Friday, April 27, 2012

Late Rural Thursday post

     Not much going on today.  Was spending the morning playing my game on FB and now going to vacuum the den and get ready for Preston this afternoon.  Had my routine Dr.'s appointment yesterday and all the labs came back looking great.  So no return for 3 months.  I was also pleased to see I have lost over 30lbs since my last visit, so cutting back on the calories is working.  I really hope it continues to work. 
     I missed my Rural Thursday entry yesterday.  With my doctor's appt. I got busy and didn't even get on the pc.  So will add it today.  Below is a picture of a big part of what Oklahoma is all about.  I'm sure you can easily guess what it is by looking at it. *smiles*

     Yep it's an oil well rig.  We had two wells on our property, but the water well that was dug to increase the oil production is now on the northside of the farm and belongs to our northern neighbor.  The oil well on this side is just below our house.  The pump is on a timer now so does not constantly pump oil as it use to.  The money earned of course goes to JD's parents and they will I am sure divide the dividends somehow when they both have passed away.  But at one time you could see oil digging rigs like above all over the state.  Although they still do a lot of drilling it is not as much as it use to be.  Still this state plays a large part of the oil and gas industry.  I don't know of anyone who would not allow drilling to be done on their property because they do a great job of being very good at conserving the land around it.  Also the money dividends aren't overlooked, lol..  They also maintain the sites and roads that they use so it doesn't effect the owner.  Pipelines are well marked too.  So a hugh part of the states industry also effects it's rural people as it does those that live in the cities and towns throughout the state.
     Will have more to share next thrusday on the rural life here where I live.  If you would like to join the Rural Thursday group.  Please join Here at my friend Nancy's blog.  Till next time.....

     Life is all memory except for the one present moment that goes by so quickly
     you can hardly catch it going.
                                                                                     -- Tennessee Williams

Love and Hugs,

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A free Day

     Seems that I have the day free from picking up Preston.  His dad is working the day shift today and will be able to pick him up from school.  So what to do with this free day.  Well I need to vacuum the kitchen and den and I found a perfect size box to house Curly's toys so they won't be scatterd all over the floor, or at least for awhile before he starts taking them out to play with. lol...  I didn't sleep well, waking up about 3:30am this morning.  So I'm sure a nice long nap is in the works too. 
     When going to pick up Preston yesterday I was able to get a few pictures to share.  This is Jenny, our horse.  She was standing right at the cattle guard where we go off the property.  I continually pray that she doesn't discover how to get across it, both her or the cattle as I'd be unable to get them back in.  When JD is at work there is no one that could help so they would be left free to wander until he got off and could round them up.  It's happened before and they usually don't wander far off, which is a blessing. 

Jenny is pretty tubby, but it's because no one rides her and she is free to eat, eat, eat.  lol

She is very gentle and came right up to my window in hopes of a treat, I need to start
carrying some sugar cubes in the car to give her.  She loves her nose to be rubbed.

The road going up to our house,  Trees are sparse here in the country,  Most farms have patches of tree groves here and there, but most the last is for grazing or planting.  I miss having lots of trees around. 

One terrace in the east field has a lot of yellow wild flowers blooming.  They won't be there long so am glad I got a picture of them.  Not many flowers are around, just grass and weeds that the cattle like to eat, and Jenny too. 

     Will share more.  Saw several old barns and houses along the road to the school that I want to get pictures of.  Where we live in the mid area of Oklahoma is the beginning of the plains.  It's hilly as you can see and the farmers plow the land in terraces to keep the soil from blowing and running off.  It's so much different than eastern Oklahoma where the country is loaded with lots of trees.  In the fall it's really pretty to drive over in that part of the state.  The towns also have a lot of  trees for beauty and shade.  It's those of us who live in the country that have rather a bland look of the land.  But the wheat and cattle that is raised are very important to the people and our country.  JD's grandpa was a dairy farmer and a lot of the farms around us where the same, but many have shut down due to the larger dairy conglomerates that do most of the milking.  The huge dairy farm around here is Braum's.  The produce milk and many other milk product and sell them in stores.  They also have fast food stores that sell their ice cream and all kind of food from hamburgers to chicken.  I particularly like their breakfast items.  Biscuits with bacon, egg cheese, also sausage biscuits or biscuits and gravy.  It's nice but kind of a shame that they put the small dairy farmers out of business.  We have 80 acres here and we mostly run a few head of cattle.  JD would love to be able to do more, but it's not big enough to make a living off of and working a full time job, doesn't give him any time to do anything else.  The farm was 160 acres at one time, but when Grandpa died it went to JD's mom and her brother who got the other 80 acres and it was sold to the farmer just north of us when his uncle died.  JD is to inherit the farm and the buildings when his mom passes, as his dad passed away last year.  What we will do is yet to be determined, but the family, all the kids want to keep the farm in the family.  So it will pass on to our children when we die.  I pray that will be some time in the far future. *smiles* 
     So that is a bit of history of our home I'm glad to share with you.  I will share more pictures as I get them taken.  I do re size the pictures to post, I hope they are big enough so you can see them well enough.  If they need to be bigger I would appreciate someone telling me and I'll try to make them bigger while keeping within the confines of the page. 
    I hope you have a great day.  Till next time......

