Friday, January 28, 2011

Big Ben

I realize I talk a LOT about my dog Bob...

And I also talk quite a bit about my dog Marley....

They have the life...Romping and frolicking all day long.

Sleeping in bed ...Cozy as can be when its cold outside.

Taking naps when they feel like it...

But I also have other dogs.  Dogs that have *jobs*... 

This dog has never taken a nap on the couch.  This dogs job is to protect the goats..... 
Forever on guard. 

I am telling you this dog is LARGE.....Ben is the biggest dog I have ever been around.  Ever..

He is an

Anatolian Shepard..This breed originated in Turkey.  They are used to fend off such prey as wolves, coyotes, bears and even Cheetahs!  This is one tough canine...

My Ben is as sweet as can be to me and anyone I take down to the barn area.  He is gentle with my grandchildren and would never hurt them in any way.   I trust him totally.  BUT..I can assure you, if anyone or anything was hurting his herd, it would become serious business quick! 

I have had Ben since he was a bitty puppy.  My vet stated she never saw a puppy grow so big so fast.  I was milking the entire time during his puppy hood, and every evening he would get a gigantic bowl of goats milk for dinner.  He grew big, strong and healthy!  But he also believes he is indeed a goat.  This is evident in that he likes to eat their food, sleep right alongside them and cries when they are out of his sight.  Its a scene to behold. 

I really admire the livestock guardian group..

But I also admire the
1.  I cant live without you
2.  I am the best boy ever
3.  Can I have a treat?
4.  Love me just because I'm cute
group of dogs also...

This one has me wrapped around his little paw..


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

These old houses

I just love old houses...I thought I would introduce you to some old family homes..

This one is where my grandmother grew up. 
The white section is where the *wash house* was and the room above the play house..This house has 4 bedrooms, 1 bath,  a kitchen with a walk thru pantry, dining room and two living rooms..My own father was born in this house and I lived here for 2 years or so during my early teen years.  My great grandfather and grandmother both passed away here.  There is a LOT of family history in this house.  It is a Sears house.

The old shed and outhouse still sit out back...

This is what we refer to as the *cave* which is out the back of my grandmothers house ...It was built by hand by my grandfather and great uncle.  As kids we were both intrigued and afraid of this room.  It was built for cold storage of course but we thought it housed ghosts as well.  This would serve  dual purpose here in Oklahoma as an excellent storm shelter.  (All these places I'm showing you today are in Pennsylvania.)

This house is where my husbands grandmother grew up.  I took a picture of it a couple of years ago with my grandchildren on the steps of the front of the house.  These children had no idea at the time of the significance of the photo op.  

On the same trip I took a picture of them beside an old barn at my aunt and uncles place. 

This is the childhood home of my husbands mother.  She was raised here with her brothers.  It is now a historical home in that town.  She has told us many stories of life here including being allowed to rollar skate on the hardwood floors throughout the house...What a life!

I just love old houses and all the stories they have to tell.


Friday, January 14, 2011

Making my own *Happy Card*...

This week, after visiting a few of my favorite blogs, Ive learned that many people share the same feelings.  We all basically want to be happy people.  Some of us may have burdens that seem too much to handle.  Others may retreat to their own quiet place to reflect and gather some inner strength to go on.  In the scheme of it all, we are all just people.  We are all here for such a short time, really.  We just never know when that time will be up. 
Meanwhile, I thought about pulling out 10 pictures for my file that really just make me happy.  I would like to share them with you..

This picture of my Mom always makes me smile..I love how the camera was able to capture this perfectly innocent young girl with her whole life waiting ahead.  This was before she had any idea that she
would actually give birth to 5 children.   Kids that would drive her nuts at times!

This picture of my motorcycle that I took on a weekend trip with some girlfriends.  We had a really good time and I felt as free as the wind.  

This one of Mickey standing at our little camp one early summer morning at Lake Eufaula.  It was just us with our dog, Bob.  We fished and ate and sat around and it was perfect.

This one of Marley shortly after she got settled into life with us after spending the majority of her life in a cage in a puppy mill.  I love how this picture shows the trust and love in her eyes.  She had come a long way baby..

