Saturday, January 19, 2019

Saturday 9: '65 Love Affair (1977)

Saturday 9: '65 Love Affair (1977)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) The first line of this song is, "I was a car hop." Car hops used to take orders and bring diners food to eat in their cars. Today, the drive through lane has pretty much replaced car hops. Think about the last time you went to a fast food restaurant. Did you order at the counter or at the drive through window? I went through a drive thru this morning and ordered a drink

2) Mr. Davis sings that his girlfriend was "bad with her pom-poms." Presumably she was a cheerleader. Share one of your school's cheers. We've got spirit, yes we do. We've got spirit, how bout you?

3) The lyrics tell us he believes that if he could go back in time, his girl would still be his. If you could travel back in time to your high school years, what would you enjoy doing again? What would you do differently? I was very shy in high school and I would certainly be more outgoing. I also would have dated a friend that I had a crush on. 

4) During his performing days, Paul Davis sported a full beard and flowing hair. We're using that to check your powers of observation and recollection. Think of the last man you spoke to. Who was he? Describe his hair, and tell us whether he was clean shaven. The last man I spoke to was my husband when I told him good night and no, he was not clean shaven. 

5) Paul Davis was born in Meridian, MS, and that's where he returned to when he went into semi-retirement in 1982. Meridian's biggest employer is the Naval Air Station in Meridian. Do you know anyone who is currently in, or employed by, the military? Yes, my cousin's son just recently graduated from Basic.

6) He was a pool player and a golfer. Which sport are you better at? Neither, but I play a mean game of miniature golf.

7) Sadly, he died in 2008, on the day after his 60th birthday. His best friend remembers him as "a homebody," who enjoyed staying up long into the night with his friends, playing and listening to music. Describe your perfect way to spend an evening.I enjoy an evening with friends and a glass of wine or an evening spent with my husband especially summer time while camping. 

8) The publishing rights to "'65 Love Affair," as well as Paul Davis' bigger hits ("Cool Night" and "I Go Crazy"), are owned by another Paul -- Paul McCartney. Sir Paul's MPL Publishing Company has made him a very rich man, and Paul says that's because he chose to invest in music, something he loves. What about you? If you were to invest in a business or industry you love, which would you choose? I believe that I would invest in a book store. Of course, my Pink Zebra business is a pleasure as well. 

9) Random question --You're at a party and one of your host's best friends is a real egghead who tries to draw you into a conversation about paradigmatic counter existentialism. Would you: a) just listen politely while letting your mind wander; b) admit you don't know what the hell he's talking about; c) explain why you personally feel that the counter existential paradigm just adds unnecessary complexity to the individual's search for meaning? I would tell him that I am not interested in talking of something that I have no idea about. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Temporary Job

Hello! Just wanted to share with all of you that if I am MIA for a few days it is because I have taken a temporary job helping my oldest daughter get ready for a huge inspection at her warehouse. I am cleaning mainly, but it is work at my own pace and get things ready as I am able. It is not what I truly wanted to do but the money seemed like a huge asset at this time.

My husband and I are planning a small getaway for the end of Feb and first week of March. We will be going to Orange Beach, Alabama. I have never been to the Gulf Of Mexico and so I am excited! I believe that it will be a great trip as we are going with some friends. We are taking our camper and so the cost is really reasonable. I believe that the neighbor said something about a huge Mardi Gras celebration that week as well so it should be fun. He said there will be lots of parade and bands! That should be interesting!!

Working means that the grand doll has went to stay with a new babysitter yesterday. It is someone that was highly recommended by a dear friend of mine so I don't worry about the care she is getting, but I hate that she is not with me. She said last night that she had fun but when I asked her where she was staying today while I worked, she said "I am staying with you". I said that I had to work and she said, "No, you not" and gave me sad eyes. Absolutely broke my heart and about made me decide to not go back to work. She is such a huge part of my life.

Other news, we celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary last Friday. We did not really do much only went to dinner, but it was still nice. It seems to always be bad weather, but luckily we did not get snow and slick roads until Saturday. My husband planned to go to Ohio for a quick trip, but due to weather we decided that it was best to stay home.
It has not always been easy, but it has been a journey. Good and bad, healthy and unhealthy, but we have made it! Looking for our silver anniversary next year!!!!!

