Tuesday, September 7, 2010

We're still here in the holler...

I've wanted to post something new. I'd sit and think about what I could tell you, pictures I could take, and you know, there has really been nothing new here in the holler. Life goes on--I'm so thankful for the routines and sameness in our lives.

Okay, really, now that I think about it there have been a few things. The temperatures are not oppressive, even pleasantly cool in the evenings. Fall is in the air and I like that lots. The trees are just barely starting to change. Our neighbors (the cows) come to see us in the evenings because they like the light outside our house. I love the babies, especially this little white-face baby.

Today, I cleaned out the smoker so that we'll be ready to smoke some pork at the end of the week. We're having "Homecoming Sunday" this weekend at church. So, we'll have a big lunch after church and we're taking pulled pork. There will be so much food there, I really should eat less all week so I can hover over the buffet (desserts of all kinds,,,yummm.)

After I cleaned out the smoker I was so dirty I decided to get another chore over with that I've been putting off. I pulled up all of the garden except the pepper plants, marigolds, and these tropical pea plants that look like small trees. The peppers are still producing. The pigeon peas are just now putting on pea pods and I don't think we'll ever get any before frost but they look neat to me, so I left them.

Oh, I did finish a scrappy fall lap quilt. I used leftover pieces of quilts I'd made to make it. I bought a darning foot so I could learn to do free motion quilting and decided to learn on this quilt. Let me just say that I have a long way to go in learning this technique. To me it was the quilting equivalent to a full body workout. My shoulders were cramping, my back was hurting and I'm pretty sure that I clenched my teeth through the whole ordeal. I did learn some but it was painful--I guess that's how a lot of life lessons are, huh?

So, I guess the next time I think that nothing is new around here I should sit down and just start typing and I'll think of all kinds of things I want to tell you. We are blessed beyond measure and so very thankful for The Lord's daily mercy to us. Blessings from all of us here in the holler...


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Your Sunday homecoming sounds wonderful - that pulled pork would be very tasty to us. Hope you all have a good time.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

cowgirl said...

Great post Mrs JP! Your place looks like a paradise...
Great job on the quilt too. :)

YD, sometimes with ♥Samantha and ♥June said...

Mmmm pulled pork....I have the on my menu this week but it's not smoked. Speaking about smoker, yes, the picture you saw(of the girls playing in the pool and hubby making dinner), we do have a little smoker. It's one of those Lowes, inexpensive one. Hubby is working on building a custom one.
Now that Sunday Homecoming sounds delicious, I mean fun! Perhaps I can take a vacation this week and join you this Sunday! :)

Bell said...

Tropical peas?

sprinkles said...

I had some pulled pork earlier today for lunch.

That quilt will be nice and toasty warm come winter.

Cindy said...

Well that picture of the dogs makes me so happy. I can just hear that tail thumping as it wags. They all look so content!
I love the colors in your lap quilt. I admire your effort to learn.
I'm impressed that you smoke your pork. It sounds so yummy. Glad you got some of the garden cleaned up, too. Life looks so good in the holler.
Enjoy your Church supper---sounds like a good time. It's Americana at it's best.

MySpecialDoggies said...

Hi Mrs JP
Loved the picture of the cows (I drive past some in the mornings - I love to watch them & hear them "moo") - it brings peace to me.

I hope your Sunday homecoming is a great time & the weather holds up.

Nadine Apples & Neeli

MAXMOM said...

Hey there...
Every day is a new beginning! Lots of excitement...we just have to find it :)
I love your dogs, your cows, your 'barbeque' (Here we call them a 'braai') and of course...your quilt!
Those veges look happy too. I've planted some spinach, peppers and tomatoes....and thought of you!
That quilt is really exquisite...hope you put your name on the back :)
Sending lotsaluv to you and Mr JP

Farm Chick Paula said...

Mmmm... the pulled pork sounds wonderful. It sure wouldn't last long at our church's homecomings... last year I made three packs of chicken Shake-n-bake style, and it was gone in 5 minutes.
The quilt is beautiful, even if it did give you a workout!
Our peppers have been gone for amonth- the weeeds took them over. I did have a pretty good crop of them before that, though.
Glad to hear someone other than me loves sameness and routines....

Sierra Rose said...

Lots of wonderful things going on there! Love the moo visits! Sweet garden, wish ours would grow nicer!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Deborah said...

Now I know why I don't quilt! Too much like exercise! LOL
Have a great day!