Friday, September 9, 2016

Roaring Creek Falls of Burnsville NC

ROARING CREEK FALLS, Burnsville NC
Hey ya'll. It's me again. Wanted to share with you about our third field trip with the homeschool group this year.  We went hiking to a beautiful waterfall.  The name of the fall is Roaring Creek, and was it ever roaring. Such a beautiful place, very calming. The kids had a blast hiking, talking, and finding neat plants, bugs, and creepy crawlies. The hike was only .5 miles from the entrance to the trail.  We didn't go all the way to the top of the trail head because we had children with us, wanted to keep everyone safe.  There was a pool of water where the kids could play, and they did, plus a area that was safe where they could slide off the rock like a water slide. So worth the hike and trip.  Here are some pictures.

 HERE IS A BABY SALAMANDER THAT THE BOYS CAUGHT

ME WITH A SHOT OF THE TRAIL AND TWO OF THE GIRLS BEHIND WALKING














       
                                               A SNAIL THE BOYS CAUGHT IT WAS STUCK TO A ROCK



A BAG WORM NEST IN A TREE
           


                                  WILD ELDER BERRY'S

                                           




MY LITTLE GUY CLIMBING ON THE ROCKS AND PLAYING IN THE WATER
Roaring Creek Falls, Burnsville NC

The summer the Devil tried hard to destroy

I'm back!!! Did you miss me? Well let me just tell ya it has been a long and not so hot summer for me. The devil has really tried to get in there and just destroy everything.  So here goes.

June wasn't so hot, I was sick most of the month. Couldn't get out and do to much. Health is hard at times to deal with. I am just thankful that I rely on God to get me through when I am having issues. My husband and I both had to start a new regiment this summer to control different health issues that we have. But we made it through the month of June, with help from above.  But here comes the next month.

July,,,UGGGGG. What else can I say? It was the most awful, horrible, terrible, worst month that we could have had.  The fourth of July went great. No problems, until that fatal call that came on the seventh.  A phone call that we all wish we didn't receive.  One of my husband's brother had passed away. 49 yrs old. Still young and life ahead, but he was gone. We saw God work in a awesome way through this tragedy. From not knowing how the funeral was going to come together, to seeing it completely taken care of. That was a But God moment. No matter how awful the situation God still comes through.  Then a few weeks later my mother went in to hospital.  We had the hope all was ok, a simple procedure. She had gone through it before with no problems. This time she was just a little more sick. But still she should have came home after all was said and done. Well that didn't happen, on the 29th of July my mother passed away. that was the worst for me and my brother. At 59 yrs old my mom was gone. That is so hard to not have either parent. There is a reason for everything. 

August!  I had surgery the day after burying my mother. I guess I should have taken time and rescheduled but I just went ahead and got it over with. It wasn't a major surgery, and Praise the Lord I am cancer free.  That was good news, but then my husband's uncle passes away. So here is another death in the family. That makes #3 for us, how much worse can this summer get.  That was all the tragedy for now. So here it is September and all seems well so far.  Continue to pray for me and my brother and husband. We all lost very special people this summer.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Best bacon ever!!!!

So the other day while I was enjoying my time on the internet, I came across a video from one of my favorite bloggers and fellow home-schooler.  I absolutely love watching The Encouraging Homeschool Mom. If you haven't watched her vlogs or read her blog, your missing out. So anyways, on to my story. I came across her video on cooking bacon. Some of her viewers had told her how to make bacon in the oven. Now she was like me, hated frying bacon on the stove because of the mess that it left. Bacon on top of the stove is very messy, not only to your stove but the floor as well. 

So I watched her video and saw how her bacon turned out in the oven and thought I would give it a try. I didn't have any parchment paper or tin foil to use, so I just put it in the baking sheet.  I use Oscar Meyer Thick Sliced Applewood Bacon. That is what I had on hand at the time. My family loves bacon, but only buy it when it's on sale. To expensive any other time.

FYI a good place to purchase your bacon is at the Grocery Outlet Store aka. Go Grocery.  This store is a discount grocery store. The bacon I used runs around $8.00 in my regular grocery store for 1.5 lbs and at GO Grocery it was only $3.79 for 1.5 lbs.  See the difference. 

Okay back to my experiment. So I filled my baking sheet up with 10 slices, placed it in the oven at a preheated 350 degrees and left it for around 15 minutes. Well lets just say, I had no mess in my oven and the bacon turned out perfectly golden brown, not burnt, unevenly cooked or even a lot of shrinkage. It was just right. **Remember this time limit was for THICK sliced, may need to adjust for regular sliced**

I had removed some of the bacon before I thought to take a picture. But this is the end result of baking it in the oven.


