Friday, January 20, 2017

Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

This was my library helpers Book of the Month selection for January.  I was hesitant because I usually like a book with a little more substance.  But I was pleasantly surprised.  Now, I did read it in pretty much one setting and in just a few hours. (Friday's are a slow library day! Ha!)  I can honestly recommend it for elementary level girls.  It's funny and entertaining.  Plus, if they like it there are two more books so far in this series.

Here is a book trailer for it:

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Do you have your goats in a row?
Not only that, they are lined up in name order...Snap, Crackle and Pop. :)
 My buddies!  Pop and Snap love some good hugs and scratches.  That Crackle is an odd duck though and just gets close but still doesn't want to be touched.  So sometimes I reach out and pat him just to show him he isn't untouchable!  And, of course, he almost passes out! LOL!
Please, please, please let the forecast for Saturday be correct!!  I am so sick of the rain and clouds!!  We need a nice day outside!  I haven't gotten an egg from my chickens in 3 days!! Bring on some SUNSHINE!!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

This is the sequel to a book I read this summer called, Six of Crows.  I liked Six of Crows, but I didn't love it.  Now that being said, sometimes I think we read a book at the wrong time.  I liked the story and the characters and wanted to read the sequel.  Plus, both had really high reviews so I felt I was missing something.  I liked this one better than the first!  Lots of action for sure!  I'm not sure I would recommend for middle school, but high school age and up can handle it.
Oh, and this is supposed to be a duology, so it's over with this story.  All books released.  That's always a plus with my impatient self! :)

Summary from Barnes and Noble:
Crooked Kingdom: the highly anticipated sequel to Leigh Bardugo's thrilling #1 New York Times-bestselling Six of Crows.
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets—a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tractor Work

Look at what the tractor has already cleaned up!!  I know it's hard for you to picture, but from where I am standing to take the picture above was all brush and undergrowth.  Like this picture below and now...boom!  Gone!
 Our goal is to clean up this patch of woods and make nice clear paths through it like this one that runs along the back fence:
 Once we get inside the fence cleaned up...then we move to the other side of the fence where we have 5 more acres of pure woods...Oh the clean up we can do and then get some fencing up back there. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Duck Tale...

Here's how the story goes, my niece had these ducks and was raising them in her backyard.  There came a point sometime in November when her mom said the ducks had to go.  Now grandma & grandpa (my mom & dad) have 3 ponds on their 60 acres, so naturally the ducks ended up there.  We all thought, "These ducks are going to be dead within a day or two."  But they proved us wrong.  The ducks lived and we all got to where we enjoyed going down to the pond to see them.  Even my brother.  
And then a predator struck this weekend.  A skunk we believe, killed the white duck. :(  My mom was sad and had to take care of it while the other duck (gray one pictured below) cried for its companion.  Literally.  
I went to pick up hay on Saturday and Pepper, the gray fella, just looked lost without his friend.  My mom had decided to try to find him a buddy.  My brother did some research and said he shouldn't be alone and he would build them a better shelter.  I went home that night and texted a friend with ducks and low and behold, she had one for sale!  So, we went and caught Pepper's new friend before church on Sunday and then headed back to Beebe to deliver a little happiness to a lonely duck.  And, they were fast friends.  And, all was happy again back on the pond at the Beebe farm!

Someday, I will have ducks, but not until I have a pond!  They are so fun to watch!  Live long Pepper and Grand! :) 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

Loved it!  I love this author's way of telling a story.  And this family is just disfunctional in a good way.  If you read The Glass Castle, this book will help you understand why the mom was the way she was...and what a true character she is/was.  I liked the time frame and setting for Half Broke Horses and the determination of Lily.  It makes it even more interesting that these two "stories" are based on the real life of the author and her family.  If you haven't read The Glass Castle OR Half Broke Horses, I doubt you will be disappointed. :)

Summary from
"Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did." 

So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls’s no-nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town—riding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car and fly a plane. And, with her husband, Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one of whom is Jeannette’s memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle.
Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds—against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn’t fit the mold. Rosemary Smith Walls always told Jeannette that she was like her grandmother, and in this true-life novel, Jeannette Walls channels that kindred spirit. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa or Beryl Markham’s West with the Night. Destined to become a classic, it will transfix readers everywhere.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Backyard Fun

The backyard was the place to be today to enjoy our 75 degree temps in January!!  Soak up the good weather while you can!
Front and center is Becky with the Good Hair :)  She's a silver laced Wyandotte.
Henrietta says "Eat More Beef!"
I sat down to take pictures and had two dogs in my lap immediately.  Once I got rid of them, here came Elly May! LOL!
Ole Rex hanging out with his ladies again! 
Love, love, love!!