Sunday, June 17, 2018

Farm Week in Review

Well, another week has come and gone on the hobby farm I call home and it has been quite an uneventful one, but lots of fun and now it's hot! Record shattering HOT because the humidity is becoming oppressive, which makes being outside almost impossible!

First of all, I want to say Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! My dad died several years ago and we were not close at all. I still think of him often and I am hoping to visit his grave soon. He was not a fun dad and life was at times horrid with him. In his later years, he mellowed some and he had a great relationship with my youngest daughter, which I am thankful for. It was too late for us to have a great bond though because some wounds never heal! I am thankful that my daughters have a dad that they can depend on.

Yesterday, I was able to go to a garage sale, which I love to do but rarely find time. I hit the jackpot too!! I purchased a set of three Paula Deen pans with lids for $5.They are red with gold trim and absolutely beautiful. I bought a few other things too, but those are the deal of the day as they will be going in my new camper, which I hope is home this week.

Yesterday was hay day. Why is it always the hottest day of the year? I just assume that someone doesn't think that out well. Luckily, my husband always gets help and I never have to be the one to do it. I have thrown some hay in my day and it is not a fun job. It is work!! It is hot work even when the weather cooperates!

Thursday, we spent time clearing weeds from the garden. It's a small garden but I swear the weeds take over so quickly. I hate to see the time my daughter's boyfriend will spend weed eating this week. He does it usually and my husband mows. It works out great but with three houses and yards and over 30 acres to take care of, it can be a chore.

These are three sweet ducks that now are kept in a large dog kennel to keep them from being prey to what has now killed our beautiful turkey and an entire nest of eggs that we were waiting to hatch.  Most likely a coon that done that and a coyote that killed the turkey, but you never know here. 

In the grand doll's world this week, we have learned the letters A and H. We have also learned Hickory, Dickory, Doc. She seen the doctor this week and we were advised to give her children' Ibuprofen for her legs as she complains that they hurt after she has played awhile. She had grandma in her pool this week and that was fun, but we were both a little sunburnt. 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Saturday 9

Cat's In the Cradle (1974)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song began as a poem, written by Harry's wife Sandy before the couple even met. Have you ever tried your hand at writing poetry? 
I remember having to learn poetry for school and I never truly liked it. I am starting to teach the grand doll rhyming words now. It's a beautiful thing to read, poetry, but you must be special to write it. 

2) The lyrics include a reference to "The Man in the Moon." The original Mother Goose rhyme ends: "It's time for the children on earth to think about getting to bed." Do you remember what time your childhood bedtime was?

I am not sure we had one, but I am sure most times it was by 10 p.m.

3)  When did you go to bed last night?

Around 11:30 p.m.  about normal here

4) In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed the proclamation that made Father's Day a holiday on the third Sunday in June. Can you name all 45 Presidents? (No, you don't have to list them here.)
No.  I am sure that I could come up with most if I study on it long enough but not in order for sure. 

5) Since Sam's father is particular about his Cole Haan loafers, her Father's Day present to him is always a DSW gift card. Who on your gift list is especially easy to buy for?

The easiest would be my husband because he will want something fish related. 

6) Sam's father is a voracious reader. So much so that the local librarian knows him on sight and by name. When did you last visit your neighborhood library? 
  I was there last Saturday and I will be there today.
7) Back when Sam was in high school, her father gave her driving lessons. Do you consider yourself a good driver?
 I do consider myself a good driver other than other drivers make me angry. I have never wrecked a car and the accident be my fault. 

8) He is a stickler about car maintenance and reminds Sam to check her car's air filter regularly, because a dirty air filter can reduce mileage. Share your own car maintenance tip.

The hubby is a mechanic so all of that is up to him. I do check oil and other fluids regularly. 

