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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.

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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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glasses

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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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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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Kurt’s Birthday Week

Our Spring Break sure was busier than planned.  Kurt’s birthday was fun and the Lego Stop-Motion Movie Making kit was a big hit.  Now I just need to download Windows Movie Maker so that he can load everything onto my laptop instead of doing transfers to Kristen’s.  I spent the day making Kurt’s requested foods:  Waffles for breakfast (Um, Mom, I like the old kind better) with sausage.  Lunch ( a late lunch because I had to run errands) was broccoli potato pancakes and smoked sausage – yum.  Supper was sliders with french fries.  And the final touch . . . .

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the Lego Ninjago cake.  Kristen did a great job, but we forgot to put the eyebrows on.

The next day was a shopping trip with the girls that scored their Easter outfits and jewelry.  I even found a shirt to wear with my outfit.

Thursday brought us to Lexi’s Gotcha Day.

Lexi with Kurt

Meet our newest addition . . . Lexi!  She’s named in honor of our friend Penny’s German Shepherd that was kicked by a horse and had complications and had to be put down.  Penny has the most awesome dogs and when we saw Lexi and how German Shepherd she looks we had to name her after our friend’s dog.  She’s 1/2 boxer, 1/4 German Shepherd, 1/4 Norwegian Elk Hound.  She is a real cuddle bug.  Her favorite place is curled up beside you getting her oh-so-soft head rubbed.

Luke didn’t know what to think at first but he’s coming around quickly and Lexi is teaching him how to be a dog instead of a person.

Luke learning to play with Lexi

Lexi teaching Luke to wrestle

Right now she looks like a donut hole on her big round bed, but it won’t be long before she looks like the cream cheese covering the bagel.  I can’t believe I was once so adamant against another dog.  Of course, I cant’ believe I was once so adamant against ANY dog!

Lexi big yawn!

Lexi sleepy

I have a picture of Luke in this same position as a puppy.  They’re the same size in the pictures but they wont’ stay that way for long!!

Saturday found us at the bowling alley for Kurt’s party and he and the boys had a wonderful time.  I have a great picture of them, but don’t want to put other people’s children online without their consent.  It’s a wonderful momento for Kurt of his first official birthday party.

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Ah, Spring Break

Well, we made it; it’s Spring Break.  It might seem a little late for taking a break to some people, but we always try to plan our break for the week of Kurt’s birthday.  I like my parents to come down for a visit at this time, but my Dad announced two years ago that early April is too cold!  Last year because of circumstances they came at the end of May and guess what – it was too HOT!  They’re coming in mid-May this year and then Mom will stay an extra week to try to help me knock out that dreaded garage sale.

We’re off to a relaxing start to our break.  The girls went shopping this morning to get their brother’s birthday presents and go to Whole Foods for some of Karra’s strange and organic vegetarian foods (okay, it was Spanish lentils and poppy seeds, but I’m allowed to give her a hard time since it was my money).  I did have the girls get some Hartzler Dairy milk (low temp pasturized) to try my yogurt cultures that I’ve had for so long they may not even be good.   If the yogurt doesn’t work I’ll order a new culture and give it another go – within a reasonable time 🙂

I crossed a major milestone in my recovery today.  I ordered new chickens!!!!  We’ll be having baby chooks in time for our anniversary in early May.  Joel offered to undo his workbench so I can reuse the crate we brooded our geriatric girls in and I think a good month or two is plenty of time to get the new chicken coop finished up and to have nice weather to do it in.

I spent about a half hour online researching different hatchery’s offerings and the feed store.  I really, really wanted some Buckeye chickens (I know that is so bizarre for a BIG TIME Michigan fan) and there was only one hatchery that offered them.  I almost missed the fact that I could create my own box of chickens.  I was looking at a whole box of single breed chickens and getting frustrated because I really wanted a variety.  Anyway, I finally found what I was looking for at Mt. Healthy Hatchery in Cincinnati – the same hatchery that our TSC girls came from seven crazy years ago.  The minimum order was 15, so I got 3 each of Barred Rock (I love my current girls), Buckeye (I’d love to have a Buckeye rooster and name it Bo heheheheh), Buff Orpington (good brooders), Aracuana (because Kristen loves the green and blue eggs), and Golden Lace Wyandottes (they are so pretty).  I wanted to get a trio of Silkies because the roosters are supposed to be really gentle, but I didn’t realize that Silkies are considered to be bantam chickens.  You can’t order bantams and regular sized chicks together.  A minimum bantam order is 30 chicks!   So, if I get my Silkies I will have to do it locally and get grown chickens.  Who knows what kind of rooster I’ll really end up with.

Kurt and I baked his birthday cake this morning and Kristen just finished decorating it.  It turned out nearly as well as the Pinterest picture.  I’ll include it with the birthday post in a day or two.  I made cookies for us for a change and am being lazy about taking birthday boy for a hair trim ahead of his pictures that I haven’t scheduled yet.  But hey, I ordered baby chicks!!

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