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Spring is Upon Us!

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 1:32 PM Comments comments (61)
I think Spring is truly upon us! We have had such wonderful mild weather that all I can think about is Spring, Flowers, New Life, Campfires, Camping, Trailriding etc. just think of all the fun just waiting to be had! The other day we had our first "campfire" in the fire pit next to the house. Weston was pumped! He was building the fire tepee with wood and making his own version of fire starter blocks:
 
Here is an up close version of the fire blocks:
Isn't he the most creative child you have ever seen! I guess I am a little, just a little, biased on that subject! But we did have one of the most wonderful fires I can ever remember having!
Smores here we come! We did let the fire settle down a little before attempting the Smores or I am afraid they would have been sugar ash!!
 
Yesterday Chris set out a new round bale of hay for the horses and they hardly lifted their heads to take a breath - look at these silly horses
 
 
 
They always think the best is deep in the bottom and they are searching for it! They usually come up with hay hanging in their manes and off their ears. If I can catch that for you someday - I will it is hilarious. But they can be so inquisitive also-after I snapped this picture they finally realized I was there and had to come and say "hi".
Sorry everyone - I can't seem to get this picture to turn - Oops! But she is beautiful isn't she. This is Cheyenne and she was born on my birthday 8 years ago. We don't ride her to often but Weston refuses to hear of selling her because she is always the first one to the gate to be petted and given attention.
 
I was walking around the yard picking up the branches that forever seem to be coming down in all this Spring time WIND! The wind turbines by our house should be very happy to have all sorts of fuel and it put a smile on my face to see some of my perennials coming up.
I love to see the new growth coming - new life! When we plant our corn and soybean fields my favorite stage of their growth is when they are just big enough that you can row the field - babies that's what they are and who doesn't love a baby!
 
I have to show you our Momma cat that was peeking under the fence at me after she had just gotten a drink from the horse's water tank. I think she thought she was being sneaky but I caught her.
Weston is alway excited to see her because she does a lot of roaming this time of year and isn't always around. She does provide us with many litters of kittens through the year. In fact, she is due again very soon maybe you can see her round tummy. Anyway when the blessed event happens I will be sure to post some pictures.
 
Remember:
 
Everyday is a Blessing!
 
 

Quilting on St. Patrick's Day

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 2:22 PM Comments comments (68)
Quilting, Quilting, and then some more Quilting! That is what I did on Saturday. I invited my quilting group that is named the "Border Babes" out to our place on Saturday which of course was St. Patrick's Day. We had a wonderful time catching up on each other's lives and quilting projects. It is always fun to see what creative and exciting project each of them are doing. We decided that a St. Patty's day theme to the food was in order. So I volunteered to make the Corned Beef Brisket and the rye bread, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, swiss cheese were all donated to the Reuben Sandwich cause. We also had a wonderful, lowfat coleslaw to get a little more cabbage into our diet and special K bars, a green frosted angel food cake, and a mint cheesecake to top off an awesome meal. Next time I will remember to take a picture of the wonderful spread. I will share my beef brisket recipe with you though as I have had excellent luck making this every time I have tried it.
 
4 to 5 lb Beef Brisket                                 1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp      Salt                                             1 tsp Pepper
1 tsp      Celery Seed or Salt                       2 T Garlic Powder
2 T         Worcestershire Sauce
 
Mix and rub into the meat on all sides. Bake at 250 degrees overnight in the oven. Pour off juice in the morning and refrigerate until cold. Slice thin; put some water in the bottom of a pan and bake it for 1 hour at 250 degrees to reheat. Put mixture on buns or make into Reuben sandwiches. (Absolutely Yummy!)
 
Friday Chris and I staged seed all day getting ready to pull and wrap customer's orders to be delivered or picked up. What an unusual year! Normally I have my big winter boots, Carhart jacket, ear muffs, and gloves on when we do this task but this year I was in short sleeves, no coat, tennis shoes and I was extremely comfortable! It is almost a little scary to have the weather so so nice. I just hope it doesn't make for a wild weather pattern and we get awful storms this spring and summer. After a couple years ago we are all a little nervous about such things.
 
Sunday we received a load of chemical so Chris and I inventoried everything and found a home for it. It is exciting to be getting all the product back into the warehouse. I really enjoy the customers when they come so I can catch up with them about what is going on in their lives. We really have some wonderful people that we work with! Sunday was also our Chili/Soup supper at Church. We had such a great time visiting with all the people as they came through the line and we served them either Chicken Noodle soup, Chili, or a White Chili (that my Dad made and it is absolutely WONDERFUL!) Maybe he will give up his recipe to me some time and I can share it with all of you.
 
Everyday's a Blessing!

Apache Junction, Arizona

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (27)
Sorry for the delay in posting but I went on a couple day vacation. Chris went out to Apache Junction, AZ to ride horse with two friends of ours and I flew out to see him for a couple days. It was absolutely beautiful and I got in on some wonderful weather! It was the Sun Therapy that I needed. Here is the view from the spot where Chris parked his trailer looking at the hills. He stays with a friend of his who owns this place and has room for 4 trailers and about 6 horses.
 
 
Just look at that clear blue sky - Heaven!!
 
