Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Christmas Song For You!

 About five months ago, I gave a challenge to Daughter #2 that I wanted her to write a Christmas song so I could give it out as a Christmas present for our friends. She recently finished it and it would be our pleasure if you would click on the link below and listen.

https://soundcloud.com/andreamk/star-of-wonder 
Click on the orange button with the white arrow to play the song.

Have a wonderful Christ filled Christmas,
Java Girl and the Crew

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Ketchup Blog

I've had four cups of coffee and I'm very giddy and driven right now because I have lots to do. Also, I'm mad at Blogspot because they decided they want to charge me to put my photos on my blogs. I will spend time in prayer and pray that God makes them suddenly realize their sinful ways and repent. But until then... I'll just write.

Since June my life has been an absolute blur. I had so many things that I've wanted to share but have been in this crazy whirlwind/tornadic activity and so goes my story.

First, in June we went to Dutch Village near my hometown and I have some fantastic photos from that trip... for which I can't post right now. So you can just use your imagination and envision us and my sister in law and her kiddos. Then Daddy was getting ready to get out of the Navy after 28 1/2 years and we were looking for a job. Then, it was time to bale our hay for it's second cutting and I had a weird encounter with a farmer who tried to stab Dutch because Dutch didn't like him getting out of his truck and coming straight for me. The man pulled out his knife and told me he was going to defend himself. I told him to just relax and calm down. Dutch put the man back in his truck and then sat aggressively next to my side as I continued to talk to my man from his truck. Have I ever said... Tennessee has some interesting characters? Then a band of owls, coyotes or big foot decided to kill my remaining guinea's and only one got away. I declared it a national guinea day of mourning and decided to name the last remaining guinea after a dear cat that lives next door to my cousin Pam in Albuquerque. Hubby and I celebrated our 25 wedding anniversary and then I watched him fly away back to San Diego for his finishing touches with the Navy. I then found out that I have Lyme along with Jaclyn and now recently Andrea. With the amount of antibiotics entering this house, it's been alarming. I even had the pharmacist ask me what's going on? I've also found that I can't blog while taking antibiotics because I'm not a good writer and I can't seem to find anything to talk about. So for the Holiday's I decided to take myself off my meds so I can have a joyful Christmas. Thus the blogging. So onto Sept/Oct I flew out to Sand Dog aka San Diego to meet up with Hubby and say good bye to the Pacific Ocean... it was 25 years ago we arrived and were only a couple thousand feet from the spot I said hello to the Pacific ocean and my husbands command. I was alarmed at how fast time went by! It was also in the same general area that Joe met his daughters, as I greeted him at the Command upon returning after each deployment. That one spot had so much significance in our lives and it was hard to say goodbye.Then we hit the road for Tennessee, with a stop at my Aunt and Uncle in New Mexico and then on the Texas to watch a 72 oz steak being eaten by a young man on stage. We arrived home and in four days Daddy had a job just an hour and a half from our front porch. He loves it and is doing something new and something old. Then a friend of a friend has wanted him to start a business and he's been spending time working on that. I've been pleased that the transition from military life to civilian life has went to smoothly. My prayers have been answered.

And just recently... Andrea got on Celeste our 4 year old mustang and she rode like a dream. We've messed with saddles on her and desensitizing and it was so funny, it's like she was saying JUST GET ON ME AND RIDE! Andrea armed herself with a helmet and prayer and we went for it. Celeste is always been an amazing horse and to think it's taken about 3 years and gentling, round pen work and her watching other horses come and go off to ride on the trails that I think she was finally fed up at always being left home.

So I feel I've hit some highlights and a bit of the low lights and am so sorry for not blogging because of my medication induced writers block.

Yours Truly,
Java Girl

ps. I know that I wrote ketchup instead of catch up.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Contemplation of CPR

Last night something happened and I didn't know what to do. Sunny, our beloved orange one year old cat was having a hard time breathing.. he had been outside and the leaf mold is high and he obviously is allergic. We gave him a human Zrytec and sent him on his way. But later when Daughter #2 and I were having our evening chat... we heard Sunny wheezing. In fact the wheezing was so bad that when we got to him, I knew we had to do something fast. 

Suddenly the thought went through my head on how to give a cat CPR. No really, I know you're laughing right now... but it's true. And then I tried to imagine how I would place my mouth over the cats to resuscitate him. Stop laughing. And I freaked myself out! Then suddenly I remembered that I have asthma and when I can't breath well, I go use my breathing machine/nebulizer and after about 10 minutes, I'm fit as a fiddle. 

So, I told Daughter #2 to wrap Sunny in a towel and bring him to my room so that I could give him a treatment. She did, and after about 1 minute, he looked better. He was breathing in the medicine while I held it in his vicinity and he seemed happy and relieved as time went on. He then jumped down and seemed his own self and started playing with the other cat Zorro.

Amazing.
Actually, amazing and risky is what I really think. Because in emergencies I've been known to use unconventional means to help the creature or person out of trouble.  

