Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Pop was my best costume sport! :)  He just struts around! LOL!

Meanwhile, these two were like "don't even think about it!" Ha!
And the pups are never to be left out...much to their displeasure!  Actually, Stella was quite willing!  She's a good girl!
These two were saying "Take as many pictures as you want, but you can't make us look at you!"
Happy Halloween!  Be safe out there!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

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This series is just not living up to the hype for me.  I'm having a hard time getting attached to characters and I just don't know who to "cheer for"...when the main character is more of a bad guy than a good guy and just doesn't seem to "grow" as a character, it's tough.  This is the 2nd book in the series.  There is one more.  I'm going to finish it because that's what I do! ha! I have to know how it ends.

Summary:
Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

Saturday, October 29, 2016

It's molting time!

When the days get shorter and the temps cooler, it is a sign for the chickens to molt.  (out with the old feathers and in with the new)  They look positively pitiful in the process...our bully chicken seems to be the most severe "molter":
Egg production does slow down during molting season and for some chickens they may not lay an egg for up to 3 months.  Besides pitiful looking chickens and less eggs, another sign of molting season is feathers EVERYWHERE!
I mean to the point that sometimes you see a pile so big  in the yard that you think, "oh no! Something happened here and we've lost a chicken."  Nope ... just molting! Whew!
Most of our ladies you can't even tell...I think it's funny that Bully is getting it the worst.  I guess what goes around, comes around! LOL!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Don't tell the donkeys!

I have an experiment going...I snuck a pillow out on the front porch.  Shhhh!!!!
How long do you think it will last before the donkeys carry it off? LOL!
I honestly give it less than 24 hours...if I had to guess! Ha!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Visitor

This gorgeous beast was traveling from Florida to Oklahoma for a roping competition and his owner has a friend in our area, so he stopped here for an overnight stay along the way.  I mean, who else would you call to house a big 'ole horse overnight? LOL!
We closed him in the backyard area so there was no "issues" with the little donkeys who are even SMALLER next to this guy!  Even Prim was a bit freaked out.  The first time the horse made a whiny sound, she bolted in a dead run.  You never would have guessed she was born in a barn FULL of these gorgeous animals!
 Can you appreciate just how tall/big he is???  I'm sticking to mini's, thank you! LOL!
He stayed in his stall overnight and this morning when I saw the mess, I thought, "Good grief!  My mom cleans this up daily times about 9!!"  
And, this afternoon, Big Bear stepped up and mucked his first stall! :)
Good luck in your roping competition, Six.  Hope you enjoyed your stay!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Cluckin' Monday

It was a Monday.  We survived!  Here's to a good week! :)
Read a book & Hug a Chicken! LOL!

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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This book has great reviews and high ratings.  It's the first book in a trilogy and I loved this authors other trilogy, so I'm going to see it through.  I didn't dislike the book, but I didn't love it either.  Something is lacking.  I didn't find any attachment to characters and am not sure I like the main character.  The pace, of course, picks up toward the end and does leave you wanting to know what happens next.  So, I'm really hoping that this is one of those series that the first book sets up the series and it finishes strong.

Summary:
I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.
 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Fun Day!

Big Bear and I have been meeting each other coming and going lately.  So, when Big Bear won two free tickets and a parking pass to the State Fair yesterday, we decided a fun day together was in order! :)  And those that know him will not be surprised that he won the tickets with a trivia game on a local radio show. 
We, of course, started with a corn dog & lemonade to be followed up with walking every single farm barn!!
We even lucked into the miniature donkey show!!
We did get to talk to someone who shows their donkeys and FINALLY found a place to buy a miniature donkey halter!!
And, I think I found my retirement goal:
We didn't spend a lot of time in the swine barn...and let's just say I am over EVER wanting a pig!  Ewww...
LOL!
After watching cows get baths and blown dry (so funny), horses getting ready to show, pigs in the ring, goats being milked, and chickens, it was time for a turkey leg!! 
(Oh, and I came real close to buying two chickens at the fair!  There was a for sale sign on two blue americaunas that I have been searching high and low for...but I had no crate AND they were a year and half old.  LESSON: Go no where without a crate!! LOL!)
And yes, I walked out with fried oreos!
When we got home, it was obviously time for a nap!  Me and this little cutie took a 2 hour nap together. :)
And, all I wanted to finish this great day (Big Bear even did all the feeding around here!!!), was a Razorback win.  I can't stand Auburn!!  But, it's the 3rd quarter and it doesn't look promising. :(

Thursday, October 20, 2016

How about some goat love?

