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Solar Eclipse 2017

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The Solar Eclipse of 2017 has crossed our farm and moved on its' way. It was a beautiful sight even though we were not in the path of totality. For about 1 hour and 20 minutes, we were able to view the moon gracefully and beautifully crossing over the sun slowly making the sun disappear. We were only about 90% covered, but you could feel the change in the air and there was a calm that I do not think I have ever experienced.

The 2 minutes or so of darkness was not a complete dark, but was more light a late twilight. I attempted to watch what the animals had done while it was occurring and did not notice many changes other than it was still. Not a rooster made a sound ( and they are usually really noisy) and the rabbits were lying still in their cages. It was as though they were well aware that there was a change in the air.

While it was partly cloudy, we were still able to enjoy a large amount of the historic and enlightening event. The air cooled and I noticed that the humidity th…

Going Camping 101

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Hello friends! Hello Readers! Welcome to the Friday edition of Slatersfunnyfarm. All is well on the farm and weather is good too. We could use some rain and the farm needs a good weed job, but overall all is fine. Yesterday evening brought a cool down with the humidity  dropping some and that always makes a better day. We are experiencing a drought and that makes me sad, but I know that we will get rain when God decides we will and not before, so I just say a prayer. I do not want rain this weekend though as we are going camping.

Camping is such a relaxing time for me as I don't have to do all of the cooking and there is no cleaning, no laundry, and our phones don't work so that is great for me. My husband needs the rest as well as I do. My oldest daughter may camp as well with us and that will be fun. I do enjoy the time away from all the stress at home. I am thankful that my father in law and youngest daughter and family will care for the animals as we are gone.

We have a ni…

Weekly Finds

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Good Morning! I am late writing this post because I always write on Wednesday, but I just did not find the time to yesterday so I am catching up this morning before my daughter and I are heading to the state fair for a bit today.

I spent most of the day Monday with my youngest and her sweet queen. Although the grand is to the stage that she does not want to sit in carts while you shop. It is very annoying, but we finally compromised some and we did get to do a little shopping. My attitude can quickly change about being in a store when all I am doing to struggling to get her to listen and then being distracted by her crying. I know she is to that age that she needs to state some of her independence, but I also feel that some of the time, she is just trying our patience.

Anyway, I found some great items at a local thrift store and the Goodwill and just had to share with you all reading this. First, I set out to find some fall décor for the house as I plan to put that in place within the…

Tips for Cleaning Windows

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AH! The dreaded chore of cleaning windows- maybe, not for you, but it is a chore that I am not fond of. Today was the day to clean the inside of my windows and so I got busy early and got those windows sparkly clean. I have a few tips that I think makes the job a little easier and I thought that they might help you as well.

Buy a good window cleaner. I prefer Windex, but I have used cheaper brands as well. Purchase an extra spray bottle too because that one bottle is going to become two bottles. Purchase a bottle of white vinegar too. Once you are home, pour half of the window cleaner into the extra spray bottle. Pour white vinegar into both bottles of window cleaner. Shake well after replacing the lids on both bottles. Grab some newspapers and use them to wipe the windows with after you have sprayed the cleaner on. Always work from top to bottom and be sure to get into the corners of the windows. My windows always seem to have a layer of grime at the top near the window frame so pay e…

History and Charlottesville

All eyes and hearts have been on Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend following the tragic events that occurred during a protest over a statue of Robert E Lee.  My prayers have been for those that lost loved ones during this tragedy and for the parents of the young man that drove his car into the crowd of protestors.

I am not planning to make this a political post and I pray that no one takes it in that context, but I am truly trying to understand why there was a protest at all. I understand that many places in the south still seem to hold faith in the confederate flag and what it stood for. I also understand that many people do not hold to those beliefs. This is a statue, nothing more, that honors a Confederate soldier that led many into battle. This statue is part of American history, whether it is history that we like or not.  It is a period of time that we can learn from and move on from, but I don't feel that moving on means that we must remove the statue because it holds a…

Friday Fun Bits

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It's Friday and I am thankful that it is. I really do not know where all of the hours this week went. I have cleaned and I have managed to work my business some, but not as much as I was hoping to get done. I am meeting friends tonight and I am thankful for that.

