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Sitting with my feet up...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hi..it's been awhile since I've blogged so here goes a catch up blog...

Had a really busy week..and very stressful...Monday was an early a.m. appt for oil change in Weyburn..got home and had a few trying calls with my daughter... can't seem to help her ...just keep trying to encourage her :( Fought a huge prairie fire about 10 miles away from our ranch..we were there a few hours..it was blistering hot and the wind was wicked but it was finally under control and burned about 50 acres on the neighbours :( Tried talking to my daughter and it was going nowhere.... I lost my patience and ended up hanging up and now feel bad and she won't answer now :( feel like I burned that bridge...

Tuesday was hot, hot, hot..went to town to get a tire fixed and worked around home....Wednesday took a day off and spent the day in Regina with my sister and tried to get some stress relief..we had a fun day :)...Thursday was a cattle round up in the community pasture and did some catch up work around home...

Yesterday I iced a cake for the bridal shower center piece and after lunch went to town and got the shower ready with the other hostess..the shower was great fun until the end when the town was under a tornado warning!!! Talk about clearing out a hall!! At least we cleaned up fast too and got home safe and no tornado :) but some more stress..and oh my aching feet!!

Today after chores we went back into town to work the 2 shifts at the outdoor music festival..morning shift at the gate and afternoon shift and the food booth. Now we're home..I'm sitting with my feet up..boy do they hurt :( Hubby's out baling..I'm watching a movie....

Tomorrow I hope to do some more catching up..yard work, house work etc.... July is flying by and the little granddaughters are coming for swim lessons Aug 1... I can't wait but I have lots of stuff to do to get ready !!

Better go..hubby just came in with the tractor and broke down the baler :(

Keep on Sparkin' Have a great rest of the weekend..thanks for dropping in...

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KMICHA 8/10/2011 5:42AM

    Wow! You have been busy! No wonder I haven't seen you around more! Hope things are better for you today! Happy Hump Day!!

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BIGBADMOMMABEAR 7/25/2011 12:36AM

    No wonder you have your feet up!

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RPM123 7/24/2011 10:23PM

    wow, i hope this stress is reduced soon! Boy do you deserve to relax!

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DUSTYGIRL25 7/24/2011 1:42PM

    Sounds like your keeping a very busy schedule. I hope your daughter comes around soon. She's missing out on such a wonderful Mom! Hopefully time with the grandkids will bring you much joy!
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WATERMELLEN 7/24/2011 10:28AM

    We lurch along from crisis to crisis: good thing we're resilient, right? That mother/daughter relationship is so rich and complex and confusing and difficult and . . . can't believe the bridge is burned (but may require a row boat in the meantime!!).

All best to you. Take care of yourself!!

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RANCHGAL9 7/24/2011 9:04AM

    Oh Donna - such is life on the ranch ;) And the fact of the matter is, it is our life not just the place we work so makes it even more special. Summer is rushing by - we have had a crappy, cold, windy July with very few days above 20!! Maybe August will change all that
Hope this week is good for you and take care

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ROSEWCI 7/24/2011 6:00AM

    Sorry to hear about all the stress! Hope this week goes better for ya!
EnJOY the grandbabies visit! emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 7/23/2011 10:59PM

    Nice to have a little cool off today. I see Glasgow got hit with some really mean rain/hail. 1.55 inches in about half an hour. "A River Runs Through It"

Hope you have a good Sunday.

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CAPTAINCOOKIE 7/23/2011 10:46PM

    What do you do in your spare time emoticon I do understand though. After two weeks trying to catch up at home I get back on the boat to relax. You need to post pictures when you do a cake or something special like that. Enjoy your evening
Bill

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30 ways to make this your best summer ever!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hi..I love lists so here goes with some summer fun....

1.Get your hair wet when you swim

2. Make eating fun

3. Take your phone calls outside...stand on grass

4. 10 minutes of jumping rope :)

5. Read a summer beach novel

6. "To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug" Helen Keller

7. Enjoy the joy of gardening

8. Make dinner from a market garden

9. Fly a kite

10. Have a winning " go-to" look

11. Enjoy a pedicure

12. Never turn down a glass of champagne

13. Have a popsicle for dessert and eat it on the porch

14. Enjoy marinated veggies in glasses

15. Blow bubbles

16 Attract hummingbirds

17. Hop on a playground swing

18. Find a drive-in near you

19. Collect 2 wildflower bouquets..one for you and one for a neighbor

20. Move a full size bed onto to the porch for a fun family gathering place

21. Make a centerpiece of fresh lemons

22. Have dirt (crushed oreos) sprinkled over ice cream

23. Star gaze :)

24. Find a quiet place like a secret garden and enjoy the beauty and quiet

25. Fake a clean house..shelve the deep cleaning chores until after Labour Day

26. Use aroma therapy

27. Live in flip flops

28. Make homemade strawberry ice cream ( or ice milk)

29. Indulge in a hammock

30. Wisdom for the ages "Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." Henry James

You deserve all this and more- have a great summer! emoticon


We've had a busy week so far..Monday we fixed and filled the community pasture cattle oilers, then to town for mail and groceries..mail is still not caught up since the strike..got a bill that was already past due :( and still don't have the credit card bill that's due mid month so yesterday when we were in Weyburn with a trailer load of cattle for the sale I paid at the store...

