This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Rhubarb flowers...

 Our rhubarb plant went to seed!
 I have never seen this before.
 It's beautiful. I read that rhubarb plants need to reach a certain maturity in order to reproduce through seed. Our plants are only a few years old, but obviously are old enough to go to seed. I think they are so pretty!
 I cut a bouquet and brought them in the house before my husband cut the whole plant back.  He actually transplanted our rhubarb to the outside our fenced-in garden area because they take up so much space and we read that they are deer resident. I sure hope this is true and the deer will not eat them. I love rhubarb pie!
I am so tickled to find that when they go to seed they make such a gorgeous flowers! What a beautiful little surprise in the garden!

"The grass withers and the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8

Monday, May 29, 2017

Farm animals!

A few months ago our neighbor, Teresa, told us that her cows started having babies and she invited us over to see them. We also were going to buy two cows from her and we needed to pick them out. We planned a day when we were watching our grandson, Ridley, so that he could see the little calves too!
My husband cracked me up. I asked him if he could help Ridley get his coat on and instead of picking the new size 3 coat for Ridley, he grabbed the 24 month coat! It's just a little tight! haha
 We had to take a little journey to get to the cows. Thank goodness for a lending hand to....
 ....get one leg over....
 ...then the other.... conquer the fence!
Now we go through a field...
 ...then through another field and...
 ...then through mucky muck!
Phew, we made it! Let's go check out the cows!
 We finally made it to the corral and we saw the mamma and baby.
Oh my gosh, that face! He's so cute!
 Ridley was so excited! There were other babies that were born, but they were too far out in the field for us to see them.
I love these two so much!
So stink'n cute!
Aww, this is so sweet, he's nursing.
Oh honey, you are darling!
Teresa then showed us the cows we got to pick from.
We picked Oscar, the black and white Angus/Hereford mix on the very left and Rudy, the big red Hereford hiding in the back.
Ridley and I explored the barn.
This is where she feeds them. I can't believe how much muck and goo they stand in!
Ridley had fun playing on the hay bales.
Next we looked at her horses. They are so pretty!
We came back home and fed our goats!
These are such precious moments for me!
We looked over to the pond and saw that our little geese couple had their babies!
We've been watching the male and female swim around the pond and then all the sudden the female was gone, so we realized she was sitting on their eggs. Then all the sudden the whole family made an appearance. What a blessing to have them live on our pond! They are such a sweet little family!
I love this scene of Grandpa cleaning Ridley's boots. Be still my heart!
What a wonderful day we had. We absolutely love farm life!

"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him." Psalm 34:8

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Coincidental vignette

Do you ever just kinda throw things in a spot together at your house to get them out of your way and all the sudden look up and notice that they look cute together? That's what happened to me this week.

I bought the toaster at a garage sale a few weeks ago and brought it in the house to clean it up, but didn't have time, so pushed it to the back of the kitchen counter.

I ordered a new CD from Amazon called "Hits from the 1930s" and when the package arrived, I opened it in the kitchen, threw the packaging in the trash and tossed the CD on the counter to listen to later.

The lantern was sitting on the dining room table, but I had picked some fresh flowers and placed them on the dining table, so I quickly set the lantern on the counter amongst the toaster and CD.

Later I realized that this little trio is pleasing to the eye and almost looks like I stepped back in time (except there were no CD players back in the 1930s!). I decided to leave this little coincidental vignette on the counter for a few more days!

"Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice!" Philippians 4:4

Friday, May 26, 2017

Meet our new kitten, Skeeter!

Meet Skeeter, the new love in my life! We've had him for about three weeks and he's just so wonderful!
Back in December of 2016 our precious kitty, MacGyver died of feline leukemia. It absolutely broke my heart. I loved MacGyver so much. He was only 6 years old. He was one of those rare cats who loved people and he would follow us around the property no matter what we were doing. He was an excellent hunter too and definitely helped keep the mice away! I was heartbroken and I didn't want anyone to "surprise" me with a new kitten. My loyalties lied with MacGyver. I knew one day I'd probably get a new cat, but I wanted to wait until I was ready.
Well, one day at the end of February, I saw a lady holding a cat in the grocery store. I pondered back and forth if I should approach her or not, but I finally did. I asked her if by any chance her cat might be pregnant (thinking maybe that's why she had her in the store with her) and if so, I wanted to let her know I would be interested in a kitten if she needed homes for them. She laughed and said, "No, he's a boy!" but she did go on to say that her neighbor took in a stray cat that came to her back door and then they found out it was pregnant. She went on to say that she thought the neighbor needed homes for the kittens!  She said she would contact her for me and tell her that I was looking for a kitten. We exchanged information and I waited. I was so excited! I felt like after all of the loss I experienced this past winter, I was ready for a new little kitten!

