Monday, August 31, 2009

one of those days turning into one of those weeks...

Yep the title says it all. It started out as one of those days and is turning into one of those weeks. I am in this funk that I just can't seem to get out of not sure whats got this going on. I have been looking back at my life my family and friends all my relationships with people and I just feel like I havent done anything right in my life and I know that that is not totally true because I have this absolutely wonderful little boy.... but everything else just feels all wrong. I really wish I could just snap outta whatever this is. I feel like I dont know myself at all and that is just not me.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Isn't He amazing!!

I am so full of joy, I am absolutely jubilant! I love my husband and son so much. I love my life, it's amazing. I have been working hard on my house for the last few weeks, getting rid of the clutter in my home. You would be amazed at how much better I feel now that I have gotten rid of all the clutter in my life it's so freeing. It's also amazing the way that God shows us thing and opens our eyes in ways you would never expect. He's been working hard on me always there whispering things to me things I need to change and do. My house is something he's been telling me to change and this may seem strange why does he care about your house what does it matter. Well I will tell you why. Get the house clean, get rid of all the junk that's lying around cluttering the place up, that's what I have been hearing for awhile now. Ignoring it like we do, not really wanting to part with some things, not sure why we hold on to so much stuff that's no more than just that stuff. Well I finally listened and started cleaning out getting rid of truck loads of things that were piled up lying around. Lots of them I haven't used in ages. The things you just move from one pile to the other. Well I am about done. I have a few more things to take to the dump and tipton cares and my house will be clutter free. You would be amazed at the difference getting rid of all the clutter has made in me and in all aspects of my life. It has made me a happier person. I have more energy, it's much easier to keep the house clean, it gives me more time for my husband and son. It's crazy how just some piles of stuff lying around could bring you down so much. God knew he knew what I needed so when I finally gave in the difference was amazing. I don't know why we don't do what he wants us to do immediately, why we resist so when he wants us to do certain things. If we would just follow his guidance immediately things would be much simpler. That's not all that decluttering my house has shown me, it has opened my eyes to some other areas that God wants me to change, it's like decluttering the house also decluttered my mind so it would be more open to his will. God is amazing. You hear all the time that God works in mysterious way, but I don't believe that. He knows exactly what it will take to show a certain person something and that is how he shows us. While you might realize something one way, for me it might take another. So his ways aren't mysterious they are perfect. One of my current goals is to listen closely and do his will immediately and not wait because when I do what he tells me amazing things always happen! I hope you all have a blessed day!

~Mary B~

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Big Fluffy Biscuits

I love Big Fluffy Biscuits. Just about every time I make them I use a different recipe. I have been trying for years to make biscuits just like my grandmas. She made the best biscuits ever. I called them cathead biscuits, because they were huge and fluffy and yummy. This recipe has came the closest out of all the recipes that I have tried over the years. they were big not quiet as big as hers but they are good sized. They were flaky on the outside and fluffy and light on the inside.
Do they make you hungry? I think I will stick with this recipe for awhile it was really simple too. 2 cups of flour, 4 tablespoons of shortening (although I only used like 3 and a half), and 1 cup of buttermilk. Cut your shortening into the flour with a pastry blender or 2 knives will work also. mix in your buttermilk (or if your like me and never have butter milk on hand mix a tablespoon and a half of white vinegar into a cup of milk and let it set for 5 to 10 minutes)Your dough will be really wet and sticky but turn it onto a well floured board and get some flour on your hands too, sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough and fold it 6 or 8 times. pat it out and cut your biscuits out and put them on a oiled pan. Bake them at 450 for 15 minutes and then you will have yummy biscuits. Mines were still kind of sticky when I patted them out but I went with it and they turned out fabulous. Too much flour and kneading them too much will make them tough so a little sticky is a good thing. Happy Baking.
~Mary B~

Monday, March 30, 2009

Junk collecting or Recycling? Either Way...

