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Here At The Funny Farm

Published April 27, 2009 by glaumland

Little Boy was a hoot this weekend. I think he was wound up because Dear Hubby was home. And man, are those two alike!

Anyway, we’re traveling Sunday to a niece’s confirmation, and suddenly from the backseat we hear the following:

“I wish I was in the land of cotton, old times there are not forgotten, Look away, look away, look away, Dixieland.

Oh, I wish I was in Dixie, away from Pearl. In Dixieland I’ll take my stand, away from Cousin Pearl.

Away, away, away from Cousin Pearl. Away, away, away from Pearl in Dixie.”

For those of you who don’t recognize this rendition, Little Boy got to watch some of the earliest episodes of Beverly Hillbillies where Cousin Pearly and Jethrina are living in the mansion, and Granny wasn’t overly happy.

Anyway, it is funny and keeps us in stitches. That’s why old TV is so much better than new TV.

Until next time…

I’ve Been Hen-bit

Published April 27, 2009 by glaumland

Actually, although I am a backyard chicken enthusiast, this isn’t about fowl. It’s about the beautiful spring flower (weed) Lamium amplexicaule. I was introduced to them officially in high school by my dearest friend, and they have become one of my favorite harbingers of spring.

Last weekend on the trip to the Mennonite Quilt Auction in Hutchinson, my dearest friend and I drove past a small town on the edge of the Flint Hills. The town’s ball diamond was next to the highway. The outfield was as pretty and green as any well-tended yard, but it was the infield that caught my eye. It was totally purple – a sea of henbit. Such a beautiful scene.

Since we’ve finally had some warm temperatures, the goats and I have spent some time in the woods; me looking for morrells and them looking for anything tasty (in their opinion). No luck for me, but they were in heaven. I actually did find some wild? phlox and violets, and the wild strawberries are blooming, too. It’s quite fun to watch the changes.

The fruit trees are all a-bloom, too. It looks like we’ll have a good crop this year. Yummy! And the daffys and grape hyacinths are still blooming and I saw my first iris.

The barn swallows returned on tax day, just like they always do. The June bugs are back (although a bit early?) as well as the little black ants. Guess you have to take the good with the bad…

Until next time…

Frustrated With Fibromyalgia

Published April 27, 2009 by glaumland

I haven’t blogged in a few days, even though I have lots to share. I’m having problems with my fibromyalgia, and my meds aren’t working as well as they once did. Especially the sleeping aids. So I feel like I’m kinda back at the beginning; well, maybe not the beginning, because at least I have a diagnosis. So we start playing with the meds again.

Meanwhile, nothing is getting done around the house that requires any physical activity. I already ‘wake up’ in the morning more exhausted than when I went to bed. So not only am I getting far behind on chores, I’m missing out on all of the fun stuff as well. And I don’t have any energy to  play with kids. I am so bummed…

I would welcome any advice or personal stories from other FM’ers – especially with sleep aids, as that seems to be the big problem.

Until next time…

Quilting With No Rules

Published April 20, 2009 by glaumland

I spent a marvelous weekend with my dearest friend at the Mennonite Quilt Auction in Hutchinson, KS. Besides all of the beautiful quilts, there was also great food, great music, and great bargains. It’s fun to come home with an arm-full of fabric for just a few dollars. No buyer’s remorse, here! Now, what to do with it…

So my friend and I have decided that we’re going to do some “no-rules quilting.” In otherwords, lines don’t have to be straight, points don’t have to meet, and no worrying about perfection! We’re just gonna have fun with the fabrics and see what happens! Finally, I think I can get excited about quilting this way; I want to play with my quilting and not stress over how other people tell me it should be done or should look.

Now, to all of those wonderful ladies who do quilt to perfection, more power to you. And maybe some day, with enough practice, maybe I’ll get close. But for now, more fun is what I need.

So my friend (AKA Fabric Slapper) and I (AKA Thread Banger) will work on making some cool quilting stuff. Not exactly ‘crazy quilts’ and not exactly ‘abstract’, but mostly a kind of ‘free-style’ – emphasis on the free.

Until next time…

The Coyote Chorus

Published April 19, 2009 by glaumland

One of the most fun parts of living in the country is that we have much different sounds than city folks. When we lived in the city, we heard highway traffic (especially semi-trucks and their brakes), neighbor dogs barkings, kids yelling, doors slamming, car horns honking…you get the idea.

But now we have peaceful noises. Oh sure, there is the occasional motorcycle or four-wheeler that powers up, and a few highway noises, but for the most part we get to listen to nature. And right now is a great time to enjoy it.

The coyote pups have left their dens and are out singing in full force. They can get away with it now since Momma is still doing most of their hunting. And you can’t have a coyote sing-along unless all of the neighborhood dogs join in too. The funniest thing about the dogs is they don’t know if they should be man’s best friend and bark at the beasties, or if they should take a ride on the wild side and sing with them. Sometimes you get both, which is reminiscent of a pubescent boy singing – lots of interesting notes.

