I Heart Faces’ monthly photo challenge: Happiness! And this photo makes me happy. I love the color & the girl! She’s a doll!
Good Morning! When I think or say the words “good morning” I immediately think of Robin Williams in Good Morning, Vietnam. Remember, “GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORRRRNINNNNNG, VietNAAAMMMMM!!!” I even try to say it like he does sometimes, but it just can’t be done the same. Then I feel dumb and drop it. Just a lil’ tidbit of unnecessary information about myself that I thought you needed to know.
Anyway, it’s a cloudy morning so I slept a little later than usual. I woke up to the sound the Hubby’s Ranger buzzing around the farm. I hoped it would drive off, but there must be lots to do around here today. I have some options. I can go to a barrel race or two, help a neighbor put stucco on a house they are re-doing… that I popped off and said I might help do , or I can stick around here and help with a hog cookin’. What to do?
So I can wash my locks, put on my face and jump into a pair of jeans that the dryer keeps shrinking…. HERE is Favorite Farm Pics Saturday:
Have you ever wanted something so badly that you would stick your head under a shredder to get it? A hound dog’s nose can get him into a serious pickle sometimes. He had a little trouble gettin’ that head unstuck. And you should never be standing on the opposite side of the dog. Fortunately what was under there never came out and the dogs gave up, but if it had I’m certain I would have peed on myself!
I wouldn’t call this a fabulous photo, but it is the only pic I got both of my kids showing their hogs in. Just a lil’ brag pic.
One of our tanks. All I can say is the right place at the right time.
Yeah, don’t let the angelic glow fool ya. He’s still nothin’ but an ornery cuss!
Happy Saturday Folks!
So I’ve been talking about the wild hogs that are tearing up the country around one of our places and the corn feeder, tree-stand and game camera we set up. (Click here for recap.)
We’ve gotten the chance several times to sit in the tree stand just before nightfall in hopes of getting us a nice sow. I even listened to them run across the creek when I thought I was being sneaky enough to get in the stand before they showed up.
But, hogs are smart and adapt very quickly to their surroundings. They rely mostly on their senses of smell and hearing, rather than sight. So, trying to sneak up on them is not likely.
According to the game camera these hogs spend much of their time at the corn feeder in the dead of night. So unless we decide to purchase some very costly night vision glasses, we are going to be coming up with a new game plan….because what once was sixteen hogs is now…
Now, we are just trying to keep Miss M from wanting to raise these “oh-so-cute-NOW” boarlets.
Having teens is a challenge, wouldn’t you say? I always wonder if what I say is heard, sinks in and is retained. Or even comprehended? So many times throughout a day I think of something I’d like to tell one of my kids. At their ages it’s no longer “don’t make that face or it will stick that way”, but rather “as long as I’m living you will always be my child and I will ALWAYS be here if you need me” to “when you say your prayers tonight, don’t forget to pray for your future spouse”. But, with busy lives, like most, they aren’t always with me anymore.
With having so much to say, not being sure what I say they actually hear, and wanting to them to have something tangible they can go to for advice when they are older or, God forbid, something happens to me, I created journals for each of my kids. Hopefully it will be a great keepsake for them and their children.
I only make one entry per page. Each time I make an entry I date it and set it on their beds which lets them know there is something to read. On occasion I put a treat in it ~ a piece of candy ~ just to be sure it gets opened. There may not always be a prize in there, but they are sure going to look.
Some of the things I write in them are scripture verses with advice or explanation, dating/marital advice, praises for anything I feel they need it for, and warnings about the pitfalls of life. I’d also like to start adding small printed photos with my entries. I try to keep it short and sweet so they can easily remember it.
I picked these up at Mardel for just $5.99 each. When full, I’ll just pick up another.
Happy Rainy (Flooding) Tuesday, Y’all!
According to Wikipedia the “golden hour” refers to a time period lasting from a few minutes to several hours following traumatic injury being sustained by a casualty, during which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical treatment will prevent death. This is the definition of “golden hour” in terms of a medical situation. Funny. I’m a nurse and this is the first I’m hearing of this.
But, I’m also a photographer. When taking photos, the “golden hour” or also referred to as the magic hour is the last hour of the day when there is still sunlight. It’s known to produce the best photos. You can even do an online search and find a calculator that gives you the best time. I’ve taken lots of pictures and it’s not easy making sure that your subject(s) are in place during that hour.
