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Making Hay… even in the dark

I missed an amazing picture last night because my camera battery was not charged. It was dark and the farmer behind us was wrapping silage in the dark. It was supposed to rain today so I guess they wanted to get it as much done as possible. I love having a farm in my back yard and watching the whole process.

This morning I got the following shot. I love the view from our backyard.IMG_7082

Here is to getting the hay in.

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April 14, 15 & 16 All New People at The Guild

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“All New People” written by Zack Braff and directed by Keir Malone opened last Thursday, April 7. The last three shows are this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The cast is strong and although some themes are heavy they are broken up by comedic moments.

Check it out!

Wow… Our 21st Anniversary. Time Flies!

So how can I respond to an amazing song, written for my wedding and recorded by my amazing husband 20 years later? I love Tim Wartman, and our song. I just do not know how to respond. It is so wonderful that I am at a loss for words. (Anyone who knows me knows how rare that is.)

Each year at this time and wonder how I can respond. I know he knows I love him and anything I do does not compare to this tribute. It is always there for me. Any time I am feeling low or undervalued I can just listen, smile, and feel so loved.

Tim I know you know this but you are my soul mate. The one I go to with my joys, secrets and heartaches. I love you so much but know I do not express that as well as I would like. You are the calm place I go to recharge, re-bulid my confidence, relax, and enjoy life.

Happy Anniversary and here is to hoping for many more fun filled days!

September… My Spring Cleaning

I am not usually on time, so it is not odd that I usually get to my “Spring Cleaning” in September. Just before school starts is a great time to go through the house. It gets us all organized for the year ahead.

Ask my hubby, I kick and scream harder than our children when it comes to spending a holiday day cleaning. Once I get into it, I find it cathartic. I love to share so books that my kids are finished with go to kids who want new stories to enjoy. Clothing gets passed down to the next cousin. I love seeing a clean drawer or cupboard. Even when I know that by tomorrow it will be a mess again. Better get back at it.

One hard “No”

Recently, I was requested to think about an opportunity to work with an amazing team at a local nonprofit. I saw what I could do to help and got really excited about the opportunity. I let my imagination run away with dreams and ideas of what this opportunity could be. Then one night I went to a meeting of a local group. I realized just how much these volunteers did, and how I could become so immersed in their issues. I connected on a personal level with these people. I was not sure that I could disconnect from their needs at the end of the day to focus on my own.

I realized that as much as I wanted to help and be there for the team, this position would take up all my energy. Not just physical energy, but emotions would be involved, and memories that are painful to relive. Not that I would not want to give, but I still have three children at home and a husband that I need to be there for. I have been overwhelmed before by giving too much of myself and could see the potential here, especially when everyone around me would be giving of themselves too.

Even with all those reasons running through my head. I spent a weekend trying to convince myself that I could do it, I was stronger now, and would love to help. Then my daughter had a small teenage crisis, nothing major but she needed mom. Add to that responsibilities of my business and I was swamped. I could not add any additional needs. Especially, a full time position that had the potential for lots of overtime. It was the hardest message I drafted. This person had wanted me to fill this void, she thought I had the skills, and I do. It is really hard to say “N0” when you want to help. Ultimately, my “no” became about maintaining my good health and my family dynamic.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This was an up until 2 am just because I could not put it down read. I must admit if I miss a title before it becomes mainstream, then I do not read it. But after much badgering by both my boys, my husband, and many friends, I caved and read Hunger Games. I started it on Friday and finished it by 2 am Saturday. It is a great young adult adventure story. I am so glad that they persisted

Reminiscent of the Long Walk, and Running Man by Bachman, one of my favorite authors as a teen. It is a dark and violent alternate world, focused on televized games. Hunger Games is set in a world where North America has become Panem. Divided into twelve districts which are controlled by the Capitol. Each of the districts has its own area of expertise which supplies the Capitol, leaving the districts in need. It is the classic negative utopia.

Our heroine, Katniss Everdeen, was left to fed for herself and her younger sister when her father died in the coal mines of District 12. Her mother got “lost” for awhile. Katniss struggled until one night the local baker’s boy, Peeta tosses her the burnt bread he was supposed to feed to the pigs. She realizes that she can figure things out by using the skills that she has, like hunting. Only problem being that to hunt you had to leave the relative safety of the district and go into the forest with only your pluck and skills to protect you. Her father had taken her there as a child and taught her all he knew about hunting and edible plants in the forest. She meets Gale in the woods, and eventually he becomes her hunting partner. He dreams about escaping together, but they both know they would never leave their families alone. However, there is a wrinkle, The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games were invoked after District 13 rebelled. Each year, as a tribute to the Capitol, each district must give up two teens to the games. The 24 teens are then stars of a bloodthirsty reality show, all of the population is required to watch. A different arena is chosen each year, where the teens must fight each other. The winner gets a life of luxury with the only obligation to train and support other teens from their district to go to the games. The losers die.

Kaitness volunteers to replace her little sister in the games when her one ticket is drawn on the first year she was entered. Peeta, is also chosen. This creates a love triangle for Kaitness: Peeta saved her once but is not nearly as prepared as she for the games; and Gabe knows the woods and hunting but is all the way back in district 12. The stuff of all good teen novels. The violent action does not stop. Especially, when they are thrown into the politics required to get sponsors in the games, even before they enter the arena. It is a must read.

Genesis Mirus Book 1 by Kait Nolan

Nolan takes us to a world where paranormal beings are living all around us. Their paramount rule is to keep humans unaware of their existence. I love Nolan’s work and follow her blogs. Genesis is the compilation of two novellas and short story, previously published and available individually. I love how well they fit together. All connected by Le Loup Garou, a New Orleans bar with mixed clientele.

The bar is first introduced in Forsaken by Shadow, when the rouge enforcer Embry Hollister goes there with her former adopted brother and one time love, Cade Shepard. He is currently living under another name. His memory was wiped when he was banished from her world years ago. She needs him to relearn shadowwalking, and remember who he is, to aid in the rescue of her father, his former mentor.

Mick, the wolf-shifter bartender from Le Loup Garou, sees trouble when Sophie walks out of the hurricane into his bar. Sophie is intent on finding her human sister. Who is also Mick’s missing bartender Lisa. Mick and Sophie form an alliance to attempt the rescue of Lisa whose captor wants the Devil’s Eye.  Both realize that family or pack is what you identify it as, going to extreme ends in a rescue attempt, and become tied to each other for life.

The final story, Blindsight, follows Isla. Isla is a seer. Her talents caused her to captured and held by a paranormal crime lord for many years. She chafes at her bonds and longs to escape. Ransom, an assassin, offers her a chance to escape. However, when she touches Ransom all she sees is blood and death. Can she trust him? Does she dare run away?

Genesis is only the beginning of the series. I look forward to following more of these characters. Nolan is great at involving the reader in the action. The book was a quick read as I was so engrossed in the action I did not want to put it down.