Sunday, January 15, 2017

Ringling Brothers Closes The Circus

Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus has been a household name for almost 50 years and now that is coming to an end. Ringling Bros and Barnum Bailey Circus has been called "The Greatest Show On Earth" will hold their last show on May 21,2107 in Uniondale, NY. Feld Enterprises CEO, Kenneth Feld announced that the circus has seen declining ticket sales for several years and following their decision to remove the elephants from the show, further decline has occurred. He stated that rising production costs and declining ticket sales has made the show an unprofitable show.

The circus was not a part of my childhood as my mother simply could not afford to take us. As an adult, I have been to the circus quite a few times and I must say that it is one of the most magical shows that I could ever imagine. Whether it be Ringling Bros. or a smaller scale circus, it is simply magical. I hope to take my grand doll each year to see a show. The animals, the performers, the lights and music make for a spectacular evening.

Since hearing this, I decided to look at shows they may have near me. The closest one is about 2 hours from home, but I am thinking that I may take my grand doll just to be able to see the show one time before it ends. There is a local circus show that will be here in the fall, but I would like to see the end of the road for such a well known show.

PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is happy to hear of the show closing as they do not feel animals should be used for entertainment. I respect their views, but I feel that Ringling Bros and other shows take great care of the animals and I feel that they need to focus on the treatment of many family pets instead of attempting to end shows like these. PETA would close all shows and zoos if they could. Animals are used in many shows where they are treated well. If you disagree, that is fine and you are certainly entitled to your opinion. I know many pets that are kept in cages or on chains, ropes, etc. and PETA would consider that wrong.

I love animals! I live on a hobby farm and I am a country girl at heart. I have had many pets in my life and I treat our animals as pets, However, I also know that animals are all wild to some extent and I respect that.

I won't talk more about that but I would like to close with a photo of the circus.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Weather Alert - Weekly Report and Other Tidbits

To all my Blogger friends here, I must first say how very sorry I am that I have not been here much and that my reading is so far behind, but I will visit your pages and I will read the words that you have written. My life has been crazy to say the least for the last week. More on that later and now onto the important things in life.

For anyone that lives in the Plains, Midwest and the Southern areas of the United States, PLEASE take heed to the weather warnings that are being issued by meteorologists all over the country. An Ice Storm looks to be headed into many parts of those areas of the country. Ice is one of the worst weather issues that I believe that we can have. It makes travel nearly impossible and it can cause power outages and other issues as trees and power lines become heavy from the weight of the ice. As I have been watching reports talking of this storm, I just pray that everyone uses common sense and stays in. It is nice that it is happening on a weekend as there won't be as many people traveling to and from work. Employers need to realize that human life is more important than that day of work. I believe that my daughter is going to stay home this weekend as I do not want her on the roads if we have ice. Here is a link to a video showing this storm.

Today is Friday the 13th and for many people that is a sign of bad things happening. I am not superstitious so I really don't think of it as a threat, but with the ice moving in, I guess we could say that it is due to the date. If you are one that worries about this day, I would recommend that you just relax and let the day go as it needs too. Maybe a good day to stay home and snuggle up with a blanket and cup of hot tea or coffee.

Life has been crazy here and I will share a little more about all of that tomorrow. I want to share another story with you all that literally, broke my heart as I heard of it today. As I was watching the news today, I heard of a story of an 8 year old girl that saved two of her younger brothers from a fire. She is truly a hero, but then the remainder of the story told that her mother had survived the fire as well but that 6 children lost their lives in the fire and dad was at work when the entire thing happened. The fire was in Baltimore and the family's name was Malone. Please, if you believe in the power of prayer, PRAY for the family. Here is the story. There is a go fund me page that you can find here and I ask that if you can afford a dollar that you please give to this family. I have cried since hearing this and it reminds me to love my family a little more each day. I do not know the family but my heart truly breaks for them.

That is all for now. I will be telling you all about my week at a later time.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! My wish for each of you this year is for plenty of good health and happiness. May God Bless Each of you in the New Year!

2016 took many celebrities and family and friends and I am ready for a new year to begin. My hope for my family is that we all prosper and are healthy in 2017. I plan to enjoy life more and to do many things on my bucket list as it might be called. Spending time teaching my grand is the most important thing that I can do and we spend many hours a week together doing that. For a 19 month old, she is very smart, I think!

My youngest daughter turned 20 years old this past week and so I now do not have any more teens around but I know that the grand will be soon enough. Why do they grow so fast? My other two are 26 and that seems nearly impossible. My step son and my daughter are only 3 months apart and so most of the time they were growing up, it was like having twins. They are very different personalities and my step son is more like me and my daughter is more like my husband. He has been her dad since she was 2, but she has always known her dad too.

How did you spend your New Years Eve? We had friends over and played cards well into the new year. I did not sleep much so I guess this will be a short post and I will attempt to rest a bit today but for now there are dishes to be done so I will see you all tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thanksgiving - Better Late Than Never

I planned to share our Thanksgiving photos with you all a few days ago, but life here on the farm just did not make that happen. My father in law was sick Thanksgiving day and my daughter's fiancé has been sick a few days as well and now I am sick. It seems to be making it's way through the house. However, I wanted to share part of our day with all of you as you did yours with me.
 My girls being goofy!


 The Turkey
 My granddoll in her Thanksgiving outfit
 The Ham
 What A Cutie!!
 Goofy Girls

 More of the cutest girl here!

