Just a little bit of everything

I did so good the first year of blogging keeping up with things and posting everyday. Lately though, I feel like I barely sit down and if I do, I don’t sit down with my computer. Then my computer got sick. I mean some kind of crazy virus that didn’t allow us to log in. My boys freaked out. I had no idea what to do. Thankfully my youngest Denton found what is called a FIXME STICK. It plugs into to your USB port and then cleans your computer. Again, thankfully, it worked! We can now log in and use the computer.  So here is a little bit of an update about what has been going on.


Town Celebration have started! Rose Festival Parade in State Center.
Thanks to Squeaker for having 5 more babies! They are growing and adorable, but need to find new homes. Soon.
We have been getting everyone out regularly to exercise and eat grass.
Thank heavens we didn’t get all the stupid Musk thistles last year. I was worried we wouldn’t have anything to do.
Raspberries have gotten ripe with all the heat and rain in early June.
Speaking of rain, got caught on a walk and was waiting for it to stop. So took a couple pictures of the beautiful drops.
Dolly was indeed bred. She had one large buck, our last Blaze baby.
And just duplicated herself. Seriously, they are identical.
Took Piper with me for company one day. She loves exploring and was exhausted by the time we were done.
I took Landon for company too. But I made him work. He’s pretty good help when he isn’t complaining.
I have seen more wild life this year than any I can remember. Baby deer, big deer, pheasants, turkeys, coyotes, wide variety of birds, and even a few babies!
I love these flowers. Instead of trying to take mom flowers that have wilted by the time I get back to her, I send her pictures of her bouquet. 
Another cool nest we found another day. Couldn’t believe how neat the nest was wound onto the plant. 
The garden is growing, but so are the weeds. Grrr…
Our Wednesday nights are busy with Guinea Pig Agility classes…
and Rabbit Hopping. This is not hopping so much as breaking. Miss Kitty lays out like this when she has had enough!
The kids are busy training their animals for fair. Raider the lamb is not loving his halter!
Our 8th annual Petting Farm at Collins Days Celebration. The 4-H kids did a wonderful job with their animals and posters for it!
There were a bunch of pictures of the parade, but here is our new sign for the club carried by two of our members. I truly love these kids and what they do.
Finally, I took Landon last Sunday and dropped him of at his Naval League Cadet Corp Basic Training Orientation. For a WEEK. No phone calls, no letters, no contact, unless there is a medical emergency. Since we are about half way through Friday and his graduation is Saturday at 0930, I assume he has made it through. I have missed him terribly and can’t wait to see him and hear all about it. I am so proud of him but this mommy likes having her kiddos at home with her!

So that pretty much gets us through the month of June. It’s been busy and I hope I have a chance to get back on here again before July is over, but if not, be well and enjoy the beauty that is all around you!



Adventures of Memorial Day Weekend

Well, I had big plans for the weekend. They mostly consisted of tilling my garden, planting as much as physically possible and mowing. But the torrential rain we got Saturday about noon really set me back. No tilling meant no gardening. I did finally get most of my mowing done. But, since I couldn’t do what I wanted I found other ways to keep busy!



Piper checking on the overly dramatic Raider the Sheep after his banding.


Started to morning by banding all the boys, goats and sheep, and giving them their second CDT shot.

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Button with Laker and Royal(standing) Dodger being a little dramatic.
Indi with Ziggy (back) and Xavier (front) who wasn’t dramatic at first and then holy cow goat!
Scarlett’s kids Jacy (left) and Jeff (laying down) wondering what the heck happened here?

Once we got that done I ran to town for some groceries. I was still planning on tilling the garden about 1. Then the rain came. Hard fast moving rain that dumped about .9″ on us. Gee just when my garden was almost dry enough to work in. Sigh.


After some minimal pouting, I turned around and this. How can you be upset about rain when there is beauty like this behind you?

