Saturday, October 29, 2016

Saturday AM coffee

What a week.
It's done though and the weekend is here - YAY!
I managed to sleep in a few hours today, which felt wonderful.

Not a lot going on here other than the daily grind, which is perfect for the time being. I'm getting a few things done that I've put off for a while.
Like repotting my house plants. 
My big spider plant was 100% root bound and had almost zero dirt in the pot. It is doing better already.
Cleaning out the coat closet and getting some boxes ready for goodwill.
Things that need to be done, but are put off.

I'm thinking about painting the kids' rooms, but haven't gotten any further than just thinking about it because everyone has such crap packed under their beds and in their closets. If I'm going to paint my grand idea is to take everything out of their rooms, rip up the old yucky carpet. Paint and put new flooring down. One room at a time, but I can't imagine dealing with their junk. Who knows what kind of stuff I'll find and you know since they aren't home very often they aren't going to want to spend their time here doing that. So I'll have to figure out something.
With any luck I can start after the New Year and have it all done by spring.

The big kids are doing well at college.
Chyann says her advisor is impressed that she has the next three semesters mapped out already.
Colton's school has added new animal classes and he has decided to take two of them next semester and another teaching course. Which means he'll graduate in May rather than December and that is just fine.  I think it's exciting that teaching has become a focus of his.

Not sure if either of them will be home for Thanksgiving.
If not that's alright. Its just a day and we can have our Thanksgiving whenever it works out for them to be here.

That's all for now.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday AM coffee

I stayed up too late last night.
Watching baseball on TV, arguing political crap and reading my book.
Enjoyed the baseball and book, but not so much the political crap.

I don't know why I let myself get jacked up about it. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion as misguided as it may seem to me.
Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and throw conflicting opinions into a political discussion and everyone turns into an asshole.
It is my vow NOT to speak of it again to ANYONE, ever.

Moving on...
We've had a good week here.
The weather has been amazing.
It's the 23rd of October and damned if it isn't 54* right now with blue sky.
Happy Birthday to my nephew Cody! He is the big 25 on this day :)

Speaking of birthdays our eldest will be 24 next week.
Hoping we can work something out to get together with him.
Picture of him on a class field trip last week.

We've been letting the horses out to do a little mowing since the lawn mower is put away for winter and that grass continues to grow.

I took a ride on Scotch yesterday. Enjoyed the hell out of it.
I've got to get out there and ride more.
Somehow riding has fallen to the very bottom of my to do list.

 View from my office window last week when Caden was walking up to the bus stop.
Love the eerie light and colors.

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

OH the colors

I love the trees!
Their colors are phenomenal.

The maple on the left always starts turning first and when it's done the maple on the right takes off.

An up close picture of it's leaves.

I'm not sure the variety of maple, but it's colors are the most vivid and vibrant I've ever seen.

Wow right?!?

Then this maple starts turning. It seems to have a lot more orange hues rather than red.
Course the willow back there holds it's color the longest.
I think I'm going to trim it up some so it's easier to mow around next summer.

Beautiful time of year.

Birds have the best view.

later :)

Monday, October 17, 2016

CHS baseball fun

We had the best baseball experience at CHS field in St. Paul.
It was amazing!
CHS field is where the St. Paul Saints play.
What an opportunity for these boys to play there and even win a game!

The boys up on the rail when we first got there.

Seriously what a place to play!
It was freaking exciting!
I loved every minute of it.
You could walk all the way around the field on a walkway, which was pretty cool too.

The boys warming up before the first game.

In the bull pen catching for one of the other pitchers.

Getting ready to take the field.

Up to bat for the first time.

He pitched two great innings too!

Team picture between games.

Check out those trees back there.

Racing for third

and running on to home!

Safe at home!

One of the other Mothers took the below pictures and sent them to me.
How nice was that?

After he slid into home one of the other boys congratulating him.

Getting ready to make a catch at short stop.

Then throwing it in.

Not sure what he was doing here, but it's a cool picture.
I tell you what though, those white pants took forever to clean.
Something about the red dirt on that field made it almost impossible to come out.

My favorite baseball experience so far!

Not to mention right next door was a huge farmers market.
I had the best honey crisp apples and fresh roasted corn on the cob - delicious!

later :)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

This and that

This is our first weekend without some kind of baseball, in I don't even know how long. I woke up today with my heart pounding sure that I'd forgotten to set the alarm and we were late for a game. I hate that feeling, ugh.

We've have gotten a ton of stuff marked off our list of things to do before winter arrives.

The gardens are completely free of debris and have manure/mulch spread on them. Ready to be tilled come spring.

The barn - both top and bottom cleaned out and tidied up.

All that manual labor pooped us out so went out for dinner.

Speaking of dinner the other night I made a salad and added fresh slices of garlic to it - just like my gal Krissy does. It was amazingly delicious. Unfortunately the Hubby didn't have any and woke up in the night to a bedroom filled with toxic garlic fumes. To hear him tell it, my breath was so bad he had to open all the windows in our room AND leave the door open to clear out the toxins lol
I love garlic and onions on everything. Too bad the poor Hubby doesn't like either as much as I do.

So you know I used to work at our local library. This last spring the new director had the idea to put out a cookbook with recipes from patrons and former library staff in celebration of 100 years serving our community. Cool idea and when she asked me to submit a few recipes I was thrilled. Then promptly forgot about it until a few days before the deadline to submit a recipe. I decided upon three of my all time favorite recipes and emailed them to her. I saw online recently that the cookbooks were now available for purchase and went to the library that day to get one! Man was I bummed to find out my recipes weren't in the dang book. Not sure if I sent the recipes too late or if she just didn't get them. Oh well. It is a nice cookbook with some good recipes that I will be trying.

That's all for now. Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saturday AM coffee

Man this month is flying by.
Super glad the weather has remained mild as we still have a lot of outside projects to complete before winter makes its appearance.

We've been all over MN and WI playing baseball and having a hell of a good time.
This is in Forrest Lake, MN - beautiful area of MN. I could live there.

Our boy getting ready to make a huge double play.

Up to bat for the first time.

Stealing second.

And this late fall league is now done.
Quite the experience playing with this team. He learned a lot, made some friends and had fun.
Can't ask for more than that.
A few doors have opened which gives him other options for next year. Which is really exciting!
He has decided to participate in a winter baseball camp which will take him through late February hitting and pitching three days a week.

It's that time of year where we have the most gorgeous sunsets and sunrises.
I took this one last week.

Our boy turned the big 14 too!

The big kids are both doing well at college.
Plugging away at classes, doing their thing.
We sure miss them.

Anywho, that's all I've got for now.
I'll post some pictures from our other baseball travels later in the week.

Have a good one :)