanksgiving round table photo, as per tradition.

I'm sorry the exposure is so bad -- it was a gorgeous day with bright sunlight, so the bay windows really let all that beautiful light in, which is wonderful in person, but very hard for the cameras to adjust to.  If I still had PhotoShop on my PC, I could fix some of this; but, alas, I don't.

So-- going around the table from left front:  "empty plate" is David (#2 son) who is actually taking the photo, so not in it.  Clockwise from his plate is my son-in-law Tim,  Amanda, Krista (Amanda's best friend, who always shares Thanksgiving with us because her family is all in Wyoming); myself (Tracy), my mother Sharon, my sister Toyia (obviously, she and I are just talking to each other and not paying attention to the photographer); then baby Henry, then Henry's mom & dad Lacy & Jared  (my sister Toyia's middle son family).  Then of course at the head of the table, was our wonderful host, Steven.

Steven roasted the turkey and made the pumpkin pie. David offered the tasty lamb roast (one of Steven's lambs), and made the gravy;  Jared & Lacy brought the sweet potatoes casserole; Toyia brought a wonderful salad; Amanda & Tim made the potatoes and green been casserole, as well as bringing rolls; all I had to do this year was make the dressing/stuffing.  It all turned out quite wonderfully.

Below are some photos of the table setup that aren't such a bad exposure.  Steven went to a lot of work to make the day memorable and traditional.

Steven chose an eclectic group of antique dishes from the china cupboard to grace the table. Everything from fine antique china to Jewel-Tea ware.

Waiting for the arrival of everyone

He also decided to shine up his great-grandmother's glass toothpick holder collection to add color to the bright sunshine streaming through the windows. It was beautiful.

After the meal and the clean-up; most of us went for a walk to enjoy the day.  After we returned, we played some lively rounds of Apples to Apples; and cards and other games.  It was a wonderful day of family fellowship.  Everyone went home happy, and with leftovers!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

View from the top

We don't have any "hills" in our river valley area of Kansas.
So I thought I'd share some photos my son recently posted on his Facebook page -- of the views he gets of our place while up the 30 foot windmill tower doing maintenance on the windmill head.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Seems like the only time I get around to updating this blog site is during this special holiday of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving has always been a BIG deal in our family.  I have many wonderful memories of Thanksgivings around this same table, in the same room, with my grandma cooking, and all my cousins and aunts & uncles around us, when I was a child.

We have tried hard to carry on that family tradition - which gets more difficult each year as family members spread out and go their separate ways.  But it is important to us to gather and give thanks to God for all the blessings He has provided for us this year.

It is also fun to go back through this blog on the #Thanksgiving label and see how we've all changed through the years.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

(our camera had dead batteries, so we had to make do with a cell phone camera, which couldn't quite handle the bright light from our bay windows!)  We miss having Uncle Paul with us around the table.

Happy Thanksgiving from: Steven,  Amanda, Tim, grandma (Sharon), Aunt Ida, and myself! (David not pictured because he's taking the photo!)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

First Day of Spring, 2016

Since today is the first day of spring, I thought I'd show you a few of the things keeping us busy (and keeping me from having time to blog) these days:

Spring has definitely sprung around here!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

More photos!

Here's some shots from around the farm this past week:

Steven's garden is looking especially good so far this year
(you can click on the photo to view it larger)

and we have a set of twins born to my Katahdin ewe (sheep)

and this week we finally had another Boer doe give birth

(she actually had twins, but one was stillborn)

Isn't this little babe cute?

~ Tracy

Thursday, July 9, 2015

New babies

Look what hatched out this week!  :-)

She's very protective.  I had a cute little video of her with the ducklings but I haven't been able to upload it from my phone to here.

We also have about 20 chicks from two hens that recently hatched, and of course the lamb twins.  Still waiting on more baby goat kids to arrive any day.