Sunday, January 22, 2017

Keeping a 3 year old Entertained

Early last month my grandson was born.  It was SO VERY AWESOME!!!  He was born on a Wednesday, so that afternoon and the rest of the week I kept my 3 year old granddaughter.  I have her overnight about every other weekend regularly, so I didn't think this would be a big deal.  Obviously, I was wrong.  It's been 34 years since my son was born and I am WAY out of practice, even after 3 years.  My granddaughter isn't a bad girl but her attention span is about a quarter inch long.  OMG, that lovely little girl wore this old lady OUT!!

She was so excited for her new "baby brother".  As far as she's concerned he belongs to her.  It was really cute to watch.  First thing I heard every morning was "Is it time to go see my baby brother?" and again every 10 minutes after that.  Just an FYI, that's a 25 mile drive.

It was so hard to keep her attention after coming home from the hospital. We tried everything.  We made Yule/Christmas presents with glitter, glue, paint and crayons.

What 3 year old doesn't love that stuff.  She did love it, but only about about 30 min at a time and then she was ready for something else.  I truly thought glitter would last a lot longer than that.  Glue and glitter should have had an hour life, at least, I thought.  Man, was I wrong....try 20-30 minutes and then she was actually ready for bed so it would be morning and she could go see her baby brother again.

It's been more than a month and she still is highly enamored with him.  She loves touching him and staring at him, which is so cute.  I must say there was nothing more exciting than seeing her baby brother.  I can only hope that continues as they grow up.

The Cute "Baby Brother"
By Friday afternoon mom and baby brother got to go home and she wanted to go home with them.  Grandma's place is cool, but can't compare to her new baby brother.  Oh well, that's okay, I can't blame her.  He's pretty cute and I was ready for the rest too.

She loves to come to grandma's place now, but after an overnight stay and all day, she's ready to go home to "mommy, daddy and her little brother".  Next I think we'll work on teaching her his actual name.  She knows it, but I think she may forever call him "my baby brother".

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Meditation Is Easy

I have a friend who has been having anxiety issues.  She's had them for a while and was on medication, then she quit taking it for about a year, started taking it again and recently the anxiety has gotten worse and they have almost doubled her meds.  This has all been over about a five year period.  She told me she doesn't want to be on all these meds and asked  my opinion.  My idea was exercise and meditation.

She knew both of these answers but like most of us, it's more effort than we want to put out.  I told

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Holiday Season Blessings

This year stands out to me as one of the best in a very long time.  I lost my dad in 2011 and my mom in 2015.   In between that time there was turmoil among family members which just made get-togethers somewhat uncomfortable and tense  We've also had 2 new grand kids during this time.   These last several years have had so much change.

Since then, we've, or at least I, have been trying to build some new traditions.  Something that is solid to look forward to every year in getting ready for such a hectic time of year.  From Thanksgiving through January we have many birthdays along with the holidays.  It's almost constant.

This year I feel we achieved the new traditions I craved and found a happy medium that everyone can enjoy.  It makes this time of year so much more enjoyable and I'm so glad we've finally got to this point.

Although I miss mom and dad terribly and the holidays will always

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Greatful for the canned meat I put up

I don't know about you but I seem to be getting exteremly lazy this last month of the year.  Maybe it's because it's dark so much.

 I've not been on the treadmill for a month now and don't see it happening till next year.  It's so wrong for kind of mindset I know, but I do know I'll get back on it, just not now.

Coming home from work in the dark makes me feel like I want to go straight to bed, so fixing supper is definitely not first on my mind.  I'm greatful that I put up  so much ground deer last year and late

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


I really hate going to the store to go shopping.  Anybody else with me here?  Just something about all those people, loud kids and adults, lack of manners, traffic and waiting in line.  I'm just not real good with any of it.  I've discovered shopping online is SOOOO much easier and makes me so much happier.

Did you know you can even buy groceries online?  Apparently, I'm a slow learner, but as long as I

Monday, November 14, 2016

So many cool ideas

Cruising through the web I run across some of the coolest ideas.  Pinterest lets me gather those ideas to go back and look at or use at my leisure, but don't ya just wish you could put all those ideas to use in several different houses (cause there are so many different styles).  Apparently, I'm fairly eclectic cause I like a lot of completely different styles, that would not always work all in the same place.

You know when you try to put together a dream home in your head (just playing, mind you) you look

Monday, August 22, 2016

That week went FAST

I went back to work a week ago after a week off for vacation.  Vacation was AWESOME!!!!  I almost got through my entire "To Do" list.  Wasn't too worried about getting it all done though.

Got home from town Tuesday after all my errands and didn't have to leave the house again until Saturday.  I could seriously do that all the time.  My house was clean the entire week, I got to cook supper every night, and my laundry was all done all week.

After a week back to work, I can honestly say, I didn't miss the office at all.  It used to be when I went on vacation, I was ready to go back to work afterwards.  Not this time.  It's not that I don't like what I do, cause I really do like the work.  I just don't want to do it anymore.  I don't want to drive 50 miles a day to and from work anymore.  I want my farm animals, my garden and my little piece of country and to be able to do something to pay the monthly bills.  Nothing more and nothing less.

There are some things I'd like to get, but nothing big.  I'm not a car person, I'm not all about clothes and definitely don't do jewelry.  I do have a passion for stray dogs, which could be a bad thing.  To me all dogs are cute and I want to help them all:)

I suppose it could all be worse, so I shouldn't complain, right?  One day I'll think of something I can do to work for myself and make what I need to support this little farm of ours.  Until then......

Be Prepared

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About Me

I'm a country girl working in the city (50 miles/day). I want to learn all I can about how to do for myself. My husband and I dream of a self-reliant homestead where we can live and work together, raising chickens, goats and rabbits, and growing and canning our own food.