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Living at the Speed of Life

Good grief, life flies by at lightening speed.  It was just my birthday and y’know what?  Easter, spring, horse shows, Kurt’s birthday, I got a job, I bought Kristen a horse, I got a new job, Kristen got clobbered in an accident and her car was totaled, Easter, my parents visited, and Karra got engaged. And a whole lot of other life in between!

After a couple of frustrating horse shows, I was just fed up with Kristen only ever showing the whatever horses that people brought to IEA. So, I got a job and bought a horse before I even started working! We had our eye on a 4 year old quarter horse at a rescue in Athens and once I got the job, I talked to our trainer and showed him the papers and info on her. We headed off on April 4th with a horse trailer in tow to visit BellaRunEquine.org .  I was feeling really good after Jeff told me he loved her on paper. Reining, cutting and ranch horse blood lines. He watched her moved a bit in the round pen and said yep, we can work with her. And one adoption fee later, we were horse owners.

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AQHA registered Whiteoaks Bonnie a.k.a. Penny. We found a shiny penny and picked her up and took her home!  So in love with this sweetheart.  Jeff promised us in 60 days we wouldn’t recognize her, but in just 2 weeks she had gained weight and started to build some muscle. Kristen is doing an apprenticeship to work off the training fees and I’m paying the monthly board.

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A month later – first time in the saddle. She’s responding to her training so well! We couldn’t be happier with her.

We bought a saddle on Thursday – great price, brand new, but has water damage on one fender and a rusted stirrup. So, we bought new fenders and stirrups. After church today we bought a girth. Saddle (came with bridle and breast collar), new fenders, stirrups and girth – total price? $300!!!!!

(No pictures, they showed the laundry and mess in my living room) 😀

The next day after we brought Penny home, Kristen was hit by a drunk driver – at 5pm in the afternoon! He hit Kristen then a semi then another car. We got a good settlement from the insurance company, but her car was totalled due to the extensive right side damage. Large tears abound. I never cried, but I got that call that stops every parent’s heart – hysterical child on the phone. We have said many, many prayers of thanks that Kristen and Kurt weren’t hurt. Kurt was covered in glass from the shattered window but only had a few nicks on his elbow. His glasses have nicks and gouges in the lenses, but not a scratch on his face.  I got Kristen to the chiropractor right away because she had her final IEA show that weekend!  She was really sore, but it just capped off an overall disappointing season.

Three days after the accident was Kurt’s birthday

Creeper cake anyone?

Hey, cool gaming chair!

Over Memorial Day weekend we had a poop moving party. Joel and Kristen took the walls off the stalls, the roll bar and exhaust off the tractor and turned Kurt loose with the backhoe.

He takes his job very seriously – and he’s quite good with the backhoe.

It was wonderful to go out to the barn and have clean stalls with fresh bedding. That clean out was long, LONG overdue. Of course moving all of that mess stirred up the flies something terrible. I like to think of it as making them readily available to the chickens. 😀

And the last thing rolling off the fingertips tonight are DIMS Day projects!

I can’t remember where I saw the project to take scotch glasses, a candlestick and a relish plate and turn them into a bathroom caddy, but I finally found the candlesticks at a garage sale and was ready to roll. The end result:

It let me put all of my lotions and body sprays into a basket where they are corralled instead of floating freely all over the counter. Anyone else have wandering lotions and body sprays?

The one I’m most proud of is my little ottoman. Again, I can’t remember where I saw the tutorial to take a milk crate, cover it with jute and make a cushioned top.

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Wrapping and gluing. Gluing and wrapping.

I used 2 and 1/4 of the rolls of jute to cover the entire crate. I did cut foam core to put into the bottom thinking I would make it usable for storage.

It only took 20 minutes to finally find the staple gun Kurt gave me for Christmas :p  Once I found it I got down to upholstery business! I didn’t go with an easily removed cushion because the crate is kind of small and I can’t think of anything I’d put into it anyway.

Hubby got busy and installed a bathroom fan (that we got for $20 at a garage sale – brand new in the box)

It goes great with the new beach theme in my master bathroom. And the new fan doesn’t chirp and chatter like a crazy cockatoo!

Bathroom curtain. I have enough fabric to do my bedroom curtains, too.

We went to IKEA for our 25th anniversary and I got the metal bed I’ve always wanted. Joel even agrees that it’s a great bed – very comfortable!

