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Country Life

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 1:20 PM  

Good Afternoon!

Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful day! I love weather like this-breezy and little to no humidity. I am sitting outside listening to the birds singing and the leaves on the trees blowing in the wind. Laundry is on the line drying. I love the way clothes, etc smell after hung on the line. 

The chickens are running around the yard eating the bugs. We have not gotten any eggs yet from them. I enjoy “farm fresh” eggs. There are two chickens that like to get out of the pen when they are locked up. Alex and I have not figured out how they keep escaping the coop. We have looked over the entire pen and have tried to fix where we thought they were getting out. I’m thinking those two chickens just fly to the top of the fence and jump to the ground. 

I am so thankful for being raised country and on a farm. We didn’t have much but we did have what we needed. Sitting here with all these memories from living on a farm going through my mind. I did not grow up in a fancy house. We did not have central air. There was only one bathroom for ten people. Growing up, I didn’t know any different. We had wood heat, which meant we had to cut wood in the winter to keep warm. 

I was taught to respect your elders. Mind your manners. Dad’s favorite phrase when we went visiting was “You are to be seen-not heard! Chew your food with your mouth closed.” My siblings and I knew that if we misbehaved at someone’s home we would get a spanking when we got home. 

I truly love the country life I had and still having now. It’s a simple life and I love it!

Have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

Proud To Be A Farmer’s Daughter

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 11:20 AM  

Good Morning!!

I just want to say that I am proud to be a farmer’s daughter. There was ALWAYS something to do! Chores seemed endless. In the summer, there was hay to bale and wheat to combine. There was straw to bale. In the early mornings of summer, we picked corn to can or freeze for the winter. Cutting corn off cobs was not much fun but it was necessary. In the late summer, there were potatoes to dig up. We also had carrots. I loved eating carrots right out of the ground. 

Since I come from a large family, going to the store for vegetables was unheard of. What we did not have in our garden, Grandma Helen had in hers. (That’s a whole new blog for another day.) 

We had cows and calves to take care of. Before winter hit, we would chase the cows in under the barn porch. Naturally, being cows, they were stubborn and did not always want to go where they were supposed to. It seemed like the task always took way too long than it needed to take. We used the straw to bed down the cows. Manure had to be hauled. 

We also had pigs. Every morning before school, those pigs had to be fed. Feeding them in the early dawn was not my cup of tea. Coyotes could be heard up in the hills behind the house. An owl would hoot every now and then. The only light we had was the barn light. Turning on that light threw shadows everywhere. Since I have a vivid imagination, I freaked out. It’s not fun chasing animals in the dark, either. My siblings and I came home one night from choir practice to find the hogs out. We grabbed flashlights and located them all.

Chores may have been never ending but we had our good times, too. Every Thursday, we piled into Elvin’s car and drive into Augusta. We were allowed to visit the bookmobile. I loved searching through the mystery selection for Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. I thought I was in Heaven! We all received a quarter for candy. To make such a decision as what candy to buy was hard! Once in awhile, Dad took us to A&W in Washington to buy rootbeer and ice cream. We were not allowed to get out of the truck. Only Mom was the one who got out. Guess Mom and Dad thought we would misbehave. Boy, driving into Washington and crossing that bridge was a huge deal for us.

Since we could not afford to have our own television, we spent our Saturday nights at Grandpa and Grandma’s house. We could not miss Hee-Haw or Lawrence Welk! Knowing Grandpa loved his sweets, we could always depend on getting ice cream. 

It was hard growing up on a farm but I still have some great memories of fun. We played outside until dark. Mom turned on the backlight and we played some more. Lightning bugs were sure fun to play with. 

We may not have had much but what we did have was plenty. 

Have a super wonderful day! 

Laurie 8)

 

Giving Thanks to God :)

Posted on August 3, 2014 at 11:30 AM  

Good morning!!

It’s a beautiful Sunday morning! I am sitting outdoors and I just heard church bells in the distance.

I don’t know about you but I don’t give God credit very often for the blessings in my life. I am ashamed of myself for that. He has given me so very much. My children are healthy. I have an awesome handsome grandson. I have an amazing husband. I’m blessed to have my mama yet. She will be 76 and still going strong. I have a wonderful extended family and friends.

