Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Vacation

9 glorious days of vacation on the lake are almost gone. It's been a nice trip other than a little rain and a rather large snake.

Home Again

Our vacation camp week is over and it was full of fun and excitement! I will write that post later. For now, I will let each of you know that I have attempted to read all of your posts written while I was away. It sounds as though each of you have been having a good time and enjoying life to the fullest for the summer.

 My life here on the farm is filled with days of caring for my granddaughter, weeding our garden, spending time with my pony, Fancy, and cooking. I have been busy catching up on laundry and household chores as the work never ends. I have two hens setting on nests and so it won't be long till we have new chicks running around here.

If the weather would cooperate, I would go riding as it was so nice to do while we were at camp. I am attempting to get the camper ready to go again as we plan to camp again the weekend of the Fourth of July. I feel like I need a trip with just myself and the granddaughter so I may do that soon as well. My husband will pull the camper down and I can camp near the camp host because we know them well. I would not have to worry about anything while I was there.

Enjoy your day! We are in for severe storms and I do not like that!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Missing In Action

For all my friends and readers, I want to write a short message today to let you all know that I will be gone for 9 days and will be away from my computer most of that time. My family is going camping at a lake and will be enjoying some beach time and some well needed rest and relaxation. It is hard for us to leave for that long with the animals to care for and my husband to leave work for an extended period of time.

I am thankful for my mom and my father in law that are going to be helping us with the animals, home, etc. My daughter's boyfriend will also be checking in for us daily. Our new neighbors will be "patrolling" our drive. Plus, my husband's garage help will be here to keep an eye on things and to help with the animals. It is nice to have the help that we do and to have neighbors that keep an eye out for us.

I will try to check in occasionally and will attempt to share some of our sights and the fun that we have once I return. Have a great week and I will catch you all after I do some horseback riding, swimming, relaxing!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June Has Arrived

The month of June has finally arrived. I awoke to a nice morning with the sun rising above the horizon and the birds chirping that another month has arrived. June brings summer vacation to school kids here and brings many family vacations around the world. June brings summer, warmer temps, and is the month for many young women to marry the man of their dreams.

For us, the month of June brings a vacation coming up soon. I am looking forward to the time away, but we take the horses so we still end up doing some work. I don't mind as the horses will be in stalls and so the daily routine will be to clean them early and then again at night. I am sure we will take bedding to make cleanup easier. Vacation also means that my husband and I have to make sure the other animals are being cared for so my father in law will be doing the farm work while we are gone. We also have new neighbors and I am asking them to check on my mom and my in-laws while we are gone. Living in the country makes that such an easier task as we know the cars that usually come and go and we watch for strange ones.

June also brings warmer temps and usually higher humidity to our area so that means bring on the kiddie pool for the granddaughter. I know she loves to play in the tub and we have had her in the pool once and it was great watching her splash and play! It will be fun. I was never a swimmer and I hope that she will be. Her mom is and so is her dad so she may do it.

June also brings more evenings outside till a later hour as I just can't go in while it is daylight. I know our warm months are a hustle and bustle of activity, but I am sure not letting one minute slip out of my hands. Part of that activity yesterday was watching my husband, his friend, my daughter and her boyfriend bring in some nice grass hay and stack in the barn. Now, for all you country folks out there, there is nothing more exciting that new, green, grass hay and it smells wonderful. I believe that I was as excited as the animals. LOL! I would have helped but I was busy cooking a hearty meal that we call hobo dinners.

Hobo Dinners are simply some potatoes, carrots, onions, and peppers cut up and added to a hamburger wrapped in aluminum foil and cooked over an open fire. Easy meal and very delicious and filling! Even cleanup was easy since there were no dishes other than plates, a pair of tongs, and a baking pan that I laid them on when they were done.

I personally love to cook over the open fire! I believe that the food tastes better and it is another opportunity for me to be outside. Get outside today and enjoy the month of June!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Dear Uncle Sam

Each day,  our country loses a soldier or former soldier to suicide.  Every day,  a family loses a loved one that has defended our great nation. These senseless deaths need to stop.
Every day, families struggle w with a son, father, uncle, brother, dad, or husband that can't or won't discuss what horrible things they have seen or done while serving for our freedom! 
  Their lives become such a struggle that they don't want to live.  How sad!  We need to become more aware of the tragedy that touches families on a daily basis and realize that war does touch those that remain home.
My friend has written a wonderful song that shares this tragedy with us.  I want each of my readers to listen to the song that speaks volumes.  Dear Uncle Sam by Jeanette Bolt Smith. Feel free to leave comments!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Indy 500 Race Celebrates 100 Years

Indianapolis, Indiana is the place to be today! The lines are already forming all around town to get into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. News crews are showing traffic jams everywhere around town and they have been telling locals that the lines will be long for this special race - 100 years!

Drivers and fans are all excited to be a part of such a wonderful event! The race always brings a lot of excitement and energy, but this 100th running is just a bigger and more exciting time. Many former winners have taken part in the festivities leading up to the race today. Johnny Rutherford, a three time winner, is driving the pace car today.  AJ Foyt, a four time winner and the man known as "King of the Indy 500" will have three drivers in the race today and will certainly be a huge part of the race today as well.

The race is a tradition for many people and recently, a man was found that has been to over 90 of the 100 races. Many fans are life long fans of the race. I have never been to the race, but I have been to the track for a Nascar race. It is a beautiful track and the fans are true fans. I have many memories of listening to the race on the radio as a kid and how things actually seemed to revolve around the race even if you were not there.

Normally, the race is not televised at the time of the running but this year the Speedway has actually lifted the ban and will allow it to be televised today. For many people this will be the first time that they have actually seen the race. It is usually televised in a delayed fashion late evening. I personally, am hoping to catch some of the actual live broadcast today.

Decorate in black and white today and celebrate 100 years of the Indianapolis 500!


Monday, May 23, 2016

Why Can't Grandkids Come First?

My, My, what a difference a year makes! A year ago today, I was at the hospital waiting for my youngest daughter to give birth. We had just found out a year ago yesterday that she was pregnant and I was literally in shock. I was scared of what issues the baby might have due to no prenatal care, taking birth control the entire time, and the fact that my daughter had been barrel racing her horse just the week before. At 11:49 a.m. a year ago today, my beautiful granddaughter arrived into the world and was absolutely perfect!

Today she is a beautiful, perfect baby that is beginning to walk and talk. She played in the yard yesterday and I was so amazed at how smart she seems to be. She loves to walk and she is such a happy baby and one that will give you a huge smile and has the cutest dimples. She has learned to wave bye bye and she tries to say it. She says hi and she says Papap for her Papaw. She says Momma. For some reason, she seems to call me YEYE. I prefer to be called Mamaw, but I don't think she likes that, so for now I am Yeye.

The next year will bring about many changes in her walking, talking, personality, and looks, but she will always be my perfect little angel. I never really wanted grandkids, but I would not trade her for a million dollars because she is the best!

Why can't grandkids come first?