Normally Thursday’s are a post about things that I LOVE and make my life easier. This will be in a bit, but first of all I have to share a few Wild Child-isms. She is, after all, someone who I LOVE, and although she may not always make my life easier, she has definitely blessed it and made it much, much brighter and happier.
**Mom? Why did you make my hair white? I didn’t, honey. GOD did. But I didn’t want it to be white. I wanted it to be brown like everyone else’s. Guess what? My hair was white when I was a little girl, and dad’s hair was white when he was a little boy. OH! Plus, I bet GOD wanted me to have white hair just like Papa’s. His is white too!
**Granny! Do you know why we had to buy so many packs of candles for dad’s birthday? Because he is REALLY old!
**Mom? Can we go camping this summer? Sure– especially if you get a really good job and buy me a camper when you get big! What kind of job are you going to have when you grow up? I’m going to milk all the cows and feed all the pigs. And buy a rooster to wake me up in the mornings because sometimes I like to sleep. (Laughing–as we do not milk cows, nor have pigs). But we don’t even have pigs. Dad? Do you care if we buy the rest of the animals we don’t have?
**(Storming over to the sliding glass doors) Here come those stinking heifers again!! (Opening the door and yelling—) YOU STINKING HEIFERS. GET BACK OVER THE HILL AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR BABIES!
**The Wild Child has told me every single morning since not long after she started talking that “Its a beautiful day Mom!” But even she this morning realizes the glory in the sunshine. I was down washing clothes when she came running down the stairs saying “Mom! Mom! There is blue sky and sunshine this morning!” Yep– kids are so smart!
Now for the “THINGS” that make my life better. I’m a HUGE Norwex fan! I don’t know if you know anything about Norwex, or have ever been to a Norwex party, but the products are something else. Two things really caught my attention about a Norwex party.
The first trick was to demonstrate the enviro cloth and the polishing cloth. They take a stick of butter and smear it all over a window. Then the demonstrator used Windex and paper towels to try to clean one side of the buttery mess, and the Norwex Enviro cloth and polishing cloth on the other side. The Windex smears the mess around. The Norwex products with the enviro cloth only wet with water and then polished up with the polishing cloth cleaned the window to a streak-free shine in about 15 seconds. Absolutely amazing. I have very dark counter tops. They show every single stinking rag swipe when you wipe them down. Plus, I also have very leaky windows so there is a fine layer of dust that you can see on my counter in what seems like a matter of minutes. I can wipe the counter tops down with water and the enviro cloth, and then follow with a quick swipe of the polishing cloth. Not a single rag mark. Plus, it seems to keep them dust free for quite a while. Love it. Anything that makes my life a little easier and my cleaning last longer and look better is a product that I love. Window Polishing Cloth
The other cool demo showed the antibacterial properties of their antibacterial rags. My sister-in-law said this amazed her. She said the demonstrator took a raw chicken breast and smeared it onto the counter, and then with medical grade test strips detecting protein and/or residue, she proceeded to swab the surface with the stick turning instantly purple. The demonstrator then wiped down the counter with a watered wet envirocloth and then swabbed the surface again with a new test strip. Nothing. Nada. It didn’t turn purple at all. I’m sold. Anything that cleans the bacteria off my obviously laden counter tops has to be a positive thing for this home, especially with the things that must find their way into my humble, not even close to spotless, ‘somebody needs to stay in and clean’ home.
So that’s my two cents, or ten cents, of maybe my free dollar’s worth of knowledge this morning! Check it out. This ranch wife LOVES the products. Norwex Products
(Thanks to my little sis for this pic!)
Music is a huge part of my life. My dad was an amazing piano player who played entirely by ear, and my mom is an incredible singer. Together they raised a huge brood of music-loving children. My dad passed away over 30 years ago and my mom has stated many times that the greatest gift he gave our family was music as it seems to tie us all together. There is music at every family event. My brothers all sing and play, and my sisters and I– well, someone has to clap! The nieces and nephews all like to sing and dance. It is a grand time when our family is together.
What amazes me is how a song can bring back an instant memory. For example, hearing Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian” instantly reminds me of my parking days in high school. You know– hanging out with your boyfriend, hidden away from the world, and trying your best to outsmart all your friends who think they know all the best parking spots. That song was definitely a parking tune. Fun memories. Another example is a Neil Diamond song. Neil Diamond was a favorite of my brother-in-law. I say ‘was’ as he passed away a few years ago after suffering with ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. My brother sang “Sweet Caroline” at his funeral. Several years later the playing of ‘Sweet Caroline’ can still bring a roomful of people to tears thinking of all the good memories, the missed years, as well as reminding us that he is still here with us in our hearts. Damn funeral songs–I also cry every time I hear “Wind Beneath My Wings” as it was played at the funeral of a man who was my second father after the passing of my first. Music has been present at all the good times and sad times of my life.
Yesterday I got to watch my senior daughter teach my 4-year-old daughter the months of the year by doing the Macarena. My eldest was blessed enough to have a 1st grade teacher that used music to teach. She learned the days of the week, the months of the year, the continents, the 50 states, all the presidents– all in songs. I’m sure there were a couple of others, but I’m unable to think of them now. Twelve years later she still can sing the songs. Music– a fantastic learning tool.
I saw a sign once that said “Blessed are those who don’t die with the music still inside of them.” How true. I had a friend who whistled all the time. One day he told me how when he was young he used to sing all the time, loudly, and was sure he was going to be a professional musician someday. When he was a teenager he taped himself singing. He never sang out loud again. He was so disappointed that somehow he had been so wrong about his talent. However, the music was still bubbling and building, wanting out, so he learned to whistle. To that friend I say– thank heavens you didn’t go to your grave with the music still inside of you. You made many people smile with your whistling.