It has only taken 5 months to get this!!!  Snap and Crackle were tough to crack.  Well, Crackle still won't let me love him.  But, Snap is now a fan of some momma love! :)
I tried to get a picture with both but Pop is not that thrilled with sharing all his attention.  He's used to being the only goat to get ALL the scratches.  Tonight he walked over and just shoved poor Snap out of the way. Ha!
This is me telling him all about the Arkansas Goat Festival...we could WIN!  
LOL!
Now, I do have a crate big enough to transport Snap...so...it's possible. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sluggish...

I am low on "fuel" these days.  Can't seem to shake it.  I think it's a combination of weather change and too much on my plate.  I can't keep up lately.  One day at a time...and my picture taking is suffering as a result!
But here are few to make you smile. :)
I title this one: "We solemnly swear we are up to no good." -Jethro & Elly May
 "I laugh in the face of the title 'barn cat'.  I am quite comfy with this new lifestyle."
Guard dogs...beware!


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Katniss!!

We are taking it one day at a time around here with our baby girl, Katniss.  At this point, I doubt she will ever fully recover and get to be a "barn cat", which is sad because she LOVES to be outside and UP. :(
We go back to the vet on Wednesday and see our regular vet who will be back from vacation.  Right now, she is still inside for her safety.  Today was her first day back outside supervised and she chased leaves and played with her sister.  Still serious issues with her balance and hind end. :(  I have stopped crying though, it is what it is and we will do the best we can by her.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

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This is my second book to read by this author.  Love her authenticity!  This would be a great read aloud for discussion of the late 60's and the beginnings of the Black Panthers.  It might help our youth understand why things are going on today.  
I have started a monthly book club with my library helpers at school, so this was/is our first book.  We will read one a month and every one who passes the AR test on it, will be invited to a Book Club Lunch where I will get them Sonic and we will discuss the book.  I'm looking forward to this! :)

Summary:
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

In a humorous and breakout book by Williams-Garcia, the Penderwicks meet the Black Panthers.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Fluffy Butt Friday

 I believe I see a wing clipping party in this ladies future! :)
Happy Friday!

Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

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This is a tough one because it isn't a bad book...there are just things about it that didn't sit well with me.  I think it was the way the story was told that sometimes had me shaking my head.  I got confused on who was who because one character kept changing their name.  One review I read said this: "alternating chapters between a first person narrative by a mother, and then a third person narrative told chronologically backward and then overly complicated by a hodge podge of different names for the same character".  Yes!  What she said!  I think it had potential but somehow lost its way.  Not enough depth to the story.  But it is a quick read and not the worst I've read, so try it out for yourself and see what you think.  There are more good reviews than bad.

Summary:
Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstatic—but Anna, Julie’s mother, has whispers of doubts.  She hates to face them. She cannot avoid them. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she begins a torturous search for the truth about the woman she desperately hopes is her daughter.
 
Propulsive and suspenseful, Good as Gone will appeal to fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, and keep readers guessing until the final pages.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Set-back

Katniss has had a set-back.  This struggle for her started two weeks ago Saturday.  So, we are at about 2 1/2 weeks.  The emergency vet and our regular vet both said vestibular disease.  Everyday we could see a little improvement.  Then, on Sunday I felt like something wasn't right.  And, by the time I got home from work on Monday, I knew something wasn't right.  Her right side back leg would just give out and she would basically be dragging herself at times. I called the vet because I was a bawling mess.  And, our vet is on vacation this week, so I made an appointment with his substitute and got in this morning.  This vet is thinking head trauma or brain tumor.  She had me so discouraged that I didn't know what to think.  She wants to do a spinal tap and a cat scan of the brain!!  So...for now, until my regular vet returns, we are trying another steroid shot and a round of antibiotics.  In the hopes that there is just a lingering infection (maybe along the spine?) that the first round of antibiotics didn't get.  I don't know...I have researched and researched.  One thing all the vets agree on is that at her age, this is rare.  In the meantime, she is purring and is being kept safely indoors. (Much to the displeasure of Ruby who hates her!) Here is a video of Monday afternoon to show you what I mean:


And, this is where her and sister are right now...you don't hear either of them complaining about being moved in from the barn!  LOL!



Monday, October 10, 2016

Look who's 18!!!

My niece, the horse whisperer!  Where did time go!?!
How else would we spend a cowgirl's birthday except in the country with lots of horses? :)
Happy birthday gorgeous!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Those darn GOATS!

Goats...I had read about them being escape artists...I have seen the saying, "Bored?  Get goats!"  They really do keep you on your toes, and they really are hard on fences.  See this cute picture below?  The goats are on the WRONG side of the fence!
This was not an intentional escape.  I will give them that.  Pop weighs a TON and he goes down the fence line pushing on it with all his weight to scratch...well he finally popped a hole and apparently yelled "hey guys! over here!" LOL!
 And, of course this happened just as the Razorback game was starting...so I did what any Hog fan would do...I opened the gate going into the goat pen from the chicken pen and went to watch the game!
Now, we were playing Alabama, so I soon became frustrated and went back outside to fix the fence.  All is well.  We have decided to be pro-active since I fixed two corners like this in the past week.  This week we are fence walking and looking for weak spots.  It's always something! (But I love it!)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

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I wasn't going to read it.  I didn't think I could handle the play format.  And, then it was on my book fair this week.  I always buy some books to support the library and book fair, so I felt like it was a sign.  At first, I thought, I would just "own" it for my collection.  Then, I just went for it.  And, I liked it.  Was it a great story?  Not really.  But it was Harry Potter!  I think the best part was just being back in Harry Potter "land"...being at Hogwarts...being with all those characters that we grew to love so much.  The great part is that if you have read all the books and watched all the movies, then when you are reading this - the play form starts to go away and you can just hear the characters voice in your head.  At the end of the day, if you are Harry Potter, you kind of have to read it.  Just do it.
Now...who wants to have a Harry Potter movie marathon with me? :)

Summary from B&N site:
The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London's West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Making Faces by Amy Harmon

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This is a tough one to review.  I give 3.5 out of 5 stars...because it took it a bit to get into the book.  I thought the beginning, while necessary to build the background was not very engaging.  I love this author so I was surprised that I wasn't "liking" the book.  Then, it did get better.  There are so many life lesson and quotes that make you stop and think about we take for granted daily.  Make you think about what is really important in this life.  It's a good read, but I just couldn't quite give a 4.  If I give a book a 5, then it is a MUST read.  A 4 means to me that was a solid book and I really, really liked it a lot.  This didn't quite live up to those expectations.

Summary from amazon.com:
Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She'd been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have...until he wasn't beautiful anymore. Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl's love for a broken boy and a wounded warrior's love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Arrrghhh! What are YOU reading?

It's book fair week...and with that comes exhaustion!!  Fun and exhausting at the same time. I don't imagine this "pirate" will be blogging much this week.  I will savor what peace I find as soon as I get home and re-energize for the next day's adventures! :)


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sunday on the farm

Katniss has gotten a little better with each day.  She is running and jumping up on benches and chairs without falling.  However, she is still not 100%.  So, we are still only outside on supervised mommy time.  Her reaction time is not great yet.
Sunday Selfie :)
My poor Stella...look at that sad face!  She doesn't like sharing her love of her momma! Bless her!
 All lined up for attention from Big Bear!
 Today's only "task" was burning the burn pile, which then lead to the chainsaw coming out and us starting the clean up trees where the goats have cleaned underneath.  Before:
I love a burn pile and this one smelled so good with all the cedar on it!
 During:
 And after:  
Once we get the whole row looking like this, we will put a bench down there. Love it!
And, now to get ready for a LONG week of book fair fun!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Goat Festival

Today, even with a Razorback game in town, we went to a Goat Festival!!  What in the world has come over us?!?! LOL!
It was apparently the first goat festival, and it was pretty packed out!  I didn't know what to expect, but it was fun.  We watched a goat cheese making demo, a goat costume contest, and a goat parade.  Plus, there were vendors and goats everywhere.  It was entertaining.  I will just let you enjoy the pictures and a short video of the beginning of the parade!  If I can transport Pop, we are SO going with a goat next year! LOL!

 This is the same breed as Pop - only this guy is 7 months old.  I think Pop needs a bandanna!  :)
 This was the winner of the costume contest and got to be the grand marshal of the parade! :)  The flag says "Whatever floats your goat". ha!
  A taco goat! 
 This one was pretty cool too!  Those glasses stayed on!!


And...the parade...or at least the beginning of it!  Enjoy! :)