Thursday, July 18, 2019

H-O-T

H-O-T! That seems to be the forecast for much of the United States at the moment. A massive heat wave has taken over 2/3rds of the United States for the rest of this week and the weekend and there are many excessive heat warnings out currently in our area.

Temperatures ranging in the 90's and above with heat indexes as high as 110- 115 degrees F are expected in many areas. These are dangerous temperatures and people that are outside for any amount of time need to be extra prepared to deal with those kinds of temperatures. These types of temperatures can kill the young and the elderly. Please pay attention to the people around you especially elderly neighbors that might not have anyone with them. It truly is not a bother to ask them if they have air conditioning or fans. If they don't , please see if you can help get them to a shelter where they can be cool.

Stay hydrated! Water, water, water and a lot of it if you will be out in the heat. Other drinks, especially those with caffeine can dehydrate you more in this heat. Water is the best drink! Avoid sugary drinks as well as alcohol as they will do more harm than good to a body that is in extreme heat. 

Fans and air conditioners will be going full force in most of the country. A fan is not the best option as it will just circulate the hot air, but it is better than nothing at all. I highly recommend if you are going to be outside that you have some type of fan near you to aid in keeping your body temperatures down. 

Avoid the direct sunlight. I just walked out to check on the cows and found the sun was really scorching. I came back in and found an umbrella to cover myself with while I walked out there. 
It may not be the most fashionable way to walk to check on the cattle, but it certainly kept the direct sunlight from my face, arms, etc. Cowboy boots and an umbrella might be a new fashion statement in the farm world. 

Stay cool! 


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday #1

I am going to attempt to do a new type of post each Wednesday now and entitle it Wonderful Wednesday just because we all refer to Wednesday as Hump Day and I am a not a huge fan of that phrase and Wednesdays always seem to be the day that not a lot happens here so I am going to dedicate this day for a special and different type of post.

I will not always write about the same things or anything particular on Wonderful Wednesday, but I will attempt to remember to write each Wednesday. If anyone has a subject that they would like me to mention on Wonderful Wednesday, simply send me a quick message and I will do just that.

For today, I am going to first mention that I am fighting yet another summer sinus infection or severe allergy flair up. UGH! I hate feeling bad as it takes so much time away from other things, but I have got to relax a little and read.

Lately I have been very interested in reading Amish stories and The Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis is a really good one. You can find the Amazon link here. It's an interesting story about a young Englisher that wants to become Old Order Amish and here venture into a world that is very different from what she has lived. She finds that not everyone in the Amish community is following the rules as they are supposed to be.

Of course, I have also read another book by my favorite author, Karen Kingsbury In This Moment. This story revolves around high school principal, Wendell Quinn and his decision to start an after school Bible study group in a public high school where kids struggle with drugs, death, etc. Here is the Amazon link for it as well. 

I must also tell you that I took my grand doll on her first official trail ride a couple of weeks ago while we were camping and she loved it. She talked non stop and was aware of everything on the trail. I was fully aware that my saddle is not big enough for the two of us, but we have already solved that issue by finding a larger saddle that my husband rode in before he suffered with his back issues. 

We started out a short ride and it turned into about 2 hours that we were gone. She rode through the creek, up hill, down hill, across a ridge that offers amazing views. We saw birds and talked about different wildlife that would be possible to see. 
This is our latest horse, Sugar and she is a doll. She is about 19 or 20, but she is a been there, done that horse that is safe to be trail ridden by the two of us. She rode nice and smooth and was so gentle with everything she done. I would even allow my grand doll to ride her alone with myself on the trail with her once she knows how to control the reins. What a great time to learn! What a fun experience for me and her!!Anyway, my hubby is inside and wanting to talk, so that is all for this week of Wonderful Wednesday!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Challenging Week- Facing Reality

Reality has hit me hard this week as I have struggled with the loss of two friends this week.  Last week on Friday, I was able to make a drive to Lexington, KY to visit one of them in the hospital as he was losing his battle with cancer and got to share some stories as well as visit with his parents and sister. Watching him as he laid in that bed, knowing that the doctors were just keeping him comfortable was a horrible feeling. He was the same age as my brother and he grew up with us as he lived next door to my granny for many years so any time we visited, we spent time with him and his sister. We also visited with his parents and his grandma many times in my childhood.
Mikey was always a sweet guy who radiated laughter and fun wherever he was. I don't think he ever knew a stranger and he was loved by many. God took a good one! He will certainly be missed!!

