Happy Birthday Dad

Today is my dad’s birthday he would have been 78 – years old.

He passed away September 1, 2014 – 3 years ago from esophageal cancer right before he would have been 75.

I think the hardest part of my dad dying was that I replay our last conversations over and over in my head.

I have put the pieces together of EVERYTHING he was trying to tell me. My dad was trying to warn me what would happen when he was gone he was trying to prepare me for it. Nothing could ever prepare me for what has happened.

Happy Birthday, DAD, I love you and miss you.

Texas the goat

Texas is the new stud muffin at the little farm.

His hair that stands up on back of his neck and his goat beard make me laugh.

He has that typical male goat smell so, for now, he will be put in a pen that can be moved around. The first day he was there he bred two of the older females, Boney and Valentine. Those babies will be born around Valentines Day.

The younger goats Clover and Buttercup will not be breed until the springtime.

The other male goat Gruff is younger than Texas and does not stink quite yet.

The personalities of goats can always make you laugh.

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Beautiful day in Texas

Today was a beautiful day lots of sunshine, puffy white clouds and animals all around.

This horse belongs to our daughters neighbor but he is beautiful. When I saw him standing by the trees and fence I knew I needed a picture.

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Scamper the miniature Hereford

Last weekend our daughter, her husband, and children went to pick up a registered miniature Hereford. Meet Scamper she is 19 months old.

She is halter broke, very friendly and has been getting to know her new surroundings. She and the goats seem to be okay with each other. Andrew has actually walked her a few times this is how gentle she is.

As a miniature, she will not get any taller just stockier. She will top out with a weight at 650# – 850#s.

I am looking forward to more photo sessions with Scamper.

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Life

There has been so much going on here since the hurricane I have not had the time to post or read post.

I hope to get back to posting and reading soon.

 

A little boys lego collection

Our grandson Andrew who is 6 -years old has been collecting legos for quite a few years.
He has always been into the tiny legos even when he was not old enough for them.

He loves the sets that make a town, police station, fire station etc. His mom and dad have bought him plenty of these through the years for him.
He would ask for them for his birthday and Christmas so the rest of us would buy them for him. Any money he earned doing jobs he spent on Legos.

Legos is by far his favorite toy because your imagination can run wild.

His lego collection was in the school room because it was a place he could go and build in peace without the disruption from his twin sisters or baby brother.Most of the time he would do this just to have a place he could leave stuff built at. Sometimes his sisters would go in there and build stuff with him.

When the barn flooded the water from the goats and chickens pen and stalls rushed into the school room ruining his Lego collection along with all the school books.

Our daughter said even with Clorox she does not feel safe trying to save the lego collection.

I had him pick out two sets and then I picked out a 3rd that will be delivered to him next Thursday. He picked out a fire rescue, a lodge and I picked out a fishing boat set.

With children, their things mean as much to them as ours does to us. He was very stressed during the storm thinking it was going to take down their house. He was so excited to see the water finally going down.

The least those of us in his family can do is replace as many as we can to help a little boys imagination be stimulated once again by Legos.

Life after the storm

A week ago Friday none of us knew exactly what Harvey would do to Texas.

We knew what the news reporters were saying but half the time they are wrong. In your gut, you want to believe what they are saying but the week before we were supposed to get rain and never did.

Harvey left an imprint on Texas that will never be forgotten.
Harvey changed peoples lives forever.

Many lost their lives, their homes, their pets and all their belongings.

Horses and cattle drown as the flood waters rose and they could not be moved out quickly enough.

Peoples whose houses have never flooded were now flooded for the first time.

Driving down Wellborn street in Brookside Village in Texas everyone’s belongings are out on the street. Clear Creek backed up into many homes in this neighborhood. If I was guessing at a number I would say 300 homes are destroyed but it could be more.

Piles of sheetrock cut 4 ft up as per the instructions of insurance. Appliance after appliance sitting on the curb. Cars, trucks, and SUVs with so much moisture on the windows on the inside you know they were under water.

This was only one neighborhood of many but it was my sister & her families neighborhood.
The sheetrock has been torn down to the rafters. This home has very few floors left in it. Half of all their belongings, memories, and keepsakes are sitting on the curb.

These kinds of things take months to repair and get back like it was prior to this flood.

It will never be the same because now you feel vulnerable to mother nature.
Emotionally it takes a toll on you, your life and most of all your spirit.

Long days of working, little sleep and exhaustion start to set in and everyone just can not think anymore.

What room do you start putting back together first?

It is so overwhelming to see and I saw it yesterday with my own eyes for the first time since the storm.

There were so many areas of Texas affected by Harvey, so many neighborhoods destroyed, lives taken and peoples spirit broken.

The road to recovery will be long but in the end, everyone will be stronger.

Everyone will get their spirits back again, be able to take a deep breath and get back to their normal lives it will just take time.

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