Homemade Yall

farm89     Well Hey there Sweetie. Good to have You back visiting with Us again here on Our Front Porch. How have You been? Hope the Family is doing great.  So glad You got a chance to stop by today.  I’ll put some coffee on and I got some real good blueberry bread I made this morning to go with it.  We can eat and visit… two of My favorite things to do!  🙂

coconut-pie      How was Your weekend? Ours sure went by quick! It feels like it was gone in the blink of an eye. We had a few visitors at the Ranch, Neighbors and Church Family mostly. I baked a couple of My French Coconut Pies for My dear Friend Elaine. The Ranch Family ate some real good Hot Dogs and homemade Chili. Oh yes, and We started the underpinning on the Ranch House and the fence in the Courtyard.  We did make a quick trip to town for supplies too.

bulbs1     This week We are going to get back to scraping and painting the Ranch House if the rain stays away. I think Jake and Grace are going to start painting the coffin for Halloween. We have to get the Halloween decorations from the loft in the Barn too. The Kids are so looking forward to decorating this year. We got to finish up the shelves in the Greenhouse too to make ready for the Plants that are going to spend the winter there.  I think Jake has a few winter bulbs he is wanting to plant for Holiday Gifts. Our Fall Cleaning is just around the corner, (Our version of spring cleaning this time of year). That’s always a fun chore.

fox     We also got to figure out how the chickens keep escaping from the chicken coop at night. If They can get out, then something can get in and We surely don’t want to lose any of Our sweet Hens to the foxes or coyotes around here. All but one Hen, We hatched Ourselves.  That makes Them extra special to Us.

hand-embroidery     We have a few projects for Christmas that will take awhile to finish so We are going to start them this week too. I have two Christmas quilts I want to make. One of those tops is already finished. Grace is going to start learning to hand embroider.  She has a couple of Christmas presents she is wanting to make and so do I .  “Presents from the heart”….. that’s what My Momma use to tell me when I would make Her things.  <3 <3

not_perfect     We have a couple of Front Porch Friends and some Family Members that are having some health issues and are in need of Our Prayers, We would also like to ask for Prayers of Peace and Comfort for Our Communities filled with strife. Prayer costs nothing but a few moments of Our time and it’s something We All can give. It’s truly the greatest Gift and one of the most powerful things that We can do for Each Other. We appreciate all of Your Prayers.

me     We sure have enjoyed Your visit with Us today on Our Front Porch. When You get the chance, come back and visit again real soon. Stay safe and hope You have a great week. Be sure and tell the Family We said “Hey”.

~Love from the Ranch~


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Ranch Ups and Downs

porch4     Well Hey there Yall! Good to see You again. So nice to have You back visiting here with Us again on Our Front Porch today. Hope Your week has gotten off to a real good start. Hows Your Family getting along? Hope Everyone is doing just fine and dandy.

schoolhouse-buns     The Ranch Family worked a lot on chores this week. Got the new tv antenna put up and working. Drank some good perked coffee and visited with a few good Friends and Neighbors.  Got a special visit from a sweet dear Friend (One of Our favorite Faces) We hadn’t seen in such a long time. Started some small  repairs on a couple of Country Quilts. Baked some Ole Time Schoolhouse Cinnamon Buns like We use to get in the School Cafeteria and a couple of Grandmama Ola’s Pecan Pies. (Our Neighbor Mr. Michael got one of those to take home). Ate some yummy Lynchburg Bar-B-Que and went to Church for a real good service on Sunday Mornin. With the Rain we have gotten here at the Ranch and the temperatures cooling down a little, I can almost taste Fall in the Air. Kinda like Autumn is playing peek-a-boo and teasing Us.

rock-balance-scale     For Me, it seems like time is really flying by. It seems like just yesterday that I wrote last weeks Blog. We got sooo much done last week, but at the same time I could just as easily say We got so very little done. Like a lot of Folks I bet. I guess it all depends on what Your goals are and what is important to You.  We got a lot of Chores done….. but there is still a lot to do.  We got a good bit of work done on Our Ranch Projects….. but there is still a lot left to do.

report-card     When I was a child in school I remember My Momma reading My report card out loud to Me. Before she signed it,  She would say “alright Terri….You brought your Science up but now You need to work on Your History. Next report card She would say “alright Terri…..You brought Your History up but Your  Science went down, You need to work on that now.  It was a constant struggle for Me to Find My Balance.

cardinal    morning-glories-a-fence-full      I am guilty of the same things now adays.  Only instead of History and Science, its Chores and Projects.  I am always struggling to find My Balance with those. But Yall know My Goals in Life really Hasn’t changed much since I was small. I still strive to be a Better Person and to make a Better Life for all Those I love. I try to Honor and pass down Our Family Stories and Traditions. And to Have Faith and always remember to take time to enjoy the Simple Things in  Every Day Life. That’s really whats Important to Me.

pumpkin1 happy-thanksgiving-turkey-09  blue christmas     new-year

This week We are turning Our attention back on the Ranch House. with all the Rain it has hindered Our progress painting outside but hopefully We can get started on it again soon. So for now We will concentrate on inside chores and projects. Got to get everything ready for the Holidays. Best time of the year and I am so looking forward to spending it with Our Wonderful Family and Sweet Friends. Yall come Back and visit with Us again real soon. Stay safe and tell the Family We said Hey!

