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Friday, September 23, 2016

Celebrating the Small Things yet again

Welcome to this weekly blog hop sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain, and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. 

What exactly are we celebrating?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .

1) Our haying is done! (*ahem* Haying is the colloquial term in this area for the hay harvest.) We totaled around 1500 bales, which is more than enough to feed my small herd for over two years. My two older kids brought along their boyfriend and girlfriend, and helped bring it all in. (That part is referred to as 'bucking' hay. The cutting itself is called 'laying' hay. As to the raking--my part-- it doesn't have a special term. Totally unfair. I know.)
As you can see, their stacking abilities leave a little to be desired, but I'm definitely not looking this gift horse in the mouth. I'm just happy they helped bring them all in. Thanks guys!!!

And this picture has absolutely nothing to do with the hay. I just think the wild flowers are pretty.

2) Brush hogging! What's that? Think of it as a giant lawn mower towed behind the tractor, which thrashes all weeds and destroys anything that gets in its way. This is my current project. Those pastures need to be cleaned up and it will keep me busy for a few days. BUT the reason I'm celebrating it is because it is soooooo boring! Yep, boring. Up and down the field. Up and down. It's the perfect time to think through stories and plots! So, I've gotten my short for this year's IWSG anthology pretty well lined out. Now, if only I could type while I drive.

3) Enough of the farming things??? The last thing I'm celebrating is the biggest one... a super huge surprise.


My oldest son is now engaged!

And gosh, does that make me feel old. Luckily, I have plenty of time to let it sink in since they aren't planning on having the wedding until after he's got his college degree in hand. In other words, it's going to be more of a Christmas wedding in 2017.

What about you?  What wonderful things put a smile on your face? Eat a wonderful dessert? Go to a museum? Receive a package that you weren't expecting? What are you celebrating???

If you can't think of anything to celebrate, I'm going to help fate along.

Over on Bookworm for Kids (my review blog), I have a giveaway for a YA mystery, which centers around models in Tokyo. It's quite an interesting look into a very different culture and a pretty thrilling read.

The best thing. . .

Basically, no one has entered! Which means super high win chances for those that do.
So go ahead and take a peek


  1. Congratulations to your son.
    Yeah, those bales are a bit lopsided.
    You could use a voice recorder while you're doing the brush hogging, but the only thing you'd hear when you played it back would be the tractor.

  2. Yeh for your son! And what with all the wedding planning, etc, Christmas 2017 will be here before you know it.

    I won a book in a giveaway so that was one thing that made me happy this week. :)

  3. WOW!!! Congratulations on your son's upcoming marriage. December of 2017 will be here quicker than you think. I got 4 kids married off and 1 to go!!

    Farming is hard work. I love hearing about all of it!!! And so great to have the family working together!!!!

  4. What wonderful news on your son's engagement! And hay. Wow. That's a lot of hay.

    Good luck with your short story writing. I hope to enter this contest as well.

  5. Congratulations on your son's engagement!! :-D Wow. That is some amazing news. You know what they say . . . make hay while the sun shines! ;-)

  6. Yay! Haying is done!! So cool of the kiddies to help and bring help. There's so much!

    Congratulations to your son!! Both of my siblings have gotten engaged in the last year. Sister got married in May. Brother is getting married in December.

    Best wishes in the IWSG contest!!!

  7. Smart that your son is planning ahead. Sounds like he's going to make a lucky lady (I'm guessing) very happy. Dealing with hay looks like tough work. Hang in there and enjoy your weekend and writing inspiration.

  8. Congrats to your son! I'm well acquainted with haying. We had many hay piles over the years that looked just like that. My part was usually tedding the hay (spreading it around so it could dry before being raked) along with unloading the wagons. Yay for getting it all done! Have fun plotting while you're brush hogging!

  9. OMG! Congratulations on your son's engagement! That's so exciting! If your haying will feed your herd two years, then what will you do with next year's hay? I'm glad it's doing the dishes that I use to plot out things and not bush hogging. Good luck with the anthology story!

  10. Congratulations to your son! That's great news! My oldest son talks about getting married a lot, but he's only 7, so I'm guessing it'll be a long while yet before he gets to that stage.

  11. Congratulations, that's great news! Glad you got so much farming work done :)

  12. Tonja, whew good to hear all that work is done! It sounds like a hard job if you ask me. At least while you did said "boring job" you got things figured out in your mind and if you figure out how to type while do your chores then let me know. Maybe I can adapt it on this end. Congrats to your son! Have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by!

  13. Congrats Tonja! Amazing how time passes, isn't it?

  14. Congrats to your son!

    Wow, that's a lot of hay! Maybe you can sell some of the excess.

  15. Around here, we cut it, tet it, rake it, and bale it. It's been years and years since I've had to work in the hay and I can't say I miss it. :)

    Congratulations to your son!!

  16. Around here, we cut it, tet it, rake it, and bale it. It's been years and years since I've had to work in the hay and I can't say I miss it. :)

    Congratulations to your son!!

  17. HUGE congrats to your son! Yay! What a wonderful time.

    I cannot imagine the sheer effort behind that many bales of hay. Whew! I bet your family has awesome muscles from all that work.

  18. Awww congrats on your son's engagement! A Christmas time wedding will be beautiful!!!

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