I don’t know why I rush through the day. I have no one to impress. Alex takes me as I am and I’d like to think God does too. I’m healthy and doing well. I am happily married. I am fulfilling a life long dream of mine- to become a writer. 

Thank you, God, for my husband, my children, my mother and my health. I may not have everything I want but I do have everything I need.

So stop rushing. Smell the flowers. Enjoy the sunshine. Sing, laugh and be happy. Above all, give thanks to God!

Hope you have a super wonderful day! 

Laurie 8)

 

Happy Birthday to Adele!

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM  

Good Morning!

It’s only 10:30 in the morning and I have accomplished alot already. For one thing, I was awake about 8 am!! Had my coffee, so Im good to go until I need my tea. :)  Laundry is on the line drying. I love hanging clothes out on the line. I am catching up on my homework. I have an assignment due Wednesday night, as usual. This week we are to write a script for a graphic novel (comic). I will be writing one on a dragon that just wants to be friends with the village people.

Right now I am sitting outside watching Alex clean the chicken coop. A couple of chickens have been getting out during the night. He is trying to fix the coop so they stay put! Yes, they are free range during most of the day. We lock them up at night. When either Alex or I walk outside, the chickens run up to us looking for food. Silly chickens!

I have called my beautiful daughter, Adele, too. Today is her 21st birthday! How dare she grow up!

Have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

In My “Office”

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 12:25 AM  

Good morning, Everyone!

What another beautiful day!! It’s mid July and it is absolutely beautiful out here. It’s been nice having the windows open every day. The birds are singing. The chickens were out for a couple of hours. Someone is baling hay the “old fashion” way—using a square baler—not a round baler. Listening to the baler brings back so many memories for me. My siblings and I and my uncle—sometimes my dad—put up hundreds of square bales every summer. Alfalfa, grass, red clover, straw were some of the kinds we put up. Elvin, my uncle, would not let us help him put up red clover hay. He said it was too itchy and not the place for us girls. It was ALWAYS a blast to put up hay with Elvin. He always drove the tractor while myself and two of my sisters were on the wagon. He’d always laugh and make baling hay fun! Thanks for the memories, Unkie (Elvin). I miss you so much daily!!

Today is Saturday and I am caught up with homework. It’s truly strange not to have to worry about homework. I might start writing my script for the animation class I am in this month. The script seems to be an easy one to write.

I baked homemade cinnamon roll for my hubby. I love to bake! I have always said that I would bake anything anyone asks me to, even if I do not like the food myself. I don’t like pie but I make a mean cherry pie. I like to think I have the knack to whip up meringue–by hand. Grandma Helen used to say that it is all in the wrist. I miss you, Grandma, daily!

Gosh, I LOVE sitting outside!!

Have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

School/Outdoors

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM  

Good Afternoon!

Guess where I’m at! That’s right!! Outside again! I’d love for summer to stay this nice for the rest of the time. There is a nice breeze. The chickens have been out and about this morning. I was even out of bed early this morning. :) I know!! I was shocked, too!! Haha! 

My wonderful husband cleaned off the concrete where I think the previous owners had a dog run. I’m sitting under the trees supposed to be doing my homework. I am using Grandma Helen’s card table with my laptop sitting on it. This table has been around for a long time–since i was a youngin :)

My homework consists of rating my peers posts on their story ideas. I’m not sure how many peers there are but I hate making comments on someone else’s work. It makes me nervous. I am learning about animation history and comics. This is something I don’t necessarily want to do, but if I want my diploma, I will do it and to the best of my ability. After all, I am a senior! There is a light at the end of the tunnel! YAY!

Have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

Want to apologize

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 12:50 AM  

Hello Everyone,

I want to apologize for not keeping up with my blog. I have not been feeling very well lately. I do believe I am on the mend, though. The other day I had a mammogram done. It had been almost three years since having one. Shame on me. It’s very important to have those done. Yes, it is painful but it is worth the hassle. I had mine done by digital camera. I have been having painful and itchy breasts. I had the mammogram done last Thursday. Should be getting a letter in the mail stating everything is fine. 

