Saturday, July 11, 2009

My 3 Day Adventure Spree!!

So, the last 3 days I have been on an adventure of new things.....gotta keep myself busy on summer break. No down time.....okay maybe a few naps, watching my soap.....maybe a few Martha Stewart shows......oh yeah and a few bowls of ice cream:)
So on Thursday, my brother-n-law let me use his pick-up for the day. Its kinda like the "family's truck" and he lets us use it for those "really need a pick-up truck" items.
So, since my new hay man has been busy I thought I would go get hay from him on Thursday. Now this was a totally new venture on my behalf but I successfully drove the truck home that was loaded with 45 bales of hay and I successfully unloaded 40 of the 45 bales into the loft!!! I left the 5 down for feedings (well actually there was no way I could get those last 5 bales up in the loft from the bottom of the truck bed LOL). I am so excited about the hay!! $3.00 a bale is totally awesome!!

Okay, so after I got the hay unload, watched my soap & had ice cream, I ventured out again to get one yard of blended topsoil. My goal was to make a flower bed by the boys barn. Not that they care, but their barn needs a "cute factor". On the gravel bed behind the flowerbed is going to be a small wood shed to hold firewood. That's another project before going back to school.
Okay, so Thursday I was really tired and slept well that night.

Next adventure was on Friday when I watched my niece & nephew for the day while my sister went to work. I decided to take them to see the movie, "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs". Very cute movie btw. We had lunch at the mall & then went back to their house to go swimming. It was a relaxing adventure day:)
So today, Saturday, was another adventure. Off to Amish Country for an Amish school auction. Last year I got my oak milking stand at this same auction so I was hoping to get some "new" stuff today. But this year I took the mini-van for more room. Now of course Dad & Mom were with me and Dad is always watching how much money I spend. So when we got to the auction I scoped everything out and found 2 "must bid on" items. Afterall, I am a teacher and I need to support the school children:) First thing to do is to get out of Dad's sight in the crowd. Once I did that I moved myself up to the front where my "must have items" were being auctioned.

This is the first item I "had" to bid on. Okay, I am loving my new bench for the front porch!!! Price? $30 dollars !!!!!!! Oh yeah, I got a good price on this one!!

Now I am showing this picture because you see that glass atrium? I have been OBSESSED with getting one of those. Its made out of old antique windows. That one there had a price tag of $160...................NOT!!

Oh yeah!!!!!!! This was the other scoped item that I was not going to leave without!! I was one determined single white woman at that auction when I saw it and it was much larger than the one pictured in the previous picture. It was coming home with me.....regardless. End of discussion. Dad was nowhere to be found. So, yep, I bidded back and forth and got this garden greenhouse for $40 dollars!!!!!!!! I am on cloud 9 over this!! My mom is really jealous so I promise not to really rub it in, but I am really happy Mom!!!

Now I hated to just have the greenhouse by itself and the other bench is going on the front porch so I felt the need to buy this white weathered bench. I thought they would "compliment" each other in the garden area....the one with the picket fence. So, I got this bench for $15 dollars!! Now, of course I was not thinking these items might not all fit in the mini-van.......I kinda got caught up "in the moment"of bidding. I will not go into detail on my dad's and mine "discussion" on how we were going to get these items in "my" mini-van but just know that they all arrived safely back at my house, none of the bakery we bought got smashed, and because I am the shortest and smallest, I was smashed somewhere in the back seat and had to crawl out through the front seat to get out. The price I pay for things I am determined to buy.

So, all in all, I was having a lot of fun in the past 3 days:) I was telling these lambs about my adventures this evening and I think they smiled at me.......maybe they were just doing that to shut me up and pacify me because after all they are males and sometimes males just don't understand that female need to have more "stuff".
But I love "stuff". As my Dad says, "just more junk". But its cute junk......I love junk.
Gosh, Fall craft shows are just around the corner..............:)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Its a Daisy Kinda Summer!

Daisies are my favorite summer flower.......

........they greet me along the path to my front porch...............

........they smile at me when I go for walks with the dogs in the fields...........

.........and some of the daisies I have are kinda crazy like this variety but there is one Daisy that just drives me crazy on a daily basis............

..........its a four legged kinda daisy!!!!! I have been having a hard time coming up with a name for this almost 5 month old LaMancha doe. She is the bottle baby I got back at the end of March and is EXTREMELY NEEDY!!! I tell her everyday she is crazy especially when she trips me up while I am pouring grain, or chews on the bottom my shorts, or sneaks out when I open the gate and runs to the garden, or chews on my hair when I sit in the evening to chat with the animals. She drives me crazy sometimes!!!!! The other day she got out (again) and was nibbling on some weeds in the field, right next to a patch of daisies. And then her name just popped up in my mind!!!

Her official name will be "Autumn Acres Crazy Daisy".
I think her name suits her just fine. Now of course, as I mentioned before, daisies are my favorite flower..........and this silly LaMancha has been growing on me:)

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Friendship on the Farm

I love watching the animals hanging out with each other.

Take for example this silly LaMancha buck who is determined to get some leaves off the tree and TJ who is willing to lend him a "back" to get them. Keep in mind that TJ is ram.....a very laid back ram obviously:)

And how much better does it get when you can have lunch with a group of friends, even if it is on the wrong side of the fence. Right after I took this picture I chased their silly selves right back under the fence:)