Saturday, April 30, 2016

Blogging from A to Z - Z

In response to Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Z Z is for Sleep or ZZZZ.... What is one to do when he or she is injured? What would you say is the best medicine? Well the Hubby seems to think it is sleep.... 20160430_123004 Of course they do say that sleep is good for a cold, but I don't know that this would qualify. However, I do know that when one is injured or sick, sleep does help the body to restore energy needed for healing. So, this probably is a good thing. Just can't wait for his leg to heal.... Have a great day! Renee

April Photo Challenge Day 30

April photo challenge Day 30 (Last Day :) ) Summer plans We since hubby got hurt and is in essence taking his vacation now, we probably won't be able to do much this summer. Plus with his leg the way it is he still has 4 weeks before he can maybe put any weight on his injured leg. So, it looks like this summer will be full of reading and school. [caption id="attachment_2193" align="aligncenter" width="420"]Books on my kindle that I haven't read yet. Books on my kindle that I haven't read yet.[/caption] I still have a many, many books on my kindle that I haven't had the time to get to yet so that is what I will be working on over the summer. For me, this is a good way to pass the time during the day when I stay in because the temperature is usually around 110 during the day. I don't do heat very well and can only handle being out in the heat for an hour or so at a time (if that). So, no regrets as I love to read anyway, and I usually don't have the time to do it so it will still be a good summer. And if hubby's leg gets better quicker (as he is thinking it will) we may still be able to get in a camping trip or two before the summer is over. Just have to wait and see what happens there though. Have a great day! Renee

Friday, April 29, 2016

Blogging from A to Z - Y

In response to Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Y Y is for Yikes! Today while we were on our way home from town I saw black smoke in the air. So, I got a picture of it. I did not realize at the time though, that the fire was at the fire station. I also got a picture of the fire itself (or at least a small part of it). I imagine they are doing a controlled burn, but with the wind the way it has been I would think that would be a little dangerous. 20160429_114659 20160429_114655 20160429_114711 I took this as we were driving by so I was surprised that it actually turned out and that I actually got a picture of the fire itself. Have a great day! Renee

April Photo Challenge Day 29

In response to April Photo a day Challenge April photo challenge Day 29: On your feet 20160429_143608 If I could walk around like this all the time I would. I despise wearing shoes. That is always the first thing that comes off when I get home. When only here at home, if I am going into the main house I will just go in my socks. If I have to check on the chickens, then I have to put shoes on cause there are stickers out there. The majority of the day though, I go without shoes. I have to wear socks though. Have a great day! Renee

Thursday, April 28, 2016

April Photo Challenge Day 28

April photo challenge Day 28 - Trees around you Since I really don't get out much I got some pictures today of a few of the trees (if you want to call them trees - They are mesquite) in the yard. The first one is probably my favorite because it gets so big and droops down making an area underneath that my nieces and nephews like to play in when they come over. 20160428_111956 The next one is in the front yard and it doesn't get real big or anything. Kinda sad looking really. 20160428_111934 This one is the tree my one of my chickens likes to roost in. This one also gets big and bushy so I have to trim an area where I can under to get the eggs the chicken lays under it. 20160428_111931 And these are just a few of the trees on our property.   Have a great day! Renee

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Blogging from A to Z and April Photo Challenge Day 27

In response to Blogging from A to Z April Challenge and April Photo a day Challenge. It's a 2fer today! Blogging from A to Z the letter is W and the April Photo Challenge is water.  

Monday, April 25, 2016

Blogging from A to Z - U

In response to Blogging from A to Z April Challenge U U is for Unexpected! I am so thrilled right now I'm not sure I can contain myself. Since, hubby broke his leg, he won't be able to drive his truck to work for a while (it's a standard). He will have to take my Kia to work with him since it's an automatic. This means that we are putting my Jeep back on the road! 20160425_174924 A little back information on my Jeep. I bought this Jeep back in 2003 when I got my license. This was my first car that I bought and paid for (well financed anyways). I paid it off in 2006 and was extremely thrilled. We took this Jeep to Oklahoma with us last year towed behind our RV. She has almost 400,000 miles on her. I love this car. Yes, being that old she does have some issues, and she can be very temperamental at times, but she still runs. After Aarron and I got married, he got the Kia for me so that I had a more reliable vehicle with A/C since the summers get to be over 100 here (usually 110 or so). 20160425_174937 She definitely has an attitude problem, but she is mine! I love this Jeep and can't wait to start driving it again. Have a great day! Renee

April Photo Challenge Day 25

In response to April Photo a day Challenge April photo challenge Day 25 is top 3 accessories! I had a bit of a hard time with this one as I don't really do accessories. I have my wedding ring that I wear all the time, I have my mother's ring that I wear all the time, and I have my Garmin Vivofit that I wear all the time. Nothing else so I had to get a bit creative on this one. I tend to carry a purse which carries my .380 and my pepper spray, so that is what I chose as my top 3 accessories simply because I really don't do accessories...LOL. 20160425_174720 Have a great day! Renee

