April 30, 2011

Disney Blog Party

Never Grow Up
I grew up watching the old live action Disney films - The Swiss Family Robinson and Herbie were my constant companions - so most of my answers will relate to them, not the animated films.
1.  What is your all-time favorite animated Disney film and why?  I'd have to say 101 Dalmatians.  It's hysterically funny...and Roger reminds me of my cousin, Ivan;D

2.  What is your all-time favorite Disney/Pixar film and why?  Either Ratatouille or Up...or The Incredibles...not really sure:)

3.  What was the first animated Disney film you remember seeing?  Snow White - I remember my dad taking me to see it at the theater (must've been a re-release or something...).  I don't remember much of the actual movie, but I do remember being fascinated by the Emergency Exit sign.  I was probably 6 at the time, and don't ask me why I found that so interesting, because I honestly have no idea.

4.  It's talent night at your school/job/etc...You have to perform a Disney song.  Which one would you choose?  Oh, my - no idea.  Cruella DeVille, maybe;D  No, probably something from The Happiest Millionaire or Summer Magic.

5.  Name your top 4 Disney heroes or heroines (or any character, for that matter) and talk a little bit about why you admire them.   Pollyanna {she always finds something to be thankful for}, Fritz from The Swiss Family Robinson {he was my first movie "crush"}, Lori MacGregor from The Tree Lives of Thomasina {I would be perfectly happy to spend all of my time with my animals, spinning and singing as she does} , and Davy Crocket {nuff said;) }.

6.  Who, in your opinion, is the most hideous Disney villain of all time?  Um, Cruella DeVille, I guess.

7.  If you could spend a day with any Disney character, who would you choose?  How would you spend your day?  Probably with Lori MacGregor.  We'd sing, spin, tend to the animals, talk only when absolutely necessary, and end the day with tea before the fire in her wee cottage in the glen. :)

8.  Which Disney character is the most like you?  I really have no idea, although I definitely have some things in common with Lori.

9.  What, in your opinion, is one of the greatest movie moments in an animated Disney film?  "Your not going to believe this, but it's a one-wheeled hay stack!"  -The Aristocats

10.  If you could pick which film Disney would make next, what would the film be?  No preference really. 

April 24, 2011

a beautiful {Spring} day!

The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and it was over 50*F...
Today, it felt like Spring!!!
I brought the ewes and their babies up to our backyard today so they could nibble at the grass.
And here they be...
We have three 150' sections of portable electric fencing designed specifically for sheep.  It was kind of pricey, but it well worth it.   I use it to divide our big pasture into smaller sections, and in the orchard and backyard.  I LOVE it.
And here's "sulky", also known as Bonnie of the emaciated knee...;)
She's confined to the house and the dog run until the end of the month because her knee is still healing.
She's not very happy about that, but at least she got to see the lambs.   Bonnie loves the lambs:)
Oh, and it's her 5th birthday tomorrow!=)
The three amigos - Ned, Nancy and Percy. 
2 weeks old now, and getting bigger everyday:)
Aww, Percy is soooo cute:)
Esther and Nancy
Those stairs go up to our deck and the dog run, where Bonnie is, is underneath the deck.
There he is!  My little shadow, Aragorn...
As I was saying, my shadow;) 
And this is why he follows me...
...always looking for his next meal.
Yep, I'm lovin' my little bottle baby:)
I just wish his brother would get the idea and start drinking out of a bottle...
I'm still feeding him by syringe.
But, there are advantages to holding a soft, sweet lamb and he gets plenty of kisses;)
He sucks on my hair sometimes. *grin*
Full tummies and warm sunshine calls for naps...
Happy Trails, y'all!

