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Monday, November 28, 2011

Cat "N" Kittens

She was my Christmas present Three years ago



This is Cuddles shes my female Persian.

Shes has beautiful marking for a torti



                                               Here are some of her babies shes had.

  

They are so precious.



nancy

Sunday, November 27, 2011

christmas is here again



Now that Thanksgiving is over I need to start planning out Christmas.




This  is the time I start making lists.  I seem to need a list of gifts to purchase, and for who.




A list of Christmas cards to go out a long with addresses.

 

A list of new decorations to buy and a plan to go along with it.



A list of holiday cleaning to tackle.  A list of christmas events over the month. A list of baking to do, and a list to do shopping for christmas dinner.  and many more lists.

And every year I vow to keep it simple. throw out the list and just do what I can. no going over board.  No holiday stress.  just simple, but wonderful.  And take enjoyment in the season.  more laughter. more wonderment. find the peace and spirit of christmas I seek.  This will be my year!

Nancy

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A THANKSGIVING PRAYER


A Thanksgiving PrayerBy Glenda Adams

Dear Heavenly Father,
Please make us an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy. As we pray together today, let us remember that things don't happen over night.

Let us not forget the struggles we all are going thru in this movement for economic injustice.
Even if frustration may set in; Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Amen.
Have a wonderful day
nancy

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I joined a simple womans daybook




















outside my window....

Its overcast right now I hope we get some sun today
I am thinking...
Of all the things that need to be done today
I am thankful...
getting to sleep in this morning ah that felt good.

In the kitchen...
I am thinking of making pot roast soup for dinner with some good crusty bread.
I am wearing...
I hate to admit this but I am still in my PJ's.
I am creating...
In the craft room I am putting together art kits for my grandchildren for Christmas I have a lot of extras in there and thought that would make a nice gift for them.
I am going...
Going shopping for thanksgiving dinner. I still need to make a list so I don't have to make a rerun to the store
I am wondering...
About how I'm going to extend the table for thanksgiving. we have such a small dinning room. Maybe I can move furniture to extend it into living room.
I am reading...
an Amish cookbook. I know it sounds silly but I love reading a cookbook
I am hoping...
Secretly I am hoping my son makes it home for Thanksgiving. Hes in another state working on an oil rig. I know it probably won't happen, seeing he has to be back at work early the next day. but as a mama we always want our children around.
I am looking forward to...
To the grandchildren coming this week
I am hearing...
My husband putting wood into the big furnace.
Around the house...
lots of cleaning in honor of the big day. lol
I am pondering...
On which pies to make this thanksgiving
One of my favorite things...
Tea in front of my big bay window in the breakfast nook. watching the ducks in the pond.
A few plans for the rest of the week:
Mostly anything I can do to get ready for Thanksgiving
Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

My son Kyle and his dog Zeek.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

thanks giving rush

Its getting really close to thanksgiving, and I haven't even started planning it all out yet. Time to get busy!
Thanksgiving!

T'was the morn of Thanksgiving
and all through the house,
Mother is dusting
and shoo-ing her spouse;

The table is set for the family with care,
in hopes that the in-laws soon will be there;

The (grown) children are hustling in their kitchens with dread,
"Oh, why didn't I prepare my dish a day ahead?"

As Dad with a blanket and the dog with a yap
are just settling down for a late morning nap,
out in the kitchen there arose such a clatter
they spring from their slumber to see what's the matter;

Away to the stairs Dad flies like a flash,
turns on the light and runs down in a dash;

The self-rising flour covers the kitchen like snow,
giving a dusting of white to all objects below.
When, what to Dad's wondering eyes should appear?
But Mother dressed in flour from left to right ear;

With a broom and a mop she cleans it up quick,
knowing there are more Thanksgiving dishes to fix;

More rapid than children with candy to claim,
she whistles and shouts and gets on with the game;

Now Turkey, now Ham, now Potatoes and Fixings!
On Pudding, on Dressing, on Green Beans and Mixing!

To the top of the stove and the oven rack she calls,
Cook away! Bake away! Brown away all!

As the Butterball turkey in hot oil does fry,
Mother whips up the Thanksgiving pie;

So back to the recliner Dad and dog flew,
With blanket, remote and TV Guide too.
Sparks flying from the satelite dish on the roof,
football teams are vying, their winning the proof;

Mom takes a short break, turning around,
She sees the team quarterback thrown to the ground.
Dressed in team colors from his head to his foot,
the medic claims his game-playing today is caput!

Back to the meal, Mother's on the attack,
She moves casserole dish from front rack to back;

Her eyes all a'twinkle, her dimples how merry!
Her cheeks red as roses, and her nose like a cherry!

The Thanksgiving meal is tied up with a bow,
As all is ready, all the ducks in a row!

A faint knock at the door soon is bequeath
The in-laws arrive, bestowing a wreath.
MaMa brings jars of strawberry jelly,
PaPa makes his way to the front of the telli;

Then who should arrive but the daughters themself,
As Mother tells tale of flour missing the shelf;

The coffee is set on for a perk,
 Mother brings an end to her holiday work,
Beverages, favorites and seating arrangements are chose,
the Thanksgiving blessing left for PaPa to compose;

We give thanks for our family, all hope and great love,
every gift given from the Father above.

