Saturday, June 22, 2013

Where does the time go!

First off, can you believe that June is almost over!! I swear as soon as I graduated time sped up and is just flying by way too fast! Sure in some ways it's been good because I'm getting closer and closer to being done with school. I know I still have a few years left but each day is one step closer. I'm sorry I haven't been blogging any but I have been just soooo busy. When I do have free time it's probably spent sleeping! Hopefully things will settle down some day but as of right now I'm not seeing that!


This last Wednesday I went to the first goat show of the year and first one in about 3 years. About 4 years ago I switched to showing pigs and retired from the goat showing. We then sold all of our goats and it was the first time in 20+ years that we didn't have goats on the farm. Well spring came around and it was time to decide if I was going to show pigs again. I knew that I would probably go to the shows this year by myself and so I decided goat would be easier to do. So I called up some friends of mine who we have shown with for years and got 2 market wethers (fixed boy goats).

I've been working with them this spring. When I got them they were pretty crazy because they hadn't been handled much and were down in south Missouri at this guys other farm. So I had to gentle them down before I started to break them to lead.

Here they are not too long after I got them.
They still don't have names!!! Please help me name them!!!

Last Monday I clipped them for the first time. For the weathers you have to body clip them from the knees up. If I were to have breeding stock you just have to do touch ups and make sure they look pretty. One of them took me almost an hour and a half! His hair had a lot of little soft hairs and the clippers just clipped little chunks at a time. At first I thought the clippers were bad but then I got started on my second weather it took only like 5 min on his whole body!

Half way done
I ended up having both of the boys in the same class so my friend had to help me show. They each weighed 85 and 82 pounds. I got 2nd place and last place. Which wasn't that bad I guess for their first show. Plus I'm doing this for the fun of it. Next year is my last year and so I'm just going to enjoy the rest of my time showing.

Me During Showmanship

Thursday, June 13, 2013

What Makes Me Happy


The past few weeks have been pretty crazy and busy and a little stressful but for the most part it's been a pretty good month so far. I mean how can you not be happy that it's the beginning of summer, were not in the drought at the moment, and the cattle are fat! Can't complain about that! I can't remember when or why but I created a list of things that made me happy. Probably one night trying to stay awake at work :) But it's just a list everything that makes my insides all warm and fuzzy and makes my heart sing and I thought I'd share it with you all! So here it is.

1.       Receiving a handwritten letter

2.       Driving in a new place where the landscape is beautiful

3.       Singing to my favorite song on the radio

4.       Falling asleep in my bed listening to the falling rain

5.       The stillness of a snowy winter night

6.       Succeeding in something your passionate about

7.       Taking part in an interesting conversation

8.       Old farm houses with their old wood floors and quiet soundproof nights

9.       Getting Retweeted or a reply from someone "famous" on Twitter

10.    Finding the money in pants or a jacket you haven’t worn in a while

11.    Listening to stories about the good old days

12.    Having a good meal with friends

13.    Reading a good book and finding out it has a sequel

14.    Accidentally hearing someone say something good about you

15.    Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing that you can still sleep a few hours

