Psalm 27:4 "One thing have I desired; that will I seek after. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life."

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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!

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

“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?

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

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.

I’ve Been AWOL Haven’t I?

OK.  Here goes:  My parents came, we took them to the Lego Movie & Grandpa fell asleep (but he liked the parts he was awake for), we went to the Half Price Bookstore, Grandpa put up new clothes lines for me, we went to the mall so Grandpa could go to the Lego Store with Kurt (Kurt talked the whole time) and we had lunch at 5 Guys – oh me oh my!  Then my Dad went home & my Mom stayed & I ran around like a chicken with its head cut off and finally got the garage sale together and advertised and we sat through Thursday and Friday and made $50.  I took Grandma home the next day in my new van and discovered at my parents that I had XM Radio!!!!  And then the kids had Drama Camp and I ran around like a chicken with its head cut off all week taking them hither & yon and doing this and that.  Then they performed Friday night and J & D joined us and we all went to Steak N Shake.  Then I had the garage sale on Saturday and made $30.  And then on Sunday Honey wasn’t right & on Monday we took her to the vet in the old van and she made a fecal sample and I nearly died in the driver’s seat, and then on Tuesday Lexi went to the vet to get fixed and on Wednesday she left a fecal sample on my carpet TWICE!  And then Wednesday I went to here and went to there and got Kurt signed up for swim lessons (and had to run from the pool to Hubby for a signature and back to the pool) and . . . .  the week isn’ t over yet.

My parents visit was really fun and I think my Dad had a good time.  He really liked the tomato fence I put up and made one for himself when he got home.  I don’t know how to include the pinterest picture where I got the idea, but basically you put a piece of cattle panel between two t-posts and tie the tomatoes up.  Someone commented that they were going to use rebar mesh because it’s cheaper and that’s what I did!  Hubby was impressed.

Grandpa really did fall asleep in the Lego Movie – it was funny.  My Dad always falls asleep if he sits down too long – especially in a dark room!

The garage sale was obviously less than a stellar success.  3 days and a whopping $80.  Definitely not worth the work although it looked really nice all set up.  I’ll be posting things on craigslist tomorrow night (if I’m not exhausted from our first college visit)

It was nice to do a road trip with my Mom and to spend a quiet night away from the kids.  I brought home a big hunk of my Mom’s lavender plant and a couple of roses.  I put them into the neglected front flower bed where they are anchoring the lilly I moved.  I know, I know, pictures!  Let’s wait until next year when things are blooming 🙂  I sadly lost the XM Radio on Monday, someone figured out that they’d sold the van.

Drama Camp was fun.  I helped out with cleaning up a couple of days and it was the easiest sheemsiest thing.  The kids had a LOT of fun and Kurt had a talking part!!  My first child to have a speaking part at Drama Camp.  He played Tarzan – complete with a wig that I can’t even describe!!  Like a mullet on steroids.

KidShine Tarzan's beautiful hair!

And of course he had to strike a pose!!

He told silly jokes and made a hysterical laugh (which is what won him the part).  He brought down the house.  Who knew my little guy had perfect comedic timing??

Never play poker in jungle . . . . too many cheetahs . . . .  HAH HAH HAH HAH!  Tarzan crack Tarzan up.

I have a great picture of Kristen with her friends but once again I won’t post pics of other peoples’ children. 😦

We had a great time going out to dinner with J & D, but I was really, really tired by that time.  It was a long week.

And then we started this week with Honey off her feed on Sunday.  She still wasn’t eating on Monday and Kristen took her temp and it was way high.  The vet couldn’t see her until 4pm, so we followed our directions and got her to drink plenty of water with electrolytes.  In the old van, two minutes from the vet’s drive and Honey lets out a nice, wet fecal sample.  I had just told Kristen to move her rear end away from me because I didn’t want what happened to happen!  I started screaming BLEEEEECK!!  GAAAAAAG!  ACKKKKKKKK! I’M GONNA DIE!!!!   BLEEEEEEEECK!  Kristen sits on the back seat and laughs her not so little flip flops right off.  I was ready to die in the driver’s seat – and it got on my purse handle and the seats and the center console.  It was nasty!  After eliminating the obvious causes, we concluded it was probably salmonella – which means someone wasn’t washing their hands after handling the new chicks and then going to tend the animals.  Hmmmm.

Tuesday we took Lexi in to get fixed and she was so sad and didn’t want us to leave her.  That was hard.  We picked her up and she was still so groggy and unsure about walking with the cone on her head.  She face planted on the sidewalk when we left the vet.  At home she started up the sidewalk with Kristen and when the cone got stuck on the ground she just stopped.  We spent the rest of the night laughing about her getting stuck every time she tried to walk.  By morning she was fine.  Until later in the day when I was gone running errands (I wanted to find capris to wear to Karra’s college visit tomorrow because I didn’t want to look all old and frumpy.  She insists I could have worn shorts and a t-shirt, but I want to look nice.  I don’t want to embarrass her).  So, Lexi had diarrhea on the carpet while I was gone.  5 minutes before we need to leave for church Kurt came and asked how to clean up diarrhea – Lexi again in the same spot.  I ran to the vet for meds to make it stop and she has been on food rations today.  Poor little puppy.

And now you’re caught up on where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing.  I’m hoping to be posting the barn project pictures very soon.  The new coop is done except for the sliding door between coop and run.  Once Joel gets that done this weekend we can move the babies out of the garage (they stink!).  He’s getting lumber tonight to put the metal around the back of Sugar’s stall and then it’s a big sliding door for Libby’s stall – and her stall of course – and we’ll be done!  Kristen and I are in charge of chicken roosts, feeders and nest boxes.  My nest box ideas keep changing because the space for the boxes has shrunk courtesy of the beautiful picture window in the new coop.  I’ll have to locate all of the pictures I’ve taken and get them organized into a coherent post.  I’m very excited to share that project.

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

 

 

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