Miss Kitty

So I brushed these guys out and double checked new tattoos and nails and switch them to the outside pens. Then I kind of wandered and checked everything out.

Much to my surprise the pigeons have started laying eggs! We got two, but one had a tiny crack. They are so cute.



Madelyn had gone camping with some friends, so the boys and I decided we should have our own adventure. We sent to Buffalo Wild Wings and ate, which was probably enough excitement for the day to them. Then we head on west of Ames to the Ledges State Park near Boone. They weren’t sure what to expect. At first, I think they were fairly convinced that they were going on an adventure like we do at Mom’s house. With creeks and ravines and some trees. They like those adventures, sure, but I think they were hoping for something new.


They thought it was very beautiful walking through and finding stairs. They were sure by this point that we had seen the ‘ledges’ that were actually just little ravines.


His face when he actually saw the Ledges, completely priceless!


The excitement level ramped up a bit here. While we still had to hike a ways, they couldn’t wait to see what it actually was like down there!


It was beautiful. I had driven here before but never taken the time to walk around. It was beautiful and a perfect day.


I am almost certain that Landon has done or said something that upset Denton here!


Of course they had to get in the water and played and explored here for about an hour.


The swallows nest along the ledge are crazy. It looks like they barely fit.


Third time up these stairs, my energy is fading, theirs seems to be growing!



They were very excited to get to the top and see what was up there. Ended up mostly trees, but there were some beautiful sights on the way.


Looking back to where we had been.
Straight down.

Over all it was a great afternoon together. We finished by heading through Dairy Queen for a smoothie and headed home to clean up and relax. Which is when I finally got the mowing done.



Started bright and early at the Rhodes Fire Department Annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast! Yum! Then I had to go to town for our business to get everything finalized for the Rhodes Memorial Day celebration. Then we got ready and headed to Collins to meet at the cemetery for the event there. I missed taking a picture of the awesome fly over a local pilot does! It was very cool and I got caught watching!

Then after we all ate dinner at the bar in Rhodes with the local legion, we all headed back to mom’s for our family fun! Started by getting supper ready and cooking and then headed out for an pasture adventure.


His boot tops are too short to get in.


Littlenephew made it to the top of the big big hill.
Throwing rocks.


Niece#2 was actually considering pole vaulting the creek!
Niece#3 was happy to help her sister out in this poor idea!
I wonder what Denton and littlenephew are discussing?



Just missing Niece#1, Niece#5, BigNephew, Sisinlaw and Brother, but quite the crew. My heart is full. After a Creek long adventure, we headed back to check food and play our usual game of kickball! No serious injuries, but Sister did come out of retirement and she might be a little sore today!

We celebrated Niece#3’s birthday and had way to much food and a lot of loud discussions, but there is no where I would rather be!

Thank you to everyone who has and will serve for this blessed life and beautiful country I get to call home. Freedom is not Free.


Friday’s Hunt v2.6

Welcome Back for yet another weeks edition of Friday’s Hunt hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills. I am in fact heading out to Eden Hills shortly because the Farm Market is open today! If you are in the area, you should stop out and visit the fun! This week our prompts are Starts with F, Week’s Favorite, and Shiny.

For Starts with F I love flowers. I wish I could get some of the wild flowers that I see in the pastures to grow in my yard flower gardens.



My Week’s Favorite is this one I got of a gravel road one foggy morning.


For Shiny I have this one of the sunset. It was taken a while ago, but it is still a pretty picture and about all I have! When it is so hot and I am so sweaty, I don’t have anything with me to take pictures.


I hope you have all had a wonderful week and if you have time, stop over and check out the other entries for Friday’s Hunt.

Real Feels

The weather people seem to be making up words to use. The ones we watch regularly have recently been using “pop up showers” and “spotty sprinkles” to explain rain they didn’t predict. This week they came up with “real feels”. I think this is in place of heat index. Well, we have been under Excessive Heat Warning and will be until the end of the week. I expect no less since the 4-H Fair starts Friday. Today is going to be the hottest day of the year. The weather people get all panicky. I wonder if they every consider that there has to be a warmest day of every year. There is a coldest one too.

