June 25, 2009
Normally I wouldn't broadcast this as blog worthy news. I'm sure you really didn't want to hear about it. But she just looks so pitiful in the picture, I had to post it. Currently she's in the back having a snarling snappy argument with Carlie Jean. They've all three been a little, shall we say....snippy, lately, even though the older two are spayed. Its been several weeks of growling, snarling, and space defending. Rachelle said that's normal. When one goes in heat, they all act like it. Oh good! Because if there's anything better than one dog in a snit....its three!
Speaking of Rachelle:
Check out this link to Darling Poodles puppy page! Rachelle has three new litters of puppies and they are all just so darn cute! "Gucci" and "Prada" have a cute story. Rachelle went to Rapid City with her mom and sister. Stella was due soon, so she took her on the trip to keep an eye on her, and she ended up having the two puppies while they were at the mall. That's why Rachelle named them Gucci and Prada. Too cute!
I remember asking years and years ago, why I needed to learn this or that in math because I "wasn't going to need it." The answer was always, "It might not seem like it now, but you'll use it someday," and I always thought in response, "sure, whatever!"
Now that "someday" is here, it seems like every spare minute is used up calculating weight, distance, fuel, and a million other things. Guess my teachers can say, "told you so."
This Just In:
Malcolm just got off the phone with Brandon. Turns out an a driver we know who is running 'Super Singles" just had a blow out near Idaho Falls, ID, which brings up another reasons I forgot to mention in my "cons" list. Very few people keep the "Super Singles" in stock because it hasn't achieved popularity yet. Therefor, he had a difficult time finding a replacement. I know it seems like the "cons" far outweigh the "pros." Just remember....for us it's all about the weight!
June 23, 2009
June 22, 2009
The sign doesn't lie! This is my first ever Fabric/Liquor combo store!! One wall was quilting fabric, a small but nice selection, and the other wall was liquor and regional wines, also a small but nice selection. The whole thing was very fascinating to me. Who on Earth ever thought to combine those two into one store! I'm still baffled by it.
The movie was cute. I couldn't figure out how they were going to do a sequel to the original movie, but they managed it quite well, with a plot I hadn't been able to predict. It was a fun and different way to kill time on a long weekend, and it only cost us $12, and that was with the more expensive seating that got us "extra leg room and a bigger seat."
Sunday morning we drove back to the interstate, ate at a cafe there that offered so so food and over priced at that. Typical...
Lounged around all morning. Malcolm took the dash apart and worked on some switches. I watched Becoming Jane, which I had bought over a year ago and still hadn't managed to watch. Then we drove to Palouse, WA. We were here a year ago on this same load. At the time we noticed a couple cafe's in town, so we planned to hit one of them for dinner, but they were closed for the evening. We ended up in the bar for dinner, watching the Nascar race with about 6 of the local guys. On a side note, we were stuck in the Nascar traffic on Thursday on our way out of our delivery in Petaluma, which is right by the speedway for this weekend's race. Congrats to Kayne (spelling?) on his win! See I payed attention! I even heard the announcer say that the best he'd done on that track was finishing 23rd or something like that. So I'm happy for the guy. Good driving! That track....I've not seen a track like that. Having watched some Nascar because I grew up in a southern home with a southern Dad and brother, I am familiar with some of the tracks. I know that Bristol has a lot of wrecks because its a short track, and I know that Daytona and Indianapolis are the biggies. But I'd not heard of this Sonoma race, and the track looked crazy!
Ok, enough on Nascar! Sorry!
Had intended to have a latte and scone at The Green Frog this morning. We parked in town a year ago and ate there waiting for the mill to open. The lady there was so friendly, and baked everything fresh. She even made Malcolm wait for something out of the oven. And the town people all saw our truck in town, called the mill owner, and told him there was a truck lost in town. He came to find us and guide us to the mill. More small town charm.
Well to our disappointment, The Green Frog is closed on Monday morning, as is the Family Cafe. We ended up at the bar again...this time for breakfast. Different 6 locals this time and we watched the Early Show on CBS instead of Nascar.