16.    Observing a sunrise

17.    Watching deer in the woods and being unnoticed

18.    Listening to the song that reminds you of a special time in your life

19.    Witnessing the birth of an animal

20.    Watching Old Movies

21.    Feeling tingling in the stomach when you see that special person

22.    A crisp fall morning

23.    Seeing the people you love happy

24.    To hear that we are loved

25.    Christmas! Music, Food, Lights, Trees, Church

26.    Looking up into the night sky and admiring the millions of stars

27.    Listening to my favorite music Country, Folk Rock, Rap, Etc.

28.    Christmas Eve service at church and singing with friends

29.    Reading my favorite blogs on the internet

30.    Halloween Colors (Purple, Orange, White, Yellow, Black, Green)

31.    The yard covered in a blanket of untouched snow

32.    Going to a rodeo

33.    Easter

34.    Listening to people talk about their passions and seeing the way they light up

35.    Old pictures

36.    Listening to stories about trapping and hunting

37.    Spending time with old friends at livestock shows

38.    Finding someone who shares the same interests as me

39.    The first warm day after a long hard winter

40.    Thunderstorms

41.    Getting autographs

42.    Going to auctions and finding treasurers

43.    Helping a child

44.    Doing something that gets you one step closer to reaching your dreams

45.    Watching old cartoons like Tom and Jerry and the Looney Toons on TV

46.    Cowboys J

47.    Finding quotes that say everything your feeling

48.    Being able to teach someone about something you love

49.    Football games

50.    Trucking songs/movies

51.    Shopping at Craft stores and actually making something with what you buy

52.    Warm flannel sheets with an electric blanket for a cold winter night

53.    Straight Dark Chocolate from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

54.    Catching up with friends or family I haven’t seen in a while

55.    Writing, blogging, journaling, list making

56.    Taking a walk down a country road

57.    Going on a road trip

58.    Warm summer night complete with a cicada and bull frog choir

59.    Eating smores cooked over a camp fire

60.    Learning about my family history and finding a unique connection to generations past
61.    A Hug
62.   Homemade Pie

63.    A round of golf with a friend
64.    Visiting a Museum and learning about something new
Do some of these things make you happy? What makes you all warm and fuzzy inside or excited?

Friday, June 7, 2013

Five Minute Friday- Fall

I have decided to do another 5 minute Friday linking up with Lisa Jo Baker. It's kind of fun and will help better myself as a writer hopefully.
A little update I started my summer semester this week so I've been kind of busy with that. I'm only taking 2 classes so it's not that bad. I'm taking American History which is kind of fun and I have a great teacher for that class. Then I have physiology which is stuff that just goes way above my head. It just doesn't click with me. But it's only the first week we will see what happens over time.
I hope you have a great weekend!

Here is the prompt:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back to her website and invite others to join in.
3. Be generous and leave an encouraging comment for the person who linked up before you. That’s the best part about this community.

This weeks topic is : Fall


When you have a dream or a goal that you want to accomplish in life the only thing that you think of is succeeding. I'm not saying that it's not a good thing because if we didn't think we could do it in the first place why even try to pursue it. But I'm going to tell you that the road is not easy and many times along your journey you are going to fall. For me especially there are many dreams that I have and at this moment in time I feel that I am about half way up my mountain of achieving some of my dreams. At one point I think I'm on the right path and have got a good foothold and am making lots of progress when all of the sudden something happens or someone tells me I can't and I fall and end up right back down that mountain. I can honestly say that I have fallen back down my mountain and each time it happens I get so mad and sad and just want to quit and never look back. But each time we fall we need to take it as a new lesson and realize that it is Gods way of telling us that it is not the right time and we need to trust that His timing is best. Plus if we didn't fall every now and then we would think that life was easy and I am sure that many of you can agree to the fact that there is nothing easy about life. It is hard and we are going to fall but what we can't do is just lie there we have to get back up, dust ourselves off, and go back to climbing our mountain.


Have A Great Weekend!!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Applesauce Muffins

This is another recipe my mom has made for years. I mostly remember her making them and taking them to school if it was our turn to bring a snack. They are one of my favorite muffins. Recently another blogger had posted on Facebook that her daughter, who is in 4H, was looking for muffin recipes to make for her project. So we dug up the recipe and I shared it with her. I then decided to make a batch and thought I would share it with all of you as well! I hope you enjoy!

1 c. Butter/margarine softened
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 c. applesauce
4 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1 c. powdered sugar

 Cream butter

Gradually add sugar and beat well

Add eggs, 1 at a time and beat
Add applesauce and mix well
Combine the dry ingredients
 Add to the creamed mixture and mix well

 Fill greased muffin pans or cupcake liner lined muffin pans 3/4 full.

I used this scoop to scoop out my batter. It is just a 1/2 cup (I'm guessing) Ice Cream scoop. It works so well and the batter comes out of it so easy and it's less messy!
Bake at 350 degrees for 14 minutes or until done.
Transfer to wire racks and sprinkle with powdered sugar which I forgot to do and didn't realize until the next day!!!! So that's why the ones in the pictures don't have powdered sugar on them.

NOTE: Batter will keep in refrigerator for 1 week.

Yield: 7 dozen mini muffin 3 dozen regular sized muffins