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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

IS IT 2008 YET?

Well Christmas is over, and I am always glad. Not because of what Christmas stands for, don't get me wrong. But for what it has become to stand for. All the commercialism and guilt heaped on us. About the 15th of every Dec. I start to feel a little panic feeling in me. Not sure just what it means, but I always dread Christmas. I guess it holds too many memories of what was ,and should have been, and never will be. As families shift and change over time things get complicated.
I end up most of the time, letting it sneak up on me and then its like, Oh, my! Christmas is tomorrow and I haven't sent cards or bought any gifts! Darn. Well maybe next year!! Well I am not really quite that bad, but almost. I do manage to get gift cards out to the grand kids before Christmas. BUT, never get to spend Christmas with them, and rarely get a thank you.

Well this is a really Ba Humbug post isn't it. I just know that Christmas is like this for lots of people and we are afraid to talk about it because it makes you feel like a bad person for not having all this warm fuzzy feeling. Instead you feel guilty, feel little or no family connection. In my "previous" life, it was about cooking lots of goodies and indulging in the fudge, divinity, and cookies. Putting up a tree and decorating it. Family around and the excitement of buying presents and watching them be opened and the mess and clutter and laying around playing with the "toys". Now that was warm and fuzzy. Now its like, "Oh, lets eat out, so you won't have to cook or do dishes" Right! no mess or clutter in my life. Come home to a clean house, no gift paper on the floor because there were no gifts, no left overs to snack on, because nothing was cooked. Well it sort of chokes me up, really.

This year I did cook most of the dinner for Sunday and had siblings over and it was fun. We did a traditional turkey dinner and it was nice to have everyone around the table together.

Well I have wallowed in my self pity long enough. The new year is coming, along with another birthday soon after. Maybe I can post a grumpy post about that later!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A naughty joke from by big sister!


OK, I promised to post this since my sister doesn't have access to her blog anymore.

Do you know what Viagra is made of??
Well here is the breakdown.
You may not want to use it anymore after this!
3% Vit E
2% Asprin
2% Ibuprofen
1% Vit. C
5% Spray Starch
87% Fix-a-Flat


Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I can't believe I put this info out there!

Not much time to write any blogs, Been busy yet with moving into new house. Really dragging it out aren't we? We finally listed the farm with an agent. We did show it 5 times ourselves with just our sign on the corner. And folks wanted it but most had property to sell first. So now I am ready for that out of state person who has already sold their property and have cash in hand! I just posted a picture here of my little dinette area in the kitchen. You can see the new hardwood floor that took so long to get done. But I really like it. The rug I found to put under the little antique table has a rooster in the center. But mostly I just liked the colors.

Had a scare of a repeat of last winter's ice storm but it went mostly north of us, we got just a little damage from it. Some folks are still waiting for power to get hooked up after a week later.

Book store business has been a little slow but I think it was this time last year. Everyone is out shopping at Walmart for all that stuff made in China. My E-Bay store has been pretty consistant with daily sales so I am pleased with that. I try to list a few books every day to keep the inventory up. Anyone interested, the site is:
http://stores.ebay.com/read-again-books53 So everyone go there and order some cool books!!!

And in case I don't get back this week, Merry Christmas to all.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Are we Crabby??

I DON'T USUALLY ADD THESE DITTY'S TO MY BLOG BUT THIS ONE WAS TO GOOD TO PASS BY:

This is a question that is on very MAN'S mind and some women but here's your answer to why women are so craby.




We started to 'bud' in our blouses at 9 or 10 years old only to find that anything that came in contact with those tender, blooming buds hurt so bad it brought us to tears. So came the ridiculously uncomfortable training bra contraption that the boys in school would snap until we had calluses on our backs.




Next, we get our periods in our early to mid-teens (or sooner). Along with those budding boobs, we bloated, we cramped, we got the hormone crankies, had to wear little mattresses between our legs or insert tubular, packed cotton rods in places we didn't even know we had.



Our next little rite of passage was having sex for the first time which was about as much fun as having a ramrod push your uterus through your nostrils (IF he did it right and didn't end up with his little cart before his horse), leaving us to wonder what all the fuss was about.




Then it was off to Motherhood where we learned to live on dry crackers and water for a few months so we didn't spend the entire day leaning over Brother John . Of course, amazing creatures that we are (and we are), we learned to live with the growing little angels inside us steadily kicking our innards night and day making us wonder if we were preparing to have Rosemary's Baby.



Our once flat bellies looked like we swallowed a whole watermelon and we pee'd our pants every time we sneezed. When the big moment arrived, the dam in our blessed Nether Regions invariably burst right in the middle of the mall and we had to waddle, with our big cartoon feet, moaning in pain all the way to the ER.




Then it was huff and puff and beg to die while theOB ? says, 'Please stop screaming, Mrs. Hearmeroar . Calm down and push. 'Just one more good push' (more like 10), warranting a strong, well-deserved impulse to punch the
%$#*@*#!* hubby and doctor square in the nose for making us cram a wiggling, mushroom-headed 10 pound bowling ball through a keyhole.



After that, it was time to raise those angels only to find that when all that 'cute' wears off, the beautiful little darlings morphed into walking, jabbering, wet, gooey, snot-blowing, life-sucking little poop machines.


Then come their 'Teen Years.' Need I say more?


When the kids are almost grown, we women hit our voracious sexual prime in our early 40's - while hubby had his somewhere around his 18th birthday.



So we progress into the grand finale: 'The Menopause,' the Grandmother of all womanhood. It's either take HRT and chance cancer in those now seasoned 'buds' or the aforementioned Nether Regions, or, sweat like a hog in July, wash your sheets and pillowcases daily and bite the head off anything that moves.



Now, you ask WHY women seem to be more spiteful than men, when men get off so easy, INCLUDING the icing on life's cake: Being able to pee in the woods without soaking their socks...


So, while I love being a woman, 'Womanhood' would make the Great Gandhi a tad crabby. You think women are the 'weaker sex?' Yeah right. Bite me.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Never ask a man the size of his spread!

Now that I have your attention, this is the title of a cute little book that I found. It is "A cowgirl's guide to life" it is full of cute quotes.

Whenever you go away, always come back before they learn to get on without you.

Alot of what a man knows, a woman knows better. (I love that one)

Horses always start, they never run out of gas, and they will not get you greasy.

Men, you can't live with 'em, and you can't shoot 'em.

Ok enough for now. Still real busy, will it ever slow up? Guess not till we get all moved and the 20 acres sold. Going to finally list with an agent. We have showned it several times, just from our sign on the corner. Still have alot to put away and still moving stuff from the farm. It helps to take a load at a time and find a place for it before he take more. Will take some pictures of the kitchen now that it is back together again. Hope everyone is having a great weekend even if the weather is icky.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Red Oak flooring

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This is a Quicky

Just wanted to share my picture of my new hardwood kitchen floor, down to the home stretch so there is lots to do. Movers coming Mon. And still have kitchen cabinets sitting in the family room! Just have to take a deep breath and not worry, as I know it will get done. One thing, our carpenter does a wonderful job.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Penny Poo

No I didn't get another dog, but my brother did. Isn't she a cutie? She is a cross between a maltese and a sitzsu (I know I spelled that wrong) Anyway they are called Poos. She is 8 weeks old. Looks like a lot of fun in a bundle of fur!

Meet Penny Poo

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

A Poopy Story!

Funny story for this week.

We have been having work done at the house we will be moving into in Nov. This fence Co. was there this week, and we have a nice wooden back yard fence now. A couple weeks ago we moved alot of wood chips from where the tree guys took out 2 trees and ground up the trunk down into the roots. We started a pile in the back yard where we want to have a garden. Well this week, hubby hauled 2 big tubs of horse (and donkey) manure from the barn and dumped it on the wood chips. Fri. morning he hauled 2 more tubs and noticed that the first 2 were missing. We thought DANG, who would steel our poop!!

Well we found out the fence guys needed more dirt to fill in around the tops of their concreted posts to make everything neat and flush and guess what they used?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Aquarius, yea, thats me!

AQUARIUS - The Sweetheart ( Jan 20 - Feb 18)
Optimistic and honest. Sweet personality. Very independent.
Inventive and intelligent. Friendly and loyal. Can seem unemotional.
Can be a bit rebellious. Very stubborn, but original and unique.
Attractive on the inside and out. Eccentric personality

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Picture Below

Below you can see the cutiest little guy ever was!! I was pulling weeds in the flower bed Mon. and looked over at the cocks comb and saw this little green thing nestled down in the convoluted folds of the bloom. Couldn't help but run get the camera. I love little frogs. Sometimes the little tree frogs are on the windows at nite. And the toads get out at night under the yard light in the driveway. We have one we call "red" because he is a rust red colored. He sure took a mauling while we had Suzy living with us. As she would go out looking for him and rake him around with her paw. I rescued him several nites by putting him up in the flowerbed out of her reach. Pups' gotta have fun.

Isn't he cute??

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Here cum De Judge!

Well I had my day in court! I guess you can call it court, in a little town like this its very different than courtrooms that you see on TV with the judge in his robes. But I digress.

The good news I got my ticket thrown out! Hey for me. I think I mentioned before about getting picked up last mo. in my little farm pickup that I drive to the store. I park it behind my store which is about 2 blocks from the police station, and they drive up and down the alley many times a day. My tags expired in March but I hadn't received a notice and plain and simple I had expired tags. But what irked me was the fact that they had to have seen the expired tags sometime in the last 4 mo. and the fact that I felt the officer was waiting on the corner for me to pull out then followed me out to the edge of town to pull me over. Oh, and I told all this to the judge, and all he wanted to know was did I get the license renewed, and he had the officer there call the no. in to verify since I wasn't driving it at the time. So end of case. Saved my 72.50$ I am a criminal no more!

