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I swore that I would not go long without posting but of course I did, which doesn't surprise me.  I'll do a whirlwind update so that I don't make this two pages long. 

Farm life is going great.  We have the new mini stud colt, which I know we have to sell but it still breaks my heart.  We have also gained two new heifers.  We "borrowed" a bull but only got to keep him a couple of weeks so we were not hopefully on having any new cattle this summer.  Luckily for us we have two new babies.  My hubby told my son that he could name the first one and he wanted to name her the Black Pearl so we call her Pearl.  The second one came three days later and was yet another suprise and my little one could not think of a name for her so I called her Daisy.  I know, I have got to stop naming people's food.  Of course my dad called our first two heifers "T-Bone and Hamburger".  My harden is doing well, expect for the corn.  I cannot keep the groundhogs out of it.  I even had someone come to trap last summer, with no success of course.  I have spent a couple of Saturday's sitting in the backyard with a gun shotting at them.  I got one, maybe two, of them.  I do not like killing things but I cannot keep them from my corn. 

We ended up taking a summer vacation this year.  We usually wait and vacation in the fall but since my school district is not doing fall breaks anymore, at least not for now, we are doing summer vacations.  We had planned on going back out west, Montana, Colorado, the Dakotas, etc., but my BIL had to move to D.C. for work so we decided a free place to stay would help us save enough money to go back to the Glacier next summer.  We had a great time, but nearly roasted because of the heat and humidity.  Nonetheless it was a great vacation.  We saw all the "tourist" sights.  Of course the only thing my son wanted to see was the Supreme Court.  Don't exactly know why be he did.  He loved it. 

School has started back and I am expecting to have a good year this year.  It could not be any worse than last year.  I have high expectations for this school year.  I even have the "problem child" but I am trying not to care over the name he created for himself last year.  We will see how that goes. 

My son has decided that after three years of football he does not want to play this season, which is FINE with me.  I am stumped as to why but I understand if he wants to take a break.  After all we do baseball, basketball, football during the seasons and karate and cub scouts all year.  He even wanted to attempt soccer.  I think he has just worn himself out.  Too bad that it took three years to do this.  The hubby and I won't know what to do with days of no sports.  I'm sure we can find plenty to do but it will seem strange until we get use to it. 

Enough for now....more later, hopefully.  If you want to check out my vacation pics and so forth, send me a message or email or find me on facebook.  Hope all is well with everyone else. 
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"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;]

BBBBBBBb- Bold
IIIIIIII- Italicized
UUUUUUUU- underlined

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Ausen - BBB
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - BBB
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling - IIIIIIII
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee BBBBBBBB
6 The Bible - IIIIIIII
7Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte - BBBBBBBB
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell 
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman 
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott - IIIIIIII
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (Sonnets, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Tempest) - William Shakespeare - BBBBBBBB
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien - UUUUU 
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - BBBBBBBB
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger 
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell - IIIIIIII
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald - UUUUUUU
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy - BBBBBBB
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - IIIIIIII
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck - BBBBBBB
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis BBBBB
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis BBBBBBBBB
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden UUUUUU
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne - BBBBBBB
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown UUUUUUU
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery - BBBBBB
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood 
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding - UUUUUUUU
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan 
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel 
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens - BBBBBB
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley 
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck - BBBBBBBB
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold 
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas - BBBBBBB
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville - BBBBBB
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens - BBBBBB
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker - BBBBBB
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce 
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray 
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens - BBBBBBB
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White - IIIIIIIIII
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom 
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - UUUUUU
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery 
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams 
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas - BBBBBB
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare - BBBBB
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo I- BBBBBBB

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I have even more new additions.  YAY!!!!

To start it off, our heifer surprised us with a calf 4 days ago.  We didn't have her pegged for calving until another week or two.  As if that was a surprise in itself, the calf is a dark brown.  Surprise number 2 has us muffled.  We breed to black angus and ended up with a dark brown calf.  To make things even funnier, John swore that this calf was a hiefer.  I kept telling him I thought it was a bull but he insisted it was a heifer.   Days later he now agrees that it is a bull.  The sad thing is that we let A.J. name this one, since we had planned on keeping this "heifer" and he named her Rose May.  The name made me chuckle because that was my senior language arts teacher in high school.  Too funny.  We had decided to steer the newest one since he was a dark brown but luckily one of our fellow church members heard us talking about the calves and said he would buy this as is when they were broke.  YAY for us!!!!!!!!!  

