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…It really is on the way. Just hold on a little longer, it’s coming.
     

     Do you know how I know?  I can hear the sounds of spring.  I love to hear the frogs croaking, the birds singing, and I’ve even heard a few bumblebees buzz past me!  Also, in our laundry room at the moment I can hear six little chicks.  Yes, we have new chicks to add to our ten laying hens.

 

      They are very cute.  My favourite are the Speckled Sussex.  They are the brown ones with the raccoon-like eyes. The others are Buff Rocks and Anconas.  We only picked out six new chicks since we already have our nine hens and one rooster that are probably six years old.  I think we’re planning on moving the little chicks outside pretty soon.  They are starting to smell more like chickens everyday.  This morning I cleaned out the ‘kid pen’ for them to move into since they’re still too small to move in with the grown hens.  (The ‘kid pen’ is a room off our barn for the baby goats, when we have them.)  It will be nice to have the little birds out there for a while.  My sister, Stephanie, helped me dung out the chicken coup as well.  Next we’ll have to tackle the goat barn… that is always a lot of work.  I might get to that today, we’ll see.

 

     We’ve been outside a lot lately.  It’s been so nice.  We’ve planted five new fruit trees!  An Italian Prune, Spartan Apple, Transparent Apple, and two Pie Cherry trees.  Our yard is diminishing as our ‘orchard‘ grows.  I love it.  Someday this place will look even more amazing with ancient established fruit trees like my great grandparents and great great grandparents properties have now.  This property is wonderful though.  The barns and sheds that my Daddy has built, the garden space that has been enlarged a few times, the flower beds where Mama plants all sorts of things in,  they all add to the welcoming feeling of home.  If you haven’t noticed, I love home. 

     This morning, for breakfast…
     I Made Scones.
    
Yes, they were so good. I used whole wheat flour and they were still good.  I enjoyed them with a latte, Thanks to my friend Erin.  She had a Bialetti Espresso Maker sitting on her fridge which she claimed she hadn’t been using much.  She took it down, handed it to me, and said I could play with it.  And it really works!  I had been eyeing those Bialettis in the Williams Sonoma catalog for a while.  Thank You Erin!  You’re a doll.  The only problem is… now I’ll have to practice self-control!  I don’t need to get into a habit of drinking coffee everyday… It would be so easy, trust me.  I love the making of espresso drinks.  Working at the espresso bar at church has been really great.  I’ve been able to learn so much and I’m getting better at chatting with people I don’t really know.  I’ve enjoyed it.  I must confess though, I’ve been having more coffee, chocolate, sugar, etc. then I should lately.  A box of dark chocolates and stress are not a good pair.  We’ll just say… I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate this past week.  I’d like to go eat another one of those scones right now too… terrible of me, I know.  I guess I’ll go back outside and get some more work done though. 

     Enjoy the rest of your week and take some time to admire the daffodils that are starting to show their cheerful color.

 

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     turning leaves

     Summer is over and Fall is here! I am always surprised how excited I get every time it comes around. The brilliant-red of the turning leaves always stirs something inside of me. I start thinking about all the cozy evenings. Wrapping myself in a blanket at the fireside reading Dickens and listening to the pattering of raindrops against the window panes. The smell of hot cider floating on the air and the sound of joy and laughter ringing through the house. Family and Friends coming to visit and share a meal. Oh, the meals of Fall and Winter are so lovely… Roasted chicken, stuffed with Mamas savoury sage dressing, gravy and mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, homemade donuts… comfort food, seriously. But yes,  pretty soon the colourful leaves begin to drop one by one to join the leaves of yesteryear upon the ground. It amazes me how anyone could observe the changing seasons and not see The Creator.  It is so evident to me that he has planned out every detail [from the falling leaves to your life story] according to His purpose. Reminds me of a song out of Psalm 8.

     Oh Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Thy name, in all the earth! Who hast set Thy glory above the heavens. When I consider the heavens the works of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars which Thou hast ordained, the sheep and the oxen, the beast of the field, the fowl of the air, the fish of the sea… What is man that Thou art mindful of him.

     I love that song. Life gets busy but I hope I’ll always have time to stop and admire Gods handiwork. And I desire to never stop singing His praises. He is so worthy of them.

     Go out, admire the falling leaves.

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