Category: BigBlue (formerly baby Banana)

Catsup. Ketsup. Catchup.

Hmmm, so much. Let’s do a quick highlight and lowlight and then perhaps I will feel refreshed and I can begin to post again without the pressure of ‘catching up’. Then, as I go along, I can catch up if need be!

1) I started Herbalife meal replacements and trying to eat healthy. So far I’ve lost about 12 pounds.
2) BigBlue turned 2 and Bumblebee turned 1. And we marked Collin’s 5th birthday/memorial.
3) I got a big promotion and a raise.
4) Three days later Deere announced they are divesting themselves of my company. I am in limbo land now, pretending it’s ” business as usual”.
5) I was accepted into Northeastern University (Boston) and have started classes to finish my degree. It’s been 20 years since I took a class and over 30 since I was a regular student. Challenging!
6) I got a used hot tub yesterday. Tonight it was filled with water. They say it will take 24 hours to heat up. This seems unacceptable right now.

Strawberries and Sweaters and Slugs, OH NO

First Strawberry

I promised some picture of my wonderfully, successful strawberry adventures in the SuperGarden. I took these on Thursday. My pride and excitement at not one, but TWO 020 nearly ripe berries made me giddy.

The next morning I went out to discover the reddest, ripest of strawberries had a chunk missing out of it!! I was devastated (do I take this garden stuff too seriously you think?). I thought perhaps it was a bug…I went out in search of organic bug spray yesterday and coated my poor babies.

Flash forward to this morning…the other nearly ripe strawberry had a CHUNK missing. My friend Google immediately located similar pictures online and the suspected culprits? SLUGS. Eww. Or snails. I have seen neither, but guess where I am going now? That is right, to buy some organic slug/snail stuff (that is so a technical term). I must save the 022strawberries!!!

I ‘ve been home from work the past two days, hanging out with my niece and sister-in-law. They came from AZ to stay with us so Nannygoat could work her photographic magic with a senior picture session. My niece is an identical twin to Bear. It is amazing how much cousins can look alike. Please go check out the beautiful pictures Nannygoat took HERE.

Now you are probably wondering about the sweater part of the title? Well, if I can’t kill the slugs I was thinking of crocheting them little sweaters for our cool, damp mornings….

Kidding. I am making a super cute little sweater for Big Blue! I am nearly half way through, you can click this link and see my progress (and the pattern picture). I am thinking it may be completed before Easter, so I will post the pretty girl in her new sweater soon!! Also if you are on Ravelry, look me up –  crochetvixen.

Up tomorrow on the blog: SuperGarden fencing and planting!! Easter crafting!! Anything else I think of!!

This post linked up to the Homestead Barn Hop #104 Barn-Hop



Too Overwhelmed to Write

So a lot of things have changed around here since I have been regularly posting. So much, that I eventually gave up posting. I was/am overwhelmed. I want to share everything but there is so much I can’t get myself to do it. It seems impossible. So I will use bullets to share highlights of what I can remember. And then, if anyone still reads here, you can all PIPE UP in the comments and tell me which teaser you would like more information on first and that will be my next post! Sounds fun. (probably won’t work because no one reads anymore, but perhaps all this will be out-of-the-way and I will be free to begin blogging again? One can hope?)

  • RolyPoly is getting a baby sister! MacD and Funsize are having a scheduled c-section on Aug 30th. The baby needs a super-secret-internet name. You all should get on that right NOW.
  • Bear and Fishboy became engaged just before Christmas.
  • We got a second horse at Christmas. Miss Bonnie Blue (reg. Pushin Little Princess) is a curious, intelligent, trouble making sweetheart TN Walking Horse. She and Calypso adore each other. It was a gift from me to Mr. Vixen so we could start riding together.
  • Mr. Vixen got a new knee!
  • In February, at the beginning of my first ever trail ride a motorcycle came up on a side road and scared Calypso. He spun and took off, along with the two horses that were being ponied by my friends. I did not make the spin. I instead launched off, rolled down an embankment and landed under a pasture fence. I broke 7 bones throughout my body, needed surgical repair (pins) placed in my finger, bruised everything and also tore some menisc-ally stuff that still is going to need surgery to repair. Was not fun.
  • Because of that I haven’t ridden much and am just getting my confidence back.
  • Baby Banana (Nannygoat’s youngest) is going to turn one next month and she has THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EYES of any child on the planet. I have pictures to prove it. She also needs a better S-S-I name, which you all can pick too.
  • In May, Fishboy decided he did not want to be a part of the den anymore. At all. This caused significant heartache for Bear and for us to have to move on very short notice.
  • However, sometimes good things come out of bad experiences. In June, we relocated the Den to “Pterodactyl Ranch”. Our house is twice as big as before, has central air and (most importantly) is a horse property.
  • The horses now live in my back yard. This has reduced our TV time to zero and computer time to 1/16th of what it was before. We are real country-folk now. Living in the country is 100 times less stressful than I dreamed.
  • Being in the country and working on 2-acres of yard that had gone to waste is a good way to start losing weight. Mr. Vixen has lost 15 pounds already and I have lost 9. I am still more overweight than I have ever been in my entire life (even pregnant) and need to find ways to make that happen.
  • I made some super cute things for the new baby girl’s baby shower, very original, keepsake value and uber-inexpensive. I should put up how-to and pictures, right?

