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Country Life

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Good Afternoon!

Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful day! I love weather like this-breezy and little to no humidity. I am sitting outside listening to the birds singing and the leaves on the trees blowing in the wind. Laundry is on the line drying. I love the way clothes, etc smell after hung on the line. 

The chickens are running around the yard eating the bugs. We have not gotten any eggs yet from them. I enjoy "farm fresh" eggs. There are two chickens that like to get out of the pen when they are locked up. Alex and I have not figured out how they keep escaping the coop. We have looked over the entire pen and have tried to fix where we thought they were getting out. I'm thinking those two chickens just fly to the top of the fence and jump to the ground. 

I am so thankful for being raised country and on a farm. We didn't have much but we did have what we needed. Sitting here with all these memories from living on a farm going through my mind. I did not grow up in a fancy house. We did not have central air. There was only one bathroom for ten people. Growing up, I didn't know any different. We had wood heat, which meant we had to cut wood in the winter to keep warm. 

I was taught to respect your elders. Mind your manners. Dad's favorite phrase when we went visiting was "You are to be seen-not heard! Chew your food with your mouth closed." My siblings and I knew that if we misbehaved at someone's home we would get a spanking when we got home. 

I truly love the country life I had and still having now. It's a simple life and I love it!

Have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

Proud To Be A Farmer's Daughter

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (1)

Good Morning!!

I just want to say that I am proud to be a farmer's daughter. There was ALWAYS something to do! Chores seemed endless. In the summer, there was hay to bale and wheat to combine. There was straw to bale. In the early mornings of summer, we picked corn to can or freeze for the winter. Cutting corn off cobs was not much fun but it was necessary. In the late summer, there were potatoes to dig up. We also had carrots. I loved eating carrots right out of the ground. 

Since I come from a large family, going to the store for vegetables was unheard of. What we did not have in our garden, Grandma Helen had in hers. (That's a whole new blog for another day.) 

We had cows and calves to take care of. Before winter hit, we would chase the cows in under the barn porch. Naturally, being cows, they were stubborn and did not always want to go where they were supposed to. It seemed like the task always took way too long than it needed to take. We used the straw to bed down the cows. Manure had to be hauled. 

We also had pigs. Every morning before school, those pigs had to be fed. Feeding them in the early dawn was not my cup of tea. Coyotes could be heard up in the hills behind the house. An owl would hoot every now and then. The only light we had was the barn light. Turning on that light threw shadows everywhere. Since I have a vivid imagination, I freaked out. It's not fun chasing animals in the dark, either. My siblings and I came home one night from choir practice to find the hogs out. We grabbed flashlights and located them all.

Chores may have been never ending but we had our good times, too. Every Thursday, we piled into Elvin's car and drive into Augusta. We were allowed to visit the bookmobile. I loved searching through the mystery selection for Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. I thought I was in Heaven! We all received a quarter for candy. To make such a decision as what candy to buy was hard! Once in awhile, Dad took us to A&W in Washington to buy rootbeer and ice cream. We were not allowed to get out of the truck. Only Mom was the one who got out. Guess Mom and Dad thought we would misbehave. Boy, driving into Washington and crossing that bridge was a huge deal for us.

Since we could not afford to have our own television, we spent our Saturday nights at Grandpa and Grandma's house. We could not miss Hee-Haw or Lawrence Welk! Knowing Grandpa loved his sweets, we could always depend on getting ice cream. 

It was hard growing up on a farm but I still have some great memories of fun. We played outside until dark. Mom turned on the backlight and we played some more. Lightning bugs were sure fun to play with. 

We may not have had much but what we did have was plenty. 

Have a super wonderful day! 

Laurie 8)

Giving Thanks to God :)

Posted on August 3, 2014 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Good morning!!

It's a beautiful Sunday morning! I am sitting outdoors and I just heard church bells in the distance.

I don't know about you but I don't give God credit very often for the blessings in my life. I am ashamed of myself for that. He has given me so very much. My children are healthy. I have an awesome handsome grandson. I have an amazing husband. I'm blessed to have my mama yet. She will be 76 and still going strong. I have a wonderful extended family and friends.

I don't know why I rush through the day. I have no one to impress. Alex takes me as I am and I'd like to think God does too. I'm healthy and doing well. I am happily married. I am fulfilling a life long dream of mine- to become a writer. 

Thank you, God, for my husband, my children, my mother and my health. I may not have everything I want but I do have everything I need.

So stop rushing. Smell the flowers. Enjoy the sunshine. Sing, laugh and be happy. Above all, give thanks to God!

Hope you have a super wonderful day! 

Laurie 8)

Saturday morning

Posted on August 3, 2014 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Good morning!

It's another beautiful day here on the Jackson Homestead! I am sitting outdoors listening to the birds and relaxing. There is a gentle breeze and sunshine. Just hoping and praying for rain. The ground is cracked and the leaves on the trees and bushes are drooping. 

I can hear a chicken cluck in the distance. Our chickens are in their coop roosting. Earlier today I walked over to the coop and found five of them sitting on top of the little run. They were clucking and making noises. When they saw me, it was sudden silence! It was funny. It was almost like they were planning an escape.

Another course wraps up tomorrow. This one was on animation and comics. I went into this course with an attitude of UGH! Comic books-graphic novels...I am coming out of this class with a whole new respect for them. I am definitely going to have to read them now. :)

Hope you all have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)


Posted on August 1, 2014 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Good morning, Everyone!