Do not be afraid to get your breasts squished or smashed. It’s better for you than getting cancer. 

Have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

Happy Anniversary!

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 2:20 PM  

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday was our first year wedding anniversary. I love being married to my best friend. The past year has been full of happy experiences. Alex and I have been through alot and have been to many different places. Twenty-nine more years to go, God willing.

To my husband, my lover, my best friend: This past year has been quite the experience. You are my rock, my solid ground. My love grows deeper each day. I am so happy that you came into my life.

Love you more than I can express ❤

Have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

Grandma Helen

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM  

Good morning!

I have someone I want to tell you about. Her name was Helen Marie Engelage Osthoff. She was my grandma, my dad’s mom. She was a farm wife. Up at dawn and worked hard all day long. She cooked, baked, cleaned, took care of a huge graden, did laundry and helped in the hay field when necessary. She could sew a shirt for Grandpa Shorty in one day. She took care of the chickens, too. 

I loved spending my summers at her house. Hearing the rooster crow in the mornings. Falling asleep to noise of a whipperwill. During the night hearing coyotes run behind the house sending chills up and down my spine.

Grandma Helen taught me how to sew. Actually, she taught my sisters, too. Those were fun times. The first time I sewed on a button, I did it wrong. Instead of going through the button holes, I sewed on the outer side of the button. Grandma saw what I had done and she laughed. 

She has been gone a number of years now but I miss our times together. 

Have a super day!

Laurie 8)

 

A Memory

Posted on June 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM  

Hello Everyone!

I have been thinking about my great-grandmother alot lately. Her name was Hilda Marie Engelage. Her husband was Herman Engelage. I don’t remember him because he died many years before I came along. When we (Grandma Helen, Grandpa Shorty, Elvin, Dad and Mom and my siblings went to visit Grandma Hilda, she used to tell us stories about her life when she was a young girl. I was at the age where it didn’t interest me to listen. Now that I am much older, I regret not listening to her. She grew up with horse and buggy and women always wore long dresses. When Grandma Hilda died, she was 101 years old. At the time, I did not understand why Grandma Helen was crying. I thought Grandma Hilda was just another person who had passed away. I did not realize she had been someone’s mother.

Grandma Hilda spoke with a soft, quiet tone. I had a hard time hearing her. She had beautiful white hair that she always wore in a bun. There is only one time that I saw her with her hair down. It flowed all the way down her back. She had been brushing her hair. Another memory I have of her is sitting by an open window. It did not matter what time of the year it was. It may have been only ten minutes but it was the first thing she did every morning. It was her time for fresh air and talking with God.

Have a wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

Memories

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM  

Hello Everyone!

How many times do memories come flooding back to you? I can be something and suddenly a memory of someone will come to mind. Grandpa Shorty is on my mind t oday. He’s been gone nearly 27 years. Time sure moves on.

Anyway, he was a big man, 6’4″, weighing 300 lbs. of solid muscle. He hands were huge and strong but gentle. He used to rub my shoulders when I would get  headache. He dug down deep into the shoulder blades. It felt so good, I cried. Grandma Helen usually yelled at him for making me cry. 

Grandpa Shorty lived and worked on a farm. He had cattle, pigs and chickens. I loved staying at his house during the summer. When he raked hay, I rode on the tractor with him. We sang songs and laughed and talked. It was great! I loved spending time with him. He taught my sisters and me how to waltz and polka. Grandpa loved music. When we were all at his house on a Sunday afternoon, he put records on and he would dance with Grandma Helen. She was only about 5′ 7″, a bit shorter than Grandpa. He wrapped his sturdy strong arms around her and off they went, round and round the living room floor. Us girls heard her say in a loud whisper, Shorty, I can’t breathe. You’re holding me too tight! 

Grandpa and Grandma had such a love for each other. If they argued about anything, they didn’t do it in front of us kids. When Grandma told Grandpa do to something, he did it. 

I miss you, Grandpa Shorty, very much!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

Outdoors

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 2:50 PM  

What a beautiful day! The sun is shining. There are a few clouds in the sky. Birds are singing and of course, the bugs are pestering me! Oh well, they’re just bugs. Haha! Alex is cutting the yard. I love the gentle breeze. 

