Friday, December 1, 2017

Road Trip...Thanksgiving in Nashville

Thanksgiving morning, we turned the farm over to our farm sitter and hit the road to escape for a few days.  It was MUCH needed.  We have been so busy lately that we were just passing each other coming and going.  Nashville is about a 5 hour drive for us, so we were still on the road for the lunch hour and since Crackle Barrel had a line that seemed to wrap around the building, we opted to have Waffle House for Thanksgiving lunch! LOL!  
We were in Nashville by dinner and staying downtown in the midst of everything, so we went to explore the Honky Tonks and find food.  We had Thanksgiving dinner at Luigi's ... lasanga and pizza work just fine for me!
That night we walked around downtown and got a feel for where we wanted to explore further the next day.
For black Friday, there was no bargain insane shopping for us.  After breakfast at Puckett's, we walked around downtown and then explored the Johnny Cash museum. 

 We had lunch at Demo's.  Yummy pasta!!  Then, we took a little nap!  Then, the plan was to go to the Country Music Hall of Fame.  But it was 4 and they close at 5, so we opted to wait until morning.  However, we stumbled on a little concert in the lobby by Tracy Lawerance to kick off the lighting of the Christmas tree.  So we stayed for that! :)
We went to Acme Feed & Seed for dinner and that was cool because as we got our dinner, a band started playing.  They were fun!

Saturday morning, we toured the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Tim McGraw and Faith Hill had a display for the month and that was probably my favorite.  Also, more Johnny Cash and seeing one of Elvis' cars. :)

We decided Nashville might have a cool zoo, so why not get in the car and check it out?  So far, the car had not moved from the parking garage.  Big Bear did a great job of getting us a hotel right in the middle of everything.  But, the zoo was disappointing. 
The absolute BEST part of the trip was saved for last...the grand ole opry at the Ryman Auditorium!!!  Oh my goodness! I have NO words!!  It was just amazing!!
It was a lot to cram into 3 days, but it was a great trip!  I love a downtown that you feel safe walking around at night and has so much going on for everyone.  It was good to get away, but also good to get home.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Wow!  I love to see a first time author knock it out of the park!! This was a great read.  Its target audience is young adult (middle school to high school), but I think adults can read it too.  Makes you a perspective you may not have thought of before.  Just give it a try!  Read it. :)

Summary from
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Oh happy day!

My niece (who moved to California about a year ago) is home for a week, and everyone is happy, happy, happy!!!  The horses are happy, the grandparents are happy, friends are happy, everyone is happy!  Poor girl is trying to fit all her family into basically 5 days, but she knows she is loved. :)  It did my heart good to be her paparazzi again today and get some pics of her with her horses.
(And bonus, her boyfriend is pretty awesome too!)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Have you...

hugged a goat today?  I highly recommend it! :)
Or, moved a freezer with your tractor?  LOL!

Rules by Cynthia Lord

This is my book club book for the month with my library helpers.  I would easily recommend this to teachers for a read aloud or for higher elementary & middle school readers.  It was really good and I can't wait to discuss at our book lunch.  The brother in the story is autistic.  It seems like a good way to help relate to families with autism in the family.

Summary from
This 2007 Newbery Honor Book is a humorous and heartwarming debut about feeling different and finding acceptance. Now in After Words paperback!

Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public"---in order to head off David's embarrassing behaviors.
But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a surprising, new sort-of friend, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Redneck Shelter

Here's the deal...the big goats don't use their shed at night.  They lay out on the ground.  Regardless.  Unless it's raining.  Then, they will use the shed.  Now, they won't let Kix (the baby goat) in the shed.  But, I wanted him to have a safe place, so I put the dog crate by a tree where they all lay and he started sleeping in it.  So then I thought, as it gets colder, how can I block the wind and make it warmer?
I tried first to wrap it in cardboard, didn't work.  The goats immediately started ripping at the cardboard and eating it! LOL!
So, I covered the holes with duct tape...
Put a board on the south side.

 Cardboard being destroyed...
Now, I needed to block wind on north side...I wanted to cover the duct tape so they didn't eat it off.  Enter another how to connect?  Ratchet strap?  
Nope, in the end, I got another shorter board and connected all of them to make a box of protection around the crate.  I crawled in and no wind.  He should be as snug as a bug in a rug!  Extra straw was added but they all freaking ate it! I swear!  I can't win! LOL!
And there you have it, a redneck goat shelter! :)

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

I just could not get into this book.  It was my Book of the Month Club pick this month and I had high hopes.  It is the prequel to Practical Magic.  It has good reviews.  Maybe it was just me.  I couldn't connect with the characters.  I wasn't "invested" in the story.  I would pass on this one...

Summary from
Find your magic

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy.