Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wordless Wednesday :)


Proof Of Heaven by Eben Alexander

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I almost feel bad that I didn't like this book because it is someone's story and the message he is trying to get out is powerful.  But, it was too technical for me.  I would find myself skipping whole paragraphs and pages.  I just couldn't picture what he was trying to convey.  

Summary from amazon.com:
The #1 New York Times bestselling account of a neurosurgeon's own near-death experience. 
Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress.

Then, Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human—shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back.

Alexander’s recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself.

Alexander’s story is not a fantasy. Before he underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. Today Alexander is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition.

This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Chicken Crazy!

We love our chickens around here!
And today, I had my record high egg day!! 10 eggs!!  Whoop!  My littles are finally starting to lay!
Since they made me happy, I cleaned out the refrigerator and found them some GOOD scraps!
And without fail, "someone" decided they were a chicken too! :)
 
Well...now that the days work is done, maybe I will catch up on some reading! :)
   

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Weekend

Friday marked 10 years since our first date!  We've been together a whole decade! CrAzY!  I wouldn't change a bit of our journey because it got us where we are today.  And, my awesome hubby who has been sick for a over a week still managed to get me flowers and chocolate! :)
Since Big Bear hasn't been feeling up to par, we decided to save our fancy dinner plans for when he could enjoy it.  So, we just hung out on the farm and were entertained by the chickens and Pop. 

He works hard to clean up our goat paradise!
Saturday was the first weekend without rain in WEEKS!  I have been dying to go to the Beebe flea market, so we gave it a shot.  Secretly, I wanted to go because I knew people sold chickens there.  I am really wanting to add some variety to my eggs and am looking for some Marans (who lay dark chocolate colored eggs), Olive Eggers (who lay green eggs)and Americauna's (who lay blue eggs).  But, none of those chickens were there.  So, I walked away empty handed.  
But, then we went to another flea market and this antique crib was still there from weeks ago when I passed it up.  It was one of those "regret I didn't get that" things, so I jumped on it AND it was ON SALE!  Even better...now, you ask, what am I going to do with an antique crib?  Look closely...I see a hay feeder!  Bingo!
After we got home and napped, we decided the goats had cleaned up a few areas good enough for us to go do our part and pick up some limbs.  So, we worked in the goat area.  Bubba Bear cracks me up with the goats.  He doesn't know what to think about them calling his bluff!  They don't hesitate to head butt him!! LOL!
FYI - goats can make it a real challenge to start a bon fire!
Just because...I think they are cute! :) 
And the weekend (a good weekend I might add), ended on this note:
Oops!  Didn't realize I had a flat until I was in a tight space and then well...this happened.  So much for mowing. But I got to finish my book I was reading! LOL!

A Pearl for Kizzy by Ed Bethune

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This book is by an Arkansas author and is the author that I heard speak last week. I thought this novel was well told and had great character development.  If you don't have any prior knowledge of "river rats" or life living on the river, you will after reading this book.  You will feel yourself pulling for the main character, Kizzy, and admire her determination.  My only "issue" with the book is that I would necessarily label it a WWII novel.  The setting is during WWII time, but at the heart of it, it is the story of a young girl growing up in poverty as a river rat on the river.  It is definitely worth your time to read and I think if you are from Arkansas or the South, you might even enjoy it more.  It was neat to see my hometown of Newport mentioned and the White River Monster that we all grew up looking for every time we crossed the White River Bridge.  

Summary from Goodreads.com:
Kizzy, a spirited child, lives with her family on a one-room ramshackle houseboat in Big Pearl, Arkansas. They fish, dig for mussels, look for pearls, and sell the shells to the button factory. It is a crude life made harder by the Great Depression, natural disasters, and prejudice. At the onset of World War II, Kizzy befriends a young boy-a refugee from Nazi Germany-and a cultured young woman who encourages her to read and learn from Jane Austen's books. Kizzy yearns for a better life, but as she comes of age her dream of getting off the river is threatened by the evil Bully Bigshot and his Eugenics Center, a corrupt outfit that wants to rid the world of "river rats" like her through abortion and "better breeding." ... And there is Cormac, the lascivious man Kizzy calls her "make-do stepfather." Kizzy's struggle mimics today's culture war. Daring, but realistic, the novel examines love, pride, compassion, courage, hope, morality, and duty-the things that inform and shape our destiny.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tired!

A picture that captures how I am feeling...tired!
The month of August is just exhausting in the life of an educator.  It's like tax season for an accountant.  It's brutal.  I love my job, but I am worn out and need Labor Day weekend to come on so I can have 3 days to nap like Prim! LOL!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sharing!