                                Happiness depends upon ourselves.
                                                                  -- Aristotle

Love and Hugs

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

After school pick up

     Today and tomorrow I am picking Preston up from school and keeping him till Emily gets off work.  Which means I have the car for the day.  I took a short drive this morning and got some pictures to share later.  A fellow blogger lives rurally like I do and loves to take pictures of her area and rural things to share.  She is sharing pictures of old barns right now.  There are many around here that I hope to get pictures of to share along with her.  If you want to get technical I suppose we are called a ranch since we have cattle and raise a few over the years.  We also have one horse that JD bought in hopes the grandchildren would come to ride.  Well Madison has her own horse now that her other grand parents got her.  That leaves Preston who loves the horse but is scared to ride her right now.  We're in hopes that later on he'll want to.  Emily use to love to ride and we've always had a horse and at times more than one out here.  I would love to see her start riding again, but she is always so busy and has lots of things to do on the week-ends so she still never rides.  I told JD that Jenny, the horse's name thanks to Preston, lol  will get to where she won't let anyone ride her if she is not ridden.  Oh well, she has plenty of room to feed and roam so she is no trouble to keep. 
     I myself love horses and at one time years ago did a bit of riding myself.  My sister in law had a horse we kept out here and she was so gentle that she was the one I rode a lot for a few years.  I never became good at riding and I didn't mind just walking slowly along and enjoying being out on Star.  I would of loved to have galloped or run her, but in truth I was always to afraid.  Being raised a city girl, I never was brave enough to do much when riding.  JD had a cousin who lived with us for awhile and then here in town, so she bought her own horse.  We use to love to talk and dream about setting up a place out here to stable horses, but it really wasn't possible.  It was just one of those fun dreams to talk about and wish for.  I went back to work once both kids were in school and there was never time to even dream about it.  My love of horses remains though and I love seeing movies or pictures of this awesome creature.  A recent movie about a horse that I highly recommend is "War Horse"  it's a beautiful filmed movie about a horse, his owner and what they both go through during WWI when his horse was commandeered for the army.  Very moving and thank goodness with a happy ending.  lol.  That is all I'll give away for those who haven't seen it.
     Well I have some chores to do before I go get Preston, and I want to make some blog visits too.  Till next time....

          It was only a sunny smile.
          And little it cost in the giving.
          But like morning light, it scattered the night,
          And made the day worth living.

Love and Hugs,

Monday, April 23, 2012

Beginning Monday

My Entry
April 23rd, 2012

Outside my window......The Sky is Blue and the Sun is shining!!

I am thinking...How it is such a beautiful day and I am sitting here wishing there was something special to do

I am thankful....That I am alive and living another day.

In the Kitchen.....I need to clean up the counters today.

I am wearing..... A navy blue summer dress that is new and not exactly what I expected, but will do.

I am creating.....a new beautiful shawl

I am where today.  Rest of the week will be busy picking up Preston after school and Thurs. a doctor's appt. for me.

I am wondering....about nothing in particular

I am reading..... no book at this time, need to find a book to read, any suggestions would be helpful from my friends?

I am hoping....That our country comes around finally to some good common sense and start to work out some of the country's biggest problems.

I am looking forward visiting my blog friends.

I am learning....To be more patient.

Around the house....Curly's toys are to be found everywhere!!

I am pondering.....What I was thinking when agreeing to get a puppy again, lol

A favorite quote for today.....Books and Friends should be few, but good.  -anon-

One of my favorite things.....Looking over past pictures and tapes of my children as they grew up.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Keeping Preston occupied when he comes here after school and a chance to talk to my doctor about a few things on my mind.

A peek into my day....Would be watching me enjoy the computer and watching some good old past shows on tv, ie: The Waltons, Golden Girls, etc...

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Week-end

     Our week-ends are usually quiet here.  JD works all day on Saturday and half a day on Sundays.  Tomorrow though will be busy.  Emily is coming out with Preston, we will be cleaning out the living room (lots of old baby toys of Preston's) and her old bedroom.  She was given a Single bed and we are going to set it up for when Preston comes to spend the nights.  Right now we bought a camping cot for him to sleep on.  I doubt he sleeps in the bedroom, lol  he likes to fall asleep with the tv on and then I turn it off and go to bed myself.  We'll see as it took Emily a long time before she adjusted to sleeping in her room when growing up.  She would wake up scared and come into our room and lay down on a pallet next to my side of the bed.  This went on for a good year, maybe more before she sleep all night in her own room.  Besides sleeping in a new place can be a bit scary at times especially for a child. 
     Went to blogthings to check out some of the quizzes,  I couldn't find to many I was interested in.  I did take the one that told me what foreign language I should learn and it came out I should learn Japanese!  Odd that is one country I have no interest in visiting.  My dream place to travel would be New Zealand or Australia.  I really am sure I would love the people, the country and the culture.  I also would like to travel around Europe and see some of the wonderful sites that I have seen in pictures and read about.  That kind of travel though is something we will never be able to afford.  But I do enjoy the Travel channel and the National Geographic channels to see all the beautiful countries that they visit.  You have to admit that movies and tv had been able to bring a lot to us especially in seeing and viewing the amazing sites around the world. 
     Not much else to chatter about this time.  I found a couple of blog friends and some new since I came back to blogging.  I am so grateful for the new friendships.  It has made me very happy as as it says in the Psalms......"The joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days."  Till next time.....

Love and Hugs..

Friday, April 20, 2012

A Legend of my Time

     In the words of Barry Manilow, from ET, "I can't believe Dick Clark is dead".  When I heard it I echoed the very same words.  Ever since I can remember Dick Clark has been a big part of my life.  Bandstand was the in show during the 50"s and my pre-teens.  I have been a big fan and watched it all through the years until it ended.  I cried when it ended to as it was like losing a best friend.  I have loved to dance every since I was little, took dancing classes all my young life until I graduated from high school.  I remember vividly the afternoons and evenings spent with my girl friends going over the dances we saw on bandstand learning every move so we could do them as well.  The only downside was I was always the boy in learning the dances so when it came time to actually dance with a boy I often tried to lead, lol.
     I have been watching all the entertainment news shows and I think to myself, gosh I've seen everyone of the stars he highlighted on his show even the first one, Jerry Lee Lewis.  If that doesn't age me, then nothing does.  I too always thought of him as the youngest teenager and that he never would age!  I guess the first time I finally admitted that he was old was the first time I saw him after his stroke.  You also realize your humanity when all the people you knew either personally or famous have died.  The music I grew up with is so much different than what is playing now, yet Dick Clark was able to help me appreciate all the changes and styles.  I pray he is in total peace now, playing the turn tables of God for God's glory!  Rest in peace my dear friend of many many years.

