Thursday, July 28, 2011

Homesick

Sometimes I just wake up that way.  Homesick.  Theres nothing in life that will make you feel like a little kid again then that nagging pain in your chest called homesickness.  It hurts.  Literally. 

When I get like this I just have to hang on until it passes...And it does eventually.    


We have so many things going on this year that I dont believe we will be able to make our customary trip back *home* to Pennsylvania.  

There are times I daydream about all of us living in, at least, the same state.    My family, his family and our own family.  And in my dream, when I wanted to see my Mom, or my Grandmother or someone in Mickeys family, I could hop in the car and within a hour or so I could be there.    But life takes you places.

And that place is here in Oklahoma.

Ok..Time to pull up the boot straps and march on.

Onward I go.

Love,
Me

Sniffle


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The heatwave continues.

Are you tired of it yet?  I am!  Im even tired of talking about it!!  Im just tired!
I try to help the crew as much as I can..Cold water a few times a day and their own personal fan...
They are thankful for the assistance..

How are you holding up?

Tell me.

Love,
Me

Rest Of Today...Partly cloudy. Highs around 106. South winds around 15 mph.

Tonight...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 70s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 104. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 70s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Friday...Partly cloudy with slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs around 102. Southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of thunderstorms 20 percent.

Friday Night Through Sunday...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 70s. Highs around 103.

Sunday Night...Clear. Lows in the upper 70s.

Monday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 103.

Monday Night...Clear. Lows in the upper 70s.

Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 102.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Just because its Tuesday, smile...BIG!

This picture of Bob by the lake looks very refreshing .   It makes me smile.




Because its Tuesday and this picture of my favorite sister in law with my grandson makes me smile.  Big. 




Because same said grandson stood proudly upon this little bitty hill, in the middle of a valley, in Pennsylvania outside my sister in laws home and this REALLY makes me smile..Big. 


Because a picture of your very own Grandma with your very own granddaughter, together, looking out the window of your childhood home, will always bring a smile.  A big one.
As will a picture of your two brothers..Smile.  BIG!!!

What makes you smile today?

Tell me.

Love,
Me

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tomato hornworms...gotta love them...Not

Photo credit: Extension Entomology, Texas A&M University

Tomato Hornworm
Scientific name: Manduca quinquemaculata (Haworth)
(Lepidoptera: Sphingidae)
Facts: Tomato hornworms are large (some as long as 4 inches), green caterpillars with diagonal white bars on the sides and a slender horn at the tip of the body. Adults have long, sucking tubes for mouthparts, while larvae have chewing mouthparts. Larvae and adults often are confused with the tobacco hornworm it closely resembles. The tobacco hornworm feeds on the same plants and sometimes is more common than the tomato hornworm.



Last evening Mickey and I were on a mission.  Our tomato plants were looking...bad.   Not just because of the heat but because we knew they had been invaded by hornworms... Within a 15 minute period we plucked a dozen of these vine eaters off our precious plants.  Tonight I will be spraying a gentle insecticidal soap and then fertilizing.  The heat has been terrible for our little garden.  These worms aren't helping a thing!!

This weekend Miss Rita will be sheared...
As you can imagine, she will be feeling much cooler to be rid of all the fleece..




Its Thursday and the weekend is near...
I'm missing some sweet faces ....and I hear theres a new movie in town.


If all goes well,  we may go .   

Love,
Me

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bobs new doo

The heat is on.

The fur is off.. 

A complete summer trim was in store for Bob..


We have been watering everything just to keep it all alive.  The pasture is burning up.  Things are HOT HOT HOT.....

  But who is cooler than this ? 


Love, Me.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Oklahoma Chainsaw carvings

Once upon a time there was a very magnificent and happy hickory tree.  This tree stood on the property where we live off Peebly Road..We loved this tree for many reasons.. One very important reason is that it gave us glorious shade in the summer.  This tree was about 100 years old we determined.  All was fine until the ice storm of 2007.  This tree was hit hard..It lost multiple LARGE branches and after 2 more years of struggling it finally gave up the ghost. 
We were saddened. 


Then Mickey said that the old tree deserved more than being cut up for fire wood...I agreed..So..







We hired some people to trim the tree down.  Now please, look at this picture.  Could you do this?    


Not me.  Not Mickey.  We just cant do this kind of thing anymore.  So it took these boys a few hours and the tree was trimmed down and cut up and stacked.  This boy didnt even use a ladder.  He just scooted right up that tree and started to work.
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The next morning at 9 am the man arrived.  Tom Zimmer. 



He got set up ...And began to work magic with the tree. 






With a chainsaw.  Four actually...



Ive never seen anything like it...It is an amazing art.  And can I add that it was HOT! 



This was in the shade ....It was offically 110 degrees...But this man kept right on working away....


For 9 hours...


He is an amazing talent. 





He put Bob at the bottom of the tree....

He made us an owl ...
And a hand that now holds an antique railroad lantern.. 
And the old man of the forest peeling back the tree to take a peak outside...
He also sprayed the tree with a preserver...
We are so pleased with this!  It is quite the conversation piece...
If you ever want to have something like this done, give them a call!!  You will absolutely love what he can do..

Love,
Me