It has been a tough week financially for us, but we managed and we are making the best of things. We have helped my in laws with a new water heater, helped our son with attorney fees for a small matter that he needs to be taken care of, paid a hospital bill from my husband's back surgery, bought groceries, pajamas for the grand doll, had the horse's teeth floated, paid to have the camper floor replaced, and many other small bills. I am exhausted just thinking about it.

The brakes went out on the flatbed truck my husband uses for work and so those had to be replaced, but of course, other things were wrong when he tore it down so we had to replace those parts as well. UGH! I despise car repairs! Nothing is ever a si…

Cleaning Day

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As I struggle weekly to keep up with all the chores that I need to accomplish, I have tried many things - a schedule, daily chore list, cleaning one room a day, etc. All of the ways online to keep your home in order and still manage to get other chores done, but I always seem to fail. Not that my home is not clean as I am cleaning part of it every day, but it just seems as though the clutter never leaves.

Clutter at our home is usually papers and just things that get carried in from another room and never put up. I decided today that I was going to tackle an area that needed to be cleaned and decluttered. I have a wooden cabinet that I was using for a work space when I first began my Pink Zebra business and it had suddenly became a catch all. I decided that I was tired of seeing the clutter on top of it and not being able to see what was inside of it, plus I needed a space to place the board games that seem to never get played in the summer.  I felt that the job was going to be a toug…

Grace and God

"Grace doesn't depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors" is a line in a book that I am currently reading and it reminded me so much of the many times that I have wondered why our world is in such a state of dishevel and why crime is so prevalent.

Many times I have said to myself that I don't understand why God created men to be abusive to their wives, men that are sick and abuse children, women and men that harm their own children. Many times I have questioned why God has allowed so much evil into the world. Today, while reading a book, I realize that God is not the one allowing it to happen. Society is the force allowing it to happen. We have tried to control our lives in our way and not allow God to work in His way.

Starting with the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve, God did not tempt Eve to take that apple. The serpent did and God did not make her eat it, instead of asking God what she should do or simp…

Weekend Wonders

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Hello Friends! I intended to write this blog post yesterday, but I failed at that. I was going to write it at 11:30 yesterday evening so that I could write my Friday FunBits post, but I decided that I was sleepy and went to bed. However, I have not lost sight of my goals that I set for myself as I have written three posts this week.

Anyway, this beautiful sunny morning is bringing some wonderfully cool weather to us and I am thrilled to see it. Our heat and humidity has been awful the past few weeks, but this morning is just beautiful. It is 57 degrees at the moment and the sun is out and shining through the trees in my sideyard that I can see from the window by the desk. The roosters are crowing to wake the neighborhood and I have already taken a walk with my cup of coffee to take a treat to Rambler, my horse.

My husband and daughter went to Ohio for the weekend and so I am home alone basically. My mom is here but she spends most of her time in her room and so I have most of the hous…

Corn, Corn and Oh more Corn

Mid week is here and I swear I have done enough work for the entire week. I have been actively working my Pink Zebra business this week and I have been doing much work around the house as well. The farm tends to be a little hectic mid to late summer and it seems that I have hit that time. Never enough hours in the day to finish the work that needs to take place. UGH!

Mainly this week has been corn.  I have pictures of the corn for you but it seems that they are not loading at this time. I guess I will just write without photos. My husband and I love to freeze sweet corn for winter and this year we decided that I would do most of it this week. That means many hours in the kitchen with ears of corn needing shucked, blanched and cut off cob, placed into freezer bags, labeled and put in freezer. I don't mind the work really but it is hot work and the air conditioner just doesn't seem to circulate much air in our kitchen.

Luckily, my daughter did help some this year. Since Monday, …

Beginning of A New Week

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Hello my friends! It is the start of a new week and so I plan to make some goals that I will attempt to finish by Friday here. I am hoping to renew my online earnings this week and that starts with updating this blog as well as my Pink Zebra blog at least three times this week. I hope to make Monday, Wednesday and Friday blog posts this week on both blogs.

Another goal that I have is to get a few new customers for my Pink Zebra business by the end of the week. I am super excited about the new catalog and I want to share it with as many as I can. The fall scents are the best I have ever seen us have and I know you all will want some! I want to get busy planning a huge fall and winter sale and I hope to share that with each of you as well. If you love for your home to smell like fall, you will want to check out my website here.

