Raising a 4-H Steer

Life on the farm has changed once again. We now have a 4-H steer. Serenity is taking on this big project. I think everyone was wondering if she would be able to handle it or not  but the Lord has blessed her with the calmest steer ever. After going to the livestock auction and calling around to different ranchers in the area, she was told to call the a rural highschool where they have a FFA program in place. They had a steer the weight she needed and when they arrived at the school to see the steer they found out it was calm and mellow. Just what she needed!   It’s an Angus cross. An Angus bull bred to a Semmintel cow. The Cowgirl…

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A Dinner Honoring Our Pastor and his Wife

True ministers of the Gospel of Christ don’t always have it easy and many times they are under appreciated. My son Zachary and his wife decided our church should have a Pastor Appreciation day for our pastor who has been our shepherd for so many years.   Zachary and Hannah – the planners Hannah did a beautiful job on the decorations. She bought some things, had some decor of her own and then used items of mine. With all of it, she was able to come up with 9 different centerpieces and they looked beautiful. We couldn’t have the event outdoors because it was too windy and the temperatures had dropped. So we had to move all of my living room furniture outside and set…

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My Family, My Valentine’s

It’s been Valentine’s week for us. Like last year, we’re running a little late but we just have to roll with that sometimes, right? Life is not served up to us in neat tidy boxes but is constantly changing and arriving on our doorstep in all different shapes and sizes. For those of us who like structure and routine, it can be disconcerting but we don’t ever want to become so set in our ways that we can’t enjoy what is happening at the moment. The first day I put salt n vinegar chips (a family favorite) in all their mailboxes with the caption on their bag of “You Make Me Feel Chipper.”   And then we had a repeat (I was told) of previous…

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A New Adventure Coming Up

Last year I had this weak moment inspiration to do something that I’ve never thought much about or had a great desire to do. Until that moment. I was inspired to make the epic hike into the Grand Canyon, precisely the Havasupai area where there is beauty like you would never imagine down there. (The waters are a blue color due to the mineral content.) I figured if I was going to hike it, it was now or never. I’m 45 and have never really been into hiking so this is a huge thing for me to go on such a granddaddy of a hike and I knew that if I wasn’t going to back out I would need support – plenty of it. So…

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The Power of a Pivot

Sometimes what we’re doing just is not working for us. Maybe it’s a schedule we’ve set for ourselves, a goal we have made or even how we approach tasks we are to do in the home. Maybe we get discouraged and just want to give up. But before you do that, why don’t you consider another point of view. A pivot. In basketball, once you stop dribbling the ball, you are allowed only two steps.  You must keep the foot that made the last step firmly on the ground where it landed, but your other foot is free to go in any direction it chooses allowing you to pivot. With a pivot you can totally change your direction. What does a pivot mean for you?…

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Bike Rides and Ski Slopes – All in One Week

We are privileged to have one of the 7 natural wonders of the world in the state of Arizona – the Grand Canyon. It is truly a grand sight. One of our favorite things to do now when we go to the Canyon is to rent bikes and ride along the rim. Everyone can do it; it’s not so close to the rim that you are scared for your children or yourself, for that matter. Believe it or not, we have ski resorts in Arizona – two of them! Each year we travel to the White Mountains for a ski trip. This year was one of the best simply because we had fresh snowfall. It was the best snow I think I’ve ever skied in…

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An Off-Road Adventure

While I have been missing here at Treasuring the Moments, I have not been sitting around. No, we have been busy with friends, family, trips and adventures. It has been a delightful month thus far. After catering the wedding the second week of January, we had some visitors come by for a few days. We had to show them some of our favorite spots… like this mine. What we weren’t expecting on our outing was the fuel pump to quit on our off-road vehicle. But before we realized that, we thought we had just run out of gas, so while Russell left to go find some abandoned plastic tubing to use as a siphon hose for the truck we had also brought along, we went…

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A Garden Wedding and Reception

Saturday I had the privilege of catering a friend’s wedding. It was held at the Wright House, a very, very beautiful venue. We were planning for approximately 130 people. The mother of the bride did all the shopping, washing and cutting of the salad ingredients so that made it really nice… …the rest of the menu was Fettuccine Alfredo, which we made on location, and bread sticks. If you want to know what young people can do when they are dedicated to practicing music, listen to these kids.  They are excellent musicians and play beautifully together. I had two of my Castle Keeper girls as helpers – Serenity (my daughter) and Natalie. They were a fantastic help and really enjoyed their time. A win-win for…

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DIY Dividers for Office Drawer

I am so disappointed that I cannot find a BEFORE picture so you could see the transformation of my office drawer. I don’t know why I would even care to show you how messy I can be except that I like to see others Before and Afters. Do you feel the same?  I love to see how others find solutions to their problems and hope that something I share inspires you, too. This idea for making my own DIY dividers came from Kevin and Amanda’s blog and specifically this post. But my husband wouldn’t hear of just using glue like Kevin & Amanda did on their dividers because he felt that wouldn’t be sturdy enough – so we he used a staple gun. The first…

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Family Fun for the Holiday’s

What do you do with 29 people for 5 days? (We had that many during the Christmas holiday’s if you recall from my last post.) Every morning at 8:30 all the singles had morning drills and exercises in the walleyball court. The rest of us maybe should have been exercising with them but we took that time to get ourselves together and get breakfast started. Those on the exercise schedule would come to the kitchen to find glasses of water with fresh lime juice. Then it was out to the walleyball court for morning warm-up stretches and exercises, along with walleyball drills and walleyball. As you can see, I did manage to get out there one morning to take a few pictures but then duty…

