Monday, August 22, 2016

I've been missing haven't I?

I want you to know, for a couple of weeks, now, I have said that I needed to get in here and write something!  I'm telling you, every day , I say that!  One thing leads to another and before I know it, it has been two or three weeks since my last post.  Do you ever do that?

So, what have I been doing?  Two weeks ago, my Mister and I went on a mini vacation.  We needed some R&R, so we threw a bag into the trunk of my little red car and headed North East.  That sounds like we went a long way from home, doesn't it?  Well, for me, it is a long way from home, but we just went to Branson, MO, which is only four hours from our house.  We had a paid for hotel room, to use, so we did.  We spent three nights and four days doing absolutely nothing!  It was wonderful.  We did go check out Table Rock Lake, which is beautiful, as well as some antique malls.  The rest of the time we swam, slept late, and just hung out at the hotel.  We did make it down to Branson Landing, on Saturday evening.  We heard an awesome band, and of course, for the life of me, I can't remember their name.  I do remember that they were finalist on X Factor so I can probably do a search and get their name.  After that, we had dinner at the White River Fish House.  We came back on Monday afternoon.  It was good to get away but it is always great to get back home!  I would share pictures but this morning I backed up my pictures onto an external hard drive and I haven't gotten around to sorting through it all.  Maybe next time!

The following weekend, my Mister and I, along with our kids and grandbabies, spent the day at the lake, for my birthday.  It was nice to have them out with us, for a change.  It is usually just the two of us and our granddaughter.  There was lots of fishing, swimming, jet ski riding, and of course, kayaking! 

(My daughter and I)

Naturally, I was the one doing most of the kayaking.  I am pretty much obsessed with paddling around the lake enjoying the peace and quiet. You get to see all sorts of wildlife, on the banks, that normally you wouldn't see just sitting in a chair on the beach.   Funny story...My daughter and I took off to make a round and we saw a beautiful Blue Heron. He was almost majestic the way he stood watch over a small clump of bushes! He watched us for the longest time. My daughter started clucking like a chicken, at him, and asked me if they made noises like that. I replied, “I don't think so”. Then she started quacking at him and I said something like, "I don't think they quack like a duck, either."  She replied,  “Well if he doesn't sound like a chicken or a duck, just what does he sound like?”. Just about that time that big ole bird let out a whoop that would have raised the dead! Scared both of us to death! I said, “Well, I guess we know what he sound like, now.”. We laughed so hard we could barely paddle away! Such a wonderful time and I look forward to many more days, being lazy, paddling around! 

This past weekend, my Mister and I spent quite a bit of time in the yaks.  Every evening we went out for a little while.  I am so glad I decided to buy my own kayak!  Anyhow, last night, Sunday evening, we went do to the navigational channel to paddle around.  Saw a snake...good thing that sucker stayed on the tree limb!  So when we were done, one of the tires on the truck was going flat.  We raced off to a nearby gas station to get air but the tire had a puncture on the sidewall so the air continued to leak out.  We stopped and got a can of fix-a-flat, put it in and raced off to the next gas station with air.  Of course, with a sidewall puncture, the fix-a-flat was leaking out right along with the air, so my Mister put more air in and we raced off towards home.  We got a few miles down the road before we needed more air.  We managed to get to a Walmart but wouldn't you know, that particular store didn't have a tire dept.!  So...Mister bought another can of fix-a-flat, hole plugs, and a small air pump that you plug into the cigarette lighter.  He did what he could and we, once again, raced towards home.  Several more times, we stopped to put air into that tire.  The whole time, I was praying to God that we make it home safely and on that tire!  We made it!  The tire finally went completely flat just down the road from our house and my Mister drove on the flat tire the rest of the way.  What kept that flat rubber from coming off the rim can only be called an answer to my prayers!  This is one of those stories that I like to add the hashtag, #ButGod , to!  We were surely going to have to call for a ride home, but God, took care of the situation and we made it home safe, sound, and on that tire!  Isn't that just like God!!!???

