Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The garden and blooms

I am late getting a lot of plants and seeds in the garden this year. Over this past weekend I finally got my pepper and tomato plants in the ground. The radishes are now got and my lettuces are starting to go to seed, so the chickens are getting a treat every couple days. I am getting a small handful of strawberries every couple days. The new plants are doing great and starting to get a few blooms now. Monday we found 4 kittens and their mama in our old barn.  So we are taking care of them for a bit until we can find homes for them. We are going to keep 1 of the kittens. I fell in love with the marking on 1 of them, who is a boy we named Barney. And as soon as he is big enough he will come inside and be neutered. I am hoping he will be a good mouser and will take care of the mice we get in our basement in the winter.

Peppers & tomatoes




New strawberry plants

Day lily

The kitty we found in our barn

Her kittens

This is the 1 we name Barney and we are keeping.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

For all you Mom's

I got this in an e-mail from my step daughter this morning and loved this so much I had to share it. 

A woman, renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk 's office,
Was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation.

She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.

'What I mean is, ' explained the recorder,
'do you have a job or are you just a ...?'

'Of course I have a job,' snapped the woman.

'I'm a Mom.'

'We don't list 'Mom' as an occupation,
'housewife' covers it,'
Said the recorder emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself
In the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall.
The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised,
Efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like,
'Official Interrogator' or 'Town Registrar.'

'What is your occupation?' she probed.

What made me say it? I do not know.

The words simply popped out.
'I'm a Research Associate in the field of
Child Development and Human Relations.'

The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and
Looked up as though she had not heard right.

I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words..
Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written,
In bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

'Might I ask,' said the clerk with new interest,
'just what you do in your field?'

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice,
I heard myself reply,
'I have a continuing program of research,
(what mother doesn't)
In the laboratory and in the field,
(normally I would have said indoors and out).
I'm working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family)
And already have four credits (all daughters).
Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities,
(any mother care to disagree?)
And I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it).
But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers
And the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money.'
There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she
Completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.

As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career,
I was greeted by my lab assistants -- ages 13, 7, and 3.
Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model,
(a 6 month old baby) in the child development program,
Testing out a new vocal pattern.

I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!
And I had gone on the official records as someone more
Distinguished and indispensable to mankind than 'just another Mom.'
What a glorious career!
Especially when there's a title on the door.
Does this make grandmothers
'Senior Research Associates in the field of Child Development and Human Relations'
great grandmothers
Executive Senior Research Associates?'
I think so!!!

I also think it makes Aunts
Associate Research Assistants.
Please send this to another Mom,
And other friends you know.
May your troubles be less,
Your blessing be more,
And nothing but happiness come through your door!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Chicks & Chickens

Over the weekend the chicks had a moving day into their new home until they are big enough to go in with the big chickens. They spent the night in their new coop and the next day after I got the old pen wire repaired and then they had their real first whole day outside and meet their neighbors the big girls and the boys. No one really knew what to think of each other. For now as they grow everyone is safe and in about 3 to 4 months they will have gotten use to each other and then a piece of wire can be removed so everyone can go in together. It will be so good to have 8 new girls to lay eggs all winter.

Our new home a real coop

Our first real all day outside

We are having a blast

Checking out who's in there

Our new home until we are big enough to join the other chickens

We are watching you youngsters

                        We hope everyone has a scratching good day !!                                                        

Friday, May 4, 2012

A helping hand

Every now and then my man does something really nice that touches my heart so and reminds me why I love him so very much. There is a gentleman who mows lawns around were we work at and we have him do ours at work.He is supporting himself & his kids this way since he hadn't been able to find a job. We noticed his cart was falling apart on him almost weekly. So my sweet man took it upon himself to make him a new cart. And we gave it to him yesterday and all he has to do is paint it the color he wants.

       We made a Mr. Willey a very happy person And once he has it painted.
                  He is bring it back so I can have a new photo of it.                                    This is our way of saying,  Thank you and for what they do for us.