Cleaning up the Roadhouse

We are getting ready for a Bridal Shower at our farm and we’re planning on having it in the Roadhouse. 

But before can go any further, we’ll need to clean it up from the winter. And when I mean cleaning it up, there is still a couple of decorated Christmas trees in there! 20170319_151418_resized

So with totes and boxes all lined up to take down the tall Christmas tree and my Mom’s Christmas tree, it didn’t take too long  to have them all boxed up and stored away for another summer. 

Now how to organize the space for the shower? We ended up moving the sitting area in the back and then the front will be the food and tables for the shower. I’m hoping that it’ll work. 

The pool table with the ping pong cover will be covered with some linen and eventually food for the shower will be on the top, and even the church pew that we bought from the benefit about a month ago will be put to good use for an additional seating area. 20170319_144723_resized

I’m sure that I’ll be working in the Roadhouse for the next week or so and I’m excited to have the chance to have the shower at our house. It’s going to be a Blast! 

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Good Bye to Ed, Suny, and Charles

It’s that time of the year again when we take a look at our cattle and see who we can keep for the summer and who will have to leave. 

Well we’ve been talking about getting rid of Ed for sometime and I guess that time has come. I don’t know if it’s fate or what, but now that I have the big picture of Ed in our kitchen, he will be off to the sale barn this weekend. Note to self: don’t make any more pictures of our cows :)

With Daryl and I in the cow yard, the cows knew that something was up. And finally we got everyone separated but Ed, Suny, and Charles and  it was time to bring in the cattle trailer and get them loaded up. fullsizeoutput_a12

Let me just say that No Ears was not happy! We had the worst time with her standing by the trailer and just making the worst noise and very obviously upset. Well this wasn’t helping anything because we needed to get the cows loaded and brought to the sale barn yet tonight. 

Finally we had gotten them loaded and now to get out of the yard without No Ears freaking out. She literally followed the trailer just bawling and following us through the yard until Daryl got out of the gate. I couldn’t even leave the cow yard to shut the gate because she was trying her best to keep following the trailer in our farm yard. fullsizeoutput_a11She was so upset. Even if you don’t like cows as much as I do, I’m thinking that you would still think it was sad. She ended up bawling late into the night. 

So we got to the sales barn and when the worker there saw Ed, Daryl said that he was kind of scared. Well Daryl told him not to worry because he’s not a mean bull at all and that I feed him apples by hand. fullsizeoutput_a10

Ed ended up weighing 2,320 lbs.  

Good Bye Ed, Charles, and Suny.

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Feeling a little nostaligic

Tonight we went to our High School musical and it brought back so many memories. For some reason we’ve been to the musicals and plays since the kids have been out of school – but tonight, well tonight I felt just a little nostalgic and honestly just a little sad.  

To start with, Daryl and I came in about 25 minutes before it started. Yea, only 25 minutes. See when you are the parents of someone in the performance, you practically live there for a month and are always bringing food and drinks for the kids because they have very long hours during practice. And you would FOR SURE be there at least an hour or an hour and a half before the performance. So this was the first thing that was kinda weird tonight for me. 

Then we sat in the back corner of the auditorium. AND I didn’t have a camera. In the past we’d strategically position ourselves in the middle aisle area and I’d have my Nikon camera with the large extended lens just waiting anxiously for the performance to start. 

And we didn’t have any flowers to give anyone. See where I’m going with this? 

I was feeling just a little sad that we didn’t have any involvement in the performance and we were just the ‘old’ people in the back of the room.

So I decided to check out some of the pictures later tonight that make me smile. And even though I didn’t have to bring any bars for the intermission, I still remember the 12 years in a row that we were the parents with the kids in the play and what a great memory and fun time that was! So below are a quick couple of pictures of our family during only a few of the performances. 

Kyle as The King and William

Kyle as ‘The King’ and William

William during the musical

William during the musical ‘Music Man’

Daryl and the guys

Daryl and the guys singing during the Music Man

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Friday is Fish Day!

