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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!


Brrrrr......It's Cold here on the North Forty both inside and out! I could of swore when I woke up this morning there were icicles inside the ole farm house. 

I know your thinking complain complain that's all this old woman does. She is either sweating on the tractor for months on end or freezing in the winter. Such a whiner! 

At least I am not a turkey this month because then you would really hear me complain. lol


Don't you love the holidays? Like most of you I just wish I knew the secret of  less stress during this time of the year and could bottle it up and give it as a gift to everyone. 

Our Maxine always has the prefect solution to most events in our lives. Maybe laughing more is the secret or
ordering more bottles of Calm Forte from Amazon might work too.

You could be like the two Indians in this picture serving their cheap wine to the Pilgrim. lol

Thank goodness I love everyone coming to my Thanksgiving Dinner or I might be tempted to try this.
I will be here alone on Thanksgiving Day but on Friday my kids are coming to celebrate with me. 
I am praying all three of my children are able to come but still not for sure that Chad can make it or not. Keeping my fingers crossed he will be here.

Are you making the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner or trying something different? Since
the kids are having Turkey and Ham at the in-laws I decided to have Texas Style Barbecue
Pork Ribs along with my traditional turkey and dressing. Instead of a big turkey I am trying a smaller turkey breast and a smaller helping of my Mama's Cornbread Dressing. 

Honestly I could just have dressing and nothing else on my plate and be completely happy. Well maybe a serving of cranberries along with it. 

Years ago I did a post sharing her recipe for the best dressing ever but if you can't find it and need a good recipe I will send it to you.

Today I found the site Just A Pinch Recipes. If you looking for blue ribbon recipes then you will love this site. I might have to try a corn casserole on there I found today for Thanksgiving or maybe the Sweet Potato Casserole. 


Lots to do the next few days so I probably will not post again until after Thanksgiving. Not a surprise since my post are few and far between these days. 

My land lady is bringing her maintenance man from Georgetown here tomorrow to work on one of my commodes. He was here last Monday fixing it for me because it wobbled like a Turkey when you set down on it but lucky me it is in worse wear now than before he fixed it. It now leaks! So I called him back and his plans are to come Monday and replace the floor under it. Oh boy do I dread that project but right now the water is turned off to it and with the kids coming in I need both bathrooms. I don't think they would care to use one of the old out houses out here. lol 





Sending you warm wishes for a gorgeous week ahead and a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Sweet Dreams and Love to All,

Maggie





Monday, November 11, 2013

Around The North Forty Today!

I started my day off with a hairy bottom an inch from my face. Kind of scary to open your eyes up and all you see is hair staring back at you. I thought this must be what it's like to wake up lying next to one of the guys from Duck Dynasty.



Thank goodness it was just Tinkerbell!


 Then I heard a noise and looked up and my Billy Sue was on top of my mantle in the bedroom. Very Bad Kitty. I hope she does not make a habit of this.



I wanted to volunteer at Festival Hill today stuffing Christmas cards but we are getting our first freeze this
Wednesday and I knew that I had to finish mowing the North Forty before then. Maybe waking up with a guy from Duck Dynasty would be better than mowing all the time. lol
 Since I bore you about every other post about my mowing I thought I would show you some of the acres I mow. Be glad I did not take pic's of all the 32 acres I mow.

As you can see from these pics there are lots of big oak trees.


 This is one of the gates leading into the pond and gazebo area. The old red building was moved in from Burton and once was their hospital. Very small building so hard to imagine it was once a hospital.








The pond is full for the first time in six months. I hate hate mowing around it. Always afraid I am going to
slide into the water and be ate by big big water moccasins,

Hope this was not too boring for you. 

Hard to imagine how gorgeous our weather has been for weeks now. Some of you are already dealing with snow and really cold temperatures.  I think of you often and will be cold myself on Wednesday. lol

Today while mowing I thought of  our Veterans and how much I appreciate them. I thought of my dad serving in World War II. I miss him so much and not a day goes by that I don't wish he were here so I could have just one more conversation with him. 

I bet he would be surprised to see his only daughter driving a big Holland tractor. He passed away before I became a Correctional Officer for the State of Texas. That might have surprised him even more than the tractor. lol 

His dad drove a tractor most of his life. I actually believe my Grand Dad was still working on his farm even in his seventies. I may just be doing that myself unless I go to Monroe, La looking for the Uncle from Duck Dynasty. hahaha

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me tonight. I love it when you stop by.


Sweet Dreams and Love to All
Maggie

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Kaci's Walk!



Raining hard all week and instead of looking for instructions on line for building an Ark I decided to use the time for catching up on unfinished projects around the house. 

How do you like my chicken fabric for the curtain in my kitchen? I am to embarrassed to tell you how long this project has been calling my name. I have wanted to cover the opening under my counter forever.

Since this house is over a hundred years old there are no kitchen cabinets or drawers in my kitchen. So using my imagination on where to store things is a ongoing problem for me. After hanging the curtains I thought I would use the space for storing some of my groceries.



