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Archive for October, 2009

postheadericon Happy Halloween – Giveaway Drawing Tonight!

Ghouls, goblins, and ghosts will abound…as well as he whose head is lost, all orange and round!
For our mystery treat, perform the right trick. Enter here and be darn quick.
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….

postheadericon MoonCat Farms Marketplace

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!

postheadericon 29 Posts in a Row!! – Blogtoberfest

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…)

(Photo from myevaforeva) I won these little beauties from myevaforeva . Aren’t they cute? She offers a great tutorial on how to make these lovelies as well as many other great projects. Check it out!

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).

postheadericon Wednesday Whinny – Sunday Sailor

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!

postheadericon Clutter Busting / Fall Cleaning

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.