a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Bench That Family Built

The bench has been a project Hubby and Bev have been working on to add abiance to the shop.  Each piece has history.  The headboard is an old piece of our grandmother's no good for a bed anymore.

The seat is recycled barn timber, the sides and other pieces were hand milled years ago from the very timber that grew on this land by Mom and Dad.

Hubby and Beverly have worked hard in triple digit heat to construct this bit of history.  The beautiful bench now sets outside the shop for people to enjoy.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Miracles Do Happen

 It started as an innocent drive taking Andrew to swim with his friend and her family.  The roads were hot. It was 105 degrees.  The asphalt changed from new to old.  The truck started sliding.
It spun around in the middle of the highway.
Hubby had it straightened back out.
The front wheel dropped off a high shoulder.
The cab hit the ditch and it started rolling
over and over.
 Andrew held on to the chicken bars by the door and Papa gripped the steering wheel.  The truck stopped rolling.  Papa was worried about Andrew and vice versa.  Papa said, "Andrew, are you alright?  Andrew?"  Andrew said, "I'm okay if you get off me".
Hubby said all the things came out of his pockets and his shoes came off.  Everything loose in the trucks had scrambled.  Andrew crawled out first.  Hubby said, "Call Jenna's Dad".  They were there quickly.  Nosed into the ditch the truck rolled who knows how many times. 
Both were able to walk away.  Thanks to quick thinking and Higher Powers the guys WALKED AWAY.  Andrew went swimming with Jenna's family and Hubby rode home in the tow truck.

We only have libility.  Hubby's not working.  My job ends in July.  My sister, Marcy, may have cancer.  But The Guys Walked Away!

Can't wait to see what happens Friday.  It will have to better than Thursday was.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday's Things In A Row

My theme today is just for Pat.
She loves spiders and that is that.
So if you dislike spiders at all,
Time to run or look to the wall.
A Leopard Frog has rows of spots
And waits for spiders
Believe or not.
This gives you time to back out
Each has legs,
count them...eight.
Eyes are different
They can have zero to eight.
Some build webs
Some just crawl
But they eat bugs
That's the best part of all.

So rows of eight
Are my rows today
I can't wait to hear
What Pat has to say!

Where Pat is my friend
After these spiders
That may all end.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


has been told by Papa that his toenails will be painted when he sleeps.  Jake says, No way!  Well, Papa won this one!
Sorry, Jake, I just had to show the world.
Love you, thanks for being such a good sport.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Mag 123

My imagination wanders
When pictures are innocent
But when there is Pure Evil
I wonder where the creativity went.

I've looked off and on
At this photo all the morn
Nothing comes into my head
My brain is rather worn.

Today I shall not surprise
With evil twists or turns
I'll let the picture do the talking
While I'm an uncreative worm.

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Happy Writing!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Saturday Centus 112

Welcome to week ONE HUNDRED AND TWELVE of Saturday Centus from the wonderful Ms Jenny Matlock. 

The prompt this week is: 'It's an amusing little whine...' (and, yes, the misspelling is deliberate)
Number of words: 100 plus the 5 words of the prompt. 105 total.  Style of writing: Any

I don’t like a noisy dog
One that growls or barks
I want them to be quiet
As we’re strolling in the park.

I want them to lay silently
At my feet while I read
I want them to look at me
And communicate their needs.

I’ve had yappers
Who drove me quiet insane
Their persistence barking
Stuck needles in my brain

I’ve also had some growlers
That seemed to growl for fun
Didn’t need a reason
They growled at every one.

Now I have a whiner
He does it all the time
But I have grown to love him
It’s an amusing little whine.

Friday, June 22, 2012

A Tale of Tails...

and of happy endings.
Many of you have patiently read of my obsession with my hot pepper, Ki-Anne.  You've heard my confession of neglect and how the pups came to be.  You have followed Junior's exploits and watched them both grow into fine farm dogs.

Today I received an email from one of the young ladies who took a puppy from Ki's litter.  She chose a male dog who had a full length tail.   All puppies were born with varying lengths of tail.
Meet Neeko.
Full of energy!
Can sit, lie down, play dead and shake hands.
I think he has his mother's ears...
and her energy.
Neeko's adoptive parents are very pleased.
And that's the happy ending.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thursday's Things In A Row...

Today I have just one thing to show
One reason is Blogger's too darn slow.

Rows of calves behind rows of barbs
Studying the rows on the culvert
Left in their yard.

Visit Pat and join the fun.
Add your rows to everyone's.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Horror! The Head Gate...

