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Friday, January 26, 2018

Happy Friday, Looking Ahead

Happy Friday! I hope that you all have had a prosperous week. Mine has been busy but not truly prosperous I don't think. I am happy to report that the doctor visit went well yesterday and the doctor said that my grand dolls legs are looking good. That brings tears of joy to this grandma's eyes. Of course, we have several more months of waiting to see what the end result will be. You can read about her journey will Blount's Disease here and the post on her surgery here.

This photo makes it a little hard to see because of her unicorn tail on her costume, but if you look at the left leg, you can see how bowed out it was. It was the worst of the two and I believe that it is slowly beginning to straighten up. While at the children's hospital yesterday, I was shocked to see a much younger girl dealing with a more severe case of it. It is amazing that the walk and run even when the legs are not correct as it is all they have ever known.

Well, she will return to see the surgeon in July and hopefully by then we will be able to see some great improvement as we will then be about 8 months post surgery and the legs should be fairly straight by then.

It is hard to believe that we are going into the final weekend of January. I am thankful that it is almost over because it is such a long and dreary month. We usually have limited sunshine and I realize just how important sunshine is in our lives. I need it, I want it, I almost crave it. With warmer temps supposed to be here today, I plan to get outside and take advantage of it. I would like to spend most of the day with the grand doll today doing something. We might venture to the library or something but we must do something. I am looking forward to February and more sun and hopefully, some of the artic cold has now moved on. I am ready for spring.

Keep your spirits high and your spurs low until we meet again. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Before 7 a.m.

What are morning routines like at your house? Busy with getting children out the door? Busy trying to keep everyone on a schedule? I remember those days when the children were younger, but now that they are basically all out of the house, one would think that the morning schedule would be easier, but I find that most mornings can still be a little chaotic around here.

Usually, I am up and running before daylight. This morning was one of those early morning wake ups and nothing would allow me to go back to sleep. I decided at 5 a.m. that it was time to rise and shine. My first thought was that I would mop the dining room and kitchen as it is hard to do when anyone here is up and moving. With the rain, snow, sleet, 50 degrees, 20 degrees weather we have been having it seemed that the floor was constantly dirty. ( By the way, farms are muddy most of the time). So that was my first chore. Lysol floor cleaner, a good pair of gloves, a towel and my mop quickly became second nature as I went about cleaning Mother Earth from my house.

Once that chore was done, I allowed myself to drink my glass of iced tea and read some Scripture. I have not been feeling very peaceful with the grand dolls visit to the surgeon tomorrow to see if her legs are improving, so I decided that the Lord's Prayer was what I needed so Psalms 23 was where I was headed. What a breath of fresh air for my soul! It was like opening all of the windows in your home after a long winter when the first spring air begins to blow through.
After a few minutes of reading God's word and really asking God to protect my grand doll and allow things to be healing and improving, I finished my Bible study and prayer and decided that I could put the furniture back in the rooms I had mopped and I would tend to some other chores. 

The animals! ( Those are more work than the children in the morning). I don't like to wander too far from the house before daylight and certainly not when we can hear the coyotes each evening in the back. I decided that I could feed the chickens, ducks, and the cow that are near the house. While I was out, I decided that I might as well feed the rabbits as well. We only have 2 left and so they are fairly easy. I believe that this summer, we might get a couple more but we need to do some work on pens before we do that. MoonDoggie, is my favorite. He is black with a little white on him and such a sweet rabbit. I will have to get a pic of him later. Before I came back inside, I decided that my new bird feeding spot truly needed seed again, so I fed the birds as well. I need to get outside when it is a little warmer, as it is not this morning, and put another feeder out there. Chores truly are never done when on a farm, whether hobby or fully working farm.
 
Now, I am on to writing this for you and drinking my coffee. I need to get the husband's coffee on as well and wake him up. He had a tooth pulled a couple of days ago and has not felt the greatest so I have left him to sleep in a couple of days. Hopefully, today he is feeling much better. 

Pork loin with garlic creole marinade is on the menu tonight and I believe that my grand doll will be spending the night tonight. I will have her all day so I shall be fairly tired tonight. Until we meet again, keep your eyes on the goals at hand and keep your spirit in check.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Special Prayer Request

Today as I sit here to write, I am going to ask something of my readers here. If you are a praying person, could you please say a special prayer for my grand doll. She goes to the surgeon on Thursday for a follow up on the surgery on her legs. Could you please pray that the x-ray shows that her legs are improving and are getting less bowed? Those would be greatly appreciated! If you are not a praying person, lift her in your thoughts and send some love her way.

My fear is that the left leg may not be improving which will mean another surgery later to do a different type of treatment and it will be a more painful one as well as a longer recovery time. That makes me so nervous and heartbroken. She will be three this year and I want her to be able to play and run like all the other kids her age. She gets around well, but I just want her legs to straighten and allow her no more pain. It is truly heartbreaking to hear her say that her boo boo's hurt and that her legs hurt and there is nothing I can do about it.

