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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.

The supplies

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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Back to Myself – probably to your relief! – and sharing DIMS!

Though I do think my previous reflection is very worth pursuing, at this time, Hubby and I are content to just do some belt tightening.  Much, much easier now that we have over 500 lbs. of our own farm-raised beef in the freezer.

So, I’ve been back in the craft room and being my creative and goofy self. It’s been so fun to do little things again.  I’m knitting up a flurry, but those are all Christmas gifts; so, no sharing just now.

I’m sure that many other people have those little, plastic, 3-drawer, rolling bins floating around their house. I had one that was re-purposed from Kristen’s room to the sewing room. Unfortunately, it came from her former purple life. What’s a Mom to do when the purple box just doesn’t go? Spray paint!! I still had the LEGO color paint that we are no longer using in Kurt’s bedroom redo, so I shot that purple puppy a nice happy, shiny, GREEN!  I transferred my patterns into the drawers (freeing up old pattern boxes for another makeover) and slapped on some chalkboard stickers for labeling. Voila!

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It turned out much better than I was expecting it would.  The white one beside it is holding lots of different glues and miscellaneous craft supplies. I haven’t decided if I’ll paint it or not. My other spray paint options right now are yellow and blue.  Maybe I’ll chalk paint it. Hmmm?

On to those empty pattern boxes. I had 6 all together and Kristen swiped 3 of them for putting her kitchen supplies in – stored in the schoolroom of course because it’s closer to the kitchen. At least her things are out of my hutch.  That left me with 3 boxes, one ugly, really old, blue one, and two, newer, black and white boxes.

I started by gluing the box sides together.

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I totally messed up on the lids, and they were too wide, so I had to break it apart and try again. The seam was really, REALLY well done the first time. The second time not so good, so I covered it with a couple layers of washi tape.  I had a coloring page from a box of Krispy Kreme donuts that I had kept because it had one little bee on it. I thought it would make a really nice front for the new box.

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I had way more fun than expected coloring that thing. I had to trim the border and then re-apply it to make it fit the box, but I think it turned out really well. It now houses all of my soap making supplies in two convenient spaces! (Sorry, I didn’t take an inside picture – I’m bad).

That last box needed a big makeover. It was faded and sad. So, I painted it a nice, bright, happy, yellow.

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The bottom still needs its makeover, but it is, after all, the bottom of the box.

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You can see around the edges of the box and inside the lid, what the old blue color looked like.  I had a sudden burst of inspiration for this little box and gathered some supplies together.

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Aren’t those papers pretty? They were in an old package of origami papers that Karra gave me when she cleaned out all of her craft things to move on with her adult life. The papers are in three different colors and I can’t wait for inspiration to hit with the green ones!.

This project is still in progress, so you’ll have to wait for the finish.

I also have one more crafty thing going on.

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I found this cute idea on pinterest. It’s a ring of canning jar rings. Instead of spray painting, I found a bottle of acrylic paint in a pretty orange and I’m painting it on in thin coats. When I have it just right, I’ll lightly spray the pumpkin with gold spray paint. I haven’t quite decided how to finish it off, stem and leaf wise.  I did glue the rings in place so that they don’t slide all over every time I pick it up. I started with hot glue, but have ended up finishing with tacky glue. It’s turning out really cute.

In other news, we found happy homes for all of the terror kittens in my basement. Mozart, of course, moved upstairs and has taught Catnip that having a buddy isn’t such a bad thing.

Boston, Pepper and Zoe Grace are all out in our barn. The boys are getting their thick, fluffy hair quite dusty. All three are as lovable as ever and Uncle Sage is so chill with them. Old Man Johnny doesn’t like Sage, but he seems fine with the kittens.

Timmy and Tommy went to the horse barn last Monday. By Friday they had been re-named Wrangler and Cinch. I guess I’ll adjust. Wrangler Tommy is everyone’s favorite little love bug. Timmy Cinch is much shyer. He does NOT like it when the horses whinny!

And That’s What I Did by Myself Successfully!

 

Free Mom on craigslist!