9) Whenever he fills up the car, Sam's father also stocks up on his favorite candy: LifeSavers. So Sam is celebrating Father's Day by giving everyone a roll. Would you prefer Wild Cherry, Butter Rum, Winter Green or Peppermint? 
Ohhhh....   Such an easy answer       BUTTER RUM!!!!!!!!
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Friday, June 15, 2018

Branson, Missouri Hidden Gem For Kids

A few months ago, our family went to Branson, Missouri for a few days. Since the grand doll went along we had to find some things for her to do. Being two, at the time, it might have been a challenge, but it was not. She did go play putt-putt with mom and dad and we toured the Top Of The Rock Museum, which had a few exhibits that look like dinosaurs or that we could say was a dinosaur and she enjoyed it. As we were searching for things to do with her, we heard of the Branson Dinosaur Museum a small, tucked away museum that was the gem of all of the trip for her. A dinosaur museum and admission was only $10 for adults. Win, Win for us!

Now, she loves dinosaurs! She was so excited that she wanted to run to the door. The museum is tucked away behind a toy museum, but there is still traffic so no running to the door. The museum was not something I was looking forward too, but I must say that it was a nice, relaxing moment and I am glad that we went.

The museum simply has life size statues of dinosaurs and some signs to tell a bit about them. I believe that there around 50 replicas of dinosaurs at the Branson Dinosaur Museum and it is the right amount for what we needed. There is a small film that I believe you can see at the end of the self-guided tour and a small table where kids can " dig" for dinosaur bones.
 Here she is checking out some dinosaurs on her own. She was so excited!
 She was thrilled to see the "baby dinosaurs". They were " so cute".

 Her mom and some more dinos!

 Telling mom all about the dinosaurs. ( above) and digging for bones(below).
I highly recommend if you have a small one that loves dinosaurs that you must stop here while in Branson. It was a favorite and she asks daily to go back! Planning a trip soon I hope!!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Thirsty Thursday

WELCOME ! It's almost the end of the work week and I decided that I would share a recipe that a friend of mine shared with me last week. It's going to be hot here today and tomorrow and we all know it is important to stay hydrated, so this Strawberry-Pineapple Cooler is the perfect late afternoon thirst quencher. 
I am usually an iced tea drinker and I rarely stray from that other than my coffee, but this was a treat. I could not find strawberry sherbet so I used the rainbow sherbet that I had on hand, but it was still tasty!
Yield: 6 tall glasses
  • 10 ounces frozen strawberries
  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple
  • strawberry sherbet (1 pint)
  • vanilla ice cream (1 pint)
  • Club soda
  1. Place half of the strawberries, pineapple, sherbet, and ice cream in a blender and blend for 1 minute or until smooth.
  2. Repeat with the remaining half. Stir the two batches together in a large bowl.
  3. Serve by filling a glass 2/3 full with the mixture, and then slowly add club soda to the top. Give it a small stir with the straw before sipping.
  4. Optional: garnish with a pineapple chunk.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Kate Spade Death

Designer extraordinaire, Kate Spade, is dead at the age of 55 due to an apparent suicide. Kate was reportedly found hanged in her NYC apartment today by a housekeeper. Kate rose to fame with her handbags and other fashion accessories.

Born in Missouri, Kate fashioned her way into American homes by designing sophisticated but fashionable bags. Handbags with her name on them became a popular item quickly and her brand skyrocketed to new heights. She paved the way for other designers such as Jenna Lyons from J Crew. Kate, along with her future husband and friend began a company that soon became a household name.

The suicide comes as a shock to the fashion world as well as her many fans and family. It is rumored that she left a note behind but currently the police have not stated what the note said. As with any suicide, the reasoning behind it was certainly not of the intensity that it was worth taking her life for. Anyone that considers suicide, needs to be aware that the solution is not taking your life. No problem, big or small, is worth your life!

Business woes, money problems, marital problems, or any similar things might have been the reason that she felt led to the suicide choice, but it certainly was not the best decision. Kate leaves behind a husband and daughter. I feel for the two of them in the deepest way because her decision has ultimately changed their lives forever.

