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Needless to say there are only so many ways to prepare for adult life, without actually doing it.
You can get all of the schooling, and knowledge your brain can hold, but there comes the time were you just have to live.
You have all of these dreams and expectations, of your dream life, dream house and whatnot…it’s “PERFECT!” right?
When I got married of course there was an adjustment period. But after three years of being Mrs. Aaron Cook life now is not what I pictured it would be like three years ago when I walked down the aisle towards my love while wearing probably the most beautiful dress in the universe.
I thought I would be a mommy by now, be healthier, be a better homemaker, have a bigger house with more land to do all of the stuff we want to…
Life isn’t what I thought it was going to be, and you know what…that’s great! I feel like my life is much richer from the lessons I have learned and am still learning! I have a beautiful marriage to the greatest man, I am very blessed in that area to be sure. If I just keep my eyes on God everything will turn according to His Will.

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He sees Everything.

Three years and counting, I love you Aaron.
I wouldn’t be the person I am today if God would not have put you into my life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlepQ9og-KE

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Grandmother says… Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee; “Which are you?” A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard fo…r her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose. Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, “Tell me what do you see?” “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied. She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft.She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. “What’s the point,grandmother?” Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity–boiling water–but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water. “Which are you?” she asked her granddaughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?” Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level? —AUTHOR UNKNOWN

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Last week, I boiled one of the chickens from the second butchering at the farm. The chickens were tough and not really good for anything but canning and soup. After a few hours in the pot, I ladled a few gallons of stock into mason jars and picked the meat off of the bones.

The stock will go into the freezer. Aaron and I will use the meat in sweet and sour chicken and BBQ dishes. The bones I gave to my cat…and whatever she didn’t eat off of went into the chicken pen at the farm. That’s a lot of bones for one cat and Alley has a habit of disappointing me when I give her something I think she will really like.

Aaron and I had a good Valentine’s Day. I woke up at around 9:30 due to the fact that Aaron put a Styrofoam board under our memory foam mattress, needless to say I slept quite well. We watched Mutiny On The Bounty. I walked on the tread mill, while he worked on trim. Then went out to eat at Ponderosa.

After that we drove around the countryside, through Oil City and back up M 20. We went nice and slow. I like it when Aaron takes me for rides. He checks out what the farmers are doing and I comment on the houses and people’s gardens. We went by a place that had work horses and I exclaimed “Oh!” when I saw a few geese nibbling at the ground, at the edge of a fence.

Lately, I have been reading up on different livestock. Ducks, Geese, Chickens, Pigs , Goats and Cows. I have read a little bit on sheep but I don’t think I will really get into sheep. They are pretty, but I read and heard about how they can get sick very easily and that they are so batty that they could die of a heart attack from just hearing thunder. Plus, Aaron hates sheep.

If it were up to me, I would probably get some type of fowl and maybe a pig or cow, if I thought I were able to handle raising something for slaughter. Aaron has been kicking around the idea of getting a few steers to raise for meat. Whenever I find myself thinking that I might not be able to handle it, I try to think about Genesis and how man is supposed to rule over and care for the beasts.

When Tuxedo died I was heart-broken for a few reasons, one was because he was my pet. But livestock are different, you make a living by them, one way or another. I was reminded of that when I was watching Sarah, Plain and Tall on DVD and Sarah was upset because a coyote killed a lamb, and after a bad storm Jacob said that they might have to sell the sheep.

A few weeks ago , Mom Cook asked me what color calf I would like. I didn’t think it would be wise to choose a color I liked if it was going to get slaughtered anyway, but if I were to pick one for milking I probably would pick a Jersey because of their big eyes or one with a unique coloring and I would probably give it some stylish old lady name. I would ask Betsy about stylish old lady names because she works at a local nursing home.

That seems to be the habit with me, whenever I think of getting animals someday it goes like this…

What are they going to be used for? If for slaughter, then I would get a breed suited for that, give them no names, etc. Like, if I were to get chickens- If I wanted eggs I would get the black and white barred kind because they are so pretty, but if I wanted meat I would probably get the white ones like what Libby had.