On March 8th I received a text from her that her friend's cat had her kittens!
I contacted Cherie and she was just the sweetest lady. We talked for a bit and I could tell she wanted to make sure that I would be a good owner. I think I passed her test and we were all set for me to be able to pick one of the kittens out in a few weeks. In the meantime she sent me updates on the kitties! They are so cute!
On March 27th I went over for a visit and picked this little guy! Isn't he just so precious!
I named him Skeeter after the singer Skeeter Davis. My parents loved Skeeter Davis and played her music in our home quite often as I was growing up.
Also, I loved the character, Skeeter,  in the movie, "The Help"played by Emma Stone. I know my little kitty is a boy, but the name fits him!
I love these pictures that Cherie took!
On April 7th I met my son, Mackenzie, and grandson, Ridley, at Cherie's to let Ridley see the kittens and to see how Skeeter is doing.
He's doing amazing and he's so stink'n cute! I had to wait another month before he would be 8 weeks old and ready to wean from his mamma before I could bring him home.
On April 28th she sent this gorgeous photo she took of all six kittens and said that the next week they would be 8 weeks and I could come over and get Skeeter.
On May 3rd, it worked out perfectly that I had Ridley that morning and he came with me to pick up the kitten. He was soooo excited!
We met Cherie at the door and she was holding Skeeter. Isn't she a cute lady! She's so nice and we have become Friends on Facebook now. Her house is so adorable too!
We visited a bit and then it was time to go. We put Skeeter in the crate and he said goodbye to his mamma and siblings. His mamma was concerned, but not overly. I was happy that it went pretty well and there was no crying involved!
Ridley and I packed up Skeeter in the car and headed home.
Skeeter didn't make a peep in the car.
Welcome to the farm little Skeeter, it's your new home! You're goanna love it here!
I think he's scared, but I'm thankful he's not crying.
Our dog, Blondie, came up to say hello, but Skeeter wanted nothing to do with Blondie!
In fact, there was a bit of back raring, tail fattening and hissing involved. Oh boy, I hope he will learn to love Blondie. We will make a slow and gradual introduction, hopefully they eventually will become friends!
We brought Skeeter into the house and opened the crate.
Come on out punkin and see your new home!
He was very cautious as he stepped out of the crate.
He was brave and looked around, but he was quiet and shy as well.
Isn't he beautiful!
Oh kitten, you fit perfect in my lap!
I love his markings!
I am so thankful that he never cried for his mamma!
Ridley loves him!
Ridley was so sweet and showed him his monster trucks.
Skeeter's wondering what those colorful things are!
Free buggy rides to all kittens!
Free bucket rides to all kittens!
He's so tiny!
Oh sweet baby!
Ridley loves Skeeter!
Oh honey!
After nap we had snuggle time!
I set up a makeshift home for him in our powder room. It's working out great. I cat proofed it and it's completely safe for him. It's large enough to let him run around a bit during the day when we are at work. I put his bed, his food & water and his litter box in there.
I think Ridley is a cat person!
Skeeter, you are so darling!
You are beyond darling!!!!
I love having a kitten at my feet when I'm getting ready in the morning...
...when I'm cooking dinner....
...and when I'm doing the dishes....and also
...on my lap when I'm watching TV.
He's very busy and runs all over the house.
I love having a kitty looking out my window.
He really likes my new little chair I found at a rummage sale!
Oh how I love my new kitten. He has made my heart smile! I feel like things have lifted and God is restoring joy to my life!

"Good people are good to their animals." Proverbs 12:10
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