Sunday, September 15, 2019

Apple Picking Time is Here Again

 It's that time of year again!
(This is one of four large baskets full of apples from our solitary McIntosh tree.)

It was a fun Sunday afternoon task, requiring three different ladders and still having to abandon some apples that were too high on the tree to reach. Eventually they'll fall and the deer will eat them. That's okay. Most of the ones we picked will go into the dehydrator, after giving a few bags to new neighbors.

It's a very busy time for us, which is why I've not been blogging lately. Between two places, Wausau and Dallas, we've got lots to get done. So right now it seems like we have two homes. Oh. Make that 3. The other day when I mentioned that we would be 'going home,' Henry said, 'You mean to Menards?'  OK, Smartypants! LOL  Yeah, right now Menards and Home Depot are kind of our homes away from home!

"For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope." - from Jeremiah 29. 

The sermon today was about the lost coin and lost sheep and lost son -  from Luke 15. 

I posted this photo (above) before, but I can't tell you how wonderful it is to be part of a worship service and stand with an entire congregation reciting the Nicene Creed. It is a real blessing. But of course we can't stay here (Rice Lake) forever, and eventually we will be finding a church in Wausau.

Fall has arrived at the backyard pond garden.
Look at God's marvelous work in Creation!

Morning fog over the creek,
from the porch

 Four boxes containing washed and ready-to-go canning jars to go to our daughter-in-law.
54 quarts and 43 pints, with more to go later. It's part of my downsizing project, of which you have already heard far too much, so I'll move on.

 One of my favorite corners
Our Amish neighbor's barn across the road
You may have already seen this photo on my Instagram account:
Feel free to join me there for daily photos. Posting photos daily is lots easier than writing a blog post, believe me. LOL

And although Henry's cows were in the bean field yet again,
he has since managed to finally contain them with some extra wire and a few huge tires leaning up against the shed. It works. Well, except for the little ones who simply walked UNDER the fence (a different spot) the other evening to get out. Mr. C. didn't bother to tell Henry but simply put the little rascals back in and fixed the fence. Now THAT's a good neighbor!

And did I care if Henry's cattle got into the bean field? Of course not. I thought it must be quite an adventure for them. But realistically, the man who rents Henry's land and put in the bean crop wouldn't be very happy if all the beans were eaten or trampled, now would he.

 September 8 sunrise.
from the top of our driveway.
Awesome skies always fill my heart with joy and praise to an awesome God.


On to work on the Wausau house:

 This is the song that never ends...
(but actually, it should be ended by Tuesday of this week. It's been a huge job, laying all that floor tile, and Mr. C. never complains, although laying 18" tile on a floor that's not always perfectly even is a job that requires lots of patience and skill, neither of which I possess, but which he possesses in great abundance. Thank you Lord!)

Right. My job was to stand on the ground and catch the apples and to fret and scold Mr. C. for standing on the very top of a very tall ladder. He just laughs. I told him I wouldn't visit him at either the hospital or the morgue. His response?
Well I'm sure you know.

Anyway, I hope you all had a blessed Lord's Day and found (or remembered) a great many things for which to praise our over-the-top-loving God.

(I did, and especially after the apple picking task was over and Mr. C. was safely on the ground again.)

But I do sometimes ask God why oh why he doesn't make Mr. C. listen to reason.


May God bless you,



Faith said...

Judy, beautiful pictures from GOD's Crayola Box. Look at those colors...Wow! Apple pie

A Bit of the Blarney said...

Lovely post!! Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite verses! Thank you! Wishing you well!

Susie said...

Judy, No one could ever call you and Mr. C lazy...seems you guys are always working. LOL. Loved seeing the apples.I have always loved seeing markets with lots of apples. Gonna have some good things from those. I liked all the pictures. I too absolutely love sky shots. Blessings to all of you, xoxo, Susie

Terri D said...

Peeking in and good to catch up with you!! Sending love & hugs!

Chatty Crone said...

I could write a long post on all of this. Where to start?
My favorite photo is the one with all the pink!
And your fall garden out back.
Only GOD could make something so lovely.
And your hubs can get down on his knees and knows how to do the floor and will do it? You are blessed.
And the wonderful apples.
Love, sandie

Sandi said...

I love that your rock says hope!

MadSnapper said...

I can't tell you the number of times I have said to my husband those same words, I will not visit you at the hospital or the morgue and also said I will not take care of you if you need it, you will go to a nursing home. HE NEVER Listens...
I will miss your view from your porch. if I were leaving your home that is what I would mind leaving, that porch and its view. and of course the bean trampling cows. your tile is almost identical to my kitchen tiles Bob put down 20 years ago. they are still like new. he had never laid tile, but watched a short video that Home depot gave him and it could not have been better. he did such a great job I had him tile the bathroom to, and he was able to match the tile and lay it in line with the hall/foyer. for some reason when they remodeled our house they laid tile in the foyer/hall and not the bathroom..

Elizabethd said...

A lovely post, thank you.
I have been reading a post from someone who lives near Wausau, and wonder if you know of it?

Theresa said...

Your pictures are beautiful! I wouldn't mind living where you are on any given day:) Have a blessed day and hopefully you can get some rest at some point! HUGS!

Vee said...

That is a most interesting way to pick apples! It gave me my morning chuckle. Innovative!

You must be eager to bring everything in for a landing. I hope that you will be in your new home in time for the holidays. Perhaps that is not the best timeline...a better one might be before winter.

Happy packing...

Cheryl said...

Men. They do not heed our cautious advice, do they? "That's why they call them accidents", I say. "Because no one intends to get hurt." Sigh . . .

What a busy time for you and Mr. C.! Love seeing your progress and all of your beautiful photos! Indeed, kind neighbors to enclose Henry's cows yet again. :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm glad things are going well with the new house. And yes...husband's on ladders are not my favorites either. But the apples sure look good! Enjoy your week sweet lady! Try not to worry...oh that's advice for ME! haha!

Cathy said...

Love this post and all your pictures. Funny, we did the prodigal son on Sunday night. I love all of those parables from the 15th chapter of Luke that tell us about the Kingdom of God.

SImple and Serene Living said...

I think McIntosh apples make the best pies. Yum!! It sounds like you have been very busy. xo Laura

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Enjoyed your photos. Enjoy the apples. I can't believe how busy you are. God Bless You!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

It's lovely to visit with you today, Judy! Ladders make me so nervous! So glad Mr. C is now down on the ground where he belongs--gee, I'm sounding bossy. I've banned my husband from ladders, but I bet if he felt the need to climb one, he'd be right up there. Good luck with all of your projects. It's a busy time for you and your family. Take care.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Judy, love that fog photo, the others too, but oh that fog! Would surely hate to leave that apple tree behind, but so many other good things await you at the new place. Mr Delightful always 'spots' me on ladders but occasionally doesn't give me the opportunity to return the favor--I hate seeing people on ladders!

ellen b. said...

My hubby was a house painter years ago with his father. We still have lots of ladders and he still masters them. I can't stand it when he stands on the top. Oye. Thankfully we now have a one story bungalow. You are in for changes and you look quite busy. It's always right to thank the good Lord for all He brings our way. Blessings on your move.

Little Wandering Wren said...

Well if you're not going to catch Mr. C I hope you were able to catch all the apples! I get it re Insta rather than blogging!
Wren x


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