I apologize for the quiet here. My mind has been spinning, trying to plan for the holidays. I got a little crazy this year and I am having both Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Day for both Hubs and my family here at the farm. Add in trucking and my life gets a little hectic. Honestly, I love to have everyone here, but because I'm a worrier and I know how things can go wrong, all this planning makes me just a tad bit crazy, because if anything does go wrong- truck wise, weather wise, or load wise I could not make
Do you ever have days, weeks, months where you just figure you should have stayed in bed? This has been on of those weeks for me. First I lost my turbo Friday afternoon, which put me behind the eight ball for having a somewhat leisurely ride out west. That was fine, I put my nose to the grindstone and kept at it arriving just in time for the most hellacious storm Arizona has had all winter long. The signs were in the sky, I knew the weather was going to get shitty, I just didn't figure on it getting this
Okay, we are really not "snow bound" but we did get enough snow over the night that neither Hubs or I were in any hurry to go anywhere today. Luckily I made it home with perfect timing on Monday night, and Hubs decided to played hooky with me today. Not too much has been going on around here, Hubs has been moving snow & I've been doing the normal household chores, with a little break in between for a good walk around the property to assess the damage. That is the look of concentration! Notice Rosie all
The weather this trip has been far from nice. I had well over 200 miles of fog which really makes for a slow, slow ride. Then the fog turned into a welcomed rain. Until it started to freeze. I guess the weather took my mind off being lonely. It doesn't come round very often, but sometimes it does, even when I'm so use to being alone. Even when I try to push it away. Generally I love it. My time alone, not poor weather. I love my rides across the country and Monday when I left I was so feeling it. But yesterday, I
Since winter is almost over, and I sure hope it is, I thought I would tell another story of survival and/or common sense on the road. I know there are companies & drivers who would park their truck and call someone to fix all of their problems without a thought, but in reality there are times-especially as an owner operator, when cost effectiveness wins over sitting on the side of the road waiting for someone else to come fix (and for very good money mind you) a problem you can fix on your own. If I can fix it I
"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple." ~Dr. Seuss Nights like this when the trip is almost over, you can't help but go over the ride you've had along the way. Your out on the road alone, so you hash over the bad weather you have encountered. The people you've met along the way. The equipment that has broke because of the weather. The work you do alone and the fact you figure it out all by yourself. Then you have to wonder if it's all worth it. Even though your dead tired, something
This morning I let the ducks out to get a bit of fresh air. It was 17 degrees out and I knew they would like to stretch their wings a bit. They kept waiting around, looking for something so I drug out my two water pans to see it water was what they wanted. Of coarse it didn't take them a second to figure out what I was going after. They followed me up to the hydrant and back to where we let them bathe in the winter. They were happy as they could be, even though to me it didn't look one bit fun!
I purchased a lime tree. So, all fall I had been having problems with the thought of the onset of winter. It seems when I know winter is on it's way, I try to hope, pray, and trick myself into thinking that winter coming is just a figment of my imagination. Once here, I always try to embrace the season, but getting to that point is not fun for me at all. I think hubs was hoping the lime tree that was taking up all available cargo space in our Tahoe the day I came home from shopping was a figment of HIS imagination.
Last trip I woke up to this view... Now if only I had a hot cup of coffee and a deck to sit on and contemplate my day... Somewhere in New Mexico... One of my favorite states since there is such history here! My reward for getting home safely! I got home Sunday afternoon. Luckily I made it before the wind blew our roads closed. Since I had a couple friends get stuck in the weather, I considered myself lucky to sit in my kitchen and watch the sun go down!
1 lb of White beans - I use Canellini Beans 1/2 cup Barley Water One or two good sized ham shanks (I think ham hocks are gross and the shanks have more meat) 1 Large diced onion 1 cup chopped celery 2 cloves garlic, diced 1 tablespoon Organic Better than Bouillon (Chicken flavor) Salt and pepper 2 Sprigs fresh rosemary 1 Bay leaf 1 bunch of fresh parsley Cover beans with cold water for at least a couple of hours or overnight. Drain the water, pick out bad beans, wash. Put the ham shank in a large pot and