Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Very Country Easter!


I hope you all have had a wonderful Easter!  We have had an incredible day.

But, before I share the details, I just have to tell you all that I have missed you terribly!  My blog friends are near and dear to my heart, and I have ONCE AGAIN, fallen off the face of bloggy land.  I will be back to visit you all asap....I pinky promise.

Now,  back to the scheduled program.

Our church has a tradition of having a sunrise service.  It's not just any sunrise service.  It's held at the top of the one and only "mountain" in our area.  It's Two Buttes Mountain, and it "sticks out like a sore thumb" in the middle of prairie.  However, it's beautiful, and we love it.

Back to the service.  It's approximately twenty five miles from town.  So we were up at 4:00, and on the road by 5:00.

This is Two Buttes, later in the day.





When we arrived, it looked like this:


I wish I would have had a headlight like this little guy.



I didn't take any pictures on the hike up, because it was dark.  And, well....because I thought they may have send a helicopter after me.  Man, I am out of shape.

When we finally made it, the hike was SO worth it!  The cross had already been carried up, and was just so beautiful.  Pastor Kathy was waiting patiently for everyone to arrive.



The service was absolutely wonderful.






 Our little grandbaby even made the hike!  His mommy is one tough cookie...I could barely drag myself up the mountain!




 The cross being carried down.  There is something so moving about this....



       

                                                    Happy Easter, my dear friends!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Country Commute

For you friends who live in the city, and long for an easy commute.....





This makes for a pretty easy trip to work everyday.

Unless it's a blizzard.  Or, the dirt is blowing so hard the State Highway Department is forced to close ALL the highways in our area. (that actually happened recently)  Or, two huge round bales fall off a truck and are blocking the road.  (that happened, too)  Or, there is a skunk family crossing the road.

So, yeah, we have our commuting problems, too.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Flowers + Standing Eggs = Spring!



In celebration of the arrival of Spring, I have some groovy photos to share.

Did any of you try this on the first day of Spring?


 My mom and I had fun doing this. We actually turned it into a competition.

One of my eggs tipped over, and knocked two of hers down....she was not happy...we take this stuff serious.


One of my  favorite things this time of year, is to go to the FFA greenhouse.  While the weather outside is still frightful, inside the greenhouse is...delightful.  Ha!


 Obviously, the greenhouse plants need some more time to mature.  But when they do, man they are gonna be beautiful.



Inside the classroom there are a few trays under the grow lights.  Hey, it's not what you're thinking.  I know this is Colorado and all...but, these are strictly flower and vegetable plants.




The kids are gonna have a blast transplanting all of these, haha!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Happy Wednesday, From Max and Baxter



Yes, I'm alive and well.  No, I didn't win the lottery and run off to that secluded island...not yet, anyway.


Found these photos of our four-legged friends and they wanted me to post them.



 

                                                       


Have a wonderful day, people!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Tumbleweed Tales

Living in the country has it's advantages. And trust me there are many. However, there are few disadvantages.

Okay...maybe just one disadvantage.  Tumbleweeds.

A few nights ago, we had a little wind. Actually, it was more like a hurricane. It blew so hard, things actually started falling off the walls inside our house. If you have never experienced stuff falling off the walls at 1:30 in the morning, trust me....it's a little freaky.

Here are just a FEW of the tumbleweeds.


Outside the bedroom windows.


In the yard.


Packed under the bridge in front of our casa.


In, and around the corrals.




Here's the best part...NOT.
This is damage to the front of my car.  That's what happens when a big one runs out in front of you on the highway.  


When we are blessed with a calm day, this is how we dispose of the pesky little things....at least until I come up with a great invention for them.  









                                                                     THE END

p.s.

Did you know a lady in Kansas actually sells tumbleweeds?

  Maybe I should call her.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Dump Cake...No Mixing Allowed!

I'm sure most of you have heard of Dump Cake, but just in case you haven't....let me share this crazy, easy, yummy recipe.  I know it's in millions of cookbooks, and on a gazillion blogs, but I got my recipe from my mom.

This is cake is perfect for a potluck, which is exactly why I made this recently.  Hence, the ugly disposable pan.

One other little tid-bit...my favorite way to enjoy this cake is:  warm out of the oven and.....drum roll...a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.  Oh lawdy it's good.


 Only five ingredients:  1 large can crushed pineapple
                                  1 can cherry pie filling
                                  1 yellow cake mix
                                  1/2 cup chopped pecans
                                  2 sticks butter
                                 


Dump  undrained  pineapple in a greased 9x13 pan.  Spread to corners.


 Dump cherry pie filling and spread evenly.  Remember...No Mixing Allowed!

I sprinkle a little sugar on top of the cherry pie filling.  It's not in the recipe, but my mom told me too!




Next, dump the cake mix in and gently spread.
 Sprinkle on the chopped pecans.


Final step:  place thin squares of butter all over the top.  I'm not sure what the deal is with that one bright yellow one in the middle...nothing makes sense anymore.



Bake at 350 for one hour.

I wish I had made two of these.  You have no idea how hard it was not to grab a spoon and the vanilla ice cream.  Since it was a potluck and all, I figured I better restrain myself.

Recipe credit:  My Mom


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Frosty, Foggy, And Frigid!



Woke up to a winter wonderland this morning!  Well, actually, we woke up at dark thirty just like always. (Why, oh why, can't we sleep in when we have a day off??)   Anyhoo, we didn't realize it was a winter wonderland until the sun came up.

Being a good little bloggy friend, I shuffled outside in my jammies, robe, and Christmas slippers to get a few shots for ya.  Note:  I said "shuffled" because my husband says I sound like a little old lady shuffling around in my slippers. The bad part about that, is....he might be correct.

On to the pictures!











If you need me, I'll be right here in this recliner...all...day... long.


                                             Have a warm and fuzzy day, bloggy friends!