Saturday Night Campfire

The end of September in Arkansas starts to bring warm days but really cool nights.  I love to wake up early and put on a long-sleeve t-shirt and enjoy a cup of coffee outside.  I love that it is warm enough to wear shorts and t’s in the daytime but not so hot that you get all sweaty.  The days are great for being outside and when you are inside you can open the windows.

Today was a great outside kind of day.  I spent most of the morning outside watching my four chickens fight over a frog one of them had found.  We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast of fried eggs from our chickens, bacon from a local farm, toast, homefried potatoes and apple cider!  We sat in the gazebo reading and talking for several hours.  Around 1:00 we decided to go for a 4-wheeler ride down into the bottoms to check out the progress on the Natural Gas pipeline.  The guys were hard at work trying to pump the trenched of 30 feet of water that collected when the river flooded after Hurricane Gustav blew threw.  Richie also wanted to try this trail that goes through the woods near Horseshoe lake.  We got about 30 yards into the woods and realized that most of the trail was still flooded.  After floating through a mud puddle that was up to our knees we decided to turn back.  The woods were also filled with MILLIONS of mosquitoes that had never tasted human blood before and they had literally COVERED us!  We got out of there as quick as we could!  For dinner we grilled hot dogs and ate outside.  At sunset we decided to build a campfire.  Sitting around a campfire is one of my favorite things to do.  It brings back so many great memories from my childhood.  I love to watch the color of the flames, I love the sound of the wood crackling as it burns and I love the smell of the smoke.  We also decided that we would make S’mores! YUM!  What’s a campfire without S’mores.

Richie - I think you need to shave!

Richie - I think you need to shave!

Fall is my favorite season!

Cheaper by the Dozen

Yesterday I completed my first dozen eggs and there was a surprise in the hen house! THREE eggs! Yup! I think another one of the girls has started laying.  Olivia is SUPPOSED to be 27 weeks and Francine and Claudia are supposed to be 35 weeks old.  I am beginning to think that the lady was WAY off about their ages when I bought these birds back in May.  She had told me they were 8 and 16 weeks old and I am beginning to think they were MUCH younger.  The reason being is that Hazel , my only girl not laying, is CLEARLY not 27 weeks old and she and Olivia are supposedly the same age.  Anyway I believe Olivia layed her first egg yesterday.  When Richie gets up (it’s already 9:15!) we will be having bacon and eggs for breakfast.  We were going to have it for dinner earlier in the week but we weren’t able to.  I am really looking forward to it.

Here are some pics of my first dozen and some pick of the girls this morning.  I tried to get a picture of the “squat” but I guess it was to early in the morning because they werent being very cooperative.

In this picture you can see Hazel.  It is a little hard to see but her comb is still much smaller and lighter in color than the other girls.  I guess she is just a late bloomer!

I have a few other posts in the works, so keep checking back.  My September Book List will be up late Tuesday.  I am also gonna try to get some pics of my new art room posted now that I finally have some student work posted.

EGGS!

My chicken Claudia layed her first egg today!!! I am so excited!  She even layed it right in the nest box!  I am so proud of my girl! I have another hen, Francine, that I expect to start laying soon too!  My other two girls still have a few weeks to go.  Here are a few pictures I took of the egg. It came out really smooth with a nice hard shell and perfectly clean!  Way to go Claudia!

Half Million Dollars!

Here is Richie and I holding almost a half million dollars in $100 bills!  And YES it is real!  We went to the State Capitol with a school group on Friday.  They allowed Richie and I into the Office of the Treasury Vault and took this picture of us.  The picture is a little blurry.  Sorry!  Guess the guy using my camera didn’t know how to use it.

Too bad we couldn’t keep it!

Ike in Arkansas

The news of Hurricane Ike was especially of interest to my husband and I because we vacationed in Galveston, Texas earlier this summer.  While there, we looked at pictures of the damage caused by the 1900 Hurricane that practically wiped out the island.  We were amazed and commented about how catastrophic it would be if a hurricane hit Galveston again.  Little did we know that less than 2 months later it would.

