Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Boz Video! Boz Video! Boz Video!

I know what big fans of Boz you are (I'm thinking of starting a FB just for him) and how you love his videos. Well, I've got the latest. If you've never experienced spring in Central Oregon, well, you've never experienced spring.

If you'll recall, last weekend I was enjoying 80° days here:

Yes, I know. It is paradise and the cool thing is I live here '365' (the sun shines 360 of those days, today being the exception.)

This morning, I awoke to this:

Yes, that white 'stuff' you see on the branch is snow.

And this is my poor lavender plant. I just know it's screaming 'Why me?' 'WHY ME?!' (I have very dramatic plants.)

Even Boz was going to have none of this snow. This morning when tried to get him to go outside he looked at me with that look, you know, the one where he is saying, 'Seriously? You want me to go out there? Not happening.' I even gave it the whole 'get the kitty...kitty...kitty..' trick and even dropped the 'S' word (squirrel). Nothing. And you will see my failed attempts in this most recent Oscar worthy little ditty of a film starring Boz. You're welcome.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Place For Prayer

Over the past several months I have realized there is a great need to pray for others and I wanted to create a place where people could come and leave any prayer requests they have.

There are people in this world who are hurting, broken, addicted, jobless, homeless, hopeless, ill, in need of salvation, healing and direction. We all know such people and I have felt led to start a new blog as a place where we can gather together and place our petitions before a mighty God who is willing to listen and able to help in what I feel is a time of great need for so many.

Please feel free to email me at buzzbyannies@gmail.com with any requests or visit Prayers To My Father and I will post them as I receive them. I would also love to hear about any prayer requests that have been answered and will post those as well.

I believe God is a God of love and has great passion for all of us. If we are willing to seek Him with all of our heart and rest in His care He will reveal the plans He has for us.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.:
Jeremiah 29:11

Let's truly believe that truth that was spoken thousands of years ago and is alive still today.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Week Wrap Up

I'm glad tomorrow is Friday. It's been a terribly long week. I mean, it's been a long two days of being back to work after my extremely long and relaxing weekend. (Does that sound like I'm rubbing it in?) (And that is Kenz and her super cool friend Shylo who came with us last weekend. Cute girls huh?)

I had a lot of blog reading 'catch up' to do. I feel like a tool (ok - that is Katdish's word, but I wanted to try it out. I'm not sure it fits me. It's definitely more Katdish.) if I just make the rounds and lurk without commenting. I'm sure it's a lot of undue pressure I put on myself, but my tens or ones of readers are so loyal that I want to be as such for them. And, I am either laughing or crying after reading their blogs. Seriously. It seems my blog buds are extremely sarcastic and funny or completely the other way sensitive. And, if I'm 'gone' for a few days I seem to miss out on all the good stuff.

For instance, Katdish wrote a post about Google analytics. Did you know that someone googled 'annie k boobs' and landed on her site? TWICE. Funny thing is, when I went back and checked out the analytics on my site, someone had Googled the same thing and landed on my site. I'm sure they were very disappointed when they showed up on my blog and found no porn or whatever it was they were looking for. At least no one got here by Googling 'Helen's butt crack'. Seriously.

So after I got home on Tuesday I started pulling weeds. And I ended up doing yard work for 5 hours. I am a serious wuss because my legs have been so sore since - like I did 5,000 squats or something. Note to self: GET IN SHAPE!

I am anticipating the weekend because we are doing.... more yard work! I am actually hiring some friends of Kenz's (guy friends with muscle) to do the serious stuff like move rocks, shrubs, dig out the weeds and grass from my garden area...stuff I hate. A few other things I plan to do this weekend:

1. Celebrate Jon's birthday on Sunday by making a fabulous dinner and wrapping myself in a bow.

2. Buy the highest powered pellet gun I can to shoot the blasted (I REALLY wanted to use another word) dogs next door with. (You think I'm cruel? I'm tired of them chasing me, Jon, the kids, and innocent people walking down the road. And the large rocks I'm pelting them with aren't working. Plus they crap all over my yard. This is war.)