We are hearing that we are in for another strong snow storm this weekend in the Midwest. I have heard predictions for a foot of snow and 40 MPH winds. That could bring blizzard like conditions to us and I hate to hear that. I believe that we will get it and then subzero temps which I hate with the farm to care for. We currently have about 6 inches on the ground and so it's going to be deep if we get a foot on top of it. 
This is from a previous year but it will look just like this, if we get this storm. So pretty, but I hate trying to get around in it.  I will be inside with a blanket, a good book, and some hot tea. 

Time to get ready to work. Until we meet again, my your trail be blessed and your ride be smooth. 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Snowy Farm Days

Winter has certainly hit the central part of the United States with a vengeance. I believe that St. Louis was hit the hardest with over a foot of snow, but many other places throughout the central states have also had quite a bit of snow. We had about 4 inches yesterday and it snowed about another inch and a half overnight last night. Plus, the temperatures are the coldest we have had so far here on the farm. I can survive the snow but I hate the cold that usually comes with it.

Snow makes the farm chores a little harder but overall not too bad. It adds work to the chores though as we now have porches and walkways that need to be cleared and cars and trucks that need to be cleaned off and defrosted. Luckily, my husband and I worked together and got most of it done fairly quickly.

This was taken after I finished getting wood in for the day and knew that the animals were all cared for and I was ready to go in to settle in for the evening. Baked sweet, saucy pork chops were cooking and we were watching the Colts vs. Chiefs game. Although, I should be a Colts fan, I still feel as though they disrespected Peyton Manning when they let him go so I never really root for them. I am thankful to see the Chiefs knock them out of the playoffs and I must say that the young quarterback that plays for the Chiefs is an upcoming football star!

I love this pine tree that you can see from my kitchen window. It is always so beautiful with snow on it. 

Another view of the back woods. I can see this from my kitchen window as well. I will be glad when the junk camper that my husband dragged in is gone. 

This is the view of the side yard. This is one of the areas of the farm that I will be glad to see get updated next year. I would really like to build a building for the wood as well as fix the fence between the homes. This trailer is where my daughters have lived while learning to be on their own. 
The ducks did not seem to mind being in the snow. I took some watermelon out to them and they were quite pleased for the tasty treat. Yes, they have an insulted dog house to stay warm inside with plenty of straw for bedding. 

Mr. Prince, my precious cat. He was given to me by a lady when I advertised for barn cats. She had purchased him at a pet store for $300 and said that he hated to be inside. I hated to take him, but he has been such a wonderful part of the family. He stays in the loft of our garage most of time where he has a bed and some blankets that he covers up with. He enjoys eating on the porch though. 
Snickers is the grand dolls pony and she is quite content in the barn. She has plenty of hay to graze on and stays quite warm with her winter coat that seems to have more fur than a fur coat. LOL!

These are the two calves that we purchased as bucket feeders. They are such a cute pair and so friendly once I get to the stall. They are quite happy in the barn as well. They don't seem to mind that they only have one stall to share and I am sure it helps to keep them warm. 

As you can see, life continues here even with the snow and cold and the work never seems to end. It is okay because it gives life meaning and crime rates are always lower in a rural area than in a larger city. Peace and quiet are such a blessing! 

Until our trail meets again, may your trail be blessed and your ride be smooth!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday 9: I Forgot to Remember to Forget (1955) - An Elvis Tribute

Saturday 9: I Forgot to Remember to Forget (1955)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
In honor of Elvis' birthday (January 8.)
1) Elvis sings that he thinks about this girl all the time. What person or topic is on your mind this Saturday? My friend Tari and my granddoll as I have only seen her once today. 

2) He wants to forget the day he met his girl, but simply can't. Think about someone very important in your life. Did you know right away that they were going to be influential?  Of course, the day I met my husband I knew that he was going to be important for a long time. 

Since this week's song is about memories, let's check on how well you recall events in your own life.
3) What was the first concert you ever attended? Porter Wagner at a local school. I was young but I remember. 

4) Where did you get your first piercing? (Not only where on your body, but who did the deed and where did they do it?) My ears and I am not sure who or where, but I believe that it was at the mall. 

5) What's the name of the bank where you had your first checking account? Mutual Savings Bank

6) Tell us about your first bicycle. I have no idea.

7) Who received the first text you ever sent? my daughter 

8) What had you been drinking when you suffered your first hangover? Strawberry Daiquiri with my husband. 

9) Whose was the first wedding you ever attended? I truly do not have any idea.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Hard Day at The Farm

Anyone that raises farm animals for food will tell you that the day the animal goes to the butcher is a hard day or they should. Knowing that today is the last day that this beautiful God created creature will be on the Earth is a sad day, but we are also fully aware that each day we spend with them this day is coming.

