Yes. Everything's fine. Thank you for asking.
No. I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. Thank you for checking.
My only excuse for my lack of posting is that Spring has arrived and my computer time has been severely cut. Rest assured, once the mercury rises past the triple digit mark, I'll find refuge at the keyboard once again.
It's simply been too nice outside to linger indoors. Yes, we still have too many days where we are visited by the infamous New Mexico wind, but on those days, if we are home, the wind just sucks all the energy right out of you and you are suddenly rendered useless.
It's been a busy couple of weeks. DD and I made a trip to Lubbock this past Tuesday to...believe it or not...shop! Neither of us is a shopper, but we did enjoy the trip. DD seriously needed some clothes for upcoming events that required something other than her requisite boots and jeans and hat ensemble. So we took a deep breath and headed to the city and we even managed to fill the day with laughter. Spend any amount of time around the two of us and you're pretty much guaranteed we'll break out into chortles and guffaws at some point and time. Our hunt was successful and we even came home with 2 dresses as well as a number of other cute things. Needless to say, after leaving the lingerie department, we felt as if we had escaped from a war zone. I have to admit that we were utterly exhausted by the time we headed home. I was so tired that I even bypassed a trip to the fabulous quilt store. I simply could not muster up the energy to make even one more stop.
DD commented that she didn't know why I was tired since SHE was the one who wrestled with 347 thousand gazillion articles of clothing. And she really did wrestle with some of them. As she tried on a cute turquoise summer dress I heard cries of, "Help!... I'm stuck!... Mom!" I suddenly became incapacitated with laughter and wasn't much help to poor DD who wailed, "M-o-o-o-o-M! Stop laughing!"
And we won't bore you with the reason I spewed water all over the steering wheel as we drove home.
The good news is that we won't have to make another big trip like that for a very long time!
Let's see, what else? There really isn't anything earth shattering to report. DS is getting ready to attend Prom in another town. Being homeschooled, I didn't think we would be renting a tux any time soon, but rent one we did.
DD's social life keeps me on my toes. For years I was inundated with concerns from a myriad of people about how homeschooling was detrimental to a child's socialization skills. Chuckle. Giggle. Snicker. LOL! I'm not saying that isn't the case for some children, but I'm pretty sure we can cross that off the list for mine!
I'm itching to get my garden in. After the last snow/hard freeze, I've been hesitant, and it's not been easy to wait for May 1st. Patience may not be my thing.
The kids have been busy horseback. We've been gathering Corriente calves and I've been taking pictures of them for prospective buyers. Tomorrow we're sending some out after we get back from the trap/skeet range.
DH and DD are at the horse sale today. We're selling 6 mares. Oh, and the colts are starting to drop! One filly so far.
I've started to ride again. Haven't ridden in a long while and I have missed it. It felt so good to be back on a horse. DD and I thoroughly enjoyed an evening riding through a pasture last week. And yes, I was kind of sore the next morning.
I've also started walking again and I even bought some running shoes last month. I'm hoping to get back into shape. Yes, round is a shape, but that's not really what I was going for.
So, that about catches y'all up on the latest around here. May is already filling up fast. The kids will be competing in the State Shooting Sports Competition, we've got to make a fast and furious trip to San Antonio for my Mom's 70th birthday, and we'll be branding.
Maybe things will slow down in June.
Don't bet on it.