Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Butterfly Tale



With fall approaching, the Monarch Butterflies have arrived.  Like everyone else, I love the fall season....it just doesn't last very long in our neck of the woods.

Each evening the butterflies have been gathering in our locust trees, and they are an awesome sight!

Here is just a small sampling....









 

My understanding is, they travel all the way to Mexico for the winter....sounds like a good idea to me!

Monday, September 15, 2014

ModCloth Clearance Sale! Up To 70% Off!

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Do you watch cooking shows on Food Network?  If I ever have any down time, that's where I end up while channel surfing.  Specifically, I try to catch Ree Drummond, on The Pioneer Woman Cooks. What in the world does this have to do with ModCloth's HUGE sale??  Well, this last Saturday, she was wearing a top from, you guessed it...ModCloth!

I LOVE their clothes, and I love 70% Off, even more!

Summer may be coming to a close, but it's hard to be sad about it while there is an amazing deal at ModCloth ! Don't miss your chance to nab dazzling deals on separates, dresses, & more at up to 70% off! So many items on sale. So little time. Shop while it lasts!  This sale ends Friday, Sept. 19th.







Saturday, September 6, 2014

If You Love TOMS, You Will Love This! 30% OFF!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Holy Cow! It's A .......




So, a few days ago, I was making my rounds watering flowers.  It was early evening, and I was just minding my own business, going about tending my little flowery friends.

Then....something on the tree right next to me, caught my eye.  It was just a slight movement, but when I looked,  nothing was there.  When I got a little closer, I saw a small creature that looked just like the bark on the tree.  I still had NO IDEA what I was looking at, so.....I got a little closer.  At that point, it moved, and slowly stretched out a black wing, and I knew EXACTLY what it was.















At this point I dropped my margarita watering hose, and ran for the house.


Actually, I ran and grabbed my camera, just like any good blogger, right?

I was a little freaked out by our  visitor, but at the same time, these guys eat those pesky mosquitoes, so I guess he can stay.

It was pretty cool watching him come to life, as the sun went down.  Once it was dusk, he flew off into the night.

Creepy, but cool!




Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sweet Corn From Sweet Neighbors Plus...Corn On The Cob Tips And Recipes!



'Tis the season!  The season for homegrown sweet corn!  The farmers in our area plant acres and acres of dent corn.  Dent corn is grown for cattle feed, and is a huge crop here.  But, lucky for us,  most of our farmers also a plant a patch of sweet corn in the center of their circle of dent corn,  strictly for us humans : )


Last weekend, our neighbors stopped by with a HUGE bag full of the sweetest corn I have ever tasted!

                                                    This is just a small sample of the loot.

Now, I'll be honest...I love sweet corn, but I've just never been a fan of the whole shucking and cleaning the silk, business.  So, I was thrilled to find out about the magic corn trick.  If you haven't heard about it you can get the scoop HERE, from bakerette.com


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Easy Margaritas...Plus 17 Cocktail Recipes!

I love a good margarita, don't you? This past weekend my sister-in-law introduced me to a super easy and super yummy margarita. There are numerous recipes out there, but I prefer EASY! This version is probably old as the hills, but, hey it's new to me.

1 can limeade
1 can tequila
2 beers (one of the recipes from Pinterest calls for 1 beer)

Bada bing! The best margarita I've had in a long time!

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Trash To Treasure...Funky Find

Howdy blogger friends!  Hope you all had a fabulous July 4th!

Recently I found a funky little treasure, and thought it was worth sharing.  The best part....it only set me back five bucks.

This little vintage lantern, found it's way to me a few weeks ago, and I just love it.

 I've pondered and fretted about whether to clean it up, or just leave it in it's original state of funky.

 Decided to just leave it alone...the dust and dirt and rust....I like it this way.
 However, I have moved it a million times!!  Here it's sitting on that old metal bucket I found.  Here is the bucket story.



   
Where oh where, should I put it??

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tiger-Striped Dragonfly


Recently, I spotted this little guy at my father-in-law's pond, in southern Oklahoma.

Yes.  We went to southern Oklahoma in the middle of the summer.  And, in case you were wondering.....it was HOT!  VERY, VERY HOT!  Oh, and humid.  But, as always, I loved it...hot and humid suits me just fine :)









And this guy, startled the heck out of me.  I had no idea he was near the pond, and when he flew out, he made such a rukus, that I was only able to get this one shot.








Man, I could wake up to this view every morning......


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Crazy Town

Crazy Town....that's been our life for the past few months!  I mean that in a good way, of course.

Finishing up the school year with a husband who is a teacher AND a young man who is a graduating senior = crazy town.

We had baseball games, banquets, and graduation preparations.  Somewhere in the middle of all the activities, we made two whirlwind trips to Denver.

Here are a few shots from the award banquets.

This is the District FFA Banquet...our young man was the President for the district.
Their fearless leader looking over them...aka my hubby.

This next one is our local FFA Chapter Banquet.
 Here, my husband is receiving a hug from one of his special students and then...a little tear or two, from both of them.

 My husband LOVES talking about his students and all of their many accomplishments.


 Special moment with my two favorite guys.

 Here's a little baseball action.




Then the BIG EVENT....graduation!
The graduate with my husband's family.


 Here we all are...I was so thrilled my husband's family made the trip from Oklahoma, and my daughter was able to come from Fort Collins.

And, the BEST part....he was the Valedictorian, and gave a terrific speech!
 Gosh we were so proud!


Then, we made a mad dash for home, where we had a reception.  NOTE:  I JUST REALIZED THE DATE IS VERY WRONG ON THESE PICTURES!  (sorry for yelling)




My mom, my daughter, and my niece.

 I lost count, but I think we had 100+ guests.  We served my husband's world famous brisket, pulled pork, coleslaw, and numerous other salads and sides.  It was sooooo yummy!
 Yes, that is a roll of duct tape being used a cup holder!  Hey, when you live in the country and the wind blows 100 mph, duct tape comes in handy.


 Can you guess where he is going to college?  Oklahoma State University has offered him numerous scholarships, as well as, accepted him into The Honors Program AND The CEAT Scholars Program.
He will be studying biomechanical engineering with a minor in agronomy.