Monday, January 30, 2017

I like to move it move it

Last fall we didn't re-mow my MIL's property. I'm not sure why except I think we were just all tired of hay by the end of the season... but that left a bunch of hay that sprouted up during the fall.

Last weekend we moved all the haybales off my MIL's place to ours, but decided that she had so much grass that we could move the cows for a couple months, let them eat it down instead of letting it go to waste, and allowing our ground to take a breather. It also was helpful because we had heifers to wean off their momma's so this was the perfect time.

We went over to my MIL's to check fences and fix a couple places that needed fixing, came home and worked cows (you know, dewormed them and ear tagged them), and then proceeded to load them into the trailer and head to my MIL's to allow them free range grass!

Okay so that wasn't nearly as easy as it sounds. The fence building wasn't difficult, it was just time consuming.

Working cows actually went better than we planned although poor Abug came into the pen the cows had just been in... if you know anything about cows, they poop like crazy.... EVERYWHERE. So poor Abug walked in, tripped and went face down into a pile of poop. Luckily it wasn't face first really, it was waist down... but still... close enough she wasn't impressed. Poor baby!

The next day we actually loaded the cows up and hauled them over. We just ran out of time on Saturday. So that Sunday we called cows up and all came up except the dumb bull. grrrr..... so we all took off on foot and walked who knows how many acres looking for the bull... nowhere to be found. Of course. We got back to the house and the boys decided to saddle up horses while I jumped in the truck with Abug and we headed down to my grandma's to see if he jumped the fence in with her cattle.

When I pulled in, I immediately found him... he was on the other side of the fence from her cows which is weird because we all walked that way. <sigh> Anyway I called hubby and told them to hurry up. What seemed like 30 minutes later, probably not that long, dad, hubby, and Jared came riding through the timber and there was the bull.

Eventually they got him back to the house (it was quite the ordeal... which involved the bull following Jared on our horse KG and hubby and Jared rip tearing across the pasture to get to a gate they left open). About the time we got him back up to the barns, Grady and Deb showed up, perfect timing. It took maybe an hour or so to get all the cows and the bull loaded up and we hauled them off to my MIL's.

Let's just say it was an interesting few days. Now I'm wondering how it will be when we bring them back to the house because Memaw doesn't quite have the round pens we have here.... I guess we'll see. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

2 Years 7 Months

  • You are my little farm girl.
  • You love the movie Frozen and want to watch it multiple times per day (not that you get to which makes you think it's the end of the world)
  • Your second favorite movie is Beauty and the Beast (mommy's favorite) but there are parts in it that scare you and you run and hide (it's rather cute).
  • You love Cinderella even though you've only seen the movie once.
  • It sounds like you watch a lot of tv and most days you don't, but it is winter so sadly some days you do.
  • You love your papa, grandma, memaw, grandma J, sissy, grandeb, grady, jared, karen, and of course your mommy and daddy.
  • Your at the point now when other people are around, mommy doesn't exist, but if mommy leaves, you'll scream for her (makes me feel good that you still want me around!).
  • You'll say you can't take your shoes off and need help, but you're one of the fastest people I know about taking shoes off.
  • You've gotten in to wearing your socks as mittens.
  • Some days you're happy go lucky and other days you cry your head off. I can't ever explain.
  • You have nightmares some days and wake up crying but put yourself back to sleep.
  • Your favorite thing to do is chores with papa.
  • You argue with anyone about whose Aloha she is, whose Memaw she is, and other random things like that.
  • You love pooncakes (pancakes), butter, chicken nuggets (but only from Chik-fil-a), bootsnacks (fruitsnacks), applesauce (but it has to be pink because you like pink)
  • You watch Doc McStuffins so you have to check our hearts and eyes at least once a day and think everyone needs a boon-daid (bandaid)
  • I typically let you sleep as close to 8-9 as I can keep you asleep. You refuse to nap these days although sometimes lose that battle, then we start showering between 7 and 9 depending on the night and settle in. Most nights you fall asleep because you're exhausted, some nights we have to totally ignore you so you will go to sleep. And that sounds way worse than it is... you just feel like you should stay up talking.
  • you are a chatty kathy.
  • If I tell you we're going to go get dressed you think that means you'll wear a dress, every time.

