Thursday, July 28, 2016

My Granddog likes to be Cradled

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Girly, Brandon's dog, doesn't understand "too big for my lap." She loves to be held and rocked like a baby and will ask me to let her into my lap which is where she is in this picture. She snuggled right up to my breast like a baby! She'll take all the love I can give her. She still suffers from anxiety from losing her first owner to cancer, so our family tries to work it out to make sure she is never alone. She is a sweetheart! She's also been helpful in running dogs off our farm during the daytime. She goes home with Brandon every evening and keeps watch over him.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

An idea to help if someone you love works in the heat...

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When Clint works his second job on the weekends, it can get very, very hot. Recently, he had to pull two twelve hour days in over 100°F conditions. The workload was unusually physically demanding and very fast paced. He came home exhausted. I had his chair ready with his shorts, his big cup of ice water, two cold peaches, and two cloths with ice cold water. I had a fan blowing on him and an ice bath for his feet. After asking the children to leave so Clint could change his clothes where he was, I helped him out of his sweat drenched clothes. Then I wiped him down with the cold cloths. He was so appreciative and felt better very quickly.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Little Brother

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He's not so little any more!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

He's Handy to Have Around

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I told Caleb I needed a bookshelf to store the girl's school books.
He came back in an hour with this!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Quit Playing with My Food

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Sorry it is blurry. Cell phone picture
I went with a cheaper phone and plan to save on costs since so many of us have phones now.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

This Isn't a Pretty Story

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If you are easily upset by the harsher realities of life...
If you believe guns have no place whatsoever in society, ...

you need to stop reading.

We live in the country on a farm with livestock surrounded by approximately 60-75 acres of forest. Two weeks ago, we had a fox having seizures, convulsions, and the inability to walk more than a few steps at a time in our yard right where six of our children walk to the feed storage. Our livestock had been fed earlier that morning. Joshua was going to take the hogs fruit peelings from breakfast and saw the fox in the yard. He told me right away with a "It's sick and acting like it has seizures or something." I knew before I got outside what I'd have to do*, so I told Joshua to get me the gun while I headed out to make sure we didn't lose it and to observe it.

The fox was showing several symptoms of rabies. Our dogs and cats are vaccinated, but there was still a threat to the people, stray pets, and the wildlife in our neighborhood. So, to be responsible, I had to kill the rabies, which had already "killed" the fox. My shot was off. Ugh!! I got its hip. 

As a strong nurturer, I hate to cause anything suffering. When I've had to put something down, I've always done the job efficiently. That didn't happen this time. However, the fox was so far gone, its brain could not register any pain. It literally did not know it was shot. I was glad, but now I had a crazy situation on my hands.

It crawled under a very heavy wooden crate. One or both of us would have to lift the crate which would put our legs very close to an animal with what I strongly suspected was rabies. I couldn't just fire through the crate because there was metal in it which could cause a ricochet. Also, I'd still have to lift the crate to see if had finished the job. I had no vehicle at home in that moment, and my neighbor wasn't well. I knew if anything went amiss we'd have to wait for an ambulance to drive to the house and then drive us to the best hospital for treatment. It took just seconds to think this through and realize I didn't like any of those options.

I called Clint at work and asked his advice on how to best handle the situation. He told me to watch to make sure it did not escape to the brush about 20' away and wait for him to get home. With his thick tent canvas pants protecting his legs, he lifted the crate. In that split second, the fox turned towards Clint which was alarming! Clint quickly finished the job. We burned the fox and the crate.

This is the second time in twenty years we've seen what we suspect was a rabid animal in our neighborhood. *Animal control told us on previous calls that they don't come out unless an animal has bitten someone or is fully contained. They tell us if wildlife is sick or a threatening to shoot it ourselves. I'm OK with that; it's country life! They don't test for rabies unless an animal has bitten someone because testing is expensive. What this tells me is that the reports for rabies in any area that follows this practice can be very misleading. 

We gave all of our dogs and cats a rabies booster per our vet's advice. Since we already have vet given rabies for their county licenses, we had the vaccine shipped overnight and administered it ourselves. It wasn't cheap, but it's worth the peace of mind.

The scariest thing about this is that I am convinced by the timing, that the fox was under the feed storage shed that morning while my children were walking all around. I'm thanking God it stayed hidden. 

Clint gave the oldest of us our bi-annual gun safety/target practice course again. Brandon came home for it.

I encourage you to learn what "dumb" or paralytic rabies looks like. Most people I talk to think "Cujo" behavior when they think rabies. The animal can appear friendly or injured. Please teach your children to get you any time they see a wild or strange animal. Teach them not to pet or approach any animal, even someone else's pet, without your permission. 

Please excuse the errors. It's another full-plate morning.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

This Happened on the 4th....

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My fun loving daughter used pet safe dye to "Smurf" my poodle..
Me laughing: "Amanda! Oh my word! How long until it washes out?"
Amanda laughing harder: "It doesn't wash out. It has to grow out."
I will have a blue dog until I can shave her again.
Maggie liked the extra attention she received at the gas station though.
"It's a Bloodle!"

This is NOT Scriptural Love

"Here is another very common delusion! Thousands pride themselves on never condemning others, or saying they are wrong, whatever they may do. They convert the precept of our Lord, “Do not judge,” into an excuse for having no unfavorable opinion at all of anybody. They pervert His prohibition of rash and censorious judgments into a prohibition of all judgment whatsoever. Your neighbor may be a drunkard, a liar, a violent man. Never mind! “It is not love,” they tell you, “to pronounce him, wrong.” You are to believe that he has a good heart at the bottom! This idea of love is, unhappily, a very common one. It is full of mischief. To throw a veil over sin, and to refuse to call things by their right names–to talk of “hearts” being good, when “lives” are flatly wrong–to shut our eyes against wickedness, and excuse their immorality–this is NOT Scriptural love."  ~ J.C. Ryle

Saturday, July 09, 2016

When Fearful, Remember...

"Every time God says, “Don’t be afraid,” it’s only the first part of his sentence." -read more here.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

A Fun Long Weekend

Miss Em had a great birthday on the 3rd!

Even though we didn't get to set off the fireworks we purchased, we had a fun filled celebration of our nation's independence. Fyi, non-aerial fireworks are legal in our county.

We live right across the river from the very place our country won her independence in Yorktown where Cornwallis surrendered to Washington. They have a big fireworks display which we can see a bit of over the tree tops. This year's was cancelled.

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two of our stars, The Rapping Duo

We were blessed with a huge buffet of food mostly cooked on the grill by Clint. The children filled 700 water balloons for a massive water balloon fight. There was good fellowship with neighbors and surprisingly talented impromptu entertainment! We later settled in for a couple of movies as a family.

We also managed to get some work done. We took apart, repaired, and reinstalled our bathroom shower doors, installed a new side door, and established our RV for use as our farm sales office.

We'll set of the fireworks during our annual bonfire gathering this fall.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Nice, Inexpensive Queen Elsa Play Dress

I purchased this costume dress for Emily and was very pleased with how it looks, fits, and with the construction for $35. I'm sharing because I have a lot of friends with little girls who also like to dress up. Emily is 9 and wears an 8/10. I purchased the 11/12, and it fits her with a good amount of room to grow--exactly like I expected. This is an affiliate link meaning I get back a very small percentage if you order through it. My review and pictures of Em and the dress are on the page.

Monday, July 04, 2016

God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood

I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me.

Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Romans 13:7