Saturday, March 29, 2008
It has been raining off and on since yesterday morning. This morning the sound of thunder rumbles in the distance. The rain is good and so necessary for the earth. It is not the hard, driving rain we had in the past weeks but the gentle rain the the ground welcomes and drinks its fill. I just heard a full minute and half of rumbling thunder, steadily breaking across the sky and then slowly faded into the distance. The lions of March are fighting to stay to the end. The lambs are being made to wait until the last minute to escort April in.
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Thursday, March 27, 2008
It feels good to be able to go outside and do stuff without freezing, getting wet or being too hot!. It is the perfect temperature to do stuff. Now if only the pollen was not floating all over the place it would be A-1 perfect! Talk about itchy, burning eyes! Ah but the price we pay for pleasure. The ground is still a bit wet for tilling. IF it does not rain today or tonight I will dig up my small garden by hand if I must! We are still in extreme drought conditions in spite of the recent rains. I will not be planting corn this year as it really does not tolerate watering. It needs rain. More than likely I will concentrate on beans and okra.
Brook and Pat rode horses yesterday. I miss riding. Brook has taken over MY horse. She is supposed to be riding Dancer. LOL he is a big horse compared to the others. I think he will make a good horse for her. She needs to ride him so he can get used to her and her to him.
Ok , I need to do some cleaning as much as I hate to.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday we rode horses for a bit. The wind picked up and it started getting them going crazy so we called it a day. They are still so woolly! Crystal will not take much currying to get her winter coat off but the other two looked like woolly mammoths with their long hair.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Life goes on. I just look like the nerd I am. LOL I am a bit dorky looking anyway.
Tuesday night was the talent show at the school. Brook was looking good. (As usual)
Here she is doing a bo staff fighting sequence with Master Lee. The kids did real good.
Tonight starts her intense training for the black belt test again. She really needs to build up her legs. She is weak on kicks and part of the test involves breaking a number of boards with her foot. I believe 18-20. In all she will have to break 50 boards and 1 brick.
Ok the sun is shining and no rain is predicited for the next week. Crossing fingers the garden dries up!
Time to eat and get ready for Brook's class. I am going to walk while she is training. At least I will walk for at least 15 minutes.
Speaking of pouring. It does not look like we are in a drought around here anymore. The ponds are full, the lake has come back up to normal level. We have gotten a lot of rain in the past week or so. The bad news is the water table is still very low. We are still under a statewide outdoor water ban. All water companies are still under a mandatory water use reduction.
My garden is still too soggy to work. My plants will not make it if I can't get them in it soon. Must have patience, darn it I don't want to have patience. I want it done NOW.
Easter is Sunday. I am cooking, of course. We will be eating at Candy's house. It is a bit hard to fit 13 people in this place. I have done it but it is not easy. This year all those same people are a lot bigger (kids have grown. Come to think of it, most of the adults have put on weight too! LOL)
Ok got to go. Garbage man is coming soon. I really do not want to miss him. He won't be here for another week.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I finally have pictures! I found the missing cord and got them downloaded. As promiced here are the babies. The white birds are Lutinos cockatiels. They have red eyes. Really, it is not red eye from flash. The one on the perch is a Pied cockatiel. There were 2 born in this set of babies. Mama(Peaches) and Daddy (Chip)are still busy feeding the babies.
I think Spring is here. Today it is supposed to get up to 75. We will see. We have more rain due. I still need a few more days of dry weather so I can get the little garden ready!
Brook is off to the Aquarium today. She gets to see the penquins. I wish I could have gone. I have never seen them before. Unfortunately it was an expence I could not afford.
The horses are happily mowing down every blade of grass that pops up. Soon they won't be able to keep up with how much grows. I hope that Pat gets the tractor running again soon. We need it! Must be something in the air here or something. The alternator is out on the tractor also.
I baked some Amish friendship bread yesterday. First time I have made any. It was good. Now all I need to do is figure out who to give the starter to. Too bad it can't be mailed.
