Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Tuesdays Tidbits

This is a sign hanging in my barn. It's quite effective in keeping guests from feeding the horses out of their hands!

I'm getting ready to take T to her riding lesson so you already know what kind of pictures you'll be seeing today! There's nothing like a proud grandmother with a digital camera! heehee! I need to start printing off some of them I am way behind. I need a nice rainy day when I can't be outside doing stuff to sit here and get them printed and put in books. I used to be a real die hard scrapbooker with all the gadgets and embellishments available in the stores and online, doing these incredibly (I thought) creative pages with pop ups and peekaboo's but now I'm lucky to get them IN a book!


T had a good lesson. The pony was a bit cranky today but who wouldn't be doing all those lessons. T's instructor had her doing a few different things today which was fun. She had to ride into a square and do two 360's and then ride out of it again and after a couple of tries did it very well. Also had to ride by a cone and lean over and touch it with her hand after putting the reins in one hand. A good way to learn balance.

She is getting much more confident in her riding and is learning that she is the driver and the pony is supposed to do what she wants him to do. It's fun to see her improve each week. When we got home she wanted to ride some more so she rode Kipper in the ring and then we went all around the neighborhood, so I got some exercise too! :0)

I declared war on the Japanese beetles that have been eating my plants. Along with the deer and the hail the beetles have done their share of damage this year to my gardens. I looked at one of my flowering crab trees and it looked like there were bees all over it and it was those darned ole' beetles. I went to the feed store and got some spray that is supposed to be effective in stopping them in their tracks so I gave everything they were eating a good spraying. Tomorrow I will see if there are any left. This has sure been a challenging year for growing things.

I'm cutting Mrs. Doe some slack though. Husband was out back and saw her with a set of TWINS! I guess they are just adorable with their spots all over them, wish he'd had a camera with him.

Tonight the kids came walking over through the woods for a visit. The grand kids wanted to see the horses so we went out there first and then they wanted to roast marshmallows so Son got a fire going in the pit.

I think they enjoy roasting them more then eating them as they wanted us to eat their charcoal covered confections which got a bit old after the first two or three! Cousin K was here too, he's a bit older then T and D but they all are like brothers and sister and have so much fun together.

We sat around the fire and told stories until it was time for them to go home and get ready for bedtime. What a blessing it is to have them so close by and to do things with them regularly. They are growing so fast and T starts school in the fall so I want to do as much as possible with them as time just flies by so fast. You all know what I'm talking about. :0) I'm so happy Son and DIL decided to build where they did and it is only a 5 minute walk from our house. ( I promised them I wouldn't drive them nuts! heehee!)

Guess that's it around here today. Tomorrow they are predicting some showers and thunder storms so it should be interesting. I hope you all are having a good week!:0)


BarnGoddess said...

great photos!

Your son has a beautiful family.

The riding lesson pics brought back a lot of memories-wow.

Glad T is learning, she looks like a natural :)

Susie said...

You are very blessed to have them living so nearby. I can tell how much you enjoy all their daily activities. I know just how you feel!

Donna said...

We're needing rain something awful now. Seems like every year turns to drought here. It's great that T is taking riding lessons.

dcrmom said...

Oh, those beetles are making me CUH-RAZY. We've sprayed with Seven so many times. And we have the beetle bag. Still, they're swarming my crepe myrtle and my rose bushes. There is a bed of beetles under my crepe myrtle. EW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PEA said...

Good morning my dear friend:-)

I'm still trying to play catch up with everyone since my return from my trip!! You've already got me drooling over that apple pie in your previous post! Yummmm!! I so enjoyed reading your posts I had missed and loved every picture. Makes me wish I lived near you...I'd be visiting you all the time! hehe

Those grandkids of yours are so precious and how lucky you are that they live near and you can see them anytime you want. I haven't had roasted marshmallows in so long...see, I should have been there, I would have gladly eaten their burnt offerings! LOL

Glad to hear that T is doing so well with her riding lessons. She seems to be loving it so much:-)

Geez, between the critters and the weather, your garden and flowers are really having a hard time!! Hopefully you'll win the war! lol xoxox

Joan said...

Photos of your family always bring a smile to my face. You are such a lucky lady and they are such lucky children to have you as a mom and grandma.

the moose buyer said...

what a great (summer) place you live. Note I said summer. It might not be that great in the middle of the winter.

Great family pictures. Maybe one day I can put pictures on my blog too. Joan keeps sending me instructions with hopes I will catch on how to do it.

Tammy said...

Oh, I loved all those pictures of the kids! And I agree with Susie, you are so blessed to have then nearby!

In case you're interested, I'm hosting a little book giveaway this week...


KC said...

Looks like an extreamly fun day. I know my kids would love to be a 5 minute walk for any of there grandparents house.. As it is its a 30 minute drive to my IL's and my parents and a 5 minute drive from our house to MY grandparents the kids great grandparents..
My kids also like roasting those mashmellows better then eating them :)

palmtreefanatic said...

super fun photos!
love it! T is becoming quite the rider, so cool!
That marshmallow looks delicious! now I want some;)

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Love the fire pit!

Joan said...

Hey again! I just wanted to let you know I've left you a little award on my blog.

tonya said...

those are great photos. she seems to be quite the little rider and she is adorable to boot!

the marshmallow roasting pics look like y'all were having a blast! great family time!