I’m not sure if you are a Catholic if you are supposed to ‘like’ Lent, but in my book, it’s kind of a good gig. I mean how can you not like something that encourages you to go out every Friday for a fish fry? SCORE! 

So this week we traveled to Elkader to the supper club called Johnson’s Restaurant and it was awesome! 

They have a Seafood Buffet,  and after we went through the salad bar and then the seafood buffet – well my belly was full and the food was great! 

Now I wonder where we’ll end up next week? 

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Our new kitchen decoration – Big Cows!

It takes a long time for me to figure out just exactly what I wanted on our kitchen wall and after about a year to think about it, I finally knew just what that should be. 

With the walls with a fresh coat of paint on them it was time to make a decision. 

So what better choice then to find a picture of our cows to hang up on it? We had chickens on our kitchen walls for quite a few years that William took that is now in the Roadhouse, so it’s time to give our cows the front stage for awhile. Especially since our time with Ed will soon be coming to a close and we’ll be selling him at a local market. 

With this great idea in my head, I asked Kyle if he had any pictures of the cows that I could use. After checking them out, I decided on one that should work just perfect. 

Well off I go to have it blown up to a poster size, and then over to my favorite business that mats and frames pictures.

And guess what? I LOVE how it looks. I was worried that the picture was going to be too big, but after it’s been hung it’s just right. 

Check it out – it’s a picture of No Ears and Ed the bull. Just exactly how I wanted it to look. SCORE!  Now I know that having a 36 inch cow poster might not be the exactly what everyone might want in their kitchen, but I am pretty happy that it’s in my kitchen. 20170319_194555_resized

Even my corn and soybean planter plates made it up on the kitchen wall. Daryl looked a little confused when he saw me washing them and was wondering where I had found them. I think he might have thought that I took them off of something out in the shed or something. But I bought them at a garage sale and them stored under the attic steps for quite a few years just waiting to be used somewhere in the house. 20170319_200101_resizedWhat a good job done, and now to finish decorating the living room. I think I’ll take a look at what else I’ve got stored up by the attic. 


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Snow and more snow

We were hoping that it wouldn’t snow anymore this year and well we were not that lucky and we got more snow. I was thinking we’ve seen snow on the Robins tail at least 3 times and that should mean that Spring is just around the corner. But I think we’ll have to postpone that season for a little while, right now we’ve got winter still hanging out. 

But when we had a chance to talk with the kids in upper New York, we didn’t feel quite so bad for ourselves with our measly 12 inches of snow. 

See they Really got snow on the East Coast! I saw on one report that it was snowing 4 inches per hour and honestly you’d get a lot of snow at that rate wouldn’t you?  

So when I saw a picture of our son outside trying to find their car it didn’t surprise me that he said that they had 26 inches of snow at 7 pm and it was still supposed to snow for a couple of more hours. 17321349_10158296541180696_214914185_n

With all  that snow what do you think happened to their Robins? 

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Meet our new baby – Bandit

Now everyone knows that I like our cows. OK, I really Love our cows and when Daryl said that Scarlet needed to go into the barn because she was getting close to having her calf – well I couldn’t be more excited! 

But why would she want to have it on one of the coldest days that we’ve seen for quite awhile? I guess as long as she’s in the barn and the nipco heater is close by, everyone should be fine. 

And guess who’s close by watching over everyone? Our dogs of course. They’ve been around our cows a lot and I think they know when something’s up. Here’s Kaiser just staying close to the calf pen. DSCN9259

They always say that when a storm blows through there are more babies born than normal, and that was the case for us. During the day I got a text with a new baby calf picture on it. Very cool! When Daryl took a first look at him he thought that a good name for him would be bandit because he looks like he has a mask on. This name is perfect! Bandit it is. And guess what? He is SO cute!