So during the week, between the weekends of kayaking, I have been keeping the grandbabies.  Mostly just the grandson, since the Princess started to school week before last.  She is out on Fridays so I keep both of them then.  I tell you, I love those two precious children!  I just can't get enough of Hoss' slobbery kisses and Princess' bubbly personality!  They do keep me hopping though!  By the time they go home, I am worn out, but in such an amazing way!

Well, mentioning babies, tomorrow will be a long baby day so I better get ready for bed.  Y'all have a restful and blessed night!

Grace & Peace,

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lookey What I Did Yesterday!

Y'all remember this post , don't you?  The one I wrote, just a couple of weeks ago, about being left behind when my Mister and granddaughter took off on their kayaks?  Well, not anymore!!!  I told y'all I had order my own kayak and I finally had a chance, yesterday, to try it out!

This was the view from my very own Kayak!  I am obsessed now and let me tell you, that is HUGE...HUGE, I tell ya!  See here's the deal.  I don't swim...or not well anyways...so I am afraid of drowning.  I think the worse thing that could happen to a person is death by drowning...well, that and being burned alive...so, I generally stay away from the water.  I will go out on our pontoon but I am always overly cautious and never really let my guard down.  So for me to put that fear aside and buy a kayak and then actually fall in love with it!  I am still freaked out about drowning but having my own kayak allows me to control when, where, and how, I go.  So anyway, this is huge and I am down right proud of myself!  Here are a few more pics from our outing!

Here I come...

And there I go!

My Mister shaking his head at me!

YaY!!!  I did it!  Almost 53 years old and I did something I never thought I would do!  Thank you Connie from Crafty Home Cottage for inspiring me!

Grace & Peace!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Piddley Little Post

Oh mercy, it has been hot!  For three weeks, we had extreme heat warnings and by golly, they weren't kidding!  Heat indices in 100's with high humidity!  Honey, you can't get no worse than that, this side of hell!  

The barn kitties, Melvin and Fiona, just laid around in the shade and drank gallons of water.  Melvin looks thrilled to death that I stuck a camera in his face, doesn't he?

Hey!!!  What are y'all doing on the porch???  Every time I stuck my head out, there were chickens and guineas hanging out on the porch.  They would almost be hugging the water pan!

This is what happens to tomato plants in 100* weather...even with watering them, they still succumbed to the relentless heat.  Not one tomato did I get off of about ten plants!  Not even a green one for frying!

All of my granddaughter's babies (chickens & guineas) are now laying eggs!  We are eating a lot of eggs!  I will have to start sharing with the neighbors because we get more than two people can eat!  I love blessing others with the things God gives us and they appreciate the free food.  

These two are also laying eggs but we just found their nest today.  One of the stupid things has been refusing to go into the hen house at night so I figured she has a nest someplace.  We found it but unfortunately, I think a coyote probably got her, yesterday.  My daughter saw a coyote, yesterday, when she dropped off the grandson and I haven't seen the other guinea, since.

With all that grass in the goat pen you would think Betty Goat has enough to eat but apparently she thought the leaves, on the big elm tree, looked more inviting.  Silly thing.

Melvin is not happy with me!  He looks as if he is saying, "Really!!!???  You again with that dadgum camera!!!???".  Ok, Ok...I'll stop!  Mean ole kitty cat!  I'll just take my camera and go take pictures of somebody who loves me!

Isn't this little chubby boy just the cutest thing you have ever seen???!!!  Love this boy!

Well, this piddly little post isn't much but it's all I got!  

I hope you all have a blessed weekend!

Grace & Peace

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

No more, the lake, & dadgum, it's hot!!!

Well, we are empty-nesters once again.  Our foster kiddo was moved last Friday.  I think we will be permanently closing our home, as soon as our certification expires.  We are pretty darn happy when it is just the Mister and I and we both like coming and going, whenever we want to, without having to worry about what to do with the foster kiddos.  Besides, we have plenty of children in our lives, with our grandbabies!  

Lawd, have mercy...it's sure been hot!  I'm talking, "take your breath away" HOT!  I sure don't know how my Mister works out in this heat!  Of course, he does work at the lake so I guess he can jump into the water when he needs to but goodness, I need air conditioning!

