I haven't spent a whole lot of time sewing this year. In fact, I've only finished one quilt thus far, but last week I picked up 5 quilts from Jackie after working at the sale barn:
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Monday, June 28, 2021
More prayers were answered on Memorial Day as it began to rain. The kids and precious Emma all headed back home that morning and DH and I - and Skeet - spent 6 hours the next morning making a circle in the Ranger to keep from tearing up the roads:
We checked 12 rain gauges:
And yes, I made a list so we could document everything - DH records everything he does in a book:
Another gorgeous morning with crisp desert air filled with the smell of blessed rain. I wish someone would invent smell-a-vision because the smell of rain in the desert is truly heavenly:
When it rains in the desert, the phones start ringing as ranching friends begin inquiring about rain amounts:
And the birds seemed to be celebrating:
Skeet has to test out every tank
And give his seal of approval:
Time to test out the 4-wheel drive
Skeet looks a little skeptical - LOL -
And yes, our feet were soon back on dry ground
Boy howdy, does he ever love to run
He's always on the job
Friday, June 25, 2021
All that cooking I wrote about a few weeks ago was to celebrate the arrival of this precious gift:
We're officially grandparents! Meet sweet Emma May
She arrived on April 27th - 6lb 6oz - 19" long and we are smitten:
Everyone came for the weekend and we all soaked in every minute. She is just precious and SO sweet natured.
I didn't even take a thousand pictures because I was too busy inhaling time with this charming baby:
We all spent lots of time visiting
And passing Emma around
And every once in a while we let her sweet mama hold her
And it warms a mama's heart to see her boy become a daddy and take such a hand-on approach with his daughter:
The men manned the smokers:
Oh, I beg to differ! It's a VERY big deal!
I was thinking Gram and Pap.
She threw some names out there and I told her I got to chose and I could chose anything I wanted. I could be Pooh Bear if I wanted. Side note: I have a soft spot for Winnie the Pooh and I read a lot of that to the kids when they were little. I could even do all the voices although I'm pretty certain I've lost that ability.
Our girl's fella, Kenny, said he had a friend who called his grandpa PaDaddy and when our girl said I could be called Pooh Bear he piped up that it was perfect
"Ya'll could be Pooh Bear and PaDaddy" Now mind you, Kenny is from Oklahoma and he has an accent so imagine that being said with a strong southern drawl. Oh my word! We bout wet our britches we laughed so hard!
Now, I don't really want to be called Pooh Bear but when Kenny says it, it just cracks me up and I am afraid Pooh Bear and PaDaddy may stick, but I'm afraid we'll have to move to Oklahoma to live up to it. 😂 Our girl looked at a list and saw Moo-ma and she thought that was perfect since we raise cattle, but I vetoed that right quick.
I imagine Emma will name us anyway and it'll be perfect. Did I say we were smitten?
Emma, you have brought such joy into our lives! Adventure lies ahead!
Monday, June 21, 2021
I am falling woefully behind on blog posts. Life is happening faster than I can write about it. Not that anything earth shattering has happend, but I want to document our days and I guess I'm too busy living life to spend much time on the computer. I probably need to work on balancing things a little better, but I figure I'm not going look back on my life one day and wish I had spent more time on the computer. 😉
Back in April ( yep, that long ago) DH and I loaded up in the ranger one morning and headed to the north end of the ranch.
It takes close to an hour to get there, but we needed to check a few dirt tanks and look at the shinnery. We'd had some of our crazy desert spring winds and we thought we'd poke around some of the old Indian camps and do a little arrowhead hunting along the way:
We can't really take vacations (we've taken 1 in 35 years) so we find other ways to take a break while still tending to ranch responsibilities. It was such a pretty day and Skeet is always game for new adventures:
We've had some rain since then, but in April, the terrain was just down right discouraging to a rancher.
We were still spending the majority of our time hauling hay to cattle.
We didn't have a lot of luck on the arrowhead front, but a yummy dinner was on the menu when we got back;
And this is one of our favorite ways to take a break from ranch work:
And even though we were disheartened by the drought, we still found beauty in time together and in our surroundings:
And the rain prayers continue: