Sunday, October 15, 2017

Done before...

Christmas season.

Socks are finite finally. I don’t keep at it so it took a year . Oh well at least I finished .

Self striping yarn is pretty nice.

I tried to start about the same place on the second sock.

Matched up pretty well.

Now to start a Christmas present that is to gifted this year not next.

Thursday, October 5, 2017


...someone fade away who was vibrant and full of life is humbling.

My Dad hang the moon for me.

Oh the stories I can NEVER share of his escapades. 
It’ll be a long haul but signs are so prevalent now.
He doesn't want to stay here handicapped by his waning health.
He was always a vibrant person , always working at something.
Nothing he couldn't fix or build.
Now those memories are fading or gone. 
My memories of him will never fade but most will remain private.
He was something alright but loose lips sink ships.
We were a team and I have never been closer to anyone.

I hope to encourage him to try but I see his point also.
There just are not enough words ...

Sunday, October 1, 2017


I woke up to 50• outside and 60• inside. I am happy, happy, happy!

Hopefully the bugs will go away so Miss A and I will be able to go outside without getting bit every two feet or so. We are magnets for mosquitos. Her more than I but I still get bit a lot more than others.

She loves to play outside so hopefully she will be able to without looking like a leprosy patient.

No amount of flea medicine either prescribed or over the counter works on dog and cat that run through fields and pastures. 

My night lights and bowls of soapy water are spred through the house. I change it daily. The amount is thinning. Some bowls are only containing one or two fleas but may contain small spider or moth. Yea they die too yeah! I'll keep this up till frost shows up. I do not turn heat on until after frost. I do not let cat or dog inside either. S does after I go to bed, he thinks I don't know it. Nothing bites him so he doesn't care.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Common sense has died in America

I do not care if you like this blog, is for my personal use not to please the world.

I read others blogs and enjoy them.

I DO NOT try to tell them they are wrong nor do I preach to them.

I believe most bloggers write as a journal also.


I have unfollowed so many lately because I can't take the negativity about our country.

Historically we have had horrible Presidents but I can not remember any 
being trashed daily over every word and having their lives threatened such as is happening now.

Good, bad or indifferent Trump is America's President.

{Geeze Nixon didn't get this much hatred and he was impeached and resigned.}
Respect our President, respect our flag, respect America!
I have disliked some of our Presidents but I kept it to myself and didn't act like a fool.
The protests are ridiculous, period.
I will not watch football anymore or any sport or show that disrespects the USA.

What the hell has happened to common sense and patriotism anyhow?

If you don't like my opinion please unfollow me, don't bother commenting.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Big E

This weekend LN , R and I drove to Massachusetts for the Big E sheep show.

She won Reserve Champion Wool Lamb in Junior Show .

She also won the senior class of leadline.

Then won overall leadline Champion.

This won her wool fabric and Babylock sewing machine.

Nice weekend with my girls.

Wearing paisley showing LN's Lincoln lambs.

R helped her all weekend.

Lambs were happy to rest after the show.

On the way home something blew or leaked oil everywhere.

I limped home and now have to deal with fixing that.

It is always something.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Mojo Nojo

Gosh I have no mojo...
I have tons of projects to finish but no motivation to do.
Some days my mind is racing so fast I can't settle.
Does that make sense?

I am plugging away on catching up since LN went to college.
Mostly household projects; sorting, cleaning, etc.
Still working on scholarships for her.
I type on old typewriter the main information.
She writes essays or statements needed and emails me completed paper.
I put it all together and mail it off.
We are a good team.

I do miss her.
Not I'm crying and unconsolable but she was my sidekick for so many years it's just weird.
She texts me regular and mostly she initiates conversations.
She's thriving at F and M.
Joining clubs, enjoys classes, looking into study abroad and internships, etc.
Full immersion ...

I'm still watching Miss A each week one or two days.
She keeps me busy for sure running to catch up to this busy girl.

I took her to beach last weekend. She was happy to explore and walked so much for a 16 month old.
The stroller was evil and she did not want to be pushed around but she would push it for me.
Someone (I was with close friends) had to steer but she pushed it.

She stared at the waves rolling in. 
She put her hands behind her back and contemplated her life.

No interest in getting wet but she did eat a good bit of sand for some reason.
Into everyones life some grit/sand must fall?
We ate at an awesome place, they serve Death Fries.
Yum the best!
French fries with barbecue sauce, cheese, bacon and ranch dressing on top.
Don't knock it till you try them.
Miss A threw a knock down full out tantrum there as I tried to make her sit in a booster seat.
She was fine standing in the seat but not sitting.
It was embarrassing and I was that person unable to control my grandkid.
I walked her outside and back in and sat her on my lap which she was ok with.
Hmmm may need to go out to restaurants more to teach etiquette .
Thats such a weird statement.
Yes I know she is 16 months old and yes she needs to learn it at home.
It will give me an excuse to steal her away to the beach though so hush.
Those death fries...I'm just saying....

Mornings are cool and fog lays over the fields.
I'm in heaven.
No AC and happy girl I am.

My son Z reading to Miss A.
Hard to see but she's laying on his chest.
He's such a badass right?
He likes to think so but I see how gentle and sweet he is with her.
She fell couple feet onto concrete the other day while with me.
He was constantly checking on her all day.
She had small cut on her head but otherwise was ok.
She was quieter than normal, sitting to watch TV (yuck), playing on floor instead of running around.
I watched her all day just in case and checked her at nap time.
I'm sure she had a headache but can't say.
By supper (this happened at 10 am) she was back to tearing up the world.

Side note:
I woke up with Mickeys Playhouse song scrolling in my head the other night.
When she is with me I only let her watch "her TV" for two half hour sessions a day.
She doesn't pay attention most of the time except when music comes on.
Why start such a bad habit?
She loves her music though so I turn on music channels otherwise.
I like music too so we jam.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Time to fly...

LN is moved in to Franklin and Marshall and goodbye has been said. I'll see her Friday to go to a livestock show over the weekend. 

Chilling and setting up wifi...

Desk becoming a makeup center. She's will nest in her bed to study or go elsewhere.

Posters and lights make everything bright!

I'm in hotel after going to small town fair.

Tomorrow flea markets before heading home .

I'm exhausted ...

Night all!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Strong and Tough

We spent last night before LN is moved to college working of course.

Tub washing sheep for MD state fair next weekend, cleaning nasty pen, killing wasps and mud dabbers by the ton, cussing, arguing, laughing, and generally causing grief all around.

No pictures because we were all working and wet and occasionally wearing manure.

Truck is packed and ready.

R was here helping tonight and saying goodbye. They are really close .

Z will be here at 5:50 am to say goodbye. He's a toughy but inside he cares.

Grandparents were visited today.

Her best friend is here now for last hugs.

Tomorrow she flies...

Tough and strong (and occasionally mean) just like I want her to be.

Life's not humble and kind.

Kick a** kid!

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.