3. Yard work. Ugh.

4. Finish at least one of the books I've started.

5. Sleep in on Saturday until at least 6:45. (You think I'm kidding? Normally I 'arise' at 4:45 every morning and during my extremely long and extended weekend I still 'arose' at 6:00am.)

6. Saturday night church.

7. Hit the river trail with Boz twice.

8. Post a recipe on my food blog. I've been such a slacker. I am ashamed. What would Rachel Ray think? (Speaking of Rachel Ray....)

9. Ponder and pray. It seems there are so many requests lately and there are a few specific people and things that I feel have really been laid upon my heart that I feel led to pray specifically for. And when I pray, I seen to start pondering about them as well...

10. Make sure those who are a part of my life know how much I love them.

OK, I just did the sarcastic to sensitive whiplash and you weren't even expecting it. I'm sneaky like that. Now go have a fabulous Friday. I insist!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Honk If You Love Empty Nest

I had the most relaxing extended weekend in the most awesome place. Seriously. My pictures can't do it justice.

On the way home today Kenzi and I had a conversation and it went something like this:

Kenzi: I don't want to leave this place.

Me: If you lived out there would you miss the city (Bend is 80,000 which is BIG for us, but I know some of you are laughing!)and go nuts? Or would you like it?

Kenzi: I'm not much of a city girl mom. I like the small towns and out of the way places.

Me: So you like places the size of Sheridan (Wyoming - where we lived - and it was population 15,000)?

Kenzi: Sheridan was awesome and so was this place. Thanks for taking us there. I had a great time.

Kenzi is a girl after my own heart and I honestly don't know if she would be happy in the big city. While she hasn't experienced city life, I do know that she is drawn to people who live a more simple life, in small towns. In a year she will graduate and I guess time will tell where her heart really lies. I want her to experience the 'big city', but I want her to be true to her heart and end up where she is happiest.

~ ************ ~

As for empty nests....I couldn't have picked a more perfect weekend. Temps hovered around 80° and I was able to enjoy more wildlife than I could have imagined. We even almost ran over a coyote (ok, maybe it wasn't THAT close, but it ran across the road in front of us. If we lived out there we'd have to keep Boz close to home because he looks suspiciously close to a coyote...). So what does this have to do with an empty nest?

Remember the goose? Well, I started with this:

Mama goose so patiently sitting on her nest ALL weekend.

Then, I was totally awed when I opened the blinds and saw this:

Mama goose guarding and loving her just hatched babies.

Then yesterday afternoon, Killian and I heard a large 'thump' on the roof and it appeared that 'papa goose' had landed. Well, this morning, when I opened the blinds, this is what I saw:

Papa goose keeping watch (and believe me, he was watching ME!):

It was a little later, when I had crawled back into bed with my coffee and bible, to have my quiet time that I heard a huge commotion. Honking. Seriously. Have you ever heard two geese honking like crazy? So I jumped out of bed to look at the nest and saw this:

I raced out to the deck and ran back in to grab my camera because what I saw was mama and papa marching their little babies, all five little fluff balls, right down to the river...

Before we left, Kenzi and I took some left over bread and went down to feed the geese. Mama and papa were honking and the babies were just cheeping. What a totally amazing sound. And I believe that there is nothing but the hand of God that could have created the beauty and life I witnessed this past weekend. I am awed by the gift He gave ME to enjoy. All I can say is 'YAY God!'

And to all of my friends, I hope you can find the peace and blessings that God has planned for your life. Also, I want to extend the invitation for any of my blog friends to come visit me who long to see this place. As we say in Mexico, 'mi casa es su casa'. (Ok, I'm not Mexican, but if I can't be here, I'd be there...so...!)


PS -
While some of my friends find squirrels not so enjoyable, this little guy (yes, just a baby) was hanging out by the goose and found this branch the perfect place to nap.

