Spring Is In the Air!

bikeMuch has happened since my last post, the most significant being that last year we finalized the adoption of two wonderful, beautiful children. Life has changed in many ways! Overall, it is for the better. They’ve made our home such a different place, and added much joy and excitement to it. You can read more about it here.

This year has been a pretty busy year so far too. We’ve done a few things around the house to improve it, probably the most visible being that we revamped the flower beds at the front of the house.

But what I’m most excited about right now I think is that I’ve been working on getting my motorcycle running again. I’ve put on a new chain and sprocket, replaced the oil, replaced the gas tank (and had to repaint the one I bought because the color didn’t match), put on new tires, and replaced the battery. It runs now, but I think only on a couple of cylinders. I need to check out the carbs and spark plugs, and fix a small oil leak and I think it’ll be basically ready to go.

It’s always been fun to ride, and now it is sort of becoming a need. We have 2 cars, but one is pretty unreliable. If I can get the bike going, it will be one more thing that we can depend on so that if I’m gone, Becky will have a vehicle for her and the kids if anything comes up.

Gardening

2014garden01Growing up, I hated when Dad made me get in the garden to do anything. He usually had me pulling weeds or running the ancient front-tine tiller. Now, years later, I’m married, have a home of my own and a garden. I believe Becky and I have had a garden every year since we’ve been married. Now I see gardening as an enjoyable chore…not only do I get to eat good food out of it, but I enjoy getting outside and doing the work. It gives me time to think about different things, talk to the Lord and think about His goodness to me.

A few weeks ago I put out a few seeds. All of that has started to come up now. I’m always amazed at how God made those seeds to bring forth such big plants that give so much food. It also makes me think about the law of sowing and reaping in life – what little you sow will be reaped that much more.

Today was a good day to get out and do some work too. In total, I’ve put out okra, squash, cucumbers, watermelon, tomatoes, onions, peppers and corn. Now I can’t wait for all of that to grow and we can start eating out of it. By far, our favorite is fried squash. Probably not the most healthy way to eat it, but it’s surely the most tasty.

Finally, signs of life!

20140405_154724It was a cold winter overall, and I’ve been ready for spring for a while now. We’re starting to see green grass, flowers blooming, bugs buzzing, birds chirping…I love it! My allergies took a hit there for a little while, but I’ve adjusted now and all is well.

I’ve been looking forward to mowing the yard again and planting and taking care of a garden again. The time has come, so I’ve been getting busy. The garden still has a way to go to be ready…rain slows that down though since it has to be dry to do much with it. I’ve also already mowed the yard once, and have sharpened the blades to be ready to go again the next chance I get.

The bright colors of spring just make me feel generally better. Winter always seems so drear, cold and bleak. I like when things come alive again, and the air is warm..I just like being outside. We had a cold winter…So get out there and enjoy spring!

A Real Snow!

My last post was about a decent little snow we got. That doesn’t even compare to this one – 7″ total. People south of us got more. It was kind of a backwards weather system, but it is what it is.

When it first started falling yesterday evening, it was a very wet snow. I immediately made plans to build a snowman this morning when I got up. But when I got outside, the snow on the top was dry and too frozen to pack. Oh well. It still made for some beautiful scenery.

A Decent Snow

Well, we’re on Snow Hill, but we don’t usually see a lot of snow in the winter. We got maybe a little over an inch yesterday, and with temperatures well below freezing, it all stuck around. Becky and I have Daniel, Zek and Colt with us today, and she is hunting down a sled so they can all go out and have some fun in the snow while I stay inside in the warm house and work. Maybe I’ll brave the cold for a few minutes to get a few pictures to share with y’all. Becky snapped a couple of pictures while they were out.

For now, here are a couple of photos of what our back yard looks like.

Meeting Alexandra

meetingalexandraAlexandra Grace Boyer was born on the evening of January 4, 2014. Becky and I were able to make it up to meet her last Sunday. We headed up after the morning service at our home church.

On the way up, I survived my first visit to Ikea in Cincinnati. It’s actually a pretty cool place, but I could spend way too much money in there!