PLEASE, if you are considering taking your own life, call the suicide hotline and speak to someone. Listen to the advice they give and think of the harm that it will do to those dear to you. A young daughter is without a mom that she needs a great deal. A husband is without a wife. Sadly, her decision is only the beginning of a chain of emotions that will be felt within the coming days.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Turkey is Loose and Other Interesting Things

Anyone who has ever lived on a farm or around animals knows that being prey is not a good thing. Our turkeys became prey to some animal this past week and we lost two of them as well as a couple of hens. One turkey belonged to my oldest daughter and she was such  a friendly turkey that she would let you pet her and she would eat out of your hand. Unfortunately, she became turkey dinner to something this week. Now our male Tom Turkey has been turned loose and is free to roam in order to protect himself a little more until we can figure out a new pen for him.

Tom seems to enjoy being around the other chicken coop and finds that the guinea is quite a protection as nothing gets near that pen because of the noise she will make. It can be quite annoying, but it is a great asset on the farm. Guineas will eat many bugs a day as well as they are quite a deterrent to anything prowling around.
In case you are not aware of what a guinea looks like. This is one. My grand doll says it is my guinea pig! Gotta love babes!!

It has been a busy week here and I am thankful that it is Sunday and for the most part, life should settle a bit. I have cut the hours that I am working at the home health agency and I am focusing on my Pink Zebra business and my grand doll. She is a full time job with lots of benefits. I plan to focus on teaching her quite a bit this summer as well as having some fun with her! I am thinking that I want to set up some type of schedule for her since it seems that she is simply all over the place with me and I find that I am wearing down by 2 p.m. I may work on a calendar style activity center later today.

 Yesterday I attended and helped set up a graduation party for a dear friends' son. It was such a bittersweet moment as he was born it seems yesterday and now has matured into a pleasant young man that is willing to help others and seems to know what he wants out of life. He is mature and hard working as well as kind to his family. You don't see that much in kids these days.

I also attended a surprise 30th wedding anniversary party for my dear friend Libby and her husband. I guess Libby and I have been friends much longer than that considering that I was a bridesmaid for her on that special day. I was friends with the bride and groom so I feel as though they are family. Her two girls and my daughters were each born within a few months of each other. Their anniversary party took place in the same church that they were married in and still attend today. What a special moment for the two of them!!

I am going to be cleaning our camper out today because we are getting a new one. My husband has decided that he wants something a little bigger and that we should get something with a larger bed and something to accommodate the grand doll a little better so we have. A friend of his is working with an RV place and they had one that they were remodeling because of some water damage. We looked at it on Thursday and actually traded my husbands truck that we were thinking of selling for the camper. It is newer than ours and a bit bigger. It will be nicer to have a bed for the grand doll and possibly me when I need to sleep with her.

I also need to hoe the garden and mow if time allows. I really just want to sit and read the book that our dear Linda, a fellow blogger sent to me a week or so ago. I might get in another chapter for the day. I did sit on the patio this morning and read a bit. I really need to get off here and get busy before it gets too hot.

May God bless until our trails meet again.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ready to Camp

This will be a busy week as I prepare to take our camper out for the first time since fall. I am excited that we are going, but we will be camping primitive and the weather is supposed to be hot and humid with chances of thunderstorms. It also means that food will be in coolers as well as drinks and that ice will be mandatory.

We have two campers. We have a bumper pull Springdale that I really like and we have a nice Corn Pro horse trailer that has living quarters in it that have been fixed up nicely. In the horse trailer, we have a table, sofa, bed, refrigerator, and microwave along with cabinets in it. We also have a nice camp toilet in it so that we don't have to go out to the restrooms in the middle of the night. I prefer taking the bumper pull camper when we camp primitive as it has a gas or electric refrigerator and we have an actual bathroom. It has two sinks and plenty of storage.

