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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Oh, It Finally Snowed . . .

(And Luke smells like a wet manure dog.)  Ugh.  Hold your breath!   I made the kids take the dogs out in the snow and just romp around.  Very successful as one kid and two dogs are now sound asleep.

Finally, on the 12th day of January half way through the winter of 2015-2016, we FINALLY got snow!  Yes, while my furnace still isn’t working because I decided not to be the most defiant wife.  I called him Monday morning and said I’d compromise – we brought in the ceramic heater and the propane from the grill, I ordered the new thermostat (which still hasn’t shipped yet) and bought an electric fireplace/heater (ulterior motive here; it’s eventual home is the new sewing room 😀 😀 ).  The house isn’t so cold you stay huddled under a blanket, but it’s not cozy warm either.  Up to 61* last night!!  Kristen has fallen in love with the little fireplace and it’s flickering flame and is now on my side for getting a much larger one.  Our house was MADE for a fireplace – it’s past time we added one.

But it snowed today!  Kristen is so right; snow makes the cold tolerable.  And it’s so pretty to look at.  It’s so fun to watch the kittens try to catch the snow flakes (it’s also good to see Sage putting some weight on her foot that the big bad cow stepped on.)  Speaking of the barn kittens, now it was kind of Sage’s fault she got stepped on.  I told her and told her not to hang out under the cow while I milked, but you know kids, they just don’t listen.  She sure listened when SugarBelle picked her foot up and came down on Sage’s little, tiny, cute kitten paw!  My heart just about stopped.  Sage keeps pretty clear of the milk production now.  Rosemary on the other hand is an adventurer.  She’s discovered that she can climb up and into the barn eaves where the little birdies hide.  She usually meows at us that she wants down and I tell her that she got up there, she can figure out how to get down (saw her above the big sliding doors on the cow stalls this morning) and she usually does.  Well, this morning she decided that she was coming down one way or another and all she needed was an in-between landing spot.  Hmmm, that big black thing should work.  Down came Rosemary right onto Sugar’s back.  Sugar started to twitch and move and Rosemary was gone!  I guess Sage passed along some words of advice when it comes to the cow!

Since it’s a snowy day and we already had made plans for it, Kristen and I headed to town to get her learner’s permit.  She passed first try and we headed over to the Cheese House for Karra to scoop up some ice cream.  I had told Kris that she could drive over when she got her permit, but in light of the snowy roads and being in the new van, we had to veto that.  No driving the new van on anything but pristine road conditions.  IF we had been in the old van, she would have driven.  No time like the present to learn!  Right now the new student driver is sleeping in front of the “fireplace” instead of doing the school she missed yesterday and today.   Hmmm, better wake her up.  And I should get to the laundry (in the freezing cold and not warming up very well with my sewing room heater laundry room).  It wouldn’t hurt to get away from wet manure dog either.

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

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Ah, Winter Showed Up!

Finally – some snow.  We haven’t had snow since the weekend before Thanksgiving.  I sent the children out to celebrate.

Kristen, Kurt, Luke & Lexi in the cold

They were playing by what is slowly coming back as our pond after Joel drained it this summer.  Kurt thought he could brake the ice on the pond – not a chance at temps of -24 wind chill.  The four of them had a great time throwing ice and then wallowing in the snow closer to the house.

I’ve been working away on a couple of projects and I’ll give you a sneak peak of my filing cabinet makeover because the paint revealed something really cool on the cabinet.  BEFORE:  ugly old filing cabinet

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First paint color

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um, NO!!  Turns out the paint I already had would have been great on a bike (what it was bought for) but will NEVER be good in my mostly brown and black living room – can anyone say, “way TOO bright?”

Coolness revealed by the paint:

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With all of the Spiderman chatter in the house in the last month I thought this webbing was really cool.  Apparently the original paint was in worse shape than I thought.  The snowflakes/spider webs didn’t show up with the primer, but the bright paint brought it out.

I bought a darker wine colored paint that has made the little cabinet much more appropriate for it’s future purpose.  It’s way too cold in the basement right now to play with Mod Podge, so the finishing touches will have to wait a week or so.

I’ve also got this project started and hope to finish it this week.

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I haven’t taken mid-project pictures, but I’ll snap a couple before I proceed further than the paint.

After the BEEs I HAVE to tailor Kristen’s show shirt since the big, first show is next weekend!

I’m doing well on my projects for the year, but my goals are suffering.  I haven’t had coffee with Jesus more than once this year, I haven’t exercised a bit and I’m 8 days behind on the yearly Bible reading.  I have made 2 weeks of menus  though!  Hmmm, I suspect my priorities are out of whack, huh?  I’ll be working on that starting immediately.

