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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sleepy Saturday

Here is the pic of the turkey hen. I will try and get a better one later.

Today is hot; as usual. Mom didn't get in until after 9 PM last night; had a plane delay in Los Angeles so they had to reschedule her flight from Dallas/Fort Worth. So by time we got the luggage and all we didn't get back here until after 11 PM.

They have a completely new terminal at the Springfield airport. It's at the back of the airport property, so you have to take a different route to get there. You take I-44 to exit 72, turn right on 266 and then take another right onto the originally named "Airport Boulevard," and then straight on to the terminal, taking care to not get lost when you go through the little round-about halfway along. Before you do go there make sure you have your cell phone charged, as there are no public pay phones to be found at this terminal. However, to assuage your frustration over this they DO have a meditation room set up for you.

This morning hubby and I picked the last of the green peas and made Mom shell them with us. No, we didn't MAKE her really, she just volunteered. HA. We got 14 more cups; two of which I saved to cook with the new taters we will get tonight.

Have a good weekend.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Whatever Friday

I couldn't come up with a catchy title for today. It's hot, it's sultry. Hubby has been hauling his hay bales from the creek bottom up to the hay shed. I did the dreaded grocery shopping trip this morning.

Ellen loves going into the bank; it's where they hand out free little suckers. Not that she eats the whole thing. She likes to carry it around in the store, lick it a few times and then hand it to me. "Done."

Tonight I am going down to Springfield to pick up my mom. And I am praying I don't get lost because they have built a new terminal at the airport and you have to go to a different freeway exit and all. We will see. At least they have I65 as a 4 lane for most of the way now.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Turkey Thursday

This past spring and summer a turkey hen has adopted us. She wanders hither and thither at her own will; through the yard and fields. Once I came across her taking a dust bath in the driveway. And once hubby chased her out of the green bean patch. She has become quite tame and lets us get within a couple of yards of her. I actually got a pic of her yesterday but I am having trouble getting it posted. It wasn't a very good shot, so maybe I will try to get another some other day.

Today I defrosted the outside upright freezer. At 90 plus degrees temp outside the ice melted really fast.

Last night we had a thundershower. It was weird how the temp went from 95 to 80 something in less than 45 minutes. But of course that wasn't long lived. It wasn't a bad storm, but the power went off for about 2 hours; right when I needed to wash supper dishes and get ready for church. Oh, well.

My friend from church who had her leg amputated is doing well, so far. They are playing the waiting game to see if it will heal. I tried calling her today but phone was busy. She has lots of well-wishers, I am sure. Plus her family and all.
According to the preacher's wife she will be in the hospital a minimum of 3 weeks and then be transferred to a different wing, rehabilitation I believe. And that's only if this first surgery heals. If it doesn't heal they will have to take more of the leg and start the whole process all over again. So far she is in good spririts and is asking everyone to pray there won't be another operation. She says she may not make the church softball games this summer, but she's determined to play next summer....

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Onion-y Wednesday

Today I harvested my onions; this is just one of 5-6 bunches I have. Dry onions they call them, though they are nice and juicy when you cut into them. It’s nice having them on hand. Hubby likes to eat them raw. Ellen liked them initially and would crunch down a few slices on her own, but now she leaves them alone on her plate. I don’t eat them unless they are cooked.

We have a pretty big crop of them this year. I am going to do what I started doing a couple of years ago; chop up quite a few of them and freeze them. It’s great to have chopped onion on hand in the freezer for cooking; saves a lot of time, not to mention tears. Ha ha! Cry once and have done with it.

Today hubby baled his hay from the creek bottoms. Fifteen bales, I think he said. Not a great amount, but it certainly helps.

Sad news:

We heard yesterday that my friend from church did have to have an amputation. She was in so much pain, her foot was actually dying, that she was begging them to go ahead and take it off. The doc said he would try it from halfway up the calf, but he might have to go higher. We are praying she will recuperate soon.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tick-y Tuesday

Well, actually I haven't had any ticks on me yet today. But "Tick-y" sounded better than "pea-y" which is what the actual theme of today is. The ticks have been really bad this year. I hate them. Ticks and chiggers the twin evils of Missouri summers.