Busy time for everyone now for some reason. We have tons of reasons to be busy, with buying the new house and getting some renovations done before moving in, and finishing up a couple problems at the farm before we can get it listed.

Doing the garage thing today and tomorrow, at the sister-in law's house, which is conveniently right next door to our new house! So we cleaned out a bunch of stuff for sale and I helped set up this morning then came back to open the store a little late. But things were selling very well. I know we will do it again next spring when they have the citywide sales going on.

Guess I am helping pay for a Caribbean cruise for my carpenter and his wife. They got some kind of deal on a special price to go on a cruise. He will leave us for a week with my kitchen floor half done. But at least the huge hole is closed up and he went to pick up the red oak hardwood that he is going to put down this coming week. But still has to take out the rest of the cabinets to do that. so he has alot of work yet. Taking pictures as we go.
Had the central heat and air unit checked out and it is ok even though it is old, but the duct work needs some work as all the elbows have big gaps that lets the air blow under the house. So will have to get that done soon.

The guy that I went to City Hall about a couple weeks ago that has all the junk behind my store, has made an effort to clean up. Moved alot of the junk up next his building and moved the truck over about 2 feet. Thanks, but its still on the Dentists property, but I hear he is moving it out soon. (Big Sigh) Right!

Last weekend I bought out a flea market booth of books for an outrageously low price, she almost gave them to me so she wouldn't have to move them. It was a job too. Ended up with somewhere between 3,500 to 4,000 books. So the 3rd bedroom at the new house is full of books at the present.

So thats it for this week. Ohhhhhhh, I about forgot, I opened and E-Store on E-bay for my book sales. Have been doing pretty well with regular e-bay so wanted to expand and hope this will work. Should be more money in my pocket instead of E-bay's. So will see, maybe one day I can take all this stuff home and just work from home, heck I have almost as many books there as here in the store! hmmmmmm but I would miss my customers and this homey atmosphere i got going here.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

When I awake "Poof" its all gone!

That's how I felt the other morning when I woke up. But there was a lingering memory of my dreaming. There was this strong feeling that I wasn't dreaming, but that it was the "real" world. Maybe what we see as real is actually the dream world. Anyway I felt this strong "Interconnectedness" Is that a word? And these words were real vivid so I wrote them down right away when I got out of bed because I knew I would forget them.

Spin and Weave
Ebb and Flow

What does that mean? Did I read those words somewhere? It was sort of spooky, but if you think about the words they actually could mean something about life. It just feels like something I should remember for some reason. So there you have it.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

MY TRIP TO CITY HALL

Before I forget, I must report my trip to City Hall this last Tue.
It all started a few months ago when I went to the Dentist office next door to my store to ask about buying the lot behind my store.
Well the dentist wasn't to sure about how much of the lot he owned. He had purchased some lots a few years ago so he could expand the parking lot on the other side of his office and it included the lot that runs behind both of our buildings.
So I went to the court house and checked and he actually owned the full lot 28 ft wide behind us. So I went back and told him, well he really didn't want to sell but sure wished we could get it cleaned up. See there is an old big brick building just the other side of the lot, it had been used as an antique store, until the woman who ran it died 2 years ago. Her husband closed it down, BUT has used this lot to haul junk out and leave lay. When I bought my store, he had a huge dump truck sitting there full of God knows what. Finally on City Wide Clean up day he drove it (with tires almost flat, and icky stuff running out the bottom) out to the dump then parked it somewhere else, I was so glad to see it gone, till he pulled a pickup in and has filled it with stuff. The weeds and saplings have grown up now with all the junk under it all.
So the dentist and I got together and wrote letters to the City Council, I included a copy of the deed to show ownership in case that was in question and took pictures. Since the dentist lives 30 miles away, I agreed to present our info.
Which is what I did,(oh, and the dentist had called City Hall a couple times this summer to complain, but nothing was done) So the council voted unanimously that a letter should be sent to this guy and let him know if he didn't clear his junk out, the city would and send him a bill.
See my plan is to get the lot cleaned up. It runs from the alley up to main street, there is a foundation of some kind across the middle as it is on a sort of hill. If we can get it cleaned up the Dentist said he would bring in some gravel for the area behind my store, so I can have some parking and in exchange we will keep the area clean and mowed. Of course I visualize planting flowers and all.
So we will see what happens, I would still like to buy at least half the lot that is behind my store. Maybe later on he will agree to that. Heck I might want to add on, who knows.

Next week I will report on my trip to City Hall next Tue. Going before the Judge this time to protest my ticket I got. Will tell about that one later.

Oh, and we got posession of the house yesterday!! Now the real work begins.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Big Sigh

After a couple fasle starts we finally got closed on the new house today. There was a little glitch with the deed transfer but it got worked out. So now we can get started on the renovation that needs done. I think I mentioned that there was major floor damage in the kitchen from a leak that no one noticed. That was how we were able to make a much lower offer and the owners ( who live out of state) took it right away.

Been laying awake at night and listening to a pair of barn owls that come and sit in a tree in the front yard for awhile every nite. They have a very unusual hoot. Its sort of a hoot-hoot-hoot-purr. Alot of things go thru your mind when you can't sleep and one is the fact that no matter how old we are, do we ever really know what we WANT? I mean I am not the only one to think this am I? It is a pattern with Hubby, we are always changing what we want. But then its not just him, Its me too. I guess I never really ever knew what I wanted from life. In many ways its not what I GOT. Not that I have alot to complain about. Guess I am to much a romantic at heart. Sometimes moving around all my life ends up making me feel like I have no real root. A piece of property is just that, and it seems it shouldn't be that way. That is probably why I have alot of regrets about leaving this little 20 acre farm. IT is my 3rd time to live there, 2nd time to own it. When we moved back it just seemed like it was ment to be for us to end up back there. But there are so many reasons why we need to leave, (while we can) How many times can we start over and remake a house to fit our needs. We are getting to old for this!
So Guess we will get done what needs done and get the little farm on the market to sell. So on that note I will just give a big sigh, and move on.

Oh, we did sell the horse and donkey and found a home for Suzy, so all we have left are the chickens, and heck we could always eat them right????

Friday, September 14, 2007

BINGO, we did it again!

We made an offer on this nice house in nearby town, actually we made an offer much below asking price (will explain why later) and by the next day they accepted the offer with no questions. Hmmmmmm, wonder if we could have gone lower. Guess we will never know.
Now the reason we made a low offer, when the folks moved out last year, the line to the refrig did not have a shut off, so they bent it over. Well it has had a slow leak into the kitchen floor for a year. Still don't understand why the listing agent didn't notice anything. Maybe the buckling of the flooring didn't occure till recently. So we got our contractor guy to get a look at it and even went ahead and paid for an inspector so we know all the problems up front. Heck we are used to having our home torn up. So it is no big deal to us to have the entire kitchen floor torn up, cabinets moved out, then replace it all. We will still come out with a nice home in a very good neighborhood. It is a corner lot so only neighbor is SIL next door and the house behind is quite aways away, as the yards are real big.

So that is the biggest news. Still trying real hard to find a home for Suzy, she is into digging up moles in the yard now. Thats after she has gone out early in the morning when the birds are waking up and catches a sparrow from a bush, then carries it around and either eats it or bury's it. I put an ad in the local ad mag. that comes out weekly. But have looked into animal shelter and found one to take her to if we have to. She is so smart and sweet we hate to do that to her.

Sister is having a big celebration for her 10th wedding anniversary tomorrow. Have a big tent set up, looks like maybe they are having a revival meeting. After her cancer scare last year and treatment from hell, they feel like celebrating. I say GOOD for them. Other sister is just finishing up radiation to her leg from a rare kind of malignant tumor that was removed this summer. So send good vibes to her for getting her strength back now and getting back to her sassy self.

Oh, one last thing, it is so good to be done with that hot summer weather we had. Feels good to sleep with the window open and down in the 50's at nite. I like.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Sometimes its all just too much

Seems that the longer I go without posting something the harder it is to get back to it. Things sort of pile up and its like where do I start. So I have a feeling this will be a long post.

No. 1. I just deleted a big whinny comment about my heart problems and whether anyone cares. Decided I won't go there anymore for now.

No. 2. This is a biggy, we have decided to sell our little farm that we just bought a couple years ago and move into town. It was sort of one of those things that the inspiration hits you out of the "blue". and it just seems to be the right thing to do. A couple weeks ago we were both working our butts off and it was so hot, and we have so much to mow and so many projects that we just can't handle or get to, that I just blurted out "why don't we just sell this and buy the house next door to your sister that is for sale?" Honest to God, I don't know where that came from, but it just hit us that it was what we should do. So we hashed it over all weekend and the next week went to look at the house. So I can talk about all that later if it materializes. We just used our hearts instead of our minds when we bought this 20 acres back. One of the reasons we sold it 10 years ago was that it was to much work. Of course we have to have critters, you know if you live on a farm you have to. But they are expensive to take care, vet bills, feed, and equipment. It sure adds up. So there we are, after all the remodeling and hard work that has been done this last year.

