Tuesday, March 3, 2015

What to Say

Yesterday was one of those days when nothing  happened.  As in nothing, zero, zilch.....you get the picture.  

No manure on my person, no donkeys in the yard, and I even cooked supper.

Yet another barn I pass each day on my way to work.

It is one of those times when I feel like I have nothing to write about.  And, I mean that in the best way.  We have been floating along in the ordinariness of life.  

It's been nice. 

Then, I looked at the weather forecast.  Flood watch tomorrow immediately followed by a Winter Storm Watch.  

Multiple inches of rain and snow?    

I don't know if I need a canoe or a snow blower....maybe both.  

"A lot of people like snow.  I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water."  

Carl Reiner  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Marching On

Frozen ruts and slippery walks; 
Gray old crops of last year's stalks.

Christopher Cranch  

March is roaring forth like a lion with a chance of more snow this week.  

Dreary days are short numbered as the first day of spring waits for us later this month.  I am sure these equine friends are as ready for it as I am.  

Trap shooting practice starts this week and the first softball scrimmage is next weekend.  Winter's rest is over at this household.  

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Randoms

The snow seems to be melting a bit and with warmer temps in the forecast, hopefully it will all be gone soon.  

Have you ever been witness to a hole punch cloud?  Nah, me neither, but you can see a real one here.  

Here is an interesting take on Civil War re-enactors, who pretend to die.  Having attended a reenactment, with a full charge up a hill (horses, guns, smoke, noise, the works,it was awesome), I find it a bit intriguing.  

Led Zeppelin as played by elementary school students?  Nothing could be more awesome, except for the fact they are from Kentucky,  Yep, that's right....

I have been on a total Tina Turner kick for the past few days....along with some Allman Brothers,  

Linking up with Tanya today!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for getting back into our school routine.  Though, being on a one hour delay this week, (for three days), has helped ease the transition.  

This week's fence is from the archives and is quite a few years old.  I admit that I do like the sunny view and that spot of green in the corner. I have no doubt that my husband would think that this fence row needs a bit of cleaning.

Linking up with Teresa today.....

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Word of the Day

Gentle readers, the word of the day is manure.  

You read that right.  

Manure seems to have a different texture when the temperature is in the single digits as opposed to, let's say, in the twenties.  One wouldn't think so, but it does.  

Take, for example, my barn chores this morning.  With the temps in the twenties I was expecting those frozen dinner plate sized patties that are easily pitchforked into the manure pile,  Oh, but no.....instead there were fresh patties hidden underneath straw that stuck to my muck boots like bubble gum in the dog days of summer.  

As I left the barn my partner in chores, my dutiful Aussie Shepherd, waited while I found a stick to unclog my boots.  

This took several minutes......

The Lady of the Yard

As I ventured up to the porch I needed to take off my muck boots.  In doing so I ended up with manure on my coveralls and gloves.....if it had ended up on my face, I might have passed out on the spot.  

I ended up disrobing on the front porch, thankful that our nearest neighbor isn't even the slightest bit visible from our house.  It wasn't time for the mailman and only the Lady of the Yard was witness to this catastrophe.  

I bet you thought the word of the day was going to be snow.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Stuck in the Coop

Currently, at my house, there is a running bet between my daughter and my husband.  The daughter thinks we will have school tomorrow and the husband says it is a no-go.  Me?  Well, I am a bit hopeful, but the realist in me says that we won't go to school.....again.  

Prepping some corn tortillas. 

So, I continue to cook, read books, watch some old episodes of No Reservations, and blog a bit.  In better weather I would be outside walking with the dogs, but walking in knee deep snow isn't much fun.  Not for me or the dogs.  

Garden green beans, corn, and some fresh chopped garlic.  

I even took down the light fixtures, including all ceiling fan globes, and washed them.  Seriously.  Maybe that is a sign I have been inside too long.  My son wanted to know why I was doing all of this since it wasn't even spring.  *sigh*  

Southwestern Vegetable Soup.....it is good.  

I stopped cleaning long enough to make some Southwestern Vegetable Soup.  It is one of my favorite soup recipes.  My son and daughter have a big bowl with a grilled cheese sandwich.  The husband likes a medium sized bowl with crackers.  Me?  I like a small bowl with just a sprinkle of cheese on top.  We are like Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  

Make a batch.  Warm up and enjoy.....

Southwestern Vegetable Soup 

6 cups chicken broth
1  14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice (want spicer?  Use a can of Rotel) 
1 cup water
1 cup canned dark red kidney beans, with liquid  ( I like a can of pinto beans with liquid.) 
1 cup frozen yellow cut corn
1 cup frozen green beans 
1 can diced green chilies
1/2 cup diced Spanish onion  (A regular onion will suffice.) 
1/2 cup tomato sauce
6 corn tortillas,  finely minced 
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder 
dash garlic powder (For the love of all that is holy, use 3 cloves of fresh chopped garlic.)
* I like to add some chicken to this recipe.  A couple of cans of chicken or leftover chicken will do.  Shred finely, for best results. 

Combine all the soup ingredients in a large dutch oven.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes.  

To serve ladle soup into a bowl and garnish with cheese, if desired.  Who doesn't desire cheese?  

Make it, eat it, and enjoy it.  

That is an order......

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Randoms

Fluffed up against a below zero wind chill, this sweet bird demonstrates how we have all been feeling this week.  

Here are some great tweets about why people are single.  Sleeps like a starfish???????

Nothing is safe in this crazy winter weather......

Do you miss those Girl Scout Cookies in the off season?  Well, here is your solution.  You are welcome.....

This week I have been groovin' to some Eric ClaptonThe Eagles, and the Soggy Bottom Boys.  I have had some serious time on my hands, you can tell. 

Linking up today with Tanya!  
Ice on the way for us tonight!  
Could the weather get any better?