The same day that I learned of his death, I learned of the death of another childhood friend, Gina. Her family lived next door to my grandparents in Indiana and we had shared many, many days together. She was one of my earliest friends and her family had been there during many of the dark times of my childhood. She was like a sister to me for many years, but time and life has a way of losing touch with those dear to your heart. We had reconnected recently and I learned that she had suffered strokes and had health issues that had required her to have 24 hour care and she had been sent to live in a long term care facility. However, she met that challenge the same as she lived life- head on, full speed ahead. 

This precious lady had been a cheerleader, member of the color guard, and many other activities in high school that many see as important during those teen years and now, she was unable to take care of herself. How sad! How it made me think of just how precious life is and how short it can be. 
Our recent time together we had gone to Dairy Queen and had ice cream and talked for two or three hours about our lives since we last seen one another. I am so thankful for the time I spent with her! I remember the last day I visited her, I was thinking that I should just do it another day as I was busy, but decided that I just needed to spend the day with her. I am so thankful that I was able to bring some happiness into her life and share those special moments with her.
Gina, you will truly be missed as I travel through the remainder of my life, but you will never be forgotten! 

Until we meet again, may your trail be smooth and your ride be blessed!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Update on Granddoll

For those of you that have been reading my blog for long, you are fully aware that my granddoll is very important to me and that her diagnosis of Blount's Disease was a scary time for myself and well as the rest of the family.

She had another surgery about 3 months ago and I am happy to say that the doctor says her legs are doing good. The right leg is completely straight and doing well. We still have a way to go with her left, but it is much straighter than it was before this journey began almost over 2 years ago.

We return to the doctor in another three months to see how she is improving and I am hoping at that time, we get a true timeline as to when her last surgery will be. I would like this ordeal to be finished before she starts school. It has been a challenging road, but I am thrilled with the surgeon and the progress that we have had so far.

For anyone that does not know what Blount's Disease is, it is a growth disorder of the tibia that causes the lower leg to angle inward, resembling a bowleg. It is also known as "tibia vara". I wrote a post about Blount's Disease, which can be found here

This is a photo that was taken of my grand's legs that shows some  of the bowing. 
Here was early on just a month or so before we were to meet with the surgeon. 
A couple of months ago. You can see the difference in both legs, but tell the left still needs some straightening. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

I'm Still Here

Oh my, I just looked and was amazed that a week has gone by since I wrote my last post, but nothing else has really changed because it is still raining here. Last Saturday, 10 confirmed tornados touched down in Indiana. Thankfully, we did not have any damage near us.

The rains have been relentless. I believe it has rained 12 out of 19 days of this month. UGH! Areas near us have seen flash flooding and we are seeing roads that have washed away with the force of the water.  Brown County State Park in Nashville, IN is closed due to the high water they are experiencing at Ogle Lake. The water for the park is filtered through the area near the lake and the high water is making it impossible to provide safe water for the park due to the large amount of dirt and stuff because of the flooded lake. They have been closed for a few days and will continue to be throughout the weekend. We have heard that the saddle barn there was flooded as well, but that all livestock are okay. We know the gentleman that runs that barn and I pray that nothing was destroyed.

Thankfully, here at the farm we are surviving the weather. Our weeds are growing stronger than ever. LOL The garden may or may not survive, but thankfully we did not depend on it for the year. The animals have all survived the water as well, but I know they are all wishing for a dry spell. Thankfully, none of the severe storms have done any damage either so God is certainly cradling us in His arms.