Monday, January 23, 2017

It's time to move some hay

We spent Saturday hauling hay. Why you may ask? Well, cows gotta eat too! All summer long we bale hay to prepare for winter when the grass is bare. That way we can feed our cows through the winter. We baled hay at my Mother-in-laws house this summer and left it there. She doesn't quite just live just down the road, she's more like 12 miles or so so there isn't driving the tractor down to grab a bale here and there. Instead... We borrowed a truck and trailer and while dad loaded one trailer, the other trailer (because we own one....) was hopefully either a) delivering hay to the house or b) on the way back to get reloaded.

We used my truck to haul the tractor to my MIL's house, then took my truck to Deb & Grady's to borrow Grady's truck and their hay trailer so we could move 68 bales a lot faster. It was a good thing too because hubby had his truck and our hay trailer, but I kept finding him "sleeping" on the job. Okay okay, so one time he was fixing our trailer and another time, well I'm not sure what he was doing. I'm pretty sure I hauled more loads of hay than he did, plus I took the truck/trailer home while he was picking up the last load of hay.

Hubby's ball was just put in the truck on Thursday, so it was nice and pretty and new. I was surprised he hadn't tried hauling a trailer with it prior to that, but he managed to hold off until Saturday. And technically I was the first to haul a trailer with his truck because he initially took Grady's truck/trailer and I took ours to my MIL's. I'm trying to rub it in just a little.... think it's working?

And that... was our Saturday 😀.

p.s. hubby was finally able to put his Christmas present to work also... good thing we had it because we no more than made it out the gate at my grandma's and we had a flat tire on the flatbed trailer.....

Boat Show

Every year in Pittsburg there is a boat show and from what I gather, every year our dive shop we dive with goes to attend. They take not only their SCUBA stuff, but also kayaks. Well this year we had a rainy day and didn't have much to do, so we decided to go over and check out the boat show.

We laughed because we beat Deb & Grady there and just walked into the booth and ran it like it was our own 😁. Not many people would know anything different other than I wasn't wearing an ESS shirt, but hubby was. I did have my ESS sweatshirt on though. We joked that wouldn't it be funny if people did that all the time... walk in and just start manning a booth that didn't have anyone in it.

This also was the day that Abug informed us she was ready to dive. Poor girl... you have 8 years... I guess technically 7 1/2 before you can get certified. So we already started planning a trip to Cozumel for her 10th birthday so she can get certified in the Ocean. haha. Leave it to us... plan a trip 7 1/2 years down the road as long as it was a trip to the ocean, right? who's with me?

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Day Trips

Yesterday we went to Kansas City. Why? Just cause pretty much. Karen had things she wanted to return to the Duluth Trading Company store up there and I like to go to Kansas City. I decided while we were there though I needed to twist her arm and go to the Farmer's Market. They have the best Farmer's Market up there. 

Hubby makes the best candied jalapeños and that's the best place to get them. We wound up buying 20# of jalapeños. Luckily we were planning on making jalapeños quickly because we had to take a few that were almost past where we should have been buying them, but hubby wanted 20# and we got him 20#'s.

I also giggled while at Duluth because most of the vehicles in the parking lot were trucks, mine included. 😆

Friday, January 20, 2017

Cake Decorating Day

We had a Cake decorating day! Believe it or not, all these mixers on this counter are mine... Okay, well technically the blue one is my mom's and the gray one is the hubs. The black one is a spare one we have and I don't own one anymore... I sold mine. But still.... They are all mine. They were all transported to Deb's house via my truck. Okay fine... hubby's truck. Geez... lol

It all started with Tracy and me discussing Russian decorating tips and the fact that I took cake decorating classes back in like 2008. Then the day stemmed from there. Back in December she mentioned she heard that I took classes and wondered if I could help her. Of course. Then she said she had Russian tips. I'd never heard of those. Turns out, they are just bigger tips. I can't say I'm totally crazy about them.... but that's just my opinion. From there we decided to get together and play with decorating cakes. But it turned into a party.

Deb heard and volunteered her kitchen to get messy. Hey, no complaints from me. Then Kristi decided she wanted in too. The next day her dad was having an 80th birthday party, so perfect timing for that cake. Bam. Like how we work?

