Thursday, September 14, 2017

Home Sweet Home



Dear Friends,

We are finally feeling somewhat settled in here in our new home, hanging up all of our beloved artwork and wall hangings, to make it more "homey" (and to cover the cracks in the walls).

We have been getting to know the nature in our yard, raising up a new batch of Monarch caterpillars from milkweed vines in the lawn, and discovering that Rose of Sharon seeds taste like fava beans. They're quite time-consuming to harvest, though!


Our cat Ginger has made a new "friend" in the neighborhood, who thinks that he belongs here now.


 We've named him "Puff," after the Dick and Jane kitten.


I hope that you have been enjoying your September. We keep our friends in the hurricane areas in our prayers, as well as those out West experiencing fires.

Love,

Marqueta
"Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home."

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New Beginnings

Hello, dear friends!

You probably thought I dropped off the edge of the earth, but here I am, alive and well. :)


We had to move quickly out of our home in Kansas City so the landlord could get it ready to sell, and ended up staying with friends for over a month while everything was in storage (long story!).


We finally found a home that is in town, but closer to where we were hoping to move, in the country. We've only been here a few days, so everything is still piled up and in a mess, but it's good to be in our own place again, even if it is temporary. Life is the great adventure!


I hope that you have all been doing well, and I will do my best to catch up on your blogs as soon as I am able.




Love,

Marqueta

Friday, June 16, 2017

Wild Recipes for You to Try

Dear Friends,

 It is high season for foraging greens, and I have put together a couple of videos (with the help of my daughters) with creative ways of getting them into your family's diet.

Here they are!

I hope you like them.





Love,

Marqueta

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Three Birthdays in the Family


Dear Friends,

Happy June to you! We are still waiting on a job for Mr. Graham to enable us to move to the Ozarks. In the meantime, three of the girls have celebrated birthdays.

On May 31st, AnnaMarie and Rebecca celebrated their special day together. Audrey decorated their cake, that kind of looks like someone turned 207, instead of 20 and 7. :)


And today Audrey turned 18. Can you believe we have two adult children? How did that happen?


Audrey is a real foodie, so on her birthday we're always bound to have something fun. Boba tea is a favorite (of course with a sugar-free twist!).


I am always amazed to look back at birthday times and see how much the Lord has blessed me through the lives of my children. May I continue to mother them in such a way that they are prepared to go forth and start their own families with a firm foundation someday.

Love,

Marqueta

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Rainy May


 Dear Friends,

How has your May been so far? Ours has been up and down the thermostat, with many rainy days that have turned our peonies and irises into mush! The other flowers are starting to pick up, though, which brings a bit of sunshine to our lives.

Tickseed Coreopsis


Daylily


The lemon balm is doing nicely, as well! We've been using lots of it in blender drinks.


The peas we planted back in February are starting to come on, in spite of the naughty sparrows that snip off little bits and pieces here and there!



The wild plants in the yard are giving us lots of yummy snacks, too, like these "pickles" on the wood sorrel.


Today our backyard cardinals brought their baby with them to have a sunflower seed snack; we've never seen one so close before! Life is full of beautiful blessings, in spite of the rain that falls in our lives.

Love,

Marqueta




Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A Merry May to You

 

Dear Friends,


Our May started off wet, cold, and windy, after several more days of clouds and rain. Our Polish crested hen Phyllis had a head full of mud, so we gave her a trim.


 Much better!



 When it's cold and dark, we feel as motivated to work as our cat Ginger, but we push ourselves along, lest we get buried in housework!


Today was a little more sunny and dry, so we had our annual May Day festivities. This year it was Rebecca's turn to be the Queen of the May, which she seemed to enjoy immensely!


I hope that you are enjoying the beginning of your May, as well. We are praying for our friends that are in areas or flooding or other disasters. May the Lord bless and keep you!

Love,

Marqueta

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Birthday Blessings

Dear Friends,

Wow, it's been almost a month since I last posted! Spring has truly sprung since then, bringing both Frankie's tenth and my forty-fourth birthdays.






We have been getting ready to move to the country, downsizing and de-junking, and realizing just how much we've accumulated in the past six years in this home!  We still have to find a suitable job for Mr. Graham, before we can finalize offering on the house of our choice. I am ready to be done with it all! :) 





Thank the Lord that He has our family in His very capable hands, and knows what is best for us. May this be a very blessed year for us all!

Love,

Marqueta

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring!

 Dear Friends,

Spring is in the air! The hens are laying again, proving how interesting they can be. The hen in the top photo is Madeleine, who refuses to lay her egg in a nest box, but instead comes around to the front door, waiting until we notice. Evangeline usually finds her and sticks her in a small cardboard box with a gold ball in it, on top of the kitchen table. Madeleine happily sits there for up to two hours, until her egg is laid, and then she lets us know that she wants back out. Like I said, INTERESTING!

We've been enjoying the wild greens in the yard, along with goodies from the grocery store. This salad has dandelion, wild carrot, and speedwell greens, in addition to arugula and lettuce. Nothing brings a feeling of energy into the body like lots of fresh greens. They have a vitality to them, like nothing else, and are the perfect antidote to winter's heavy meals and lack of fresh air.



We've been studying birds lately, and thought it would be fun to have everyone make a different type of bird's nest in the backyard, to gain sympathy for how difficult it must be. It was quite an experiment, and everyone had a lot of fun.

Here we see the beginnings of the nest of a kiwi bird~


The completed nest.




~A robin's nest will be made on this platform,


The completed robin's nest.



And here a pair of eagles decided to use the picnic table as an eyrie.



This spring certainly has had its ups and downs as far as the temperature goes! It reminds us of this old Disney cartoon (from back when Disney was clean family enertainment)~


Love,

Marqueta

Saturday, March 11, 2017

I Wander'd Lonely As a Cloud


"I wandered lonely as a cloud
   That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
   A host, of golden daffodils;"


Okay, so it's not quite a host, but our little daffodil patch has begun blooming, bringing a little sunshine to our hearts!

The crocuses are also making a show, although you about have to get down on your hands and knees to see them. :)


The lone trillium (the chickens killed its friends) is about to bloom as well, which means that morel mushrooms will be popping up in the woods.


Ground ivy is blooming, and its flowers have a sweet, dainty fragrance,



And the primrose on the dining table has inspired a beautiful nature journal entry by an older daughter~


It is snowing right now in our neck of the woods, and we are praying that the cold weather will spare our flowers, peas, and greens coming up in the garden!

Love,

Marqueta