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Published in: on January 14, 2009 at 9:36 am  Comments (1)  
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Warm fire, Hot coffee, Comfy couch….

There is nothing I like better in the winter than a warm fire, a comfy couch and a hot cup of coffee. 

This is because I have usually just spent a significant chunk of time in the freezing wind and horizontal snow, breaking ice in water troughs, pitching hay, fixing fence, feeding chickens, etc….

I know, I know- I have your full sympathy…..Thank God for laptops or I would never get anything done…..

This is my nesting time of year….the time to get paperwork done, to seach for supplies for the next spring, to maybe squeeze in reading a good book or too…Spring, summer and fall are so busy and hectic– this is our time to renew and refresh–

 

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This is normally the winter scene from my kitchen window–except for this year, which has been unusually dry– still brutally cold though….

This was our first winter storm on the prairie two years ago…..Wow, were we ever in shock and awe!

 

 

But, alas, the fire does not magically appear in my hearth with the flick of a switch, and as much as I think that I would appreciate the convenience, there is just something lost in the experience. 

There would be no ash to empty, smoke in the house, sawdust on the floor, boxes of newspaper waiting to burn, ash on the floor, smoke in the living room, embers on the floor–

 

Wait, how does that switch fireplace work again?!?

 

Unfortunately, here on the prairie, trees are not quite as plentiful as they are in other places and we must make the pilgrimage 30 miles southeast to our friend’s house…..he has a dead forest in his back pa080sture and could hardly contain his glee when we asked if we could come and cut wood….

 

The tradeoff for a warm house is worth the free pasture clearing that he receives in return– plus, we buy hay from him too…

 I did think the back flip and jumping jacks were a bit over the top, though…..

 

 (I love this shot….for reasons I won’t go into now….suffice it to say, my man can do anything!)

 

And, it’s character building for our kids…..I can’t wait til they get to college….

I can just picture them sitting in their dorm room with their new roommate….

“What?!?!? You didn’t have to cut wood to keep your house warm?  You got to sit around and play Wii all day?  Whats a Wii?  You didn’t have to pitch hay to your horses when it was 5 degrees below zero?!?  You didn’t have to scoop pig poop outta your barn on 100 degree days?!?  I gotta call my mom!”

 

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Look at them…..so innocent, so unaware, so happy…..

 

They are soooo gonna need therapy…….. we don’t have a college fund, we have a therapy fund….

 

 

 

 

The results of a hard days work– wish it lasted more than two weeks– but hey, for two weeks I have that enclosed porch I’ve always wished for!

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The pay008off for a hard days work….. in addition to the above mentioned warm fire, hot coffee and comfy couch…..

A Few of my Favorite Things….

 

For some reason, the song ” A Few of my Favorite things” from The Sound of Music, has been running through my head, non stop, for three days…..

 

Don’t know if it’s the season or hormones, but I decided the only cure was to share some of my favorite things….

 

If the song gets stuck in your head, maybe it will get out of mine…. not that it’s such a bad song, but come on, three days?!?!

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My girls, my sisters, my friends…. ladies, what would we do without girlfriends?? 

We’d probably go postal alot sooner!!

 

 

 

 My little punks…. Man, I’m crazy about these kids…..here they are pretending to be city kids in CA….. they only look normal….

The look on my little ones face?

Yeah, that’s normal….for her anyway….she lives in purple fairyland where it’s all rainbows and dewdrops…..Honey, can I come too?

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The view from our arena— I would love to take credit for this picture, but I can’t–

My litt100_0221le Kodak camera cannot keep up with my punk little sister’s Nikon d40— hence, my coveting for which I have to repent on a daily basis…

 

But this is part of our crazy herd…they love kicking their heels up after a good rain…I love watching them run…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 And last, budsc_0019t NOT least, my handsome husband…..in chaps……pardon me while I go and take a cold shower…..

 

                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles

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They freeze well too-

Here under Cooking with Loving Hands

Jack is missing….

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We miss you, Jack–Come home soon…

Published in: on November 19, 2008 at 10:25 am  Comments (2)  
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