A Look at Our Week
A full week at home! It has been a busy week around here getting back into our routines. My guy has started working a little so he has spent part of the day focused on that. We would love to be focusing on hiking, but the rainy weather is just not cooperating! We have had several good storms this week and I believe it has rained every day. It has been good to be back home and back into the swing of things, and our backyard view just cannot be beat. Even a year later, I often find both of us just stopping at some point during the day to stare out of a window.
We received a package from one of my guy’s high school friends this week. She lives in Montana and is the person I would love to be. She is a homesteader extraordinaire; she sews, quilts, knits, gardens, raises chickens, cans the foods she grows, makes jelly and jam, she does it all! We often talk about making the trip to visit her and hopefully it will happen soon. She made my guy a Sponge Bob pillow case several years ago and sent him a new one and one for me as well. I was thrilled to see it was puzzle pieces! Such an awesome gift!
We found the cows! We had assumed that when the horses came that the cows had been moved. We assumed wrong. They are still here, in a separate pasture from the horses but they do come into our back pasture at least daily. The cow owner had stopped by the other day to check on them. Apparently one that was supposed to give birth a while back was still suspected to be pregnant. He was not sure if she had the calf and it was in the pasture somewhere or if she was indeed still pregnant.
My guy did a walk of the pasture, or holler, the next day and was going to see what he could see of the cows. The holler is 30 acres and goes over into a neighboring holler so it would be impossible to walk it all to find the calf or cow. He saw three of the four cows during his walk. Later that evening they were all in our back pasture. We were confusing ourselves as to how many cows we were seeing. Finally the binoculars had to be taken out and we discovered that the new calf had been born. Apparently my guy had not seen mama cow during his walk because she was a little busy birthing her baby! Now Junior has a new friend. The cow owner came by that evening to check on the calf and confirmed that it is another bull. No names yet though as the real cow wrangler (the owner’s son) is out of town. Junior is growing up quite quickly.
The horses seem to be doing well. We have learned that two of the horses belong to the cow owner’s son and girlfriend and the third horse is being broken by the son. Should be interesting to watch! The horses will come up to the fence when I approach it, but if I attempt to touch them they back away. I picked up some carrots at the store this week in hopes of convincing them I am a friend. One horse wanted no part of the carrot. The other took both carrots I offered. The third horse (the one needing broken) was on the other side of the field and missed out on snack time. Hopefully I will have them trained to come get their carrots when I come out soon.
What’s for Dinner?
With being home and being back on our routine means I can once again cook. I’ve missed it! I planned some adventurous meals to get me back in the swing of things this week.
Tuesday night we had Barbecue Chicken with Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower. It was delicious! I added both recipes to my nieces’ recipe books.
On the menu for Wednesday night was Broiled Parmesan Tilapia and Vegetable Risotto. The fish was delicious and made it to the recipe book as well. So easy and quick to fix. The Vegetable Risotto was good. It wasn’t earth shattering though. And with the amount of time and pans that it took to prepare it, I was expecting my earth shattered.
Our Friday night meal is Thai Peanut Chicken & Noodles. I was a little wary of this meal but it sounded intriguing. It was a little different at first but was really yummy!
Busy Hands & Busy Mind
My gift has finally been delivered so I can post a picture of my latest project now. A former co-worker recently had her first granddaughter. Of course her Facebook feed has been filled with pictures of this beautiful baby girl. One picture she posted caught my eye. It was a picture of the baby photoshopped into an elephant’s trunk as if the elephant was holding her. Well, I have a soft spot for elephants. My son loved Dumbo and elephants when he was little (and still does). I can remember every trip to the zoo and Animal Kingdom with him and the excitement when he saw the elephants. So, I decided I just had to make some kind of elephant something for this baby.
I did some searching on Pinterest and found a pattern for a stuffed elephant. I wasn’t sure that I could make this. It seemed complicated with all of its body parts, stuffing etc. but I decided I would at least try and see what I came out with. The first attempt was quite humorous but I learned a lot during the process. I quickly began working on number two equipped with all the knowledge I had gained. My niece, who also loves elephants, saw my project and requested one as well. Number two went to her. It was a good finished project, much better than number one but I still felt I could improve with number three. I completed number three in record time and it was ready to send to it’s new home. I now have to make a giraffe for the other niece. I have been studying patterns for that and will begin it soon.
I am still working on my baby blanket, making good progress and on dishcloths as well. I get tired of working on the same project night after night so I mix it up a little and will work on a small project along with a larger project.
Thursday night was the drum corps premiere show of the season. Fortunately, they air the live feed of the show in certain movie theaters. Our closest theater showing the feed was an hour away. This called for a date night! We headed out to Bristol TN/VA Thursday afternoon. We had plans to stop at a craft beer store to stock up my guy’s supply, go to dinner at Cootie Brown’s and then head to the theater for showtime at 8:30. We split an order of tamales as they seemed to be one of the menu items they were most known for. They weren’t outstanding, but good. We had time to kill after dinner so we headed to State Street and found a bakery. I had been back on my program all week and was doing great. I knew I wasn’t going to come out of that bakery with nothing though. They offered homemade doughnuts, strawberry iced and chocolate caramel ended up on my plate. My guy couldn’t decide between a doughnut and ice cream so he just had both. It is a charming downtown area, but showtime was coming and we had to go.
The show was outstanding! Now, my guy would tell you all the technical ins and outs of the show and anything that didn’t sound completely perfect, but to my untrained ears, it was wonderful! To watch these groups of young adults is really quite astounding and has to give us hope for our future. They work hard and give their all every single day of their summers. The talent that they have and the drive they have for excellence is mind-blowing. And to sit on the sidelines as these shows are put together, I mean they start off with 15 to 30 second chunks of this music and they play it over and over and over again and slowly start adding more to it. Then they play it some more and add a little more. As I would sit on the sideline and they would add more in, I would begin to recognize the music. It is quite an awesome experience to watch. The pride and dedication of the whole organization from the volunteers, to staff, to the design team, to the members is incredible. It’s going to be a great summer. Go band!
Of course we had to be present for my guy’s bass trombone’s big debut in the theater! Looking good!
Movie Night Selfies! Have a great week! XOXO