Just finishing loading now, and then we'll head for San Francisco. We're supposed to deliver in the morning between 4:00 and 5:00. We have pearled barley and it's going to a bakery. Last year, the bakery guy was so happy to see us (apparently they were running low) that he gave us an entire grocery sack of fresh baked bread, an assortment of all kinds. We snacked on a loaf or two, and then had to throw the rest away. I felt so wasteful.
June 19, 2009
There's always been a bond between my Dad and me, always will be. I have the type of Dad that worked long hours, till late at night, and then came home and played with his kids, even if he was bone tired. He still does that, even though we're grown. He's sacrificed for us, built things for us, played games with us, taken us places, set aside time for us to be together as a family, and gave us each opportunities to do things that many people never get to experience.
He built our home with his own two hands, built me a three story dollhouse from the ground up when I was little, indulged me in my obsession with horses, and sent me to Europe with a group from school when I was 12. He bought me my first car and taught me to drive, having the patience of a saint as I tryed to figure out how to shift gears.
When I was older, he gave good council, but let me make decisions, and didn't criticize when they were bad ones. He just stood to the side, making sure he was close to catch me if I needed him to. He taught by example, maybe not intentionally, but I learned a lot about serving others and responsibility just from watching him.
I ran across something in a book of mine that says it all. When I read it, I thought immediately of Dad.
He's still doing just that.
My "Playlist" has been changed for Father's Day. These are my favorite "Dad" songs. The first one, Small Town Southern Man by Allen Jackson, could have been written about my dad, especially the chorus. It's one of my favorites.
I was much more photogenic at that age. Something happened around, oh, age 5 and ever since then I've looked awful in every picture taken of me, just about. So I'm not posting a picture of the 32 year old me.
My birthday started at 3:30am when I drug myself out of bed after a nearly sleepless night. We had to run all night, and since we hadn't driven through the night since the end of May, I wasn't used to a moving truck. Add torrential rain, and seeing an awful tractor trailer wreck (really awful) just before bed...I didn't sleep well at all. We finally stopped at Wendover, NV for 2 hours, and that was my sleep. I got up at 3:30 to drive.
Despite the early hour, I had a good morning. It was only an hour before sunrise, and it's peaceful out there Nevada. You kind of have the road all to yourself.
I had lots of calls from family and friends to wish me a Happy Birthday. It was great to hear from everyone!
While Malcolm unloaded our trailer in Petaluma, CA, I gave Ella a new hair due. I've been looking at pictures of Chinese Cresteds, and a lot of them have their ears shaved. I knew this already, but I like the ear fringe. However, Ella's ears droop, and I had come to the conclusion that probably if she didn't have ear hair weighting them down, they'd stand better. I've been putting if off, because I shaved Carlie's ears a few months ago for the same reason, and she looked awful! She's just now starting to look cute again. But Ella has more hair, so I hoped she'd look better even if I didn't like the ears. As it turns out....I like her naked ears better than her furry ones.
They still aren't quite where they should be, but they are standing better than they were. Maybe with time, they'll straighten even more. We'll see.
After unloading, we drove back towards Sacramento, stopping in Dixon where we squeezed into a parking spot that wasn't really a parking spot, and walked to Cattleman's for a birthday dinner. It was very good food...way too many people. I guess that's the most crowded restaurant we've eaten at in a long time, and it was taxing on our nerves. Probably we wouldn't have been so put out with the crowds and noise, if we hadn't had to listen to the guy at the next table give a 45 minute dissertation to his party about steaks, the perfect steak, and the art of cooking a steak, as well as all the chefs who had come to make sure he liked his steak at various restaurants, and all the managers that he has had "take care of him," etc etc. This guy had a major ego, dominated the entire conversation...not just his but ours.... OK, it finally reached the point where it was humorous so we spent our meal enjoying good food, and snickering behind our napkins and hands at the guy. Ahh...our own personal dinner theatre!