I will give an update after we go to the appointment. Thank you for caring and thanks in advance for your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Speak Up! Even if you are wrong!

I usually prefer that people mind their own business, but I am encouraging you all to say something to someone if you feel there is anything out of place with neighbors. Following the case that is happening now in California, where 13 children have been recovered from a home and authorities are saying that the children have been abused and tortured for years, PLEASE  pay attention and speak up if you see something wrong. You can report things like this anonymously and it MUST  be done!

These poor children needed someone to speak up. It is reported that family members had tried to visit and were given the wrong address or something, neighbors report that they either saw the children out at night and that they looked very pale, or that they had seen them scavenging through the trash, and other things that I just find appalling that someone did not alert authorities.

I hate when these stories hit the news because I always catch the fact that it is reported that the children were home schooled. NO, they were being held prisoner in their own home. That is not home schooling. If you are a home school parent or know a home school parent, I would bet that you would not hear that their children are never out of the home. I home schooled my children for several years and we were probably gone more than we were home. Field trips, daily grocery runs, errands, library trips, etc. We were busy!!

Children do not tend to dig in the trash. Children do not normally play outside at night. Children should not be pale unless something is wrong with them. Parents leaving without their children is not right. PLEASE,  I am begging you to speak up. These children are thankfully now safe from these monsters, but who knows if any children died in their care. These children are scarred for life! These children needed someone and no one took the time to say anything.

Just last week in a local area, three women were in a parking lot and seen a man abusing his girlfriend/wife and these three ladies came to her aid and attacked the attacker. I am thrilled! If more people would do this, our world might see a change. I am not saying you should attack anyone, but speak up. Call the police! Help a neighbor. If you think there is something strange going on, try to talk to someone. If you know a neighbor is being abused, don't turn the other cheek. Offer help!

You might just save a life!!!!


Monday, January 15, 2018

Below Zero

As many of you know, I am not a fan of cold weather and I am certainly not a fan of artic cold air, but once again we are being blessed with it. ( Looking on the bright side that for some reason, God must want it to be this cold.) A few days ago, it was near 60 and then the bottom fell out of the thermometer again and it turned cold. We have had ice, snow and now artic cold again.

Temps over night are to be around negative 5 and wind chills could be as cold as negative 20. BRR!!!! That is the kind of temps that really make you long for the summer heat. It is the kind of weather that makes me really want my turtleneck sweaters, gloves, and my scarves. Warm winter boots ( which if you are female are nearly impossible to find) are going to be on my to find list for next year. It seems that they are stylish but never truly warm. Fur lined would be nice but in the foot area and not just the top.

I call these birds snow birds, but I am not sure of what the correct name for them are. I am seeing several of these in our back yard as well as some cardinals and so I placed some wild bird seed in an extra hanging basket that they are able to eat from. I am sure it is hard in this weather for them to find plenty to eat.  The cardinals are absolutely beautiful as well! I also have a few woodpeckers and although, I am aware that they can damage things, I love them. 
Birds can be such entertainment if you truly watch them. I could literally sit for hours on our back porch and watch them if it was enclosed with some heat. Maybe next year I will be able to have that finished. I am sure that I could do most of the work if I truly needed too. It would be a reading, craft nook with a huge window to watch the birds and the horses in the pasture. 

Keep your spirits high and your spurs low until we meet again. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Anniversary: 23years

Good Thursday Morning! Welcome to my little corner of the world where I am watching the weather man predict snow for us of possibly 6 inches or more and add that we are under a winter weather advisory for tomorrow. Oh well, it is January so it is expected and furthermore, it is January 11, our 23 wedding anniversary and I am surprised that it is going to be in the 50's today and not snow. It seems that the past few years it has always been bad on this day.

Actually, the day we married, we went to a local nursing home and got married so that my grandmother could be there because we decided last minute that we were getting married then and it was cold and icy out. She was in a wheelchair and it was too dangerous to bring her out so we went to her. It was a nice ceremony and my mom, grandparents, and daughter was with me while his mom and dad were there too. My brother and his wife and son were there as well. It was a nice family event.

Here we are 23 years later and still happy. We may argue and disagree some, but we always figure things out. He has taught me quite a bit of patience and I have taught him quite a bit of responsibility so I guess we are good.
I must not have the photo of us taken together on vacation uploaded yet, so I will post it later but this is one of him and I must say he is still handsome after these years. He is a hard working man and has his faults, but overall is a pretty good catch. Happy 23rd anniversary to us!! 