I know that there are others out there that are thinking, people have done that for years, well I am new to the idea of baking bacon. I come from a long history of women that frying bacon and use the same pan they fried the bacon in to make gravy for biscuits with the bacon fat in the pan. I can still use the bacon fat, I will just need to poor it off into a pan to make gravy.  YUMMO to the new way this old gal is making BACON!!! 

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Friday, May 20, 2016

Pablo Picasso and homeschooling

Well this makes the third time that I have tried to publish this, so we will just have to see if it will go through this time. I hope that it works. For some reason Blogger on my phone will not publish. I am not always at my computer, so it's nice to be able to blog from the app.  Any WHO!!

Yesterday we met with our home-school group and had a Art day. I taught the kids facts about Pablo Picasso and his life and his art. In his lifetime it is estimated that he designed over or around 50,000 pieces of art.  In his earlier beginnings he didn't sign his art, so it is un-telling how many pieces that he designed. He is famous for Cubism, a form of art. His art is also one of the most popular for theft.


 In Cubist artwork, objects are analyzed, broken up and reassembled in an abstracted form—instead of depicting objects from one viewpoint, the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater context.


After leaning about all that he done we finally got down to the fun part. Painting. I gave the kids a few pieces of his art work and had them either copy if they chose, or design their own. It all turned out so good. Some chose to copy his work in their own version of it and some did their own thing.  Here is a little view of the art the kids did. Plus the one that I copied, it's not perfect but it's how I viewed it and I am far from being an artist. HAHAA



Me teaching about Picasso, I'm holding a picture of Dora Maar one of his muse's.

All of the art from the kids and the moms that joined in the fun of painting. 

Well here it is. My version of Portrait of Picasso 1938.  Yeah I have a long way to go in becoming a artist. 

My son and his Underwater Sun Set as he named it.  You can see some of the Picasso Art that I displayed for the students to get an idea of what to paint.


What fun this was.  if your looking for something to do with your home-school group, I would recommend picking a artist and let them use their imaginations. This is for all ages, our youngest was I think 3yrs old.  Blessing to all.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My version of the Un-Paper Towels

After many long hours of reading, and reading again I finally decided to just go for it. I am talking about sewing something I had on my mind for a long period of time.

See when I sew, it's because I'm in the mood.

Well here we go. I chose to make the Un-Paper Towels. They are everywhere. I have read blog after blog and watched video after video on how to make them. There are several different varieties of them. Since I don't have a serger  ($500.00 + for a good new one) I chose to straight sew and turn it out then top stitch all the way around, top stitching a X thru the middle from corner to corner to hold it together in the wash, adding snaps to both sides. That is one of the most popular ways of creating them that I found for people with no serger.  So here is a picture of what I accomplished. If I do say so myself they turned out pretty good. 

The towels are 9 inches wide x 12 inches in height. Pictures are of front , with one set of snaps (still attaching the other set to back side), back showing the terrie cloth, and what it would look like snapped together standing on a paper towel holder.

There going to look great in my kitchen, I collect roosters and just about each one has that burgundy color in the feathers.

Thinking about cost and what I will save in not buying paper towels. These are washable, and reusable. Right up my alley.  Now to remember NO fabric softener.

Blessings.
Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM AND HOMESCHOOL SUPPORTER

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Those we meet

So today while out and about I came across a very interesting woman. Have you ever had those kinds of days where you just hit it off with someone? Well that happened today. As I was sitting at the eye doctors with my mother, there was a woman and man sitting across from us. My son was with us, so he is the reason the conversations started. She started by asking him about his rubber snake that he had and his tablet. She asked him about his age and where he went to school. He told her home and he was six years old. Then she leans over to me and says " I am glad that you homeschool, I am a retired teacher and homeschooling is the way to go". I thanked her for that, it means a lot when a retired teacher tells me something like that.  He told her about dinosaurs and she was just amazed at all he knew about them and how he could pronounce the scientific names so well. So there the conversation began. I found out that she was from the same area as my husband. So we had that area in common since I lived there with him for the first twelve years of our marriage.  Then it went from talking about homeschooling, to me telling her about a Christian view point and her telling me she was Christian also. We talked about the different doctrines that different religions have, such as Baptist VS Pentecostal's. We were Baptist in faith so that made it easy. But I was also brought up Free Will Baptist and Pentecostal, so I knew a little bit about the subject. Then we went into what certain words really meant in the bible when you do a word study and then onto topics that are a concern in our country right now. It was such a blessing to find someone that didn't mind speaking of the bible. Someone who was comfortable just being in public and sharing. That made a world of difference to me. To be a seventy two year old woman and be that way was amazing to  me.  We said our good byes and I gave her my number and told to call anytime she felt the need to talk. I made a new friend and hope to see her again in the future or at least hear from her.  God sends people our way for a reason. I am glad I was sent her way or she my way today. It was a blessing to me.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and HOMESCHOOL SUPPORTER

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Spring is here.

