Just The Beginning

Thanksgiving 2015 was a “messy” one for much of the state of Kansas.  Rain, turned sleet, turned ice.

Ice EditedWe were fortunate to be able to travel for one of our Thanksgiving feasts before the weather turned bad.  But, by Friday morning… It. Was. Nasty!!!!

Freezing rain, icy roads and cold animals that needed fed.  Ranchers and farmers don’t get bad weather days.  That’s when they’re needed the most.  The animals rely on us to take care of them when Mother Nature gets ugly.

The weather kept unloading through the weekend.  By Saturday, cabin fever had set in our house. I was going to lose my mind if the kids and I didn’t bust out.

We all bundled up and climbed in the feed truck to help Daddy feed the cows.

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Some of us were still a little sour because it was too slick to be able to get out of the truck.

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While we’re not normally feeding hay this early in the winter months, when the ice sets on like this the cows need the hay since they can’t feed on the ice covered grass.  These girls eat a LOT of hay.  This bale would be gone by morning.

Ice 1  They were so happy to see us.

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Happy, happy girls.

Hopefully, storms like this are seldom this winter.  But…. on the chance that we ARE blasted again, our girls will be well taken care of!!!

 

 

Peace, love and ICE cream!!!!

Digging Out and Digging In

Yesterday was another day spent at home.

Snowed in.

It snowed ALL day Tuesday.

The wind BLEW all day Tuesday.

In general, it was a miserable day.  …in my opinion.

I shoveled the deck and a path to the house from the driveway for Grady late that afternoon.  By 9:00 that night you would have never known a shovel had been NEAR that snow.

It all ended in the middle of the night and we woke to this.

DSC_0015 copyThe drifts were at least nine inches deep in some places, if not more.

The gentle waves of snow were so peaceful yesterday morning.  I wanted so badly to load the kids up, drive around and take pictures.

But… I stepped out for about three minutes to snap the one above and the -15° windchill was more than I could handle.  My fingers were frozen!

Shoveling and picture snapping would have to wait until later.

Nap time came I bundled up to dig us out.  Again.

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DSC_0071 COPYThe sandbox toys looked so sad.

DSC_0057 COPYThese two were a riot in the snow.

DSC_0075 COPYBandit would dig, roll and then bury his face in the snow.  He LOVED it.

DSC_0067 COPYAnd then there was Macy.  She was eating random things on top of the snow…  Weirdo.

I ended up caving in on my baking ban.

I DIDN’T make cookies though.

DSC_0031 COPYI opted for banana nut bread.  Two GIANT loaves!

YUM!!!!

The house smelled SO good and I had a very happy husband when he came home from work.

I’ll share the recipe with you tomorrow.

The insane weather wasn’t the only downfall to our time at home.  Miss Monkey woke up Tuesday morning with an uncontrollable cough and by late morning was running a low-grade fever.  By that evening she looked like H-E-double hockey sticks.  Yesterday was more of the same.  Rosie cheeks, coughing and zero energy.

So, I am home once again today even though the kids are back at school.  We’ll be making a trip to the doctor to check out her cough to be on the safe side.

I am READY for SPRING with its warmth, budding life and restored health.

Peace, love and snow craze!!!!

P.S. Tell me if you can find the photo with the BIG typo!!!  LOL!

24 Hours

DSC_0368 copyYesterday morning broke with a most beautiful sunrise. 

All was calm.

It was the perfect beginning to a Monday morning.

The sun shone brightly on what remained of the sleet that had blanketed the ground a few days before.

The skies were clear all day.  It was glorious.

But… the weatherman had been warning of us of “impending doom”.  Most of our part of Kansas was supposed to get DUMPED on.

Six to nine inches was the projected forecast.

NINE inches!

UGH!

This is what we were blessed with this morning.

DSC_0004 copyDSC_0007 copyDSC_0003 copyThis was around 8:30 this morning and it’s not even close to being over.

