Friday, October 31, 2008


Trying to combine flax has been a real challenge this year. Yes, this is a tractor pulling the combine out of the mud.

Don't you just love all that mud?

And look at those wonderful ruts. Good thing this isn't a hay field or it would have spots that are totally ruined. Next spring they can plow it under, or maybe cultivate it depending on how it looks.

The road by the field was full of deer tracks.
Naomi had a long, five hour, piano lesson today to prepare for some duet competition tomorrow. While Naomi gives lessons, she also takes them from a teacher whose normal lessons are two hours. So Naomi was gone all day and came in just in time to go along with Hosanna, Silas, and Priscilla to Master Clubs at church. Priscilla is the only "student". Hosanna helps teach, and Silas is going along to work on something for the Christmas program this year.
The cows were "read" for TB today. Four were "suspect" which is right in line with the 5% average of all herds tested that read that way. Then they do some other test Monday on those four, and so far all the cows have tested negative on that one as far as I know. So, we're not worried. Who has time to worry anyway!! Amos helped Arthur, Isaac, and the vets, so Rebekah came over with Daniel which we always love.
Otherwise, it was a quiet day for those of us at home. We don't celebrate Halloween so that isn't an issue. The neighbors must all know that because we haven't had trick or treaters here for years. I think as a young girl it seemed maybe a little more "innocent" than it does now. For my family it was mainly a time to visit all the neighbors and relatives. We were always hobo's, princesses, or clowns (no witches or ghosts at our house). Maybe my perspective is different now but it seems kids are so into fantasy and Harry Potter and such that it has a different meaning than it used to. Kids, back then at least up here, didn't read books about witches or watch scary television shows or movies. Maybe they did and I don't remember or was just "deprived". If I was deprived, I'm sure thankful for parents that protected me from that. And if it's a bad memory, well, I'm thankful for that too! Anyway, the Bible is full of verses that a person can apply to Halloween and makes us want to stay as far away from it as we can get. Never-the-less, I always have some cartoon tracts and candy if a child were to come. They don't, and my children enjoy the candy.
Here's some of those good verses (and there's lots more where these came from!):
"Abstain from all appearance of evil" I Thess. 5:22
"...but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil." Rom. 16:19
"...that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way." Rom 14:13
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Tim. 1:7
"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these...witchcraft...they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." galations 5:20-21
"Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." Ex. 22:18
"Be not wise in thine own eye: fear the Lord, and depart from evil." Prov. 3:7

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