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A "Little One" from Larkspur Funny Farm

I got the sweetest email last week from Grace over at Larkspur Funny Farm I had won a naming contest for her newest 4 legged babies!  I submitted the name Seamus in honor of my late and great 4 legged baby Seamus.  My Seamus passed this Summer.  Here he is on a better day:


I was so happy to hear Grace had chose my suggestion.  I will be posting a picture of her Seamus as soon as I have one.  She tells me he is quite headstrong yet timid about affection.  I warned her that may not pass if my Seamus was any indication!  Anywho, I opened my mailbox yesterday and out wafted the loveliest aroma!  Here is the “Little One” I received from Grace.

littleoneAdorable!!! And oh the scent! Grace tells me the yarn is handspun from her Angora Ned, the felt comes from her sheep Peppermint and herbal contents are from her garden. The body of this little treasure is a repurposed wool jacket she swapped for at a school auction.  HOW cool is that???  Thank you Grace!  And please, all you happy readers visit her blog AND her etsy!


Grow my own wheat you say?


Sounds intriguing.  VERY.  See I might have hinted at the fact, in previous posts, that I need a new focus.  Seriously.  I know, I know, I have cookbooks in the future but you see that is not actual work.  Its brainwork.  But outside of standing on my feet to test recipes there is very little real energy spent.  I am not one to exercise, persay.  In fact I have a membership to a gym that I havent stepped foot in for oh…maybe…6 months.  And when I did it was sporatic and without any heart whatsoever. But this little email alert caught my attention.  I subscribe to a newsletter from TreehuggerI admit many times I dont read any of it and why I started reading it this morning I dont really know.  It might have been the lead-in headline “Vandals in Paris”.  That caught my eye.  But the next article really caught my eye! Forget the 100 Mile Diet, Try the 100 Yard Diet: Grow your own bread! So I clicked through and really loved what I read. The author claims a 100 by 109 foot plantation, roughly the size of a suburban lawn, could produce 120 pounds of wheat per season, thus giving a family 2 loaves of bread a week for a year. Now that’s information I need.  We have roughly 3 acres of yard to mow.  So this article will be passed along to Husband who just might find it more appetizing that the chicken house I have been practically begging for.  Actually, I think we are real close to reaching a compromise about the chicken house.  He even showed me last week where we might put one.  I tried not to get too excited.  But inside I was jumping for joy!  Here chicky, chicky, chicks!



Tunisa Bound

Husband left for work yesterday after a lovely three months at home.  Lovely for me and the kids, he had surgery during that time.

sj1Ben took this – no Husband is not drunk…he has flash/eye coordination issues.

It was “one of those days” – sad for the separation and then getting to the airport only to find the ticket was not there.  Or at least they thought it wasnt there.  Don’t know who was mistaken but FINALLY he had boarding passes and departed for the Atlanta leg of the two day journey.  I head back to Natchitoches to do a little business before heading home.  I am almost there when I hear on NPR that all of France’s airports are shut down due to gale force winds from a North Atlantic storm blowing through.  So I call him on his cell, he’s eating his last steak of the month and so he finishes up and goes to the ticket counter where he finds out that his ticket had been changed and his flight was to leave at 3:40 instead of  8:50.  CRUIKEY!  It was almost boarding time. Then the announcement to back up my NPR story: Flight cancelled. Moved till 7:40.  Hopefully.  They wouldnt cancel it till the last minute – there was a fine line there.  NPR had reported the airports would be closed until 10 a.m. Paris time this morning and his new flight was to land at 9:45 a.m. He called me when he landed and said “Uneventful landing!”  YAY!  I was very happy to hear that.


He will call me when he gets to Tunis later today.  And then to Sfax even later on.

Of course I won’t really rest easy until I hear that he is on the rig safe and sound.  There is still one airplane ride, a 4 hour bus ride across the desert, a night in a hotel in Sfax (and it ain’t the Hilton) and then a chopper ride to the rig.

tunisian_pics_071He always says “I have seen your job and I don’t want it.” meaning he appreciates the type of work I do being a homemaker.  Well, I haven’t even seen his job and I know I don’t want it and couldn’t do it.  So it’s very nice that we see the value in each others work.

Carrie if you read this, you package is going out in today’s mail!  And I will be announcing the new giveaway on Friday!  So stay tuned…

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