Ranch Life

me     Hey Yall! So glad to have You join Us today on Our Front Porch. Hope Your weekend was wonderful and Your work or school week has gotten off to a grand start.  Slip Your shoes off and take a little rest while We visit. I just put coffee on to perk about 10 minutes ago.  So it should be ready soon.

my cherry pie     Our weekend was good but it sure didn’t last long enough. I did some baking including this Cherry Pie. It turned out real good. We made some yummy Peanut Butter Cookies and some simple but delicious “Company Cake” as Momma use to call it ( its just yellow cake with chocolate icing but We always had some for Company when they came visiting). Brenda made Us some good ole Buttermilk Biscuits and We fried up come country ham, pork sausage and bacon to go in those.

my quilt2      my quilt1     We had a few folks by the Ranch this weekend. Our Preacher dropped by to drink a coke and visit a spell and We got to meet one of Our neighbors from down the way, Mr. Jack who is 79 years young and still going strong. Looking forward to having coffee with Him and hearing some of His stories of yesterday. Ms. Diane stopped by too when she got done feeding Horses to take a look at some of My quilts I have for sale. I have a real pretty Christmas quilt I want to finish before the holiday gets here and We get too busy.

screen door     Our project We are starting work on this week is the Front Screen Door of the Ranch House. I am hoping to strip down the existing door and add the gingerbread and white paint. With the house being 110 years old We try to keep things as original as possible. We are painting the Ranch House white and the shutters will be a dark green. I want to paint the front door something pretty that makes it stand out so if Yall have any suggestions please drop us a note.

gregg ranch     gregg_kids 1     gregg lawnmower     Yall today would have been My Brother Gregg’s 64th Birthday. He watched over Me My whole life. Played with Me when I was little. Taught Me how to fish. Bought Me My first car. Walked Me down the aisle. Loved My Babies and spent a lot of time with Them. Brought Me medicine when I was sick. Helped Us with the Ranch in so many ways. I sure miss Him so.   Sheila, Jake and Grace do too. I take great comfort knowing He gets to spend this Birthday in Heaven with all Our Family up there.  Happy Birthday Bubba. We love You.

tara and robb       We have a lot going on with Our Family this week but We want to take a minute to wish Tara and Robb a very Happy Anniversary today. Best wishes to you Both on Your 4th Anniversary, May the happiness  You share last Your lifetime through. As Yall make a wonderful Pair. Happy Anniversary!

morning coffee     Well Yall the percolator is empty. Time to make a fresh pot of coffee. Yall come back and visit again with Us real soon and tell the Family We said Hey!  ~Love from the Ranch~

 

 

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Nanna Puddin

porch123     Well Hey there! So glad to have You visiting here with Us on Our Front Porch today! Hope Yall had a fabulous weekend and got a good start off to Your work or school week. We had a busy weekend got to visit with a few sweet Neighbors and with Our good ole Church Family Sunday Mornin.

hot dog chilli1     Shawn made Us His famous home made Carolina Hot Dog Chilli and boy, that thing was some more good. Gracie and I made a few goodies Ourselves with some Blueberry Quick Bread, some yummy, rich Cheesecake with some sweet Strawberry Preserves on top and then, if that wasn’t enough,  My GrandMamma Maola’s  deelish Nanna Puddin.  nanna puddin     I tell Yall the truth, it always puts Me in such a good mood when I make Nanna Puddin. I guess cause of all the times I watched and helped Her and Momma (when I got big enough) to make it. It was always at Holidays or Birthdays or some Family Get2Gethers, but no matter what the event It was always fun and always so, so good.

autoharp     I told Yall last week about Me and the Kids and Our musical adventures We were learning. Well I got to show Yall what Miss Elaine brought out to the Ranch House for Me yesterday mornin….. An Oscar Schmidt 15 chord Berkshire Autoharp. I am in love. Its gorgeous. You can tell it hasn’t been played in along time. So We are gonna clean it up, then figure out how to tune it up and then We are gonna see how loud We can get the dog to yowl at this one!   🙂    I told Miss Elaine We didn’t have the prettiest sound BUT  Me and Grace and Jake are having a lot of fun and a lot of laughs tryin to learn these instruments. Making Good Memories! What a blessing. Now all We got to work on getting is a banjo.

