Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Weekend Highlights

 This week consisted of relaxing and putting my feet up to recover from a busy week at work. Additional responsibilities can be scary, especially when they are not something that you have ever done before. A couple of weeks ago, I was handed the responsibility for planning and executing all of the visit events for our office. The first two were last week. Let me just say that when some responsibilities are handed to you, it's not always fun. They are difficult, there is a lot to learn and a lot of catch up and it's a pretty steep learning curve when a visit event is right around the corner. Yes, sometimes it's not fun. However, despite the steep learning curve and the increased workload, I love planning events. It's absolutely fabulous. Organizing, planning, coordinating, lists and then seeing it all pay off and everything go smoothly is fabulous. I love it. So, we have another event this week and then one more in two weeks - which will be the biggest one yet. It's great. So great.... so, all that to say, please forgive my blogger absence. I've been horrible at being consistent. At keep y'all updated as to what's going on around here....

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Here's some highlights from this weekend....


We finally have happy kitty back. After a long bout with a grumpy, tempermental kitty, she is no longer peeing and throwing up wherever she pleases. She is snuggly again, follows me around the house like a little puppy and sleeps with me once again. I think it may have been a mixture of jealousy because Remington gets way more attention than her as well as adjusting to having him around. He's learned how to be kinder and gentler with her. He's learned that biting her head is not playing, she is not found of her entire head getting stuck in his mouth. My little kitty is back!!!

Remington and I spent some quality time together on Saturday since the Hubs was gone for most of the day. We played and chased and threw toys. Its was great. He's really a fantastic dog. So great. Which, I have to give credit to the shock collar. Okay, don't freak out and pull some PETA crap on me. We keep it on a low setting and have been using the tonal setting more (makes an annoying sound). If you or anyone you know has a stubborn dog (and is not the size of a chihuahua), I would recommend a shock collar a hundred times over. It seems cruel, but not if you keep it so it's just something to get his attention.

 
Remington and I also had a wiener roast. That's right, the two of us. I roasted a hot dog for each of us, followed by a toasty browned marshmallow. It was fabulous. Would've been even better with the Hubs... but he was off helping a friend rebuild their house... but that's a whole different story for another blog.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Irregular.

My posting has become a bit irregular. In the blogging world, that's generally a huge no no. Huge. But, it happened. Hopefully with the start of a new week, I can turn something around.

The Hubs and I hosted our second annual Fall Festival Party this weekend! Bonfires, target practice, climbing old farm structures (the windmill and one of the silos - despite my protesting), delicious food and of course THE hayride. I think it might be the highlight of the fall season. The Hubs drives the tractor, pulling the hay rack loaded up with hay bales. There was screaming, ducking from branches, lots of bumps and falling off the bales. There is also a strong possibilities that the Hubs found all of the biggest holes and bumps as well as perfectly planned and executed stop and go's. It was fabulous.

Even though we just had our Fall Festival Party, it already feels like fall has slipped by. Most of the leaves have fallen to the ground and the bare skeletons of the trees are showing their bony spines. In the forecast, there is a possibility of below freezing temps this week and snow flurries. Say what? Yes, snow flurries.  Don't seriously hate me right now, but I'm stoked. For those who don't use the word stoked in their common conversational language, I am super excited. Except, super excited doesn't sound as cool as stoked. Anyhow, snow flurries. I'm stoked.

So, here's to a new week. Hopefully yours is fabulous.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Photo Challenge: Time to Catch Up

Day 14: Flowers

I love walking. 
I just take my camera and walk around the pastures around the farm. 
We don't have any cattle to watch out, which means no cow pies. 
Tonight, as Remington and I were going for a walk, the sun was setting. 
It's golden rays didn't last long, but I did manage to get this photo. 
A beautiful dead thistle. Whatevs. I love it.

Day 15: My Shoes


Boat shoes. It's where they are at right now.
Super comfy. Not dorky with shorts. 
Cute with capris. Yup, boat shoes rock.


Day 16: What I Ate
Holland Chili. My favorite on a brisk fall day. 
The ingredients are simple: ground hamburger, beans (whatever kind your heart feels like), tomato paste, mustard, brown sugar and chili powder. 
It's a sweeter chili, but so good. I don't measure anything. 
I just dump it all in and hope for the best, which is usually pretty good!

Day 17:  On the Shelf
Christmas decorations are out. 
This may be the earliest I have ever seen. 
If it keeps getting earlier and earlier every single year, does that mean that eventually it'll be Christmas year round? I'd take that. I love Christmas. Just kidding. I think I like it so much because it is once a year and only for a short period of time... 72 days. 16 hours. 37 minutes to go. Have you started shopping yet?