I am finally able to sit and blog. Yes, I am outdoors-my favorite place to be. It's been awhile because of school. This week is the last week of comic and animation course. I found this course to actually be fun and very imformative. I sure learned alot about graphic novels. I just may have to start reading those.

I have not written any stories lately. I have a script due Sunday. The script is a comic. It is about a friendly dragon who is a vegetarian and is lonely. No one likes him because when he tries to talk, fire comes out instead. A fairy comes to his aid and helps him out. In the end, the dragon has friends. In case you want to know, this is a children's book.

Have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)


Posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Good morning, Everyone!

I am enjoying this beautiful weather again, today. I am outside listening to the birds and watching the laundry flap in the light breeze. The chickens are running around the yard catching bugs and eating weeds. Last night we had a bit of excitement with the chickens. Someone's dog ran into our yard and was trying to get our chickens. Luckily, Elle let us know by barking. We also heard the chickens clucking. Alex goes out to run the dog off. Eleven of the chickens ran for the coop. Two were missing. Alex found one in the lilac bush and would not come out. Finally, Alex grabbed the chicken and put it in the coop. Naturally, stuff like this has to happen at or near night time. Alex found the other chicken under a pile of brush. Today, I have noticed that the slightest thing will have the chickens at attention. Last night's scare really upset them. This morning, Jethro, our cat, started chasing them. So he lost his time outdoors. Elle was on her leash and she did the same thing. Darn animals!! So both of them are back in the house.

I have a quiz I should be working on but not just yet. I have four more replies to make to my peers. I have two scripts to write by the end of next week! I am truly enjoying this class. My grades have been excellent thus far!!! YAY me!

I am also trying to help Alex with the cabinet he is making for our television.

Have a super wonderful day!!

Laurie 8)

Happy Birthday to Adele!

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Good Morning!

It's only 10:30 in the morning and I have accomplished alot already. For one thing, I was awake about 8 am!! Had my coffee, so Im good to go until I need my tea. :)  Laundry is on the line drying. I love hanging clothes out on the line. I am catching up on my homework. I have an assignment due Wednesday night, as usual. This week we are to write a script for a graphic novel (comic). I will be writing one on a dragon that just wants to be friends with the village people.

Right now I am sitting outside watching Alex clean the chicken coop. A couple of chickens have been getting out during the night. He is trying to fix the coop so they stay put! Yes, they are free range during most of the day. We lock them up at night. When either Alex or I walk outside, the chickens run up to us looking for food. Silly chickens!

I have called my beautiful daughter, Adele, too. Today is her 21st birthday! How dare she grow up!

Have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

In My "Office"

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Good morning, Everyone!

What another beautiful day!! It's mid July and it is absolutely beautiful out here. It's been nice having the windows open every day. The birds are singing. The chickens were out for a couple of hours. Someone is baling hay the "old fashion" way---using a square baler---not a round baler. Listening to the baler brings back so many memories for me. My siblings and I and my uncle---sometimes my dad---put up hundreds of square bales every summer. Alfalfa, grass, red clover, straw were some of the kinds we put up. Elvin, my uncle, would not let us help him put up red clover hay. He said it was too itchy and not the place for us girls. It was ALWAYS a blast to put up hay with Elvin. He always drove the tractor while myself and two of my sisters were on the wagon. He'd always laugh and make baling hay fun! Thanks for the memories, Unkie (Elvin). I miss you so much daily!!

Today is Saturday and I am caught up with homework. It's truly strange not to have to worry about homework. I might start writing my script for the animation class I am in this month. The script seems to be an easy one to write.

I baked homemade cinnamon roll for my hubby. I love to bake! I have always said that I would bake anything anyone asks me to, even if I do not like the food myself. I don't like pie but I make a mean cherry pie. I like to think I have the knack to whip up meringue--by hand. Grandma Helen used to say that it is all in the wrist. I miss you, Grandma, daily!

Gosh, I LOVE sitting outside!!

Have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)

Outdoor Office

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Good Morning!

Hope everyone is well. It's 9:30 AM and I'm sitting outside! I know! The world is going to end. 

My wonderful husband made a table for me that can stay outdoors. I am "in" my outdoor office! I love it! The birds are singing. Traffic is going up and down the highway. A horn just blew west of where I am sitting. It's a cloudy day but that's okay. I'm still enjoying the breeze. 

Sitting here, I'm looking around and feeling so very blessed. Even though I don't see my kiddos as much as I would love to, I know they love me from a distance. :) I miss them everyday and love them oh so very much. My kids are each so different. Each one has their own personality. They are as different from each other as oil and water and day and night. I am very proud of each of them. 

Guess I better get started on my homework. I am finally a senior! December cannot come quick enough for me. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)


Posted on July 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Good Afternoon!

Guess where I'm at! That's right!! Outside again! I'd love for summer to stay this nice for the rest of the time. There is a nice breeze. The chickens have been out and about this morning. I was even out of bed early this morning. :) I know!! I was shocked, too!! Haha! 

My wonderful husband cleaned off the concrete where I think the previous owners had a dog run. I'm sitting under the trees supposed to be doing my homework. I am using Grandma Helen's card table with my laptop sitting on it. This table has been around for a long time--since i was a youngin :)

My homework consists of rating my peers posts on their story ideas. I'm not sure how many peers there are but I hate making comments on someone else's work. It makes me nervous. I am learning about animation history and comics. This is something I don't necessarily want to do, but if I want my diploma, I will do it and to the best of my ability. After all, I am a senior! There is a light at the end of the tunnel! YAY!

Have a super wonderful day!

Laurie 8)