Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Falls Mill in Tennessee

Falls Mill is a working mill and museum.  We went here as a short day trip.  It was great!  We took a picnic lunch and ate near the mill.  Hubby got 20 lbs of pancake mix.  Cant wait to go back.  I bet it is really pretty at Christmas.  The above is a bagging machine for the flour.  This is the water wheel.  The water is directed from a stream down to the wheel.  Very interesting.

This is the mill and wheel.  See the excess water coming down on the right.  Later it became a trickle because they started up the mill for demonstrations for a bus load of kids from school. 

This pic is of the falls from where we were picnicing.

This pic is of the upper falls.  There is actually a lot of old buildings around to look at also.  It's only $4 per adult to get in.  Very nice day trip!

This is where the owners live on site.  Gorgeous old log cabin.  They were thinking of making it into a bed and breakfast.  There is also a cabin that you can rent for the night. 
Hope you enjoyed our day trip pics!

Talk to ya later!


Baby Geese!

This is our chicken coop and run.  Isnt it cute?  I wanted red with white trim but my hubby doesnt like red so much so we got the grey instead.   Marriage is all about compromise isnt it?
My clothesline.  It was so windy that day that I went back out in 15 minutes and everything was dry.

Just had to post these pics of some baby geese not too far away from us.  This was taken a couple of weeks ago.  They sure have grown since then and almost as big as the mother.

Have more pics coming up!


4 Maz Funny Chicken Farm and Dairy

This is the back of my husband and Mark (owner of farm) along with Casa.  My husband helped milk her when they went away for a few days.  He loved every minute of it.  We get our milk and eggs from them.  They only pasturize the milk at the lowest temperature.  I have no problems drinking the milk.  It even has cream on the top...yum.  They also have goats and sheep and make soaps as well. 

These are the chickens we grew for them.  They are smaller than our chickens from the same batch but one of them laid a little bitty egg two days ago.  I had a talk with our girls.  They need to catch up!

Another pic of Feta.

This is Feta.  She's sweet.

This is the female peacock.  Her mate died so she is in with the chickens.  She's too old to lay any eggs.  All say "awwww".

The above pic is of some of their chickens along with a peacock in the back.

Will have more pics coming up!


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Here it is already Mother's Day and I didnt even post anything about my mom...bad me...hit me with a wet noodle :(

Anyway I have to say that I have the best mom.  She was there for us when me and my brother were growing up.  My dad was an over-the-road truck driver for most of his life so mom kind of took over both mom and dad roles for us.  Well except when we were really bad then it was "wait til your father gets home" which really meant wait til he gets home to spank you because you were so bad.  Sometimes she would forget to tell him anything though which was good.  We didnt get spanked too many times only when we really needed it and we turned out OK.  She also convinced my brother that she was psychic cause she always knew what we had gotten into during the day even when she couldnt see us.  Truth was we had very nosy neighbors lol.  They told on us can you believe that?  Man, couldnt get away with 

Mom isnt a fancy cook and sometimes we didnt have a lot of money but she always made enough for us to eat and we never went hungry.  I'm just starting to like speghetti again.  Too much growing up I guess.  She would make us monster cookies for Christmas, yum.  But the best thing she did was make spoon fudge.  (If she reads this she is probably dying from embarrassment).  It was supposed to be fudge just plain old fudge unfortunately my mom cant make plain old fudge.  For some reason it always would be runny so we would grab a plate and instant spoon fudge!  It was great!  The neighborhood kids wanted their moms to make them spoon fudge since we had it and gave them some.  Then mom started getting phone calls from their moms asking for the recipe for this "spoon fudge" that their kids wanted.  Dad thought it was hilarious.  She also made potato candy for Christmas.  Dont think that she only made things for Christmas though cause she makes an awesome alphabet salad and broccoli salad too.  And her marinated meatballs are to die for.

One thing mom always says "when they're gone, they're gone" when talking about cookies.  Tease her about that one...;)

Mom also worked some when we were growing up and I mean that she worked at a job outside of home cause she worked hard at home too.  She was a beautician, LPN, and waitress at different times during our growing up years.  She has also served as a councilwoman following in the footsteps of her mother who was a committewoman for many years.  She now is officially retired and so is my dad.  Actually she hasnt killed him yet...but there's still time yet. lol.  She used to have complete charge of the house and now that dad is home all the time that's changed. 

She taught me how to sew on a machine when I was 8, started a girl scout troup so I had something to do since my brother had boy scouts and when we were in high school actually started a basketball league for the local kids so we had something to do during the week.  She didnt get paid for any of this, she just did it because she loved us and Mom we really appreciate everything you ever did for us especially the spoon fudge! ;)

Happy Mother's Day to all of you who have human kids and animals too cause you are loved each and every day by these wonderful beings you take care of.

Talk to ya later!