Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Seasons Come and Go...

Isn't if funny how you can get into the groove of something so much that it becomes almost second nature and then, out of the blue, something gets in there to kink the whole process? That is almost how it is with farm work... When the weather's fair and comfortable, you don't think about the chores very much until you get hit with some freakish weather that makes the whole process screech to a halt or makes you cringe with the thought of doing anything.
That's how it is with all this insane amount of heat in the area right now...
When most people are retreating inside with the AC units, we (my family and me) are all out trying to make sure that the animals have enough cold water and are comfortable enough to withstand the heat. We hose down the llamas, spray the chickens (they hate it, but it's for their own good!), hose ourselves down and continue with the work.
The opposite was true this last winter when we had more than 3 feet of snow... We just had to dig trails through ice, wind, and snow to get to the barn and chicken coop. With the power out we only had the fireplace for heat and the generator for a few commodities. We spent minimal time outside because it would take way to long to warm up again to be safe...
It truly is amazing how 6-7 months ago we were in below freezing temperatures. Now it's touching the triple digits... XP
Stay cool and drink lots of water!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Signs of Summer

1. You refuse to wear anything on your feet except flip-flops. The only exceptions are your riding boots and dancing shoes (which might even be your flip flops!)
2. You feet are stained with dust. Not joking!
3. You've tried everything on the shelf, but you still can't find relief from the sunburn.
4. You forgot what color your skin was before the sun decided to kiss it. (I really see no problem with that as long as it's not red...)
5. The hammock is calling you!
6. You can make dinner in a matter of minutes. Icecream, popcorn, and salad. Maybe something bbq-ed...
7. You have to eat fruit over the sink because it's just so juicy! <3
8. You can't imagine life without the window open all the time (except for when the AC is on, but that's not working really well...)
9. The kitchen gets seriously abused with all of the seasonal produce being stowed away for the deep winter months. Who can be thinking about snow when Mr. Sunshine is around?
10. Your idea of a work out is gardening, hiking, trail riding, etc. Forget about a gym membership...
11. You don't know what day it is... lost your sense of time in the hammock a while ago
12. You really want a ride in a convertable
13. Another siesta is very appealing right now
14. You have a stack of books waiting to be read in the hammock, if you can keep your eyes open long enough to read them!
15. You work your schedule around how hot it's going to be that day
16. Your bedroom is showing signs of neglect because you've been outside most of the time
17. You start developing a farmer's tan again. Oops!
18. Nothing is more calming as a breeze on a summer evening
19. Your turn! *fill in the blank*

Monday, July 20, 2009

Back in the Saddle Again!

Yep, that's right, I'm camp counselor again this week! Although, I'm not as tired today as I was the beginning of last session... hmm... I might be getting used to this whole "waking up earlier" thing! Which wouldn't hurt... I've got to practice for the school year, otherwise it could be VERY painful. Honestly, I'm looking forward to the rest of the week! *No crazy camp stories so far this week! It's a good sign isn't it? =D*

Anyway... I've got to study for a CLEP test tomorrow night and it's not looking very pretty. Cramming session!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I'm sun-burned

So we stopped at a local costume shop? The Charleston is an amazing store! <3
The Robin Hood Festival. I think I had a little too much fun sticking Emily in the stocks... *evil snicker*

and she got me in them as well...

They were actually really good! You know it's a small town...

...when the fire truck is named after one of the Merry Men! =D

The Maid Marion Court. We miss the first part... =(

Thursday, July 16, 2009

You deserve an explanation...

Okay, sorry about the last post, I was in a horrid mood after attempting to drive yesturday evening... and the muse struck - sorta... Ever since I turned 15 my family (a few in particular) has been pressuring me to get my permit and start driving. I've had no desire what-so-ever to get behind the wheel. And now, years later, I've finally got my permit (because of neccesity... who heard of a college student without a license?!) but still no desire to drive.
The car that my dad has decided that I will drive is a stick shift.
A manual transmission.
A death sentance *mentally*.
Let's just say that it had been a rough drive from the get-go, and it didn't improve from there... new driver (me), evil stick, gravel road, annoying stop signs (why do they put those in there anyway? =P), impatient Grandpa driver in huge truck honking at me in intersection because I couldn't get the car to start, emotional break down... yeah, you get the point... bad way to end the day...
At least there was chocolate ice cream in the freezer and a Jane austen movie when I got home.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Why is this so hard?
Why do I have to do this?
People say I will get it - It's just part of life.
People say it will come eventually
that it will pull itself together
that it will coordinate somehow
I have yet to understand even a fraction of it.
No one has put in an comprehendable way
Those behind me don't have the patience
And I don't have the patience with myself
I know I have to get through this somehow,
I just don't know when it will all come together...

Just a little more...

This is from the Narnia ball as well, I just didn't have time to post it the other day...

During a break between dance sets, some fun music was playing over the speakers. So what else would you do but dance some more!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

of a wonderfully long day! <3

after the lavender festival we went to the narnia ball! <3
amazing recreation of Susan's archery dress! Emily made the pattern herself! =D
Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of narnia!

So many unique costume interpretations!

Some of the dance lines

Just the beginning...

Some friends and I traveled to several lavender farms in the area for the Lavender Festival! <3> Us in a lavender field. By this time we were getting drowsy from the lavender, I think! ;D

Lavender fields are probably some of the most beautiful things in the world! *sigh*

Why hello, Miss Bumblebee!

Okay, so we stopped at a nearby wool shop! =D I spun for the first time! and I sucked...

Okay, so it's not lavender, but it's so gorgeous! I had to post it!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A perfect way to finish the Fourth of July Weekend!

True Brothers
Preparing to fire The Confederate Rebels

Waiting on their men! <3

Sweet cannons! Do you know how much a single one of those things costs?