Making the Cut Continued – Day Three

We received a bunch of rain (thank you Lord) yesterday so that slowed down the logging process however, we are tickled pink with all the work still being done.  It was sunny and in the mid 50’s today with some wind but beautifully perfect for cutting.  The various sounds of the chainsaws, heavy equipment running and tractor trailers going to and fro filled the air and I watched my land get transformed instantly.    Out with the old and in with the new.  It really is amazing to watch.

But I’m simple that way.

Here’s some more pics.  Clearly, there will be some more doxie photo bombing involved.

But you knew that, didn’t you?

I dare you to count the rings.

This is some of the beauty from the day.

Ah…I knew they were there somewhere…


Making the Cut

Due to the infestation of pine beetles, it was time to do some major eradication of some trees on the property.  These little monsters infest quickly so we felt it best to cut them off at the path before they spread to the rest of our timber.  We decided just to have several sections clear cut so that way we can plant grass and raise several beef for self-sufficiency.  Watching the cutting process is really interesting believe it or not and I captured it with my little camera by each day’s progress.  Thus far, we are at the end of day two.  There will be several photos where a couple critters decided to ‘photo bomb’ the entire proceedings with excitement.  You’ll have to excuse them.

Equipment Check. Check!

Warning!! He does not have a license to operate this.

First Tract to be cut

This is ‘Bad Tree’. Upon request, the first to go. ‘Bad Tree’ loved to play ‘slip/slap’ upon the face and body while bushhogging in the general vincity. Take that Bad Tree.

Track Two to be cut

This tree won’t be cut. I just loved the color of the leaves and wanted to show you some beauty. I think I see Heaven.

And….there it is. Photo Bomb Joy. Hello Joy-Joy.

Riley practicing his ‘Walk The Plank” routine.

Day Two Tract One Cut

Day Two Tract One Back Side Cutting


More Progress.

Happy Excitement Personified…aptly named ‘Joy’.

Day Two Cuttings

That’s the end of day two progress.  Lots done today with about 3 1/2 – 4 loads ready to head to the mill.  Will post more later and update our progress.

Home…it’s the place to be.

Our Haven




Home is the place your heart resides
Home is the place that you decide
Home is the womb that holds the soul
Home is the place where one is whole

Home is the glow you hold in your eye
Home is the emotion that makes you cry
Home is safe and a place of peace
Home is where all strivings cease

Home is protective against the others
Home is full of sisters and brothers
Home is where you find your rest
Home is where you feel your best

Home is a memory that follows your being
Home is a dream for those agreeing
Home is the place where reserves fall
Home is the place you yearn to call

Home is where the family meets
Home is a place of restful retreats
Home is the place you know you’ll be heard
Home is the pace where nothing blurs

Home is all these wonderful things
Home is the place you develop wings
Home is the place that you’ll find one day
Home is the place where your heart will stay

Aisha Patterson

{baked zucchini sticks}

Some serious yummo here.

Standing in Love


zucchini sticks

  • 3 medium zucchini, unpeeled, cut into 3″-long sticks
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  •  1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon mixed Italian herbs
  • olive oil spray
  •  2 large eggs; or 3 egg whites, lightly beaten

To make the zucchini sticks:

Place the zucchini sticks in a colander over a bowl and sprinkle with the tablespoon of salt. Let the zucchini drain for 1 hour or longer; rinse and pat dry.

Combine the Panko, Parmesan, and Italian seasoning; set aside.

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment, and spray the parchment with olive oil.

Dip sticks a few at a time in the egg, then roll in the crumb mixture. Place the sticks on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake sticks for 12 minutes, turn over, and bake for an additional 8 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.

Serve immediately, with dip…

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