The calves weren't real excited
Normally we tag and tattoo when they are much younger but due to the few health setbacks Hubby was unable to complete that until the past week.  Of course he chose a time when I was not around to help.  He didn't know my sister watches after him.  She kept her distance but took pictures so she could report to me and to give Hubby a hand if something went wrong.  Luckily she just had to take pictures.
No one wants their baby to get a tattoo but it is far more humane than the old hot brands that used to be used.  The purpose is two-fold, you can identify your stock and the tags contain a tick repellent.  If the tag is lost, the tattoo remains.
All done except one.  The calves won't come back to the corral even for food.  It is the head gate that scares them not the result of what was done.  Hubby never knew there was a spy in the tree line.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Angry Skies...

Frustrated me.  I have the blue circle every other word, not exactly conducive for fluid writing.  I have reported this repeatedly to blogger but there is no solution that I can find nor that they will reveal.  It's takes
long amounts of time to make a small post as every other word blue circles! It is not just my computer, I have tried others.  It is blogger, hands down.

If I'm not here you can find me at  Familiar Spirit or you may cruise through some old posts by clicking the pictures below any.  Maybe if I leave it alone awhile it will cure itself.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Telling A Story...

I mentioned Hubby wouldn't cowtow to any one.  They said, what???  They had never heard the word so that got me curious. 

Had I made up a word?  In my mind, it meant bow down and be subservient. So I looked it up.

What  a relief!  I had it right although I could not remember for the life of me how I knew that word.  My friend and I live in the same area but sometimes we surprise each other with some old expressions.

According to Wikipedia, "Kowtow, which is borrowed from kòu tóu in Mandarin Chinese, is the act of deep respect shown by kneeling and bowing so low as to have one's head touching the ground.

In Han Chinese culture, the kowtow is the highest sign of reverence. It was widely used to show reverence for one's elders, superiors, and especially the Emperor, as well as for religious and cultural objects of worship. In modern times, usage of the kowtow has become much reduced."

And I looked some more...

Cowtow is also an acceptable spelling and has seeped into modern language.  Although not used often by many, some of us old folks still use it...and it fits perfectly.

Marcy said Granny Pruett used to say it so I guess it came from the Carolina's or from the age Granny lived.

Just thought I would share that.  Remember you don't have to kowtow to anyone anymore.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

My Second Take On Mag 122

The spring thaw revealed the secrets
Of the stranger in the woods.
The spring rains revealed his art work
Where his campsite had once stood.

Winter's length kept him busy
Making sculptures from the parts.
With each piece he added
Something from his heart.

The hiker found the "artwork"
Called in all the guards.
"There's something not right
About this sculpture in the yard."

Upon close inspection
The art work did expose
An interlocking pattern
Of painted fingers and toes.

Oh, they never caught him
As you think they should.
Know not where he is now,
Maybe in your woods.

Visit Magpie Tales for other's take on the picture prompt Tess gave us today.

Mag 122...A Writing Prompt

1) Write a poem or short vignette using the picture featured in this post as your inspiration. Feel free to take the photo to use for your post.
2) Link back to Magpie Tales from your post.
3) Sign up in the Mr. Linky list, linking directly to your post, AFTER you've posted.

Go and visit to see how many contributed so wonderfully.  Thanks, Ms Tess.
Puddle, 1952, M. C. Escher

The Puddle

Muddy puddle
Reflecting sky
People walking through
People walking by.

So goes our life
Reflecting above and below
Where people trod
To and fro.

Leaving tracks
Upon our heart
The people we pass
Do leave their mark.

Happy Father's Day

To all with a Father's heart.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

SC111-Has it really been a decade?

Time for Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus.The prompt this week is: 'Has it really been a decade?'

Number of words: 100 plus the 6 words of the prompt. 106 total.  Style of writing: Any  Pictures: Any you want to share.

“Has it really been a decade?” he asked while brushing and braiding my long hair. I wondered why. I was thirteen. I knew what a decade was.

I didn’t remember Mama but Paul talked a lot about her. He asked me to call him Paul since Daddy made him feel so old. He would always laugh when he said that.

We moved around a lot but that was okay. “It’s just you and me, kid," Paul always said.

Learning a new phrase that morning, Age Progression, I stared at myself on the milk carton.

Then Paul asked, “Kitten, are you ready to play our little game?”

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thursday's Things In A Row

Cattails in a pond, stuff a pillow, eat the root,
make baskets from the shoots.
Cultivated clouds in the sky
 tell me, it's staying dry.
Wonder if the ant wives complain
about the dirt tracked in after a rain.

For some fun,
show your rows
Join Pat
for the show.

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