It can happen in a instance...

I guess I'll go ahead and start with the bad part of today. Actually it's worse than bad, it's terrible. My cousin, Brandi Pratt, passed away in a car accident this morning. Apparently her neck was snapped on impact and she was DOA at the hospital. She was a passenger in the car her half-sister was driving. She was on her way to the dentist, do something as normal as getting gas.

It's amazing how fast your life can be taken from you. You don't see it coming, you won't see it coming. It'll happen when you least expect it. She was in Jackson, MO driving on a road that I've driven on several times over the past year -- it could have been us.

Brandi and I used to spend a lot of time together when we were younger. Mostly summers at my aunt's house in middle of nowhere Fredericktown. I haven't spoken to her much over the last 15 years, so saying we weren't close is and understatement. Still, she was family and I loved her dearly.

I can't even begin to imagine what her mom and sisters are going through. Whether you pray, send good thoughts, think about, or meditate, please do it for my family -- especially her mother and sisters.

The rest of what I have to say seems obsolete now.

It was a very weird/random day today. LaVaughn and I did tent time with Declan, Ellie, and the two new girls, Saoirse and Ever.  Ellie was 100% in her element -- Declan, on the other hand, was a big coward and hid in my arms the entire time. Ever just hung out on the tent wall eating yoggies the majority of the day, while her sister, Saoirse, did the complete opposite. She was basically a wild woman that ran rampant in the tent!

Unfortunately no one got along, so back to their cages they went. We swapped pouches, so hopefully next time will be slightly better. I don't really have much else to say, so I suppose I'll leave it at that. Until next time...

Love & Peace


Completely random pictures from today:

I don't know how LaVaughn can see out of these glasses.

Super cute joey pictures:


It's the time of the season...

LaVaughn and I headed to Fredericktown today so that we could grocery shop. There are so many limitations here, the 45 minute drive to Fredericktown is worth it after you find all those hidden treasures that bigger markets have to offer. Like, for example, gnocchi and garbanzo beans. Simple, right? These should be a common shelf item at most stores, but not ours. Those are the things we like to grab while we're there.

We also get our hands on 80 ounces of honey -- a jar of honey that size makes 4 or more batches of HPW, so it lasts roughly a month. That's probably my favorite thing that the store has to offer. And you can't beat the $15 price either. Buying that much honey here would cost, on average, $20 -- maybe more. So it's a great deal in the long run. But honestly, who wants to spend that much money on honey? No one said gliders would be cheap.

We had to run by the feed store before we went grocery shopping. We originally got the goslings chick started, but we they were being reluctant in the eating department, I asked their breeder what she fed. That's when she pointed me in the direction of wild game bird starter. Apparently it has way more protein and isn't medicated, like the chick started. So naturally, that's what we got today. Surprisingly enough, it's around the same price of the chick starter.

On our drive to the feed store, we noticed that they were setting everything up for this weekends Azalea Festival. Fredericktown has done this ever since I can remember. I actually think my first memory of it was when I was 7 -- so 20 years ago... wow! We haven't gone in 10 years probably, so we're really considering it this year. A couple friends from work are going, one of my friends dad is playing Saturday until 11 -- he's a classic rock band, how awesome? And to top it all off, an old friend of LaVaughn's is going to be there. It's really a need to basis, but I still don't know if we'll go. More than likely we will, but you never know.

I suppose that's all for now. I think we're actually going to play Resident Evil today. Until next time...

Love & Peace


This is what wild game bird starter looks like:

And this is what a months supply of outdoor cat food looks like:

Feeling complete...

I've waiting for this since -- I honestly don't even know how long. Ever since I set out on my duckling endeavor, I've had my eyes peeled for goslings. Which, surprisingly enough, are hard to come by. It seems like everyone that had goslings were either not selling them, were sold out, or they wanted $20-$40 for them. None of which suited me.

Until today, that is. When I woke up, I was talking to my aunt and she told me that someone had goslings for sale. When she said they posted in the Wayne County group, I knew it was fate! After all, Wayne County is like 10 minutes away. As soon as she told me, I quickly grabbed my phone and started browsing the Facebook groups. Sure enough, there they were. They weren't the African/Chinese geese that I had originally wanted, but they were goslings and that was enough for me. 

I contacted the lady and asked if they had any available, their age, breed, and if they were sexed. She said she had 15 available -- no worries about not getting one, she wasn't sure if their sex, that they were Embden/Pilgrim mix, and that they were only a couple days old. #winning!

I told her that I for sure wanted two! She came back and was like, "I have to be in Piedmont by 3:30, not sure if you can meet me then or not." It must have been fate, because we were literally getting ready to go to town and pick up lawn chairs. I told her ABSOLUTELY yes and that we would meet her there, which we did.

She wanted to meet next to the feed store, which worked out perfectly because we needed to get some starter feed anyways.  Naturally, we got there about 15 minutes early which gave us plenty of time to go in and get our feed. And surprisingly enough, this chick was actually on time.  It's so rare that when we go to meet someone they're ever on time, I think it's only happened maybe once or twice in the past five years.