Today is the day for this cow. She was Momma to our twin calves last year and I have spent some time with her, but she has become aggressive towards anyone that gets near her pasture and so we made the decision that she will be the one to go to the butcher. We had a different one that we intended to send that we have not had at home and spent much time with, but changed our minds. She actually charged at the fence last week while my granddoll and husband were there to give her a few flakes of hay until the round bail could be put into her pasture.

She seems to dislike the grand doll quite a bit and has charged towards the fence a few times with her out there, so for her safety and my peace of mind "momma cow" will be dinner on the table within a few weeks. I know many people can't think of them like that but as a farm family you learn that it is a part of life.

We are under a winter storm warning for the weekend and I dread that but I am sure it will give me some beautiful pictures! I have some things to do today to prepare for the snow. I am hoping the grand doll will help me get a few things done around here.

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

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Preschool Days at the Farm

Having a preschool aged child here four days a week can sometimes be a challenge, but I believe yesterday we had one of the most delightful days. I know many parents are wondering what they can do with their preschool child and so I wanted to give some simple tips.

Living on a small hobby farm gives us a few more options than if you live in town, I assume. There are always animals that need to be cared for and things that need done, but many of those jobs involve places that a young child should not be or working with tools or materials that a young child should not be exposed too.

Our day began yesterday with breakfast of course since she arrives around 7:15. We are not hearty breakfast eaters during the week, but usually a sausage biscuit is the choice of the day. Thankfully, I have found that Pillsbury makes frozen biscuits that my family will eat so I am not making biscuits each morning.  I highly suggest that all preschool age children have a breakfast that doesn't start with sugary items. 

Next, I had to go to work at my in-laws and she goes over to play with her great grandpa. He still gets along quite well and insists that he feeds the horse and calves each morning. She loves to go to the barn with him so it was decent out yesterday so off they went. Here is a tip for those struggling with activities. If you have a friend that lives where there are animals, ask if you could bring your child along for a morning routine. Not only will they be occupied, but you will find that it gives them an opportunity to learn. 

The rest of the morning, her time was spent playing by herself or with her great grandpa. I stayed busy with getting the items done that I needed to do. Usually she is someway attempting to help me, but not yesterday. I enjoy the times she plays by herself and I highly recommend that children be given time to play freely without electronics so that they might develop an imagination. 

Once we went back home, it was time for lunch. She eagerly helps with cooking when she can. There are so many opportunities for them to help in the kitchen. She will stir foods, help bake cookies or cakes, wash dishes or rinse (yes, we still do by hand). She will also sweep with her toddler broom and she can feed the dog and the outside cat. Another tip for moms, allow them to help. Toddlers are full of energy and they are old enough to learn to help around the home. 

Once lunch was finished, we put on our rubber boots, or muddy puddle boots as she calls them, and we went for a walk outside. Another tip, children love to be outside if we encourage it. Take them for a walk, allow them to get in the mud puddles ( small ones), play in the dirt, explore nature. Our nature walks consist of picking up leaves, rocks, etc. Sometimes we use these items later for crafts. Talk about the birds, insects, squirrels, etc. 

Of course, our nature walks can be a little more exciting as we have plenty of wooded areas around us, but anywhere you can let them be outside you should be able to find something that will interest them. Muddy puddles or just wet puddles are always fascinating. (A quick tip for parents, your child will not die if they get wet or a little muddy.) 

After our walk, it was time to begin prep for dinner. Off we went to the kitchen and put on our aprons and starting preparing dinner together. I was making a meatloaf so there were many things that she could do. Moms, give them items that they can do in the kitchen when prepping a meal. Things like mixing foods together, adding something to the bowl or pan, help with dishes. She placed the sauce in the bowl, added the onions that I cut up, crumbled the crackers for me, and even mixed the meatloaf. Once we placed it in the pan, we added potatoes around the sides of the pan. She was able to add the oil to them that I put in a small container with the right amount and spices. She then placed the potatoes in the pan. 

Once the meal was prepped, there were dishes. So I put some soapy water in the sink and gave her a dishcloth. She pulled her stool over and we washed dishes. Yes, I had to rewash some items and I could not let her do the knives, but she was helping and that was all that mattered. Plus, she was learning as well. We counted bubbles in the sink, we counted bowls that we were washing, we talked of colors, etc. Plenty of learning opportunities!

