Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving on the Farm

This year was a quiet and lonely Thanksgiving without the Fat Suburbanite Dad and other relatives in attendance.
The girls and I made most of the dishes the day before, so getting the turkey cooked and on the table was stress free.
As the turkey roasted, we walked the trails in the sunshine, wishing that someone with a bush hog and a chain saw would trim up our paths for us.
This is my dainty little gravy boat with a liter of delicious homemade turkey gravy.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Potted Cats

You've heard of potted plants and potted meat.
Here are potted cats.

Monsters Inc.

This is a picture of the Charlotte County Spiders after the tournament in Richmond.
We won the first three games, and lost by one goal in the championship game.
Laura couldn't wait to get home and see herself in the photo.
When she saw it, she said she felt like Mike Wazowski in Monsters Inc., when he was looking for himself on t.v. but an ad was covering him.
Perfect analogy!
She's on our right of the coach, behind the goalie.
Our goalie got injured in the goal and went to the hospital in an ambulance.
He came back to watch the rest of the games that day. What a man!
Our whole soccer family had a great time, not even expecting to fare as well as we did against city teams with professional coaches.
Our U10 team won every game and the championship.
Our second place was hard fought and an honor for our kids and coach to have achieved.
This is a team of wonderful teenagers. Not only are they good at soccer, but they're kind, honest, hard working kids in all aspects of life. And they keep each other accountable on and off the field.
We are blessed to be part of this diverse soccer club.

I got word today that we'll be practicing indoors over the winter.
Phew, I was getting worried about how I'd spend all that extra time!

Friday, November 9, 2012


I didn't want a kitten.
I've avoided legions of needy, adorable stray kittens over the last 9 years.
But it looks as though the kitten floodgates have opened, and a deluge of baby cats is washing over Providence Farm.
The house has been turned into a kitten hospital ward since both Gooseberry and Tom are sick with coccidiosis and parasites. They get medicine twice a day and force feedings of vitamin paste three times. Hopefully tomorrow will be a big turning point for those two.
The little yellow cat is only 4 weeks old. She was dumped in the town of Charlotte Court House. Now we've brought her here to foster. And she's getting medicine, plus kitten formula, so she can avoid catching stuff from the original kittens.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Soccer Season is Over. Long Live Soccer Season.

Here is the stellar Charlotte County U17 team.
These kids played a good tournament but ended up taking second.
On that disappointing note, the season was to be over, and we would be free to pursue exciting activities such as cleaning the house and eating dinner at a table, at dinner time no less!
But alas, more games have appeared, like zombies in a horror movie.
Becky and Laura play on Thursday and Friday evenings. Fortunately, we play teams who are good friends with ours, so it should be a good time.
Laura and Katie have games on Saturday in different places.
And Laura has a two day tournament in Richmond next weekend.
My house will never be clean again.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Cute Baby Kittens

Soccer tournament season is upon us, so I've neglected blogging.
I've also neglected meal-planning, cleaning, homeschooling.
Pretty much neglecting everything but soccer.
Here are Gooseberry and Tom being irresistible.