Friday, December 6, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The little red wagon is stored in the garage.
The straw in the scarecrow and wagon is now bedding for goats and chickens on cold winter nights.
The clothes for the scarecrow have gone into the rag box. His boots are on the front porch- waiting for me to stick a poinsettia in them.
And the pumpkins? Well, you might call them pumpkins but around here, they are often referred to as...
Monday, December 2, 2013
We still have the old girls that are laying less frequently. Their turn for freezer camp will be here next spring. Remember the little playpen we hobbled together in the mud a few weeks ago? It was filled with Aracauna chicks from the auction and the one Barred Rock I managed to hatch in the incubator. Here they are, all feathered out and scratching in the chicken yard.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
This year only one of my kids will be able to be with us. The Navy still has one of them and two others are being claimed by in-laws. I knew that would be an uncomfortable meal for just the three of us, so I accepted an invitation for us to join my in-laws. For the first time since I've been married, I'm not preparing a Thanksgiving meal. But the dinner we are attending is carry-in. So I am attempting another first- apple pie.
I have never made an apple pie (I know, right?) Hard to believe after 30 years of marriage that I've never made this basic, all-American, dessert. But remember, I raised a crew of good eaters. So when I cook a fruit dessert, I make. a. cobbler. In a big pan.
This evening I'll be looking at apple pie recipes. When I get up in the morning (which won't be before sunrise to stick a big bird in the oven and peel potatoes) I'll relax over my coffee, smell my pie baking and maybe indulge in another first- watching the entire Thanksgiving Day parade without interruption! Woo Hoo!
I have so much to be thankful for, too much to list. I truly hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I've spent years struggling with the jealousy I felt towards DH's travelling job. How great it must be to just take off and leave all the family responsibility on someone else's shoulders, getting maid service, meals prepared, cable TV.... Kid gets sick? DW is there. A/C breaks? DW will call repairman. Lawn mower decides to bite the dust? DW can deal with the disgruntled neighbors.
It took a determined effort on my part- to remind myself of all the struggles he surely faced. Program at school? Dad's out of town. Birthday of kid #1,2,3, or 4? Dad's out of town. Wedding anniversary? Husband is out of town.... on and on it went.
Now that the kids are grown, I get to spend more time on the road with him. And I have a better picture of how that life is. It's wonderful to be able to be together, to feel like I'm really part of a couple! But it's also harder on him. Longer evenings spent entertaining a wife can wear a guy out! He's had a long week of coming "home" from work to a girl who's spent the day storing up things to chatter about and places she wants him to take her. She's also getting homesick- missing her critters and cozy home. What a great reminder of how he probably feels, too. So I'm declaring today... obligatory drum roll, please.....
Spoil My Husband Day!
While he's putting in his time today, I'm off to get hot wings and chips. Then I'll find the local football channels and fluff the cushions. I'm locking down my chatter box and turning on my snore ignorer. (Go Colts!)
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Our power is back on! Unfortunately, during the outage we had to cut the line that opens and closes the automatic chicken coop door. Since the outage happened while the door was open, we had to manually close it. Once electricity was back on, the motor wound the line up inside the housing- something that hopefully DH can repair when he returns home. Meanwhile, I'm spending a few days out of town and my critter sitter can't be there every evening to shut up the coop. Sorry chickies- this Hoosier Girl would rather be safe than sorry!