Until we meet again, may your trail be blessed and your ride be smooth! ( and dry)

Thursday, June 13, 2019

What Is Wrong With Mother Nature

What is wrong with Mother Nature? What has upset her so much? Can we fix it? All of these questions have ran through my mind due to the many crazy weather reports we have gotten this year all across the country. It seems as though Mother Nature is upset with all of us and we can't seem to fix it.

Midwest farmers are struggling to get the crops in the fields. Corn production is not expected to be good at all due to all of the rain and flooding that they have suffered this year. Around us, it has been the rain more than the flooding that has caused planting season to not take place. Thankfully, the past week we have had some dry time that has allowed farmers to work many, many late nights to get the planting finished or partially done. Weather forecasts for the next week do not look promising though. Rain, rain, rain is predicted to be the biggest factor in our weather.

Also, cooler than normal temperatures is all that we seem to be seeing. It is only forecast to be in the 60's today. That is cool for this time of the year and we saw lows in the mid 40's near us just a night or two ago. The wind this morning is quite chilly as well. Thankfully, the air conditioning is not running and we have had open windows for many days as well. Nothing healthier than fresh air for the soul!

Pray for the farmers and all who work outside for a living as their livelihood is being affected by the weather.
Until we meet again, may your trail be blessed and your ride be smooth!

Friday, June 7, 2019

The Window

As I sit here this morning, I am reminded of the wonderful world around us by nothing more than the window. My computer sits by a window that faces the east and due to the cool mornings that we are having, I am able to open it to allow fresh air in each morning.

As I set down here this morning, I just looked and listened a few minutes. I see my granddolls' swing set and bicycle and it reminds me of the innocence that children have and how much I would like to never allow her to experience anything bad. It reminds me that we all need to play a little more and work a little less. Enjoy life instead of life controlling us.

I see a beautiful pink hue to the sky as the sun begins to peek from behind the trees and just above the horizon. How thankful we have been for sunny days lately and specifically, the many farmers near us that have needed a break in the rain to get their planting done. However, it also reminds me of the prayers that need to be sent up for those farmers in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Texas where it seems as though the rain will never stop and even if it does so many have lost their livelihood to the water this year.

I see trees that will later today bring some shade from the sun. I am reminded how strong those trees are rooted in the ground and yet, how easily it seems that the wind can knock them down. Much like us, we are strong, but with a whisper or even a slight breeze, God can completely change our lives.

I hear a few roosters crowing, which I enjoy for a bit then it seems to annoy me. I want to yell out the window and say, I hear ya and I'm up. I realize though that he is doing the job that God gave him. He is nature's alarm clock. For some reason, it reminds me that God has perfect timing and a perfect plan for the world outside the window.

I hear the ducks quacking. I often wonder why such an odd sound for a duck. They are magnificent creatures and yet, such an odd sound. If anyone has enjoyed all of the rain, I am sure it has been these 4 animals on the farm, but I believe they have had enough this year as well. I have noticed that they are beginning to avoid the wet area of their pen and that when they are loose, they never seem to be "playing" in the water.

I hear birds singing a beautiful song. I often wonder if they were designed to give nature a morning song after the annoying crow of the alarm clock. Birds remind me of church bells for some reason today. I think of church bells as being our reminded that all if well in God's world and maybe that is why the birds sing such a beautiful song early in the morning.

I hope you have enjoyed the window as much as I have. (There are borrowed pictures, but I could not get mine to load.)

Monday, May 27, 2019

Dinosaurs Abound at Dinosaur World









Spinosaurus, T-Rex, Triceratops, Brachylophosaurus, and many other types of dinosaurs can be found at Dinosaur World in Kentucky. If you have children that are infatuated with the prehistoric creatures known as dinosaurs, I highly recommend this as a spot to see.

