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!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Helping Grandmama and Grandaddy

Here are some pictures of recent happenings, and also pictures that I finally downloaded
from Mama's phone(Which by the way are not the highest quality)
Anyways, hope y'all enjoy!

It's always nice to go over and help Granddaddy and Grandmama in their yard.
We thought it would be nice for Grandmama to have a garden that she could have easy access to, so Granddaddy hopped on board , and we made some raised beds for her right beside the house.
Farmer Dan:):)
Deeda proclaimed proudly that her friend beetles squeaked.They actually did! She was quite proud of them:):)
Digging a hole......obviously

I planted a gardenia here for Grandmama

I would say "Art" if I didn't detest that term :D
Helping Granddaddy!
CJ helping Grandmama plant flowers
Cutting boards from Granddaddy's trees
Mama and her Daddy:)
Deeda cheerfully picking up weeds
It's coming along....
We then proceeded to fill them with cow manure
collected from their property
Callie and Grandmama made a lovely supper for everyone
A more recent picture of the Texas Cream Peas and Okra that we planted that day
They said they enjoyed the harvest!
Everything is doing well
Cherry Tomatoes and Eggplant as well!
Me :)
Will in the Sunshine :)
Nothing like $1 sweet tea:):)
A goofy little boy
Our blessed home
Couldn't help but take a picture of this.:):)
Abby made a lovely pound cake and strawberries a few evenings ago
for us and Grandmama and Granddaddy!
A handsome boy enjoying his lovely dessert
"Why thank you!"
Granddaddy was singing a song to her:)
Deeda feeding pears to her donkey, Lefty
We will start work on a pasture for him soon
Wills holding a Speckled Sussex

Well, thanks for stopping by!
Mary Noelle


Bonnie said...

Mary, what wonderful pictures! Granddaddy and I both loved going through them. You know, when I first met him, we had both just graduated from high school, and guess what his friends called him?? "Farmer Dan"! His family had a small farm, and he worked for other farmers in the area on weekends. Having our little farm has been something he has always wanted to do, so "Farmer Dan" is quite appropriate!

Yes, that was the sweetest thing, when y'all came over and fixed the raised beds for me. They weren't too big, and that's a good thing! We enjoyed the peas and okra, and Granddaddy has already replanted with a variety of heirloom veggies. Thanks so much!

The pictures all look good, so your mama's phone camera must do a good job!

The Miller Family said...

Those were great pictures! I bet Grandmother and Granddaddy were very blessed by y'all's helpful hands. The raised beds look very productive.

Deeda's donkey is so cute! I'm sure she's anxious for him to be at your house.

Aunt Katie

Lynnae said...

Those were adorable pictures. It looks like you had a good time. Work is always more fun when you have a big family.
In Christ,

Berean Families United said...

Hey Y'all!!
Love the pics of the garden building process!! I especially love the one of Molly and her Dad!!
How blessed you are to have your family all around you...well, most of your family!!!
Much love to all,
The Graves

R said...

Where is deeda'a donkey at right now? I noticed that the gate was either purchased from our old feed store, or bought direct from Circle R Ranch (wich I think you have to be a dealer to buy from).

The pic of the pasture and the sure brought back memories.
Tangled barbed wire, and no grass in the pasture. No offence intended grandaddy LOL!.



Deeda's donkey is at Mr, Parrish's house/property right now. He's the one who gave it to us. we are gonna build a pen for him and my future horse after we finish the chicken pen. :D


Kitty said...

Another great post, Mary! :) I love the self-portarate of you. You look....perky. :)

YES!!!!!!!!!! 1$ sweet tea!! Ahhhh!!!

Margaret, your donkey looks wonderful and donkey-like. :)


The Dischers said...

Please, oh please,forgive my lack of comments! My spare time has been cut by about 90% since the entrance of a certain hungry baby into our lives!

This was a wonderful post, showing what grandchildren do best - bless their grandparents! i was at Grandmama's the day the Stricklen "work crew" showed up! What a black dirt movin' machine they are!

My guess is Grandaddy was singing a slightly silly song in that picture. Am I right?

Aunt Beth

Kelly said...

I can't wait to meet "Lefty". It's fun to keep up with the Stricklen's adventures via your Blog. Mary you do a great job!


Liv said...

Hey marget..James is very jealous of your donkey. (He has always wanted one:) He'll have to come see it when ya bring it to your house.:)

Oh and that pound cake look so good...Now I'm sitting here hungery:)

keep it up,