December 31, 2013

A Slice of My Life: 2013 in Review

“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself.
Go forward and make your dreams come true.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here are a few of the highlights of 2013:

In January the horses went walkabout and I had to shut them out of the hayfield; I couldn't find the hole in the fence where they'd escaped.

We had a beautiful February snow. I used the image below as this year's Christmas card. We had snow on the ground three times this winter; this was the heaviest.

In March our son's girlfriend and her parents lost their home in the Moore tornado.

We had unseasonably cold weather in April, and a late freeze knocked out the plum, peach and nectarine harvest. We had more rain than usual, very welcome after several years of drought.

In May I did something I've been wanting to do for several years: I went on a camera safari at a wildlife ranch in central Oklahoma. What a great experience! Don't put off those things that you "want to do someday" - do it now, if you can, before it's too late.

June brought a plague of grasshoppers. We lost the peach and nectarine trees, some of the tomato and pepper plants, and nearly lost one of the apple trees. We went to our annual "mini family reunion" to pick up our granddaughter. (As many of us as can, drive to a relatively-halfway point and spend the night, returning home the next day.)

July - Our granddaughter's annual visit was spent, as always, baking and gardening and riding the horses, making nature notebooks, and at the splash park. We also went on a camera safari at the ranch I visited in May. Juliet, the LGD I'd borrowed from a friend, went back home.

August - The yearling does were bred to The Phantom. Our baby grandson had his first birthday. I watched a garden spider weave her web each evening and then deposit her egg sac on the side of my horse trailer. I'm still watching over her eggs and am looking forward to their hatching.

In September I bought Ziva from a friend, bringing my goat herd up to four does and a buck. I retired as a 4-H leader.

Our first frost came early on October 19th.

In November our oldest daughter and her husband came to visit for Thanksgiving. It was their first time visiting us in Oklahoma, and we enjoyed their visit so much. While here, our son-in-law tackled my to-do list and made a big dent in it. We had beautiful weather during that weekend.

In December our son and his girlfriend became engaged. We had an ice/snow storm, and then another ice storm. All three of my first fresheners had boy/girl twins. Felicity was first on 12/20, Phoenix and Firefly both kidded on the afternoon of 12/23.

As always, through the ups and the downs the Lord is faithful, and I am thankful for His provision for us each year.

Thank you for joining me in this wild adventure. I appreciate each and every one of you!

Previous years:
2010 in Review
2012 in Review

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  1. Cindy McElroy9:00 AM

    How blessed you are!! It has been a pleasure following along with you again this year. Thank you for allowing me to join you. May the new year bring many blessings your way!! God bless, Cindy in OK

  2. Thank you for being here, Cindy. Wishing you a happy new year!

  3. What a lovely review! My goodness it's been a busy year for you and your family. Happy New Year!!

  4. Happy New Year to you too, Staci!

  5. Happy New Year, Kathi, & may your cup run over, year after year!

  6. Happy New Year to you too, Carla! Blessings to you.

  7. What a wonderful thing to find on my first visit here! Thank you for this peek into your life and homestead!
    May your next year be blessed!
    ~ Christine

  8. Thank you, Christine, I hope your new year is blessed also. I'm glad you stopped by.

  9. I love your homestead. I'm especially jealous of the goats since I am a lover, but fear taking the plunge. I'd love to see some more of your posts. If you're feeling inclined, I do a link up party on Fridays on my non-traditional homesteading blog called The 104 Homestead. Hope to see you there and I'll be checking in frequently.

  10. Anonymous11:27 AM

    What a beautiful blog you have shared of your busy year. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


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