Friday, September 30, 2016

Working hard through the rain!

We were able to move the large appliances into the kitchen. On top of the fridge are our "freezer" bags we use to bring back and forth frozen food.

The stove was purchased in the early 90's when I got a raise. I loved it and it was so exciting and innovative with  the microwave overhead. Then I saw the Maytag double oven/glass top stove in the late 90's and replaced this one with that. But the 2nd oven on the maytag, was a pizza/fish stick oven and it wasn't as helpful as I'd hoped.

This stove above has sat unused for years at the lake property garage. It took Tom years to put an outlet in for it , but then it was 100 ft away from the trailer making it impossible to use. I used a toaster oven up here for years.

My Maytag stove was then killed by a power surge. With little funds I suffered at home with the cheapest stove sears sold. Until 2 years ago I bought my "real" double oven  (with glass top) stove that allows us to bake up to two 28 pound turkeys! LOL! We bake so fast now its comical! We love it.

Here in the woods the electrician put the wrong adapter in for this stove. He put a "newer" plug-in that doesn't fit. So next year. :o)

The refrigerator was a huge blessing in the late 90s. We'd previously suffered with a small portable dorm size refrige and our tiny trailer fridge for quite a few years.

The little freezer is 24 years old. We love this freezer. But we do need a bigger one. Till then we make do! :o)

This is my view of the sky over the cabin/garage. I see this when I come out of the new trailer door. The sky is ever changing. Often I watch the moon "start" here. (when it hits my view) and watch it move over to the right circling our yard till morning. :o)

This day threatened rain. Every day has brought beautiful smiling skies, a Gift from God.

Going to the right, the moon slowly moves around the earth and is "framed" between these two pine tree tops. It is so pretty. I tried to photograph it but we don't know the exact setting for night pictures. We need to read up more on it.

My little sanctuary leading to my "Walden Woods" ;o)
My gazing ball (right), a memory plaque of my daughters in heaven (poem) on the stake. A trellis for flowers soon.
Left of the arbor gate is my dad's old red wheel barrow. We used that my entire childhood up north while building his cabin. It's so small it looks like it was for a child compared to what we use now.

The underneath wood holding the wheel on the wheel barrow is (rotten) shot. Tom couldn't fix it. My son in love is taking welding classes, maybe he can weld a metal piece to attach the wheel! The wheel is made of old iron. Then I could sit it up and plant flowers in it.

To the left is my little chair to sit and contemplate. I have only had time to admire it- LOL!

                                     My little patch I call Walden Woods, behind the arbor.

                                                  Another view of my special spot I love.

I hope that if you click on this photo, that you can read the beautiful poem. After it posts I'll try it. If it can't be read I'll type in the beautiful poem. 

I miss my girls terribly. My daughter Angel was always so helpful and kind to me. Even when we disagreed, she was kind. Her last note to me said "Mom I'm sorry my heart is not right with God right now." Life was not easy for her. She fought Bi polar depression. My heart ached for her. 
My daughter Molly fought a degenerative disease so bravely. 
My daughter Joy was a fragile tiny angel wishing to return to Heaven at 5 months. 

I miss them here so much, but they are where my heart yearns to be.

The "monsoon" rains completely killed this tarp! We had set it up over some things from the garage as the builders were working. :o(

I have been painting the floor in the cabin a green color. It has taken 5 nights to complete. I am very sore. The green was lighter but the sub floor has caused it to look darker. I will tile over it next year one section at a time. The sub floor caused lots of splinters, the paint stops that. That doorway leads to the garage. The left wall is where the large appliances are. The window wall is where the sink and water will come in one day in the future.

Kitty took a few pictures of Violet the "bad" demanding cat. :o) We are all dirty here. Sponge baths are not helping anymore. Its too chilly for filling the outdoor horse trough for a dip, or going through the sprinkler! Even Violet needs a bath. Her skin oils are dirtying her bed. All of us are dreaming of tubs of hot bath water!

Isaiah took these pictures. He and Kitty are taking so many nice photos I can't keep track of who took what!
If you click the photo to enlarge it, it looks so "welcoming". It's our driveway into our property.
Welcome! :o)

                                          He then took these following pictures after the rains.

 The trees were still so full of leaves. A few days later the winds blew most of them off. It looked like our yard was "snowing" leaves!

 This is the road facing the way we drive home. Soon we will lock up and be on our way.

                                                                Towards home view.

These trees block the front yard from the road. Before the road was paved, they shielded the yard from the constant road dust.

