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Ham and Eggs

In Adventures, Chickens, mothering, Pigs on July 31, 2010 at 6:37 pm

β€œThe pig and the chicken were on their way to breakfast, trying to decide what to have. When chicken said, ”Let’s have ham and eggs.” The pig then replied, ”That’s fine for you, it’s a small donation on your part, but it’s a total sacrifice for me.””

I was just looking through my pictures from the last few days and found my sweet little pigs, thought that I’d doctor this one up a little bit with editing. You know, I really love pigs…can’t say why that is, but I always have. My mother couldn’t understand it, but I just do. There is something about them.

We went to the Field Days the other night. The idea was good, with the intention of going to the Demolition Derby like we did last year. Trouble was that I played a sympathetic momma and went on a ride just after we got there. My middle man wanted to go on the Cobra…no one else would go with him, so I did.

I should not have gone on that ride…kicked myself in the butt for an hour or more afterward. I was trying to sacrifice myself a bit for my middle man. Hoping to gain a few brownie points with him for being such a cool mom. Instead…I was a blue in the face mom and had to sit it out for too long afterward. My poor boys.

The Derby wasn’t all to successful either. Little Man was extremely overtired and decided to have a meltdown because he wasn’t happy with our seating arrangements. Needless to say, I didn’t get the photos I’d hoped for that day…but I grabbed a few favorite critters (not the chicken…that was from another day). I didn’t get to see the Derby, but we did enjoy walking around a little while instead…allowing the boys a few more rides before the night ended. All in all…it was good.

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Woo-Hoo Habanero

In Food, My Boy #2, My Children on July 30, 2010 at 9:11 pm

So, I took my middle man to the grocery store with me today. He is always begging to go, get some time away with me…alone, without brothers. It was his turn.

As I was picking through the lettuce, he noticed the peppers. This kid loves hot stuff, tends to load hot sauce on everything (almost to the extent of my brother – which is A LOT).

“Mom, can we get a hot pepper?” That’s what he asked me. ‘Course, I bought one for him and nothing but the best…a Habanero. Just for him. When I told him that he could have it, you should have seen that grin. He couldn’t wait to get home.

I told him that this was definitely blog worthy, a picture taking moment. I knew what he was getting himself into.

Just as I handed it back to him after taking the first shot, he took a whopping bite out of it. I couldn’t believe he put half of that thing in his mouth and began chewing. His face didn’t get red, nor his ears…but his eyes sure did water.

He didn’t finish this one…daddy did, but that won’t keep him from asking for another one the next time we go shopping together πŸ™‚

Simple Pleasures

In Allenholm Farms, Simple Pleasures on July 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Simple Pleasures…..Most know that I’m all about simple pleasures, right? So, then, I couldn’t resist another post for today after finding Loren’s Simple Pleasure post this morning.

Previous posts have shared the favorite place that we enjoy going to. One of my simplest of pleasures is to watch my boys with the chickens that are there.

They have names for them…Jim and Jeff. It’s so fun to watch them and I really think that the chickens enjoy the company.

If you’d like to share one of your simple pleasures, or enjoy reading that of others, please visit Dayle at A Collection of This And That today.

"Hey, Willllllyyyyy"

In Adventures, Allenholm Farms, my mom on July 29, 2010 at 12:19 pm

From across the play yard, through thickets of people and critters, he gently hollers…”Hey, Willlllyyyy”.

And it only takes a second before you hear…”EeeeeeAaaaawwww – EeeeeeAaaaawwww – EeeeeeAaaaawwww”.

This is Willy.

For all of the years that we’ve been going to Allenholm Farms (which is known for it’s apple orchards), Willy has been there and so have most of the other critters. This was one of my mother’s favorite places to go, she and my dad. They’d take long rides out to the Islands about twice a week or so.

I love that most everywhere I go, there is a special reminder of her there. Sometimes, the reminder is just within myself. One day, I was riding into Milton (my home town), I lingered my arm out the window to feel the winds touch on my hands and as I did, a flashing of memory came to my mind. It was of my mother’s hands.

I’ve always been an admirer. One who appreciates something in every person and in every thing. When I was a young girl, I’d watch my mom as she was driving…and in that moment of my own car…I remembered her doing the same thing with her arms out the window.

I looked at my hand and saw my mother’s hand…

and I remembered that she is a part of me, I am a part of her ♥

Buzzle Buddy

In Bees, Robert Green Ingersoll Quotes on July 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.
-Robert Green Ingersoll-

Joshua called out to me..”Mom, there’s a little bee on the deck floor and it’s just staying there.” I went out to see him, with camera in hand…so slow, he was. Ray told me that he’d somehow been in the house and when he was working on something, he threw it out. Must be a little dazed and confused still.

