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ANNOUNCEMENT: We’re buying the farm!
Yep — finally found a place down in Cape Coral, FL that will perfectly suit our needs. NO MORE SNOW!!!!!!!! Thank God — He truly is the God of miracles! So, for the next 5 !! weeks, we’ll be busy packing up, throwing out, selling the farm (yep, PENZANCE “North” is still for sale!) and, as such, I may be a bit scarce around these parts. However … you and yours are still paramount and I will do my best to keep you all informed and up to date on all things #horses.
I will continue to accept consultations, on and off farm foundational training/therapy (sometimes all it takes is one or two lessons to get you on the right path with your horse!), doTERRA Essential Oils, Herbs, Minerals, Bodywork, Communicating, etc. etc. (I’ve really been sorting, throwing and packing for the last two years in anticipation of this move! *grin*) So, if you need me for anything, as always, just holler! I’ll be in and out and all about. 😀
Will keep everyone updated as things move along. We’re planning on closing on PENZANCE South, on the 9th of September. So that week I’ll be on the road travelin’ .. SOUTH! (and yes, we’re taking all the horses, the ponies, the dogs, the cats with us! Of COURSE!)
AND — A.N.D. — I will also now be accepting consults, trainings, clinics, workshops, camps in the Lee County, Florida area starting Fall/Winter 2015! I’m moving .. not retiring. *grin* So set me up and we’ll DO IT! OK, folks — off to sort through closets and getting rid my New England winter clothes!!!!!!
This Northern Belle is FINALLY MORPHING to a SOUTHERN BELLE!
Recently Hubs and I had our 22nd anniversary. Hard to believe it’s been that long. We’re kinda proud of ourselves though. We’d only known each other 5 weeks when we got married. Yeah, I know. Crazy. But it’s worked this long. Just about everyone who knew us said we’d never make it. HA we proved them wrong. We’re like that.
We actually had two weddings within a week of each other. We had one in Florida so it was legal, then we had one in Georgia a week later so family could be there.
With all the turmoil that’s been going on lately in our lives, we’ve been a little short and snippy with each other at times. We know we don’t mean it, so we manage to get through it.
So, bet you’re wondering where I am going with all this? See, I knew it. Guess I’ll tell you.
Last weekend, the neighbors behind us had a wedding in the back yard, rain and all. She was a beautiful bride and the groom looked so handsome in his tux.
Which leads me to my dilemma. Hubs wants to renew our vows before we leave Florida. Sorry to say, I am not feeling it right now. Not because I don’t think it’s a great idea. I do. But I also know that our commitment has never wavered in 22 years. I KNOW he loves me and he KNOWS I love him. We’ve had some rough spots. Everyone does. We get through them. We’re a team and always, at the end of the day, have each other’s back.
Also, with all that’s going on, I don’t think I have the energy to plan it right now. We still have no clue when we can actually move. So much packing to do, logistics of getting us, two cars and a moving van to NC…….well you get the picture.
Then there is the issue of the dress. I still have the one I wore in the Georgia wedding. Do I still fit in it? Nope. Do I have time or money to buy a new one? Nope…….
So if anyone out there wants to take on planning a wedding vow renewal for us, just tell us when and where to be and we’ll show up. Other than that, maybe we’ll do it when we hit 25 years??????????
Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 13 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on the links for a peek into some other homes:
Well, y’all know things are not too funny at home most of the time right now. Too much stress and drama…….So once again I am bringing you a conversation with the BOSS. Remember, we’ve worked together 18 years now. We’re more like brother and sister than boss and employee. As a matter of fact, most who know us would tell you I am the boss, rather than him.
Recently, we had a conversation that went like this.
Me: I’ve found someone to work here when I leave. Him: Leave? What do you mean leave? Where are you going? Me: We’re selling the house and moving to NC, remember? We talked about this Him: I didn’t think you would leave me? What am I going to do? Me: Meet the person I’ve hired. Talk to her. Him: Why do I have to do that? You can’t leave. Me: Well I am going to. Him: As he puts his hand to his forehead…I simply can’t bear the thought…………..
Got the oil changed in my car the other day. Took it to someplace I don’t normally go to. I don’t like strangers working on my car. Imagine the look on my face when I got home and told Hubs I had a leak in my rear pinion………..he walked all the way round me a couple of times, checked me out from the top of my head to my toes and said, “Nope there’s no leak”……… ( I think we both laughed more than was called for, it felt good).
Sitting here trying to think of funny things from the last month and Hubs walks in, asks what I’m doing . As I explained it to him, he decided he could help………..So here it is from Hubs himself.