How does this relate to being a ranch wife?? Glad you asked! I’m part of the back-end crew when we work cows or calves. I have the best working partner ever– the Boss, my father-in-law. Our job is to keep the chute filled. We don’t get yelled at for missing something that needs a tag, missing a shot, the paperwork being off, or heaven forbid– not getting the head gate shut in time! We are in the back getting an up-close and personal view of every single cow or calf. It’s a glorious place to spend the day. With virtually no audience, I get to spend the day humming, whistling, or singing whatever my heart desires. On an average day I might sing everything from the Hokie Pokie, to Jingle Bells, to Amazing Grace, to Hallelujah (since my daughter just watched Shrek for the 700th time), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB67HO8tkQs, or even the more up-to-date songs like Wagon Wheel (the original– not Darius Rucker, although his is okay, too)! I have very varied interests!
So on one such day, as I’m humming and singing along at the back of the pen, I ask the Boss– “Doesn’t this just make you want to sing? This is the best job! We can just work back here all day and have our own little duet!” The look I got made me think he didn’t want to sing, and no– we probably weren’t going to have a duet. He doesn’t know what he missed! Oh well! Just another day in the life of this ranch wife.
** Why does the meanest hell-bitch, man-eating cow always raise a huge steer calf thus justifying her existence?
**How did the cutest little boy in the world suddenly become a man and able to lecture you about being safe and not taking chances with the hell-bitch, man-eating cows?
**How can the little girl who only graduated from kindergarten yesterday be ready to graduate from high school in a month?
**Why do all your clothes get taken out of the dryer and stuffed into a basket and not folded when someone else needs to wash a load?
**Why do teenage girls find it so much more fun to wear mismatched socks thus leaving you a pile of unpaired socks when you are folding the above load?
**Why, when there are already millions of t-shirts cut up, do teenagers find the need to cut up yet another new t-shirt as soon as they get it?
**Why does the wind ALWAYS seem to be blowing right in your face no matter what direction you are headed?
**Why does the sickest calf always have energy to spare when you are trying to catch it to doctor it?
**Why does a cow ALWAYS run in front of your loop when you are trying to catch the above calf?
**Why is it way more fun to clean someone else’s house?
Just some little things this ranch wife would like to know.
Years ago my mom gave me a book called “Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach. It is a year-long book of daily wisdom destined to help one get in touch with one’s self again, to help one see all the blessings in one’s life, and to help one live a happy, fulfilling, contented life. She gave it to me at a time in my life when I needed it the most. Aren’t moms just the best that way?! One of the suggestions/requirements early in the book was to start keeping a daily gratitude journal. Each day I was supposed to list 10 things I was thankful for.
When I started my daily gratitude journal I was in such a rut in my life that I had a heck of a time coming up with 10 things each day. Thankfully I had two children so I could count each of them (2 things–8 more to go!), my good health and their good health (3 more things– 5 things to go), having a house to live in, food to eat, car to drive, and a job (4 more — one to go), and of course my mom. Ten things I was thankful for. I tried to switch it up and name some siblings, but am telling you that it was a daily struggle to find my 10 things to be thankful for. Remember– I was in a black hole– didn’t realize it then, but definitely black!
This was the same time that one of my best friends came to me and said “OK. Here’s the deal. You are so negative right now that you are tough to be around. What can we do to change this. I will help.” She is still one of my best friends to this day. That’s a great friend who has the guts to come and tell you that you suck, BUT she wants to help you change things! What a blessing. So, I began working harder on my gratitude journal. After awhile I found myself actively searching throughout my day to find things to write in my gratitude journal. I wrote about the fresh-cut grass smelling so good. I wrote about the sunset being spectacular. I wrote about the glorious sound of my children’s laughter. I wrote about a great phone call from my sister. And the list went on, and on, and on. I found that as I became more grateful, and recognized more and more of my blessings, that I became a much, much happier and contented person. Once again– thanks to my mom for the book, and to my friend for the kick in the tush!
In the spirit of my daily gratitude, I hope to try to spend my Friday posts on things I’m grateful for! Here goes…
My Wild Child wearing her dad’s lookers being a goof ball this morning. Oh– and to my friend CB for his naming them lookers.
The Robins Playing in the Yard
Having someone drive through the gate for me to save some steps.
Overkill, I know, but MUD
Being able to look in all directions and not seeing ANYTHING but incredible views!
And how can I not be grateful when I see this!
I’m so grateful for being just a ranch wife.
Have you used the totes or thermals from Thirty-One? They have made a wonderful addition to my home. My first purchase was the Large Utility Tote. http://www.thirtyonegifts.com/Catalog/Product/28/index.html This baby can haul so much stuff. I now own several. I pack them full of pans of bars, coffee cups, thermoses, water jugs, etc. when hauling food on the days we precondition calves, or days we pregnancy check cows, or on days we are shipping calves, etc. The best part about them, other than the size, is the fact that the handles actually run entirely under the tote so they aren’t just attached at the top waiting to rip off. I can’t imagine the number of pounds I have hauled in these. I recently used them to pack clothes, shoes, makeup — essentially as an overnight bag while going to my nephew’s wedding. I love them.
I also have a couple of the Market Thermal Totes. http://www.thirtyonegifts.com/Catalog/Product/76/index.html These keep the hot things HOT and the cold things COLD. I have made hot dishes, thrown them in this thermal, hauled them to where we were working cattle, and left them sitting in the pickup for several hours. Lunchtime rolls around and shazam– I still have a hot meal to serve. Same with cold drinks– throw some ice in the thermal, throw in the drinks, and enjoy cold beverages whenever you need them.
All in all, these are some great bags. I look forward to trying more of their products and recently got a catalog to peruse to find my next product to try. Check them out! This ranch wife loves them.