Archive for June, 2011

Goings On

Well, I’m almost recovered from the surgery. I’m actually recognizable now! Plus, I can eat normally. Ah! That’s a blessing, indeed, that I always take for granted. If all it takes to be a “foodie” is the immense appreciation for all sorts of food, and loving even the act of eating, I’m one. I like cooking it, eating it, smelling it, chewing it, reading about it… And, for a foodie to be without a good sense of taste and the ability to intake anything with more texture than well-cooked grits… Well, it’s just sad. Thanks to my wonderful sister for making beans and greens the day I came home. I don’t think it was very intentionally planned, but, I was able to eat it – one bean and a tiny piece of greens at a time. Even if it was slow, it was delicious.

But, like I said, I’m almost recovered. The main thing that’s lacking is my ability to open my mouth very wide at all. Hopefully, though, it’s wide enough to sing, because I’ll be competing at the Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree this weekend, along with the rest of Missionary Ridge, in all sorts of categories.

Aside from recovering and getting ready to compete (for which I think I’m going to have to muster up some competitiveness…), I’ve been busy playing secretary. No, not a game. It’s my new job… seriously. Unfortunately, this does not mean that I’m going around in those great secretary dresses of the forties, working for the man that would, without a doubt, accidently fall in love with me and we’d, of course, live happily ever after… Well, it worked in the movies. Anyway, I’m really, I guess, my brother’s secretary. I’m busy organizing for our new business, Belle Springs Dairy.

It’s a daunting task. I have no idea what I’m getting into, but we’re ready for a challenge. Lord willing, this will become a thriving business in the not-too-distant future. Amidst all the apprehension, stress, and feeling of being totally ignorant and overwhelmed, there’s growing excitement. What an incredible opportunity! We’ve been blessed with the opportunity to turn our hobby into an income. I pray that we will be good stewards of this, and grow it in the days, months, and years to come.

So, there was a round-about way of announcing that we are finally open for business!

May be we’ll have a website soon, and I can post a link to it.

I think that pretty well covers most goings on.


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Lacking in Wisdom…


Ouch. I had all four impacted wisdom teeth removed Friday morning. For those of you who haven’t seen me, I look like I kept all the gauze in my mouth. My cheeks/jaw/neck/etc. are very swollen, but a little better than yesterday, I think.

So, I’ve been living on yogurt, tiny mozzarella balls, gelato (thanks to some very dear friends!), and am currently eating homemade tres leches. Not bad, but, I’m thinking it’s not worth it to do it again, if I could. No, I’m very glad to have it over with, and am really looking forward to looking and feeling like myself again.

Oh, and lest I forget to mention it altogether, I passed out (all the way) for my very first time Friday evening. I’ve heard many girls say how romantic it would be to faint, and so forth, but, as I expected, it’s not. As many times as I’ve been on the verge of doing it, I pretty well knew what to expect. So, heads up, girls. It ain’t all roses and pearls when you faint.

Just sayin’.


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Long Time No Post

Obviously blogging is not one of my priorities. However, I think I can give a bit of an update now, for those of you who are simply dying to read something new on my blog.

Let’s see… One of our Jersey cows just had her calf on the 3rd. Finally! We’ve been waiting anxiously for quite awhile. This one looks like he’s a little Jersey-Dexter cross. He’s a cute little thing, and seems to be doing well, even after a traumatic day. He evidently woke up on the wrong side of the fence one morning (no, really, I mean that literally) and spent most of the day separated from his mama. Thankfully, Laura found him around supper time, and reunited them. There for awhile, we were afraid he was gone for good.

Meanwhile, back at the stanchions, Macushla’s being a very good girl for us, and thoroughly enjoyed her brushing this morning. Avourneen, her pretty little heifer calf, now has her adorable green halter on, and is learning along-side her constant companion, Kenzy. We’ve done some training with the lead rope and sweet-feed. It’s going well, I’d say, and it’s been fun to watch their personalities come out. Kenzy is incredibly eager. That pretty well sums her up. She’s eager to see you, eager to eat, eager to be loved on, eager to know what’s going on, eager to communicate with you. I was surprised, however, to find her the least eager to be led by the rope. She’d follow you all day long, but she didn’t like the rope last time I tried.

Avourneen is more calm and relaxed. She’s still not comfortable with anyone petting anything but her head, but she is excited when folks go out to see her. The most difficult part of training her is keeping Kenzy out of the way, as she manages to end up between me and Avourneen, tripping along side-ways under the rope. Awkward. When she’s not there, she’s skipping circles around me. Ah, well. Macushla was similar in enthusiasm, so, hopefully everything will turn out just as well with these two girls as with her.

You’re probably wondering when I’ll move on from cow-news… Well, I can tell about hay… for the cows. Or cattle panels and gates…for the cows. Okay, we’re surrounded by cows.

We have been loving our creek lately, and are continually reminded of how thankful to God we are for being here, in the midst of our beloved church family. We’ve used the swimming/fishing hole and another spot as a gathering point for mid-week fellowship. We are so blessed!

As for recent/upcoming gigs for Missionary Ridge, nothing’s booked yet for June, July, or August, if I’m correct. That’s strange, but I think it’s in the process of being remedied. We played for a benefit a couple of weeks ago. Apart from an entirely unexpected clown-act from a local acquaintance, one of my earrings deciding to fall off during the first number, and our band going without our lyrics notebook (and not forgetting any lyrics!) for the first time, nothing particularly unusual happened. Kyle, Daddy, and I left right after we played, as it was well after 8:00 p.m., and we had a 3? hour drive ahead of us.

By the way, we have a new, honest-to-goodness website now. Visit it at http://www.tbandmr.com/, and sign our guestbook! All our bookings are shown on the concerts page, and you can listen to a clip of one of our songs on the products page.

WARNING: In the following few sentences, I will be taking advantage of this opportunity to offer a sales pitch… or something. As part of Missionary Ridge, I take it as one of my responsibilities to sell our products… product. Anyway, please read to the end. 🙂

Our CD will hopefully be available around the first of July. If you want to be one of the first to own a copy, leave a comment or email me (for those of you who have my email address…) with your name, email address (optional, but nice so we can let you know when they come in, and when we send one your way), and mailing address.

FYI, I don’t think there’s any extra charge for signed copies… 😉

Now that you made it through the ads, I’m afraid to say, you’re at the end of the program. Thanks for reading to the end. 🙂



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