Friday, October 3, 2014


We took the ferry over to Missouri for pizza. :) Even though it was cold and windy, it was worth it for this sunset on the way back!  I only have lame phone pics, but I'm glad I got those!
I let Photoshop merge a few photos, trying to show how amazing it was, but of course the pictures don't do it justice.  It stretched all across the sky and lake. 
Matt even got to drive! 
Mom and Dad didn't get out of the truck. I guess all their years in Florida have thinned their blood. But they still enjoyed the view, from the warmth of the truck.
When we pulled up to wait on the ferry, we could tell it was going to be a pretty ride!  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

At the lake

We all went down to the lake for a swim. 
After Mom and Lizzy finished up the pears, the last of our canning (for now)! 
It sure is nice having our own private beach! 
Mom and Dad went down too, but they opted to watch from chairs.  Guess Floridians don't find cold lakes so refreshing. Ohioans like Ryan like them just fine. And well, whatever we are, our kids will swim in any temperature. :)
It's such a pretty view, both ways! 
Ryan took Mom home on the 4-wheeler!   Jack running along as always.
Jack, demonstrating how to lick his nose and displaying his coyote-chewed-half-ear. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Even though my parents were due around lunchtime, Allen went out hunting in the morning and quickly got a doe! It may have taken 45 minutes. The man is a hunting machine! 
Uncle Ryan and Josh helped him process it outside, while Matt helped me weigh and wrap up the meat inside.  All with the clock ticking down, as I really didn't want Mom and Dad to arrive to Lundy Mountain for the first time and see it looking like, well, like it did.  (Ew)
The chickens and cat were very happy with the leftovers.  (Ew)
Walker Kitty literally ate herself into a stupor.  She passed out right there and didn't move for hours.  
And we finished just in time, with all the evidence gone.  And FORTY POUNDS of free meat in the freezer!  That was a very productive morning. 
He's been watching the deer around here and of course they can't see him looking like this. 
The trail cam has been fun to watch.  This little guy's safe, but there are a lot of others on this mountain.  
This could be the culprit of Walker Kitty's altercation.  

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Walmart Museum

We picked up Uncle Ryan (for a week-long visit, yay!) in Bentonville, so when in Rome... we had to visit the Walmart Museum.  It was very interesting, and especially awesome since it ended at the old-time ice cream parlor!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Random farmness

Walker Kitty's back.  One day it was the mower seat, the next was a box of trash.
Apparently the ducks are really enjoying the goats' play land, especially the tires. 
They put gravel on our dirt road!  Guess they were tired of having to scrape it after every rain. I'm not sure how they justify the expense for the few people that live up here, but our tires are grateful.  My pictures won't be as pretty though!  
My reading tree was taken over by Allen, Matt, a dog, a cat, and goats. 
Lizzy drew the goats if they were human.  I think she captured their personalities well!  Fun happy Lily, sweet quiet Lucy, and pretty but mean Annie.  
Some of the tarantulas here are kinda big. They keep to themselves, so they don't really bother us. The kids came in telling me about an extra big one on the barn and wanted the camera. I said make sure something's in the picture so you can see how big it is, and they took this.  Okay then!  
We got a free goat/chicken/duck shelter for the woods (hey, free is free).  Jack seems to think it's a porch.  
Matt was being nice and shared his pillow with Jack, who seems to be a little confused about how to actually use a pillow...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Poor kitty

I held off on posting about our poor kitty until I was sure it would have a happy ending, but (spoiler alert) it does!  After midnight, we heard Walker Kitty yowling something awful. Allen went out to check on her and found her dazed and leaning on a fence, but didn't see any other animals.  She had some cuts and puncture wounds, but her lack of balance was most troubling.  We thought maybe she'd been bitten by a poisonous snake, since unfortunately there are many around here, but she never showed any swelling.  We'll spare the details, but our best guess now is some animal (coon, coyote?) bit her head and shook her or threw her against something.  But it's just a total guess of course.  It was sad to see her in such bad shape and we prepared the kids for the worst, in case she didn't wake up.  She wouldn't even drink fresh milk or get up for over 24 hours. 
We kept her inside and let her sleep, giving her lots of love.  
After a day and a half, she finally started eating and drinking just a little.  
And we cleaned her up. She was looking rough!  
She tried to play a little, but she was still very wobbly.  But we were glad her spirits were high. 
The next day she was doing even better. Still wobbly, but she ventured out and about. 
She would still sleep a lot.  
When she wandered off and we found her asleep on a shoe, we knew she was on her way to a full recovery!  
She's doing great now and back to her ornery, weird self!  We also now like to think she bravely fended off a bear to protect the farm animals!  :)