Friday, September 30, 2011

4-Headed Cabbage

We had some men come to our home today to put a pump on our well casing.  This way, if the power goes out we will be able to pump water out of our well.  A few hours after they were through, I turned all the water on in the house and let it run to clear out our house lines.  In the meantime, I went outside to take some pictures.

This is a picture of our 4-headed cabbage.  We have four heads of cabbage growing from one cabbage plant.  This picture only shows one side and you can only see three of the four heads.

From this angle, you can see the four heads forming.  This is the first time I have ever seen this happen.

Evan is picking all the dried up peas off of our plants.  We will be able to use these in soup and also save them for seeds to be planted next year.

It looks like fall is really coming.  Our flowering crab apple tree is beautiful with all the little crab apples on it.

Whew.....I'm a thinking it's a good thing I came in the house when I did.  I forgot our tub doesn't drain too well.  Remember at the beginning of this blog I stated that I left the water running in the house to clear out the lines.  Well, when I came in the house I heard the water running so I went into the bathroom to shut it off and noticed how much water was in the tub.  OMGoodness....close call.

I took this picture through the water that was in the tub.  Can you see all the dirt in the bottom?  Yes, we needed to leave the water running to clear out the pipes but no, I shouldn't have left the house and totally forgot I left the water running.  What do you think?

Monday, September 26, 2011

What's "UP"

While we (Evan, Amber, and I) were in Utah this past weekend for our Nephew's wedding, we had the opportunity to go and see the "UP" house.  The house was part of the 2011 Parade of Homes.  It has a total of the 2,800 square feet and will be sold for an estimated $399,000.  The detail in the house was totally awesome.  I loved it.....I could see myself living in this home, totally.  I haven't seen the movie "UP", but after seeing the house replica, it's on my list of one of those things to do.  Enjoy the photos below of this fantastic replica of the house.....from the mailbox outside to the exquisite detail inside. 

There were a lot of pictures I could have showed but I didn't want to post too many pictures.  But, I did save the best for last.  This magnificent stairway was built by our nephew.  Woot! Woot!

For Time and Eternity

What a wonderful weekend.  Evan's brother's son got married in Utah this weekend.  Evan, Amber, and I were able to make arrangements with our jobs to make the trip down.  Since the wedding was early in the morning on Thursday, we headed down on Wednesday.  Evan needed to go to the dentist so we headed to Rexburg first.  Amber works at the same dental office that Evan went to and she didn't get off of work until 6pm so Evan and I had some time to kill.  After his dental appointment, we went to eat at Pizza Hut and then headed over to the Rexburg temple to do a session.  What a better way to kill time than being in the temple and feeling the spirit of the Lord with you.

After going to Lehi (my home town before marriage) and spending the night with my sister, we got up early the next morning to be at the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple to attend the wedding. What a wonderful feeling to be married in the Temple of the Lord and to know that you are sealed to your spouse for all time and eternity. 

That evening, the reception was held at the home of my husbands brother & his wife.  Their yard is the kind of yard that you see in magazines. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!  They have paths around the yard with lots of plants and trees, but I think my favorite part is the little house and water wheel.  Wouldn't this be fun to just kick back, chillax and enjoy a nice evening.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Home Town BBQ

Today was our home town BBQ at the city tourist park. The BBQ is held every year at this time and everyone is invited to attend. For free, you get a BBQ sandwich with all the toppings, (pickles, onions, mustard, ketchup, & mild salsa) and a bag of chips. There are also many booths around that sell drinks, scones, pie & ice cream, popcorn, salads…..just to name a few. It’s a fun time for all. Here is a picture of the line you go through to get your sandwich. It looks long, but the line actually moves pretty fast.

While everyone was in line, someone sang the Star Spangled Banner.  It was beautiful, while everyone had a moment of silence and listened to the song.  Afterwards, everyone cheered and clapped.  God Bless the USA!

