Musings of an everyday woman . . .

Reflections on living and loving life . . .

Our Little Prince Has Arrived! March 28, 2010

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Words just seem inadequate to convey the incredible miracle of birth and wonderful life changes that have taken place in our family during the last two weeks.  So, I’ve been indeed wordless on this blog, rather basking in the glory, wonder, and beauty that is:

Joshua Daniel

Born March 12

9 pounds 8 ounces

22-1/4 inches long

As you can see, he is anything but little.  He has brought so much joy to our family and I am SO enjoying witnessing his family unit grow and adjust as their worlds are forever changed for the better.

I am so intensely proud of our daughter and our son-in-law on the new life and wonderful bonds they have created.

It is such a marvelous feeling to see your child become a parent herself. . .

. . . and to see our son-in-law grow so naturally into becoming a dad.

I am so blessed to be a part of this.  I’m loving every minute of it, but I’m just the grandmother . . .

. . . and I keep wondering . . . is it wrong to feel like I already love this new baby, our grandchild, even MORE than our own children?


I love . . . February 14, 2010

Filed under: Family,Reflections — everydaywomanusa @ 12:49 pm
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Happy Valentines Day

In honor of Valentines Day and The Pioneer Woman, I’m posting a few of the things I love today.


  • . . . my husband of 32 years.
  • . . . the fact that I’m going to be a grandmother very soon!
  • . . . that our children are all nearby and that we are SO proud of ALL of them!  (more later on each. . .)
  • . . . teaching elementary school children.
  • . . . summer vacation (do those two go hand-in-hand?)
  • . . . that we live on a farm (although, sometimes I think I might hate that, too!)
  • . . . that I grew up on a farm.
  • . . . my mother, who’s in her late 80’s, but acts like, perhaps, 50!
  • . . . chocolate-covered macadmia nuts (oh, honestly, chocolate-covered anything!)
  • . . . Dunkin’ Donuts (the coffee part—and that they know my order when I drive up at 5 am!)
  • . . . late nights.
  • . . . early mornings.
  • . . . our backyard in the summer.
  • . . . snow in winter!
  • . . . first daffodils of spring.
  • . . . that I can drive a tractor, a quad, or a convertible!
  • . . . February vacation!
  • . . . rollerblading with my daughter and friends.
  • . . . walking on the beach.
  • . . . movies that are good enough to make me cry.
  • . . . my favorite children’s book, “Charlotte’s Web.”
  • . . . our family’s classics: “Princess Bride,” “Christmas Vacation,” “Great Outdoors.”
  • . . . Bob Marley’s music.
  • . . . just about ALL country music.
  • . . . blogging, and Facebook, and IM-ing, and anything that keeps me in touch with my kids and other interesting people!
  • . . . the Pioneer Woman.
  • . . . Crunchy Chicken (a green, bloggy friend).
  • . . . the Farmer’s Daughter (not necessarily in THAT order!)
  • . . . the accessibility of the Internet in general.
  • . . . Christmas!
  • . . . Friday nights!
  • . . . that our youngest son is independent, hardworking, and excited that he just  bought his THIRD truck!
  • . . . that our daughter is happily married; happily employed at something she loves (teaching); is more domestic than I am; and did I say–pregnant?
  • . . . that our oldest son just moved into his very first home; is quite capable on his own; is appreciative; and has a wonderful dry sense of humor!
  • . . . that we have a very close family on both sides.
  • . . . that I had a chance to go to college as an adult.
  • . . . that my DH is supporting my outlandish wish to earn my Doctorate.
  • . . . our Golden Retriever, Duke, even though he knows how to open the outside door in the dead of winter, but doesn’t know how to shut it (thanks, Jonathan!)
  • . . . our spunky foal, Isabelle, and her mother, Annabelle.
  • . . . our old Percheron Workhorse, Vinny, who we now appreciate for his docileness.
  • . . . thoughtful people.
  • . . . kind people.
  • . . . other people’s birthdays!
  • . . . cheese (especially very sharp, “smelly” cheeses!)
  • . . . that at barely 5 ft., I can have a monster of a son who stands 6’5″ tall!”
  • . . . my sister and brothers and the memories we share.
  • . . . pumpkins in fall and hayrides on the farm.
  • . . . the first day of school  after a long summer.
  • . . . the last day of school after a quick school year.
  • . . . SNOW DAYS, when you’re homebound for the whole day!
  • . . . chicken soup cooking on the stove.
  • . . . chocolate chip cookies in the oven.
  • . . . wood in the furnace.
  • . . . cool dips in the pool in the summer.
  • . . . heck, pretty much, LIVING in your bathingsuit in the summer.
  • . . . paddling my boat around the pond.
  • . . . cruisin’ topless . . .
  • . . . friends who can read your mind, even when you don’t want them to!
  • . . . kids who reach out to you at just the right time.
  • . . . in-laws and out-laws.
  • . . . coffee and chocolate (I think I already covered that!)
  • . . . my true love to spend this Valentines Day with!


