Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My Amazing Gran

This past Sunday, the article that I wrote about my Gran ran in the paper. I have never written an article that received more attention than this one has. It seems that everywhere I go, someone says something to me about this article, and the same has held true for my family. I have never been more proud of my Gran, than I have been this week.
The things that people have said to me about her, tell me how much people loved and respected her! Gran made a difference in this world. She made a difference in lives and hearts. I can't begin to express how this has made me feel, and in my heart I choose to believe that she knows about all of this!
I consider myself so fortunate to have been her granddaughter, and the impressions that she left on me will stay with me. I am grateful for the opportunity to have spent time with Gran and learned some important lessons from her. Gran provided a wealth of information, not just the recipes, tips stories, and family history that she shared, but the important life lessons that she taught. We knew Gran's heart was, she lived it!
Thank you Gran, in my heart, I know that you know what has taken place, and you made a difference in my life, and in the lives of so many! We miss you, we still love you, and we will see you again!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Miss Ceelie

This is Miss Ceelie, she is crippled as you can tell from this picture. Miss Ceelie manages to hobble around and get to the essentials. Miss Ceelie may be crippled, but make no mistake about it, she is in charge of all of the ducks. The water is changed daily, and Miss Ceelie is the first to drink and bathe in fresh water. The other girls know that they must wait their turn. We have a small kiddie pool that we fill with water for the ducks to swim in. When Miss Ceelie gets into the pool with the other ducks, and swims in the shallow water, she is no different than the others. She holds her head high and quacks loudly. During the time that she is in the pool Miss Ceelie remembers that she is a duck, and she forgets her impediment.Posted by Picasa

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Back to Reality

The last 3 days have been welcome relief here! Temperatures in the low 90's and low humidity too! It has been glorious. Feeding and tending animals is so much easier when you are not pouring sweat!
Today is different though, humidity is on the rise as are the temps. It is still August however. Oh well, we knew it would not last, but it was so very wonderful while it was here!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Bunny Girls

The Bunny Girls are just hanging out in their pen these days, but they have dreams, BIG dreams. Their lady provides them with food daily, but they know that there is more out there in that big world. Pansy, Dahlia, Petunia and Peony are dreaming of endless supplies of carrots, lettuce and cabbage.
They sit and talk through the wire at night, planning an escape. It has already been decided that Dahlia will stand beside the road, exposing her lovely furry leg, which should get a vehicle to stop, while the others wait in a nearby ditch. Then they can get a ride to the big garden. The garden that grows carrots, lettuce and cabbage and holds endless amounts of fresh vegetables is waiting to be nibbled on. They can spend the whole night hopping around, and overindulging in these delights. They might even get the opportunity to meet the male rabbit of their dreams!
Dan D. Lion hears the conversation and reminds his daughters that this is not a wise idea. Proper bunny fathers do not allow their daughters to think and talk like that. There are dogs out there, big dogs, and male rabbits who are only looking for one thing. No daughter of his will be off cavorting around at night like that! Eating fresh vegetables and meeting up with male rabbits until all hours of the morning, that will not be happening as long as he has breath in his little bunny lungs!
Daisy listens patiently and reminds Dan that they were young once too, let them dream. Dan ignores her, he knows that there are dangers in the big world, and they are safer at home with him. Daisy, being the wise mother that she is, hops away and rests for awhile. The younger bunny girls join her complaining about how strict their father is. Daisy reminds them that he is only thinking about what is best for them. “But Mom” they cry, “I want to know what is out there, I want to taste the carrots for myself” they say in unison. In time girls, in time be patient, your time will come.
The bunny girls hop off to chew on some wood chips. Dan knocks on Daisy’s door. She hops to the door, but does not open it. ‘I am sorry Daisy, but I know that there is trouble out there, I know from experience what happens when you binge on carrots, I don’t want our girls to go through that” Daisy listens, considering what he says. “I know Dan; I don’t want them to do that either”. The couple talks for a little more and then says their goodbyes. Dan asks Daisy if she would like to come over a little later tonight. “Why Dan” she cries, “you know that I can’t do that”! “You remember what happened last time, that’s how Pansy, Petunia, and Peony got here!” “Well Daisy at least tell me that you keep that key in a safe place.” Daisy pats her thigh. ‘I do Dan, no one will ever find it, the lady still does not know how it happened, I have to go now, Pansy will get suspicious.”
So their conversation ends, Pansy was only able to catch a portion of the conversation, but she knows that Mom has a key, and it opens the door to a whole new world………………Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 8, 2011

Just So You Know

I am the big rooster in this pen now!Posted by Picasa

Needing A Chicken Whisperer

My young Americauna, please tell me your secret. When will you lay a blue or green egg? I am anxiously waiting for you to lay your first egg. I long to hear you sing the egg song.
How long will you keep me waiting? If I pick you up, and whisper "HURRY UP" in your ear, will that help?
Until then, I am waiting patiently. Providing you with fresh water, good feed, tomato peels, watermelon rinds, and other fresh treats from my kitchen that you need to be healthy and lay good eggs.
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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Woo Hoo!