And Mother exclaims as Thanksgiving's end is in sight,
Happy Thanksgiving to all  
and to all a good night.
Hope your all enjoying your weekend. Nancy

Thursday, November 10, 2011

DEER OH DEER!


We woke up this morning to find a young buck and doe out in our corn. But by the time my hubby got the camera and I through a coat on over my pj's and got my feet in shoes they move to the field.

we stood and watch for a while. There is just something about the beauty of wild life that makes me feel so awe struck, a part of something much larger.
After a while we went back inside and watched from our big bay window.

They started running across the field and then back looping back and forth it was hard to tell if something spooked them or perhaps a playful game. then one disappeared for a bit, and you could see the other one waiting. Then the doe sprang into sight and off they went.

We find their tracks in the wet earth from time to time. I think they eat out of the garden most nights. But we sure do enjoy seeing them. Can you see Two deer in this picture?

Facts about Deer

Interesting facts and information about the Deer
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Description of Deer

The Deer is described as the collective name for Artiodactyl ruminant mammals of the family Cervidae. Ruminant animals are even-toed, cud-chewing, hoofed, usually horned mammals which have a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments. Deer are characterised by having deciduous antlers which are borne chiefly by the males. Examples of ruminant mammals are cattle, sheep, goats, deer, and giraffes. The deer family also includes the Elk, Moose, Caribou, and Reindeer.
Deer
The origins of the name come from the Middle English word 'der' meaning beast and from the Old English word 'dor'.
Understanding Scientific names of animalsThe scientists who study animals (zoology) are called zoologists. Each animal that is studied is classified, that is, split into descriptive groups starting with main groups ( vertebrates and invertebrates ) the Families of animals are also included such as Ursidae ( the family of bears) and the families are then split into species such as Ursus americanus (American Black Bear)
Species of Deer
There are thirty-eight different species of Deer. The deer family also includes the elk, moose, caribou, and reindeer. The most common deer of America belong to the genus Odocoileus.
  • Odocoileus virginianus - The white-tailed deer, or Viirginian Deer
  • Odocoileus columbianus - The black-tailed deer
  • Odocoileus hemionus - The mule deer
  • Alces alces - The moose
  • Cervus elaphus - The Red Deer or the Elk
Red Deer Stag
Facts about where Deer live and what they eat!
Deer are native to North and South America, Europe, Asia, and North Africa
The common habitat of the deervaries from open land, woodland, swamps and mountains
The diet of Deer consist of grass, plants, bushes and saplings

Basic Facts about Deer

The name of a male deer is referred to as a stag or a buck
The name of a female deer is referred to as a doe or hind
The name or offspring, or a baby Deer, is a fawn or yearling
The average size of a litter is one or two fawns
The collective name for a group of Deer is a herd
The sound made by a Deer is referred to as a bellow

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Our Rooster





 Over the weekend we had to say goodbye to our favorite rooster of all time. We are not quite sure what happened to him. but we like to think hes in a better place. Its so hard to see any of our chickens go But roo held a special place in our hearts.



                         This is Roo on his first day with us.  I was outside
                 taking a break from work, enjoying a little fresh
                 air when this little chicken ran by me followed by
                 a large cat. he dove for the bush next to me. the
                 cat following him in part way reaching with his
                 paws to get him.  I grabbed a box near by  shooed
                 the cat away and reach in and scooped up the little
                 white guy.

                             He was so scared he was shaking really
                              bad so I cooed to him and told him he
                     would be OK.  not knowing where he
                      came from or if he escaped or was
                     dumped.   I took him home. We
                     already had chickens so it was no big
                      deal to take in another.  Or so we
                     thought. We over looked the fact that
                     all our other chickens were full grown
                     with two not so nice roosters.


So we built him his own little house inside
the coop with a small hole so he could come
and go as he pleased.  The hole was two small for the other chicks. And he had his own water and food
He felt safe.
So as he grew he had lots of extra care
and love.
Soon he was as big as the others and one day he crowed.
loud and clear
yes our little white hen was a rooster and a loud one at that.
It wasn't long after that we decided to get rid the two mean roosters we had.
And Roo became king of his flock
He was quite the ladies man
they would flirt about him
and he made them all happy.
over the years we found out many times he was a lover not a fighter.
He would try to protect the girls,
but a little blood and  he would run.
 he proved it over and over
there he is the white one.
Well recently we save another rooster and sadly he took over the flock
The other rooster would run roo off.
and hurt him.
So once again I tried to protect him.
And sadly this weekend he passed over.
He will never be forgotten.
He was a lover
and we loved
him.

                                               Nancy



Friday, November 4, 2011

THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS


One of our favorite family traditions on thanks giving is the pie.
We usually have 10 to 17 different pies to share pumpkin, blueberry, coconut cream, chocolate, pecan, lemon, and the list goes on.  When its time to take left overs home whole pies go home only with a twist.  We take slices of all our favorites to make up a whole pie so you in up with a variety pie. Its fun and makes desert a little bit sweeter.

I would love hearing what your favorite family traditions are.
hugs Nancy