     Very little has been happening in my world.  I had Preston several days this week as his Daddy started a new job working nights and so we would pick him up.  While here I have downloaded many google apps of games for him to play so he pretty much takes over my computer while he is here. *smiles*  That is ok.  Then a game I play on Facebook takes up quite a bit of my time to play and catch up on it every day.  Then there is my old excuse, I have nothing to write about of interest everyday.  So I was reading this blog I enjoy That gave a list of things to blog about.  I copied and made a file of the list in order to hopefully use it.  I also want to start participating the the Simple Woman's Daybook.  Since most of the blogs I know post theirs on Monday's I will probably do the same, although I won't start a separate blog for it.  I'll will continue to post here.  So I will be posting more and I have set it to be the first thing I do when I get up and woken up for the day.  So that about covers's it for this time.  Till next time I found this proverb I enjoyed and will share for today.

     Wood may remain ten years in the water,  but it will never become a crocodile. lol
                                                                                     -- Congolese proverb

Love and Hugs!!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Stormy Week-end

     Not much to post about since my last one.  We were in a very Tornado storm watch week-end and so I didn't even get online to much due to that lighting, thunder and hail.  We had some pretty good hits of the rain and such, but luckily no tornado's here.  The town that was hit the worst and on TV news was Woodward, Ok.   It is way up in the Northwest part of the state and not far from the start of the panhandle.  I'm very familiar with Woodward as when we live in Seiling we were only about 30+ miles away from it.  We did a lot of our shopping up there as Seiling was pretty small and not many stores to choose from.  While we lived their our neighbor and friend who built our house for us also opened up a second grocery store.  We thought we were big time then. lol. 
     My memories of the years we lived up in the northwest part of the state are nothing but great ones.  I made many good friends there and we also had our first and only built for us home there.  Also both of my children, Cliff and Emily, were born in the small hospital there.  I loved my doctor and the nursing staff so much.  It also is the place where I Began my nursing career in medicine as a nurse aide at the local nursing home.  It was were I learned my calling for elder care nursing.  I did go on to become a licensed practical nurse, but never made it to get my RN, which I had always hoped to get.  I was happy with where my career went and have no regrets, except I wish they would of had more of the newer ways to lift and care for the elderly so I wouldn't be in the shape I am now.  Knees blown out and a back that can never be repaired to be normal again.  I truly have no regrets though, I am receiving disability and I am still able to walk a little though not far and that is what counts.  I truly hope that I never had to be in a wheel chair, but if it happens I know it was meant to be.  At 64 I have no desire to face a lot of surgeries that may or may not work or help.  God will direct my path and I know with faith that I'll have a good and happy life ahead.
     While the storms were about I watched TV when it was on and worked on my crocheting.  So that is how my world turned over the week-end.  I hope you all had a great week-end and were safe.  Till next time think on this.......

      A flower falls even though we love it.
      A weed grows eve though we don't love it.

Love and Hugs!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spring - Rain and Storms

     I sure miss the sun lately, in the past 2 weeks it has only shown for a bit on just maybe 3 or 4 days.  This dreary weather is good for the earth and the growing of trees, plants and flowers, but it does nothing for my mood.  As hard as I try I can't seem to not let it make me a bit depressed, then to top it off with other problems well it really is hard to fight off the sad and maddening mood that comes over me.  But I am trying and always will.  Being sad and upset just really makes me feel much worse.  How does it effect you? 
     Yesterday I took Curly outside on leash, otherwise he'd take off and would be just to hard for me to catch.  Our new outside dog, Blue, was here of course.  He has a wonderful disposition and stays up around the house so well.  If he wanders any, it must be at night when we are asleep.  Due to his size and build though I don't worry about him running into any coyotes, for he could certainly take them on.  I posted one of the pictures on FB telling family and friends and two family members say he looks like he has blue heeler in him and coon dog traits.  One sister in law said he looked iike her Tucker who is a Blue Tick Coon dog.  What ever that is, *smiles*.  Anyway I wanted to share them here with my blogging friends too.

Blue guarding the door and Curly wanting him to play.  lol you can see how Curly's tail curls up over his back real well and lets his hind-end show!

This shows Blue's size well and his all blue=white tail.  I have no idea what he weighs, but I do know it's a lot and he is strong.

     My daughter in law shared a new picture of her and the kids so I wanted to share it here.  Eli looks just like my son Cliff at that age and Madison looks so much like her beautiful mom Valarie.  They are growing up to fast!

Maybe one day soon they'll share a picture of Cliff and the kids *smile*

     JD is off today and running around.  It says it is 63 outside, but I am cold.  The wind is blowing pretty hard though and that always makes it feel colder than it is.  Not to sure what the rest of the day holds for me.  I am working on a prayer shawl that I'm doing with string and using the filet stitch to put a rose on it with the crocheting.  I can see it's going to be really lovely.  Not sure when I'll finish it, just working on it bits at a time each day.  The pattern is beginning to show up though so it makes me anixous to get it done.  If any of you my friends would love a shawl just let me know.  I love making them and they need homes.  Just tell me in the comments if you'd like one.  I'll get a picture of this one when I finish it.  It doesn't have to be a prayer shawl either.  There are some lovely ones that aren't and I would love to make them too. 

     That about covers the news in my world for today, well at least so far.  Let me leave you with this......

     Life has not taught me to expect nothing, but she hastaught me not to expect success to be the inevitable resure of my endevors.
                                                                                       -- Alan Paton

Love and Hugs,

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


   I'm sorry I haven't posted in quite sometime.  Losing my doxie Buddy was just so hard on me and then I dove right in getting an 8 week puppy which has been so hard.  He is taking up so much time and then I get so tired and just can't seem to get in here to the computer.  In fact I just haven't had the desire for awhile.  Things are getting better though so maybe in a month or so he'll calm down a bit and not require so much attention.  He is doing so well in the potty training except for his pooping.  He just does it in the house and when I take him out he just won't do it.  He waits it seems till he is inside.  Luckily he doesn't have loose stools and the clean up is not hard,  just time consuming.  lol.  Then he has tons of toys to chew on, but he prefers to play with me, getting into tussles and actually nipping to much at my hands.  So far no serious scratches, but boy his little teeth are so sharp!  We named him Curly because his tail curls up over his back.  He has the definite look of a Terrier, the Yorkshire, but his hair is not long and his has a beard around his little face, but it's not thick and kind of hard to see in pictures.  I haven't had much success getting to many pictures cause he is always on the move, lol.  Marge wanted to see a pic and though I posted this before I will do it again and I have one of him playing with his rope.  He will run after his toys, but as yet doesn't understand to bring them back to me to throw them again or play tug of war, which is his favorite. 


