Sunday, November 27, 2016

Turkey Day Recap

Turkey Day was a total success......the day before not so much!  The drama started a week or so before when the dishwasher decided to stop working and as we all know that is simply not acceptable on the biggest dish washing day of the year.   So in a last ditch effort to remedy the situation a new dishwasher was ordered and to our amazement would be delivered the very afternoon before the big day.   The delivery people were here "Johnny on the Spot" and all set to hook it up.  Turkey day was saved......all was good.......until the water valve under the sink broke off in the guys hand and water began spraying all over the kitchen!  This set in motion mad dashes to the well to shut off the whole water supply to the house!  One of the installers injured his back in the effort and the other one stepped into a mound of fire ants that immediately began crawling up his leg and biting him.  They couldn't get out of here fast enough after that and I can't really blame them even though that left us with trying to get a plumber on the day before Thanksgiving because otherwise we would have no water for dish washing of any kind or anything else for that matter.   But wait.....it's gets better....just before it gets worse again.  We managed to get a plumber but he couldn't get here until midnight.. but hey....at least he was coming and we were thankful for that.  We would have water and he would hook up the new dishwasher.  YAY......right?!?  We were back in business.....NOT.....  it took him until 2:00 AM and $$$$ to figure out that the delivery people had brought us a faulty dishwasher, so the expensive late night emergency plumber left and we went to bed exhausted with a now extremely expensive nonworking dishwasher for the big day!  We still don't have a working dishwasher to this day but Turkey day was a success all the same.


Son-in-law was in charge of frying the turkey.....it's tradition.....he's an awesome cook!

My girls made the punch

and the gardener and I were so thankful to be surrounded with family.

Grand pup was soaking up tons of love and attention

while Levi and Sophie waited patiently for people food to drop in their direction.

And when Louie wasn't busy hogging the big chair,


he was hoping no one would notice 

just how close he was to getting a piece of that sweet potato pie and ice cream!  It was a wonderful day filled with good food, love, laughter and plenty of helping hands with all those dishes!!!  :-)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Fall on the Farm

I'm finding joy in my surroundings.    How can I not.  The leaves are finally turning here and Holiday preparations are in full swing.   Keeping busy and looking forward to Turkey Day!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Time to FROG!!!

I'm going to try and make a light hearted comparison  so bare with me here.
I've been working on this cardigan for a bit now and all was going along smoothly until I made the mistake of knitting on it during the election results.  As those results started going south so did my knitting!  It was one mistake after another, after another, after another but because I have now become a more experienced knitter , I knew exactly what to do.  FROG!!  IMMEDIATELY!  Do not proceed in a state of denial as though all is well thinking everything will turn out fine in the end because it WON'T!  You need to correct the mistakes and then and only then move on.   Many many years ago I wanted to learn to knit so in order to do that I had to study it, read up on it, talk to a lot of knowledgeable and experienced knitters so I could get it right and produce quality things I would be proud of.  Because I'm a knitter I tend to think in knit stitches but this approach works in most aspects of our daily lives.  It's really quite simple.  If you want a good out come you need to watch, learn, study, pay attention to those among us who have experience.  Study history, remember it and learn from those dark misstakes of this countries past so as not to repeat them.   It's troubling to hear people say they don't pay attention to politics and then think they can cast a responsible intelligent vote.  Or worse yet say they actually don't want experienced people who have spent their whole careers devoted to the good of our country.  People died for the right to vote in this country and along with that comes the responsibility to learn all you can about each candidate before you cast your vote and in this election it wasn't that difficult because they put it right out there for all to see.  There was a a choice between a candidate experienced, well qualified and prepared to lead all of us forward and a self proclaimed unqualified, raciest, bigoted misogynistic narcissist who's goal is to turn us backwards to those dark days in our history.  My knitting mind is screaming at me to FROG NOW and start over but the sad reality is that we can't.    Birds have just flown into the planes engine and we don't have a steady experienced qualified career pilot to land the plane!!!!