Once that was done, she fed the dog and the outdoor cat. She knows where the food is and how much to give them and can do that by herself. She is good about making sure they both have water as well. That simple chores saves me a few minutes each day to do something else. We also had towels that needed washed, so she helped with laundry. Tip: Moms, the kids can add clothes to the washer, take clothes from the dryer, and even help fold clothes,especially towels. 

After all of that, I wanted to sweep the kitchen without her help so I did let her get on YouTube to watch a video while I swept. Honestly though, I highly recommend that all preschoolers have a broom set to help with cleanup. Kids feel quite a bit of accomplishment when you can tell them that they have been helpful. Plus, they are learning that we must clean up. We have to train our children because we are their best teachers.

Once we finished those items, we put aside the electronics and read a book. I am finding that her tastes are changing often as to what she wants to read. I am also wanting her to broaden her love for reading and find many new books and styles of writing as well. Any preschool mom needs to have access to a wide variety of books and magazines. Take a trip to the local library or a small bookstore that welcomes children. Spend time there and offer books from different authors, of different styles, etc. Fairy tales, fables, books based on animals, books based on their favorite characters are always a great place to start. We read several books a day as well as magazines. Right now, she loves dinosaurs so I am always looking for several books about dinosaurs. 

As you ca see, there are plenty of activities to keep a child busy that do not involve a lot of preparation or that you must spend money on. Keep them busy with learning activities. Make each day a learning experience!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Saturday 9: Brand New

Saturday 9: You Make Me Feel Brand New (1974)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

Welcome to the first Saturday 9 of 2019!

1) As 2019 kicks off, what are your hopes for the brand new year?

A. I hope that our country can find peace and that people will learn that we are all humans and that we need to be more patient and kind. 

2) Just because an item isn't brand new doesn't mean it isn't valuable. Have you scored any fabulous finds at a second hand store or website?

A. Yes! I recently went to a local flea market and found some great items to redecorate with as well as a precious little tea set for my grand doll and I. 

3) This song is sung by The Stylistics, a group from Philadelphia. Have you ever been to Philly?

A. Yes, but it has been many years ago. 

4) This song was co-written by Thom Bell, a Philadelphia-based musician/producer who was born in Kingston, Jamaica. The average daily temp in Kingston in January is 87ยบ. Do you have plans to get away this winter and go somewhere warm?

A. We are hoping to go to Alabama in March to get into some warmer days than we will be having here. 

5) The Stylistics took their choreography very seriously. As you can see from the video, they even carefully synchronized their hand movements. Do you use your hands much when you talk?

A. Sometimes but I try really hard not to. 

6) The lyrics tell us that the singer is grateful for a friend who will walk with him along a path that "sometimes bends." Looking back on 2018, tell us about a time that life's path took a bend you didn't quite expect.

A. A dear friend of mine was very sick throughout the entire year and I hope that she and I can rejoice in her healing this year. 

7) In 1974, when this song was popular, Chicago's Sears Tower opened and was for years the world's tallest building. Its elevators can carry you to the 103rd floor in approximately a minute. When were you last on an elevator?

A. When I went to see my husbands aunt in the hospital about a month ago. 

8) Also in 1974, the 55 mph speed limit was imposed nationwide. When you drive, are you careful to stay within the speed limit? Or do you have a led foot?

A. I tend to have a lead foot. I try to be more cautious and aware of my speed, but I seem to always be running behind these days. 

9) Random question -- It's time to pose for your Saturday 9 yearbook picture. Will you show us your right profile, your left profile, or will you look directly into the camera?

A. Not really sure. 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Powerful Message

As I was sitting here reading inspirational Bible verses this morning, I found this. What a statement this is! Many of us face trials on a daily basis and we sometimes forget that God has our way planned. We just have to trust Him and believe in Him. He is the strength we need and He will make our way perfect, the way He sees fit.

This photo reminds me that we need to walk with Him daily and keep our power out of the equation, but as humans we rarely can do that. Keep God in your walk today!!!!!!!

Happy Sunday may your trail be blessed and your ride be smooth!

Friday, January 4, 2019

A Wall - Is it Really Such An Impass?

A wall used as a barrier to keep residents of one country out of another country. A wall at a cost of 5 Billion dollars to a country that already is farther in debt than they should be. A wall that can shut down an entire government and cause military and other essential government employees not get paid. A wall that was used as a campaign tool that American citizens were told another government would pay for. A wall that is such a strong barrier that it has literally caused government to come to a stand still.