PPS (or is it PSS?)
I will post more videos of Boz. I actually was videoing how peaceful the river was and he got in the video every time. Running around like crazy....Oy...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Peace and Highlights

What a great extended weekend it's been out here on the river. I find that the older I get the more I like solitude, peace and quiet. Maybe it's because peace has been somewhat elusive in my adulthood and out here in the woods I find it in abundance. I want to share some highlights of my weekend, and if nothing else, perhaps it will encourage you to seek the places that feed your soul...

Highlight #1: I can't imagine a better view from my back deck than this.

Highlight #2: This is one of many springs that feed the river. This place is literally my 'well spring of life'.

Highlight #3: Fishing is always better with a buddy and a snack.

Highlight #4: Boys and frogs.

Highlight #5: This goose can be seen from my bedroom window and she has been there sitting on her nest all weekend.

Highlight #6: Her patience paid off.

Highlight #7: This little guy was so intent on what was in the tree he let me get up close and personal (notice the heart shaped hole).

Highlight #8: Helloooo.

Highlight #9: Like mother, like daughter.

Highlight #10: I don't think water gets any more crystal clear than this.

Highlight #11: Life is always better in pairs.

Highlight #12: Boz. Of course.

Blessings and peace to you this awesome Monday!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Dang, Boz Takes A Swim

I was not anticipating having some awesome video of Boz so early into the weekend, but alas, Boz did the plunge. He was getting a drink on a fairly steep part of the bank and Kenz scared him. Yep. SPLASH! I actually had to reach in and save him. This is probably a snort worthy video.

Oh, and this place is awesome, as you can tell from the pictures. I can't wait for the day that Jon is going to buy me a place in the woods and on the river. Happy Friday!

Go Jump In a Lake! (OK, It's Actually a River)

So today actually IS Friday (I've been thinking it's Friday since Wednesday, which makes for an incredibly long week) and this afternoon, me, my kids, the Boz dog and a few of their very lucky friends will be heading out of town. We're heading for a house, on the river and in the woods. My favorite place.

I've told the kids to pack their swim suits because they'll need them for the polar bear plunge tomorrow morning. I hope to be posting some most awesome video of four very wet, cold and probably screaming (once the initial shock wears off) kids. Good times. (Am I jumping in? Are you nuts? Besides, someone has to run the camera and I'm the only professional in the bunch.) Lucky for the kids, I made sure our house house a hot tub (I'm ultra cool that way) so they won't be Popsicles for too long.

If the weatherman is correct, we'll be enjoying lovely temperatures and sunny skies all weekend. If he's wrong, well, that would stink. Let's just hope he's right.

So, happy Friday to all my friends and I hope you have a fabulous weekend. Oh, and for all of you Boz fans out there, I'll do my best to get video of him chasing the squirrels. For now, I'll leave you with a replay of 'Boz, get the kitty!'

Monday, April 13, 2009

I'll Have The Burrito With Salsa But Hold The Meth

So Bend has a serious Meth problem. Just last week, the owners of a local taco shop were busted big time for dealing meth. And it's not like they were doing deals in dark alleys or side streets. Nope. You could pull up to the drive-thru and order your burrito with a side of meth, to go. Seriously. Just yesterday, after church, we drove by the restaurant (that is closed for the time being), and someone had rearranged the letters on the reader board to read "Meth burrito - $2". If I told you I laughed, you may think I am cold, callous and have no empathy for these individuals who have chosen to go down the wrong path. Well, I did laugh and I have absolutely no sympathy for these individuals who knew that what they were doing was wrong and illegal.

Some people are defending these individuals stating, 'I know them and they are good guys.' Good guys? One of the brothers has assault charges against him, 2 recent DUII's and has a warrant out on him for probation violation. And this is a good guy? Sorry, but he's out there with his brother selling meth to our kids and helping to ruin and destroy lives.

