Fridays at the Funny Farm: The Great Skunk Kerfuffle of 2016

Fridays at the Funny Farm: The Great Skunk Kerfuffle of 2016

Fridays at the Funny Farm: The Great Skunk Kerfuffle of 2016

or  When Drugs Helped Me Learn to Get a Straight Story from My Slow Talking Texan Husband “Houston, we have a problem.”  I’m not sure I can convey the feeling of panic those few words conjure for me.  They form my husband’s pat phrase for problems of all sizes. If he wants a sandwich for lunch, and the pastrami is frozen: Houston, we have a problem. If the mortgage company accidentally takes the mortgage payment out twice: Houston, we have a problem. If the tractor won’t start, the lawn mower has a flat, or ‘someone’ forgot to turn out the

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Our Farmhouse Laundry Room Makeover (on the Cheap)

Our Farmhouse Laundry Room Makeover (on the Cheap)

Never Ending Love, Laughter, and Laundry I’d like to think, we all have those not-so-pretty places in our homes.  Those spaces that are purely functional.  Otherwise known as ‘the areas that home décor forgot’.  However, in some unfortunate cases, functionality and décor seem to join the cat and the spoon and run away together.  When that happens, we’re left with an ugly disaster, that can’t even get its job done. Enter my laundry room.  Actually, for the last couple of years, I would have said, “Don’t enter it!  Or, at least enter at your own peril!”  It was a little

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Fridays on the Funny Farm: Weeing Pigs and Raining Hay

Fridays on the Funny Farm: Weeing Pigs and Raining Hay

…We Looked REALLY Redneck!

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Climbing the Beanstalk: Cooking Dried Beans 101

Climbing the Beanstalk: Cooking Dried Beans 101

I mentioned before that Red Beans and Cornbread is more than just a staple meal in Texas.  It’s comfort food, but it’s also a clear indicator of a family’s finances.  If there’s ham in the beans, the family is sitting pretty.  If the ham is replaced with bacon, things are tight but manageable.  If there isn’t any bacon and we’re really broke, we add a little saved bacon grease for flavor.  If there’s no meat and no saved fat, those are ‘naked beans’.  Naked beans mean we’re worried about keeping the lights on and the bellies full.  We have eaten

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Fridays at the Funny Farm: The Definition of Futility

Fridays at the Funny Farm: The Definition of Futility

Bear with me, I’m going to be nerdy for just a second.  I promise it’s relevant later. Ralph Waldo Emerson has been quoted as saying metaphysics is “a blind man, in a dark room, chasing a black cat which isn’t there.”  For today’s post, allow me to go with the spirit of the quote, rather than the letter.  I say that’s the definition of futility.  After all, I think the futility of metaphysics was Emerson’s point. …I became the definition of futility! We have rabbits.  More specifically, we have a breeding trio of rabbits.  I like rabbits.  They are quiet,

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We Turned a Closet Into a Restful Retreat (and built a Desk)

We Turned a Closet Into a Restful Retreat (and built a Desk)

Flowers, Fairies, Tea Cups, and hiding in the closet

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Fridays At the Funny Farm: The Oolie Goolie Swamp Affair

Fridays At the Funny Farm: The Oolie Goolie Swamp Affair

“Mama, I have your next Friday Funny!” Grace and I had a chat the other day about this week’s Fridays At the Funny Farm post.  She asked what I had planned.  I said, I’d considered either The Great Rabbit Roundup or Lambs: Tag You’re It.  She was afraid we’d eventually run out of hijinks.  I figure with three kids and a farm full of animals, we have a never ending supply.  After our chat, I went to bed.  (I’m a night nurse and a day sleeper.) When I woke, she greeted me at the foot of the stairs.  With barely

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Easter with Big Kids: Scavenging for Fun!

Easter with Big Kids: Scavenging for Fun!

Our Tradition Transitioned! We’re a family that loves tradition.  We read A Christmas Carol every Christmas Eve, just before unwrapping our new pj’s.  We eat with the same friends, (the kind that are really family), at the same restaurant every Halloween.  We cook exactly the same meal each Thanksgiving.  My kids all received their first pocket knives for their eleventh birthdays.  My daughter’s ears were pierced on her seventh birthday.  And, all my kids came home from the hospital in one of two (boy or girl) outfits made by their great-great-grandmothers.  All because it’s tradition! The kids tend to take

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Filling the Pantry: Time

Filling the Pantry: Time

If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing I’d like to do…Is save every morning for a pancake breakfast (preferably about noon)! My Millennial co-workers are fond of saying, “Adulting is a thing”.  Some of my friends dislike and/or don’t know how to cook.  For them, “Cooking is a thing”.  I like to cook, and I love to eat.  I enjoy having silly conversations around the dinner table.  However, life tends to intrude.  Even those of us who enjoy puttering in the kitchen have crazy schedules, crazy days, and days we just don’t want to bother. Unless

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Fridays at the Funny Farm: The King of the Jackasses

Fridays at the Funny Farm: The King of the Jackasses

…we bought a jackass in disguise! Each time I feed Finnbar, I sing a parody of Elvis Presley’s “Devil in Disguise”.  It goes something like this:

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