Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving Day at the Littles

Happy Thanksgiving to your family from ours. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It means family and friends, a time of reflection thanking the Lord for the many blessisngs He's given us... a kitchen full of noise and laughter. Here are some pictures of our special day. We pray God's blessings upon your family. Love, the Littles

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Little Elk

Here are some pictures of Samson, Dee and Gideon. Gideon was born June 30, 2008. The first picture was taken when Gideon was only a couple days old. All the other pictures were taken yesterday so you can see how Gideon is growing. Samson is now 3 years old and his rack is huge. We have last years horns on our mantel and these are twice as big. He's a beauty to look at and knows us well, eating out of our hands. He loves fruit of any kind, especially apples and berries. It's the rutting season now so he's kind of "rammy" and majestic looking all at once. Dee is a good mom to Gideon. She sure holds her pregnancies well... she had Gideon and we didn't even know it until a neighbor spotted the little guy. We never grow tired of watching them. How many people can say they have elk for pets!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Candle making November 2008

These candles are made of 100% beeswax. I couldn't tell you how many bees it took to make these candles, but we've been saving the wax for several years. I sure love the smell of 'em. Every candle is a different color, depending on what the bees ate and when Scott took the honey off the hives. I had the easy part, all I did was melt the wax and pour it in the mold. Did you know that to stimulate the production of beeswax, the bees gorge themselves with honey and then they huddle together to raise the temperature of the cluster. The bees then produce a wax scale one at a time. The bees chew the wax scale and working together, they gradually form it into honeycomb. It takes a whole hive working together. I find this fascinating and maybe Scott does too, that's why he's a beekeeper. Aren't God's designs so perfect? I thought about this the other day. The bees make the wax, but God made man to light the light the world.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Walnut hulling November 2008

Tennessee is home to the black walnut tree and come fall, they all drop. Got walnuts? We’ll hull ‘em for ya. We pay $10.00 per 100 lb of hulled nuts…and come they do. They bring 'em by the bag full, truck full and trailer full. Good extra income for those willing to put forth the work in picking ‘em up. It’s a walnut year for sure, just ask the locals. They haven’t seen this many walnuts in 20’s a sure sign of a hard winter to come. Ever wonder what they make walnut stain out of? Ask my hands. One day I got caught without gloves and they were stained brown for a week. Nothing takes it off, just time. Went to school and the kids said “Your hands look like my granpa’s”. Yep, I had man hands, hard working hands for sure. This is our second year hulling walnuts and we’re really enjoying it, especially meeting all the nice folks.

Wyoming hunting trip October 2008

Scott and Ethan left for Wyoming with our neighbors for their big hunting trip out west. They’d been planning it for six months. With the camper loaded up they were finally on their way. For several of the guys it was their first time out west. Their 10 day trip took them across country and through the Badlands, South Dakota. After a stop at Mt. Rushmore they headed to Casper, Wyoming. Randy met up with them for a quick weekend, flying from Nashville. He had to make a late overnight stop in SLC which gave him time to see his Birrell cousins and they took great care of him:) As for the hunting trip, the men saw several deer, but that was the extent of the hunting. They had a great time anyway, full of memories. Scott says their trip next year will be better!