Saturday, October 31, 2009
Well, had quite a few trick or treaters tonight. Quite cute costumes too. Some of the moms were dressed up as the moms of there children. One mom was Betty Rubble and son was BamBam. Real nice idea to enjoy the holiday with the children. I never dressed up with mine, I was the one who stayed home and passed out candy while Steve took the girls and 2 of my nephews around. But the kids come home with all sort of stories to tell me and they were wound up for hours afterward. It was so fun listening to them tell of other kids and costumes. So the time is almost over for the little ones to be out. Kiley is spending the night, her Dad is still at his brothers for the weekend and Melanie is tired, so we volunteered to keep Kiley tonight so she can get a good nights sleep. If Kiley is anything like she has been when she stays the night when they work, she will sleep all night for us. lol Guess there is nothing to wake her here. At her house the dogs roam around all night and they have wood floors and the dogs nails click on the floors. I think with our house the quiet lets her sleep the night through.
So, Steve worked til noon today, then when he got home he finished wiring the little C lights up, thinks he has everything on it now. Only needs to pick up some bolts for the rear wheels. Little things like that were put off due to the rain off and on all week. I started raking the leaves out of the driveway and from under the tree out the back door, and raked the ones out of my patio area. There is a huge pile in the middle of the side yard now. Steve said we will put them on a tarp on the trailer and take them up to the farm to put in the washout area on road way back to garden and where the rest of the equipment is parked. He said it would help keep it from washing out so bad this winter. Next spring we will put in culvert and some rock along the wash outs since we know exactly where they all are after the rains we had this year. He said he wants to tile in some areas too. That will all be mapped out this winter and get it done in the spring before planting. If weather stays nice we can get some of it done this winter. But never ever rely on being dry enough to do something the way it's been so unpredictable this year.
Well, it's time to get the little grand daughter ready for her night bottle and into bed hopefully for the night. Hope she has sweet dreams here at grandma's and grandpa's tonight. We really do love this little girl so much. So glad she's in our lives.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The rain is tampering with our plans for our place on our little farm. Guess things are not meant to be for now. God has a way of protecting us from something happening when he allows nature to prevent us on our journey. I do believe he protects us by letting roadblocks block our paths in our destinations.
It rained here all day and is still misting out. As I look out the window at the roads, they shine like ice layers on the pavement with the streetlights reflecting on them. I sit her tonight in the family room watching/listening to Halloweentown High movie on the TV. Steve is vegged out on the couch in living room watching something, not sure what. Leslie is in her room, probably watching her TV or on her computer looking for work.
I got a call from my cousin a couple hours ago, we chatted for a few minutes and I filled her in on the trip to Children's Hospital with Kiley today. Her test come back normal and she has not inherited reflux like Leslie had. I think I will work a while on my crocheting of baby blanket for Kiley for Christmas for few minutes. Then wilh the rain, it made the day dark and gray, so makes me tired and I think I will crawl into bed a little early tonight. I am reading a book by Fern Micheal's, her latest in series of vigilante books. They sure are enjoyable to read. Then I will fall asleep for a couple hours before being up again soon. Shoulder gives me fits so often, and I can't lay for more than 3 hours, and I am up to let it hang down and re pull the muscles away from the neck. Life isn't the same since I fell and tore up the rotator cuff. I often wish for the "if I could go back to one day and do something different, what day would it be..." That day would be the one I would go back to.
Wishing for some sunshine tomorrow and I might just get some of the millions of leaves raked which are laying on the ground right now. Just Sunday, there wasn't many, and I had cleaned up around the shed and driveway, only to see them all laying out there now like I didn't rake any of them. lol The trees still have quite a few leaves left on them, but if we use the yard sweep we can get most of them up now and then have a few for later on.
