New Camera and the Owl

I got a new camera this last week and have been busy taking a lot of pictures. Let me just say that it has been the most awesome thing to have!!

The wildlife around here must be telling each other to come pose for me. I swear they know that they look beautiful. Matt says I should enter some pictures in the fair next year, do any look fair worthy to you?

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I was shocked when I saw the owl just chilling on the fence post and delighted when he stood still long enough for me to get a few good pictures of him!!
Which picture is your favorite?



I went out with my hardworking (and reluctant) husband to clean the chicken coop yesterday evening! And found three, yea three, little eggs!!! All white!!

I may have screamed a little! It was so exciting!!

We out straw out in the coop and the chickens have been loving it today! I went and we had one more little white egg today!! So I’m assuming that they are all from one chicken!

They went it to make some of Uncle Sam’s famous chocolate chip cookies! yum! It was fun having him stop by today!

🙂 yay, fresh eggs!! I cannot wait until they start producing more 🙂

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We ate and ate and ate all weekend, it’s amazing that my clothes still fit. I thought I would have to roll out of camp!

We had hash with sausage, bacon, and eggs, tri-tip steak and caramelized onions, German sausages, chips and dip, pear dump cake, cinnamon rolls, and I’m sure I forgot some 🙂

Oi, I love camping.



I’m multi-tasking right now, taking advantage of my last few hours of internet for a few days and enjoying a break from life, swinging in the hammock.

But I’ve also been swinging in other ways lately. As I was sitting here I started to think back to the last week or two of life and realized that I’ve been swinging back and forth so fast between school, work, and housework, that I haven’t been able to jump off and stop the spinning in my head.

Remember when you were a kid and you would pump your legs as hard as you could? You would make the swing go as high as you could? As fast as you could? Then you would wait till you were at the top and jump off?

Well, that’s been life for me. Higher and higher, faster and faster, my head has been spinning with to-do lists, work days, school lists, school work, quizes, discussion boards, dinners, cleaning. But when I’ve tried to jump off I’ve been unable. Stuck in the fast paced-ness and doing-things-ness of life.

This weekend Hubs and I are going camping for four days! Four days of no internet, no tv, no jobs, no work, no(t much) school, and no distractions.

Days of getting to focus on our marriage, focus on each other, focus on God’s beauty, and making memories with some great friends!

The busy-ness is necessary for now in our day to day life. We need to work to eat, to buy Matt a pickup that will start in the cold, to fix up our house, to pay for my school. But it will be so nice to get away from it all for a few days.

So now I’m off, to pack clothes and food. But it’s been a good moment here in the hammock. Writing and watching the birds, mainly the male pheasant strutting around the yard 🙂

How do you jump off?