Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dealing with grief

Its been almost three months now since my Grandmother passed away.   I cannot really put into words just how hard this has been for me. 

I have heard many people say that she lived a very long life.  She would have been 92 years old on 11-11-11. 
Really, that doesn't help.  It was not long enough.  I wanted her to be with me always.  I know she wanted the same, to be with me.  There is not a single day that goes by that I do not cry and wish I could talk to her again.  Not one.  Everyone says it will get better.  I suppose it will. 
I'm just not there yet.  I miss her ...I miss her a lot.  And even tho I KNOW its a part of life, that fact  has not made any of this any easier. 
Some have suggested to think about the happy times.  Here is a photo from one of those "best days ever"...
That is my grandmothers sister on the left.  My great aunt Stella.  One day we took off and had an adventure.  We drove to the Poconos and visited the Asa packer mansion.

We also went to a restaurant on top of one of the mountains in the Poconos for lunch. 

Before that we had stopped at this place along the way that had an enormous train track set up inside a building.  It had little towns and people and trees and the lights dimmed at dusk and then all the little lights came on in the towns and then the sun started coming up and the lights one by one shut off as day came and the train was going thru all the towns all the while.  There were all kinds of different set ups along the way.  Churches, schools, rivers and streams.  A factory and a farm.  Many homes and an Inn.   It was awesome.. I cant remember the name of the place at all.  It was one of the neatest things I ever saw.  It was in a huge warehouse and you walked all around this and looked down upon the scene. 
We did all that in one day.  One glorious perfect best day ever.  And that gets me thru.  There are more.  I just have to keep them close to my heart and pull them out one by one when needed.  Which is often. 

Im going on.  Day by day.  Im trying my best to be all *grown up* about all this and doing all the *right* things by putting on a happy face and going about daily life, but inside Im still a big ol mess.  Im still just a little kid that misses her Grandma. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

My sister in law is cool

Do you know how I know?

Because she has a really cool dog..

 You cant have a dog this cool and not be cool yourself.
 I know shes really cool because she has things like this in her house. 
 And she does things like this.
 And she lives in a really cool place that has a cool view.
 And I know you have to be really cool to have a grandson thats this much fun.....

Its pretty cool to have a sister in law like mine.

Do you have a sister in law? 

Tell me about her.


Sammy "the beak" Goosefino

A long time ago, when we first moved to Peebly Rd, I bought some goslings.  I knew nothing about geese, but that didn't stop me from getting them.  They were little and yellow and cute.    

Because these little goslings didn't have a mother they soon began to think that I was indeed their very own mother goose.  I let them follow me all over the place and would pull up blades of grass and feed them.  They were a lot of fun.  I got them a plastic kiddie pool and as they got older, we graduated to very large cattle trough that mickey buried in the ground so they could get into it.  Things were going along just fine.  They grew and grew and loved living here.  I learned they were Toulouse geese.

A tufted Toulouse is a breed of domesticated goose originating near Toulouse, France. The original grey coloured breed is a very old one and the name has been recorded back as far as 1555. The breed was first brought to the United Kingdom by Lord Derby in 1840, who imported some of them to England, and from then onwards the French Toulouse were used as breeding stock with the consequence that by 1894, English breeders had produced a massive bird. The 'Toulouse' in France, although kept in greater numbers, have never quite equaled such weights.
The bird generally has a placid disposition, with the consequence that it doesn't thrive in flocks of mixed breeds. More aggressive geese will greatly distress the Toulouse, putting it off mating and sometimes resulting in its losing out at the feeding trough. These are very domesticated birds, easily bewildered by more active breeds. They do not need a pond. However, being waterfowl, they love bathing and playing in water and will also mate in water. They are not great wanderers, preferring to stay close to home, making them ideal for a large garden or orchard, where they will thrive. Interestingly, individual geese vary, and others thrive in mixed flocks and become severely aggressive, biting and hissing, while others are placid and prefer to follow around smaller ducks as opposed to other geese.
The Toulouse is the breed most used for the production of foie gras. The breed is a moderately good layer of eggs, producing as well as most other goose breeds. They rarely have problems producing fertile eggs, although problems can occur during severe weather in the winter and spring, as is the case with most breeds. An average Toulouse lays 20-40 eggs per year.[2] These birds are generally not good sitters.
All this from Wikipedia.

So as I was saying,  things were going along quite well...Then some stray dogs came onto the property and we lost all but one of our geese.  Our female, Daisy.  It was very sad.  Before this happened she had laid some eggs down in the barn.  After the tragedy, she sat on the eggs and we waited and waited.  She was all alone.  Time passed and still the eggs didn't hatch.  I felt very bad for her.  I just knew those eggs were never going to hatch. SO.  I had an idea.
I went to the farm store to buy some goslings.  My plan was to plant these little birds in the nest and  Daisy the lonely goose would come back and alas there they would be.  It was a perfect plan! 
So while at the store, I found him.  Sammy.  Here was this little bitty gosling that was born with a crooked beak.  How in the world this happened I don't know.  But I felt that no one was going to buy this poor little guy and he would surely die as he was unable to eat it seemed. 

So Sammy the beak came home to live on Peebly. 
When I got home that day with Sammy and a few others, I went directly down to the barn.  I tried to distract Daisy and put the goslings into the nest and take out the non hatching eggs but in doing so I realized that something was happening!  Her eggs were hatching!!!  Oh brother!  So here we had one confused goose!  She didn't really take to these little birds that were not her own and especially now that she had a job to do with all these eggs  hatching..Sigh..I guess thats why they say to let nature take its course..
In short, it all worked out.  Some of the eggs never did hatch out but we sure had our share of geese then at this point.
Sammy lived out his days here on Peebly.   I kept his food in a bowl that was deep so he could bury his beak down into it an scoop it up.  He tilted his head to the side to eat grass.  He found his own way of eating food and drinking water. The only problem he really had was getting his tongue sunburned in the summer, without that top beak protecting it. He was a sweet little guy and I was happy with the choice of bringing him home.  I think he liked it here too. 
Sammy got sick and passed on one winter, but we will never forget him.

Have you ever had an unusual pet?

Tell me.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Whole lotta shakin goin on

Mickey and I took the grands to the National Cowboy Museum today.  Ive been a couple of times before but this was their first visit..

They really enjoyed it!
The best part for the kids I think was the area that was made up like a little town in the old west.  This little town had a doctors office, saloon, school, livery stable and a train station.. You were able to touch some things in this area and get a real feel for what it may have been like to live in the day. 

The tour took us a couple of hours and I know we didnt see it all. 

If your ever in the OKC area, be sure to add this to  your to do  list. 

Even as a silhouette, you know this is John Wayne.

So now on to the latest news..

Yes folks,  we have it all here in Oklahoma.  Anything from tornados,  ice storms, tremendous heat and if thats not enough, how about earthquakes.  Not just any little ol earthquakes either, but a 5.6.  I can honestly say that this one did indeed shake me up.  Mickey and I were sitting at the kitchen table.  I heard a sound sort of like a plane flying too low.  Then the shaking began and didnt let up for maybe 30 seconds..!  And in earthquake time, that is a LONG time!  I mean it shook the house!  Really strange feeling..

I would like to blog about some bird houses this week and also some winter prep going on here on Peebly.  I also want to tell you a little story about a goose that lived with us for some time.  I just gotta find the time to do it!!

So whats on your to do this week?

Tell me.