Posts Tagged Grandma Lene

Bring on the next thing!

1 November 2009
hee hee, EG’s ponytail.  At least it keeps her hair out of her eyes!
Ellie and I sent Jeffrey off on his long road trip back to California today…it’s always a little hard to see him drive off, somehow it’s easier to drop him off at the airport.  There’s something so formal about him driving himself away from the front door, leaving Ellie and I behind waving and blowing kisses.  It could very well be a control thing  – when I drop him it’s ME driving away from him, not the other way around.  Hmmmm…interesting. ANYWAY, I know if he COULD be here, he would be.  I just have to keep my head up and continue to see the joy and beauty that surrounds me – and there’s a lot of it to be found!
To damper the feeling of loneliness that hit after my husband left, I headed over to Grandma Lene’s house for some time with her.  Ellie always loves being there, and especially loves hanging out with Cassie.  She gives more love to that dog than to any other animal – or person, for that matter!  She’ll cuddle up, and bury her head in Cassie’s soft fur, petting and cooing.  It’s just so sweet!

Oooh, I wanna go out there with you, Cassie!

Is anyone looking???

Let’s GO!!!!!!

We got lucky in that Colin was also visiting and watching the game with Grandpa Ed – which meant we got a “two-fer!”  Ellie loved all the attention, and mommy liked the break!

Ellie loves having a following!

And he even lifts her up to see out the sky light! Oh man, she’s one lucky little girl!

After a few hours at Granma’s, it was time to head home to feed the animals, have some Mommy/Dot time, and continue packing up all the Halloween decorations – which I’m still not done with! I may need to run out and buy more storage boxes.  I collected a whole lot more decor items this year, and like to keep things packed in uniform boxes in the shop.  Having them all together and organized makes all the difference when the next year rolls around, and I’m looking for my Halloween decorations!
Still need to pack this all up!

I’m hoping to get Halloween buttoned up and my Thanksgiving decorations out this week, but am still waiting for a moment of inspiration.  I don’t have a clue as to what avenue I’ll take this year, and haven’t seen any photos in any magazines that have called out to me. I’ll probably take a walk around the property tomorrow to see if I can’t find some inspiration there.  Who knows, maybe I’ll find a unique branch or leaf or dried seed pod that will spark an idea.
For Ellie Graye, today was all about her Rody horse that Amy and Mark gave her for her first birthday.  She would haul it around the living room, find a spot, bounce on it for a while, fall on her face, drag it to another spot and do it again.  She loves that thing!

I’m happy to report that Ellie Graye had a wonderful bedtime tonight.  We went through our usual routine, which ends with us rocking in our rocking chair talking about the day.  We cuddled and kissed and laughed, and when I said, “Ok. I’m going to put you in your bed now.” There wasn’t a single protest.  She laid down, I tucked her in, said, “Goodnight; you’re sweet; I love you,” and that was it.  I felt so happy to have the experience be a peaceful, loving, joyful one rather than the screaming that has become the norm.  I’m sure that for little miss Graye it was nice too!
On another note, I got an email from my dad today.  You see, my father and Laora are, in their own words, “contest junkies.”  Nearly two years ago, they entered a contest for an office makeover sponsored by Microsoft and Trading Spaces’ Vern Yip (wait, is that his name?); they begged, stalked, prodded, requested, and bribed all their friends, and even handed out fliers at the airport to gain votes to make it into the finalists. Of course, all their hard work paid off, and wah-bam, dad had a visit way out in Wyoming from Trading Spaces and Vern, plus a redecorated office and some fun Microsoft Gear…he’s got some great clips of what it’s like way out in the boondocks of Wyoming if you’re wanting a good laugh! Now he’s doing this Starbucks one – though to be honest I have no idea what he’s trying to win…still. I support my dad! So click here and give him a little thumbs up!
With that, I’m off to bed.  I’m excited about a new week with not much planned!

Investment Day

1 October 2009

How could I not have a good day when this is what I see first thing every morning? Today, the lake really struck me as insanely beautiful!
I like days like today. The farm tasks seem endless, but each one is an investment toward next season, bringing its own sense of reward in the hope and excitement for what lies ahead. It’s so amazing to think that the energy that I put into the ground today will bring so much happiness months down the road.

Today we pulled the broccoli up, planted bulbs, and tilled the soil to plant the overwintering vegetables. The guys were out working the wheat fields, as well. It’s so darn cool to see the big ol’ tractor working the soil.

What an amazing view – the hedgerow is our property line, and that’s one of our closest neighbors up on the hill!
This year was the first time I had ever had a full-fledged vegetable garden, and I’ve had no clue what, when, or how to do anything! Yet, still, the harvest has been continual, and I’ve learned so much as I’ve gone along. More than once over the last year Victor has looked at me with a look that says, “Yeah, ok, Lady, I’ll DO it, but I don’t think you know what the hell you’re talking about” – and I’m sure he will continue to give that look…BUT there’s also things HE has learned…like I was right about carrots! FYI, if ever you plant carrots, make sure you plant them in soil that is well tilled and soft enough for them to push through, otherwise you end up with stunted carrots that are impossible to get up and taste like dirt (the horses were pleased with the miserable failure though!).

Victor does all the hard work of prepping the soil for me…I’m a lucky girl!

I follow behind and plant bulbs – come the spring, this strip of dirt will be blooming with daffodils and muscari!

I had a great ride today on Avdou. My friend Gabby came by to give me some help and pointers with the horses. She hasn’t been by in ages, and was very complimentary about the improvement Avdou is making. It was so nice to have a set of eyes telling me my leg was swinging forward and to remind me that while I have a beautiful horse, the time to admire him is NOT while riding! Gabby is a bit of a “hard ass” and is pretty brutally honest when it comes to things she KNOWS, and even so, she was incredibly encouraging…she pointed out that Avdou’s canter is getting back to being balanced, and his ground manners are impeccable. It makes me feel like maybe I DO know what I’m doing and that the “time investment” that I’ve been making is paying off. We still have a long way to go with the horses – they are both out of shape and have loads to learn. Frank’s got a big belly with no muscle so his ribs poke out like crazy! And while Avdou is getting better by the day, he still has a long way to go to be back up to being “athletic.” Still, I feel lucky to have them and am confident in my abilities.
Avdou and Frank learning to be patient…

My big (17hh), grey Killer Horse – Avdou

My clown, with his signature move – Frank
Grandma Lene came by to see Ellie Graye (and maybe me) – it was so nice to see her even if it was only for a short while. Having her living so close to us has been so comforting and fun and amazing. It has only been a few months since she moved here from Buffalo, NY – but I already have a difficult time remembering what it was like to have her so far away!
Walking to go see Grandma Lene in the rose garden


Boy, this is a schlep!

Wait – what’s this???

Believe it or not, I didn’t cook a single thing today…Jeffrey arrived home from San Jose, so we had our usual take out from Thai Delight – the BEST Thai food I’ve ever had, with the sweetest owners!
Now it’s time to rest. My body aches a bit, which makes me wish there were a bathtub in this damn house. Yeah, I know. No bath. It’s insane!

I’m currently obsessed with taking photos of pumpkins. Their orange is just so…so…ORANGE!

That is when they’re not GREEN!

Ellie, commanding the room.
Little Miss Blue Eyes, on our way to the airport to go get daddy!