The most beautiful things in the world are not seen nor touched. They are felt with the heart.-- Helen Keller



Welcome!

Welcome! to my little corner of Gods earth.

My intent is to share faith, food, family & friendship. I want to give you a little insight as to what goes on in our daily lives. The different 'seasons' in our farm life and with every change of season brings something new. Feel free to visit often!

Blessings to all,

Laura

Down on the Farm Tabs

Friday, August 18, 2017

Summing Up The Week



After more than a full week out of the hospital and actively working with physical, occupaional, and speech therapy, I've learned a lot. Most of all, this is going to be a longer road to recovery than what we thought. A brain bleed caused by an 'unknown' source is not easy to stomach. We were told that we were lucky mom was still with us at all. The bleed was a large one. I SO glad the Dr's didn't tell us that until we were out of the hospital and on our way to recovery. I really trying to focused on the positive. After a call from the nursing home telling me that mom was going to be taken by ambulance to the ER on Monday, the week wasn't off to a very good start. During that ER visit, she had blood work, which was good and another CT scan, which also showed more healing had been done since she had been discharged from the hospital. YAY! Tuesday was a really good day. Mom was chatty, ate her meals in the diningroom with the other ladies, and worked really hard with therapy. Maybe we've turned a corner. Wednesday came and things took a step backwards. Maybe she overdid on Tuesday. Nothing to be too concerned about. Thursday, we seemed to be about the same. She went to therapy, ate in the diningroom and we had a really nice visit, topped it off by watching a Hallmark movie together. When late afternoon came so did an unwelcome visitor. Followed by our confrontation in the parking lot. AND mom went backwards. Wouldn't go to the diningroom, complained of a headache and basically went into a shell. Today wasn't the best day either. She went through the motions, participated in therapy, at in the diningroom, but the spark in her eye wasn't there. Toxic people can't even let the sick and elderly recover. They loose their control if their victim starts thinking for themselves. That doesn't fit into their game plan. 

Velcro Aussie




If you've never had an Aussie you will have a hard time comprehending what I'm telling you here. Bogie is the 4th Australian Shepherd to have graced the Mosier Household. And like the rest of the crew he is a Velcro dog. What this means is, he will wait, and wait, and wait for you. No matter how long it takes. He will never leave your side. You will go to the bathroom, with him at your feet. You will take a shower or a bath with him beside the tub. He will sit by your chair for hours. He will be so close to you that if you turn and take a step you will smash his paws. We are a family that is very aware of all the quirks and perks of going through life with our best friends. Bogie is a foster dog. He's 11, his 'mom' gave him up when she moved. Over the course of several months Bogie has bonded with us. We don't think it's fair to him, at his age to be adopted out and put in yet another home, with another family. Besides, we have fallen in love with him. ❤️


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Addiction: A Game The Whole Family Plays Whether They Want To Or Not