Well Spring has finally sprung so to speak. Just last week we had what they call a "Blackberry Winter".  That is where it snows and the blackberry vines are already a blooming. Yes it's May around here, but we had snow in the higher counties or area's around where I live.  I enjoy spring. Love to get my hands dirty in the new earth that is broken open for planting. Just today I planted six tomato plants (Early Girl's) and six pepper plants (Cayenne).  We already have leaf lettuce, radishes, and carrots growing together, along with potatoes, peas, onion, and cabbage. We will have squash, corn, bean and more tomato's to plant at a later date. As I said spring is one of my favorite times, just because I get to plant. Through the summer we have it hard with all the work it takes to care for our garden, but wait till the rewards start coming in at harvest.  Nothing like eating fresh food from the garden. Also the rewards of preparing it up to last through the winter. God has been good to us over the last few years in the gardening area. We have had plenty and plenty to share. Here's to HAPPY PLANTING!!!

On another note: Please continue to pray for us on purchasing a home. I know God is going to bless us when the time is right. Prayer and the faith of a mustard seed is what it takes. God says if we ask and we believe what we ask of him, he will grant it to us. That is what we are doing praying in faith and believing in what we are asking, and knowing he will come through.

Blessings to you all.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter....NOT

Well, here we go again with sickness. My littlest is sick with a cold thing going on, my husband is sick with the stomach flu and here I am doing fine, but in a house full of sickness. Today is Easter and everyone is sick in this house all but the cat and me. Praise the Lord she (the cat) isn't sick, don't think I could deal with a sick cat too.  Didn't get to go to church. Really was looking forward to Sun Rise Service and regular service to. Need it as a matter of fact; since I was sick last week and didn't get to go except to one service and that was Sunday morning.  Didn't get to make a big wonderful dinner and have friends and family come to eat. Didn't get to have the fellowship and laughter that comes along with a holiday.  It's pouring the rain HERE, and dreary gloomy, it's EASTER for goodness sakes!!!!!  No pretty sunshine to brighten the colors and make them POP.  No dressing in our Easter best for pictures galore. Oh the memories of Easter's past.  Ugggg.....

But you know what? I am very blessed at least I have the day the Lord has made for me, and we can celebrate him giving for us so we could live.

So even though my Easter is not what I had planned, I will still take it because at least I am alive, with my family (who are sick), and forever grateful for my Lord and Savior. 

Even if your Easter is not the best, be blessed any ways.  Find at least one thing to make it a good day. If sickness has plagued you or your family, at least give them a call. I am sure it will brighten your day.

HAPPY EASTER.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Friday, March 25, 2016

Thankful for friends

Well it's been a few days since my depression post. Since then I have managed to get a kidney stone, and get sick with stomach flu all in the same week.

But as with all things But God.

I had some really close and dear friends contact me on a certain event and make sure I was ok. I am so thankful that I have such friends that care enough to call, text, or even invite me to lunch.

It started out as a bad morning from the get go, on the day of that event, but before he left for work my hero prayed for me, with me and asked the Lord to intervene and not let the circumstances of our situation ruin my day. He is so strong and faithful and true. He deals with the same issue but never complains. But comes to my rescue every time.  I didn't let a tear fall the whole day. Yes I welled up for a moment, but that day the littlest in my life didn't see his mom cry.

Today I ran into a very dear soul who has never been afraid to pray with me publicly. Never been afraid to speak on my behalf before the throne room. Never been afraid to lay hands on me when I needed. God sent her my way each time I needed to hear a word from her and have her pray. She tells me just as another close friend does to Remember there is life and death in the tongue. The words I speak of for myself will happen. She told me to speak praises and ask for God to relieve the bitterness, that is breaking me down. Speak praises over those that cause me to be depressed. Stop living for those that are causing me harm and start living for me, and for what God has for me. She always ends with Peggy just say Thank You Jesus, thank you Jesus. Over and over. Praise him, just praise him. Thank him in the bad,  thank him in the good. Bind up that which is hurting you and let Jesus take the control.  I needed to hear that today. I am so thankful HE sends my way what I need when I am in need.

