Sunday, November 19, 2017

Feeling Chatty Daybook

I have missed blogging to the point I almost forgot blogging. So what’s the best way to get me to put something up here? A daybook.

What I’m watching... we just saw Murder on the Orient Express, after having read Agatha Christy’s story and rewatching the original movie. Craig and I loved it. There were similar components and some extras, I won’t spoil it. Johnny Depp is a very different character, kind of ordinary. Michelle Phiffer only gets more beautiful with age. Great cast on the new one. Great cast on the old. The cinematography is very beautiful. Watch them both!

Have you watched Stranger Things? Loved it! We are all hooked.

What I’m thinking... Basketball. In fact that’s all I think, go, plan, schedule... until March! Ceci is on a homeschool middle school league playing 12 and under or 7th grade(which are not 12 and under!) and Euly was bumped to Varsity. They are on different schedules for games and practises so Craig and I have to re work out schedules and I pull in Nick and Max whenever possible. Euly won her tournament yesterday against public schools in the tiny but very friendly town of Dime Box, Texas.

Ceci has been enjoying her games. Today she did the splits without stretching and pulled a hamstring muscle. She is in pain and probably will miss some Basketball this week. At least she has no gates scheduled this week.
I am looking forward to... Thanksgiving. We are spending it with family in Austin.

At the Marine Ball last weekend
Molly comes in from California, My parents and mother-in-law will joining us with my sisters and nieces and nephews. My sister’s house will be full of people! We are bringing Craig's twice baked potatoes, broccoli salad (with bacon), peanut butter blossoms, a drink called Good Karma and probably a few more items to snack on the day.

Euly won’t be with us, she will be going to the National 4-H Congress. She flies out Thanksgiving morning. I’m thrilled with all her leadership opportunities. She serves as an County Ambassador this year, club’s Vice President and president at the county.
Ceci took a position with our local 4-H club as Club Delegate and Parliamentarian with the county.

One Day 4-H
I haven’t posted since Masako left, and so much as happened. Hurricane Harvey, my dad turned 80, Molly visited, Nick visited her, Max moved to College for grad school... I’d like to go back and make posts for the sake of documenting life...
Part of my sister Teresa's family celebrating my dad's 80th
We do keep up with Masako. Today she won a table tennis tournament! So happy for her.

We send snapchats, instagrams, letters in mail and packages. We sent a box of Halloween candy and an explanation of Hallow’s Eve, All Saints and All Souls. They sent back explanation of how the Japanese honor passed souls.

I am planning out our schedules through March for Basketball, 4-H competitions, holidays, and school! We are doing our best to keep with school. We have catch up days due to tournaments, camps and clinics. Sigh. I love the opportunities and friendships they make, it all just makes time pass to quickly.

Around the farm...We had some dead trees that needed to come down. Craig and the kids have been cutting, chopping and splitting wood. Cool weather is here and we love a good wood burning fire to keep us cozy.

Animals on the farm... the 67 baby chicks we bought a month ago, 66 are doing well. We did lose one to an unknown cause, but we have saved even the wild ones who jump out of the brooder box when we feed them. They were a season end grab bag purchase and we have one beautiful breed we are still trying to figure out it’s breed.
We have not had any big projects around the house. We rearranged and deep cleaned Ceci’s room. Wow that always feels so good to do! We are still de- junking and cleaning out, trying to keep only items we want, like and need and recycling items we have kept for other reasons, like: I paid money for it, someone gave it to me, I should want it... bla! De- junking is wonderful.
I am praying for .. everyone in our lives, America, unemployed, some in legal troubles, and all kinds of special intentions.

I am dreaming about... taking a trip....somewhere, anywhere! We’ve been here, and within an hour and half of here, for quite some time. I would love to take a trip for Christmas instead of giving gifts. (De-junking part of my brain is battling my gift giving side). Craig and I promised a sweet little couple we would finally take a trip and celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. She wants photo proof. I’m not sure when, but I do think we will work a get away in sometime soon,hopefully when my boys have a break from school so they can watch the girls.

We are thinking about converting our property status to Wildlife over Ag,which means we would not have livestock, but make changes to our property to encourage wildlife. There are changes we’d need to make for our pond and Creek and add things to encourage all kinds of wildlife, especially birds. I’m really looking forward to this change. No cows. We’ll always have chickens. Fresh eggs are the best!
Way back when we first fell in love with this place.

Euly got her driving permit. Neither one of us were in a big hurry. She's doing great with all the miles we drive to get anywhere.

Praying for All Souls through this month of November. We try to visit many cemeteries around us to spend time in prayer.

These three have been social - different dances and parties. It is quite convenient for me to have them go in a group.

How is everything going with you?


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  2. Do love catching up with all your doings! Appears we've both been busy living and not blogging much. How funny great minds think alike, I dived back in with a Daybook too. Blessings my friend xx

    1. Thank you, Erin! I miss visiting blogs and the inspiration. I willmake more time!

  3. Blogging...I hear you! It's so much easier to pop it up on Instagram isn't it? But I do like using my blog (even if it is so little anymore) as a diary for my fam to look back on and reminisce. Have to agree on the three going places in a group. It's awesome when they do that, isn't it?! I always enjoy your posts, no matter what social media you use. Hugs!

    1. Thank you, Patty! You are always so encouraging!

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