Ok I am out of here. Trying to get some work down if my body will let me. I think I am falling apart one piece at a time.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I do believe that they should take the same yearly tests that the rest of the school kids should take.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Pat and i tried to take a ride today. We took the battery off and had it tested. It was no good. We thought great! New battery and we ride. That was a no go. We head down the road and the battery started down. The generator is not charging it. Craps. At least we got about 20 minutes on the bike. It really was not my day. As we were coming home, up our own driveway, Pat drops the bike and I go flying off. he hit a soft spot and the front wheel dug in and went sideways and wham! I hit the ground about 8 feet away from the bike. My hip is a bit sore as is my back. No real damage because it was soft ground. I am glad that I did not land in the puddle. I was thrown completely over it.
That's my excitement for the weekend. No snow storm, nothing else but total boredom. I even remembered to turn the clock up and change the batteries.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
You know your horses have a reputation when 2 people call you and tell you that they are out. The thing is, it was NOT my horse out. Thank goodness. I really did get tired of chasing them down and fixing fence.
Time to get busy cleaning again. I would like to be finished by Easter. Do you think I can change the date Easter falls on this year? I need another month or 2!
Brook is going on a field trip next week. I can't go. I wish I could. It will be the first that I do not get to go on. She is going to the Aquarium in Chattanooga.
I need to get back to making lists. I am not organized at all and the lists help me. I also need to get back into Flylady. She really helps me.
I lost my big red rooster. I t put up a heck of a fight. Feathers all over the place. My red chick is now a hen. I get a pretty brown egg everyday from her.
Nothing is going on with me. It is the same old thing day in and day out. Nights are now filled with silence without Brook here. I sometimes go hours without hearing another human speak. Sometimes as long as 20 hours, actually most times. I startle myself sometimes when I say what I am typing. Sometimes I read out loud just to hear someone.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Sunday fared a little better. We saddled up the horses and headed down the driveway. Crystal acted like she has never been on a road or crossed a bridge. Precious had to lead her across the bridge. Precious gave me a wonderful ride. She started racking up the hill and man o man that was smooth. I love it when she gives me a good rack. Everything went pretty smooth until a car came around a curve. Dang that was a quiet car. No sound until it was seen. Nothing really happened. Precious just stopped cold and was bunched up like she was going to bolt. She relaxed immediately when she saw nothing was gonna happen. Brook had seen us coming up the road and was jumping up and down. She was excited. We rode on up to the kids house and Brook got on Precious. Pat and she went out into the field to ride. Everything was going real good until Pat decided to bring Crystal across a low fence. She stepped over the fence with her front feet and then dragged her rear foot over the wire. When she touched the wire she panicked. All hell broke loose then. She backed up and then got tangled and started bucking. I saw white hair go flying through the air. Next thing I know Brook is being dumped on the ground. Precious bolted. Brook's feet were not in the stirrups because she was in my saddle. Poor thing was scared to death. I have no idea if Pat was bucked off or if he got off. I know he was the first to reach Brook! After we caught the horses, which was not hard to do after they quit running, we road back up to the house. brook came right over and got back on Precious. She knew that Precious did not dump her on purpose. Poor baby. She is hurting. She landed on her hip. She is walking okay, just bruised up pretty good. She has Tae Kwon Do today so maybe that will help work out the soreness in her hip. We did not take her for x-rays because she was moving pretty good. I just hope it was the right decision to make...
I have pictures of the babies. I have misplaced my camera cord to download the pictures. This is not good. It has a special end on it that fits the camera.
I need to get busy. I still need to clean up my small garden. I have plants for it that need placing soon. Brussels sprouts and broccoli are ready to go in. They can handle the cooler temperatures. Supposed to be in the 70's again to day then winter is supposed to come back for a few days. I need to check my peach trees. Maybe this will be the year that they survive and give me peaches!
Ok I am out of here. The dryer just finished and the washer is full.