Where Antelope Roam

It’s a Wonderful Life
December 23, 2015, 12:57 pm
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It’s that time of year.   Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day there seems to be so many things happening.   This year, I’ve taken a step back and decided it wouldn’t be a sin to not be involved in every activity or social event I’m invited to.   However, this is the time when family traditions are born.   In my core family growing up…. Grandma’s Molasses Cookies were a tradition.   So, this year, as I usually do, I made my own batch of Grandma’s Molasses Cookies.. for those of you uninitiated to molasses cookies and can only think… ewwww… well, I’m sorry for you… They’re quite addictive.

As I made my batch some wonderfully warm memories came back in regard to Grandma’s at Christmas.  You see, Grandpa and Grandma were dairy farmers back before mega dairies became popular.  My own father helped with the milking of the cows each morning and evening when our small family lived in the Farm Hand’s house at Grandpa and Grandma’s.   One of my earliest memories was going down to the barn while dad was feeding/ milking the cows and feeling the warm comfort of the barn.   In one of the rooms close to where the cows were fed was a barrel full of a dark liquid (I bet you were wondering how I could get to the barn from baking molasses cookies, weren’t you?).   When I asked what was in the barrel, the answer was blackstrap molasses… I asked what for?   Well, from what I remember (I could be wrong as I was under the age of 6 then… so my memory could be a bit fuzzy) molasses was used as a feed additive.

The next memory I had was of grandma handing me one of her wonderful molasses cookies that she had gone to the trouble of cutting with a cookie cutter in the form of an angel.   Ahhh… it was such a comforting time in my life (and now I ask myself, why was I  in so much of a hurry to grow up?  It is one of life’s mysteries.   When we’re young, we wish to hurry and be adults so we can do what we want to do.   Then as we grow older, sometimes we pine for the simpler days of childhood. ).

As we grew older and going to Grandma and Grandpa’s for Christmas was not an option, my mom took over the tradition of baking molasses cookies (along with many, many other scrumptious delicacies).   During that time at our house at Christmas, at least for me, it was less about the presents wrapped under the Christmas tree than it was about the presence of those I loved around an expandable round oak table where we would not only eat  (or was that engorge ourselves?) the delicacies of Christmas dinner but after dinner and the dishes were done we’d sit and play games while eating those molasses cookies…  It is these memories… memories of time spend with loved ones, some of whom have already departed this life that make me know now better than ever, I have had and do have a wonderful life!

So what about you?   Do you have some wonderful memories of Christmases past?

Until next time, love God, love others and make memories this Christmas…Merry Christmas

P.S.  If you should find yourself in a game playing Trivial Pursuit with one of my family members .. beware… the answer may just be “South Yemen”!  Who knew???


July 4, 2010, 12:40 pm
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We were coming home from church this morning and off in the distance I could see smoke.   (Church is some 25 miles from home).  Out here when one sees smoke in the distance, one knows there’s a pretty good fire going.  Sometimes it’s along the highway where someone has carelessly flipped a cigarette out the window.   Sometimes, it’s lightening that has lit a pasture on fire.   Fire creates its own wind and so in a matter of minutes out here things literally go up in smoke. 

Our very own fireworks!

When they said there were going to be fireworks on the 4th of July this year, I didn’t know this is what they meant!

We had left town and were about 15 miles away when I spotted smoke on the horizon.   Now, smoke out here is never a good sign unless it’s the time of year the farmers are burning off ditches… This isn’t that time of year!

As we drove closer about 10 miles away, DH asked me if I saw the smoke and I said yes, I’d seen it earlier.

We then conjectured about where it might be.  It could have been like I said along the highway.  We hadn’t had any lightening this morning that we knew of… it was overcast (a rarity in itself out here!)   Distance is a hard thing to judge where we live unless you know the lay of the land and even then it’s sometimes hard to do.  I thought the smoke looked like it was northwest of our place.  Perhaps one of our pastures.

As we drew closer to home, the larger the smoke seemed.  I joked… “well, I guess we’re going to miss lunch now… it looks like it could be our house!” 

About the time we turned onto the north road (going toward our house) my cell phone rang.   It was our DN… when I saw his name come up on my screen, my heart sank and I thought, ‘Oh no! Maybe my little joke about it being our house is turning out to be true!”

Well, as it turns out the hay stacks by our house (across the driveway) had spontaneously caught fire.    DN had driven by a couple of hours earlier and nothing seemed amiss.   He then was coming down to restack (this hay seems to have difficulty staying stacked) when he realized the stack was on fire.  He called the fire department and then us.  

We are very blessed to have the volunteer fire department we have in Washington County.   Though it is a very rural and large county, they make it to a fire in record time!

Across the driveway

The fire department shortly arrived after we did, assessed the situation and went to work!   Spontaenous combustion happens sometimes, they say, with these stacks.  That is apparently what happened here. 

Though the stack will probably be lost, I’m still grateful that  neither our garage (which is close to where the stacks are ) nor our house were damaged in any way.  It’s a lot of hay to lose.  However, even if our house had been taken, we’d have still had a lot for which to be grateful.  Our DN was not injured nor was anyone else.  No animals were caught in the fire.   All in all that’s a LOT to be grateful for! 

So, until next time, love God, love others,  watch yer haystacks and keep your loved ones close!

Every Mother’s Nightmare…
December 24, 2009, 4:21 pm
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Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.  James 4:14.

The reality of this verse came crashing down on us today.   The fact that our life is so short yet we don’t know how short it will be…Though we all have an appointment with death, today we were made keenly aware of how short life can be.  

Today, we grieve with the family of one of DD’s classmates.  This young man was  apparently driving last night in blizzard conditions on a highway known for severe travel conditions.    

