Saturday, November 24, 2018

Saturday 9_ Black Magic Woman

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

ooo Santana! I love this song!!1

1) Black is this week's signature color because Friday, November 23, was "Black Friday," when retailers cut their prices and consumers flock to the stores. Did you score any "Black Friday" bargains?

A. I did very little Black Friday shopping, but I did score a few good buys! I got a Play Doh set for half price and I got some great deals at Menard's.

2) On busy shopping days,  carts often litter parking lots. After loading your items into your car, are you careful to return your shopping cart to the store or the designated cart receptacle?

A. I try to always return the cart to the cart corral, but if there is not one near our car and I have the grand doll, I sometimes don't. I can't walk away from the car too far with her in it and I usually make sure she is safely strapped in the car before I finish the cart. 

3) Who on your gift list is hardest to buy for?

A. My husband. If he wants anything, he goes and buys it and that makes for hard gift choices. 

4) Feasting and football are also popular Thanksgiving weekend pastimes. Do your Thursday-Sunday plans include enjoying leftovers or watching a game?

A. No, unless you count pumpkin pie as left overs. 

5) Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is an annual event. It began in 1924 as a local event in New York. Today it's nationally televised. Did you watch it?

A. No, but I will today as I made sure to record it because I never get time to see it when it is on. 

6) What did you give thanks for on Thanksgiving 2018?

A. I gave thanks for my family and my health. 

7) At the first Thanksgiving, there were no forks. Pilgrims ate with spoons and knives, and forks didn't become popular until the 18th century. Think about your Thanksgiving place setting. Did you have both a salad and a dinner fork?

A. No, we had plastic silverware and everyone used one fork each.

8) Pies are a popular Thanksgiving dessert. What kind of pie did you enjoy? Or did you have ice cream? Or did you skip dessert?

A. I made pumpkin, pecan, and banana cream, which I truly don't care for any of, but I will eat the pumpkin. 

9) This week's featured band, Santana, was named for its founder, Carlos Santana. He was born in Mexico. When at a Mexican restaurant, what do you usually order?

A. Grilled chicken and cheese quesadilla with chips and salsa and a sweet tea! I love Mexican food!!!!!


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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Thankful Sunday

Good Morning! I was thinking I would write this post later this week, but today just feels the right time to write it. Being thankful is something that I think of quite often, not just the month of November. As God provides more than I truly need at times and I have always been thankful that I was able to raise my children in a better atmosphere than I was raised in.

I am thankful for my home and small hobby farm. I love living on this small farm. I have learned to not mind my house although I have always wanted a two story farmhouse with a large front porch. Instead I have a small one story house with a small deck but it keeps me warm and dry and many don't have that. I love the animals although they are a lot of work!

I am thankful for my children. All three of them bring such joy to my life. They are all hard working young people and for the most part are providing for themselves. They all keep in touch with us and they all live within a hour from here so I can see them often.

My girls love their big brother! With all of them over 20 in this picture, I found this to be my favorite Christmas photo last year. 

I am thankful for my hard working husband. He irritates me sometime that he never wants to take a day off but I know he works to provide our needs. He has always done anything he had to do for us to have nice things and he will continue to until he can't. I love him dearly!
That's him on the left with his dad. There is not a family resemblance at all , right? By the way, his son looks just like him except for the gray. 

I am thankful that his parents are still alive and I am thankful that my mom is still alive. She drives me crazy at times, but we could have lost her a couple of years ago and I am thankful that God was on her side and prayers were answered. 
Here she is holding one of her great grandchildren. She has 4 all under 4 years old. Her life has certainly changed a lot in a few years.  
Of course, I am thankful for my friends as well and the rest of my family. I love all of them. 

What are you thankful for?

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Early Mornings In The Woods

For those of you that are not aware it is the first day of shotgun season in Indiana for deer hunting. For many men and some women that means an early morning of getting up and heading into the woods before daylight to sit in a cold, dark tree stand or hunting blind to wait to hear something crunching on the leaves that have fallen to the ground just to hope that it is a deer that is right to hunt. Sounds like a ball of fun! NOT!!!!!

I do not object to people that hunt for food as that is the way life has been since the beginning of time, but I do not like trophy hunting. My husband and both future son-in-laws hunt for food and are legal hunters who do things by the book. We are thankful for the meat that a kill would bring but we are also fully aware that there are guidelines and rules as well as a use for all of the animal or it is a wasteful kill. We are also very precise about making sure we do not eliminate the deer population in the area.