Anyway. Today we picked and shelled peas. I got about 15 cups in the freezer. It's quite a bit of work, but that is about 10+ servings of peas that I will not have to buy. I think there's enough left on the vines to get another round of them.

The past couple days hubby has been "in the hay." This is not to be confused with "hitting the hay" as in going to bed or anything along those lines. But he has been out cutting and raking hay. He will probably bale it tomorrow or Thursday. It's a very good thing to have an air conditioner on the tractor.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Melting Monday

Yes, as forecast, today is hot and humid again.

This morning I pickled a batch of beets. I went straight from clean up in the milk barn out to the garden and pulled them, then went in and did the boiling, cleaning and canning.

While we were still in the milk barn I told Ellen; "We are going out to the garden and pull beets before we go have breakfast."

"Wellllll," she replied, drawing out the word well like that and pausing to think. "I have to get my boots on." I just laughed. In the mornings I get her up out of bed and just cart her out to the barn in the stroller in her PJs; then put her in her playpen out there. She wasn't going to go work in the garden without her boots.

What a kid.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sticky Sunday


It's really hot and sticky here...and it is supposed to be so all week; in the 90s with a heat index in the 100s. Lovely. It will keep me busy watering. We are praying that it will cool down a bit for when my mother is here. She's not really heat tolerant.

This afternoon I took Ellen down to the creek. When it flooded it created this nice little pebbly beach at one of the crossings down there. We sat on the bank and she threw stones to her little heart's content. Then we went wading for awhile; she loved that.

Just now I gave her some supper. It included a little bowl of yogurt and a sippy cup of water. I do this Sunday evenings to keep her busy while I am on the computer. She was rather quiet for longer than it would usually take for her to eat. So I turned around and watched her. She was dribbling her water into the "oh-grit," actually dunking the drinking spout into the yogurt, then drinking from it. Then she was squishing the bottom of the cup into the bowl. She had yogurt almost up to her elbows. But she was having fun and exploring her little world.

In other news; prayers would be appreciated for one of the ladies at our church. Her 13 yo daughter is in my Wed night class. About a month ago she developed a severe case of colitis; had surgery and was put on medication. She then developed a problem in her left foot. They didn't know what it was or what caused it. Did all kinds of tests; no definite results. She was in such pain she couldn't walk. At first they said it was her meds causing the veins to swell; they changed them, then 2 weeks later said it was tendinitis caused by the colitis. This past Wed night she was at church, said she was better. But on Friday she went to emergency and was taken by helicopter on a life flight to Springfield and had a 4 hour surgery to remove multiple blood clots from her left leg. There were some in her foot that could not be removed surgically. They were injected with nitroglycerin to try and dissolve the clots. If that doesn't work, they will have to amputate; maybe the whole leg. To say that this is all a shock it putting it too mildly. She is only a year older than I am. She was in high school when hubby first started driving the school bus. He remembers taking her to multiple sporting events; she was on basketball and any number of other sports teams, and has been to this day; very active, always playing on the church softball games and such. Like hubby said; you never know when you might get blindsided by something. We are grateful for our good health every day.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Another week gone by...

I can't seem to get out more than one blog post a week lately, it seems.

Things here are hot and humid. We had a series of thunder boomers come through last night starting at about midnight or so. They mostly passed north of us, but still kept me awake. Ellen slept through them thankfully.

Then at about 6:20 AM or so we had one come straight for us while we were out in the barn doing chores. It knocked out the power for a couple of hours. We only had 8 cows left to milk so hubby just let them go. He didn't want to get the generator out for them. Ellen was awake for this one and kept crying; "I want to go home!" every time the lightning would strike really close.

This past Saturday we went down to Silver Dollar City. Ellen did really well. We took her to a Veggie Tales show. It was kind of loud, but she was enchanted by Bob the Tomato, and perked up for the whole show. She talked about him all the way home.

My mom will be here in less than 2 weeks. Right now she has a nasty sinus infection, so I am praying she gets over it before she has to fly out here.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Struck by Lightning...

The tree that is.

We had a nasty thunder-boomer (as hubby calls them) yesterday afternoon. We were eating supper when one particularly close one hit. I saw it strike just a couple hundred yards from the house, to the south of us. KAWHAM! There was a flash and a boom all at the same time; then there was a fireball, with sparks and everything.