I’m sitting in the yard listening to all the different noises around me. There’s highway noise, birds singing, the noise of the lawn mower and in the distance, I can hear a rooster. Joys of living in the country. The trees in the yard remind me of the trees in my grandparents’ yard. I think those were oak trees, though. These trees in our yard are silver maple. I am enjoying the shade they are providing for me. 

As I look at these beautiful huge trees, a memory comes to mind. It’s about my grandpa. After lunch or after supper, Grandpa Shorty would lay on the hard ground and take a nap. He used to tell me that was his way of relaxing. What amazed me the most was that the bugs never seemed to bother Grandpa. There are alot of memories I have of Grandpa. Perhaps one day, I will tell you more about him. 

Have a wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

Four Leaf Clover

Posted on May 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM  

Who looks for four leaf clovers? Me! I do! Grandpa Shorty used to tell me that I had gift of finding them. He said I got the gift of Grandma Helen. She could find a single four leaf clover in amongst regular clovers without even having to really look. 

This morning, I was walking around the yard with Alex. We were looking at the plants that were popping up everywhere. I just looked down and there in front of me was a four leaf clover. I know you are supposed to make a wish before picking it, but I did not really have anything to wish for. I picked it and now it is between my business cards. Maybe it will bring me good luck with my writing.

Have a wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

School

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM  

   At my age, who would have thought I would be in school? I’m 51 with nine adult children and one grandson.  When I met my second husband, he convinced me to go after my dream.  Over a year and a half ago, I enrolled in Creative Writing for Entertainment.  At the end of 2014, I will have a Bachlor’s of Fine Arts in writing.  YAY! I am almost done.  

   Why am I in school at my age?  Great question.  My baby sister died from a rare type ofcancer when she was 11 years old.  All the treatments and surgeries she went through, she never complained once.  She was and still is today a positive influence in my life.  I look up to Heaven and we chat.  She still tells me I can do anything I set my mind to.  So, as my way to honor her, I want to write her life story.  She’s been gone nearly 26 years.  I still miss her greatly.  I love you, Mindy Jo!

   I have always enjoyed writing.  I have kept journals since grade school.  Raising five children and spending time with my gandson, has inspired me to write children’s books.  

Have a great day! 8)

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Saturday morning

Posted on August 3, 2014 at 12:10 AM  

Good morning!

It’s another beautiful day here on the Jackson Homestead! I am sitting outdoors listening to the birds and relaxing. There is a gentle breeze and sunshine. Just hoping and praying for rain. The ground is cracked and the leaves on the trees and bushes are drooping. 

I can hear a chicken cluck in the distance. Our chickens are in their coop roosting. Earlier today I walked over to the coop and found five of them sitting on top of the little run. They were clucking and making noises. When they saw me, it was sudden silence! It was funny. It was almost like they were planning an escape.

Another course wraps up tomorrow. This one was on animation and comics. I went into this course with an attitude of UGH! Comic books-graphic novels…I am coming out of this class with a whole new respect for them. I am definitely going to have to read them now. :)

Hope you all have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

Enjoying the Weather

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 1:55 PM  

Good Afternoon!

Once again, I am outdoors amongst the chickens. I just love watching them peck the ground. It’s funny to watch when one chicken has a ‘treasure’, the others will try to get it. Growing up on the farm and spending time at my grandparents’ house, I learned that I loved being around chickens. One time, Grandpa had a newborn calf under the barn porch. I’d sit with the calf and pet it for hours. Grandpa told me over and over to stop petting the calf because the mother cow would not take to the calf. Of course, I listened for a bit because it was Grandpa. I’d sneak in the pen, though, to pet the calf. 

I cannot believe it is July and we are having such wonderful weather. I love it! Love having the windows open. Laundry is on the line drying. My wonderful husband is cutting the yard. It is an absolutely gorgeous day!

Another note about the chickens-when Alex closes them up for the night, our thirteen chickens cram themselves into two roosting boxes. (There are more than two roosting boxes in the coop.) Silly chickens!

Have a super wondereful day!

Laurie 8)

 

Outdoors/Chickens

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 6:05 PM  

Hello Everyone!

