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Today…

We are canning tomatoes! Again! And our counters are still full of ripe tomatoes. This morning we had tomato gravy (a family favorite, even with the 5 year old!), we’ll probably eat some fresh sliced tomatoes with lunch and we’re having BLT’s – Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato sandwiches, for supper tonight. But what a blessing! Last night Grammy made supper. It was a classic summer supper for our family. We had cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, squash and corn, all fresh from the gardens. That was delicious.

This morning I read some more of the book I’m trying to finish before the end of the month: Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. I am really enjoying it, but it’s making it obvious that the Mansfield Park movies that I’ve seen (the one made around 20 years ago and the most recent) didn’t do justice to the storyline, much less to the individual characters. Of course, we could hardly stand to watch the old one, but we thought the newest one was alright for entertainment – not necessarily for portraying Mansfield Park. In the new one, they entirely left out a bunch of characters, a big chunk of the story, and had a Fanny Price with some sort of strange, bleach-blonde hair. I didn’t much care for her wardrobe either, but I guess that’s a fairly minor detail.

Also this morning, when my brother came in from doing his normal morning chores, he informed us that one of our cows has had her calf. Hurray! We were fearing that her calf wouldn’t make it, because, earlier in the year, the mama had seemed too thin, etc. But, everything seems to be going fine. My 5 year old brother was all excitement to see the new addition to our farm, so, after he and I took the heavy compost bucket to the compost pile (he sat in the wagon with the bucket, and I pulled – he seemed to enjoy taking the compost this time 😉 ), he went with his big brother to see it. I don’t know yet wether it’s a hiefer or a bull. So far we seem to be very successful at producing hiefer calves. I think we’ve only had one bull out of all the calves born here, and we’ve long since eaten him. 🙂 

I think that’s about it for today. Over and out…

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So, I see I haven’t posted in… a long time. Sorry! Here’s an upate, complete with recent fiddle tunes, piano tunes, and sketches.

This past Saturday afternoon, we went to the Daniel Brantley Foundation (a foundation to help children that have cancer – founded by my fiddle teacher, Mr. Brantley, whose son died of cancer a few years ago). They had three bluegrass bands play and, in between band times, they did an auction (highly entertaining!). The first band was Tom Brantley and Friends – they are always fantastic! The second was Big Country Bluegrass. And the third was the all-of-a-sudden-famous group Dailey & Vincent, “starring” Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent (Rhonda Vincent’s brother). I had a blast! Dailey & Vincent were incredible. Mr. Brantley is working on booking them for next year’s concert. So, y’all come!

All right. Moving on. The gardens are coming in hard and fast! We have lots of butternut squash, tomatoes, okra, peppers (assorted types), carrots, corn, basil, cilantro, cow peas, cucumbers and probably a bunch of stuff that I’m forgetting. We’ve canned carrot relish, pickle relish, tomatoes, krout, green beans, etc. and we’re going to freeze corn today.

Lately, on the piano, I’ve been working on an arrangement of Ode to Joy, and one of Fairest Lord Jesus. I’ve also worked on composing a few songs of my own. One is sort of in the Swing genre, and I don’t know about some of the others. They sound more like they ought to be off of a movie soundtrack, or something.

For the fiddle, I’ve worked on Make a Little Boat, Ducks on the Mill Pond and a hornpipe medly that Mr. Brantley and I put together consisting of Fisher’s Hornpipe, Ricket’s Hornpipe and Staunton Island Hornpipe.

Here are the more recent sketches of mine. Most have Edwardian/Victorian style influence. I’ve been working on figuring out a pattern for an Edwardian outfit. The first two pictures are some that I drew in trying to visualize what I really want to sew. The second is most like what I’m going for.

This last on is my most recent. Of the three, it’s my favorite.

I’d better go now. The freezing process has begun.

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Here are “a lot and a lot” of pictures. At least most of them are from our vacation this past weekend.

Now these first ones, I believe, are of a ride to church one Lord’s Day morning. Just in case you’re wondering what our rides might be like…

 

My ever lovelier big sister… 

 

Daddy… In a particularly good mood…

 

My wonderful “little” brother… 

 

My adorable, sleepy little brother…

 

And last of this category, a not-so-great picture of me. Okay, a really bad one… 

 Mama was taking the pictures, so, there are none of her.

Moving on to some more interesting pictures, here are some early ones during our family vacation to Coker Creek.

On our way, we visited the Mayfield dairy, took the tour, and, of course, ate some delicious ice cream…

 

We stopped for lunch in Sweetwater ( this was the best picture I could find)…

 

A while later, we arrived at our destination.

 

Our house for the weekend…

Some more misc. pictures…

That’s it for now.

 

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