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Happy Mother's Day...

Monday, May 14, 2012

Hi..this will be a quick blog as I need to go to bed soon because tomorrow is a busy day..branding!!

We really had FUN at the 50th Anniversary last night...hubby cousin has the most beautiful a park, and beautiful, emormous home!! They had a huge tent up in the yard and the pot luck was delicious!! Good thing we have a couple high energy days to burn off some of the extra calories...too much fun :)

Today was a great mother's day!! 2 of my 3 kids called, hubby gave me a card and roses, son said he mailed a card so I should get that next week :)

We spent today getting ready for tomorrow..we get some neighbors over to help so I need to plan a menu that can be completely made ahead of time without me in the house..I've gotten really good at that..this is the 35th time..haha :) I usually do some beef raosts but we are out of roasts..just all this dang bull burger so we're having burgers...I BBQed them already and then will put them in the crock pot with fried onions and BBQ sauce on low..yum yum...I'm also going to try crock pot baked potatoes (saw this on Pinterest) scrubbed and foil wrapped..the cooking times are 8 hours on low or 2 hours on high so I'll do a bit more than 1 hour on high, while we put the cattle in the corrals then turn them to low for the rest of the morning...we never know what time we'll eat as just when ever we get done...the sides are micro waved cream corn, leftover marinated pasta salad, pistachio salad, cold canned beans, burger buns lettuce, tomatoes, cheese...dessert is boughten pumpkin pies and canned whipped cream, I also made a chocolate cake and some oatmeal coconut cookies....yes it's taken me almost all day..I also cleaned house and helped with lots of the outside stuff, working on corrals, hanging gates, moving critters around, hauled heifers to pasture, found all the stuff we need for tomorrow..syringes, branding iron, needles, tags etc...then we rounded up the big herd of pairs..actually I used the quad and hubby lured them in with bales in the went great :) but now I'm beat!!

So now I'm off to bed so we can get up bright and early and start with the cattle..

Hope you all had a great Mother's Day...the weather is so great here..and tomorrow is supposed to be great too :)

Thanks for dropping by..keep on Sparkin'

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The last day of the starfish 5% challenge was yesterday..I was really pleased with my results since I lost 8 pounds which was quite close the the 10.5 I was aiming for :)

Don't let any one take away your SPARKLE!! emoticon

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COOKINGGRANNY 5/14/2012 3:24PM

  What a busy time for you. The slow cooker is a wonderful invention for days like this. I wish I would have had one while we were still at the ranch
Congratulations on the weight loss. emoticon emoticon

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RANCHGAL9 5/14/2012 9:51AM

    Way to go go, Donna - and congrats on the weight loss. emoticon

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SMWATRMLON 5/14/2012 9:16AM

    Sounds like you had a fantastic weekend!

You will be having a busy day today. Make sure to take a few minutes for you too emoticon

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Saturday, May 12, 2012 glad it's the weekend!

Today we did some much put off jobs...we tagged and treated the last few calves and turned them out with the other pairs..then we vaccinated the yearling replacement they will be ready to put out to pasture tomorrow..and save a few chores.

The corrals are still very wet and I was walking through a deep spot and lost one of my rubber boots..I was barefoot in the boot so I stepped barefoot right into the slop!! too funny..then I had no choice but to put my boot back on, so now it's dirty on the inside and the .outside..haha

When we got the cattle work all finished we went to town for the mail and a few groceries...I bought a new magazine and also got 2 more in the mail..I really have fun reading magazines :) my escape..that and the internet :)

This evening I dug up some sunflowers that seeded themselves and were growing everywhere in the I can rototill up my patch and get the garden in the next week or so.. Then I'll just transplant them into a row..haha :)

After I did that I brought in the 9 cows left to calve and then mowed grass for about an hour..then tried to catch up on some house jobs..washed a bunch of dishes and dyed my hair.

Tomorrow I have the pot luck food to get ready for the 50th Anniversary. It's for supper and it's near Estevan so hubby will still have time to get some jobs done besides chores.

Well, I'm going to try to get to bed early tonight so I should go for now...thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon emoticon

I thought this was a fun article in one of my magazines...

Color yourself happier and healthier!

Green protects your eyesight!
Purple boosts brainpower!
Yellow brightens your mood!
Red improves your love life!
Orange makes you younger!

(these colors are for to look at/wear/or eat..)


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MARITIMER3 5/12/2012 8:48PM

    Magazines are one of my treats too!

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GOPINTOS 5/12/2012 4:48PM

    Love the color info. Thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Country Living Team

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Another rainy day..

