Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Watermelon, Corn and Meshach News

The days here have been sunny and warm

my husband has been busy planting tomato...
pepper, eggplant, cucumber, ochra...
more corn and watermelons

I planted more butternut squash which are doing well

somewhere out there on the homestead...
a hen has been laying her eggs where I couldn't find them

well, while my husband was weedwacking in one of the small cornfields...

these eggs suddenly appeared
muddy but, still good
she had made a nice little nest under one of the corn stalks
it surprised me that rats or opossums didn't have late night dinners of them

since then, my little cornfield hen has gone back to laying eggs in the coop...
the more appropriate place, of course

speaking of eggs in the cornfield...

we've been eating some nice corn
always roasted because it's so much nicer than boiled

we've had quite a few and are leaving the rest of them to dry...
for cornmeal and chicken feed

and plenty watermelons have been produced by the vines

my husband kept bringing them up...

and going back for more till he had enough to sell to the market

of course, we have been eating them, too
even our chickens and cow have been getting the rinds which they devour

for a really nice drink for two people...
put two cups of cut up watermelon (de-seeded) into a blender
put in two big tablespoons of plain yogurt
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1 tablespoon of raw honey

blend together...

and enjoy!

and what about Meshach?
he now has a new home with a medical student...
who fell in love with him and has also trained dogs for blind people
I couldn't be happier

May your day or night be blessed in the grace of the Lord.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


My husband finished the herb garden area for me in the back of the cottage...
right off the porch

now I can get more serious about getting herb plants in

he also put up a sink close to the shed for cleaning up purposes

it is great for washing and cleaning to avoid bringing in the dirt

the water comes from the water tank at the corner of the shed
we plan on adding a smaller tank for just the kitchen...
that will catch the rainwater

love the outside sink

it's where we rinse off the mangoes of their sap before bringing into the cottage

and we are still getting plenty mangoes

so now with the roofing over my herb garden...
I have started to put in a few plants

and the jamaican mint went in first

and I thought a birdcage (no caged birds, please)...
would be fun

thought I would try a couple of grape vines, too
there is plenty sunshine coming in
maybe they will do alright and I will train them to trail...
along underneath the roof

we shall see how that goes
since I planted these...
the vines have been growing like weeds and look healthy

 one thing I learned is that...
it is best to wait until the dry season to hatch and raise chicks

although I have not lost any chicks due to rain and too much water...

it is very difficult for the mama hens to take the foraging for food

and with the drainage trenches and creek high with swift running water...

I get nervous watching the chicks crossing over the wooden bridges
they are so small and delicate...
the risk of them falling into ankle deep water is possible

and then...
oh dear...
we have a little pothound abandoned by his owner
he was left close to our homestead
sweet, friendly, young, healthy...
good with people and other animals

don't know why the owner didn't want him

we have our hands full already...
so we are looking for a good, forever home for him
for now, I call him Meshach

May your day or night be blessed in the grace of the Lord.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Gospel Defined

I would love for you to hear what the true Gospel of Jesus Christ is

The Lord willing, I will be back with a new post next week
May the Lord bless you with His grace and mercy.