State Fair Barn Visit

In September we went to our State Fair. I have gone to the state fair in this state every year since we moved here,  except the year I got married and last year I wasn’t able to either. Instead of mom and dad going with me, now its usually mom, step-dad, and if I’m lucky hubby, if he is not working. They also moved the location of the fair and most people like it, but it just isn’t the same for me. There seems to be a lot less “stuff” and things going on at the fair. I don’t know if it is because agriculture and animals are not as important to people now as they used to be, except to those of us who care for them or those who do the farming and ranching, but it’s just not the same. It may be my own memories throwing it off because as a child the fair was my favorite part of the year, whether I was showing that year, or not. It was just good family time. Where the fair is held now, is the farm where “Secretariat” was born and kept.

Barns

This barn above is the barn that famous horse was kept and below is the plaque explaining that…

Plaque

The stall is nothing special, but it is neat to see.

Stall

The state fair is over for the year and I am happy I got to go and hubby got to come as well. Even if it isn’t the same I still look forward to the State Fair every year. I love to watch all the kids and adults ride horses, show cows, and participate in all the competition there. Do you go to the state or local fairs in your state?

New Diggs

We went to visit my mom and step-dad the other week to spend some time at the beach to get away. Baxter and Chase love going to the beach to play and they love moms house because they love her front door. They can sit or lay at her front door and watch all the people go by. At our house it isn’t as busy and we usually don’t have our front door open this time of year due to the stink bugs that inhabit it. While we were down there my mom “grandma” bought Chase a new shirt.

Bax n Chase door

He loved to wear it while helping Baxter check out the neighborhood. At first it was just a shirt, but now we call it his basketball jersey…

Chase shirt

He looks so cute in it and the last time I brought it out he actually almost jumped into it. He seems to love his new shirt…. Thanks Grandma ;)

Storms a commin’

The other night a storm blew in so quick, but you could see it coming….

Storm 2

I loved seeing the rain sheets coming from the river…

Storm 3

And across the fields towards our house…

Storm 1

The clouds turned and got darker as the storm got closer…

Storm 4

As much as I hate storms it was neat to see all this and be inside my cozy home safe and sound :)

Storm 5

Who wants some cake?

Happy Sunday Everyone :)

Hope your week has started out well and you are refreshed and ready for the week. I don’t know if I have blogged about this yet, but I have started to make cakes for my friends kids and the kids at church. I am trying to perfect my skills and learn new techniques. I have done many cakes including flower cakes….

Dafodill Cake

Basketweave cake

A golf cake…

Golf Cake

A swimming cake…

Swim cake

A clown cake…

Clown cake

A cupcake cake…

Cupcake cake

A bird cake for my mom’s birthday…

Bird cake

And today I did a baseball cake for one of the boys at our church…

Baseball cake

It’s been fun to figure out the kids likes and use their interests in a cake. They have all been a success so far and I have done many others. Each time I do a cake I figure out how to do it better the next time. I am working each time to perfect my skills. I hope I can keep getting better and keep making kids smile when they see their cakes. It is a joy :)

Changing…

It’s been a long time since I blogged. So much has been going one.  Hubby got hurt at work and is now off work for 6 weeks minimum, my Uncle died, we lost two chickens to something we aren’t sure what, hubby is sick now… whew… and my brain has forgotten all the other changes and business…

Chickens

On the positive we are sticking this all out together and our dogs are cute helpers to me since I have to do all the chores etc. Its been a busy last few weeks. Today is a beautiful Sunday, cooler and sunny. The boys are out on the deck sunning and barking at the neighbors horses who are more active today. The chickens are out pecking in the yard and sunning their feathers.  It’s a beautiful way to start the week. I hope you are all having a beautiful Sunday.

New Bed and an Update

I got the pups a new bed a couple weeks ago as their old one is falling apart. They seem to really enjoy it an take turns sleeping on it. It’s so cute to see them cuddled up on it. I especially love watching their late afternoon naps where the sun is shinning thought the window and the rays fall on them…

Chase new bed

Its nice to see them enjoy something new and it’s nice not to have a bed with hole in it laying on my living room floor ;) In other news we had a setback with our sick chicken yesterday so we isolated her again inside and gave her lots of rest, electrolytes in her water, and good food with extra calcium and nutrients in it. Today after I got home from Church she was walking around inside her pen eating and drinking. So I decided to let her back outside since the weather was nicer today. She seemed to do okay all day and was out pecking around. I let her stay out with the other’s girls tonight and had her sleep in a separate little box we have for the chickens when they are sick, but left the door open. Hopefully she is back on the mend. Hope you all have a beautiful and blessed week :)

Summer Walk

As most of you know hubby and I love to find new places to take the dogs for a hike. On one of our explorations this summer we found a neat place to hike that even had an apple tree we could pick from…

Apples in skirt

Chase was especially interested in what was in mommy’s skirt…

Chase n apples 3

He took his time in checking it out…

Chas n apples 2

I think we have a good new walking spot that even provides dessert once we get home ;)

Encourage

I found a Bible verse the other day that was very encouraging and I thought I would share it with you today:

2 Samuel 22:31 -  As for God, his way is perfect, the word of the Lord proves true, he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

2 Dalias

I hope it encourages you today and helps you get though the end of your week :)

Chicken sick… poor girl

We have a sick chicken. I tried what the feed store lady suggested and only minimal improvement. The poor girl :( About a week ago I noticed her crown had slumped over and she was not as peppy. When I picked her up she was skinny and when I watched her I noticed her potty was runny. The feed store lady suggested goat dewormer and I had seen that suggested several times on Backyard chicken site. So we tried it and I see minimal difference.

Yellow dalia

So today I tried other things like checking for egg binding and crop impaction. I didn’t see she had either, but gave her a nice Epsom salt bath and gave her some mashed carrots that had crushed calcium and olive oil in it. I figured it wouldn’t hurt. She seemed to like the mixture and ate some of it. She took a nap and I saw she actually drank water. So now I am out of diagnosis and ideas… Any of you have any ideas? I can post pictures if that will help or give you more information if you want to know something specific. I just hate to see her sick. None of the other girls are sick so that is good :) Thanks for any help you may have ;)

Gods sunset

We have had some beautiful sunsets lately. The sun has had so many colors and the flow is like an artist painting on a canvas.  I like to think of them as a reminder God is still with me.

Sunset

Life continues to be tough and it doesn’t see a day goes by without a real trial. Some days it wears on me and then I see this sunset…

Sun Set

And I remember all the things God has given me and I try to be grateful. The beauty that God places in this world is a reminder despite the storm there is hope that God provides in his hands.

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