Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Harder than I remember!

Wow, babysitting is a lot harder than I remember! Since Grace's mom started her job I watch Grace. It sure has taken some getting used to! It's taken a few weeks to get used to the whole time thing. I can't just walk out or go somewhere anytime I want now. I'll be honest, I never thought I would be doing this after all these years. With my youngest going to be 21 this year, well, it has been a long time.

Slowly but surely Grace and I have found a routine that works for the both of us. When there are chores to be taken care of outside, I park her by the chicken coop where she is happy as a clam watching the chickens. With her being occupied and happy, I am able to get some chores down. Well, chores that are within 20 feet of where she is. I never let her out of my sight. Then it is into the stroller to take care of horse and donkey chores. Another thing I have noticed is talking on the phone while I am watching Grace is pretty much out of the question. Pretty sure it's that built in radar kids have. The one where you are talking with someone and that's when they decide to poop, or they are hungry or over the top tired.

So much has been going on. I traded some items for 3 ton of hay. No more worries about hay for awhile. The car that I drove broke down in town last week so now am carless. Getting it fixed costs more than the car is worth! Thank goodness I have my truck, although with these gas prices driving it is not cost effective. But hey,. I have a vehicle to drive!

The one cat who had a urinary tract infection is now living with my oldest daughter. 

The garden is slowly growing. I am anxiously awaiting for the tomatoes!

The county is working on the highway ( the one we live on) which means trucks and heavy equipment are constantly stopping in front of the house or passing by. 

Tourist season has officially begun. I can now distinguish the locals from the tourists. The tourists stop next to the pasture where the horses and donkeys are and take pictures of them! And the wine tour buses slow down now so the tourists can take pictures or just look at the horses and donkeys.  At first it annoyed me, but now I grin and wave at them! 

The Guinea keets I ordered came in. I was hoping Little Inger would raise them like she did the Frizzle Bantams and the Americaunas, but alas, she said no way! 

My farrier came out last week to trim up the horses and donkeys feet, and I have to say it was a bit of a challenge since I was watching Grace that day. Grace was in her stroller on one side of the fence and on the other side we managed to get everyone all trimmed up. It took over two hours to get everyone done, and I must say, Grace was a trooper!

Before this turns into one of those lengthy, really boring novels, I will close it up. I promise to catch up with all of you. Believe it or not, I really do think of each of you everyday! Now if only I could learn to read and comment and post via my mind alone!

Until next time................................



  1. I must say, I'm amazed you can get anything done with the little one around. I'd say it's quite a compliment that everyone wants to stop and take pictures of your animals!

  2. The picture of Grace watching the chickens is priceless. These are sweet moments, even though you can't turn your back on her for five seconds. My youngest will be 21 in several weeks and I can't imagine having a baby to watch again. But, we've been there, done was just EASIER to do THAT way back THEN! haha I loved the update.

  3. My Angel, who is scared to death of Guinea fowl, says: Good for Little Inger! Good to be here, reading about your life. It has been a while. How big Grace has grown. And how great to be a baby and get to sit and watch the chickens. So cute. I am car-less too. Not that we don't have cars, but you know how that goes!

  4. Really good to hear from you! We were wondering but knew full well that you must be busy.
    Grace, look at her grow! Everything is 'falling into place' it seems.....good to see.

  5. Oh my, how your life has changed! Suddenly having Grace there must make chores quite a challenge! I remember trying to time horseback rides around nap time. I'd put the monitor on the fence post. Invariably, by the time I got my horse tacked and got on, the baby would wake up and cry and I'd have to see to him.
    As hard as it is, I bet you cherish the time. You know how fast they grow!

  6. Wow, you've been busy! That picture of Grace and the chickens is priceless. That's pretty funny about the horses and donkeys being a tourist attraction! Guess those "city folks" have never seen horses and donkeys in real life.

  7. give her to one of the sweet dogs to play with !!!

  8. Great photo. I wonder what she is thinking about those chickens

  9. Gracie's gonna be a farm girl oneday, soon she's going to be feeding the chickens for you. They grow so quickly!


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