Saturday, February 28, 2015

Soccer craze

For the last year or so, my youngest has been addicted to soccer. Not sure why or how it seeped into his system, but it has. He will disappear for an hour or so and when I find him, he'll be outside practicing. If it's cold out, he'll go out for a while, come back in to warm up and then go back out again. I'm glad he's found something that he loves to do!

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His practice has paid off. He's really good at bouncing and controlling the ball. I hope they do well in spring soccer this year!

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He does crack me up with his funny facial expressions in just about every picture!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


The morning that our power came back on, I was wrapped up in a blanket on the couch, watching tv and catching up on emails/work. I heard a bang and saw a bird bounce off the patio door. I didn't get up, because...well, it was a bird. It was kinda big, so I assumed a morning dove and figured after it got its bearing back, it would fly off. The husband went over there and asked what he should do with the bird. It was pretty big and really pretty. So that peaked my interest and I went over to check it out.

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I had never seen a bird like this one before and it was definately not a morning dove. I text a picture to my mom and she didn't know either and didn't have her bird book handy, but said it looked like some type a hawk. Off to Google I went!

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Turns out it's Kessler Hawk. Appears to be a juvenile also. I had never seen one before, much less in my yard! I would assume it was going after a small finch and the finch took a right and the hawk didn't and slammed into the window. ;) Pretty cool though. After a few minutes, it hopped up onto the wheel and shortly after that flew off to continue his hunt.

Monday, February 23, 2015

When will it end

Winter continues this week as we had snow, sleet, ice and then rain...all in the same day. Welcome to winter in Tennessee! The snow started and came down as big, fat flakes. It didn't take long to cover the roads. I was able to bribe the punks into a few pictures! I love snowy pictures. They cooperated...for a few minutes.

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Not sure if I like the black and white or color better!

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Not to be outdone, his brother takes the bribe also!

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Same problem as to color or black and white.

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He's such a goofball.

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And like his brother, couldn't hit the broad side of a barn! He aimed, he missed. :)

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dear Winter...part 4

I've determined it's time to break up. It's time for you to leave. I know it's really only been 1 week of this yucky stuff, but we are all beyond the fun stage.

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It looks so beautiful...and it really was...but we are all ready for spring and warm weather!

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We are tired of being cooped up inside the house...even though we've taken several drives to take pictures.

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On one of our drives, we even had to help wrangle some jackasses. Imagine that! (I'm not sure what the difference in a donkey vs a jackass, but Mr Gilbert called them jackasses. Might have been because he was a little peeved? ;)

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It was quite comical and although I only had to help shoo them back once, I helped! :)

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You just never now what you're going to run in to!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dear Winter...part 3

I really hate to say it, but pictures just do not do it justice. The sun just made everything sparkle and you just cannot see that in the pictures.

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And against the dark sky, it was just beautiful. So pretty in fact that I had to pull over to take pictures.

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I tried different angles and though pretty, just not the same.

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Everything just sparkled like diamonds.

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Don't let the sun/blue skies fool you, it was freezing out!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dear Winter...part 2

So our power went out at 6pm. We had planned ahead and purchased propane for the little heater that's in the living room...minor detail, we didn't test it. Murphy, that darned Murphy struck again. Overall, I was comfortable all night. The kids were fine. 1 piled high with 4 blankets and a cat and 1 with 3 blankets and a dog. I on the other hand had a cranky butt with bad knees that lock up when they get cold. It was a long night. ;)

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We awoke to beauty...pure beauty. And lights and heat that came on after 13 hours. The house was at a whopping 47 degrees. We decided to take a walk and survey the damage. Because what I forgot to mention was that all night long, limbs and branches were falling from the 4 HUGE trees that surround the house. It could have been so much worse that just having no heat! Thank you God!

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I will admit though, I considered looking for helmets!

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But the picture that was painted for us all night long was just amazing.

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Ice coated just about everything.

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They're still not happy, but mainly because they're penned up...and because I forgot to bring them treats. ;)

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Knowing that the state was just about shut down over this storm, I figured we'd be stuck for days. We were luckily enough to get out and about later in the day!

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So much beauty.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Dear Winter...part 1

You're not nice!

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This was the start of our fun.

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Those are not snow flakes, but rain drops. As it continued to rain, it continued to freeze on everything in sight.

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Don't get me wrong, it's really beautiful.

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But as it gets heavier and heavier, life gets a bit more difficult!

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They were not happy either!

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EVERYTHING was coated with ice...and what happens when wires get coated? A little thing like POWER goes out!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Circle of Life

I have been wanting 2 more chickens. Keeps the eggs flowing a little faster and then it's easier to share them. So a friend of ours gave us 2 small hens, nicknamed Crockett and Tubs. (Someone's a Miami Vice fan. ;) ) Unfortunately they were not hand raised and did not want to come to the coop each night, so the friend gave us a rooster to help round them up. I have always said I did not want a rooster. He was a beautiful rooster, but I knew he was only here temporarily. Well, 1 morning we left the coop open so that they could come/go and get used to it. Unfortunately, that was a mistake.

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He did his job of rounding them up and keeping them together. And shortly before we got him, the white hen had disappeared, but she was back within a day of him arriving.

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Unfortunately leaving the coop open to help the new hens and the rooster was a mistake. I came home last week to feathers everywhere and one of my hens missing. They are usually only allowed out when I'm home, so I have plenty of guilt and sadness. I know it's the circle of life, but my girls were my girls. They would come running to me when I came out and would come running when it was time to be put up at night. Mr Rooster fought the battle of his life for my girl too. It didn't matter that he wasn't around them (they were very independent and didn't hang around him and the other 2 much), when it came down to it, he fought for them anyway. He did his job.

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We thought he'd be ok after a few days, but he was just injured too badly. RIP Mr Rooster. Thanks for trying to protect all of them.

Monday, February 9, 2015


I was doing so well in January! February hit and it seems I fell off the planet. Unfortunately last week was a struggle for me and I don't think I picked up my camera at all. And there was no editing of what I had waiting on my hard drive either. I need to just breathe and get back to what I love.

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Taken a few weeks ago and it sums it up for me...snuggles help fix everything!