...had coffee with the in-laws..the knee replacement is going great!! We had to round up the cattle from 2 different pastures so it was an adventure.

Today hubby put out salt in the pastures and then rode with the rider to check. We have a dead cow in the community pasture..lightning..so we needed the vet for an autopsy for insurance the vet was out this afternoon and it was lightning. We moved some stuff out of the way to make room in the shop for hubby to put the best truck in since we have a storm warning for tonight and don't want hail on it!!!

I did lots of laundry and some gardening today..enjoyed a salad of fresh garden lettuce and homegrown cherry tomatoes :) Tonight Hubby has started to cut hay....saw a cute thing yesterday..instead of a vacation, or a staycation have a haycation..a vacation on a farm :) yup..just like here!!!

Our make up slo-pitch game that was rescheduled for tonight is rescheduled for August, we hope to still play our league game on Friday..next Friday I'm helping put on a bridal shower so I can't play.

On Sunday I'm meeting oldest daughter in Regina so she can borrow our tent and sleeping bags for her college reunion ...I hope to meet up with my sister too.

July has just flown by..how can it be almost half over??

Hope you're all having a wonderful summer and thanks for dropping by and Keep on Sparkin' emoticon


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ROSEWCI 7/20/2011 1:35PM

    Yep! Summer is flyin'! Still LOTS to do!!! EnJOY!

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COMPUCATHY 7/15/2011 5:21PM

    Wow...great read! You are SO busy! Yes, the summer is flying by! Thank you for all your encouragement! I hope you have a TERRIFIC weekend! Enjoy! Celebrate your blessings! Spark on! emoticon

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BLEGNER1 7/14/2011 11:22PM

    Some of the things on your list I had already decided to do this summer. I found an old pair of flip flops in the closet and have been trying to wear them today, but it really bothers my feet in between my toes. Will just have to keep trying. Thank you so much for the emails. The prayer I will be keeping and saying, the one colors is going to be the basis for Gabe's health project. I came up with a pretty good idea for a poster
So, thanks for the blessing and thanks for the inspiration.
God bless you my friend in what ever area you need a blessing
Barb

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WATERMELLEN 7/14/2011 7:58PM

    Love your list -- will think of you when I'm picking wildflower bouquet for sure!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 7/14/2011 12:28PM

    Love the Summer list! It all sounds sooooo good. I got a great idea! emoticon Maybe you should open up your place or a guest house on your property and have people come for a haycation. They can work on a real farm. (and you get free help!)
Just a thought. emoticon Just what you need, more people around to worry about right?
Have fun this summer and take care of your self! emoticon

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LYNKIN 7/14/2011 8:42AM

    Wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing! I LOVE SUMMER! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JMGLEN62 7/13/2011 10:39PM

    Great list! I have managed a few this summer and hope to do more.

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KMICHA 7/13/2011 10:13PM

    Great positive ideas and things to do. Just enjoy the sun . . . and the longer days. Six months from now, we will be wishing for them both!

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Resting from slo-pitch!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hi..we played 4 slo-pitch games this week and I'm feeling my age!!

We had a make up game on Monday, then our regular league game Friday then playing in a tournament yesterday with my son and his girlfriend at a local fair. They were all kids, 20 somethings!! w got into the A final :)

At Friday's game hubby was playing great!! Home run and lots of great hits and plays..the team asked him what happened this week for all the pent up anger... so we told them about the tractor fuel..I didn't think much of that was "pent up" haha...so then the team asked me what I was gonna do this week to piss him off!!
We have 2 games this week..

Runnings not too bad with my sore toe and it's getting better..probably not broken as the swelling is going down and I can bend it now.

I've been resting up today but I did do chores and some lawn mowing and laundry and talked on the phone lots. Also watched the Calgary Stampede on TV.

I did make up the treat bags for when the little girls are here for swim lessons in a few weeks. And I've been surfing the web for ideas for the cooking camp..lots of cool stuff!!

Well hubby's in for supper..gotta run..thanks for dropping by..keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna

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BIGBADMOMMABEAR 7/13/2011 5:05PM

    I've just sped read your last month of blogs! I am so behind with SP!I'm glad to see you are feeling more like your old self again. I'm doing good. Feeling a little under the weather today, so I stayed home from work. I slept all morning and now I'm just hanging out.

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ROSEWCI 7/12/2011 10:02AM

    Congrats on makin' the finals! emoticon
Hey, I'm nursing a sore toe too! Hope yours is on the mend!
EnJOY cooking camp w/the little ones! Sounds like fun!

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BLEGNER1 7/12/2011 1:05AM

    Sounds as though you are going to have the camp cook out really ready to roll when the time comes. I like the idea of treat bags. All kids like those kinds of things.
God bless you my dear friend
Barb

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WATERMELLEN 7/11/2011 4:47PM

    Love the "treat bag" ideas for the little girls . . . when my husband and I went on holidays, we'd leave behind one tiny gift per day per child to open (eg a special balloon, a bottle of bubble fluid with wand) all wrapped up!! Our kids got a kick out of these little things . . . but have to say, it was the parents (me) who provided them.