My little Curly or sometimes I call him Curly Top. 

     As you can probably imagine me den is a mess,  I could vacuum every hour to keep up with him and his chewing things he finds that I have to take away.  I just hope to be able to break him of the habit so he doesn't become the destructor that Buddy was, lol...

     Preston has been here quite a bit due to teachers meetings and etc.  Which is fine as I will be keeping him during the summer.  We went in with his mom and dad and got him a bigger bike for his birthday and then his old bike, which is in good shape is out here so he'll have it to ride this summer.  I'll have to show him how to tie Curly to the handle bars so he can take him with him at times.  Then JD has a new outside dog named Blue.  He isn't a pure breed heeler but that is the dominate breed in him and he is big and so stocky.  I am having to teach him to stay at arms length from me because one good bump and he'll knock me down.  He is as sweet as he can be though, a very gentle nature and loves to be petted and sit practically on top of you, lol.. At first Curly tried to engage him in some very strong frisky play.  Blue would just put up with him and then one back and snip and Curly is out of there, lol.   He loves to chase him and run with Blue, but Blue is very laid back and stays up around the house all the time real well.  Curly, well I have to keep him on a leash or he take off for who knows where, lol.  So as you can tell I have my hands full with dogs for the moment.  I just keep telling myself it will all turn out for the best in time.

     Last Friday they celebrated Preston's Birthday at school and also had an egg dyeing and hunt for Easter.  Here are a couple of pics that Emily shared with me.  I can't believe how fast they grow.

The Birthday Boy!

Mom and Son dyeing Easter eggs

     I will be around visiting.  Thank you everyone for stopping by.  I am back now and hopefully will be able to post more often again and visit.  I miss it, but I just felt sore, tired and worn out every evening to even eat.  Not sleeping well either.  Seems my mind need to just keep working when I am trying so hard to relax and sleep.  I often need something to motivate me to get up and get busy doing.  I ran across this Chinese rhyme that got me to thinking. *smiles*
     This one makes a net, this one stands
       and wishes.
     Would you like to make a bet which
       one gets the fishes?

Catch you all later, till then.........

Love and Hugs,
Nancze & Preston

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Puppy Mom

     Oh the joys of raising and teaching a new puppy the rules, lol.  It's pretty wild around here now, but one thing I appreciate is that he likes to take several naps for a nice length of time.  I need to vacuum as I haven't for a few days due to needing some new bags.  I wonder how he will do with it.  I'm sure he'll bark at it, but I hope he doesn't the whole time and gets use to it.  We gave him his first of two parvo shots today and he didn't mind it one bit.  I use frontline for ticks and fleas and can use it on him, which is good that he is old enough to apply it.  I gather the ticks will be bad this year as will the mosquito's.  I need to get to Wal Marts and get him a good supply of toys.  He loves my old house shoes, and the toys we've gotten so far, but he doesn't have that one yet that will keep his attention for more than 5 minutes.  He goes from one thing to another and then is on the hunt to find something else to chew and play with.  I feel mean taking his found treasures away from him, but he will learn eventually that his toys are his and my stuff is mine, lol. 
     He loves to be outside and just sniffs and has his little nose in the grass all the time.  Was fine till he found a dead mouse and just keep rubbing and rubbing all over it.  Bath time, and he wasn't to happy, but hope he'll get use to it in time.  It's wearing on me though to be constantly looking to see where he is and what he is into.  If I don't see him I know he is checking out things and might get into something he shouldn't.  That is usually the case, lol.  Nights are good though.  When I am ready for bed I turn off the tv and he lets me pick him up easily and put him in his cage.  I love that he is quiet all night until I am up and ready to let him out.  Having a pup that doesn't cry all night is a real blessing :-)
      So that is how my world is revolving these days.  Hope yours is going well.  Till next time.

Love and Hugs,

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Busy and Dealing with Tragedy

     I'm sorry I've been absent for quite some time and my thanks to friends who have stopped by and asked about me.  About a week and a half ago it was Spring break.  We had Preston a couple of days and JD took him to a Train Museum which was a whole day.  They had a blast and I have a few pictures to share in another post.  It was a busy week and though I felt good I had times I wasn't but it seemed that I managed to stay very busy.  Then one night tragedy hit.  JD had taken Buddy my beloved doxie out to do his thing.  JD had come back in for a few seconds, I can't even remember what for, but went back out.  During that short time something had happened.  He called and called and Buddy didn't come.  That is very unusual.  Also he never went out of areas I trained him to stay in when he was out.  He was always within sight.  JD came in and looked thinking that Buddy might of snuck back in, but I told him no.  So he went out again and called and so did I.  It was the strangest feeling being so quiet for one as he was always barking at something.  We eventually gave up and came back inside and I just had this horrible gut feeling.  Some how we managed to go to bed for the night.  Although JD told me he couldn't sleep well and even got up late in the early morning hours and went outside to call and look for him again. 
     When I got up JD said that we won't find Buddy.  He had went out when it was light to look and out by the barn and in an area the outside light didn't show he found a bunch of tracks and some blood.  We had been seeing coyotes around and JD had been carrying a shot gun in the truck if needed.  Seen we've lived here when have only lost 2 calves to coyotes in the last 20+ years, but you always need to be prepared.  We also have been hearing that wild pigs are now showing up in this part of the country.  In my heart I knew he was right, yet it seem so unreal.  My heart just was sick and has been because it was hard to picture in my mind what had happened.  His back problems were so much better but he was slower in running and tired out quickly.  It still pains me to think of what happened when he went to see what was there and then to be attacked. 
     He had been through so much in his 8 years, the attack by one of our outside dogs 4 or 5 years ago when my sil and a vet friend of hers said not to expect him to live.  Yet he did and even the vet said he was a miracle dog.  To me he was that and so much more.  Then since Jan. and 6 weeks of confinement in a special bed we made for him he came back almost 100% to being his old self.  He even could sit up again, but we made him stop that.  Doxies are prone to have serious back problems with those long little bodies.  But with confinement and time sometimes they come back without having to have surgery.  It's very expensive surgery too, which I knew we really couldn't afford. 
     I will miss my little Buddy more than words can express.  He was my constant companion and that was like a life saver for me since I can't get out much.  He didn't like to be held much, but every now and then I could pick him up and he would just lie in my arms letting me pet and kiss on him.  Like he knew I needed that extra lovin' and he did too.  He was always by my side, lying on my feet most of the time.  He like to play and chew, much to my dismay, lol...  He ruined a lot of things around here, but he was just so sweet and lovable that it was hard to stay mad and upset with him.  His constant love and devotion to me made up for any of the bad things he did.  Buddy I will miss you so much!  Even JD misses him a lot.  He had grown very attach to him over the years.  Since we moved out here on the farm I've not had the best luck keeping a little dog.  Something always seemed to happen.  Buddy was with me for 8 wonderful years.  I would of loved many more, but I guess it just wasn't to be.  May you be happy my little sweetheart at rainbow bridge till the day we meet again! 