What do YOU love?


Giving Thanks . . . November 26, 2009

Filed under: Family,Farm,Holidays,Reflections — everydaywomanusa @ 7:37 am
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As this new day dawns—Thanksgiving Day— I think it’s appropriate that I take just a few minutes before the busy hustle/bustle of this holiday weekend takes over to give thanks.

In short, I’m thankful for:

  • Four generations of family members to celebrate the holidays with
  • An 87-year-old mother who inspires me on a daily basis
  • A grandbaby on the way (OK, you’ve heard this before!)
  • My wonderful husband who supports me even when he thinks I’m crazy (as in currently pursuing my Doctorate)
  • Three grown kids who make me intensely proud!
  • A career (working with kids and adults) that I love
  • Purposeful work at school and home
  • Our family farm full of animals and adventures
  • Friends who “hold me up” and occasionally, let me “hold them up”
  • A positive attitude despite everything around us in the news–and world–that could make us pessimistic
  • “Enough” of all of the above!



Aloha Friday #17: Favorite Family Movies September 11, 2009

Filed under: Aloha Friday,Entertainment,Family — everydaywomanusa @ 6:43 am
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It’s Friday again ALREADY, so that means it’s time for . . .

My “Aloha Friday” question this week is: 



When our kids were growing up, we all came to love:

  • The Princess Bride
  • Christmas Vacation
  • The Great Outdoors
  • Overboard

Now that they’re adults (pretty much!), we still come together around these movies, especially around the holidays!


For instance. . .

  • The Princess Bride–“As you wish!”
  • The Great Outdoors–“Big, b-i-g, b-i-g, BEAR!”
  • Overboard–“Everybody wants to be me!”

DO SHARE!!!!!!

 If you’d like to participate in more Aloha Friday questions, click on over to  An Island Life for Kailani’s  “Aloha Friday.” 



Duke’s Other Talents . . . August 23, 2009

Filed under: Animals,Entertainment,Family — everydaywomanusa @ 7:47 am
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Not only is Duke a “farm dog,” he also goes to work every day with my DH on our construction site jobs.  He LOVES visiting with the guys during coffee breaks and at lunch time, and during that time, I guess he’s refined some more of his talents .

Just watch . . .

Seems that Duke can unscrew the top off any bottle.  Even though he has a big fresh bowl of water on the job at all times, he prefers the “social-ability” of joining the guys in cold water breaks in a more human fashion.  I told you he thinks he’s a person!

Oh, yes, he can also open the door at home to let himself out.  The only problem (especially in winter) is that he doesn’t CLOSE it after himself.  More on that another time . . .

Do tell about your animals that think they’re humans, too.  I’d love to hear your stories!


Fun with Tractors! August 10, 2009

Filed under: Family,Farm — everydaywomanusa @ 4:55 am
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Living on a farm, tractors are usually connected to work, but this past weekend our boys had a little fun with their antique tractor!

