Do You Really Need To Explain?

Picture of Question Marks.

Seriously. Do you really need to explain everything to everybody? Why?

This bugs me. It bugs me when my husband does it. It bugs me when my mom does it. It bugs me when my dad does it. It really bugs me when I catch myself doing it.

But. But. BUT.  To really really really bug the hootie out of me you have to be in a long line at the pharmacy.

I mean like in front of 10 other people who are all just wanting to get their meds and get out of there. Well ok…some of them might not have had anything better to do than stand in line at Wal-mart.  Some of them may even do that sort of thing for fun. There are a lot of weird people in this world.

In any case…does the pharmacist (or the checker) really need to know everything the doctor said during your exam? Do they really need to know why you finally decided to go to the doctor after feeling bad for 6 months?

Of course this sort of thing happens everywhere. Do the tellers at the bank need to know exactly why you are taking out that money and what you are gonna do with it and a word for word recounting of the arguments with your wife? Really??

Maybe if there were no other people in line…or if I wasn’t in a hurry.

Then again maybe I should just adjust my life so there isn’t ever any hurry…I could hear a lot of interesting stories.

But if I listen to you…you have to stick around and hear about my hemorrhoids. Deal?

 

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My Grandmother’s Flower Bed

My grandmother standing by her first "flower bed".

 

 

This is a picture of my grandmother standing by the first “flower bed” she had out in her yard. We(mema, mom, me, and a neighbor) had just finished planting all the flowers in it when this picture was taken.

This is back before she started losing her memory and was still healthy. She looks good in this picture. This is pretty much the way I think of her.

She loved odd things. I miss her.

I’m not sure exactly when this picture was taken but it was it was at least 20 ago.

A Box Of Fuzzballs

One of my hens died this last week. She was the last of the oldest ones. All the rest of my hens are less than 5 years old.

I was already short of hens now that I have a rooster and none of them seem to want to go broody (yet) this year. So we checked at the feed store and got a few.

Picture of orpington chicks.

I had only intended to get three of four from there. I figure at least one of my hens will go broody before the end of May and we could hatch some of our own. Of course that didn’t go so well last year as only 5 hatched and several of them ended up getting killed one way or another.

So since my hubby thought we should make sure we had enough (in case some of them just died or got eaten by a cat or something) we ended up with ten of the little fuzz balls.

They almost got eaten by a cat before we even got out of the feed store. We had a box with us to put them in and my hubby put the box on the floor while we were looking at the waterers and getting the chick feed.

One of the resident cats(they have quite a few there -good thing- they eat the mice) came over and was trying to get in the box. She almost made it before I saw her. The chicks would have been a pretty good breakfast for her.

Picture of my chicks at the feeder.

We have them in a big box in our “library” room.  We couldn’t find the feeder at first so I had put the feed in the top of an egg carton and the chicks made a mess in the box. I did eventually find the feeder and it is in there now so after I do a clean up the box won’t be quite so messy.

Well except they do tend to poop all over the place. They even managed to poop in the water. They will be too big to do that before long.

Picture of an Orpington chick sleeping under a lamp.Right now all they do is eat, drink, poop, and sleep. They mostly tend to sleep in a little clump but the one in this picture is all my herself under the lamp.

That is just a regular table lamp, one of those colored lamps you can get at Wal-Mart. It has an old 75 watt bulb it.  I know all the chicken sites will tell you to get a big heat lamp…but this is the way we did it before and it worked fine (and people did it this way for years).

The chicks seem to be just fine. In fact they may have gotten a bit too warm this morning as they were all sleeping away from the lamp for a while.

I’ll be taking pictures and posting them all summer most likely. You might as well settle in and get ready to be inundated with chick pictures.

It could be worse…I wanted to get a couple of rabbits too but hubby wouldn’t let me.

Do you have any baby animals in your house this spring? What kind? Got pictures?

Ever Seen A Bottle Tree?

I hadn’t either till my grandmother decided to make one.

My Grandmother's Bottle Tree in her back yard.I think it would have been better with a few “branches” but that would have been harder to do.

This was like several of the other decorations she had…she saw one somewhere and wanted to make one of her own.

