My parents closed on the sale of our childhood home today. Bittersweet. They bought a beautiful bigger farm 5 years ago. The house had to be gutted, and my dad stayed there working on the new place while my mom stayed here trying to sell the old place. 45 minutes to an hour apart for YEARS! And, today they can officially live together again and we say good-bye to the house and land we had for the past 30 years.
I can remember when we bought this place. It was just the land. The house that had been here before had burned but the concrete front porch was still there. We built around it. We moved out here when I was in 9th grade. And, we ALL had a hand in building the house. We (mom, dad, me, my brother and 3 boxers!!) lived behind the house in a camper while we were building it. That house was like a mansion by the time we moved in!!
I always loved this row of pecan trees beside the house. I loved exploring in the woods. I loved having horses and pets. Oh, but as a teenager, I HATED the drive! We were 15 minutes out of town. I just couldn't understand why my curfew couldn't be 15 minutes later than everyone else's! LOL!
Thank you for the memories! Thank you to my parents for moving us out to the country. Thank you for instilling my love of country. I think it is really sweet that a young couple with young kids bought the place...now someone else gets to grow up here making memories.
Of all the roads you take in life, make sure at least one of them is dirt. :)
Finally! We managed to get away TOGETHER! The last time we even tried was September and it was cut short by Katniss being sick. You can imagine how nervous I was about leaving all my babies when the last time we left together, Katniss almost died. And, when I left for a girl weekend last month, a chicken did die. Ahhh!!! But, no disasters this go around! As soon as Big Bear delivered his last smoked turkey, we hit the road. And, boy did we burn up some roads!! Thankfully we split our trip in half by driving to Branson first and getting a hotel there. Thanksgiving day we explored Branson a little and went to the Dixie Stampede for our Thanksgiving dinner. :)
The Dixie Stampede put on an awesome Christmas show. We were excited when they brought out the donkey, goats and sheep for the nativity scene! Made us feel right at home! LOL!
The main purpose of our trip was going to the Arkansas/Missouri game. So, the next day we got up and hit the road for 3 1/2 MORE hours of driving on to Columbia, Missouri. We were not sitting in the visitors section, so I was a little nervous about that, but Missouri fans are SUPER nice!!!
I wish I could say it was an amazing win, but it was a great first half and then the Hogs just didn't show up the second half. So hard to watch. In the end, we didn't score one single time in the second half and lost the game. Mizzou 28 Hogs 24
After the game, we had a 3 1/2 hour drive back and did manage to make it to Lambert's before they closed. Wow! That was a TON of food and so good!!
Saturday, we shopped (browsed) Branson, ate another yummy meal at Landry's, (So good!!! We ate well this weekend for sure!), and hit flea markets on the way home.
I found a scrapbook store!!!!! Eeeee!!!! I racked up on paper!
I even found my next chicken coop!!! Just got to save some $$$!! I heart chickens!
It wasn't a fancy vacation by any means, but we needed it and I'm so glad we did it. Great weekend!
Do we still have Ruby Rue? Yes, but it's complicated.
Ruby Rue is hard to explain. She is an indoor cat. She's absolutely gorgeous. But she is not affectionate. Doesn't care where we are or what we are doing. Just wants her food bowl and water bowl full at all times please. And, basically, only seems to like the dog, Bubba Bear. I have honestly never in my life not been able to bond with one of my animals, but Ruby makes it hard.
Then to make matters even MORE complicated, Katniss got sick two months ago. We had to bring the barn cat inside, which meant I also brought in her sister some to keep them bonded. Katniss could not defend herself for a long time. She could barely even walk at times. So, this meant a lot of "lock that cat in this room" and "lock that cat in the other room" kind of thing. Needless to say, Ruby got locked in our bedroom A LOT over the past two months. But she didn't seem to care. It truly didn't bother her as long as her bowl was full. Once Katniss hit the stage of dragging her hind end and we weren't sure that she would ever fully recover, we did toy with the idea of re-homing Ruby. I couldn't risk her attacking Katniss. We actually did find a widow who would take her, and I felt SO guilty because I have NEVER re-homed one of my pets. I felt like I made a commitment to her and even if she didn't like us, I should honor my commitment. In the end, the home fell through and I think it was a good thing because I would have always felt guilty.
Enter...my husband's forgetfulness and Katniss on the mend and we accidently had all the cats together and working it out. Ruby is by no means happy about the kittens inside, but Katniss will probably always have to be inside unless supervised, so Ruby will just have to suck it up. Prim only comes in at night.
So there you have it. Ruby Rue is still here. She is pretty ticked about it too. We have 3 dogs and 3 cats in our small farm house. I have lost my mind!! Luckily, my husband knew who he was marrying from the get-go! :)
And, they are working it out. Prim just kind of inserts herself - like it or not! LOL!
