Saturday, May 28, 2011

Farmers Market

It's Saturday morning.  We are about to go to town to the Farmers Market and to see if there are any garage sales. 

Boomer (our horse) has been found.  If I could spank him like a child, I would.  He gave us all a heart attack.  He was in a neighbors pasture.  Somehow he went through the fence.  His front legs are pretty cut up.  Just recently our neighbors changed their horses from one of the pastures to the pasture that butts up to ours.  They have a jack donkey and some horses in there and the jack donkey has decided he's in love with our mare Lacey (Which is another story).  He's been braying all day long and all night long for her... Well, I'm not sure what happened, but somehow Boomer made it through the fence somewhere and went over to their side.  Hubby was out driving and looking for him and saw him in amongst their horses.  *sigh*

It's going to be a beautiful day! 

Well, I'm out to look at my garden plants and to check on my girls (the chickens) and then off to the Farmers Market we go!  Have a great day!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Missing Horse!!

We came home last night and found that one of our horses was missing!  My hubby walked the fence line and said there were no breaks... there didn't seem to be tire tracks close to the gates.. and he didn't see him laying out in the pasture anywhere.  We hoped this morning that he would show back up... He hasn't.  Please pray that he is found!  I don't want to give too much information on him being as someone that I know may have him.  He is a sorrel quarter horse with three white feet.  If you have seen him, or know anything about him, please let me know.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Chickens and Things

Okay, I know many of you will think I'm off my rocker.  Not that I haven't done strange things in my past...  Recently I have been lurking and getting involved in a chicken message forum/board.  Yes, you read that right.. for CHICKENS.  It started back in October when someone gave us 10 chickens and a rooster.  I had never in my life been around chickens and didn't know a thing about them.  I started lurking at this message board just for general information.  Then I took a "break" for several months and now in the last month have been back strong.  It's strange the things you do and get interested in when all your children leave home!  We ended up butchering 5 roosters out of the batch that we had given to us.  The remaining 6 hens (as I came to know later) are 2 Delaware's, 3 Dominique's and 1 Rhode Island Red.  Our roo (rooster) we had at that time, I'm not sure what he was, but he was beautiful.  He has since died and our new roo (in the picture) I believe is a mixed Easter Egger/Game fowl.  Isn't he beautiful too?  We built a little hen house with 8 boxes and a small run.  We get anywhere from 2 to 6 eggs each day.  I have become crazy about these little "ladies" as I have taken to calling them.   They now all have names; Petunia, Gertrude, Hattie, Opal, Pearl and Rose.. with the roo being Tobias.  I know, I know... who would have thought?  But, I'm really enjoying learning about something new.  Petunia has already figured out that if I am working in the garden she is probably going to get a juicy grub or worm... she will march up and down the fence waiting for me to bring her something~ too cute!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Not Your Regular Cough

I don't cough with a cold like any normal person does.  No really, I don't. Ask my mom.  *Giggles*  When I was a little girl I would carry on coughing until I was gagging and tears were rolling.  My throat would tickle and tickle and tickle.  No amount of cough drops, cough medicine or hard candy helped.  One of the most interesting things we found that helped a little was being propped up while I slept.  My parents would take a cushion off of the sofa and lift the mattress on the bed and put it under the front half.  As a kid, the sloping mattress was tons of "fun" to sleep on.. and did seem to help somewhat with the coughing.  In later years as an adult I always dreaded any cold that would bring on a coughing fit, especially in the workplace.  People would come out of nowhere offering cough drops, candy, suggestions, drinks.. you name it.  What they didn't understand is why I wouldn't stop coughing ...  after a while I would get annoyed looks from co-workers who thought I could stop coughing if I would just try.  No, I couldn't.. about the only thing that would help was spraying something in the back of my throat to numb it.  At a doctors appointment several years ago it was discovered that my epiglottis hangs longer than the average person~ and, when I am sick or my throat is irritated it actually swells enough to sweep/touch/tickle my throat!  I wasn't crazy after all!  Over the years I have just learned how to deal with the issue.  I have left in the middle of church to go outside and cough until I gagged on the church steps as an adult... I know the signs to watch for and try to leave before making a scene.  It's still the same for me at night... I wake coughing and coughing and have had to get up because it just wouldn't stop. Numbing spray and cough drops along with Vicks Formula 44D (sometimes) works for a while.