Another goal that I have set for myself this week is to walk over 5000 steps a day and I wear a bracelet similar to a fitbit so I will be able to track them and …

Senseless Deaths

I normally would be writing Friday FunBits, but it is with a heavy heart that I am writing this article today. Crime in our state is becoming continually worse as I am sure it is in most states. Our entire nation and the entire world seems to be on a downward spiral where respect for authority is obsolete and we, as citizens need to take back our towns, streets, cities, etc. Senseless crimes and killings HAVE TO STOP!!!

I write with a heavy heart because two police men died yesterday in Indiana and both were senseless, but one was absolutely devastating. One gentleman died following an accident in which he slowed for debris on the road and a semi rear ended him. An accident - yes, but senseless. I am sure the driver was following too close and running too fast. People, as we drive, we need to slow down! Life flies by and I understand that , but are we in such a hurry that we should cost another driver his or her life. ABSOLUTELY NOT!!

The second officer to lose his life yesterday is t…

Needing an Income

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Hey friends! How is everyone today? I'm fine and hoping this finds each of you the same. I am thankful to say that even though I don't feel well, I have managed a few tasks today. I am truly not sure why I feel as I do, but I just can't pinpoint anything wrong, I just don't feel good. Maybe the heat yesterday or something, but just feel blah.

A long list of chores awaited me today and I am sorry to say that I only managed a few of them. Weeds have been sprayed with weed killer, my mother in law was taken to an appointment, my trip to the library was completed, and the horse has been out to the other pasture to eat. However, I have 4 dozen ears of corn that need to be blanched and frozen, dinner needs to be cooked, a trip to the store to purchase animal feed is in my evening, my quilting is calling my name, dishes from this mornings' snack are still in the sink ( which is very unusual for me) and my vacuuming still is on the list. I also need to figure out where  I …

One Tired Mamaw

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As many of my friends here know, I love my grand doll to the moon and back. She has always been a huge part of our lives since she entered this world and she loves to be with us. She calls me and her momma both mommy. She loves her papaw and she loves to ride on his tractor. He is more than happy to take her for a very slow ride when he is able to do it.

Last night was one of those nice evenings that once the sun set, the weather was just too nice to be inside. After making a quick trip to town for a few things, we went out to let the horse eat some green grass and see the baby. After her bath, she was outside and wanting to ride the tractor. Papaw gave her a ride and she was happy, but decided that she did not want to stop and she did not want to sleep at home.

Mamaw and Papaw do not mind having her spend the night, so we agreed after a short talk with mom that she would spent the night with us. Now, being that she lives next door to us, it really isn't any big trip. I talked to …

Friday Fun Bits Week 2

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Hello Friends!

 I am excited about sharing this Friday post with you even though it is being written on Sunday evening. I just got out of a nice relaxing bubble bath and I am enjoying a glass of Riesling wine. It is not one of my favorites, but it isn't bad. This week has been a hot and humid one and it was county fair week. Whew! What a combination!

Last Saturday evening, my husband and I made a trip to the fair to see our neighbor girl show in a trail class. We got there too late and he was disappointed that nothing was open, but fair officially opens on Sunday so I knew that it would be a quiet night.

Sunday was the opening day and it is always a long day as that is Western show day. Our neighbor was showing in several classes so I wanted to be there most of the day. I did get to look at a few of the other animals that day and took a quick look at all of the grand champion and reserve grand champion projects. How I miss looking to see if my daughter won either of those. It was …

Friday Fun Bits

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Friday is the start of the weekend and for many of you that means two days in a row off to spend with family, yardwork, etc. Being a stay at home wife means that I am here on the hobby farm on the weekend the same as other days of the week and it means that I usually have my grand doll since her mom usually works on the weekend. ( Bum deal for mom, but fun for mammaw)

 As my morning began earlier than normal today as the daughter began a possible new job, I have thought about my blog all day and realized that I need something to keep me coming here to write on a more daily basis. I have tried calendars, special thoughts, etc. but somewhere I seem to always get sidetracked. This week is going to hopefully be the last sidetracked day. I plan to do some playing with my blog and see if I can find a way to keep myself returning on a more normal basis and give you, my readers, a more interesting read.