Like most of my musings I have this all written down. Where else would I be able to keep track of all the ideas I get? These all aren’t immediate plans just notions I get and store away for later. And like some, I don’t like to share, sometimes I think my ideas are impractical, consider yourself fortunate that I posted this much. J

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It has been 8 days since Aaron had his surgery. He is doing great! The tumor was bigger then the doctor thought and it was a source of pain that he was having. So now that it is removed Aaron is feeling much better and he is able to move his arm around more. We have had a good past week being able to spend more time together. Actually, I am getting spoiled having him around so much. We cook together, watch movies, talk, he is able to do small home improvement projects. His countenence altogether is more cheerful. We are so thankful and blessed by Our Lord through this whole experience and we are ready to move forward.  

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And now for something completly different…

Garden Plans

Our garden:

  • Pole beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lima Beans
  • Wax Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers- Slicing and pickling
  • Peas – Snow and Shell
  • Peppers – Three different types- Colored Bells, Cheyenne and Banana
  • Muskmelon
  • Sweet Dumpling Squash – Will be grown at the farm
  • Yellow onions
  • Garlic, that is already in the ground

Green House or Porch

  • Watercress
  • Mizuna
  • Kale
  • Mesclun Mix
  • Romaine
  • Green Salad Bowl
  • Envy
  • Arugula
  • Coriander/Cilantro
  • Stevia
  • Anise
  • Summer Savory
  • Chervil
  • Cinnamon Basil
  • Genovese Basil
  • Sweet Basil

Herb Garden Additions

  • Caraway
  • Dill
  • Fenugreek

Flowers

  • Amaranthus
  • Calendula – I am going to harvest the flowers and dry them and eventually make a hand cream
  • Kong Sunflowers
  • Marigold – These are going underneath the Pole Beans
  • Nasturtium – These are going underneath the cucumbers
  • Pansy
  • Violas

Plants that will have their own areas

  • Sorrel
  • Comfrey
  • Asparagus – I don’t know if we will get to these this year
  • Elderberry bush
  • Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes will be grown in tires or containers

 

When I showed my list to Aaron he told me that I had to compete with his dad’s garden size. But when he found out a good chunk of them were salads he told me that a lot of it would fit in our garden, except my squash.

The annual herbs and flowers will be put into pots or baskets, some might be put throught the garden to attract bees and butterflies. The perennial herbs will go in the ground. The perennial flowers will be in the flower beds around the house. And if I have excess I might give away a few healthy plants, but we will see.

 

Seeds I already have

  • Lima Beans, heirloom
  • Wax beans, heirloom
  • Brandywine Tomatoes
  • Two types of carrots
  • Radish
  • Two types of bush beans
  • A few varieties of lettuce
  • A packet of different Summer squash, this one was given to me. I think it is kind of silly to have just a combination of seeds together.

The lima and wax beans, lettuce and carrots will defiantly be planted. As for the others I might give a few away. The seeds are old and the seeds from the catalog are better than the store bought kind.

This year I am going to keep better track of planting times, when certain crops will need to be thinned, etc. I also made a list of items that I need. I have a few trellises to make, potting soil, shelves for the greenhouse. etc. I need at least 96 feet worth or trellises and supports  for my climbing plants, Cement tubes to have the celery grow in, tires or containers for potatoes and sweet potatoes.

Another thing I want to do in the summer is sell more things at market and at roadside. So I need to write up stuff and prepare for that. Boy, am I going to be busy. I probably don’t know how busy.

What a heavy work load I have ahead. Gardening, blueberries, trimming apple trees, market, housework. Whew. I’m excited about it though. And maybe I’ll be so busy I won’t be as down in the mouth as I was last summer!

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The Other Side.

Dad Cook, Mom Cook, Besty, Aaron and I traveled down to Utica last night. Aaron was due for surgery at 7:15 A.M. He is now out. We can see him in an hour. Thank you all for prayers and kind words to us. He had a cyst tumor puss sac type thing that was thinning the bone in his arm, but now he is all cleaned out and stitched up. Right now I am relaxing, knowing that my guy will be okay.

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