Jonathan and Nathaniel entered their 1955 Ford 960, which they restored themselves to pretty pristine condition (if I do say so myself), in an Antique Tractor Pull at our town’s annual summer Corn & Potato Festival.

Jon was successful pulling more than 5,000 lbs. in the first round, pulling wheelies all the way.  (Note to guys:  aren’t “wheelie bars” in order for next time?)

In checking out the other antique tractors there,  I noticed they had all kinds of contraptions.  There were old Olivers, Farm-alls, and of course, John Deeres.  Ours was the only Ford there.


The guys were checking out their competition . . .


It was a beautiful, sunny, summer day.  There are always interesting sites at a fair that add to the festivities.  Here’s a take-off on your typical John Deere logo, which drew a bit of attention. (Actually, this “T” might be “R” rated!)


There were a few women drivers in the crowd, too, which was great to see!


Some of the “extras” on the tractors, like banners and paint jobs,  were quite spectatular. . .


I know my guys are scheming for the next round of Tractor Pulls, figuring how they can make their antique a little more high-tech!  It was so much fun to watch, remembering my boys on their pedal toy tractors as kids, now all grown up, but always kids at heart!




It’s a PERFECT Summer Day . . . July 15, 2009

Filed under: Family,Farm,One Green Thing,Summer — everydaywomanusa @ 8:56 pm
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. . .for the beach?


Well, no, not exactly, and certainly not if you’re a farmer!  It’s a PERFECT summer day for making hay!

It has to be hot—-really HOT—-with dry air, and if you can finagle a breeze in there, that would be great, but that doesn’t always happen.  If the air is too humid and heavy, the hay doesn’t dry well, and well—you don’t want moist hay.  That presents a smoldering, possible fire-hazzard later in the barn, if you put it away with moisture still in it.


What do I know about haying, anyway?  Well, I grew up on a farm and I remember it was always the HOTTEST days of summer when we were baling hay and carting it to the barn.  As the youngest of five, with three big brothers who were alot stronger, I usually got to drive the tractor while the boys picked up the bales.  Today, I’m watching my own sons, nephews, dear hubby, and brother-in-law do the bullwork, while I man the camera.

It’s a parade of sorts, with equipment today, as my brother-in-law, Bob, heads up the parade with the Ford 9700  . . .

Nate, my youngest son, is in the John Deere 5525.  (AC cab w/ music, I believe.) How does he rate?

After the cutting, the raking, and tedding (to dry out the hay), the tractor. . .


pulls the baler. . .


. . . which, in turn, pulls the hay wagon . . .


There’s a really neat “kicker” on the baler, which “kicks” about 150 bales into the wagon, until it’s full.  We didn’t have this when we were kids; that was a job for my brothers to do by hand.

Of course, there are times when the kicker overshoots the wagon . . .


Today, it was my nephew, Stephen’s job, to capture those run-away bales.

Then, there was the off-loading to trucks to cart the hay bales to the barn . . .


My DH was “on top” of that job!


Jonathan, our older son,  and Steve made quick work of moving the bales, as they tossed them with aplomb! 


Of course, dear Duke was “riding shotgun,” with Al,  as always!  Duke is always a supervisor of sorts . . .


Haying is  HOT work and one of my other “jobs” is to provide ice-cold drinks.  Nate (aka Nathaniel, although I’m the only one who calls him that these days)  takes a brief respite between loads while he re-hydrates.  Next, come the most sweltering job of all: moving the hay from the truck to the haymow, up high in the barn.  There’s absolutely no air circulation there!

When my hard-working guys got home, I had a  rib-sticking “cowboy dinner” waiting for them:  BBQ pork, macaroni and cheese, fresh garden salad with ranch dressing, and warm, Rustica rolls. 


Oh, did I mention that making hay was how they “topped off’ their day after a full-day’s work on their construction site?  I’m in awe of them . . .

Peach pie a la mode for dessert, anyone?