This past Saturday we had a different kind of dinner here at the ranch. It was a farewell dinner for friends that our kids have almost all grown up together with. They’ve been with us through all our homeschooling activities, the Castle Keeper club, and the list goes on. So it wasn’t really a celebration but a dinner in honor of, since it’s kind of a sad time for all of us here. We’re happy for them but also sad that they’ll be moving 2,000 miles away.

Because we were doing hamburgers/hotdogs, I decided a cowboy theme would be fitting.


The chalkboard sign is written in Spanish and says, “Until Later, my friends.”



Remember when I rescued that furniture from the burn pile my son brought home from a future rental he had purchased? I decided that maybe I could use this piece Saturday for holding our drink cups. So we gave it a good presser hose washing.

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And here she is all dressed up.

rescued furniture

rescued storage

Look at that view. With all the rain we’ve had recently, everything is greening up!

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I purchased handkerchiefs for the centerpieces, wrapped a Mason jar with a piece of red and white checked cloth and stuck a little paper that was printed with the word “Blessings” into the fabric. I used white daisies and these white flowers but I’m not sure of their name for all our centerpieces.

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western farewell dinner treasuring the

The ladies from church brought the sides and the desserts so this made it pretty nice for me. 🙂

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western farewell dinner treasuring the

We had to have an honorary fire in honor of our camp lumberjack who ALWAYS provided enough wood for our hunting camps so that myself and others could stay warm and have campfire memories. I’m not sure what I’m going to do now. (whimper, whimper)

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Goodbyes are not forever.

Goodbyes are not the end.

 They simply mean we’ll miss you until we meet again.

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Vaya con Dios!

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