April 22, 2011

A Random Posting of Pictures

I decided I'd better post some of the pictures I've been meaning to post now, instead of waiting for more to pile up on me...
What have we here?
Sense & Sensibility!  (1995)
Methinks it's time for an afternoon of Regency {bliss} and tea.
Whenever I bring a new movie home for my mom, we have a little tea party, just for fun.  :)
It's become a delightful tradition which we both enjoy very much.
Lemon shortbread cookies - oh, yummy.  
{Lest you think I'm some kind of baking whiz, those are store bought cookies}
My favorite teacup, given to me by my dear Kellie.
A peek into my workbasket...
One of the things I'll splurge on...
...vintage books!
They look simply smashing on my shelf:)
And speaking of vintage, here's what my mom and I have been working on...
Meet Nancy.   Nancy is a very special young lady - she belonged to my Grandma Barb (my mom's mom) when she was a girl.
Now she's my mom's, and someday she'll be mine...and someday I'll give her to my children, if I ever have any.
Yes, Nancy is very special.  Someday I'll have to take pictures of Nancy's other clothes, some of which were sewn by hand by my Great Grandmother Annie.
My mom and I are working on restoring Nancy's trunk.  The original paper is crumbling off and, as you can see, there is some water damage.
Alex cleaned all of the metal hardware off with steal wool.   I wish I had before pictures - they were simply covered in rust.
We couldn't believe the difference!
"Surprising what a little paint will do, isn't it?!"  -- Wallace and Gromit
A sneak preview of what will be showing up in my Etsy shop soon...
Vintage charm...
More crocheted creations coming soon, too!
Congratulations!  You've made it to the end of this post!  ;)
Happy Trails, y'all!

April 20, 2011


I've been tagged by Rebekah at The Rambling Rose!
I do so love tags=)
For this one, I answer the 8 questions from Rebekah, then come-up with 8 questions of my own which you (the honored tagged) will answer on your blog. 
  1. Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt?  I don't get frozen yogurt very often, but I really like it=)
  2. How many siblings do you have?  One - mine brother.  I've always wanted more...
  3. What is your favorite hobby?  Oh, dear - just one?  Crochet is probably my very favorite hobby, although I have many hobbies.  Web and graphic design would come next... 
  4. Did you have a different hair color/texture as a kid, or has it always been the same?  As a kiddo, my hair was blond.  Now, tis brown.
  5. Do you like to go places, or are you more of a homebody?  Both!
  6. What is your favorite main dish?  Umm - cheesy potato pie or potato soup.  Idaho is famous for potatoes. ;)
  7. Do you wear jewelry? If so, describe your favorite piece(s):  Not very often, but when I do it's either my gold heart locket, my Audrey Hepburn watch necklace - I have a few other necklaces that I wear, too.  I rarely wear bracelets, and my ears aren't pierced. Edit: I also wear a purity ring which my dad gave to me on my 17th birthday.
  8. When was the last time you went to the movies, and what did you see?  Prince Caspian!  Whenever that came out - was it 2009?  I dis-remember...
Okay, and here are the questions that you (the honored tagged) will copy and answer on your blogs...
  1. Have you ever consumed an ant?
  2. Do you (or did you) bite your fingernails?
  3. Pens or pencils?
  4. Least favorite color?
  5. Ever had a near-death experience?
  6. Name three blogs/websites that you've discovered recently (and provide links:)
  7. What's your middle name?
  8. Favorite movie line?
I hereby tag everyone who reads my blog and feels so inclined.
Have fun!
Oh, and I would love it if you'd comment and let me know you're doing the tag so I can read your answers=)
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April 13, 2011

