The Week was a Whirlwind!

I’m sorry I’ve been gone.  I had a wonderful, lazy birthday last week.  I wore my new red birthday jammies to bed and got up on Friday and let the dogs out.  Then I let the dogs in.  Then I wished I hadn’t.  Guess who messed with a guess what  – FOR THE 3RD TIME!  This time was the charm for the skunk.  Lexi took a direct hit.  Gagging and foaming at the mouth right onto my brand new red birthday jammies!!  Oh my Lord, the smell!!!!!  And Joel had come home on my birthday to spend the weekend and he got to enjoy a cold, skunky house.  At least he was so glad to be home that he didn’t mind too much.  The last of the smell lingers in the laundry room and I am only so thankful that the sewing room was moved OUT of there.

Joel was very impressed with the shelves that Kristen and I put up and when he did a Lowe’s run on Saturday to get lumber for the base of the new pond dock, we picked up the lattice for the back of the shelves in the sewing room.  We will definitely need to work on the lighting down there; even with 3 lamps it’s a little dim.

Friday night Karra and I went work-clothes shopping with our friend, Penny.  We overwhelmed the new career girl!  We both would say, “just buy it to get the great price now and you can always return it.”  She only had so much money and it flustered her not to know how much she was spending.  I’ll be returning some things for her and I told her whatever is over her budget we will pick up the tab for her.  We had a good time other than that and Karra was satisfied with her purchases.  She looked so professional as she headed off on her first day of work.

Monday I took Luke for a walk at the park and I could still walk yesterday!!  He didn’t tire as easy, but he insisted on smelling every stick he peed on the week before.  He did excellent with other dogs and bike riders.  The only dog he growled at looked just like him!  Silly puppy.  We passed a couple when we were almost back to the parking lot and he just laid down in the grass like, I’m so beat.  I wish like crazy I could take him today, but I’m too busy.  Yesterday Kurt got his lower braces on and the rams went to the butcher.  We loaded up the old van and drove away.  I was kind of heavy hearted all day and tried really hard not to think of sweet Toulouse having to go there.  What’s done is done and it’s the reason that we kept them.  And it appears that Moe managed to nail Honeysuckle ahead of their group meet-up.  She looks ready to explode!  We’re thinking another week at the most.  Men – they always find a way, don’t they?

Also on Monday I fell for an online scam.  I can’t believe I was so stupid!!   An alarm started going off on my laptop and completely freaked me out.  I called the number that came up in the warning box – STUPID!!!  Vaguely, in the back of my mind, I thought, is this really Microsoft?  The guy was so nice and gave me his name and technician number and the name of the company and I STUPIDLY let him run a remote diagnostic on my laptop and make the alarm go off.  When he said I had a firewall breech and he could fix it remotely for $200, I said, “you know, I have a friend that’s a computer guru (Penny’s friend really) and I’ll have him take a look and see what he thinks.”  And the guy was so nice and said I shouldn’t use my laptop until I got it cleaned up and de-bugged.  AND THE WHOLE THING WAS A SCAM!!  At least I had the presence of mind NOT to give up a credit card number.  It’s really creepy how people can just jump into your laptop like that.  Penny’s friend has my baby (laptop baby) all better and she didn’t think he’d found any viruses on it which makes me so grateful – still feeling extremely stupid, but grateful.  And there’s a nice, yummy cherry pie cooling on the counter for him 😀

As I stood at the kitchen sink, pitting cherries and making pie crust I couldn’t help but think how nice it will be to look out the window and see the garden going again.  We’re going to put in the grape vines this year and I’m hoping to plant raspberry and blackberry vines as well.  This 50 degree weather in February has got my gardening juices going!!  We had thunder and lightening last night!!  And we could see a few flurries tomorrow.  What a crazy winter.  But at least I didn’t have to wash my van – just parked it outside last night.  I’m so brilliant  NOT!!!

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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).


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.


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.



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?






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.

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