It’s also time for the frogs to sing and they seem to be doing well this year. Hopefully enough spring rain and good temps that they will do well populating this year. We have a couple tree frogs that like to hang out by the hot tub so I look forward to seeing them (as long as they don’t try to go swimming with me!)

I’ve also heard many night-bugs chirping. Just wonderful as long as they stay outside.

The chickens also  have their songs that they sing at night. When I go to close up their house, they make a noise somewhere between a growl and a purr. I love to spend a little time with them here and check their crops and body condition. It gives me an idea of who’s working to hard and who’s not working hard enough.

The other night noise I love is the sound of the trains about 1.5 miles away. On nights with the windows open you can hear the cars crossing a bridge and slamming together.

I think I’ll close and go enjoy some music. Until next time…

“Just An Ordinary Child”

Published April 17, 2009 by glaumland

Little kids had a recital at school last night. Little Girl got to play her viola and recorder, and Little Boy was in the K-2 program. Little Boy decided at the last minute he didn’t want to go – he was just too bored to perform. Ha! Then as we arrived he started walking with his shoulders hunched, so I told him to walk tall like a sailor (McHale’s Navy is one of his very favorite shows). The response? “I can’t Mom; I’m just an ordinary child.” Ha Ha! Little Boy is far from ordinary, and that is what makes our lives so interesting.

The theme of the program was Barnyard Moosical, and Little Boy was a baby chick. It was hard to hear any words since lots of the kids were mumbling, some were screaming, and some like Little Boy were just too bored (!) to participate. At one point Little Boy actually started playing with the fly on his pants. Luckily for Mom, that’s one barn door that stayed closed last night! Besides the baby chicks, there were some neat-freak pigs who didn’t want their homes referred to as “sty” and some gourmet goats that preferred pizza to trash. All in all it was cute, and we avoided any extra-ordinary moments.

Little Girl was awesome, too. She looked so grown up on stage. However, I can tell life is about to get more interesting at our house. I can never find socks anymore since her feet are nearly as big as mine. So guess we’ve started sharing socks now. And with her ears pierced, she’s wanting to change earrings all the time. I’ve tried to put a stop to any borrowing of my earrings, but we’ll see how that goes. Then, to my greatest horror, I’ve discovered that Little Girl is shaving her legs and pits! OH NO! HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? WHEN DID SHE GROW UP? So guess I’d better add razor blades and shaving creme to my want list too. Sigh – the only thing worse than having her grow up is knowing I did the exact thing to my mother. Sorry Mom!

Until next time…

Tea Parties & Taxes

Published April 16, 2009 by glaumland

Yea! Another tax day has come and passed, and that awful chore is done for a whole 9 months. I can’t decide if that is good or depressing. It was relatively painless this year EXCEPT for MO. Sorry MO, you seriously have a crappy tax form; much too difficult to understand and navigate, especially for the NR. The KS form is a breeze, especially the webfile.

At least we ended up with some little refunds this year, which is alot better than owing. I don’t know what to expect next year, but I’m not expecting anything good. We have lots of charitable giving and from what I understand, that’s one of the area’s we’re most likely to be affected. Ouch!

Speaking of being effected, the new “Congratulations you’ve got a job so here’s an extra $6/wk and we’ll tax it as income next year” payments started coming through in our checks. And we don’t even have the ability to opt out of it. It really makes me mad that the government is giving me “stimulus” money to tax me on without my having a say on if I want it. I’d rather just get paid for the wages I work and forget the extra government crap. Seems to me it’s just another case of big government saying “Don’t worry – we’re here to help.” HA!

I didn’t get to watch much news tonight, but it sounds like the tea parties nationwide went off pretty well today. I did hear one guy in KC interviewed. He was a DNC worker who said the expected stuff: “They’re just mad they lost the election,” “They’re trying to prove they’re relevant,” “They’re not really that organized…” BS all the way around.

And speaking of BS, I read that the official White House take on the Tea Parties was that our Dear POTUS didn’t really know anything about them. So either he’s really stupid (hmmm…that’s a tough call) or he’s just lying again. Let’s see…

Didn’t know that there were Tea Parties organized around the country. Check.

Didn’t know that his mentor Rev. Wright preached inflammatory garbage from the pulpit. Check.

Didn’t know that his co-chairman and fundraiser Bill Ayers was a terrorist. Check.

Didn’t know that you don’t bow to a foreign leader. Check. (But he didn’t REALLY!)

Didn’t know that there is an Office of Protocol to take of care of gifts for foreign dignitaries. Check.

Wow, no wonder he just voted “present” so many times. He really doesn’t seem to know much!

Well, gotta go make some tea. Until next time…