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A Detox Plan Gone Wrong

“We’re going to change what we have for breakfast,” I announced. That’s what happens when you get to reading health books. Radical changes come down the pipe and your family gets caught up with you and is so excited for change  is caught in the middle of it all at quivers at what that may mean for them. “We’re going to be having green drinks each morning,” I continued. I reassured them that it would be great. Breakfast wouldn’t take so long and we could get about our day much quicker. “What do you mean a smoothie won’t give you enough energy? Okay, maybe a few times a week we can have eggs.” So we began. It was a novelty at first and although they…

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The Night Things Didn’t Go As Planned

Which picture best represents your life? This one that is orderly and perfectly manicured… or this one in it’s wildness – maybe somewhat planned but a little impossible to keep contained in a nice and tidy way. As you probably know by now, my life is not picture #1 but #2, a very unordered life that is impossible to control and to keep in a nice orderly box like some. Case in point was Tuesday night. We have been planning a trip to Canada for 2 months. The departure day had arrived and our plane was not to leave until midnight. We had all day to get ready but for some (I’m not going to say who) it just wasn’t enough time. We hurriedly said…

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A Fall Mantle, Pumpkins and an Owl

The cooler fall weather has arrived. It’s a lovely time of year and with Thanksgiving around the corner, I’m excited. Family is coming and more family, so it’s going to be quite a time. While I’ll have a lot of family here, two of my boys will be gone. One to Canada for his commercial ice fishing venture and the other to South Africa to work at a big game rehabilitation center where they take injured big game animals and doctor them and try to rehabilitate for release back into the wild. Friends of ours run this center, which is located close to Kruger Park and we visited there many years ago. Now our son will be spending 3 weeks there and I’m sure it…

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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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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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Sometimes my life seems really odd compared to those of my friends.  Take for instance the other night. I retire for the evening at about 9 p.m. I am having a good rest until at some unknown hour an obnoxious smell invades my subconscious.  But still I continue to sleep lightly.  My husband then comes to bed and I am awakened. “What is that smell?” I ask. “Seth came home,” was the reply. Now that sounds really bad.  As if that reply answered why there was an odious odor.  You will be glad to know that there was more of an explanation coming. “He caught a skunk in one of his traps instead of a bobcat.” Apparently, after dispatching the skunk, my son then proceeded…

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Never Assume

Justus had just poured the dry ingredients for the waffles we were making in with the wet batter. The Kitchen-Aid was turned on but didn’t get the sides clean. I suggested that Justus get a spatula. He did. But it was a metal spatula, and metal spatulas just don’t work too well when cleaning the sides of a bowl. 🙂 Never assume they know the basics.  I felt like I had Amelia Bedilia in the kitchen; you know, the lady who takes everything literally. 🙂 It’s just so completely adorable how these little guys think. Enjoy the moments with your small children today, they pass quickly.

Beware of Dried Up “Bananas”

Four boys. Oh, the things that can mean to a mother that was raised with only 2 other sisters.  Boys, for whatever reason, seem to have a natural inclination to things we girls don’t think are pretty, lovely, nice.  Things that tend to be on the, shall we put it mildly(?), nasty side. Haven’t had a bath in a week – “What’s the sweat, mom?  I don’t care.” Sleeping on sheets for a month or two – “Who cares mom?” Know what I mean, mom’s? Boys Actually Become Civilized (well, not completely) Now things are some better now that they are older.  They do get more baths.  Thank goodness!  Hey they actually do grow up and decide that baths aren’t the enemy. On the other hand, things could be better. …

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Found: Couch Just for You

Lately I’ve found a few items that were left on the side of the road for the garbage man – left behind by tenants who had been renting from us.  Blame it on Thrifty Decor Chick,  Centsational Girl,  My Repurposed Life or a dozen others but they inspire me with their do it yourself techniques.  So, I’m going to try a few things on these little “treasures” or are they “junk”(?).  I suppose that remains to be determined but I’m excited about trying.    So yesterday I get a call from my son who just happens to be out in the woods bear hunting.  He said, “Mom,  we just seen a couch out here in the woods and with your penchant for fixing things up I thought you might want it….