I’ve shoveled a path on the deck for the weenie dog at least three times already.

I even had to brush off the satellite dish for the internet.

Hey!  That’s a priority.  Right?

Am I the only person out there who kind of digs shoveling snow?

It’s peaceful.

Not to mention, it’s an awesome workout.

…and it gets me OUT of the house.

The only downer to this weather is that the kids get bored and stir crazy.  We’ve already busted out the art tub, magazines for cutting up and word search pages. 

We’re only halfway through the day.

It makes it hard on a momma who grounded her son from his ipod for two weeks.  I may have to break and let him have it.

Please don’t judge me.

The worst part….  I’m trying VERY hard to resist making a big batch of chocolate chip cookies.  I’ve been so good and this weather makes me want to BAKE things.  I’m trying to be strong.

 

 

Peace, love and snow days!!!

Baby It’s COLD Outside

BRRRRRRRR!!!!!!

The temperature hasn’t gotten above 23° since Thursday.  It’s SO stinkin’ cold!!!

This led to a weekend of hibernation, or at least as much as our schedule would allow.

After a family birthday party, Tuck and I decorated the house.

12-8-13 dIt always takes a little time for me to transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  I do like Christmas, really I do.  I just love Thanksgiving more.  I love it because folks are together to be TOGETHER.  There isn’t the pressure of the perfect gift.  There isn’t the stress of the financial misery so many put themselves through.  There aren’t people being downright NASTY to each other for the sake of “getting the last one” at some department store sale.  No, Thanksgiving is purely PURE and I love that.

Okay, off my soap box.  Back to the story.

I turned on the Pandora Country Christmas station and Tuck and I let the Spirit move us while we worked.

DSC_0185 copyDSC_0192 copySaturday night a storm made it’s way to our little part of Kansas leaving a skiff of sleety, slick stuff on the ground Sunday morning and continuing to “spit” throughout the day.

I made the executive decision that we wouldn’t venture out to church, but would stay home and snuggle instead.

12-8-13 aIt was a great morning.  Cozy, lazy and relaxed.  I don’t get many of those in this house.

DSC_0209 copyI declared it a movie morning.  Thankfully, we still had Home Alone saved on the DVR from last year.  The kids were glued.

12-8-13 bMacy wasn’t terribly thrilled with the weather either.  We’ve discovered that she has severe skin allergies which make her itch.  When we got her she had extremely thin hair due to her constant scratching.  With that in mind, I don’t let her stay outside for long periods of time during this cold snap while her hair is growing back in.  She kept giving me the “stink eye” and BEGGING to go out.

Tuck and I had only one commitment that we’d planned on for the day.

His 4-H club puts together fruit bags for the residents of a housing unit in our community.  The kids deliver the bags and then we all carol.

DSC_0222 copyDSC_0220 copyWhat a great time.  It was FREEZING, but fun.  It was something new for Tucker.  He’d never been caroling before and hadn’t been a part of a service project like that either.  He loved it.

We got home and I spent some good quality time with Monkey.

12-8-13 cShe so fun to chat with right now.  She has so much to say and such INTERESTING things to talk about.

With all of this time inside I had lots of Pinterest exposure.  I made three recipes yesterday afternoon.  Christmas candy, Popover Pizza and a new quinoa recipe (that wasn’t much different from what I already do…).

popover upside down pizza recipe shoebox copyI highly suggest the popover pizza recipe!  Everyone loved it.  Tucker wants ALL of the leftovers for school.  It was good.  I tried to behave myself and stuck with a quinoa recipe.

Big sigh.

I’m really glad I’m back to work tomorrow.  Simply too much time in these four walls.

How was your weekend?

Cold?

Busy?

Lazy?

Peace, love and contentment!!!

Fifteen

DSC_0001 copyIt has rained every night for the past FIFTEEN days!

FIFTEEN!!!!