Second new addition is my new nephew.  Marshall Ryan was born yesterday morning about 8:30 and was a whopping 9lbs. 14oz.  and 22 inches long.  He's huge but adorable.  I'm so thankful he's finally here.  My SIL has gone to the hospital four days in a row before they finally agreed it was time.  They admitted her only after his heartrate dropped.  She finally dialated but after she had her water broke, an epideral and pitocin she stopped.  They finally decided to do a c-section, after I had waited until 4 in the morning before I came home.  He was so large that he was stuck in her pelvic.  They bruised him up trying to get him unwedged.  He's still adorable.  A.J. went down with me yesterday to see his new cousin and he seems to be okay with the new baby.  I guess we will just have to wait and see if the jealousy kicks in.  

John's company picnic was yesterday so we went straight from the hospial to the picnic.  I was worn out, since I'd only had 4 hours of sleep.  They had great food this year and the adults and kids alike played their hearts out.  They had a climbing wall, super slide, and a mechanical bull.  It was fun for all.  I had to leave because I was falling asleep sitting there.  I came home and went to sleep around 6:30 and only roused up a few times.  I managed to sleep until 9 this morning.  I needed the sleep but I still feel tired.  Oh well, that's life.  

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I have grown to love our life on our farm.  If only it was paid for it would be that much better.  Nonetheless, it's OUR peaceful land.  

We now have another new addition to the farm.  Our other heifer calved about 2 hours ago.  Unlike what we thought, this one may be dark brown.  It was hard to tell considering she had literally just had it when we saw it, so it was wet and slimy.  I don't know how this one ended up dark brown.  Hopefully tomorrow when the calf is dry it will be black.  So, our calves are 17 days apart.  We have decided to leave "Little BullsEye" a bull and not steer him.  He will make some one a great black angus breeder bull.  He's beautiful.  I can't wait until tomorrow to see how/what the new calf is.  It was hard to tell when it was nursing, dark and still wet from birth.  Fingers crossed that this one is a heifer.  We so need more heifers to breed.  

Other news in life, I'm still extremely busy.  A.J. is paying John and I back for having an only child and keeping us beyond busy.  He and John went to cub scout camp this weekend and he came home with his hand swollen the point of bursting.  He is allergic to stings and swells something aweful.  His hand still looks very bad.  

School is about out for the summer, 12 more days.  Stupid me applied to teach summer school and of course I got stuck with the failures again.  GREAT!  I so don't want to do it but the extra money would be nice.  We'll have to wait and see what I end up doing. 

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We finally have a new addition to our farm, a little black angus bull that I'm calling Little BullsEye.  I was away at a science competition and John called Friday to tell me that our heifer had calved.  Of course she would wait until I was gone.  John was worried that he wasn't eating because he never saw him nurse but as full of life as he was I assurred him that the little bull was getting something.  He's just so darn cute.  It will be hard to part with him but from the get go we said if it was a bull it would be sold.  We are hoping the next calf will be a heifer.  We need more heifers.  

I have also put my mare back up for sale.  I want to get a new mini mare to breed.  We cannot make any money from the full sized horses so I'm going to put me money into the minis.  But, I need to sell my mare first.  

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It's been a while so I'll do a quick run down.  

A.J. received his orange belt at karate this past week and he is super excited.  He couldn't wait until we got home so that we could hang his old belt up.  I love seeing him excited.  

A.J. started minor league baseball this year and was drafted by the Cubs.  He was upset because their wasn't a Red Socks team but he was okay after he gave it thought and realized that the Cubs was uncle Mike's favorite team.  He had his first practice and meet his coach, whom I'm on the fence about.  One of the girls that I work with is the vice-president for the baseball program and I told her to make sure that someone I knew got A.J.  I had even talked to a friend of mine who is a coach and he was going to get A.J.  Neeless to say, it didn't happen.  A.J. was first pick in the second round of draft so a newbie coach got him.  He seems okay and John convinced me to give him a chance so we'll see.  I guess it's good that A.J. went so fast in the draft.  He really is a good baseball player.  This should be an interesting season.  On the down side we have to get a new glove, new clets, and other stuff.  Oh well, at least he enjoys it.  