Hope you enjoyed a little piece of our day!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Preparations Begin

It seems that each year I see Christmas items out earlier and earlier, but I normally do not mind. This year my preparations seem to be getting pushed farther out since I am so busy with other items. I have several events lined up with my Pink Zebra business and that has kept me busy!

Saturday was my first big event and I was thrilled with the results. I went into it not expecting much and was happy that I booked a couple of events, sold some product and made some contacts. I am especially excited about this weekend event since it will be happening on Shop Small Saturday and that Santa will be there. What fun! I have a couple of ideas to really make my booth stand out from the rest.

Of course, there is the preparation for Thanksgiving as well. I plan to go shopping tomorrow and get what groceries I need for the day. I wish I was going somewhere and did not have to cook, but my son is coming to visit and so I am cooking and doing Thanksgiving. I am thankful to see more companies closing that day instead of expecting employees to miss the day with their families.

I hope that as each of you prepare for whatever your holiday plans are that you remember to be thankful for what you are able to do. Although I do not want to cook, I am thankful that my children will all be here and I am thankful that my son is coming to visit as he is extremely busy and usually doesn't get to spend much time with us. I am also thankful that I have a home to be in and that I have the money to cook a meal.

What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election 2016

As I sit here doing some much needed work on this square machine on my desk, I find that I am saying many prayers for our nation as the world watches what is happening at the polls as they close and ballots are being counted. I believe that our nation is in for many changes with whichever politician wins the highest seat in our country.

Yes, I voted but I can't say that I stand with either candidate as I feel that neither of them are truly what America needs to be great again. I feel that they both have some major faults and although, it is not appropriate for us to judge anyone, I feel that if you intend to lead our nation you should not be seen doing the things that these two have done. I have heard many people say that they are going with the less of the two evils, but I could not make that be my decision in voting for either.

My prediction is that Trump will win this election and that it won't be as close of a race as some might predict. I believe that Clinton will win some key states, but I believe that her record of events like the deleted emails and the deaths in Bengazi will cause many voters to turn to Trump. I believe that her stand on abortion and gun control is going to cause many issues with voters as well.

Tomorrow morning we will wake up and life will go on with whichever one gets elected as the new President. Many Americans do not show respect for the office that Mr. Obama currently holds and I feel as though whether you agree with who is in the White House or not, that they should be respected with the utmost respect as they are the leader in chief. I feel that this lack of respect has gotten us to the point that we are in this election.

I feel that there are some important issues in this election that neither of them have been very responsive about and some that they have talked about and their ideas seem to not be good ones. I see the main issues being jobs, healthcare, foreign affairs, and immigration. I could give my opinion on these things but I feel that it is not necessary.

God needs to make this country great again! Without him, we are nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Prayers for each of us as the new year and the new President takes office. May God lead us!!!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Crazy Thing Called Life

Life seems to be flying by these days and there are so many things happening that I can hardly find time to keep up with myself these days. I was not home a single weekend in October and as November approaches, I find that the same thing is true this month as well. My date book is filling up quickly and I still know of a few things that I know I want to add to the calendar.

I have shared laughs and tears with friends, enjoyed a wonderful Girls Night Out with author Karen Kingsbury ( if you haven't ever read one of her books do so now!), been camping, and enjoyed a nice afternoon with my friend and my grand doll just photographing her in her natural beauty. I have enjoyed the wonderfully warm weather that we have had recently and will continue to enjoy it as long as possible.

I will be camping again this weekend with friends and family. My girls are going with us this weekend with their boyfriends as well. It will be a nice getaway and hopefully, I will get to do some riding as well since we are taking the horses too. The grand doll will be with us but she enjoys being outside so it won't be an issue. The biggest obstacle will be getting her to stay away from the horses other than when we want her to be with them. She enjoys playing with the neighbor's dog as well and so I am sure she will be entertained the entire time.

Speaking of the grand doll, we spoke to the doctor this week about how bowlegged she is and we are being sent to see an orthopedic doctor next week. The doctor is concerned that she may have a vitamin D deficiency that is causing it. They drew blood, which was very hard for this grandmother to see being done. The pediatrician is a new one and so she was thorough and I appreciate that. She listened to our concerns and did necessary work to find out if there is an issue.

Now, for those of you that do not know the story, I basically became a grandmother overnight. My daughter went to the doctor believing that she might have a tumor and found out that she was pregnant. She had been taking birth control and had just had a pregnancy test a couple of months prior, which was negative. The ultrasound showed she was due in three weeks. Thinking we had three weeks to prepare for a child was draining to say the least, but when she went into labor the next morning and our three weeks turned into 19 hours, you can only imagine the range of emotions that you have.  Fearing that the child would surely come out missing limbs as my daughter had been with no prenatal care and barrel racing her horse only the weekend prior, this grandma was thrilled to see a healthy baby. Now my fears are a little more real that she may have some problems that will take some time to fix. I have turned it to God though as His plan is to be revealed.

For the upcoming appointment with the ortho doctor, I am nervous and a little concerned, but I am truly trying to remain the optimist as my husband worries for both of us. I am hoping that the worse may be braces for a bit. As she wanted to play outside this week, I have been more aware of just how important it is that she play. She can climb the ladder to her small slide, she can push her toy by herself, she runs and walks with little coordination issues and I appreciate her little cowboy walk, bowlegged and all. As I watched her play, I just stopped to take in the small things that a child with braces might not be able to do as well. How pleasant and bittersweet that moment was! I truly believe that God was working at that moment saying , " Do not fret, my daughter, for I am here".

Well, my weekend is about to begin as I am going to the park a day earlier than my husband so I better get busy. Take care and have a good weekend whatever your plans are.