I am sitting outside watching the chickens scratch and play. These chickens are so much fun to watch. The darn things will eat anything. Last night when I was trying to round them up, one chicken was carrying a very flat dead frog. It kept trying to keep away from the other chickens so they could not get the frog. The frog was nasty! It looked like it had been run over a few hundred times.

Our field we have behind our house was cut and baled in the last few days. The chickens love to run into the field in search of bugs and whatever else they can find. I sure don’t feel like chasing the chickens out of the field. That’s what Elle is for. She loves to chase the chickens into the coop at night. I truly don’t think she would hurt the chickens. She just wants to play with them.

Well, I hope you have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

Funny Chickens

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 12:40 AM  

Good morning, Chicken Lovers!

RUN! RUN! Chickens are surrounding me! Haha! Alex opened up the coop and the chickens are loving the free range. Chickens are funny to watch. They run after each other or run up to another just to see what they found. They act just like children. 

I’m thrilled we have them! Looking forward to the eggs and for the rooster to crow. 

Have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

Chickens

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 12:20 AM  

Hello Everyone,

Alex opened the coop door to let the chickens range free for a bit this morning. I joined him and it was funny to watch them scratch and play in the grass. Thirteen chickens that act like teenagers. When one found something in the grass, others had to check it out, too. For the most part, they stay together. Once in awhile, one has to investigate farther. One chicken saw that it was alone and started running toward the others. 

I suggested to Alex that we should make a calendar of our chickens, one per month and give them cute names. We may have to work on that idea. When it time to put the chickens away, they followed each other back into the coop. 

I love our chickens.

I hope you have a super wonderful day!

Laurie :)

 

Sunshine :)

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 2:40 PM  

Hello Everyone,

I am sitting outside enjoying the sunshine. I love soaking up the sun. Sure makes me feel better. Sure is windy, though. It’s a great day to hang out laundry. I love the smell of clothes that have been hung outside. 

I’m also waiting for my huggy hubby to come home. He had errands to do in town. I removed some boards from the wall while he’s been gone. We are renovating our home. It’s nothing but fun times! I love the dirt and dust in the house. I know renovations take time. Seeing the work getting done makes me truly happy. I know in the end our home will be beautiful. I can’t wait to show off the place. 

Well, I know I should be writing for school. There are days that I just am not in the mood to do anything. Yesterday I wrote down ideas for a child’s book. Time will tell how long before I start putting the ideas together. :)

Have a wonderful day!

Laurie :)

 

Chickens

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM  

Hello!

Our chickens are getting so big! Their feet or claws look wicked. Some of them are actually beginning to cluck. I love it! I’m still waiting for the rooster to crow. I love that sound. 

Whenever Alex brings them food, they either peck his hands or his feet. Every night when he goes to close them in, he says they were already roosted for the night. Alex made a bigger run for them. There is alot of grass for them to eat and bugs, too. It’s funny to listen to the way Alex talks to the chickens. He talks to them like they are teenagers. It’s cute how the chickens come running when they hear Alex. They follow him around like kids.

Have a wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

Chickens

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 11:50 PM  

Hello Everyone!

I thought it was about time for an update on the chickens. My wonderful husband made the run bigger for the chickens. At first they weren’t sure what to do. The area is huge for them to run around and eat the bugs and grass.

Our chickens are getting huge! There is a black one that has a funny hairdo. I think we have one rooster. I love when a rooster crows. 

Have a super day!

Laurie 8)

 

Outdoors

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 12:50 AM  

Good morning! I am outdoors again! I LOVE being outside! Soaking up the sun and enjoying the wind. Feels like the wind is blowing in some rain. I don’t know about you all but we could sure use rain here in mid-Missouri. 

I heard a fire truck scream up the highway a bit ago. Sure hope no one is hurt. In all my 51 years, I have never experienced a fire before. Sure  hope I never do. 

The branches of the tree that I’m sitting beside are creaking in the wind. The tree is not dead but the noises the branches are making are kinda freaking me out. That’s all I need is for a branch to hit me on the head. Haha!

Thank you for stopping by!