No. 3. We sold the horse and donkeys. Wasn't as painful as I thought it would be. I think we found a good home for them. The guy who bought them brought his "hand" with him. He looked like he belonged on a horse, a skinny guy about 30 with a big wad of tobacco packed in his lower lip and a huge cowboy hat. He saddled up Sam and took him out in the pasture and talked to him and carefully got on board, and Sam bolted into the gate. So this guy is real cool and just talks to him and sits there for several minutes to let him calm down, then walked him around a bit. They both agreed he was a smart horse and just needed to be worked (and put on a diet) I imagine hubby has packed a couple hundred pounds on him in the last year. After that hard workout, Sam had to take a good roll in the dirt, and get a drink of water, then he nuzzled everyone to see if there were any treats! They will use him at the sale barn to herd cattle and such. So he will be a working horse. The donkeys will just be put out to pasture for now. We don't want to know what happens to them. The cowboy guy has his 3 kids with him, Real nice kids, all in cowboy hats and they had fun leading Flossy around and picking up her feet. She needs someone like them to mess with her. So maybe they will end up with her. Poor old momma donkey prob won't make it thru another winter, so at least we won't have to deal with that.

No. 4. Guess I am back to my medical thing just for a bit. Only to just say that I HATE the medicine that they are trying on me. Makes my blood pressure to low and that makes me feel tired, and then I have a head ache all day. So hopefully it will ease up soon or we are going to try something different.

No 5. Going to City Hall tonite to do a presentation, to try to get the lot behind my store cleaned up. I did the research and found out that the dentist next door (he has office hrs. only 1 day a week) owns the lot. So I got copies of their deed and a lot map, and I wrote a letter, and the dentist wrote a great letter. So I will present it and I even took a picture to go with it. See the next lot over after this open lot belongs to a guy who owns the big building there and he hauls all this junk out and throws it down and the weeds and brush is all grown up. All we want is for him to clear out his junk then the Dentist will help get it cleaned up and I agreed to keep it mowed and clean so I can make a parking place for a couple cars behind my store, I wanted to buy the lot, but the dentist isn't ready to let me do that. Maybe later on.

No. 6. I mentioned trying Dr. Gott's no sugar, no flour diet. Been sticking to it pretty faithfully. Lost 6 lbs. so far. Slow and easy should be the best.

Had almost 6 in. of rain Fri. nite and Sat. morning. North of us got alot of flooding and over in Oklahoma again.

OK I am done for now. Oh, has anyone ever bought or sold a house on E-Bay??

Friday, August 31, 2007

Women are Evil by Nature

A woman went up to the bar in a quiet rural pub...
She gestured alluringly to the bartender who approached her immediately.
She seductively signaled that he should bring his face closer to hers.
As he did, she gently caressed his full beard.
"Are you the manager?" she asked, softly stroking his face with both hands.
"Actually, no," he replied.
"Can you get him for me? I need to speak to him," she said, running her
hands beyond his beard and into his hair.
"I'm afraid I can't," breathed the bartender. "Is there anything I can do?"
"Yes. I need for you to give him a message," she continued, running her
forefinger across the bartender's lip and slyly popping a couple of her fingers into his mouth and allowing him to suck them gently.
"What should I tell him?" the bartender managed to say.
"Tell him," she whispered,
"There's no toilet paper, hand soap, or paper towels in the ladies room.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

I AM P*##ED!!!!

Got picked up yesterday by our friendly little city cop lady. All smiles and sweetness, she informs me I am driving my farm pickup on expired tags. WHAT?? How can that be, I never got a notice of renewal from the state. She very sweetly says."Oh, that is just a courtisy, they are not required to send out notices" You have to be kidding, in all these years, I have always gotten renewal notices no matter where I lived.

So since they have been expired since APRIL!!, she had to do her duty and give me a ticket. $72.50 friggin dollars. Plus she informed me I would probably have to pay a penelty when I get the new tags!

Now I thought of something last nite at home. How come the city police drives by my truck every day behind my store, (police station is about a block up the alley) and they never noticed till now. I think they noticed and she was sitting out waiting to nail me when I was on the street heading home. She followed me a few blocks before pulling me over.

All my years of driving I get 2 tickets in the same year. The other was a speed trap a few months ago. OHHHH, I hate it!

OK I am done, but I refuse to pay my ticket till the last day!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

R.I.P.

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R.I.P. Guinea Gumbo!!

Sorry to say we have put out a wanted poster on Suzy. Sat. she managed to get our lone guinea cornered and killed him. Actually we had taken a poster I made up on her to the vet that morning, in hopes of finding her a home. We now have the poster up at a couple vets.

We really aren't mad at her. She was a street girl and probably used to eating road kill or killing something to eat. Also she has enough of some little hunter, terrier in her and she just can't help it.

We have her house broke now so she will make someone a nice pet. As long as they don't have any chickens (or guineas) running loose.

I will attach a picture of Guinea Gumbo. Oh, did I mention how he got that name? Well....... last year we bought 3 guineas from a guy and kept them penned up for several days so they would learn where home was. Well the first day we let them out they took off for the timber and we never saw them till 3 days later and this one showed up. So I was determined to keep him shut up with the chickens at night so a hoot owl wouldn't get him. (Owls love guinea) So all was going well for a week or so and one night he just was not going into the chicken house, after I had run him around the house for the 5th time. I threw down my stick and yelled at him. "OK, you just stay out here and you will end up being Guinea gumbo!! The guy we bought him from had told us how he like anything made into gumbo, including Guinea.

So he has been an independant soul and roosts where ever he wants, sometimes even in the chicken house!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

"If you can't be a lifter, don't be a leaner"

Wow, it's Sat. again already. Busy week. Been listing alot on e-bay and having pretty good luck so far. Been sorting out alot of duplicate books and older stuff that hasn't sold very well. I take pictures, crop them and then they are ready as I list things. Been ordering CD's and books for folks, and charge a small fee for doing that.

Have a follow up apt with Dr. Mon after the tests I had. I mentioned in last post that after cutting the caffeine the PVC's had about stopped. NOT> Took about a week but they came back, so I started the beta blocker that he gave me some samples of, Can't see that it is doing any good. yet. But the good news is that I have stayed off of caffeine. I have 1 cup of decaf coffee in the morning and a cup of hot tea later in the morning, And have about given up my Pepsi. Only had 2 all week. So that is still a little caffeine but not like I was consuming. Oh, and my ice tea is decaff and only a glass once in awhile instead of a pitcher a day!

Anyone read Dr. Gott in the paper? I decided to try his no sugar, no flour diet for awhile. Have lost 4 lbs in the last 10 days. Part I think from not drinking so much tea, pepsi, and coffee. Even though I didn't use sugar I have read that it hinders wt. loss. So maybe there is something to that. Will see. Anyway its sort of like eating Adkins, which I have done in the past, but now I have my fruits which I love. Not really hard to stick to. Just have to make up your mind to start it and get'her done!!

Getting more rain. 1 1/2 in last nite. Yard and pasture is greening up again. Yeah!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Ground is like a thirsty sponge

Finally a break in the heat wave. Cooled off only 89 degrees right now at noon. Got a nice little shower last evening and a small one this morning. Supposed to get more rain as it builds up down in Texas. Poor Texas, they have sure had the bad weather.

Been a rather busy week, seems while it was hot folks stayed home and cleaned house. Have had quite a few books brought in. Some were freebie's. Hey I like that. Even if I have to sort out what I can't use. I have a couple boxes to drop at the Salvation Army Monday.

Funny thing happened to me on the way to running up huge bills for cardiac testing! I had to stop the caffeine for 24 hrs prior to the tests last Monday. So I have been a good girl and stayed off it. I know I was drinking to much coffee (even though it was half decaf) and ice tea. So wouldn't you know the PVC's have about stopped!!
Should have tried this to start with, but a couple years ago I stopped for a couple mo. with the caffeine and it didn't make any difference in running the PVC's So I am just hanging in there, still feel a little head achy and tired from the lack of caffeine but I can deal with it. Just keeping busy.

Going to try to go to an auction Sunday. Got a flyer that they are selling alot of collectibles and books. Will at least go look. I am getting so crammed in here now not sure I sould bid on any, but want to see what they are. I really need more western.

Hey anyone out there want to sell(cheap) western paperbacks. I will pay shipping for sure. But not Louis L'Amore. Got lots of him. I really am looking for William W. Johnstone and Terry Johnson. Been buying a few lots of books on e-bay. Got stocked up with Anne Rice books!! Sort of got carried away. Been listing some and was blown away by bids on 25 old Barbara Cartland romance from the 70, sold for 31.00$plus 6 $ for shipping. Can you believe that?? Just never know.

Well now that I have tried to solicit what readers I have I better get out of here.

PS. this was written Sat. but for some reason it would not post onto my blog site, so will try again today.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Stewed tomatoes on the vine!

Still in the middle of this heat wave. What can I say. At least I can be in the store and keep cool. I think I mentioned that we got the hay put up. Thanks to our wonderful neighbor gals. They rock, let me tell you, nothing like good neighbors. Ila from up the hill from us and the Sherry from across the road from Ila. They came down with a big trailer and a couple young nephews and they loaded a big wagon load right out in that heat. That was last Thurs, and I had a Dr. apt in the afternoon then stayed in town for an Avon mtg. Hubby helped them stack it in the barn in the evening, then they came back and loaded one more and he made them take it home with them for helping us. We got all the hay we need, so thats only fair. Boy the barn smells so good with fresh hay! The hay field is all turning brown now with this heat, and have started feeding a couple flakes of hay in the evening because the little pasture is nipped so short. supposed to cool down this weekend and 40% chance for rain. Sure hope it does.