The first feeling we have is sadness in leaving.
Until our sinful human hearts remember.
God did not have to gift us this time here.
He did not have to gift us this property, or the new construction.
He did not have to form us as a family filled with His LOVE!
God owns everything, God is everything!
He has shared such an abundance with us we are completely humbled. We Thank Him and give Him the Glory!
To know that Heaven is so much more than this and He offers it freely as He just keeps on LOVING us with all our imperfections.
He never stops giving.
We have done absolutely nothing to deserve this.
If you do not know God, Please give Him a chance to show you His Goodness!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Exhausted in a good way!

We had the dogs in the trailer for a day while some work was being done. I put them together to help Winty (left) learn some manners. He's almost 9 months. A  teenager. :o) He has the leash connected to the gate. He's very good about knowing not to "pull" on the leash and knock over the gate!

Martha wasn't much help with Winty. (she's the chocolate one) She falls for Winty's babyish charm every time! And Sassy is in the back. Poor Sassy just wanted to come with me. :o)

 Poor Sassy hoping we'll stop punishing her! Eventually we did take her out. We left Martha with Winty. Faith promised to watch them while we took a nap. And then Faith got distracted, and Winty tasted a bottom cupboard with his teeth! Yikes! Just a few chew marks- but he had already had chewy toy. ugh!

Violet sleeping on Isaiah's bunk bed in the sun!! Oh my it was so hot, but she loves the heat. The window glass is tinted. If it wasn't she'd have to move, she can get sun burn!

                                                                             Silly cat!!

Tom thought the pink sun rise was beautiful. I told him it reminded me of the balloon test at the eye Dr!! LOL! Where you see the hot air balloon rise up from the road. Does every eye Dr use that test? I wonder!

 Kitty and her new friend Toady! We tease the kids about kissing toads that could turn into Princes or Princesses!

 A very smart tree frog climbing our light pole for a dinner of bugs surrounding it!

I completed a project here. A snow flake lap quilt.
I wanted to bring up something simple to work on. This required only white floss and no "fancy" work. I hate to sit idle! :o) I really enjoyed completing this one.

 Now I'm working on a table cloth for a small table, like the trailer table. Again, white floss. I had given away a lot of projects when we de-cluttered. I'm so glad I saved these!

 This is a primer "stain" I'm painting on the garage. Here I covered all the water damage first. The siding is very rough. Its a pain to "scrub" the paint in with the brush. It looks so much nicer. We should have painted it when we were trying to sell it. But I'm glad we didn't sell. The people who offered to buy said so much negative about this place, we wondered why they wanted it? I guess to get the low price they said negative things. But it just made me love the place more!!
So we declined the offer. Then last year our neighbor offered to buy- after we moved in??!!! No, too late. I thank God we are here!

 Tonight I stained all the way up to the seem above the lights. This is the front of the garage. As I painted it threatened to rain. It sprinkled some. But God is so Good! It has been dry the required 4 hours. I usually wait to paint after the boys/Mercy go to bed. I paint about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Tonight I had to go on the ladder. I held myself so stiff up there that I ache everywhere!
Tom will paint to the peak of the roof. The smallest area to do.

                                    The night time clouds with rain clouds threatening!
Isaiah took these pictures. This one was from the back of the garage where he was sweeping off dirt so I could paint.

                                                             The sun setting in the woods.

                                                    A little frog Isaiah found on the cement.

The ceiling is complete. The natural stain with varnish samples look great! The wall straight ahead is my kitchen wall up to the patio doors. The sink will be under the little window on the left. The other 3 walls are paneled already.

The opening to the right is for the new door to go out of into the garage. The lights really reflect off of the ceiling paneling already. Can you imagine how they'll reflect off of the varnished wood! The wall straight ahead is to the garage. The wall to the right is the kitchen.

We won't make any walls for rooms other than the bathroom. Because we won't know who will sleep where each time we come. But we've always slept bunk house style when we are "camping". So even the "living room" space will sleep people. The women use wheel chairs, so space is a must!

The builders we have take pride in doing fancy work!! But our style is very simple! One big room 30' x 30'! No plumbing. (we have a composting toilet and outhouse) No running water. Except from our hose!
I'm buying used pieces of kitchen cupboards with a sink. We'll use a big steel shelf for our pantry.

They had said they might finish this week. But I think they'll need next week too. Looks like we'll have to come back.

As nice as the builders are, I have not enjoyed having them- LOL!! I won't miss them next year!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The sky is smiling

Numbers 6: 24-26 NKJV
24 (May)“The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 (May)The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26(May) The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”’

The trees are just starting to turn. We have had nice cool temps, but not cool enough to start the leaves changing color. It seems the Birch trees start first.
I love Birch trees. But they only live about 50 years. And if they grow long and spindly, they fall easily in storms.

