Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hungry babies!

Daily I've been checking one of the bird houses that wrens have made a home in and have some (don't know how many) babies.  They are now getting bigger, and also stick their heads out when food is coming.  It is hard to tell if  Momma is in there with them.   I've been busy trying to get my weeding caught up and have enjoyed watching them.  They are noisey little things!

Have a great day!  It's a beautiful warm day here today. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Jo

Sunday, July 8, 2012

More pictures of Renee - Trip to Minnesota and on the way home, stop at Auntie Steph and Cullen's.  Renee got to help on her little farm, and ride horses!
Her own little hay ride with Spotty.  Steph and Cullen enjoyed having company for a few days. 

I'm sure I can hear her say, "I can do it!" 
Renee and Steph on a trail ride.  Look at the "new" cowboy boots Renee got from her Auntie and Uncle!

Isn't that just the cutest! 

While at Steph's, they went two days on trail rides.  Bet Jess and Floyd were pretty sore after two days of riding!  Now that is all that Renee talks about - every horse she sees now, is named "Skoal", or "Fatboy"! 
Here she is at our house with Jessica's old horse "Jack"  now 25 years old.  Looks as spry as ever!  He now is other Amanda's (other granddaughter) horse and when Jessica is home, he comes to stay here for a few days. 

Lots of green pasture for Jack, and see the two beef cows in the background.  Now also have two new calves.  I haven't been close to them yet.
See how Jack's ears are listening to her, she is pulling the reins a little and saying "back" "back".  telling him to back up.  Wish Jack could live another 20 years to teach this little girl all the basics of riding.  He is such a good horse.  We'll see, maybe he can live another 6-8 years. That will surely be a very tough time when he goes to horse heaven.  He has been such a great part of the girls lives.

Got to talk to Renee this morning on the phone.  At least she said a few words to me.  Most of the time she doesn't like to talk.  But today she said she loved me "more", when I told her I loved her!
Sure do miss them - a whole bunch!  Wish they lived closer.

A busy week here.  Hubby, Steve has been working every day at the county fair at the pork producers booth.  They sell pork burgers, taco in a bag and hot dogs, pop, and chips.  They have been there every day, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat and now Sunday.  He is one very tired guy.  The pork producers use the money they make to put back into 4-H'ers pockets.  At the livestock auction, they buy the premium for kids pig projects.  That way, the kids get a reward for their year's project and have money for next years project.  They support 3 county fairs with the proceeds from their pork booth.
Hard work, but something he enjoys doing.  Gets to visit with a lot of folks.

Have a great Sunday everyone.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

We got some badly needed rain early Monday evening.  After 100 degree weather during the day, we had a storm come in, loosing power for just over a 1/2 hour; hard rain and wind.  The sunset sky after the storm was very pretty.  Then I checked my garden, and had to set up the chairs that the wind blew off the deck.  Spose tomorrow will also be hot and muggy.  Is that the kind of weather you have been experiencing also?
Checking out the garden earlier today.  Still have birds in the houses.  I'm not sure what kind of bird this is.
The daiseys were standing up pretty good before the storm.
Almost flat.  The ones standing have something in from of them! Oh well, that's what weather does.  No worse than the dogs stomping in through the garden.
I noticed the pretty sunset when I put the dogs in the kennel for the night.  Then walked out west past everything, to the open field to get some more pictures.
Don't think I've seen such a pretty sunset in awhile. 

Good night Sun!

Today was Renee's Birthday. She is 3 years old!   We did celebrate when they were here too, but they celebrated this evening with other grandparents in Louisiana tonight.  Mommy and Daddy got her a little Mustang Barbie car - a two seater so a friend can ride along!  She's going to love this little car.  Sure am missing her.

