Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
People have been making jack-o-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed "Stingy Jack." According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn't want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree's bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.
Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with it ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as "Jack of the Lantern," and then, simply "Jack O'Lantern."
In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack o’lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack o’lanterns.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Anyhow, today I am going to try to catch up with Marisa so I can take some pics of Miranda for halloween. I will post asap.
THEN, My Ma was in Rapid yesterday and I had her look @ the Cuttlebugs(a device that embosses paper in various patterns) at Hobby Lobby. I have been looking at them on-line and can't seem to get one for my budget. BUT, Mom got me one in Rapid for 40% off! YEA! I can't wait to play with it this weekend! YIPEE! So, I am off to the farm to get it.
Take Care, have a great day!
Hugs, and more hugs..........................2U
Monday, October 27, 2008
1) They see the strengths, not the limitations, in others. They make you proud to be yourself - because they tell you why you're special.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Whew, what a wild few days we have had! On Thursday, we took Jeffey out for lunch for his birthday. He was surprised that we had a cake and balloons and ect. I think we eased the pain of turning 40! Then, I got to bring baby Miranda home with me to watch for the afternoon while her Mommy went home to get caught up on her work. She said she is backlogged with "The Edge" stuff. SO, Meggie and I had a great time with lil' Miranda. She is such a cuddle-bug! Then Mommy came and got her and we had a nice girlfriend night! Thanks GIRLS! I so enjoyed the great food, and great laughs! You guys crack me up!
On Friday, we had no school due to the parent teacher conf. SO we hung out... and the boys went to cut wood. Meggie and I went to the ranch to do up the 300 lbs. of apples. We washed. peeled, sliced, and then added sugar, flour, spices and then we bagged them up in the perfect amount for a pie. We had 40 pies worth at 3:00 p.m. THEN the stinkin' RR called me in for work. So, we quit for another day. We still have probably 75 lbs. left to do. I plan to get this done sometime next week. BUT, we are selling calves on Friday, so that may change ?!?!?
Saturday, we got ready for the costume contest. Andy was the Heisman Trophy; we painted his clothes and ball. I constructed a "leather head", painted his face brown with gold glitter and he won his category. Mattey spent the night with Grandma on Thursday, and sewed a beautiful Lion King costume. It is awesome. He loves it! BUT, he didn't win a darn thing in his age group. I was a little pissed! It seems that purchased costumes won the prizes! I guess you can't win them all. I was just disappointed that the judges didn't recognize the creativity, and hard work that the costume involved.... that sucks! Meggie, was a little Halloween kitty.... simple costume, all purchased! I painted her face, and she was stinking cute! She won the cutest costume. I plan on dressing up too for Halloween! Not sure what I will be as Meggie lost her kitty-ears somewhere, and will have to use mine.... Oh, and I have been working evenings through all of these adventures....
I can balance everything because I AM SUPER-MOM!
Oh, I also went to the craft show at the community building on Sat. I took three apple pies for the pre-school fundraiser. I hope they raised some money... They have purchased some playground equipment in the past that is age appropriate. SO FUN! Craft fair kinda-SUCKED! Not much there.
Okay, I am first out- working again today. Not planning another day off until Halloween, and the weekend with the girls. YIPPEE! I so need a vacation........
I have been working on my Christmas cards on the train. I've been doing them in stages. I think I will end up making 50. My list is long, but I think that is the least I can do to honor/appreciate my family and friends every year.
Okay, have a great day, despite the high winds!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Okay, today is Matt's appointment in CHadron. Then to Walmart for the last minute Halloween costume supplies. THen to the farm for the apple-doings. Yes, we haven't had much time for the apples that Ma & Ron picked a week ago. The cows keep interferring with the plans ;) SO, I will try to work on that this afternoon.......
Then the fun begins! YIPPEEE! I love Thursdays!
I am Thankful for:
Quote of the day:
"Friends are relatives you make for yourself." - Eustache Deschamps
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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K, have a great day! HUGS to all!
Quote for the day:
The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.-- Abraham Lincoln
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Brandi took these photo's last Saturday. Thanks Hon! We are soooooooo cute?!?!?
Today, off to the ranch to chase cows and vaccinate. THEN, you know the usual stuff like another mountian of laundry and ect. I can't keep up.... maybe it's because I am working every damn day of the week.......... life of the Railroaders............... I'm first out AGAIN!
Well, have a great day.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Just a short blurb.... I have to get down to the Depot to take pictures of Bob getting his clock form the company, and ect. SO, I am 1st out again and will work sometime today. I think we are going to Chadron this morn. too. SO, more later....enjoy the pics.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
He was an Italian navigator, colonizer and explorer whose voyages across the Atlantic Ocean led to general European awareness of the American continents in the Western Hemisphere. Though not the first to reach the Americas from Afro-Eurasia — preceded some five hundred years by Leif Ericson, and perhaps by others — Columbus initiated widespread contact between Europeans and indigenous Americans. With his several hapless attempts at establishing a settlement on the island of Hispaniola, he personally initiated the process of Spanish colonization which foreshadowed general European colonization of the "New World." (The term "pre-Columbian" is usually used to refer to the peoples and cultures of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus and his European successors.)