Hang in there newlyweds – sometimes it takes 25 years for Mr. Wonderful to realize that his wife is right! And speaking of newlyweds – Karra and her Mr. Wonderful got engaged on the big fishing trip to Canada. Her ring is beautiful. She is happy. And I’m going to be a mother-in-law. I love the way he calls me Mom Two. He’s my Son Also.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm!

 

 

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Happy Birthday to Me!!

Yesterday was a monumental day. I turned a great big 50.  My plan was to simply spend the day in my sewing room. However, the weekend has gone like this:

Thursday – Joel came home from Minnesota. Happy dance

Friday – Joel and I had dinner with our friends John and Debbie and stayed out until 1:30am!

Saturday – I spent a lazy morning online

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(my birthday shirt to myself)

then I went down to the sewing room and enjoyed myself:

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(finished Kurt’s Christmas present sleep shirt)

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(covered a couple of cardboard boxes with contact paper)

Promptly at 4:30 I had put on a little makeup because Karra’s boyfriend was coming over for presents. My first present was a blindfold and a note that the best presents can’t be seen. Uh oh. They drug me out of the house with a little makeup, bad hair, and a blindfold.

We arrived at my Bestie’s house for a surprise 50th birthday party. Bumble themed, of course.

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(Kristen made a cake for me)

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(She cried when it was time to put candles in it)

And there were balloons and presents and my closest Ohio family to celebrate. It was a WONDERFUL birthday! There were balloons, too, but I didn’t get a picture of them before Catnip found them.

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And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm.

DIMS Day again!

This cute craft came from http://www.meumundocraft.com and I found it on pinterest.  The whole article is in Spanish and since I keep forgetting to play on my Duolingo app every day, my Spanish is still very week. Needless to say, I haven’t “read” the article just looked at the pictures.

I don’t know if I’ve ever documented that I have a rather hate-hate relationship with Modge Podge.  I don’t like it and it doesn’t like me back. Yesterday the two of us decided that we would try to reach a compromise. A small project seemed like the right attempt at friendship (or at least an acknowledgment acquaintance).

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I started with a small square box and leftover cardboard tubes from saran wrap and parchment paper.  They were thicker than paper towel and toilet tissue rolls. I cut the tubes to fit inside the box and most of them don’t show out of the top.  I had no idea if the article said to glue the tubes together, so I pushed them all in tight then pulled them out one at a time and ran glue down the sides, then pushed it back in.  I glued at random until each one had glue on one or two sides.  I left it to dry for a couple of days because I was busy with other things – as usual, huh?

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Oops! That tube peaks out like a snout, or a chimney, or a volcano cone, or a cardboard tube. The project looked very unfinished in the yellow and white box from my new Wilton flour sifter, so I started searching for something to cover it with. I tend to buy beach themed calendars for my sewing room and had this picture left from a previous year.  I liked the scene because it reminded me of Hawaii.  I had a box with 6×6 sides and a 12×12 calendar page – how cool is that?

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This is where the Modge Podge came in. Very carefully, in a nice thin-ish coat I painted it on.  With almost trembling hands I laid the picture down, lining up the top edge as carefully as possible, then smoothing things away.  I did have a few bubbles and the ones that wouldn’t press out, I took a pin to.  It was amazing how all of the air could escape from one tiny pin prick.

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Oops, some more of those tubes peaking out at the world.  Overall I was really pleased with the Modge Podge and put on a coat to seal it really well.  I set the box on a mason jar to dry and then sprayed it really well with acrylic sealer.  It’s just adorable and I’m going to use it to store my paint brushes!  Eventuall,y when I invest in real paint brushes (not the cheap value pack at Walmart) like Kristen has, the tall handles will fit nicely in the tubes and the pretty brushes will stand up tall like coconut trees blowing in the breeze of an imaginary tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific. I can smell the coconut oil now……..

And That’s What I Did Myself on the Hobby Farm.

