Thursday, June 25, 2009

Land Locked

This blog entry was written last week sometime while going over paperwork details for my sailing license. It’s up for renewal… 10 yrs have passed since I managed to snag it, hard to believe! Anyway, I still liked this post so I figured I’d upload it even though it isn’t fresh off the presses.

On of my favorite songs…“Your blue might be grey, your less might be more, and your window to world might be your own front door your shiniest day might come in the middle of the night… That’s just about right…”Blackhawk

Don’t you just hate it when you get the blues?

Me, too

Why does it happen and how do you make it go away?

I have yet to figure that one out. I guess you stay busy or you fight through it but man it’s annoying. I came into my nice, secure, and oh so predictable big brother job this morning and I just wanted to scream at the top of my lungs. It feels so suffocating and dull.

I remember as a kid, teenager, and then as a young adult on my way to college dreaming of a life less ordinary. That was my goal dream big, go big, and never look back. I wanted to be an astronaut and no I am not kidding. The first shuttle launched when I was in kindergarten and the Challenger blew-up on live TV in my 4th grade class. I fell out of my chair. Reality hurt. In middle school I went to Space Camp (Academy) and I was hooked. In high school I started an after school club through 4-H called Blue Sky Below My Feet. It was county wide for kids in 1st grade to middle school and ran by myself and two of my high school friends. We even got one of the physics professors at the local college to help us out and used many of the campuses classrooms for our meetings. Somewhere along the way I started flying lessons thanks to my Grandmother’s intervention and I even soloed just after my 16th birthday. I joined Civil Air Patrol and put myself on the right path to attend a service academy. Yep, I had it all figured out. Or so I thought. Until college and reality caught up with me and the academy was harder than I ever thought.

Humph!

What the heck happened?

I love my life at the ranch, that isn’t it at all. Although 007 drives me a little nuts and mildly insane I am pretty sure he’s the best things in my world and a perfect match. Poor guy, I know. Eh, I hope we balance each other out.

Space travel and flying don’t thrill me like they use too. Although, I really did get a huge kick out of the new Star Trek movie if you haven’t seen it, go.

I can say with certainty that it’s the big brother job/predictability of it, but hey it pays the bills, I have about zero responsibility most days, and rarely does anyone check my work because well they either don’t get it or don’t care to get it. I realize that sounds depressing just to write.

Sadly it is very true.

Well the job hunt is in full force but the economy is bad and so far the stars have yet to align in my favor. So yet again the sea is calling and that really annoys me.

“Changes in latitudes; changes in attitudes…” Yep, another favorite song.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

We've been Busy!

Wow we are halfway through June and I haven't posted a thing! Well, let me bring you up to speed quickly through photos of what's going on at the Ranch.


A quick update on the garden. Take a look at this monster! It is amazing and in no small part thanks to the help of my Dad's Bobcat and 007 mad skills at building from my silly drawing. Yep, we are rather proud of this huge undertaking and can't wait to get the rock in around the beds. Remember it'll be an English Garden:)



Future location of green beans and sweet corn! Oh, I wish it was already coming up... yes we are getting it in late:(


Tomatoes and two large beds for watermelons, cantaloupe and honey dew melons, yum!


Flower beds going in all over the ranch. Each will have a limestone rock wall around them. The one by the three trees will probably circle only two of the trees. 007 is even more excited about the hammock that will go to the left of this bed between the next two trees. We have yet to put it up because we think it may derail our current plans.


We will be adding flowers around the cement turkey and along the cat shack yard (photos below). I think the Cana Lillies will go along that fence line. The turkey is a rescue from my folks old place, dang thing was VERY heavy

We also had a driveway to fix thanks to wonderful drainage issue. Who says life in the country is dull never had to drive across this on their way to work! I may need new shocks on the Jeep, but it is all smooth now. With the Bobcat 007 made short work of this mess! Now the culvert is working and water run off should go through the culvert instead of over the drive.


Well the ranch would not be complete without some kind a rescue mess to be dealing with on top of everything else. These two adorable boys are Sage and Mic. They are in our Assisted Placement Program (AP) sorta. It's a huge mess and a post in and of itself. Basically giving up a pet is hard to do. We hope to do good by these boys and help their former owner realize what is best for them.
WORK is still going on INSIDE THE HOUSE... because heck, it sure isn't done either...
We have tile getting put down in the kitchen still. Yes, that anniversary tile is still a work in progress but 007 is making it happen slowly but surely. These two photos show you the overall layout and a close up. This is before grouting. I love it! It should look kind a like two rugs in it's design... Not sure if that makes since.

While at Lowe's I also found some very cool stone tile that we added above the shower in the bathroom. It looks rather Celtic to me.


And back at the zoo we have a new addition. He's a Rhino Iguana and he's oh so cool. I was hand feeding him this weekend because he wasn't all that hungry. He is rather gentle but I still keep my fingers back far!


Hope you are enjoying your summer as well!