Our Happy Farm!

Black and white gingham makes our happy farm look homey.Black and white gingham makes our happy farm look homey.

Christmas has been taken down on our farm. One more day until Happy New Year, our first one on the farm! Let the fireworks begin! We live out in the country again so we can have legal fireworks to celebrate a new decade, unlike when we lived in San Antonio. Goodbye 2019! Hello 2020!

Our Happy Farm

Monday, December 30, 2019

Today, we had three of our crew members down on our happy farm while Matthew slept in bed most of the day. He is eating and drinking more. After everyone left, he walked the length of the driveway all the way to the front gate and back. I accompanied him. He went further than I thought he would.

Two of our farm team members, Phil and Matt took down all of the blow ups, Christmas lights, and outdoor decorations. Meanwhile, inside our home, Bethany was kind enough to dismantle Christmas in just a few hours.

David and I went to HEB, our first visit to the HEB in Pleasanton and we really liked it. It was nicer with a bigger variety than the HEB stores we used in San Antonio. We will go back. So far, we have done our grocery shopping at Walmart but that changed today.

We bought a big brisket to be smoked by Donovan Garcia, a strawberry farmer in Poteet that David has become friends with. His son owns a catering business but he is recovering from surgery.

Our electrician had our generator battery removed as it is dead.

When evening came, I was exhausted. I started watching the colorized Miracle On 34th Street that David got me. I got about halfway through and then he came in from his office, ready to watch Walker, Texas Ranger. Matt came to the den to watch with us and shortly after it started, I fell asleep! I slept pretty good. Then I woke up and watched an episode.


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Today is the last day of the year 2019. A lot happened to us this year, some good, some bad, but all was played out in God's hands.

I woke up sometime after 6am this morning and David said we had very little water on the happy farm. There was a main break at Benton City Water so most of the time we had a small trickle of water and part of the time, there was no water. It was fixed by 10am.

Donovan Garcia came over this morning around 10am and he delivered the most delicious and tender brisket. It was so good! I am glad it is pretty big because I want to eat it again tomorrow.

This brisket with peppercorns was delicious and so tender!This brisket with peppercorns was delicious and so tender!

Only Bethany came to the farm today. She worked outside. It was pretty chilly all day long. I kept putting the heat on inside, something I very seldom do.

Meanwhile, Matt turned on his computer for the first time in about a month and said he wanted to do something because he felt like a bum. So he started helping me with social media. He ate pretty decently today and did not sleep as much as yesterday.

David and I went to buy some fireworks down the road for Happy New Year. It is now dark outside and David said we will pop fireworks off in about 30 minutes. Let's face it. We will not make it until midnight so we had better do it now. I will need to put on a warm coat and socks.

Fast forward to dark. We went out around 7pm because, let's face it: we will not make it to midnight! LOL!

Around 7:30pm, David started lighting the fireworks and it was pretty cool. We noticed other fireworks in the distance and we heard them for many hours after we went back in. It was chilly and Matthew was fairly chilled since he is still recuperating from being in the hospital. He and I were on the side deck by the driveway. David was out in the yard prepping and lighting the firecrackers. He got a nice selection and he saved some for another day.

David enjoyed setting off our first happy farm fireworks. Happy New Year!David enjoyed setting off our first happy farm fireworks. Happy New Year!
Here are some more fireworks. David set off a ton of them. Some were beautiful colors.Here are some more fireworks. David set off a ton of them. Some were beautiful colors.

We came inside and watched Hogan's Heroes on ME TV. We then watched Perry Mason and shortly after it came on, I was asleep. I woke up at 10:50pm and David was snoring on the couch. Matt was awake. I went to bed.


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Our welcome to the farm sign looks great over the mantel in our living room.Our welcome to the farm sign looks great over the mantel in our living room.

Happy New Year! Happy 2020! Happy New Decade! Happy Farm Life! This morning, Matthew told me that the fireworks outside really got loud at midnight and they kept them going for an hour. I slept through all of this. David eventually came to bed but I forgot to ask him if he heard all of the fireworks after midnight.

I got up early and made French toast for breakfast. David made bacon. It was really good. The sky was completely overcast and there were no pretty sunrise colors. In fact, it has remained that way all day long. I made queso dip with brisket in it, like they make at Salt Grass for lunch. I have been working on the computer for David's Garden Seeds® for most of the day. It is good to get caught up since we have had a couple of very busy weeks.

Around 1pm, I noticed that it was raining outside so when the dogs need to go out, it will be a mess.

Late Wednesday, the sun came out and here it is heading west for an incredible sunset on the first day of the year.Late Wednesday, the sun came out and here it is heading west for an incredible sunset on the first day of the year.

We stayed home all day long and happily so. This is one of those days where you just want to stay home and enjoy being a little chilly. The living room is so cozy now since the tree and Christmas decorations have been taken down. Maybe sometime soon, Furniture Row will bring us our two end tables and one lamp that they owe us. We paid cash for brand new living room furniture back in August of 2019 and they still have not brought us our last three pieces. I think this is ridiculous. If we ever need furniture again, I think I will try a different store.

We still have a ton of brisket left so I imagine we will be eating it for dinner tonight as well as for our meals tomorrow.

I still have not updated my 2020 calendars. In fact, I need at least two more wall calenders. Each year, I transfer all of the important dates from year to year, a process I hate to do, but it is definitely necessary. I have one wall calender and the Christian Planner.

Another thing to talk about is we are going on our first ever cruise in March and we are both quite overweight. We need to do some major slimming down or look like beached whales in the Caribbean.

David and I talked today about when you (our loyal customers and gardening friends) would be able to come to the farm to shop and to look at things growing. Coming this spring on the happy farm are buildings for our crew and for our David's Garden Seeds® Store.