The day I got Buddy, a Birthday gift
from my sister-in-law Becky.  He was
just precious then as he was 8 years

       Knowing I am not happy without a dog to love and care for.  I had help from my daughter and a dear sweet friend of hers, Lindy.  Lindy knew of this little puppy that was looking for a home.  He was left at a groomer's she used and the sign said free to a good home.   He was going to be a small dog and seem to fit the bill for what I wanted and liked.  So I said yes if he was still available.  I know it seemed soon after my loss but I know Buddy wouldn't of minded my getting another little one to care for.  So Curly, named by JD came into our lives.

     We are not sure of his exact breed but I see a lot of terrier in him with maybe some chihuahua.  The fur around his face is not as long and thick as in some terriers, also his little tail is long and curls up over his back.  He is a mix for sure, lol.  Also he is about 2 months old so I have had my hands full keeping him busy for he is still in the playing and biting stage.  He is crate trained though and does very well at night.  He goes right in, might bark once or twice but settles right down and is quiet all night.  He will potty outside except for pooping,  We are working on that, but so far no real luck.  All I can say is that at least they aren't runny and easy to clean up and he seems to have found one place to do it, so it's easy for me to clean up.  lol   He is a handful.  He needs training on the lease to.  And I'm glad it's warm weather where I can be outside with him.  I am trying to teach him as I did Buddy that he can only go so far.  So far it is working when he is with me.  When JD takes him out he ventures a bit farther, but JD can chase him down easier than me when it's time to come back in.  I use treats to get him to come in and so far it's doing great to get him back on the porch.
     So this is what I have been up to.  I am emotionally worn out from Buddy's loss.  I still have him on my mind so much and have even called Curly Buddy several times.  I know in time the pain will ease and soon Curly will be as good a companion as Buddy was.  But Buddy will always hold a special place in my heart.  I thank God for good memories, and the time he allows me to love each of my little friends.

Love and Hugs,

Monday, March 19, 2012

Storms go away

     Tomorrow is the first day of Spring, but it's been working on it here for a few weeks.  Today we've had our first big rain with lighting and thunder.  Most of it has passed for the moment and so I thought I would get in here and post.  I know I haven't for a couple of days, but nothing big or truly exciting has happened to post about.  I got out all my crochet items and began a shawl.  When it gets a bit further along I'll take a pic of it.  It's a light blue so I think it's going to be very pretty. 
     This week is spring break for the schools.  I'll be keeping Preston the next 4 days so I hope I have time to post something, lol.  Might be the evening time before I do.  I'm trying to think of some things we can do together instead of just watching tv.  He loves to play with his little cars, but I have problems getting down on the floor to play with him.  Buddy will help to keep him entertained too. *smiles*  Preston has a noticeable scar on his left eyebrow from Buddy.  The only time Buddy snaps at him is when he is trying to take food or something from his mouth.  Preston learned his lesson though and has quit doing that. 
     I hear some rumbling so might be in for some more rain and all the goodies that come with a storm.  So I'll cut this off and wait a bit and then make my visits.  I hope everyone had a great week-end. Till next time.....

         Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambition.
         Small people always do that, but the really great make you
         feel that you, too, can become great.
                                                                  --Mark Twain

Love and Hugs

Friday, March 16, 2012

Good Morning

     Finally I have gotten my sinus headache under control.  I find that using Sudafed with Ibuprophen is the best way that I can get rid of them.  A bit of sneezing this morning, but overall I am finally feeling decent again. *smiles*  Today is another cloudy day with the Sun peeking through at times.  The next 5 days it all shows very cloudy with higher chances of rain.  Besides needing rain it will help clear the air so I really shouldn't complain. 
     I am going to take my camera around with me on the days I get out and start getting some pictures.  I've been very neglect in getting anything over the past year.  I visit a blog called A Rural Journal,  it's blog writer is named Nancy to and she is a former city girl transplanted to the country.  She shares many pictures that she takes as she drives around and she is great to visit.  I see many interesting things around here too so I may start a photo journey of my area to share.  It should be a lot of fun, and I might pick up some talent in taking photos.  I had once thought about taking a photo class at the college here, but Emily took it and besides needing a fancier camera, which I can't afford, it looked a bit hard.  So I never signed up.  I might look on the net and see if I can find any sights that would help.  I love candid shots the best, but never can see to capture what I am seeing.  One thing I find is when I see a good shot by the time I push to get it there is a short pause before the camera takes it and most of the time the subject has moved.  I find I get the back of heads or not so good side views of people. lol.. Any tips anyone wants to share would be appreciated. 
     JD had to work today, working for someone as a favor and he is suppose to get off around noon, but he feels that it will possibly be later.  He took his pick up and left the car as today is our day to pick Preston up from school and if he can't get away then I will go and get him.  As for what the rest of the day my world holds, well that is yet to happen.  Always some time spent doing things around the house, but maybe something else exciting will happen to write about.  I just never know till it happens. 
     I see another big tornado did a lot of damage in WI.  They sure get around the country anymore.  I don't feel like mid America is the tornado belt anymore.  They are happening every where and in some states I would never of dreamed they would hit.  They still hit in Oklahoma enough though.  They really turn the lives of  those hit topsy turvy.  Such damage from wind, Is one of God's wonders for sure.
     I will take off for now.  If anything exciting happens will post about it tomorrow.  Till then I'll leave you with this thought....