So maybe my day didn’t start the way I’d have liked.  And maybe it didn’t go quite according to plan.  But giving me away for FREE on craigslist?  Am I really that bad??  Or just a little goof-ball?

I came out of the Christmas Shop last night (I can’t WAIT to share my homemade Christmas cards!) and the men announced that Lexi had thrown up.  “Well, what did you do about it?”  “Dad was here!”  “Kurt was here!”  “What did you DO about it?”  “Nothing.”  Grrrrrrrr!!  So, I cleaned up the doggie barf.  It didn’t look like the usual barf, it looked like poop.  Early this morning (before 6 o’clock) I heard the doggie bells.  Groan.  I don’t want to get up this early.  Faint bells . . .  back to La La Land.  I rolled down the stairs at 6:40, let the dogs out, walked past the piano to check the temperature and with the flip of a light switch I found doggie poop ALL OVER THE LIVING ROOM!!!!!!  I got a phone call Sunday night that we ARE having company this year for the Family Thanksgiving in Ohio.  I now have my all ready doggie soiled carpet even MORE soiled with doggie stains.  “This is a joke, right?”  “This can NOT be happening.”

Figuring that it was Lexi and knowing to withhold food and water for 24 hours, I fed Luke and cleaned up the carpet mess.  I soaked as many spots as I could with carpet cleaner and decided to get the Woolite stuff while I was out later for Thanksgiving things.  Lexi didn’t even realize that I didn’t feed her.  She threw up twice more and wanted outside about 50 times.

When the sun came up I saw that the barn door was wide open – had been all night.  Well, young man that had been sent out to lock up the chickens and close up the barn, what part of “close up the barn” didn’t register?  Kristen and I went out to feed around 8 (I know a little late, but we were planning strategy for today’s cleaning jobs) and what did she discover?  Not only was the barn door open all night, the lid had been off the tub of chicken feed.  Guess who had herself a high protein feast?  And then deposited that feast all over my poor, pathetic carpet?  Someone was in hot water and by the time I got to him and ran through all of the “what if” scenarios, young man was in tears.

At least we knew what she got into, but it didn’t help the state of my carpet.  I went to do the grocery store run, got home, was eating lunch and realized that I had never gotten the carpet cleaner – “this is a joke right?”

Deciding that cleaning up the schoolroom was the next item on my list of things I didn’t really want to do (I cleaned my bathroom and dusted my bedroom yesterday – I felt ready to conquer the world, until the dog crapped all over the floor this morning), so I started checking schoolwork and sat down to do English with Kristen and then a spelling test.  I guess I had reached the stage of near hysteria, or maybe I was feeling punchy from the salty chips I had with lunch, but I lost it.  Goof ball city erupted from Mom, complete with sound effects (crazy voices).  “Mom, I’m going to advertise you for free on craigslist!”  “I can’t help it!  There’s too much pain in this English lesson!  I can’t take it!!!!.”  “MOM!!”

I did manage to recover myself enough to give the spelling test (poor child is a terrible speller) and we moved on to dusting the kitchen, yelling at Kurt to do the cleaning I told him to not the cleaning he thought needed doing.  And then off we went to the barn to help feed the horses.  We did okay.  I threw the hay over the stall wall (laughed at Kristen when it missed; she laughed at me when I hadn’t even thrown it yet and it fell) and sure enough, I got hay in my undergarment. :p  And we’re on the way home to eat supper and continue the living room dusting before MARVEL Agents of Shield comes on tonight.  We’re talking about the sleeping arrangements with company and Kurt usually bunks in our room, but we were deciding who got the warmest sleeping bags and Kristen said, “Kurt can use the rattly one that makes noise every time he moves.”  But what did the Mom actually hear? “Kurt can use the rattly one that makes noise every time he poops.”  “Every time he poops?”  “Mom, I said every time he MOVES!  That does it, I’m giving you away for free on craigslist!!”

