So I found the wrong photo challenge from FatMumSlim this year.  Here is the current December Challenge.


My camera battery has died, so I can’t be creative today.  But earlier, I took a pic of the new elves that appeared in my house today!

011Annie is in the red, Buddy in the green.


Yep, You Guessed It…..


An Average Day

I try to wake up between 6-7am.  If I sleep in too late, my hen Giggles, will start clucking to let me know.  (She is currently living in a plastic tub in the house because of her injured leg.)  I like to start my day early without any other interruptions.  Well, from people at least.  Before I even get out of bed I have anywhere from 1-3 of our five cats waiting in the bedroom for me to get up and feed them.  After I get up, they are all circling me and meowing, it takes some time to get to the laundry room to feed those ravenous little felines.

The first thing I do is turn the heater on where the kids sleep, walk into the living room and turn on my electric blanket and the heater in there and then take care of the animals.  Into the kitchen I stroll to turn on the burner, fill my pot with water, and get my coffee ready.  It takes only a few moments for my coffee to be prepared in my French Press, and I’m ready to head into the living room to enjoy my warm blanket.

Some mornings, I feed the chickens and ducks outside while I am waiting the 4 minutes for my coffee to brew.  Other mornings I wait and let the kids feed when they get up.

I let Giggles out into the kitchen to eat and drink, before I sit down.  I gather my Kindle and my latest crochet project to listen to my Bible, read my studies and cuddle with my blanket in the recliner.

After my studies are through and Giggles is done eating, I put her back and I can check in with my email and facebook.

Later mornings the kids do their schoolwork.  At this time I have been catching up on orders that I got behind with when I was working at the Washington State Fair, and I haven’t been doing Science or History with them.  But their English, math, and reading their daily devotions get done.

I spend many  hours of my day crocheting.  It’s my only source of income at the moment and it’s not a very good one at that.  But it sure does keep me busy!

I don’t get lots of time for  housework around here, but I have to try and squeeze in what I can when I can.  Daily chores include dishes and laundry.  Any errands that need to be run is also my responsibility.

Evenings are spent crocheting and online.  Sometimes I can find the time to read, play with graphics or edit my photos.

My days are busy and long.  But there is never enough time or energy to get done all that I’d like to.


November Challenge Combo


If I Won the Lottery

This is an easy one for me.  I’d buy us more land and a house.  Then money would then go into our property and home to give us what we need to survive on our own.  We would have animals to eat, and animals to use for other resources.  We’d have room for a garden and grow the foods that we like to eat to live off of.  If I had enough, I would also have solar panels installed.  Then, I would get the door on my van fixed.



Another November Challenge

Soooo…maybe I’m a little addicted to challenges right now.  Maybe it’s just helping to give me a path to follow.

This challenge will be one that I can do with no words.  Unless I want words.

It’s a photo challenge.  Done by FAT MUM SLIM.

NOVEMBER-PHOTO-A-DAY1And yes, I realize that I am behind.  That may not bother some of you, but it does bother me.  So I’ll be catching up little by little.

Today I can post for the following with the photos that I took on the family’s outing:

P is for Print, deer print
P is for Print, deer print
Hubby putting bullet on his Grandpa's Headstone for Veteran's Day
Hubby putting bullet on his Grandpa’s Headstone for Veteran’s Day


#12 Clouds



Sunday Morning


I’m sitting here on this Sunday morning, my 2nd cup of coffee quickly disappearing, and I’m reflecting on a few things.

This week has been a difficult one.  It started out as just being stressful and overwhelming, because that is the story of my life right now, so we’ll call that “normal”.  I’ll begin again….It started out as a normal week.  I’m guessing between the stress and higher sugar volumes I’ve recently been intaking, I wasn’t feeling so good.  I spent my afternoon snuggled up in the electric blanket and lazy boy snoozing while the kids amused themselves in the other room.  I remember hearing the phone ring, but we have just a few cell minutes left that I want to save for an emergency, so I didn’t answer it.  I saw that it was a call from my dad.  He had left a message also, and I remember wondering how I’d check the message without using minutes.

I finished my nap and later that evening went down to our friends’ house to watch the football game.  Arriving home, I settled back into the lazy boy and electric blanket to check my facebook.  I had a message from my mom asking me if I had seen the email from my sister about my grandpa.  No, I hadn’t, so I had to check now.

Fear filled my body and I was wary about reading the email.  I had every right to fear, because he had passed.

I am not writing this now to dwell on that.  I don’t like to and have (hopefully) finished my crying.  But it just finished my week off with more emotions that I had before.  Which has not been fun.

Onto another subject….

I have recently signed my daughter up for boutique modeling.  I had a local photographer that I was working with.  She would take photos of my daughter, and I would make her whatever props she wanted for her photography and/or modeling for her daughter.  Well, drama happens and somehow without my knowledge of what was even going on, I was dragged into it.  That was how my Wednesday went.  Anyway, to make a looong and weird story short, I no longer have a photographer to work with.

I don’t have the heart to tell my daughter that she has to stop.  She has just started and really likes it.  So what’s a Mom to do?  You got it, learn how to work my camera and take better photos.  I have been reading ebooks on my Kindle about photography, cameras and using Corel Paint Shop Pro to edit photos.  I am not a great photographer, but I do enjoy photography and I believe that I have taken some very nice nature photographs.  (That is my favorite.  Especially trees.)

Yesterday I took Ms. Kim out and she modeled some of my headbands.  I got a terrible glow on her face that I can’t seem to get rid of.  But I practiced with changing some settings on my camera, I shot in RAW and JPEG.  I tried different angles.

What I need to do is do all of that again and take notes on it.  But it was cold, starting to rain and I still wasn’t feeling too hot.

I am not thinking about taking this to a professional level.  But if that is what happens, then hey, that’s cool.  I just want to sharpen up my skills for my daughter, and my own pleasure.  I have been collecting ebooks on my Kindle for photography and such, but just haven’t found the time to read them yet.  This is pretty much forcing me to do that.

Onward and forward to better things!  And, better relationships.  I abhor fake friendships.  Along with fake people.  I long to fill my life with good people and good things.  I just don’t have time for anything that causes me to stumble.

With that, I leave you with a few photographs that I have found.  These are not edited.

Fall Fairy by Parker

Need a New Challenge Like a Hole in the Head

Like I need a new challenge right now.  I am in the middle of several things at home, such as being a 4-H leader to a brand new group (I’m basically starting it from the very beginning), owning my own local boutique where I’m under time restraints for orders, searching for a job to get more income, homeschooling my children, taking care of the animals and currently in a 31 Days to Clean Challenge and a 30 day Plank Challenge.

Yet I find myself desperately missing my blog.  So I’m sitting here thinking…..I need to find myself some reason to post every day.  How do I do that?  A challenge?

Why do I feel the need to push myself so much?  I need to teach myself about my camera and better photography skills and I should be finishing learning the guitar.  But here I am pushing myself to do this.

Tonight I’m on a search for a good challenge to blog about.  Maybe a photo challenge?  That will help my photography skills that I need to learn.  If you know of anything good, please leave me a link in the comments!  If you have any ideas, let me know please!  I’m signing out and hitting Pinterest now….