             It's impossible to overstate the value of One Day
             No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow

Love and Hugs,

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Feeling Lousy

   Felt bad yesterday due to the weather, it's cloudy but no rain and the dew point and humidity is off the charts for me.  Then I couldn't sleep last night even though we turned on the a/c in the bedroom to lessen the humidity.  I woke up this morning with a sinus headache that just has put me down.  I was suppose to go to the Senior Citizen Center for Bingo at 10am, but just couldn't get motivated to get dressed and up soon enough.  I went to town anyway as I had a couple of errands I needed to get done.  JD is usually off on Thursday, but he is working the feed store all day.  I mostly wanted to pick up something for my headache.  I got some 12 hr Sudafed, it's help some but the headache is still there.  I plan to go lie down in a minute and see if I can get a nap in.  It's a balmy day, with a high wind, but not cold.  I am sitting here feeling cold and clammy at the same time.  I wish I could get by without this pain of allergies.  Where does it come from?
      I didn't get any visits in either yesterday, but will try and make the rounds this afternoon.  Till next time....Think of this.

                  Live so that your friends can defend you, but never have to...
                                                                                     -- Arnold Glasow

Love and Hugs,

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sleep Perchance to Dream

     I wish I knew why I can't sleep at night.  Last night I was up and down until about 5:30 am Then when I fell asleep JD woke me up when he left and Buddy started Barking from his bed and I couldn't fall back to sleep.  So reluctantly I got up feeling horrible on just maybe 2 hours sleep.  Of course I laid down this afternoon and slept until now and it's almost time for JD to be heading home.  I do this quite frequently and now I'll probably not be able to go to sleep tonight.  It really frustrates me as I am tired and want to sleep, but just can't.  I can't think of anything particular that I'm worried or stressed about.  I guess I just mess up my time clock and get turned around.  I don't know why I worry so much as I've always been a night owl, ever since I can remember.  Even working the graveyard shift for years because it was easier for me to be awake and alert.  It was a pain much of the time when the kids were little and growing up.  I would be lucky to get 3 or 4 hours sleep before they came home from school and I would take a nap in the evening before I had to leave for work.  Now that I am home I can't seem to get my body schedule turned around.  If I ever have to go to a home when I am a lot older  I will drive the help crazy,  lol...
      Another nice day.  The clouds keep the sun from shining most of the time, but it's around 75 degrees right now.  It's suppose to make it up to the low 80's but not sure it's going to make it.  Since I've slept most of the day away, not much to chat about.  A couple of my favorite shows are on tonight so I'll just settle down and watch them.  Also I started reading Sarah Palin's book "Going Rogue"  Bought it out of curiosity some I'm anxious to see if it's any good.  It's a book book, got it before I got my Kindle.  I love my kindle.  It doesn't talk or anything, just down load books to read.  You can categorise them into different types of literature which makes it easier to keep up with what you have.  Only thing I wish it would do is mark a book somehow to let me know I've already read it.  I would like to get the Kindle Fire one day.  Would be fun to have one you can interact with and watch movies on.
     Well I did post a picture, it's my new profile picture of my perm.  I believe I really needed it to be a bit more curly as it's so much body that it will fall out pretty quickly.  What really hurts a perm for me is having to wear that cpap mask every night.  It does push the hair down and the curl disappears faster till I wash it again.  Not a problem I guess since I really don't go anywhere that often.  I can wash it quickly and air dry it or use my brush curling iron to make it a different look.  I hate the picture.  I look so old, so many wrinkles and I look so pale to me.  I feel I am one who is not aging gracefully, lol... 
     This is rather short.  Maybe my world will hold more excitement tomorrow.  Emily saw the doctor yesterday and everything is going well.  They want her to lose and I need to lose badly myself.  I get so little exercise that cutting my calories way back is about the only way I drop weight anymore.  I can't get my son or hubby to bring my treadmill back into the house, but with my knee being so bad I don't know as I'd be able to use it that much.  Every little bit helps though.  I will put some upbeat music on and move while in my chair.  I do believe that though it doesn't help much it does help some.  So till next time I'll leave you with this thought......

          .... True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day that goes by ...
                                                                                          -- E. S. Bouton