Monday I went in for the tests that the Dr. ordered last Thurs. Took 5 hrs. Had lab, a nuculear stress test, cardiac echo cardiogram, and a halter monitor to wear 24 hrs.
Was glad to be rid of that, the sticky patches caused burn spots that look pretty nasty. Having all the tests because those pesky PVC's came back the last 6 mo. and seem worse at time. And I have been doing some reading that they might not be so beneign as they have always thought. My primary Dr. felt I should have a better work up done than I did 2 years ago when I had the halter monitor and the Dr. in Nv. just tried to reasure me that they would not hurt me and to relax and not worry. FINE, but the thumping around is not in his chest, its in MINE>
If all is fine with my heart, which I feel it will be, then I have 2 options, actually 3, one being to do nothing, two to try taking a beta-blocker,(ugh, drugs) or three they can run a little wire thing up into the heart and zap the little spot that is triggering the PVC's with a radio wave thing and that gets rid of the problem.
Right now I am off of caffeine. Tried that last time with no helpful results. But this time they do seem less. So not to wild to take the Rx. samples that I was given. Have a follow up apt the 27th. So will play it by ear. One good thing that I saw, was that I had no PVC's while the stress test was going on with my heart rate up to 140. So that is good. I did have some just after it while I was in the recovery phase.

Well enough about my health. All else is fine. Just dang hot here in the midwest.And I think the tomatoes really have stewed on the vine, at least the tiny cherry ones that are right in the hot sun. And when we gather eggs they are so warm!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

HOT in the midwest!

I know I am not alone with this miserable heat. I do remember last winter when it was so cold and we had all the ice that I said that we would be wishing for some of that cold come July and Aug. So here we are. Ready for fall. NOW!

Finally got the hay cut again. It had about all dried up before he cut it. Believe me the drunks that cut our hay this year won't be invited back next year. So hard to find anyone to bale small bales on small acres. Hope he gets it baled today.

Had an interesting day yesterday at the store. Since its been so hot business in the afternoon has been really slow, so I expected that, but had a steady little flow all day. Had a hitch hiker stop in. Made me a little nervous, but had another customer in the store. His story was that he lived in Springfield and the VA hosp had given him a bus ticket to Ar. for a medical apt. but failed to tell him it was only one way that they paid. So he didn't have money to pay for bus fare and was catching rides all day to get home. It was stinking hot, so he stopped in to cool off. He was clean, had a clean tote bag, so I believed him. Even gave him a soda out of my frig. He stayed about an hr. Another customer came in, unloading alot of books on me from his garage sale, (I get quite a bit of that) About 20 really nice books free was great. But I took this huge set of encyclopedias, very nice and clean. I told him I would try to sell them or give them away. So they are stacked by my desk with a sign, "Make an Offer". Anyway the hiker left, hope he got a ride home.

Sat I went to a customers home to pick up books he wanted to get rid of. I have learned to not believe folks when they say they are "nice" books. Well ended up with a pickup load, no kidding, of old books. He was going to burn them, they were left from an auction he did. So I hauled them all home and have been sorting and wiping down all these books. The majority are harlequin romance. I scoff too. Buttttttt, hold the boat. I checked e-bay and was amazed to see that large lots of them do sell pretty good. So am working some up to list in lots of like 25 or 30.
I did get about 1 box of nice books that I am sure will sell. The other thing I do is fix up boxes of 40 and call them my "grab box" and sell for 5$. I sold quit a few of them last summer, after I threw alot in the dumpster because I thought no one would want the dang things. Go figure, huh?

Well gotta run. The boss, (Oh, thats ME) says I have to close up shop this afternoon for an apt. in the big city. So taking the rest of the afternoon to run errands and attend an Avon mtg. this evening.

Friday, August 03, 2007

She's a good girl when she is asleep

OK, so we are't as heartless as I sounded on last post. At least I posted about how we were going to have to find a home for Suzy. Well she has weezeled her way into our hearts so we are going to allow her to finish growing up and blending in with us. Ha!! Who am I kidding, we will will be the ones adjusting to HER>
She is doing real well on the housebreaking. Understands to tinkle when we take her out. As for the other business, she prefers to head out to the pasture as soon as she eats, so that's not a problem. Stays outside most of the day. Biggest problem is poor old Molly, not knowing what to do with this kid. Sort of wants to play with her but not sure how, she pokes her with her nose and sort of snaps at her ears. Lucky Suzy is very submissive to all this, but you can see she would like to play.
Got her stitches out today, all healed up, and has gained 1/2 pound since we got her.
OK enough about her.

The other critter that we are concerned about is the old Momma donkey, Jenny. Had the vet out this morning and was afraid he would have to put her down. She is pretty old and has bad feet and for the last 3 days can't put wt on one front foot. Have been carrying feed and water to her. But the vet thinks she was foundered years ago and will get these infections in the hoof from time to time and it goes up into the leg. Gave us antibiotics to give her and gave her a pain shot. So we will see. He seemed pretty sure this would help, and she would be back on her feet (all 4 of them) soon.

Hot, Hot, Hot. Boy can't believe how hot it feels and we haven't hit 100 yet this year. But the humidity is so high it makes 95 seem like 105. I feel sorry for folks who have to work out in this.

Well hope all has a good weekend. Remember this: The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

Awwww

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Past behavior is a predictor of future behavior

Well something like that per: Dr. Phil.

I am a good example or I should say hubby and I are. Had a little talk Sun. about our behavior of tying ourselves down with critters and end up pouring any extra money into them or remodeling the house. I won't even go there about the house thing, that would be an entire blog. But for the critters, they do tie you down. It ends up feeling like everyone is out taking trips and having a good time and we don't. I know that is an excuse but somewhat true at the same time. There are short events that we could go to like a few hours or even all day. But the money thing is so true. By the time you buy feed, then there is always something like fixing fence, need to hire someone to put in a new cross fence between the horse pasture and the hay field. Then there is gates, worming, and then hoof trimming at 25$ each animal 2 to 4 times a year. Then what if they get sick. Right now Sam has a sore eye from the flys. The neighbor gal is wonderful with horses and came down and Sam let her put some fly repellent that comes in a cream on his face. He hates the spray stuff and won't stand still for it. So we learned something new. Hubby is off today to buy us some plus a face guard to put on him to keep the flys off.

But overall the 2 days at home was good. Went to lunch, took SIL, on sun. Then on Mon took big Sister to her radiation tx. Hubby did a wonderful small roast on the grill Mon evening.

Cloudy this morning so did my morning walk in town with Chopra in my ear. I am listening to his book: Life after Death. It is wonderful, I highly recommend it. I will have to listen to it alot of times to take it all in. I think he is my biggest hero of all times.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Walked my MAD off

Well I did walk my mad off, and now I am hot. Don't know which is worse, being mad or being hot and sweaty, I mean dripping down your back and running into your pants, so that when you sit down it feels like you have wet yourself.

Guess my mad was just an accumulation of stuff this morning, crummy way to start a Saturday. But didn't sleep much last nite. Blame that on the new dog Suzy. We (I) have started letting her stay in the house at nite. She has been doing real well on going out the front door and tinkling right away and gets alot of praise and allowed to come back in. Have had a couple accidents. But I think she is doing pretty good. Of course when I wake up in the middle of the night I take her out again because I don't trust her to go all nite yet. Last nite her ear was bothering her, so I did my doctoring with a little vinegar and alcohol in her ears, (It worked real well over a week ago). Well last nite it set her off and must have hurt. This was about 10pm. She rolled, flipped and rubbed her ears on the floor. Had to hold her to calm her down and tried warm water to rinse her ears out, and took her out side and sat with her while she rolled on the grass. Anyway it calmed down and she came in but I didn't sleep much at all, listening for her and getting up at 3 and 5. So I am mostly just tired this morning, and it seems like all the little things get to you. Like closing your finger in the drawer, can't make my walkman work,(yes some folks still use walkman's) prob dead batteries, after I looked for the carrying case for 10 min. Suzy putting dirty paws on my clean shorts. So was late getting out of the house, as I wanted to get in town to walk for 30 min. before it got to hot. Well that didn't work to good. Did get the nice long walk in, (without the soothing voice of Deepak that I had planned on) Ohhhhhhhh, doesn't sound so bad but it felt like it at the time.
Store has been slow this week. Everyone off having fun vacations, I am sure. Worrying about if I made a mistake keeping this dog. She is so sweet, but we really did not want another dog. So if the opportunity came along to find her a good home I would probably jump on it. Our old dog is having a hard time dealing with this young one.

Well I have whined enough for now. Think I am grouchy too because hubby has had to spend so much time helping his sister getting unpacked, but I knew it would be this way. I don't mind that part, but what I do mind is the fact that at his age, she is using up his time and wearing him out, and I can't help but resent her "using him up" Know what I mean. Dang it he is mine to "use up"

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The new Suzy

Here is another picture of Suzy. We have decided that the front half is a mix of terrier and the back half has some beagle in it. Well maybe the nose if beagle too.
Got her spayed last Fri.and all her shots. Having trouble getting her to slow down. She went out last nite when we fed the donkeys and she got to running in the pasture and hiding in the taller grass and then run and flip herself over. I could almost hear her laughing. Now if we can just get her house broke. Only let her in for an hr or so at a time and of course she loves it. Have had a couple accidents. Its catching her so I can scold her is the problem. She is learning the no word pretty well. OK that is enough dog stuff, but she is cute isn't she?

Caught the big daddy coon last nite. Found that something was taking the lid off the plastic garbage can in the tack room that we have feed in for the horse and donkeys. So set the trap again and got him. Sorry to say he was not a catch and release like the Mom and 3 kids. Our neighbor has lost all their chickens in the last couple weeks. So he looked rather guilty and real mean. He was a little rough on the humane trap that we caught him in.

