Apricot Harvest

Friday, June 12 –

Nathan and his mom were able to pick apricots from a tree in Matador. It had been pretty well picked over, but with a tall ladder, Nathan was able to reach some real beauties near the top limbs. He and Carolina made quick work of halving them and getting them in the freezer.

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New Porch Furnishings

We moved this love seat out of the house. When one of the legs broke, that was the last straw. Until the guys have time to haul it off, Rusty is enjoying the new porch furnishings. The cushions? The kids took those to the trampoline to play with them there.

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June 9, 2015

What’s so special about June 9? Well, in my book, June 9 was an exceptionally fine cloud day. The sunrise and evening clouds were so colorful and spectacular that they deserve a blog post of their very own. What do you think?

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The Tennessee Dry Sink (plus more new decorations)

While in Tennessee for Alan’s birth, we went to an estate sale. I bought this marvelous metal dry sink.

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I found this picture on pinterest (follow me@Shannon Ranch). I loved it and used it as an inspiration.


Cim offered to paint it for me one day last week. I’m so in love with it. I’d like to use it someday in a real sink application somehow.

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We also made a few other changes. We painted the coffee table a similar color and then distressed it a bit.


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We also recovered a lamp shade. We ripped off the red material and replaced it with our color. Carolina is also sewing us some new curtains. I’ll post on that later when they’re all finished and installed.

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River Fun with the Rodgers

Saturday, June 6 –

We really enjoyed hosting the Rodgers family from Amhearst. They came to pick up some Turkey poults and chicks that Aspen had hatched out for them. We enjoyed homemade pizza (Aspen again) and a fun time down at the river.

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The newlyweds joined us, too.


The river is one of the best places for kids ever.


Big sand hills along the river’s edge create a climbing challenge.

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Nathan and Joel enjoy discussing the terrain.


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Rusty never passed up a chance to swim.


Horse School

Sunday, May 31 –

Nathan, Stockton and Carolina went riding this afternoon. It had been a while since they had all gotten to go together. Nathan said his horse especially needed a lot of “schooling”.

These pictures were taken when they returned.

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The Little House

Marian had so much fun playing in Carolina’s playhouse. We would come to the sliding side window and pretend to order something. Then we would pay with a little “credit card”. Carolina’s little plastic cash register makes a little computer sound when you swipe the card through it. She also enjoyed washing the dishes, cooking and driving the car.









Storm Chasing from my Computer Chair

Saturday, May 16 –

Today was the big race that Cim, Laredo, and the Phipps boys have been working toward. It’s called a “Tough Mudder” race. It was 11 miles of mud and obstacles. It was in a small Oklahoma town called Okemah, east of Oklahoma City. I’ve been worrying now for months about them being in that area of Oklahoma in mid may. It’s a tornado magnet.

Well, I was right. There were bad storms all day long. I found a live feed from KFOR Channel 4 in OKC. Also I had up TVN weather network on the internet. It has a map of the area showing storm chaser locations. You can click on a storm chaser and watch their live feed.

All day long I kept up with the storms. One tornado after another was forming. At one time the kids were in a tornado warning and a tornado even threatened Okemah a few hours after the race was over. I’m glad it’s over and the storms have moved on now into Arkansas.

Here are a few storm chaser pictures I snagged off the internet feed and from KFOR feed.

These first few are near Shamrock, TX and northeast into OK toward Sayre.

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If you’d like to check out the feeds I was on, here are the links:



Mother’s Day Surprises

Sunday, May 10 –

Today was filled with very nice surprises. First, upon awakening, this was what I saw waiting for me on my desk.



a large vase of wildflowers, cards, posters and various notes.

As we left out for church, I was also surprised to see my pickup freshly washed.


Apparently, Stockton and Carolina had been out in their bedclothes at 6:30 doing the job.

After church, everyone rushed away from church in their various vehicles. ( which wasn’t strange as the boys are always dashing away somewhere without notifying me.) Nathan and I stayed and visited as we usually do. We stopped by Georgia’s to pick up Stockton and Carolina who often go home with her after church. I walked in the door to find everyone there and a large spread of food prepared and ready.



There were two kinds of enchiladas, fried rice, black beans, salad, chips and hot sauce! and for dessert, a wonderful cherry cheesecake with chocolate topping. Who wouldn’t feel special after this treatment?

Aren’t our children such a gift from God? We’ve been chosen to raise them and give them a good foundation in the Lord. As they are now coming of age and becoming responsible for their own lives before God, it fills my heart with gladness to see them making good choices and living amazing lives for God.



Branding Before the Rain

Thursday, May 7 –

This is a painting called “Hurry Up and Brand” that I created in 1991. It depicts two cowboys who have snagged a calf that was missed in the recent roundup. Will they have time to get a fire going and brand it before that approaching storm hits? Probably not.


However, our group recently had better luck. Cim and Laredo had some cows and calves to brand. Rain was threatening, and they really had to hurry, but Courtney and the other kids pitched in to help and they finished the last one just as the big drops began to hit.

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