Love and Hugs,

Monday, March 12, 2012

Woohoo a pretty week ahead

     It's predicted to be in the 80's today and the next two days and then the mid 70's the rest of the week.  After a dreary week-end and some much needed rain, it will be nice to see the sun and blue sky again for a few days. *smiles*  I kept the car today, and called the senior citizen center to see what they had going today.  Not much so I guess I won't be going any where.  I don't go shopping alone any more and if I do I usually see when Emily can go and we will head out late.  Our Wal Mart is open 24 hours and if I need anything specific I can usually find it there. 
     So I have my itunes up right now listening to my play lists.  I am trying to collect all my favorite songs over the years and I'm doing pretty good so far.  They had my all time favorite song by the orginal artist and I was so thrilled to get it.  You may laugh, but this song can really get you movin' lol  I love to dance and the songs from my teen years and younger were great.  So my favorite you ask?  Well it's "Dancing in the Streets" by Martha and the Vandella's.  Every time I hear it I feel like I could just get out and start dancing and get everyone else to join in.  lol.  A flash dance, wouldn't that be cool.  Now just to have a way to play it where it would blast out in a big lot or neighborhood. *smiles*  My dancing days are just about over, but I can sit and move to the music and feel like I'm getting a great work out anyway! If I start losing and toning up any, may think about a sit down work out video, hehehe
     I love having my new iphone Emily gave me for my birthday.  I am playing words with friends on the phone will typing my post.  I've even used it to harvest my FV crops and send and receive requests.  So cool.  I download one app that I can't wait till the nights become warm enough to sit out.  It's called Sky View and it is to name planets and will do all kinds of things when you point it up to the night sky.  I would love to get a really good telescope some day and star gaze.  I really want to learn to recognize all the groups of stars that make up say Gemini.  Right now all I can recognize is the big and little dippers. lol  They say you're never to old to learn and that would seem like a very interesting hobby.
     Well not sure what the rest of the day holds for me.  I leave the porch door to the house open on very nice days like this as the porch is enclosed and Buddy can go out there and bark away without driving me crazy. lol..  Going to try and get a bit of cleaning done.  So much needs doing, but I have to do it in very slow tiny increments in order not to hurt and breathe so hard.  Would be nice to be able to afford a house keeper for even 1 day a month.  But don't know of anyone who even cleans.  No one even advertises in the paper here.  Oh well I do what I can get done and the rest waits till I make it there.  lol.... 
     I really appreciate the quotes people share on their blogs.  Thought when I close I would share a few of my favorites with everyone.  So till next time....

    "Conditions are never just right.
     People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing."
                                                                                       --William Feather

Love and Hugs,

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Farm Life

     Before I get started I want to say I feel a bit better today, no more sneezing or cough.  Mostly a mild sinus headache that comes and goes.  I thought I would share a picture with you I took yesterday morning.  I want to say first that if you are eating or it makes you a bit you know, lol... That this is just part of life I have to deal with. 

     Ah the joys of farm life,  This I found just outside my porch door when letting Buddy out.  It's part of what I deal with, having a hubby who lets the cows go wherever the choose and a dog who doesn't see or care where he goes.  I'm not sure what you all have heard them called, but I call them cow paddies.  It will be removed, but it's better to let it completely dry before you do it. hehehe....  They make good manure fertilizer for your garden and flowers though.  I just don't keep them where you have to walk carefully or around them to get in the house.  Well at least the grass is getting green and will need mowing soon.

     Thanks to the well wishes from you all.  I know now it's not a cold and just allergies because I'm so much better   I truly am so glad to be blogging again and have such wonderful friends to keep in touch with.  A great quote I like is....

     There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship
                                                                            --St. Thomas Aquinas

     When I decided to quit blogging and I believe it's been a year, more or less, since I last entered a entry to my blog.  So when I decided to come back I just began this new one.  It feels like a truly fresh start.  So many wonderful ladies became friends, yet so many, like me, left.  But those of us still here... well I want you to know just how much your welcoming me back and visiting has meant everything.  I hope we'll never lose touch again.

     Not much else going on here for now.  Watching a good movie, Back Draft,  it's been a long time since I've watched it.  So will get back to it.  Till next time....

Love and Hugs,

Friday, March 9, 2012

Ugh Allergies

     I am not feeling well,  I am sneezing and blowing till I think I'm going to scream! lol  Then I am chilled while feeling hot at the same time.  Sleeping it hard because the oxygen I receive through the cpap is irritating my nose making it hurt and burn.  I wake up having to remove the mask for about ten minutes before I can put it back on.  This happens a couple of times a night.  Then I get cold and cover up only to be woken up not and sweaty especially from the waist up.  My poor feet and legs never get hot.  So If I don't post for a day or two don't fret.  I'll be back. 
     Emily and many others I know have been sick with something more than allergies.  I suspect is is a form of flu.  She was home and off work for 3 days.  I hope I don't catch that.  My new perm looks like h e double heck right now.  To be truthful I don't care. lol... So till I get to feeling better, or at least have something truly worthy to post about I might be gone a day or two.  Probably won't clear up though till everything buds and spring is over. 
     Don't forget to turn you clocks up.  My friend Toni has a neat tip to do for turning up your clocks especially if it upsets you, the kids or family.  Also she always has cool trivia information almost every post.  Till next time.....
Love and air kisses

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Windy In Ok

     You just can't be in Oklahoma and not feel, what it is famous for, the wind.  When Rodgers and Hammerstein penned the song Oklahoma they nailed it right on the head!.  The first line of their song,  Oklahoma, where the wind come sweeping down the plains!!  lol.... Well we've been experiencing it for close to a week.  We live up on a hill out away from town by 3 miles.  When you step outside the wind will blast you to a point, that if you are out in it for any length of time, you'll feel so tired and beaten when you get out of it.  Yesterday I had a hair appointment and got a perm.  I was going to use my walker, because of the very hard wind.  When I tried to leave I really almost fell just trying to get out the porch door.  The walker was making it very difficult.  I managed and got to the car, but when I came home I just left it in the car.  I walked very slowly and made it although my knee was giving me fits.  If you are going to live in Oklahoma you just need to be prepared to deal with high winds especially during the spring.
     I kept my hair long when getting the perm and when it was done I was pleased.  I let it dry naturally and though it's not an extremely tight curl it will be nice in the body it will give my hair.  I have a roller brush heating item and I can curl it quickly for a nice body look if I get out.  Otherwise it will be a fizzy like bush at home.  Actually it is like that because of having to use the cpap mask to sleep.  It just weighs areas down where the straps go.  I can have a really bad case of bed head in the mornings, lol..  I enjoy going to get my hair done,  My hairdresser is so fun to chat with and always so bubbly and happy.  She can talk and talk lol.  I texted Emily, who has been home sick since Sunday, to come and chat with us a bit. She would be going to pick up Preston soon so she came by and chatted with us for awhile.
     Wednesday is Survivor night, yeah!!  Boy last night was something else.  The girls won the reward challenge and got them a tarp.  The immunity challenge the men won, but they decided they wanted to rid themselves of a member so badly that they voted to give the girls their immunity idol and go to council instead.  Jeff was really blown away as this was the first time in 20 seasons that this had been done.  Colton is pretty much the leader of the men and he wanted to get rid of Bill badly simply because he didn't like him as he felt he was a bum for being a stand up comic with another job.  I personally don't like Colton, who is a very spoiled Gay college student.  He admited is only relation with a black was their housekeeper who though the pay is just like one of the family.  Sound like a family that could of been one from the book, "The Help"!! Anyway is annoying in his attitude and I just want to slap him when he does this roll of his head and eyes all the time.  Anyway Bill got voted off, although I thought it might be Leif since most of the group blamed him for being a traitor when he told Bill they wanted to vote him off.  The show is such a soap opera and I am always amazed at how the people will do about anything to be the sole survivor.  lol...
     Here are a few pictures from Preston's classes last day of celebrating Dr. Seuss and having their Green Eggs and Ham snack. 
Patiently Waiting

The Goodies

umm, do I like it.
He did, lol....

