Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Root of it All

Hello Everyone! It's Amelia Reporting from Yesteryear Acres!

Today my Dad and I spent a majority of our day in the garden. It was time to pick ALL of our root vegetables. We had two kinds of onions, beets, and potatoes to pick. Fortunately we got quite a haul!!! This evening we are boiling and packing all the beets that way we can enjoy a taste of summer any time we want for the rest of the year. I know, right now you are wondering what it is like to dig up root veggies in 90 degree weather and process them for the year?! Luckily I took many pictures so that friends and family not currently dyed pink from beets would not feel left out :)

Step 1 - Pick the Veggies

Look at our awesome Haul!!! 

Time to go Process the Roots

Look at our BEET-UTIFUL bed of veggies 

Step 2- Get the beets clean. Luckily my Dad and I had lots of help!

Even Dottie was ready to prepare the beets

Cleaning- Farm Style

Look how they shine!

Step 3- Boiling the Beets

Ready to be peeled!

We have 3 more big pots to go

Step 4- Cooling the beets... AKA Try not to burn your hands while peeling
Step 5- Peeling

My Dad is an Expert Peeler

Peeled and ready to be bagged!
Our only golden beet to make it!

Step 6- Vacuum Packing the Beets-- Ready for the Freezer!

Now it is time to repeat steps 2 through 6!

Let's hear it for the roots!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Packed and Out the Door

I got a call from the Marine Corps that my older daughter is not well.  She was hospitalized and they suggested that I get down to the Marine Corps base.  Thankfully with the help and support of my family, I was packed and out the door and on a flight to North Carolina in record time.  I am so grateful that my younger daughter Amelia rushed home to Yesteryear Acres and is now helping Mr. Yesteryear Acres with everything.  She is doing the garden work and doodle doggie work and doodle puppy work right alongside Mr. Yesteryear Acres so I can concentrate on how to get my older daughter well again. I booked a one-way ticket so I don't know when I will be back at Yesteryear Acres again, but hopefully it won't be too long.  The only thing that matters is getting my daughter well and back on her feet as quickly as possible.  Thank you to my family for all the help!
Thank you Mr. Yesteryear Acres for taking care of everything at home. Thank you Amelia for leaving your job and becoming a much needed and vital part of Yesteryear Acres. Thank you mom for the grocery delivery - I now will not starve. And most of all -
Thank you everyone for the concerns, prayers and well-wishes.  We appreciate it so very much.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Why Hello There!

Birdie's Goldendoodle Puppies have started opening their eyes and are enjoying their first glimpses of all the happenings here at Yesteryear Acres.  When we walk into the room, they all look as if they are saying, "Why Hello There!!!!"  They are so cute!!!
Time for Puppy Picture Monday!

Girls on the left - Boys on the Right

Puppy Cuddles!

So sweet

One last group photo

Good job little puppies

You did a great job

Time for your close up

A bundle of love

Everyone loves a puppy pile!

Good night sweet puppies

Happy Monday!!!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

So Corny Again!!!!

Our 2nd planting of sweet corn is now ready for picking. Let the sweet corn fun begin....again!
Our first planting is definitely finished but....

"Hey Guys!  This patch is ready!"

Time to start picking

Getting through all the rows

Making progress

Mr. Yesteryear Acres is better at this than I am

Time to bring the first haul up to the house

Someone has the very best timing in coming home!
Dear Daughter,
Guess what time it is?
So Corny AGAIN!!!!!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hay Noooooooo

Yesterday we began the process of getting our 2nd cutting of hay in.  The hay field was cut, the hay slowly warmed and dried by the sun's rays and today the raking began.
It wasn't long before Mr. Yesteryear Acres got the hay in nice neat rows.
Everything was moving quickly.
We would have the hay baled in record time.

Time to get out the hay baler.
We are in the home stretch now!

Ummmmmm What ARE those clouds?!  
The forecast clearly said NO rain until tomorrow!

We haven't started baling yet.  The hay is all dry and ready.

Dear Mother Nature,
This is not the proper sequence for baling hay.
Now we have rows of perfectly raked WET hay.
Hay Nooooooooooo!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Happy Doggie Day!

Today is National Dog Day!  A whole day to celebrate the love of our faithful tail-wagging devoted best friends!!!!!  Here are some Yesteryear Acres Doodle Doggies.....all grown up and loving life
Ready for Breakfast Doodle!!!! 
I love my Cheeseburger Doodle

Hiking Doodle 
Play time is fun Doodle 
I love my ball Doodle 
Swimming Pool Doodle 
Bow Tie Doodle 
Wait for me Doodle 
Big Bear Doodle 
Morning Newspaper Doodle 
Beach Doodles 
I made the bed Doodle 
Paddleboard Doodle 
Country Life Doodle
Happy Doggie Day!