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!

 Appetizers


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

 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.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Country Weddings

We are a hobby farm family that enjoys raising some of our own food and we enjoy the horses and being outdoors. I am happy to say that when my daughter gets married, we will be having a fall, outdoor country wedding.  I have occasionally talked with others about those type of weddings and I have looked at Pinterest to see what ideas are out there.

There are several ideas. Most floral arrangements include sunflowers which would make me happy since I love sunflowers! I think that they are prettier than roses or any other flowers. I would love to raise my own but I never seem to have much luck with them. I may just buy some fake ones today if I am out so that I can have some here.

I am not much for decorating my home for holidays other than Christmas, but I am starting to think that I should decorate for fall. I know I can't do much as the grand doll would be into all of it. I am thinking that our tree will certainly be a little one this year that can be placed on a table as there is simply no place to put the darn thing that she will not be into it. Anyway, this sounds like it is off post, but really is not. My daughter has said that she would like to have her wedding here, which means when it is to happen, she will expect me to help with decorations. I am sure that I can but it may be a challenge when I realize that I really am not great at making things that look professional. LOL!

Here is a list of items that I feel are important to a country wedding:

haybales for seating
burlap for décor
fall flowers
boots
mason jars
wood
milk cans or milk style pails

an old barn would be great for photos

What do you think? Perfect country wedding décor? I believe so!


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Boos and Boobs

October is a month full of activity here on the farm getting ready for the winter and getting things ready for the holidays that are right around the corner. Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays but it is one that we enjoy some of the nicer decorations for and we celebrate it as just a day to be aware of the fall and beautiful bounty of pumpkins, gourds, and other fall veggies.  We, as a Christian family, do not celebrate it for the real reason we have Halloween.

Halloween is a holiday that is full of plenty of scary sights , but we choose not to honor those or purchase those. A cute witch is just as good as a scary witch. A cute pumpkin is just as nice as one that instills fear. We know that God tells us to not be afraid for He is with us. Halloween always makes me think of the word Boo and that is why it is included in this blog post title.

Another event that takes place each October is Breast Cancer Awareness. Pink ribbons and events will take place all over the US to raise awareness of the importance of self- checks and breast cancer patients. Both those that are fighting now and those that have fought this battle need to be remembered this month as in the future. I personally lost a dear childhood friend to this horrible disease and I have known several others that fought it and thankfully seem to have beaten it.

Being that I am a Pink Zebra representative, I am going to promote Pink all month. I am thinking of attempting to make a sale that allows me to donate to someone that is currently fighting this illness. Do you think that would be a good idea? Breast Cancer Awareness is the reason for the second part of the title of this post- Boobs. For all the women out there, take care of them! Do your self check when you shower. If you find anything that could be a problem, get to the doctor and have it checked! Please don't wait!



PINK ZEBRA

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Day They Fell

On a clear and sunny Tuesday morning in September of 2001, the lives of all Americans changed forever. Most of us that are old enough to remember that fateful morning, we are still able to tell you where we were when the world changed.

My day began the way every other day began. My husband and I left for work. Our children were not feeling well and had stayed with my mother in law the night before. He headed one block from home to the water office where he was town utility manager and I left to head the 6 or so blocks to Dollar General, where I was manager. I always arrived about 30 minutes before the store opened to begin the preparation for the day. Our stock room did not have a radio, but there was one outside the door. As I awaited the arrival of my cashier, I went about business as usual. I placed the drawers in the registers and made sure my deposit was ready for the bank. I decided to fill a stock cart for myself to work on that morning as I did every morning. As I was filling it, I heard something that I thought said an airline had been hijacked. No, that is not possible in the United States. Suddenly, I think that I hear that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. I immediately thought that I had heard wrong.

Shortly thereafter, my cashier arrived and I mentioned what I thought that I had heard. She had not heard of anything so I just thought that I had heard the radio wrong. The store opened at 9 and within a few minutes, we heard the confirmed report and the news stopped me in my tracks- a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.
I knew it was not an accident?   Could a plane accidentally fly into the Trade Center? Pilot Error? I don't think so. Ill pilot? Possibility, but my stomach dropped and my heart knew.

