I lift my glass to toast all my family & friends! You won't find me up past 11:00pm I am afraid . I will be safe here with Clay & Buster as we snuggled under a nice cozy comforter waiting for the sounds of celebrations in the dark night, and the sleep fairy to dust me with a good night slumber.... I Have so many things I want to accomplish in 2009, Tonight I will be dreaming of planting my garden in the spring, once the winter blanket of snow out there thaws. I will see visions of me gathering the eggs that my "dear sweet girls" lay each day. I will be a healthy farmgirl and a good wife, mother & grandmother. I want to be a thoughtful friend and will try to do that. I will have a whole new year of stories to share of our wonderful life here on our little one acre farm. So I clink my glass, toss confetti in the air, as I wish you a Safe, Healthy and Prosperous New Year, and may all your dreams come true. Cheers!
December 31, 2008
December 30, 2008
It is so pretty outside today, our blue sky is cloud free and the sun is shining, it must be warmer than was predicted, the thermometer says nearly 50 right here in the sun. I have actually opened the front door to invite the fresh air inside. I am looking for those "cleaning elves" but only finding "dust bunnies".
The front porch is finally cleared of the snow, Thanks to my ambitious husband. (I am sure he felt this was good exercise, and it needed doing.) There is something nice about good fresh clean air and cleaning.
I really do not know where to start as I keep wandering back to this sunny spot by the computer. I did vacuum the carpet ands swept the kitchen floor. I see a few spots I should mop up but lacking motivation and the sun is so pretty shining on the glistening snow. The birds are flying into their "lunch counter" again thanks to the husband. Buster has decided to come in from his morning "look about" checking his favorite holes & shrubs incase another critter has invaded his space. He has now taken up his favorite spot in the big brown chair next to the window, overseeing any activity around bird feeder.
I really need to get a move on .. yes, I know there are lots of things to be done...But the sun is so pretty shining on the glistening snow.....maybe I will sit here for only a few minutes longer and just watch the snow melt off the roof, and maybe those "elves " are eating lunch.
December 29, 2008
December 28, 2008
December 27, 2008
Buster was very well taken care of and was excited to see us return. Jackie and Steve were very kind to house him over the Holidays. Thanks again guys.
Now comes the fun of putting all our gifts away as I spend time really looking over what everyone graciously and generously gave us. It will take a few days to put everything away, like the tree and some of the decorations. Thank you all for having us visit and we will toast you from our porch New Years Eve..
December 26, 2008
We hear word that it is better in Portland as those roads held the first challenge getting up here in Washington over Ice and chain required roads. But those memories are tucked away as we have our bags packed and we look forward to more driving in the snow, rain, and slushy cold roads. Today we're headed south back on the road towards home.
Buster is waiting for our return and even as we love being away .. there is a great place called HOME.
December 22, 2008
December 18, 2008
December 17, 2008
First airplane flew near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina?
December 15, 2008
In the K-Falls Korral at Blue Sky Farm.
Our mom "Star" is moving to Washington to a lovely pasture and we cannot go, but We are too Precious to stay at the Korral. Our travel expences are included in the adoption if we are going to a MJ Farmgirl. Notify our owner k-fallsfarmgirl.
Well look here who came to sit on the couch with the sheep. It's Lady Jewel the hen. She wants a new home too....
Hi, My name is "Midnight
You can adopt me for $14.99
I am ...15"x 10" Big
Hi, My name is "Lydia Belle"
You can adopt me for $14.99
I am 15"x10" Big
December 14, 2008
December 13, 2008
Now that I have time to play, I thought I would try my hand at making a Prim-Sheep. I made a practice one from muslin and used a permanent marker to make the design on the body. I have to do some hand sewing to complete that one. Then I drug out an old white chenille bedspread and started cutting. I think I will give her to my mom...she might even let like her laying on her bed. I named her "Star". Yes, I know I have finished with Christmas gifts...so
Yep, got my "ducks" in row.. actually we don't have ducks.. (not yet anyways) but these Mourning doves are all lined up this morning, I think they are waiting for some fresh food in their feeding dish, that is completely covered with snow. We woke to about 3 inches of snow this morning and we are expecting more during the day. The wind is blowing this cold accumulation around a bit and yet these birdies seem to be happy to sit on the snowy fence.