Bought 7 more pretty red hens this morning. Well actually they are pullets as they aren't quite old enough to lay eggs. So that will make us 18 hens not counting the 3 wild banties. Funny thing, now that we have Suzy outside, these 3 are staying away from the flower beds and deck. Yea, for Suzy. I notice they stay inside the chicken yard most of the time where they are safe.

Should think of a chicken joke but I think I used it already!!

Suzy

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Getting SIL settled in

Movers came with all of SIL's "stuff" yesterday and got unloaded in good time. She has a cute little house in near by town about 10miles away. Wish it was closer as hubby has to go daily for awhile to help her with unpacking. But all the essentials are done. phone, cable, banking, a few groceries, beds made. She is amazing that she is getting around so well, supposed to be using a cane, but haven't seen her use it yet. Been after her to carry the cell phone in her pocket. She had lifeline while in Nv. after her hip fx. but not sure if she wants to hook it up. I am trying to talk her into wearing a fanny pack or use a pocket and get in the habit of putting the phone on her all day, and then charger at nite by her bedside. So will see.

Tomorrow is vet day for Suzy. Hope I am doing the right thing, I didn't want another dog, but will give her a try. Want to try bringing her to the store with me. Can put up a little kiddy gate to keep her in "my" space, She seems pretty smart. So she is getting spayed, shots, and wormed. When we lived here before about 10 or 12 years ago we took in a little beagle and did the same thing with her and then donated her to a group home in a near by town, so she had a great home. So will play that by ear.

Closing thought: Be what you is and not what you ain't, cause if you ain't what you is, you is what you ain't. Ponder that one for a bit.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

When bugs give a party, they never ask the chickens!

Well hubby made it home safe and sound, and not a day to soon. He may have had to commit doggy murder! Traveling 3 days across country with an 82 year old sister with 2 VERY spoiled chiwawas!(its just easier to really spell it wrong!) He said it would take them up to 2 hrs. to get packed up, eat, and tend to the dogs. They be very fat little chiwawas too. SIL worried that they couldn't poop so they had to stop at every other rest stop to put their harnesses back on, (you know they don't like to wear them) and walk their little butts around. SOOOOOOOOOO glad I wasn't there. I am sure hubby deserves a metal for this.

But they are all safe after a near colision coming out of the big tunnel west of Denver. The moving van will be here tomorrow and unload all her stuff. I am sure it will take her till Jan to get stuff put away. But we will help as we can.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Meet Suzy

Is this a face you could not love?? She is a real charmer. Very quiet and submissive. Have started letting her come into the house to see how Molly will accept her. So far so good. She just bet not try to get into Molly's favorite chair. But she goes behind the recliner to the tub of stuffed "bunnys" ( all of Molly's animals are called bunnys) and gets them one at a time and takes them into the bedroom where it is dark and puts them on the rug. I call her name and she comes bounding back out then gets another one. So far she has learned her name and does pretty good with the word no. Except last nite when I went out to do the chores and she chased the barn chickens clear out into the pasture till she lost them. At least she is keeping them out of my flower beds in the mornings.

A little sharing of a paragraph in the new Dean Koontz book I am reading. The Good Guy: Under the night-light of the sentinel moon, ruffled hems of surf and a decorative stitching that fringed the incoming waves suggested billows of fancy bedding under which the sea turned restlessly in sleep.

He sure has a way with words huh?

Meet Suzie

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Do I Know You?

What do we really know about each other? I mean realy deep down in our hearts and souls? We work so hard to hide our true selves. We have this image that we want others to think is who we are, but it is so false. I was listening to a CD about humility and humilation. It just made me think, well guess that was the point, right. We have a fear of humilation that is deepseated, probably the underlying fear of all fears. Fear of loss, rejection, failure, all are really fears of humilation. But if we can develope our humility, we can loose those fears.
When you see the person who is all bluster and indignation, they are really afraid. So can we look at that person with different eyes and see the real person? It can make us see things so differently, help us lose our frustration and anger, help us to accept that person for who they really are.

If you think about our fear of failure as fear of humilation you can see it in everyday little things from how we fix our hair, what to wear, how much we weigh, what we do for work,and leisure. About everything we do carries a worry of being humilated. And what makes us this way? Is it our lack of trust in ourselves? Trust in some higher being? Wow, this could get really deep.

Guess I just felt like being a little philosophical today. (had to look that one up)

So just my thoughts today. Maybe I need more vacation time, you think?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Branson Vacation

If I did it right my video from Silver Dollar City, outside of Branson, should come up just after this post. Hope you enjoy it. The Swing is a new ride there. No way I would get on it, but as you can tell by all the screams the kids love it.

I had a nice relaxing time. I hit alot of garage sales on Fri as I drove down. A two hr drive turned into 4, but thats OK. On Sat my brother came down and we had dinner out and took in a show, then on Sun went to the IMAX theater and saw the movie they did special for IMAX about the La. area, before and after the hurricane. Was very educational. Didn't realize that it was mostly man caused that so much of the swamp area has dissapeared and that was the buffer for the ocean storms. Quite a good show and of course you get dizzy looking at this huge 12 story screen, you feel like you are flying over the swamps.

I will post pictures on my other blog site of the area, if you can't find it, just scan down a few posts as I put it there.

Was glad to get home, came back a day early since there was company coming in from out of state. Plus hubby was packing up to head out Sat to go back to Nv. to get his sister moved. He almost got caught Sun nite in Utah on the east side of that huge fire, but by Mon mornig they opened the highway he needed to get on and he make it thru OK without having to detour way south. IF all goes as planned, the movers will load out Fri and they will start back on Sat. Guess SIL is doing well after the fx. hip and is about ready to get rid of the cane.

Have a cute little stray dog that "showed" up Sat. Is it true if you bath a stray dog you have bonded for life??

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Vacation Time WooHoo!!

Well I am getting packed up for a week at our Time Share in Branson. Got my season pass for Silver Dollar City. Packed some awesome books, DVD's and CD's, walking shoes and small backpack. So think I am set to take off tomorrow. No computer, no blogging, nada! Cold Turkey, off line. But I am ready. Looking forward to a few days of alone time, then some family is joining me later in the week. So that will be fun. Hubby is staying home to take care of the critters and get the lawn all mowed up. When I get back, having a family get together at the farm, then the next day Hubby is headed out to Nv. again to get his sister moved back again.

She is all healed up from her fractured hip, and has been on a cane now for a couple weeks and doing well. Hate it that it is the hottest time of the year. She lives in Carson City, just over the hill from the big fires up at Lake Tahoe. While we lived there a couple years ago there was a big fire on the west side of Carson City, up in the big pines where all the nice homes are. Looks bad when a big fire goes thru. We could see the fire from our home. Burned down over 30 homes and we thought that was bad. Can't imagine 300 up at the lake.

Well I am off, wishing a safe trip to the nieces traveling across country to be here for a visit with their Mom and all of us. Looking forward to that. I know they will have a great time together, and will get to see some cousins they haven't seen in ages. You know its really all about family isn't it?

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Friday, June 22, 2007

Synchronicity ? You decide.

I just ran (well walked) to the bank before I opened the store this morning, and dropped in at the little restaurant on my way back. I do that once in awhile to treat myself to someone else's coffee. Anyway I love it when little encounters just seem to happen. At the table by the door was a gal who recognized me from my book store and she introduced me to the older gentleman sitting with her. She said he is a local "character." Guess he is into Mo. Cowboy Poetry, and all sorts of things. We ended up doing some name dropping of Nevada Cowboy Poetry famous people and I guess he has been invited to Elko Nv. to their annual get together. I have attended the Cowboy Poetry thing that the hospital aux. puts on annually in Carson City. What a hoot. Hoping they come by the store to visit more and maybe bring me some books to sell. He has published his own poetry books.

Funny, just this morning hubby and I were sitting on the deck enjoying the morning coolness and talking about horses and remembering the pack trip we did at Elko back in about 1988. Part of the trip was a real steep trail down the mountain side and the horse I was on "Waddy" got spooked and sort of reared up so I bailed off and walked him down the rest of the way. Would you believe that one of the Elko poetry guys we talked about at the restaurant was a guy named Waddy Mitchell. Spooky huh?

If you are interested put this into your search engine and see what you find. National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Quote from "Many Lives, Many Masters"

"Wisdom is achieved very slowly. This is because intellectual knowledge, easily acquired, must be transformed into 'emotional', or subconscious, knowledge. Once transformed, the imprint is permanent. Behavioral practice is the necessary catalyst of this reaction. Without action, the concept will wither and fade. Theoretical knowledge without practical application is not enough."


Much food for thought.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Blowing Smoke

Had the weirdest thing happen Sunday. We had finished dinner and was out on the deck and hubby did a big burp. He blew what looked like smoke from his mouth and nose. I have never seen anything like it. He does not smoke and he said it felt real dry, so was not a vapor of any kind. Well this has bugged me till last pm when it hit me as to what it was.

After he ate his dinner he had taken his vitamins, and he has quite a hand full to take. I think a few minutes later he did his burp and one of the capsules had dissolved enough that the powder inside flew up his esophagus and came out his mouth and nose with his burp. That is the only logical thing I can think of. Isn't that the weirdest thing ever??

Saturday, June 16, 2007

New Boobs?

I happen to know someone who is looking {and feeling} for new boobs. So I am trying to help out with her research and have found the perfect pair for her. So scroll down to the picture below of the perfect pair of Boobies.!!
Oh, her mother will be soooooooo jealous!
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A pair of Boobies

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Thought for the Day

As you begin changing your thinking, start immediately to change your behaviour. Begin to act the part of the person you would like to become. Take action on your behaviour. Too many people want to feel, then take action. This never works."
– John Maxwell

Thursday, June 14, 2007

To see my Chick Flicks

http://dorothykarmictruths.spaces.live.com/

Go to this other blog site of mine to see my pictures. Just copy and paste the site.
The only reason I like the spaces place is because it is so user friendly for posting pictures and albums. So I end up duplicating most of my posts to that site as most of my family have it.

