Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Post of 2013 and Some Pictures From My Camera...

2013 is almost over.  All in all, it's been a great year.  Adam enlisted and completed basic training for the National Guard and he still has his wonderful girlfriend Lorry.  We love her.

Jake got home from Afghanistan and what a relief that is!  It's so comforting to know that he's home with his family where he belongs.  They are so happy to have him back.

Jacki is happy and healthy along with her wonderful husband Tim and their 4 beautiful kids.  I feel so blessed to have 7 of the most wonderful grandkids in the world and 1 more on the way.  I also consider Lisa's kids to be like my own grandkids so we can actually add 2 more!

Our first full year in our house was wonderful.  Even though it's ccccccold outside, Ival spends every night out doing things even when it's dark.  We got one side of the pasture fenced thanks to help from some of our wonderful friends.  The best surprise of all was when our friend Rob brought his 2 horses to stay here when he doesn't need them and we bought Moose, the first horse Grace ever rode.  I can't believe the peace and calm I feel when I look out the front window and see those horses out there.  I was able to quit taking my anti-depressants about a month ago and I feel like the horses were a big contributor to that.

The chickens continue to lay well, giving us 7 eggs a day usually.  I think adding the heat lamp for the winter has helped.  We've been able to share eggs with our friends which, although simple, seems to make us all happy.  It's always nice to be able to share our bounty and we look forward to doing the same with the huge garden we plan this next spring.

The only thing that has really dampened my life is being without a vehicle.  At first I told myself I would pretend I was a pioneer.  That lasted a couple of months but I've been without transportation since June and I must admit I'm getting rather tired of it.  Ival called me from work last week and asked me to pick something up for him.  I asked him which horse I should ride to go get it...

It's been a while since I took the pictures off my camera, so here are a few...


3 very important women in my life...

 A flicker stopped by and found some grubs in the porch, poor thing was evidently hungry!

This icicle formed on a spider web!  It was so cool.

I hope everyone has a wonderful 2014 and  I look forward to seeing you all!


kate said...

Love the pictures and looove that you got horses and they make you so happy. Just wait until Spring when you can hop on one and ride up into the foothills. It's going to be amazing.

Dee said...

Great post, great pictures and its so good to know you are loving your "farm". That icicle was weird---had to be a black widow web to be that strong. ewww
Thanks for your journal----fun to follow even though we talk every day, I still see things that are new to me.

Anonyvox said...

That icicle is pretty trippy! I've always heard how strong spider webs are, but never actually saw anything that looked as much like proof as that picture.

Happy New Year!

Sheri said...

Love your posts and pictures! Keep up the good work and Happy 2014....it is bound to be better than 2013!

jaci said...

Love the icicle. I wish the best 2014 for you, too! I'm so pleased that you are so blessed (and can I say jealous that you have horses now and I don't? I sure miss the days of looking out and seeing mine in the pasture - ENJOY!)
Love you, Jodi

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