Counting Down

It’s late and the big day is tomorrow… bright and early!  I’m not quite packed… and I’m practically nauseous from getting ready to leave for two weeks.

First of all, I’m not good at abandoning ship when there’s work to be done… here at home and the library…

Second… it’s a long long long long long long way to our destination.  I’m not used to that.  It makes me nervous.  The riding, the inactivity, the “looking for potty stops”!

Third… Vernon and I haven’t been apart like that since Mom passed away.  To think of it, is just WEIRD.

Fourth… my dogs! poor Lucas keeps watching me…

Fifth… my cell phone deal fell through (just an important FYI… write down your apple id and password for your iPhone (and other passwords).  Otherwise, your phone cannot be unlocked and reused by another family member or sold to anyone.  You have a costly paperweight.  Ask Tess and I how we know this…)  I was doing a quick search to find another iphone 5s on our way to our destination, seeing as how I have a pre paid plan that I can’t use now… but I think it’s gonna be a stretch to match my wish list and my price range.  Yes, I know I can buy one for $200+ somewhere… was really hoping to spend less than $100.  I’m cheap.

Sixth… I used to like to travel… but when I had the chance to go to New York City to get my blogging award, I passed.  I didn’t know anyone, I would be out of my element, to say the least… and I’d almost back out of this trip now!  I’m very happy where I am!  I don’t wanna goooooooooo.

Oh, yes, I do.  It’s just…

Someone needs to drag me away… like the girls did for my cowboy hat!  Guess that’ll happen soon!  Somehow, I’ll start posting to give you hints on where we are going!

Wish us luck!

chicks

Wanderers

For a couple of weeks now, it’s not unusual to hear elk bugling in our fields at night…

We don’t see them, but we sure love listening to them.

Today, with all the rain… a couple of cows and a calf just wandered by…

elk

Rain Ridge

Holy buckets.

More rain.

More work.

A puzzle to make up for Wednesday!

rain ridge
previewRain Ridge Puzzle

Guesses

#tbt is on hold…

And I have exciting news to share…

Monday I’m going on vacation!  Yes, like a REAL vacation!  I’ve been to librarians’ conventions… and there were those trips to get my custom cowboy hat… but I haven’t been gone for longer than a couple of nights for many, many years.

Where am I going??? Well, I’ll let you figure that out… I don’t want to spill ALL the beans, because, hey, you need to come back and read, right?

But, it is going to be EXCITING.

The next couple of days, I plan on setting things right around here… cleaning a bit, showing Vernon where the leftovers are in the freezer… and hugging the grandkids and petting my pups!  I’ll be missing a lot around here.  Our mountain gather and preg testing for one.  We were supposed to do that last week and got rained out… and we rescheduled and got rained out… and now, I’m going to be gone.  I’ll sure miss riding Panama through the colorful aspens and hearing the elk bugle through the firs… but, I gotta take the chance when I can!

Now, don’t think that I’m not going to post… because I AM… but it may be a photo or at different times or I may not be able to connect to the internet or I might be exhausted from all the fun I’ll be having!  I really hope to post on Instagram if nothing else… and, yeah, I know lots of you aren’t on Instagram… but it really *IS* fun.  If you just go to my blog page at reddirtinmysoul.com and click on the little camera Instagram icon on the right hand side, it’ll take you to my photos.  No joining required.  You’ll enjoy some photos that I don’t post here.  Of course, there’s Facebook too.  Don’t worry, I don’t post political things on my reddirt page, but if you click on the Facebook icon on my blog, you can see my postings there… again, no membership required.  (There may be some weather alerts… or fire fighting alerts…) Twitter.  Same thing.  The link from my blog is the secret.  Click on the little birdie… you’ll see updates.

I’ll post things around when I can.

Two hugs for the first person to guess where I’m headed from my posts and pictures.  (Family is NOT included, sorry!  No spoilers!)

A couple of more days and I’ll be on my way!

Any guesses where I’ll go???

Ta-da!

Re-watched videos…

Took notes…

Ta-da!

(note the chickens and the whitetail bucks and raindrops!  double-click to see it full sized)

Rainclouds from Carol Greet on Vimeo.