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June in a nutshell!?

To the inner naysayer/self-doubter/giver-upper. I no longer have room nor hospitality.

Yes I’ve been a horrible blog hostess. I had a bit of rhythm for awhile then let life’s troubles get me down.

Inspiration and self confidence is finding me again. Loneliness can be a real drain on energy and creativity.

I’ve never had a whirlwind romance and didn’t really understand that phrase until the last couple of weeks. Yes. Right after complaining to the Cyber universe about no one wanting my life I was proved wrong. Maybe that’s the trick.

Dare the universe with the unimaginable. Then stand back and watch it do it’s magic.

Did I say I met someone?

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Good Monday (again)

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First a picture of breakfast. This is thinly sliced brisket from last nights leftovers (brisket, butternut squash and cream cheese stuffed Anaheims and mushrooms all on the smoker – can you say yummy?!), wrapped in my mini muffin pan with whipped eggs in the middle. Nothing special but pretty dang good. The brisket wasn’t fork tender but not tough either which made for bacon like slices this morning and with that layer of fat on them these bites came out tasting like bacon and eggs.

Another week of in my head. Here’s a short list of what I’ve been doing in my head the last couple of weeks.

A.) If you like to play silly games on your cellphone but are not real particular about what games you play than you can make a little cash. When I say little I mean the first week I dedicated myself to it and made $20 the second week was a little less dedicated and I’m almost to $10. It’s not exactly going to pay the bills but it’ll buy a 12 pack of my favorite beer.

B.) With the $20 that I earned playing games I decided I needed to learn something new. What did I decide to learn? The Stock Market! Yes. Me. It’s weirdly intriguing. I found this app. After careful research it’s true any one. I’m definitely in the category of anyone. Can play with stocks. No fees unless you want the premium account. They give you one free stock and there isn’t a minimum deposit. Or if there is it’s under $20. Because that’s what I earned playing games so that’s what I put into it.

I gravitate towards research. I really get off on learning new things so the market thing really dragged me in. 3 days of a run through and by Sunday I was talking shop like I knew what I was talking about. And I could identify at least 3 or 4 of the forms that are information filled for the common wannabe stock holder.

I ran into some good ones too. If you haven’t noticed I’m a woman who doesn’t really go with the flow. I’m a single mom who choose to grow food and farm animals even though I wasn’t raised this way. It’s peculiar to say the least.

Ok so if you like playing silly smartphone games like I do. I don’t know if this app is in apple form or just android. I use an android. Here’s a link to play for real money. They give you the option of Amazon gift cards, visa prepaid card which you can use virtually anywhere. I actually mean it’s a virtual card you can use anywhere. See what I did there?

And if you like stocks, want to learn about it or just want to see what stock they’ll give you try your luck/fun here.

Just a note I’m not an expert at anything but I will earn a free stock if you sign up and I will get points for the gaming for money app. It’s been an interesting experience on both accounts. Yeah not punny at all.

Remember play and trade responsibly but have fun too. Seek your sense of curiosity and you really can’t lose.

 

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Camping Fun and Fail… :-/

I forgot the third sleeping bag!!!

We had a blast though. I took the girls and Long Dog up to the mountains to play, shoot and camp. We all got loads of sun. Explored the area.

“Cool a snake mom can we eat it?!”

“No it’s too small.”

We’ve caught and eaten snake before but it was a 5″ long gopher snake. My girls are very adventurous. They make this momma proud!

Roasted dogs and smores for dinner.

And did a little target practice. My 11yo fell in love with shooting which will make getting ready for hunting season loads of fun.

She was so proud of hitting her target she wanted a picture. She’s a natural like her momma.

Collected enough firewood from around the area to last us until bedtime and for breakfast making in the morning. We got tent set up and unrolled the sleeping bags to discover I failed to bring one sleeping bag and it got into the 30’s last night so we packed up and made it home about 9pm.

We were all really disappointed. We’ll probably try again next weekend.

Honestly it’s probably a good thing we had to come home early, cause boy camping fun takes a different set of muscles because I am sore in new ways.

2700 calories burned in one day! It usually only takes 2100 for my average on the farm day.

Sunday is definitely going to be a day of rest. Someone bring me a Bloody Mary!

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

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Smokin’ Good times…

Smoked beef burgers for dinner last night.

Yesterday was our first smoke of the year. I ended last year spending a week out on the smoker with two homegrown hams, bacon and summer sausage for Christmas dinner.

It’s felt like summer all week with no one being rushed out the door for school so we’re wishing tomorrow would stay tomorrow until September at least.

We spent yesterday walking around the local Ag Fest tempting ourselves not to bring home anything living.

Good thing I only have a small car at the moment or we would’ve had another dairy goat, pig and a couple more rabbits. We even saw a miniature horse we all fell in love with.

However hard we tried we couldn’t get back to the car without bringing home something breathing.

Some new trees for our small forest. Hey they were free!

Yesterday morning working with the horses I finally got them both comfortable following me up the wooden ramp to the front porch. Without grain, halter or lead rope.

I got the older of the two to follow me up the stairs as well with grain as a treat at the top.

This morning they both followed me up with only a little hesitation.

When they get confident with these simple tasks I’ll start working on it getting them used to a harness and light pack.

The end goal is to be able to drive them and pack with them.

Why am I asking them to go up the stairs and on the ramp? When we’re out hiking I want them to be confident in new/weird situations so they won’t panic and get hurt.

Why am I not using a halter/lead? I want them to gain the confidence at their own pace and trust themselves to follow me through anything calmly.

I’m running behind this weekend. I haven’t needed an alarm all week, waking up 15-30 minutes before it would go off. This weekend, I’m not sure if all the extra exercise is getting to me or if my body is rebelling but I slept 15 minutes past the usual time I would get up.

I have my alarm set for 45 minutes before sunrise. Why get up early when you don’t have to? I was asked recently. I can’t waste a beautiful peaceful morning sleeping!

Hope you have been enjoying your weekend!

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Off the Farm Fun

Yesterday after taking my aunt breakfast we all loaded up in my car for a scenic country drive to a Tulip Festival. We spent the better part of the morning walking around huge fields of tulips before stopping for lunch and letting the tween have some special fun too.


The only disappointment was being teased by a brewery truck parked in the lot when we showed up, turned out it wasn’t there to deliver brew.

I love trying new brews as much as I love trying new food.

This morning I got more exercise than usual doing chores. I decided it was a good day to start training the miniature horses.

I want to get them comfortable in any situation so with a bucket of grain (no halter or rope) I teased them up the wooden ramp to the front porch. We’ll work on that until they’ll follow without coaxing then I’ll do the same with the stairs.

The end goal is to get them driving and backpacking. The girls and I love the outdoors and playing with the horses. What could be more fun than taking the horses camping?

My first round of college (20 years ago) I did some backpacking with mules on horseback but honestly think this would be a lot of fun.

This pic is from last summer when we were practicing campfire cooking on our farm. Even the animals couldn’t resist the curiosity of seeing what we were up to.