Saturday, January 21, 2012

Random Thoughts of a Saturday Morning

It's Saturday, and it's icy outside.  Not so icy that it's debilitating but definitely icy enough that I sweet-talked my husband into going out and putting another ear of corn on the squirrel feeder rather than doing it myself.  The poor little squirrel was nosing around an empty feeder...I couldn't take it.  It's icy enough that I don't really feel the need to get out and go to the store until later this afternoon when it thaws.  And it's icy enough that since there are no cows in active labor we're not going to the farm today.  That leaves free time.  I don't even remember what it's like to have free time!!

I've gotten laundry going, and I'll vaccum as soon as I throw the tennis ball down the hallway as many times at it takes to wear Abby out so I can pick up her toys (yes, we are talking about the dog and yes she has that many toys).  I could do homework but with 2 weeks of class left I'm over my Masters program and don't feel the need to be a good student and manage my time well.  What a great example that is for my high school'ers. 

I was working on my grocery list and thinking of all the things that sounded good.  Most of those things involved fresh vegetables that I would usually go get at the local Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings, or from my Mom's garden, or even the orchard on the way to the nearest Meijer.  Then I thought of my poor little flowers that are so confused and starting to peek through the mulch at the front of the house.  It's still not time for them, but seeing them makes me wish it were.  Although if this weather southern Indiana is having this January tricks my Hyacinths then kills them, I'm going to be ticked.

Maybe they'll have pots of Hyacinths at Meijer to hold me over until spring....

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Time Flies

Wow, has it been a long time since I've posted anything. My life is so interesting I'm sure you've all been on pins and needles wondering what has happened (note the sarcasm).  Since I shared with you my fantastic pie-safe find, I can report that it's still sitting in the barn workshop belonging to my dad.  Slight progress has been made...enough for me to get a teaser of what it will look liked stained, and I'm REALLY anxious for it to be done now.

Nick and I hosted Thanksgiving for my Dad's side of the family on Thanksgiving, and then for Nick's immediate family 2 days later, which was a ton of work, but well worth it.  Then Nick's Mom had colon surgery the Monday after.  So I spent our 2nd wedding anniversary in the hospital keeping my father-in-law company.  She had some kidney complications, which led to a brief ICU stay, and she was home by the following Tuesday evening.  The problem was she took a ride home on the crazy train and was back in the hospital on Sunday morning after Nick and his brother put their feet down and took her back.  So after another week she was finally on the mend and is doing well now, but the first 3 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are literally a blur of hospital trips and going back and forth to the farm to take care of the cattle.

We did manage to squeeze in a photo shoot for our holiday picture, after only rescheduling once....

Christmas break has been slightly less busy and much more enjoyable.  Now we're moving into calving time on the farm, which is my absolute favorite time on the farm.  One of our show girls has calved, and I'm totally in love with the little squirt already.  She's rotten and has a ton of personality...just my type of cow.  My other two pets managed to escape yesterday and were VERY proud of themselves.

And finally, I will be finished with my Masters work in 1 month.  I'm hoping I can fight through the senioritis long enough to get through this final class.  Wish me luck!!

Blessings to you all at the start of this new year!