Have a wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

Guestbook

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM  

Hello! Just wanted to throw this out there. Anyone who stops by to read my blog, please sign the guestbook. I would love to see where you are located.

Thank you!

Have a wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

 

Elle and Jethro

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 1:15 PM  

Who are Elle and Jethro? They are our pets. Elle is an energetic Yorkie and Jethro is a yellow cat. Those two together are fun to watch. When they play, Elle usually gets scratched by Jethro. Anyway, Elle barks at anything, even her own shadow. If there are birds in the yard, she’ll bark. She barks even if a blade of grass moves! Jethro is a great mouser. He spends alot of time outdoors. I’m not sure how many mice he has caught so far. 

Have a super day!

Laurie 8)

 

Apology

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 12:40 AM  

Good morning!!! I wanted to apologize to you for not keeping up with my blogs. I have been busy with school.  Two more months to go and I will be finished! Until I decide whether or not to go for my Master’s Degree in writing. I promise to you, though, that I will try to blog everyday.

Thank you!

Laurie 8)

 

Chickens

Posted on May 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM  

Chickens! Chickens! Chickens! My wonderful husband (Alex) and I were out with the chickens this morning. I cannot believe how big they are getting. It is very calming to watch them flutter around, peck and scratch at the ground. Alex cut an opening in the wall of the coop so they can go back and forth. A couple of hours passed and Alex went to check on them. He came back in and told me he was going to build a ramp for the chickens to use to get back inside the coop. Silly birds, I guess they forgot how to use their wings.

I hope there is at least one rooster in the bunch. Even though it will be awhile yet, I am looking forward to having fresh eggs daily.

Have a wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

Chickens

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM  

   Who loves chickens? I do! I do! Who grew up taking care of chickens? I did! I did! Actually, my grandparents had the chickens. Trust me, when I say I stayed at their house as much as possible during the summer. You guessed it. I wanted to collect the eggs and take care of the chickens.

   A great friend of mine gave Alex and I thirteen chicks. I cannot wait until we start getting eggs. I love fresh eggs.

Post from my old website – crafting

Cross-stitching

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 12:40 AM  

Good morning!!! Who loves to cross-stitch? Me! I have been doing it for years! I started out with simple, easy projects. Through the years, I have challenged myself to do harder projects. Right now, I am working on a cross-stitch picture for my mom. I started on it about ten years ago. I had tucked it away somewhere and had forgotten about it. After Alex and I moved here, I found it again. So, I decided to finish it. I’ve been working on it the last couple of months. I have come to the part of outlining the picture. I’ll post a picture of it on here once I have completed it.

Have a wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

Posts from my old website – writing

Writing

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Good morning, Everyone!

I am finally able to sit and blog. Yes, I am outdoors-my favorite place to be. It’s been awhile because of school. This week is the last week of comic and animation course. I found this course to actually be fun and very imformative. I sure learned alot about graphic novels. I just may have to start reading those.

I have not written any stories lately. I have a script due Sunday. The script is a comic. It is about a friendly dragon who is a vegetarian and is lonely. No one likes him because when he tries to talk, fire comes out instead. A fairy comes to his aid and helps him out. In the end, the dragon has friends. In case you want to know, this is a children’s book.

Have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

Multi-tasking

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Good morning, Everyone!

I am enjoying this beautiful weather again, today. I am outside listening to the birds and watching the laundry flap in the light breeze. The chickens are running around the yard catching bugs and eating weeds. Last night we had a bit of excitement with the chickens. Someone’s dog ran into our yard and was trying to get our chickens. Luckily, Elle let us know by barking. We also heard the chickens clucking. Alex goes out to run the dog off. Eleven of the chickens ran for the coop. Two were missing. Alex found one in the lilac bush and would not come out. Finally, Alex grabbed the chicken and put it in the coop. Naturally, stuff like this has to happen at or near night time. Alex found the other chicken under a pile of brush. Today, I have noticed that the slightest thing will have the chickens at attention. Last night’s scare really upset them. This morning, Jethro, our cat, started chasing them. So he lost his time outdoors. Elle was on her leash and she did the same thing. Darn animals!! So both of them are back in the house.