 Friday used to be the day that I shared a farm report on Associated Content and once it…

Oh The Rain!

Yesterday was a day from a nightmare. Over 6 inches of rain fell in our little corner of the world in about 4 hours and it wreaked havoc on towns near us. Luckily, most of the flooding was north of us, but it was awful as people were evacuated from their homes and many were hastily sandbagging in order to not lose precious belongings.

My hubby and I were out in it as we had to take some elderly friends of ours to the doctor and I am thankful that he was driving as I don't think that I could have made it safely as you could not see much. The rain literally looked as though it was coming in sheets. It rained and rained and rained some more.

My hometown is about 15 miles north of where I live now and it was flooded bad. The cemetery had over 2 feet of water in it before the waters began to recede. Most of the water arrived after the rains had stopped due to the heavy amounts of rain that fell north of there and traveled down a creek that was already full. The area was hit in 2008 w…

Summer is Slipping Away

I don't know about your house, but here on the farm it seems that summer is slipping away. Our local county fairs are the next two weeks and then school starts back in a couple of weeks after that. I truly don't understand why school has to start before Labor Day now, but it does. Farm chores are year round whether the sun is shining or the snow is flying but summer sure makes most of those easier.

We have had a busy summer. We done our usual 9 day vacation with the horses, kids, and our neighbors as well as a few extra friends. We have done a couple of campouts with our neighbors at the local state park as well. Sitting out in the evening after the sun has set and talking is sure a break from the hectic lifestyle that we all seem to have these days. More camping is planned and I am looking forward to those trips.

My husband and I purchased a new horse a couple of days ago. His official name is Blues Ramblin Man, but his barn name is Rambler. I am excited to say that my gran…

Heading Out

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With some cool temperatures the last couple of days, it has been nice to head outside and enjoy the summer air. Unfortunately, we won't do that long as the weekend is to be hot and humid with temps near 90. Next week, it looks as though the weatherman is calling for the same. I truly love summer but hate those types of temps.

We will be heading out later today to finish getting the camper cleaned as we are going to be going on our annual campout soon. It is 9 days of sitting by the beach, fishing, boating, and just relaxing around the fire. Of course, if the temps are in the 90's all of those days, it can make sitting by the fire a little on the hot side. That will be beach time unless we begin to burn.

I am excited about going, but I dread the prep work that goes into the trip. The camper is ready, but we will be taking the horse trailer with living quarters this time and it is not ready as we have not used it much since we began using the camper. The mice had taken up resi…

Rain Rain Go Away

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I remember a little poem that my mom used to read to me that said:
"Rain Rain Go Away, Come again another day, Jimmy and Joe want to play". I am sure she inserted the names but this is the perfect saying for today. Yet again, we are having rain that began yesterday morning and is continuing still. These are not just spring showers, but for periods of time, simply downpours.

I don't mind spring rain and I know that the farmers need it. I am glad that we are not suffering through a drought, but it's becoming a nuisance because it is daily that we are having heavy rains. There are multiple areas of flooding regularly now and many activities are being put on hold. I know some farmers have had to replant many fields due to the heavy rains that have completely destroyed farm fields that were planted early. Those actions are only leading to less money being made and that means the difference between profit being made or just breaking even for many farmers these days. I hav…

Teaching Choices

As a mom, I can't say that I have always done what I should have in every situation. I had my moments of frustration, moments of thinking I was a failure, moments of not really wanting to be a mom. Did those moments make me a bad mom? No! Did it make me a poor example? No! Those moments were learning moments for myself and my children.

That time, those short 18 years, were my time to teach my children to make choices and how those choices would have consequences. I know many parents that do not let their children make choices on their own, but we have a responsibility to teach them to make choices. If you are a Christian mother, you want your children to make Godly and wise choices. If you aren't a Christian, you still want your children to make wise choices. How can we expect them to if we don't teach them to do that?

Small children can be taught to make decisions that will make choices in the future easier for them. Our failures can be lessons to them as well as theirs …

Planning A Birthday Party

Hard to believe that the precious little body that I held and was totally amazed by that we had learned of only 19 hours earlier is now turning two! Yes, the child that was such a surprise still amazes me as to what she knows and can do. Now we are planning another birthday party.