While waiting in line to get your BBQ sandwich, during eating, and just while visiting, everyone is entertained from various artist from around the valley and even some not from the valley.  The BBQ is definitely a fun time for all.  We arrived at noon, didn't leave till around 2:45, and the entertainment was still going strong.  I really enjoy sitting up my chair and listening to the entertainment and people watching.  There's something to be said for small, hometown atmosphere.

Nature At It's Best

Evan needed to go to another ranch today on his tractor to pick up a machine that turns the hay over that has been rained on. Since he is on call for his work, he had me follow him in our car with his phone because he cannot hear when a call comes in if he is on the tractor.  It was pretty slow moving, so I pulled the car off of the side of the lane and started taking pictures of weeds, bushes, water, or whatever I could find. If a person just looks, there is beauty in the weeds, too. Just look at the beautiful colors in the following pictures.....awe, nature at it's best.

Friday, September 16, 2011

How Bout Them Apples

I was in the bathroom this morning brushing my hair when I noticed something moving out of the corner of my eye.  When I turned to look out the window, I noticed this little guy.  He wasn't standing five feet away from me.  With the tinted windows and the screen, he didn't even know I was there.  This time, it wasn't my flowers he came in to munch on.

He came in for some sweet, delicious apples.  Evan picked three buckets of apples for someone who wanted them.  We've been bringing them in and out of the house for four days in case it got too cold and we didn't want them to freeze.  The person who wanted them has never come to get them.  Well, last night I forgot to bring them in and this is what happened.  I guess it's Que Sera Sera for the person who wanted apples.

So I could get better pictures without interference of the screen, I stood on my tippy-toes to take pictures from the top window.  This little buck was chowing down on the apples, totally oblivious to me standing there.

I started to tap on the window and whistle.  This got his attention and he just stood there looking at the window.  I was even talking to him telling him what a pretty little boy he was but still, he just stood there staring at the window.  I can only imagine what was going through his mind.  He would eat more apples then look up at the window.

It wasn't until I tried to open the window that I got this reaction.  I very slowly undid the latch on the window and started to lift it up when he jerked up, did a 180, and headed for the hills.  Loot at the crater he left in the dirt.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Heavenly Father's Aweness Moments

As I was driving behind the school this evening, rays of light were just bursting from the clouds, spreading a wondrous glow over the mountains.  Lately, it seems I've had more and more aweness moments that bring me to an awareness of who I really am and the creator of us all.  I wonder sometimes, how could anyone not believe that we truly have a Heavenly Father that loves us and watches over us 24-7, giving us aweness moments to make our day. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Looking For The Positive

Remember me blogging yesterday about my beautiful flower pot that my sister gave me?  I love flowers.

Well, this is how it looks today.  Looks like the deer decided to have a special meal of petunias.  It's one of those catch-22 situations.  I love to see the deer all over our yard but I hate the destruction they cause.  I guess I can't have my cake and eat it too, huh. 

Also, this is what the sky looks like at this moment.  Very dark clouds hanging over the yard and thunder in the distance.  Hope the rain stays in the distance.  Normally, I'd be very thankful for the rain.

But.....all our hay is still raked in rows, ready to bale.  It rained just long enough yesterday so the hay could not be baled today.  I'm still looking for the positive in this situation.  Nature?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Bring on the Fall

After church today, I went for a ride up to the Reservoir.  The sun was shining on the reservoir in such a way that the water was all glittery and shining...awesome.  If you look at the brown hillside and the brush surrounding the reservoir, you can sure see signs of Fall.

By the look of the clouds, it looks like we are going to get some rain......which won't be good because Evan just got his hay cut and raked into swaths.

After the reservoir, I drove down to the Sportsman's Access.  Along the side of the road is this sage colored shrub with bright yellow plumage on the top.

It looks like the yellow plumage is eye candy to the honey bees.  They were swarming all over the plant.

Everything around the reservoir and sportsman's access gave hints of fall but when I got home and saw the beautiful flower my sister gave me back in May, there was not a trace of fall.....unless you look at our yellowing grass under the planter.  But you know what?..............bring on the Fall .......... Fall is one of my most favorite times of the year.