Sunday, December 13, 2009

What's Consuming Me


That's all I want to do. It's what I've been doing in every spare moment and the not so spare moments as well. I'm fitting it in between 7th grade basketball games. That's the other thing I'm doing. Lots of driving these days and in between I knit.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Goodnight Sweet Princess

Chiquita Renee Asplin
May 12th, 1995-November 5th, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Check Out This Giveaway!

Okay all you knitters you need to go check out this giveaway over at Knit Purl Girl's Blog. WEBS is giving away a Bamboo interchangeable needle set. Lots of ways to enter more than once. Go check it out!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Cooking with Clara

I just love this little lady, Great Depression Cooking with Clara on you tube. Thanks Suzanne for introducing me to her show.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Weird Dreams

I'm kind of known to have bizarre dreams. This morning I woke up having had one.

In the dream it was winter time and I was on my way out to take care of Butter and her pups. As I neared her kennel I could here deer in the woods to my left, I hurried into the kennel and shut the door. Immediately there were deer on the outside of the kennel pushing and shoving wanting food. I was uneasy and turned to find a deer in the kennel with me. I reached out to feed it and it clamped down on my hand. I screamed, "let go you're hurting me", then I woke up.

Weird, huh?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Life, etc, etc, etc

It's been a while since I stopped in here. The summer finally caught up with me and I decided to take a break.

So, much happened over the summer: Camping trips, vacation, the loss of five chickens (including Rooster), the ending of a ten year friendship (a friendship I thought would be lifelong, my head still spins a little about it), a garden that did not do well, my father started bringing produce in from a fellow employee and that has kept me busy for weeks!

And the biggest thing is that I started knitting for money. So, I'm not on here much. I'm sitting over there in the corner knit, knit, knitting. And loving it!

So, I will pop in from time to time, if I have time, and jot down a note or two about life.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Hives Of July

Soooo, G broke out in hives Thursday. Out of the blue, completely covered in them.

Hmmm, what brought this on I thought? No new foods, no new soaps or detergents. Hmmm, he wasn't feeling good on Sunday, but no fever and that was four days before.

Dr. said, pretty sure it's viral. And it's quite impressive G. Textbook for severe case. Big, huge smile from G on that one.

These are pictures after I took him to the Dr. and he's been on a steroid and antihistamine for 24 hrs. You should have seen him before that.

If you look closely you will see peanut butter at the corners of his mouth. Usually there is something there. lol

On his ears, eyelids, etc

This looks soooo much better than it did. His belly and chest area was one big red mass yesterday.

The back looks better too believe it or not.

Itchy, itchy.

Looks like some kind of disease, doesn't it?

Monday, July 13, 2009

Chick Update

The babies have, so far, acclimated well into the flock. All though I would say they are still on the fringe. They come out of the coop into the yard later in the day, never early, and if they have full run of the coop, they are everywhere, checking everything out. However, if the big birds are in the coop they pretty much stay in their safety cage, only coming out after everyone has roosted.

This is where I found them yesterday. All the other chickens were out in the yard. See that one on the far left, yeah, pretty sure that's a roo.

All though, in this picture he sure looks like a Dolly!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Rooster June 2009

What're you lookin at?

Ummm, these are starting to worry me a little.

Cock of the walk.

On Alert.

Rooster n his girls

Struttin it.

Watch out!
That's right, I'm all that.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Welcome To My Garden 2009 Part 2

My flowers are doing great this summer.
Purple coneflower-I really want an orange one but haven't shelled out the $10 yet.

Beautiful Hollyhocks

Purple Russian Majesty, maybe?

Not sure what this one is, anybody?

Here it is with sunlight filtering through, beautious.

This one is a dark salmon color.

Beautiful ruffley buttercup type daylily.

Baja Daylily

Aztec daylily?
All of my daylilies came from friends. So, some of them I just have no idea what they are called. I'm sure if I would take the time and research I could find them.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Want To Win A Wii?