Once we made it to their house, we were welcomed by 3 other young’uns running to the door. It’s always fun seeing them all again and getting to spend time with them. I guess it was good to see Joy and Jamin too… 🙂

It was great to meet Alexandra and spend time with all the family for a few days!

Record Lows

I can’t remember a time I’ve seen it this cold outside. This morning I woke up and the thermometer read -3. We’re supposed to heat up to about 23 degrees today according to weather.com.

I went outside right then just to be able to say I’ve been out in below zero temperatures. Weird, I know. But like I said, I don’t remember a time it’s been this cold. Must be all that global warming they were warning us about.

I took a few photos around my uncle’s pond again. The whole thing is frozen this time. The ice crystals are beautiful – I’m going to have to go out a little later and get a few closer shots of them.

We’ll make it back above freezing temperatures tomorrow and start thawing out. We’ll be up near 60 on Saturday. Unbelievable!

Winter is Upon Us

20140103_130050_HDRI’ve never been one to like Winter, but I do love some of the scenery that Winter makes beautiful. It’s also one of the reasons I love living up here on Snow Hill.

Last night we made it down into the teens, and had a little snow. So my uncle’s pond out behind my house now has a thin layer of ice on one end, with a thin coating of snow to go along with it.

I left yesterday morning to head to work, but started sliding around on the highway, so I decided to just turn around and come back home. Thankfully, I have a job that allows that flexibility and I was able to do a whole day’s worth of work from my couch in front of the fireplace. Today, with possible icy spots on the road still, I decided not to even worry about going in to the office since Fridays are only half-days anyway.

Counting today, 3 of the next 5 days won’t make it above freezing. Anybody else ready for Spring?

Happy 2014!

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is already here! It seems like just last week I was dealing with seasonal Spring allergies and getting my yard cleaned up and started mowing. Now it’s all about to start again!

Becky and I have had a great 2013, and we’re looking forward to 2014. We raised over $8,000 over on Praying For a Little Snow, and are hoping to get the rest of what we need within the next few months. Aside from that, we’ve had lots going on at the church, mainly that we’ve started bi-weekly youth meetings on Thursday nights. We’re looking to continue that into this year and are praying the Lord will bless it.

I’m setting a few personal goals as well – I want to read my Bible through again this year. I want to blog more this year. I want to take more photos this year.

Aside from these things, I look forward to working outside around the house again. I enjoy raising a garden and enjoy mowing and keeping the yard neat (now that I have a good mower and trimmer!). I plan to build a shed to keep the mower and other outdoor power tools in – I hope to start that in the next few weeks.

So, I don’t have any real resolutions, but this is what I plan for this year with the Lord’s help.

A New Product We’ve Started

ProtandimBottlePartly because of our infertility issues (Read about that here and share it with your friends! We’re raising funds to do an IVF procedure), Becky and I were introduced to a a new product we had never heard of before. If you read our story over on prayingforalittlesnow.com, you’ll find that Becky had a lot of internal scar tissue. When a family member saw that information, he introduced us to Protandim.

Protandim is technically a patented dietary supplement that combats oxidative stress through Nrf2 activation. Without getting into deep scientific and technical details (you can find information in the links below), Protandim causes your body to work like it’s supposed to in fighting bad stuff.

Becky has been taking it for a little over 3 weeks and has noticed an increased energy level, better focus and better sleep. Without doing another surgery, we can’t go in and see if it is repairing her scar tissue, but we did speak with a nurse whose daughter had similar scar tissue that disappeared after the use of Protandim.

I’ve done YouTube searches for testimonials and found videos like this one by Dr. Alice Reed, and this one by Nancy Robert.

I have achy knees, seasonal allergies, and high cholesterol, all of which I’v seen reports of Protandim helping with. I’ve got my first bottle on order and will be starting my daily dose in less than 2 weeks. I’ll certainly update on my progress!

I invite you to take a look at abcliveit.com for an investigative report that ABC did, and for more of those technical details I spared you from in my writing. If this is something you’d like to learn more about or would like to try it, please visit my website at mylifevantage.com/jsnow.