Even though this picture is not too clear you can see that my putting food under there
was a huge mistake. 

You see my daughter left her sweet Toby Friday night for me to babysit the weekend and Saturday morning I woke up to find this waiting for me.

Flour, sugar, corn meal, hot chocolate and who knows what else all over the kitchen floor. I thought it was strange during the night that Toby was awfully quiet and not pacing the floors. 

He not only trashed the kitchen but he tracked all over the house. I felt bad fussing at him but Jeez what a mess!



Tinkerbell had to get in the act of messing up the house too. I have never seen her throw the chair cushion on the floor and her lay in the chair but as you can see this is what she did during the night while Toby did his thing.


 The weekend before was Kaci's Juvenile Diabetes Walk in Austin. I was lucky enough to be able to attend the walk again this year. It was only a two mile walk but for some reason I thought it felt like five miles. haha

It could be because we got there early to walk around for a while and I think by 11:00 I was already tired.

Before the walk I captured some pics of my precious kids. In the pic above my son Clint with his lovely wife Andrea and my grand babies Kaci and Bailey.



Kaci posing with her Uncle Chad. I could not wait to see Chad because it had been a while since I had seen him.

Kaci had a broken ankle so we took turns pushing her in the wheel chair. Here her Aunt Christi and Paul are taking their turn.
Posters of the children with Juvenile Diabetes are placed along the walk. At the end of the walk you can take your poster home with you. In the top pic Bailey is posing with Kaci. I love this picture because if you look closely he is holding two fingers over Kaci's head. How many pictures of my child hood were taken of my brothers doing this to each other. lol


The poster is of Kaci and Bailey in their Halloween costumes.

Bailey with the mascot at the walk.


It was a busy weekend. The walk was Sunday and on Saturday I went to Bailey's last ball game of the year.
He was playing for the championship and his team Won. They were actually undefeated for the season. Awesome Bailey!

I wanted to share this with you something I found out about Social Security that might help some of you that are divorced and were married for over ten years. If you never remarried and your husband is 62 you can file for his social security. I had no idea that I could file on my idiots social security but you can. You of course have to be 62 or older. It is no guarantee that you will get more money than what you draw from your social security but it's worth finding out. In my case they told me I could get maybe a hundred more dollars. I will find out at the end of this month when I go my appointment with them. I did not care if it was ten dollars more I am drawing from the one that pays me the most. haha

I also found out that even though we are divorced if he should pass away before myself then I am entitled to his full social security. I only thought this was for the widows but not true. I hope he lives a long and happy life but it is good information to know.

Also today I signed up for a medicare supplement. Boy medical insurance is expensive even for us on social security. It was hard deciding the right one but I went with Blue Cross Blue Shield. So keep your fingers crossed that I at least get enough from his social security to pay for my supplement. lol

Hope your having a wonderful week. Be gentle on yourself and thanks for stopping by. I love having you here.

Sweet Dreams and Love to All,

Maggie

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Not One Winner But Two!

 Such a gorgeous day here on the North Forty. I woke up excited this morning because I knew that my giveaway had ended at midnight and I could not wait to have my drawing.

My sister-in-law Sherry came by for breakfast this morning so I ask her to do the honor of drawing the winner of my candy. She drew Ya Ya's name from the wonderful blog Whispering Pines. I am so happy YaYa that I will be sending you some of my chocolates.

It was so much fun having Sherry draw for my giveaway I told her to draw another winner. She gave me one of her beautiful smiles and drew again. My second winner was GPC from another great blog Shedding the wolf.

Congratulations to both of you sweet ladies. Just shoot me an email at maggiemallard888@yahoo.com with your addresses and I will get busy making your candy.


Tonight I also wanted to share with you my brother Gary's little country home that he has been building in Round Top for a while now. It's been a struggle for Gary building this home because not long after he started the building he was diagnosed with cancer for the first time. Since then he has had his cancer come back two more times and is being treated now for lung cancer.

Not only does he spend a lot of his free time on this house Gary has been restoring his wife's house in Indpendence. You may remember the post a few weeks back showing the guest cottage behind her home that Gary restored. It is really precious so which one do I love more is hard to say. Their both too cute.

Since the cancer has come back for a third time they decided to finish this one and put it up for sale. I hope it sells for them and Gary can slow down a little.



I laugh every time I see their two tubs on the front porch. Gary calls them their Cialis tubs. You know the commercial for Cialis where the couple are sitting in the tubs near a lake or is it the ocean. Can't remember exactly which one.



This is the view from their tubs. There are two ponds in front of their home. I only wish I could keep the pond out here on the North Forty looking this good. No matter how dry a summer we have Gary's ponds always have water in them where the one out here drys almost completely up.


The other night I was out side supervising Gary and my brother Tommy on their work and when I turned to go back inside I snapped this picture from the porch. I just thought it was so neat the way the home looked so cozy looking in at dusk. No I was not window peeping!

Look at how pretty Sherry has the table set.
 Don't you love this old Coca Cola machine. I could find a place for it on the North Forty.