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

Happy New Year! 2015

Hey, I got the day right on time!  I hope everyone has had a good celebration.  We’re taking it pretty low key today.  We’ll take down the Christmas decorations and do a good dusting.  I’ll have to wash the white glass collection above the stove – it gets very nasty greasy and dusty in the course of the year (and maybe someday I’ll wash everything twice a year, but this isn’t someday!).  I have a ham to put in the oven later and I’ll make scalloped potatoes and peas.  I even made a breakfast casserole this morning only to discover that someone spilled something greasy in the bottom of the oven and didn’t clean it up – can anyone say “smoke filled house?”

I’m very pleased to say that I have already taken 2 projects completely off of the 2015 sewing/craft list and have 2 more in progress.  Those gray Spiderman sleep pants that I couldn’t do for Karra turned out really cute for Kurt and I still had to put red cuffs on the bottom of them!

I set out to make over a filing cabinet that was collecting dust in the basement and after looking at pictures on pinterest I decided to decorate it a little.  That decision (and running out of primer) turned it into a cost-something project instead of a completely free with what I have make over.  I found a perfect peel and stick laminate on line and went through a lengthy rant against Walmart when I couldn’t get it (I will NOT share said rant because I chose to leave it and the anger behind me in 2014).  Yesterday I set out to find a less expensive (than $5.87) alternative.  $4 in scrapbook paper later, I have two choices and I’m struggling to decide which paper to use.  I also had to buy a protective sealant to put on the finished project, but I’m still very excited.  I also found woven bins to put inside the drawers to make it into a cabinet rather than a filing system.  And those were 50% off ( a two-for-one deal) and they match a basket I have in the living room to keep my knitting & stitching projects in.  I am so excited to share the project with you when it’s done!  And since we’ve exceeded our Excede it will be mid month before I can upload pictures anyway and I figure another week or so to get the cabinet finished.

It is Arctic cold here for a few days, but we might actually see some snow on Sunday.  We’ll see.  I will however welcome the warmer weather on Saturday and the rain that will fill the water troughs for me!

Have a blessed day celebrating today and if you’re a lucky one that has pay TV and can enjoy the Bowl Games, cheer a few for me – ROLL TIDE!!

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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Ramblin’ Fever?

I’m feeling a little rambly this morning so I thought I’d come record my scattered thoughts for future posterity.  If any of them turn out to be fairly good, I’ll share them over at Christian Homesteader.

How is that when you bundle up to the nines – not to mention your eyeballs – to go out and feed the cows in 18* weather with an 18 mile an hour wind and no exposed core that you can end up with bits of hay in the rear end of your jammy pants?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Why do light, fluffy, swirling snowflakes still look so beautiful even after the winter we’ve had?  And why, if our beloved weatherman Bill Kelly is right and winter is about to return over the weekend with a vengence, am I kind of excited about it?  After the cold, cold, cold of this past winter I can still get excited about a snow storm.  Must be the kid in me.

I can feel the “want to” to cook creeping back in.  It’s been a long of haul of lethargy in the kitchen – just ask my children.  I have the Cook’s Country Crockpot Revolution (volume 1 – yes, I own both volumes) cookbook sitting on the counter because I’m making the macaroni and cheese for Life Group tonight and just a glance at the cover gave me an excited feeling.  Now, I don’t necessarily have the time to sit down with the cookbooks and dig through and decide what to cook with the mass of frozen chicken in the freezer, but the want to feeling is a good step in the right direction.  And when Kristen and I made a roasted chicken from my newest purchase Taste of Home’s Complete Guide to Country Cooking, it was the BEST chicken I have had since I was a kid.  I think it had a LOT to do with the fact that it was a free range chicken that I had scored on sale at Kroger.  I didn’t even know Kroger  SOLD free range chicken.  Ah, the life span of some of the members of my new flock this summer is going to be fairly short!

Our little bundle of Joy is growing all ready and is acting more like her Daddy every day.  Of course Joshua didn’t mind my coffee breath this morning, but Daisy and Joy both said it smelled yucky.  Maybe Joshie didn’t care because his breath usually stinks too!  Or he’s such a love bug that he just doesn’t care.  Personally I think it’s because he’s a guy and guys don’t notice things like bad breath.  The smellier the better.

And SugarBelle had shoved the stall door closed AGAIN and propped about 10 inches out from the barn and stuck on the frozern ground.  That means LibertyBelle can get in the stall but she can’t.  It really infuriates her when that happens, but she’s not bright enough to figure out that she’s the one doing it!  So, she got to spend a cold, windy night outside.  Stupid cow.  But I love her anyway.

I’ve had really good energy this week and have been able to do all of the running around and things on my list without a big crash in the afternoons.  I’m not sleeping very well at night, but I still wake up feeling pretty good.  I have to mop the floor today ahead of Life Group and that is always a big energy drain.  So, I’m going to hit the treadmill first!  If this keeps up it might be pointless to talk to my doctor about chronic adrenal fatigue.  I certainly haven’t been fatigued this week.

And That’s What’s Ramblin’ Around on the Hobby Farm!

 

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