Mentioning the lake... we've been spending the weekends out on the boat.  Even this old land-lubber has been loving it!  I used to not even get near a boat but now I am enjoying it.  I think it's because it is so peaceful, quiet, and my phone doesn't work real good out in the middle of the lake!  I just sit and stare out over the water and relax!

Our granddaughter loves to go with us and usually ends up being the Captain of the ship!  She's only six years old but she does really good!  Of course, Papaw is very close just in case!

We carry their kayaks out with us and when we drop anchor, Papaw and the Princess take off to explore a cove.  For only being six, she kayaks like a pro!  Future Olympian, perhaps?  She sure loves it so it is reasonable to believe she will be on the gold medal winning USA rowing team!

They always have so much fun on those Yaks and I am jealous when they go out!  So much so that I ordered my own!  I hope it will be delivered before the weekend!  We have a couple of nice, small lakes that don't allow boats with motors on them and they are perfect for kayaks!

I guess all that kayaking wears one out!  She made a pallet out of the towels and fell asleep!

Well, I guess that is all for now!  Oh, one more picture before I go!

She is also an awesome chicken mama!  Not real sure how "Riki the hen" feels about that!  LoL

Grace & Peace.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Want to go for a little walk?

The "Surprise Sunflowers" look a bit weary, don't you think?  I bet the ants have something to do with that.

The bees seem to think they look fine.

Guineas are funny little creatures, aren't they?

Betty Goat said "Hey"!

Pretty little blooms


Not ready yet!  Maybe I will get enough to make a peach cobbler, this year!

Hmmm...Wonder what lives in there?

Hope you enjoyed our walk.  Let's do it again sometime!
Grace & Peace.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

I miss...

...the handwritten letter.  There is nothing better than receiving a handwritten letter in the mailbox!  The anticipation of reading the words written inside, was almost as good as the letter itself!  I never quite made it back inside before I opened and read the entire letter!  Then, once inside,  I would get a glass of iced tea or a cup of coffee and take it, and the precious letter, and sit on the porch to read it again.  I miss reading about Sally's grandchildren and Myrtle's cow, Beulah, or about the mysterious new neighbor across the way, from Jenny.  

Oh I know we have email but that is so...so...cold, dry, and impersonal!  I have never gotten excited over an email...or a tweet...or a facebook post...never!  Don't get me wrong, if that is the only way I will hear from someone, it is better than nothing but seeing an envelope with a loved ones handwriting on the front is pure bliss!  

And what about love letters!  Don't you miss love letters in the mailbox?  I've been married for a long time but I still have all the letters my Mister and I wrote back before there was such a thing as email!  He traveled with his job and I missed him terribly but when I got one of his letters, I was over the moon!  

I used to have pen pals all over the USA, when I was in school!  I loved hearing about what other kids did and how their school's were.  There was always a fair amount of doodling in those letters, too.  Somewhere along the way, probably around the time I was raising kids, I stopped writing letters so much.  I didn't get many either.  Now, some thirty odd years later, I realize what a lost treasure the handwritten letter has become.  Same with the telephone call but that is another post for another time.

What about you?  Do you miss sending and receiving letters through the mail?  If you do, maybe we can write to one another!

Grace & Peace

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day! 

I just love this picture!  I went looking for something to post on here, since I don't have pictures of my own, and when I saw this picture I smiled big...real big!  There were lots of pictures with children and flags and fireworks but there was something about this one.  This little lady looks truly happy to be waving that flag!  Independence Day probably means more to her than it does to anyone under the age of 50!  

So, how are you?  We have been busy since I last posted.  Nothing out of the ordinary but busy none the less.  We made a quick weekend trip to Texas, to see my inlaws, about two weeks ago.  That is always a whirlwind trip because we only get to visit for one day.  No time to do anything like antiquing or sight-seeing.  Of course, having lived all over Texas, I have pretty much seen it all but it would still be fun to see the new things!

Of course, our place keeps us busy with mowing and cleaning barns and coops!  Just about the time we get the mowing done, it is time to start over!  I got out there, one day, and shoveled out the goat barn.  Betty goat was so happy she immediately ran in and pooped right in the middle of the newly strewn pine chips!  I love my animals...really I do!  