 
I did go riding with Chris as it was important to him to have me see the countryside from the saddle. We did ride part way up that hill and around the bottom. Chris and his cowboy friends rode through the saddle part of this hill breaking their own trail but not this cowgirl - I like a trail to follow "Thank You"!
 
 
Chris is having his lunch (peanut butter sandwich and a granola bar). This is the day we rode for 5 hours up in the hills. I have to tell you the trails around here are like freeways compared to the trails out there. They are narrow, rocky and lots of hairpin turns (usually on the side of a hill where it is impossible to meet anyone cause there is no room to pass each other). I would have liked to take a picture of these trails but I was holding on for dear life so that I did not fall off my stead!!! A broken leg would have made it a little difficult to drag my baggage through the airport to get home and I had a little man to get back to.
 
 
Another picture of the hills we rode. Luckily it was a little overcast this day or we would have cooked. The temperature was about 84 degrees. It felt very nice to my Minnesota skin!
 
The first day I was there Chris took me to a place called Tortilla Flats. It was a cute little stop in the road with about 3 buildings. It had a very interesting restaurant that we had lunch at. The whole inside of the restaurant was covered in dollar bills and I mean completely covered!
 
 
What fun bar stools!
 
 
On the way to Tortilla Flats we stopped at an overlook - this is Canyon Lake. Aahhh so beautiful.
 
 
I hope you enjoyed the short tour of my vacation. Chris will be home tomorrow - we will have to see if he has any additional pictures from his time there. My bet is he did not take a one!!
 
Everyday is a Blessing!
 

Winter's Back

Posted on February 21, 2012 at 2:32 PM Comments comments (64)
Winter seems to be back for a little while. We got about 2 inches of snow between yesterday and last night which I think all piled up in my driveway. Luckily when I backed down the hill from the house to take Weston down to the bus this morning my head lights flashed across a very deep drift that lay in wait to trap us in its depths. It is a wet heavy snow but this time I out smarted it and drove way around the drift and got into the tire tracks made by the early morning garbage truck.
 
I have some more of my house painting to share with you too. I forgot to take a before picture but I snapped one that was close to before:
 
 
I guess this one does only show the before color - Ooops! I did two walls of the Livingroom in a real pretty milk chocolate color. I love it!
 
 
What do you think? Looks good enough to lick doesn't it? I love Chocolate! I just faxed my wall measurements to the paint store for the other two walls in the Livingroom, the Diningroom, and the rest of the Entryway. I know what I will be doing the rest of this week! We are suppose to get a rain/snow mix for tomorrow. That will be just fine as long as it waits til I can get to the store and get my paint. I can be snowed in and have plenty to do. (I usually say that about quilting! I always make sure to have plenty of projects waiting on a snowstorm. But, unfortunately my sewing room hasn't seen much of me this winter.)
 
Have a good day and evening - its off to Zumba for me!!
 
Everyday is a Blessing!
 

Painting

Posted on February 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM Comments comments (67)
Good Morning! And what a beautiful morning it is here. The ever longing Sun is shining brightly this morning and really makes me feel cheerful and full of energy. It is simply amazing how the sun will uplift everyone's spirits especially this time of year when it is more dreary and gray than bright and sunny.
 
I have started my painting project in the house and want to show you my entryway.
 
 
 
 
 
What do you think? I know it is a pretty dark wall but I love it! It is a dark teal/gray color that matches my rug wonderfully. Here is another shot:
 
This angle you can see it a little better - but doesn't it make my closet doors pop!! Wow it looks better than I could have imagined. So I am on to the next dark walls and they will be in my Livingroom. I will take a before picture first so you can see that and then the finished project. I am doing my dark walls first and then I am going to do my lighter walls that way if I don't like my dark walls I can just go over them with the lighter color. But - I am loving this one so I don't think I will be painting over them!
 
While I am downloading these pictures for the blog I am cutting out Subtraction Flash Cards for Weston. We had his conference with his 2nd Grade teacher, Mr. Abel, last night and we need to do a little work on subtraction. He had a very good conference though. His reading has improved already above what they had expected him to do by the end of the year. That's my Boy!! We also need to work a little on telling time. With all the digital clocks now days I had not even thought about the fact that he was having a hard time with a face clock. So I am on that too and I have printed worksheets off the internet for him to work on telling time. It really is amazing what a person can pull off the internet these days. I just love that!!
 
I hope everyone has a wonderful sun shiny day!
 
Everyday's a Blessing!
 
 
 

The Sun is Shining

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM Comments comments (28)
The sun is shining! That must mean it is going to be a very good day. Winter can be so cloudy and gloomy so we have to treasure our days of sun. It snowed a few inches a couple days ago and Weston has not wasted the precious time that he has had with the very little snow we have had this winter. Last night while I was at Zumba Weston and Chris played non-stop in it. They tied a sled up to the back of the Gator and Chris pulled Weston around the yard and into the hay field. When I drove up the driveway the tracks from their play where everywhere and every which direction. I could tell they had had the time of their lives. Chris said they had just come in at about 6:45 just before I got home and they were both exhausted.
 
Happy Belated Valentines to everyone! We had a wonderful supper together and just enjoyed each others company. Of course, Weston had to have a toy gun fight with his father which seems to be the event of the night since last weekend when I was gone to a quilt retreat. They run and chase through the whole house - I just locked the bathroom door and had a nice hot bath.
 
Everyday is a Blessing!
 
 

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