Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Veggies, Weaving, and Are We Crazy???

Well what do you know!  I made it back in here before a month had passed!  I'm pretty proud of myself, for that!  HeHeHe! 

So...our little garden is producing pretty well...for now.  I don't know what or how, but something large enough to take a bite out of the tomatoes, is getting in and doing just that.  Taking bites out of tomatoes, trampling down the squash, and not leaving nary a footprint!  How whatever it is, has managed to get in the garden fence, is beyond me.  There are no holes or dugout places.  The first year I've been able to get anything to grow in this awful soil, and now some little moocher is out to destroy it!  I am putting out one of my son's, game cameras, out there.  They may kill the whole thing but not before I get a look at their mangy little faces!  Devils is what they are!

Mentioning something taking a bite out of the veggies...


I had just washed this batch of spinach and had it laid out to dry, a little bit, before putting it up, when my grandbabies came for the day.  I turned around and this monkey was sitting in the middle of the table just munching away!  That's how they do.  Climb up and sit on my big ole farm table to do all kinds of things.  I don't care especially when they are eating good, healthy, home grown food!  Silly kids!  


What she didn't eat, I made a couple of  wonderful salads and sauteed some of the spinach for supper tonight.  It is so rewarding when you get to eat what you grew.  God is good to provide!

My daughter...my BABY...turned 27 years old, last week.  I don't know who gave her permission to grow up but they need to take it back.  It is unbelievable that my children are the ages they are.  I mean, really, one has already passed me in age and my baby will over take me in two years!  LoL  They are OLD!  

I let the grandbabies put together a small birthday party for her, which was too much fun!  We decorated with streamers and had cupcakes and ice cream.  The granddaughter made her a painted stick with feathers and beads.  I forgot to get a picture of it but it was cute.  My freespirited granddaughter has my hippie blood and she always comes up with stuff like that.  Love that girl!  


I have been trying my hand at weaving, lately, and made this sweet little wall hanging for the birthday girl.  This is the first one I made and even though I had no idea what I was doing, I think it turned out pretty good.  I'm working on a larger one for our travel trailer, now.  I am letting the yarn decide the design just as I did on the one above.  I like to do that pretty much in everything I do.  I think the end product comes out better than if I followed a pattern or recipe.  

So, about that travel trailer...

My Mister, and I, are considering a drastic lifestyle change, within the next year.  We want to sell our home and go full time RVing.  Not that we would travel all the time, because he still has to work, but downsize to the point that we can go on proper vacations, etc., a few times a year.  We don't need all this stuff.  So many people are building expensive tiny homes, these days, but we have a nice travel trailer that is more spacious that most of those tiny homes, so why not live in it.  We would save about $1000 each month, which would be saved for those trips we want to take and a future sticks and bricks house once we decide we can't go anymore.  We have sacrificed, scraped by, and merely existed, for years, to have nothing to show for it but a bunch of bills and no time to do anything.  I hate to see him work so hard, stress so much, and never have time to really relax because the grass needs to be mowed, this needs to be fixed or that has to be done.  I want to enjoy my husband before we are both too old to do anything besides telling one another that food is stuck in our dentures or to please remember to pick up adult diapers!  LoL  I think you get the idea.  So do y'all think we are crazy???  Some do and that's ok!  Would you do it if you could?

Grace & Peace,
Pam




Friday, June 2, 2017

Another month has flown by with not so much as a hello from me.  That's what happens around here.  I get busy with things and before I know it time has flown by.  I always have such good intentions, too!!!  Let me try to bring you up to speed...

RAIN!!!  We've had so much rain.  All the lakes and rivers are full and some are running out of the banks.  I daresay there were probably some upset people during the holiday weekend.  A lot of the parks, campgrounds, and other recreation areas, were closed down because of flooding.  I, myself, won't complain because this is Oklahoma and just as quick as the rain came, it will leave just the same leaving us hot and dry, for months.  Although, I would love to get my kayak in the water at some point in the near future!!!


The squash plants seem to like all the rain.  I just planted these a couple of weeks ago and they are growing like crazy.  Unfortunately, so is the grass!  I can't keep up with pulling grass out of the garden!  Hopefully, I will get a few veggies before the grass takes over!

