Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Diamonds in the Country

That's what we are becoming.  The Lord sure is giving us a lot of opportunities to live like country folk, in spite of the fact that we dwell in a townhouse. Does this mean he is preparing us a home outside of town?  If so, he is also preparing for us a mower and a plow and something to push that plow... and lots of gas for many trips into town.  :)  I'm kind of liking the idea, although I have to confess that for the past forty-some years I have not been trained to keep up the work ethic that is needed for country life.  It's never too late to change, and miracles do happen.  I am looking forward to a miracle in my character.

So far we have been on a hay ride, weeded a big garden, harvested carrots, potatoes, and corn, and enjoyed a nice outdoor campfire and meal.  That's country-ish, don't you think?

Last weekend we added apple-juicing to our list of countrified activities.  We learned how apples go from this

and this

and this

to this!

First we gather the apples.

Then we separate the good apples from the bad.  The pigs get the bad ones.  It's their dessert.  :)

Next we wash the apples and cut out the bad parts.

Then comes the fun part.  The apples go into the grinder,

and from the grinder into the press:
And from the press into the cup/jug/mouth. 


We'll be adding raking leaves, shoveling snow, and milking a cow to our list of experiences.  Stay tuned!


  1. I live in a small town with no cow but we do have to shovel, plow rake and store up for winter. It's OK because yes it's a lot of work but winters are long and you will lots and lots of time to rest up. He...he

  2. Sounds country to me! And thank you for the birthday wishes. So far it has been a lovely day. As I write, Grace is making me a birthday salad for lunch. She already brought me a birthday sliced apple before that.

  3. You so need to find dh a church near you. We'd have a lot of fun together :)


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