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It’s About Time

There are all kinds of songs and sayings about time. If I could save time in a bottle. We had the time of our lives. So much to do, so little time. What we value most is what we spend most of our time doing and thinking about. Well, it’s about time…that we write this blog post, about time.

Time is so valuable and you know it flies when you’re having fun. The month of May has certainly flown by. How have we “spent” our time?

Family Time

We took a little trip to Maryland to visit family. Leila is wasting NO time in growing up and we love every minute we get to spend with her.

Of course we love seeing and spending time with Tim, Dear, Sam and Oakley too!

Low Carb Time

We’ve been reading, researching and learning a lot about low-carb choices. When diabetes runs on both sides of the family it’s important to take time to understand how the food we eat affects our health, energy and weight.

Some lifestyle changes are being made at the Ballard Homestead. We are learning to live without potato chips, rice, bread and pasta. Some carbs will remain an occasional part of our lives…

We may be cutting back on carbs but we’ll still make time for Ice Cream. We found ourselves near Jack the Dipper and just had to indulge in one of our favorite treats!

Coffee Time

In May we learned a little about the business of making and selling coffee. Josh and Adri of Kade’s Coffee are teaching us how to operate their coffee truck so we can fill in for them when they go on vacation.

Time to make the coffee

Garden Time

“One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use, is the gardener’s own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race.”

Wendell Berry

We have worked long and hard in our garden. The hours we’ve invested in the Ballard Homestead garden are finally starting to pay off. All the lettuce we could possibly eat plus so much more!

Sugar snap peas
Some baby tomatoes
Note the size of this zucchini in comparison to my shoe. This zucchini started from a little seed – we fear it may have plans to take over the world ; )
“New” potatoes
Strawberries almost ready to plant (for next year)

Mountain Time

We took a little trip down memory lane that included a day at Moonshine Creek Campground. It was so nice to catch up with Jim and Dana, the campground owners. Our first Workamping job was at this campground in western North Carolina. It was a great experience and it is one of the reasons we fell in love with North Carolina. Moonshine Creek will always hold a special place in our hearts.

While in the Waynesville area we took a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and revisited our favorite mountain views. These mountains are still breathtaking and still a great reminder of how small we are and how BIG God is.

Homestead Project Time

Back at the homestead, projects completed this month include:

  • New bearings and tires installed on the utility trailer
  • Hutch cabinet painted in our fifth wheel (O.G.)
  • O.G. Tires washed and nose washed and polished
  • Back porch/laundry room walls painted
  • Back porch/laundry room cement floor painted
Porch dark paneled walls painted with Kilz
Work in progress
Porch floor after a good washing and sanding
And at last: Porch floor painted with non-skid cement floor paint

RV Time

OG and Babe got some much needed love this month

Babe (our truck – named after Paul Bunyan’s big blue ox) and O.G. (The Fifth wheel short for Old Glory) will be in good shape by the time we head to Florida for the winter. We spent some time washing and polishing them. Babe also got new batteries and brakes ($$ ouch.) Diesel trucks are great for towing, just be prepared for the inevitable maintenance costs. Towing a Fifth wheel around for 2 years will naturally lead to wear and tear.

Time to Smell the Roses

And so many roses ?
Our blue hydrangea are blooming too

We hope you are taking some time to smell the roses. We are!

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:”

‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭ESV