Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday Truism

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. 
~Maya Angelou
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Friday, September 21, 2018

Stop the Renovating!



I have a request.
A request to stores.
Stop renovating, remodeling and  moving stuff!


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Please.
I am still trying to find things in our grocery store.
It's been several YEARS now.
And this week.
I walked into Wal-Mart through the garden section as I always do. 
Christmas stuff.
Fine, I get that....don't LIKE it, but I understand.
But also furniture and kitchenware. 
In the garden section.
As I was pondering what this meant, I entered the main store where I am usually greeted by bicycles and toys. 
I know the path to get what I came for.
But this time.
This time.... a vast open space with Gatorades and waters.
I stopped in my tracks, I'm sure looking the fool.
While one part of my brain remembered a renovation was coming, the other part of my brain was frantically searching the recesses of itself, trying to remember what the ONE thing was that I came for.
I think I remembered, but I got three different items, just in case.
Thank you for listening.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

End of Summer Mater Recipe

We found ourselves at the end of tomato season around here and I discovered just the ticket to try. 
Yup.
The most time consuming part of this recipe is sautéing the onions and garlic.
But the house smells so good afterward, who cares?
I didn't have enough maters for the whole batch, so my mad math skills came into play.

Seriously, chop and toss into the crock.


Remember to turn it on, and walk away.  
Come back hours later.
Blend until smooth.
Keep crock pot turned on and walk away.
Again.
Done.
Doesn't get much easier than that.
Our youngest deemed it VERY good.

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I'm a fan.



Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A Little Help

You all know the old saying, "stop and smell the roses"? 
There are times when a little help is needed. 
Having someone bring you a jar filled with roses.
Placing the scent filled jar in the midst of your chaos brings a sense of peace.

Calm.
Love and understanding.
Thank you, my friend.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Sunday Fun

When SPF began riding lessons 5 years ago, we hoped it would evolve into something that she  would grow and love with and that we, as parents, would continue to commit too.  
Both have happened. 
My friend took this and the last photo.  She is good at capturing smiles.
Her love of riding is only overshadowed by her friends...new and old.
Our commitment had faltered in the past.  
Anyway.
SPF is a member of Unity Farms Gymkhana Club which breaks the year into 2 series.
Sunday was the first gymkhana of the second series.
Our girl did quite well and the points she earned yesterday will rollover into the next three gymkhanas when awards will be given out for this series.


 After yesterday's ride, the awards for the first series were given out.
Confused, yet?
Stay with me.
SPF received 2nd place in her division following her Festa Attendant who received Champion.
Her other dear friend was a Champion in her division.
All three girls received belt buckles with their name as well as their horse's name on them.

Three happy and well deserving riders. 


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

September 11




We’re Still Standing
Those twin towers
Standing tall with pride,
Fell with grieving hearts.
Stunned, America cried.
But we’re still standing.
Bin Laden tried
To crush our land,
But we stood our ground
With our flag in hand.
And we’re still standing.
Red for valor
And the blood that fell.
White for purity
Our heroes tell.
Blue for the justice
That will be done,
Proving once more
These colors don’t run.
And we’re still standing.
~ Hannah Schoechert, 7th grade student (9-11 poem)