Weekend before last, we took our granddaughter to a local arts festival.  She had so much fun!  Lots of things to see and do.


There were a lot of art cars but I think Chewie was the best and both of these kids loved it!


I though this was such an awesome idea.  Everyone could leave a painted hand print on the side of  this building.  The Princess though that was the coolest thing.  I am going to take her back to the building to see if she can find hers!  The hand print wall will stay up until next year's festival.  Simple art to brighten someone's day!


Of course there was facepainting!  The coolest, sweetest, Hippie/Gypsy lady did them and I want y'all to know, she is one talented gal!  I wish I had gotten a picture of her but I was amazed by her work!  The Princess certainly thought she was awesome!


My sweet Princess is such a ham.  A colorful, free spirited, ham!  LoL... yes she picked out her own outfit and I always let her wear what she wants too, providing everything is properly covered.  You know what...she fit in perfectly!  After all, it was an arts festival with lots of colorful, free spirited, folks walking around.  I think PawPaw and I were the ones who didn't fit in, what with our normal clothes.  Next year, though...


Last weekend, Princess and I went to an event held by one of my friends.  It is called "Urban Ag Day", and is a learning event, for kids.  They learned about different parts of plants, got to see and pet some small animals that you can raise in the city, how to be sustainable no matter where you live.  It was mostly for the urban/inner city kids, but she enjoyed it.  Of course, her favorite was the different types of soil and rocks!  That is her thing and I think she might have taught the teacher a few things!  LoL  Lots of fun.


It won't be long until this big boy can go on adventures with us!  He is growing by leaps and bounds!


He is already 3ft tall and would you look at those calves!  He definitely is living up to the nickname I gave him.  Hoss!  And he's the Boss!  I can't wait until we can take him fishing!


This past weekend, our church had a visit from our missionaries.  They serve in Rwanda and I tell you, their spirit and love for the kids is above and beyond!  David and Rhonda are walking the walk and talking the talk!  So much so, that I am working on a mission trip for our church.  Check out their website.  Cramers in Africa

Mentioning our church, I have jumped off a cliff and am now directing/teaching our new Creative Arts Ministry.  I don't know what I was thinking!  LoL  I do love it and drama/dance/art if how I express my love for Jesus, and I feel other's, who might feel intimidated by outward worship and praise, can use creative arts as a means to do so.

Y'all remember how I said I thought I saw a tattoo, piercing, or purple hair, in my future???  Well...this happened!


The Cancer Sucks Charity held a benefit tattoo event, last month, and my daughter and I got tattoos in memory of my Mama, who fought to the very end.  We had to stand in line for almost nine hours but the time spent with my precious daughter doing something to fights this evil disease, that has both touched our hearts and devastated our lives, was well worth it.  We already have plans for next year!

Well, I think that mostly catches us up.  I will work on posting, more often, now that it is getting too hot to be outside during the middle of the day!

Grace & Peace,
Pam




Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Dry No More and Inner Hippie/Gypsy

 
After days and days and days and months and months, of rain, I think we are going to get a break...finally!  I remember thinking, "We sure are getting dry around here.", sometime back in February.  Well, I'm certainly not thinking that anymore!  The state animal (construction cones) have been replaced with High Water signs.  It is crazy, the amount of rain we have received!  Normally, I would be excited that my garden, lawn, and roses, were getting to drink for free but we've had so much rain, I wonder why they aren't drowned out.  Goodness gracious!  

I know why my garden hasn't drowned!  That's because I never got to plant it!!!  After all that work, trying to get the soil just right, it started raining and really hasn't stopped enough to plant not one thing!  There is now grass growing in that spot!  My Mister will have to get back out there and till it up again!  I know he will love that!  I'm not complaining about the rain.  God knows we needed it and will need all we can get come August and September, so I will not complain!  I will plant what I can, for now, and prepare for my Fall garden, instead of crying over not having fresh veggies, this summer.  Fortunately, we should now be past most of the rain and have several nice sun shiny days in the forecast!  Yippee!!!

