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    Oh yes. I think some days I spend half my time yelling at LJ. He gets distracted so easily. Nothing wrong with him. He's just ten. I send him off to do something and he gives me a blank look when I find him wandering about looking at a bug, lol! Oh, these are the sweet days though. No puberty, yet.
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    RRW, I hear you loud and clear on the school thing. It's the age, I think. I sub many grades and the most drama is always in the 4th and 5th grade classrooms. It changes a bit in the middle grades '(6th, 7th, and 8th) because the boys start to realize that girls are kinda cute, lol! Teasing between boys and girls goes up and the dislike between certain boys intensifies, but they all seem to settle down a bit in other ways. There is more obvious 'showing off'' by boys. LJ is finishing up 5th and he is DONE, lol! I love how dramatic ten year olds can be. Queen, looks like a good kid. Keep her away from the boys as long as possible, lol!
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    Our tractor is fixed! It still needs some work to get the scoop fixed, but I was able to mow the pasture yesterday. We were looking for someone local who could fix it, but the people that were recommended were too busy. Finally, this neighbor who always brings his little girl down the road to visit our donkey turns out to be a small engine repair person. I am always nice to people who bring their kids by. Our animals love kids. When I mentioned the tractor, he left and came back with his tool bag to help us out. He'll be back to fix the scoop after he orders parts. Very reasonable, too. We don't have a trailer big enough to haul our tractor, so it helps us a lot. One less worry. Now, if I could just sell these two cows, we'd have a good stocking rate for our pastures.
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    He is not one to do that with. He changes his mind and tries to control us, if we owe him money. We had to just back way off and say we couldn't afford it. If we can save enough, we would buy it outright.
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    Thanks, Heidi. I made a stupid mistake on our new farm. I asked my dad to buy the three acres next door to keep it from being developed. We asked if we could buy it back from him later. It was a big thing to ask, but he offered to help. Now, all he's been doing is scheming on how to develop it. It doesn't cost very much, but it's more than we have right now.
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    They're building a four lane highway over my first horse's gravesite. It's on the first farm I owned, back in Virginia. I thought I would always live there, but I got married and sold it. My own dad, who owns a small property next door, was the one that pushed for development. He has been asking the planning commission to develop his land for years. He doesn't need the money. It's just plain greed. I expressed my dismay, but fat lot of good that will do now. He just didn't think. I have her tail, but it sickens me thinking about those big trucks pushing up her bones and carting them away.
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    I can partially explain the firefighter thing....they are on duty in shifts that last through meals (24, 48, 72, etc...depending on the firehouse). Traditionally male job that required them to cook because they had to be at the station. Grilling was more natural, as was anything meat based. As my husband says, when he cooks, there has to be an element of danger: hot oil, hot grill, spicy food, lol!
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    What's the topic of your museum? Do you guys dress up? I've seen some really well done kids exhibits or simple interactive displays in my travels with LJ. Something as simple as themed accessories for them to dress up in. Nature trails are always good. Is that what you mean by walking tours? Can someone dress up and do a walking tour? Ghost tours are all the rage locally. We're not far from St. Augustine, which is one of the most haunted places in the US..
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    Heidi, I've never been to Tracy. The old Ren Faire was cool when it was out of work actors camping out back there and working on their Shakespeare. I haven't been in years. Is it still good? Last time I went, I was a teen and they had horse games (gymkana). We had to make our own costumes and dress up the horse's tack as well. My mare and I did well. We won pewter medallions as well as purple ribbons. I still have them, lol! The one near us had elephant and camel rides, last time I went. That was a bit sad. Not sure they will do that again. The games were good, but there were three fortune tellers in such a small space, which was a bit much, I thought. Lots of bawdy plays and puppets shows, as well as jousting. It's actually not a Ren Faire. It's a Medieval Faire. They serve locally made mead, for those who like it. Your new boy looks great! How tall is he? RRW, Hope you found a new book. Are you guys exhausted, yet? Seems like a hard schedule.
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    RRW, those are great views, but, I agree about the condition of the train. Are they still working on it? Are some parts better restored than others, or are they satisfied? We have a small boat now. We graduated from a canoe, lol! It is a lot of fun going out on the river and up the little creeks around here. We had set aside money for a pool, but that was just too expensive, so the money went for a boat. If you go early, you see more gators and turtles. They are shy when there are more boats around. We bought a life vest for the puppy. His first trip went very well. I did keep him on a leash in the center, though. No puppies overboard.
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    I think I am getting old, lol! Next thing you know, I'll be telling kids to pull up their pants and take their hats off indoors!
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    My dad lives in Novato, CA (parents were divorced when I was a baby). That town has changed drastically, too. It used to be not really in richie rich Marin County. What town are you from, Heidi?
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    Spanish, lots of museums havecha ged to more interactive formats. Is that the direction you're going in? What kind of puppy? Looks lovely, RRW. At one time, those scenes would have made me homesick, but now, I'm just heartsick when I think of how much Colorado has changed. Between the mining and the drugs and the influx over the last 20 years, well, it just isn't home any more. Old timers used to be friendly there, but they are just tired of all the outsiders that have hijacked the state and expanded the drug culture beyond Boulder.
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    So, let me get this straight, you guys showed up drunk at Parelli's gate? Did you yell through the gate at his pretty horses? Did he shake his carrot stick at you? Well, at least you weren't high, like all the other drivers in Colorado, lol! You guys doing drunk call on Mark Rashid, too?