I`ll take every single one of them I can get! Come on in gang, kick off your Muck boots and grab a mug!
What a glorious day it is here in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania! The sun is shining, the breeze is soft and I even have a few windows open. Thank you Mother Nature! After a couple days of brutal cold this respite is much appreciated. Aside from the weather, things here are running about as they usually do. We still have a turkey that thinks it`s April. Mister plans on candling his eggs in the incubator tonight, so I`ll let y`all know if any are fertile or not. The goats are just hanging out, gestating. We`re due to kid out in late March/early April so I have a long time to go until I get to hug and smooch new kids. I`m getting twitchy already!
Speaking of the goats, I went down with a baggie full of animal crackers the other day, in hopes of getting a good snapshot of myself for my author image. That little picture that appears on the back cover of a novel, sometimes with a short bio, was the last thing I had to get together before I submit my manuscript to the publisher. Mister came along as official photographer. Sure, I could have hired a professional, but I wanted the image to be homespun and natural, to reflect the books heroine, the cover art and its author. I just can`t picture me, on the back of my book, looking like a fashion model with poofed-up hair and clad in an evening gown, can you? Here are a few of the out-takes of the photo session. Those girls LOVE their animal
crackers and they don`t mind nipping fingers to get them!
So, what else? Last Sunday my beloved dryer moved to the appliance resting grounds. I cannot fault the old girl. She served me faithfully for over ten years, drying up to ten loads a week. We made a quick run to Beiter`s and carted home a new dryer. This one even has a light inside! Now, I am back in the game. Yippee she typed sarcastically. I swear if I had the money, I would pay someone to do my laundry for me and grocery shop. I hate grocery shopping! Put it in the cart, take it out of the cart to pay, bag it up and put it back in the cart. Take it out of the cart and put it in the truck, take it out of the truck and put it in the house. Take it out of the bags and put it in the cupboards, freezer, fridge or bathroom. Repeat next week! Blech I say!
Wow, I got off on a tangent there. I`ll try to stay on track. Since it was such a nice day today, Miss Yodeling and I went with my MIL over to Wally-World this morning. Mom-in-Law needed some stuff and I guess the money my child got for the holidays was burning a hole in her pocket, so we rode over. I didn`t need anything really, but as usual, I came home with some goodies. I found some new dishtowels with roosters on them, some batteries for Mister and a new green blanket for our bed. Last year Mister gifted me with a bedspread. It was white as fresh snow when I un-wrapped it. Yeah, a year later and you know what that white bedspread looks like now. With two cats and three dogs that have mud radar it wasn`t as white as it had been. I did look for different colors, such as Pennsylvania clay-mud brown, Poe the yellow Lab safflower or Trinity the black Lab ebony, but Wal-Mart doesn`t carry those hues. It was white, light blue or green. I picked green. Let`s hope that it stays neater than the white one did. I guess that`s about all the excitement here on the hillside farm!
Now, I suppose, I`ll go visit with my blogging buddies, finish my laundry and perhaps do a wee bit of writing on the second book in my ‘Gods & Goats’ series. Or maybe I`ll just slip on back and play some X-Box! Or read! Or nap! Or have another cuppa! The day is so full of possibilities!
Enjoy your weekend!