Well, I am not sitting on the fence I am completely finished with my shopping and Santa & I will be gathering our fruits of summer labor and misc. packages, loading up the (Explorer) Sleigh to work our way north to Washington on Friday. We are hoping the passes are not too bad, and that those snowplowing elves are ahead of the game. I must admit it is pretty out there, as I sit warm and cozy in here.... I am sure Mother Nature has her own winter plan and her Ducks, Doves and Deer are in a row...
December 12, 2008
December 11, 2008
The decorated Christmas tree and a warm burning fire with stockings hung neatly waiting to be filled with special trinkets and candy canes, chocolate Santa’s and nuts to crack later. Listening to Carols and sipping cups of cheer. Watching snow flakes fall softly on the the cold ground leaving sparkles of shining glitter and thinking thoughts of the blessings of the past year. Ah, there is no place like home….
In my world Home is a comfortable place. I know it is not so for some and it is sad that “those “people have memories not as pleasant as mine. Those less fortunate homes were shadowed with abuse and alcohol stories we would rather not hear. Still some have some memories if they search deep within their souls of a childhood Christmas memory one they can hold dear. ..and some can’t reach that deep without pain.
“Going home” has a meaning different to so many too.
For those who have a belief of a religious nature “Home” is going to be with their maker, or meeting family and friends waiting at those pearly gates who have gone before them.
For the men & women who are serving our country it is a sacrifice to be “away from home” while keeping our homes safe from our enemies & terrorists around the world. Please pray for them and their families waiting “at home” for their safe return.
Some years we travel to be “at home” with loved ones and we travel far & near, while our thoughts turn to those we cannot reach to wish them well, we bring out the Christmas card list and sign it with wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
With all these perspective thoughts I share quietly sitting at my kitchen table, I can’t help but want to put on my Dorothy Shoes and click them three times and declare to myself in the comfort of my home … “there’s no place like home.
December 10, 2008
December 9, 2008
I don't often express to others my private thoughts about some things that I think about in my quiet time, I think it is because I don't sometimes have the courage to say what is important to me, for fear of being laughed at or perhaps not taken seriously by some, or perhaps even criticized, I do not really know why but today I felt compelled to speak out.
I think it says volumes about women who are returning to their roots, who are ready to take the first steps to living their dreams. I think we all have what it takes, its just a matter of believing it. I challenge all my sisters to stretch their minds and think about this too.
" One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest." ....Maya Angelo
December 8, 2008
Continued working on the outside lights, they are up and working. I will post a picture later. We put them up Saturday, came home from a local play in the evening to find them off. They had burned & melted a socket outlet. We were lucky the house was still standing. We think there was too much pull on the light circut we had them plugged into. Won't do that again. Replaced light bulbs which could become a full time job, with these old strings of lights, but we wont let it be a problem. After this year the artifical tree and strings of lights will be discarded and new stuff purchased next year. You can only use these things so long, they have been packed away & stored, unpacked too many times.
December 6, 2008
December 5, 2008
We were surprised at how many people were in attendance, big for our small town. The theater is named "Pelican Cinema 10 "
White Pelicans habitate here, and many businesses are using "Pelican" in their trade names.
We saw "Australia" with Nicole Kidman and good looking Hugh Jackman. A very good movie. After filling up on popcorn & soda pop * (you know you gotta have it when you go to the movies ) so we ate a late dinner when were got home. A really good chili verde that Clay made yesterday morning. We have enough to freeze today with the Turkey Noodle soup I made earlier. Stocking the freezer some more.
I have been baking, cooking, drying so much food that I am actually closing the kitchen this weekend. A new restaraunt has openned in town and We are going to check it out tomorrow night. We have tickets to a play by the Linkville Players, a local troupe also tomorrow night.
Clay & I wanted to take a drive up to Crater Lake to checkout the snow too, so we will relax & play for the next couple days.
December 4, 2008
I am sitting here in my flannel pajamas drinking my last cup of coffee where it is cozy & warm. The aroma of the jerky is really filling up the house. I made a spicy batch and a sweeter one this time. I will get out some more decorations & start bringing a bit of Christmas spirit into the house, I lit some candles last night & with the tree lit it was nice & cozy. We are going away for Christmas so I wont decorate as I usually do. My friend Carol from "Curly Willow Ranch" see her blogsite , she is a follower of mine... gave me some ideas to use some of my rosemary plant. I will give that a try too..and the ginger plant....
Just keeping busy is not a problem for me. By the end of the day I feel I have accomplished a lot and look forward to other projects to do. Never bored for sure..and seems like I always have something fun to do.
