Welcome to my little farm in the city.

This is a little blog about my life here on my little farm in the city. I am a wife, a mom, a grandma to 6 beautiful grandchildren. I live in a very small Mayberry like town in South Carolina . We live on the banks of a small river in the woods. I raise chickens and this year I really plan to try my hand at a small garden so that I can use the products for canning this year. It will be a venture since all we have is this lovely red clay that is hard as a brick, but I have high hopes. I am an avid knitter and crocheter and I love to work on new patterns that I find. You will probably find much of my work here as I finish it. Well thanks for stopping bye and please stop in often and stay as long as you like. Trudy

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Oh my gosh what a summer!!

Wow  I know I have  not  been here  for a  long  time .  We  have  had  a busy  summer.  It all started  back in June  when my  husband  got  injured  at  work ,  It  has  been a  mess of  Dr,  visits, tests ,  more  visits  and more  tests , and  still waiting  on a second  opinion appointment  to  confirm what the  first  Dr.  already  has  told  him.  The  workman's  comp insurance agency is  really dragging their  feet  with what  we  know is  inevitable and  should  have  been done  3  months  ago.  Surgery  is  in the near future and then  recovery will extend  us  past  the  holiday  season,  which  we thought  he would have been back to work  way  before  then,  but  the  insurance  is  making  this  a very  long  drawn out  procedure, and  it should not  have  been.   So  needless to say we  have  been really  pinching  the  pennies and  trying to make the  ends  meet  with  some  success.  

My  son , who  is  in the  Army  and  now  deployed  overseas  for a year  was  here  with his  family  for  6  weeks.  It  was  absolutely wonderful to have  them  here and to be  able  to spend  some  much  needed time  with  him  before he  left.  He  had  come  in hopes  of  being  able  to take  care of  getting his  dad  back and forth and  through the  surgery  before  he  left ,  but  it  was  not to be.   That being  said  we  did so enjoy  his  visit  and  we  did make a  lot  of  good memories  that  will keep  us warm on those  cold  days  of  winter  ahead.    We  got  to spend  a  lot  of time with  our  grandson  who  is  two  and  get  to  know  him , as  this  was  really the  first  time we had  spent  with him  since  he  was  born.   Since  my  son is  in the  Army  they were  stationed  in Texas  and  he  was  not  able to gain leave  to come and  visit  until  this  summer  before  he  deployed  for a year  and this  is  his  second  tour.   We  are  so very  proud  of him and what  he is  doing  to  help  protect  our  country , our  freedom.  I can  only  hope  with this  mother's  heart that  time goes by  quickly  for  us and  for him and  that  he  will come  back home  to us  as  healthy and as  whole  as the day that  he left.   I miss him  every day ,  and  I wish that  he  did not have to go,  but  I know that  this  is  something  that  he  needs  to do and  that  he  is  proud  to do.

So  summer  is  gone, and the  leaves  are  turning , the  wind is  becoming  cooler, and the  fall colors  that  I so dearly love  are  returning ,  if  only  for a brief  time  .  This  is with out  a doubt  my  most  favorite  time of the year.  I  love  the  colors, the fresh  cool air , and  lowering  temperatures .  I  love the  sound  of  leaves  crunching  under  my  feet  and  the  sounds  of the  owls  who  seem  to come  at  night  so close  to our  home in the  woods here. I love that  quiet, slow  whooo whooo through the  empty branches  in the  quiet  darkness  that  surrounds  my  little  home  at  night.  It  just  seems  so comforting  to me .   

There  is a  bright  spot  to my  days  now.  Back this summer  my  husband  and  I found  someone on line that had  saved a  little yellow  puppy  from a  life  of  abandonment and from  an unsure  future  at  the  pound  which is  where  he was  headed ,but  given a reprieve thanks  to a  kind  soul.  Anyway  ,  this  kind  man  took him in knowing that the life  of  a single  person  was  not  what  this  tiny  boy needed,  so he  posted an add for him and  we  happen  to see  it  and I fell in love immediately!!!  He  said  that  he  thought  is was a Golden Lab/ Golden  Retriever  mix  and  when I saw  him the  first  time  ,  I  really  doubted  it .  His name  is  Jake,  and when I got him he was  only  3  pounds  and  about 6  weeks  old.  He  was  so tiny  that  I thought  there  was  no  way  he  could  be  a lab, why labs are  so  MUCH  bigger  at  6  weeks.   I  have  seen  a  lot  of  labs  and  he  was much too tiny..................   that  is  what  I kept  telling myself.     This is  Jake  when I first  got  him at  what  we think  was  about  5  or  6  weeks  of  age.

Well  needless to say the  last  thing  I needed  was  another  puppy but  I can  say  without any  doubt  in my  mind  that  he  has  been the  most  wonderful, easily trained  and  so  delightfully  happy  go lucky  since  the  very  first day  we  brought him home.  He is  growing  by leaps  and  bounds  , he  is  now 5 months  old  and  the  most  awesome  growing  pup.  He  is  my  constant companion and I would  be  so entirely  lost  with out him.  I know  that  he  will be my protector, my  best  buddy and  keeper  of  secrets  forever and  I know that  I did the  right thing  that  day  when I brought him home, and I know that  he is  forever grateful every time  he puts  his  head  in my lap and looks  at me with those  big loving  brown eyes.    This  is  Jake  at  5  months  and  I will update  here as  he  grows. 

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