Memories . .

Nicole posted this picture on her Facebook over the weekend. It’s a photo I took of them the night Chad graduated from college, 5 years ago.

Nicole & Chad

Nicole & Chad

Not a care in the world! Chad knew already that we were moving and he was going to have to survive on his own but I think he had no idea how hard it would be to make ends meet. 

In five years, they’ve both grown up so much. They look more mature and definitely act more mature. On that night five years ago, I’m sure neither of them had any idea they’d have a three year old now!

It’s such a cute picture of them . . I had to share it.

Baby Chicks

Yesterday I was out watching the baby chicks. There’s never a time when I’m out there that watching their little fluffy butts and their activities make me smile and sometimes laugh out loud.

Mom and Babies

Mom and Babies

This mom has one baby so she must be babysitting one of the three from the bantams. She’s teaching them to scratch for bugs.

Mom and Babies

Mom and Babies

Scratch a little and stand back and watch for bugs that may have been uncovered. It’s so cute to watch those babies. They’ll scratch a little but mostly they just stand there and look to see what the mom digs up.

It’s hard to believe that with these chickens running loose, all four babies have survived but so far, they have.

Snoozing Dog

Thursday night Rita kept me up most of the night. The storms were supposed to come through around midnight, again at 2 a.m. and again at 5 a.m. I figured I’d just stay up past the midnight storm and hope for the best. We ended up deciding not to give her meds because it actually looked like the storms  were going to go around us.

About 11:30, the radar looked like everything was going north of us . . north of the lake, which is a safe distance away.  I thought the ones that were supposed to be here at 2 looked like they were going well south of us. So, I went to bed. Even though Vince had taken her out before he went to bed, when I started to go to bed, she wanted to go out again so I took her out. She did #1. Just about the time I fell asleep, she woke me up . . had to go out. So, out we went again and this time, she did #2. Back to bed and by now it was after midnight. I checked the radar again and everything still seemed to be going north or south of us . . til I got back to sleep and then the thunder began . . a little after 1 a.m. Rita was in a panic. I managed to keep her quiet enough that Vince could sleep. By a little after 2, she was calm enough that I went back to bed . . til it all started again about 3:15. I got up with her and shortly before 4, the thunder was so loud, it woke Vince. Only old Speck managed to sleep through all this. It was almost 5 a.m. by the time the weather calmed down and Rita calmed down and I went back to bed. I didn’t even hear Vince’s alarm go off so he got himself off to work but both dogs were expecting breakfast and the chickens needed out so I was up again by 7.

Rita in Bed

Rita in Bed

I came in from letting the chickens out, went to make the bed and look who’s back in bed! She can’t (I don’t think) jump in the bed because it’s tall but she can jump in the chair and then get into the bed.

She was looking at me like . . Can’t you see I’m trying to sleep! I had a rough night last night! How well I know! 

I managed to get through the day with about a 10 minute afternoon nap. Last night we had a night with no storms. Oh, how I love uninterrupted sleep! Tonight  . . it’s supposed to do it all again . . thunderstorms, some severe. We’re going to have to give her the meds tonight. I just can’t function with no sleep.

Bless her heart . . she slept all day Friday and slept all through the night. I know it must wear her out too . . she gets so upset. I feel bad for her but I kinda feel bad for me too! I’ve already told Vince . . since he doesn’t have to go to work tomorrow, I’m sleeping through the storms. I can do it . . the reason I get up with her is to try to keep her from waking Vince but if he doesn’t have to go to work, and with Monday being a holiday . . he has dog duty tonight and tomorrow night. Who believes that will happen?