I Can’t Possibly Hurt This Much

Ah, Monday.  The weather was beautifully pleasant and above freezing!  So, I decided to take Lexi to the metro park for a walk.  Karra just HAD to come (even though she was there to run in the morning) and she brought Luke.  Dogs.  Park.  People.  BAD IDEA!  The walk itself was wonderful – the same 3 miles that Karra had run earlier that day.  It was really pleasant and a part of the park I’d never been in before.  The dogs were pretty good too (on the first half of the walk).  Once Luke got tired, he stopped pulling on the leash and walked quite well.  He did have to pee on every stick he saw;  must be a guy thing.  Merrily we walked along to the half way point where we would turn around and head back.  And then the people started appearing out of the asphalt.  And Lexi was firmly convinced that she must eat, or at least threaten to eat all people, bikers, joggers, etc. that she saw.  By the time we walked the mile and a half back to the car I could hardly hold onto her anymore.  She definitely needs a gentle leader to control the lunging and carrying on.  But the walk felt so good!  And I was so glad that I went in spite of the ginormous cramp in my calf.

Tuesday morning my body wanted to know what possessed me to exercise in the first place and to take a 3 mile walk with dogs in the second place.   I MUST have been insane!!  My right hip flexor hardly worked and my shins felt like they’d been kicked by all 3 cows multiple times.  I hobbled and groaned every time I got up and had to literally lurch forward to get myself going.  The only reason I can think of for the hip pain is how many times I had to plant my leg to brace myself against Lexi and haul her back.  My oldest brother texted me a Happy Birthday picture with his new grandson (he’s always a couple days early with my birthday, but it’s the thought that counts, right?) and I had to tell him I actually feel older now.  I hurt in places that haven’t hurt for 20 years!!!!

Oh, but that walk felt so good and I can’t wait to do it again.  Sadly, Karra will not be able to accompany me anymore.  She works tomorrow and Saturday and I have to grocery shop on Friday and she starts her new grown up job next Monday.  Her childhood is officially over on Feb. 1st.  The next time I get a chance to walk – maybe tomorrow – I’ll take Luke along since he tires out like I do and doesn’t feel the need to eat the local populace.

Oh, Lord, my poor shins are killing me!!!!

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm.

And Now for the Rest of the Week

We got our heat back on Wednesday.  It was a very cold day and Kristen couldn’t feel her feet most of the day.  Just as we were leaving for church at 5pm the mail finally came with the new thermostat.  We had to get Kristen to band practice so we couldn’t even go back and install it!  We came home to a cold house – but it worked and our heat came on and we left it at 74 all night and all day Thursday – as the weather warmed up.  I have since discovered that the LP is not working and we are getting all of our heat through the heat pump.  Lord, help my electric bill!!!!

Now that the heat is back on our dog, Lexi, is freaking out.  She pants and shakes and hides in the bathroom – or better yet, the laundry room.  She had us scared silly and I actually took her to the vet (not a wasted trip since the dogs needed their heartworm shots anyway).  Physically she’s fine and the vet sincerely doubted he would find anything if he did blood work.  He gave us 3 days of anxiety medicine for her which hasn’t done anything either than give her big chunks of yummy peanut butter.  I moved the dog crates in the basement, but she still “walked” her crated during the night.  Poor baby.  Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.

Also on Thursday, my daughter Karra was offered a real “grown up” job (that does not entail wearing an apron).  I won’t say where for privacy reasons, but it’s a BIG deal.  Benefits, retirement, tuition reimbursement and almost $4 an hour more than she’s making slicing cheese and making sandwiches.  Weekdays only, professional attire and it will give her great connections in her future career.  We are so proud of her!!!!!!!!  Our friend, Penny, insisted that we all go out to celebrate Friday night (after I had spent all day doing the grocery shopping – 8 different stops – and sat at the barn for Kristen’s riding lesson in the cold.  Did I mention, cold?  I finally agreed to go and we met at the Cheesecake Factory for a celebratory dinner.  With cake and balloons:

Karra's Big Girl Job party cake!

Karra’s Big Girl Job party cake!

Then Penny and her friend took Karra and Kurt to see Star Wars on the IMAX screen.  Kristen and I got home from dinner at midnight.  It was after 2am when the movie goers drug in.  It was a fun night and I’m so glad that I went.  We don’t celebrate enough in this family and I know that Joel would have said, “Go, have fun!”  So, we did!

On Saturday the big sewing room move began.  Remember a year ago when I did the big clean and remodel in my sewing room, and it looked like this?

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And I was so happy and excited to get started working in a clean and tidy environment.

Well . . . . . .  one year later my adorable, made-over sewing looked like this:

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So, Kristen and I worked and put up shelves in the basement so the move could begin.