What we think we know right now is that he apparently rolled his car twice and was ejected from it.  Though they tried to save his life in surgery, his appointment with death came all to soon for any of us.   

As a mother, I grieve for his mother.  This young man was not quite 17.  I don’t know his eternal destination which makes it all the harder to grieve.    In the natural course  of things, children are supposed to be bury their parents, never parents to bury their children.   It is a difficult thing for a parent to have to bury a child. 

If you read this and have a personal relationship with the Lord, please pray for this family.   There are no human words that can bring comfort at a time like this.  I do not know if this family personally knows the God of all comfort but I know He is the only one who can bring them healing comfort at this time.   Our thoughts and prayers are with this family.

Until next time, love God, love others, drive safely this Christmas season, your family needs you.

There’s just something about..
December 22, 2009, 8:29 pm
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the smell of fresh manure on a crisp, cold breeze that says, “Christmas!”  Doesn’t it?  Think about it?  Our Lord was born in a manger. Now granted it probably was a sheep barn He was born in so the manure smell was a little different than around here… but it did bring to mind Christmas to me.

We were in our county seat today so that DD could get her dl!   Oh me… seems like just yesterday I got mine!   Wasn’t it? 

Now, let me ask you… who in their right mind takes one of their children to get a dl when there’s a winter storm warning out?   .. Okay.. so that answers that question… I wasn’t in my right mind.  By the time we finished in the county seat, fog was rolling in and DD was the proud new owner of a dl!    Of course, I took great pleasure in making sure she obeyed the laws… It would be a terrible thing to just get one and have it revoked!  Lol… 😀   She was not impressed!

I was glad to get home and brought out turkey from Thanksgiving out of the freezer and made Turkey Stew… it was vunderbar!   

5-10 inches of snow forecast for over the next few days with 10-20mph winds and DH has a funeral to attend tomorrow… and I need to go to work.  We’ll see what happens when we get up!  

Well, until next time… love God, love others and stay warm and out of blizzards (unless, of course, they’re DQ!)

Twas the week before Christmas…
December 19, 2009, 10:41 am
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and all through the house decorations were scattered while we sat on the couch.

The Christmas tree is up and lights are twinkling but that’s as far as I have gotten with my poor Christmas decoration.  I’ve found that working six days a week lends little time for housekeeping let alone decorating.   These days, DD and DH are at home waiting for me rather than the other way around and I have to say, I miss those days.   Change is coming but I don’t know how that will affect me or my daily hours.  

We’re still praying for a more dependable vehicle for me to drive back and forth to town.  I have the pickup but it’s on loan to me.   The car still sits in the garage after three months with no fix in sight.  Sigh… We’re just too busy to work it out but some day maybe… lol

Well, I hope in the next few days to be baking again.   I haven’t baked for Christmas in a long, long time.. but this year… I’ve already done two large batches of oatmeal and Molasses cookies and they’ve disappeared since Thanksgiving!  Looks like it will be quiet Christmas again this year as extended family have other places to go. 

Must go now.  Lots of work to do…

Until Next time, Love God, love others… and enjoy time with family and friends at this joyous time of year.

DH and I…
July 9, 2009, 11:46 am
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have been playing at retirement this week.. . Though it will probably be a long, long, long time before we will be able to retire, we had fun this week.  He had Monday off due to the holiday and took Tuesday and Wednesday off as well.

DD is at Youth Camp!  125and DH and I’ve been playing… {giggle, giggle}

It was great just to get away even if it was only for a day and a half.  We took one of the teenage girls up to camp on Tuesday as she couldn’t leave with the rest of the group due to prior obligations.   This was her first time to be able to go to our youth camp.  So, we did get to see DD while we were briefly at camp.  Then, we went on our merry way.   Relaxed with nothing else to do but  enjoy each other’s company… which we did…. well actually, we had a list of things to accomplish before we went back home but we did spend the night in the Big City and did our running around the next day!  It was soo fun.

Oh and we went by a Thrift Store… I love thrift stores!  I bought and entire set of books in a series for less than the cost of one single book!  Now that’s what I call a bargain! 

Well, here’s some of the pictures I took while gone. ..

a cool looking house

Isn’t this a cool looking house?   We found this along the road to camp.   It looks kind of medievalish, doesn’t it?

Here’s another, better picture…


We liked the look of this house, even though everything (you can’t see it by the pictures) was crooked.  The bricks were, the line of the roof is, funny!

mountain vale

A mountain farm/pastoral scene.   I just thought this looked so peaceful!  The owners may or may not think it so but it looked that way to me.

mountain vale 2

Here’s a pic I took before we left.

My man and his best 4-legged friend!

My man and his best 4-legged friend!

I thought this was cute.  DH sat down on the stairs to put his boots on as always and Odie just came up and laid his head on his shoulder!  

Well, that’s all I have time for now, but stay tuned, love God, love others and pursue those relationships!

God’s fireworks!
July 6, 2009, 9:28 am
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Hope you all had a great 4th of July! american

In the last few days, we have had fascinating and awesome displays of what God does with fireworks!   Lightening shows have been happening all around us and even though they’re white and not colored.. I think they’re more fascinating than the colored ones.. We’d see “heat” lightening flashing and then all of sudden we’d see branches stretching out across the clouds!

Last night we had tornado warning sirens going off while we were sitting in church.  Most of us couldn’t hear them because the rain was fearsome… and that’s much of what we heard was the rain hitting the roof.  By the time we were out of church, the weather had cleared.

Well, this week dh and I are playing at retirement! lol.  DD is off to Youth Camp for the week and we’re just spending time together.    My dr is out of the office all week and my np is out til Wednesday, so we’re playing! 

Well, now we’re only playing part time… I need to get to work… so, love God, love others and pursue those relationships!