Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Meet Luna

Walker Kitty was getting annoyingly (and sometimes painfully!) playful, so we thought maybe two cats would be good for the barn. They can keep each other warm, play together, and generally leave us alone. So we asked our neighbors and they had a few kittens.  Meet Luna!  We were thinking of Misty, Stormy, something gray, but Allen came up with Luna and we all loved it.  There was a lunar eclipse that night and we love Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter. Plus she's kinda crazy and we assume any cat of ours will be as well. (Spoiler, she is!) 
For the first few days, Walker Kitty was NOT a fan! It was pretty crazy.  (See her behind the tree?)  Ugly!
Then we kept "losing" Luna and no one could find her.  The kids finally found her under the RV, up in the underpinning (which yeah, needs fixed!). 
Randomly, one of the free range chicks was hoping for handouts through the window.
And one of the not-yet-free chicks attempted to get free, but got stuck. He was lucky we were home!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Archery for the lefties

While Uncle Ryan was visiting, all the lefties had a little target practice.
A natural?
Josh still loves his new bow.
Yeah, he said he occasionally loses a few beard hairs. :/ 

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...