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Tuesday, April 15 - A
Dose of Marian - In an attempt to cover up some of the pain and anger
you're probably feeling on this dreaded tax day, how about a few pictures
sure to make you smile? Remember, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go
Monday, April 14 - Baby
Finches - On March 28, our finch pair, Fenton and Creamy, after taking
turns sitting on 6 little white "jelly bean" eggs, hatched out a couple of
baby birds. The other four followed in the next two days. We've been trying
to get pictures of them, but it's such a jumble of feathers in their little
dark basket nest that we haven't really gotten a good shot.
But today, after finally
getting big enough, some of the babies have left the nest and began to hop
around the cage.
Can you believe there are
five more like this in that little basket nest?
Sunday, April 13 - Fun
Day in Amherst - We enjoyed visiting the Amherst Church of Christ on
Sunday. Several of our homeschooling friends attend there. Their kids were
presenting their entries in the upcoming Leadership Training for Christ
event coming up next weekend in Dallas. Puppet shows, skits, song leading,
devotional speeches, scripture memory and more was presented by the kids and
young adults of the congregation. I know they're going to do well next
No, this fuzzy guy wasn't
at church, but afterwards we were invited to the Rodger's home and the girls
fell in love with these Pyrenees cross puppies.
Saturday, April 12 -
Hog Patrol - Nathan found a large group of hogs while feeding cows this
morning. He came back and got the boys and they took off to try and find
Get Together in Claytonville - Homeschoolers from around the area met
Saturday to hear informative speakers and enjoy some fellowship together.
This was the first meeting of a new group forming. The Texas Christian
Homeschool Alumni Preppers (TCHAP) will be having more events. To get on the
mailing list, contact Pete and Maribell Hernandez (
Cimarron and other
participants attend a hands on suturing class.
They practiced on chicken
Friday, April 11 -
Skies - Today the skies were so hazy, we knew there must be a fire
around somewhere. I got on google earth and checked the current fire overlay
and this is what I saw. Lots of wildfires in Kansas and Oklahoma must have
been the main cause. If you have google earth installed on your computer
(free download, just google it), then you can visit
http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/googleearth.php and click on the link
labeled: "Fire Detections(MODIS): Current". When a box comes up, click
"browse" then Open with google. Once you've done this, then you can check or
uncheck the current fire option when you're using the google software, much
the way you can uncheck roads, towns, and other places. It's pretty helpful
if you're interested in keeping up with wildfire news.
Burned - We had to
meet the FEDEX guy down at the Northfield intersection to pick up a package.
While there, we took these pictures of some of the leftovers of yesterday's
Wednesday, April 9 -
Goodies from Germany -
We got a package today from my niece, Audrey Hyland and her family who
are stationed in Germany. It was full of German food items. Chocolates,
cookies, fruit bars and even frankfurters in a jar! The kids had such fun
trying everything. What a great gift!
Wildfire! - This
afternoon, amidst high winds, a grass fire got started by someone checking
cows in a 4-wheeler. Grant Phipps, who works for Dish Network and happened
to be traveling near Northfield, and called to see if we were okay. That was
the first we knew of it. Luckily, the winds were blowing it in the opposite
direction. Still, it's a good reminder to be watchful this time of year.
It's so dry everywhere. The Matador volunteer fire debt. came within 20
minutes and took advantage of a lull in the wind and the fire reaching the
pavement of FM 656 to stop it before it got into rough canyon land across
These shots of the fire
were taken on Cim's phone. They happened to be headed home in the well truck
and were almost to Northfield (10 minutes from home) but couldn't get by
because the fire was up to the road. The fireman were turning people back.
He took a few pics and then backed up and went back across the river. They
had to take a detour which meant that their journey home ended up taking an
hour and a half.
Another Unique Sunset
Monday, April 7 -
Morning Sky Report
The Backpack -
When I was raising my babies, I discovered that they really liked to ride in
a backpack. They were always so curious as to what I was doing, and they
didn’t particularly like to swing or sit for too long. However, in the
backpack, they stayed very contented and happy. Since Atlanta was having
trouble keeping Marian happy while she worked, I packed up my old backpack
and sent it to Tennessee. She’s been sending me a few pictures of the little
darling enjoying her new status as head papoose. Atlanta says the only
problem is that it tends to put her to sleep every time. But if you’re
careful, you can slip out of the backpack and set it down on its legs
without waking up the sleeping baby.
Hint of Showers - This is about all we got out of today's rain
chances. But, at least there were clouds in the area that seemed to contain
moisture. That's something...
Saturday, April 5 -
Eugene Pringle Funeral - We traveled to Lubbock Saturday morning to
attend the memorial service for our good friend, Eugene Pringle. Besides
being Kevin’s father (Windy’s brother-in-law), he was also the father of
Windy’s best friend in high school, Kayla. Over the years we’ve enjoyed
visiting with Mona and Eugene at family gatherings. In the last few years,
Misty and Kevin have hosted Thanksgiving and Christmas get-togethers at
their beautiful home and Wilson that brought both sides of the family
together at the same time. This gave us lots of opportunity for getting to
know the Pringle side of the family better. Eugene will be missed by
everyone that was privileged to know him.
After attending the funeral and the graveside service Saturday, we took the
kids to a really good restaurant in downtown Lubbock. It brought back lots
of memories for me and Nathan. We both have fond memories of eating there
during our youth with family and friends, as well as a few times when we
Unfortunately, they didn’t still have the Gardski’s famous salad on the
menu, which was my favorite, and Nathan and the boys were a little
disappointed in the size of the chicken fried steaks. But the food was still
good and the atmosphere inside the old house makes this a fun dining
experience. It’s located on Broadway, just SE of Broadway Church of Christ.
Recital in Amarillo
This afternoon we attended
a recital given by Courtney Mars. We’ve gotten to know this homeschooling
family in the last year and were excited to get to hear Courtney play. She’s
a very talented violinist and gave an amazing performance. Afterward, there
were piles of yummy snacks and goodies which the kids launched into with
their usual gusto.
Sky Pics from the
Pickup Window - On the way home from Amarillo, I couldn't resist
snapping these shots.
Wednesday, April 2 -
Like New Pickup and Lunch-The
kids and I traveled to Lubbock to pick up my pickup at the body shop. It had
been there for a couple of weeks getting some dents out. (Remember in
February, while on our way to Tennessee, we hit black ice in Oklahoma on
Feb. 2014 News) It
turned out really well, and has a nice new paint job, too. Way to go Geico!
Tuesday, April 1 -
Feathery Visitor - Another little bird hit the window and got stunned
for a few minutes. We always take the opportunity to get a rare close up
view before releasing them again. This is one of the gold finch that we have
here in the winter.
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