Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Katniss Update

Today she got to come home! Yay!  She is still very wobbly and not her full self.  However, she is walking on her own (falling over some), eating & drinking on her own, purring and alert.  All much improved over just yesterday!  This is what she looks like today...yesterday, there was still hardly any balance. So this is HUGE:

After letting her get a little fresh air, I took her inside to her "new digs" until she is back to normal.  It is just too dangerous for her to be outside right now.  She can't get out of the way of the dogs or donkeys.  I could've cried when she chowed down on some food!! You couldn't force her to eat just two days ago!

How does her sister feel about it all?  Well...she isn't too concerned! LOL!
Hopefully tomorrow is EVEN better!

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

This is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes...wish I could tell you that it ends here, but it doesn't.  Which is good and bad. Good because we get more of a GREAT series.  Bad because apparently the next one is not out until 2018!?!  I usually wait until a series is totally published before I start it because I am NOT good at waiting...oh well.  

Summary from goodreads:
Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

Monday, September 26, 2016

We tried...

We have taken hit after hit since about the end of July, so we decided to escape for one night & head to Mtn. View.  We did manage to enjoy a little shopping on the square...
 We found some shade and sat and listened to music...
It was a hot day, but we were starting to relax...
 This was our view and we planned the next morning to walk down to the trail and explore...
 We went to dinner on the river and were getting ready to watch the Razorback game...
And then we got the call from our house sitter that something was terribly wrong with Katniss.  We debated leaving that night.  Kevin knew I was worried.  I knew I couldn't do anything besides what the house sitter was doing.  She was in good hands.  I cried.  I prayed.  She made it through the night and we got up the next morning and immediately headed home.  Within an hour of being home, I knew we had to go to the emergency vet.  It was like she was drunk and she hadn't eaten and wouldn't drink.  
This precious barn kitty is still at the vet tonight.  She has vestibular disease.  It just develops out of no where and comes on suddenly.  She had a high fever yesterday and was on fluids and meds overnight.  Today she has improved, but we aren't better yet.  The vet says by the end of the week, she should have recovered and be back to normal.
I know there are people who would think we were crazy for coming home for a barn cat and for then taking her to the emergency vet to pay an outrageous fee, but these animals are under my care.  They depend on me to take care of them.  It is the very least I can do in exchange for the joy they give me.  So, call us crazy, but these are our kids. :)
A righteous man cares for the needs of his animals. Proverbs 12:10

Friday, September 23, 2016

Favorites of the Week...

I take a lot of pictures if you haven't noticed!! :)  These are the ones from this week that just make my heart smile...enjoy!
No words needed here:
I was late getting home from work and these two immediately jumped in my lap!
Snap, Crackle and Pop :)
Early mornings...God's beauty!
My new library helpers this year had their first work week and it just so happened that a box of NEW books arrived this week!  Their faces were priceless!
Priceless!  My 5th grade helper reading to a 1st grade class!  She rocked it out!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Petting Zoo is Open!

It was a company filled weekend.  We had one of Big Bear's buddies over to watch the Hog game on Saturday and then had our friends with their kids over for dinner on Sunday night.  It's fun sharing the farm with others! :)
Carla had to show the boys how to catch a chicken!
This little darlin' LOVED the kittens the most.  He carried one or the other or both all night.  Katniss was a true sport and let him do whatever.  He laid on the back patio with Katniss on his belly and sang to her!!!  ADORABLE!
 He only fed the donkeys if we promised to go look for the kittens who had escaped him briefly! Ha!

 Helping feed the goats...
 A little baggo...
And of course, Big Bear fed us good!  
And then it was back to reality on Monday morning bright and early!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ramblings of the weekend

My followers...every step I take, it is GUARANTEED that Bubba Bear, Stella and two adorable barn kitties are not far behind!  If I am in the goat pen area, add Pop to the mix! LOL!
Why did we get goats? Exhibit A and B...
Saturday, Stella & I took a quick trip to the Big Farm in Beebe to check on things for Mom & Dad...horses are SO BIG compared to all my miniature animals!!
Mom's barn cats DID NOT like Stella ONE bit! LOL!
Do I constantly take pictures? Yes!  And I often scroll through them when I'm not at home and it makes me smile every single time! 
The weekend just goes TOO fast!  Every dern time! :(
Gotta run...we got company coming over for a farm visit and dinner. Woohoo!