I have been married to my wonderful husband for the last seven and a half years and in those seven and a half years I can't tell you how many times I have fussed about the "Junk" that he collected. It was everywhere my yard looked worse than Fred Sanfords (who is one of his hero's I might add), but back on point. I was not happy about his collection. Over the past year or so though I have seen his collecting in a new light. First off he has gotten alot better about what he brings home the majority of what he does bring home is usable, secondly he has been working really hard at getting the yard cleaned up, throwing out the true "junk" and organizing and putting up what is usable. I am very proud!! On to the picture, a few years ago I would have been very upset about my husband bringing home a truck load of no good tires from work, the other day I called him and asked him to. Now I haven't gone and lost my mind completely, I have found a new love of recycling things that would just clog up a landfill anyway, plus it saves lots of money. This ugly old big truck tire is now home to my potato crop for this year. I am going to try growing several other things in tires too. I am very excited. It is an instant raised bed. This thing right here is a handy dandy recycled thing. It is the hood off of a seventies model ford truck. I take a tow strap and hook it to my four wheeler and have a instant sled that is perfect for hauling dirt and mulch, picking up the sticks in the yard, or just hauling whatever I need moved around. Like I said Handy Dandy! He recently brought home all these wood fence panels that one of the places he does business with was going to throw away because they had decided to put up chain length fence. He saw them sitting on the ground next to the dumpster and they said sure you can have them. He used the wood to build my chickens a tractor and house. It turned out very well and lumber has gotten expensive so the money saved was awesome too. We get lots of strange looks out of most people we know for our recycling, junk collecting ways. When someone is throwing something that is still perfectly good away I have gotten just as bad about speaking up and saying hey if your gonna throw it away can I have it instead. No sense in spending money when you can turn someone else's junk into what ever you need or want it to be. So like I said I see his junk collecting in a new light. I have brought a few things home myself. Well until next time.
~Mary B~

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Spring has sprung

Well spring has sprung and I am absolutely loving it. I am ready to get my crops in the ground, I am enjoying working in my yard. I am not just saying that I am for the first time ever enjoying the hard work that comes with all this land. It is very satisfying to be able to enjoy the fruits of our labor. I am going to get my potatoes planted tomorrow. I am going to try them in tires. I really like the idea of growing things in tires. It serves multiple purposes, it makes it easier to control the soil mix, it is easier to keep the weeds at bay, and it keeps the tires out of a landfill. So I am saving some work and recycling too. I have done quite a bit of research on growing things in tires so I will let you know how it goes. My chickens are getting big, I love to just sit and watch them, they are very entertaining. Well I think I am going to go kick back in my recliner and enjoy the rest of my Sunday afternoon, then it will be time to head back to church at six. Y'all have a blessed day!

~Mary B~

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Couldn't remember

The house is very quiet I kind of like it! No one is at home but me it has been a long long time since I have been at home by myself. I had a long list of things that I wanted to blog about today but for the life of me I can't remember what they were. I thought of them as I was drifting off tho dreamland last night. I was going to sleep so of course I didn't get up and write them down, so naturally now I can't remember what they were. It is so frustrating not being able to remember things like I used too. I blame it on motherhood, before I had my son I could remember things from the womb and now I can't remember anything if I don't immediately write it down as soon as it enters my brain.
So since I cant remember what I wanted to talk about this morning, I will talk about this photo that I took yesterday. I love it it is straight out of the camera no alterations no edits. I was very pleased with the way that it turned out. I have been taking lots of pictures of flowers and trees and stuff lately, I think that when I get 12 that I love just like this one I am going to make a calender for next year out of them. So my picture taking will provide a usefulness of sorts. Not that it's not useful now. I am well on my way of having 12 million pictures of my MIL's dog. She is not really a good subject as far as beautiful breath taking pictures, they just turn out funny she always has a strange look on her face. She is very hyper and is always moving so she provides very humorous photos. I will leave you with one. Hope you have a great weekend.There are no words to describe this picture. It needs a name. Any suggestions?

~Mary B~

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


I'm not sure what has me feeling so restless lately. I absolutely feel like I am going to come out of my skin. Maybe it's springtime, maybe it's the weather, I am really not sure. I just have the absolute urge to be any where but at home I just want to get out and do something, anything it doesn't matter. Maybe I am just No I really think that I have spring fever and the weather is not cooperating. It's either raining or windy or turns cold in an instant. I have so many things that I want to do, plant my garden, get the rest of my animals, go on vacation..ha that one probably won't happen between Phillip's work schedule and all the things that I have to do I won't ever get to go on vacation. I think it would do me good though to just get away for a few days. It would be lovely!! It wouldn't matter where we went or what we did just the thought of leaving town for a bit makes me all giddy!! I take Jason somewhere just about everyday and we take pictures doesn't really matter where we go it's just nice to go somewhere. Well maybe the weather will cooperate soon and I can at least get my garden planted and be able to cross one thing off my list. Well until the next time...

~Mary B~