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Headed for the Antarctic with 80 Bags of Dryer Lint

My Justus, who is 7,  started collecting dryer lint.  He had a handful that he put into a 13 gallon garbage bag, so you can imagine it was basically empty.  After having it set around for several weeks, I tossed the lint and used the bag.  Well you know how it is.  As soon as you toss something, they think of it.  Of course that is what happened with Justus – he went looking for it.  I had to tell him that I had thrown it away and since I thought he wanted it to build fires I told him that he could always just go and get some out of the dryer when he needed it.  That’s when he informed me that that wasn’t…

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Double-take

As we neared the street corner, before entering the highway, I caught a glimpse of a cardboard box.  Thinking it was a notice for a garage sale, I gave it a quick glance-over.  Then I did a double-take.  Did I read what I think I just read? I’m hoping I’m not the one that be a findin’ it. 🙂

50,000 Books Anyone?

We bought 50,000 books last week (gasp!) – but– not for our home library.   We sell used books online and we were informed about a couple of ladies getting out of the business and selling their books, so we purchased them.  Off to Colorado we went on Monday afternoon.  Russell had only got about a 1 1/2 hours of rest because of staying up all night to get taxes done so he started the 13 hour drive tired.  Travelling through Flagstaff we saw a highway sign stating that I-17 was closed further ahead for a few hours because of dust storms.  So our first stop became a place of rest, fellowship and vittles for the body. Thank you dear friends! After travelling all night…

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Do I Smell Something? – Skunk Update

My husband walks into the post office and the lady asks him, “Did you get sprayed by a skunk?” (Whoa!  Excuse me??  Did you just say what I think you said?) Our room still has the faint odor of skunk so our clothes are probably absorbing that. Aghhh!  When we opened our laptop computer case yesterday the smell was strong.  Thankfully the weather has been very nice outside so we’re able to open the windows during the day.  I don’t know of any other solutions. I’m just imagining when all 8 of us go to church and trudge down the aisle what it will be like. 🙂  We’re blissfully walking to our seats and unbeknownst to us a little black odor is following behind.  This…

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Do I Smell Something? – Skunk Update

My husband walks into the post office and the lady asks him, “Did you get sprayed by a skunk?” (Whoa!  Excuse me??  Did you just say what I think you said?) Our room still has the faint odor of skunk so our clothes are probably absorbing that. Aghhh!  When we opened our laptop computer case yesterday the smell was strong.  Thankfully the weather has been very nice outside so we’re able to open the windows during the day.  I don’t know of any other solutions. I’m just imagining when all 8 of us go to church and trudge down the aisle what it will be like. 🙂  We’re blissfully walking to our seats and unbeknownst to us a little black odor is following behind.  This…

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A Skunk by Any Other Name is Still a Skunk!

Settling down into my nice comfy bed, getting ready for a restful night, I heard the dog start barking.   I figured there probably was a skunk nearby since they seem to be in plentiful supply around here. The barking continued for a while but then the bark changed slightly – making me think our dog must be really close to the animal.  It was.  Not only was she close to the wild animal, the animal was close to ME!  Probably only 5-10′ away because by now it was AT OUR HOUSE by my bedroom!!  Then it not only was at our house but UNDER our house.   The skunk broke through a screened vent we have that vents our basement crawl-space. How do we…

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A Thousand Rings?

Russell was reading about Solomon in our morning devotions a few weeks ago, telling the children how Solomon had riches, houses, lands, as well as 1000 wives and in the end said, “All is vanity.” Justus (6 yo) looked perplexed when he heard that Solomon had 1000 wives.   “He did?  How could he fit all his rings on him?” 😀  LOL Of course, we had to do a little explaining. 🙂  

Artichokes or Archers?

I was reading The World of the Medieval Knight by Chrisopher Gravett to the younger ones the other day and I pointed to the arrow slits in the castle wall from where the archers would shoot their arrows.  “Who used these windows?” I asked.  Audrey piped up and said, “Artichokes.” 😀 What a goof 🙂  

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