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Christmas 2015

Happy New Year! 2015 is here already. It sure did come along fast! We had an amazing holiday with family. Twenty-nine of us were gathered here at the ranch for 5 days. No, my house isn’t a mansion but when you have people willing to be stuck into every nook and cranny, it works. Russell and I spent our time in the laundry room and I had a sister and her husband stay in our new pantry. Headspace at night for them was a little low (they were partially under the bottom shelves) but they had a little heater in there along with a small lamp and it actually looked pretty cozy in there. The festivities started on the evening of Christmas Eve. We had…

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Warm Up Here – A Hot Drink Station

While most would not consider Arizona to have really cold weather, it does say it’s almost winter on the calendar and that means warm weather drinks. Like hot chocolate, chai, or my favorite, mocha cappuccino. So I put together a little hot drink station. Because, although I could serve up hot drinks other ways, this gives it a little more pizazz and it’s just more fun. (I know I’ve shared a hot drink station before with tea, chai & chocolate, but can’t seem to find that post.) I got myself a bottle drying rack some time back to hold my coffee cups and I’ve really enjoyed having it. The chalkboard labels came from the dollar store.   Mini-marshmallows in jars purchased at Wal-Mart. All ready…

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A Winter Mantle for 2014

I’m trying to get as much done here at the farm as I can before the family arrives next week. Russell, so sweetly decides to make a run into town to get me more liquid iron, and he asks if there’s anything else I’d like. I tell him bananas. One little item…   But then I remember there is a sale on blackberries and clementines so I call to ask him to pick that up, too. Three little items… He doesn’t do much shopping at our local Sprout’s so finding the liquid iron was a bit of a chore but after rounding up two employees, the liquid iron was plucked from the shelf and safely deposited into the shopping cart. Next were the blackberries. Two…

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Old Woodworking Project Finds New Life as a Sign

I did manage to get the sign made that I mentioned in my last post about Getting Ready for the Holiday’s. It was fun and pretty easy to do. First I found my piece of wood in our pile of wood to be burned and I was so happy because it was some wood from a chair my son Seth had made when he was in high school  learning woodworking. He completed some basic projects and this chair was one of them. You may remember that I shared another project I made from this chair back in April – a coat hook. This is a picture of Seth and my mom the day of his high school graduation sitting on “the chair”. And here is…

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Getting Ready for the Holiday’s

Has it only been a week since we came home from Pennsylvania? So much can happen can’t it, in just a short time? I arrived home from Pennsylvania only to be laid up in bed for 3 days. I had become anemic and did that ever bring me low. Absolutely no energy and just wanted to sleep and sleep and the headaches were horrible. Thankfully, I was able to see a naturopath who prescribed some tinctures to help with the situation. I’ve had so many bitter tasting substances in the last several days. Yuck! But I’m on the mend, thank the Lord. I’ve been working on a family cookbook. Last January I had sent out an email to family members telling them what I wanted…

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Greetings from Pennsylvania

We’re still in Pennsylvania enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday and we made it here almost without incident. A flight at 2:00 a.m. (I’d like to know who schedules planes at this time of the day!) caused us to try to catch a few winks wherever we were for any length of time. It was there at Dallas/Ft Worth airport that we had an unpleasant incident. My son found an ipod and headphones on a seat. The airport was completely deserted as it was still too early for any flights, so we knew the owner was nowhere around. So my hubby went to the gate where we would be boarding our plane for Pennsylvania to report the lost ipod and to leave a phone number so that if…

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Maximizing Closet Space

I’m happy to report we ALL survived our family photo session with nary a tear in sight and only a little tomfoolery. It was a little too cold but even Shalom (my 3 month old beautiful granddaughter) didn’t utter a cry of protest but was a sweetheart the entire time. See, I told you she was beautiful. The Thanksgiving season is coming upon us rapidly and my two girls both have birthdays the same week as Thanksgiving. Poor things, they always get a little shortchanged since it’s a busy but happy time preparing for everything. For Serenity’s 16th birthday last year, we didn’t even give her a party till February – wait a minute – I just checked and it was M.A.R.C.H. of this year!!…

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The Lovely Prospect of Family Pictures

Getting a family picture for us has never been easy.  Maybe because I have 4 boys??? But for some reason, my kids could never just stand there and have nice bright smiles. Oh no, they had to tickle, pinch or push each other into position. Then I would get involved and… well maybe we should just leave it at that and suffice it to say there were red eyes for the pictures following. Today is the day we get to do it all again. I know we’re ALL looking forward to it. haha I’m trying to reassure myself that things are a little easier since the boys have gotten older but truth be told, I’m a little nervous about the whole thing. What if I…

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When Armistice Day Became Veteran’s Day

November 11, 1918 the Treaty of Versailles was signed at the Palace of Versailles in France ending World War I. The war ended on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour (11 a.m.). In honor of the agreement signed, Armistice Day was established and celebrated each year. Woodrow Wilson, the president during World War I, said this when establishing Armistice Day. “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils…

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Stylin’ Hair with the Castle Keeper Girls

Since it’s been a few months since I updated you on what our Castle Keeper girls are doing, I thought I’d share what they’ve been doing the last month with you today. In October we met for a Hair Styling Clinic. The girls learned how to care for their hair and how not to brush all their curls out once its been curled, how to use a curling iron as well as several different hairstyles.It was a very informative class. The girls were inspired and I’ve been seeing and hearing of them trying new “do’s” since then. October’s Monthly Challenge was to make an invitation using fancy lettering as well as make a tablescape. Serenity chose to make an invite and tablescape with a Thanksgiving…

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