Monday, December 28, 2015

the moon on the day after Christmas

I didn't get any of the full moon on Christmas. The first one on Christmas day in 38 years, and I missed it! I've never even see one! I forgot all about it actually. I was kinda bummed. But then I saw the moon last night!

Last night while the moon was coming up my husband and I were off getting hay. As we were driving down the road it looked like there was a huge fire off in the distance. The moon was behind the clouds and just starting to peek over the hill and was still behind the trees, but the sky was lighted right up. Oh how I wished I had the camera! But I didn't. We got the hay we needed and went back home. Once we pulled in the driveway the moon was up and was looking huge. I had my son get the camera and I snapped a couple of pictures. I thought they came out kinda cool looking.

I zoomed it in a bit more and moved to get the shape of the trees in front of the moon. Kinda haunting looking against the black of the night.

I then zoomed the lens out and snapped another one. More black and less shadow of the trees.
I didn't photo shop these either. These are the original. 

Have a great day ya'll!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

a muffin dilemma

OK. So I didn't get any pictures of the chocolates  that we made the other day. But! I will tell you we made Needhams, gotta have those, peanut butter balls oh yum, Oreo balls oh my, and pretzel candy cane kisses that is what I will call them. I didn't make as many as I have in the past, I didn't make my Reese's squares either. And I hate chocolate covered cherries. Yuck. So much for that. We did have a good time making chocolates and then eating them. I didn't even make egg nog or chex party mix. Much to my shame. LOL. Just kidding. I'll make them on another day. Ahem. I hope to.
My week before Christmas was a blurrrr of activities and getting stuff done, and even last minute shopping. I will say that Christmas day was so great! We took our time, did chores and then went about our day visiting family! It was no stress to rush and well, just an enjoyable day. I hope ya'll had a great day too.
But on to the baking that I did today actually. I got a new muffin tin! I must confess, I love muffins. Fresh and piping hot from the oven with butter melted on top,  as do my family members. Blueberry tends to be my favorite. They are big eaters. And to bake and cook takes a lot of my time. Good thing I love to cook. Although I do have those days (few and far between) where all I see in the cupboards and fridge are ingredients to made into something! Ever feel that way?!
But onto the muffin tin. I have a stoneware pan that I just adore, except when I have to wash the thing....when I forget the paper muffins holders, ...but it only makes 12~
What is wrong with that you ask?! Well it's only 12 and that means I need to make a second batch to feed the hungry family, if I'm only making muffins for breakfast. That means that is only 2 muffins each. Not nearly enough to feed the brood. So when I opened up my gift from my sister and saw a 24 hole muffin tin I was excited and couldn't wait to make muffins. I feel like I've used the word muffin 100 times already.
So today I actually had time to bake. Since I don't really feel like doing too much house work today, baking sounded like more fun.
So I made...

Blueberry muffins for breakfast! Oh yum. There they are! All 24 of them. 20 minutes and I had a double batch of standard size muffins! Rather then taking 40 minutes to get breakfast cooked and done with, it only takes 20!  I told my husband I was getting efficient!

Then I made 24 banana muffins. I'll freeze these for a breakfast later next week probably. Banana are probably my second favorite in the house.

So there you have it. My muffin dilemma solved.

Have a great day ya'll!!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

My family wanted to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas from our farm to yours!

To everyone celebrating at home!

 To the soldiers who are off protecting our country. Thank you for your sacrifice and service. We appreciate you, and your families. May you be returned safely home.

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

so this happenend

Yup. That's right! 8 pounds of powdered sugar!!!

I had to laugh when the cashier asked me what was I going to do with all this sugar?! I smiled and said I was going to make homemade candies with it. He said who does that? I said I did with my kiddos!
Which started a conversation about cooking. Now I love to cook, and get to do lots of it due to a large family with large appetites! 
So anyways I will be making candies with the kiddos this week. I'll be sure to snap some pictures of the candy making fun and share it with you as you drool over the candy. haha

I take my candy making seriously!

