Rainy Adventures

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Over the summer, my Dad’s family goes on vacation to the same mountain lake every year. And every years the weather is amazing, perfect for swimming, fishing, and my absolute favorite, story telling by the fire! Unfortunately, this summer was different. The heavens poured down rain all day, every day, for the duration of the trip. But, because we are who we are, we made the best of it. Leaky tarps, tents, and coats didn’t dampen our spirits one bit! And we even managed to make my Dad’s famous Mulligan Stew! Yummmm!

Hopefully these rain soaked pictures give you smile!

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the clouds in the beginning of our drive should have been a good warning sign!

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Stephens feelings about the rain couldn’t be more obvious ha ha 🙂

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My favorite way to make coffee!

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Thank goodness my husband has a good ranch truck to carry firewood!

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My uncle is a goof ball!

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My husband and my Dad getting to work unloading firewood.

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Beer cuzis  aren’t just good for keeping beer cold, they keep coffee hot too!

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My uncle teaching Stephen how to start a fire, caveman style! Go men! ha ha

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Interesting that the dog was the driest of us all!

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After ten minutes of work, they finally got the fire smoking!

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Yay!

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Me and my fishing buddy! Turns out, Magnum is better at catching them than I am!

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My husband working hard!

Well i hope you enjoyed these as much as I did! Family is where the heart lies, and no matter the weather, nothing can keep family apart!

Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

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May 18th was my last post. It seems that life doesn’t always allow us the down time to do the things we enjoy. Though every so often we find the precious few seconds to make up for it!

So to catch you up on the happenings of the past few months, im going to give you the readers digest version. Work on the horse farm picked up to an amazing extent! Hundreds of riders coming in everyday of the week, keeping all employees in full time hours. Unfortunately , and this has happened time and time again, I have become sick for the third time since January. I have chronic kidney problems, so the slightest cough can put me in the hospital. This time i beat it to the punch!! Tea, antibiotics, Tylenol, and an ice pack kept the ER at bay.  So now i find myself loaded with time to blog, and yes cook!

Even though i found myself working hard this summer, the family did find time to enjoy fathers day at the zoo, and as you can see from the pictures, we met lots of really neat critters!

So on top of having time to blog and cook, im going to be posting some fun arts a crafts projects that I have been really anxious to try! So i hope y’all enjoy and send lots of comments my way!!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Living Off The Grid

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Something my husband and I talk about all the time is our future horse and cattle ranch. A dream that we hope, someday to become a reality. We have searched high and low for acreage big enough to hold our dream ranch and still be in our budget. Well thanks to my dad, we found it.  162 acres in Okanagan County, Wa. Its the most beautiful land we have ever seen, perfect for everything we have ever wanted. The catch is…..we would have to live “Off-Grid”. That means we would have to provide our own energy, water source, sewer, all of it. We would not only be ranchers…..we would have to become pioneers. All the luxuries we grew up around, dish washers. air conditioning, clothes dryers, cable TV…..it would all be a thing of the past. Most people would walk away from the idea laughing. My husband and I, we are ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work. To prepare for this type of lifestyle, we have to start learning and living it now. Which means learning to can foods, researching solar energy, and becoming a jack of all trades. So if anyone out there in the world has experience to share, advice to give, or a lesson to teach, I’m all ears! Be it books, websites, magazines,TV shows, anything! Point me in the direction and I will forever be grateful!

Gals Night Out…

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Julie(Mom in law) and I decided that instead of slaving over a hot stove tonight, hitting the town would be a better idea! So we drove down to quiet down town Mount Vernon and had a very sophisticated dinner…..Pizza and Beer! The Skagit River Brewery turned out to be a Pub style bar that suited our needs for some laughs and good beer! So if you’re ever up this way, head over to the brewery and try their San Juan Pizza. Its pretty good stuff!

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The Little Hearts That Make Mine Whole

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So I’ve given you an introduction of myself, who I am and what I do…..but I have yet to tell you about the critters that help make me…well ….me!   We all have them….a critter or two that stumble into our lives, help us to become better human beings….and every so often remind us, that we need them just as much as they need us! So without further ado ……

The original trouble maker and boy genius…..

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MAGNUM – My male English Springer Spaniel. A dog with the intelligence of a 6 yr old human and the heart of an angel. He never begs, herds cats into fence corners, makes mom chase after him into oceans, and is always up for a night of cuddling….as long as you don’t mind him taking all the covers. He is 4 years old and acts like he is 2. As much as he loves his dad(Stephen), he will always be a momma’s boy!

Next up is the ever grouchy and very stubborn….

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IDGIE – This old girl is a Jack Russel Terrier and if you have ever been around one, you know that there is no telling them how things should be done or when to do them. She is ruler of the dogs and keeper of the humans. Julie (mom in law) is Idgie’s owner and the only one Idgie seems to take seriously around here! Idgie is a frequent sun bather, couch potato, and Care taker of the next dog……

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MAHONEY –  Now German Short hair Pointers generally are confident and excitable dogs. When it comes to Mahoney, you can leave out the confident. This sweet girl is scared of her shadow most days. Although, the minute the infamous squirrel shows up on the fence, she is in a trance. Her natural talent for hunting kicks in every time and she will chase anything that moves! Mahoney is smaller than most German short hairs. She was the runt of her litter and only weighs about 36 pounds now as a full grown adult. Mahoney constantly seeks Idgie out for comfort and play time, and Im sure without Idgie….Mahoney would be lost……here is an example.

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Our last, but definitely not least, critter, is nothing short of a high maintenance prom queen.

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PENELOPE – My 3 yr old Ball python is 4 inches short of 4 feet long and a complete diva! People are either intimidated by her or in awe of her. Most days she sleeps under a log or soaks under the rays of a heat lamp. Throughout the week, we pull her out of her 50 gallon tank so she can join the family. Penelope hates being told what to do and manages to tuck herself into the strangest places….hence the running shoe. 🙂 if she cant find a hiding hole….the top of someones head will always do……

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Now you know what makes my heart whole. The critters that help make me…me. You will see me post about them every so often, with funny stories and comments. Thanks for letting me share!

The Fruits of Hard Work and A Little Dirt

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This past weekend I spent a whole afternoon working on my favorite pastime…..gardening. Lucky for me, I got to garden with Stephen (my hubby), and my dad whom we were creating the garden for. Now this isn’t  the flower garden you may be thinking about, yes, I love flowers, but for some reason when I plant vegetables and they start to grow, I feel a sense of accomplishment! So we went to the local Feed Store and picked up seeds for lettuce, cucumber, squash, carrots,wala wala sweet onions, and regular white onions. Now normally I can restrain myself from buying more than I planned…..but my downfall came when dad and I saw the tomato plants. We bought 5. And interestingly enough, I didn’t recognize any of the plant names. So take a look at the pictures and leave a comment if you know or have had these kinds of tomatos, let me know how they grow, how big they get, and what they look like. It would be a shame to lose 5 tomato plants! So wish me luck on the gardening. Hopefully, this summer you will see pictures of me cooking with groceries from the garden! 🙂

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