Until we meet again, keep you feet in the stirrups and enjoy the ride!!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Slightly Icy

The farm has been so cold since the beginning of the new year and now we have yet another problem - ICE! Overnight, we had some freezing precipitation come into the area and now things are looking slightly icy. I looked out the window this morning and luckily, it is not as bad as we had suspected, but things are a little icy. Mainly, I believe the issues will be sidewalks, porches, and areas like that but still it is slick in some areas.

Of course, we aren't that icy but it is such a interesting picture that I could not pass it up. I believe that trees covered in ice are so pretty. No fun in driving in it or anything, but so pretty. 

Our barn sits downhill from our home and I believe that the path to it today will be an tricky walk. I have been down there a few times that you felt that you needed ice skates to get there. I never ice skated or roller skated so I think I would be in trouble if that were the case. Luckily, Snickers, my grand doll's pony has survived the winter cold quite well. We feed her plenty of hay and grain to help keep her warm and her winter coat has came in quite heavy so she has it to help keep her warm. Plus, she has stayed in her stall some. I will have to see if I can find a photo of her and share tomorrow. 

It's time for Mr. Farmer to wake up so I guess I should start his coffee. I am sitting here enjoying my Caramel Brownie coffee that someone gave me and it is sweetened with a little bit of Reese's creamer so it is certainly a chocolate morning here. 

Keep your boots out of the crud today and enjoy life a little bit till we meet again. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

BRR!!

IT IS COLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Many parts of the United States are waking up in bitter cold temperatures with air temps and wind chill temps in the negative. Since the new year began, cold temps have been the story here. Never mind the fact that it is winter, but it is bone chilling cold. We were under a wind chill advisory the last few days and it has went into effect again, I believe.

Living on a hobby farm makes this cold even more unbearable because animal water containers have to be unfrozen and refilled, extra precautions are taken to keep them warm, and just feeding can be a real issue due to fingers and toes becoming so cold. My father in law likes to feed the animals here, but I hate for him to be out in this crazy cold weather.

Luckily, we don't have much snow but it is still miserably cold. Our water pipes seem to freeze easily so I have had our water running for most of the last week so the water bill will certainly be increased. I have saved as much of it as I have been able to in order to not be wasteful, but I have certainly not been able to save it all. 

A few tips to survive this cold are to be sure to bundle up. Layers of clothing are the best way to keep warm and allow your body to not get frostbite. Cover hands, feet, face, and ears. Gloves, earmuffs, hats, and plenty of warm socks and shoes or boots. To not allow yourself to be out for long periods of time is another important item. Within a few minutes of being in this crazy weather, go back inside to get warm and let those important body parts get warm and a break from the cold to avoid frostbite. 


For those affected by this cold artic air, stay inside as much as possible and bundle up! No one wants to lose body parts to this cold. It will be spring soon enough and this cold snap will be gone. Take care and stay warm!



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Welcome 2018

Welcome 2018! You arrived fairly quietly in the middle of the night and I welcomed you with open heart, mind, and soul. This year will bring many challenges as did the last, but I am ready to face the challenges head on and with a renewed love for my family, friends, and most importantly God. 

By the end of 2017 my head was tired and my heart was not wanting to bear anymore hurt, sorrow, or anger. My love for most everything was wavering and I was not my cheerful self. I vow to sing and laugh more, read more, and craft more in the new year because those are the things that make my soul awake and alive. I vow to do more than work and I intend to spend time with friends and family. I will make this year my year.

I was reading my Bible and praying daily, I would sing hymns to my grand doll and while doing my work, but I felt that the weight of the world was on my shoulders and that I was failing because I was not able to do all that needed to be done. Well, watch out because this year I will conquer the world and I will ask for help along the way when I need it. I hate to ask my husband to help in the house because he works all day, but I also am working outside the home and caring for my grand doll so why should I feel guilty that I need help. 

Winter brings the blues with it and I must fight against that. I know that in a couple of months I will begin to see signs of the new blossoms that will awaken in the Earth and turn to beautiful flowers, grass, even the weeds as we once again make our way around the Sun and come closer in order to have warmer and sunnier days. With that my heart sings and I praise God that once again we are able to be outside. 

The new year has brought bone chilling cold to our area and the focus on the animals has to be to keep them warm and alive. I worry so about the pony, Snickers, that belongs to the grand doll. She seems so small for this crazy cold, but I realize that the barn keeps the wind off of her and that she has plenty of hair to keep her warm. She is plump and healthy so she will survive like a champ, but I still worry. Grain helps to keep her warm as well, but I still worry. 

I will say an extra prayer today for those that are homeless to have found shelter for the next few days as it is to be extremely cold with no real end in sight. I can't imagine not being in a warm home and having a hot meal in this weather. Please include them in your prayers at this time of the year. They are homeless due to a multitude of reasons and many are living a paycheck away from being there themselves. 

Keep your hearts and minds clear and on the ultimate love, God! Keep your spirits high and your spurs low until next time.

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