Before we got started, we gutted the area

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And then we put up the shelves – after some warm discussions about how things should be leveled.  She claims I’ve never worked with Dad.  Well, let me tell ya; I quit helping Joel do remodeling after I couldn’t hold a piece of drywall over my head while he balanced it on the top of the door to screw it into the ceiling!  The chair he was standing on broke, he fell, the drywall fell and I QUIT!

The shelves made it up. (On the right)

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And then the moving began and the mess in the sewing room moved to the basement.

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 It was hard to believe that I had all of that stuff in a tiny 4×9 room.

See the cute, fuzzy, black and white 4-footer?  That’s my Luke!!  See the back of the cute, not fuzzy, pajama clad 2-footer?  That’s my Kurt!!

Don’t anybody panic – these are not the final pictures.  We still have construction to do on the room – lattice on the back of the shelves, bead board on the ceiling and some sort of rug on the floor.  I gained 108 square feet!  It’s big enough for Kristen and I to work together.  I’m thinking I want to hang a peg board where the curtain is to give us some hanging space.  I’m planning to paint a section of the wall with magnet paint.  I’m not certain how we’ll attach things to the cement block walls, so my happy wall decor has to stay in the old room for a little while.  I’m hoping to show you the organized pictures later this week.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm

Oh, It Finally Snowed . . .

(And Luke smells like a wet manure dog.)  Ugh.  Hold your breath!   I made the kids take the dogs out in the snow and just romp around.  Very successful as one kid and two dogs are now sound asleep.

Finally, on the 12th day of January half way through the winter of 2015-2016, we FINALLY got snow!  Yes, while my furnace still isn’t working because I decided not to be the most defiant wife.  I called him Monday morning and said I’d compromise – we brought in the ceramic heater and the propane from the grill, I ordered the new thermostat (which still hasn’t shipped yet) and bought an electric fireplace/heater (ulterior motive here; it’s eventual home is the new sewing room 😀 😀 ).  The house isn’t so cold you stay huddled under a blanket, but it’s not cozy warm either.  Up to 61* last night!!  Kristen has fallen in love with the little fireplace and it’s flickering flame and is now on my side for getting a much larger one.  Our house was MADE for a fireplace – it’s past time we added one.

But it snowed today!  Kristen is so right; snow makes the cold tolerable.  And it’s so pretty to look at.  It’s so fun to watch the kittens try to catch the snow flakes (it’s also good to see Sage putting some weight on her foot that the big bad cow stepped on.)  Speaking of the barn kittens, now it was kind of Sage’s fault she got stepped on.  I told her and told her not to hang out under the cow while I milked, but you know kids, they just don’t listen.  She sure listened when SugarBelle picked her foot up and came down on Sage’s little, tiny, cute kitten paw!  My heart just about stopped.  Sage keeps pretty clear of the milk production now.  Rosemary on the other hand is an adventurer.  She’s discovered that she can climb up and into the barn eaves where the little birdies hide.  She usually meows at us that she wants down and I tell her that she got up there, she can figure out how to get down (saw her above the big sliding doors on the cow stalls this morning) and she usually does.  Well, this morning she decided that she was coming down one way or another and all she needed was an in-between landing spot.  Hmmm, that big black thing should work.  Down came Rosemary right onto Sugar’s back.  Sugar started to twitch and move and Rosemary was gone!  I guess Sage passed along some words of advice when it comes to the cow!

Since it’s a snowy day and we already had made plans for it, Kristen and I headed to town to get her learner’s permit.  She passed first try and we headed over to the Cheese House for Karra to scoop up some ice cream.  I had told Kris that she could drive over when she got her permit, but in light of the snowy roads and being in the new van, we had to veto that.  No driving the new van on anything but pristine road conditions.  IF we had been in the old van, she would have driven.  No time like the present to learn!  Right now the new student driver is sleeping in front of the “fireplace” instead of doing the school she missed yesterday and today.   Hmmm, better wake her up.  And I should get to the laundry (in the freezing cold and not warming up very well with my sewing room heater laundry room).  It wouldn’t hurt to get away from wet manure dog either.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm!

2014 in review – my stat report

I am so grateful for the wonderful people – mostly strangers to me in real life – that follow my blog and my ramblings and my attempts to be amusing.  Thank you so much for making 2014 the most successful year of my blog.  Because of ya’ll we made 9 trips in a San Francisco cable car and never had to leave the comfort of our chair!  God bless you all as we journey forth into 2015  – Fletcher

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 550 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 9 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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