Sunday, December 4, 2016

Weekend

It was just a cold, rainy weekend.  So...lots of napping, lots of reading, lots of not much of anything.  We went to a high school football game Friday night and watched our team lose. :(  But they made it to the semi-finals! Yay!  I went to Beebe and helped my mom unpack some on Saturday.  And, today was cleaning, laundry, napping and reading.  Not too exciting.  
I need to get around to putting up some Christmas decorations though...hmmm...

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Gabaldon

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I had 3 books left in this series to read and decided to make Outlander my holiday season reading.  I haven't read one since December last year and into January.  It's amazing how once you start this series, you just fall right back in with the characters like long lost friends.  This isn't a series for everyone - one of the students saw the book on my desk and said, "Woe!  That is bigger than the Bible!"  Multiply that times 8 and you have the series.  It's a commitment, but it's just so good! :)


Summary from amazon:
This sixth novel in Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling Outlander saga is a masterpiece of historical fiction from one of the most popular authors of our time. A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the extraordinary story of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century wife, Claire.

The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest.

With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence—with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie’s death, along with his kin. For once, he hopes, his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Always something!

The donkeys have been in trouble A LOT lately!!  Big Bear may have threatened that they needed a new home.  Yikes!  He was just mad at the time.  In their defense, he was the one that left the tack room door open.  Then they let themselves on in and made a mess.
Now, it has been a challenge to keep them OUT of the chicken area while I let the ladies out to free range.  If they get in the coop, they knock all the water bowls over and/or empty them.  And of course, eat all the chicken feed and tear up the chicken feeder. It basically looks like a tornado goes through the chicken area.  We have for months kept them out by putting a bar across the gate.  Well, Tuesday they knocked down the bar and got in. But I thought I had forgotten to put the bar up.  Then when it happened again the next day, I knew they had finally figured out how to get in. So, today I tied the bar down...but alas, I came home to this:
Oh, I will NOT be outsmarted by a donkey.  I can be JUST as stubborn.  Enjoy your time in there...cause I will win! (Note the water container! Urgh!)
The chickens had made their own escape route under the fence and it gave me an idea.  Hmmm...I can just make a chicken size "door".  Then, they can come and go all day, but the donkeys will be locked out.  We can keep the big gate closed.  Yay!  I will be adding a little hinged door later on for when we want to keep them contained to just the pen area, but they have full free range all the time now since the dogs are so used to them and leave them alone. :)
Add a little chicken scratch to the mix and they caught on quick!  
And, the donkeys days of just free range all over the farm are coming to an end.  As soon as we get the 16 ft. gate that goes across one area, they will be confined all day to the big pasture.  Enough is enough.  They are getting too big for their miniature britches!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Thanks for the Memories!

My parents closed on the sale of our childhood home today.  Bittersweet.  They bought a beautiful bigger farm 5 years ago.  The house had to be gutted, and my dad stayed there working on the new place while my mom stayed here trying to sell the old place.  45 minutes to an hour apart for YEARS!  And, today they can officially live together again and we say good-bye to the house and land we had for the past 30 years.
I can remember when we bought this place.  It was just the land.  The house that had been here before had burned but the concrete front porch was still there.  We built around it.  We moved out here when I was in 9th grade.  And, we ALL had a hand in building the house.  We (mom, dad, me, my brother and 3 boxers!!) lived behind the house in a camper while we were building it.  That house was like a mansion by the time we moved in!!
I always loved this row of pecan trees beside the house.  I loved exploring in the woods.  I loved having horses and pets.  Oh, but as a teenager, I HATED the drive!  We were 15 minutes out of town.  I just couldn't understand why my curfew couldn't be 15 minutes later than everyone else's! LOL!
Thank you for the memories!  Thank you to my parents for moving us out to the country.  Thank you for instilling my love of country.  I think it is really sweet that a young couple with young kids bought the place...now someone else gets to grow up here making memories.
Of all the roads you take in life, make sure at least one of them is dirt. :)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Little Get Away!

