February 2008

My husband and I have been going to the Renaissance Festival in Phoenix for 6  years now.  We usually go for his birthday in March.  The past few years we have gone to the King’s Feast and last year I flew a friend of his to Phoenix from Billings, Montana to spend the day with us at the Festival.  This year was different for us, too…. we took the kids.  It has been my only day to be without them, but we decided that it was time to introduce them to the fun.  The day was nearly perfect.  The boys behaved themselves, the weather was not 110 degrees (it was a bit chilly), we saw the Ded Bob Show, went to the Joust, and the boys ate lots of food.  We went to a motel room Saturday night so that we didn’t have so much driving on Sunday. (it is about a 3-4 hr drive from our house)  I plugged my camera’s rechargable battery in at the motel and LEFT it behind…. so, no Excellent digital camera!! I had to buy a disposable one!!  That was really not so bad, I guess…. but it made me miss the PIC of the Day!  Some girls my son’s age came running up to him, dropped a hankerchief, said “Oh my, whatever will I do!”, he picked it up and kissed her hand.  It was a moment that only my brain will have to remember. Here is the pick that I did get.


We all dressed in our Ren costumes.  It such a hassle to get into mine!  But this year it didn’t cut off my lungs and hurt my back, like last year.  I have lost enough weight that it was actually comfortable to wear.


Husband went back to work – he is a truck driver and is gone for 2-4 months at a time.  I am glad that we had such a wonderful family day before he left.  The disposable camera saved the memories for us.  The motel called yesterday – they found my charger and battery.


The sunshine is so beautiful today – after so many dark days of snow!





I hope the sun is shining very bright for you today, too!





Here is one of my favorite fairies to wish you a Happy Day!







I love getting flowers, like many females do!  My husband surprised me yesterday  a bit early for Valentine’s Day and he hasn’t done that for a long time!  Thank you very much, husband 🙂

 Valentine Flowers

I hope that all of your sweeties are sweet to you, too!

Well now that we are mending fairly well for a couple of old folks, we got a new-to-us truck – a 2001 Ford F-150.  Much more of a truck than I thought we were going to buy – but it will serve all the purposes we need it to do.  I need a hay hauler, husband needs a vehicle to go to gun shows (and leave me MY car!), to go shooting and it is a 4X4 to get us out of the driveway and out to the main road in the snow.  So, here is a pic of it (the windows and hood have frost on them) and you may, also, agree that it is more than I thought we were going to buy……

So, I guess, we are on the road, again!  It will soon be hay hauling day. 
truck vs plow

Now that I have processed some of the physical and emotional trauma, I have a bit of a story to tell.  My husband and I had, as Nicole would say, “A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” last Thursday.  An AZ DOT snow plow T-Boned our beautiful Ford 250.  That truck saved our lives because it is so big – never will I complain about having to climb all the way up to get in the cab (I am 5ft9inces). Husband had a dislocated shoulder and the driver’s door window in his face that required 10 stitches.  I have a sprained ankle, swollen nose, torn neck muscles, and scalp abrasion.

truck damage


Husband and I rode to the hospital in matching guerneys.  He was taken in one direction, me to a different part of the emergency room.  We were both strapped to back boards with our heads taped down.  He got some “happy” stuff – I didn’t even get a tylenol.  His valuables were collected by Security and inventoried.  Mine were left on a table unattended.  The nurses cut most of our clothes off.  Husband got his pants and both shoes returned – plus a new shirt.  My pants and one boot were returned.  I didn’t get the other boot back OR a shirt to wear until I told them all to “Kiss my ass”.

Hopefully, the truck is repairable.  I am optimistic while we wait for the estimate.  It became a very important part of our lives that day.  I don’t even care what color it will be painted.  It DID have an awesome paint job!

 The gist of my story really is – PLEASE, Look at your loved ones and be sooooo thankful for them.  Even if they irritate the shit out of you at times.  This whole experience made me sit and think….. I LOVE LIFE!!!!  I so totally treasure the few friends that I have.  Each and every one of them stepped up to help with my kids and animals….. even a ride home!  One friend was there at the ER with her child and called someone to get my kids from school.  She was like looking up at an angel… and calmed me from total hysteria just by being there.  Another friend let me scream and rant on my cell after I told off the nurses, put my coat and one shoe on and left the hospital.  She calmed me enough to be able to have the strength to go back in the ER to deal with my injuries.  Other friends stepped up to get my boys to their respective basketball games because I could not attend.  THANK YOU and BLESS ALL OF YOU!  You are all such treasures in my life and I love you all!  And, I want to thank each and every higher power that allowed husband and I to have many more years together….. I could not do without my very bestest friend.