This is a picture I took of Galveston from our hotel room just two months ago.

 

This is a picture that was taken Saturday. I found it on a news sight. The hotel just past the traffic light is the one we were staying in!

We REALLY enjoyed our time at Galveston so we are pulling for them to rebuild!

Hurricane Ike also hit close to home late Saturday night.  At about 2 AM Ike, which was now a tropical storm, passed over Arkansas bringing with it heavy rain and wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour!  We didn’t get much sleep that night.  The noise from the wind was just incredible.  I cannot even begin to imagine what 110 mph wind must have been like.  Many areas around us were without power when it was all over but we fortunately only lost power for just a quick second.  Ike blew around everything that wasn’t tied down in our yard.  The trash was strewn about, the dog bed was blown into the horse pasture and there were limbs, leaves and pine needles everywhere.  Most spectacularly was the basketball goal that was knocked down narrowly missing my mother-in-laws truck and my dog Hagrid!

September 11, 2001 Remembered

It is so hard to believe that it has been seven years since the September 11th attack on our country.  I thought that I would honor those who lost their lives that day, those who were directly effected because of that day and those who continue to fight for our country because of that day by creating a blog meme.  If you would like to join in this remembrancejust answer the following questions on your blog.  Put a link back to my blog on your site and then post a comment here with a link to your blog.

1.  Where were you when the attack happened and how did you find out what happened?

2.  What were your first thoughts?

3.  Many people had different reactionsas more information became available.  What was your reaction when you were home that night with your family?

4.  Did you change anything in your day to day life because of the attack?

5.  What is one POSITIVE thing that you saw happen in your neighborhood/community/country?

6. The Iraq War is often linked to this event in our history.  Why do you think we still have troops in the Middle East? 

7.  Did you know anyone who lost their life that day?

8.  Do you think we are safer today than we were on September 11, 2001?

9.  What will you do to continue to remember today and in the future?

 

Here are my answers.

1.  Where were you when the attack happened and how did you find out what happened?
I was still in college and was working at the University Bookstore at this time. I had heard about the first plane before leaving for work.  I had assumed it was just a freak accident like everyone else.  Once I arrived at work I found the student center crammed with people watching the events unfold on TV.  The room had hundreds of students in it yet it was completely silent.  No one knew what to say or do.

2.  What were your first thoughts?
Before I realized what really happened I had a feeling of shock and a distant sadness for the people on the plane.  As the second plane hit and reports of the Pentagon being hit and a third plane in PA came in the distant sadness turned to a fear of the unknown.  As I watched the towers collapse on TV I felt sick, sad, angry and confused.  Even in all of the horror I don’t know that anyone really thought those buildings would fall.

3.  Many people had different rectionsas more information became available.  What was your reaction when you were home that night with your family?
There was a lot of local hysteria that day.  No one really knew what was going on.  People were flocking to gas stations and grocery stores to stock up for who-knows-what.  The University cancelled classes that day.  That evening when I got home I sat on the couch with my husband and just cried.  I was so confused that no reaction really felt “right”.  I remember being glued to the TV for days and seeing the horrifying images replayed over and over.  I felt concern for the children in our country who really didn’t understand and likely saw their parents react in ways they had never seen before.

4.  Did you change anything in your day to day life because of the attack?
I think I was a little bit more aware of my family and my loved ones but overall I didn’t really change anything.  I had an airplane trip planned in the near future and I still went.

5.  What is one POSITIVE thing that you saw happen in your neighborhood/community/country?
Many people were more friendly.  When you saw people in stores and on the roads, even those you didn’t know, they smiled and waved and spoke kind words.  People seemed more patriotic and seemed to put aside political differences, racial and economical differences, religious differences to just be AMERICANS.  I liked that.