 Finally!  We managed to get away TOGETHER!  The last time we even tried was September and it was cut short by Katniss being sick.  You can imagine how nervous I was about leaving all my babies when the last time we left together, Katniss almost died. And, when I left for a girl weekend last month, a chicken did die. Ahhh!!!  But, no disasters this go around!  As soon as Big Bear delivered his last smoked turkey, we hit the road.  And, boy did we burn up some roads!!  Thankfully we split our trip in half by driving to Branson first and getting a hotel there.  Thanksgiving day we explored Branson a little and went to the Dixie Stampede for our Thanksgiving dinner. :)
The Dixie Stampede put on an awesome Christmas show.  We were excited when they brought out the donkey, goats and sheep for the nativity scene!  Made us feel right at home! LOL!  

The main purpose of our trip was going to the Arkansas/Missouri game.  So, the next day we got up and hit the road for 3 1/2 MORE hours of driving on to Columbia, Missouri.  We were not sitting in the visitors section, so I was a little nervous about that, but Missouri fans are SUPER nice!!!
I wish I could say it was an amazing win, but it was a great first half and then the Hogs just didn't show up the second half.  So hard to watch.  In the end, we didn't score one single time in the second half and lost the game.  Mizzou 28 Hogs 24
Shameful.
After the game, we had a 3 1/2 hour drive back and did manage to make it to Lambert's before they closed.  Wow!  That was a TON of food and so good!!
Saturday, we shopped (browsed) Branson, ate another yummy meal at Landry's, (So good!!!  We ate well this weekend for sure!), and hit flea markets on the way home.
I found a scrapbook store!!!!! Eeeee!!!!  I racked up on paper!
I even found my next chicken coop!!!  Just got to save some $$$!! I heart chickens!
It wasn't a fancy vacation by any means, but we needed it and I'm so glad we did it.  Great weekend!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

To answer the question...

Do we still have Ruby Rue?  Yes, but it's complicated.
Ruby Rue is hard to explain.  She is an indoor cat.  She's absolutely gorgeous.  But she is not affectionate.  Doesn't care where we are or what we are doing.  Just wants her food bowl and water bowl full at all times please.  And, basically, only seems to like the dog, Bubba Bear.  I have honestly never in my life not been able to bond with one of my animals, but Ruby makes it hard.
Then to make matters even MORE complicated, Katniss got sick two months ago.  We had to bring the barn cat inside, which meant I also brought in her sister  some to keep them bonded.  Katniss could not defend herself for a long time.  She could barely even walk at times.  So, this meant a lot of "lock that cat in this room" and "lock that cat in the other room" kind of thing.  Needless to say, Ruby got locked in our bedroom A LOT over the past two months.  But she didn't seem to care.  It truly didn't bother her as long as her bowl was full.  Once Katniss hit the stage of dragging her hind end and we weren't sure that she would ever fully recover, we did toy with the idea of re-homing Ruby.  I couldn't risk her attacking Katniss.  We actually did find a widow who would take her, and I felt SO guilty because I have NEVER re-homed one of my pets.  I felt like I made a commitment to her and even if she didn't like us, I should honor my commitment.   In the end, the home fell through and I think it was a good thing because I would have always felt guilty.
Enter...my husband's forgetfulness and Katniss on the mend and we accidently had all the cats together and working it out.  Ruby is by no means happy about the kittens inside, but Katniss will probably always have to be inside unless supervised, so Ruby will just have to suck it up.  Prim only comes in at night.
So there you have it.  Ruby Rue is still here.  She is pretty ticked about it too.  We have 3 dogs and 3 cats in our small farm house.  I have lost my mind!!  Luckily, my husband knew who he was marrying from the get-go! :)
And, they are working it out.  Prim just kind of inserts herself - like it or not! LOL!