So there you go. Go see my Chicks!! Will make you smile.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Hay is a WashOut! And baby chicks too!!

Well so much for making hay while the sun shines. Had the hay cut a week ago then it set in raining, got 1/2 in 2 days later, then kept getting sprinkles almost daily, Was almost dried out on Sun, then Sun nite it rained pretty good and kept raining all Mon morning, Got over 3 inches, with alot of flooding across the field into the ditches and creek. So this first cutting is totally ruined. What a bummer, as the first cutting is always the best. Hope it dries out enough so the guy can get in and rake up what is left and bale it and get it off the field so the new can grow ok and we can get another cutting or maybe 2 more time. We usually get 3 cuttings a year. It is raining again right now. Seems it just can't quit.

Sat pm. we discovered that 2 of our wild banty chickens hatched out babies. 3 in one batch and 4 in the other. Those sneaky girls flew into the chicken pen to snuggle up with the rooster. See the rooster and our laying hens can't fly out of the chicken yard. They have it good, a nice big grassy yard with a couple cedar trees and a chicken house to go into with nest boxes. So the only way the banties got fertile eggs was to fly into the chicken yard. They are sort of free spirits, and live out around the barn most of the time and have free run of the farm. No way to contain them. Have 3 in all. Well the baby chicks are reddish with some stripping down the back. I only got a good look because I used the binoculars! They won't let you get very close. But they seem to be hanging out down by the carport so we put feed and water out for them to help out. So we will see if they can protect them from the wild critters.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Reason for high gas prices, you think?

A lot of folks can't understand how we came
to have an oil shortage here in our country.
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Well, there's a very simple answer.
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Nobody bothered to check the oil.
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We just didn't know we were getting low.
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The reason for that is purely geographical.
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Our OIL is located in
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ALASKA
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California
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Coastal Florida
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Coastal Louisiana
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Kansas
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Oklahoma
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Pennsylvania
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Texas
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Our
DIPSTICKS
are located in
Washington, DC!!!

Any Questions???
NO? Didn't think So.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Making Hay While The Sun Shines!

Yea, finally we are getting our hay field cut. Just hope it doesn't rain for a few days. Seems it has rained nearly daily for weeks. Kept track on the calendar and for May we got a total of 7 inches, and have had 2 1/2 inches so far for June. Seems like we got April in May this year. Also the baler is taking a larger portion of the hay for his share, It has been a 50-50 deal in the past but now is is 1/3 for owner and 2/3 for the baler. The cost of fuel is the reason. We don't really care as long as we get enough hay in the barn to feed the horse and 3 donkeys thru the winter.

Speaking of donkeys, I have finally started working with Miss Flossy. She is our baby, but is getting big now. About 10 mo. old, {and the naughty little secret is that I catch her still nursing sometimes} But she has been a little biter from the start. The folks who had her when she was born thought it was cute to let her suck their fingers. NOT. But I find that if I clip the lead rope to her halter and "lead" her to the barn daily for their little feed treat, she is distracted and haven't had any biting. But don't turn your back!! Have given her a little smack on the nose and a firm NO. She is still just full of energy.

Neighbor across the road brought a couple of his horses home after having them on some other pasture all winter and spring. So all the neighbor horses had to call out their welcomes and trot up and down the fence to show off.

Flowers are blooming and have tomatoes set on now. Glad I have help with all the lawn mowing now that hubby is back home. It is a team effort to keep it all mowed and trimmed. But it is so peaceful in the country, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

An Awesome Potter

Just so you didn't catch the website for my friend who is a potter I will list it again here. Please check it out. Not that she needs the business, They are worrying about how to ever retire, they keep so busy and it is not the kind of business that you just sell or pass on to the kids, unless they have the talent.

ironandlace.com

Go there!! and you will learn why the iron and the lace. Sort of gives me chills.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

back from Ia.

What a great weekend!! Brother and I drove up to Ia. on Sat to go to he high school alumni. Man what a room full of gray headed people. Not many there from my class as it was an in between year. Brother had a good time as there were 28 from his class. Got to go to the historic village of Bentonsport on Sun. and hung out with an "old" friend that I grew up with. There was a weekend craft show going on so ran into other people that I knew. My friend and her husband have a place called Iron and Lace, She is a potter and he is a blacksmith. They are the real thing and do wonderful work. Came back on Sun. Rained off and on but was a safe drive and good time for a road trip with little brother.

Go to Betty's web site and see what wonderful stuff she does, oh, and
Bill too! ironandlace.com You won't be sorry.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Holiday Weeked

I rarely travel over a holiday but my brother and I are leaving Sat AM and headed to Ia. to spend the weekend. It is his class reunion and I am going with him, then visit some family, and on Sun there is a festival thing at a local little town that should be fun. And will probably meet folks I know, music, crafts, and friends, can't beat that.

Big sister just got out of the hospital this week after going in to have a large "lump" removed from her inner thigh. It had started out as a marble size lump about 10 weeks ago and had gotten larger, I guess about orange size, and was quite painful. Everyone was surprised to find that it is malignant. She says they are sending the pathology to Mayo Clinic for testing as it is something rather rare. So we won't know for a week or so what the outcome of the tests and treatment plan will be.

Other big sister is getting ready to move down from KC this next week. So it will be good to have almost all of us living locally. Only big brother is still in NC.

I think I have mentioned that I have been selling books on e-bay. Usually I have done pretty good. Have sent 3 packages to Canada and had charged an extra fee for that. Well with all the new postal rates and all, I sent out a package with 8 hard back books, and it had to go priority mail {anything over 4#} Ended up the books that I sold for 25$ {which was a low bid to start with}plus 16$ for shipping, ended up costing me 30.50$ to ship!!! Guess I won't be shipping out of the country again.
I order books for people and it is outragous. I order a book for 50cents, then it is 3.99 for shipping. Then I have to charge a little fee for ordering and paying for the book on my account. So the customer ends up paying close to 7.00 for the book. But guess if it is something they really want they don't care.

Oh, and hubby got home Mon. Gee I almost forgot. Oops. Glad to have him home safe and sound. Now he can get in on this yard mowing thing! I was needing some help here. But life is good. Will post some pictures of my flower bed later, things are sure growing nice. Have a good weekend and be safe.

Friday, May 18, 2007

What's the Book Lady reading now?

Just finished reading a great book. I am into Nicholas Evans book The Smoke Jumper. What a good read. Of course its about these Montana fire fighters, about friendship, honor, bravery, and love. This was my book store read, so at home I am about to finish up the third Odd Thomas book by Dean Koontz, This one is called Brother Odd. I have enjoyed this series and think there is another one to come.
Before this I read Koontz book, Seize the Nnight, which I found out was the second of a set so now have to find the first one, Fear Nothing. They are about a guy that has a genetic disorder that prevents him from being in any light,called xeroderma pigmentosum. So he lives by the night and near his town is an abandoned military base that had been doing experiments and people are "changing". A fun book to read.

Hubby will be home on Mon. Wow, can't believe its been 7 weeks and was only to be 3. SIL is doing well at home and follow up Dr. apts are good. She she will continue to get PT and OT at home for awhile and a bath aide till she can safely shower alone. Looks like she will be getting moved in about 2 months. So crossing my fingers that nothing else happens.

Neighbor put in a cross fence with and electric webbing that is new to me and has let her neighbor across from her put her 2 horses and mini donkey in the small pasture that she has fenced off. It borders onto our fence where our donkeys and horse live. What a little rodeo watching them get acquainted. The little donkey is older than Flossy but much smaller as he is a miniature and he is very vocal. Has a very different bray than ours. And so darn cute. My horse thinks he is a wind up toy as he puts his head over the fence and noses his back, like "where's the Key?"
Will take some pictures this weekend. Have a good weekend.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Four Agreements

I am at a little of a loss for personal words so wanted to share something I believe is very important. If you want to check out this site. I read this wonderful little book a couple years ago. The Four Agreements and I just love the message. So just want to share today. The one that hits home from me the most is no. 2 Thanks for peeping today!

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1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don't Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don't Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

A pinch of this and a dab of that

Well, just when you think there is a plan things happen to make changes for you. As posted previously, we were going to put SIL on a plane the 21st and movers scheduled again for the 23rd and then hubby could come home. WELL, now the plan is that she will get out of the rehab hosp this Sat. Hubby will stay there one week, and she is staying for 90 days. Then he will have to drive back again and move her by the first of Sept. It really makes sense, she can get her rehab at home and continue to gain strength and mobility and follow up with her doctors there. She is a very determined little old lady and I think is wearing the therapists out!
Hubby is sure ready to come home. But next week he can get her stocked up on supplies she needs, they had about cleaned her freezer out. She has a couple friends who will check on her daily and will be getting an alert "I have fallen and can't get up" braclet to wear. Her house there is safer for her at this point, level access to back yard. In the mean time she has some work on the sunroom on her house here that can be completed before she gets here and it will also make it easier to go out into the back yard for her. So I think it will all work out.

In the mean time, I have been working on a surprise for hubby. The carpenter has been back to work at the house and the new kitchen counter, sink and faucets are going in as I type. Yippy. Really the surprise if for ME. Will post a picture when done. Ever see a black sink? At least it won't show coffee stains, right?