She did a pretty good job of it. She had all kinds of bottles on there. Some old coke bottles, old whiskey bottles,  weird shaped bottles (triangular), and even a few vases.

It was really pretty when the sunshine was sparkling on it. The bottles did get a bit dirty over time and lost a bit of the sparkle but rain took care of most of that.

I guess that is a pretty good place to put old bottles if they are not going to be recycled.

What do you think?

Pretty Colors Of Spring

There is green coming up all over the place of course and it looks good after the brown of winter.

But what I really like is the BluesSome blue flowers in my yard.

And the Purples

Purple Flowers in my yard.

And of course the Yellows!

Some of the Daffodils in my yard.

Daffodils in front of my porch.

Even the ones that have just been peed on.

Daffodils and the dog that just peed on them.

Those green clumps you can see scattered here and there will be bunches of little white flowers before too long.

Just looking at them makes me feel happy!

Do you have any flowers blooming yet?

A Decorative Well

Picture of my Mema's Decorative Well.This is the decorative well that my Mema had in her front yard.

I think my dad made this one for her but it might have been my uncle. She  had a brick one at her old house and she wanted one in her yard here but decided she didn’t want one as big.

She also wanted to be able to move it.

It is still out in our front yard. It isn’t in as good shape as it used to be but it is still holding together.

 

The Ice Is Melted!

Ice on moms house.

This huge icicle was hanging off my moms house just beside the porch a few days ago.

Ice on the walkway to my porch.This is what the walkway to my porch looked like a few days ago. It was really slippery.

Then it warmed up and it all melted and I can actually walk out to the gate without almost falling on my hiney.

I’m so glad to see the sun. Hope it all melts (or has melted) wherever you happen to be.

Old Wagon Wheel Makes A Great Decoration

IMG_0161I’m not sure where she found it but my mom has had this wagon wheel for a long time.

She painted it red and it was on that pole in the yard for a while.

I’m not sure why it got moved but when my dad bought the land next door and build his “barn” on it he took this wagon wheel and chained it up over the door of the building.

I’ll try to get out there and take a picture of it. I’m not even gonna try while there is ice on the ground. That hill is slippery. I have no desire to fall on my butt and slide all the way down the hill.

Mainly because I’m not sure I could get back up!

We have a couple other old wagon wheels around here too…but the wood part of those is rotted and falling apart. This one only lasted because she painted it good I think.

It is pretty. What do you think?

Caboose In Paragould, Arkansas

The Caboose in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.I took this picture a few years ago. Not sure how many years but not too many :p It is a picture of the old caboose on the tracks downtown.

That is where the Loose Cabooose Festival is usually held. They didn’t have it down there last year because of some issues with people getting on the railroad tracks. At least I think that was why they moved it.

It wasn’t the same. It just isn’t really the Loose Caboose without the caboose actually being there.

I hope they came up with a solution to whatever the problem was for this years festival. It is supposed to be held the third weekend in May which will be the 16th and 17th this year.

According to the festival Facebook page it may be turning into and Arts and Music Festival. That sounds just fine to me.

In fact there is a new page on Facebook for the Downtown Paragould Arts & Music Festival. They have a sign up form on the page for artists.

No idea yet what other vendors might there. I hope they will still have all the food. Maybe even onion blossoms.

It should be fun anyway. Hope to see you there!

Old Wash Tubs And Driftwood

Picture of some old wash tubs and a piece of driftwood.Those belonged to my grandmother. She always had a round wash tub as long as I can remember.

When I was little it was used for putting stuff in out of the garden. Corn especially. Also for washing tomatoes and stuff before canning. Green beans before they were hulled.

I remember sitting outside with a big wash tub full of beans and everyone had a bowl to put the snapped beans or peas in. There was usually a whole group of people and they had a ball talking and teasing while getting the beans ready for canning.

I don’t know where she got the square ones. I know she wanted them cause she said they were like ones her grandma (I think…might have been her momma) had used when she was little.

We painted them and used them for holding drinks for my outdoor wedding a few years back.

We still have them. They could be used as planters or something now. We will do something with them eventually.

I have no idea where she got the driftwood. She liked it because it was shaped like a man. We still have it too.

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