Thursday, June 5, 2014

Graduation, Garden, Girls, and a Snake!

      Well it's about time I let ya'll know what's been happening on the homestead! Skylar graduated from high school May 29th! I was so filled with emotions: joy, sadness, apprehension! I'm just glad it's over with now and our lives have taken on a new routine! With Skylar learning the a/c and heating business, it's full blown summer here and he and his Dad are working overtime! It is a very stressful season for them as there are too many calls and not enough hours in the day to get to all of them. I wished I could help them, but I have NO desire to learn that kind of work. So I just clean and cook and take care of things for them here. But I don't mow! Especially after hurting my ankle while mowing when I fell backwards over some boards! Mowing is just not my 'thing'! I tried at least. 

      We are celebrating birthdays this week! Yasmine turned 5 Tuesday and my Mom's birthday is today! It's so hard to believe Yasmine is five already! She is getting so tall! And she's so inquisitive about things! We will have her birthday party Sunday at the Falls. That's Noccalula Falls, for those of you who might read this and not know what that is. It's our area's tourist attraction. They have a nice playground and pavilions so the children can have birthday parties and play. Then, Yasmine, Layla, Amber, and Betif are taking off for Morocco! They will be gone all summer! I will miss those girls! Then they will start school when they return and I won't get to see them as much. So I'm visiting with them as much as possible now. Did I say I was going to miss them?

      The other day when I went to get the eggs, I opened the door and caught a snake in the process of swallowing an egg! It was a sight to see! I actually got a good photo! Skylar came out and shot it with his air rifle, so at least I won't have to deal with that snake again! The hens aren't laying as much lately and I can hardly blame them! I would like for them to get back to the amount they were laying before because I need them to cook for the girls! I may actually have to buy some eggs! Gag! The price of eggs has gone up close to two dollars a dozen here! I used to pay that for organic eggs, back in the day!

      The garden looks better than I've ever seen it! There are blooms on the squash, beans, and potatoes! Some tomatoes are finally blooming, too. It has been raining quite often, but not so much as to wash everything out. The nectarines and peaches are still looking good. Last year, there was so much rain the fruit rotted on the trees! Here's hoping that won't happen this year! Since rain is predicted this week on some days, we are experiencing quite muggy conditions! The heat or humidity, I should say, is almost unbearable at times. Yesterday I walked on our road while it was cloudy, and the humidity was high, I felt so tired afterward! The humidity really drains the body! I usually enjoy my walk, but now it's almost a drudgery. Even carrying hay and a bucket of water down the hill to the boys is a drain! Am I getting wimpy?

      And yet, I'm thankful to God for blessing us with this season! So much going on, and so little time to get it all done! Is it like that on your homestead? Have a nice day! Blessings from Bama!

Walking across the stage to get his diploma!

My handsome young graduate!

Skylar and Nanny.

My sweet family!

Oma, Skylar, and Poppa.

My Mom and Dad and Skylar.

April, Amber, and Skylar.

Snaggle-tooth and the gang.

Almost all my babies!

A new to me bread machine Amber gave me. I made roll dough with it.

Randy loves using his tiller/cultivator.

Squash blossoms.

Green bean blooms.

Baby cucumber.

After excitedly purchasing these muscadine vines....

I found these growing on our property, and they have baby grapes on them! Talk about really being excited!

Caught in the action! I'm so glad I got this shot!

Skylar shooting the snake.

Randy holding the dead snake.

Plants to be set out soon.

The day lilies are blooming.

Last year, these lilies got knocked down by Rubi.

A pretty Easter lily.

These day lilies grow wild around here.

They love playing in this pool!

Lulu's having fun!

They're all here, for now.


  1. Those are some nice family photos. The snake picture is awesome! Almost looks like a magazine photo or something...glad Skylar shot it. Congrats to him! I will miss reading posts about the girls and seeing their snaggle tooth faces!

    1. Hi Jacky! Thank you! Yes, I will miss them terribly! I know....!

  2. Hi Bama Girl! Did I miss something? Something terrible?!? Why are you going to be missing the girls? Where are they going?
    Congratulations to Skylar! He has grown up into a handsome, calm and hard-working man! My! I'll bet you're proud!
    Incredible shot of the snake caught in the act! It seems like you ought to enter that in something! It is excellent! Imagine being able to open your mouth that wide! My!
    Well, Felecia, I think I need to re-read your post here and see what it is that I missed on your dear girls! Hugs, Cheeryshirley

    1. Yes, Cheeryshirley, they are going to Morocco for the summer! They will return in time to start the Muslim school in Birmingham. I will miss them terribly! At least Winterlynn and Riley will still be in town!
      Thanks Shirley, we are so proud of him! He is a hard-working young man!
      God is awesome how He created a snake to be able to do that!
      Thanks Shirley, hugs to you too!

  3. Congratulations to Skylar! I don't mow either! Snakes! Ugh. Hot here today and my allergies are awful! Enjoy your summer. Nancy

    1. Hi Nancy! Thank you! I hope your allergies clear up soon! Thanks, enjoy your summer too! Blessings!

  4. Congratulations to your (most handsome!) son!!!!! And good luck with his future plans. That was a fantastic photo of the snake in 'action'. Wow! Funny about the muscadines! I remember you've been talking about muscadines for the past couple of years...... and now you will have plenty. You are a little ahead of us with your blooming daylilies, just like your irises. So pretty. I had to re-plant most of our garden this past weekend, then we had a pleasant soaker rain last night, so hope this will be 'the year'. Yours looks like it's doing well. Enjoy those girls! Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Lisa! Thank you! I love that I got that shot of the snake! Yea, I just thought we should have muscadines all those years, and now we do! The daylilies have really come out since I wrote this post! They are beautiful! Oh, that's too bad about the garden! I hope it does well now! I just harvested my first cucumber and raspberries and will soon get green beans and squash! Yes I have been enjoying them! Thanks! You too! Blessings!


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