My princess will be the honorary guest today at her party. She loves Minnie Mouse and so that is the theme my daughter chose. After making some frantic phone calls yesterday, I was able to have a cake made by Kroger with Minnie on it. I thought the cake was ordered and found at it was not and most places wanted 48 hours to get it ready. UGH!! I did not have 48 hours. My daughter just thought that she could wait to get it until she got ice cream today.

Decorations are a must at a party and so I was able to pitch in on them and found some nice centerpieces and other items that we can use for tables and for the room. I love the swirls that hang down and although I did not get Minnie Mouse, I was able to get s…

Perfect Gift

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Happy Mothers' Day to all of the women in the world that enjoy this day. I realize that for some women this is not a happy day at all. Many have dealt with infertility, loss of a child, and have dealt with not being raised by a good mother. For the women that do not see this as a day of happiness, let me say I am sorry. Sorry for the loss or infertility, sorry for being raised with a mother that did not appreciate you for all that you are, and sorry that you can't enjoy such a special day of the year, as the rest of us see it.

My mom lives with us and at 81 years old is still driving, taking care of herself, and very independent. She is a sweet lady, but she also can drive me to my breaking point at times. I know she has lived a very interesting life as she seems to have had a great childhood. ( Which is due to her parents being extraordinary people as I remember them) Her adult life has not been without problems but she has persevered and is enjoying life as a senior citizen…

Visiting Nashville, TN

I am heading out today, even in the rain, for a short weekend trip to Nashville, TN. I am super excited to be going with my friends. We are celebrating some of us turning 50. I don't see how that can be but they are.

Nashville, TN is known for country music and we will be seeing some of that as we tour the Country Music Hall of Fame at some point during the weekend. We also plan to tour a plantation and some vineyards. It should be a fun filled weekend. You will be filled in on how it goes as I will be posting photos and details when I return home.

There is lots of standing water around the farm here so I hope that the roads are fairly safe. I pray that the rain stops before we make it to our destination. I really don't want the entire weekend to be nasty. My husband will be home working so he will keep an eye on our property as I am gone. He will be watching the animals as well.

I hate leaving the grandbaby even though they are no longer at home. It is nice to walk across …

Beware! Lyme Disease and Tick Borne Illnesses

One big concern I have in the spring and summer here on the farm is the presence of ticks. For anyone that lives in the country, I am sure you are aware of just how much of a nuisance they can be. These little creatures can get on to your clothing or skin when you are outside and inch their way into your life. They become attached to the skin and can be hard to remove at times.

Removal of a tick that has burrowed into your skin can be difficult because if you are not careful, you can pull the tick off, but the head will become lodged under the skin as you will just remove the body. This can be a potentially dangerous act if that tick is a deer tick and happens to carry diseases, as many do. It is very important that you completely remove the tick.

You might ask why they are a big concern to me. My oldest daughter has chronic neurological Lyme disease from a tick bite. She has struggled with the illness for 9 years and will always struggle with it. The bacteria from the disease was b…

Gray Clouds on Sun Day

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Yes, it is Sunday but you would not know that by looking at the dark gloomy and gray clouds that are looming over us. The entire weekend has been a nasty one! Since Friday we have had some real gullyworshers as my grandparents would say. I know Friday night we had more than two inches of rain in less than 30 minutes. How crazy!

As I look at the radar, it seems that the weather man is right that we are going to see quite a bit of rain before it is over and that it will continue for several days. I pray that it stops soon and I pray that by next weekend, the entire storm system is out of here as my friends and I are going on a small birthday celebration trip.

The farm is simply drenched! The pasture is simply a mud pit and the poor horses are certainly enjoying the barn. I feel for them as there is so much mud! I am always worried that one will break a leg or something struggling with the mud. The duck pen is a muddy mess as well. It could be a pig sty and no one would know the differ…

Without Words Wednesday

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Girls Room Decor

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Hello! Many of you may be aware that I have recently turned my daughters' bedroom into my office/craft room and a bedroom for my grand doll. With them living next door, some wonder why I feel the need to have a bedroom for her, but I do. I adore her and I enjoy letting her spend the night when we are not busy and I am not too tired.