I am hoping Steve will get in the mood to put up the Christmas lights on the house, not plugged in yet, set on timer like we usually do, but just get them up so we aren't working outside in the bitter cold doing them later on. But we will see if the weather cooperates some and we get some nice evenings to come. Praying for good dry weather for next couple of weeks. God please hear my prayer. Amen
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Started making an Afghan for Kiley. She watched me for a while today. She kept watching as my hands and fingers moved, I know she was wondering what in the world I was doing. Then of course, Grandma wasn't giving her attention, so she fussed and of course I picked her up and told her for the millionth time, she was Grandma's baby doll. I nicknamed her that, cause she looks like a baby doll. That little face, and bright eyes, and tiny little bitty mouth, her button nose. Well, the picture on left here shows what I am talking about. I love to play with her and she loves to listen to Christmas songs, any music really. She also loves the color red. I am sure she will grow up and her favorite color will be red, which will make her Grandpa and I very happy as we are very red people in our collection of tractors.
Today it was raining again, I think it is becoming a pattern on Thursdays, any way, i got out my yarn a couple days ago, and have now really begun to show some progress on it. It will only be one big granny square, but it will be white, lavender and light pink. Little girl colors. I hope she likes it well enough to hang onto it for years to come, maybe even save it back for her own baby someday.
She gets to spend the night again tomorrow night. She is good baby for us once she goes down for the night. I still get up and down all night long, but she sleeps through my messing around being up. Aunt Leslie is off tomorrow night, maybe she will want her in her room with her. Leslie does love her so much and as Kiley gets older and likes to see Leslie play with her, they are getting that much closer.
I have some thoughts on what all I want to make for Christmas and this afghan is just the beginning. I also have some jars to paint and put potpourri in for some people on the list too. Then there are the baskets I have an idea of making also. Then I will have to be prepared to bake just in time to fill those baskets. Goodies are always welcome to all our family and friends. And they take time to prepare and I also add lots of love to each batch I make. lol
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
HHMMMMmmm. Steve had me look in manual for firing order, 1-3-4-2, OK, check plug gap specs. .023 to .027, OK,.....so then he changed the plug wires on the distributor cap one around each. BBRRRMMMM it started running right off. The little thing started faster than a car. OOHHH the relief and the pride we felt is beyond words. I guess I'd have to say it is close the feel of the birth of a child. Forget all the hard work to get to where we are at this very moment.
Now we wait the arrival of the seat. Steve ordered it on Monday, it's suppose to come in sometime this week. Oh I hope he gets it today. I can't wait to drive it around. Since I didn't get to drive it before we took it apart to restore, I really look forward to my first spin on it.
Since this tractor will be for Kiley, our grand daughter, I can't wait to get her picture taken on it. She is only 2 months old, but she will grow up knowing it is hers. Our tractors all have been designated to each of us. Steve has 2, the 706 and the 966, then I have the little 42-H, Leslie the 39-M, Melanie the 50-M, Dave the W-6, and now Kiley the littlest tractor in our collection, the little C. We are indeed an IH-Farmall family.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I do believe my house has someone or someones in it. Over the years hearing noises when your home alone, or the two of us are sitting watching TV and hear the dishes rattle in the cabinet like someone placing a plate too hard while putting dishes away just isn't the house settling. I do think it is my in laws, and I have never had bad things happen, never have goosebumps breakout on me, or feel negative energy when I feel them around. I have come to learn to talk to them and ask them things on my mind, for those are the times the "guests" are more noticeable.