When does one become too old to prop their bed mattress up with a couch cushion?  Or, perhaps I need to look into surgery for shortening an epiglottis? :-)


Saturday, May 14, 2011

All is Well, Safely rest, God is nigh

On behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation, we offer this flag for the faithful and dedicated service of Amanda Jo Bray-Gamache, Senior Airman.

Amanda was only 25.  She had lived a good life. She has wonderful parents, grandparents and friends.  All truly great people not only the in community, but in heart and soul.

On Friday May 6th Amanada and her husband were both in a one-car accident where they both died.

On Friday May 13 we sat at her funeral after almost a week of major decisions and military protocol. She had been flown back, back to her roots, to the town she was raised in.

After a 21 gun salute and the playing of Taps, the flag over her casket was folded with utmost respect and precision and she was laid to rest in her small town cemetery.

I am so grateful that Amanda knew the Lord personally, because today I know she's with our Father in heaven.


Day is done ...
Gone the sun ...
From the lakes ...
From the hills ...
From the sky ...
All is well ...
Safely rest ...
God is nigh...


Fading light ...
Dims the sight ...
And a star ...
Gems the sky...
Gleaming bright ...
From afar...
Drawing nigh ...
Falls the night ..

Thanks and praise ...
For our days ...
Neath the sun ...
Neath the stars ...
Neath the sky ...
As we go ...
This we know ...
God is nigh ...

Thursday, May 12, 2011

W.D.J.D.?

Forget W.W.J.D. (What would Jesus do) and go with W.D.J.D. (What DID Jesus do.)

We do need to think about what Jesus would do in some of the circumstances of our lives..but really. we need to think about what Jesus has already done.

He was born of a virgin.
He lived a perfect life.
He showed us the way of Salvation.
He died.
He rose again.
He lives!

Summer Horse Care

Before you head to the pool this summer, give a thought to your horse as she stands in the sun. She needs some extra care to keep her happy and healthy in the summer months.

Here are some things you can do to make sure your horse is comfortable in hot weather.

1. You still have to deworm your horse in the summer. Talk to your vet about which dewormer is appropriate in your area during the summer months. Cut down on worms and flies by picking up piles of manure in your horse’s field and placing them on a pile.

2. Don’t roach (clip off) your horse’s mane in the summer. She needs her mane to swish away flies. The same goes for her tail. Don’t cut it any shorter than her hocks. She needs it for fly protection.

3. If your horse sweats a lot in the field, bring her into the barn a few times a week and give her a quick shower with the hose to wash off the dirt and sweat on her body. Dried sweat attracts flies and you don’t want them “bugging” your horse.

4. Horses with white markings on their faces can get sunburn—especially around their noses and muzzles. The white markings peel and get sore. Prevent sunburn before it happens by using human sun lotion with a high UV protection rating. Protect white markings around the eyes by putting a dark fly mask on your horse.

5. Check your horse’s water trough every day to make sure she’s drinking water. When it’s hot, she needs to drink lots of water to stay healthy.

If you don’t think she’s drinking enough water, put electrolytes (minerals that encourage a horse to drink) in her feed and make sure the water trough is full. You can buy electrolytes at a feed store. They usually come in powder form and mix easily into feed. Remember to read the instructions on the tub.

6. If your horse is barefoot, her hooves may split during the dry summer months. If her feet look bad, schedule your farrier more frequently so she can trim the hoof and rasp smooth any cracks.

7. Always keep a salt block in the field so your horse can lick it when she wants. Salt encourages a horse to drink more water and should be available in her field all year round.

8. Does your favorite horse have enough shade in her field? If she doesn’t have any trees to stand under, you should have a run-in shed where she can go to escape the sun.

9. Many people bring their horses inside during the day in the summer to protect them from flies. Before you trap your horse in a stall all day, put a flysheet on her and see how she copes with the flies. She’d much rather be outside wandering around, nibbling on grass, than stuck in a stall for eight hours.

