Saturday, September 17, 2011

the new farm

Olivia and I have drawn up our plans for the back yard garden. It is going to be nestled right in our back yard on both sides of our porch. I am sure the HOA will just love what I am about to do to the place, but we plan on making it look pretty in hopes they won't notice the vegetables! Also, we are hoping to get a spot in the farmers market line up! We apply for a spot in Early March so we need to "rock and roll" as Sydney and I like to say. This is going to be as much a project for the kids as it will be for myself. Everyone can help in the garden and as the kids get older they can help sell and learn a ton in the process. I hope the farmers market board is as sold on the idea as I am! Now, what to call our little booth? If you have any ideas feel free to send them my way.

Monday, August 1, 2011

We are all settled into the old house, which is now the new house, and it feels great to be back! Olivia starts Kindergarten in 17 days and she is very excited. She is begging to ride the bus to school, which is so close to our house I might just be able to let her! 5 years ago I would have probably thrown up my prenatal vitamin at the thought of my precious baby riding without a seat belt or car seat with other kids who no doubt carry toxic levels of germs. However, in light of school starting, there are always lessons to be learned. Over the past 5 years I have learned that the more I let go and say yes to harmless things like the school bus, the more joy everyone experiences. I will get to stay home while Olivia harasses the bus driver until they let her win for everyone! Seriously though, she will have the time of her life on the bus while I cry through a box of Kleenex. Other lessons that have been learned here lately are so simple (do you get the irony here?!) that even my 5 year old bus rider can put it together. "We should have just stayed put" is how Olivia layed it out for me. The hard and fast truth is we should have just stayed put, or to put a more positive spin on it, we should strive to be content where we are with what we have. Even when Green Acres is staring you down, calling your name (Justin's name...I never heard it call mine) we should evaluate our blessings and be content with them. I'll admit, my downfall in the whole move was the granite counter tops. How retarded that a slab of rock tempted me enough to uproot my kids, stuff, dog and move to the middle of NOWHERE. Ironic that my simple Formica lured me back...not really, but the lesson I have learned through this process is to just be content...or as Mary Engelbreit said on a coffee mug once, "Bloom where you are planted." So in the name of country, cowboys and cowgirls, we are going to grow a garden in our back yard right here on the 14th hole of the golf course and make the country proud! We are going to be content with what we have here in the city and exercise the life skills we learned on the farm. We might even raise a chicken or two as long as Maples Properties doesn't find out! We are going to have the best of both worlds Miley Cirus and as the big yellow bus pulls away from Deer Lake you'll hear Olivia holler, "Yehaw!"

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Whoa Nelly!

If you haven't already heard through the grapevine, we are moving back to town! That's right, I just can't hack it out here! Deep down, I think Justin was over it too...there are just so many aspects of a farm that require careful attention and care. When you have 3 kids to care for those cows, chickens, garden weeds etc etc become neglected and nag at you. Once you finally get out there to tend to "some" of what needs to be done you really only do a half way job and will have to redo it later. What I'm trying to say is its not simple. We moved out here to simplify and thus far my life has moved to the opposite end of that continuim. I actually don't think I want to be on the simplified end either after being out here. I think I'll strive for somewhere in the middle. My need for action and adventure won't allow me to completely simplify I have a feeling. So its back to the city lights we go! We'll be back though, for weekend country adventures. But for now, my HOA and community pool are calling my name!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Windex and Sunscreen

The story begins in McAlester, OK. Daniel (my brother) and I were young kids (I was probably 10 and Daniel 7). We were sleeping over at my Grandmommie's house, or we suppost to be anyways. There wasn't much sleep to be had after we saw not one, but three HUGE spiders crawl out from under a night stand that was nestled right next to the bed. We both jumped up in search of something to put the creepy crawlies to death with but were both so chicken that we didn't want to have to touch them. So, we raided my Grandmommie's cleaning cabinet and found what we knew would kill the spiders, yet not stain her carpet...Windex! We sprayed the suckers down and wouldn't you know, they shriveled up and died! Success! Fast forward 2 decades later and I'm still having similar showdowns here at the Ponderosa. It was just last night that I couldn't sleep. Too much dark chocolate after 3 P.M. will do that apparently. I figured this out during my 5th trip to the bathroom...I also figured out that I had company. I could here a clicking sound that seemed to be coming from my bathroom vanity, but when I put my ear up to the cabinet door I discovered it was coming from the wall behind the vanity. I wish I could tell you it was just a big spider like I saw at my Grandmommie's house, but no...what I heard was the sound of critter teeth! I know, it was awful and it was trying to get into my bathroom. So, I scoured my bathroom for something harsh and aerosol...bada bing, bada boom I found the sunscreen. I slid as far under the vanity as I could, found a crack around the water pipe and emptied the can of UVA protection hopefully drowning the critter! It worked beautifully, but I mean business...if I hear critter teeth again tonight my pepper spray is ready and waiting! This must be one of the joys of country living! Yehaw!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