And this..My grandmother.  She was demonstrating how eating healthy food would make you strong and grow powerful muscles.  She was showing this to my grandchildren.  You cannot imagine how powerful this moment was to me.  Sitting with my grandmother with my own grandchildren. Who wudda thunk it?  

The JOY I have experienced raising my animals.  I wouldn't trade it..

My life being a Grandmother has been more than I could have ever imagined it possibly would be.  These little children keep my heart beating and my soul alive...
This alone would be enough to make me happy, happy, happy.....
This picture of my grandmothers house just makes me feel good.  This is my childhood.  This is where love lives.  All in this one little house...

But what about ME?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok...!!  Twelve pictures!!  And just what would life be without this furry one? 

I honestly cant imagine...

So when I'm feeling blue, a little down, I'm going to come back and look at my own little *Happy Card* and surely that would bring a smile to my face.

What kind of things are on your happy card?

Tell me.


Monday, January 10, 2011

A very curious creature indeed.

We have had a lot of fun with our wildlife camera.  We have many deer that come to feed. 
We also have other animals that pass through.  I suppose they are hunting for something to eat also.. 
(Wiley E Coyote)
 Some are furry and cute and others are slinky and dangerous.. 
(Bob cat)

And every now and then we get something that we just aren't sure of.  Like this curious creature.  We just are not sure what this is.    

There is an animal called a Ringtail .   But I don't think this is one because this animal appears to be kind of large.  Perhaps 15 lbs or so...

Do you have any ideas what this is?

Tell me.



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The making of dessert!

Or maybe I should entitle this, "Mom, don't look!"

The reason?

This requires cooking with liqueur..Not just a little, but a LOT of it! 

This is

Bananas Foster..

This is how you make it..


  • ¼ cup (½ stick) butter

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • ¼ cup banana liqueur

  • 4 bananas, cut in half
    lengthwise, then halved

  • ¼ cup dark rum

  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream

    Combine the butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a flambé pan or skillet. Place the pan over low heat either on an alcohol burner or on top of the stove, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the banana liqueur, then place the bananas in the pan. When the banana sections soften Bananas Fosterand begin to brown, carefully add the rum. Continue to cook the sauce until the rum is hot, then tip the pan slightly to ignite the rum. When the flames subside, lift the bananas out of the pan and place four pieces over each portion of ice cream. Generously spoon warm sauce over the top of the ice cream and serve immediately.

  • This is taken  The original maker of this wonderful dessert.

     This is how it looked along the way...

     And the ingredients I used....

     Seriously, doesn't this look delicious?

    Ladle on top of the ice cream...

    And enjoy...

    And Mom, you would like it too!  I promise, its that good!

    Have you made anything new lately?

    Tell me.


    Tuesday, January 4, 2011

    I am so out of shape

    It was nice having two long weekends.  The festivities were terrific!!

    Then came reality!  Time to get back to work......
    The girls were all in need of getting their hooves trimmed.  This is not as easy a job as you might think.  I have to go down to the barn and get the dogs out and then close the door so they stay out.  Then round up the girls and put them in different stalls.
    Then one by one, lead them out and put them up on the milk stand and secure them in with a feeder of grain.  Then trim the hooves.  Typically when its time to do the back hooves they kick a bit.  This can make the procedure difficult.  Don't they know how easy it could be if they would just cooperate??
    This one is the best ...Marrissa.  She spent two years on that stand when I was milking her.  She withstood the yanks and pulls and the pain of it all as I struggled to get it right..   Oh I cant imagine what she endured!  Finally, I learned how to milk properly and it got much better.  She will jump right up on that stand anytime I want her to.  She knows that a treat is always waiting for her.   
    Anyway.  I trimmed all their hooves and I'm glad its done.  But am I ever sore from the effort.  Not to mention that same afternoon I helped Mickey stretch some fence cable.  That is not as easy as you may think either!  So between the two tasks, my muscles are screaming ...Which tells me I am just plain out of shape!!  I may need to work on that!!

    How is your week going?

    Tell me!