Located near Mammoth Cave, Kentucky right off of I-65 is Dinosaur World. Here you will find 150 replicas of dinosaurs in their natural settings with signs explaining each species. There is also a playground for the little children as well as an area where they can mine for gems, there is a fossil dig, a museum, a nice gift shop and a cave to watch a short movie in. Tickets are reasonable for what it is. A child must have an excavation pass for the mining and the fossil dig, but it is well worth the money.




The path back into the dinosaur exhibits is paved and a fairly smooth walk. There are many benches along the path for resting and many photo opportunities are available. There are dinosaurs of all sizes, shapes, and colors for children to see.


It would be easy to spend a good half day here and the kids can walk to the gigantic dinosaur that they see while on the interstate to have a great photo opportunity as well. While in that area, there is also a small mammoth exhibit too. 


We took a trip here on Saturday with the grand doll as she is fascinated with dinosaurs and she had a blast! She ran up to each exhibit and was so excited to see what the next dinosaur would be. She talked and looked. She was always anxious for what was next.
She truly enjoyed the mining part and brought home an entire bag of gems to show off. She even found a hunk of "gold". She was more than thrilled to tell the young lady at the counter about it.
A beautiful Saturday making memories that will last a life time! 

Until we meet again, may your trail be blessed and your ride be smooth!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

It's Her Birthday!

Four years ago, my life changed drastically when my grand doll arrived. She was a complete surprise and my daughter had just found out the day before that she was pregnant. Yes, I know it seems odd for a woman not to know, but she did not. She had not gained much weight and as a chunky gal who always gained weight in the winter, what she had gained was not abnormal.

She had recently changed birth control and so they had given her a pregnancy test just a month before that was negative. She had been sick one morning, but they had a new cleaner at work and we thought that it was a reaction to that. She had been just as active as in the past. Nothing was a sign of pregnancy.

She began to complain of pains near her kidneys and so I made an appointment for her and went with her. Three pregnancy tests later and we still did not know because only one showed positive and with a physical exam, the doctor did not feel a child. After an hour or so, we decided an ultrasound was a good idea. Were we shocked when the technician announced that yes, pregnant and due in three weeks! ( Panic for me set in- nothing prepared).

Due to her dad being very upset as he felt she knew and lied to us, my daughter decided to spend the night with her sister. Around 7 a.m. the next morning, I was shocked by a phone call that stated that she was at the hospital and in labor. I told my husband and he refused to go, so off I went alone to help her with the labor as much as I could. Upon arriving at the hospital, I learned that her water had broke around 5 a.m. She was nervous scared and not sure what she should do as far as the baby was concerned. Her boyfriend was ok but not someone that I expected to raise a family. She worked as a housekeeper at the local state park lodge. She had considered adoption, but was not sure. I would support any decision, but she had to know that I would help if I could with the child, but if she kept him/her that she was going to be the parent and responsible for the child.

At 11:49 with her sister and I by her side, she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl! I was still in disbelief that this had all happened, but here we were with a child. She decided to keep her and as I held her in the hospital, my eyes opened to the fact that I could never imagine life without her now. She was perfect! I counted fingers and toes as she had so many factors against her. My daughter had been barrel racing the weekend before and she had taken birth control the entire pregnancy as well as no prenatal care. UGH! Thankfully, she was alive and healthy!! I was in love! My heart had a love that I had never felt before.

Here we are a few years later and we have had a wonderful day. We had lunch at Dairy Queen where she was treated with a free cone for her birthday and then we went shopping and she is quietly now playing with the new toys that she picked out. My love for her grows daily and she is my world! I would go to the ends of the earth for her and I would stand in the way of anyone attempting to hurt her.

Oh the Rain!

As I have watched many videos recently of the flooding that is occurring in areas like Texas and Oklahoma, I sit in amazement of the increasing severe weather that it seems we are seeing throughout the country. I truly believe that Mother Nature is mad at all of us!

