Where The Orange Blossoms Grow....

Hello! Welcome to the Stricklen's blog. We hope to keep our family and friends up to date with what is going on with our family. You will find a variety of experiences posted here -- you may find pictures of the never ending project of building our house, Callie helping William with his first steps, Mary studying a rare insect species, or perhaps you may be terribly bored with Molly's numerous fruit trees, berries, vegetables and rare plant pictures! Who knows what we may find Chris and CJ doing -- probably something having to do with a tractor or machine of sorts. Abby and Margaret will keep us entertained with costumes from other lands or a fairy story. Whatever we post, we trust it will lift your spirits and bring honor and glory to our Lord!

Friday, January 30, 2009

The Freeze and Fried Green Tomatoes

Well, I guess it was about time for it. A couple of days out of the year we can
handle it, but certainly not enjoy it! It got down to around 27 or colder here.
Everything in the garden held up well except for the tomatoes and we knew
there is always that chance of a freeze when you
grow tomatoes this time of year!

Our neighbor's grove

The children collected icicles and put them in the freezer

Our poor yard :(
It turned brown later

We lost all our tomato plants, but thankfully had already reaped
many yummy tomatoes!

We collected at least a hundred nice green tomatoes.

And what else can you do with nice green tomatoes??

Well, fried green tomatoes, of course!!!


Little Tex Stricklen

Mary's insect collection
The beginning of it. There are many
more to come I am sure!
Wills with Chloe

Margaret and Chloe

Margaret with Taluse.
Margaret has been in heaven since some kittens and a Mama
cat wandered on to our property a while back.
Only 2 of the kittens remain but Margaret is
as happy as a lark!
The joys of Motherhood

I enjoy every minute - they grow too fast!

Margaret, CJ and Wills decided to dress themselves
as "The Royal Florida Family"
(That is what they came up with!)
"Queen Hibiscus"
"The Florida Prince"
The Royal Family

Hats compliments of designer Abigail Stricklen

" King Papaya"
Hey, I'm glad they have imaginations!!
They keep me well entertained :)
Thank the Lord for the beautiful Florida sunshine where
all the beautiful tropicals can be grown most of the
year without any harm or damage. We sure do
miss the warm weather when we go without it just
a small bit. These pictures were obviously before "the FREEZE"!!
Our yard and some trees and bushes will have some self
repairing to do over the next few months ahead.
It is amazing how things do grow back as beautiful as ever!
God bless each of you!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Celebrating Christmas--Part 2

We (The Frodge Clan) gather at Granddaddy and Grandmama Frodge's house on Christmas Day to eat dinner, exchange gifts, fellowship, and celebrate the birth of our precious Lord and Saviour!!!
Sweet little 'Vanna:)
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pedro:)Mama and Aunt Beth delight us with a songAnd so does Aunt Ashley:)Time to open gifts....
Hmmm...what could this be???
Willie would rather ride on the back of his new trike and let CJ peddle it for him:)
(Don't ask why Willie became suddenly attached to that pair of unusually odd looking goggles)
John Deere! Yay--Kitty's happy:):)
New flishlights from Uncle Eddie and Aunt Beth:)
Oh, what a lovely gift...whatever could it be????
What a lovely...."Christmasy" tablecloth:):)
Grandmama loves vintage linens!
There's CJ again, with his somewhat odd little brother:):):)
~Grandmother and Granddaddy~
Savannah loves Uncle Chris!!:):):)
Hey, grown-ups like remote-control cars too!:):)
~Us kids with our gifts from Granddaddy and Grandmama~
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~~The Discher kids and Grandmama and Granddaddy~
"Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ."
Phiippians 1:2
Posted by Mary Noelle