As I sit here, by myself, in my mother's hospital room, I can't help but think back on my life....on her life. My mom is the most gentle, supportive person you will ever meet. I have been so blessed to have her as my mom. Hopefully this coming week will be better. Mom became ill on Tuesd ay, on Wednesday she was admitted to the hospital with a brain bleed. Some serious stuff, especially since we couldn't pin it down as to why it happened.
So much of this gracious woman's life she has been a doormat. Verbally abused by my father, then by her youngest son, my brother. Who also happens to be a drug addict and has been all of his adult life. He was out of prison long enough to father a child, who is simply a challenge. My mother tried to raise her grandson, then tried to 'help' raise him when he returned to his mother's care as a young child. It seems the people that treat her the worst are the very ones that need her the most. And here I am.....and where are they? Sitting in a hospital doesn't seem to fit into their party plans. My brother started to panic 5 days into my our mothers illness because he had lost immediate access to her. No one would tell him where she was. Out of common decency I passed along to him that she was recovering and needed peace and quiet. Addicts try everything under the sun to get what they want. They beg, they plead, they get angry, threaten, and they cry. After 30+ years of dealing with his addiction, I can't say I'm immune to it. I hate it when he attacks me, I hate it when he is hurting. I hate it when he embarrasses himself and the family. Living in a small town that happens quite frequently. We are in self-preservation mode now and have been for a while. He has been offered help. The family has begged him to get help, he's been in prison off and on for 17 years. While he is in prison, he runs, he exercise, he looks SO good, has big plans to stay clean, reconcile with his son, be a grandfather. Every time he gets out he makes immediate contact with his dealer, ex-inmates and declares that it is his time to have FUN!
I.AM.DONE. What I have learned throughout this terrible ordeal is that you have to set boundaries.
1) You can not save someone that doesn't want to be saved.
2) You have to involve the entire family, everyone has to be on the same page. Addicts will prey on the weakest link.
3) You are not a bank, and will not support their habit (whatever you give them will never be enough and trust me you can't afford it)
4) You can not be accessible to them all hours of the day and night.
5) You have to demand respect or the interaction is ended. Both in person or on the phone
6) You will not allow the destruction or theft of your property or you will press charges
7) and this is probably the hardest, no family gatherings while they are an addict. This is unacceptable behavior and you will not expose it to the children. Besides, what's the point? They are simply using that opportunity to 'case' their next victim.
8) Take care of yourself and your family (get away, no phones, no wifi)
9) Have a designated time that the addict is not allowed to be the topic of conversation. Trust me, you are THE LAST thing on their mind
10) WALK AWAY, it's hard, but after years and years of addiction, you have to. They may end up in a homeless shelter, under a bridge somewhere, prison or the morgue. But eventually you have to walk away.
If you are a parent of a minor child that is showing signed of addiction, I am begging you to get them help BEFORE they turn 18 and you have no control. DO NOT try to 'love them through it' DO NOT ignore it, sweep it under the rug, because after all, 'what will the neighbors think?' 'what will our friends and the church think'? Trust me they probably knew before you did, and they are already talking about it at the dinner table. If you truly love and want to save your child, Acknowledge it, get control of it, DO SOMETHING while you still can. Believe me, addicts can not fix themselves. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away, it only makes it harder to treat later if ever.
We are currently a family in crisis. We have been for so long I have no idea what it would be like to not have this as part of our every day life. But I do know that I would sure like to find out.
💔

Friday, July 28, 2017

Water Water Everywhere


When you live the life of a farmer, you become a  'jack of all trades'.  A truck breaks down, you become a mechanic, when a cow gets sick, you become a vet, when a hydrants waterline springs a leak........well.....

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It's Been A Long Time My Friends



Its been a long time since I've written. A lot has happened in our corner of the world. I'm sure eventually you'll all get caught up with the Mosier Farms happenings. Sometimes life throws you a curve. You have to adapt to survive (which I struggle with). We have some wonderful additions to our family. A new daughter-in-law and grand babies. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Apple Pie Filling (canning) & Apple Crisp


Apple Pie Filling

Filling Per Quart

5 apples
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. corn starch
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 c. water
3/4 c. apple juice or apple cider
2 tablespoon lemon juice

Core, peel and slice apples. Place in boiling water for 1 minute. Set aside and keep hot. Boil remaining ingredients until desired thickness. Barely let it reach a full boil. Fill hot sterilized quart jars alternating apples and syrup until it is almost full. Run a knife down the side to remove air bubbles. Add more apples and syrup. "Process in boiling water bath. Put jars in water bath pan or one that allows you to put water over the jars about 1 inch. Boil for 25 minutes".

Apple Crisp

1 qt apple pie filling
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. oats
1/4 c. butter, melted
Pour the pie filling into a 9x9 or 8x8 pan. Mix remaining ingredients well and sprinkle over the top of filling. Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes until golden.  

**This is not my recipe, I do not know where this recipe originated from.



Friday, March 29, 2013

Golden Dip

Grandma Ford's Golden Dip

8 egg yolks
2/3 c. sugar
1 1/3c. Pineapple Juice

Cook in a Double Boiler until thick (or cook slow in a reg. saucepan). Remove from heat.

Add 32 marshmallows cut in fourths stir until all are melted

Set aside & cool

Mix with a tub of Cool Whip & Chill

This is an excellent topping for Angel Food cake.......add a few strawberries on top.....YUM!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Easy Tip For Shredding Meat

I was recently making pulled pork for dinner, and wondered if this tip might be helpful for other cooks.  If you are planning to shred meat of any kind, for pulled pork, italian beef, ect...after you have cut your cooked meat in to chunks, simply put it in a mixing bowl and turn on your hand mixer.  This will shred your meat perfectly! No mess, No fuss!

Easy Peasy!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Rotel Dip - served cold

Ingredients:

10oz can Rotel tomatoes & green chilies (Hot, Med, Mild, depending on your preference)
8 oz sour cream
1 packet Fiesta ranch dip mix
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Mix together well and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours before serving.