Friday, June 29, 2012

Ranting and Raving

I usually try to keep the posts here on my blog home and family related.  Happy things like pictures of the kiddos and what they are up to or the random goofiness of our animals.  On most Friday mornings you will find pictures from the previous weeks and what we have been up to.

With the decisions being made in this country and the goofiness that went on yesterday in our "government" I have decided to post a non-politically correct rant.  I come by this rightly (Thank you Dad;)) although I don't often do it in public.

The decision made yesterday in this country is just a wee, small piece of the bigger problem.  Case in point, I was shopping at my "favorite" place, to flush Hubby's well earned money down the toilet, completely out of my own convenience (which is another post altogether).  I was in line at this super store, which by the way had to build a brand new store a couple of years back so that they could have more check out lanes, which they only open three up anyways (which is another post) so I am not sure who had that brilliant idea, so we could have one more empty building in our small town...I digress.  I was in line waiting patiently behind a mom with three very well behaved, little ones, who was behind another woman and I assume her three well tattooed and pierce not-so-little sons.  I stood in line for well over 10 minutes (remember only 3 lanes open at a time out of the 27 lanes in the store) watching this woman empty out 2 carts full of junk.  She had everything, t.v. dinners of all brands and makes, enough pop to last through the month, chips of all kids, candy bars...well you get the idea.  Ten minutes and $320 later she and one of her son's proceeded to pay for the entire "cavity in a cart" with...wait for guessed it, their Bridge cards.  Now I am not sure if "Bridge Cards" are nation wide or if that is what we call them here in Michigan.  Basically this woman bought over $300 of junk, on us (well someone is paying for it and it wasn't them).  I wonder if tattoo parlors take the bridge card now?

Now, I am not some heartless creature who lives in a bubble (although I try).  I know things are tough out there.  I know some people need help.  We had a major manufacturing plant that had over 600 people working for it (including my Dad for 30+ years) shut down in our small town, so it could move to Mexico.

This is the stuff that needs to be fixed now and soon.  There are other things I could mention like the people we hear about around town that are just "not going to pay their mortgage payments anymore because they can't sell there house and they really want to buy a different one."  No lie.  We live in a small town that was on a building/real estate boom 11 years ago when the bottom fell out.  We paid a small fortune for our small house we are in now 11 years ago, we were told last year we have lost over 40 percent of the equity that we had built into our home, from our hard earned money.  How did we possibly put extra money into our house you asked?  Because my diligent, hard-working Hubby has stuck it out at same not-always-a-fun-place-to-be job for 23 years!  Now again I know it is tough out there and there are some areas that are harder hit than others in the job market.  But, we need to re-think some of this stuff that has made so many people       lazy.

Yup I said it.

p.s. Hubby is running for President.  You can see his page on facebook under Scott for President
p.s.s.  Hubby also has a tattoo from our younger, wild days, so before you slam me about that one I am just trying to make a point.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Around the Farm

We are keeping busy with all that is going on around the farm these days.  The three oldest kiddos are gone for two weeks on a music tour with a local college.  They will spend this week at the college rehearsing for 6 hours or so a day and then they will start on tour Sunday and travel to churches in Michigan and Indiana.  I am soooo much missing them.  With three gone of the five the  house is so quiet.  

I had a batch of 8 angora babies born 5 weeks ago and slowly I have lost all of them.  The last one died yesterday.  I am not sure of what.  In the 7-8 years that I have been breeding angoras I have never had that happen.  Of course farm life is never dull and I went out early this morning to feed animals and found a surprise batch of five new angora babies healthy and strong.  We won't talk about why they are a surprise, lets just say that one naughty free range male (Moppet) escapes from his rabbit tractor and met up with a naughty free range female (Cole) and we caught them together one morning.  I didn't think to much more of it until this morning!  So we will try again and see how these five do.

Chicken coop painted

Decks are all stained

Necklaces I create

Freedom Ranger chickens doing great!

Beans in the garden!


One of my goldfish in our little pond (they are from last spring!)

Alex, my favorite

Youngest catching

The hollyhocks are beautiful this year!

Surprises are always happening on the farm!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

We Did It!!!

Our Eldest is officially graduated from our homeschool and we had a celebration Friday night.  I couldn't believe how many wonderful family and friends came to celebrated with us, I am guessing around 150 people although I am still too tired to try and count.  We had a wonderful night here at the farm with great food and fellowship.  Today we will have a church service in honor of him with some more family and friends.

The kids and I did some amazing work around the yard the last few weeks or so.  The things that keep getting put on the back burner over the years.  Our gardens are beautiful and oldest daughter has an amazing herb garden going on.  The veggies are doing wonderful, although we are very dry here in mid-Michigan right now.

It was so nice yesterday to sit out under the willow tree and just breathe.   I haven't been very good at that lately.  I plan on doing a lot of that this week.
Dad, Mom and Nolan

GREAT-grandma Joyce

Grandma and Grandpa Mc

Grandpa B and Grandma B