Friday, April 29, 2016

I made it!

I survived April!  Yay!!  Weeks of testing and make-up testing and book fair and caterings and feeling like a walking zombie.  It's done.  I survived on Dr. Pepper, Jesus and prayer!  Woohoo!  I rewarded myself with a Barnes & Noble trip...see my haul below:
I have made it to the other side.  May is the downhill slide into summer people! 27 work days to go! :)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

CRAWFISH!!!

The only way this man pulled off today was with the help of Jesus!  He gets all the glory!!  There were equipment hiccups and he worked both jobs today and all over the place getting supplies.  Sometimes it sucks being a one man catering show, but at the same time he loves it.  I left work as soon as I could and went to help him, so I'm one tired puppy too.  But I love some crawfish! :)
Big Bear in his outdoor kitchen ready to boil some crawfish!!
That is just pretty! :)
Quick he's trying to escape!! ha!
I did at least get a big plate (he pays me in food! ha!), so it made my long day worth it.  
I'm ready for FRIDAY!!

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

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This book is unlike any book I've read before.  It may be my first autobiography ever and I have had it on "to read" shelf for well over a year.  I LOVED IT!  I would laugh out loud at times, get frustrated, and outraged and sad.  In the early years, you know she doesn't have the best of parents, but you can give them credit for some of the advice they give and making the best of everything.  But, the older they got, I found it harder and harder to like the parents.  This is NEVER boring.  I highly recommend it.

Summary:
The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette's brilliant and charismatic father captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn't want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing--a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.
 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

One Year Ago...

One year ago we brought these two home!
Best decision! :)

Look how cute they were!!
 We were so scared they would kick us! ha!  Now, we just push them around! :)
And them now! :)

They've really grown a lot in a year!
You don't notice until you look back at pictures.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Day 3 of the goat shed

Ruby Rue decided to come out and help today.  She's holding down the walls. :)
First the tin roof went on!
Looking good!
Now we are ready for walls!!!
"Thanks guys!  We don't know why you decided to build us this fort, but we love it!" haha!
Ruby Rue decided to inspect the roof.
By the way, Big Bear loves it when I get distracted by a cute moment and stop to snap a picture! LOL!  But seriously, this is our work space and look at all our lazy helpers!  Ruby Rue is stretched out IN the goat shed!! :)
And the final product for day 3.  We have two more wall sections to cut and a few wall supports to put up and done!  Well, except for me painting it red but that may wait until summer break.  I am pretty proud of us!  We didn't even fuss at each other while building it! ha!
 From the back:
Big Bear has to work both jobs the next two days, so we will finish up Friday night weather permitting.  Then, it's two rows of fencing and GOATS!!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Day 2 of Goat Shed

Today was work and then home to work on the goat shed.  It was actually a good outlet to let go of today's frustrations.  
Stella was in charge of keeping up with the tools...ha!
Rex was the floor tester! :)
What you can't tell about today's progress is that we took the floors up and firmed up the support underneath.  Yesterday, it wasn't holding Big Bear's weight very well & there will be probably 3 goats living in it.  Goats weigh more than you think. 
What are ya'll doing down here again?
Even Ruby Rue came down to give her inspection.  I think she approved.
Here is today's progress...plus after this, I got 3/4 of the floor primed before I ran out of primer.  Now, if you see flaws, just keep it to yourself.  We are pretty proud of ourselves so far! :)
Tomorrow is walls up and tin roof on, then we can say done! Well, except for me painting it red to match the barn and chicken coop. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Weekend Report

I really don't think Rex needs to be on house arrest when this is what he does outside! :)  I'm not sure what was going on with him last week, but he hasn't had an "episode" since...keeping a close eye on him for now.
On another note, you know the lawnmower blow-out needs to be become a priority when you can't see your chickens over the grass!  Look hard...she's there! LOL!
I had grand ideas of practically finishing the goat shelter this weekend, but that was impossible with Big Bear having to work all weekend.  He's working 7 days a week right now.  We are both about to drop.  So, Saturday after he got off we he managed to fix the lawnmower.  That was an ordeal in itself that took longer than anticipated.  Goat project - we managed to buy the stuff we needed to start building. :(
I did get the yard mowed and the side pasture mowed so the day wasn't a total waste.
Now, Sunday, again after Big Bear worked, we finally got to start on the shed.  
Here is the spot ready to work:
Corner post set:
You see in every picture, we have good supervisors! LOL!
Inspector Elly May:
Making progress:
I think day 1 was a success...if the weather cooperates, I hope we can finish it by the end of the week. :)
Wish us luck!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

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This is a great young adult read.  It has a really good story line that grabs you from the first chapter and even has time travel in it. If I were still in the classroom, I would certainly use it as a read aloud.  I would recommend this to any 4th grader on up. :)

Summary from goodreads:
When thirteen-year-old Margaret's father is unfairly sentenced to death by the cruel Judge Biggs, she is determined to save him, even if it means using her family's secret-and forbidden-ability to time travel. With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret goes back to a time when Judge Biggs was a young boy and tries to prevent the chain of events that transformed him into a corrupt, jaded man.