It is raining so hard here right now that I can not see the pole light that sits just past my daughter's house and I can normally see if perfectly. I hear rumbles of thunder outside as well, but it sounds as though it is further north of us. Severe storms are being predicted and at least one school has said they will have a two hour delay due to the weather. Yesterday, we had rain most of the day and cool temperatures as well as it was down right cold the day before and when I let the dog out just a bit ago, it is hot here and very humid. UGH! I believe our humidity is to be 91% today, which is almost unbearable!

I am ready for the rains to move out and for the cool to be gone. I am truly so far behind in my summer work that I don't think it will ever get done. Every day that it rains makes it a little harder. Animal homes need to be repaired, fences need worked on, yardwork needs to be done, and a lot of outside painting, but the weather just will not cooperate.

I don't have photos of it raining and storming, but I will share this one that I found on Pixabay. I love their free photo stock as they have most anything that I can need for a graphic or blog post.

Everyone stay safe out there! May your trail be blessed and your ride be smooth!


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Farm Kitchen Remodel

Twelve years ago, my husband and I purchased our house from a friend on contract in order to begin a hobby farm so that our girls were raised away from the hustle and bustle of city life. We knew the house needed some TLC but it only needed paint and one floor replaced to move in so we did the simple and moved in with full intentions of fixing the house up. Unfortunately, life and the business that came with the hobby farm took away from the house. It was something to be done later. 

Well, a few months ago, I began to decide to redo part of the kitchen. The yellow paint was dingy and blah and I wanted something to cheer the place up and look more like the farmhouse kitchen that I wanted. I knew that I could not do the complete redesign that I was hoping for, but I could do some paint and a backsplash. Plus, I knew I wanted to make a nice display of the milk box and bottle that is from the company that my grandpa worked for. 

Here is the before picture of the kitchen wall behind my counter. BLAH!
Here is the same area after the backsplash. (Pardon the mess)
This is the other side of the counter without décor. 

Here is the same side with the décor that I picked for now. 

Of course, the minute that I began to make some changes something went wrong and the stove quit working. I had some minor issues with it but thought that it would last a little longer. After discussing with my husband that I truly wanted stainless steel appliances, we decided that we would just replace the stove and refrigerator, as both of ours were old. 

As we were shopping for the appliances, I mentioned how I have always wanted to add a hood range to the stove area as well as a cabinet above the stove. My husband mentioned that he would like to put a large storage cabinet next to the stove and remove the small one that I had on one side that did not match anything else. Well, that trip turned into one expensive trip as we purchased all of the items. 
Here is the choice of cabinet that we chose mainly due to the size of it and the storage we needed. 
Here is a photo of what the stove area looks like now, minus a lot of the stuff we have sitting around as we are now in a full remodel minus the floor and the lower cabinets. 

While we were talking of the décor that I wanted, my husband mentioned that he had an old ladder that he could cut and put above the area where our washer and dryer are in a nook of the kitchen. I said that would be nice as we plan to enclose them anyway with some folding doors. Plus, it would make some nice storage for my pottery. 
What a nice addition to the kitchen!

Here it is with my sunflower pottery on it and some of my other décor. An absolute wonderful idea!!!!

The new paint is not the exact color I was hoping for as I wanted a light grey, but it turned out to look bluish grey, but works well with the backsplash paper that I used. So far, I am thrilled with all of the work we have done. Including the hanging pan rack and the new kitchen island/bar that he purchased so that it was stainless as well. 

While painting, we found that one of our top cabinets was broke and so we have now purchased new top cabinets and I will show you photos of that once we finish them. I have also started a coffee bar area, which I should have close to finished by the weekend and I will make a new post about it. 

Many happenings here currently and I feel like my world is topsy turvy due to all of the mess, but I know it is for the best. 

Until we meet again, may your ride be smooth and your trail be blessed.





H-O-T

H-O-T! That seems to be the forecast for much of the United States at the moment. A massive heat wave has taken over 2/3rds of the United St...