Friday, May 11, 2012 was just overcast this morning but rained all afternoon :(

I quadded the cow/calf pairs morning and evening, we sorted some cattle, then I mowed grass for a couple of hours and did a bit of gardening...and a bit of house work..

The day went by fast..

Something I find really fun is riding the quad...the open prairie in spring is grass, wild flowers...

..I read somewhere..anyone can love the mountains, but it takes heart to love the prairie :)

I visited with my neighbor a bit on the phone, and my oldest daughter on-line... and my mother-in-law phoned about her brother's 50th Anniversary on Saturday.... I said the day went by fast...

Time for the midnight check and off to bed..thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon emoticon

Who is strong? He that can conquer his bad habits.
-Benjamin Franklin

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GOPINTOS 5/12/2012 5:06PM

    We had a nice little rain today. I didnt get everything mowed that I wanted, but it was a nice little shower and will do the garden good.


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Country Living Team

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WATERMELLEN 5/11/2012 10:28PM

    Prairie is awesome . . . and I've been enjoying the first grass long enough to ripple in the wind here!!

You are so right about working like a man, eating like a man and then losing like a . . . . woman!! Not fair. Oh well . . . there it is!!

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SMWATRMLON 5/11/2012 11:16AM

    And I think I'm busy! Love reading your posts :)

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Shortest blog ever...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hi..way too tired to write a real blog..just hi-lights..

...talked to sister last night til 1 am!!
...beautiful northern lights out a 1 am while checking cows!!
...helped friends brand some of their calves...2 times today!! for mail!!
...lots of fencing at home!!

Thanks for dropping by Keep on Sparkin'

Luv Donna emoticon emoticon

night sure to have some fun tomorrow!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 5/11/2012 3:10AM

    No wonder you are tired!

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GOPINTOS 5/10/2012 9:34PM

    Sounds lovely!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Dr Oz Show Fans Team

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WATERMELLEN 5/10/2012 9:27PM

    Northern lights: fabulous!! can only remember seeing those a couple of times in my life.

That community pasture situation sounds so very upsetting for your husband and lots of other people too. Not fair: and the uncertainty just makes it more miserable.

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BLEGNER1 5/10/2012 2:41PM

    Short sweet and to the point
God bless

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DOODIE59 5/10/2012 9:55AM

    I just love, love, love your positivity -- you go, grrl. (Go get some sleep:))

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KMICHA 5/10/2012 6:08AM

    Get some sleep!!! Direct and to the point! Have a terrific Thursday!!!

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EMSSBEARS 5/10/2012 12:39AM

    Sounds like a late but busy night, Beat those northern nights were beautiful.
Thanks for painting a great picture of your day for us.


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Road trip...

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Hi..after chores this morning we went up to Weyburn for a small road trip... we took the pasture truck as hubby needed some pasture supplies and the darn thing is still not working right!! But we did get there and home okay...

We got most of the errands done except hubby needed a gate for the corral and he phoned first for it too and when he got there they were all the wrong size :( Seems no one takes pride in their job anymore..very sad...

We picked up a flowering plant and a gift certificate for the mother-in-law and went over for coffee..she wasn't home so we had coffee with father-in-law and left the gifts for Mother's day :) We may see them at the 50th Anniversary on Sat but they are known for not showing up for stuff!!.....

While picking up the plant I picked out some orange roses for hubby to give me for Mother's day..haha :)

I ran into a close friend who had spent the last 5 or 6 months in California so it was great to catch up :) I always run into someone I know :)

We had a quick supper of stir fry and then watched the hockey I'm catching up on some online stuff then I'm off to call my sister..
I have only 1 1/2 hours until the midnight cow check so it'll have to be a "short call" at least for us...

Thanks for dropping by...keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon emoticon

Hope you are all making May FUN!!! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/9/2012 9:56PM

    Mmm, the orange roses sound very nice: hope that they have a nice scent too (I always choose my flowers by their smell!!)

My mother has been gone for 15 years -- but caught myself thinking today that I should be checking out the Mother's Day cards at the drugstore!!

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GOPINTOS 5/9/2012 8:49PM

    Hope you have a great May also!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Country Living Team

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DOODIE59 5/9/2012 9:40AM

    I hear you about getting yourself the roses you want:)
You're as busy as ever -- hope you get yourself a break on Mother's Day:)

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BLEGNER1 5/9/2012 5:32AM

    Busy as a beaver building a new dam aren't you. I like the idea of orange roses for Mothers Day. I have a card to send to my daughter and we sent one to Jeff's mom yesterday. If I get out and around I may pick some flowers for the grandkids to give to Paulina. I never know if she is going to get something from them or not.
God bless you

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