Hubs: What do you call a stolen dog? Me: A lost puppy? Hubs: No, A HOT DOG
Thank you all for the many good thoughts and prayers we got when the buyer changed her mind last week on buying the house. To say it was a setback and upsetting is an understatement~ Once again, we were overwhelmed with the positive thoughts sent our way. On a happy note, we do know that we will be moving on soon~
Hubs and I both are struggling to stay positive, as y’all know. We are both optimists at heart but sometimes it seems hard to stay that way. We believe that y’all are doing it for us…………
When we got to the realtor’s office to sign cancellation papers for the first offer and accept the back up offer we got a huge surprise. Seems someone we know from our car club had come in with a last minute offer on the house. It was for the same amount as the cancelled offer and all cash. The bank does love cash offers. When they saw my post about the cancellation, they drove by and called the realtor and made an offer for the same amount! To say we were speechless would about describe it.
It has moved our timeline back about 2 weeks. We can live with that. It just gives us more time to go through all the things we’ve accumulated in the last 17 years. Actually to be more precise the things Hubs has accumulated. Did I mention the 98 t-shirts he refuses to get rid of? Yes, I did count them.
Mama is due in this week to get her house ready to sell. It won’t be long that we’ll be in NC, gearing up for winter. That reminds me, I need to start looking at winter coats for both of us. YIKES! Been a while since we had to think of that……….
Ok off I go to go through the linen closet. If you don’t hear from me by Friday, maybe send someone to the house? 😉
Mama turned around and walked into the house without saying a word. Sarah and Earl Ray stood there staring at each other. They didn’t know what to think of the way Mama was acting.
As they were following Mama into the house, they heard the locks click. Earl Ray stood there pounding, but Mama wouldn’t open the door. Earl Ray turned to Sarah to ask for her key and heard Mama say “Earl Ray, you need to go on home now. You and Sarah both. Sarah, DO NOT give him your key and don’t you use it. I’ll call y’all in a bit and let you know I am ok.”
As Mama sat there holding one of the many awards Jake had received during his career in law enforcement she heard the cars starting as her children left.
Tears rolled down her face as Mama remembered the day Jake brought the ring home. He’d been working so many hours trying to figure out who had stolen Ms. Idora’s jewelry. He had even suspected Ms. Idora of having it done for the cash. He figured that between the insurance and selling what was stolen she would have come out of it all with a good chunk of cash. Not many knew just how much of the money Ms Idora’s Daddy had run through and he knew the upkeep on that big house was about to break her. A paycheck from a 9 to 5 job wouldn’t begin to cover the cost.
During the time of the investigation into the robbery there had also been a jailbreak to deal with. Granted, it was JT who had broken out of jail, but he was there because of the trouble at the casino that he had caused, not his normal behavior at all. Jake, Mama and the rest of the town hadn’t understood what caused him to act that the way he had, until Jake caught up with JT and they had a heart to heart chat.
Seems Jake wasn’t far off the mark about Ms. Idora’s jewelry being stolen, though Ms Idora had no clue what JT was up to. She had always been good to JT and would give him small handy man jobs to do around her house. Ms. Idora was always doing things like that for the townsfolk down on their luck. She wouldn’t give them a handout, but she would find something for them to do and pay them well for it.
While working in the yard one day, JT overheard Ms. Idora’s financial manager talking to her, explaining just how precarious her financial position was. It was beginning to look like Ms. Idora would soon lose her home because of the back taxes owed. As Ms. Idora broke down into tears, JT promised himself he would find a way to get her out of this mess. She had been too good to him and the town for too long for him to sit by and let her lose her home along with everything she had.
Having been at Ms. Idora’s house so many times over the years, he knew where a lot of her jewelry was hidden. His thought was to steal it, hide it away and let Ms. Idora collect the insurance money. It would be enough to pay her back taxes and give her some extra to live on for a while. When the time came, he would head off to Charlotte, sell it and bring the money back to Ms. Idora, which would keep her going a while longer. He’d think of something to explain to her where he got it from.
When they were on the way back to the jail, after Jake figured out where JT was hiding, it all came spilling out. Jake knew he had to make a decision quickly, but he needed to talk to Ms. Idora.
Jake had dropped JT back at the jail and headed straight to Ms. Idora’s. She knew already that JT was back in jail ( small town, remember?).
After Jake had explained to Ms. Idora just what JT had been up to, they came up with a plan. Jake couldn’t bear to see JT spend the rest of his life in prison, he was trying to help a friend………..Between them, they decided to let the case go cold and never even ask JT where he had hidden the jewelry. The next morning Ms. Idora visited Jake at jail. Later that day she had called Jake and asked him to stop by on his way home.
When he arrived, Ms. Idora gave him the ring and told him to take it home. It wasn’t a bribe, it was just a gift. She felt that Jake had done the right thing in not pursuing JT. It would have ruined him and upset the entire town.
So Jake took the ring home to his wife. After Sarah and Earl Ray were in bed that night, he told Mama the whole story. He knew he had done the best he could for all concerned, but the guilt of it was tearing him up.