almanac      Its been so hot lately, the almanac is calling for much cooler weather in the evenings the next few days and We are sure looking forward to that. We have several Outside chores that need tending but Me and the Kids burn real easy so We have been having to try to get things done late in the evenings.  We are gonna head out to the garden this evening and see what We can get done there. We are all so ready for Fall. Before ya know it, grass cutting season will turn into wood chopping season. I can hardly wait.

me     Well We hope You enjoyed Your visit with Us today. Yall come back and see Us again real soon. Write in and tell Us how Everyone is doing and tell the Family We said Hey! ~Love from the Ranch~

 

 

 

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Always an Adventure

porch4     Well Hey Yall! Welcome to Our Front Porch. Glad You found Your way here again and decided to sit a spell and spend a little time with Us today.  Slip Your shoes off and get comfortable. Hope Everyone at Your House is doing great. And You have had a good start to Your work week.

lemonade     We spend a great deal of time outside, as Yall can imagine, with Our Animals, Our Gardens and different projects We are working on. So when We want something to drink We generally want a little ice in it. We usually take a big cooler up to the little self serve ice machine and fill the whole thing up with ice. We use it in Our ice water, lemonade and sweet tea. Its just a great way to cool off from the heat of the day.

My coca cola cooler     Well most of Yall know I collect Coca Cola things. I even put up a Coca Cola Christmas Tree (along with a few others) at Christmas Time.  I just always liked it.  I got to tell Yall about My newest Coca Cola collectable. I found a wonderful vintage 4 door Coca Cola Bar Cooler from the 1950s. It is so awesome and it works so good Yall! We put it in Our newest Ranch project….Our Country Store… and it keep the drinks ice cold! I was beyond excited to get this. I have wanted one for a few years now and it is just such a big Blessing to be able to get one for Our Country Store.

Shawn & Jake's Cooker     We enjoyed those ice cold drinks along with some real good Bar-B-Que this past weekend. We haven’t had good Bar-B-Que since the Holidays last year, so it was an extra treat even in this heat to get to have some. Now We All just can’t hardly wait for the Fall season to start.  Bar-B-Ques, Fire Barrels, Good Friends and Good ole Fashion Fun are planned.

horseshoe pit     Speaking of ole fashion fun, I have a mini project I want to work on maybe this weekend. I want to make a good ole fashion horseshoe pit for Our Ranch Family to play on and Our Friends to enjoy when they visit. Nothing to fancy. Something kinda simple but fun.

music     The Kids and I are still working on Our music 🙂 With Jake practicing His fiddle and Gracie practicing Her guitar, not to mention Yours truly learning the mandolin. We can get kinda loud.  But We are trying. lol Our harmony is getting much better too and We are learning a few new songs to sing with Sheila. Its just a great fun way to spend time with the Family.

me      Hope Yall get to spend some fun time with Your Family this week. Yall be sure to stop in again and spend some time with Us here on Our Front Porch and tell the Family We All said Hey!  ~Love from the Ranch~

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Busy Bees buzzzzzzz

welcome to the Ranch     Well Hey Yall! Good to have You visiting with Us on Our Front Porch today. Always a treat to have You drop in and spend some time with Us here at the Ranch. We have been busy, busy bees these last few weeks, so much so I’ve had to stop a few times and ask myself what I was doing. 🙂  Hope all of Yall are doing great. Hope Your Family is doing great too.

pumpkin patch     We have been working on a lot of projects at the Ranch. I can hardly keep up with the weeds in the Garden, but knock on wood the Pumpkin Patch is doing real good. We are getting ready to do some work in Our little Pecan Grove, getting ready for the fall harvest of this year’s nuts. I can already smell the pecan pies We will be making. Some for Us and some to sell.  Our little chicks  We hatched out in the Chicken Coop are just starting to lay so We will have plenty of Eggs coming up for all Our Holiday Baking.  We just got thru working on the Briar Patch so hopefully next years harvest of blackberries will be big and delicious.

