Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Happy Birthday David!

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear DAVID,
Happy Birthday to you!

Sorry it is so late, gives more cause to celebrate!!!

Heather and Shawn

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

a few more from the range

Busy brushing the dogs

Even Tristan helped with taking down the wall paper
Can we come in?

A Weekend up North

Memorial Day Weekend was spent on the Range! Got to Liz's late so wasn't able to help with the work, but did get to help with eating! Saturday I was able to visit with Denise before she left for work and then Gary stopped in. Chatted with him, ran to town, and then went to see his house. The last time I was there he hadn't even had the windows in yet! And now he has a barn. I am always amazed by the talents that people have, and Gary's is no exception. The work he did to make the barn look so phenomenal is indeed talent and am glad that I was able to see! From his house, I ran to Laurie's and was able to visit with Kathy and see her new little pup.
Sunday an enjoyable time was spent with Laurie and Tristan. Laurie had a fire going and I was mesmerized how the cutouts in the fire ring appeared to have faces! In the evening went to Heather & Shawn's for a bbq. While there was able to snap some pics of her animals along with laughing and visiting. Monday was back at Laurie's to finish taking down the wall paper in the kitchen and then to Heather's to play games. Lets see what next weekend brings. . . Will I go back to the Range or go to the apartment and get some crafts done? Time will only tell, but at least I have posted something on the blog! :) Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend! Jody, were you able to get your fishing in yet? David, we were talking about you on Sunday and thinking of whether or not we should call and sing you a "Happy Birthday", instead we sang it together to ourselves while thinking of you. Hope you had a happy day!

Some photo updates...

Liz graduated with her Master's Degree in Activism and Political Leadership so we had a mini party at her house. Her request was that it be a working party, so there were branches being cut off trees, windows being washed, faucet replaced, roof work, tilling the garden, ....
And then of course.... Poor Gary's Pizza, Mom's cheesecake, DQ cake, chocolate... you get the picture :)
Saturday, Shawn and I were at Jay and Sarah's wedding.....
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Lindula
The cake
The groom's father and step-mother: Dan and Mauri

Sunday, we had a little BBQ - Tristan and Shawn
Whisker rub

Laurie and Tristan

Monday, my cat hauled out her kittens. She had then a while ago, but kept them in hiding. There are 3 of them.
Other work that didn't involve photos: planting of trees, lawn work, all that fun stuff!!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

here is #2

We spent our 44th anniversary at a Grandparents' Day in Randolph. There were a lot of activities. Here Cole is participating in one of them.
Jade with her 4th Grade class doing the recorder song. Turn the world around.
Pansies in or window box

Grandpa made a reel for hose so we can get water to our garden before the lawn watering system is turned on.Grandpa made 4 bluebird houses. The one on the right is occupied.44 years doesn't seem so much until you see it in flowers! This is from Charlie and Jen. It is beautiful. I had to joke about the red and white. You can see we've had some good years and perhaps some not as good!

-grandma does this look okay?

sorry so late grandma! but here is #1

quilt for baby shower started on a friday and completed on the next friday!
Charlie 40 and Jen 30
Cake at Randall's. Other pictures didn't turn out that good to post on the blog.
Sandra and Ruth

Pete with his momBirthday balloonnieces and nephewsKari and RuthTom and Steph

Life at my house...

We are saying "Farewell" to the white mare. She will be going to a new home tonight. Someone borrowed her last summer and the girl really liked her, so she is going to take her forever starting tonight. She really is a good girl, we just don't do horses...
My new addition to Admiral Acres. I got a donkey. He is so sweet and hasn't (as of yet) escaped. Hopefully he won't try. He was well loved by his former owner, but due to health reasons, she was moving. I got the honor of taking "Bucky". He loves his carrots and is very sweet!
We have ducks nesting. The picture above only shows one duck, but there really is 2 of them there. I think they are sharing a nest as they will switch spots. Not sure how many eggs they are laying on, but it's a lot! It took me a long time to find them, but now can throw them corn every day.
This girl made her next next to the corn feeder. I found her accidently, when I stepped on a board, which sort of made her nest jump and she reacted. Now, we have moved bales from around her and I'm obsessed with making sure her next is undisturbed.

We have a goose that is laying eggs too, but everytime I go out there, there is no nest. She lays out there and the others watch out for her, but then "nothing". I've puzzled over this, but got my answer last night. She was on the nest, the others were watching out for her. Then, she leaves, in the field with the others and in comes a big crow, takes the egg, and leaves with it. Guess I have to build some sort of pen to put them in for laying so that the eggs have a chance of surving a day for me to get them.

I got an incubator and we plan to try incubate some turkey and duck eggs. Being as they are the same humidity, temperature, and amount of days, I'm going to do them together. Hope to get that started tonight and see how many hatch in 28 days or so.

If anyone wants some eggs - we have a lot of them. We have been getting 32-35 eggs per day. Yesterday got a new record of 40 chicken eggs. Thankfully, we are able to sell them all. We won't keep them in our fridge for more than a week and sell them. We haven't thrown them away and I don't yet have a freezer full of chiffon cakes.

Hope things are going well for everyone. Hope to see a post from those of you that haven't posted in a while!