My little container garden isn't producing at all!  I planted a bunch of tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and eggplant.  We haven't gotten one thing off of those plants.  I highly suspect the guineas and chickens are pulling the blooms off and eating them!  Fortunately, I have some new potatoes growing!  I'm sure if they could get to those they would eat them too!  Maybe...just maybe...I will get at least one green tomato to fry!  

So, why do I not have picture, of my own, to share?  Well, I pulled out my old film cameras and have been playing with them.  I haven't gotten them developed yet but when I do I will share.  There is just something about pictures taken with film that seems pure and wholesome!  My weirdness is showing, isn't it!!!???  Don't get me wrong, I love my fancy digital cameras, but isn't it fun to get the film developed to see what you captured in a shot and not always knowing immediately?  Sometimes, I think the digital cameras make me even more crazy about perfection!  With film cameras you never know how a picture will turn out and what you get is what you get!  No going back to get the perfect picture!  Makes life a little less stressful, don't you think?

Well anyways, I pray your 4th of July is safe, happy, and full of the Lord's blessings!

Grace & Peace


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Surprise and Funny!

Oh my gosh, it has been miserably hot, the past week and a half!  It was 102* last Friday!  In our part of Oklahoma we go from cold and rainy to hot and dry almost as fast as you can blink!  I do as much, of my outside work, as possible, in the early morning and late afternoon hours!  I don't do hot!

A few weeks ago, I noticed all of these strange plants growing in the baby animal pen.  I had no idea what they were but since we don't have any babies at the moment, I decided to let them grow.  I'm so glad I did because those plants turned out to be sunflowers.  I just love sunflowers and surprise sunflowers are even better! 

From the looks of it, there are going to be lots of sunflowers in this little pen!  Don't you just love how God gives you presents when you least expect them?  I sure do!

I was standing at the sink, looking out the window, when I noticed our little Popcorn running around the pecan tree.  I thought she was chasing a  butterfly or some other flying creature but then I saw one of the squirrels.  

I grabbed my phone and snapped a picture.  It's not the clearest pic but I had to have a pic of these two playing.  They chased each other for quite a while and then the squirrel spotted something else to play with and took off jumping from limb to limb!  It's this kind of thing that makes me glad I live in the country and will keeps me loving these crazy animals!

I hope you are having a blessed week!  God is so good to us!  How can we not have a blessed day or week?

Grace & Peace

Monday, June 13, 2016

I'm out back...Come on around!

I want y'all to know, I have never worked so hard, in our yard, as I have for the past week!   After all that rain we got, I have had to mow, this acre, twice and it probably could have used one cutting in between!  Lordy, that grass grows fast!  

Even though the rain stopped, apparently the water has not drained off very well!  I was mowing the ditch, which looked dry, and suddenly started sliding and ended up stuck in the muckiest muck, I've ever seen!  I had to call my Mister to come rescue me!  He was so not happy!  Yikes!

I've also been trying to clean out the flower beds and plant a few hostas and such.  Only got one done.  I think the rose and lilac gardens are going to have to wait until fall.  I want to move those plants but can't do it now because it is too hot and I don't want to kill them.  Nemo obviously loved the newly worked dirt.  She scratched around trying to find bugs for quite awhile.  Funny chicken!

I've also spent a lot of time watching the kiddos play in the wading pool.  It's been so hot and they love the water.  I make them go inside during the hottest part of the day, though!

Of course, me and my little buddy stay in the shade!  He laughs and talks to the trees blowing around.  Such a joy!

Well, I need to get back outside and paint the chairs my Mister found.  I love them but it's going to be a lot of work to make them pretty again!

Grace & Peace

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Happy window...

The window over the kitchen sink is my happy place.  I can see wildlife, including the grands and fosters, from this spot.  Many times, there will be a squirrel playing in the pecan tree, that is right next to the house.  There is a bird feeder, there, too.  I love having my coffee or a cup of tea at this window.  There is a much larger window on the other kitchen wall but this one is my favorite.  By the way, those beautiful pink hydrangea blooms were brought to me by my granddaughter.  She picks flowers from her Mommy's flower garden, and brings them to me.  She loves flowers and knows that I do, as well.  She is so thoughtful that way.

Grace & Peace