bridge1     The Courtyard at the Ranch House is coming along nicely. We built a small patio and added some seating so Yall can enjoy the view of the Ducks at the Duck Pond when You visit. The Morning Glory and Honey Suckle Vines are big and pretty. We added another Gardenia Bush By the new Patio. They are one of My favorites. Now all that’s left to do is to finish the Sweethearts Bridge and change out the pump for the waterfall in the Duck Pond.

side of house Our next big project will be painting the Ranch House.  We have a couple of small repairs to do, add the new lattice to the underpinning and then the fun begins.  I was hoping to have it ready to start painting as soon as Dog Days ends. For all of Our City Friends that may not know, The Dog Days of Summer are the hottest temperatures of the year. Lasting from the last week of July thru all of August and the first week of September. My Grandma use to say they ended on Labor Day. I’m just real happy they end.

Autumn     Just as soon as the outside projects end it will be time to turn Our attention to the inside of the Ranch House itself.  As Autumn nears I already have the preparations for Our Holiday Season beginning to take form in My head. Lots of Friends, Food and Fun is just waiting around the corner. This is going to be a fun time for the Ranch Family. Always something new.

me     We hope all of Our Front Porch Friends are doing good. Thanks for all of You who write in, many of Yall have become such good Friends to the Ranch Family. Yall come back and visit Us again real soon on Our Front Porch and tell the Family We said Hey!

~Love from the Ranch~

 

 

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Summer Time Yall….

me     Well Hey Yall so good to see Yall on Our Front Porch today. Always a treat to have You spend some time with Us. Hope Your week has gotten off to a good start. Slip Your shoes off and sit right down. How has Your Family been? Hope Everyone is doing well.

summer     Summer Time is here and We are very much looking forward to the weekends, now most especially. Our summer weekends include working on a few projects, usually a trip to town for supplies, cooking out on the grill at least once, playing in the pool, visiting with a few friends and Church on Sunday. I reckon this Sunday We are going to try out that new ice cream churn too. I’ll let Yall know how that adventure turns out.  🙂

goose1     This coming weekend is gonna be extra special. We are gonna see if these Dinosaur Eggs Miss Emma sent Us are going to hatch. She sent Us a few other eggs earlier and We hatched 2 cute little bitties and 1 duckling. Now Waddles Our little Rouen Hen will have a new friend to swim with her in the duck pond in the courtyard.  I think these Dinosaur eggs are really goose eggs. We don’t have any geese so it would be so sweet if they were. We still are looking for a couple of turkeys to add to the Ranch and maybe a goat too. I was hoping to take the kids up to the auction in Camden soon.

pumpkin patch     We got the bush hogging in the fields finished this week. Getting things ready for the pumpkin patch this year. Will still have a little work to do in the Pecan Grove before the nuts begin to fall this Autumn. And then there is the fencing for the Horse paddock and the run in that need finishing.

How-to-Build-a-Greenhouse-493x328     Shawn got me the plastic for the little greenhouse I am dreaming of. Its going to be 8 feet by 8 feet. Nothing huge but plenty big enough for starting My garden seedlings and clippings. We have a few other projects We are working on too. I’ll tell Yall more about them later.

True-strength      Today’s Words of Wisdom Yall….. Have Faith, keep strong, move forward.

On this rocky road of life that We are All on, there are situations and there are people that will purposely cause stress and strife in Our lives for one reason or another. Don’t be afraid to let go. Keep Your Faith in God. Stay strong. As You move forward, away from the struggles, the ones who truly care will move with You. God is good. Trust in Him always.

Well We have really enjoyed Your time on Our Front Porch today. Please come back and see Us again real soon and tell the Family We say Hey!  ~Love from the Ranch~

 

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Count Your Blessings~

porch4     Well looky here! So good to see You on Our Front Porch today! Its been awhile since We got to sit down and have a good visit. Let Me pour You a glass of sweet tea and You settle in on the Porch swing and tell Me whats been going on in Your life. Hope the Family is doing good and work is going great for Everybody. As My Granddaddy  use to say…”Hope Everyone is Fat and Sassy doin Fine”.

We are working on “normal” here at the Ranch. Tryin to get everything and Everyone back on Our normal schedule has proven more difficult than I thought it would be. Everything has kinda gotten topsy turvy since My surgery. But even with everything being kinda outta wack, the Ranch Family has managed to squeeze in some yard work, a few evening dinners on the grill, and some much needed Family time. And let Me tell Yall, I have sure enjoyed it. There is no better medicine in the world than being around the people You love!

good friends     We had a few good visits this past week. Preacher Jim stopped by to visit with Us. We got to visit with Mr. Allen too.  Elaine stopped in for a quick visit. Bless her heart that lady is always workin and always so positive! We had a real good visit with Ms Pat too who has become so much like Family to Us.  Good, good Friends are truly a blessing from God. We are still answering email, trying to catch up with all Our Front Porch Friends who wrote in while I was sick.  It was so sweet and thoughtful and We are going to answer each and every one.

geese eggWe’ve got a few eggs in the incubator. Hoping for a good hatch. We’ve got a couple dinosaur eggs (least that’s what the Kids are calling them) from Mrs. Emma. Bless her heart, she loves sending the Kids “surprise” eggs. I think these are geese eggs maybe turkey eggs not sure. But I guess We will find out. We call this adventure hatching!

collards     We are cookin a big pot of collards today. My brother Gregg always liked for me to cube up ham and put in with them. I don’t have any ham to go into them today so We are gonna use some bacon. Should still be yummy I think. Yall know its good when there are no leftovers!

me     Well We sure have enjoyed Yall dropping in today. Wish We could visit longer but understand how busy Everyone can get. Yall come back and see Us again real soon! Tell the Family We said Hey and Yall have a great week!   ~Love from the Ranch~

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday to Me :)

me     Hey Yall! So good to have You visiting with Us.  We have really missed Yall. So glad We get to spend some time with You today.

We’ve got cooler temps and overcast skies here at the Ranch today. Things have really slowed down for Me these last couple of weeks. I confess My most favorite place here lately has been on the chaise in the Gentleman’s Parlor. The bay window has the most perfect view of the little duck pond in the Courtyard. I can hear the water from the waterfall and watch the Ranch’s most favorite duck Waddles swim and play. Very relaxing for Me as I lay here and recuperate from my surgery. As nice as this is I will really be glad to get things back to normal. I am sure the family will be too as they have had to take care of me and do all my chores as well as their own. I don’t know what I would do without each of Them.

gardenia     Today is My Birthday as well. In My lifetime, My birthdays have been some good and some bad. My Father passed away on my birthday in 2002 and 5 years before that on My birthday, I lost my daughter Alissa Marie. I was 15 and a half weeks pregnant with her.  For along time, I didn’t celebrate My birthdays. I guess I was afraid something else bad might happen. For the last few years My Birthdays have been much better. Not because anything really great happened. But because I have grown much closer to God. I guess I just learned to trust God more and His plan for My life. I learned to appreciate the little things. The simple things. The things in life that are truly important.    Like the life I have right now in this old farm house on this Ranch.  Like going into the courtyard and finding three beautiful fragrant blooms on My Gardenia bush. Watching the little birds eating the berries out of the Mulberry tree. Watching Our little Waddles swimming in the duck pond.  Getting  texts from Shawn when He is out of town. Sheila calling me on the phone just to talk about nothing. Gracie singing so sweetly in her bedroom.  Jacob drawing in one of his notebooks holding his tongue in the corner of his mouth. And opening email from all of You who read this blog regularly,  telling Us about Your lives and sending well wishes for Ours.  Yall have become Our Front Porch Friends, dear Friends.  I am one blessed woman. It has been another peaceful birthday. I hope to have many more.

Chris Grooms porch picture     This has been a short visit but I have really enjoyed talking with Yall today.  Yall have a blessed and safe week and please come back and see Us again real soon on Our Front Porch.