 The Raspberry and Blackberry bushes are dropping leaves and dying back.

 The Builders nearly finished the knotty pine ceiling. It is beautiful. The cabin is 30 ft x 30 ft. When the pine boards are all put up, they will spray a "natural" stain on them, and then spray on varnish. It will be such a nice quick easy job; compared to how I finished the 25 ft. knotty pine wall in my bedroom at home, one board at a time!!
I love the knotty pine! It was a very good deal from a near by saw mill.

 The ceiling nearly done. You can immediately feel the warmth in the cabin compared to the coldness in the garage with all of the insulation now in the cabin! And they haven't even blown insulation into the ceiling yet, or installed our new energy/heat saving (3) windows and sliding glass door!! (We don't have that many windows because we spend most our time outside.) It will be very warm if we come here for Thanksgiving! Only a lot of snow would stop us now.

We put little twinkle lights on the ramp so that in the night, after we turn off the big outdoor lights, we can "see" it. In case we needed to run over there quickly to get Tom, it's lit up. The 5th wheel doesn't have an outdoor light, it was broken. Tonight the Ladies are inside toasty warm with electric blankets on since it is going to be about 39 degrees! 

In our trailer the crockpot heats the kid's big bedroom while it cooks tomorrows lunch soup. (the only problem is it makes us hungry all night- LOL!) We have heaters in both trailers too. The cabin has heaters as well. The humidity plus the dampness makes the air feel quite cold here. It seems to seep up from the ground which is always wet because it has a lot of clay.

When we were on the lake we spent a lot of time looking at the water. Now we've noticed that in the woods here, we look up at the sky a lot. Which reminded me of the verse in Numbers.

We have seen pink sunsets and pink morning clouds. A full rainbow stretched end to end!!! Beautiful storm clouds, and rain clouds. White billowy clouds that "frame" our huge pine trees making everyday picturesque. And the moon, oh my how it decorates the sky all night long here. Along with the clouds, or without clouds surrounded by the multitudes of stars that are so much more visible away from city lights. 

We see many more birds flying over the land migrating, or looking for food. Every single day we call to each other to "look!!", and every day we are blessed by the sky smiling upon us. A Gift from God! "May His face Shine upon you!" 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Building progress

When the Builders come its amazing! They are young brothers and they are fast! They are also very talented builders!

This picture above was last Friday. The furring strips up and 2 layers of insulation.

This was done today,(Monday) ceiling enclosed with plastic. The start of the ceiling insulation. All of the knotty pine was brought in. Also a temporary door installed from the garage in to the cabin. We run an air conditioner in the cabin to keep the building materials dry. I think the humidity is 100% every day!
I wanted to paint stain on the siding outside but it rained :o(

 Since Faith had a picture posted with Violet, everybody else wanted a photo posted with Violet. Our sweet Camping Catty!

Kitty is the reason we say "Catty" to Violet. If we call Violet our "kitty" she won't know who we are calling if we call Kitty instead of her- LOL! Here is Kitty holding Violet our Catty! LOL!

Lysa and Violet. We fight over who Violet loves most! Funny thing is she has no favorite among the 5 of us!! She truly loves us the same.

We haven't had time to take many pictures lately. Tom goes home often and picks up mail, meds etc. So I'm on my own in the woods with the 2 ladies, 11 children, 3 dogs and 1 cat! ;o)

Friday, September 9, 2016

God's Creation in the woods

During the rains, (or the monsoons as we are beginning to call it) thousands of little frogs and toads jump out to weather the soaked soil. We see them when it isn't raining too. The land is naturally wet and we love that the toads and frogs are here. The lake the wetlands had peepers. We miss them. Here we can hear peepers way back on our neighbors 20 acres, in their open swamp. Only in the spring, but not on our land.

Raccoons love to eat these cute little guys. So it wasn't surprising to see the Raccoon's foot prints. Tom has seen the Raccoon in a tree too.

We are working on our Home School Science up here. As a project we decided to cast the Raccoon footprint! Faith did an excellent job!

The problem we had was that the plaster could not dry here. Its just too wet. We even waited 24 hours.

 After 24 hours we carefully dug it up and turned it right side up so the soil can dry and then the plaster will dry and then we can remove the dirt. The night we dug it up it rained yet again!!! Two inches in an hour!! It was like a shallow lake. Thank goodness we dug this out or it would have been ruined.