Today is supposed to 98* with “real feels” of 115* Yesterday was only 95* with “real feels” of 105*. The humidity was high, but the work must be done. What do we do on days like that?

20160720_134849.jpgClean out the calving barn of course.


With a wheelbarrow. It was a sweaty job, but honestly, what a great workout! Lots of water made the day go a lot better.

Do make sure you are checking on elderly relatives and neighbors during this hot stretch. Make sure your pets have access to plenty of water and shade. I personally don’t mind the heat. I would rather be hot than face the alternative. But maybe that’s just me!


And the thunder rolls

I like a good rain. It does everything good. I especially love rain after Brother gets done planting the rye beans.

I don’t like severe thunderstorms with forecasted hail and tornados. Those do not make me happy. That is what we are watching for tonight. Everyone here  has good shelter and I guess you just have to sit back and hope for the best. I pray this is one of those times the weather people are wrong.


The clouds rolling in were impressive.

Our water tower, standing tall.


The old Fire Bell at Memorial Park


The other side of the street wasn’t as dark. Yet. It rained fairly hard and so far we have 0.6″ of an inch. We could use it, just nothing severe. For anyone please!

Some days

Went trucking the other day. Hauled 3 anhydrous tanks back and brought back 2. Then had to go get seed beans so Brother is all ready to plant the rye beans.


Had a little bit of a line. I did think it was kind of funny that all three of us were women.


All tied down and ready to go get feed additive for the calves.


Brother is making good progress on the rye bales. There is going to be a bunch! Which means…


Moving Bales!


At least the 3388 has air and a radio. I can do without the radio, but if it is going to be over 90 with high humidity I am pretty happy with air!!


Niece#2 and Madelyn came over to help weed Mom’s garden. They worked really hard and had it done in no time.


Big Nephew mowed while he waited on us. We have pretty good kids. Mom’s garden is looking really good. Which I should probably finish up here and tend to mine for a little bit!


Niece#5’s bottle calf. Madelyn loves her! I didn’t get pictures of it, but Brother had a calf that was a little down, so he showed me how to tube a calf and I did pretty good. My vet thought learning to tube a calf might help me learn to tube a goat eventually. I absolutely love that Brother is so patient in teaching me new things when it would be easier to just do it himself.


Our day once again ended at the ball park, watching storms go just to the east of us. The towns around got poured on and we got nothing. While rain would be ok for gardens, I would prefer it waited until Brother got everything baled. I hope you are having a wonderful week.


Beautiful Monday

Memorial Day is one of my favorite holidays. I absolutely love all the people that come out to remember and pay their respects to those who have served and given everything for our freedoms and rights that we enjoy everyday.


We went to the Memorial Service at the Collins Cemetery where Dad is buried. It was a beautiful service and they read off all the names of the veterans, 212 of them dating back to the Civil War. That is followed by the 21 gun salute and taps and then a fly over by a local pilot.


It was perfectly timed and amazing!


Just a great tribute and thank you.



Mom decorated the headstone with red and white flowers this year.


After a beautiful morning, we headed home to check every one and get our stuff for a picnic/bonfire at Mom’s.


We did have to milk out one side for Button, but it looks like that worked as they are now eating off of both!


Pretty much in love! They are so sweet.

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The baby bunnies are sure getting active. This is about the cutest they will be! Just absolutely adorable!


Brother has been cleaning up some dead trees at Mom’s. The big pile was not going to work to roast hotdogs, so we lit a little fire also. And had our usual epic game of kick ball. Only minor injuries and lots of laughter.


The clouds were rumbling and roiling but managed to stay north of us.


But they sure were pretty.


Just about what I would consider a perfect day. Thank you to all who have given of themselves to allow me to live this life full of freedom.