Have a great day ya'll

Monday, December 21, 2015

good quote

"Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is; "Love. They must do it for love." Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presences of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable. They love to live where they work, and to work where they live. If the scale of their farming is small enough, they like to work in the company of their children and with the help of their children. They love the measure of independence that farm life can still provide. I have an idea that a lot of farmers have gone to a lot of trouble merely to be self-employed to live at least a part of their lives without a boss."

Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food

Saturday, December 19, 2015


We all need a good friend in life. And we never know what that friend will look like. :)

Here are some unlikely friends. T.O. the horse, and Minty the sheep. They share hay and T.O. gives Minty a scratch on the back sometimes too! They have been friends since T.O arrived on the farm.

Have a great day ya'll!

Friday, December 18, 2015

the blade

Well since putting in the hay bin for the cows, we have come to realize how much they poop in the same spot where they eat. I mean we knew they did, but three cows eating and pooping in the same spot while they happily munch on hay, makes for a lot of manure in one spot! Since they are in the area near the barn it needs to be cleaned out. Regularly. Like a free stall it's wet and soupy. We also realized we don't want a free stall. So my husband has been using the bucket of the tractor to clean out the manure. We don't have  cement pad in front of the barn, only a gravel pad the bucket has been digging up the gravel every time my husband scrapes it down. Or all the manure doesn't get scraped up because we need that gravel there.  And that is just a mess. Gravel isn't cheap, and it's not being delivered any more until spring time. So what to do? We've made the bucket work but we started to look around for a blade. Meanwhile I had no idea what he was talking about when he said we needed a blade. So he told me it was something that would scrape down an area and do just what it was made to do. And showed me a picture. Oh. Now I know.
 They had some at a supply store, but the quality wasn't what we were looking for. We tried the tractor store where we have bought equipment, and they didn't have any in. So online we went. He found some of the brand he was looking for. Woods is the brand he wanted. They have a good reputation and hold up.
Well he found one. About 21/2 hours away from where we live! That's a haul. So the other day, off he went to get it. I was unable to go due to a previous engagement.
Well when I got home that night he had hitched it onto the tractor, with the help from our son and used it! What a fabulous thing the blade is! Yay!

Here it is. 7 feet long! Scrapping the poop time!

Liquid manure. Before.  About 4 inches worth. Plus we've had rain. So that only adds to it...

My handsome hubby :)Ya, I think his tractors sexy ;)

Well here it is. Mmmm hope your not eating breakfast with a weak stomach ;) Haha But really this is wonderful. It's scraping the gravel pad clean and not digging it up! All the manure is being pushed away!
Here is a picture from the next morning after scraping. The girls slept in the barn due to the bad weather...See we have some snow. Yuck. I've been enjoining the mild winter and no snow to be honest. The girls are out and standing on a cleared gravel pad. Eating their hay!

 Here is another picture. Happy cows. Happy life.

Have a great day ya'll!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

are the cows out???