For me, opening morning of deer season means that I can get a little cleaning and work done for the holidays without worrying about making sure I am not in the way of the hubby seeing the television newscast or making sure his coffee is ready. It also means that I can write this post without any interruptions. It also means that I am listening to Christmas Carols on the music station and enjoying it fully. I will head to the outer garage storage and attempt to find my Christmas curtains in a moment as it seems for some reason I stored them there instead of in the house and now that the living room curtains are down, those can begin to go up.

Christmas decorating seems to be a slow process this year as I just can't seem to motivate myself to begin. I will get some done before the Thanksgiving holiday though. I am determined! The bad part is that my grand doll will be here each day between now and then except tomorrow. Maybe he will hunt tomorrow as well and I will be able to get something else accomplished without interruption.

My daughters and I are heading to a couple of craft shows today and so I know that my time is limited and tomorrow I hope to do our shopping for the Thanksgiving dinner. Next year, I am requiring all who want to eat to be here to help cook. I bet they decided that it is a lot of work but also a nice family time together.

For now, I must run. I am leaving you with a couple of photos that I have borrowed since I don't believe I have a thing related to this post.
Have a great Saturday whatever you are doing!!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A Good Life Gone

I have been missing in action so to speak as I have been dealing with the loss of a dear man that was like a dad to my husband and myself. He treated my kids like his grandchildren and we loved him dearly.

Pappaw Joe as the kids call him was such a special man. He had lived a good life although he had many struggles, he always seemed to be happy and know that he had a good life. He had been friends with people like Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, George Jones and other singers. He had been on a yacht with stars and had many local friends. He sang in a band, he traveled many states in his lifetime, he had stories that you could listen to for hours and we will miss those stories.

He had worked most of his life for himself. He thought that it was crazy that his brother punched a time clock each day and had to follow someone else's rules. He said people could and should make a life for themselves and not rely on anyone else to make it for them. Pretty sound advice, I would say. He would fix lawn mowers, buy and sell anything, and made life work for him.

He rarely went to a doctor and believed that you could treat most illness and injuries by yourself at home. He had pulled his own teeth as he did not like shots and most dentists would give shots. When he had his heart attack, it had been 35 years since he had seen a doctor and he was fairly healthy other than the heart. The doctors were amazed!

This man was a true gem in life and one you rarely find these days. He was tired and needed to rest so Sunday God finally called him home and he answered the call. It hurts and sad to think that I will never get to see him, listen to a story, or talk to him again, but he knew he was loved and I don't think that he had an enemy so many people will miss him!

God Bless You, Pappaw Joe

Thursday, November 8, 2018


Many of you know that I have been caring for two bucket feeder calves now for a few weeks that my husband decided that we needed. Well, I must tell you that they are growing fast and becoming quite the little ( or not so little) stinkers.

Each morning as I am headed to the barn, I hear them mooing to let me know that they are fully aware that it is feeding time. Yesterday morning when I walked into the barn, Miss B ( as I call her) had her head stuck through the stall gate and was eating the hay that we have stacked in there for the pony. As I asked what she thought she was doing, she just looked up and mooed as if to say that I simply had not gotten her feed early enough. Miss D ( the other baby) was standing closer to the back of the stall as if she had done nothing wrong. Now, I am not sure if she had eaten any hay or not, but just the way she looked was funny to me.

They surely do have their own personalities. Miss B is very determined to not miss a meal and will attempt to knock the bucket out of your hand to get to her milk. Miss D is a little more laid back and seems to wait till you begin to pour into her bucket before she makes a dive for the milk. Miss B will drink hers and part of Miss D's if you don't watch her. She is the eater of the two! She is also the one with the worst manners. She does not understand personal space at all. She doesn't like to be petted though and I make them before they get feed in their bucket. It keeps them to where they can be handled much easier than if not.

As you can see, Miss H sure does love the cows! She climbed right in the trailer to pet them. 

Miss D, a little shyer and quieter than the other one

Miss B, she will rule the pasture I am sure. 

Both of them the day they were brought home

As you can see, they are adorable but never forget ANIMALS ARE HARD WORK!

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