Friday, March 4, 2011

Catching Up

I'm back due to popular demand from my fans! My Mom and Dad..LOL. I have been enjoying my blog vacation. I did not mean to be gone for so long, but when I got ready to come back my computer was not working. Roger has fixed it and I'm ready to go. I have missed reading your post and look forward to getting back to reading them. I must tell you I have been able to get so much more done around here and that has been really nice. I have decided to only spend 1 hr a day online.

Life has been great around The Vineyard Homestead. We have been enjoying some really nice weather. Roger has been really busy with work and we have gotten to spend lots of time in the truck making deliveries and picking up materials. We have really been blessed with lots of sales and keeping busy.

My Mom had a birthday on Feb 19th!!!! Happy Birthday Mom!!!! She turned 60 years old and is doing fantastic! I love her so much. We are celebrating her birthday this Sat. I am looking forward to tacos and I hope my sister makes her really yummy Mexican rice. I will make sure I get the recipe to share with all of you.

The girls started horse back riding lessons and they love it! Their teacher is so great. Of course the girls have started to work on Roger about getting a horse. Poor guy has a hard time saying no to his girls (me included :) ). He has told them that if they continue their lessons and learn all they can about horses and caring for them we can look at doing it next spring. That has satisfied them for now.

Joey is doing so well in school! He is so excited to go in the mornings. They will be starting a Kindergarten in the fall and with lots of prayer on this subject we have decided that Joey will be attending. It is a Christian school and the class size will be no larger than 20. Here in Ca. I was told that the class size will be 30-35 students per teacher. I can't imagine Joey doing well in a class that large. I was really struggling with where to send him and now I have a great peace about it! I am truly thankful for the Lord!

My Mom and Dad will be up next week to do some more work in the garden. I really can't wait to plant and to start to see them poking out of the ground. The birds are sing and flying all around outside. The almond orchards are blossoming with pink and white blossoms it is so pretty!  I did get a large bag of oranges form our dispatcher in the office. I hope to make some orange marmalade this Sunday afternoon. I have never made it so I hope it turns out well.

Roger ordered me a book called THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HOMESTEADING AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF INDEPENDENT LIVING by: Nicole Faires. I have really been enjoying it. I have discovered that we are seriously lacking in our food storage which was one of my goals for this year. She has a chart in her book of how much you should have on hand for a family of five for 1 year. I'm not even a quarter of the way there :(. It is a great book to add to your collection it has tons of information in it.

Well I am going to head on over to read what has been happening around your place. I'm glad to be back!

I am Happy,



  1. It was so good to read your post. I have missed you and have just kept praying for you and your family.

    Have a great afternoon with your family.


  2. Well, I missed you tons! I'm so glad you are back and refreshed from your bloggy break. Happy Birthday to your mom. My mom is 60 too.So glad you found a great school for your son and that he loves going to his school now. I hope your girls can get a horse. We've been thinking about getting one someday too ("we" meaning me and the kiddies..not I'd love to hear your sister's rice recipe. I love Mexican rice. I have never seen a almond tree but I bet they are beautiful in the spring. Well, I've really missed you and glad you are back :)
    oh, and that book sounds great. I'll have to try to find it. Where did you get it from?
    Have a great day, Cary Ann

  3. I am glad you are back and you and your family are doing well!

    Have a great weekend.


  4. Dad and I are happy to have you back!!!! Thanks for tell everyone my age..... LOL

    God is so good,Mom

  5. I am glad you are back. I have missed reading your post. I will have to check out the book you mentioned. Maybe my library has it. My Julie would love to take horse riding lessons. Enjoy your weekend and God bless.

  6. Haha...I read your mom's comment...she cracks me up :) I bet she's the best mom ever :) Have a great day today :)

  7. Hi, Sarah! So glad to hear the business is going well. The book sounds fantastic. I'll be checking this out soon!


  8. This is my first visit to your blog, but I have a book that is also very good for beginning homesteading. The name of it is "The Encyclopedia of Country Living" by Carla Emery. It is packed with information :)

  9. Missed reading your posts. I'm glad you are back. Can't wait to see the mexican rice recipe.