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A Blah Kind of Day with a Sunny Side Up Ending!

How can you have a blah day when it’s 80* and sunny?  I managed it.  I felt really wounded last night and sad.  I kind of woke up with it and it has gotten better, but finding my dear little Lexi had chewed up two more mechanical pencils and my Mother’s Day pen from church didn’t help my early morning disposition.  I didn’t successfully accomplish much of my to-do list today, but I did read with Kurt, get printer ink so I can start printing all of that school transcript crap that I need to send off for Karra, (it’s like a 50 page book that I need to print, organize and ship) and I made homemade stevia extract.

Kristen managed to catch the FBI Moneypak virus on her laptop last night and wouldn’t listen when I tried to tell her that the FBI wasn’t going to be at our doorstep first thing this morning to arrest her.  Being quite technically challenged I doubted my ability to remove this virus even with an online tutorial.  At the bottom of the instructions for removing this virus was a caution that unless you were quite technically knowledgeable you shouldn’t try to remove the virus because you could do even worse damage to your computer.  Um, why was’t this warning at the TOP of the page before some poor unfortunate, gullible, trusting person tried to do it themselves????? Hello!!!!!!  I didn’t try.  I did a system restore to yesterday morning and it worked!!  Maybe I’m more tech savvy than I think I am (pat on me own back).

And another cheerful thought on my blah day is that last week I made the most perfect loaf of bread that has ever come out of my bread machine (this machine – I made some gorgeous loaves of bread with my old machine).

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Isn’t it gorgeous?  It was beautifully shaped and perfectly golden and it tasted so delicious!  I can almost taste it now, still warm, dripping with soft, yummy butter.  Think I’ll make another loaf tomorrow.

ERRRRRRRRRRR – BREAK!!!!

In the middle of my post the girls came home from the barn with the news that the Inter-Scholastic Riding Team competition starts in November!  Yikes!  And the first show is on a household birthday – ugh.  “Mom, all I need is a hat, a shirt and chaps.  And look, look, look, my new spurs!!!”  Um, can anyone say excited?  And they have reining in every show (all 5 shows of the season 🙂  )!  I think my blah day has picked up considerably.  I’m trying not to think about the new additional costs that really aren’t on the budget horizon.  God will make a way.  We’ve been praying about affording this when it came time to do it.  Lord, I trust You.  I know that Kristen’s riding is part of Your plan and it’s all in Your hands. Amen.

Gosh, I’m excited now.

I also have a picture of a Kristen DIMS Day project.  She wanted another guitar stand and didn’t have the money to buy one so, necessity being the mother of invention, she measured, I cut, and she made one.

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Yes, those are her proud feet in the back ground (please excuse the lunch cooler and cat litter in the background, ahem).  She used scrap lumber from the barn building and wrapped felt on the wood anywhere that would be touching the guitar.  We did add a gray ribbon strap to go around the neck to keep the guitar from sliding to the side.   That’s her old guitar in the picture – the one everyone signs – but in her room it holds her snazzy, blue, electric acoustic.  The brand new electric guitar gets the store bought guitar stand!

AND  the cabinet that we purchased to clean up, paint and use for canned goods in the basement, cleaned up so well that we just put it into use.  I do need to touch up some of the paint on the front and change the door knobs, but it really does look nice and the slightly beat-up exterior goes well in my unfinished basement.  What do you think?

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Before

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After

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Look at that jar storage!  How did they know I LOVE beadboard?  You can see the chipping on the front that needs touching up.  It was made as an entertainment center and the center cupboard has a slide out shelf.  Cool, huh?  We also have the water bath canner and the dehydrator on the top and Kristen moved the jars of popcorn onto the side.  I am so thrilled with it and it was totally free!!

I’m off to start looking for western chaps on ebay.  Have a great evening, blogosphere.

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

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Jumbles

It’s been a long week that went really fast – is that an oxymoron?  Long but fast?

Kurt had swim lessons this week, so we were up and out of the house at 10am Monday – Thursday.  You would think that 10am wouldn’t be a problem – especially if you’re laughing yourself silly because you leave at 6 or 7am every morning.  Let’s just say that I’m 17 years out of practice at leaving the house every morning looking presentable to the world.  And then there is the warm, cozy pool atmosphere that makes me very sleepy.  So, here I am nodding over Winston Churchill at 11am!  Good grief.  Or was it good night?

We survived and this morning found me out the door at 10am to grocery shop.  Why is it when you cut back to regular weekly shopping from the once-a-month monster shop that it still took 4 hours?  I did take Kristen’s pretty blue guitar in to be re-strung and the nice fella said to give her a hard time about not wiping the finger prints and smudges off the guitar EVERY time she uses it.  He was good natured about it really – they like her there since she took lessons from one of their staff.

Joel and I did our Chipotle and Sam’s Club date tonight and stopped at Home Depot (to look at little copper solar post tops for the deck that Joel is refinishing) and ended up buying two plum trees on clearance.  We planted them in a gentle rain tonight and are really happy with the purchase.

I’ve been working on getting the schoolroom switched over for the new year – the kids decided they want to start on August 20th.  Karra wants to finish at the end of May and I’d really like to actually wrap up the other two by June 12.  It’s going to be a very full year and everyone is going to need Mom to be involved.  Good thing I’m on the anti-depressant and feeling so much more in control and in the present.  Tomorrow is the day to get the bookcase inside – the one my Grandpa built.  I mopped (don’t faint) the schoolroom while I have all of the old bookshelves out.  The room is so sparkly right now.  I have two big boxes of books waiting to be unpacked and eager kids ready to see their cubbies full.  Hard as it is, I LOVE HOMESCHOOLING!

The animals are all doing well.  We love listening to Brik in the mornings.  A farm just isn’t a farm without a rooster crowing in the morning.  He’s so gentle and calls to the girls and helps them find little treats in the grass.  Sadly, two of Kristen’s three Ameracuana’s are roosters.  One of them we’ve named Eaglet and he’s a reddish and white (really pretty, but not good tempered) and he is already getting rough with my Buff Orpingtons.  The other is a pretty black and white and much calmer.  Kristen wants to try to sell him before we take the two roosters and the geriatric chickens to the butcher in the fall.  I can’t believe I’m going to give Sarah the ax, but I know that there will be other favorite chickens and it will be easier to save them if they’ve been part of the main flock all along.  The old girls just aren’t giving enough eggs to justify continuing to feed them.  I’m okay with it now, but the first morning I go out and there are no old chickens to feed and no Sarah to let out, I’m sure I’ll cry.

And I end my jumbles with the news that Karra’s BFF got married yesterday in Texas.  Good old military planning/necessities canceled the pretty wedding and opportunity to be a maid-of-honor.  The bride will be coming home on Monday and joining her groom in September – in Germany – once he’s out of tech school.  It’s bad enough when your own kids grow up too fast, but do their friends have to do it too?  I’ve known her since she was in her Mommy’s tummy!  Despite the fact that they are young, it is a match made in Heaven.  God has moved in so many ways and brought such growth to these young people in the last year.  I know that they are going to have a truly wonderful life together.

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

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