Category: SFH Skills

“All things have their season” – Even Yard Trash

“All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

There are many ways to prepare for Christmas. By living Advent fully as a time of preparation and prayer, you can find a deeper meaning in the mystery of Christmas. My beautiful wife and her close friend give expression to that sentiment in their yearly tradition of making Advent/Christmas arrangements.

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SFH Journal: 2018-12-08 through 14 “Yard Trash Day”

Highlight: Yard Trash Day Is Here! – This year, Annual Yard Trash Day – 2018 was observed on Friday, December 14th. “Yard Trash Day” is a tradition where we go through our yards and gather all kinds of evergreens, magnolia branches, and assorted greens adorned with colorful berries. Then, adorable spouse and her best friend turn what I call “yard trash” into festive, seasonal works of beauty.

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SFH Journal: 2018-07-27 through 29

Highlight: Summer has its own spirit. Perhaps there is an angel that helps to open our eyes to the beauty created for us by God. So, as the Resurrection lilies come to full blossom along the river’s edge, we have come to see beautiful days surround us.

0724181257b (2)And in this time of Summer delights, beautiful  and resourceful wife came across a magazine article that caused her imagination to go into full bloom. She has wanted a potting station for quite some time, but most on the market are cheaply made and expensively priced. The idea of building one like shown in the picture sparked her creativity. So, below, you will see her progress on this latest venture. Stay tuned, there will be more to come.

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Weather: The temperatures have gotten a bit cooler and the humidity is now back on the tolerable side.

2018-07-27: High – 87º (Detailed Summary – click here.)

2018-07-28: High – 82º (Detailed Summary – click here.)

2018-07-29: High – 80º (Detailed Summary – click here.)

Plantings: Nothing to report


2018-07-27: 9 okra pods

2018-07-28: 2 cherry tomatoes

SFH Skills 2018-01: Bill Skills

Everyone has skills. Skills are very important. You can’t live without them. Even Mr. Monte has skills. (Read What Were They Thinking?) Unfortunately, some people have the wrong skills for where they are. Serendipity Farmhouse, for example, requires some unusual skills. For example, we have recently acquired “bird in wood stove skills”.

Although we have developed several requisite SFH skills, and someday we might even have blogging skills, there is no way that I will ever have wood working skills, plumbing skills, generator fixing skills, or deck building skills. That, dear friends, is why we are blessed to have Bill and all of his “Bill Skills”.

You can see Bill here with a project he completed last week. Yup, Bill has railing skills. Those stairs under the railing? Yup, Bill built those steps – he has stair skills. Over the course of this coming year we will talk about Bill and his Bill Skills.



Oh, some day, you might find someone like Bill, but I guarantee you, you’ll never find someone with the entire set of Bill Skills. That set of skills only belongs to Bill. Bill is our “go to guy”. Every day, Serendipity Farmhouse shows off more and more why it was happy to be introduced to Bill and his skills.

Don’t think we take this lightly. Bill is a craftsman, a professional, he’s worked on this house inside and outside since we first moved in. It’s more than just skills, he loves what he does, and he’s the best.

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