About this time, every year, my inner Hippie/Gypsy starts showing it's head!  If you've been around here, for long, you already know this!  I get the itch for Tie Dye, Hemp Bracelets, Janis Joplin... well, really anything that you could relate to hippies, that's what I crave!  Right now, I am working on a few dream catchers and of course the hemp and shell jewelry.  I start looking for long flowy skirts and sundresses, floppy sun hats, mirrored round sunglasses, beads, and feathers!  You would think an almost 54 year old woman would have outgrown all of that, by now, but not me!  I think it's the feeling of breaking out from a long, dark, winter and coming alive with the sights and sounds, that come with Spring.  Whatever it is, I get restless and it comes from deep within and I can't contain it.  I was born a few years too late to have really experienced everything hippie.  Oh, I had bell bottoms and could make daisy chains with the best of them, but somehow, I almost feel cheated out of a very important part of history.  Whatever!!!  I am going to embrace my inner hippie/gypsy and be proud that I am a product of the 60's!  Shoot!  You never know, I may be sporting those beads and feathers, in my hair, before the summer is over!  I am, for sure, getting a tattoo and a piercing, before summer!  LoL  

Grace & Peace,
Pam


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Garden, Easter and a Birthday

Good gosh, I didn't intend to be gone so long but it is Spring which means I tend to spend a lot of time sitting on the porch, working in the yard, and of course playing with my grandbabies.  If you are still coming by, thank you for not giving up on me.

I've been trying to get my veggie garden ready for planting but we've been getting a lot of rain, which we desperately needed.  My Mister has tilled and worked the soil and then it will rain and he has to do it again.  Doesn't he look excited...


Hopefully, this coming week, I can get something in the ground without the rain washing it away!  Not that I am complaining about the rain because without rain, we would burn up this summer!  Do you have your garden planted, yet?

 
Our granddaughter and I decided to build a fairy garden.  For the plants, we used herbs.  There is cilantro, purple basil, and german thyme, in this one.  There are also a couple of petunia plants, as well.  A couple of days later, she and PawPaw decided we needed another fairy garden.



This one has a log cabin, pretty arch, and some kind of flowering ground cover.  Cute and so much fun to do this with our sweet girl.  Mentioning our granddaughter...




...Yesterday was her birthday.  I don't know how it happened but she is now seven years old.  As you can see, Moana is her favorite thing right now so we got her the outfit.  She wanted me to take a picture of her wearing it.  PawPaw and I decided to redecorate her room so that it is fitting for a big girl of seven!  We had one day to do it!  Last Saturday, we got up early, dragged everything out, which was no small task because that child has a lot of stuff...or should I say DID have a lot of stuff!  We painted, put up a new bed, added pictures, new comforter, rugs and pillow.  Several small touches and we were finally done.  


We started at 6am and finished at 10pm.  We were worn out BUT we still had all that stuff to sort through and decide what stays, what goes, and what our grandson got.  A big job but we got it all done and everything set up for her birthday party the next day.  

We combined the Easter egg hunt and her birthday, which she always loves to do.  This year was so fun because Hoss got to hunt eggs, too.  He is walking now and seeing him toodle around makes my heart smile.




He is the little one with his hand over his face.  He doesn't like the bright sunshine!  The other two little boys are our step-great grands.  I get a kick out of having so many babies around here!  The best part...




I can fill them with sugar and send them all home!  LoL

As you can see, we've been having fun around here.  Of course, there is always work to do.  My days are filled with homekeeping, babysitting, and taking care of our animals.



Which apparently, I haven't been keeping up with too good.  Betty Goat needs a good brushing to get rid of her winter hair.  She looks so shabby.  I guess I will do that this afternoon.



I wanted to show y'all my Asiatic Lilies.  Do they not remind you of Cousin It from the Addams Family?  HaHaHa...

Well, not much of a post but I did want to tell y'all I do read your blogs every day even if I don't get around to posting!

Grace & Peace,
Pam





Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring blooms make me happy

I ain't even going to lie.  My heart does happy little leaps when I look out my windows and see the fruit trees in bloom and and the big elms with tiny new leaves.  Love the beginning of Spring!

My sweet little dwarf lilac bush is getting ready to bloom.  It is just out my bedroom window.   I'll so enjoy the wonderful fragrance as I lay my head on the pillow.

And these pretty yellow blooms are nearly always the first thing to show up after winter.  I guess they are some form of Daffodil but I'm not sure.  They were here when we moved in eleven years ago.

