Friday, August 30, 2013

Chicken Coop Wars!!!

Chicken Coop Wars!!!

Oh hubby!!!!  

I need help pulling the weeds out of the chicken coop.....we have company coming this weekend!

Hubby:  "If you wouldn't spoil your chickens so bad then they wouldn't have grass or weeds in their coop!"

Me:  Oh that reminds me....could you pick up some canned corn on your way home tonight?"

The chickens love it..........but get the no salt kind 

and I need eggs....the girls don't feel like laying lately.

Hubby:  mumble, mumble, kentucky fried is what they need to be, mumble, mumble..


Me:  What was that honey?
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Monday, August 26, 2013

I Can Feel It!

I can feel it...................

I can smell it....................

I can't wait to taste it...............

It's right around the corner.................


A change........

You may need some of this.....


leaves start looking like this....


You start cooking like this....


and this....


You make cozy corners....


and watch Alabama football!


You go to a fall festival....


and eat funnel cakes....


Ahhhh.....yes.....


hang in there....

it's almost here...


What are you looking forward to?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Wax On......Wax Off

Well I'm back at the creepy camp with my husband but this time he brought a friend to help him.

What?

I help!

Apparently my yelling out the temperature every ten minutes is not considered "good" help.


So I get put in the back seat of the truck.

That's o.k........I am smart.....I brought my arsenal of books, water, camera and ipad.

So they get out to spray, or grow wheat, or burn or whatever it is that they do....and I just settle back and relax.


Well hello there little grasshopper...(I always think of The Karate Kid when I say grasshopper)


"Patience young grasshopper"


Do you mind if I take some photos of you?

Aren't you a cute grasshopper......(baby talk)...yes you are.....


I mean, how often can I get some really up close photos of a grasshopper?

Ummm......you seem to be staring at me grasshopper......


Waaaaaaa!!!!!!!!


Get off!!!!!!!   Get off!!!!!!


Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

You bit me!! 

  Can grasshoppers bite?


Stupid grasshopper!!!

Oh....you think it's funny do you????

Well let's just ride out together into the sunset....like friends...yeah....friends....


I'd like to introduce you to my chickens when we get home...

Yes....they love to play games....;)

(no grasshoppers were harmed in this story....although I was tempted)

Be Still....





(in honor of our very wet summer........God knows what we need and I will not question it.)



"BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD"
PSALM 46:10
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Judge Not Lest Ye....

As I was sitting outside this morning with my coffee and my Bible it seemed as if God was prompting me to share something on facebook.


So I did...

There was this girl......that I thought I knew sort of.....she got a divorce.....and a part of me judged.....I saw her going and doing......and she had kids (gasp) that she didn't spend every single moment with......I saw her lose weight......of course she is losing weight to attract guys......I saw her laughing and enjoying life.......I also heard all the gossip......look at her.....did she leave him?....she just got bored with him or does she have someone else?....poor ex-husband....then one day we had jury duty together.......we went to lunch......she told me her story......she was putting on a brave face.....she didn't want the divorce......her husband had problems but she doesn't want to talk about her ex badly.....people didn't know about his problem....she lost weight from nerves and trying to act strong for her kids......she went to the beach because her family absolutely made her go (her kids insisted)......she didn't want this life....she knows she hasn't done everything right....she's prayed.....she's cried.....she's worried about her kids.....she's worried about her ex......she talks to God all the time....she knows everyone is talking about her....she has lost good friends.....I am ashamed.....I listened to the gossip.....I didn't know the whole story (most people don't)....I judged....I didn't spend every single moment with my kids......I go and do and enjoy life.....I've not done everything right in my life.....at.....all......my holier than thou self didn't talk about her....but I listened....I didn't reach out to her.....I didn't call and ask her how she was doing and if she needed just to talk to someone...I didn't go to her house and pray with her....I missed the mark.....God doesn't ask me to be her judge......in fact, just the opposite.."Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29 Now I don't believe that I should encourage someone to get a divorce but I should be a compassionate friend and pray for them and be there for them. She couldn't take all the gossip and the judgement from her "Christian" town so she moved way up north. She goes to church in her new town and she takes her kids. She still loves her ex and he loves her. They are working on things. She loves God with all her heart and she is living with his forgiveness and his love and trusting in him every day. She's not perfect and neither am I. This is not anyone that you know........this is everyone that you know......you may be "her" or you may be "me" but we all need each other. "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:32 So please forgive me everyone.....I am a work in progress....I will pray for you if you will pray for me...and we are blessed that we have a merciful and forgiving God.




Well my facebook blew up!

Little did I know how many people would be touched by this.