We went out there later and saw what it had done to the tree. The top pic is kind of dark, though you can kind of see the light colored stripe of bare wood from top to bottom. This bottom one shows what happened:

It pretty much peeled the tree from roots to crown, and there are slivers of bark blown away from the tree up to 100 yards or more. You can't really tell in the pictures, but the bark is actually just hanging from the tree, it's not attached any more. The tree, as you might expect, is a goner. It can't survive naked. But we are so thankful no calves were under it; or that the lightning bolt didn't hit US instead of the tree.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Adventures in renting...

As most of you know, hubby has a rental house here. He wouldn't have it at all if it weren't pretty much smack-dab in the center of our property; well, it is right on the highway and our fields encircle it. So he bought it when it came up for sale just so he could control the place. He has owned it for over 10 years now, I believe. The first folks who rented it were there for over 5 years. The guy was a chiropractor and was frequently 3-4 months late with his rent...but he always paid.

Since then there have been a series of renters, none of whom have lived there longer than 2 years and most of them less than a year. One had 2 large inside dogs, which at one point got up on the sofa back, stood up against the plate glass window and broke it out. "What should I do?" the renter asked my husband. "Get the phone and call someone out to repair your expense," he replied.

One guy went through the house and, for whatever reason, cut random holes in the walls, redecorated one of the kids rooms by tearing up the flooring and then subsequently hot gluing carpeting down in the shape of a ladybug. He didn't pay rent for several months and hubby had to have him evicted. The guy left I dunno how much junk all over. And the really horrible thing is that they must have had several dozen cats; all of which he left inside for sometime before they left. There was cat...ummmm...poop literally piled up and MOLDING in every corner of the house. There was a FULL litter box of molding poop down in the basement. You could barely move without stepping in some.

Another guy did pretty much the same thing with his two dogs; left them in the basement and garage for 2 weeks during the ice storm we had a couple of years ago, while HE lived IN TOWN with some relatives. Lord what a stench there again!

One couple had financial trouble, so they went to at least 5 or more of those payday loan places in 3 or 4 different towns around here and got loans. To top it off they listed US as references, without our permission I might add. It wasn't long before we started getting calls from various payday loan companies, looking for them. This went on for a couple of months! We started telling them they'd have to take a number to get their next payment; WE wanted our rent money FIRST! Ha.


We just had the place up for rent again. Hubby listed it on Craig's List. It has been an adventure getting applicants for it. One lady from Kentucky wanted it. She was moving out here to be close to her sis. She mailed the deposit; sight unseen. She gets out here, takes one look at it and doesn't want it.

Back to the drawing board.

One guy has a rottweiler that he keeps inside with him when he's home, and puts in a pen outside when he's gone. Oh and, by the way, he hasn't looked at it yet, but he wants to know if hubby will finance the place so he can buy it from us. Hmmmm...

The last one takes the cake. I copied hubby's email verbatim so I could share with you:

"i would be intersted in geting your place to rent would there be any way i could move in with no money like do some work or something
dont have any rentel refronces besides my parents and car inserince but both get paid and on time as well"

Is that not hilarious or what? No money, but could he move in and do work around the place to pay. We laughed and laughed. To make it even funnier; hubby knows this guy. His family used to live in the neighborhood. His older brother had the gall and audacity to ask hubby to co-sign a car loan for him. He was 18 and had had a job for all of 2 months and now he wanted to buy a truck but his parents had rotten credit.

Never boring here....

Friday, June 5, 2009

A Parent Poem...

This one would have been good for Mother's Day, but I didn't have it then. I found it in a copy of "The Budget." An anonymous person from Ohio sent it in.

A Young Mother

I saw a young mother
With eyes full of laughter,
And two little shadows
Came following after;
Whenever she moved
They were always right there,
Hanging on to her skirts,
Holding on to her chair,
Before her, behind her,
An adhesive pair.

“Don’t you ever get weary,
As day after day
Your two little tagalongs
Get in your way?”

She smiled as she shook
Her pretty, young head,
And I’ll always remember
The words that she said;
“It’s good to have shadows
That run when you run,
That laugh when you’re happy
And hum when you hum,
For you only have shadows
When your life is full of sun."