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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Please Read This! I'm Going to Send You Something!

My favorite book in the entire world is Alex Stewart:  Portrait of a Pioneer.  I love this book so much, I have read it probably twenty times easily.

Alex Stewart knew how to do pretty much anything worth knowing, and was and will always be my hero.  I don't want to ruin it for you, but let's just say in our crowd, he's like the Lady Gaga of homesteading and self-sufficiency.

I want him to be your jedi master, too.  I need other people in my life that love this old man as much as I do.

The first person that comments on this I will send this book to you.  (Please leave me your email address so I can get your info).  It is then your responsibility after receiving and reading, to send it to the next person on the list by contacting them via their email so they can read it, so on and so forth.

After you read it, I want you to leave me a comment on what you thought, and if it's alright with ya'll, I'll post it along with your state (if that's okay).  My goal is to have twenty people read this book.  I have twenty-two lovely folks that follow me, so it shouldn't be too hard.  

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The World is So Messed Up

On facebook this morning, there is an outpouring of sadness and loss over the death of Whitney Houston.  I don't understand how people can throw out so much emotion for someone they never met, but every day small children are dying of leukemia and cancer and no one seems to bat an eyelash.

Children that didn't choose a behavior that may ultimately lead to their death. 

For everyone that is "sad" about the death of Whitney Houston, I suggest you go visit a 5-year-old battling a deadly cancer and look their parents in the eye.  Then tell me who you really feel "sorry" for.

I'm a firm believer that we create our own set of circumstances.  Now, some may be out of our control, such as weather, major world events, etc.  But if I go out, get wasted, get in my car, then wrap it around a telephone pole and die, don't you dare waste a single tear on me because I was an idiot.  If you should feel compelled to cry, go visit the Children's Hospital in Indy and that should get your emotions back in track and in a proper prospective.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Big Ol' Thank You!

My friends over at Hilltop Homestead nominated me for this award, and now I have to pass it on to 5 more blogs...

I felt like Publisher's Clearing House just knocked on the door.

Here's my picks:

1. Gunpowder, Cowboy Boots and Mascara - If you want to laugh and cry all under a half hour, you're gonna love this.

2. Simply Self Sufficiency - lots of good how-to...I actually met Becky through a blog book swap.

3.  Bacon and Eggs

4. Granddad's Corner

5. Small Farm Girl

Monday, February 6, 2012

Like My Dog Does

  It may seem crazy to some, but my dogs are my babies.  They are apart of my family as much as my mom or dad.  They are on every birthday and Christmas card that comes out of this household.  I talk to them doing laundry.  I know their moods, and I know where they liked scratched.  And if it came between the choice of all but a handful of people and my babies, well, I'd grab two collars and be on my way.

To those who don't know the love of a dog, you are certainly stronger than I am.  At so many times in the last couple years, my dogs have been the only ones in my corner at so many times.  They've never told me I was wrong, or that I wasn't who I should be, and they have never broke my heart.  They are always there to cuddle or just lick my face.  It's amazing to me how one wet tongue can change your day.

Most would think that my dogs have it made.  My babies run this household, whether they realize it our not.  They determine vacations, how I do things.  If I can't take the dogs, it's not somewhere I want to go.  We don't go out a lot, and mainly that's because we want to stay here with the puppies.  
Before I allow myself to be sorry for myself, I always look at these babies and tell myself, "I will be thankful for what God has given me, which is more than most."  I think that is the mantra of my life: to try and see what I have instead of what I don't.  The more I say this to myself, the more I am grateful for what He has provided than feeling depressed about what I feel I haven't been privy to.  This may sound like hogwash, but I truly feel at times that these pups have been the tool that was used in my life to distract me from things that have brought some people into despair.

And I thank God for them, every single day he gives me with them.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Great Day!

This week has been crazy at work so pretty much all I've done is go to work, eat and sleep...great news is we did great on our survey!

Second, it's almost 60 degrees here.  Great for the big game coming up here.  I saw on fb Ryan Gosling was downtown.  Ten minutes from my work...have I told you how much I love "The Notebook"?

I got seeds in this week...spring is about to show up, and I already have bulbs with a good two inches of green!  Heck yes!  Usually I have problems with my mood in the winter but I haven't had much trouble.  I guess it was just idle hands...good Lord knows we haven't had a break.  I'm just glad this winter seems to be flying by.  I can't wait to work outside in ninety-degree heat then jump in the pool in the afternoon with my husband and an ice-cold beer.  If you don't love summer, something is terribly wrong.

This weekend we have a couple projects working.  I have a 3 day weekend and Petey is getting neutered on Monday, so I'll try and update and post another cleaner recipe soon.

Hope ya'll are having a good week.  Happy Hump Day!