Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Next Adventure: Alpacas

 
The drive home from Goldendale was interesting...for my son! ha ha!
 
I traded a nice buckling for two darling Alpacas and they are really adorable looking in my barn.I have no idea how to shear them. Or trim their feet. Or their teeth. Or castrate them, which wormer to use...and a dozen other things. But I enjoy learning new things and research is half the fun.
 
  When we got home the horses were curious to know why I had parked my big vehicle in their pasture, right in front of the barn door.
 I don't think the horses are impress one bit with these two young alpacas. The goats are agreeing with the horses on this one.
My youngest son, however, is enjoying them.
The little white boy is soaking wet and muddy and matted which is sad. I saw a picture of him last week and he was fluffy and pretty.

The chocolate colored boy has dreamy eyes. I love his soft fleece. Hopefully I will learn to do something with it. I'm on the lookout for a mentor.
I haven't named them yet.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Slide!

Indian Summer Days

Today is sunny and very warm. We took the opportunity to get outside and clean out the barn, bring in some hay, and let my herd browse on the dead leaves and pods.
I love days like this!
 



Thursday, October 16, 2014

An Insider's Guide to Spiritual Warfare

 
I just finished reading this book and I want to say: practical. It's very practical. It's instructional and really appropriate for new believers, seekers, or older believers who haven't studied this topic out. Having said that, I'm a Bible study addict and  seasoned believer who still got some really good stuff out of reading it.
The chapters are manageable, which can be a selling point in this chaotic, fast- paced culture we live in, and even though the author is thorough she doesn't run on and on, making this a labor. At the end of each chapter is a "Your Turn to Reflect" section (small), and then "Scripture", and "Take Action" where Kristine gives you practical action to take.
Fighting warfare is something we all do, know it or not, and Kristine McGuire boils this down in simple terms. You may not realize that struggling with lies, lust, gossip, or your appetite can be a type of spiritual warfare, as well as the occult and it's various forms of practice. The author tells us the differences between fighting the flesh, demons, and strongholds in common sense ways that don't incite fear but help us feel powerful to access what the Lord has supplied us and told us to do in order to have victory over darkness. Teenagers would really benefit from reading this, as they are exposed to so much through social networking, music, movies, TV, and peers.
Housewives, pastors, electricians...it's a great handbook for fighting what we all have to fight, recognize it or not.
 
 
 
 
Publisher's note:
Having spent years as a medium, witch and ghost hunter before reclaiming her identity in Christ, Kristine McGuire has been on both sides of the battle lines. In her new book, An Insider’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare, she offers unique insight, revealing Satan’s 7 favorite battlefields (such as fear and gossip) as well as the most effective tactics he employs in the battles we face every day. 
McGuire also shares 30 battle-tested strategies for victory based on her firsthand experience with the occult and the paranormal. Some of the topics she covers include:
how to walk in God’s authority
using spiritual armor
how to recognize and avoid the influence of the occult in our culture
whether the Bible supports the existence of ghosts
 
 
 
The author:
Kristine McGuire grew up in church but, as an adult, became immersed in the occult. In 2007 she renounced her occult affiliations and recommitted her life to Christ. Now, as a popular speaker and writer, she shares her unique insights with others. She has been interviewed on The 700 Club and Women Today and her writing has been featured with Faithful Devotions, Praise & Coffee magazine and Charisma News. She lives with her husband, Thom, in Grandville, Michigan. Visit her at kristinemcguire.com
 
 
 
I received this book free from the publisher in order to write an unbiased written review.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Carmel Apple Tradition


          Alright. Now it's fall. Tradition!

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Nourished Kitchen

 
This a beautiful as well as practical book. In the spirit of Nourishing Traditions, my favorite, comes along this jewel with more recipes and practical how-to's.
Jennifer McGruther has created a masterpiece, a scrumptious book!
 She covers all the basics in this farm cookbook from rendering tallow to cheeses and breads, syrups to shellfish she's got all bases covered in elegant style as well as an orderly fashion with chapters like: From the Larder, From the Orchard and From the Range.
 
If you want to utilize local foods, your farmer's markets and what you grow and raise yourself you're in luck.
This is so much more than a cookbook. Want to learn to make fermented foods? Milk kefir? Kombucha or water kefir? Well okay then. She's got you covered here and in so many other areas.
 
This is one I will proudly display and not put on a shelf. It will get plenty of use. The art of eating well is clearly illustrated and some basic information is laid out regarding things such as the myth of vegetarian fed chickens.
I not only recommend this book I highly suggest it.
*This book was given to me for free by the publisher in order to be able to write an unbiased written review.