~Love from the Ranch~

 

 

 

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Its a hurry up world….

tea bags cookin     Well Hey Yall! Good to see Ya today on Our Front Porch. Always good to have You drop by and spend some time with Us in Our little corner of the world or Our “neck of the woods” as My Granddaddy used to say. I got a few tea bags brewing in the little pot on the stove top. Gonna make Us some sweet ice tea with that in a little while.  So how has Your day been?

orange rose1     Last weekend was just so pretty. I think We all stayed outside most of the time. We got some yard work done and some work done in the flower beds. The rose bush We planted out by the pond in the courtyard for Alissa was suppose to be a white one and when it bloomed it was an orangy red color. Gracie’s rose bush was a blueboy rose and its all brown and looking bad. I don’t know what happened. I told Grace We would get her another one but she is still kinda sad. That was the first rose she ever picked out and planted  by herself. Shawn brought me the sweetest little cedar tree. Its not even a foot tall I don’t think. I have in in a pot right now until I decide wear it will go permanently. With Mother’s Day right around the corner I am hoping to get some pretty Roses or Hydrangeas for the courtyard.

snake plant     And Yall I finally found a little Sansevferia plant, or snake plant I think they use to call them. My Grandma had one of these in a big pot by her refrigerator at Her house in Hartsville when I was little. I have looked everywhere for one and finally found it.

worth having     Yall know We love hearing from Yall. That’s one of the first things I do early in the mornings is check the webpage and the email. Its always a treat to hear how Your families are doing and how Your life is going. One thing I have noticed a lot of folks sayin is how They admire Our “slowed down” lifestyle. That got Me to thinkin. This world is so fast paced now. No one wants to wait for anything. Everything is rush, rush, rush. But so much is missed in the rushing. Folks don’t realize if they stopped rushing through life, how much more life they would have time for.

anyway     I gotta share something with Yall. I have been thinking about life a lot lately. In particular, My own life. And for the most part I have spent a good deal of time tryin My best and not quite being enough. I know a lot of Yall out there have had these same feelings in Your own life at one time or another. When ever I would get discouraged Momma would say “keep tryin Terri all You can do is Your best.” I tell My own Kids the same thing…”Simplify things, take Your time and keep tryin Your best. Believe. Have Faith. Trust God.” So I thought I would share these Words of Wisdom with Yall today, just in case Someone out there could use a little encouragement too.

me     Well We sure enjoyed Your visit today. You come back and see Us again real soon. Write Us and let Us know how Yall are doing. Tell the Family We said Hey!  ~Love from the Ranch~

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The Littlest Things

me     Hey there Yall. Good to see Ya today. Its always a treat when We get to spend time with You. So glad You decided to come by and visit Our Front Porch today. Hows Your Family been doin? Hope They are all doin extra good.

This week has gone by kinda fast here at the Ranch. We have gotten a lot of chores accomplished. We still have a list of chores left to do tho. Isn’t that always the way though. You work and work and finally You get one thing over and out of the way and sure enough there is something else to take its place. Sometimes its seems like a never ending cycle.  Over the years I have done a lot of planning, a lot of waiting and most of all a lot of Praying. God always takes care of even the littlest things.

oregon Gray turkey eggs     Speaking of little things… All Our spring babies are doing good. We wanna  say a big thank you to Mr. Bernie out in Washington State who sent Us six turkey eggs for Our incubator. Elaine, Our post carrier brought them to the Ranch the other day and they were wrapped up so good, not a single one broken. We had just finished hatching a few chicken eggs Delores had given Us so the incubator was still warm. (Those sweet little bitties are doing good too, they turned out a light red color). Yall keep Your fingers crossed. We have never hatched turkey eggs before, especially ones that went thru the postal service. We are hoping for the best.

plum jam     Hope everyone is doing ok with all of the pollen floating around. The flowers blooming are beautiful tho.  The azaleas, camellias, and wisteria have the Ranch looking especially pretty.  We still want to get a few fruit trees for the Ranch. I really want some plum trees like Grandma Maola had in Hartsville. She made the best plum preserves I ever tasted.  I sure do miss her. I think about her every time We work on the quilts.

