LOVE YOUR SPOUSE CHALLENGE!!! Day 4

LOVE YOUR SPOUSE CHALLENGE!!!

I WAS NOMINATED BY (…) TO POST PHOTOS WITH MY SPOUSE FOR 7 DAYS AND TO TAG 2 PEOPLE EACH DAY TO KEEP THE CELEBRATION OF LOVE GOING TO PROMOTE MARRIAGE!!! Day 4- I nominate (…) and (…)

 

Scotland with my honey!! McKenzie Castle on the left and Loch Ness on the right! πŸ˜€ What a fun trip that was. A week long bus trip starting and ending again in London! We had a blast with my Mom and Dad!

My advice for a good marriage – never stop dating!<3

Some people think that the fun stops when you get married, but that does NOT have to be the case. Keep things exciting! Dates can happen anywhere, throw out the cliche that Hollywood imposes on us for how dates should go and be inventive! ❀

 

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LOVE YOUR SPOUSE CHALLENGE!!! Day 3

LOVE YOUR SPOUSE CHALLENGE!!!

I WAS NOMINATED BY (…) TO POST PHOTOS WITH MY SPOUSE FOR 7 DAYS AND TO TAG 2 PEOPLE EACH DAY TO KEEP THE CELEBRATION OF LOVE GOING TO PROMOTE MARRIAGE!!! Day 3- I nominate (…) and (…)

So our first home was not far from this place, this is The Abbey Gardens in Bury St. Edmunds, UK. We lived in a little village about 10-15 minutes down the road in Thurston.

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Jason and myself pictured here with my Father, Doug

My advice for a good marriage – Find beauty in everyday, sometimes being positive is tough but praying through it all helps tremendously! πŸ˜€ Around here, we sometimes play a game where if someone is being overly negative, you have to say 2 positive things for every negative. πŸ™‚

Until tomorrow, Yah bless …

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LOVE YOUR SPOUSE CHALLENGE!!! Day 2

LOVE YOUR SPOUSE CHALLENGE!!!

I WAS NOMINATED BY (…) TO POST PHOTOS WITH MY SPOUSE FOR 7 DAYS AND TO TAG 2 PEOPLE EACH DAY TO KEEP THE CELEBRATION OF LOVE GOING TO PROMOTE MARRIAGE!!! Day 2- I nominate (…) and (…)

Met and married in San Antonio, TX in 1995, it was a good year. Many said we were too young, we were just shy of our 19th birthdays! Our first home was NOT San Antonio there… we were swept away to our first home, you got a hint in “Day 1” of where that is. See tomorrow’s post if you don’t already know the answer… πŸ˜€Β 

Tips: Be flexible, forgive often and as quickly as you would want God to forgive you! πŸ™‚ #rulestoliveby

Until tomorrow, Yah bless …

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LOVE YOUR SPOUSE CHALLENGE!!! Day 1

LOVE YOUR SPOUSE CHALLENGE!!!

I WAS NOMINATED BY (…) TO POST PHOTOS WITH MY SPOUSE FOR 7 DAYS AND TO TAG 2 PEOPLE EACH DAY TO KEEP THE CELEBRATION OF LOVE GOING TO PROMOTE MARRIAGE!!! Day 1- I nominate (…) and (…) who were our good friends we met while in England πŸ˜€ (glad we are reconnected!!)

Bath, UK – I bought a Calligraphy set here at the gift shoppe of the Museum and I STILL have it! πŸ˜€

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My advice for a good marriage – always make room for FUN, isn’t that why you married him in the first place? Laughter is the best medicine!

Until tomorrow, Yah bless …

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Hampden County 4-H Show

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After about a 6 week break since our last show, show season is revving back up, starting with Hampden County 4-H Show near Springfield on the very grounds where the Big E will be held in a few short months. Last show we were not as prepared as we were this time, although this time we were not as prepared as last time. Allow me to explain.. Last time, we were flying somewhat solo. We had once before at the Topsfield Fair 2015, but it was a one-day show. We trucked in, showed and left. We were lacking several things; shavings, wheelbarrow, shovel, I can hardly remember, but the bottom line is this was a tough lesson to realize we needed to have a tangible checklist of ALL the items we need to make our shows go off without a hitch. Well the previous show we had to Hampden was The Big East, at this show we remembered most of our things, but we still forgot some items. Thankfully my husband was able to run back home and pick up a few of the items we were missing, i.e. a push broom, a water hose, and a few other odds and ends. We had some DRAMA from some of our neighbors. Our shovel “walked off” more than once and we were constantly tracking down our items. We had a neighbor that requested the use of our wheelbarrow saying he would help dump. He sure filled it and made a huge mess in OUR area and didn’t dump it ONCE. That’s another story though, but a lesson to other 4-Hers out there. Sharing is nice, and being thoughtful is better, if you borrow someone’s items be sure to TAKE CARE OF IT and RETURN it in BETTER condition than you found it. Being neighborly is excellent, but what’s better is to be as self-reliant as possible. Isn’t that the point, we are all trying to learn that big “R” Word… RESPONSIBILITY…. oh and that other “R” word… R-E-S-P-E-C-T … for other’s property. Ok rant over. πŸ™‚