 In the meantime Faith wanted to take some photos of Mrs Bunny as we call him/her! :o) This was the closest she could get.

 Here she is again. This is "her" spot where you can always find her. There are bunnies in back too. This is the front yard.
Even if the dogs are out, she comes around. They don't even "see" her! LOL! And they don't chase rabbits or animals.

 So many of us up here have gates to our driveways. But those who steal just jump over them.

Faith going into the garage.
Faith wants to learn to take better pictures. Its not as easy for her to learn my camera. So "shhhh" Don't tell but I'm getting her a nice camera for her Birthday in January! :o)
Oh darn, I just remembered she reads this blog- LOL!

 First thing this morning- BUILDERS!!! Lysa and Kitty doing their school work, jump up to watch!

Pauly is playing toys to the left. And Mercy had just ended a tantrum and put herself in the playpen she sleeps in for a time out! Crazy kid!
Sadly she slaps her face very hard when she's angry. We've found nothing yet to help stop it. Her hair was sweaty from crying, we washed it after the builders left. The humidity is hard on her hair and mine. Whereas Lysa and Kitty's hair gets curly and "full" in the humidity!

 I made the garlic bread with coconut flour! Yum! Everyone loved it. I used olive oil instead of coconut oil. These loaves taste better with each day they sit. Real food just seems to do that naturally. Processed foods don't do that.

 It was more crumbly than the cocoa loaf. Next I want to try a pumpkin cinnamon loaf! I'm so glad we all enjoy real food, even tho I have to cook everything! :o) When the cabin is done the girls/Zay can help.

The new ramp finally came today! Praise God for the new ramp! It is a life saver! And its very very nice!

While the builders dug the ramp in place they found a surprise and gave it to Faith!!
                                                                          It's on her hand!

                                                                A little Red Belly snake!

                        Isaiah captured great pictures of our sweet girl loving this new little friend!

The finished ramp! Did I say I loved it!!?? LOL! These things make us incredibly happy! We normally can't afford them. God has been caring for our every need!

 This is our "street". Eighteen years ago it was a dirt road.
Our wet low lands used to flood the dirt road. This is facing West. We are 8 miles East of the nearest town. We drive home this way :o)

On the right side we own waaaay down about 800'. You can't see it but there is a tiny cabin on the corner down there. And a road that you can turn right on. The cabin people own 3/4 acre of the once 20 acres plot, now it is ours, and its 19.25 acres. The 3/4 acre was donated to a church in the 1800s that never built there. We don't know how the cabin people ended up there instead of the church? The church was built, but it was built 8 miles West in the nearest town.

Across the road on the left is another family's acreage. Their driveway is across from the little cabin on the right side. He owns hundreds of acres and runs a hunting business year round. He lives here.

This is our road heading East, the opposite direction. 400' on the left is our neighbor who owns 80 acres adjoining us. They live in Southern MN. Their cabin is set way back from the road. They said they bought in 1996, we bought ours in 1998!
On the right is the same man's land with the hunting business and there are no more driveways for about a mile.
But about 5 miles down on the left there are the HUGE steel pylons or whatever you call them for electricity, cutting through the wetlands and forest. It seems odd and out of place to see them, but they serve the entire community much needed electricity.

 Our front lawn along the road. We used to relax a lot up front here, but now with the building and the trailers and all the settling in, we are mostly in the back yard. The front yard is quiet and peaceful. The back yard is busy and bustling. Its all so big we can't even use the whole yard in the short time we're here!

The fire wall between the cabin and the garage went up today.
Last night Tom and the kids were moving things again for the builders. When they finished it began to pour outside and they were stuck in there for an hour before the rain let up enough for them to get out to our trailer and go to bed!!
I was stuck in the trailer with the boys sleeping soundly. The Ladies were in the 5th wheel sleeping thru it all snug as bugs in a rug. It was 10 p.m. Isaiah was exhausted when he finally got to his bed at 11:15 p.m!!

 I don't know why Tom put the couch back after the wall was done, we just had to move it again tonight! This is the cabin side of the fire wall.

 The moon. We have a telescope up here. We love to watch the moon and stars miles away from city lights. Isaiah took some shots that he could zoom in on with my camera. Really amazing to see such detail from a camera!! At the lake the moon reflects off of the water so it never looks "dark" around the trees like it does in the forest.

                                                  Our beautiful pines with the moon.

                                             We are in complete awe of God's Creation!
                                          His Blessings are more than the stars in the sky!
                                                          God we give You the Glory!
                                          God Bless you and thank you for visiting us!