Sunday, April 24, 2016

April Photo Challenge Day 24

In response to April Photo a day Challenge April photo challenge Day 24 is to post your favorite NFL Team. I know I will probably catch hell over this one, but here goes: [caption id="attachment_2125" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Photo from Google Images Photo from Google Images[/caption] The Dallas Cowboys have always been and probably always will be my favorite NFL team. Even when they lose they are my favorite team. LOL. Of course second to them I would have to say my next would be the [caption id="attachment_2126" align="aligncenter" width="420"]Photo from Google Images Photo from Google Images[/caption] This is simply because it is the NFL team for Arizona which is where I live. You have to root for the home team....right? Then of course there is the Chicago Bears. [caption id="attachment_2127" align="aligncenter" width="234"]Photo from Google Images Photo from Google Images[/caption] Again, I have liked the Bears for a long time, although they haven't been a good team in some time. I gotta say though I can't wait for football season to start again. Have a great day! Renee

Saturday, April 23, 2016

April Photo Challenge Day 23

In response to April Photo a day Challenge April photo challenge Day 23 - Your weekend Well with hubby laid up for a while, we really can't do very much. So, in honor of that, we will probably stay in and watch movies this weekend. Some of the titles we have are: 20160423_153641 These we have already watched. We usually hit up the video machine (can't remember what it's called, it's not redbox though) to find the new releases to watch. So, since we are taking it easy this will probably be the way we go. Have a great day! Renee

Blogging from A to Z - T

In response to Blogging from A to Z April Challenge T T is for Tent! Which is where I would love to be right now with my husband and maybe even a few of the This picture was taken on our last camping trip last summer. WP_20150719_09_42_13_Pro We were on our way home at this point from Patagonia Lake (my favorite place to go camping). There is a memorial site on the side of the road that we stopped to look at. The last trip it rained the whole time except for about an hour on Saturday when we were able to go fishing. Then it stopped raining on the way home. I have so many great childhood memories from Patagonia Lake. I love that I am able to take my kids to experience some of the same things. The whole place has changed quite a bit from what I remember as a kid, but I still love to go up there. Have a great day! Renee

Quote of the Day

042416 [quote author="Leo Buscaglia" source=""]What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.[/quote]

Quote of the Day

042316 [quote author="Leo Buscaglia" source=""]Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.[/quote]

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Surmount Water

20160421_204537 This is a stainless steel bottle that looks good and fits in most cup holders. The lid does not leak when turned upside down or laid on its side. The bottle is not insulated so it really didn't keep the water cold for an overly long time, but by the time I got the last of it, I just added a couple ice cubes and it was fine. The outside of the bottle did get very cold with cold water in it, so I assume if one were to use with hot liquids it would do the same so I would not recommend this. #Surmount  Purchase at *Sponsored Post* I received this product for free or at a discount for my honest review.


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What's to your left? Day 21

In response to April Photo a day Challenge April photo challenge What's to your left? 20160421_133905 This is exactly to my left while sitting at the computer typing this. I know the picture doesn't show it really well, but this is my scarf used in the "something purple"  for the same challenge and my treadmill which folds up quite nicely.

Blogging from A to Z - Q

In response to Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Q Q is for Quiet! Healing in progress So, we went for hubby's follow-up appointment on his leg yesterday (which is why I am posting today and not yesterday). We got to see his x-rays from the hospital of both before and after the surgery. This is apparently a pretty bad break. I will post the before pictures first and the after pictures after. The order will be from the knee to the ankle. Before: 20160420_090845   20160420_090748 After surgery: 20160420_091207   20160420_091020   20160420_091102 Aarron's friend told him that they couldn't play together anymore because he (Aarron) was bionic and Steve was only a mere mortal. lol One last picture shows both before and after the surgery. [...]

Quote of the Day

042116 [quote author="Leo Buscaglia " source=""]Life is meant to be a celebration! It shouldn't be necessary to set aside special times to remind us of this face. Wise is the person who finds a reason to make every day a special one.[/quote]

Wednesday, April 20, 2016



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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Blogging from A to Z - P

In response to Blogging from A to Z April Challenge P P is for Passion! Even though I deal with depression and anxiety, I still have passion in life. I still want to live life to the fullest. I still want to live! Sometimes though my anxiety mostly gets in the way. However, I am finding that I can still live a pretty full life even without going out all the time. I have my container garden that I am working on. [caption id="attachment_1825" align="aligncenter" width="420"]Strawberry, cucumber, pumpkin Strawberry, cucumber, pumpkin[/caption] I have my chickens  and our duck to care for. [caption id="attachment_1718" align="aligncenter" width="420"]New babies to the coop New babies to the coop[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1717" align="aligncenter" width="420"]This is meena This is meena[/caption] I have an amazing husband. [caption id="attachment_1642" align="aligncenter" width="420"]1002681_10152356673504555_2773353229483210940_n Aarron[/caption] We have the dogs. [caption id="attachment_564" align="aligncenter" width="150"][...]