After we finished up there, we headed over to dollar store to pick up our new Adirondack chairs. The chairs are seriously some of the coolest things I've ever seen in my entire life. And they're honestly the most comfortable thing I've ever sat in before.  We've been eyeballing them for a few weeks now, but never took the plunge to get any. They have a few different colors, but the limegreen ones just really spoke to us. When I called today to ask how many they had,  the lady told me they had only three lime green ones. Coincidence? I think not, I think it was fate. I asked her if she would hold them for us and she was more than willing to.

There's a good possibility that I'm going to spend 90% of my day from those chairs.

After we finish up there, we headed over to Walmart where we grabbed our store pick up. As much as I hate to admit it, we ended up buying another PS4 controller. We've needed to get one for a while, but they're so expensive we put it off for as long as possible. At least it was with PayPal money, so it's like we didn't spend any money on it at all, LOL.

We grabbed a bite to eat after that and headed home, which is where we are now.  Just standing here, staring at the goslings. You know what they say, between love and madness lies obsession. Until next time...

Love & Peace


Here are the pictures from today:

Here they are! Say hello to Reese and Riley:

Cutest gosling ever!!

This gosling definitely isn't so bad either.

Here are our new Adirondack chairs:

And lastly, our new PS4 controller.

Welcome to my powder room...

LaVaughn and I decided to go to Farmington today -- of all places. There are few places that I despise going; Cape being number one, Farmington being number two. I don't know what it is, there's just something about the drive that I dread from the moment we begin our trek. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that you have to go through Ironton, which is where I work. I drive that way every single week, so going in that same direction for a pleasure cruise is tiresome.

Anyways, going to Farmington made sense. Their Walmart is the only place (that's close) that has Resident Evil Revelations 2. It's also the only place (other than Cape) that has a Petco, which is where we needed to go more than Walmart. I ordered Esther's shipping crate and for some reason, it's huge! WAY to big to ship her in, so we needed to return it.

Naturally, it wasn't as easy as, "Here, we don't want this. It's unopened, can we please just have our money back" It would have been that easy, had I brought my DEBIT card! Oh no, I left that sitting on the kitchen table, over an hour away. So it's not like I could have jotted home real quick and got it. They closed in an hour anyways, so I couldn't have done that even if I wanted to. So no, we didn't get our money back, but the guy let us exchange it for anything in the store.

We toyed around with the idea of getting new water bottles for all the gliders, but they only had two glass ones (for $10) and the rest were shitty plastic -- it's basically like throwing your money away if you buy Kaytee or Petco brand.

That's when we gazed our view to the direction of litter boxes. We both agreed last week that we needed to invest in a new one, so it made sense. Surprisingly, litter boxes have gotten relatively higher since we last bought one. Petco is naturally more expensive, so I honestly didn't think we would find a "cheap" one. We ended up deciding on a lime green one with adorable cat decals on the side. I love it! It was almost $40, but we had a $23 exchange, so we ended up paying $14 -- not too bad.

After we finished up at Petco, we went next door to Walmart and picked up our game. Which, surprisingly enough, was ready when we got there. This never happens at our local store. We stopped by Captain D's for dinner, then headed home.

All in all it was a pretty nice day. My anxiety has lessened some, not entirely, but it does seem better today. I'm hoping that it keeps improving...

Love & Peace


Here's the girl's new little box:

It's a super fancy Petco little box.

And of course, our glorious Resident Evil Revelations 2.

A 50% chance of nothing...

It's been a piss-poor week. Things quickly went downhill Tuesday night/Wednesday morning when I had my stupid anxiety attack. It was like I said -- things got better yesterday, but today I'm all nervous and jittery. I hate it. I hate feeling like this, it sucks and makes things miserable.

I think things would have been better if things weren't SO weird and uncomfortable yesterday. I don't know what it was, yesterday was just an off day. It's been an off week, I'm telling you. I'm kind of looking forward to work tomorrow, maybe it'll keep me occupied long enough to stop obsessing and worrying about everything.

I was fairly productive yesterday. I cleaned all the drop trays, vacuumed, and changed pouches. That was nice, I honestly didn't think I would end up doing much of anything yesterday. LaVaughn and I also got all of our old fleece out and organized it. I cut out a few cage sets, then we separated all the solid fleece yards from the smaller pieces that will just make pouches. I wish we would have done more, but we did enough.

I'm not sure what I have planned for today. I have to go back to work tomorrow, so I'm hoping I can make the best of today. There's a 50% chance that we'll go to Poplar Bluff and pick up Resident Evil 2 Revelations, but I'm not sure. That's what I wanted to do yesterday, but we didn't because everything was weird and sucked. I guess we'll see how today goes -- it's still fairly early, after all.

I suppose that's all for now. I need to go shower and/or drink some coffee. Until next time...

Love & Peace


Updated to add pictures from this evening:

It was kind of dark today, so the pictures didn't turn out great.

I do like this one, though.

Of course the cats came to visit while we were waiting for the chickens to go in:

Jasper is so pretty.

Mason just loves attention.

Cersei does too, she just doesn't want to admit it.

She's too cute.

I'm obsessed with this tree and these shrooms.

This oddly reminds me of a floral ferris wheel.

These are the pictures from yesterdays fleece organization:

Cutting a cage set out.

This is all solid yards of fleece -- both boxes!

Pouch fleece.

And pre-cut and packaged cage sets.