Living on a farm makes for an interesting lifestyle. Especially when the cows go into heat with no bull around. Well, some cows are totally obnoxious and others are not so bad.
The other day we were gone, and I knew Suzie was in heat that morning by her behavior. But I had things to do. So we left. When the kiddos and I got home that night Suzie was not in her pasture with the steer we have. She was, thankfully, in with the big girls. She was hanging out with them.  Well we managed to get her in the correct pasture and I fixed the fence she took down, and plugged it back in. But she just decided she wasn't going to stay  put where she was supposed to be, but go where she wanted to go! Through the fence, again! I had my son go get the fence tester. I love that fence tester. Such a good investment. Well come to find out the fence was only a .2 charge. OK. So that was why Suzie just walked through the fence with no problems. Well after wrestling with her for a while in the dark I got my fingers in her nose to keep her head still so I could slip her rope halter on. She has a chain around her neck, which is normally fine for her, but not when she's in heat! I wanted a little more control! I got her in her barn with the other two young heifers and shut her in her stanchion for the night. Phew! That done and knowing she wasn't going anywhere I could look for the fence problem. We still had all the chores to do and my husband was working late at the mill. So the kiddos and I looked for the down fence. Well it wasn't down anywhere. I ceased my looking and started milking and while I was milking I was thinking about where the problem could be. It's great milking cows by hand. You have time to think in the quiet and enjoy the sounds of your cow munching on grain, the gurgling of her big belly when she's done, the slurping of her tongue on her water pail as she drinks, and the warmth of her body on a cold winter night. It's in that time my brain slows down and I'm just able to milk and let some of the stress of my day go.
Well as I milked I was thinking, and had my son check a few things because he was done milking by then. All was plugged in and working and the charger was ticking. I knew it had to be the fence. But where? Once I was done I was back in the house, and starting a late supper. The big girls were still in the barn. I was keeping them in until my husband got home to help fine the problem. I had noticed that the red light on the fence (which is amazing thing to have. One glance at night out the window and seeing that red pulse of light on the fence tells me the fence is on and hot)! that light was not blinking as bright as it should be, and the fact it was only .2 I knew it was close to the source of the charger. Well once my husband got home he went right to work on the problem, once I told him all I had discovered. He found it quickly and fixed it. I went out to help and asked what it was. Well the wire that was connected to the charger was all but rusted off. So he snipped it off, put new wire on and boom! Problem solved. Now the fence is a hot snapping 7.9!! Suzie will be sure to stay in now! As well as the rest of the cows.
So, before you leave make sure your fences are hot!! Haha!!
Have a great day ya'll!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

whats cooking in my kichen

You know how you see those short little cooking videos you see on face book? Like when your scrolling down the page and you see the 30 second video? Yes? Yes. OK. So I was scrolling down my face book page the other day and I saw one of those short little clips. My sister had posted it actually. You know the one I always cook with. Anyways I clicked on it because she had captioned the top something along the lines of maybe we needed a winter fry daddy day. That caught my attention.
Now just what is a fry daddy day, you ask?! Well it's exactly what it sounds like. My family gets together at my parents and we bring our fry daddy's and oil. We do this on a nice day outside so my Mom's house doesn't smell like grease. Then we proceed to fry whatever we so desire. Any thing. We fry the regular things like chicken, fries, onion rings, dough boys, Oreo's, pickles. Then we move on to some fun stuff. Cream Horns. Oh my. those are amazing! Butter! Yes you read that correctly!! Butter. Now it's not a stick of butter. No. We cut up small chunks of it and freeze it. Then we dip it in the batter. The batter is along the same line as what you would fry an Oreo in. Well the butter melts, and the dough crisp up and it's like eating a really buttery dough boy from the inside out! Go ahead. Try one! Live on the wild side! LOL Homemade egg rolls, which are really more like the vegetarian spring rolls full of fresh veggies. They are really good. And candy bars, although those are not my favorite. And whatever else we can think of that would be good fried.

Anyways moving along here, before I clog up the ole arteries any more..
I was too impatient to wait for another fry daddy day, so I made it myself!
The video my sister posted was a left over turkey egg roll. It had stuffing, turkey and potato in it. Equal amounts of each. Wrapped in the egg roll.

By the time I thought to take the picture the second batch of mixture was almost gone! But here it is! Can't really see the potato, but it's there.

Now here it is all wrapped up in the egg roll. Waiting to be fried.

Oh yum! All fried. And now for the dipping sauce. It's cranberry sauce, sugar, and Apple Cider Vinegar. Mixed and cooked down on the stove.

Tada!!! It was really good too. I would make a couple changes. I would add more stuffing to the mix to give it more flavor, and maybe some spices to the turkey. Then the sauce I wouldn't put as much vinegar. But other then that. Yum. If your into frying food then give this a try.

Mixture 1 C Turkey, stuffing, and potato. Mix and fill egg rolls. Fry in hot oil till crispy brown.