6. The Iraq War is often linked to this event in our history.  Why do you think we still have troops in the Middle East?  I think that the “fire” for Iraq was burning a long time and the events of September 11th just fueled it enough to make it noticeable.  I have heard people say we are in Iraq to protect our freedom, to protect their freedom, to protect the oil supply, to capture terrorists, because our soldiers are bored and need something to do (NOT my words!).  Truthbe told, I don’t really know why, or understand why, we are in Iraq.  I am so thankful we have troops over there but I wish they could be home with their families?

7.  Did you know anyone who lost their life that day?
I did not know anyone personally but several students at the University I was at had family members who were killed.

8.  Do you think we are safer today than we were on September 11, 2001?
I don’t know if we are “safer” but I think we are definitely more aware of the world around us.  I think for a long time we believed that everyone who wasn’t American wanted to be American.

9.  What will you do to continue to remember today and in the future?
I will do my best to be thankful for the troops who are fighting for our country regardless of whether or not I agree with the presidential policy on the Iraq war.  I will be supportive of my local law and safety officers.  I will vote in every election so that I can have a voice.  I will think of those who are gone.

August Book List

As Summer winds down so does a lot of other things.  I have less time to read, less time to blog and less time to craft.  This is always kind of a depressing time for me.  I love teaching but it forces me to have to put aside some things I really enjoy doing.  Come November when the days are shorter and there is less to do outside I will pick up some of those hobbies again.  Until then I will squeeze them in where I can.  So today I bring you my August book list.  It’s a few days late and a little shorter than some of my previous lists but still full of some good reads.

***** 5   A Mile in Her Boots – Jennifer Bove

This book was great! It is a compilation of short memoirs written by women who work in the wilderness.  The stories range from funny, to sweet, to scary.  This book will leave you believing in the power of women.  I read one or two stories a night along with my other reading.

 

 

 

*** 3  The River Wife – Jonis Agee

The River Wife is a sweeping, panoramic story that ranges from the New Madrid earthquake of 1811 through the Civil War to the bootlegging days of the 1930s.

When the earthquake brings Annie Lark’s Missouri house down on top of her, she finds herself pinned under the massive roof beam, facing certain death. Rescued by French fur trapper Jacques Ducharme, Annie learns to love the strong, brooding man and resolves to live out her days as his “River Wife.”

 

 

* 1  Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates

It’s the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple who have lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. With heartbreaking compassion and remorseless clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April mortgage their spiritual birthright, betraying not only each other, but their best selves.

I just did not like this book.  I actually didn’t even finish it.  This RARELY happens.  I just found the whole story to be forced and boring.  It was trying to be philisophical without being pretentious but wound up quite the opposite.  The book has gotten enough hype that plans are in progress to make it a Major Motion Picture.  I was bored to tears.  But don’t take my work for it!

***** 5  Twilight – Stephanie Meyer

“Softly he brushed my cheek, then held my face between his marble hands. ”Be very still,” he whispered, as if I wasn”t already frozen. Slowly, never moving his eyes from mine, he leaned toward me. Then abruptly, but very gently, he rested his cold cheek against the hollow at the base of my throat. ” As Shakespeare knew, love burns high when thwarted by obstacles. In Twilight, an exquisite fantasy by Stephenie Meyer, readers discover a pair of lovers who are supremely star-crossed. Bella adores beautiful Edward, and he returns her love. But Edward is having a hard time controlling the blood lust she arouses in him, because–he”s a vampire. At any moment, the intensity of their passion could drive him to kill her, and he agonizes over the danger. But, Bella would rather be dead than part from Edward, so she risks her life to stay near him, and the novel burns with the erotic tension of their dangerous and necessarily chaste relationship.

I LOVED this book! Couldn’t put it down!

 

***** 5  New Moon – Stephanie Meyer

This is the second book in the Twilight series.  I LOVED this one also!  I love books about vampires and werewolves and thought this was great!

The series is probably geared towards girls age 16 – 25 but I found it to be very interesting and very well written.

 

 

Well there you have it! Better late than never right!  As always you can click on the picture or the title link to purchase any of these books  from my Amazon Store.  Until next month, Happy Reading!

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