Day 18:  In My Bag
My two newest, most favoritest thing in my bag and maybe even my life right now. 
Mint green nail polish and Bath and Body works Twilight Woods lotion. 
Amazing. Both of them.

Day 19: Where I slept
I am not a floral type of gal. I like solids. I like neutral colors.
This comforter screams anything but Kylie.
AND I LOVE IT.
I love the floral with stripes.
I feel like it is a hard style to pull off, but when it get it as a set, you can't go wrong, hey?


Day 20:  What I read

I like to read books. 
I prefer to hold a book, but for traveling 
(or for this occasion in the hammock) an ebook is wonderful.
PS. Another awesome nail color - fushia.

Day 21:  Pretty Pattern

Bogs. Bogs on Blogs. Weird.
Anyhow, bogs are fantastic. Kind of like a rubber boot.
Kind of like a winter boot. 
Mine go to -40 degree (Fahrenheit people) and my feet never get wet.
Meet my new stylish hunting boots. 
I'm in love.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Pumpkin Fudge



http://www.recipegirl.com/2008/08/28/pumpkin-fudge/

I made the most delicious fall treat I have come across yet. Pumpkin Fudge. It's amazingly rich and an incredible balance of sweet and flavor all mixed together. Here's the recipe which I found on the website listed above, from RecipeGirl.com. Enjoy!!!

First, line a square pan (either 8x8 or 9x9) with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray. 

Next, stir together the following ingredients in a saucepan over medium/high heat, stirring constantly until a candy thermometer registers 234° (soft ball stage).

  • 3 cups granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 cup melted salted butter
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • ½ cup canned pure (unsweetened) pumpkin 
  • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


Once the pumpkin mixture reaches 234°, remove from heat and quickly add in the remaining ingredients until everything is well blended:
  • One 12-ounce package white chocolate morsels (chips)
  • One (7-ounce) jar marshmallow crème
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted (optional - I didn't use these)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pour into the prepared pan. Let stand 2 hours or until completely cool; cut fudge into squares.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Funerals and Fall Aromas

Has it seriously been a week since I actually wrote anything? Goodness, I apologize to all of those who faithfully checked back here everyday ( I know there are some of you!). I am winding down the first class for my masters. One paper down, one more to go. I am hoping tonight I can crank up the classical music, light a couple candles and pound out a several page paper. We'll see how that goes, when the weekend rolls around, somehow it always has a different idea of how my weekend will turn out.

This weekend is going to be full of food, family and a funeral. One of the Hubs' family members passed away this week. She was 96 and an incredible woman of prayer. She was blessed to not lose her mind to dementia or Alzheimer, resulting in a woman who remembered almost everything, everyone and what was going on. Yet, she faithful remained separated from gossip. She was always informed, but in a way that was building others up in prayer and love. An incredible woman.

I will be taking more funeral pictures this weekend. Sound weird, right? A funeral photographer. Yet, I love it. Weddings seems a bit stressful and rightfully so. It doesn't bode well to make the bride look fat the most specialist day of her entire life. Yet funerals present a neat opportunity. It is a time to remember, a time to reflect. Most people don't notice me and if they do, they just think it's weird. There's no judging where the shot is being taken from. I love it. I love documenting the tribute to an incredible legacy left behind that will be lived out through each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


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Want your house to smell warm and cozy this fall?

Here's what I did:

Buy a refill for a reed thingy 
(help!?! brain fart, what are they called? diffuser?) 
I got mine at Target. I got Orange Spice.



Use an old wall scented thing fill it up with the refill oil.
(I am seriously struggling today people!)
You can also mix it with water so 
the scent is not as strong,
but it won't last quite as long.



Plug into the wall!
And enjoy the wonderful fall aroma!


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So, it's been good. It's been short. But my weekend is upon me and I am going to soak up every moment of this beautiful fall weekend. At least, I am going to soak it up before the rain comes.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Sound of Our Wedding


 


Our good friend, Erik Williams, brought along a camera on our wedding day and got a lot of "behind the scenes" footage from our special day. I thought I would share the video that he put together for us!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Photo Challenge: Catching Some Photos


Day 11: Something Fun

Check out those amazing ears.... 



Day 12: Something Close Up

The sky felt as though I could touch it... 
The warm sunshine and crackling leaves welcomed 
Remington and I as we took a walk through the fields in our backyard.


Day 13: From a Distance 

From across the parking lot...
For those who live in Canada & the West Coast,
this another coffee shop like Starbucks
just not quite as good ;)

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