Sauce 1 C cranberry sauce, 1/3 C apple cider vinegar, 1/2 C sugar. Mix in sauce pan and cook on low for a while to dissolve sugar. Set aside and cool.
Put the two together and there you have it.

Have a great day ya'll!!

Friday, December 11, 2015

good quote

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, December 10, 2015


Black Eyed Susan "Suzie" asking                  "Hey. How you doing?"

This is last years heifer. She's as sweet as she looks, and just as sassy too. She loves to hang out with the younger stalk we now have. She makes a good baby sitter for them.

Have a great day ya'll!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


Maggie turned 8 this fall. The mother of our herd. She's been a great family cow for us and the beginning of our small growing herd.

She has a forever home with us.
Have a great day ya'll

Monday, December 7, 2015

snow play time

We got some of the white stuff. Didn't amount to much, just enough to make a mess of everything. At noon time chores none the less, and into the evening. The kiddos were excited. But not as excited as Belle was! We let her out as it was coming down and blowing around in the wind.

 As you can see here she is leaping in the air!

 LOL. She was so funny to watch!

Tongue hanging out running after more snow!

Have a great day ya'll!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

good quote

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, December 4, 2015

part of the herd

Here are our girls. Nice looking girls I'd say!

Left to right - Dandie, the first heifer born on our farm. Daffy, the second heifer born on our farm. Maggie the mama.

Daffy and Dandie in the barn waiting to be milked!

Have a great day ya'll!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

country kiddos

This is what country kids do for fun! 

Pull each other around on a little wagon! They had so much fun! They took turns as to who rode and who pulled. I just didn't get a picture. Belle even got to go for a few rides. I told the kids they needed to train her to pull the wagon to earn her keep ;)

Have a great day ya'll

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

full moon

I love this picture.
 The moon comes up behind our house, and my neighbors have trees on the back hill. So I moved to get the right angle of the moon peeking behind the tree, and used the super zoom on my camera.

Here is another cool one. I love how the clouds look all wavy in front of it.

The blood moon. The kiddos stayed up to see this one. That was really cool too.  See it?!

 Have a great day ya'll

Monday, November 30, 2015

whats cookin in my kitchen

My sister came over and we made some Bismarck's. We always have a great time cooking and laughing over silly things. We try to make something new and exciting. And a supper meal too. But always save room for dessert!
 They were really good too. These were a bit like a Boston Cream doughnut. So we looked up a couple more recipes of them, and most were like this. I guess you can call it what you like. I like to call it more! haha

Have a great day ya'll

Saturday, November 28, 2015


I think our little pooch may be just a little bit spoiled. Just a bit.

It was cold out. So the kiddos decided to warm Belle up in their jackets,  sweater and a pillow to rest her weary head on. Poor little doggie. LOL

Belle is a great croquet player too. She won every round we played.

This dog of ours is very much a part of our family. Her personality is bigger then her, along with her heart for her family.

Yup. We love our Belle.

Have a great day ya'll

Friday, November 27, 2015

best buddies

I turned the two girls loose in the barn the other day so they could be free. I was going to be gone and it was a chilly day. I figured the two could snuggle together and keep each other warm. Well I took a peek out to see them before I left and ran to the house and grabbed the camera. This is what I found when I went to check on them.
Goldie is the one facing me. Callie has her back to me.

Isn't that the sweetest?! Babies all snuggled up together?!
 Don't be alarmed by the red spots on Callie's back. When we went to pick her up we had to put her in a crate of sorts to keep her safe and secure in the back of the truck. Well, when my husband built the box it was a little short and she rubbed her back on it when she moved around. She was taller then we had anticipated her being. The spots are all but healed up now.
Have a great day ya'll!!

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I look forward to it every year. The family, the food, and the memories that we make together.

                                                  HAPPY THANKSGIVING YA'LL

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

handy man

I've said it many times. My husband is very handy, and I'm so thankful for it!  He built this...

 A hay feeder for the cows! Now we can put the hay in this and not have the cows poop, and sleep all through their hay.