I didn't know but God did.

Because of all of the honest and heart felt responses I got a whole new understanding of 

judging people when we know nothing about what's going on and about how many people

feel our judgment and how it really affects them.



This lesson may have been put on my heart to share with others

or

it may have been just for me.


Either way....I'm so grateful for the lesson

and 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

He Says.....She Says

Just going to replace a rotten board....they say..

Only take a few minutes.....they say...

Let's build a cedar house.....he says

Cedar never rots.....he says



No, I don't have a magazine addiction.....she says

Yes, I won't have a problem throwing them away....she says


Did you have help moving the t.v. cabinet.....he says

Yes, I had help moving the t.v. cabinet.....she says

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Fairy Godmother was here.....

I really tried to wait until I had a good, sunny day and take great pics of this project but it was not meant to be.

Also, I was so excited when I stumbled upon this treasure I didn't take a before pic.

My husband is a Stihl chainsaw dealer and they had a metal mannequin that you could put Stihl clothing on and he would also hold a Stihl chainsaw.

Well one day I went to the shop and it was sitting out back and I asked hubby if I could have it and he said yes! (jumping up and down clapping hands while squeeling...not him...but me.)

Picture this...


sort of.....

Did I show you step by step what I did?

Nope....

I was running around like Cinderella's mice dressing this thing!

And here she is......

Miss Stihl Magnolia (get it....Steel...Stihl)

I call her Maggie for short....


The girls couldn't wait to check her out!


She sits beside the chicken scratch area.

She has a crow on her shoulder.


 I braided some yarn for her hair and went to the thrift store for her hat and her clothing.

Of course she had to have eggs in her basket.


Next year these beds will hold vegetables, I hope.


It has rained so much here the flowers didn't do very well.

I still have work to do on the beds and between the beds...

if the fairy godmother would just cough up a little more money and time.


So there you have it..maybe next year I will have pumpkins in the garden

for

Miss Stihl Magnolia.

Her chariot awaits...

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hubby's Helper

Well I hope you all had a great weekend.

Mine was pretty good, I'm not going to talk about the evil plague poison oak any more (aren't you glad!)

I'm going to tell you how helpful I can be for my sweet hubby.

Saturday he asked me to go with him to spray some fields at a camp at the river.

Of course being the helpful wife that I am (after gesturing to my you know what on my arms and pouting and getting no sympathy) I said I would go with him.

So after I packed a bag or two (insert hubby eye rolling) we were off.

Not one mile down the road hubby decided (even though we have a perfectly good air conditioner) that we should ride with the windows down.

I'm sure it didn't have anything to do with the Clorox bleach that I had all over my arms for the you know what.


That's fine you are suppose to ride on country roads with your arm hanging out the window anyway.

We get to the creepy camp and he sets up the sprayer on the ranger and away he goes.



What was my job as his helper...you ask?

I was to keep myself and the dogs entertained and out of trouble.


Dogs entertained..........check!

Now let's see what I can do......

I did a little bit of this....

And a little bit of this.....

And a little bit of this....

And a little bit of this....

And a little bit of this....


And my most important job was when hubby would come back to refill the sprayer I would yell

"It's 93 degrees even in the shade!!!!"


I know he appreciated knowing that information.

I help when I can....:)


Plus I needed to make sure that he knew that I was hot

....and not in the sexy way....

as you can tell by the fat rolls and the slicked back hair.

And then I decided after finding a bottle of nail polish in my bag that I would paint my awful toenails.

And since I had nothing but time I was able to layer on many coats.

Now are you screaming at the computer screen ?(you know, like you do in horror movies)

"DON'T  DO IT!!"

Did you know there is a reason you have manicures and pedicures in air conditioned buildings?

Um hmm.....yep....


that stuff melted right off my toes!

And then just before I had a melt down myself, hubby showed up and said let's go.

And then we passed by the beautiful pastures...



And stress just melted away (like my pedicure).

We went over the bridge across the creek...


the dogs were so happy to feel a breeze...


And right after we passed the view of the river I said to hubby....

"oh can we turn around and let me take a picture of the river?"

(I'm always thinking of y'all)

Well as he tried to swing around we slid into a huge hole and got stuck!


 We lost a little bit of our peace as he tried to get out and then we broke something under the truck.

I meekly said

"do you want me to push?"

The truck ran hot.....and hubby may have also....

but we eventually got out and headed on home.
(sorry...no river pic)


All was well again in our little world and another typical day in the country was behind us.

(except that I have to help him put in a  new drive shaft tomorrow evening...yuck!)

I'm so glad I was there to help dear hubby......I'm sure he was too....:))))))
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