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Snowy Ridge

The night the snow began.....Most probably know about the storm that slammed New Jersey and the eastern coast this week. Well, I don’t like the damage that comes with a big storm, but I sure do love the snow I received from it :). I awoke to the most beautiful ridge view I have seen yet. We ended up with some thick snow in areas, more than forecasted. I was so excited to hear we had some coming, but didn’t have my hopes too high as we tend to get good snows when it isn’t forecasted.

To my surprise I awoke Tuesday morning with a gorgeous white blanket. I grabbed the camera and shot a pic from every window and door I could access. On the neighboring ridgeTerry’s cousin Paul and wife Anita happened to be in town overnight and witnessed my silliness that stemmed from the excitement of the white stuff. Paul just rolls his eyes and grins…shakes his head a little and lets it go. Anita hates the cold, the snow, the ice…everything winter is. She wasn’t as forgiving as Paul when it come to my eagerness to make sure I could see snow from every window.

Every year I ask for snow on my birthday. It rarely happens. Most of the time the first snow comes a week to two later. My birthday is today. Not only did I get some snow close to my birthday, but it was an excellent first snow that I could enjoy all day.

Carey’s school cancelled…. a snow day already, in October…anyway, Carey got the day off and slept in. Later he joined with his neighborhood buddies and they built a snowman. It lasted about two days before the boys’ destructive side tore Frosty to the ground. I love this time of year!!!

Since we are now officially in November, I’m starting my Christmas decorating planning. I hope I can find everything…since the move. I wish I had some sort of inventory list to help me out…lol…maybe this year I can make one. This will be our first Christmas in this house and it is going to be wonderful!!! I believe I’m going to start on my Christmas letter this week and have it ready for the mail when we get just a little closer. Thanksgiving is the target…Terry prefers to at least get Thanksgiving out of the way before bringing down Christmas…I reckon I don’t blame him…we need some holiday separation.

Right now, I’ll just continue enjoying my fall…after all, it is my favorite season. It was awesome to get a glimpse of the upcoming winter though.

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Ridge Update

GOOD MORNIN’

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Been super busy lately……we decided to run/acquire a goat farm, set up deer stands for the upcoming hunting season, worked on the truck that insists on being unfixable, and began winterizing our farm for winter. Wheeeeew!! Tired now!!

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The goats: mom calls and says would you like some goats? I reply with, in the spring maybe. She calls a couple days later and says the goats are free. Well, I like anyone looking for the deal of a lifetime was very interested in free. I live by ‘if it’s free, it’s for me’!! So we make the 3 hour trip to mom’s to pick up our new family members. The mama, Sara, and her two kids are loaded and ready for the trip south. My brother James came by and started talking about a bloodhound that was looking for a home….and again….if it is free, it is for me and Cletus a full grown bloodhound joined the traveling group for the ride to their new home.

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Sara and the kids settled right into their stall and pin. We have luscious grass and no animals have been here in awhile, I hoped they liked what we had to offer. I researched raising goats to make sure we were on the right track and found that goats don’t eat much grass….they prefer brush, trees, weeds, high brushy grasses, and the rougher things in life. Well, I guess I struck out there with the luscious grass. They nibble on the grass, but you can tell they want the edge of the yard where the brush is.

While we were picking up Sara, the seller, Johnny, offered and talked us into two more goats. Another doe, this one pregnant and a billy. The billy was all the kids’ dad. Lucy only had one kid, another buck to add to the herd. We now have some for sale in order to acquire more does. They are pretty cool to watch frolicking about the pin…Terry gave them some blocks and a slide to play on and they love it.

Cletus, the bloodhound, is doing excellent. We set him all up and he seems happy. He is a sweetheart!!

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Terry has hunting on his mind. His son, cousins, and a friend all itching to go hunting came out to scope it all out. They set some stands and the boys took their bows into the woods to try their luck. They saw a little activity, but nothing close enough to get with a bow. That just made their fever worse….

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Our truck of 3 years has a little problem. The air suspension pump decided it was ready to retire and our truck now sits on the frame and will make you sea sick to ride in. Went from the best ride to the worse ride in just a couple minutes. We look like rag dolls being tossed all over. Terry calls it the paralyzer. It literally hurts to go for a ride. So one of the boys, Chris and Terry worked on an after market air shock system. They used the line from the air shocks and hooked them in through our air bags and now we just stop at a local station and pump up the shocks. Now our ‘before taking a trip’ stop consists of gas, oil, and air for tires and shocks…lol…mom and dad always said the more features and stuff you have, the more to brake down later!! I reckon they are right.

Tuesday our fuel tank was delivered for the furnace…all this winterizing and we still didn’t have heat. Luckily, it’s been a little cold, but not too much for us to handle with a kerosene heater.

I love the seasons change. The colors, the cool!! I’ve tried to take daily pics of the ridge as it is changing fast. We went to mom’s for a couple of days and when we came back….wow, lots of change. It is beautiful out there. The reds and coppers and orange, and yellow….ohhhhh I love fall!!

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Apple Festival

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So here we are…. Our true fall kick off…the Apple Festival. How fitting,  tomorrow is officially the first day of fall. The Apple Festival is the tiny street fair like that held in most small towns across America.

It’s comical watching the city officials hustle around to put on a good show. The city welcomes the disruption with open arms. All the city streets totalling 7 blocks are closed off, rides and concessions blocking thru traffic. Downtown businesses close their doors to operate their booth in the street.

We drive around hoping for a close parking spot….hot dog…. parking only 2 blocks away from the G Force ride. I can smell the fryers. They are turned up and and a scent of perfected deep fried specialties fill the streets… the sausage, the funnel cakes and elephant ears….ohhhhhh and don’t forget all the apple concoctions. Apple butter,  apple cider,  apple cider slush, apple piie, apple cobbler, apple dumplings,  and the list goes on…. after all,  it is the Apple Festival.

The town folk come out… to wonder the streets, to visit and run into  people they haven’t seen in years, admire the fall crafts,  and see a glimpse of Christmas 🙂

I love our little town and the things that make a small town special.

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