Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Earth Movers

Last Saturday we went to a Caterpillar Tractor Demo with a friend of my husband. I took over 400 tractor photos. these are some of my favorites.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

In the past two days I have taken 575 phots...

The first 500 where taken of Caterpillar tractors and big earth movers. (and a few flowers at church this morning.)

The other 75 I took of my friend and her husband and their 9 month old baby girl, my God- Daughter. My friend was a collage of casual family shots and wanted to do some thing like it.

here are the ones we liked the best.

Maybe I'll get around to uploading some shots of the big machines tomorrow...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Today I was pointed in the direction of a blog that's sole existence  is as a place for people to bash another MB.

Really? have people got so little to do that this is their entertainment? What if all those folks went outside and found something productive to do, OR what if they donated their time to any number of worthy causes....

really, what if they just stopped feeding on the hate?

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

QotD: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

How do you choose your Vox neighbors and friends?
Submitted by gcgal.

I choose my neighbors in different ways, but always I choose people whom I enjoy reading their musings. I've chosen a couple people based solely on the way they write, and I have found more underneath their writing style that I enjoy about them.

I have chosen some people just for something we have in common.

I have chosen some people with different lives, opinions and worlds views than myself, but no one who presents their opinion in way that feels disrespectful to me. I don't come here for a fight, or to feel like I'm being baited into one. If I want to read someone's differing opinion from my own I want to read it so I can understand where they are coming from.

I have added some people just because they added me.

I do need to weed out the neighbors who dont post, or have closed their vox altogether. But I feel like such a traitor when I do that.

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I was tagged by R.G.  (secretly, I'm hoping he's looking for book fodder for the next one... ) Actually there was some mention of begging for forgiveness in his post, does that happen on your post or here on mine?

I've answered, I've tagged 5 people who I'm thinking will play along. And who I'm looking forward to reading about.

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?

Ten years ago at this time on any given day, I was driving a combine in a wheat field, chances are we'd have been in Nebraska. Would have been the second summer after Hubby and I got married. Our first two summers married, we went on custom wheat harvest with my father in law. I drove a combine, and occasionally when we moved I'd drive a pick--up truck with a header trailer on the back.

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today?

1. Feed all the animals- partially done
2. Dishes-done
3. Laundry- partially done
4. Finish uploading photos to get printed.- partially done
5. Go to saddle club meeting- not done yet.

3) Snacks I enjoy:

Anything that cant get away? It really depends my mood, and what I'm hungry for.

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

I can't honestly tell you what I would do if I'd been brought up with money. Now, if I had money thrust upon me? There are plenty of things I'd like to do. Some are just for me and my family, some are not. I'd set up college funds for my kids, first. And I'd probably look at paying off our house and making the repairs to it that it needs, and having someone who knows what they are doing come in and  restore the house. (It was built in the 1850's and it could use some tlc)  Included in the selfish part of our spending would probably be a new semi truck for my hubby, building a shop for him, and a horse barn for me. 

But, moving away from ourselves? I have two friends who struggle to make ends meet, and added to that struggle is school tuition for our Catholic school. I'd pay for their kids to go to school. I know what it does to your budget to have to sacrifice for school tuition, it does it to my budget. I'd pay for my sister's kids to go to their school too. (I believe in Catholic education) I would donate $ to the riding therapy center in our area. And I would offer to help buy animals for them. (I believe in riding therapy) I would donate to the women's shelters in our area, we have 4 that I know of and I have a friend who got on her feet by staying at one with her two sons for about 2 months. I would give to our church. I give what I can now, but I feel it isn't enough. Every week our church's expenses are greater than the collection taken in. by $1000 usually.  I'm sure I would find other things to invest my self and my wealth in. But I would start close to home and close to my heart.

5) Places I have lived: Illinois: Washington, Kewanee, Galesburg, Cameron.  Indiana: St. Mary of the Woods, Lagro. Wisconsin: Grafton. Pennsylvania: Macungie.  Some places shorter lived that others.

6) Jobs I have had: detassler, camp councilor, life guard, horseback riding instructor, stable hand, retail grunt, wife and mother.

7) Bloggers I am tagging who I will enjoy getting to know better:

         grungedandy, maura_ea, shy, girlwonder , joey

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Monday, July 14, 2008

the puppy

This is a special puppy. It is one of the most wonderful gifts ever given to me. On Mother's day this past year, my nephew had with him this puppy and another. Both very cute. He showed them to me and I commented how cute the borderCollie was as it looked just like the Border Collie I used to have, Lady.

I had Lady for 12 years, she was a shelter rescue, and my constant companion while Hubby was on the road. My nephew loved Lady. Upon my comment he selflessly gave me his little puppy. Just like that, not a second thought. It reduced my sister and I both to tears. and that puppy hangs out on top of my monitor. Little Lady.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Weird Remix

My mother in law, K brought down her cockatiel about 2 weeks ago. K is an over the road trucker. Her friend was taking care of Max, until this friend got angry. She left Max on K's front porch. Kay was just going to take him to the pet store and leave, so I told her to bring him here, if he was not a good pet for us we'd find him a new home later.

Max has been fairly annoying. He has squawked one annoying note since he got here. Until Sunday. Sunday he started to ring like a telephone. beep beep beep pause beep beep beep pause beep beep beep. It gave us quite a giggle. Monday he expanded him repertoire to include a weird remix of robin chirps, sparrow songs, and juvenile chicken chirps. All mixed into the same weird tune. I can't wait to hear his next remix. (Thank goodness we aren't in the city so it wont be firetrucks and ambulance sirens)

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

DIY Shooting Bag

Made this last night, its a knock off Shootsac I made the removable flap the same size as Shootsac covers so If I can ever afford a real Sac my covers will fit!

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