December 3, 2008
I am working on my quilt project this morning and make some more French Salad dressing. Maybe get to a fudge recipe....
I moved the sewing machine into the kitchen.
Much more light and close to the carmels. Not really, I hid them and put some in a few gifts to family...(Nancy I don't think I put any in yours.).. but the coffee pot is in here and I can see outside watch the birdies and any wandering deer.
I have candles burning and it really smells nice inhere too.
I have 1/2 of my quilt project finished. It is going to be a tote to carry & store my quilt cutting matt & all of my rulers. I wanted to do a runner, and now that I have made 6 different blocks I can do that. This class was a beginners class and I did learn a few short cuts. I will be machine quilting the tote. Classes are Monday's. We will put it together & finish up the 15th of Dec.
I probably would not have done this project, but I did learn how to cut with a roller cutter and a new block each week. The class was only $35 but the supplies I did not have are adding up..
I need to go to Joann's and use a dicount coupon for some tacky fabric adhesive before I finish.
Perhaps that will be a trip to town today later....
December 2, 2008
So I am making carmels from the Mary Jane recipe, I hear this really loud twittering & chirping outside my kitchen window, of course I can't see what's going on, I can't leave the candy boiling because its nearly up to temp. Finally get it poured into the pan to cool. I walk over to the window with a spoon full of Hot carmel, blowing on it to cool it enough to taste..( well I had to see if it would make the grade) Of course it is does, it's delicious!
I look outside and there are about 15 birdies: sparrows, house wrens, a starling & a pretty blue scrub jay all battling over the seed feeder. Now I am thinking.. " it is a beautiful day today, can't these birdies find their own food?" That's a silly comment. They have found their own food at my window. No wonder we go through so much bird seed daily. I will take a picture.. and of course they fly away, only to return shortly a few at a time. I tiptoe to the window to get this photo.
They are pretty and I would miss them if they were not here.
The carmels are almost ready to cut and wrap, but I must take a photo of them too. (just in case, They don't make it to the holiday gift packs, I will have documentation of my efforts.) Now where is that recipe for fudge? I figure I will share the seeds & candy in the "spirit of giving". Enjoy your seeds, little birdies..and you know what? This candy is gooood!
December 1, 2008
I have turkey bones simmering for soup. We will freeze it. Fish for dinner tonight per request from Clay..he is on the way to the market, and post office. Mailing out Christmas gifts and MJ winners parcels! I have Quilt class at 1:30-4:30 so the day will quickly fly today.
I want to make some more carmels this evening too. I want to take a batch with us to Washington for christmas, and figure if I make something sweet every other day I will be bearing great gifts to drop off as we stop at family and friends along our route.
Ho Ho Ho...
I am taking Clay to a Dinner Theater in Seattle for his birthday, at the mainstage of Triple door. Purchased the tickets last night. My sister and her husband will accompany us. Should be fun.
Clay's birthday is the 17th and the dinner will be the 22nd. He is going to really enjoy this treat.
It will not be a surprise but he is happy about the choice I made.
November 30, 2008
There are two christmas gifts packed & ready to mail out of state, along with the 2 MJ giveaway parcels. Three gifts yet to wrap to hand carry to Washington for christmas there.
I think I will pour myself a nice cup of Hot almond butter rum and enjoy the peace & quiet before I start the cleaning up project.... Oh where is Clay? He's watching football in peace.....
He is resting from doing ALL the dishes.. he has been loading & unloading from the dishwasher, He swears he has seen dishes we had'nt seen since our living in Arizona come out of somewhere.... but I remind him... "honey, they were there all the time we just havent served 10 people all week.. and look at those nice dishpan hands." He was a great support to me for this "Family event," Thank you Honey..This is why I love you..
November 29, 2008
We had a really nice dinner, and took many photos, Pj and her family left today about noon, they drove home to Moxee,Washington. Nancy and her family are still here until tomorrow when they return to Monroe, Washington.
Clay & I took the grand kids Ice skating last night and they really had a great time. I think we made some good memories for the little ones at least.
Mason and Pj out on the ice. Mason says he only fell 11 times. ( more, if I recall..)
Petyon was a natural first time out
I am sure if bruises could tell they fell more ofen than they counted
I baked Nancy's birthday cake and we had a very quiet and simple dinner of Spaghetti & Meatballs her favorite comfort food.
Peyton now wants one for christmas!" No Peyton, you will shoot your eye out."