Thursday, April 23, 2009

Speaking of feathers, eggs and spring-time....I beginning to think my husband's new name for me might just be right! I'm just your average, everyday Ellie-May Clampett! Although we do not live out in the "boonies" by any means we are surrounded by wildlife it seems! We have a horse farm behind us....gotta love those smells when I turn on the a/c in my van, ewwwwww...we also have a pack of coyotes that roam the woods behind our house. I had the good fortune of hearing from their latest catch Tuesday night....ewwwwwww again, poor little Peter Rabbit! And the latest is the ongoing saga of the "mother-dove" on my front porch. About two months ago we had one make a nest in a holly bush in front of our porch. Now mind you I can see how the birds might confuse our house with the trees because we have 3-story and it feels at times we are on a mountaintop, especially if it's storming. Nonetheless....once the 3 babies were ripe she flew the coop and so did they. Well, now about 3 weeks ago I felt the amazing urge to clean my front porch and get all my winter-worn flower pots ready for some new flowers. And much to my surprise ( I actually screamed!) there's a new mama-dove in a pot in one of my planters. This of course has ignited a fire of new interest in my children for birds, eggs (ornothology, I think is what it's called...I'm just the teacher, what do I know LOL). But today as we checked on her we noticed one of the eggs on the porch and it was cracked, but there was a bird in there. And just now when I checked again that egg was moving! So I did the only thing any good Mama would do.....with a piece of paper I scooped it up and put it back in it's nest with it's sibling. I know that goes against everything we've always heard about leaving nature alone b/c the mama may abandon it. Well, at this point I'm the only hope that baby's got b/c mother dove "ain't gonna be scooping that baby up anytime soon :o) We will see what happens. I do know the bird is alive because it was moving around. That is a good sign. And of course while all this drama was unfolding the neighbor kids just happened to be here, so now they're in on the excitement too. My friends always said I was a baby magnet......

Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Lovely Day!

Okay, I'm getting the hang of this thing :o) I can do every other day.....I think!
We had the best day on Wednesday. The kids and I made boiled eggs (we need the shells for a project) and we had egg salad sandwiches. We (well, I) put together a picnic lunch and met Adam. We actually spent about an hour at the Chatahoochee River. It was soooooooo beautiful. A great day to bask in God's greatness. Pictures to follow soon. We had such a great time, Harrison especially loved it. He threw rocks, got in the mud and of course walked right into the water. We saw several men fly-fishing, we saw a flock of geese enjoying the day as well. Thank you Lord for sharing your goodness!
Before heading home we stopped at the Goodwill (for snooty types you won't enjoy this). But let me tell you, I hit the "mother-lode" joke! I was looking for some fabric and I needed to grab Harrison some shorts since he spilled nearly a whole bottle of water on him(no, he didn't get them wet at the river....he waited until we got into the van a poured his drinking water on himself....bahahahhahaaa, just like a boy!). As I was perusing the drapery, blanket, and towel section my eagle eye spotted two ginormous bags of what appeared to be "FRINGE"....yes, that's right, one of my love's. As I heard this little-old lady as the Goodwill attendent "what is that?" she quickly replied with "i have no idea".....I knew it was MINE! I felt like the wicked step-mother on Snow White plotting and scheming.....and in seconds my eyes gazed upon my find. And I'm still a little shaky when I say it out loud, but as I looked at the sticker I had to pick my bottom lip off the floor! $5.59 on each still my beating heart! "No stinkin way!" oh yeah, I didn't care if it "hair-lipped" the governor I was getting that. (pictures to follow of course). Once I had a real opportunity to look it over I'm thinking if I tried to buy it brand new at the fabric store I'm looking at paying at least $100 easy. "Hallelujah!" My creative brain is still high......can't wait to put it all in action. I also picked up a beautiful white, solid, heavy turkey platter for $5, a classy gold lamp with a tacky-white trash looking shade (already removed of course) for $7, and another great find.....white, tab-top, checkered, sheer panels....two pair for $8. They have even been dry-cleaned and pressed! We had some when we got married and they were cream colored. I used those things over and over and over and "mistreated"(see the Nester for definition of this wonderful term :o) them in every way. I think I eventually gave them away so I know that seed was sewn and now harvested!
I truly love good deals and it's not so much getting things "cheap" but the adventure of the find! It's like a treasure hunt for me......I love a good challenge :o)
More to come later...............gotta go highlight my hair (my hairdresser is on a cruise.....the week of Easter! oh well, I'm glad for her, she's hardworking and deserves it.....and my hair budget is getting used for something else fun!)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I'm laughing, really laughing!

Okay, once again....I desire so much to blog...really, I do! I'm trying to figure out how I can do this. I may have to give up facebook...nah, not doing that. Although I did give up myspace(not a hard decision since it seems it has been taken over by crazies!) Anyway, I want to do this because I enjoy the idea. So I know I'll figure it out.
Life is good and we're entertaining the idea of moving. I would love to move to the house that we've got our eye on. Details to come later.
But the kids are great. Everyone is growing and healthy. Spring fever has hit all of us, but unfortunately our weather is so unpredictable we go from one extreme to another on a weekly basis! Crazy for sure. Just two days ago we had 70 degree weather and today 40's and snowing :o) And then the sun will peek out for a few minutes and then back to snowing! LOL As much as I want warm weather the longer it stays cold the fewer nasty mosquitos and bugs we have this summer. So I'm at peace with whatever we have.
Until my next post........