Would you believe I actually touched the little bugger? I did, with my forefinger, right on top of his fuzzy little back. Do you know what he did? He raised his middle set of legs on each side…like the cops and robbers do. “Put your hands up”. That’s exactly what he did and it made me giggle.

Midweek Blue’s

In E.E. Cummings, Midweek Blues, Peacock on July 28, 2010 at 1:38 am

The boys and I visited another one of our favorite places today.

It’s always a pleasure to set my eyes upon the peacock, marvel at it’s beautiful colors and it’s quiet nature.

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. -E. E. Cummings

Little Mooch

In Birds and Critters in My Yard, Mice on July 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm

MOOCH
To get or try to get something free of charge; sponge: lived by mooching off friends.
To wander about aimlessly.
To skulk around; sneak.

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I opened up the bird seed bucket and a little dark creature jumped up at me.
My, what big eyes you have.
You little mooch, you.

I fetched my camera and yelled to Sam (he was the only one to show). He enjoys little critter’s like I do, even though they are in our house when they really shouldn’t be.

After a few pictures, Sam placed the bucket on it’s side and the little mooch ran, bouncing away…to the tree and then he hid in a crevice, but only for a second. Do you know what he did after that? He did something that I’ve never seen before.

He climbed the tree…all the way up, to where I couldn’t see him anymore. Did you know that mice do that? I didn’t. I know they climb…but not up a tree. I suppose that I learned, yet, another new thing today πŸ™‚

I’m liking this!

In Just Rambles, Quotes on July 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Little Hairs

I’m really impressed with this, if you haven’t noticed. I have all three of my personal sites with this sort of template now, simply because of the way the label list is formatted. You HAVE to click on a label to see what it does (for this post, they’re shown just under the title above). It’s SO helpful for me in tracking past posts and finding my archives.

Work on the house is coming along well, the guys have been here for about six days total. It’s beginning to look nice, even though they’re still only on the trim πŸ™‚

I went outside for a little ride yesterday afternoon and couldn’t believe how much it felt like Autumn. I LOVE the fall weather, with the crisp touch in the air and the sun…the awesome breeze. I could sense that serene feeling I get when it arrives and I’m living in it. Autumn…mmmmmhhhhhmmmm.

Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts: the sight of the deep-blue sky, and the clustering stars above seem to impart a quiet to the mind. -Author, Jonathan Edwards

Queen Anne’s Lace

In flowers, Quotes, Simplicity on July 26, 2010 at 6:00 pm

It took me over 30 years, before I’d actually see that there was a beautiful little purple flower in the center of these. It took me about the same time to really see the detail in the petals…and in many other things around me.

When I had my first child, my heart opened up in ways beyond my ability to know life, before him. As the years blew by, more and more of life came to the surface and shared itself with me. My eyes have found life in every living thing…real life, not just the visible, but the feel and the breathe of it.  Oh, God is good, isn’t He.

One summer night, out on a flat headland, all but surrounded by the waters of the bay, the horizons were remote and distant rims on the edge of space. Millions of stars blazed in darkness, and on the far shore a few lights burned in cottages. Otherwise there was no reminder of human life. My companion and I were alone with the stars: the misty river of the Milky Way flowing across the sky, the patterns of the constellations standing out bright and clear, a blazing planet low on the horizon. It occurred to me that if this were a sight that could be seen only once in a century, this little headland would be thronged with spectators. But it can be seen many scores of nights in any year, and so the lights burned in the cottages and the inhabitants probably gave not a thought to the beauty overhead; and because they could see it almost any night, perhaps they never will. -Rachel Carson

Making Some Changes

In changes, Odd Me on July 26, 2010 at 1:56 pm
Again?! Are you surprised? Well, you shouldn’t be. I found this really great template and thought I’d give it a try. It’s needing a few tweaks here and there but God knows that my brain is made with that need to figure it out πŸ™‚

Sometimes, I feel like a terrier or, wait, a border collie…yeah, that’s the dog. When it comes to puzzling things, like css code and actual puzzles…anything with a bit of a challenge, I can get so determined to play – to figure it out.

A friend was going to set me up with Photoshop, because he thought that I’d really enjoy it. I had to tell him that I did have Photoshop but sold it because it slowed down my system and I am content with the manipulating programs that I use now. He laughed and said something like, “You can’t master it.” And…a lightbulb went on in my brain.

Maybe he’s right….I love to change things around, everywhere…in the house, cars, on here – but when something is too big and I know that there’s just to much to offer, forget it. Maybe that’s why I don’t care to go shopping – too many choices.

Oh, well. Anyway, thought I’d just give you a simple hello and update you on my tweaks…I promise that you’ll enjoy it…eventually πŸ™‚

One really neat thing is that when you click on any one of the labels in a post, it’ll bring you to the main page with all of the posts under that label…in little boxes!! Check it out, just click on one of the labels underneath the title.