I baked my cake before hand so I wasn't tying up Deb's oven. I went with Pioneer Woman's Chocolate cake that she swears she had to learn to be able to marry her husband. When I got to Deb's house that day, she decided on Red Velvet. Since I was there about an hour to an hour and a half before everyone else, we decided to get hers baked and cooling while we were at it. Kristi showed up and we started working on baking her cake too. She asked if we could make a couple extra small cakes for her to take home for her son so he could decorate one too. I said of course!

Kristi wound up doing a butter cake out of Deb's Betty Crocker cookbook from the 70's. By the way, can I mention now how much I love cookbooks but also older cookbooks. Seriously! Kristi is getting married next month and got side tracked talking to Deb about wedding plans (future mother in law with future daughter in law) so I took over baking Kristi's cake for her... haha.

But I didn't decorate the cake for her... no siree bob, I made her decorate it 😀. I'm nice like that. I'd show her and then let her do it. You learn more by doing anyway 😜. The funny thing was I showed her how to make roses. I made 2, then turned the stuff over to her. She made 2 as well. My first one turned out way runny so I scraped it back into the bowl... so that would lead you to believe we'd have 3 roses for the cake. Well... so you'd think. Somewhere we lost one. We have NO idea what happened to one of the roses. So she had 2.

When Tracy got there, she quickly started in on her cake, she made a chocolate cake, and then decided to make chocolate covered strawberries. Oooooo Fancy.

Turns out in the end, we decided to use a couple of those for Deb's cake decorations.

So I was teaching them how to write with icing. When I was in classes, the teacher told us sometimes to write on our hands because then you could eat the icing... plus it was a blank canvas to write on. Well I'm not a huge icing only fan so I never ate mine, but I did learn and practice writing on my hand. So I was showing them how to write... on my hand. I started with an M. Then showed stars around a Y because I was trying to explain an idea for the cake. I read it as My Stars and if you know me, one of my dogs names is Marlie. I have a tendency to say Oh My Stars Miss Mars, so I went on and it says, My Stars (actual stars) Miss Mars. Isn't that sweet... literally 😝.

Then I ran out of hand so I started in on my arm. I got made fun of for this, but the Chiefs were going to the playoffs the next day so I had to represent.

Kristi's cake.

I wasn't going to decorate mine, but then quickly decided to. We actually ate this at the Playoff's game. Now toward the end I started running out of green icing, then my tip blew out of my bag so I kept pushing icing through the tip with my finger.

And Deb's Masterpiece. No one took a picture of Tracy's....

Abug was there too. She kept herself entertained bouncing around and eating strawberries... or at least the chocolate off the strawberries. Look what we found sitting on the table....

Most of these pictures taken with Tracy's Nikon D3400. She got it for Christmas but didn't know how to use it and didn't seem real interested. Brought it and the traveling backpack she got for it for me to see. She doesn't know me very well... she thought I'd be more interested in the backpack than the camera. She doesn't know me very well at all. I love cameras and took over her camera to take pictures with it. I put it to use 😝, I'm not scared. Plus now I can say I've show with a D3400.

So whenever anyone asks me for camera recommendations... if they want a dSLR, the D3000 series in Nikon is one of my go to suggestions. Easy to use, light weight, and they take great pictures. If you want Canon, then I go to the T#i series (I think they're on 6 now....).

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fried Pie Day

I learned Abug gets her face making abilities from mommy....

So a while back... try last spring, last summer maybe... hubby and I had Karen and Jared over for dinner. I tried to make fried pies and let's just say it was doomed from the start. I told Karen sometime we'd go to my grandma's and have her teach us how. And that's just what we did.

The weather outside was awful, so why not eat pie! I mean do you really need a reason to eat pie? I called Grandma up and got on her schedule. I'm telling you, my grandma is 84 years old and has a more rigorous schedule than I do. Anyway we went down to her house and she showed us the ropes on making Fried pies. Of course not with out the messes of messing up someone else's kitchen. I may or may not have dumped cornstarch slurry all over the counter and Karen may or may not have tried to throw an egg across the kitchen. I have no idea on that one... I was down in the basement getting the apples for the apple fried pies. We made apple fried pies and cherry fried pies. And boy were they yummy!


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