Well, these barn cats are growing up around chickens and are learning to be friends with them.  They might even THINK they ARE chickens sometimes!  
Fresh water?  Sure, I will take some.  Oh, this is a chicken coop?  hmmm...
 Hey lady!  There is a cat drinking out of my water bowl!
Throw some left over cornbread to the chickens and well, that means everyone gets some right? :)
I have to say, I didn't have chickens or goats or donkeys growing up.  We did live in the country though and had horses, dogs and barn cats. So, I didn't know I would eventually end up as the crazy chicken lady, but I sure do love it!  And, home is my bliss.  It's my happy place.  I am content.  I love it here and praise Jesus for it!  I hope everyone has a little slice of heaven somewhere.  That place where you can just take a deep breath and thank God for all your blessings. :)


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

#geekalert

Yesterday I got to attend my first author presentation & book signing!!  I was giddy!  I am intrigued by WWII historical fiction & this author is from Arkansas and has a new release out based on WWII.  My principal asked if I wanted to go and I jumped on the chance!  So, I now have my first real signed copy of a book and started the book last night.  Love that in the first night, there was a reference to Newport (my hometown) and the White River Monster (a local tale).  I loved the authors sense of humor and hope his way of "talking to an audience" carries over into his writing.  Don't worry, I will let you know! :)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Weekend Farm News

Saturday it rained ALL day AGAIN.  I don't know how many days in row this made.  It rained all week and last weekend and maybe before that.  I can't remember a day without rain.  My outside babies and I are sick of it!!
Goats HATE rain.  Poor babies.
Look closely...can you see Crackle's little beard?  So cute!
Not a great picture, but Snap has figured out my hips make good leverage for reaching branches! LOL!
Sunday, we just rejoiced that there was NO RAIN and the SUN was SHINING!! 
Bubba was feeling better today too.  He was out in full force.  Using his back leg and running!!  He is on the mend!
And these two...oh my goodness, they make it hard sometimes to get anything done.  They love some cuddle time on my lap!!  Meanwhile, the inside cat hates us! LOL!
Today was also Jethro's 2nd birthday!!!  We didn't have a birthday hat so we improvised with daddy's cowboy hat. :)  
Elly May is not one to be left out...
And that's a wrap on a peaceful day!  Hopeful for more sunshine this week!!
The boys:

In a Dark, Dark Wood

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I started this book Saturday morning and finished it by Sunday mid-day.  Enough said.  Read it. :)
Oh, and I saw where Reece Witherspoon is going to be the producer of the movie.

Summary:
What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Sometimes the only thing to fear…is yourself.

When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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This was my August Book of the Month Club pick and I loved it!  I probably never would have chosen it if it hadn't been a selection of the B.O.M. club.  It is considered science fiction and that typically isn't my favorite genre, but the story intrigued me.  I can easily recommend this book even if you aren't comfortable with sci fi, give it a try.  

Summary from barnesandnoble.com:
Are you happy with your life?” 
 
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. 
 
Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. 
 
Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”  
 
In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.
 
Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
 
Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Chicken Run Redesign

Since we expanded the chicken run into a big pen, the ladies aren't stuck inside the covered run except at night & early morning.  I had a perch for them that made it difficult to reach the feeder.  So, I shifted and made a small perch in the corner and they still have their ladder.
And now I can walk straight to the feeder without having to go under a board!! Yay!  Our house sitter will be glad too! :)
And I took the board that was across the run and made them a perch out in their big pen.  Win Win!  
 I love our cute coop!!  Big Bear did a good job!!  Maybe I will get a 2nd coop some day! LOL!
15 chickens and counting... :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty

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I have read 3 other books that I absolutely loved, What Alice Forgot, The Husband's Secret, and Big Little Lies.  So, I was excited to see she had a new release.  But this book didn't live up to the others in my opinion.  It is very slow paced and pretty anti-climatic.  It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either.  I read one review after that said it was an ok plot with ok characters for an ok story.  That pretty much sums it up.  

Summary from barnesandnoble.com:
Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty turns her unique, razor-sharp eye towards three seemingly happy families.
Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.
Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.
Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?
In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

Friday, August 12, 2016

T.G.I.F.

So glad to see Friday roll around! :)  What a week!!  Back to School is always so draining.  Last night was "Meet and Greet", so that means staying at school until 7 pm.  Then, I got home and hopped on the mower because it's supposed to rain all weekend.  Exhausted!!  I can honestly say I have now mowed using the headlights. Ha!  
And, it's official, I am behind.  One week into work and I can't keep up.  Laundry needs done or we are going to have turn our undies inside out! LOL!  House is a mess. Front porch looks like white trash lives here.  Ahhhhh!!! Read?  Who has time to read?  
And, then there is Bubba Bear who has had issues with his back leg since April.  Our vet couldn't find anything wrong.  We took him for a second opinion today and he has a low grade fever and fluids in his hawk joint.  He is on antibotics for now and goes back Thursday to drain the fluid and get xrays.  My poor baby!  I think we may have a new vet and closer to home too! :)
But at the end of an exhausting week, there is always happy to be found on the farm...
Sharing is caring by Katniss and Jethro :)
Which one is not like the others? Brought to you by "the ladies" and Prim:
And, lastly, "My brother from another mother" by Katniss and Snap. :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

It's the Little Things

Yesterday was the teacher's first day back and the first official day full of Professional Development, so it was really my first true "back to reality" day.  And, after a LONG day of meeting, I had a little blessing when I got home.  One of the littles laid their first egg yesterday!!  Exciting!!  See the one on the far right...the first few eggs are always small and they get bigger with each new egg they lay. Now, I have 7 big chicken layers and 2 banty (mini-chicken) layers! Only 6 more big chickens to go!
Today, I got home and my first Book of the Month Club order had arrived!!  It's just the little things that can make a day brighter.
Tomorrow is the last day of meetings and then we finally get to dig in and start setting up for first day of school on Monday.