So back to the story… so at The Big East we added to our “tangible checklist,” so we would not end up in this predicament. We also determined that someone would HAVE to stay in our area AT-ALL-TIMES. It was the only best way to be certain our things would not “walk off.” Again, sharing items is not the issue, we just prefer people would ask so we can keep our inventory in check, we certainly have borrowed a few items ourselves (so thankful!!). We should leave the show with what we brought plus our ribbons/earnings. πŸ™‚ End of story…

So our efforts proved great this time, and we added our set-up decorations to our entourage. We did some brainstorming and came up with a sign. I have since learned that while it was “fun and cute” it may have not been the best display as far as the pertinent info needed. So I made the sign with the idea in mind that we could change it as needed. The black sign “lights up” which is fun (see lights in the set up pic, scroll down) and is a chalk board which sounds great, but in practiceΒ  it did not show up enough to be helpful which is why we opted to do a “fabric cow” and put the breed and stats around the cow. The only problem is that from where the public walks through you really could not read the stats very well. So for next time, I have a plan to correct this problem.You will have to remember to check back to see our updated sign at our next show in 2 weeks!! πŸ™‚ I have already picked up the amendments which involves magnets and PAINT! πŸ™‚ Fun Fun!

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Impressive, a.k.a. “Evie’s” sign

Finding the right backdrop was a chore, especially when you wait until the last minute ::blush:: and Walmart is the only choice. You see, normally we are not this ill-prepared, but while we were all signed up and knew a show was coming up, we overlooked the fact that it was 3 days from when we needed to be there! YIKES! Good thing I’ve had some experience with quilting and crafts and such so we switched into high gear and I ran up some cute curtains as our back drop, threw this sign together with a discount sign from Michael’s and vuala… there you have it… our finished result:

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With the lights switched on ❀ πŸ™‚

Our roles are at the shows are as follows:

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As time goes on we are becoming more defined in our roles. So far so good as of this last show. I felt very together, once we got ourselves together πŸ˜€ .

So the end result, I’ll let the pictures do the talking:

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We’re looking forward to our next show in 2 weeks!

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That’s all for now, Yah bless …

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This morning, during my morning routine, I opened the patio door to let the cool morning breeze in and to my surprise I see a pair of blue birds sitting in a nearby tree, courting. How cute! I love birds, and I love the color blue, so any bird that is blue always captures my heart and attention! πŸ™‚ They had both at this time. I let them to their singing and bid my husband farewell at the door. A short time later, my daughter and I are discussing the day’s plans and we hear: “thump-thud-slide-click-flutter-thump.” My daughter says, “WHAT is that?” We discern the sound coming from the sunroom and determine that the cute pair of blue birds are attacking their reflections in the sunroom glass! Silly birds!! It appears that the female is leading the attacks. We attempted to shoo them away a few times, but they leave and then return to fight off their attackers. My guess is they are new to the area and have decided to move in, but first they have to fight off the competition… i.e. their reflections. Well… for their own sakes, I hope they get it sorted out SOON because when our barn kitty Pookie comes around, they may have some trouble on their feathers.

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That’s all for now, stay tuned until next time.:)

Yah bless!

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Birthday Bear!

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Well it has been another year, not a year since my last post, but another year since my last birthday, well actually… my birthday was last month on June 21st. We have been pretty busy over the last few months and while we have had no shortage of fun and adventure my blogging has been seriously lacking and I apologize for that. I hope you all missed me as much as I missed you all!

Well there was much adieu about a certain visitor we had on the very morning of my birthday. I know you read the title, which is probably why you clicked on my blog to read and find out what exactly a bear might have to do with someone’s birthday. Well the story goes like this:

It was the morning of the birthday of yours truly and I was getting some much needed beauty sleep… (what? you think this comes naturally?, lol, well thanks I appreciate that, truly!). Well, about the usual time in the morning our local birds began singing. They were chattering more loudly that usual but I did not think too much of it and as usual I got up and closed our bedroom window so that we could get a few extra minutes of shut-eye, it was about 4:30 in the morning after all. I lay back down and I could not relax enough to go back to sleep, this was unusual for me this early in the morning. I lay there and tried to get comfortable enough so I could relax and fall back into dream land. Instead I just continued to lay there. The room began to lighten slightly and then darken once more followed by a sound that sounded like thunder. I asked my sleeping husband, “did you hear that?” He said sleepily, “hm?” I said, that sound, it sort of sounded like thunder… I paused and after no response from sleeping hubby I decided I was already awake, I should go to the bathroom window and have a look for myself. From the bathroom window I verified that there were indeed clouds enough to justify that that sound I heard must have been thunder. I did not know we were expecting rain. I hung out in the bathroom pondering if I should even try to go back to bed when suddenly I hear my daughter’s bedroom door BURST open and she was RUNNING … I was like …oh no, I hope she is not needing to come into the bathroom because I’m in here, so I say….”I’m in the bathroom,” just as she is BURSTING into our bedroom to my sleeping hubby and she excitedly proclaimed, “THERE’S A BEAR IN THE FRONT YARD, THERE’S A BEAR IN THE FRONT YARD.” Instantly I am out the door WITH my phone running down the stairs, my husband and daughter ran back to her room to observe the beastly bear from her perspective in her bedroom.

