Friday, January 11, 2019

Country Days......Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Wednesday was a beautiful day here in the country.
Since we woke up late, we had a big breakfast for lunch and spent some time doing our morning devotions before settling down to our different projects.
Louis Dean is working steady at finishing up the interior walls - insulating them and putting up the wall boards. Plus he keeps our ice cube supply going by dumping the cubes in bags and refilling the trays. We use water we have brought from Irving for drinking, cooking and making ice. That's another chore he does.....fills smaller water containers from the big cooler size ones. We recycle large plastic containers for this purpose and I store them under the table inside the camper.

Louis Dean is a happy man when he can work on his projects. He loves doing them.
He also loves music but he's not played any since we've been down here this trip nor has he even opened his laptop. He's staying too busy with his carpentry work.

I do housework, meals, light candles, and try to keep things picked up in the front room so he can focus on what he's doing.

Most afternoons I go for a walk about. When it's not muddy I can ride my bike but so far that hasn't happened yet.

Wednesday I went down to look at the owl again.
I can't believe that I get to stand there and study him with my eyes.
It looks like I'm enjoying this one on one time with him more than he is.
Dean and Sherry are going to release him from the hen house but they hope he will be discouraged from returning for any more chicken dinners if he associates the place with captivity.

I walked down and fed the goats and I carry a stick with me now to keep the geese from running after and trying to nip at me with their bills. I love to walk around the ranch and would like to go further down towards the tree line. Their property runs past that and across a creek down there but that's where the coyotes howl at night and I figure they're still down there somewhere during the day.

There's plenty of places to walk and explore!

I never get tired of looking at Mr. Jackson's cows.

There's not much cactus down here and I'm glad!

Cactus is kind of pretty.

I made a batch of cornbread and served up some of our New Year's black eyed peas.
Reminds me of that children's verse.....
Peas porridge hot.
Peas porridge cold.
Peas porridge in the pot - nine days old!
I think the goats will get the rest of it.

Our evening's entertainment was a movie from 1969......

The set came with two was entirely special features.
It included interviews with the actors back in 1994 and then more recent ones.
We liked hearing the history behind the story of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

It was a well filmed good today as it was back then.

Louis Dean had been working hard and slept little the night before so we stopped the movie halfway through and he was in bed and asleep by 7:00 Wednesday night!

That meant he was awake at 4:30 Thursday morning!
He didn't get up until 5:00 though!
Then he went out to his workshop and started on his jobs. When he heard me stirring, he brought a cup of coffee to me in bed. I love that he does that. Not only bring me coffee but that he listens for me to get up.

We were reading the Bible when I got a text from Dean.
He was going to Groesbeck for a chiropractor appointment and wanted to know if I'd like to go.
I told Louis Dean I had a date and needed to get ready!

This shop is right next door to the chiropractor and is actually owned by him.

While Dean got an adjustment, I went shopping!

I met the cutest little lady who was opening up the shop!
Diamonds and Dust is the name of it and I found all sorts of treasures!

Love the shop and love Trish!!
She is a gal chock full of attitude and charm!

Isn't she adorable??
This was my second time in this shop and I will be back on a regular basis.
She helped me carry my treasures to Dean's truck and, yes, I bought that much!!

Then I walked down to the cafe on the corner and ordered a cup of coffee.
It was very good coffee!

Kamdan's Cafe!
Louis Dean and I will be coming back here maybe next week to eat lunch.
Plus they have luscious homemade pies!

Dean met me in the cafe and we went to Brookshires Grocery Store......

I always find something interesting there and Thursday was no exception.

A Bourbon Barrel Cake!
It was tasty but a little goes a long ways.
I froze most of it.

From Brookshire's we went to the local hardware store in Groesbeck.
I bought Louis Dean a gift - extra sweet onions!
I'll set them out in a bed by the the front deck.

So here are my treasures from Diamonds and Dust.....

A spring/summer wreath! $6!

So I bought two of them to replace the fall ones hanging in the front room.

This book looked vaguely familiar but I bought it anyway for $3.
Turns out Louis Dean had already bought one just like it.
No matter. We will leave this one here and read it when we are in the country.
It will be our out loud book to read right after we get through with Chris Kyle's American Sniper.

I bought this solar lantern at the hardware store in Groesbeck for $5.99.
I should have bought more but I was trying to restrain myself.

This big fragrant candle was on sale at Diamonds and Dust for just $10!
Smells heavenly!

So does this Texas Whiskey candle from Leon's Junction right here in Mart.