I know there are many, many more things I have left out. But if I don’t post this now….it will just sit here for another year and even more stuff will happen.

Know that I am still here and still reading all your blogs, even though I may not comment! Leave me a comment and help me change that!

Welcome, Baby Banana

Baby Banana

Born 9/20/11

8 lb 3 oz, 18 3/4L


Another beautiful granddaughter

The Time Has Escaped Me

Not sure when the calendar from January to September. Or how I got here.

But here I am. Behind on everything, but enjoying the heck out of life even though I miss contact with you every day.

I doubt it will get better, although I tell myself it will. But life just has a way of going on, even while I try to catch my breath.

Any moment (or no later than the 20th-induction day) I will have another beautiful grandchild, Baby Banana, and I can hardly wait. Possibly the sharing of her new little life will spur me into more often posting here, who knows?

I am riding almost every day now, it keeps me sane in an insane world. The time I spend with Calypso is such a gift.

A lot has happened this summer, most of which I haven’t been able to share here, which sometimes makes me resent this place. That it isn’t my ‘secret’ space anymore. It makes me yearn for your advise, your empathy, your comforting, listening ears. It is what it is, I guess. I just have to work with it.

I think about you all. Every day.

Each time a child is born… the world lights up with new possibilities

As you may recall, we are expecting another bundle of joy in September. Nannygoat is having another girl! Her super-secret-internet name of Baby Banana will be replaced at birth with the more feminine Hannah Banana. Wouldn’t you all love to get an early peek at this precious one? Me too!

Nannygoat is in a very close contest to win a 4D Ultrasound (the pictures look awesome don’t you think?)  So I ask a favor. If you have a facebook account go the the page of Unique Ultrasound (click this LINK) and ‘like’ the page, then leave a comment saying “Shannon Williamson sent me”

And if when she wins, I will share with all of you pictures of Babar!

Trotting through Thursday

Hey, Hi!

I got a horse and now I don’t have time to blog. Not true. I have time in the evenings, it is still winter now and gets dark early; but I am too exhausted. It’s time for bullets!

  • Follow up to my doctor’s appointment: I gained a lot of weight. I also was having trouble moving things (if you know what I mean). No answer for either. Also? She thinks I am going through menopause but won’t treat me for it. My problem with the entire visit? Massive weight gain in such a short period and constipation are SYMPTOMS of something. All she did was write a scrip for one and tell me to get more exercise. I have since changed groups so I can see a different doctor this month. If at first you don’t succeed? See another doctor.
  • She did suggest Weight Watchers. I doubt it will cure the cause, but since my work (yet another perk) offered the program at a discount, I went ahead and signed up for the 3-month program. I put the app on my iPhone (the iPhone my work supplied, yet another perk) and am doing well. I’ve lost a little over 5 pounds the first 1.5 weeks. I have a long way to go, but it is a start.
  • Did I mention I got a horse? We go out every single day and spend time with him. Never have a I met a sweeter horse. Excellent manners, such a darling. We are learning ground work together, I’ve been watching a lot of video and he already knows most of it.
  • Nannygoat saw the doctor today, her first official new pregnancy visit. As I alluded to before, there was an issue at the beginning. She had some symptoms of a UTI and when she was evaluated they found a subchrionic hematoma larger than the fetus. They diagnosed her with impending miscarriage and sent her home. In the end (several doctors and visits later) they found she did have an infection and the hematoma has of today completely resolved itself. There is a healthy, viable and good looking 10 week old baby in there. Its super secret internet name is Baby Banana.
  • Still haven’t ridden my horse. We are getting to know each other and we needed a saddle. Turns out dear Calypso is hard to fit. But we found one today, for very cheap with an Arab tree that works very well. In time I will save up and get him (and me) the perfect saddle. But I have to say (even though I have only sat on the saddle on a saddle rack) it is one of THE most comfortable saddles I’ve ever been in.
  • I am jealous. We got the saddle today and Erin sat atop Calypso. J.E.A.L.O.U.S. Thrilled I am, but envious. Check it out:

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