Back in 1980 when Steve and I bought our house, I would not step foot in the spare bedroom after dark. For some reason I never felt comfortable going in there and I would be scared the whole time if I did enter that room. BUT, mind you, I had guests which slept in that room and never had any problems with feeling weirded out. I didn't talk of my fright, but I often wondered why it was only me, not Steve, nor any guests. There were times when I would shut the door to it also, when I was home alone during the day time even. In 1982 I got pregnant with our first. We were waiting for our income tax to fix up the room for baby. In April 1983, 3 months to due date, our house caught fire and that room is the one which burnt. The rest of the house was only smoke damaged, but everything in that room was lost. It held all our wedding gifts, ribbons, cards, high school memorabilia, stuff like that. There was nothing of baby arrival things in there, just storage items. After the fire, I was never afraid of that room again. It was like I knew it was a lost room when we bought the house. That's how I thought of the room, just lost. Then 4 years ago, we noticed a lot of vibes of someone in the same room as you, when no one was. The vibes were very peaceful, not threatening, or eerie, nothing to make your hair raise on your arms or back of your neck kind of feelings. Just a wanta talk to who ever is there sort of thing. At that time we were going through a major life change with Steve's Dad having a stroke and that was the beginning of movement and sharing of our home with who ever came. I often wonder if it is Steve's Mom, she died in 1992, and Steve's Dad was the last of our parents left. The ghost stayed here, and at times was more noticeable than others, usually when Steve's Dad wasn't doing so well, and Steve was so lost in his life during that time, for his way of life had come to a complete stop, and his family let him down so fast and hard, I often thought it was his Mom here helping comfort him in that time. Then the day came when his Dad passed away. A heartbreak as well as a relief too, for the man had suffered and lost love for his family for leaving him so alone. Steve's heartbreak was so major that he had no fight left in him at all. He eventually just let go and let his brothers deal with the last year. After his Dad passed, is when we started hearing things in another room, and I told Steve it was his parents, and that his Mom is the safe feeling one and his Dad is the noisy one, often getting your attention with the movement of something to make the noise. I talk to them when I feel them here. And just a couple weeks ago my cousin and her husband spent the night, she told me she thought someone was sitting in chair in her room, and she wasn't scared, just didn't bother them for the chair she was going to read in. The very next day, my son in law was hit in the side in their truck and it rolled 2 and half times over, he didn't get a scratch out of it. Totaled the truck, but God had to have been riding with him, and my ghost must have been waiting to be here for us when it happened. So now I call them my guardian angels, and I know if I ever need to talk, they are always here to listen and let me feel their presence. I often think of my in laws, they were such good people, they will always be memories I will treasure and I am sure Steve has so many that is why he is such a happy person.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
The shed had all my painting things laying around in containers and buckets, so I collected them and put them into a large tote, and the guys packed it to basement for me, so the fluid and paint doesn't freeze. The shelf in the shed needed repaired, that made taking everything off it and then fixing it, and putting everything back on it. We eliminated a lot of the card board boxes I used while painting. All in all, Steve has a truck load of things to haul off to dump. lol We couldn't find 2 bolts for the drawbar of the C, and Steve kept telling me I had painted them. But low and behold, I found them on the bottom shelf of wood/work cart. lol They had rolled off the cardboard they were painted on.
Anyway, the shed has been cleaned out also, so that is good for the winter months to come. We at least know where most everything is at now, or close to it. Steve and Dave talked about putting snow blade on mowers to push snow with if we get quite a bit this winter.
Still have to get up to farm and get it ready for the winter, but with the rain we had last week, if the sun don't shine quite a lot for several days that will be on hold a few more days also.
The C is almost done completely. The wheels have to be painted, and carb worked on, but Steve has it almost put back together. We also need to get a battery for it. Can't wait to be able to drive it for the first time. Looking forward to that.
Always something needing done around here, and we love doing them together. So I am sure next weekend we will find something else needing done and work on it too.
Friday, October 9, 2009
I baked a cake today, trying out some new things before the holiday, to see if I want to include them in my baking. Well the recipe I did today is going to be modified when I re-make it. Just wasn't what I was looking for in a coconut cake. Leslie was off today, and she made brownies. We both got to take care of little Kiley, she even spent the night last night with us. She slept for 7 hours straight for us. Mommy said she hopes she sleeps like that for her tonight. Then she napped off and on all day long, guess the little thing was just wore our with playing with Grandma the last 3 days. Tonight Grandma is wore out. lol
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
As soon as it is all put together I will be sure to place picture of it here in my blog.
I do have the front and rear wheels to paint but they are silver not red so they won't be quite as a big job as the overall tractor has been. It sure is red, suppose to be red, but til it completely dries the brightness stands out. It will dry a darker red, not so brilliant, but the shine right now is just blinding.