 Suddenly, we hear that the Second Tower has also been hit. Another plane ahs flown right into the tower. The news reporters are in disbelief and while trying to report the news are in tears.  I heard the words " our country is under attack". I hit my knees in the stock room and prayed for God's will to be done. For my family to be protected, for my country to be safe. I believe survivor mode hit, I knew I needed to reach the phone and call my husband and my kids. I spoke to my husband and he had heard the news. Being that he worked for a government agency, he was aware of the events and he was going into a serious work mode to protect the water that the town was provided. When I spoke to my mother in law, she was watching it on television. I told her to tell the girls that I loved them and to not allow them to spend the day watching what was happening.

While walking to the front of the store, I hear that a plane has flown into the Pentagon. Immediately, I wonder how can the safest place in the United States be hit? Who is capable of this kind of attack? How can this many planes be hijacked at once? So many questions and yet, so many fears and thoughts.

Once the cashier and I spoke, I left to go to the house to get my cell phone. I believe that my husband had asked me to do that. As I walked into the home, I had to turn on the television. I had to see for myself. I had to see it to believe it. I gathered my phone and a drink and headed to turn the television off when I was once again stopped dead in my tracks. 9:59 a.m.,the South Tower is literally cumpling before my very eyes.  Grief suddenly overwhelmed me and the tears began flowing. Tears that would just be the beginning of more to come that day. As I stood there in sheer disbelief, I realized that our country would never be the same! Our world had suddenly changed for ever!

How I drove back to work, I truly don't know. I walked in sobbing. My thoughts were simply "how could this happen?" As the cashier and the customer at the register looked up, all I could say was " it's gone". They did not know what had happened so I tried to tell them, but I was simply too shocked to speak. Fighting back the tears. I tried to convey what I had seen. Was it really true? Were my eyes simply playing tricks? Had the Pentagon truly been attacked? Could the Trade Center building collapse that easily? The lives that must have been lost? Was there any possibility that everyone had gotten out. No, a plane had flown into three different buildings and exploded on impact.

We begin to pay close attention to the radio. Our day was not going to be a normal work day. Would any day be normal again? I did not believe so. I spoke to my oldest daughter and she is scared, I comfort her and explain that New York is not close to us and that we are safe. Did I believe that? No, I was just trying to calm her. Was any of us safe? Were any buildings safe? No, we did not know if anyone else was planning to do anything else. Suddenly, the news that still chills me to the bone- the North Tower has collapsed! Dear God! I instantly began to pray again. I prayed for the lives lost, I prayed for those aboard the planes. I prayed for peace. Peace- how could I pray for that? I was not sure, but I did.

The remainder of the day was just a blur. A blur of customers speaking of things that they had seen and heard. Reports on the radio of people jumping from the buildings as they were burning. Reports of possible other targets. The plane that crashed in Pennsylvania that was possibly headed for the White House. The heroism of those aboard that plane. Learning that gas was rising greatly in price and many stations were out as people were filling up in sheer terror of what might become of the country. Wall Street and The World Trade Center was an area that basically controlled the money that the United States ran on. Would banks be closed? Would money be available? No one knew what these attacks would bring. No one knew how long the effects would be felt. Sheer panic was hitting and all Americans were in shock that these things had happened.

Within hours, we learned more about terrorists and the acts of terror than we ever needed to know. President Bush assured us that we as a nation would stand against terrorist and win. We learned of the evil that is within the world. We learned a name Bin Laden was an evil man that had orchestrated such an attack. I learned just how important my family was and I did not want to be apart. We drove to get the girls and I certainly enjoyed the hugs from them that evening as they were sweeter than before.

Where were you the day they fell? Do you remember how you felt? As the 15th anniversary approaches, it reminds me to pray. Pray for those that lost loved ones that day, pray for those that lost their lives that day, pray for peace. Pray for no one to ever witness such evil again.



Also, I recommend that you look at this video as well. I can't get it to show up like this but here is the link. 
Roger Mullins 9/11 Song