Sunday, May 17, 2015

I saw this bird at the park today...
I've never seen one before...
so I emailed TexWisGirl ...
she knows so much about birds...
and of course...she knew the answer...
It is a Brown Thrasher...
a very handsome gentlemen...
so happy to add a new bird to my list...
 the girls are growing....
they are busy little ladies...
we have a temporary pen for them to play in outside
at night they stay inside in a box...
they are on their third box...

 I have been killing flies for them...
they know when they hear me swat one...
they look up and wait for me to drop it in their pen...
we have had so much rain...
the flies have been terrible...
I've made some natural fly traps...
you just use a plastic water jug...
poke holes in it.....
add 1 cup apple cider vinegar...1 cup molasses...
I have caught several...but have lots more to catch...
 the trinity river is out of it's banks...
this is usually a grassy area with a road...
now it is a big lake...
 Hubby and I use to ride his motorcycle down here...
you need a boat right now...
there is lots of flooding in Texas....

 This was taken at a local park...
you can see the debree in the background...
we had a lot of rain last night....
this waterfall is usually a trickle...
not today...
I woke up at 2:30 am Saturday morning...
with a terrible pain in my neck and shoulder...
I had rolled over in bed...and it hurt...
I had fallen asleep in my chair watching TV...so I guess
I was crooked or something...
It hurt to raise my right arm...to walk...
to move my neck...
I got out the trusty heating pad...
took Ibprofin...and took it easy all day...
it is hard to do things left handed...
today when I woke up it was better...
still not back to normal...
but getting there...
you never realize how much of your body
you use every day... until something hurts...
then you notice it...




Thursday, May 14, 2015

 Which came first???
the Chicken or the Egg...
this is Linda Lou....
she is named after Hubbies Mom...
she was small but mighty...
so is this Linda Lou...
she is the smallest of the group...
we lost one of our chicks...Loretta...
not sure what was wrong with her...

 the other 5 are doing great... 
they have already grown...
they also love worms....
and flies...they get in a tizzy over flies...
I never thought I would be catching flies...

 Stringbean has became quite competitive...
he is now the King of the Quiet game...
no one at school can beat him...
Yesterday he beat me in Chutes and Ladders...
then he beat me in Candy Land...
we never let him win on purpose...
If you could give kids today advice....
what would it be?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

 Saturday Morning....
We picked up 6 little cuties...
little ladies...
they are Buff Orpington...
born on a Organic farm...

 There names are:
Lola
Linda Lou
Lula
Lucy
Laverne
and
Loretta....
 they really look alike...
except Linda Lou...
she is the smallest...
and Lola has a darker beak....

 the rest...we will figure out...
as they grow up...
hopefully....
or they will just be called the girls....
 Stringbean spent the night Friday night...
we took him to a concert...
it was a Brooks and Dunn cover band...
they were pretty good...

Stringbean and I practiced dancing before we went...
he is a really good little dancer...
he has good rhythm...
we danced to 5 or 6 songs...
he set down in my lap...
and fell asleep...we couldn't believe it...
so we decided to go...
he woke up as we walked out...
then was wide awake...
he was up bright and early on Saturday...
first words out of his mouth...
Goodmorning Oma...we are getting chicks today...
he is in love with already...
we all are...
so darn cute...
Happy Mother's Day everyone....

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

can you see the goose bumps???
that water was cold....
but the sun was nice and warm...
Thank you everyone for the well wishes...
and prayers for Stringbean...
he is doing better today....
his fever went up to 104 Sunday night at the clinic...
so scarey...I found out a lot of kids in our area...
have been running high fevers...
I'm ready for it to end...
it's to hard on us Oma's...and Momma's...
not to mention the sweet babies...

