Life in the Whacked Lane....March Installment : LUSENET : Homestead Heartbeats : One Thread

So I finally actually feel like gardening a little bit. This is the first year I haven't been on it, and into it. I think it's simply all of the adapting I've been doing with everything that has caused this lack of interest.

The goat kids are doing great. I call them 'the furry pirranhas' as they simply attack at feeding time. I need to get an ad in to sell the boys. I was hoping to sell the two mixed boys as wethers as these people I met at the store were quite seriously interested in them, but they haven't called me about them. After bottle feeding and disbudding them in preperation for them to be pets and brush control for this family I can't get the gumption up to sell them as meat. They are very friendly and really healthy and intelligent.

I have another chicken ready to hatch her nest. The first banty gave 8 chicks and we lost one to the waterer. This one is setting on at least 14 eggs, so I hope a bunch of them hatch out.

David has been really sore latley. His fibromyalgia has been better, but he went on a sugar kick last week and has felt horible since then.

Angie got out of rehab and moved to Galveston this weekend...taking Sophie with her of course. This is going to be hard to deal with. We'll have Sophie for one weekend every other month. I am so praying that Angie stays sober and is a good Mom for her now. This is going to be Sophie's fourth school, and she is in 3rd grade.

Jared is doing alright. He is ungrounded after lying about his make up work for school. he got two weeks with no playing at the neighbor's and no video games or movies, or messing with his gocart. Compared to the groundings we received this is a cake walk.He isn't accustomed to much discipline at all, so it was big deal to him.

I'm doing pretty well. Been completely uninterested in the internet lately as well. I learned to post auticons on ebay and have been doing a lot of computer work with that so I think I'm spending more time on the computer but not 'free time'.

We are doing a finances study in Bible study now. rather timely for all of us!

It's been raining so much that I am considering a good load of gopher wood and pitch! God bless all of you:)-

-- Anonymous, March 03, 2003


Well here I am after forever. We have been busy, and I have been in a type of funk.

The Lord is defintiely telling me to leave the business in June. That is kind of a frightening proposition for me, but I have to do what He says.

I guess David's house in town may be sold, but for less than what he had hoped. Still it will give us the money to build the barn in Missouri, so I take that as a good solid sign.

I have some seeds germinating and some plants in the garden. It's as if they turned the handle and blasted into full spring from winter here. The fire ants are going to be poisoned, and a family of grackles has decided to make this a regular morning stop, so the hoppers should be controlled.

Just wanted to drop a little line....there is too much going on right now to even make a partial attempt at explaining where things are in my life.

God bless all of you!

-- Anonymous, March 19, 2003

Sure, I just typed a big update and the server eats it!!!!! Augh!

I guess I will try later. Hope you all are having better experiences than me.:)

-- Anonymous, March 25, 2003

Alrighty...:), we'll give it a little try now!

Jared is in his first week of homeschooling. He is doing really well and loves it! Our Preacher's wife, Cathy, is teaching him for us because 1) she really has a gift for teaching, and loves it, and 2) I'm still working full time and it would be really hard to do the schooling.

They are working at Cathy's daughter's home with her kid's and her twin sons are just about the same age as Jared. We did assessment tests and I was and still am, apalled at how poorly he has been taught this entire time. If he had a learning disability or was simply a unintelligent boy it may be excusable, but that isn't the case at all. He's very quick and simply needs to be taught.....grrrrr. He's at the top of his fifth grade math class in public school, and can't finish out the fourth grade math test for homeschooling. He did the best on that assessment test and only had about 70% correct. In spelling and language he had less than 30% correct. Now I KNEW the boy couldn't speel for beans, but didn't know exactly how horrible the situation really was. He couldn't spell towel!!!

Anyway, praise God that we have a friend like that in our lives. What a blessing!

David's granny has been in the hospital and required surgery. It was touch and go, but the procedure was actually quite simple once they determined what was wrong. Then we had to deal with the dementia after anesthesia, but she is better now.

It has become the norm to have panic situations on a weekly basis. I don't care for it, but I guess I will just learn to cope.

