Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Three Things for Tuesday Night

   Hello there you fine citizens! 
I need to take a one-day hiatus from the Proverbs 31 project
in order to touch on a couple of things. 

   Item #1: Our llama adoption is proving to be quite the memory maker. Since Sunday afternoon when he arrived, we have witnessed a steady stream of four-legged drama. All is well, really; we have neither injury nor illness to report. It's just that the llama is a whole lot more interested in buddying up with Daphne, our moody mare, than she is interested in even being in the same field as him.
   She runs and snorts and screams and then runs some more, and he just stares at her and gives a little chase now and then. It's not a menacing stare exactly, but I'll admit it's unnerving. If a strange man stared at me like that I'd have to get all Charlie's Angels about it.

   And Chanta, the alpha horse, continues to be annoyed by the whole situation. He has capitalized on the conflict by simply eating everyone's sweet grain each morning. You might say he's an emotional eater.

   The normally wide-range geese are steering clear of all this west-end commotion, barely venturing past the Talking Tree in fact. And it is just a matter of time, folks, before our little buffalo Chunk-Hi feels an urge to socialize that is stronger than the gate holding him in the front field. Eventually he will catch a good, solid glimpse of this loping, table-backed creature and not be able to contain his joy. I rue that future day, Sirs, I rue that day.

   The other thing about this llama is that I have never in my life had so much trouble naming an animal. The flurry of brainstorming with my friends, though, has been endlessly entertaining. I have boiled and reduced the options into categories, and perhaps tomorrow I'll finally decide. It's not like he answers my call yet anyway.

   Item #2: I ran my first 5K this past weekend! It was a crazy fun event in Guthrie, Oklahoma, called the Zombie Bolt. I ran it with my friend Trisha, and Handsome accompanied us in our recently dolled up Ford farm truck, now affectionately known as the Zombie Hunter. I can barely tell you in a short paragraph how much fun this was! We laughed almost constantly and made a thousand fun memories more or less evading really aggressive zombies. As for the running part, I am definitely hooked and plan to train for some competitive races this coming year.

Here's a riddle for you:
Q. How did you know when someone has run a marathon?
A. Oh, don't worry. They'll tell you.
   Item #3: Please make a point to click back over here tomorrow for an incredibly well written guest post on the whole chapter of Proverbs 31. My guest is Suzanne from over at Periphery, and she flat out honors me with her virtual visit to the Lazy W. Please click here for a link to the first post of hers I ever read, "In This Economy." You will understand how her deep-seated optimism, blooming warmth, and intelligence captivated me from the get-go. She writes fluidly and as though you are following her through a deep, complex maze that is both padded and fragranced but also plenty challenging.
   Please do check in tomorrow. And give yourself the gift of a quiet room and a cup of something steaming and delicious for when you read what she has to share. I have already read it four times, and I am in love all over again.

   Okay, sweet dreams everyone! Thanks so much for reading! Hope to see you tomorrow for a delicious spin on Proverbs 31.

"If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams 
and you will always look lovely."
~Roald Dahl


  1. Ok listen up Marie,

    Isn't it enough that you live on a heavenly plot of land w/ precious animals and a beautiful man w/ your flaxen hair waving and crafty projects pouring out of every fiber of your being? So now you own a llama and run marathons?

    I think the universe shortchanged me but if you continue to post such fun blog content, I will live vicariously through you and pretend that life is fair.

    Don't forget for a moment how awesome you are! :)

    1. Oh Rose. I have you so fooled. You and Mia both have way too high an opinion of me, seriously. But thank you!!!! I am feeling so blessed right now, so lucky beyond reason that life is just pouring out all of these opportunities!
      I hope that marathon DOES happen as planned. I guess i have to make that happen, huh? LOL Thanks so much for reading and for the encouragement!! xoxo Made me blush.

  2. Rose Marie, you couldn't have said it any better! Marie really is the bomb!

  3. You so make me laugh. Marie, I think your description of the four-legged drama in your pastures is sublime. Congrats on the zombie marathon. You are your own Pioneer Woman my friend.~~Dee

    1. Ha!! But I *love* bananas, Dee!! haha
      Thank you, the 4-leggeds ares settling down now, on perhaps day 5... Things are looking up in the fields finally. LOL
      Thanks very much for stopping in ma'am!! xoxo

  4. Ohhh lady! You are too kind.

    I am so fascinated by your llama. You know I am. I want to touch his crazy fur and watch him give the lazy stink-eye through his long lashes. What fun, what fun! Although, the sound of a horse screaming... not so much. I hope your menagerie all learn to get along soon. I would never do anything else but watch them, I fear.

    Also, you are in danger of making me want to take up running. What gives?!

    1. Not too kind at all. You knocked that post out of the ball park, by the way. REALLY appreciate it.

      That silly llama has all but consumed my work week. Really should share more photos and stories with you if you love these creatures so much. LOL Lots of fun. xoxo

      Run baby run!! It's amazing.

  5. Hi Marie - I've been a very bad blogging friend lately barely commenting. But I'm watching from afar:

    1) The llama is incredible. Are you going to sheer it for it's wool?

    2) You go girl!! I remember how exciting my first 5Km run was. And you're doing it the same way I did, surrounded by a group of fellow runners and supporters!!

    3) I'm loving your Proverbs series.

    Will be back once life settles down a bit. Miss you.

    1. You are actually a wonderful blogging friend. I have been soaking up your early Thanksgiving, though I know it's all right on time for you up there in the tundra. (I know you don't live in the tundra. LOL)

      Not sure about the shearing yet... Apparently there are 2 very different schools of thought on that. I am glad we've got him at the cusp of winter so I can delay that decision a while and read up on it!
      Yes, isn't running fun?! I am so surprised by how fun it was in a group. Had felt very intimidated ahead of time, now I cannot wait for a timed race! : )
      So glad you're reading the proverbs series. (psst, if you get the urge to guest post, even something short because I know you're busy, I'd love that!)
      Take care, sweet Nanny. xoxoxo


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