Sunday, October 6, 2013

This Week On Leegacy Family Farm ~ 9/28/13

Wow!  I know this post is dated 9/28/13 and is late, but I loaded the pictures on the 27th and have had trouble with the computer and posting ever since!  Ever have that happen?
Anyway, it's sorghum time around our parts and we've been, you might say, working till the sun goes down.  But we're SO thankful because the sorghum matured before the first frost AND our prayers for a pan have been answered!
The younger ones have been doing the job of taking the sorghum leaves off the stalks and the older family members use a machete to cut them down. Younger ones then stack them on the ground to be left until time to press the juice out.
The weather has been a bit warm and I suppose Judson's a little bit itchy.  The girls usually wear a scarf to keep the seeds and all out of their hair.

We also had guests during the week and they wanted to pick up some things over in the Amish community.  Imagine my surprise when we stopped by to watch them make sorghum and saw a sign announcing someone's upcoming yard sale.  This was on a Wednesday, and I made a mental note of the sale.  And then our friends who live in the area called and told us they had spotted a cheese press and Daisy butter churn at the sale.  
I don't think we'd been to a yard sale since going with our friend Robin in Alabama, but we knew we wanted to go to this one.  And I'm sure glad we did.:)  The plan was to complete school work, go to the sale, and then run other errands.  Other errands never happened.
We found so many useful items and at such good prices.  And when we thought we were done, Abi asked if we could stop by their shop and see if they had any pitch forks or tools which the boys had asked us to watch for.  I really wanted to get to our next errand, but we stopped.  And I'm so thankful we did!  We decided to ask about a sorghum pan - even though we KNEW they wouldn't have one.  They DID.  And it was 9 feet long!  When I asked the price and heard the response, I almost choked.  There was some serious rejoicing around here.:)
And then, at the shop, we met the eighty five year old visiting mother whom we've heard about for many years.  What. A. Treat.  We ended up spending much of the afternoon with her and hearing about her life in the mountains.  She still hikes two and a half miles just to get to her cabin.  She also shared lye soap recipes and how she makes cleaners and homemade lye from ashes.  I'm not sure we've ever met such a spry woman.  She got in and out of our 15 passenger van as easily as we do.  And there are no running boards!
The piglets are weaned now and four have left the farm this week.
And we attended the fire stations chili supper where some of my sons work as volunteers.  Another volunteer is showing them the fire department and vehicles.
Don't you know they enjoyed getting to see the fire truck up close?  And it was great to meet local people.
And we so enjoyed hearing friends sing at the event.  And we were so tickled when we heard the name of one of the groups.  They called themselves The Elderly Brothers.
We were also blessed to be invited to pick bushels of apples at the home of some sweet friends.
It's been smelling like an apple cannery around here, and we don't mind.  Smells like fall!
Almost done.

The work on the apples and the sorghum continue, and we're counting our blessings and enjoying the beauty of the fall days.  Blessings to you and yours!  ~ Sherry

12 comments:

  1. What a tresure trove!
    Reminds me of the hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness'.....blessings all mine with ten thousand beside! All I have needed Thy Hand hath provided....God is so faithful.
    Enjoy your blessings! I enjoyed reading about them.

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    1. Shirley,

      Thank you! Yes, our God is so very faithful and provides for us daily. Blessings,

      Sherry

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  2. Such a lovely post and love your photos.. Gotta enjoy great yard sales..
    Take care, my friend..

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comment, Faye. And I hope you are well, my friend. Blessings, Sherry

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  3. Yay! I love busy memory-making times! And I am so glad the sorghum was ready before the first frost.

    Love to the family,

    HP

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    1. Appreciate your comment! And we've really enjoyed reading the book you recently recommended to us. Blessings, Sherry

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  4. You all work so hard, and the Lord certainly blesses your efforts. That's wonderful you got so many useful bargains at the garage sale. Love your blog. I heard you speak at the ladies conference in Alabama last year as was touched by your family's story. Praying for you.

    Blessings,

    Vicky

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    1. Vicky,

      Thanks so much for leaving such a sweet comment.

      And I especially thank you for your prayers. It was such a blessing to be there at the ladies conference and to be able to fellowship with so many wonderful people in one place.

      Blessings,

      Sherry

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  5. I enjoyed seeing the sorghum pictures. :) I grew up making sorghum molasses with my family and landlord. I have to say, I did not enjoy it in the least, but now that I am grown, married and live a few hundred miles away I really miss it! I was blessed to be able to attend a stir while visiting family recently. It brought back so many memories and what a blessing to be able to visit with those I grew up making it with!

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad you were able to *revisit* some childhood memories while visiting family. And I thank you for leaving a comment. Blessings, Sherry

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    1. Gina, Thank you! I'm so glad you did, and I thank you for leaving a comment. Have a blessed day! Sherry

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