Tuesday, August 15, 2017


She's 18 today. 

No words are enough to explain my love for 


Beautiful inside and out!

Thursday, August 10, 2017


I'm not sure what to write about.
Lots of things going on.
Packing for LN to run away to college makes my house chaotic.

I am going to miss her but I'm excited for her to start this chapter.
She's a smart cookie and is so levelheaded.
I hope she embraces the experiences on the way and has some fun to boot.
Her big brother Z keeps saying she will be drunk the first weekend.
He annoys her to no end.
She may but most likely won't.

The tuition scholarship trip to F and M last week was disappointing.
She will lose scholarship money she busted her butt to win to pay a trustee grant off instead of having a balance left over for sophomore year.
It's frustrating that scholarship committees write checks to colleges to do with as they will.
I know why it happens and know a few students who were not responsible with their money.
 Just for this kid I disapprove.
She will not have scholarships available in the next three years like she has now.
Organizations seem to think lets help your freshman year then you are on your own.
She has had some deferrals and checks sent to her.
Those are squirreled away for upcoming years.
I know I sound ungrateful and I am not.
It is a nice problem to have I am aware so don't judge.

Otherwise I'm still fighting the side effects from being sick all July.
The sulphur drug tore me apart.
I now know I am sensitive or flat out allergic to sulphur drugs .
The sensitivity to sunlight is horrible considering it is SUMMER.
I get headaches quickly.
I am out the other side so am taking it in stride as much as I can. 

I wish I was here!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Delaware State Fair

We are camped at the Delaware State Fair.
It's been a long 10 days but satisfying.
LN showed her market lambs with one making the auction.
Her breed sheep showed well also.
She won Champion Fitter Overall,
Champion Black Fleece,
Champion Lincoln Ewe
and Supreme Champion Wool Ewe.

Leadline with her problem yearling.

Still looked pretty and showed well.

Champion Fitting, don't mind the intense scowl.

Champion Black Fleece and Lincoln Ewe.

3rd place in market class which made the auction.

Supreme Wool Ewe
Happy girl!

Her and her sister R in matching shirts showing her Border Leicesters 
in White Wool Ewe Drive.

Fun fair for LN overall.
Her entries in the open building  were well received.
Two judges awards for her dress and rope basket.
4-H building entries also placed well.
Still have 4-H awards tonight before fair ends at midnight.
Big cleanup and transport home tomorrow.
 Proud of my kids.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

All American

LN & I left last Wednesday for the All American Junior Sheep Show in Madison Wisconsin.
It was a bit over 900 miles from our house.
It took about 15 hours to drive.
Mostly in the dark on the way out.

Many tunnels across Pennsylvania Turnpike as seen through constantly dirty windows.

See the ewe's head position?
This was the best she behaved on the leather halter for leadline lineup.
At one point she climbed on top of LN.
Shortly thereafter LN decided to pull out of that class.
Now we need to clean her outfit sadly of oils and wool .

She substituted the 3 mon old lamb for showmanship.
Although she behaved well for first time ever shown LN couldn't compete with older ewes most juniors showed.
She was pleased with the lambs behavior overall

Her Lincoln Longwools behaved well.
She placed with each and in her pairs class.
She knows how to improve and the work she needs to do. 

Oddly her yearling ewe acted fine when she is lead and set by hands only.

Because the announcer didnt broadcast her upcoming class in the stall area
LN scooted into class very late.
She pulled off a 4th but unsure if she'd place better if not so late?
Who knows maybe wishful parental thinking.

Can I go home now?

We are ready to ride!

She held that passenger seat down very well.

On the way home we passed a hundred or more windmills in Illinois and Indiana.
Delaware has one near the beach.
The first state has some catching up to do I think.

Pretty skies on the way home.
Long drive and show but good experience.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


LN and I are driving to Madison, Wisconsin tomorrow afternoon into Thursday . She's showing in the All American Sheep Show over the weekend.

I am hoping for cooler weather and no humidity. It's been in 90's with 65+% humidity and I'm done.

We are slowly gathering college supplies, setting up bank accounts, and generally sloughing through college requests. Dang I wish it were as easy as TV makes it on students. 

Poof I wanna go to college so I am there by the next day!!!

Life isn't TV I'm thinking...

Monday, June 5, 2017

No Rest ...

For hardworking parents...

Z came home from work not feeling well. It didn't matter to Miss A. She wanted her daddy after being with Grandma all day. The injustice of it all. He had his workpen in his mouth and she was on a mission.

This happened after her nap . Note the leg casually propped on the rail. It stayed there all 2 1/2 hours.

The graduate is not coming down off her high anytime soon. She's wearing linen shorts she made. 

Don't mind the dirty porch. Road dust covers it daily.

Saturday, June 3, 2017


Miss LN graduated this morning.
The keynote speaker was Governor Carney.
LN has met him several times through 4-H events.
Still an impressive visitor.

LN hugging the principal.
She been so nice writing great recommendation letters.
She's a former 4-H member and is now a 4-H leader.

The Governor doing pushups to impress a few football players.
They challenged him in the fall and he turned them down.
Today he made good...

A WWII veteran who missed his graduation because he was flying overseas to join the war
was given his diploma today.
He's 94 yrs old.
So impressive and tear-jerking...
Two students who passed away were given diplomas posthumously as well. 
So sad but so poignant.

Z came, actually smiled and hugged his sister.
A rare treat!
R was left out so...

She jumped in and his girlfriend R2 piled in on the other side.
It's a Z pileon!

All three of my children in one place and happy.
I love them.

Me and LN losing it trying to take a decent picture.
I dressed for sunny and 80*.
It was never above 75*, cloudy and windy.
Felt good to women of a certain age ;}

My pretty graduate.
On to bigger and better things.

Friday, June 2, 2017


It pays to persevere.
LN had senior night last night.

This chick of mine was rewarded for her hours of scholarship application writings
 and years of college prep. 
I am a proud Mama.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Teacher Thank-You's

LN made these as a parting thank you to her teachers. Small token from a senior.

At livestock show Z and LN discussed and solved world problems.

R and Miss A hung out with me.

Four new arrivals joined us this weekend. This is one lamb. So cute and sweet. LN and I drove to Massachusetts to acquire two. A long 5:30 am - 10:00 pm down and dirty trip. The other two came from western PA. Luckily the seller was coming to DE and kindly brought them along.

Winding now to graduation. Just a few days left of school for this grad. Time is spirally faster and faster.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

love this kid...

Senior night at soccer last week.

Honor cord ceremony last night.
She is such a great kid.
Just a good person down to her soul.
She always does the right thing with no prompting.
Def didn't inherit my craziness thank goodness.
Dang look out....
She's going to light up the world!