Remember Mr. Ester and his request for a brown sugar cake and plum jelly icing?

I now have half of the combination!!

I loved this bath sign for $5 and the red chippy table for $12!

The sign went in my tiny camper bathroom since Louis Dean has already decorated his bathroom with the French toilette sign last week!

The chippy table is perfect for beside the girl bunk.
I put a plate on the opening below to make another little place to put books or stuff.
I'll be looking for a pretty decorative plate to use here - maybe a red or a  blue one?

On our way back to the ranch - guess what I saw???
A coyote!! Running along the side of the dirt road we were on and it took off across a pasture.
That did it! I don't think I'll venture down to the property border on my own.
Maybe Dean will go with me and carry his six shooter?

We were back at the ranch by 1:00!
I fixed us some lunch and then left for my afternoon walk.

I always go down to see the owl.
He has water and he's probably not really hungry yet since he ate everything in the hen house.

I caught this sunset over the meadow.

Then I hurriedly walked up to the big tank.
Sherry had been out doing some tractor work.

I walked on up to the tank and got this picture.

Then I followed on down to the duck pen where Sherry was doing some trench digging.

You really need a tractor on a ranch like this.
Sherry can do just about anything!

And that includes mending a broken pipe that just happened to be where she was digging.
No worries! She just hopped off the tractor, gathered the materials up and repaired it.
All within just a half hour or so!

Back at the camper, Louis Dean continued to work on the north end of the front room.
Dean came home from work and smoked some sausage, I made a salad and cream cheese corn along with stuffed jalapenos while Sherry made some great seasoned green beans and we all met up in the camper for a fine supper!!

We ate in the camper but I took a pic of the front room where I have been whacking up denim and sitting with Louis Dean when he takes his breaks.
Dean and Sherry both have Fridays off so her Thursday is like your Friday - time to party!

And that's what we did!

You can shoot off fireworks in the country and it's been so wet - my goodness, it's still muddy in places - it's perfectly safe!

I even got to light some of them and that was super exciting for me!!
Thursday was such a good day and ended up with a bang!!
I loved every single minute!

Rain was in the forecast again for today so Louis Dean got up on the camper to repair the skylights which had been leaking.

The camper is nearly 20 years old and keeping it up is no easy task.
Whenever Louis Dean is up on a roof, I hover around below just in case he needs me and he did.
The ladder was fine to go up but coming down he needed it at the other corner of the add a room and I was able to move it for him.

Once he was safely down and had gone on to working on something else, I went down to feed the goats. Just in case you are wondering why they are chained up during the day.....
goats eat whatever grows in any given area. So they are like lawn mowers. You move them where you want them to feed. While we were in Oregon, we learned about the Rent a Goat program. You rent a goat and they bring it to you and chain it up so it will eat where you need it to eat.
They have blackberries like we have weeds and the goats will eat it and keep it under control.
If you do not chain up the goats here, they will eat everything and go anywhere- including pushing your doors open and going inside. They eat things you do not want them to eat so you must chain them up. At night they are brought back to a large penned in area and taken off the chains so they can run free - in the enclosed area. If they are not penned up - the coyotes can and will attack, kill and eat them.
So it is not a bad thing that the goats are chained up and cared for.

Once I had fed and talked to the goats I went down to see the peacocks.

He's such a pretty boy!

I walked back up to our place by way of the open fields where I met the horses and gave them some sugar cubes. I'm wondering what to give them tomorrow....maybe they will like some tortillas. I will find out!

I came up along the side where Louis Dean has his workshop and took this picture of him through the window.

Louis Dean is such a good sport and as patient as the day is long.
He's been working on the north end and just took it in stride when he had to take down some of the lights I had strung up and draped them over his shoulder - and kept right on working!
He did mention he would rather look at the lights than wear them, though!

I made a crock pot of homemade potato soup today and we just ate some here in the font room as I have been working on this journal entry. It's raining. Not hard but steady and it sounds nice on our tin roof.....or corrugated steel roof actually.
I'm having a good time here with Dean and Sherry, the goats, chickens, horses, peacocks, ducks, geese, and the great horned owl. I hope to be there to see when they release him.

I've purposed to write on my book every day but I missed yesterday.
So I am going to close and post this and then open up my book to work on it a few minutes.
I feel like I'm never going to finish chapter 16!
But if I keep chipping away at it - sooner or later I will move on to the next chapter.



Brenda Burke said...

You are having such a great time! Feels like we are there with you.