Side view. He saw one like it for $2500. Then decided to build his own. We love it. And I think the cows do too!
We put up our winter fence this morning. It snowed last night, the 22, as you can see. Just a dusting. Our first snow of the winter. We made the fence so that we can open it up and scrape the manure off the gravel pad, to help keep where they eat drier. Seeing how cows poop where they eat. This was just another winter project we needed to get done.
Now that is done and we can breath a little easier. Feels good to know that the cows won't waste as much hay now that it's in the feeder!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

part 2 calla lily

Well the day after we had agreed to buy Goldie and sent out a down payment on her to the owner to show we were wanting her we got a phone call. This call was from the owner of the farm where we bought our first cow! They have an amazing herd of Jerseys. We had called them, but they didn't have any heifers. But they had a few more cows that were due in a month or so, and if they had a heifer they would sell they would call and let us know. Well, turns out they did have a heifer. Oh my!This farm is very particular about who they will sell cows/calves to, these cows are their family. I can appreciate that. We were particular who we sold our bull calves too as well. So after chatting with the farmers and then we chatted we decided to buy this calf. We are building our herd and want to keep a good line of Jerseys. We told our youngest only that we were getting a heifer in November and to keep it a secret. She did well to keep it too.
So on the day we went to get our newest little calf I was excited. She's my calf. I picked out her name, one that I had picked out a long time ago and was waiting my turn to name one. Calla Lily. Now I'm not the most sentimental person, but I do love lilies, and I had them in my wedding bouquet. So there you have it. I do have a little sentiment in me. lol.

So here she is, Callie. And we found out that her father is the same father that we bred one of our cows to! So we can make sure we don't breed her to him in the future.
Have a great day ya'll

Monday, November 23, 2015

part 1 goldenrod

OK. So about the remodel job on the horse barn.
We had 3 bull calves this year. Ya. 3. So we decided to keep the Jersey Red Angus cross for our freezer and we sold the two other calves. That we were happy about.
As we have been blessed with heifer calves we have given them to our kiddos. They take on the responsibility of it. Well this year our cow Maggie had a bull calf, and if it had been a heifer it was to go to our youngest daughter. Well she was in tears when I told her it was a bull. So after getting her calmed down and all she was ok with it. We told her that maybe next year she would get her calf. Maggie is still healthy and all to have more calves. Well my husband and I talked and decided that we would see about buying her a heifer calf. But we didn't tell her in case it didn't work out. Well look we did. All over! We called every Jersey cow farmer we could think of. Turns out a lot of farmers we spoke with had mostly bull calves and what heifers they did have they didn't want to sell. Can't say I blame em either. We thought we had exhausted every avenue. So we resigned ourselves to not finding one. But our daughter had no idea, so she wasn't disappointed. Then one evening my husband found some Jersey cows for sale online. Upon further looking he found a 5 month old Jersey heifer in another state. So we investigated about her. Turns out the man had to move and was selling everything. So we decided to take a chance and buy her.
Well the night the calf was to come, our youngest still had no idea we had bought her. The man brought the calf to the door and we brought our daughter out. She was speechless, and looked at her daddy. I was crouched down nearby holding the camera and got a picture of her as she wrapped her little arms around her fathers neck when she realized that the calf was hers! We got the calf settled in the barn for the night, it was well past 8pm when she arrived to her new home.
 She had her name for her calf all picked out as soon as she knew Maggie had settled last year. Goldenrod, in keeping with the flower names for the cows.

 Here is Goldie out on the lawn enjoying the sun. She is a real sweetheart and a nice addition to the farm. And our daughter just loves her!
Part 2 is coming tomorrow.
Have a great day ya'll! 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

just a swingin

My husband is very handy to have around. He built the kiddos a swing set!