Work is chugging along very slowly.  It was aweful being at work this week knowing that we were "suppose" to be on spring break.  The wonderful weather of Kentucky prevented that from happening.  Testing is around the corner and I have to begin my yearly science cramming.  I hate cramming but if it works I'll keep doing it and up to this point it has worked. 

The weather here has gotten beautiful.  It's 70 outside and spring is in the air.  Everyone is mowing and working outside today and it's great.  I cleaned out the flower beds and watching A.J. and the neighbor's play outside.  I love this weather.  I wish it would stay this way year round.  That would be wonderful.  

John and I celebrated our 9th anniversary Thursday.....it seems like forever ago.  Our anniversary is the one thing that we both usually forget.  I actually thought of it when I got to work and wrote the date on the board.  Great, now I think of it.  Half way through the day I see two coworkers lurking at my door.  I knew they were up to something and I kept trying to ignore them and teach but they just kept laughing and going on.  They finally walked in my door with 9 beautiful red roses.  They informed me that they would deliever to me but they wouldn't sing to me.  I could not believe it.  I surprised......  I rarely admit it but I have a wonderful husband, whom I want to choke at times, and I love him dearly.  I thank God for him everyday.  

I'll stop there for now....I'm sure I think of something else once I post. 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY LISA..........hope you have a great one.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY    queenofsarcasm
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I have heard weathermen talk about having cold, wintery weather that also produces thunder and lightening but had never witnessed it.  I walked outside about 30 minutes ago and it was still misting rain and the winds were picking up.  I just walked out to see what th weather was doing now, since we are under a winter storm warning, and we had freezing rain.  Okay, that's normal.  But, when I started to come back into the house I saw lightening.  Then, it thundered.  Now, it's thundering and lightening like crazy.  It's 27 degrees with freezing rain and a snow mixture now and it's storming.  WHAT???  I'm glad that I finally witnessed this but it's beyond crazy.  

Parts of KY are under a blizzard warning......we are in Ky.  My BIL called earlier this evening and said that they had about 6 inches of snow already and it was still coming down hard.  Then, he asked that we come up to go tubing with him and his family.  That's a 3+ hour drive in normal conditions and untelling how long with ice and snow and John actually wants to go.  I would love to go tubing/skiing tomorrow but come one......the roads will be horrid.  Decisions, decisions.  I want to go but I don't want to get out.  Does that make any sense?  Gee....... 

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Yes, it's the weekend but it has been a longgggggggg day.  I had to get up at 5 this morning, a little after since I hit snooze  few times, and be at work by 5:30.  My science Olympiad team had a competition today and we had to gather stuff and make the 1.5 hour trip on a school bus.  Oh what fun....NOT!  I hate riding buses, but that's beside the point.  

Considering that we have missed so much school because of snow we have not had much time to work one-on-one with our team.  But, we overcame all the obstacles that we constantly face and walked away with 2nd place for one team and 4th place for the second team, all of which was out of 9 teams.  The sad thing is that the seven other teams that we competeted against are from the same county.  I'm afraid that science Olympiad is becoming a thing of the past.  No one wants to fool with it because it is so time consuming.  The sad situtation is that the coach that I soooo don't like walked away with 1st place.  This broke my heart and I immediately went and asked for the final results.  The way that we had the total scores showed that there was a very slim chance that we would not walk away with 1st.  When they announced us for 2nd place the other two coaches and I were crushed.  On the up side, for the kids and not the coaches, is that both of our teams are eligible to go to the state competition.  The state competition is a two day, 6+ hour one way trip that takes us two days.  It's soooo stressful.  The kids love it but I'm getting too old for that stuff.  

With that being said I had to miss my baby's basketball game today.  I hate missing his games.  

I could go on but I will stop for now. 

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