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Clover's article was in the paper this morning!
I carried the paper out to her pen to show her that she had a picture there. Clover acted as if she was not surprised, but pleased that her unique traits had been recognized by others!
Now I have to make some phone calls, wake some folks up, and make sure that they read the paper today!
I will say it again Woo Hoo!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Reason We Have Cats

There are people that know me, or feel that they know me, and consider me a “cat” person. Admittedly that irritates me. I am an animal person, not any particular species, but watching the dynamics of different species, and interacting with animals is fascinating! Learning about the jobs that they are created to do is intriguing, I could watch for hours as each species interacts with each other, and other animals. The dynamics, sense of “community”, and baby raising abilities fascinate and amaze me.
Cats have a purpose, and being a woman, I like that purpose!
Living in a home that is over a century old, surrounded by pecan orchards, fields, and woods, there must be cats here, or there will be mice. We knew when we moved here, that we would have to get a couple of cats. Kevin had a crystal clear realization of that fact, on the first cool fall morning that we had in this house.
It was a Saturday morning; he was resting peacefully and comfortably in bed. I had taken a shower, and pulled back the curtain, something caught my eye. I looked and the most horrible creature was squeezing under the bathroom door. There it was, an ugly, nasty, disease carrying rodent, with his filthy body was in my house, and had previously wondered what was on the other side of the door. Y’all just don’t know how huge he was, he was getting bigger with every millisecond that passed, until he appeared to be hundreds of feet long, and taller than me. Sounds unreal, but remember that I had told you that I had just pulled back the shower curtain, all that I had was a towel, the door was closed and he was in my space, and I was in a vulnerable position. He paused and looked up at me, I am sure that I saw his teeth, and the tips sparkled, letting me know that they were sharp. He smiled too, really big; he knew that I was scared.
Being a girl, I did what women are known for doing in this situation, and started screaming uncontrollably. Poor Kevin, resting peacefully in bed, woke to the sound of his wife’s ear piercing screams. I may not have been standing right there, but can imagine him there resting peacefully, he was probably smiling, and dreaming pleasant dreams, then hearing my screams, and struggling to jump up and run, poor fella. Because with his wife emitting those sounds, something life threatening must be happening, she must be in grave danger to scream like that! This was the moment that he realized, that if his wife survived whatever horrific ordeal that must be taking place in the bathroom, and he was within a 10 mile radius of her screams, he would be able to hear them.
The screams had an effect on the monster, and caused the monster to run around the bathroom, looking desperately for an escape to the horror that he was experiencing. The activity of the huge rodent, caused me to scream louder and longer. I was stuck, there in the shower, clinging to my towel, screaming, I couldn’t get out of the shower, because the monster was there, what if he attacked? I also screamed because while he was moving, he was touching things, spreading his germs over the no longer clean bathroom.
Kevin burst into the bathroom, I looked at him and demanded that Kevin, kill him, and kill him now! He rubbed his eyes and said that he would get rid of it. “No, kill it, make it die now, then get rid of it” was my reply. He grumbled something and then, he walked off to get a weapon, which made the creature run, which made me scream, which made Kevin return to the bathroom to explain that he needed something to kill it with. I am thinking possibly he should use a cannon, or a machine gun, maybe a grenade, and we don’t have those things, instead he picks up the mop outside of the bathroom door. The floor was clean, the bathroom had just been cleaned before the monster appeared.
“Oh no, I just bought that mop and I got it at Wal Mart, not the dollar store, you can’t use that mop” I said. By this time he is more than a little aggravated, he tells me to stop screaming for just a minute, and then says “do you want me to kill it or not”. What was the answer supposed to be? My brand new, used only once mop that cost more than a dollar was about to be sacrificed. Kevin lifted the mop and pounded the terrified monster, which began to shrink. When the dirty deed was completed, this tiny little creature was lying there. He was inches long, not feet. How did that happen? He was huge when I saw him emerge from under the door! I don’t know what kind of monster that was, but I don’t like monsters that do tricks like that!! Do I even need to add that I had to do the freak out cleaning that day, because where did it come from and what did it touch while it was in my house? I started crying and told him that we had to move, we couldn’t live like that, rodents are nasty and carry germs and diseases. I know that I was trying his patience that day, but he controlled himself, and told me that we were not moving. I couldn’t help it, I was upset. It was at that moment, that we decided that there would be a cat in our house before nightfall!
The first line of defense that we have in place now, is the barn cats. They can have all of the outside monsters. The second line of defense is Atticus. Atticus is a neutered cat man with a serious cat plan! Atticus is not a small cat, and he is determined to be the victor. There has been one field mouse that made the grave mistake of coming in the house. Atticus reserved all of his aggression for this mouse, for a split second, I almost felt sorry for it. Almost, but then I came to my senses, and remembered that horrible Saturday morning, the feeling passed immediately. This is the reason that we have cats. My love for animals is great, but my hatred for filthy, disease and germ carrying rodents that cause me to go into freak out cleaning mode and scream at the top of my lungs is stronger!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Big Smile

Posted by PicasaClover looks like she is smiling, or laughing maybe.
Wonder what the joke is about?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

My Reading Corner

Yesterday, I received an email from a friend up north. This dear friend was describing her favorite place to sit and read, or rest for time. I enjoyed reading her email, learning more about her special reading place.
The place that I choose to sit and read may change, but right now, I like this space. The chair is comfortable and feminine, and as you can see, it is located beside a window. There is a table for my ever present glass of tea, and I like the sunny location. There is usually a cat and/or a dog there with me. Monitoring my every move, or rather making sure that they do not miss any treat that may come their way. The trouble that these two will go to, just to make sure that they do not miss a treat amazes me. If you did not know better, you would think that they rarely receive a treat!
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Name That Plant

Don't know the name of this flower, but it is common in this area of the country. I have seen this flower in the yards of older homes, in beds, and sometimes in hanging baskets.
This simple unassuming vine flowers in the heat of summer. You may think that you have lost this vine, and then it reappears in late spring. Taking a cutting is simple, just pinch a piece off and place it in water to root. Now that is my kind of plant, the price is right!
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Monday, August 1, 2011

More Country Mornings

Posted by PicasaMorning time is my favorite time of day!