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Our 21st Wedding Anniversary

Twenty one years ago today Stace and I said “I Do”.

I bring madness and craziness to our marriage, but Stace balances it with sanity. He always helps me think about my crazy ideas 🙂 🙂

We went out for a steak dinner for our anniversary…even though both of us ordered meatloaf. Hahahahaha! It was a nice quite dinner at a little country restaurant.

Look at the beautiful roses my honey surprised me with.

Hey baby, “Loved you yesterday, love you still, always have, always will!”

I look forward to all the years to come baby!

“Real love stories never have endings.”

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New Chicken House

Tailspin Farms new chicken house. We are calling it the chicken condo. 🙂

Thank you to all the family that helped us build it. Most of all thank you to my wonderful husband Stace for all the hard work he put into the chicken condo.

Work in progress 🙂 🙂

Nest boxes up

The chicks were so happy to move into the chicken condo. All I have to do is catch my big hens and put them in their new home.

So excited to have the chicken house complete. The next step will be to build the yard for them.

Check out our YouTube video about the chicken house. If you haven’t signed up for our channel please do. We appreciate the support.

AGAIN A BIG THANK YOU TO MY FAMILY!!!!!!

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New Dentures

I had to get new dentures 6 weeks ago.

I have been keeping up with my progress on our YouTube channel. I listed below the denture videos.

I did’t inherit the best teeth in the world. Over the years I have had so many cavities, root canals, crowns, teeth pulled. Always had tooth pain. I know part of the reason my teeth started braking was because I grit my teeth when I’m working and frustrated. My teeth just slowly crumbled. 🙁 .

I went to the dentist because I had a broke tooth. I woke up with a swollen jaw. It looked liked I had a golf ball in my mouth. I called Affordable Dentures & Implants and they got me in right away. I had an 8:30 appointment. The dentist checked my teeth and said I was a good candidate for dentures. I looked over all the packages they have available and applied for financing. Was approved and they said be back by one and we will pull your teeth and get you into dentures.

Wow…what a whirlwind. Meet Stace at home and then back to the dentist office. I had 21 teeth pulled and new dentures put in.

Then the rest was history and I’m on the road to recovery.

Here are the list of my videos: 1. New Dentures

2. Day 2 To Have New Dentures

3. 5 Days New Dentures

4. 11 Days New Dentures

5. 18 Days New Dentures

6. 1 Month With New Dentures

7. Drinking Coffee With Dentures

8. Denture Phantom Tooth Pain

9. My Daily Morning Denture Routine

Every new day is an adventure with my new dentures. When I look in a mirror and see myself I still can’t believe it’s my new teeth. Silly me 🙂 .

Thank God for new dental procedures now days.

I hope you come back and check out my progress with my new teeth.

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Cooking Chicken And Dumplings

How I cook chicken and dumplings. Many, many years ago I got this Chicken and Dumpling recipe from an old cookbook. Over the years I have used this recipe to make chicken and dumplings.

My family loves homemade chicken and dumplings. They have even requested that I make chicken and dumplings for our Christmas meal instead of the traditional Christmas meal.

I double the recipe for a larger meal. Also cook in a large stock pan. That gives the dumplings room to ex-span.

  • Chicken and Dumplings Recipe
  • 4 chicken breast – Cube chicken up and boil until chicken is cooked Dumplings ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons shortening (Crisco)
  • 1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Cut shortening into flour, baking powder and salt until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in milk. Roll out the dough. (I like to roll out my dumplings because I don’t like fluffy dumplings), Sprinkle some flour on table and roll dough out. Extra flour helps to keep dough from sticking. Or drop dough by spoonfuls into boiling chicken broth. Cook uncovered 10 minutes. Cover and cook 10 minutes longer.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we have over the years.

Here is my YouTube Video I made on Cooking Chicken and Dumplings If you haven’t checked our YouTube channel please do. Please Like and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

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Having The Right Tools

Having the right tools for a job on the farm makes the job easier. When I’m cleaning the goat stalls and pens it is important to me to have the correct tools.

The tools I use to clean are a leaf rake. I rake all the stalls and pens with a leaf rake. With a shovel I scoop up all the piles that I have raked up. Next up is a hay fork (that’s what I call them) is great for picking up hay or piles with hay in them.

Leak Rake is great for clean up on the farm.
Shovel to scoop up all the piles that is raked up.
Hay Fork for picking up hay

These are my three go tools on the farm for cleaning up after our livestock. It makes my day to have the right tools. 🙂 When I don’t have the right tools for the task it takes me longer to do that task. That’s not good…when you have several other task to do.