As you see...my Dad is not crazy about 
having his photo taken either...
but he puts up with me...

well I think it is finally going to happen...
we are getting chickens...
it has taken a little nudging...
thanks to the help of my Daughter...
we tag teamed Hubby... 
to pen him down...
This sunday...Mother's Day...
we are going to build a chicken coop...
a family project...
with a Brisket dinner as a reward...
we are getting chicks...
so it will be a few months before we can get eggs...
I found a local person that raises organic chickens...

not only will we get eggs...
but more fertilizer for the garden...
less bugs....
I'm feeling almost like a farmer....
I have a few tiny squash and zucchini...
my cucumbers are blooming...

We had thunder storms last night...
not a lot of rain...but every bit helps...
chances of rain all week....
come August we will be crying for rain...
so I'm going to feel blessed with it now...
and we haven't had to turn on the A/C yet...
Happy Wednesday.....
HUMP DAYYYYYY......

Monday, May 4, 2015

a lot of news in our area...
a big earthquake yesterday 3.2...
we did not feel it at the lake....
then we had terrorists shot in Garland...
times are much simpler at the lake....
 fishing...relaxing...
enjoying nature...
we saw bullfrog tadpoles...
several dozen of them....
we heard the big bullfrogs...singing their songs...

 there are still bluebonnets blooming...
I so wish that I could get them to grow...
I've planted them over and over...
I never have had one come up....
poor stringbean is sick again...
his fever has jumped to 102...
his Mom and Dad have taken him to an after hours clinic...
we are waiting impatiently for news...
I so hate when any of my babies are sick...
makes you feel so helpless...
Pawpaw stocked us up on popcicles and Gatorade...


Saturday, May 2, 2015

 It was a beautiful Saturday....
I got to spend some time with my Mom...
we went to a Farmers Market....
did a grocery run....
 then I came home and spent some time in the garden....

 I love getting my hands in the dirt....
and there is always plenty to do...
Hubby bought a new lawn mower a few weeks ago...
today I got a chance to try it out...
it is a really self propelled...
way better than our old one....
 I even managed to get in a little nap today....
My son and DIL have taken Stringbean...
on his first Camping trip....tent camping....
we will join up with them tomorrow...
for a family lake day....
I'm ready to do some fishing...
My Mom...Dad and step Mom are coming also...


 my roses are doing great...
which is really exciting to me...
I haven't had great luck with roses...
I have planted so many bushes...
that never seemed to do anything...

I am so excited that our April Showers...
are truly bringing May flowers...
I also have blooms on my cucumbers...and zucchini plants...
can't wait....
now off to bed...
early to bed...early to rise....
the early bird gets the worm...
hopefully the fish too...


Friday, May 1, 2015

It is amazing the difference...
from last Friday to today....
I feel like a brand new person...
poor Hubby is not feeling well now...
and he never gets sick...
hopefully he won't get it as bad as Stringbean and I did...

I'm so enjoying my little "Farm"....
my garden is coming right along...
my spinach was growing wild...
I put up a bunch in the freezer...
to be used for cooking and smoothies...
passed some on to family....
Hubby and I have spinach salad every evening...
and most lunches too...
Buster and Duke are enjoying their fare share also...

our weather has been so nice this week here in Texas...
cool in the mornings and evenings...
warm and sunny during the day...
after all the rain we had last week...
every thing is Green and growing...

Tonight I sat outside...
enjoying the sounds of the birds...
watching them fly around...sing their songs...
just feeling at one with nature....
we had a rainbow Monday evening...
not a big one...
but it always brings a smile to my face...
a good friend gave me these petunias 3 years ago...
they have been coming back each year...
I love flowers that keep coming back...

Happy May 1st....
Did you do a little May Dance around the May pole?
with all the unrest in our country...
it sure is nice to have a little peace in my own little world...
today Stringbean and I put out a blanket...
pulled out some books...
we enjoy reading together...
now we pick out words he can read...
and he helps me...
today he brought a Lego project...
a Fire Truck.....ages 5-12...
well let me tell you...
it was quite the project...
it probably took 3 hours total...
I had to take a few breaks to clear my mind...
we got it finished though...
I was quite proud of myself...
following page by page...
pulling a part and starting over a few times...
not something that could be rushed...
boy was I happy to get it finished...