In fact once I saved our other cat from Anema. He had it so bad his skin was so yellow that I was sure he was getting ready to check out (if you know what I mean). But I ran to my home remedies book and it told me to take pumpkin seeds and oregano and make a tea. Gave it to the cat several times the first day... and in three days he was completely better.  

Do I have the gift of healing?

No, I don't think so.

Do I have the gift of healing for animals?

No, I dont think so. But I do have the guts to try anything to stop us from having to pay a big vet bill.

That's when I get brave.

Missed my call as a medicine woman,
Java Girl





Thursday, October 18, 2012

Just Fussy

My Daughter #2 once said to friends.... "If my mother was stranded on a deserted island, she would survive, but only if she had organic toilet tissue."

Honestly, that statement is true. I've been allergic my whole life to array of things like, food, material, dyes, preservatives, chlorine and the list goes on and on. But one thing I'm really allergic too is latex.

WARNING: If you don't like to talk about undergarments, today's blog is not for you. Because today we must discuss this delicate subject with gusto.

So, don't get your panties in a bunch.

Put your big girl panties on and deal with it. 

Sorry. I just had to repeat those phrases.. because I'm feeling giddy this morning. Now on to the subject at hand.. or bottom.

No, really! I'll stop now.

I think.


I have a question for you today. Have you ever had a day when the pair of underwear you were wearing was a complete distraction and you couldn't wait to get home and take them off? 

Now be honest here.

Well I have! There's nothing like a bad fitting pair on undies to put you in a bad mood!

That's why I want to tell you about these great products from Fussy Pants. They're completely amazing. No elastic, latex and you can even purchase them with no dyes.
   
 They were invented by a stay at home mom named Christy. 


 She also makes re-useable diapers. Aren't these cute. And think about the money you would save on diapers. Just rinse and throw into the washer
She makes little kiddo's undies. Aren't these cute too? And I'm thinking absorbent....especially for the potty training stage.
 

 I love stay at home mom's that start businesses. They can have the best of both worlds.

Christy also makes makeup rounds that are useable. So practical and eco-friendly.  (Sorry for the picture being blurry, it's the best I could do.)



So after purchasing several pairs of panties the other day. They were put to the test. Rating them from 1 to 10. I would give them a 9. 

And the only reason I would give them a 9 is that they feel a little thick at the top. But otherwise, the feel and stay power..is amazing.

One thing I did notice is that she makes panties edged with lace...and I do think these would feel less thick.

Also, I want to thank Christy for sending us samples of the organic lace and other materials to try. We didn't ask her to do that, but we're happy she did!

Thanks Christy for being innovative and smart and bold.

And especially for staying home with you kids!

Check them out at justfussy.com

Because good underwear can make or break a your day,
Java Girl

Friday, October 12, 2012

Angler's Hearth Bed and Breakfast

There's a wonderful place tucked in Navajo Dam, New Mexico that has special meaning for me. It's where my Aunt Joyce and Uncle Jay have decided to settle after retirement. And because they were never the type to become hermits. They decided to build this home with a wing to accommodate Bed and Breakfast guests.
This is what you see when you first arrive and you can be sure that your name will be on the sign by the front door welcoming you.

 This is the view from the porch which presents to you... the San Juan River.
We decided the following day to take a little road trip around. Uncle Jay drove and I saw a glimmer in his eye when we drove off the beaten path and he had to shift the truck into four-wheel drive! The beauty is breath-taking and with fall arriving and how the rockiness of the terrain complimented each other so greatly.

 I don't know why but when I looked at this rock formation, it reminded me of a mouth. Definitely with a overbite.
Hubby on the other hand ran over and said that there was a Indian in there and if hubby wanted directions it would cost him $3.00.
Just kidding.
I think?

This is a near by lake and for the life of me, I can't remember the name. But it's beautiful and far off in the distance are house boats that are owned and that you can rent.

Aunt Joyce, can you send me that name of this lake and how big it is again?
This is to the left of the lake... it's the Navajo Dam and the San Juan River. 

What a view!! 

Not to mention the fact the Uncle Jay whipped us around to park and it felt like a roller coaster ride and that we were going to fly off into the lake. But again, there was a glimmer in his eye and I had a feeling that was planned.
Again, the lake, Navajo Dam and San Juan River.
Here we are actually getting a picture taken together. This is a miracle, because we usually not together or we are taking other peoples pictures and never remember ourselves.

This poor fellow has no idea that Hubby is lurking in the bushes and taking his picture while he's fly fishing. 
Hubby is freaky that way.

Here we are doing what we do best.
Talking.
You may notice that my Aunt has an iPad on her lap. And let me tell you, she can get around on that device like it's nobody's business. Seriously, she is not to be reckoned with.


