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Wednesday, July 13th 2011

What a glorious day we are having on the mountain. Woke up to a refreshing coolness to the air. Left all the windows open all night, which made sleeping peaceful. Anthony and Lily and I slept in the living room which was a whole lot cooler than the bedroom upstairs.
 
Got to spend some special bonding time with Lily at 1:30am,, feeding time. I believe today she recognized my voice. the smile and grabbing the pinkie was priceless. Wouldnt of missed it for the world.
Coffee is wonderful this morning, a nice hot bagel with butter and orange marmalade jam to top it off, yum yum. A peaceful way to start a country day.
 
Looks like we are in for more hot weather, my poor garden must be suffering. Every time it says rain, if we get a sprinkle we are lucky to get a few drops. Maybe this morning Anthony and I can take a quick trip done and apply a few extra drops of water before the heat of the day.
 
Its been so hot here I have resorted to looking at winter pictures during blizzard to stay cool, that doesnt cost anything,,LOL.Thinking back at hauling water because its frozen in the barn, the amount of wood we went thru, the bundling up to try to stay warm enough while doing chores. Ok i cooled off and was glad it was summer.
 
Today will be spent doing all the normal everyday chores plus moving hay equipment to another field. Really need to do some baking but will opt to make no bake cookies or things that are quick and easy.  Rob and Nick still need things for their lunches.
 
Do believe the frig is going to be replaced, it started up and sounded like a motor boat last night. Of course with farming the money is usually for another piece of equipment or grain and feed. So we need to save for one unless I can find a decent one off free cycle.
 
Trying to figure out different things to add to the farm stand. With the heat food is not an option. Eggs have to stay at the house for safety reasons.
Need to find a few minutes  each day wot working a few quilts and craft things. Need to add to it. Seems like I am pulled in 100 different directions daily and none are the direction I was headed.
We finally had a bantam hen hatch out some baby chicks, they are adorable. Will try to add pictures later.
 
How is everyone elses gardens doing, have the burnt to a crisp yet. How are the berries in your area? Some of ours are finally starting to ripen, Pretty soon it will be jamming time. Going to try to do the jam the same day as they get picked, Last yr we lost alot of berries because the freezer became unplugged and everything thawed.
 
Need to reorganize the pantry and restock for upcoming winter. Take stock of what is in there and make of list of things we are low on. I know the cost of simple staples are getting out of hand. Flour and sugar have sky rocketed. A 5lb bag of sugar I use to pay 1.99 for is now 3.69.. Totally out of control. Never mind coffee has double in price. I can live with out coffee but some staples are a must to help make some of the other things we need.
 
I suppose while the day is still cool enough, I should finish chores and get busy. Need to do some cooking and things before the heat is on.
 
Praying you all have a super day.
 
God Bless
 
Donna
 
simplefarmgirl

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