We worked on our computers into the evening. Then we watched some Walker Texas Ranger and I fell asleep again. I woke up and got ready for bed. 


Thursday, January 2, 2020

Some of our hoop houses and the meadow next door under grey skies on January 2, 2020.Some of our hoop houses and the meadow next door under grey skies on January 2, 2020.

Happy Thursday on our happy farm. It is overcast and grey again but it is not raining. We have three of our team members working outside today. Matt has started doing some computer work for us in bed as he recuperates. He is walking a lot more steady than he was on Saturday evening. Tomorrow morning, he goes out with his father for his first real outing, a short appointment.

It is so hard to believe that it is the year 2020, isn't it? I still can't wrap my brain around that!

This morning, I put out a newsletter for David's Garden Seeds®. It is about planning your spring garden, mentioning tomato seeds. Let's face it--whenever I think of spring planting, I think about tomatoes! Who else is with me?

This afternoon, two of Matt's friends, Jay (our David's Garden Seeds® manager) and DJ, who used to work for us, came to the farm to visit with Matt. They stayed through dinner and we had a great time. There was a ton of laughter and everyone knows laughter is the best medicine.

After they left, Matt went straight to bed. He was pretty exhausted sitting up for about six hours.

We watched TV and fell asleep so we finally turned in as well.


Friday, January 3, 2020

This morning, there was the most beautiful sunrise on our happy farm! It was incredible.

There was a spectacular sunrise this morning behind the big oak tree. It was so beautiful.There was a spectacular sunrise this morning behind the big oak tree. It was so beautiful.

David and Matt left at 8:15am to go get haircuts and shaves. I did not know this so I continued to get ready until 8:30am and came out to the kitchen to find that they were gone. I called them and they said they had left 15 minutes before because they did not realize I was going. After the barbershop, they went to Walmart. Matt leaned on and pushed the cart so he had a really good workout.

Phil and Matt (not our son) worked on clearing the fence line of all dead trees and brush. They got about 1/3 of the way from the front. It looks good.

The front of the side fence line has been cleared and it looks so good.The front of the side fence line has been cleared and it looks so good.

Meanwhile, back at the happy farm, I cleaned the kitchen until I was sweating. I vacuumed and mopped. I dusted all of the chairs and vacuumed the cushions. I wiped the white cabinets and found a lot of drink spills that I did not even notice until I got down on my hands and knees. I put a new island runner down that looks really good. I also did a bunch of laundry. It wasn't until after lunch that I started working on the computer.

Then I unpacked some more boxes that were in my closet. Some of them are now dumped on my bed. I cannot find the manual and battery charger to my new camera that I got last summer. I have not used it since we moved to the happy farm. Hopefully, as I continue to unpack, I will find everything and learn how to use everything before our cruise.

I also found more Christmas related items in three different rooms so I packed them up and took them out to storage.

I fed the girls dinner and then decided I was starving. I pulled out some frozen turkey from Thanksgiving along with some veggies--squash, cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots. I put them in two cups of water on the stove and then got a chicken flavored noodle packet from the pantry and added that once the water was boiling. It was pretty tasty. Now I have to clean up the kitchen again.

It is now 7:15pm and all three of us are working on the business on the computer doing different things. It is dark outside and I hurt from doing a lot of cleaning today. Hopefully, I will sleep good tonight.


Saturday, January 4, 2020

This is the way our happy farm looks from the top of hill, the back of the property.This is the way our happy farm looks from the top of hill, the back of the property.

Today was a beautiful Saturday with clear blue skies. It warmed up to about 70° Fahrenheit. David and I took an early morning walk up the hill on the happy farm property. There were new gopher hills everywhere, like there are every single day. I have yet to actually see a gopher, but there is evidence that they live here every morning.

There are new gopher hills every day here on the farm.There are new gopher hills every day here on the farm.

We stayed on the happy farm the entire day. The mailman brought David several packages. The FedEx lady brought the girls yummy food and treats from Chewy.com.

I unpacked some boxes that were in the master closet and got some things sorted and put away. Believe it or not, there are still more boxes in there to be unpacked as well as the boxes in my craft room. I will try to get to as many of them as I can this week. I am sick of boxes!

Annabelle is guarding Matt while he eats in our kitchen.Annabelle is guarding Matt while he eats in our kitchen.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

We have a bed of carrots growing in one of the hoop houses and they are looking good!We have a bed of carrots growing in one of the hoop houses and they are looking good!

Today was another beautiful day. The sky was clear and bright even though the temperature plunged down into the 30s early this morning. Right now, it is 74° on the farm with a cool breeze. We are sitting in the den watching The Poseidon Adventure and catching up on computer work in the early evening.

We started the day leaving at 8:30am for church. We had a good church service and then stopped by our business to check on things. After that, we picked up a few groceries and headed back to the happy farm. We ate leftovers from the dinner I made last night--chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese. They were delicious. Then David asked me to make cookies while he and Matt watched Walker Texas Ranger. I made double chocolate chunk cookies and they are very good.

We have taken a variety of young plants grown from our seeds out of the greenhouse to plant in raised beds tomorrow.We have taken a variety of young plants grown from our seeds out of the greenhouse to plant in raised beds tomorrow.

Return from Happy Farm to Our Small Farm


David of David's Garden Seeds® zipping along on his little tractor across the farm. He is having a blast!David of David's Garden Seeds® zipping along on his little tractor across the farm. He is having a blast!

We are David's Garden Seeds®. If you need great seeds, we've got about 1500 varieties to choose from.

Mrs. David's Garden Seeds in the greenhouse with Lucy the lap dog.Mrs. David's Garden Seeds in the greenhouse with Lucy the lap dog.