A tire swing, 2 regular swings, monkey bars, a cabin and a slide! All it needs is the roof. Even Belle goes sliding!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

makin sweet hay

It was late in the haying season when we were finally able to get the last of the hay done. We ended up having to hire getting some of it done. We don't have a round baler or a wrapper. Two things that we have talked about needing in the future. We've come to the conclusion that we will be feeding sweet hay to the cows. So we will be getting the equipment to do that. It's hard to depend on others, their schedules,  and the weather as well. But we are thankful that we were finally able to get it done.
The day that it was baled and wrapped started out to be a nice day. Thankfully. Nice and warm and partly sunny. Because, come to find out, to make the wrap stick to itself the temperature needs to be warm. I have never wrapped hay before so I had no idea. But it makes sense. So my husband and the guy who was baling the hay were out in the field. Another guy was at the house with me to load the bale onto the wrapper, I was the wrapper. He showed me how it was done, and then got in his tractor and loaded a bale. I ended up having one of the kiddos bring out some ear plugs for me. It was kinda loud. We had the kiddos stay in the house, because we didn't want the guy driving the tractor, or me, to worry about where they were while he was moving bales around the yard.

 Well, here I am. Unloading a bale from the wrapper. As you can see by the picture I have on some layers. The weather cooled off later in the day and we even got some sprinkles of rain ... I was afraid I was gonna get soaked! But I'm pleased to say we did not get any rain! Phew. And the temperature kept warm enough to keep the wrap to stick to itself. But just standing there not moving around a whole lot I got chilly.

Here is the guy and his tractor loading up some hay. Both tractors and wrapper are his.  He wasn't too worried about it if it rained...haha
Well needless to say we got the hay home and wrapped and it's here at our farm. The cows love it, and we are pleased with the outcome.
Oh have no fear a post about the empty stanchions is coming.  :)
Have a great weekend all!

Friday, November 20, 2015


Well hello blogger world. Seems I post for a while then I don't for a long time. Life seems to be flying by me at a rapid pace. My weeks seem to jumble into a blurr of activity.

Thankfully our fall hasn't been too bad. The weather has been good, except for some cold snaps early on killing off all the beautiful fall foliage.  Still seems to be so much to do around the farm. I think that is the way of it though. There is always something to do! We have been getting ready for the winter. Making sure everything is "buttoned up!" Slowly but surely we are getting it done. Makes life interesting living on a farm and making sure everything is ready for snow. That and living in a New England state we are forever and always preparing for winter. From the critters, to the equipment, to the buildings! And making sure we have enough fire wood to last us through. Have no fear we are all set, just in case you were worried I might freeze ;)

Some of the work we have been up to is remodeling the horse barn.  We needed a place to keep some of the younger cattle we have. So, my husband being the amazing man that he is, remodeled it, and then put in electricity!!
SO here is the before picture. The inside of the horse barn, one side of it. Now keep in mind this part of the barn has been a hay storage,weaning stall, a stall for a cow through the winter, sheep barn, pig stall, and a birthing stall for a cow too. I think that sums it up.
 Here is the inside of the stall. Pardon the poo we've had a cow in there. I forget the size of it..see the little side door that has a board across it? That was for the sheep, and pigs to go in and out. All sealed off so no one will fall out.

 Here is to go into the barn. There are boards on the sides like a jail. My mare, Abby, is crabby and will bite anyone who is in the stall. So we blocked her from doing so.

Here is my honey cutting some lumber for the floor. See the wrapped hay? MmmHmm sweet hay for the cows. They love that stuff. The old wall for the stall was ripped out, a new floor laid down, 4 stanchions were built in. And...
Tada!! The finished product. Rubber mats, water buckets, and a place for 4 young cows. Well one of them is a steer that is a Jersey, Red Angus cross. He will be going in our freezer when he's old enough. Now about those 4 young cows. We have Suzie last years heifer, and the steer, we call him Bullseye. Now what of the other 2 stanchions that are'll have to come back to find out...

