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After coming home from the hospital this morning I took a nap for a few hours. My day actually began around 12:30pm. Here’s how it’s gone:

I went outside to drink my coffee and have a smoke and I met a new friend. From the looks of his plump belly he'd had a hearty breakfast. I had to pick him up and take him away from the property before my Mother had a heart attack. He was a big boy, about 18" long. Gigantic for this part of the woods.

I went outside to drink my coffee and have a smoke and I met a new friend. From the looks of his plump belly he’d had a hearty breakfast. I had to pick him up and take him away from the property before my Mother had a heart attack. He was a big boy, about 18″ long. Gigantic for this part of the woods.

 

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When I went in for my shower Ken and his ladies greeted my from the edge of the tub. Looks like he had a good night. Sorry Ken, you have to go. You’re not my type 😉

Then while at the playground my niece climbs atop the fire engine and states that she "wants to ride in big firetrucks when I get big like you Auntie". Awww!

Then while at the playground my niece climbs atop the fire engine and states that she “wants to ride in big firetrucks when I get big like you Auntie”. Awww!

 

This evening as I tried my dress on for one last time before the wedding to make sure I didn’t have to do any touch-ups my niece came waltzing into my room. Her jaw dropped to the floor and she said, “Auntie! You don’t wear dresses!”. Haha. She was only a year old when I last wore a dress at my graduation. She then went on to inform me that I can’t wear my camo hat and my work boots with the dress ’cause “it just doesn’t work”. God love her!



{May 11, 2013}   The Skies Opened Up
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The sky yesterday, just before Mother Nature watered our gardens.

It’s been three long weeks without any rain. The flowers that had blossomed prematurely were wilting. The roads were so dusty that you couldn’t see where you were going if there was another vehicle in front of you. The trees that should have been turning green and filling out looked like severely malnourished children. A lot of wells went dry and we had a lot of brush fires to fight.

We finally got some rain yesterday and last night, accompanied by a few rumbles of thunder. The temperatures went from the high 70’s and low 80’s to the low-to-mid 60’s in no time at all. Like magic, the leaves burst into green overnight. The flowers perked up. The dirt roads suffered a small amount of washout, but they’re no longer part of a dust bowl. Most importantly the fire danger levels have dropped.

I can’t imagine what it’s like for the farmers out west who suffer through months and months with no significant rainfall. They’re much stronger than I could ever be. God bless them.



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German Shepherds are well known for “holding hands”- giving you their paw to hold while you pet them. My Shepherd, Sargent, does this every time you give him any attention. Tonight his aim was a little off and he got my throat with his nails. I never realized just how tender the skin of my neck is. Tears instantly sprang into my eyes and beads of blood surfaced on my neck.

My thoughts: damn, I really need to get his nails trimmed and… this is going to look bad for work (and anywhere else I go).



{March 21, 2013}   Reminiscing

Man, remember when?

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Lambchop

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The Dinosaurs

I used to watch endless reruns of Lambchop at my Grandparents house during the day and then endless reruns of The Dinosaurs when I’d go home at night. I had the coolest Dinosaurs coloring book. I never colored in it because I was afraid if I did I would really want to color it at a later date. I don’t know what ever happened to that book. “Not the Momma!”

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Barney' s Christmas Movie

And what mid didn’t fall in love with Barney?! I remember having all of the Barney movies. I had a Barney blanket for my bed, a Barney stuffed animal that sang that “I love you, you love me…” song, a 25 piece puzzle of Barney and Bee-Bop, a pop-up punching bag with Barney on it (I get the joke now, Mom and Dad, haha) and I even got to see Barney and Bee-Bop on an RV trip my parents took my brother and I on. Keep in mind, I fell obsessively in love with the original Barney- more of a plum color than a bright purple.

I’m not really sure why I’m reminiscing about my favorite childhood television shows right now. Maybe because it seems like kid’s shows have really taken a nose-dive. I wasn’t allowed to watch The Simpson’s until I was thirteen, now my six year old niece can almost quote King Of The Hill.

I’d like to see some of the old shows come back. I could totally tuck into a Wonder Years marathon right now!



{March 9, 2013}   Unconditional Love

What’s better than unconditional love? Nothing. Who’s love for you will never waver? When you’re having a bad day or are absolutely miserable? Your pet. Mine happens to be Babe, my cat. She loves me no matter what. She loves me so much, she’ll sit through hours of an L Word marathon. That’s love.

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