Nov 152013

Less then an hour old!


James  Robert Moore, Jr.

aka: Jim Bob Junior


8lbs even!

10 days late!

This little boy was giving me some serious stress!
At ten days late we were getting awful close to having to have a hospital birth.
Fortunately he came through for me and we were able to have him at home.

For someone who had given me such a hard time
(time wise and with nearly a month of terrible braxons and contractions)

he was born blissfully fast.  

So fast in fact,  that Donna the midwife had only been here for about ten minutes.
Her and James were scrambling around getting things in order….
…..and I was trying unsuccessfully to get myself situated
when he made his appearance.

The other midwives missed the event entirely!

Anyhow, he’s a perfectly wonderful baby boy who has
a huge smile ….
a strong grip ….
and an incredible talent for creating a wash load.






Oct 082013

James Robert Moore, Jr.


As in the baby who refuses to be born.

Two weeks of false starts.

Two weeks of starting to time contractions.

And NOTHING. Nada.

It was slightly amusing/slightly annoying at first.

Now it’s just nerve wracking.

I’ve always maintained that girls are easier then boys….

This is just further proof.

Between the ‘wouldn’t wish it on my enemy” agony of  Thaddeus’s posterior birth

….as in ‘sunny side up’….

(I don’t understand the science behind why facing up or down makes any sort of difference-


and now our tardy child.

Ok, so he’s only two days past due date, but I normally go two days or so early.  And I normally am not teased for two weeks.  And he’s been super low and ready to go.

At 40 weeks we’re now measuring 37.

That’s pretty low.






 Posted by at 4:49 pm
Oct 082013



When a couple is having a new baby,

oftentimes the husband will give his wife

flowers….      or candy…. or even jewelry … 

Mine got me a …..


And I couldn’t be happier!

It’s not just ANY garbage can… it’s toddler proof!

As in Prairie and Thaddeus proof.

Well, and now Meadow because she’s into EVERYTHING.

While it can be pushed around, it can’t be knocked over…. at least not easily.

And it’s sturdy, so no more easily broken latches.

For the past year we have resorted to using shopping bags for the garbage.


Until you do without something as commonplace as a garage can for sooooo long

 it’s so easy to take it for granted.


Thank You James  xoxo

Oct 032013

James Robert Moore, Jr.


Baby James seems to be pretty crowded nowadays…. gone are the power kicks … although there’s still times he manages to get one in and hit some painful ligaments. Now he’s just mostly squirming and lurching. He has his favorite position that he always moves back into, which is kind of fun as it leaves his hiney pushing out against the right side of my tummy.

Except for one scare … which was my first baby safety scare out of nine pregnancies (not bad!) the pregnancy has gone by way too fast and been uneventful. Just the usual woes that hit me. Restless legs… the nonstop maddening itchy back…. stuff like that. Fortunately most of these things disappear within a week of delivery. :)

The Braxton Hicks have plagued me all of this third trimester… my constant reminder of what I have to look forward to. <shudder> All of the pregnancy discomfort I can handle…. but I’m a chicken when it comes to labor.

Let’s just skip that part of it, ok? :)

Little Jr. has turned out to be a very accommodating baby so far! :)   On this day last week I was pretty convinced he would be a week early… he was so very very low and it sure felt like things were going on. He was so low that he was suddenly measuring behind and I had seemingly gotten smaller.  It would have been inconvenient timing though as there were things I really needed to do before he came…. namely the monthly grocery trip.

So, now that I’m done with the things that HAVE to be done (fully stocked pantry!) he’s free to come, although timing is still dicey.

Today would be good ….

Tomorrow even better….

Saturday would be bad as Gramma and Grampa are busy….

Sunday (DUE DATE!) would be terrible as that’s Meadows birthday….

Monday is fine…

Tuesday would be really terrible as our **MUST BE HERE**  midwife has treatment that day!! I do NOT want to have this baby without Donna here!

So, now it’s just a matter of waiting… and trying to finish up my insane list of goals to accomplish before baby comes. Realistically there’s only a couple of things that I MAY be able to finish given that I’m slower than molasses atm.



Aug 042013

Living out in the woods, I do not normally walk the lawn picking up every stick and twig that falls from the trees before mowing the lawn with my 24″ Poulan rider lawn mower. In less than two years, I have paid for my folly. Numerous times, I have run over small tree branches, rocks, and sometimes low tree stumps I thought for sure I could clear.

One day as I was mowing, I looked behind me and noticed that not only did the grass not cut well, but also about a six inch swath of uncut grass was still standing in the middle of the twin 21″ cutting blades. It was time to inspect the blades.

I was shocked to find that not only were the edges of the blades bent, but also some of the edges had broken off.

Here is what the underside of the lawn mower looked like:



I have a bagger, but I did not like using it because the grass kept clogging half way up the shoot. When I went to the Home Depot to buy new blades, they recommended mulching blades for they worked best with a bagger. I bought two mulching blades and a blade replacement blade locking kit for around $35.00 and replaced the blades myself.

Here is what the old and new blades look like side by side on the counter:


After I installed the new blades, I started up the mower and put the blades in motion. I could not believe the difference in the overall sound the new blades made when spinning. It sounded like a twin-engine plane pulled up behind me. I took the mower and the new blades out for a test run. I am happy to announce that not only do the new blades cut the grass beautifully, but also the bagger chute has stopped clogging up with grass.

Now if I can only find someone to mow the Poulan rider for me. :)


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