 Check them out at www.anglershearth.com

You too can have this experience and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful outdoors. As Aunt Joyce said to me, We are a destination Bed and Breakfast. So whether you fishing or wanting to relax this would be the spot. 
Oh and one more thing... the food is amazing. I've never had a slightly mediocre meal at their home. 
The next day, Hubby and I had to leave to finish our road trip home and I was longing to be back there, I missed everyone and the warm fun, food and family.
Until next time,
Java Girl

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Small Talk With Cuz

My cousin Pam and I just got off the phone this morning from talking about two hours. Pam and I have this special connection... we can go a year without talking and then one day call and it's like we talk every week.  We talk about everything from World Peace to our pets.

But, today.  Because my cheeks are still sore from the laughter that ended our conversation. I'd thought I'd share our funny observation.

But first I need to tell you what we were talking about. 

We had already conquered World peace and then started talking about pets. I went on about how in California, some people carry around their little dogs like they were a purse. I always look at the dog and I swear they're telling me to take them. Dog Nap them. They are not happy... they don't get walked, they're forced to wear bows in their hair and to hold their bladders for unreasonable amounts of time. These dogs are not happy. But the freaky thing is that the owner is happy treating the dog this way.

Then I had just experienced recently when I went to the Vet with our dog... that the Vet (city vet) thought I didn't maybe take care of my dog the way I should because he was a bit overweight. Then he went on to disapprove about a few other details. Now for the record... my animals are very well taken care of. You've seen them here on this blog... they are happy, healthy animals that get all there shots. They get to run and play and follow us around this farm. They get scratched, bathed and doctored if need be. But they are just animals. Period. Animals. But you see, I have a country Veterinarian that comes to my farm and he treats animals like animals, but my city Veterinarian thinks that your animal is your next of kin or something. So there you have it.

So then Pam starts telling me about her rejected kitten adoption application. And I lost it. I couldn't believe what I was hearing, so she repeated it back to me and then I couldn't stop laughing. She had tried to adopt a kitten and the organization wouldn't let her have the kitten because she answered on the adoption form that she was going to let the kitten outside. What?! I said. They wouldn't let you have the kitten because you were going to let it outside?


 She said "I can have two children and take care of them just fine, but I can't adopt a kitten!"

I started laughing so hard and still as I write this, my cheeks are sore and I am giggling. When did the world get so out of wack! 

Pam then went on to tell me that the Humane Society was happy to give them a kitten.

I'm convinced that somewhere something went wrong, that we've made our animals fulfill needs in us that we can't meet on our own. It's weird and backwards isn't it? 

So today I dedicate this blog to all the dogs and cats that are never going to live out their lives as a animal. To use the skills the Good Lord gave them. And to say it simply.. to be fulfilled. 

Java Girl


 

Friday, September 7, 2012

What Do The Dog And I Have In Common

I recently noticed that Snoop was not himself... he'd been laying around and when I looked at him, he just didn't look like he felt good at all. He's had a limp for awhile and then he stopped going down to the barn with us. And with all that's going on around this house with Tick Borne illnesses. I thought I better take him to the Vet.

Well I did.

And I wasn't surprised when the Vet said he had the same tick illness that I have. 

And as I sat and thought about it later in the day, I realized that Snoop and I have a few things in common:
1. We both have Ehrlichiosis a tick borne illness, but his strain is a little different than mine.
2. We both got it this summer.
3. We both hate ticks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4. Did I mention that I hate ticks!!!!!!!!!!!!
5. We both are having stiffness from the disease.
6. We both are taking the same antibiotic and same dosage. 
7. Weird!
8. A few times Snoop and I just stopped during the day to look at each other. I can feel his pain.
Scratch your dog behind his ears for me,
Java Girl

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Story of Sunny

Never has a cat came into our lives and effected us more profoundly than Sunny. We found him on Craigslist and I can still remember the day when we went to check him out.

The lady giving him away said he was 7 weeks... but it was more around 5 weeks. It was definitely a little too early for him to leave his mama.

He came to our house, stinky, flea infested, he had worms and a usual possessiveness over food.
So after a good dose of Kitty Paste (wormer) and three baths. He started to became a little more attractive to us. 

And then the saying Sunny needs me..took on a whole meaning. 

We all wanted to hold him.

All the time.


 But he still had this potty problem and I became the official hiney cleaner.

So then I gave him some more Kitty Paste.
And then this weird strange relationship started between Dutch and Sunny. 

In other words, Dutch wanted to clean Sunny and it wasn't usual to see Sunny walking around completely wet from being bathed by Dutch.

Dutch is weird that way. It's like he can read minds or something.
 And for awhile Sunny had to be rocked to sleep in the camouflage blanket that became his.
He also became fast friends with Chance who showed up at our house about the same time he did.
Then the cuteness was too much.

He broke in and stole our hearts.


And then the wrestling started.
 But the cuteness never ended.


 He belonged to a gang of felines that he would regularly wrestle with except Purry our gray and white cat who is old. He was off limits and he let Sunny known by bopping him on the head.
 He's adventurous.
And is an amazing hunter.... he can catch flies like Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid movie.
 And he has this confidence that has manifested itself in so many ways.
But he still likes to be held and coddled.

Happy 1st Birthday Sunny!
Java Girl