Let's have a cup of tea and visit for awhile . . .
A Few Nuggets from Grandchildren . . .
I’ve been staying with my daughter and her three children (ages 8, 5 and 2) for a few weeks now. One of my favorite things about being around young children is the amusing things they say. The other day my granddaughter and I were going for a walk and she was singing a song she’d learned at church, one I recognized, and when she got to the part where it goes, “at the cross of Calvary,” she sang, “at the cross of Calorie.” Oh my, what nuggets of joy and laughter children produce!
My daughter and her husband pray with their children every night before bed, and also sing a little song with them. The other night I happened to overhear part of their nighttime routine, and they were near the middle of the song when my daughter paused singing long enough to say: “You two, cut it out!” She then resumed her singing and finished the song along with the rest of the family. This grandma was overcome with giggles.
Carolyn was born and raised in Idaho. She has worked with animals for most of her life (prepare yourself, the list is long): cats, dogs, horses, cows, goats, sheep, rabbits, turkeys, ducks, chickens, guineas, and geese. She was married to a cowboy for twenty-five years and during that time lived on seven different cattle ranches. She learned how to give shots to cattle, brand cattle, castrate bull calves and close the head catch in time to capture the beast that was flying through the working chute like a streak of lightning. She also learned to back the truck up to the trailer hitch and get it right the first time.
When a teen, she attended horsemanship clinics and schools, and competed in horse shows that included dressage and jumping. She owned and trained seven of her own horses. After having two children, both of whom she homeschooled until they passed the SAT with flying colors (which is absolutely no credit to her as they both reside in the genius category and continually leave her wondering what the heck is going on) she dove into homesteading, learning how to make her own bread, make soup stock from scratch, butcher chickens, rabbits, goats, sheep, and cows, and one year had so much fun canning everything in sight that when she counted the full glass jars in the pantry, she was shocked to discover there were over a thousand.
Her knowledge of settings used as the basis of her stories is diverse due to the fact that she has lived in many different states including Idaho, Montana, California, Texas, Missouri, Virginia, Indiana, New Jersey, Washington, and Arizona. She now resides near Seattle. Her hobbies include knitting, crocheting, soap making, and, of course, writing. Oh, and her favorite author? P. G. Wodehouse.
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