And what about the couple busted last week for breaking into over 25 cars? When the police arrived to arrest them, they found two children under three in their feces infested apartment (yes, there were feces on furniture, walls, the children, their clothes and beds) and they also found meth. The couple were breaking into vehicles trying to find money or valuables to sell to fuel their drug habits. What's going to happen to the children? They will probably go to a foster home for a few months and then the State of Oregon will put them right back in the home with their mom.

I know many of you, my loyal readers, will find it hard to believe, but I have some very strong opinions about these people. While I would like to do an Annie rant at this moment, I feel the need to refrain because I received a Jury summons on this very day. Yes, I get to report for Jury duty on of all days, my birthday (Cinco de Mayo y'all). And what if, just what if, I was lucky enough to have a court-room encounter with one of these fine meth users and I can't be on the jury because I ranted about them. So, I'm going to let my loyal readers rant for me. And if you'd like to read the stories for yourself so that you can rant 'informed' I will post the links to the stories.

And if I get a picture of the reader board (I've got someone on it), it will be my picture of the week.

I'll have the burrito with meth. To go.

Fuelling my drug habit is more important than taking care of my kids.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Lame Disclaimer

Ok, here's the deal. I'm just so dang busy this week and I have all these posts I want to write but no energy to do it by the time I get home. As I'm running (yes, I said RUNNING. So there you go.) down the river trail with Boz, I'm writing great posts in my head. It's just that I don't have the means to osmosis it to my blog from my head. So I'm just saving it all up in there until I have time to sit down and get it all out. Just thought you should know in case you wonder where I am. Pretty much, I'm just a lurker unless I have an unusually witty or snarky comment to leave on your blog.

And you runners out there, don't get your hopes up. I suck at running. I'm just doing it because I'm on a time crunch and I have to make my 3 mile loop faster than normal. There you have it.

Oh, and as I was perusing the news this morning I stumbled upon a little gem at MSN. There was this big study based on who knows what and it was the happiest to unhappiest state to live in. They even included DC in the study. Wanna know where Oregon landed? Fifty-one. Yes. 5-1 We are the most unhappy state. Can you freak-me-out believe that? My only hope is that this news will depress all of the unhappy people here and they'll leave in search of happiness, which would be Nebraska, the happiest state of all.

Ok, I've gotta go attend to my Tater Tot Casserole. Yes, this is the dinner of champions and happy people.

Monday, April 6, 2009

50 Years Strong

This past weekend marked the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Jon's parents. I think in this day and age that is a pretty monumental achievement. Not just to be married for 50 years, but to actually still LOVE and enjoy the person you're married to.

I don't know if Jon and I will make it 50 years. Only because I'll be 84'ish and he'll be pushing 90. And honestly, I don't know that I want to live that long to see the what the state of the world becomes. I kind of hope I've either passed away peacefully in my sleep or been raptured by then. I guess I'm just weird that way.

Jon and his sister had a party for their parents yesterday and I have to say it was a pretty awesome time. Jon's mother has been in a nursing home for the past several months due to an extremely debilitating stroke. She is completely dependant on others for her every need and lost the ability to communicate. What she didn't lose was the ability to laugh and smile, follow conversations, and give Jon's dad 'the look' when necessary. As I made the rounds yesterday, chatting with some I know and some I don't, I made a few observations:

1. After 50 years, Jon's parents are still in love.
2. Family IS so important.
3. True friends can pick up like it was yesterday even if you haven't seen them in year.
4. People DO remember the good stuff.
5. You'll never really know about the 'good old days' unless you ask.
6. Old family photos are priceless (and kind of embarrassing).
7. The 70's and 80's were a fashion nightmare era.
8. Laughter is contagious.
9. 'Old' people can act rather silly and crazy (this is a fun thing to watch).
10. Jon loves me.

Should Jon and I make it 50 years, I sure hope the retirement home we're in allows wheelchair races. We're kind of crazy that way.