Monthly Archives: July 2010

Please, rain on my parade…

Once upon a time there was a girl and a farmer. The two were totally and completely in love. Their idea of a good Friday night consisted of driving around the country in a big Ford pick-up. They would hold hands while cruising around checking sprinklers.

Okay, obviously the girl is me. Who else would enjoy riding around in a dirty pick-up at the end of a long week?

And honestly, I don’t really like checking sprinklers… but it’s pretty much an essential part of life. We live in a semi-arid part of the country. Our sole source of income comes from the ground. If Mother Nature decides to go crazy, things will not be pretty. I might lose my internet connections… and my house… and my pretty pick-up truck. And my dog eats A LOT of food. Going broke would be not so fun.

Anyway, so we were driving around the farm, making sure that the irrigation systems were all working. The corn is climbing rapidly and looking awesome.

It might be our best harvest ever.


We watched as big, fluffy, blue clouds moved over our area. They were beautiful, but we didn’t get our hopes up. It’s cloudy here a lot, but rarely actually rains. When it does, we get excited… Remember, as Luke Bryan says “Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey, whiskey makes my baby get a little frisky.

The temperature continues to drop as the storm rolls in. Before long, it is a comfortable 65 degrees.

Suddenly, rain starts pouring down in big sheets. Colby smiles. I smile. Life is good. We are happy.


And everything is beautiful. Rain reminds me of all good things in the agriculture. Green crops, fresh dirt, baby animals, big green tractors, and plentiful harvests.


Rain can fall on my parade any day. I’ll be the one jumping around like an idiot, dancing around in my good shoes, loudly singing, “I’m singing in the rain…”

Life is all about attitude and I’m not going to let a little water ruin my day.


Plus, it’s just so dang pretty.

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The Crazy

I have done it again and let my life get all crazy. I suspect that I actually exist better when things are all jumbled and confused. Really. I do. The crazy just seems to seep into me and before long I’m grumpy and behind on everything. Here’s some examples:

1.) My washing machine has been broken for over three weeks. It’s a fancy unit that was over $1000 dollars when it was purchased two years ago. We waited around for a washing-machine fixer, thinking it was under warranty, only to find yesterday that it wasn’t. Suddenly, Sears is saying that the error code that keeps coming up doesn’t exist. (Because I totally go around making up error codes on my washing machine. Don’t you do that?) They claim that we’ve been using the wrong detergent and that if we switch to a high efficient kind everything will suddenly be wonderful and that the clouds would part and angels would start singing.

Well, guess what? They were wrong. It washed one load and the error code was back up again. I am so tired of not being able to wash clothes. It’s driving me insane. Plus, I’m very unimpressed with Sears’ customer service and my fancy POS washing machine.

2.) I’m currently enrolled in a class called “Principals of Emergency Management.” It is an upper level political science class that I’m taking solely because it’s the only upper level Pol-Sci class offered this summer. Last week, I took two separate FEMA safety courses online. I think I might now be licenced to respond to emergencies.

One problem- I don’t want to respond to an emergency. I’ve taken First Aide and CPR twice and still can’t remember how many chest compressions to breaths one is supposed to take when reviving someone. I really don’t think I would be very helpful in an emergency. But here I am… learning about reception and care of victims. There is even a detailed section in my book detailing what to do with dead bodies after a mass casualty. I didn’t sign up for this kind of stuff. It freaks me out and makes me a little crazy.

3.) We still haven’t gone anywhere. After harvest, I was supposed to go on a wonderful vacation where I could relax in the mountains. We have been waiting around (for weeks) for manure spreaders to come spread cow poop over the wheat fields. I’m not making this up. After harvest, we have to get the fields cleaned up and ready for planting. Well, the manure is plowed into the ground, making the land perfect for future wheat growth.

I was seriously starting to think that the poop boys didn’t really exist. But they showed up today. Within’ hours, they had some kind of mechanical difficulty and were broke down. Of course, right?

4.) My puppy is currently sleep barking. Yes, it’s true. And this fact seems to cancel out all the other crazy things going on and makes me smile.

My pup


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Oh boy!

The girls in my life seem to pose for pictures more frequently then the males do. Does this happen to you guys?

Luckily, I have a know a few men who aren’t afraid to work it for the camera.


A mother of two teenage boys, was constantly being asked to look for things they couldnt find. Most of the time these items were directly in front of them. Seeing her frustration over this when it happened yet again, one of her sons remarked: “Its not my fault, Mom. I dont have parental vision.”


For weeks a six-year old lad kept telling his first-grade teacher about the baby brother or sister that was expected at his house.One day the mother allowed the boy to feel the movements of the unborn child. The six-year old was obviously impressed, but made no comment. Furthermore, he stopped telling his teacher about the impending event.The teacher finally sat the boy on her lap and said, “Tommy, whatever has become of that baby brother or sister you were expecting at home?”Tommy burst into tears and confessed, “I think Mommy ate it!”


Martin had just received his brand new drivers license. The family troops out to the driveway, and climbs in the car, where he is going to take them for a ride for the first time. Dad immediately heads for the back seat, directly behind the newly minted driver. “Ill bet youre back there to get a change of scenery after all those months of sitting in the front passenger seat teaching me how to drive,” says the beaming boy to his father. “Nope,” comes dads reply, “Im gonna sit here and kick the back of your seat as you drive, just like you’ve been doing to me all these years.”


Old-fashioned Zachary approached Lureens father, intent upon asking him for her hand in marriage. “Sir,” he blurted out, “I have an attachment for your daughter, and ” “See here, young man,” interrupted the parent, “when my daughter needs accessories, Ill buy them myself.”

Real farm dog

Justice seems to be the most photogenic boy in my life, by far.


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Purple, purple, purple.

This week, i heart faces is focusing on the color purple. I love this theme… because it is open to so many different ideas.


Just around the corner in every woman’s mind – is a lovely dress, a wonderful suit, or entire costume which will make an enchanting new creature of her. ~Wilhela Cushman

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Explore. Dream. Discover.

I have decided to live my life according to this quote:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Mark Twain


I want to get out and see the world. Experience life. Meet new people.

I want to hike the Grand Canyon, climb the Rocky Mountains, and watch the sunset from both sides of our county.


I want to smell the flowers, eat real Mexican food, and feel the sand between my toes.

There is so much out there to be discovered and to learn. I want to have long conversations in hole in the wall bars. I want to wake up in a different city with my arms wrapped around Colby.

Sail away with me

I want to live out of a suitcase… if only for a few days.

There are so many pictures that I want to take…

Pleaces to see… Things to do…

Lake Tahoe

Obviously I am getting restless. We haven’t been anywhere since March and it’s starting to get to me. Once again, I am ready to be offered my dream job. I could have the best travel blog ever if someone would just shell out the bucks.

Anyone want to fund my travel blog? Please?


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You’re pretty

Yes, you may be without makeup. Your hair may be thrown up into a messy bun (like mine.) You may be wearing your dorky glasses (like me). Remember, make-up is always optional.

Maybe you feel like you look like a fright. But someone out there still thinks you are absolutely, and totally gorgeous.

So live it up. Work it, girl.


Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
— Judy Garland


Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.
— James Allen


It’s not what you do once in a while, it’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.
— Jenny Craig


Life is a big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can.
— Danny Kaye

My mom

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than
unsuccessful people with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve
the problems of the human race.
— Calvin Coolidge


The most beautiful things in the world are not seen nor touched. They are felt with the heart.
— Helen Keller


Yes, even boys can work it. Be sassy, Tyler.

And you too, dear reader. Go out an be confident and know that you’re pretty, too.


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“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” ~John Muir


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