Archive for October, 2009
The winner’s name will become crystal clear, once the midnight hour has gone and drawn near..
A message like this is what you seek, when your inbox come morning you take a quick peek.Good Luck and Happy Haunting….
MoonCat Farms Marketplace finally has something in it! I got off my rear and found some time to list some of the note cards that I’ve made from some of my photographs. The three shown above are the first up. I will be adding more over the next few days. All of them are also available as prints. My Etsy shop also has a couple of the flower pincushion/sachets that I made.
I would love to hear what you think!
Can you believe it? I am almost there! A whole month of blogging, EVERY single day…
If you’ve been with me very long, you’ll know that I’ve been a rather sporadic/spastic/not very regular blogger. Even though I’ve had a bajillion things on my plate this month, I am so glad I decided to participate in this event known as Blogtoberfest. It has really made me do some thinking and planning for my blog and what I’d like to do with it.
The big bonus for me has been meeting so many new people from all over the world. Some very lovely people have discovered my little old blog and I have discovered several “new t0 me” blogs that I am really, really enjoying. I have also been entering drawings left & right (usually in the wee hours of the morning when the house is quiet).
Because of all of this late night wandering, I’ve won a couple of drawings – Woo Hoo! Some really cool prizes are coming my way. I will post about them in the next week or so when I can get photos of all my lovely prizes. (Yes, I’ve been a real piggy with the goodies. But, I will be sharing the blog love and luck with another drawing or two of my own here very soon! Stay tuned…)
In the meantime, it’s not too late to participate and maybe win yourself some prizes while discovering some great blogs. You can find a list of drawings being held in conjunction with Blogtoberfest at Curlypops (as well as a lot of fun on her site).
I talk a lot about the ranch and all of our horses, but I tend to be lax about showing you our beauties. Today I would like to introduce you to Sunday Sailor, our Paint Stallion. He is the daddy to the majority of the great horses we use – Cinderfella, my mare Cindy, Pete, and Missy (photos to come, I promise).
We are very proud of the big guy (as is my usual, I have an alternative name for him: Booger, which he does answer to!) He is now a big 18 years old and still going strong. We breed several outside (not our own) mares to him every year. He throws such gorgeous babies. Fortunately they all seem to get his sweet disposition as well as his good looks. Many of them have also inherited his abilities. He’s very athletic and a great cow horse. We use him to work cattle, sort, team pen, rope, and just ride for pleasure. He’s my big sweetie!
I’ve never been much into Spring cleaning. While Spring is my 2nd favorite season, it is far, far behind Fall. I’m an Autumn cleaner/declutterer. It is my time to muck out and renew mentally and physically before Winter sets in. This year it is doubly important with this major move and household consolidation finally nearing completion.
I’m driving Mom & Hubby nuts as one of my main strategies is that only one box can be brought INTO the house at a time. When it is completely unpacked and PUT AWAY, the next box comes in. It has really been working because the house is presentable (don’t look in my lovely, large walk-in closet or the craft room/office yet – they are non-public areas for now anyway). The kitchen was usable the very first day because of this strategy.
I’m trying to stick to the credo of “If it doesn’t have a place, it needs to go”. It’s making me review my priorities as to what is really important and what are just things/possessions. The sheer amount of STUFF that we have accumulated over the years is overwhelming and almost frightening. I am trying to be ruthless in disposing of things and finding new homes for those that still have life left in them. The boxes for getting rid of stuff are starting to fill up.
One of my favorite strategies when unpacking (or doing my Fall cleaning) is to have several boxes labeled and ready for the various destinations as well as a bunch of trash cans. Because of the recent move, I have several more boxes going out than usual, but you’ll get the idea. These are the boxes I am currently sorting into, you can use as many or as few as suits your needs:
YARD SALE/EBAY (Since we are basically combining three households, we have a lot of items that are duplicates or things that just need to go away cuz they’re ugly, sorry Hubby but they are!)
GIVE AWAY (I actually have some of these broke down into who they’re going to: Ant, C&C, animal shelter, donate, etc.)
STORAGE/KEEP (Things such as holiday decorations, re-gifting, photographs, etc.)
TRASH (self-explanatory I hope)
I’ve always heard a lot about the emotional aspect of physical clutter in our lives. Since we’ve moved into this new home, I am really starting to understand what they are referring to. We aren’t living as slaves to our possessions anymore. I can open closets without wearing a hardhat. I don’t have to dig through ten boxes to find one of my many glue guns. The house feels light and open and I really think that is contributing to how happy we are here.
We had a really nice visit with Hubby’s folks along with my Ant and my Mom’s best friend. They were all here at different times so it was like a revolving door, but it was nice. Mom enjoyed all of the chaos for her birthday celebration. Dad actually came over for birthday lunch and breakfast the next morning. (Those of you that are familiar with Pops know that he is a bit of a hermit at times and likes to stay at the ranch.) I made Mom the spice cupcakes from Gramma’s recipe and they were a hit as always.
We had a special guest in our yard for the celebration as well. This beautiful egret has decided we have a pretty good place to hang out. He spent quite a bit of time perched in the top of the tree by our gate.
I spent Saturday going through boxes in an effort to make room in the garage (for more boxes that we still have to get over here one of these days.) I was pretty tickled to find a lot of crafting goodies that I haven’t seen in ages. They got packed away before Hubby moved in so it was a lot like Christmas. Hubby spent the day with Dad working on the fences and gates at the ranch.Sunday was spent out at the ranch with Dad and cattle sorting again. Beautiful day to spend out in the fresh (country) air and sunshine.I hope you all had a great weekend. I am working on a post about my decluttering strategies that I hope to have up later this week.
Scottish Shortbread Cookies1/4 cup powdered sugar1/4 cup granulated sugar1 1/4 cup BUTTER (don’t use margarine – 100% butter is the key to the taste) 2 1/2 cups flourHeat oven to 275 degrees F. (I use a food processor to speed this next part up.) Combine the two sugars and process until they are very fine. Cut butter up into about 10 pieces and add to the sugars, pulsing until the sugar granules disappear. Add flour and pulse until the entire mixture is moist and crumbly.Place entire mixture in a plastic bag and press it together to form a dough (mixture will be sticky). Knead lightly until dough holds together well. Remove from bag and shape the dough into little balls, about 1″ in diameter. Place on ungreased cookie sheets about 1 1/2 – 2″ apart. Use a fork or glass bottom to flatten each ball. Bake from 45 minutes to an hour or until the cookies are a pale golden color. When you remove them from the oven, take the cookies off the sheets and place them on wire racks to cool. Will make about 50 cookies.
I just love quotes by Dr. Seuss. You don’t have to be 3 or 4 years old to appreciate them and how relative they are to our lives at any age. The first one is probably my favorite while the second is just really appropriate because I’m in love with the Hubby. (mush mush)
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
We’re very happy to be welcoming the Hubby’s Mom & Dad to our new home for a visit. They live in Arizona and we haven’t seen them since July 4th. It’s so nice to be able to share the new house with them as we didn’t have room for guests in our old place (plus it was a pit so we would be mortified to even have anyone come in..)
It’s doubly nice that they are up at this time because today is my Mom’s 72nd birthday. We decided not to have a big shindig since she’s not really up to it. So instead we’re planning a nice lunch with cupcakes (remember the spice cake recipe here ?) and ice cream..yum. It’ll be just close family with my Dad and my Ant Lola (another short aunt) also coming over. Beautiful day for a celebration and family visit!
(photo from our wedding which was also their 50th wedding anniversary! taken by Sara Deasy of DC Photography Studios)