Have a great day ya'll! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

15 minutes can change a lot

7-28-15 Started out a normal day. Nice, sunny, and  hot. Not many clouds. The kiddos and I spent about 2 hours in the gardens weeding and picking. It looked so nice when we were done.
The night had been unsettled. Thunder and lightening almost all night, but no rain. It had started again late in the afternoon on the 28th. I  could hear the rumble and grumble of it in the distance.
It was late in the afternoon when my Mom called me. I was finishing up cooking supper and the kiddos were chilling watching a movie after a long day. She told me we were having a tornado watch. WHAT?! I live in New England!  We don't get tornadoes! But we did have a funnel cloud here, last week or so.
 So I hung up and went to tell my husband. Then I checked the weather on the computer. It had a severe weather warning. Heavy rain, damaging winds of  60+ MPH, heavy hail, and heavy thunder and lightening. Headed our way at 20MPH! I quickly told my husband and hurried the kiddos to do chores, not telling them why. Didn't want to alarm them.
We had about 20 or so minutes to get things done. Getting the cows in, the horses fed, making sure water was plentiful in case we lost power, etc. We also made sure to put things away that could be a flying hazard too! I watched the storm coming closer. The thunder was angry with it's rumbles and clapping and more rumbling as it moved closer. Then the hard snapping crackle of the lightening. The air changed. I sent the kiddos and dog in the house.
I wanted some pictures of the storm coming. I love to watch them rolling in. Coming up from the valley. I could feel the wind kick up, and the air change and the first drops of rain hit my face. This storm sounded angry, and looked angry.
But come it did! First the wind with the thunder and lightening. Then the rain. It came down so hard and so fast.  I was in the living room with the family when I heard the hail. I pointed to the window as it came down and hit the windows. But then with a swiftness and anger I have never experienced before the hail came down. We couldn't see out the windows the rain and hail was coming down that fiercely. The noise was deafening as it pounded on our metal roof. I couldn't hear my daughter speak to me and she was right in front of me!
And just as swift as it came it was gone. In about 15 minutes. And just as fast as the water flooded everything it was gone too. Really weird, but I'm glad it went!
 We went out and I had my camera ready to go around my neck!
This is in front of my house right after the storm. Standing water! I have a flat driveway.

I was looking around when I noticed something on the ground near the grass. This was the first piece of hail I found...
We all came out and started looking around. Then I noticed this
 The river that was coming down the neighbors driveway that we share and the wheel barrows blown into it. Then I saw this
Our hay wagon crashed into the chicken coop. I just laughed. Then upon further inspection of the ground I found more hail. The kiddos had never seen anything like this before. Ice in the middle of the summer!

More hail. Then I went out back to see my gardens...

Destroyed by hail. Oh how I wish I had taken a picture of before.  Green beans and tomatoes are all that were in this garden.
They were so beautiful. Doing so well and the first fruits were coming along. I should still get some carrots and beets. As for the rest I have no idea. It doesn't look very good or promising. How depressing. I am not, and was not mad. It's life and I know. I've never experienced anything like this. I was shocked.
We kept on looking around and found more hail. Here is 2 more of the biggest pieces we found. Ping pong ball sized.
Our poor broilers were in standing water and not at all happy. We moved them, fed and watered them and they settled down. We had to put 4 in the brooder with a light on them. We didn't think they would make it through the night outside. They were not walking, very droopy, and not eating. Not good signs for them at all. But this morning they were up and eating and warm and dry. I'm happy to report!

 To give you a look at how strong the wind was, here is a round bale in the field that got blown away. I'm standing about where it was left out of the baler. See it's path?!  Ya.
And again. The wind blew our chicken brooder about 4 feet from where it started too. You can see the white and brown thing the left. That is what we propped it on to keep it even and steadier. Some serious wind and damage to the farm.
As the sun was setting and we were wrapping up chores I was in awe of God and his awesome power to control all things. The wild winds that do His will, came to mind. I am so thankful and grateful to Him. The storm that destroyed our garden did not harm any of the critters. He protected them through it. Our home and vehicles were not damaged. But most of all, He kept all that I hold near and dear to my heart and my whole being revolves around safe. My family. Humbled and thankful I went to bed to start a new day. Today.