My birthday was just a normal day, but it was very pleasant as well. We're loading this morning at the Port of Sacramento. More fertilizer going to Washington, and we have the whole weekend to get it there. It will be relaxing, only 750 miles and two and a half days to do it. Again...too much time for the miles, but at least we are getting loads and not sitting at the house like we were in April. Brandon talked to someone who works for Steve still, and they are now down to $1.12 a mile. He was paying $1.25 when we left the end of April and that was too low then and before fuel started going back up. I'm glad we got out when we did.
The truck turned over 500,000 miles this morning. I was going to take a picture of the odometer, but I forgot and didn't notice till we were at 500,016. That's a lot of miles in a little less than three years!
June 16, 2009
We ran in and out of rain showers, and the mountains were shrouded in heavy low clouds. It was one of those Monday mornings that you just want to snuggle into your covers. Not the nasty kind of day, but just the type where you don't want to do anything but relax and be cozy.
This trip I feel like we did the grand tour of Montana's biggest cities. The only one I can think of that we didn't hit was Missoula, but we were there last week.
Helena, the state capitol
Tuesday morning we headed out again. This is, once again, a good paying trip with too much time on it. We could have been there Tuesday morning, but we couldn't deliver till Wednesday morning. So we took our time. Breakfast again at Eddie's Corner, and then south through Harlowton to Billings.
Road construction in Montana....its not uncommon on the two lanes in rural areas for them to just rip out the road, and traffic maneuvers through the construction as its happening. There were two guys flagging traffic so the heavy equipment could cross, but otherwise, your pretty much driving on mushy dirt and gravel as they build the road around you. It had just rained that morning and so the dirt was pretty soft. Just for kicks, I'll add that the main road to and from the airport in Billings looked just like this...ripped out....only there was a lot more traffic and buildings. Not your normal urban road construction job.
This is my favorite view of Billings. The airport sits up on the rim rocks and so as you drive along the highway, you look down on the city.
Downtown Billings....this is the biggest city in Montana.
We've called it "home" for a few months now, though we really live east of here. Its just easier to tell people "Billings" because they kind of have an idea of where that is.
As we drove past the Metra, which is the arena/fairgrounds, I noticed campers set up everywhere, and when I saw dog kennels I remembered that Tuesday was the first day of the AKC Yellowstone Valley Kennel Club Dog Show. It was supposed to be Ella's debut into the show world. I felt a little sad. Ella didn't seem to notice she was missing out on anything.
The rest of the day we meandered down through Wyoming. We're now about 60 miles north of Cheyenne, and will be in Fort Collins by midnight. We stopped at a rest area at sunset to let the girls play for a while. I love sunsets out here. They are extra special in Montana and Wyoming.
June 15, 2009
Snow fences are all over the place out here, but I've seen them the most in Wyoming. One might ask, "Why Wyoming more than others" when Wyoming isn't necessarily known for its deep deep snows (except in the mountains of course). The answer is wind. Snow fences don't do anything for straight falling snow, but when it comes to wind driven snow....they can be the difference between making progress down the road, or sitting in a 10 foot snow drift. And Wyoming definatly has the wind thing going on.
They are strategically placed so that snow is prevented from drifting on roads, or at least creates smaller drifts more easily handled by snow plows.
It was 73 degrees when we parked and within a half hour is was only 52 with a strong wind.
June 13, 2009
I'm in love with this little fellow!
And then of course, there's my dear sister-in-law, Rachelle, who has taken it upon herself to shop for me, and send me links to things I need. She's really being so cruel! Recently she sent me this link to a Morgan gelding, a good age, well trained and experienced, and a great price on a Morgan.
I am, with great self-restraint, not buying either.
Anyone want to buy them for my birthday?????
Here are the rules: Respond & Rework. Answer questions on your own blog. Replace one question. Add one question. Then, tag 8 people.
1. What are your current obsessions?
Morgan horses, my imaginary farm/ranch
2. Who would you most like to have dinner with?
My Granny and Papaw, who have passed. I'd love to have dinner with them. I miss them and lately I've been thinking of a lot of questions I wish I'd have thought to ask them.
