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Saturday, August 27, 2011


We have a new addition to our family. She is just so cute. Her name is Lucy and she has already gotten us all under her spell.
She is now our entertainment.
You just can't help it.
You forget how fun a puppy is. How cute they are.
How they love to play.
Lucy is sitting there one minute with her head cocked to the side, her ears.. one up and one down..
the next thing you know she is racing by with something in her mouth.
Oh my.
She sits there and looks so adorable...
the next thing you know she is biting your sock.   Ouch!
You glance at her and you see this:
Before you realize it.. it's gotten crazy!
I would say that Waylon is tolerating this invasion quite well. Whenever he is attacked, he just gets up and moves to a new location.
Sometimes I want to do that too.
You forget how cute puppies are. They do have cuteness on their side.
It's a good thing.
Because then you remember.
You remember what a pain they really are.
You can't walk through the room without your feet being attacked.
You can't eat without an audience.
You can't take off your shoes and socks and expect to find them in the same place.
No - not at all.
You can't be comfy in your chair. You will be attacked somehow before the time is up.
Lucy did find something we didn't know we had.
An old shoe from under the deck. Thanks Lucy.
Just about when you can't take it anymore.. you see this:
Sleep. Blessed sleep.
It's a good thing!
It's a bit of a shock to have a puppy.
Another shock today is that it is my husbands birthday. He's 40. (WOW!)
Will he be able to deal with the stigma of being 40?
Will he be able to handle the ribbing and the joking?
Will he be speaking to me tomorrow?
Oh well, at least I have Lucy.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


It's been a great summer. All the swimming, ball games, BBQ's, tractor pulls, working and sweating were real fun. Now it's time for the routine. The work, work and more work routine.( Maybe a little school too.)
I had a routine once. I don't really know what happened to it. It just kinda disappeared. It was here and now it's gone. I'm not sure I want it back either.
I think I'm ready for a new routine.
The new routine promises so many things. It's fun because it's new. It's different because it's new. It's great.
Until about a week later. What is wrong with my routines? They are so boring after a week or so that I want a new one.
I don't know. I guess it's just me. Not the routine.
Well, my latest routine has been exciting. A little frustrating maybe but still exciting none the less.
Every night for the past 2 weeks we have had a visitor.
At first sight I thought it was a cat.
Then I saw it peck the ground and I thought it was a chicken.
Wait.... I think it's an.... owl.
This guy loves our yard. He's crazy. He likes to sit on the fence post and turn his head clear around.
It's really hard to get a good picture of him. I have to lay in front of the window and not forget to put the flash down. Geez.
See that...?! He almost looks like a cat. It's the ears... lol.  I think he is a Barred Owl. I'm not sure though. I'm not a professional.. in anything obviously. That is a blurry picture!
Well, so much for that routine. To try to get an owl picture every night, I'll need night vision lenses and lessons in stealth photography!
Poor Country Boy is hoping the events of this last week are not in his routine. So far this week, C.B. has been stung on the finger by a wasp and chased and stung by a swarm of hornets. I think he's lucky to only have 5 stings on his face and head. He looks really good with a swelled up lip and an eye almost swollen shut. I don't have a picture of this though. I mean really. I had to draw a line somewhere.
No stinging insects allowed in the routine.
My adorable daughters have school in their routine again starting tomorrow. They're not real excited about it. I don't blame them. It has been a fun summer. Sleeping late, eating all the time, sleeping some more.
I've enjoyed having them around too. I can boss them around and make them do stuff... haha.
No, really. It's hard to see them go. Although I am excited to rest up for the next few months. I'll need all the rest I can get before next summer!
I think I remember my last routine of morning coffee, a little Facebook, more coffee....
Yeah, I did like that routine.
It was comforting in an odd sort of way.
I might redo that one. Maybe not. If I remember right, I think it did get boring.
Not the coffee though. That is a requirement in my next routine!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The turkeys

I have been trying to get a picture of a turkey for several weeks now. Why can't I get one? They are everywhere. They are out along side the trees, in the pastures and in the road all the time. When I see one.. I don't have my camera. Or I just forget to grab my camera or of course the turkeys disappear before I can snap a photo.
My daughter got a picture. Adorable daughter #1 grabbed my camera and took this photo of turkeys out behind the garden:
If you look close you can see the mama and all the other ones are babies. She even got this picture:
Just look at those turkeys.. My girl did a great job. She knew I wanted a turkey picture and she got one for me.
Before this happened.. I was sitting at softball games in Kansas City and Country Boy calls me. Guess what... he says. There are about 12 baby turkeys and 2 mamas walking in our yard right in front of the garage. What?! Grab the camera I said.. grab it and get me a picture. Right in our yard for pete's sake. So C.B. grabs my camera and gets this photo:

Yes, that's right. He didn't get one. He thought he did, but my new camera had outsmarted him. lol. I must defend him a little. He hadn't even picked up my new camera prior to this incident.  ..   Poor guy.
It's not that I didn't believe him because of course I did. I just wanted to SEE them. I just wanted a turkey picture. Good grief. You wouldn't think it would be so hard to get a picture.
So, I started a quest. I at least had the photo my daughter had taken. It was better than nothing. I just wanted more. (isn't that the American philosophy or something.. haha). Of course then everyone starts seeing them.. at my house. Gosh, I just can't get into the right place at the right time I guess.
Last week I was doing dishes and I have a lovely window above my sink. I like to look out of it .. especially since it's been so hot. I like to be inside! Anyway...
Sure enough. I saw some turkeys. I about sprained my ankle trying to get my camera and find a place to get a picture quick enough. So I flew out the door and got these:

There they are. Thank goodness I have zoom on my camera..... You can tell how big the babies have gotten since the first picture. I'm still waiting though. I'm waiting for them to walk in my front yard. I need an up close and personal picture. It's my quest.
Hopefully the 100+ degree weather hasn't killed them all. Maybe it will just make them delirious enough to walk up my driveway. haha
I had such great luck getting those pictures, I decided to try my luck getting some pictures during our last thunder storm. I lucked out. I got this one:

The wind was blowing and the thunder was really rolling but I stuck it out and got this picture.
The canning is still in progress. Tomatoes are the produce of the day. At this point I'm just hoping that the weather doesn't kill my whole garden. I didn't get any green beans canned. First time in 20 yrs. that I haven't gotten any. The heat must be getting to me too because I really don't care. I'm just going to have to buy some green beans on sale at the grocery store.
I think C.B. has lost at least 10 lbs. from working out in this heat. He didn't really need to lose any. (little turkey). The 100+ degrees has effected lots of things!
If I start sounding like Elmer Fudd, don't worry about me. It's just the heat. It's how the heat is effecting me on my turkey quest. I'm going to have a celebration when I get my turkey quest picture. Don't worry - you'll be invited. Turkey.. it might be what's for dinner.
Stay cool!