So Sweet!

>> Thursday, August 21, 2008

My second daughter is married and busy and the children miss her lots, even though she lives near by. So she decided to start taking each of her brothers and sisters out for a special time in town every once in a while and Jason was first. He "counted the sleeps" until yesterday when it was time to go, got up and was dressed and waiting excitedly until Kimberly came.  As they were getting ready to leave, he quietly went over to his twin sister and whispered, "Jaime, come on, let's go!". Jaime told him it was his turn to go and her turn would be later. He nodded, then said, "yeah, but come on, come with us!" 

 I am so blessed that my children love to be with each other. 


When it Rains, It Pours

>> Tuesday, August 19, 2008

So, is this skunk season, or what?

Today we smelled a slight skunk smell that got stronger and stronger as the moments went by. Since skunks are nocturnal, I wanted WonderBoyII to go out and check things out, but carefully, and with a weapon (a long stick, as it happens) in case it turned out to have rabies.  He and Princess PondScum followed the odor and found it down the hill where it had succumbed, probably after being hit by a car.  So what happened to the poor deceased and very smelly skunk? Princess PS  brought it up to the driveway on a stick and the prevailing wind brought the smell straight into the house. Freshly dead, still wiggly and smelling like it had just sprayed, which it had. 

We started out making a big peach cobbler and putting nectarines in the freezer and ended up dealing with skunk.  The fun just never ends around here!


The Skunk Episode That Broke my Camera

WonderBoy II loves to trap animals, observe them for a short time and let them go. We've seen lots of interesting critters that way--possums (oh, what a disgusting excuse for an animal they are), foxes, raccoons, stray cats, our cats (hello! what's up with that? Cat food on the porch, cat food in the trap--gee, I'll take the trap for 300, Alex...), and the occasional skunks.  Usually he ties a rope on the door of the trap and keeps it positioned in such a way that he can easily get the trap door opened without having to get too close in case it is an animal from which it is wiser to keep some distance. It is a lesson learned by trial and error, let's be clear.

On the other hand, when things go well for a period of time, there tends to be a laxity in the undertaking, and such was the latest Skunk Episode.  WonderBoyII and his sweet and adventurous sister, Princess PondScum (she's getting older. We need to change that nickname) set up the trap by the generator house and found a skunk trapped the next morning but they had neglected to put a rope on the door. Princess volunteered to scoot over on her tummy and tie the rope while WonderBoyII shinnied up to the roof of the generator house and opened the trap door while filming it on my camera. Camera dropped from roof in process. It is still in working order and has the video of the skunk release, but it is in the shop for repairs and they told me it might be a month before it gets back.  

The release went wonderfully, with Princess PondScum chasing the skunk down the driveway for just that little bit extra fun. "Prudence, Schmoodence" seems to be the motto at our house.


The Before and After Project Quilt. In Photo Pieces

>> Thursday, August 14, 2008

Because of my highly sophisticated blogging skills, I'm unable to change these pictures to be in order. I just kill myself with this kind of stuff.  And, look at things underlined. Now if I *wanted* things underlined it would never happen in a million years. Geez, Louise.

I continue to find myself so amusing.Thank you, BooMama, for this great project idea!  Go see other great projects here.


Seriously, Folk...

>> Monday, August 11, 2008

I have posted less and less lately as I have so many pictures of our projects, horse camp, etc. but they TAKE SO LONG to load and lots of times I can't hang around that long. I'm talking twenty minutes for each picture, if they load at all.  I loaded one picture of the quilt pieces blasting fast--in about 5 *minutes*, put the next one to upload and since it went on top of the first picture instead of below, I had to dump the entire two pictures uploaded and start over. That was last night and I'm still waiting for the first picture to finish. 

If anyone knows of a way to do this better, I'd love to hear it.
Cause I've got some pictures I'd love to post.