December 29, 2014

Winding down......

As 2014 comes to an end and again I find my blog woefully delinquent, I sit here and reflect on the many blessings from the past year.

In January we took a cruise with friends to Grand Turk, San Juan Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. John's.

February brought snow to Southern Oaks.

March- we said goodbye to Belle, a really sweet and loving dog.

Feb.-April we took beginner's bee classes at the Botanical Gardens and installed our new bee packages in April bringing our total hives to three.

April we took a road trip to the Amish Community in Ethridge, Tenn. to purchase heirloom tomato and pepper plants.

May - Roses and Clematis.

  Year two of the shed garden. Hard to believe it has changed  so much in one year.

June- busy time in the garden. The tomatoes and peppers did exceptionally  well this year and we canned about 65 quarts of tomatoes, 40+ quarts of green beans, lots of okra, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, stuffed bell peppers, jalapeƱos, blueberries, and pears.  In July, we harvested 3.5 gallons of honey from our oldest hive.

July- blooms in the garden.

August- sunflowers and zinnias.

September we finished our bottle wall project after two years of collecting bottles, drilling holes and procrastinating.

In September we also added two new members to our animal menagerie. We rescued Kate and Pippa, miniature smooth dachshunds from the local shelter.

It had been almost two years since we had to put down Duncan our old guy of 19 years and the longest we had been without a dachshund in almost 35 years.  Needless to say, they have become welcome members of our family and just a "little spoiled" as well.

October brought us our greatest and best blessing to date. We welcomed our first grandchild!
October 14th, we welcomed Madeline Amelia Bunt into our lives.

Needless to say, she is the center of our universe. What a blessing! 

November- Fall/winter garden is doing well. Harvested kale, broccoli, turnip and mustard greens, with spinach, savoy cabbage, and brussel spouts coming on. 

December- Best Christmas present ever from Drew and Cat, baby grandson on the way and due in June!  
So excited and can't wait for him to get here!

2014 has been a great year for which we are truly thankful. Looking forward to the coming year and spending lots of time with the grandkids on the farm! Wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!