Saturday, October 10, 2009

Life at Home

What an enjoyable past week this has been! And it's been a wet one, too. :) There was a lot of rain here this week, and in just a little over a 24-hour period, we had received between 5 and 6 inches of rain! Needless to say, there has been flooding around here, and at one point, one of our roads was under water as well. During these rainy days, chores were certainly interesting! As in wet! :) Leah and I have the most animal chores to do, and the day we got the 5-6 inches of rain, we were both just about soaked after our morning and evening chores were finished. When we came inside, there was water running off of our hair and faces and our sleeves were dripping water onto the floor we were so wet. :) Life is always an adventure, that's for sure! Today the rain clouds have been chased away, the sun is shining brightly, and the drying out process has begun.

During the rainy days, what pleasurable things were able to be accomplished indoors!
Here is a taste of what has been occupying some of my time the last little while . . .

~Our first pumpkin pie of the year made from our pumpkins~

Right after this photo was taken, this piece of pie was topped with whipped cream and then was enjoyed (as were several other slices, too. :)

~Cutting out squares for a quilt~

In the process of cutting out 245 little 3" squares

A photo of the finished quilt in the book. I do not know what first drew me to this quilt . . . the quilt itself or the lovely scenery and beautiful old barn! :) Either way, I love the quilt and am looking forward to sewing it! (Unfortunately, I couldn't match the light colored fabric, but at least it will be similar.)


--my Bible (as always!)
--"The Ultimate Proof of Creation" by Dr. Jason Lisle (this is an excellent book!)
--"The Mill Girls" by Anonymous (I picked this book up at an antique store recently. It was published in 1862 by the American Sunday School Union, and it was such a sweet, as well as convicting, story.)

~Homemade rolls that went with the Ham Chowder Leah and I made last night~

~Our last flower arrangement of the year made with our few remaining flowers~


And now one week is just about finished and another ready to begin!


  1. Sounds like you had a enjoyable week! I had a very nice week, though mine was full of school, but I only have four more years! That does sound like a pretty long time, but time flies! I would like to learn how to quilt! I want to look up some books on it sometime:) I hope your tuns out beautiful. How long does it usually take to finish one?

  2. The quilt is beautiful. What size are you making and where will you put it? I hope you'll show us as you make it. The rolls look amazing. We have been having a lot of rain also.

  3. You have been very busy Sarah! I hope you are enjoying the rain and the sunshine!

    I really like your new profile photo! It's simple lovely!!

    Hugs! Have a GREAT week, and thank you for your email! I will be replying soon!

  4. What an enjoyable and productive week you've had, Sarah! If you get tired of the rain, feel free to send it south to where we live!! I'd love to 'take it off your hands'!! :o) I'm sure you're enjoying the different indoor work that it brings you way though.

    Thank you for sharing what you've been up to lately! I really enjoyed it! :o)


  5. We have been getting rain too. We also got our first snow too! The ground is not frozen yet so the snow did not stay on the ground, but it won't be long until it does!
    Your pumpkin pie looks yummy! Maybe sometime you could share the Ham Chowder recipe...that sounds yummy too!!
    Have a good day!

  6. The quilt will be beautiful, Sarah. Your cross-stitch is so lovely~I love the spinning wheel in it. I saw her book in JoAnn Fabrics~I am going to buy it the next time I go. It is all the quilting designs by Deborah~I forgot the name! Well, did you get my package last week? Let me know if there is enough fabric. God bless,Rose

  7. The quilt looks to be beautiful. I just love them as they always have a story to tell.
    Oh Pumpkin pie...I think it is my very favorite (even though the cheesecake was very good).
    We have not been getting the rain in fact, we are quite the opposite right now.

  8. I love all the homey pictures you shared from your week, Sarah! Your baking and sewing and stitching projects look so nice.

    We've had a lot of the same rain you've had, and it does make it cozy inside (although the children are needing to get outside!).

    I also love your new profile picture, it is beautiful!

  9. It was an enjoyable week, Desiree! I am glad that your week was a nice one for you. :) Yes, time does fly, and before you know it, your schooling years will be finished!

    That is wonderful that you would like to learn how to quilt! I am sure that you would enjoy it. :) When/if you get to the point that you would like to start to learn how to quilt, you may want to consider checking your local library as they may have some good quilting books. (I learned how to quilt from books that I got from our library, and that is also where I got my first quilt patterns from.) The time it takes me to finish a quilt really varies! It just depends on how much time I am able to work on it. :) My last bed quilt took me about a year to complete, but the one before that (which was a much easier pattern) only took a couple of months. I am hoping to have this one completed before the winter is over!

  10. Thank you, Anonymous! The quilt is a queen size, and right now, I am not exactly sure where it will be put when it is finished! As the quilt progresses, I’ll share some updates on here about it. :)

    This has certainly been a wet fall for a lot of people! We are forecasted to receive more rain today and later this week as well.

    Thank you for your comment! :)

  11. I have been busy, Ashley, and pleasantly so! Yes, I did enjoy the rain and sunshine . . . though, I wouldn’t mind if we had a little more of the latter now. :) It is cloudy and dreary out today with even more rain in the forecast!

    Thank you for your kind words about the new photo!

    I hope that you have a great week as well, and I look forward to hearing from you! :)

  12. It was that, Ashley! Well, I wish that I could send the rain down to you! We have more rain on the way, and I would be more than happy to let you ‘take it off of our hands’ if you could. :) Yes, I have been enjoying the indoor work . . . and it looks like it is going to be another week of it here! :)

    I am glad that you enjoyed the post, Ashley, and thank you so much for your comment!

  13. How neat that you all got your first snow, Hannah! I always love the first time it snows. :) It is going to be awhile before we see our first snow, though! I don’t think we usually get snow until sometime near the end of November, and sometimes we do not see any until December. So far this has been an interesting year, though, so who knows, maybe we’ll have snow sooner than normal!

    I would be happy to share the Ham Chowder recipe! I’ll try to get it posted this week.

    I hope that you have a wonderful day as well, and thank you for your comment! :)

  14. Thank you for your kind words, Rose! I, too, love the spinning wheel in the cross-stitch, and right now, that is the part that I am working on. :) I am sure that you will enjoy the quilt cross-stitch book that you are going to get! Have fun cross-stitching!

    I sent you an e-mail about the package. :)

    Thank you again for your comment!

  15. I hope that it will be, Ellen! I, too, love quilts . . . especially old ones! We inherited one of my great-grandmother’s quilts that was made by her mother (it is a wedding ring quilt), and I just love looking at it. But I cannot help but wonder about what stories might be tied to that quilt! If only quilts could talk. :)

    Pumpkin pie is one of my favorites, too . . . especially this time of year!

    Well, if I could, I would be more than happy to send you some rain. :) Hopefully you all will get some soon!

  16. I am glad that you enjoyed them, Joy! And thank you for your kind words. :)

    The rain did seem to be wide spread over Missouri, and it looks like there will be even more rain again this week (at least up where we live. :) Hopefully your children will be able to spend some time outside this week! :) I can remember when we were little (and it still happens sometimes now, too!) how hard it got if we had to stay indoors for several days at a time. It gets to the point you almost ache to get outside and do something! :)

    Thank you for your sweet words about the new photo!

  17. Thanks for answering and the advise!

  18. You're welcome, Desiree! :)

  19. You said: --"The Mill Girls" by Anonymous (I picked this book up at an antique store recently. It was published in 1862 by the American Sunday School Union, and it was such a sweet, as well as convicting, story.)

    How absolutely lovely! I found a volume of DL Moody's sermons published in 1890-something a couple of years ago. Its in storage right now, since we're in a temporary home, but I just love to find old books and read them. Unfortunately, people seem to have lost that elegance to their speech (or the written word) as there once was. So fun!

  20. The rolls look very good! Could you share the recipe?

  21. It was exciting to find the book, Darelina! And how neat that you were able to find an old book of D.L. Moody’s sermons! It sounds like we are alike in our love for old books. :) I would agree, people’s speech surely has changed over the years!

  22. Thank you, Amy. :) And I would be happy to share the recipe!


Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)