Failure Quotes With a Grin

I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. – Benjamin Franklin Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop. – Unknown Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. – Truman Capote ; . . . With men this is impossible, but with God all things…… Continue reading Failure Quotes With a Grin

A Loveable, Annoying Pet

Shadow was the most quirky, amusing and utterly annoying pet we have ever owned. A drooling, big black lab mix with overgrown feet and an overgrown personality, Shadow was an integral part of my children’s lives for 13 years. This dog grew up with cats.They could cuddle up beside him or lay on top of him and…… Continue reading A Loveable, Annoying Pet

NOT a Haggard, Worn out Bag of Regret

I am a conundrum in the eyes of modern society because I am a joyful mother of nine children. This very fact seems to confound most people who expect me to look like a haggard, worn out bag of regret and unfulfilled dreams. Society in general is baffled to learn that I discovered freedom precisely…… Continue reading NOT a Haggard, Worn out Bag of Regret

Even Pets Can Have Chores

No able-bodied human or animal would live in my house without contributing in some way to our household Our pet guinea pig pushed his luck one day when I discovered why Guinea pigs are called PIGS. It is because they eat just like real pigs that's why. I was losing patience with ours; every time… Continue reading Even Pets Can Have Chores

A Cat and Mouse Game

What is a farm without cats to catch  mice? Mice eat grain. Mice make nests and shred grain bags. Mice droppings are messy, their urine stinks and no self-respecting farm animal will eat contaminated grain Once we started raising animals, which meant storing grain,  I quickly changed my perception of the  little creatures. I no longer…… Continue reading A Cat and Mouse Game

Smile: A Wordy Wordless Wednesday Post

A WORDY Wordless Wednesday Post I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful. -Unknown A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.  Phyllis Diller A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. William Arthur Ward Smile, it’s free therapy  Douglas Horton If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.  Andy…… Continue reading Smile: A Wordy Wordless Wednesday Post

“Don’t Worry Sir; My Boyfriend is Like my Trampoline.”

One of the disadvantages of a large family is that the younger children are exposed to pop culture via  their older siblings. A prime demonstration of this phenomena was during ’circle time’ in kindergarten. Sometimes the teacher encouraged the children to sing a song, expecting to hear something like “Twinkle, twinkle little star”. She did not get that… Continue reading “Don’t Worry Sir; My Boyfriend is Like my Trampoline.”

Want a Laugh? Take a Peek Into Our House…

Come take a peek into our house a few years ago because in a family of eleven, everything is a Big Deal. . Imagine twenty-two pieces of bread lined up in two rows on the table. Each sandwich is made with a particular person in mind because I did want them to actually eat the sandwiches at… Continue reading Want a Laugh? Take a Peek Into Our House…

Dogs With Personality Disorders?

Were we crazy to keep theses canine misfits? Definitely. Perhaps only a family with nine kids, pets, farm animals and wild pests could cope.  We often took in animals, usually dogs, who were suffering in the city. There was overweightt, depressed Buster, a Springer Spaniel, languishing in a garage during the day and crated during…… Continue reading Dogs With Personality Disorders?

My Baby Boys Seemed Like Aliens

As I watched my boys play, I felt like an observer watching an alien society. Please, do not try to tell me that little boys are just socially conditioned to behave in a different way than little girls. I loudly declare that, even as babies, little boys are intrinsically different from little girls and I… Continue reading My Baby Boys Seemed Like Aliens

Finding Joy in Chaos

“Welcome to OUR home. We love kids, animals, plants and even you. Just come on in!” Five-year old Daniel is leaping off the fourth stair wearing his black cape, a purple Batman sweatshirt and his 'Mountie' hat. Three-year old Rebecca carries a huge, old purse stuffed with cut pieces of paper and fake money and… Continue reading Finding Joy in Chaos

Horses and Bicycles

Have you ever tried to catch an animal that does not want to be caught? If you raise animals, they always manage to escape by breaking through fences or because someone leaves a gate unlatched. When any animal escapes it must be caught. Imagine the chaos as cars slam on their brakes to avoid a 2,000lb steer, neighbouring… Continue reading Horses and Bicycles

Humourous Wednesday Quotables

A joke is a very serious thing. Winston Churchill Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not, and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs. Christopher Morley When humor goes, there goes civilization. Erma Bombeck Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and… Continue reading Humourous Wednesday Quotables

Comic Drama: Shopping with Teenage Girls

Her older sister rolled her eyes and sputtered,” Do you want to know what kind of dress she wanted me to buy?!” It was and still is an educational experience for one of my adult daughters to shop with a younger sister. After a particular stressful shopping trip, they would stumble through the door, complaining… Continue reading Comic Drama: Shopping with Teenage Girls

Operation Chicken

Every spring, once the chicks were old enough to lose their down  and get their feathers it was time to introduce them to life outdoors.  This was not an easy task because chickens are, well chicken! We were forced to literally pick up every single little chicken and throw them out the small door into… Continue reading Operation Chicken