    Well this is how my world has been turning.  I meant to post earlier but still having problems with my internet connection popping on and off and when I went to try earlier this morning it went by by.  So hopefully it won't happen while I'm getting this done now
Till next time...
Love and Hugs

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Missed again

     I missed blogging yesterday, but it wasn't intentional.  I've decided to start replaying this game on FB again and now I realize why I all but quit.  This game is called Farmville and is very popular with a lot of people and many of my friends.  I really enjoyed it for the longest time and even liked it when they added a new farm you could start.  Yet it's very annoying for me because it takes forever to load the game and then when you play it actions for the game such as the request list will open then freeze up the game and I have to reload the page to get back to it, causing another long delay in loading the opening page.  Then they added these things to add to the farms that you have to build.  You basically have to ask for items to finish it and often it will take forever to get what you need, then they have a load of upgrades and you start all over to make it bigger or better.  Of course they are nifty and you want to add them, but oh it takes forever to get it totally upgraded to what you want.  As you plant, plow and harvest you receive coins, but they also have what you call Farmville Cash and for that you have to pay real money.  Another problem in that it can become addictive because of much nicer items to buy in the market place, homes, fences and other cool accessories to make your farm more fun.  It starts out very innocent in that you buy say 55 fv cash for 10.00 dollars, but then you start getting more and more to buy the cooler items for your farm.  For someone like me on SS disability it's really not affordable, but as I say you almost become addicted to doing it.  A main reason I quit before.  You can send items they have special to give as gifts or the person will request them.  I get so many request and was feeling a bit bad because I wasn't sending any to my friends who continued to play.  So I thought I would try it again.  So if I miss you can almost but I was stuck in FB all day,  lol  and if it gets to expensive for me again  I will probably just totally quit.  Don't want to be labeled a Farmville addict, haha.
     Not much else happened yesterday, it was a lovely day outside, sunshine and in the 70's again.  Today it is cloudy with chance of rain.  Of course it would be on the day I have a perm scheduled.  Just hope I don't get really frizzy before the day is out.  I didn't nap all day so I laid down about 5:30 after JD got home and it was a little after 10pm when I woke up and he had come to bed.  I got up and watched a bit of tv and then played a game online and went back to bed.  But I know it was after 4am before I fell back to sleep.  I really hate when my nights get messed up like that, but it happens pretty often.  Mostly I'm just not sleepy when I go back to bed and I'll lie there trying hard to fall asleep with my mind going 90 miles an hour thinking of things.  I should just get back up but then I eventually will get very tired again and fall back to sleep around the time I did.  It just makes getting up in the mornings hard.  I feel lousy, still tired but know if I go back to bed I'll sleep the day away.   This dreary and very windy day doesn't not help.
     Guess that about covers it for this time.  I'll be around to make my visits this afternoon or evening.  Till next time.....

Love and Hugs

Monday, March 5, 2012

Computers Arg!!!!!

     My pages are loading so slow!! At least my connection is better, not totally great but alot better than it has been in awhile.  If I could just figure out why my pages load so slow... Mostly though I will it admit it's Facebook that gives me the worst problem and it is especially worse when I am trying to play the only game I play on there and that is Farmville.  I've been playing on it most of the morning, but now it won't even load for me!!  I know some of you have the same problem at times.  It's just so frustrating.  I really stopped playing for quite awhile, but kept getting so many help requests I decided to go back.  I am not going to do many of the quests anymore for they really can bog it down, lol... Any suggestions of how to make Farmville do better would be nice if you have one. 
     I didn't post yesterday, but I meant to.  Oh well I doubt it will hurt to miss a day now and then.  I see many of my old blogging friends sometimes are going for long periods.  But I will continue to drop by, for I might catch someone whose posted *smiles*
      Today I asked to keep the car,  I just wanted to get out of the house for awhile and I had a couple of small errands I could do.  I wish there were say a group of people who like to play cards here, but alas there isn't anyone and I don't know enough people to start one.  The senior citizen center has things, but they are just as odd times and for a certain amount of time.  I may still make an effort to go when they are playing dominoes or cards.  I left the house door to the porch open, it's so lovely out and is suppose to reach up into the mid 70's today.  Buddy is loving it,  he'll come in and take a nap by my feet and then will hear something and run out on the porch and bark up a storm.  Funny thing is that nothing is out there.  Now even the cattle or horse,  lol..  Bet when they head up this way, which they usually do sometime during the day, Buddy will have a barking party for sure, lol. 
     I'd take pictures of Buddy, but when I have the camera out he will never look at me or it.  I get tired of always seeing his back end, lol.  I am going to get a cat.  JD's not to happy about it, but I believe I mentioned it earlier.  Well I talked to our cousin who has the Feed Store and he has a niece or family member who has some cats and the babies are 3 months old now.  He is suppose to see if they would give me one.  I could go to the animal shelter, but want to wait till it's a big warmer to tackle the trip.  I also discover on an animal site that there is an adoption shelter for chi chu chu's in Tuttle which is close.  Buddy being 8 now and having back problems I know at least a place where I can find a small dog to adopt. 
     Well am going to make my visits in a minute and call it time on blogging for today.  If any thing exciting happens later I'll mention it tomorrow.  My world is turning good, how is yours today?

Love and Hugs