Escaping…

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Wrinkles running happily along

In these past few months I have tried to find happy places to escape to.  These woods are always my greatest escape.

Since I was 6, I have walked in these woods.  That’s 44 years (but who’s counting!!)  There were no trails, less neighbors, and tons of wildlife.  Over the years that has slowly changed, but luckily the “4 mile loop” we have created is land locked.

If I am not walking I am 4 wheeling, horseback riding, or snowmobiling!  I have shared these trails with many animals, most of them gone now, through the years.  My first dog, Daisy.  My first horse, Sugar. My next dogs through the years as a child, Princess, Sheba, Jeopardy, Ginger.  Our second horse, Mandy.

My parents liked to take us 4 kids on Sunday walks.  My dad would always have a big walking stick and I remember being scared we would get lost and he would always say not to worry, the dogs know the way home.

These past few months I have been finding myself wanting to escape this crazy world more and more and enjoy what we have without all of the negativity being thrown at us from every angle in the media, on the internet, in the magazines, etc.

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Even little Sissy has had enough and wants to join us on a walk!!

Coming back up the trails after a nice long walk, the sun has set and the moon is beginning to peak out, I feel refreshed.  img_8597

The snow is glistening and the world is a perfect place again.

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Snow glistens with the moonlight

 

 

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Back to school blues

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Every year at this time I get the blues.  When summer ends and school starts the thoughts that go through my mind drag me down.  Another fun summer of carefree kid days gone, another family summer vacation done until next year, the kids will be another year older next summer, I WILL BE another year older next summer….and so on and so on.  How can anyone be happy at the return of the school season???? I LOVE my kids being home!!!

In carrying on the tradition of feeling sad and sorry for myself for a few days, I hid myself in garden chores, baking and barn work.  Slowly I am returning to the happy person I usually am, but it’s a battle that’s hard won!!

Here are a few recaps of the wonderful times we had this year so far:

Tons of time sleeping in our cabin and spending time as a family

A GREAT book for summer reading, bonfires every night for heat in the spring and to cook on…and a few date nights on the boat!

Fun in the barn with friends, farm work, canning, late night selfies and sandboxes were all enjoyed.

So goodbye Summer of 2016 and welcome Fall and Winter.  Only 13 1/2 weeks until Christmas Vacation…..but who’s counting….me…yes me me me!!

 

 

Perspective

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When things tend to crop up that stress me out, I withdraw.  The past week has been that way for me and I have avoided posting on my blog, getting more of our first plantings going, seeing/talking to friends and spending more time in my barn alone to process things.

I had severe allergies as a child.  My father used to clean carpets for the doctor in exchange for the much needed allergy shots I received twice a week.  As a result of being sickly my teeth have always been a problem as the enamel is soft and problematic.  I have had major dental work done over the years with no dental insurance and paid more than my first new car cost.  I have been with my company for 24 years and we have good medical insurance but no dental.

I recently had an issue with a front tooth that has already been worked on twice before.  I went to my dentist of 20+ years and he said it needed to have a root canal along with the tooth next to it that already had a root canal as that root canal did not hold up and needed to be redone and then I would need new crowns on those and a bottom root canal also needed to be retouched.  This would be approximately another $6,000 to $8,000.00.   WHAT?????????????????  I paid $4000 for these teeth less than 7 years ago.  I also need to see a specialist (Endodontist) for the root canals.

There is no “good” time to be told about a huge expense like this and it hits a bit harder right now as it’s time for spring vet visits for the horses and goats, to stock up and purchase hay for the upcoming winter, and to try and save a bit of “fun” money to enjoy the summer.  We gave up the cottage we rented in Long Beach, Canada for a week, I sold my round pen for training horses (which really stings as this has been a life long enjoyment I have working with horses), and are selling a few other horse items we are not using to put towards the dental work.  Luckily there is a dental “credit card” with zero percent financing for a year as that will help as well.

So while I have been wallowing in my pity party for myself it’s amazing how God can put things in perspective.  I have a friend who lost a son to brain cancer at the age of 7 who has now been diagnosed with cancer herself which is horrific as she has a tween daughter who lived through losing her brother and will now face the fear of her mother being sick, another friend has recently had a double mastectomy, and yet another friend dealing with an addiction issue with her only child.

Sometimes we need that kick in the head to remind us that regardless of what we are facing, there are others who deserve our pity WAY more than ourselves!!

So tomorrow while in the dental chair for the first of my proceedings, I will be praying…not for myself but for the others whose lives are so terribly uprooted right now.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as well!

Reflections and Beginnings

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This was the sky this morning reflecting on the ice pond on a day that many use to reflect. We have had a pretty great year in our home with many many things to reflect upon and be thankful for.

I don’t make resolutions on this night.  There are basically two things I try to remember and work towards with the beginning of a fresh new year.  The first is to keep negativity out of my life be it with people, situations, and mindsets.  I don’t like to let negativity in.  The second is to be content.  Being content with what you have, who you are, who your children are and where you are going in life leads to a certain calmness and peacefulness in your days.

So with the beginning of this New Year, I would like to say thank you to all my followers for being a part of our journey in life and wish you all much happiness, peace, and a content mind in 2015!!!!!

Happy New Year