My husband wants to take the horse trailer this time because if not he will have to make two pulls down and he doesn't want to do that. I understand, but I feel that the horse trailer is not as convenient as the bumper pull in this situation. Both are better than a tent, as I truly did not like that. I am by far a fancy, spoiled person, but I was truly miserable the weekend that we took a tent and camped.

I am happy to say that I am excited about the first campout. I just wish the weather would have been predicted to be a little better. Memorial Day is usually a full weekend at the park. Once we return from this trip, we will only be about three weeks out from our big campout that we take yearly. It is usually a 9 day adventure. It is at a lake where we will be camped lake side and the horses will have a barn to stay in. We usually do some fishing on that trip. I'm sort of excited about it although I wanted to do something different this year.

Cooking over the open fire is one of my favorite things about camping. Our friends that camp with us like to cook as well so we do some great eating while we are there. I do enjoy that and breakfast is simply the best over the fire. 

Well, I have the granddoll today and I work with my in-laws so I better get busy. There is some serious work to do this week.
Until our trails meet again, have a great ride!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Royal Wedding Day

Along with thousands of others, I am watching the royal wedding this morning. Prince Harry, the youngest son of the late Princess Diana will be marrying Meghan Markle. This wedding brings with it some broken traditional rules as well as some controversy with Meghan being a divorced woman and some family turmoil in her life.

Rachel Meghan Markle is an former American actress as well as an activist and humanitarian. She is the daughter of Tom Markle and Doria Ragland and was born on Aug. 4, 1981. She was in the movie "Horrible Bosses", as well as "Suits" and "Dater's Handbook". She was previously married to Trevor Engelson from 2011-2013. She is currently on her way to Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry.

Meghan's father will not be attending the wedding and walking her down the aisle due to heart surgery or as rumors have flew that he did not want to embarrass her following photos that appeared this week of him being fitted for a tux. The only member of her family attending will be her mother. Her two half siblings will not attend as well and rumors are that she does not have close ties to either of them.

Meghan has spoke her being the child of bi-racial parents, which she fully embraces. Her engagement to Prince Harry brought about many comments as to what social significance this would have to the country and the world. I personally do not think that it truly matters to the royal couple.

Well, I will be signing off now and watching this wedding as she is about to arrive at the castle.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Rain, Rain

Rain, the glorious water falling from the sky. Yes, it seemed like we had quite a bit in March and maybe early April, but then it seemed to stop. I am thankful for the water that fell this morning. It was a brief rain, lasting maybe 20 minutes, but it was rain.

The farm was getting very dry and dusty and I was beginning to think that the garden would dry up before it ever started growing. I am thankful to say that I am not as worried now. I know it was a harder rain than I would have preferred, but any moisture is going to help. I won't need to water flowers today and I am hoping that we may get more later today.

I know many people are struggling with heavy rains and severe storms and I pray for safety for them but I am very thankful for the showers we were blessed with today.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Farm Work

Spring has been a long time coming this year and now that it seems that the weather has broke and we are almost having summer weather, it has been time to start doing some spring chores around here. One of the first things that I like to do is begin to clean up from the fall and winter activities that never seem to get cleaned up. I also like to start working on some flowers and making it spring pretty.

A few years ago, my husband built these flower boxes for my back porch. It is not a covered porch so everything on it gets all the winter weather and rain that we have. Things begin to not look so great. I had some old paint that I wanted to use up and I wanted these to look weathered but wanted them to be some color this year to brighten them up. I spray painted these and they now have flowers in them which I will show later. 

Both of these tire planters are in the yard and are the perfect spot for some garden plants. I prefer tomatoes and peppers in them. I didn't have pepper plants yet, so they both got tomatoes. The plants looked a little sad at first, but they are looking better. 
This bare spot here by the front steps needs some color and some fencing. I have now added lilies to it and I am thinking of adding a holly bush as well. I will show you the finished spot when I write my next post or as soon as I do something else to it. I think the turtle and the fountain will stay although the fountain doesn't work. I like it a lot!