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Free for Thanksgiving, one wacky Mom.  She’s all there (mostly) but tends to forget herself when she gets stressed.  Stress results in goof ball antics, crazy cartoonish voices and general silliness.  She’ll be a very entertaining addition to your family Thanksgiving.  She’s a good cook too.

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

 

Whirlwind

Wow, we’ve been going full steam around here.  It’s not that the calendar is THAT full, it’s just things going on every day.  Or maybe I feel it because Karra got a new job and now I’m running Kristen to the barn 5 days a week – could that be it?  We’ve also had appointments for this and that and I’ve been seeing the chiropractor.  A real whirlwind.

Kristen’s first IEA event keeps getting pushed back by circumstances, but it looks like Dec. 7 is a go!  She’s excited to go with the team this Sunday to observe a show and then it’s practice, practice, practice.  And we got an unexpected refund from the orthodontist yesterday that will cover the (very expensive) entrance fees for her first two shows!!  God has been so faithful to her about this opportunity.

And after all of my stress and hard work to make Karra’s 18th birthday without her BFF awesome – someone blew my gift!!!!  One of the guys she works with in the media department at church told her he could get her into the booth at a Blue Jackets game to observe the “real” process.  And when is that game going to take place?   BEFORE the game I bought tickets for!!!!!!    I delayed her birthday game so that she could see the Black Hawks and someone I don’t even know trumped my 18th birthday gift – GRRRRR!  It will still be spectacular because her birthday game will be against Chicago, but I wanted to take her to her first game – 😦 😦 !!!!!  I’ll recover, but it really blows the steam out of my great gift.

I can’t believe it, but my baby girl with the chubby cheeks turns 18 on Sunday.  All of you Mom’s can relate to this:  didn’t we just drive to the hospital last week?  Wasn’t it just yesterday she was carrying around George? (until Daddy let him get lost at a store somewhere).  I’m pretty sure she was telling Little Baa not to get dirty just this morning.  Where did it all go??  OK, enough nostalgia.  It’s not like she’s trying to rip the apron strings out.  The closer it gets to departure time the more she appreciates home and security.  AND SHE GOT HER ACCEPTANCE TO KSU ON WEDNESDAY!!!!  Yes, I’d prefer she goes there, but it’s not her number one choice.  We’re still waiting to hear from them (could it be that’s why I’ve forgotten for 3 days to mail that last reference letter to them?).  I think she was surprised how excited she was to get the KSU acceptance.  I’ve told her and told her that she would get accepted to any college she applies to.  I think now she believes me.  Doesn’t Mommy know best?????

The next few weeks aren’t going to slow down by any stretch of the imagination – it is, after all, my FAVORITE time of the year!  We’re going strong just about everyday next week and then it’s Thanksgiving week already.  Don’t know yet if we’ll have any company for the feast day this year.  It will be really sad and strange not to have Joel’s family here.  But if no one can come, we’ll just start our Christmasing early!  (And catch up on some school that I’ve let get behind – ooops).  I have lots of crafting going on and more planned, but don’t I always have too many projects lurking in my little room?  I will post a picture of the kids’ stockings after I get Kurt’s sewn together.  It will be so neat to see all 3 hanging together.  Next one up is mine, but only because I don’t know what to do for Scrooge, er Grinch, um, Mr. Joel!

We haven’t had snow to speak of yet, but it’s in the forecast for Sunday!

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“I’m on a Team!”

“I’m on a team!  I’m on a a team!”  I heard it a thousand times yesterday.  A thousand and one.  A thousand and two.  A thousand and three. . . . . .

Remember how the girls bopped home from the barn last week with news about the Inter-Scholastic Riding team?  Well, things started to move rather quickly.  Monday after I got the information and the costs, I just didn’t know how I was going to pay the fees and buy Kristen the clothes she’ll need.  Karra decided not to do the team since it’s her senior year and she’s not as into horses as she was as a Freshman.  She has a lot on her plate right now and I think it was a wise decision.  She still likes to ride, but the competing isn’t as a big a deal as it would have been three years ago.