Got 1 1/2 in of rain last nite and lots of thunder. Having a city wide garage sale Fri and Sat. Been sorting out books to put out on a table in front of the store to sell for 25 cents. Maybe it won't get rained out. Sure have had a wet spring. Hay is getting tall. Will need baled about the time we can get dried out enough.

Well enough rattling on and on. Probably lost most of you back there after the first few lines, but I don't care, cause this is MY blog. Right??

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Little Hummer

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About Hummingbirds!

Just want to report something I heard on the news. With the freeze we got this spring in the midwest, there are going to be fewer natural flowers for our little humming birds. So folks get those feeders out if you haven't already. I have at least 15 to 20 buzzing around my 2 feeders. They are such a delight to watch.

I am sharing the info on mixing your own food for them. saves alot of money.

To each cup of water add 1/4 cup of white table sugar. Stir in a pan and bring to a boil. {boiling helps to slow fermentation}. allow the sugar solution to cool before filling your feeder. Extra nectar should be stored in the refrigerator. Do NOT use honey. Do NOT use any dye or coloring.

The little guys will find you. Poor things have been flitting around my xmas lights. NO we don't have them down yet! But what the heck, had company over the weekend and we turned them on and called them PARTY Lights! Worked for me.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

HoHum

Have been busy and not very inspired to write much. So just an update, SIL is still in rehab and working hard. Hope to get her out and to her home in a few more days. Then they can get the movers reschedule, and get a flight booked for her. Don't know if I mentioned, she has a friend who says she will fly back with her, then turn around and fly back home, same day. I thought maybe I could do that but it would make me a long day and driving home from the airport at midnight, over 2 hrs. If this other gal will do it, that would be great. Hubby is getting tired of being stuck in Carson City. Besides I miss him.
Had 2 good days to mow the yard and beyond so that is caught up, but with all the rain this week looks like I will be back at it next weekend. Put some tomato plants out and have flowers set out.
Had a creepy guy in the store today. He stopped in trying to sell me some books. Seems he used to have a book store, well I ended up hearing his life story. Kids worthless, in prison, on probation, or addicts. He lives on disability himself and looking for more help for himself. You know we need more good citizens like him. He must have weighed in at least at 300#, complained about his 500$ mo. payments on a honking big truck that had a tonto cover and he had a bunch of books in the back. I was pretty glad when he left. Besides my coffee had gotten cold!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Update on SIL condition

Well she made it thru surg. with hip pinning and blood transfusions OK. That was on Mon. By Wed they got her off the morphine and started PT and OT. On Thurs was moved into a rehab floor of the hosp. and working on how to dress herself with the bum leg and getting up and down to the bathroom. Guess the plan is to stay for about a week in rehab and then home. I hear she is giving the hosp staff hell, thats my SIL. They will be glad to be rid of her, LOL. so we will see how she is doing by the first of next week then see about an airline ticket and get a date set for the movers again. My gut feeling is that as soon as she is moving around some she will try to talk herself into the drive instead of airplane. But hopefully the Dr. will nix that for her. I am finding her a Dr. here to take her care and will set up home PT for her. She is still worried about all the trouble she is causing us and how I am having to manage alone. Heck, I always like my alone time. I am not complaining. Only complaint was when that donkey stepped on my toe and I had to hobble out to do chores. But it is pretty much OK now.

Looks like a great weekend coming up. The grass is about 6 inches tall or more with all the rains. So I will be on the mower alot to catch it up. But I don't mind. I would rather work outside and inside any day of the week. Got tomatoe plants to set out and have some baby dogwood trees that I got a week ago free from the fish hatchery near by, so guess I will find a place to get them set out.

Have a wonderful weekend. And remember Today is a Gift, thats why they call it the Present.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

In the blink of an eye!

Wow, how we take life for granted. Really in a blink of an eye everything can change. Hubby and his sister were in the last 2 days of packing up for her move back here. Movers scheduled for Wed, the 25th. Mon. they went out to breakfast and went to the store top pick up a couple things. Bebo {sister} turned to greet someone and her hip gave way and down she went. Ended up she had fractured the long bone, femur, up near the hip socket. Alot of pain, she is 83 and a tiny 90 lb. person. Paramedics had to give her 2 shots of morphine before they could move her. They did surg. later in the day top put a rod in the bone and a plate and screw to secure the fracture. At 83 she has never been hospitalized, or had any surgery before. But she made it thru OK. Plan is to have her in rehab in the next couple days. That is expected to take 2 weeks to get her up and going with a walker. She hates to fly but right now we are thinking that will be the best way to get her back here. Hubby will drive and manage her 2 little dogs. Oh, and they are spoiled rotten dogs too. He can manage better with just the dogs and not her with a walker for 4 days driving. So I am hubbyless for 2 to 3 weeks more. Her biggest worry was for me, having to manage without hubby. Well that and her dogs. Ha Ha. My biggest concern is for my poor hubby having to deal with all this by himself. But he will manage and they will get her moved soon.

Moral of this lesson, Don't take life to serious, things can happen in the blink of an eye that can mess up YOUR plans.

Had a nice 1/2 inch rain last p.m. that came down in about 15 minutes. Afraid the grass is getting ahead of me. Will have to start mowing a little at a time each day between rains. dc

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about

I know Rosie is very controversial but I do have to agree with her today. She said that the guy who shot all the kids at the college should not be getting all this air time even showing his home videos of himself. Isn't this just what he wanted? So now we are playing into his fantasy and giving him his fame he sought. So Sad. This is a crazy world we live in now isn't it. Now if someone ticks you off on the highway or store you are afraid to speak up. Even when they are young. I have had minor run ins with teen agers and you let them intimidate you, and just back off when you really want to get in their face. Well again it is so sad when the world can offer so much joy and happiness. Maybe in 100 years we will look back and see what a troubled time this was. Lets hope we are still here in 100 years. I plan to be, how about you??

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Aky Braky Toe!!

Oh, my toe hurts. While doing chores last nite the donkeys crowded me and I thought I had pushed Momma, Jenny over far enough to get past her and all she did was shift her feet and one came down on my little toe thru tennis shoes. OUCH. I am sure the neighbors up the hill heard me moan. It burned like fire. I am pretty sure it is broken. Mostly only hurts when I flex it like walking. So here I go trying to get out and do chores and walking with these tiny steps so I don't flex the toes on the right foot. Ohhhhhhhhh I hate to be laid up, to much stuff to do!! Oh, yea while I am complaining have a big bruise on my leg just below the knee where I hit it on the trailer hitch. OK I have complained enough for today. Got stuff to do!

One nice thing about egotists: they don't talk about other people.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

My 10$ sewing table.

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Why do I have to come to work to rest??

My weekend is Sun and Mon. Sun. I spent most of the day at my SIL's house helping get it ready for her to get moved back into later this mo. I vacumed so the carpet cleaners can come next week, mopped the BR and kitchen. Have a carpenter coming in to re-caulk the floor tiles, and re-do the dryer vent. Some yo-yo had vented it into the garage. The painting is all done. Not exactly happy with his work, if I had the time, I could have done every bit as good a job. I paid him a little extra to have his kids rake the yard and bag up the leaves, granted there was alot but the job is not finished so just said to heck with it. When you want something done it is usually best to just do it yourself. So will finish up that job after work today.
On Mon. went to Ar. to visit with daughter, and went "shopping". Ended up back in Mo and went to the local college that was having a book sale and got some more nice nearly new ones there.
On Sun. I stopped at a garage sale and got a cute little sewing table with a chair in nice shape. wooden too. for 10$ Gave the chair to my grand daughter and brought the table into the store. Lets see I also took a dresser and coffee table and end table to the daughter and brought home a kitchen cabinet to repair for her.
It needs alot of TLC. She was about to throw it out, I said let me fix it. so did some work on it last nite, glues some strips around the bottom, tightened up alot of screws. Sanded the drawers and so far have 3 coats of bright yellow pain on them. It will be useable and clean when I am done. So now I have her cabinet held hostage till she comes up next week to pick it up! There is a method to my madness.

Hubby still in Nv. All is well at the farm. Over 2 inches of rain last week, hope the freezing at night is over. I brought home several free dogwood trees from the fish hatchery Sat. Would like to see the trees and shrubs that got leaves frozen off have a chance to leaf out again. Maybe I can stay home next weekend and do some things for myself that I have planned. Sort of spring cleaning projects!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Big Sis

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HAPPY BURFDAY, SISTA!!

So I have to be a little crazy on this one. My big sister is having a birthday today so want to acknowledge her as it is a biggy! Oops. Should I have given that away? Well I dug around and found this picture of her to post. It is when she was young, innocent, and sexy, Well 1 out of 3 ain't bad. Do I see boobs there? Happy Birthday big sister, Glad you are in my life! Oh, I promise no more relatives have birthdays any time soon. Well ther is my son in May. :) :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

My Easter Bunny

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My weekend

The picture is of an Easter Bunny that came across the highway to greet me Sat. at the store. He never said a word. Don't bunnies Talk??

What a busy weekend. Did some things Sun afternoon to get the house ready that Hubby's sister will be moving into at the end of the Mo. Took a twin bed over so she will have a place to sleep while waiting on the movers. The painter is about finished up at the house and had extra paint that we took back to the store. Then we went home and started mowing and raking. The freeze this last week did quit a bit of damage to tender leaves.
On Mon. finished mowing and got the horse and donkeys hooves trimmed up. Wish I had taken a video of Flossy getting her hooves done. Last fall they just sat on her to do it as she was pretty small yet. Those little hooves really grow out fast on those babies. But this time she needed a little man handling. The guy had to put a nose cinch on her. Hated to see it but it calmed her down and he got the job done as we could not hold her. He made a loop out of the lead rope and slipped it thru the halter and over her nose so when she pulled she squeezed her nose and had trouble breathing. Sounds cruel but it is effective. Sampson the horse was worried about her as she is his "baby" and he kept coming up close to see if she was OK.
The horse and the adult donkeys are real easy to do and stand still just fine. So I guess I better get busy with a little more training with Miss Flossy. He suggested I start tying her to the post with the lead rope and let her stand for an hour or 2, to learn what being tied means. I have a short video of her eating spaghetti that I will have to post one of these days.