Keep me in your prayers. It's been a long journey, but I have been blessed along the way. The journey is not over, but I know God is working  and in his time the answers will come. As the bible says the end is always better than the beginning.

PEGGY MCCOYLE
SAHWM AND HOMESCHOOL SUPPORTER

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Today let it be

Today I am choosing to get up. Today I am fighting depression. I will not let it bring me down.

Depression is hard to deal with. Some days all I want to do is sleep. I don't want to acknowledge my sickness. I feel as though if I sleep it all away tomorrow will be better. But it never is. Only the days I fight are they better. No one knows the pain I feel. No one can tell me what I feel. Only I know.

People have said to me, get over it, move on, be stronger than that, or you are stronger than the problem. People, I am a very strong person, inside and out. I have always been. But you see this is pulling from the heart strings. I'm not strong in that area. My husband tries his best to know what I'm going through. He is going through the same thing, but a man deals differently. 

The Bible tells me in Eccleiastes 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit better than the proud in spirit.

Therefore God is telling me the end result is better and me being patient is better. So today I choose to be more patient and not let depression take me. Today I choose to have a good day. Today I am up and awake. Today I will live amongst the living, instead of the sleeping. Today will be a great day.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM AND HOMESCHOOL SUPPORTER

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Entertaining Bad Thoughts in a Good Place

Today my husband got to go out and preach in Fairview, NC. His message was on entertaining bad thoughts in a good place. In other words, while your being brought up in a loving home, church setting, around people that care about you, why do you want to get out so bad and do the things you know to be wrong?  He read from the books of James and John in the New Testament. Here is his sermon on YouTube. May it be a blessing to you. If your interested in contacting him, leave us a comment, in the area below. 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Looking to purchase a home


This year and throughout the end of last year, the Idea of purchasing a home has been weighing heavily on my heart. I am not getting any younger and neither is my husband so we are in the process of looking, and talking about the idea. We haven't made up our minds entirely, but one thing for sure the idea is not going away on my part. I would love to have a little piece of earth to call my own. I love gardening and all things pertaining to homesteading. I don't want anything big or extravagant, just something that I can have maybe animals or just a garden.  Gardens are mainly what I want. Although having a few chicken's or a goat, or maybe a sheep or two isn't out of the question. Where we have been renting seventeen years out of twenty two years we have wasted a lot of time and money making someone else rich. Now don't get me wrong we have had some wonderful landlords, and they have all been very nice to us, but owning our own would be so much better.  We want to be able to leave our children something just like any other parent's dream is. Hopefully it will be a home and some land.

So here we are, searching the want ads and the listing on craigslist.com and the local real estate companies to see what is out there in our price range. We have already done a background credit report. It's not hot but it's not good either. Coming from a family that makes it by NOT having any debt you would think that our credit score would be out the roof. But because of having no debt, it is low. We don't live on credit cards. Don't even own them. We don't use banks, and we own our cars.  So that being said, ours scores aren't great.  SOOOO the challenge is to find a bank or finance company willing to work with us.

Please to all that are believing prayer warriors out there, help us to pray that something will come along that we can afford and that we will get the right bank or finance company to help.  Only God can move a mountain, but we have to be faithful and do some moving to, to get it started in the right direction. As always God first.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter



Monday, February 8, 2016

Praying for others

As you all know I don't blog much. Don't have too much to say at times. But here is a little bible study you can do.

Praying for others and the rewards thereof.

When we ask for prayer, do we do it in vain?  We shouldn't. But sometimes we do. It becomes a habitual thing. But are we praying for others as we should? At our church we have a prayer chain, how its supposed to work is that when we get the call to pray we pray right then for that situation.  Sometimes we get caught up in asking the Lord for our needs we don't remember those others out there that are just as in need.

The bible says in Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.


Which means:: When Job quit thinking of himself, his own sorrows and started praying for his friends, that the Lord restored him, He reinstated him and gave him greater than before. He was being held captive by his own choice until he made the change.  When we pray for others, God can remove that which stands against us. When we pray for others God see us as being loving and kind. When we can look beyond our sorrows and pains, and show love and charity for someone else, we are being obedient to the Lord.  Even to pray for our enemies, God will reward us. Why you ask?  Because we are showing love and charity toward another person.

The Bible says in Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Put others before our own wants, and you will reap the harvest of what God will give unto you, and more abundantly.

Search out the scriptures and see what it says. Don't just take my word for it.  My prayer is that if you don't know God and Jesus Christ as your savior that you will come to find and know Him.

Peggy McCoyle
SHWM and Homeschool Supporter