What have you been doing? Welcome to spring!!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Adventure off the Farm - Berkeley Plantation

Step back into time as you step onto the grounds of the Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia. The year is 1619 and is Berkeley is the site of the first Thanksgiving in America. ( Yes, for many of us this goes against the history we were taught in school, but many interesting facts that we not taught in school were learned on this trip.)  Berkeley Plantation is a must see for visitors going to Williamsburg, Virginia. The scenic road that leads you out of town and to this plantation is a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle that we lead in our daily lives.

The mansion is the birthplace to Benjamin Harrison, signer of the Declaration of Independence and the birthplace to William Henry Harrison, who became the 9th President of the United States. The plantation also has the rights to say that "Taps", a familiar tune that is played at many military funerals and other services was written on these very grounds by  General Daniel Butterfield and first played by O.W. Norton, his bugler. 

Being that the plantation sits on the James River, the scenery is simply breathtaking and you can only imagine what it would have been like to have visitors arrive to this home and see the beauty of the plantation for the first time. 

A guided tour is given daily here by a guide dressed in era clothing and is very informative and fun. The tour takes about 45 mins and then you are allowed to tour the grounds on your own. There is a nice display of items in the basement and a video that shares more about the plantation. I highly recommend that visitors spent a few hours here to take in the beauty and history. 

Also, located on the property is a family cemetery where you can see tombstones of Benjamin Harrison and other members of the family. I personally, love to tour old cemeteries so I found this to be quite interesting. 

I highly recommend this as a point of interest to anyone traveling here. I think that you will find it to be one of the most historical plantations that you can tour here as well as one of the most informative.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Adventure Off The Farm Continued- Williamsburg, VA

I promised all of you that I would return with some more stories from my recent trip to Williamsburg, Virginia. This beautiful spring morning, I would like to share with you a place called King Arm's Tavern.

My friends and I found this to be a very unique place to eat and probably one of our favorite lunch spots of the entire trip. ( By the way, we never had a bad meal the entire trip!) If you google, King Arm's, you will learn that the original tavern was open in 1772 and that it was known for being "where the best people resorted". The rustic renovated tavern is just as beautiful and elegant as I am sure it was at that time.
 We arrived within a few minutes of them opening and we waited a few minutes to be seated. The servers were all dressed in time period clothing. Once we were seated, someone brought us water and menus and took our drink orders. The server also explained a few of the meals and allowed us time to look at the menu, which was not a huge menu but had enough of a selection of items.  Two of our group had the chicken pot pie and said it was amazing. One had crab cakes and said that they were good and I had some sort of ham and it was delicious as well. Although, it was not ham as we think of it. It was pork shoulder with some kind of sauce over it and was served with sweet potatoes that were absolutely some of the best I have ever had.

While we were waiting on our food, a gentleman dressed in era attire came out and sang for the lunch crowd a song that was done in old English and played an instrument. He was very good and it was quite the unexpected treat. The entire lunch experience was simply thrilling! Young and old seemed to be very happy to be there.
The  staff was friendly and very knowledgeable about the food. One of my friends has many allergies and had to ask a few questions about the food and was the staff was more than helpful enough. The atmosphere is very quaint and very old English, but such a break from the traditional places that we tend to eat lunch.

The tavern furnishings were that of Old English as well and very beautiful. I was only able to take a few photos but I want to share with you. The entire building seems small, but it truly is not as the upstairs is filled with tables and seating as well.

The restrooms are upstairs so I would say that if steps are an issue for you, it would be advised to find a restroom before you enter to eat. Otherwise, you are doing yourself a misfortune if you do not eat here when you are in Williamsburg. 

Have a blessed day until our trails meet again. 

Farm Week in Review

Well, another week has come and gone on the hobby farm I call home and it has been quite an uneventful one, but lots of fun and now it's...