Kristen was in real, live tears at the mere thought that she would have to wait until next year to be able to ride.  It broke my heart to see her dream right there at her feet and we weren’t in a good position to pick it up for her.  So we prayed.  I reminded God of His promise to meet all of our needs – and this was a need for her future – and His promise to meet our wants as well.  The very first miracle in the Bible is for a want, not a need.  I reminded Him that Kristen is a tither, a sower, a giver, a server.  And she’s His child.  Didn’t He promise good things to His children?  I tried to leave it right there at His feet, but I know Kristen was struggling.  She told me later she did what I tend to do:  she went out to the barn and had some things to say (and some tears to shed).

Tuesday morning I woke up at 2am.  I was wide awake and couldn’t  go back to sleep.  I went downstairs to do paperwork while the house was quiet.  I thought I’d balance the checkbook and record receipts and then I’d be tired and go back to bed.  One thing led to another and I decided to go ahead and pay the bill I had sitting there.  Then I looked at the savings account several times.  I started doing math (not always the wisest thing to do at 4am!) and when I compared what I said I had in the savings with what the bank said I had in the savings there was over $300 dollars in difference!  What is this?????  I did math, math, and more math.  I added, subtracted, subtracted and added again.  Sure enough, the bank was right.  OMGosh!!!!  God, it’s been here the whole time!!!  Enough to pay Kristen’s fees and buy her chaps with money to spare!  I could NOT wait to tell her.  (So I emailed my friend H at 4:30 in the morning).

Needless to say, Kristen was beside herself when I told her in the morning.  She couldn’t stop laughing and crying and saying “I’m on the team!” all day long!  I was texting with the team coordinator at the barn and told her that I was about ready to duct tape Kristen to her chair!  She was floating on air when we went to the barn yesterday to turn in her paperwork.  And while we were there their trainer asked if the girls would like to help set up their stalls at the Quarter Horse Congress on Friday and help bring the horses over.  A whole day to hang out behind the scenes with the horse people at Congress!

God is so so good!  When I got up yesterday (I went back to bed at 5:30) I kept hearing this song from my childhood running through my head “God is so good.  God is so good. He’s so good to me.  He answers prayer.  He answers prayer.  He’s so good to me.”

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

Odds and Ends – ok, Random Pictures

I have some cute pictures to share that don’t really fit into a specific category or have enough back story to make a single post.  So, I’ll just share them in any old random order!

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But if your name happens to be Luke, don’t come near Lexi’s nice comfy bed!!!  This looks suspiciously like a “Bad Sister” moment.

This guy came from the garden.  We named him Zach the Zucchini.  Can anyone else hear the Veggie Tales theme song right about now?

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“If you like to talk to tomatoes, if a squash  can make you smile . . . . . . . ”  😀

And finally, this is a shot of my barn after a nice summer storm came through.  Somewhere, over the rainbow . . .

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Or in my case, under the rainbow.  Isn’t it a beautiful barn?

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I Stand Corrected

It’s not Miss FLanigan in Annie, it’s Miss Hanagan!!!!  And that just doesn’t sound right when you’re talking to the car Navi System.  I’m back to square one on naming the thing – the kids said Lola is out (something about SHIELD being sacred territory I think).  Maybe on the next college adventure we’ll come up with the perfect name.  And a Sonic drive-in.  My stomach & internal system are SO messed up from yuck (but yummy) food, but what’s one more round of burger, fries & ice cream shake when you’re already miserable?  (I’m sure the answer to that question is probably embarrassing and will NOT make it’s way into a future blog post).

And even worse the whole world – or at least the blogosphere – knows that I’m an Annie trivia flunky.

We got a really good thunder storm this afternoon – complete with tornado warnings and sirens – I’ll post the pictures of the rainbow over my barn tomorrow.  Speaking of barns I still have to put together the photo study of the project – start to finish (not that it’s finished since I haven’t painted the big sliding doors AND AM I HEARING ABOUT IT!).  Anyway, it looks really nice under the rainbow, . . . . hmmm, OVER the rainbow was The Wizard of Oz.  Oh, well, the sun’ll come up tomorrow!

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

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