Took Hubby to the airport real early this morning. Like 3AM. He had an early flight to Nv. and we are over 2 hrs from the airport. So he will be in Nv. helping get his sis packed up and drive her back.

Yippy so that means I am footloose now!! Ha, I have several work projects to get started on, so will keep busy, nothing like last time he left town, unless the carpenter gets time to start my kitchen counter top. hmmmmmmmm....:) :)

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Happy Birthday Brother

 
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Happy Birthday Big Brother

Today is my big brothers birthday. He lives very far away. Thanks to cell phones and computers we are better at keeping in touch the last few years. Of course our lives have slowed down alot to and that makes a difference. If I can find a certain picture of this brother taken many years ago I will post it. If you click on the picture you can see what a baby he was when he joined the Navy!! Was that back in '02? So Happy Birthday, wish you were here so I could spank you!! :) :)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

video

Yesterday we were resting on the deck after some very hard work, sipping some ice tea, and a mocking bird was in a tree just a few feet away and singing his head off. I tried to do a little video of him and have downloaded it just below. Sorry you can't see the bird in the tree. We do enjoy them when they come to nest in our yard. After the babies are grown they all seem to fly away and are gone till the next spring. We enjoy the songs.

We cleared alot of tree limbs off the hay field that fell over from the timber. What wonderful work, makes you feel alive to get out and sweat a little. Hubby got his first tick of the season, Ouch. I hate those little suckers!

Mockingbird in the mulberry tree

Thursday, March 29, 2007

My computer tech support

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A fellow blogger friend recently posted about how our jobs are being sent out of the country. It was a very good post. Anyway it reminded me of this picture I had saved. When I was helping my brother with his new computer this winter I think this is the guy we talked to!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Shot

A woman, standing nude, looks in the bedroom mirror and says to her husband, "I look horrible. I feel fat and ugly. Pay me a compliment."

The husband replies, "Your eyesight's dang near perfect."

He never heard the shot.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Hubby is safe home from his trip. I think the dog missed him the most!! At least she fell all over him and whined alot. I was a little more reserved. LOL
He has one more trip to make next mo. to fly back to Nv. and help with the rest of the packing for his sister, then drive her back after the movers get loaded up.

The carpenter is pulling things all together. Got the vanity set and water and drain lines hooked up, and hole cut for the sink. All he has left is the tile around the baseboard and tile the counter top.

Bro. helped me Sun. and we worked our tails off. Got the carpet squares laid in the bedroom and the "dressing room/closet" sure looks nice, and new baseboards and door trim. Sat. I stayed up late to paint the closet and the bathroom. Also ran to Lowes to pick up the windows that we ordered. We will get to them after the bathroom is all done.

Whew, I think I need some plain old yard work now. Still raking up small limbs from the ice storm. Found my first tick yesterday, or I should say he found me. He was walking up my pant leg. So it reminded me it was time to put the tick/flea stuff on the dog. We use the monthly thing and it seems to work real well.

Well I have a special picture to post tomorrow. I forgot to bring the camera to the store so will do that later. Best get back to "work" and sell some books. Have a set of 16 Louis L'Amour books on E-bay that I am watching. Bidding is going up----Yahoo for me.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

quote from: Deepak Chopra


According to Dr. Chopra, the human body is not a piece of biological machinery that deteriorates steadily and inexorably over time. Instead, human beings are magnificently organized networks of energy, transformation, and intelligence in dynamic exchange with their environment, fully capable of transformation and renewal. At any one time, your health is the sum total of all the impulses, positive and negative, emanating from your consciousness. You are what you think. For every state of consciousness there is a corresponding state of physiology. By cultivating the habit of thinking of your body this way, you can begin to experience it as a flexible, dynamic bundle of consciousness, rather than a fixed, material thing.


From Me: I love reading his stuff. Makes you step back and think about things and maybe not take our little daily problems so seriously. There is just so much about ourselves we can't grasp with our limited perspective that we have. I think we close ourselves off to all the possibilities out there. Often we fear the unknown and worry about what others think to be able to get into this stuff. Just keep an open mind and watch for the synchronicities.
And remember there are no coincidences.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Poor Little Mouse


This guy was walking along and saw a little mouse in the ditch. He grabbed the mouse real quick and held him up and said "I'm going to jerk your tail off" and he preceded to do just that. Then he said "now I'm going to bite your ear off" and he preceded to do just that.

Well this police officer happened along and saw what was happening and he said. "The next thing you do to that little mouse, I am going to do to you!"


The guy held that little mouse up close to his face and said "I'm going to kiss your little butt"


Have a happy day!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Check out this site

I found this site from something on TV. Worth checking out if you are like most of us, battling the bulge. 3fatchicks.com Looks like there is some good stuff to filter out there. For myself I just try to concentrate on eating healthy stuff. Anyone tried the new flat bread, whole grains, come in a nice size, about 4 in by 8 in. Made a wonderful pizza crust, I added a couple spoons of sauce, crumbled browned ground turkey, lots of cheeze and baked about 15 min. till bubbly and brown. Can add what ever. Also makes a great roll up for sandwich. I am having a hard time even looking at white bread now. Well I just don't. Keep a loaf of "my" bread in the freezer and just get out one slice at a time for toast. The light Yoplait is only 90 to 100 ca. and a good treat.

But I have to share one sinful thing I found. sort of sinful. I bought an anglefood cake to have for a little desert with fresh strawberries. Well I ran onto this receipt. Slice off a couple pieces of cake. Then melt a teaspoonful of butter in a small skillet and brown the cake. Really!! Then make a cream cheese spread. I like cream cheese with tiny bit of vanilla and brown sugar. Makes a sort of carmel dip for apples. Was wonderful on the cake. So ya gotta try something new. Who wudda thunk!!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Tweet Pair

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May The Bird of Happiness Fly Up Your Nose!!

The blue birds are back and checking out their old nest boxes. I just love them. Also the mocking birds are mating and looking for nesting places. Last year they nested in the grape vines and in the honeysuckle. I about drowned some babies when I was spraying Mircle Grow with the hose on the honeysuckle. Reminds me of the time I lived here before and I was fertilizing a flower bed with the miricle grow and noticed some movement and looked down and there was a nest of baby bunnies, all wet!! Didn't seem to hurt them, always wondered if they grew bigger than usual. You Think???

Friday, March 16, 2007

Flossy and her Mom

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Flossy about 9 mo old now

As promised here is an updated pic of Flossy and her Mommy, Jenny. I don't think I mentioned that when we had Jenny looked at by the ferrier in Jan when her feet got so sore from the ice that he looked her over and checked her teeth and told us he thought she was more like 20 to 25 years old, not the 15 that we were told when we bought her. So she is pretty old to still be having a baby, no wonder her back is so swayed. But she is so gentle and sweet. So is Milly her "12" year old daughter. hmmmm, wonder how old she really is?

Now Flossy is a little stinker and I hate to admit that I have not worked with her much. I have insisted that she wear a halter and I take ahold of it when I am out there and work with leading her. Mostly we have them to keep the grass down in the lot next to the house that is about an acre, saves us mowing it. But on impulse we bought this big horse at the same time and he eats all the time so we had to open a strip of the pasture up for them to graze. Still thinking about selling him. But he is such a sweety. Did anyone play the video I loaded here? Scroll down a way and see it.

Work on the house is progressing. I, {did you get that I?} drained the water heater this morning. The contractor guy is starting on the floor tile now. Going to pull the potty and try to get that corner all done today, I said I can do without hot water for a day or so but not the potty! Plan to get the bedroom painted this weekend, Carpet will be in by Wed. So that is coming together. Have the trim and new door in the garage, so need to prime and paint them.

Have a great weekend. I plan to. Taking one day off to go to Ar. and make rounds to see family.
Remember: EVERY MORNING IS THE DAWN OF A NEW ERROR.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Our Molly

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Dog Whisperer

Since I am on a little roll about pets. Has anyone watched the Dog Whisperer? He is on the Natl Geo Channel.Awesome!! I love this show. Man, with a little hiss sound and snap of his fingers he has mean dogs under control. He stresses that dogs are dogs and not people. He actually trains people and rehabilitates dogs. That is his quote. Dogs that have a pack leader, PEOPLE, are happy dogs. They don't have anxiety and behave badly when they know who is the boss. And we really should not, NOT let the dogs be the boss.
{clears throat} Not that any of us do that, right? I just said recently that after 8 or 9 years now our dog has us about trained.

Its been real funny doing the chores alone. When hubby does them the dog goes everywhere with him and she gets to carry a glove back in her mouth and then gets a small treat. Well the weather is warmer now so no glove. Do you think she wants to go out to the barn with me? Only about half the time, when she wants to poop in the pasture! No glove, no treat, why bother? But fetching mail is still on the agenda. Fetch a piece of junk mail, get a treat, nice mommy.

In the picture of her above, you can see the boo-boo on her eye brow where the baby donkey, Flossy kicked her last fall. Flossy still chases her sometimes, but the dog has gotten smarter and runs to me for protection. The kicking up of the heels has about stopped as Flossy has gotten older. Will have to post a new pic of her. Does anyone know a Donkey Whisperer??