Friday, April 22, 2016

On the flip side...

After my "Debbie Downer" post yesterday, let's look at the bright side today!
Bubba Bear is off backyard/house arrest and bolted out front with a gusto and NO limping!  Whoop!  Stella is thrilled to have her pest of a brother back! LOL!
I relaxed in the sunshine in my rickety old yard sale glider that I love and watched the donkeys graze, the dogs play (and eat donkey poop!) and Big Bear hit golf balls.  A relaxing end to a stressful week!

Next week marks one year since we added these two the family!  Can you believe it's been a year?
And you can't tell me this little chicken flea market find isn't adorable at the chicken pen gate!?!  Love!
 Big Bear's garden is looking good.  We lost 3 tomato plants to the rain so we are down to 39.  How will we ever survive with that? Haha!
He even planted my donkeys some carrots! :)
Most importantly, the BOOK FAIR is OVER!!! 
 Woohoo!!
Happy weekend!  We start the goat shelter tomorrow!
OH!  And, Minnie is out of broody pen jail and seems to be back to normal.  AND, Cotton laid her first egg! We are getting it together! :)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Hitting the wall...

I am beyond exhausted and frustrated and worried...April has been an insanely busy month.  Work is crazy.  I'm ready for May and the downhill slide into the blissful days of summer!
Here is what I have going on right now:

  • book fair week - exhausting in itself!
  • Bubba Bear was limping for a week (as in completely holding up one back leg even when he was in a dead run) and went to the vet last Friday.  He has been on backyard only and house arrest for a week with meds.  He is due to be released Saturday morning.  If limp returns, back to the vet.  He seems better.
  • Rex started acting super weird yesterday.  Walking all hunched over.  He was shaking and seemed to be in pain.  He went to the vet today.  Our regular vet was off, so he saw the guest vet.  Rex is on a week of house arrest and meds.  The vet said 30 days, but I think if he has a spine issue or something serious, we can move to the next step sooner than 30 days.  Plus, he is already miserable suffering through Bubba's confinement!  I have no idea what he has done to himself.  
  • Then, I have the chicken in broody hen jail in the barn!
  • And, Cotton STILL hasn't laid an egg!
  • Did I mention work is crazy busy and we are also trying to get ready for a goat addition to the family!?!?  Ahhhhh!!!! 
  • Oh, and the lawn mower has a major blow out ... and the grass ain't getting any shorter!
  • AND, the dishwasher stopped working but neither one of us has time to meet a repairman at the house, so we've been hand washing dishes for the past week.  It gets old quick!  Big Bear uses a lot of dishes cooking!  
We are falling apart!  I need things to slow down and everyone healthy and doing their jobs!  No freeloading chickens.  I hate to say it, but if the banty's don't get it together, they are going to be our test subjects for if we can eat chickens we raise!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

No One Knows by J.T. Ellison

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Add this one to your list.  Read it!  Read it! Read it!  I could NOT put it down!  I came home from work today, let the chickens out and settled in to read until I finished! ha!  I would compare this book to Gone Girl and Girl on a Train.  Twists and turns and just a wild ride.  I can easily see this getting turned into a movie.  

Summary:
In an obsessive mystery as thrilling as The Girl on the Train and The Husband’s SecretNew York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison will make you question every twist in her novel―and wonder which of her vividly drawn characters you should trust.
The day Aubrey Hamilton’s husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring closure so she can move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn’t want to move on. She just wants Josh back. It’s been five years since he disappeared, since their blissfully happy marriage―they were happy, weren’t they?―screeched to a halt and Aubrey became the prime suspect in his disappearance. Five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions. Why didn’t Josh show up at his friend’s bachelor party? Who anonymously sent Aubrey her favorite cocktail at the bar where Josh stood her up? Was he murdered? Did he run away? And now, all this time later, who is the mysterious and strangely familiar figure suddenly haunting her new life?
As her heroine faces the possibility that everything she thinks she knows about herself, her marriage, and her husband is a lie, New York Timesbestselling author J.T. Ellison expertly peels back the layers of a complex woman who is hiding dark secrets beneath her unassuming exterior. In a masterful thriller for readers who love Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Paula Hawkins, Ellison pulls you into a you’ll-never-guess merry-go-round of danger and deception. Round and round and round it goes, where it stops…no one knows.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Donkeys Love TREATS!

I get so tickled when they know I have a treat...they are so funny!  And relentless with their begging! LOL!



I truly believe they can smell a french fry a mile away! :)
Excuse the background action from Rex...haha!

 Hush puppy anyone?