Thursday, November 21, 2013


While my blog has been dormant I have thought of my many blog friends often.Life has a way of getting in the way of the best laid plans.As we all know, crap(sorry to offend) happens is a phrase that is brandished about  many times.Well if crap happens then my life has had a serious virus of late.LOL! But it all has worked out,it just made for a very stress and work filled six months or so.

So  you can  understand that my  blog absence was not just my being neglectful,I will try to explain some  of the issues.In the early days of Spring, my chicken pen was raided by a group of coons and opossums.In one night alone they killed roughly 40 birds.They killed  the chickens  and ducks then took them to the top of the chicken house intending to return at night to finish eating them.I know this because we set out traps to catch them along with a camera..The animals we caught were not harmed but relocated to another area where they would not cause anymore damage.Even though I was angry I realized that they were only doing what comes natural to them.I fed and watered them while they were waiting to be transported.This has meant that each night I must catch and cage the remaining birds.It takes extra time each day to do this chore.

As some of you know  my son and his girlfriend have been living with us the last few years.They purchased a mobile home last year and it sits on our property.They decided  then to save their money so that they could pay as they go to have the septic ,electric ,and water hooked up since it is an expensive process..It was decided that this summer was the time to start getting their home ready for them to move.Hubby and I decided to save them some money that they could hook up to our well.That meant a 134 foot long ditch needed to be dug.The kids decided ,hey that is not so far lets do it by hand ,boy did they learn a lesson and get  a few blisters.Hubby and I helped of course and even though it was extremely hard we let  them do it so that they could learn that not everything comes easy in life.It took four days but we all felt proud when it was finished.Hubby and son hooked up the water to find that the pipes had all burst.This meant that hubby and I had to replace every water line in the home.Hubs was laid off work so we worked on it while my son and his girlfriend were at work.Finally after several weeks the  septic,electric and water were all hooked up and they are now living contently in their own home!Samantha(girlfriend) started a new and wonderful job in the midst of trying to move.I am so proud of them both.Best news of all ....they have became engaged!!!! I am one happy momma!

The next saga begins in the life of a country mouse...
The kids are moved out.Hubby and I decide to go in their old bedroom to start cleaning and make plans to remodel it next Spring to make it into a master bedroom for us.It has been the plan ever since our son was small.We gave him the largest bedroom as we had the rest of the house.We are in there discussing and hubby pulls up the carpet in one corner and oh no is what I hear.What is wrong ? Mold is the answer! Yes, my home has become infected with mold! It has been beyond horrible.We had to take that one room completely apart and I mean completely apart.The walls were stripped bare, the sub floor taken up ,insulation had to be replaced.Everything was a mess.It was only the start of our troubles.. we have found it in other places as well.We are slowly but steadily working to clean the entire house and replace the things that need it .Hubby has  been spraying mold killer and a preventive on the underneath of the house using the crawlspace.Right in the middle of all this our well pump went out so that had to be replaced as well.But as a friend once told me I  find a way to laugh about it.While I laughed outside there have been times that inside I have been crying . The stress has been heavy and the work hard  but we have made it through the worst of  it.God continues to bless us no matter how bad things may look and feel.As long as I continue to remember that then I will continue to laugh.

Sorry about the long post but I just wanted to explain where I have been the last several months. A horrible blogger I am, but my thoughts and prayers have continued to be with you all.I am hopeful that in the coming days that I can play catch up on your blogs.I have missed my blogger friends.Blessings,Jen


Raggedy Creations said...

Oh Jen, so sorry to hear of all your issues.

Mold is terrible and if not taken care of can make one sick so at least you found it before it got real bad.

Please keep encouraged.

Good to hear from you again.

Hillcresthome Prims said...

You know I am praying for you and we talk a lot on the phone so I know all of these things already. You are a strong woman and a great faithful friend.

I LOVE your Thanksgiving display that is on your table and the beautiful coverlet that lays on the table. LOVE IT!
Talk to you soon.
Love ya,

BumbleBeeLane said...

Yes life happens and sometimes you just don't know weather to laugh or cry.Sending up prayers for better days ahead. Warm Blessings! Amy

Dog Trot Farm said...

Welcome back Jen. Goodness when it rains it pours...Glad you discovered the black mold, it is nothing to fool around with...congratulations to your son and his soon to be wife. Your table display is lovely, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours...

Danice said...

How awful Jen. 'Seems like troubles just come in multiples sometimes. Glad all worked out well. I love your new blog background also :)

Cindi said...

Goodness gracious Jen you sure have had your fill! I am happy to see you back blogging and pray things start going much better now!
Be blessed,

Mugwump Woolies said...

Hi Jen...happy to hear from you, but so sorry for your difficulties. Hope you and yours enjoy the coming holidays!

Earlene Landis said...

Goodness that is tons of stress and mold!!! It is awful, and can make you very sick.
Good thing you found it.
We missed you.
Love your picture!
And congrats to the happy couple

Barb said...

Wow what a time of it you have had! If it goes to good here for a while I get a bit nervous but my you have had your share of it all!
Congratulations to the happy couple and glad to see you have survived a rough time!
Enjoy your day Jen,

Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

Love your new designs. Your survived all those problems, now life will be a breeze!!! Congrats to the happy couple!!!
Have a great Thanksgiving!!

Shirlee said...

Many, many big {{{HUGS}}} to you my friend! I have been very lax in emailing but not in praying, & I have prayed for you every day regarding the things that have been going on in your life. We all have these seasons, that's for sure. Finding a way to laugh in the midst of them is possible with God. He blesses us always ... even in the middle of seasons such as these. Maybe even more during these times : )

mrssmith07 said... are one tough cookie!! I know you are all smiling now that the hard work is over!! Enjoy your nest and the new look of your home since having to redo some of the areas!! I am sure it was all a stressful situation but you know God is on your side and your laughing at the matter sure is a lot better then the crying!! ;) Big Hugs to you my friend!! Love you!! Hey...I recognize that turkey...great display!! :)