I have a quiz I should be working on but not just yet. I have four more replies to make to my peers. I have two scripts to write by the end of next week! I am truly enjoying this class. My grades have been excellent thus far!!! YAY me!

I am also trying to help Alex with the cabinet he is making for our television.

Have a super wonderful day!!

Laurie 8)

Outdoor Office

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Good Morning!

Hope everyone is well. It’s 9:30 AM and I’m sitting outside! I know! The world is going to end.

My wonderful husband made a table for me that can stay outdoors. I am “in” my outdoor office! I love it! The birds are singing. Traffic is going up and down the highway. A horn just blew west of where I am sitting. It’s a cloudy day but that’s okay. I’m still enjoying the breeze.

Sitting here, I’m looking around and feeling so very blessed. Even though I don’t see my kiddos as much as I would love to, I know they love me from a distance. :) I miss them everyday and love them oh so very much. My kids are each so different. Each one has their own personality. They are as different from each other as oil and water and day and night. I am very proud of each of them.

Guess I better get started on my homework. I am finally a senior! December cannot come quick enough for me. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

Writing and Weather

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Hello Everyone!

Sure hope you are able to get outdoors and enjoy this wonderful weather! I’m sitting outside listening to all the different noises and sounds. Birds are singing. There is a breeze. The aroma of flowers is in the air.

Today is Sunday, July 6, 2014. The weather here is absolutely beautiful! Humidity is low. We have had the windows open with just a fan on. I love it! I’ve been sleeping really well the last couple of nights.

Tomorrow starts another new class. Sure hope it’s better than last month!

Have a super wonderful Sunday!

Laurie 8)

School–UGH!

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Hello Everyone!

Well, the joke was on me. I thought I only had one more class to get through. Boy, was I wrong! I have until the end of November of 2014 to get through! Well played, School. Well played!!

I know that I still have my wonderful husband to help get me through this!

Come December, though, graduation will be a birthday and Christmas gift wrapped into one for me.

Have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

School

Posted on June 21, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Hello Everyone!

Who has trouble when it comes to writing? I do! I struggled with an assignment for days. When it was FINALLY done, I asked myself what was my problem? In the back of my mind, there is always a thought that my writing is not good enough. My biggest fear is fear itself. Does that even make sense? Im scared of failing! I don’t want my kids looking at me with disappointment.

I only have a month left of school. After school is over, I hope to improve on my writing.

Have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

Stories

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Hello!

There are so many story ideas going round and round in my head. The ideas are flowing faster than my brain can think. :)  There are children’s books that I want to write. I want to write about my sister. I want to write about growing up on a farm and coming from a large family. I would love to write about my grandparents and parents and of my extended family. I just do not know where to begin. Help!!! Words are attacking my brain. Haha!

I have been trying to write another adventure of Mark and Matt but with no success. I have started on an adventure but that’s as far as its gotten.

Have a super day!

Laurie 8)

Just Write

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Hello Everyone!

Today is the beginning of yet another course of school. This month I will be learning how to write televsion scripts. I’m not really interested in writing scripts but I guess if I want to graduate, I will do the assignments. Last month I learned how to format a screenplay. YUK! Too many rules to follow. My main interest is to just write stories, mainly for children.

To be honest, I just want to write. I don’t want to have to worry about anything else. In reality, I know this isn’t possible. I will write when I can.

Have a super day!

Laurie 8)

Mark and Matt Adventures

Posted on June 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Good afternoon! I have started quite a few times on the next adventure of Mark and Matt. Each time, I get started, I stop midway and read what I wrote. I don’t ever like it so I scrunch the paper up and start over. My problem is not being able to grab the audience’s attention in that first sentence. I have been told over and over by my wonderful husband and by my teachers to just WRITE! It’s only the first draft! My mother has told throughout my life that I have a way with words.

I promise I will have another adventure for you guys to read soon! I have two more months of school. After that, I can concentrate on writing more. I will be able to put my sister’s story together.

Have a wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

 

Welcome

Welcome to my blog page. I look forward to sharing my writing experiences with you on these pages. I will also be blogging about my favorite past times – counted cross stitch and quilting. Then there will be the blogs about stuff in general and what is happening in my life.
I hope you stay tuned and enjoy.