Had Kiley for the first day since Melanie went back to work, Dave was off on Monday and Tuesday so he kept her, she was sort of a stinker this morning, but she finally took nap on Aunt Leslie while I was out painting, then I come in and showered and gave her some more bottle and she zonked out for me and took over an hour nap. I got dishes done, her stuff gathered up for her mom to pick her up so they could head home, and all her other stuff put away that I had to have for her to spend the night last night. So got those things accomplished while she napped.
When Steve gets home from work tonight, we will put things away outside before the rain hits, and tomorrow I think I will bake some cookies that I want to try before Christmas, as I like to know what they will taste like before I include them in my list of goodies to make to give to friends and family.
While shopping Sat. afternoon, I picked up the ingredients I will need. So with the storm coming in, what a better way to be cooped up inside. Hope the rain isn't what they predict it will be. We really don't need 3 inches. We'll see come tomorrow.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Melanie went back to work today. She seems glad she has, and on the other hand, she went back to un-organization and she tackled it like a trooper. Then this being Dave's day off, he kept Kiley and she was a stinker for him. He come over in afternoon and she was good here for us. He just shook his head and I feel for him, he's a good Dad, just has to get used to the little things which make her a happy baby. Maybe my sanity as my own girls were small were the stories and odd little happenings I shared with them. I talked to them all day long, just little stuff, things I was doing, things I wanted for their future, my dreams of what they would be like when they grew up, things which bothered me, people who irked me, troubled thoughts I had, prayers I shared with God, just anything on my mind was heard by my little babies ears, what their little minds did with the processing of those things they heard didn't seem to hurt them, and they grew up being my best friends. So now I am taking the journey with doing this with my grand daughter, she will hear all about my life and be bored out of her mind, but also she will hear my voice and learn to live life to the fullest and laugh often everyday to keep her happy and love with all her heart the people and things in her life she chooses.
Worked on the little C today. Last week I thought by this time this week we would have it together, but things didn't work out that way. I guess I still need to have busy work and when the day comes when it is done and put together, I will not know what to do with myself. By then, the weather will chance for the season and I will be stuck inside working. So I will take this time to spend outside. Looks like rain is headed in for us, so I will need to get up early and get started if I want to get things done out there. The weather channel just showed snow falling in Montana. Winter is headed this way.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Many members did not help out as usual, but visitors helped out tremendously, and us working members sure do appreciate the help we got from them. Sure wish some of the members which make the club look bad would just quit and go to some other club and do their bickering and stirring of trouble. But those kinds of members seem to just hang on and run off friendly pullers and make for poor turn out of pulls.
Hoping to run some ideas by some of the open minded members about some changes for next year. A big Thank you goes out to all those dedicated to helping us and hanging in there this year. To the other useless members, your day will come. Beware.......
Thursday, October 1, 2009
After I got my parts painted, I still have left over paint, so I cleaned up Steve's lawn mower which is apart for his oil pump key and pin broke and he has to replace them, so I took advantage of it and Melanie helped me paint it up. Looks good if I do say so myself. lol
I taught Melanie how to paint with air paint gun today. She enjoyed it and took right to doing it the right way after I showed her how and she watched me paint. I am proud that she took interest in it. Now when Dave and her have something they want to restore, they both have some experience and they can do it themselves. Since I am self taught, I had some major goofs at first, but by doing it I learned from my mistakes and I have told them what happens from time to time and if they remember my stories, they won't make those mistakes.
With every tractor I have painted, I have done things a little different an I like the way each have turned out. I will take pictures today in the daylight and post them for future reference as well as brag boasting. lol We hope to get the tractor assembled early next week. The parts will be dry enough to handle and won't roll the paint if we wait for a few days. The sheen on the parts right now looks like glass. I am very happy with the look of it. When it is totally finished, I will admire it often as I drive it around or watch Steve driving it.
I hope one day our kids are as proud of the collection we have as we are. We have spent a lot of hours on these tractors and have much pride in them, as well as we enjoy driving them around and pulling them.
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