My favorite early blooms are without a doubt the peach blossoms.  This little dwarf tree only makes about 6 - 8 peaches, every year, but they are so sweet and juicy.  Yummmmmm!

The ornamental Crabapple Tree was covered in blooms, last week!  I don't have a picture of the whole tree but let me tell you, the fragrance from this tree is dreamy!  The bees sure love it!  The winds picked up and have blown most of the blooms off the tree, now. 


I can't wait until the roses start blooming!  I think I'm going to plant a few more roses, lots of flowers for the birds and bees, and probably a couple more fruit trees.  Also I think I am going to try to have a small vegetable garden...we'll see how that goes.

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spring forward???

Spring forward????  How far forward do we need to spring?  LoL  Just when we set our clocks up Mother Nature went all bipolar on us!  It has been below freezing at night and only in the 40's and low 50's, ever since!  Crazy but I knew it would would happen.

So.... One evening, last week, my Mister, and our son, were working on a project out in the shop.  It's a nice size shop but the problem is, there are only two electric outlets.  My freezer is in that shop with only two outlets.  Somehow -- and neither of them will admit to doing it -- the freezer got unplugged. Two days later, I was out there piddling and decided I would get something out of the freezer for supper.  I didn't hear it running and at the same time I opened the door, I had a feeling it wasn't going to be good.  Sure enough, everything was thawing out.  Fortunately, I found it before everything was ruined but I spent the rest of that day and most of the next, cooking all that meat!  Needless to say, I don't have to cook for awhile, however, I wasn't really expecting to have to go shopping for meat again until the summer!  

Not much has been going on around here.  I find myself getting bored which is something that rarely happens.  To top off the boredom, I have no interest in doing anything to fight it off.  I've just been feeling kind of ho-hum, for a couple of weeks.  I don't know what's going on but I hope it will go away once it warms up, if it ever does... 

Y'all have a great week and if you are in the North East, stay safe and warm.

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spring???


I looks and feels like Spring has sprung!  It has been so nice lately.  I got out and pruned my roses, last week.  Glad I didn't wait until March because they have already started getting leaves.  Actually everything around here is starting to turn green!  I can hardly contain my excitement but I know, as sure as my name is Pam, we will get more winter weather before Easter.  We always do but I've certainly enjoyed the last couple of days being in the 80's!


Nemo is ready for Spring, too!  I know my girls and Betty Goat are getting ready to eat lots of bugs and green grass!

Not much of a post but I hope the green leaves made you as happy as they did me.  


I stepped outside and wouldn't you know God has been painting again!  He shares His masterpiece sunsets and I am always amazed and thankful!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Monday, February 13, 2017

I Lied and a Very Special Day...

Yep, I lied!  I didn't know I was lying but never the less I did!  Just when I thought I had completed all the paperwork, they handed me another stack to be completed.  UGH!!!!!  Sometimes I think it just isn't worth all the trouble...but then God taps me on the shoulder and tells me to get on with it.
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.  James 1:27 (NLT)
That's the scripture that lead us to be foster parents.  So we will be obedient...or at least try.


 
Yesterday, was a very special day!  It was this little boy's 1st birthday!  We started out at church.  We have something called "The Birthday Pole", which is that white pole behind my granddaughter.  Whoever is having a birthday,  goes to the pole and the congregation sings Happy Birthday, to them.  It is always a funny time.

In addition to Hoss' birthday, it was dedication day, too.  


It was a special, beautiful time.  It takes not only Mama & Daddy, to raise a child, but also grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles.  It takes all of those folks plus the church family.  We are blessed to have a wonderful, loving, church family, to help us with that.

I just noticed that my Mister, aka PawPaw, was almost laughing at Hoss trying to get the microphone from our Pastors, during one of the prayers.  Well, I guess that's ok.  I would have probably done the same thing if I had noticed!

So after church...


We smashed birthday cupcakes!  I see that PawPaw helped Hoss put some "makeup" on.  Eyebrows!  LoL  

My heart was truly blessed, yesterday!

Grace & Peace,
Pam


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bureaucratic bull corn and poor Jasper!

Whew, I finally got all that paperwork completed!  You would think that it wouldn't take that long since we were already certified but that is not the way our state works.  Bureaucratic bullcorn, if you ask me!

I had to take my four-legged kid, Jasper, to the vet, earlier this week.  Remember, we found him on the side of the road.  Well, anyhow, he has always had some kind of skin rash but we just figured he had gotten into something because he runs all over our place and the neighbors land.  It never crossed our mind that it was anything as frightening as it turned out to be.  Suddenly, we noticed he had little white blisters all over his under belly and down both legs.  We gave him a good bath but it just kept getting worse until it got between his toes and he was going down hill.  I made the appointment and took him in.  As soon as the vet looked at him she knew exactly what it was.  Mites!  Did you hear me?  Mites!  Now who would have thought those tiny little bugs could do that to a big ole boy like Jasper?  Apparently, these mites are under the skin and in the hair follicles, therefore giving him a bath or anything topical just doesn't work.  Sooooo...$300 later and a bucket full of medicine, he is on the mend.  He is almost back to his chewing, jumping, chicken-chasing, cat agitating, running all over creation, annoying self!  LoL...yes, he is all that but by golly, he is such a good kid and we love him to pieces.  

I've been receiving seed/plant catalogs, for weeks now.  I want to have a normal garden, this year, instead of the bucket gardens, but I don't know if that will happen. The ground around here just doesn't seem to grow much of anything except weeds.  We'll see.  Of course, I will be loving on my roses and fruit trees, so that will keep me busy for the most part.

I have used essential oils for years, so yesterday I took the plunge and became a Young Living distributor.  Since I use them so much, I should at least get a discount!   Do you use essential oils?  They are very beneficial to mind, body, and spirit.  From time to time I will probably post a recipe or something informational.  

We were gifted this television armoire.  Ignore the blue hair tie on the lower doors.  Grandson proofing at it's finest, courtesy of my granddaughter!  HeHe!


Obviously, our tv doesn't fill the space and I'm not really wanting a larger one so I have a question for you.  What would you do with the area behind the television?  I don't want to paint it but I thought maybe hanging a fabric that will coordinate with the living room or something.  What do you think?  Any ideas?

I hope y'all have a great weekend!

Grace & Peace,
Pam
ace & Peace,

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

It is time for us to have our recertification, as a foster/adoptive home, done again.  Can I just say, What a huge pain in the kister!  You would think once you are certified all you would have to do is submit update financial, medical, and driver's license changes, but NOOOOOOooooo!  I been since the middle of December doing this.  I have to submit every last document that we did in the first place.  How dumb is that?  Like they can't just pull our file!  *groan*  It is irritating because just when I think I have turned in everything, I get a phone call requesting more forms and documents!  Well, I guess if that's what it takes, I will do it every year.  

Now, that I've gotten that off my chest...How the heck are y'all?  We've had a bit of winter weather but nothing like in years past.  We will have a week of brutally cold temps and then a week of mild temperatures.  Not much in the way of snow but we did get some much needed rain.  I'm ok with that.  The older I get, the more I dislike winter.  I don't like to be miserable and it seems that's what happens every year.  Of course, this old house doesn't help.  When the furnace is running it is hotter than blue blazes, then as soon as it turns off, it gets so cold.  I don't understand why because we have put in lots of insulation, the windows are air tight, and I always roll up a towel to put in front of the doors.  I guess that is what happens in a 112 year old house.  I think I am going to have my Mister run a gas line to the living room so I can put a space heater in there.  That way, when I get cold, I can back up to it and warm my bum!  HeHeHe!  Y'all remember your Granny doing that?  I may or may not lift my nightgown like they did!  *wink*

Sorry for the lack of photos but this time of year just doesn't make me want to get the camera out.  And I'm sure not going out when it is cold, anyhow!  

I guess I am going to have to go back to the doctor.  My allergies have been acting up and I have, what feels like, a ball of phlegm in my lower throat.  Sometimes, it's not bad and then other times, it is super bad.  Not to the point that I can't swallow or breath but almost like it is the size of a quarter.  I hope it is just my allergies or sinuses but after about a month, I am getting kind of worried.  I guess we'll see what the dr. says before I start to worry much.

Well, I guess that is all I have to say.  I hope y'all don't stop coming by.  I know my posts are erratic but know that I do read y'alls blogs.  I just don't have a lot going on right now...well...except paperwork!  UGH!

Grace & Peace,
Pam