We love our Wii! It's the first time I've been able to play video games without getting sick. LOL
Bowling is one of my favs and now that we have the Wii Fit I enjoy boxing and step aerobics!

If you want to enter for a chance to win a Nintendo Wii system check out this giveaway at Christian Personal Finance.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Papa!

Happy 63rd birthday Papa!

For Papa's birthday we took a day trip down to Sikeston, MO. Now it may seem like driving three hours for lunch is a bit extreme but you gotta understand that this is no ordinary restaurant. Lambert's Cafe is the "Home of the throwed rolls", yes that's right they throw the hot, fresh rolls at you! And they walk around offering up fried okra, fried potatoes, sorghum for your rolls, black-eyed peas and macaroni & tomatoes. This is in addition to whatever you may have ordered. I was a little worried about eating here, since my surgery in December, over eating is a not a good idea unless I want to feel like I'm dying for the rest of the day. But I was just extra careful and all was well.

G had to try out the fast car as soon as we got there!

Mmmm, diggin in.

Yes, the food IS this good!

Notice G has his mouthful and so does Papa!

Me n my boys
After lunch we took the scenic route home, going through the Shawnee Forest area and making our way up to Bald Knob.

The view was gorgeous. Notice the welcoming committee in front of the welcome center? Daisy and Athena were quite friendly.

The four of us with Papa

The Cross on Bald Knob has seen better days, in fact, it looks as though it is being torn down. But the website says it's being restored.

Tip #1

Hey I was reading in my country living magazine, which is free btw, that if you have tomatoes that split on the vine, you should wrap a plastic baggie over them and close it up and it will help save the tomato for you.

If we get as much rain this summer as we did last I will for sure have to try this.

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Mohawk

G loves to get a summer hair cut. Shave it down Mom, as short as you can. But before that he sports a mohawk for a couple of weeks. This year we let him have it early because he had been growing his hair out for it.

Here he is pre-haircut. He's on the right.

And this is after.

You gotta have a little color for the Memorial Day Parade.

Here's the funniest part about that day. After the parade the In-laws took him to the nursing home to visit and show off his mohawk. Several of the residents commented that he was a scout so he must be a really nice boy. Here he is lookin all punk rock but because he's a scout they totally overlooked the hair.

Rockin it!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Big Scary Snappin' Turtle

I looked out the kitchen window last night and noticed we had a visitor.

This fella (or maybe Filly) was pretty good sized.

At this point I'm thinking just how fast can a snappin turtle move?

That's a big ol tail.

The token boy with a snappin turtle shot.

Here's the best part though. We caught him and left him in here for C to see when he got home. Three hours later, C walks in the door and says where's the turtle. It got out and somehow did not turn that big tote over. Crazy!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lessons on Farm Life

Recently, I casually mentioned a Spring Surprise. I ended up with a broody hen this spring and decided to give it a go. She's been on five eggs and all was going well. Yesterday chick #1 hatched out and we were all very excited. I had decided not to separate the hen and chicks from the rest of the birds, hoping that the Mama would take care of things. Well, she didn't. I'm not sure if she just felt pulled to sit on the remaining eggs or what but the other chickens got a hold of that chick and well they did what chickens do. When we found her she was quite mangled and barely alive. I was just sick to my stomach about it. What to do now, I asked my chicken mentor and she gave me the details on what had to be done, for the dying chick and the mama and possible other chicks. Sooo, with a sad heart I put the chick out of it's misery and then went about moving things around to make sure the remaining eggs/chicks would be safe.

It was a hard lesson to learn. I guess what I wanted to happen was just not going to work with the nature of chickens. So, now the hen and chicks are in my garage safe and sound.

And here's the good stuff:

Holding pen.

Don'tcha love my nest box.

I think she looks pretty cozy in that shirt box.

Checkin out the food supplies.

Mama Hen and three peeps

See the little peep sticking it's head out. There's actually two of them in this picture. One in front and one in back.

Can you see the peep in this pick. It's like an I Spy Pic.