I love the small living area. 


Both Sherry and Gary have a gift for decorating.



This is an old antique water barrel that was used at one time on a covered wagon. Wish I could of taken a better picture of it because up close it is really something to see.

I wanted to slip upstairs and show you the bedroom but dinner was smelling good and I thought it would be nice if I helped Sherry with putting it on the table. lol

These cool nights and not so hot days have been delightful.  I just hope our weekend is the same because
  I going to Austin to see my kids. It is the big weekend for my precious granddaughter Kaci's Juvenile Diabetes Walk. She has raised over a thousand dollars for JDF.  What a inspiration she is to me!

As you know I live for my trips to Austin. I love love being with all my kids and I always have the best time.

I hope you enjoyed seeing inside of Gary and Sherry's sweet home. It was fun showing it to you.
Thank you for entering my Candy Giveaway! I wish I could send all of you a box of sweets but I will be having more giveaways in the future so be sure and try again.

Love to All
Maggie






Monday, October 21, 2013

Desperate People Do Desperate Things!


How are you? I hope you had a gorgeous weekend and that the week ahead will also be just as awesome.
The weather yesterday and today was prefect. The temps here have made my chores a lot easier out on the North Forty. A sweet friend on Facebook today ask me when would the weather be cold enough where I won't have to mow. I told her in Texas that is a not question most of us can answer. Our weather changes without notice and pretty often.

Just wanted to do a quick post tonight mainly to remind you that my giveaway ends tomorrow at midnight so if you haven't entered it be sure and leave a comment on the POST before this one for a chance to win some of my famous Chocolate Candy. lol

Tonight I wanted to share with you what I ordered from Bear Wallow Herbs. Most of you know I fret way too much about the cats out here on the ranch. Yep I know I worry too much their just outside cats but their Mom ma drifted up here about five years ago and ever since then I have had kitty problems. Yes I know all about having cats fixed and there would not be the population problem I seem to have about every six months but Mom ma Kitty (name fits her don't you think) has allergies and the vet won't put her to sleep to fix her so once a year I have to deal with kittens except this year she had two litters five months apart. Gee z Marie I can't deal with this.

So I Google contraception for cats and low and behold I find something called Wild Carrot Seed. It is a seed from the flower Queen Anne's Lace. You can buy it from sites that sell herbs or seeds. It's real use is to regulate menstruation and fertility.

Some Women actually use this instead of Birth Control Pills. Amazing at my age that I learn something new every day. Of course, we all know I am way to late to hear about this for my use BUT what about Mom ma Kitty. Yep I read where people use it for cats too.

I know your laughing at me and thinking how silly of me to think this will work but I tell you this ole grandma is Desperate with a capital D so desperate people do desperate things. If she can't be fixed and I can't bring my self to get rid of her I have got to do something. I have tried locking her up in my bathroom once while she was in heat and let me tell you after that horrifying experience I would rather deal with kittens than to do that again.

So in a few months I will let you know if this stuff works. Now to figure out how often and when to give it to her.

I downloaded some pictures of her kittens she had in May. Their I believe all females because male kittens seem to disappear out here a month after their born. I found homes for the litter after these that were born in September. I hated to give them away so young but when I found someone that wanted all of them I told God Thank You and gave them to her.

 





When I walked up on my porch from mowing at lunch this is the first thing I see is one of them in an empty flower pot. Now who could not smile when you see something this cute.
Being lazy at the other end of the porch is another one that looks just like her mother.


And look at this white one. Isn't she a cutie pie.
Here with the white one is Mom ma Kitty!

My question for you is these kittens will be six months old in November. They all seem to have the same allergy problem their Mom has so if that's the case I may not be able to have them fixed. What I am wanting to know if I gave these kittens away to a lady that is looking for barn cats would they try to find their way back home to here. I could not stand to think of these poor kittens lost and trying to find their way home.
What do you think? I think if I kept them and they can't be fixed I would go broke trying to keep buying this herb Queen Anne's Lace. lol


Moving inside you have heard me talk often about my Tinkerbell. She has been with me now for eight years. A friend of mine found her on her front porch when she was only about six weeks old.

Today I snapped this picture of her looking at me while I was eating lunch. I don't know who eats more this girl or me.
Now for the last few months Tinkerbell has had to share her castle with one of Mom ma Kitty's babies that was born a year ago in April.  Billie Sue was hit by a car one summer night and after expensive surgery to set a broken leg she is now an inside cat. I really did not want two cats inside but had no choice. It's been some nights with no sleep with her and Tinkerbell fighting but once in a blue moon I find them snuggling with each other and then I am a proud Mom myself. lol

If someone had told me ten years ago that I would be living in the country alone except for cats I would of laughed at them. Mainly because I thought I had a solid marriage and I was afraid of cats. Now look at me! You just never know do you?

My next post I will announce my Candy winner so be sure and enter. Good luck to all of you.

Also my next post I will take you inside this little country home so see you in a few days.

Sweet Dreams and Love to All
Maggie