As Mama wrapped the ring up in a towel, she wondered what Earl Ray and Sarah would say when they heard the true story of the ring. She worried they would lose respect for their Daddy. It was the one thing he had ever done that wasn’t strictly by the books. But, Mama thought to herself “It’s Time. They need to know”. Jake was trying to save more than one person. And he did. She called Earl Ray and told him to meet her at Sarah’s house in half an hour. No questions till the three of them were together.
Mama put on her pink hat, put the towel in her purse and stepped out the door……………………….
Y’all remember about a year ago when I wrote about taking a selfie? Well, despite swearing not too, I took another selfie. I know, I know, I said I wouldn’t. But I did.
Nope, still not going to show it to you. Remember I told you how awful it was? That I didn’t know who that ugly old woman was? Still true. Actually this one was worse than last years. The year I’ve had? Lots more wrinkles and sags……
But when one of your besties is facing a major milestsone in her life, you’re 1,200 miles away and she needs a laugh, well you pull a funny face and do it. At 5:45 IN THE MORNING. Only one cup of coffee, raccoon eyes and all. Then you get to hear her laughter when she looks at. That is enough to make you break a promise to yourself. It’s just a dumb picture, right? Right? See, I knew you’d understand why I broke this particular promise.
It is really the least I could do. She’s had my back for more years than we can remember. She makes me laugh when I need it. Cries with me if needed. Well, all the things a Bestie does. Because of the situation, I even told her she could show her sisters.
I did send to the other Bestie. Figured if one saw it, they both should. No they didn’t see last years. NO ONE saw that one but me. Both have been threatened with a major head flick if it is ever shown to anyone else. They won’t. They’re the Besties and keep my secrets.
Ok now I feel better. I broke a promise and knew I had to tell you. I knew you’d understand.
It’s the 2nd Friday of the month and you know what that means. It’s Secret Subject Swap Day.
This month there are 12 of us. The prompt this month is a tough one for me. So many things to chose from on both sides of this prompt~
July is a very patriotic month. What do you love most about the country you live in and what is one thing you would change if you had the power to do so?It was submitted by: http://thelieberfamily.com
I love the freedom we have to express ourselves. It was hard earned by our military in many battles, from the time the first settlers arrived here. We have more freedom than most other countries in the world.
The list of things I would change is long and I am not sure I can pick just one.
We’re intolerant. About many things. We are so quick to judge others. I have always tried to not be judgmental about people’s choices. I’ve made mine, right or wrong and lived with them. I expect the same courtesy from others. I may not agree with your choices, but they are not mine to make, nor are mine yours. This is not just here in the good ol’ USA. It’s world wide. I wish I had the power to change it, but all I can do is what is right for me.
We don’t need more laws here. We need to enforce the ones we have. I am tired of hearing about new laws and then 6 months down the road seeing that someone has found a loophole around it and is profiting from things that are just not right.
I also feel strongly that something needs to be done about our elected officials who make the laws. Who profit from those laws. Who exempt themselves from the things they are forcing on the rest of us. I want term limits on all elected officials. If they chose to serve our country by becoming an elected official, I want them to live on an average American’s salary. Not what they think they deserve. But most of all, I want them to LISTEN to what we, as they voting public say.
I admit it, I don’t like ObamaCare. While I am sure it has benefited some, we went from having good health care coverage at a reasonable price to paying 4 times as much with less coverage.
I think the USA needs to have a flat tax income tax. For everyone. No loopholes, no reading about companies that make BILLIONS paying a pittance in taxes. It’s wrong. Always.
I could go on, but I think that’s enough for one day. My blood pressure is rising as I sit here and think about all the things I want to change. Not just for me, but all of us. Especially my Grands. I’m afraid that they won’t have the chance to live in the greatest country in the world if we keep going the way we are.
I forgot to be grateful in all the mess that is currently our life.
This morning on the way to my part time job, it dawned on me that through all of this, I had forgotten to be grateful for many things. Yes, things that are vital to our future are currently out of our control. There is nothing we can do to speed up this process. I still need to remember to be grateful for all the good things in my life.
So I am working on remembering to be grateful for the family that loves us, is doing all they can to help us get through this. To the friends that call or send a text just to let me know they are thinking about us. We have a realtor fighting for us to help us through this as quickly as possible. We have friends that have offered to come help us pack. One couple has offered to drive the moving truck and tow my car. Taking time from work to help a friend. Doesn’t get better than that in my book!
Despite fussing about it, I am grateful for the part time job. It keeps the lights on and food on the table. I’m grateful I still have a roof over our heads. Hub’s foot issues are getting better, so is his knee. Duke, The Pug is holding steady with his glucose levels and adjusting to the blindness. Hurts our hearts to see him so hesitant walking outside, but he’s learning.
I’m grateful, as Hubs and I visit some of our favorite places for maybe the last time that we have been able to make those memories. We got to make some great memories here. I’m grateful he is willing to move away from a place he loves so we can make more memories with the Grands as they grow.