For years, I have enjoyed crafts and DIY projects but ....... the truth is that I am not great at them. I want to be, but I feel so insecure at times. However, I am so impressed with the projects that I have taken on that I am going to share them with you.

 This was my first idea and I must say that I am thrilled with the plaque. I love the castle and I am sure that it is the perfect place to start with a princess theme. I honestly did not set out to do that theme in the room, but it seems to be what I am doing. I loved the color scheme on the castle so well that I decided that the colors on the plaque must go with it.
The crown is simply gold ( aft…

New Etsy Shop

Hello! I have been busy with many projects and I am adding yet another to my list of things to do. I have opened an Etsy shop. I am calling it Brown County Naturals and I hope to add natural soaps and other items soon. I have one item listed currently and will be doing more soon.
 We will be listing our finished crafts as well as some craft items as we move along this journey. My husband never seems to have faith in what I do and I am setting up this shop so that my daughters and I can possibly work from home together.
Please check out my shop Brown County Naturals. Look for new items each Friday and Monday.

Rays of Color

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As I woke around sunrise today and have enjoyed my quiet time before the world and this household begins the hustle and bustle of another day, I have been reminded of just how precious life is and what miracles we see around us.
 My computer desk sits near a window that looks to the East and so I can see the beautiful sun rises as they occur if I am busy here. This morning I have been blessed with an array of colors. As I first looked to see what the day might hold, the sky was a magnificent color of pink with almost a purple hue to the bottom of it. For some reason, it made me think of how precious newborn babies are, Little girls with pretty pink ribbons and bows are just a small part of their lives. As a grown up, I am rediscovering a certain love for pink.
 Now as I look out, the sky is an amazing mix of orange and yellow and almost have a peach color to it. The upper part is more the yellow but with the deeper orange color to the bottom, it is simply a soothing color that I am …

Spring Decorating Ideas

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As I am attempting to finally get some changes in my home now that my daughter has moved and I have a spare room to make into the granddolls room and my office, I've researched some of what is hot for spring decorating. I thought that the farm post today would be about that - decorating.

One of the best things about any season is comfort and cozy! You must be comfortable with what you put in your home and I believe that it must be cozy. Whether you add new paint, new furniture, new pillows, or just a new throw make it cozy. Spring weather can bring about warm days but in the Midwest, you will still see many cool days and cold mornings. ( About 27 degrees as I write this, where I live.)

Farm House style is another big returning décor trend for 2017. As I live in a home on a small hobby farm, I like that idea. Wood tile, charming rustic pieces, items that have been repurposed are all great assets in a farm house. Signs that have simple sayings are always a plus in a farm house look…

Quick Update

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Hello All! What a year it has been! As we are heading into spring and will soon be into April, I must say that I have had my fill of 2017. I know it is early, but seriously. It began with my husband waking up on Jan. 8 unable to walk, then surgery 22 days later, then grandbaby sick, then me, then my mother in law. She ended up in the hospital and rehab for 30 days to build up her strength. My granddoll and I have been sick for what seems like months. UGH!!!

I believe our issues started when the grand got sick with RSV and it was not treated as such. She was treated for Amoxicillin for an ear infection and nothing else. I was treated for my upper respiratory infection, but I am still coughing and it has been over a month. She is still fighting ear infection as well. It just seems that we can't get well.

My husband is in therapy now and is beginning to get around better, but the symptoms are still with him some. He still shows signs of drop foot and just a day or two ago, tripped b…

Murdered Girl A True Hero

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Just a couple of days ago, I wrote about two young girls that were murdered in Delphi, Indiana. It is such a sad story, but there is a story today that makes my heart strings tug a little harder. Liberty "Libby" German activated video on her cell phone and caught an audio of the man that is suspected in this case. She is a true hero! Whatever was happening to them, she was in enough presence of her surroundings to know to turn that recording on.

Of course, the young lady will never know what she truly done, but this could be the one piece of evidence that leads to the apprehension of this man or more than one when the case is solved. The man that we are seeing a photo of is a picture that was found on her phone. She truly was very heroic in getting this on her phone. I am sure that he was not aware that she had the phone recording and I praise God that the phone was found with this information on it.

My heart breaks that this young lady probably knew that she and her frien…