October 2008

For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Romans 1:20

My Master Gardening classes have stirred up my plant curiosity.
We have this bush/tree growing along our stream and I still have not figured out what it is.
I am thinking it is an Alder tree.  If anyone knows, please let me know.


What do you do when gas prices go up?  Well, it's been said that necessity is the mother of invention, so...

The contraption on the left is a still to make ethanol.  The barrel on the right was Bill's first attempt at actually making it.  They hook together somehow and wa-la, out comes ethanol.
Or so goes the theory.  At his first attempt, it was about 50-60%, which wasn't bad!
And yes, he has a permit to do it.  Next, we will experiment on Robert's go-cart with ethanol, once it comes out at 100%.

This is where we will be having our Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving morning.
This is part of our front yard.  The "path" in front is part of a walking path.  I believe if you go around it 3 times it equals a mile.


There are wild flowers that grow all along our streams.  Just thought this was a neat shot.
(Most of them are gone now that the temp has gotten into the 30's)


Our future orchard area (we think).


Robert with Spanish-speaking scouts.  They are working on earning their International Award badge, so their troop got together with theirs to learn how to put up tents. 


Hmm, what's more challenging:  figuring out what they are saying or putting up the tent?!



Success!



Joshua at scout camp last weekend (Oct. 24)  Kid in middle on left and kid with black shirt on right.


Scout friend at camp (Josh on right).  They were hunting for turtle shells.


Leaves are starting to change color around here.



Take some time to notice the good things around you today! :)