With apples in tow, I’ve visited Scarlet many times and just can’t believe how attached I am to this cow. I know that probably sounds kinda weird, but it’s our life on the farm. We’ve taken care of her since she’s been a baby calf and have seen her have her have calves of her own which is so cool. fullsizeoutput_a0e

So for tonight, check out Bandit and see how cute he is! I wonder if he likes apples?fullsizeoutput_a0d



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One of two of my least favorite days

Today is one of my two least favorite days. Why? Well it’s daylight savings day of course. 

So I’m trying to stay a little more positive this year and not to be so crabby about the whole thing. Well I’m not sure that I’ve been too successful in that today – but I did say try didn’t I?

My plan for the day was to stay busy. So I did a ton of laundry to try to catch up on that. It’s been kind of out of control lately and I am really anxious for it to get a little bit nicer weather so I can start to hang laundry out on the line to dry instead of having it in the house. I mean my laundry room has been taken over by soap – who’s got room for laundry to be drying :)  

I also spent some time working on a Customer order for bath bombs and bath fizzys. It sure makes our kitchen smell good and I’m even getting faster at making them which makes me very happy. 17310153_1869369729985582_6184387838079967672_o

Then we were lucky to have the kids stop in for dinner and talk more about the wedding that’s coming up fast. And guess what we had for dinner? Well warmed up Irish Stew of course from last night. I also made some ham and potato soup too  just in case anyone didn’t want more stew. 

After the kids headed back to Ames, I took a little rest on the couch. SCORE! 

And then finally the weekend ended with skyping with the kids in New York which is always the best way to end the day. Technology is awesome when your kids live further away and you can’t see them in person very often. 

So I didn’t get too weird about the time changing today and with a storm brewing tonight and it’s starting to snow when I’m heading to bed, I’ll see how well I do at work tomorrow.  I’m thinking it just might not be very pretty.  

The photos of the day is that of our cows tonight with the storm moving in. Did you know that next week is supposed to be the first day of Spring? Sure hope this snow is going to be melted by then!  fullsizeoutput_a0bDSC_0019

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Busy day in store for us

Today was a really busy day. Even more than our normal Saturdays, so that’s pretty busy! 

It started out for me to make a huge bowl of dessert for a funeral that we had planned to go to in the morning. We are the chairperson for our local church group and with our circle up for the funeral, we all knew that we needed to bring a salad or dessert for the meal. 

Then I needed to also make a double batch of bars to share for a stew supper after the funeral that was also being held at our church. I made some of Ma’s Bars and threw them in the fridge to get the chocolate firm and all the butter in the crust to set up. With 2 sticks of butter, 2 packages of chips, 2 cups of pecans, 2 cups of coconut, and then 2 can’s of sweetened condensed milk, well it’s probably just 2 fattening. No wonder they taste so good!

So at the end of the day we went to church from 10 am to 2:30 to work at the funeral and then came home to change and headed back to sell tickets before mass and then worked at the stew supper until around 8:30 or 9:00 that night. 

When we were trying to decide if we should go uptown or not after the stew supper we decided to head home and take our shoes off for the day. Good decision. 

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Roamin’ Catholics once again

Yea it’s Friday! And that only means one thing – Fish Fry night! 

So once again we become the Roamin’ Catholics and head out to look for a new place to go for a fish fry with my brother and his wife. It’s become a tradition and it’s been a lot of fun. 

The challenge is to find someplace that we haven’t gone before and this week we head up to De Soto Wisconsin to a local place called the Bright Spot. It’s the perfect place because we have a local establishment in our town called the Brite Spot, so off we go to compare the two.

With obligations during the day for all of us we weren’t sure that they would still be serving when we got there, but it wasn’t a problem and soon we had their menu in our hands. We had quite a debate if frog legs were considered meat or not and when he heard the market price on them, well we stuck to the special for the night – fish. 

It was excellent! And if you’re looking for a lot of food to eat, I’d definitely suggest going to this restaurant/bar. It was all you could eat, but we were so full after the first serving we called it for the night. 

And if you are wondering if frog legs are a fish or mammal according to the Webster dictionary they are amphibians. So if you are Catholic can you have amphibians on Friday during Lent? 

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