Today I was blessed to be able to go to a neighboring town and visit another school that had a New York Times Best Selling Author visit!!! That's right! I met another author this semester!! This one was a BIG deal!! Margaret Peterson Haddix! It was a last minute deal. I found out at church last night and then asked permission from my principal to go this morning. No time to run to B&N and grab a book to get signed. That's my only bummer!
She was a great speaker and I plan to buy her newest book.
These two are a pain in the rear...don't let the cuteness fool ya! But I have my 5th halter on the way and hopefully this one will fit and we can actually get some training!! We are a bit full of ourselves!
I am loving my little book club at school! This book was our 2nd book to read and it was another good one! I have been wanting to read something by this author. His book have won so many awards and it didn't disappoint. It's a good read for elementary level.
Summary from goodreads.com:
It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud's got a few things going for him:1. He has his own suitcase filled with his own important, secret things.2. He's the author of Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.3. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers of Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!Bud's got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road and find this mystery man, nothing can stop him--not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.Bud, Not Buddy is full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters, hitting the high notes of jazz and sounding the deeper tones of the Great Depression. Once again Christopher Paul Curtis, author of the award-winning novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963, takes readers on a heartwarming and unforgettable journey.
I had to read this because I absolutely loved The Kitchen House. I recommend BOTH of the books to you if you haven't read them. This book just made me want to go back and re-read The Kitchen House. This author really knows how to make you love the characters. I'm officially out of my book slump! :)
Summary from amazon.com:
Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and master of Tall Oakes, has a deadly secret that compels him to take a treacherous journey through the Underground Railroad.
Published in 2010, The Kitchen House became a grassroots bestseller. Fans connected so deeply to the book’s characters that the author, Kathleen Grissom, found herself being asked over and over “what happens next?” The wait is finally over.
This new, stand-alone novel opens in 1830, and Jamie, who fled from the Virginian plantation he once called home, is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith. After many years of striving, Jamie has achieved acclaim and security, only to discover that his aristocratic lover Caroline is pregnant. Before he can reveal his real identity to her, he learns that his beloved servant Pan has been captured and sold into slavery in the South. Pan’s father, to whom Jamie owes a great debt, pleads for Jamie’s help, and Jamie agrees, knowing the journey will take him perilously close to Tall Oakes and the ruthless slave hunter who is still searching for him. Meanwhile, Caroline’s father learns and exposes Jamie’s secret, and Jamie loses his home, his business, and finally Caroline.
Heartbroken and with nothing to lose, Jamie embarks on a trip to a North Carolina plantation where Pan is being held with a former Tall Oakes slave named Sukey, who is intent on getting Pan to the Underground Railroad. Soon the three of them are running through the Great Dismal Swamp, the notoriously deadly hiding place for escaped slaves. Though they have help from those in the Underground Railroad, not all of them will make it out alive.
This weekend, I escaped to Oklahoma for a girls only scrapbooking weekend. I left all the kids in the care of Big Bear (well, except the kittens...I took them to the vet to be spayed...see how I timed that? Momma ain't no fool!). I left at 5:30 am on Friday morning and didn't look back! Can you believe I didn't take ONE single picture ALL weekend?!? What in the world?!
The good thing about time away is that you appreciate home all that more! By Sunday, I was refreshed and ready to see all my babies and be home again.
Ahhhh...Home Sweet Home!
And, while I was gone, we lost our first chicken. RIP Lacey. Not sure what happened, but we will miss your eggs.
I'm getting a little nervous about ever leaving. Last time we escaped together was when Katniss got deathly sick and this time I leave and a chicken turns up dead. This is why it's hard to leave the farm!
Katniss took the last of her steroid meds this morning!! She is feeling LOTS better! She's been running, chasing her sister, climbing and jumping! We are still supervised when outside, but now even supervised, she has gotten FAST and a few days ago was UP a tree about 12 feet high before I could blink. That's really, really high when your balance is off!!! We ended up doing a ladder and kitty rescue! LOL!
She's been making herself right at home. She still has the head tilt and we are hoping and praying for NO regression now that the meds have stopped.
Both girls get spayed on Friday!! No barn cat litters for us!
The final book in the trilogy. The strongest book of the 3 in my opinion. I just couldn't get all on board with series, but it does have some great ratings. Maybe you will like it...
Summary from goodreads.com:
The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu.
There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.
Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.
Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.
Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina's story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.
This is a blog of two childhood friends who reconnected later in life and are living our happily ever after! We love camping and going 'junkin' at flea markets. We recently achieved one of our life dreams by purchasing some land, & love our hobby farm adventures. We are each others best friend.
All of our animals are more than just pets, they are our family. We love Jesus and sharing Him with others. This blog is an online journal of our day to day life, so we would love it if you joined us in our daily trials and smiles!