3. Last dream you had?
I don't remember sleep dreams, but if you want to know about day dreams...I'll fill your day! Mostly I "work" on my farm/ranch and raise my Morgan horses. Its hard work, but fulfilling...lol.
4. Last thing you bought?
confessions....I went to Barnes and Noble Wednesday and blew $30 on books I didn't need. I actually got $70 worth of books, but after my coupon, my membership, and two gift cards, I only spent $30 of actual cash. (forgive me?)
5. What are you listening to?
Well, I was enjoying the sound of the Colorado wind blowing through the cracked window, but now I'm listening to Malcolm on a three way call with his aunt and uncle.
6. The perfect house?
need you ask? a little white farm house way out in the country
7. Favorite holiday spots?
either my parent's house, his parent's house, or family at our house, which we've never tried, but I imagine I'd like it
8. Reading right now?
Prayer's for Sale by Sandra Dallas, and next is Blind Your Ponies by Stanley West
9. What is your favorite way to relax?
Sitting on the porch in a rocking chair or swing with a good book and a glass of iced tea. (only I don't have rocking chairs, and my swing still isn't hung, so I have to settle for sitting inside with the book and tea...still relaxing though.)
10. Guilty pleasure?
remember those books I bought in an earlier question? enough said
11. Who or what makes you laugh until you're weak?
Usually reminiscing with my mom and sister
12. Favorite spring thing to do?
Get outside without being cold
13. Planning to travel to next?
Forgive me if I laugh....lol....well this load is going to Idaho, and I imagine from there we'll either go to California or west to Oregon. Outside of work, I'm taking a 5 day trip to Tennessee in July to see family.
14. Best thing you ate or drank lately?
Last weekend....my grilled chicken and my strawberry custard pie. Not just because it was home cooking, not everything I cook is good, but this was just plain delicious!
15. When did you last get tipsy?
Its been a long time...and I never got very much tipsy to begin with.
16. Favorite ever film?
Hard to say....there are so many....probably Anne of Green Gables
17. Care to share some wisdom?
I'm not good at "deep thoughts" on the spot like this. Just don't take the small stuff for granted.
18. What item could you not live without?
my Paris and Ella....and I have nothing against Carlie Jean. I'm just not as attached to her. She's Malcolm's dog, and that was her decision.
19. Thing you are looking forward to?
Visiting family and friends in Tennessee for July 4th.
20. What's your favorite smell?
fresh cut hay baking in the sun; if someon would bottle it as a perfume I'd wear it everyday
21. What food makes you heave?
Can't think of one; I wish desserts did! Maybe I could drop a few pounds that way.
22. Favorite childhood story book?
not exactly what this question had in mind, but the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder...they are still a favorite.
23. What's your favorite animal in the whole wide world, and why?
horses....they feed my soul
Like Jennifer, I'm going to refrain from "tagging" people. If you want to copy, paste and answer in your own blog, feel free to. If you do, please comment on here so I know you did and can go read your answers!
Another piece of business.....I've received my very first blogging award, also from Jennifer at Ramblings of a Country Wife. I found Jennifer when she joined my blog as a follower. I'm living my farm dreams vicariously through her, as she writes about her new baby chicks that hatched, fishing with her son, and planting her garden.
Of course there are rules, again. You are supposed to pass this on to 8 others and include this text.
"These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers."
Unfortunately, I don't have 8 blogs to pass it on to. Most of the blogs I read are either just getting started, private, or of a personal nature, like pictures of the kids so if you didn't know the person, it doesn't really mean anything to you. So I'm in a delima. Let me think on it for a few days, and I'll get back with you.
June 9, 2009
Take a second look...
Its always a little unsettling at first glance, until you realize that its a truck being hauled by a truck. I think they ought to turn it the other way, just to save everyone else a little stress.
About 60 miles from Great Falls there is a change. Its almost as if, when creating the world, God took his finger and drew a line, and the trees stopped there.