Monday, August 1, 2016


It was a great weekend of relaxation, we didn't do much.  We went Kayaking on Saturday and Saturday night we took the kids to see Spam Alot at the local performing arts theater.  Then Sunday we put up some broccoli, and cauliflower.  Pretty much spent the rest of the day just sitting and relaxing.  The rain put the ca-bosh on doing anything outside.

The lake we went Kayaking on was way too habit-ed,  One side was lined with houses and the other side nothing, and then it was over grown with too many weeds.  Next week, we are hoping to go some where, that don't have houses and more wild life!

Kayaking is the hubby's and my new hobby to do together, where we can spend some quality time together.  If I had two horses that were trust worthy not to pitch someone off, I would love to try to get him to do that.  Alas, I have only one horse that I would trust to not pitch us off.  The hubby says he can't afford to end up in the hospital. (I agree, he makes the big bucks ;=)   )  

Summer is fast approaching its end, that is for sure.  We still have hay to bring in and wood to cut.  It will get done, in the nick of time, that is.

Hope you are having a great summer.

Monday, July 25, 2016


As you all know and experience, the summer has been going pretty fast.  I have been busy, getting used to my job, trying to get Sirocco where I feel safe enough to ride him, doing engine shows, and just doing the normal stuff, that is done during the summer months.

1.  My job is doing great, I got a raise and I will be starting to work all week this week.  I could of stayed as part time, but as everyone knows times are tough and you need to make all the money that is possible to be able to do the fun stuff you want. (like horses and engines)

2.  I have ridden Sirocco a few times, but we have been working a lot from the ground, I have been trying to get Annie back into shape for riding, she is 22 years old and we don't ride her all that much.  So, I decided that until I can get Sirocco where I need him, I will ride Annie and get some major riding time in.  I really need to get her going first, she has lost a lot of muscle, and I have had some trouble trying to keep the weight on her, she seems to have the squirts a lot, and I don't mean diarrhea, her manure seems to be OK, but every so often she squirts and I have started to give her pro-bios, and it seems to work for the most part, but she still has it.  So, I have been doing some ground work to get her back in shape to ride.

3.  The guys did  a couple of engine shows, and they went well, we haven't decided if we will do more this year or not.  We were going to do the fair this year again, but nothing has really been decided on that.  It takes a whole week of missing work, and at this point the hubby has taken all his vacation and, of course, work has been slow and that doesn't help at all.

4. Last but not least, we have been doing the normal things, that need to be done on the farm, and then of course, we go and do fun things.  Like Saturday, the hubby and I went Kayaking and just spent the day to ourselves, the first one in a very long time!  I think next week-end  needs to be another day like that!  The guys worked on repairing my run in shed for the horses and finished it enough so that the horses can use it for now.  It still needs work, but we can now let the horses in it.

Hope you have a great week.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

It has been a pretty busy spring and summer.   The guys have been getting engines  up and running for the engine shows this year.  I have been working and trying to get Sirocco and I, so, that we can enjoy our time together without fear and anxiety.   Work is going great, have been busy learning the job.   I have also started going to the gym to work out and try to build up a little muscle.  The last time I lunged Sirocco he pulled the rope out of my hands and I went down to the ground and pulled lots of muscles, that is when I decided that I had to get myself back into shape!  I have been doing way too much sitting.   A job that requires you sitting most of the time doesn't help any!

My sister and mother are coming for a week long visit from Illinois, this week.  I now have to try to get the house clean enough, so that they are comfortable.  I have had my sisters son, (my nephew) out for the last couple of months.  It has been great having him here!   So, needless to say the next week is going to be a busy one.  We are hoping to be able to take out the boat for the first time this weekend.

We repainted our back deck, now we have a great place out back.  The porch and the patio are one of the best features of the whole house!  I think, if I could, I would move outside on the porch.  :)

Hope you are having a great week.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

frog crossing

Kyle, my nephew, is staying with us this summer.  I gave him a few things to do for me to earn some money, one of things was to make a rock climb, so that the frogs can get up into the pond.   I miss not seeing frogs.  We want to get the pond back into the ground, but it is going to take some time.  We have so much other things that need to get done first.

The horse shed needs some repairs, the horses are locked out until it is fixed.  Then we need to get hay done.  Still working on getting engines ready for shows this summer, and we have a leak in the dining room.  We are going to do a patch job for now and think hard about replacing the addition with a new and wider one, so that we can move the kitchen.  I don't think we are really up to spending 50 to 70 grand to replace it though.  Decisions, decisions.

Monday, June 6, 2016

I'm back!

Now that there is a little more going on in my life, I thought it would be a good time to come back to blogging.  Here is one of my favorite things about summer, and that is the hummers!  I love to watch them.  I have four feeders out on the patio. 

My job is going great!  I actually like going to work in the morning, instead of dreading getting up and having to go to work. 

I have a girl that comes and works with Sirocco and I.  I love her, she is a great young lady.  I feel comfortable.  So, she is working with both of us.  I hope to be confident enough to do some trail riding before the end of summer.  I have to work on my riding skills again.  I plan on taking Annie, my 22 year old and do some bareback riding to get my seat back up to par, and plus get her back into shape again. 

We have been doing a lot of work on the back porch and patio.  Looks great and I love to sit and have a glass of wine after work by the pond. (which is now a stock tank that is above ground for now.

Hope you have a great week.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The famous lake

 Yes, I am blogging, the hubby begged me to blog.  He has been disappointed, that I have not kept up with the blog.  He says it  is the only way, that he can connect with me when he is gone.  So, I said I would blog but it would only be a few days a week.

A couple of months ago, we went on an all day drive and ended up in Lake Placid.  It sure was a beautiful ride.   The mountains look a lot larger the further north you go in New York.  These are just a few pictures, that we took while we were there.  I will post more tomorrow.

The new job is going great, I still really like it.  The people I work with are great, it is a nice relaxing atmosphere.   I am not working full time, which is nice.  It gives me time to do the things, that I need to do at home.  I am still getting used to working outside the home though, which takes getting used to.  I seem to be too tired to really do much of any thing else, when I get home.

I have put the weaving on the back burner, I hope to get back in the groove soon.  I really need to keep up with the weaving end of things.  I also, want to get back to riding the horses, that has also been neglected.  

I have found that it is still hard to get over the fear of riding, even though, I know that my horses are trained enough, that I should have no problems riding.  I want to always come up with excuses not to spend time with the horses.  Rain, cold, is Sirocco really trust worthy for me to ride him yet, not having someone around in case I fall, you name it, I think of an excuse.  I have even thought about getting rid of  them.  What is the sense of having them if I don't ride.  I do have a girl that is going to come over to my house and work with me and Sirocco.  So, hopefully things will progress past my fear.  Sirocco has had a lot of training done the past couple of years.   It has been away from my house, and it seems like when he comes home, it is a whole new ball game!

So, other than that, things are pretty much the same here on the farm.  Hope you have a great night.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


This is in front of the American Pickers shop in Le Clair, Iowa.  The shop was a disappointment, too many souvenirs and not enough antiques.

I am taking a break from blogging, as you can already tell, I haven't been blogging much.  I find that I really don't have all that much to share, and I have gotten lazy in the picture taking end of it.  So, I am leaving for a while.  When and if I have something to share, I will post.   I hope you all have a wonderful spring and summer.  I will be keeping up with the ones that are on facebook.  My husband is a little disappointed that I don't blog.  When he is away from home, he likes to see what is going on at home.  Sorry, dear, but I just don't feel up to posting much.

You all take care, and I will be back to posting once in a while.  With the new job and changes that have been going on, I don't get on the computer all that much.  Take care!