Off to bed I go - another late night.  Had charlie horses last night  that woke me up.  They hurt so darn bad.  Made sure I drank a lot of water today, and took two  potassium pills instead of one today.  So lets see how tonight goes.  I think if I ever have an attack of some sort and scream out in the night, Steve would sleep through that too.  I'm sure I moaned last night because it hurts so bad, and I can't get them rubbed out.  Had them in my thigh on one leg, and the calf on the other at the same time!  I try pushing my heel, etc. but that just didn't work.  Almost makes me not want to think of going to bed.   Plus I have about 10 canker sores on my tongue that hurt like H...   Had to go to the dentist today to get regular check up and teeth cleaned, etc.  The doc noticed, as well as the hygeniest and said they had something to give me.  But as I was leaving, everybody, including myself, forgot about getting it.  I'm on the down hill of the canker sores, so will just keep doing what I have been.  Salt water rinses, glyoxide rinses and another tube of goop for canker sores that I've been using that make them hurt like H... for awhile after I put it on.  Oh, then the dentist found a cavity (been having trouble w/hot and cold on the left upper back side.  But couldn't pin point to what tooth was the problem.  The xray today did tho, and the dentist wants me to go to an Orthodontist to have it pulled, as there is no tooth on the bottom , and she says it's useless.  So will have to check into that too.  yuk.  Hate going to the dentist!
Well Good night everyone - have a good Tuesday!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Jess, Floyd and Renee made it home safe and sound about 6 pm today (Sunday).  She said it is very hot there too!  I'm sure getting home and being able to sleep in their own bed will feel great tonight.  I'm about ready to go to bed here too.  Have a lot of picture to share with you, so here a few more.
 My header picture is of one of the kites we flew one windy afternoon here on the farm.  Jess and Renee were flying this one, and the one I tried to keep in the air was sure a dud!  It'd stay up a little while and then take a dive!  Can't believe how bad I was at flying it - don't usually have that kind of trouble!  Consequently I don't have a picture of that kite!

Fish and Turtle Kite!

I watched Renee one afternoon while everyone else was gone, and she helped me in the garden. We picked some flowers and these were the last of the peonies. 4 nice big fluffy pink ones. I didn't have as many peonies this year. Must have been due to the dry fall and no snow this past winter.  I'm glad they lasted a long time in the vase. Rene also picked some daiseys that were just starting to flower. Here are pictures of their demise.

After picking some daisies, she tried to pick/snap off a marigold.  That just ended up with her pulling up the "whole" plant.  So after replanting the marigold she was content to quit with just the daisies.
She put them in her own little container.  Didn't want to leave them alone, so I let her continue!
Some of her flowers didn't have very long stems, and she just pulled the flowers off the stem!
So then she starts suffing her hand into the little vase, pushing the flowers into the water.  She was having fun.
TaDa!  All nicely stuffed into the glass!!!   Then she wanted to start in on the peonies, but I wouldn't let her.  I wanted to enjoy them a little longer!  So we kept her flowers on the table the rest of the day so she could show everyone what she picked!
Later that evening, granddaughter Amanda and TJ came by.  We had been waiting for them, as other family members were already here, and we were sitting out by the garage wondering why they were so late.  But they came and had special news for us all.  TJ had just proposed to Amanda and she sure wasn't expecting it.  He'd told her he had wanted to stop at the lake and jump in for a short while to cool off.  They were at the dock and Amanda was sitting on the dock w/feet in the water, and he kept asking her to stand up, and she wouldn't.  So finally he just asked her, and as she was telling us the story, she said she jumped up and told him to re-ask her so he could get down on his knee!  It was a cute story, and they are so happy.  Her ring is beautiful.  That evening she just couldn't stop smiling, and even had a tummy ache.  Think her nerves were catching up!
Proud and happy Mom and Dad.  TJ had talked to them previously, but they hadn't known when he was going to ask Amanda.  Now the fun begins of planning a wedding.    
We ended that evening by playing a few games of bean bag pitching.  I think Amanda and Jessica came out the winners.
Hope all my Canadian friends enjoyed "their" day today, and we will have a busy week and also celebrate on Wednesday the 4th!

Have a great week everyone!