DSC_0007 copyWe’ve had some INSANE thunderstorms randomly in the middle of the night since Friday night.  When I say INSANE, I mean the kind of lightening that you think is right in your back yard resulting in thunder that makes you sit straight up in bed and then sends your two-year-old SCREAMING into your bed (EVERY time).  I don’t understand why it’s always at two in the morning.

We’re all very, very tired.

DSC_0044 copyI showed you the flood waters last week.  Despite the continued rain, those waters have receded in our area.  Not everyone that’s been hit with this weather is so lucky.

DSC_0002 copyWhat’s it like now, you ask?  Well…we’re left with the sulfur-like stench of drowned crops, mud, and fish swept into the fields, who have now gone to fish heaven, all intensified by the heavy humidity. That’s not even the worst of it.  As if that weren’t icky enough.

The mosquitoes are in HEAVEN.  All this dampness has made a breeding haven for these nasty little devils.  Last night I had to clean up a little mess on the deck.  It took less than five minutes, but in those few minutes I was eaten ALIVE.  Tuck and Monkey have wanted to play outside, but I can’t let them because there’s not enough bug spray to protect them from the bites.

I hate to sound like a Debbie Downer because we’ve been in such a devastating drought for the past three years.  We have certainly NEEDED the moisture to fill our ponds and creeks and deep cracks in the ground, but a little bit of a break would be nice.  Five days, maybe?  Just enough time to dry up a bit so I can mow the jungle growing in my yard.  It’s kind of embarrassing.

photo(1) copySo, what does a person do when it’s raining like crazy?

I think I’ll make some peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.  Yes, I think that’s exactly what I’ll do today.  Then I might do a little searching for some new recipes while I snack on a cookie or two.

What do you do when the weather is less than …fun?

Peace, love and wringing wet!!!

Extremes

Nine inches.

That’s how much rain DUMPED on us in five days.  Yes, NINE inches my friends.  SIX of those inches were on Monday, alone!!!

We’re slightly drowning here, folks.  Prune-ish, if I dare say.

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It’s not good news for the corn and beans, but it’s wonderful news for the cracks in the pastures and the ponds that looked like little mud puddles last week.

Five days stuck inside was beginning to wear on the spirits in this house.  My energetic seven-year-old desperately wanted OUT.  He just wanted to go fishing.  As much as I welcomed the rain, I longed for the sun to shine on my face.  I wanted to sit on my deck and watch my hummingbirds.  I just needed OUTSIDE.

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While we were able to leave the confines of these walls yesterday and investigate the water situation, he’ll have to wait for fishing another day.  It’s literally, breaking his heart.  Although… we did see a few carp swirling around in the flood waters.  It was bittersweet for the kiddo because he didn’t understand why he couldn’t throw his line into the field.

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We haven’t seen flood waters like this in about three years.  I don’t know that I’ve seen flood waters like this in JULY in the ten years I’ve been here.  This is NOT typical.  Typical for March, yes, July… NO.

The water isn’t expected to crest until later today.  Then… more rain for the weekend.

I feel like a broken record, but our weather has been so a-typical for the past 6 months.  I wonder what’s in store for the coming winter months… blizzards or tropics???  WHO KNOWS!!

Parched

It’s dry as a bone around these parts.

We’ve been dealing with sweltering 3 digit heat for over a month now with no relief in sight for a while.  I can’t tell you the last time it actually RAINED.

My grass is so crunchy it feels like needles when you walk on it.

My poor flowers are just burned to a crisp.  No amount of water would help when the sun scorches everything.  I had to just give up.

Even my succulents had to be moved to the shade.

We were fighting a losing battle.

The only thing we’ve been persistent in watering is our garden.  The tomatoes, jalapenoes and okra are doing well despite the 108° days we’ve been consistently seeing.

This is the second summer we’ve dealt with this.  It’s extreme.

We’re doing everything we can to find a little relief.

The new trampoline tarp and sprinkler have proven to be effective tools in this fight.

Miss Monkey doesn’t really agree.

 

 

Peace, love and heat waves.