His initial 1492 voyage came at a critical time of growing national imperialism and economic competition between developing nation states seeking wealth from the establishment of trade routes and colonies. In this sociopolitical climate, Columbus's far-fetched scheme won the attention of Queen Isabella of Spain. Severely underestimating the circumference of the Earth, he hypothesized that a westward route from Iberia to the Indies would be shorter and more direct than the overland trade route through Arabia. If true, this would allow Spain entry into the lucrative spice trade — heretofore commanded by the Arabs and Italians. Following his plotted course, he instead landed within the Bahamas Archipelago at a locale he named San Salvador. Mistaking the North-American island for the East-Asian mainland, he referred to its inhabitants as "Indians".
Thanks Chris for finding a home for us!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
(Jaxon's Party Pic's I couldn't resist taking!)
I am off to clean the cabin! Okay, I am back from the cleaning adventure.... I had to clean the fireplace-which I hate- and it was soooooo dusty! UGH! Anyhow, it would be a good day to snuggle up in front of the fireplace and read a good book. BUT, now I have to go to work @ noon. My hubby is STILL working... bad night at the BNSF. So, we are going to the fire hall for the pancake feed, then him to bed, me to work. YIPPEE!
The Kiddo's are at Grandma & Papa's having a hay-day. Matt & Papa caught up with me at the cabin, they were out hunting elk. Then they were planning some breakfast at the house. THEN, Matt and Papa were off to do some antelope hunting. Matt-Man loves to hunt and fish. He has some wonderful mentors, too. Andy was at the house watching TV, and talking about the Huskers loss, yet. Meggie just woke up when I got to the house (went to pick up the flannel sheets) and was dressed in her footie-jammies! OHHHHH SOOOO CUTE & SNUGGLY! I kissed on her for awhile.
Anyhow, I will get the kiddo's later this eveing after I get off work. I need to get a toddler bed from the ranch for Meggie. She insists on sleeping on the floor next to my side of the bed. It is getting too cold for that, so we will wedge a little bed in that spot for her. I know, she should sleep in her bed, but, who really cares as long as everyone is getting their rest?
Well, all of you have a great day!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
(Today JAXON's Birthday Suit, Meggie & Me @ Jaxon's party; Daddy-O and fella's @ RED/WHITE game last Spring.)
p.s. PLEASE, Please leave me a comment! I am loooooossssiiiiinnnngggg! HELP ME?????
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Yep, we got a note from the school, and YES there is a LICE outbreak. Three of Andy's classmates got it!............ARGH! Hopefully we avoid it. As Andy doesn't associate with these students much....
Well, we chased the cows (moved them) last night on the 4-wheelers, and Andy rode by himself over to the pasture and back. He did very well and didn't make me nervous (much). Anyhow, we did well, and wasn't hard, as cows wanted to come home! Gee! Tomorrow, I will be in Chadron with Matt and hopefully my new glasses will be in. I am getting some headaches from the reading and tedious things I do....
Mom's yard is still beautiful, and full of flowers. I took some pics, and will post later.
Oh yea! The kiddo's went to the firehall for "Fire Prevention Week". and saw Smokey the Bear. Meggie was frightened of him and refused to go near him. They then got to spray water and ride the fire truck back to the school. Jeffey volunteered to help with this public safety deal to ensure our children know what to do..... THANK YOU FIREMEN!
Well, you all have a great day......
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I am having coffee withdrawls! I need some......BAD! I think I will go to Citgo and get some! ARGH!!!!! HMMMMMFFFFF!!!
Last night the kiddo's and I went out to finish up cleaning the cabin for Grandma. She can't hardly bend or move. SO, we went and dusted, vacuumed, and ect. It is so pretty out there right now with the pretty golden yellow leaves surrounding the creek. I wish I could go on vacation.....
Well, the coffee maker is supposed to be here soon. So, from now on we will use the culligan water.....
I have been bumped off the 9:00 am job.....ARGH! I sure enjoy that job! Anyhow, hopefully next Monday I will be back on it. So, now I am back on the Extra Board. I had to bump my hubby.... He is going to the midnight job here in Crawford. Today, I will try to fold the MOUNTAIN of laundry that has been washed, just not folded and put away. It can get out of control very easily....
K, have a great day! Thank you for the comments, I sure appreciate all of your helpful hints and ect...Quote of the day ~It's all fun and games until someone loses an eyelet!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Okay, today we are off to school and work. Kids sure love school..... Andy for the social, Matt for the dinosaurs! Meggie loves to play with Kamden.....
I wish I could go play with my friends and have lunch with them :(
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Come on, GIRLS! HELP ME with comments..... Remember one per post(DAY). So you CAN go back to a post(day) that your forgot to post on.......
We are going on the Mammoth walk this afternoon, as a family. Won't the fall foliage be beautiful??? I can't wait!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Okay, big day here. Getting ready for the big birthday bash.... I have two cakes to decorate. House to pick up. Garage to clean and decorate. Food to prepare...... costume to find..... Awww the list is endless. Come and help if you'd like.... the more the merrier!
I hope all goes well.....
P.s. Come on, write a quick comment;)
Quote of the day:
A true friend stabs you in the front. - Oscar Wilde
Friday, October 3, 2008
Can you believe that 3 years has come and gone? Naw, neither can I! Jeff & I are so pleased to have such a beautiful, spirited, funny little girl! We are so blessed! I had always wanted a little girl. And boy, she is growing up to be more and more like me. Tee HEE! Poor Daddy-O!
Happy Birthday, Peanut-Pie!