Ginny Hartzler said...

I love your first picture of the owl, with the stripe of sun across him. What a good idea to keep him captive for a bit, maybe he will not come back. Your second and third pictures, OH the gorgeous deep intense blue of the sky! Your american Indian book looks very good. And your solar light looks very country, and not at all solar! I do believe you could find a good thrift store in the middle of the Sahara!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Pictures, words, sharing. Linda, I just love your posts, just like sitting down and rambling around, visiting, checking things out, finding neat treasures. Hugs.

Susie said...

Linda, No wonder you like visiting the's an adventure.. So much to see and do. So nice of Dean to take you along to town...he knows you like junking.:) You did find some cute treasures. LD is in his elements---working, working , working. LOL I loved seeing the owl and the peacock. Blessings, stay well, xoxo,love you, Susie

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Your Louis Dean ia a hard worker for sure. It's going to be wonderful when it's all done. Nice you got out to do some shopping too. Good break for you! It would be a big job running a ranch like that one. So great you get to share a little bit of heaven there with them. Your soup sounds wonderful and I'm thinking I should make some today too. Hope you don''t get too much more rain and that the leak is fixed. Hope you have a super Saturday!

Vee said...

Super cool chicken, owl, peacock, horses, cows, goats lady. What a menagerie! Anyway, that owl is still seriously ticked off. I hope that it is as smart as Dean and Sherry think it is. Look at all those treasures! I never find good stuff like that!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a neat antique store! And guess what? I have that book too. I haven't read it in awhile and I should pull it off the shelf. Love seeing that owl and hearing about your coyote sighting! Life in the country! Enjoy!

Sandra said...

Dean is as sweet as LD is, makes me happy he ask you to go with him, knowing you love to shop. no ownder the cute girl in the shop was smiling, your purchase made her day I am sure. hope they let the owl go soon, I am fretting over him

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

You found great treasure and made a new friend!

The ranch is such a fun place, so different from your city life. Hopefully the owl will NOT want to get trapped again.!

The peacock is gorgeous!

Kathy said...

I want to come live with you at the ranch. You and LD are having the best time ever. Love hearing about your day to day adventures.

Art and Sand said...

Owls, coyotes, peacocks, homemade pie, barrel bourbon cake... a day in the life.

I'll settle for the pie.

NanaDiana said...

LD sure does work hard....but I know he wouldn't want it any other way. He is like a goat himself-so agile that he can get up on the roof of that camper. No wonder he went to bed at 7pm....the down side is waking up that early. You found some great things at the store(s) there, Linda. I always love to follow along and see what you are up to.

I hope you have a really great, peaceful week, Linda. xo Diana

Chatty Crone said...

Wish my hubs would like to work on the house like Dean does. Your food looks wonderful. Robert Redford was such a handsome young man not so much now - lol.

Bluebird49 said...

Same as Chatty Crone! Wish my husband would do the things that need doing around here. He retired 10 years ago, and his recliner is his major work. Sitting in it. Eating in it. Sleeping in it!! ­čś» Oh, we all have different talents, but he can't cook or plumb or do carpentry and won't paint. I admire all both you and Louis get done everyday.
Hope you are feeling rejunenated again! You needed this trip as much as any you've taken to the country. Loved all the pictures.

Hootin' Anni said...
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Hootin' Anni said...

nios = nips

Hootin' Anni said...

Too many typos, so I deleted it all...

Ob, Linda! First I know first hand just how hurtful those goose nips are!! Sometimes I've even been bruised. More than likely, it's my fault getting too close to them.

My whole family's FAVORITE movie!! We went to the drive-in in '69 to see it. Had it on VHS...then DVD...we've watched so many times, we can ALL quote it verbatim. Never tire of it.

LOVE your found treasures. That red table I favor

And the owl?. I hope you release it soon. LOVE 'EM. They don't call me Hootin' Anni for nuttin'.

Wanda said...

Oh Linda, it's been so long. I so enjoyed reading every word of your post. I've missed blogging and posting. My computer is fixed and we are getting much closer to finding out the real reason for my dearest's health issues. I did give an update today.

I love your country life....your discription of it takes me there. Thanks!

Also thank you for remembering us in your prayers. They are working....God is good.

The Feminine Energy said...

Oh how I love your words... your pictures... your life... and you, Linda! Thank you for sharing yourself and your world with us. My own life is much richer because of it. Love you, Andrea xoxo

Carole said...

LD suits the lights! A super nova! Cheers