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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Monday, December 20, 2010


I been away from blogging for over a week already and it seems like only a few days. How times vanishes so quickly, never to be seen again. I did get some much needed sleep and feel so much more relaxed.

Today I picked up the mail and was pleasantly surprised to receive a nice home made gift from one of my good blogger friend Kim from  My Field of Dreams.  It was two beautiful little wooden Christmas trees with each a star on the top. How sweet of her to think of me in this special way. Thank you dear Kim.

It has been a really busy time again for me since I blogged last.  Like everyone else, we've had more than our share of rain. Although our farm was spared this time we came close to having some water in our barn.
The water was all around us and we were stranded again as the two lanes going to the main road were flooded and blocked. I was too busy to take pictures.

Last Monday it was raining so hard and we spend most of the day at a Dairy Farm Meeting on Cost Analysis and by evening the water started rising fast. One of our farmer friend who was at the meeting with us got flooded badly and had a few feet of water in his barns. There was some flash flooding in his area. He lost about 3/4 of his bale silage that just floated away, water got into his milking equipment and all the bedding got wet as well a lot of the feed.

Needless to say that we rallied to help them out on Wednesday. We spend most of the day at their farm cleaning up and in all there were about 20 people there to help. The next day we had another meeting at our house for a good part of the day about the Cost of production again and then still barn work to do. I wasn't thinking of shopping for Christmas at this point.

My basement got flooded too but I had managed to put most stuff up on my plastic lawn chairs to keep them dry. Some of the small maple branches that my husband had put in the basement got wet on the bottom crates and also some of his potatoes.

In the mean time we've been to several Christmas parties from different organizations but this Sunday I had to finally clean and sanitize my basement. My job is still not finished but the wet wood and potatoes have been removed and the floor and chimney have been cleaned as well and the smell of wet wood is gone, thank goodness.

That black thing on my pie is not a fly . I just noticed it on my blog picture and had to go check my pies and thought that someone must have poked a small hole in my pie but was assured that no one touched my pies.... But from the first pie photo it looks like a fly. It's too cold for flies anyway at this time of year. lol

Today, I did some banking and baking. I got  my meat pies done and sampled one at supper and I made my Moca cakes. So at least I got a little done. I'll bake again tomorrow afternoon and wrap some small presents for our traditional present game that everyone just love. I love traditions.

I'll try  not to be  away so long from now on but I know that I won't be blogging every day and also I won't be able to comment every day either because of the time it takes. Thanks so much everyone for your faithfulness.  JB


  1. It's nice to have you back Julia. It is such a busy time of year. Your pies look yummy. I laughed out loud about the fly and then I looked twice.

  2. So sorry about your flooding but glad to see you back. I am so glad that you are finding a happy medium. I know I struggle with that. Ok your pies are they pork. My husband's aunt taught me how to make a pork pie when I was first married a long time ago I would love to know how you make yours. I just got the things to make them.

  3. Thanks Kim, I just about died when I uploaded the photo of my pies on my blog and thought that there was a big fly on one. I had to go look at my pie in the kitchen and then I had to prove it to my readers that it wasn't a fly by taking a close up photo.. lol

    Thanks Cathy, I make my pies like my mom used to make them she she was alive. I use an equal amount of Pork and beef roasts and I cut them up about the size of walnuts and add a lot of chopped onions, salt and pepper and just barely cover the meat with water and simmer it for several hours until the meat comes apart and is tender. Then I either cut it more if needed and mix it all up with the juices. It should be moist enough so the meat pie doesn't taste dry. Some of the juice is absorbed by the meat but if there is too much juices, I save it for soup or casserole. You could add some spices or herbs but I do it like my mom did it ages ago. I use a flaky pie crust for my meat pies. JB

  4. It is so nice to see a post from you. I know how very busy you are, maybe the busiest person ever. I hope you don't get a big storm for awhile.
    Thank you so much for your always encouraging words.

  5. Hi Julia,You are the busiest person I know. Pies look great! Merry Christmas, Cheri

  6. Glad you are back Julia, I have missed you. I know how busy you must be with the flooding - do try to enjoy the season.

  7. My goodness, Julia! You are always so, so busy! I always wonder how on earth you find time to do all that you do! And now I'm even thinking to myself when I think I have a lot to do - just think about Julia! this is nothing comparted to what all she does every day! You're an inspiration to me! Thanks for being my blogging friend! Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!


  8. Gosh hate that flooding going on in your area.
    Happy it wasn't any worse than it was, that was bad enough.
    Meat pies, never had one, but they look and sound very interesting.
    I didn't even notice the "fly" you could have fooled me.
    Enjoy the Holidays.

  9. Julia ~
    Sorry to hear about all the flooding. How nice that everyone pitched in to help your farmer friend.
    You are one busy lady.
    Have a very Merry Christmas!
    Hugs :)

  10. Julia, thinking of you tonight with all this flooding. Hope you guys are OK.

  11. That's a lot of rain. Hope things calm down real soon for you and that you don't lose too much. And how nice you all rally to help one another. That is what we need more of! Lending that helping hand.
    Your pies look great. Enjoy more baking and wrapping that is ahead of you!

  12. Thank you all so much for your faithfulness at reading my blog and for your comments. Yes I have been busy and still am, I' just getting around to answering my emails and RHD comments and Blog comments and it's 11:35 PM already. I been working in the office for a good part of the day and evening.
    I miss blogging but can't find the time just yet to resume posting.

    Hope that you all have a good sleep. JB

  13. I've just notice that I have a new follower. Welcome to my blog Debbie Geiger. Sorry that you joined at a time when I'm a bit too busy to blog at the moment but you can catch up on my past posts. Nice to have you on board. JB

  14. I think that Vaughan has a couple of photos of the lane full of water. I can attest to the fact that Julia is a very busy person. She never seems to stop but I'll bring a puzzle down over Christmas and make her slow down for a couple of minutes ;-)

  15. Jackie dear, I'm looking forward to doing a puzzle on Boxing day. It really does slows me down. I usually have a hard time leaving it to go to bed and work on it until my eye balls falls off. Thanks for your thoughtfulness. Wine and puzzle goes well together. Hugs, Mom

  16. Honey this time of the year everyone has to take a few days off from here because it is just too hectic. Plus with all the troubles you guys are having with rain I really feel bad for you. I will of course keep you in my prayers that it will not damage anything else of yours or your neighbors.
    You have really been busy and baking on top of it. Everything looks so yummy.
    I feel bad when I see how everyone is baking and I have done none. Taking care of Gary has turned into a full time job.
    I am so sorry that you have been through this yourself. I was wondering how long ago and if your fine now.
    I had breast cancer in 1995 and have been lucky so far.
    Praise God for that
    Just had to come by and wish you a very Merry Christmas