Now I am a very common woman that lives in a rural area on a small hobby farm and I am very aware of what goes on in the world around me. I am fully aware that some will see as a political post, but I am not aiming for that. I am simply looking to bring attention to this issue. I truly don't care how you feel about the President and the job he is doing. I truly don't care what your feeling on the wall is. I simply know that as a United States taxpaying citizen that expects my government to take care of those that protect us on a daily basis, I am really at a loss of words that a wall has stopped those brave men and women from getting paid. I am saddened that we would allow that to happen while our President that is sworn in to honor our country and it's laws has simply made this wall take on so much worth.

Do I feel that we need a wall? Doesn't really matter. Do I feel that we should pay? Not really, but since we want it, we will pay for it because the other country is not going too. Do I feel that our government should be shut down over a wall? NO! Do I feel Congress members and other Washington DC politicians should be paid while our military is not? NO!

Give some thought to how you would feel if you were directly affected. How would you feel if your son/daughter/husband or wife were on the front lines and were not receiving a check? What if it were you? Would the wall truly be that important that they risk their lives and not get a paycheck?

Also consider this, do illegals come into our country and take jobs? Maybe, but how many US citizens do you know that would go out and pick vegetables all day long in the hot, humid weather? We can't get US citizens to work at McDonald's or many other jobs that they consider underneath them. Do illegals come into our country and kill other people? Yes, but how many US citizens are in jail for the same thing?  People be aware that the illegals are not the only ones at fault here.

Another thought, were your ancestors ever here illegally? Did any one of us have family that arrived on the Mayflower, were those Pilgrims here legally? Did they kill Native American's? Did the Cherokee Indians deserve to lose their land to the white man and be forced to move onto reservations? Did they deserve the Trail of Tears?

Whatever your feelings are on this subject are your feelings or beliefs and nothing more. It makes those beliefs no more right or wrong than those of the person who disagrees with them. We are one nation under God! We are one nation that needs to pull together and find a way to peacefully share the world that we all share!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

A New Year

2019! Does that sound odd to anyone else? It does to me! It's a new year and so we have a clean slate on which to write our next chapters of our lives. For many the last few months of last year brought health issues, money issues, and many of the other challenges that life brings us, but now is the time to begin anew and fresh.

Do you look anxiously toward the new year or just face it with whatever mood you are in at the time? I always find that I am looking forward to the coming of the new year as it brings a chance to make things a little better than they have been in the past year. I never make resolutions that stick around so I have decided that I won't make any this year, but I do have some plans and I have always been told that nothing is a goal until you have written it down so here are so goals that this farm gal plans to attempt to reach this year. 

  1. Be sure to keep this blog current with posts at least 3 times a week. 
  2. Be sure to update my Pink Zebra blog at least 2 times a week.
  3. Spend more time traveling than I have in the past.
  4. Make improvements to the farm that are beyond time to be done. 
  5. Get a goat
  6. Laugh more, love more
  7. Stay Healthy
  8. Read more and share my reading list here
  9. Visit with long time friends more than I have 
  10. Teach my grand doll to read.

There you have the list. Now those are all goals and can't be changed and I must see how I achieve them throughout the year. I will attempt to share each step that I make toward them and I hope that we can all be happier and healthier in the upcoming year. I hope that you can all share a little more and that you learn a little more from this blog. 

My prayer is that the upcoming year brings peace throughout our country and that are politicians can be less about themselves and more about bringing this country together and realize that we are one nation under God! We need to provide liberty for all and there should not be such a huge racial or political divide in our country. Let's put down the guns and pick up the Bible! If you are not a believer of the Bible, pick up your beliefs and hold them tight but let's unite and show that we are all still believers that the United  States is the best country to live in and that we need to get back to the bases that it was built on.

My prayer is that the upcoming year brings peace throughout our country and that are politicians can be less about themselves and more about bringing this country together and realize that we are one nation under God! We need to provide liberty for all and there should not be such a huge racial or political divide in our country. Let's put down the guns and pick up the Bible! If you are not a believer of the Bible, pick up your beliefs and hold them tight but let's unite and show that we are all still believers that the United  States is the best country to live in and that we need to get back to the bases that it was built on.
Until next time, may your trail be blessed and your ride be smooth!

Saturday 9: '65 Love Affair (1977)

Saturday 9: '65 Love Affair (1977) Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here . 1) The first line of this song is, "...