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

This book was recommended to me by one of my 5th graders, so of course I had to read it! :)  I really like how this author tells a story and plan to "book talk" this book to my 4th and 5th graders.  It's about a family that struggles to put food on the table and were homeless at one point.  Crenshaw is the boys imaginary friend that he needs in times of stress.  Unfortunately, a lot of my students can relate to this story, so I think it might help them to realize they aren't alone in some of their struggles. 

Summary from amazon.com:
In her first novel since The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal, Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience.
Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.
Crenshaw is a cat. He's large, he's outspoken, and he's imaginary. He has come back into Jackson's life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?
Beloved author Katherine Applegate proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary. This title has Common Core connections.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I had never heard of this book and it was on the main display at B&N with its new release sequel.  I was intrigued and looked it up on goodreads to see GREAT reviews, so I grabbed it and the sequel.  It's SO good! Not for the weak at heart though...one review says "It has the addictive quality of The Hunger Games combined with the fantasy of Harry Potter and the brutality of Game of Thrones."  That really does sum it up.  I recommend it for high school on up.  Too violent for middle school in my opinion.  It is a young adult novel, but I'm a little uncomfortable with the brutality and the way rape is just something that happens to the lower class to recommend it to middle schoolers.  
 I saw where the production rights for a movie have been picked up.  I am starting the sequel tonight! :)

Best Young Adult Book of 2015
Best Debuts of 2015 Amazon
Best Books of 2015 Suspense Magazine
Best Books for Teens 2015 New York Public Library

Summary from amazon.com:
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Just so you know...

Boxers prefer TWO beds stacked on top of each other please and thanks!  
For ultimate comfort, one just won't do.  
And do they care if their lab sister even HAS a bed?  Nope!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Chicken Trivia!

Did you know that a chicken will kill and eat a snake?  Saw it first hand yesterday!  Go Red Go!
And, if you give chickens 10 nesting boxes, they all want and use the SAME one!  Seriously, I got 10 eggs today from the big girls and 7 were in the SAME nesting box! LOL!

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Wow!  Started it yesterday morning and stayed up until I finished it!  I was pretty much hooked from the very beginning.  This is a debut novel, so can't wait to see what else this author does!!!  The ending though...not sure how I feel about it.  I need MORE!  What happens next?!?
This was also my Book of the Month Club pick.  I highly recommend Book of the Month Club to stay up on the new releases and just really good reads!  

Summary from goodreads.com:
 How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even—yourself?  

People are capable of almost anything. . . 
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco  soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of  deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

It took me over 100 pages before I could really get "hooked" on this book.  It just wasn't as good as her first book for me.  If I weren't one of those "I have to know how this ends" people, I probably would have given up and moved on to something else.  It wasn't horrible.  I've read worse.  Just slow moving and I think it didn't help that I didn't like the main character!!  

Summary from goodreads:
 From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Happy Weekend!

From all of us!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Was it Monday?

It sure felt like a Monday!  What a day!  I could tell you how those "facebook memories" can bite you in the rear...apparently facebook felt the need to remind me that 5 years ago today was our first official visit to the infertility doctor.  I am trying not to let that memory get to me.  It's in the past.  Some days are a fight to NOT let the sadness win.  Today was one of those days.
Then, I came home to a stupid doctor's office trying to turn us over to collections over a bill that we had never received because they were TEXTING the bills!?!  What the?!?
Sometimes, you just have to sit in the camping chairs in the backyard and throw bread to the chickens and let it all go...
So, in honor of that, we are starting to give our Wyandotte Chickens names now that we can semi tell them apart.  Meet "Becky with the good hair":  LOL!
And Lacey: 
Only 3 chickens left to name!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day Weekend

And, I have labored all weekend!  I feel good about it too!  My body aches but the place is looking good!  Yesterday was mowing and weedeating.  I got the yard area and the goat area looking pretty dern good if I do say so myself!
 This is our little farm looking from the driveway gate.  The barn is basically in the backyard and this end of our property ends just about a car length behind the barn where we put the privacy fence.  
 I love this side of the yard that goes from the barn to the road.  I think it's so pretty when it's mowed but we never really go over there because we live on a busy road.
The walk from the goats to the chickens:
I just love our barn!  So glad it was already here when we bought the place!
Goat playground cleaned and ready for action!
Today was clean out the barn day!  I had to take multiple breaks from the heat!! So much for that fall weather!!  But it is done and ready for hay season storage!  I have labored all I am going to labor!  Now, I am going to clean up and relax!