However, I recently took shots of a friends four kids and I couldn’t have hit the nail on the head better. Check these out!
I took approximately 40 shots and as far as the lighting goes everyone of them turned out great! As much as I’d love to post all of them, there just isn’t enough time or room… but you get the idea.
It IS Saturday. And I know I already posted this morning, but it IS Saturday. And every Saturday (nearly) I post Favorite Farm Pics Saturday. So…
My husband and son left before the crack-o-dawn this morning to work calves while the princess and I lie in our grand bedrooms. That made me laugh-out-loud. I woke up in the guest bed because my husband and son went to bed early in mine in order to get up early. So, I slept with “the princess” and that is no walk in the park. Ugh! But, I did get a hug and kiss from both guys before they ventured off to cut nuts.
What a pretty morning here! Check out a few shots I got this morning and some from the prior week.
Here is Favorite Farm Pics Saturday!
Monday marks the first day of the Navarro County Youth Expo and I saw it only fitting to show you what this hog, our three other hogs and this family will look like come Sunday. Stock show week is a busy week for everyone involved. But, we love it!
Last summer when it was 167 degrees and it didn’t rain for 84 days, being the genius that I am, I planted two peach trees. Because, you know that fruit trees won’t fruit with out another tree like it around. Don’t ask me why! It has something to do with one being male and the other female. How do you know which is which? Well, truth be told, at the very bottom of the male tree there are these two tiny little nuts… Nevermind. I am so excited! This is a bloom from the tree that lived. Soon, I will be grabbing a “male” peach tree for this lady!
Let me tell you about this ornery cuss! He’s a fairly good barrel racer. They say he’s a great cutting/roping horse. I wouldn’t know. I don’t rope…but, I’d like to. Right now, all I know is that this horse is good for one thing. When it’s 20 degrees outside and you are standing next to him, he will set his nose down on the back of your neck and breathe. And it is SO warm! He has to be reminded that “this is my space, this is yours!”
Meet Petunia! I’m new at this and I going to venture to guess that most people don’t name their roping dummy, but Petunia and I have a love/hate relationship. I do all the work while she just sits there. I suppose without her I couldn’t do the work, but that’s beside the point. I do the work AND I’m the left in pain. My right shoulder now weighs 59 pounds and my right pinky finger has no skin left on it. But, soon my shoulder will look like my husbands (lovely thought) and my pinky will be calloused and it will all be worth it. So, Petunia, you just sit there looking all pretty and….STOP laughing at me!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Folks!
Recently, I took photos of a friends kids. The time of day was so right that almost all of these photos rocked! Since dPs is having a B&W photo challenge, here is one of those rockin’ shots!!
I had something else in mind to post today, but since it’s Fix-it-Friday on I Heart Faces and I like the challenge-photo, I’m going with it.
Here is the original. Check out the sun flare…that sucker was impossible to remove. I tried several times. Yes, I have a lot to learn.
Here it is in color…
But, I think it looks much better in B&W!
Remember when we set up the tree stand, automatic corn feeder and the game camera?! If not you can check it out here!
After church yesterday my husband and daughter found time to run down to the site and grab the SD card out of the game camera. It took over 100 shots so I obviously can’t share them all. But, check out some the better ones!
We’ve got our hands full! Yay!!
Saturdays are usually reserved for Favorite Farm Pics Saturday posts, but with renewing my ACLS & NRP certifications and trying to cram 20 CEU’s in to renew my nursing license before the end of the month, I have been unable to get out and take some good shots.
Most of you know that I haven’t been on Facebook since Lent began. It’s been 17 days and I really haven’t missed it. No, I’m not Catholic. I don’t believe you have to be. It’s a matter of the heart and what your intentions are. I’ve chosen to give thanks and pray each time I think about getting on Facebook.
Confession time: I have some friends who only communicate with me through FB messaging. My cell phone has a separate app called Messenger. I’ve received several messages that way since this began and thought nothing of communicating that way…until my daughter busted me. I told her that I’m pretty sure God isn’t going to strike me dead. Nor is He going to disown me for receiving all the sweet birthday FB posts I received yesterday through email. I thought that I had successfully disabled that, but am really glad it didn’t work!
So, to all the people who sent me happy birthday wishes through fb, texts and emails…Thank you!!! And a BIG thanks to John Neinhiser with Syngenta for the gift card left at Pappadeaux last night. The lobster was fabulous!!!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!