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What Husband and Daughter saw …. :-O

I ran down to the dining room where I knew I would have a good view of the bird feeder he was busting into. It was still just dawn and the sun was not nearly up enough to give us perspective for our cameras’ sake.

By now, my husband and daughter came downstairs to see if they could get closer to the bear to observe him. My husband went into our sunroom to try and snap some closer shots of him, but the lighting was not in our favor.

To see a video of what we saw, albeit very dark and grainy, but decent none-the-less, click here.

So with all our bear spying out of the way my thoughts turned towards us, our farm, our animals and our safety concerning said bear feeling “comfortable” on our land and property.

I quickly concocted a plan to SCARE the EVER LIVING DAYLIGHTS out of this bear in hopes that as much as I LOVE bears (truly I do, but I don’t want to end up in a pile of bear dung, you understand…) he will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, never, (add more evers and nevers, you get the idea) return!

Based on a scenario we had with a much less formidable (to humans anyway) creature we once contended with… a Road Runner (That will have to be a #TBT for another time.). My final plan to STRONGLY discourage the Road Runner from hanging about was to employ my “secret weapons,” my Aussie Posse. They are a formidable bunch, only they are short one out of the original three, in her youth their leader, Ocean, used to be tough and ruthless, she is now … rough and literally toothless (bless her). So I stealthily retreat to the basement to gather my secret weapons, Ty and his son Ronen. I bring them upstairs as quietly as I possibly can but remember how early it was in the morning?? It was very early, I think we are rounding to about 4:45 AM maybe now, I had not even pottied the dogs or anything, they are fresh out of their kennels and having no idea of the favor I’m about to ask them. The favor? You may ask… well the favor is that I want the dogs to go postal on the bear… through the storm door. No I would NEVER intentionally unleash my dogs on a bear, that would be a suicide mission and I happen to like… no LOVE my dogs very much. πŸ™‚ So on “go” I have increased anticipation in my dogs saying to them “are you ready? are you ready? lets go… etc,” they have NOOOO idea of what they are ready for but they are like “yeah, yeah, yeah!” I, as quietly as possible, crack the front door open, but the bear has already begun to bolt, in hopes to get a BIGGER scare I YANK the door open and tell the dogs “get him, get him!!” I bang on the glass for a BIGGER effect and Ronen backs me up, Ty unfortunately did not like this and had no clue what this was all about and he ran to his dog bed in the living room to hide leaving me with Ronen as my side kick. As the bear retreated from his quarry (my favorite bird feeder, pics to follow below) I wanted him to know we MEANT business!! I stepped out on the porch to yell at him some more saying, “GET OUT OF HERE!!” The bear stopped and turned and looked as if to say, “but I wasn’t done yet.” I was like, “BAD BEAR, GO ON, GET OUT OF HERE!!” I clapped my hands and made such a clamor and somehow, my daughter opened the door (probably to tell me to get back in the house) and Ronen slipped out and zoomed after the bear assailant, now my attention turned to Ronen, my Aussie vigilante!! He is one that will seem to bite off more than he can chew but the boy will finish what he starts. I did NOT want to find out the outcome if he came in contact with the bear though so I turned my attention to call Ronen back to ME! The charging canine did the trick and the bear wasn’t going to stick around to find out what this was about, he boogied out past our front gate and towards this big giant bush (that I have a love/hate relationship with), one big giant bush big enough to house at least 6 bears I’m sure! The bear in his exit ran by it, too, so I could verify that! Yep! At LEAST 6 bears for sure! So he ran, and headed towards the road, a car even had to slow down for the bear to make his escape.

Phew!

So here is the damage that my birthday bear laid out for me

Gazebo Bird Feeder $15:

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Experience: Priceless!

We will rebuild…

Did I mention that we named him? At first we thought, “Basil,” but after surveying the damage and thinking of all the mornings events and the wake of destruction he left we decided on a more Indian type name of: “Thunder Nectar.” πŸ™‚

To Note: How did I know he was a male bear? While I can’t say that I know exactly for SURE, but I can say from experience because…well, years ago I used to work at The Wild Animal Orphanage in San Antonio, TX. I believe it is closed now, sadly. We had bears there and I have learned what sets the males and females apart. One thing was … he was alone. This time of year it is uncommon to see a bear without cubs if it is a female. The second thing is that it was LARGE, yes bears are large, but he was at least a good 10″ taller at the shoulder than what a female bear would be. So we had what “appeared” to be a young male bear here on our hands.

That’s all for now, stay tuned until next time.:)

Yah bless!

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