On Tuesday "Da Bomb" exploded.  lol.  
Lady Jane had her lambs, and they are both healthy and doing well so far.
But it took a lot to get them to that point, believe me.
The first one, a ram lamb, was born with no trouble at all.  Lady Jane's milk didn't "let down" right away though, so I had to bottle feed him while she was working on getting the other lamb out.  After trying for about 20 minutes, she didn't seem to be getting on, so I decided to check things out.   The lambs head and one foot were showing.  After a quick feel, my suspicions were confirmed - his right leg was back.
Okay, swell.  After a phone call to a friend to ask what I should do, I tried to pull him out as is.
I tried.  I really did.  But the lamb was quite stuck.  He wouldn't move forward, and, when I tried to push him back in so I could reach in and pull the other leg around in to position, he wouldn't move backward.
So, back to the house for another phone call...
At this point, I was starting to panic.  My brother was in town with a friend, my dad had jury duty, and my mom is in a wheelchair.   It was just me. 
The Lord got a flock of SOS's from me that day - save our sheep! lol.  Well, I think it's funny;)
We finally thought to call our neighbors.  The dad and one of the girls came over right away, and within minutes the dad had pulled the lamb out.  He had the extra oomph that I didn't - I like to think I "loosened" the lamb for him, rather like a jar lid;)
Although barely alive, after being swung upside down to clear his lungs, the lamb was trying to get up and nurse.
Praise the Lord!!!
I am so thankful for our neighbors - they're more experienced than I am and I can always count on them to lend a hand when I need help. 
I still have a problem, though...the first lamb thinks that he has two mommas - me and Lady Jane.   Unless I want to bottle feed him, which I don't, I need to slowly stop feeding him with the syringe and make him nurse on Lady Jane more.  He's a lazy little guy, so this could take some doing;) 
Bottle feeding is way over rated - it may sound cute and fun, but I was up several times the first night feeding him, and I just can't do it.
As of yesterday afternoon, he finally figured out that I wasn't going to be feeding him anymore and now he's nursing on momma just fine.  I'm very happy about that:)
Chalk one up for experience.  Now I know what to do next time.  It's totally a learn as you go thing.
Meet the boys...
Aragorn was the first one out - yes, his right ear droops a bit.  It just makes him even cuter;)
Strider was the big guy who got stuck coming out.
They're both named after Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Strider being Aragorn's Ranger name.  If one of them had been a girl, she would have been Arwen, of course;)
The two boys together - you can see how much bigger Strider is than Aragorn.
Well, Happy Trails y'all!
I'm planning on getting a good nights sleep tonight:)

April 12, 2011

Ladies of Virtue

Good morning!
I have some rather exciting news this lovely morning - I was recently invited to write for Ladies of Virtue, a lovely blog dedicated to encouraging Christian young ladies in their walk with the Lord.
I've never really thought of myself as a writer, but I was really excited about this opportunity to share what the Lord has been teaching me with others!
I posted my first article this morning...read it here.
Those who have been reading my blog for a while will probably remember it:)
Have a lovely day,

April 11, 2011

Baby Talk, Entropion, and a Virus

Hey there!
Today was a rather interesting day...
My wonderful Bobby boy (my horse;) turned 19-years-old.
When I turned on the computer this morning, a window popped up saying it had a virus.  =O 
So, daddy was busy doctoring it up today and I couldn't use it till now.
I found a bunny in the shed where we store our alfalfa hay.
It was pretty cute:)
Unfortunately, I didn't have the camera with me...oh well.
Other than that, I guess it was a pretty normal day, really:)
I'm still waiting for my last ewe to lamb...
Lady Jane, nicknamed by my bro "da bomb". Yeah, she does look about ready to explode;) 
Poor little Ned has entropion.  
That's the technical name - his lower eyelids are rolled inward, causing the eyelashes to chafe the eyeball, which further causes the eye to water constantly.  If this isn't fixed, he will get an infection and eventually go blind.  This is a fairly common problem with lambs, although I've only had one other lamb with this problem.
So bro and I have been out there several times a day, me with Ned in my lap holding him still, and Alex unrolling the eyelids.  Unfortunately, the eyelids roll back under after awhile, and I don't know if we'll be able to fix it permanently.  There are two other ways to fix the problem, 1) securing the upper and lower eyelids together on the side with a suture, and 2) a shot of penicillin in the skin under the eye will cause a bubble to form keeping the eyelid in it's proper place.  Both of those options require a vet though, so I hope it doesn't come to that.  I don't want him to be blind, either, so I'm praying that the Lord will heal little Ned's eyes.
Aww, Ned and momma Esther:)
Now that he can see better, Ned has been quite lively - while we were out there, he started climbing on his mom;)
Sweet Pea and me - she really is a sweetie:)
Sweet little Percy - 2 days old today.  Since he was a single lamb, not a twin, he's actually pretty big=)
Alex doesn't spend a lot of time with the lambs - that's my department - but even he couldn't resist baby talking to Percy;)
Happy Trails, y'all!

April 10, 2011


Meet Percy...
Named after Sir Percy Blakeney (aka The Scarlet Pimpernel).
Only one big lamb for Sweet Pea this year - the norm is twins, unless it's the ewe's first time lambing. 
This was Sweet Pea's third time, so I'm not sure what happened there=o