Memorial Day

excerpted from
General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868
The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land.

We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders.

Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.


Larry, the turkey, made by Lena

“Give me the end of the year an’ its fun
When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.”
– Edgar A. Guest, Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Treat

Feeling very blessed and thankful for our readers and our followers… thank you for all of your comments, questions and insights.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Just in case you need a quick, easy, last minute Thanksgiving recipe, here is a family favorite from “Recipes From A Kitchen Garden” by Renee Shepherd; a small recipe booklet published by Shepherds Garden Seeds in 1987.  My son’s favorite Thanksgiving dessert.  It has graced every Thanksgiving table since he was born, 23 years ago.  We think it is best served around room temperature.

Pumpkin Cobbler

2 eggs, beaten
1 cup evaporated milk
3 cups cooked mashed pumpkin (or butternut squash)
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon giner
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1 cup flour
1 cup white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup regular or low-fat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons white sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk and pumpkin; add the rest of the filling ingredients, mix well and set aside.  Then prepare the crust; melt the stick of butter in a 9 X 11-inch baking pan.  In another bowl, mix the remaining crust ingredients until just combined and pour into baking pan on top of the melted butter.  Spoon or slowly pour the filling evenly over the crust batter in the pan.  Do not stir.  Dot the top with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and sprinkle with the 2 tablespoons of sugar.  Bake 1 hour.  The crust mixture rises to the top during baking to form a rich topping.
Serves 8 to 10.

The Month of Thanksgiving – Day Thirty

For those who came before us, we are truly grateful!

As this month ends, we are giving thanks for the four generations of our family that have made this farm our home.

(1) Andrew and Amy moved from Greene County, Pennsylvania to our farm in 1890. They were in their 60’s when they came . Grandmother Amy, who was always frail, came in her buggy, with her beautiful buggy horse.

(2) David and Hannah were married only about a year when they came along with Grandfather Andrew and Grandmother Amy. They moved from Pennsylvania in wagons, driving their cattle along with them.

(3) Lena and Cecil Ray, Grandma and Poppy

(4) Robert and Dorthy, our Dad and Mom

The Month of Thanksgiving – Day Twenty-Nine

Mt. Olivet
They sing of the church in the valley,
But my heart receives a great thrill
When I think of the home of my childhood
And the little white church on the hill.
It stands as a symbol of Gods love
And mother’s and father’s love too.
For they went with us each Sunday morning
To show us the pathway so true.
God’s acre is near, and our dear ones
Lie under its green grassy sod.
Their lives have been our inspiration
We know they’ve gone home to God.
I’ve seen very beautiful churches
Some that I’ll never forget.
But none so dear as the church on the hill
The one that we call Olivet.
— found among Great Grandfather David Dixon’s papers, written by our Great Aunt Ida Amanda Dixon Price (shared by our Great Aunt Mary Florence Dixon Hardesty)

The Month of Thanksgiving – Day Twenty-Seven

Giving thanks today for the FAMACHA eye color chart and the system developed by South African livestock parasitologist, Francois ‘Fafa’ Malan. This system allows us to identify and treat only the sheep that are infected with Haemonchus (Barber Pole Worm). This greatly decreases the development of flock resistance to anthelmintics.
We are also grateful to Susan Schoenian, Sheep and Goat Specialist for University of Maryland Extension, for the Integrated Parasite Management Workshop. that enabled us to participate in this program.