1964-Ford-Falcon      I was just thinking…. Its funny the little things that become some of Our favorite memories. Like My brother Gregg laffin so hard at Me when I fell in the ditch behind Our house. My Uncle Frank tellin My Momma how good Her vegetable soup was. (She was smiling so big).  Going to My Aunt Maggie Ruth’s house and takin Brandy and Sha’ and Renea and Butter to the quick stop for ice cream. Sitting in My Sisters lap in Her first trailer She had. My Grandaddy Jesse pushin the end of My nose with His finger as I pulled myself up to peek in the car door window of that old falcon He drove. Holding My very first baby Sheila, looking out the hospital window at the snow fallin the night She was born. The first time Shawn held My hand. Making Mothers Day cards with glitter and buttons with Ashton and Taylor. Jacob taking His very first steps, grinning from ear to ear. (He was just 9 months old). Uncle Gregg getting sweet Gracie to sing Dooley for anybody He ran into. Our moving here. The first night We stayed here in the Ranch house and the Kids thinking the possum on the Front Porch was a funny looking cat. Seeing Landyn’s little red head for the first time.  That’s just a few of My favorites. Yall write in and tell Us some of Yours. We’d love to hear them.

Chris Grooms porch picture     Well Yall, We hope You have enjoyed Your time on the Porch with Us today. Yall come back and see Us again real soon. Tell the Family We said Hey.

~Love from the Ranch~

 

 

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Precious Gifts


 



ranch sign     Well Hey Yall. So good to have Yall back visiting with Us this week. Hope Your weekend was restful and pleasant. I sure wish Ours had been. I don’t mind tellin Yall I kept the Tylenol close at hand these last few days. Everything that I thought would go right didn’t.

farm animals     Yall that have pets know how important they can become in Ours lives. Its no different on a Farm or a Ranch. Just instead of having 1 0r 2 pets, We have 10 or 20. Four legged Family.  If You spend time with Your Animals You get to know Them pretty well, Their unique personalities and behaviors. And You can always tell when something goes wrong. Well something went wrong….

Little Clementine, Our cat that had Her kittens last week, has been doing so well with Them.  Saturday morning wanted to go outside and of course we let Her. She has been doing this all along, never staying out more than a few minutes before checking on Her kittens. Well, She didn’t come back…..and didn’t come back……and didn’t come back. We all went out looking for Her several different times, but She was no where to be found. We were at a loss. Besides worrying about Clem, here we have 3 little kittens not even a week old and no Momma. We didn’t know what to do. We went and bought the milk replacer and some eye droppers but still held out hope that She would still somehow come back. But She didn’t. So Grace and I began feeding these sweet little kittens who were hungry but wanted Their Momma not a dropper. I was so worried We were gonna lose them all. It had been 26 hours since Clem went missing. The kittens weren’t eating very much and things were starting to look bad. I didn’t know what to do. I began to pray out loud. We decided to get in the truck and go look for her one more time. This just wasn’t like Our Clem, she wouldn’t just leave them…

I know that was you God………..and then it happened. We opened the door to go to the truck and there was Clementine. She was bloody on the top of her head, face, back and back legs. She limped but she walked quickly past Us and straight to her kittens and laid down to nurse them. She was so very tired and weak. I cannot imagine what she must have gone thru. We let her nurse and rest a bit, then we clean her up and tended her wounds. You could see the teeth marks of what ever it was that tried to get Her. We are all so proud of this little girl. She is such a good Momma. So, so thankful to have Her back with the kittens and Us too.

eggs1     Our eggs in the incubator have started hatching. Our 3 Winter bitties look more like chickens now. They have all Their feathers and are in the big coop. Our Rooster Roscoe is fully recovered and has started regrowing His tail feathers. He sticks pretty close to the house now and roosts under My bedroom window every night. He has started crowing again. Almost sounding like His old self. He will crow every morning and if He doesn’t hear Me get out of bed, He will peck on the glass of My bedroom window. I think it gives Him comfort to know We are close by.

237          Time, attention, love and concern. No fast food places carry those. They can’t be bought at the Wal-Mart Super Center. So where do these Precious Gifts live?? Within You Dear Friend. Once You start sharing Them, They will return to You in abundance.  We hope all of You have abundant Blessings this week. Yall come back and visit again with Us real soon.  We always look forward to Your visits.

~Love from the Ranch~

 

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