antonym of Simplify

That would be chaos! The opposite of simplify is chaos. Simplification is a mere dot on the horizon right now at the ponderosa...we have come out of our winter hibernation and tackled every project possible all at once! Why are us Hayden people so prone to that? We saw the sun and took off running for the green house, lumber yard, corn fields etc. etc. As you can see in the photos, Olivia has been gardening in her jammies, Brody has been sampling the dirt we are planting in and Sydney...well she is usually the one that I am running around looking for! The kids scatter as soon as the door opens! So far, Farmer JD and Kris have dug the flower beds, our newest addition Farmer Pam has planted most Holly bushes, hostas, knock out roses to name a few. I am excited to see the finished project! And of course, I will post finished flower bed pictures. The corn fields however won't be seen for awhile...the veggie garden too for that matter. Can't wait to see that project take off too! When that is all done, what will I do next?? I will come up with something that is for sure!

Now for the cat...Why is Bunny in this post? Well, she had an adventure this week that brought tears to Farmer Justin's eyes. That's right, he cried when we couldn't find her! The story goes a little something like this: Justin, Kris and Bob went fishing. They got home late, long after I had put the cat and dog in the garage for the night. When they arrived they opened the garage letting Bunny out. Bunny eventually found her way into Bob's car. Bob became tired so he decided to head home (with Bunny!). He discovered her after he had drove off, so he let her out near the back of the property instead of bringing her back to the house...assuming she was an old farm cat that knew every acre of the farm. However, Bunny is just a kitten and was once an inside cat before she was a farm cat. She doesn't have a clue about nature let alone how to survive the night. Bob told Justin what he had done and Justin too assumed Bunny would find her way home. The next morning when she was nowhere in sight, he (Justin) began to cry. "I loved that cat," he sobbed. We were both sad, mostly because Bunny is Olivia's baby and breaking that news to her would be the worse part of Bunny missing. So, Justin and Kris took off on the 4-wheeler while the kids and I took off with the jogging stroller hollering for her. When our efforts were obviously in vain, we changed up our search party tactics. We all piled in the car and drove around the farm hollering some more. Finally, I got out with Sydney near the spot where Bob let Bunny out. We stood there hollering for her and I swore I heard a cat noise, but Sydney is two and noisy. Finally, another search party member drove up to help. Nick, our friend and the mechanic was on the scene. He was not even out of his truck for 30 seconds (no exaggeration) when his ears perked up. He said, "do you hear that?" And the next thing I know he was running, then climbing a tree. He was half way up the tree before I saw Bunny at least 30 feet up in the air and stuck! Nick got her down and put her in the arms of a very happy Olivia! Thanks Nick! Now the explanation of Bunny in the jogging stroller...that is her bed! And this picture was taking after she was rescued! We are glad to have her is true what they don't know what you have until it is gone...almost gone in our case! I love Bunny, but didn't realize it until I thought she was gone forever! Sniff sniff and yehaw!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

look what the wind blew in

It is usually very windy at the farm. For whatever reason the wind blows harder here and does so everyday. However, today it nearly knocked you over to step outside...I'm talking gale force! Our pond was white capping! AND, a pelican blew in! See for yourself! It seems to be happy here. Justin is worried it will eat all of the fish in the pond, but I think it looks pretty on the water. There was a random Canadian Goose that swam over to check out the new bird. They looked at each other at they passed in the water. It was sheer entertainment and I captured as much of it as my poor little toddler mutated camera would allow! Of course I had to include a picture of my favorite girls! They thoroughly enjoyed watching the bird show!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Forgot some

Farmer Olivia and her crew at the pond, Farmer Brody kissing himself in the mirror, Farmer Sydney and last but not least is a picture of the girls with Bunny. Disclaimer: They were not, nor have they ever driven the 4-wheeler. This 4-wheeler was actually abandoned by its owner, the land survey man. We have not heard from him since...weird. Only in our neck of the woods.