And: that was a LOT of slo-pitch!!

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RPM123 7/11/2011 9:58AM

    sounds like a great weekend! We are in Calgary to check out the zoo and Calaway park, not going to brave the stampede with little ones though.

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July...Spark collage...How to live in flip flops!!!

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Hi..I decided to do a still life Spark collage of a few of my favorite inspirational things for July...My theme is freedom (live in flip flops) and orange ice pops..yum yum..only 35 calories :)





How to live in flip flops....

I hope you find your flip flop self...a life in flip flops is a cheery life ( it's hard to take ourselves seriously when our shoes make funny noises). It's a slow life (difficult to run in such floppy shoes). It's easy and sunny. It's a life as silly and sweet as the designs on our feet...

This is from the cute little book I bought a couple of weeks ago..it's by Sandy Gingras.

I'm glad I finally made a Spark collage..I was procrastinating for so long and it was really quick :) I'll use it for July's background....hope you like it :)

Today was a very hot day..hubby went to the pasture and put out more oil in the oilers and did some repairs and then put out salt, the rider checked the herd. I put out salt and minerals in the 4 home pastures, did a.m. chores, did laundry, watered the garden, mowed some grass..after lunch I went to town for mail, groceries, water and visited a friend and brought her a birthday gift..her birthday was yesterday...I stayed longer then planned since she has air conditioning :)

I got home in time for supper..Bbq pork chops, baked potatoes and corn on the cob. Then we read a bit of mail and then did night chores..hubby's back in the field and I'm back at the computer....

My toe is still quite sore but we have a slo-pitch game tomorrow and I hope to play..I'm sure I won't run any slower than usual...haha :)

Well I should sign off for now..thanks for dropping by my spark page..hope you like the new up date :)

Keep on Sparkin' and enjoy summer..dig out your flip flops



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ROSEWCI 7/12/2011 10:05AM

    LOVE the new page! And your collage! Very creative!
And I LIVE in flip flops all summer long! I have a HUGE plastic bin of 'em, in every color!

One can NEVER own too many flip flops! emoticon

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BLEGNER1 7/9/2011 10:35PM

    Nice collage, and I will enjoy seeing when I visit you. As for flip flops, they make sores between my toes so I don't wear them. I do have striped feet though from wearing sandals. My feet look pretty funny. You can definetly tell I have gotten some sun.
Hope the toe is better nothing pains more than when part of your feet hurts.
God bless, my dear
Barb

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DUSTYGIRL25 7/8/2011 1:50AM

    Very nice collage! I still haven't done mine yet. I'm not sure what I'm waiting for, guess I need some more spark imagination.
Love your new profile pic. also. All that work around your ranch must be doing some good. Looks like you must have the fountain of youth there.
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ANYVAR54 7/7/2011 10:22PM

    Sounds like a busy, but also easy going day. I spent time with a friend yesterday, and we spent longer that I thought, but it was encouraging and fun.
I like your collage. Carefree and easy going.
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Life is the sum of all your choices...

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Hi..this will just be a quick blog..since I've already written yesterday's blog today and now I'm catching up on today's....

We finished the summerfallow today..the fuel gauge isn't working and I ran the tractor out of fuel so hubby is not impressed..how was I to know the gauge wasn't working? Now there's air in the fuel line and hubby doesn't have patience for that and I feel bad..what a cycle....

I was so hot when I got in from the afternoon of field work I went for a swim in the dugout and did a few laps..what a nice cool off :) I should have thrown hubby in (did I mention he can't swim ?)

Well I caught up on a few phone calls tonight and have some laundry to finish so like I said this will be a short blog....I also dropped a piece of machinery on my toe and it's really sore..it went through my shoe and poked my toe and it's bloody and swollen :( Don't you find when stuff isn't going right you get a whole lot more accident prone? Or is it just me?

Well..if life is the sum of all your choices I have to choose not to let hubby's bad mood upset me!! Hope all your choices today are good ones....

...Thanks for dropping by..keep on Sparkin'


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BLEGNER1 7/9/2011 10:29PM

    Honey, tossing hubby in when he can't swim is more than cruel and unusual punishment. I know, I can't swim and if that happened to me I would totally freak out. Love the water but only so high and that is about waist high.
God bless Barb

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ROSEWCI 7/7/2011 3:29PM

    Ouch on the toe! I hope you're on the mend soon!

And yes...life is about choices! You've got the attitude to have! emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 7/7/2011 12:14AM

    I hope you have a better day tomorrow!!

It does seem like things go wrong in a series. It may be stress, it may be being overworked and tired. Or maybe it's just Murphy playing pranks on the universe...

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HEALTH_NOW 7/6/2011 10:32PM

    Don't you find when stuff isn't going right you get a whole lot more accident prone? Or is it just me?

Yes, I sure do know about it!

Like your spirit and reminder about choices. Wishing you a better day tomorrow.

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