I gave up my board for the most part. I'm simply too busy on too many other levels to keep up with the internet very well at all anymore. It's alright, but I have become accustomed to having the time to formulate my thoughts and I've come to appreciate the process of actually putting them into written word......I miss that process the most. Oh well! Different things to do now.

I love to stop in here when I can, and Janice.....I can't wait for your baby to come! Love to all of you-

-- Anonymous, March 28, 2003

It seems a cold front has come in---the very last of the year, I think. It was in the high 30's this am. Makes me glad I didn't get the rest of the toms and the peppers in yet.

The baby goats are doing quite well. The banty hens are raising their chicks just fine, and I really like that they are doing the work and all I have to do is feed them!

I'm feeling crabby lately and i don't really know why. I just want to be alone for a whole day....maybe that would take care of this. I don't enjoy the way this feels. It'll pass----We hope!

We need prayers about Granny and her finances. There are four children in David's Mom's family and the two guys are both alcoholics. One of them wants Granny to give him money out of her rather secure account., and the other brother is all for it. Both of the girls are firmly against it. Well, Granny has about 20k total and she has to spend at least three weeks in the nursing home for rehab after this hospital stay. So this money is going to need to be for her care. Both the brothers have squandered their money and it seems they think that David's step dad is just going to have to foot the bill for Granny and they are due this money that has been saved for her. Anyway, a big fight is on the way and it's motivated by greed...very sad.

-- Anonymous, March 29, 2003

It appears as if that last cold front decided to hang out for awhile. We had a freeze night before last. Thankfully I heard about it and I covered everything that needed it.

Spring is by far my favorite time of year. I absolutely love it. It is kind of exhausting, but hey---IT's beautiful!

David is still enjoying his job, and I am very thankful for that. He's sticking to it, and getting up at 5:30 is not easy for him at all. frankly, I can't do it. I get up at 6 without trouble, but that half hour excruciating.

Gotta run, love to all!

-- Anonymous, March 31, 2003

Well, I guess it's 2am or so now. Hmm. Welcome to the spring ahead!

Got quite a bit done today. Cleaned the girls stall thouroughly vaccinated and wormed the boys, vaccinated the baby goats, went fishing for an hour....and all the normal stuff.

marcy took the news of me leaving in June just fine....except for the complete lack of trying to do anything to actually sell stuff. I don't know how it's going to work, but I am sure that I just have to leave regardless of getting any money to go on. It's a good thing I'm pretty frugal,it would be more frightening if I couldn't squeze a dime out of a nickel.

Has anyone here been a second wife and stepmom?? I'm having some trouble deciding if things are just my problem or if they are actually things that I have cause to feel concerned or upset about....I'd love a sounding board with some experience....I just don't know anyone who has been in this position. I feel like being whiney so I'll just let it go and stuff it back inwaiting for whatever the morrow beings. Hope everyone else has a great Sunday and that next week treats you all quite well.

-- Anonymous, April 06, 2003

So I figured oput that a lot of the stuff really wasn't my problem, but David's problem. We had a FIGHT. Not an argument, but a full blown fight. I am happy that I have learned to curb my tongue and not verbally fillet just because it would feel good to do that for a minute, but I still could have handled it better than I did. We've made up but there are still a few things he said that we haven't discussed fully. Maybe we never will....don't know. I talked to my pastor and his wife and they agreed to meet with us both if we didn't get it rectified by ourselves. I believe we have it fairly straightened out.

Jared went to visit his Mom this past weekend. She decided she wants to drive the 3 1/2 hours each way to see him.....Seems like she just wants to cause turmoil for the boy. He came back and he was very clingy with me and kept telling me how much he missed me. Turns out she gave him over an hour of lecturing because he was joking around with Sophie and siad (in a funny way) 'Don't make me hurt you'. I think she actually just doesn't like males. She likes them for one thing only I guess as she has another new boyfriend. So very sad.

He's doing well at school though, and really is enjoying learning for the first time. And he is learning how to learn which is the biggest blessing.

Gotta get....I have trouble getting on the site when I have time to actually do it.

-- Anonymous, April 16, 2003

Moderation questions? read the FAQ