~Love from the Ranch~






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Turkey Skeeters Yall

rouen-hen     Well Hey Yall! Good to see You again. We’re happy You had a chance to stop in and see Us today. Its always a special treat to have Yall visit with Us. Hope Your work week was productive and Your weekend with Family and Friends restful and relaxing. Here at the Ranch,  We have had (and still having here and there) a little bit of Rain.  The Pumpkin Patch and the Briar Patch (Blackberries) are just loving it, not to mention the little Ducks at the Duck Pond.

sewing-thread     Wanna say a big Hello today to Miss Lilly out in Rural Hall, North Carolina. Miss Lilly sent Us a beautiful old handmade Quilt that needs a little tlc. We were so tickled to get it in the mail and can’t wait to start working on the repairs. I just love patching these old Quilts. It is one of My very favorite things to do. After all, that’s kinda how quilting got started in the first place. One patch at a time.  🙂

aprons     I wanna make some new aprons too before the Holiday Season starts and We get swamped crazy busy (like usual).  I got an idea for a cute one for Halloween. I am not sure how much material I have tho. I got to check my fabric stash Yall  lol  🙂

mosquito-bites-1     One thing I am not loving right now is these dad blam Turkey Skeeters!! (Pardon My language). They are driving Me and the Kids nuts! You gotta be real careful going outside. If more than two land on You at once, they could fly off somewhere and tote You with em. I was laying in bed this morning and thinking about it….. if I took the cordless drill…. and attached the metal fly flap to the end of it…. I could go all Rambo on them!!!   Wonder how many I could take out before they swarmed Me……

lemon-meringue-pie    I’ve been thinking about My baking this weekend. I haven’t made a Lemon Meringue Pie in such a long time. It is My absolute favorite pie. I think I am gonna see if I can find Grandmomma’s recipe and get Gracie in the kitchen to help. We always have such a good time. She is such a cool kid and so smart. She has a real knack when it comes to cooking too. I’ll let Yall know how the pie turns out. I know We are gonna make Coca Cola Cake this weekend too and some Yum Yum Cookies.

bulbs     Ole Jake has been busy this week. He planted some late corn and has done some work on the Duck pond in the Courtyard. He is looking forward to working in the new GreenHouse too.  I think I am gonna get Him some fall bulbs to plant for the Ranch House Spring Flower Beds. He really likes Plants and working Outside with the Animals. Such a good Farmer!

morning coffee     I here My coffee pot whispering My name. I think I am gonna make a pot to drink while I do My Kitchen Chores.  Yall come back and visit with Us again real soon and tell the Family We said Hey!  ~Love from the Ranch~




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And the Rain came tumbling down….

Chris Grooms porch picture     Well Hey Yall! Good to have Yall back again visiting with Us on Our Front Porch today. Pull up a seat and mind the cushions. Some of them are still a little wet from all the Rain We got here at the Ranch from Hurricane Hermine this past weekend. She left Us some yard work to remember Her by too. That’s always fun.

labor day1     Hope You and Your Family weathered the Storm well and got to enjoy alittle bit of Your Holiday weekend. Happy Labor Day by the way. The Ranch Family enjoyed some real good Bar-B-Que Porch Chops, Blueberry pie and some melt in Your mouth pound cake.  Always so good.

wood shed     We had a few Neighbors by to see how We did with the storm. Mr. Wade dropped in to visit and He’s got a whole bunch of Oak wood He said We could come get. That made My day! We go thru A LOT of wood in the Wintertime  and that will really help Us out heating this big ole Farm House when the temperatures start to drop. I can’t wait to get it and start filling up the Woodshed. What a blessing!

My greenhouse      And speaking of Blessings….Yall this little Country Girl got Her Greenhouse!!! It is up and the plastic is On. We just got to finish the flooring and the shelving and its ready to go! Yall I am happy, happy, happy! Shawn did such a great job! And Jake and Grace helped out so good too. It really touched My heart to see the Family all out there doing this for Me.  Yall are Awesome!

fall wreath     Yall the first day of Autumn is on a Thursday this year. September 22nd to be exact. I am counting the days off.  Last Spring, Ms. Pat gave Me a big bag full of Fall Decorations and this week I am going to go thru them and see if I can make a new Wreath for the Ranch House Front Door. I hope to have finished painting the Front of the Ranch House before Fall gets here. The new screen door should be finished by then too.  Yall I did not inherit My Momma’s gift for tying pretty bows or making beautiful arrangements. It came so easy for Her. She could make something real nice from basically nothing. I sure miss her.

snoopy boo     Fall for the Kids is all about Halloween.  Now that They both think They are too grown to go Trick or Treating, They have decided to see how spookey We can make the Ranch when They pass out the Halloween Candy. This year should be extra fun. I’m not going to give away to many details but I will tell Yall that sitting on My Front Porch, as I type this, is a life size, ole time, wooded coffin……… nuff said  🙂

me     We’re so glad You got a chance to visit with Us on Our Front Porch today. We love hearing from Yall. Please drop Us a note and let Us know how everyone is doing. Tell the Family We said Hey and Yall come back and see Us again real soon.

~Love from the Ranch~





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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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