10. If your horse’s eyes get really gunky during the summer, wipe them clean every day with a damp sponge and put a fly mask on your horse during the day. Take the mask off every night so it never has the chance to rub her. Some masks have ear covers, too. If your horse manages to escape her mask (as many do!) on a regular basis, use roll-on fly repellent around her eyes.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sometimes We Have to Ask Why~

Sometimes we just have to ask why.  I believe that God is big enough that we are able to vent our frustrations, fears and even anger at Him.  I think that we need to be respectful, yet He still knows our very hearts.

This past week we received news that a young lady that had been in our youth group years ago died in a terrible car wreck.  Her and her husband both.  Her family has been through so much heartache in the past 5 years.  Seemingly more than the average person could handle. 

This whole family from grandparents down to children to grandchildren are all Christians.  I can't imagine how people who do not know Jesus handle such loss.  Even with Him, it's hard enough.  Yet, His mercy and grace somehow sustains us in the midst of it all.

The family wasn't notified until approx 12 hours after the wreck.  This young woman and her husband were stationed at a military base several states from here.  From what I understand, notification of the family came in a terrible way... and then news was confirmed when the military and police ended up at their front door at about midnight several days ago.

Please be praying for this family as they say goodbye to their daughter on Friday. We are going back to our hometown for the funeral.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Cold Inside

It's already started.  It's that time of year when it is absolutely gorgeous outside... and then all the businesses start overcooling their stores and resturants.  You go from being nice a warm and enjoying the weather to walking into a resturant to winter wonderland.  Businesses are not just "cooler" they are COLD.  I can't hardly ever wear summer dresses, capris or sandals for fear that I will end up somewhere and be miserable.  Finally, it's the time of year I love and the only place to stay warm is outside!  The same goes for riding in the car with most people... air on full blast and freezing!  Does everyone have fire in their veins?  I think that businesses should only turn their temeratures down to 68 at the most - never cooler. Just to "cool" NOT cold! If I happen to mention that I'm cold I get the roll of the eyes... but if someone is slightly warm they complain loudly that they are hot!  How is it any different??  I've always been told "put more clothes on" and frankly, I'm tired of that quick excuse to be able to hang meat in the very room I'm sitting.  No, for once, why don't you "take something off!"... and if you can't take anything more off, just make yourself a paper fan!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

National Day of Prayer!

Phillippians 5:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Truth Sets us Free

If someone is telling a half-truth it is a full lie.

I have almost always been the truthful type.  It hasn't won me any awards, in fact, quite the opposite at times. 

When we tell the truth we don't have to remember what we have said... or who we said it to.

Why do we avoid the truth? 

We may not want others to know what we have said or done and are embarassed to take claim.

We may be afraid that others will see the inside part of us that no one else sees. 

And, as we all know, it's much easier to believe a "wonderful" wild story when the truth is just so plain and simple~ Or, is it?

Bacon, Egg and Toast Cups

Bacon, Egg and Toast Cups

Ingredients


3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

8 slices white or whole-wheat sandwich bread

6 slices bacon

6 large eggs

Coarse salt and ground pepper

Directions


1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter 6 standard muffin cups. With a rolling pin, flatten bread slices slightly and, with a 4 1/4-inch cookie cutter, cut into 8 rounds. Cut each round in half, then press 2 halves into each muffin cup, overlapping slightly and making sure bread comes up to edge of cup. Use extra bread to patch any gaps. Brush bread with remaining butter.

2.In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium, until almost crisp, 4 minutes, flipping once. (It will continue to cook in the oven.) Lay 1 bacon slice in each bread cup and crack an egg over each. Season with salt and pepper. Bake until egg whites are just set, 20 to 25 minutes. Run a small knife around cups to loosen toasts. Serve immediately.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Storms of Life Rock the Boat

Acts 27: 29  Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight.

The wedding of my son has been called off.  Due to circumstances beyond his control things could not continue.  Even though he has made a decision, his ex-fiance has asked him to give her a final answer today.  We believe he has made the right one with everything that has evolved over the weekend.  Please be praying that he continues to make the right decision and not base it on emotions and feelings.