Here is my YouTube Video I made on Having The Right Tools. If you haven’t checked our YouTube channel please do. Please Like and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

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Fix-A-Heads

Today I have a special surprise for you. I have asked my mother-in-law Claudia “AKA Mom” to talk about how she saves her leftovers from larger meals. Mom’s advice will save you money. 😊 If your anything like me, I’m sure your all for saving money.

Until I met Stace and got to know his mom I had never heard of leftovers being call fix-a-heads. I thought you would enjoy Claudia’s tips about what she calls fix-a-heads.

When Mom has leftovers from the week, she will use her
Vacuum Sealer Machine on some food items. (I like to use the
FoodSaver bags for the vacuum sealer). She will also use zip lock freezer bags, or a freezer container and freeze the item. Don’t forget to write on it the date and what the item is. After it’s frozen sometimes its hard to tell what it is or how long it’s been in the freezer.

Some of Claudia’s favorite meals to save are leftover meatloaf, hamburgers, stews, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. You can use your imagination there’s no limits.

Our YouTube video that Claudia and I made about Fix-A-Heads

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Water in Your Gas

Hi there, welcome to Tailspin farms. I have to tell you about my boo-boo. I had a couple of gas cans empty, so I put them in the back of my truck.  They rode around in the back of my truck for several days before I remembered to fill them.

Stace and I was headed out to bring the goats in. We were in the cart that we use every day. I told him we had better stop and put gas in the cart before we headed out to bring in the goats. I filled the cart with one of the gas cans I had filled the day before. Off we went…then the cart started spiting and sputtering all the way out to let the goats in and all the way back.

We made it back to the house and Stace started checking out the cart. He didn’t need to be doing this because he just had knee surgery a week ago. But he was determined. He checked the gas…and guess what, it was very cloudy. It would normally be clear, and you could see the bottom of the tank. After checking the gas can he found that the spout had been chewed on by what looks like a Squirrel, and water from all the rain had got into the can and I didn’t realize it when I was filling it.

It just so happened that all the family was coming over for Christmas. Kristen and Matt arrived first. Matt being the nice guy he is drained the gas out of the cart. He checked the other gas can to make sure there was no water in it 😊 There wasn’t, so it was good to go. Matt put the new gas in and the cart runs now.

Thank God for the men in our family know how to fix things. It seems like I always have something to fix around the farm. If I didn’t break it, it breaks on its own. 😊

So now I’m able to do all my chores using the cart.

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Living With Fibro Fog

Fibromyalgia, IBS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrom, Closed Head Injury 

Living with fibromyalgia, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and closed head injury is not easy.  Day to day my symptoms change, always with constant pain. 

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain, sleep problems, fatigue. Not to mention all the other conditions that go with fibromyalgia. Like fibro-fog.  

Fibromyalgia affects all aspects of the person living with it. Although chronic pain is one of the most debilitating symptoms of Fibromyalgia, there are a whole range of others like: 

  • Tinglingor numbness in hands and feet like little pins and needles
  • Extrememuscle stiffness in morning
  • Headaches,including migraines
  • Irritablebowel syndrome
  • Painfulmenstrual periods and other pain syndromes
  • Extremesensitivity to light, and/or loud noises
  • Problemswith thinking and memory (sometimes called “fibro fog”)

Fibro-fog has been described with the following symptoms:

  • Mental and physical fatigue
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Forgetfulness 
  • Difficulty retaining new information
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty carrying on a conversation
  • Difficulty to focus
  • Easily distracted 
  • Lace of alertness

With having fibromyalgia and closed head injury together it can be incredibly debilitation. So much so, that sometimes it helps to see the humor in it…or go crazy. If you deal with enough pain for a long time, you may want to embrace the crazy side of it all.

Like putting your purse in the dryer, then when you did a load of clothes there was your purse. 🙂 🙂  My husband and I laugh at all the crazy things I do. Or you walk into a room with a purpose but quickly forget what you went there for in the first place. My husband tells me all the time “focus, focus”.  Like my grandmother always said, “you sound laugh about it, no need to cry over spelt milk.”  It helps that I have an understanding and loving family. 

“Everyone forgets words sometimes. But usually when you do you are able to give a definition or a word having the same or nearly the same meaning. With the fibro fog, the word is gone completely and utterly gone.”

Fibro fog is having to set alarms on my phone for every- single- thing I do in my day.

I could be having a conversation with my husband, and all of a sudden, I stop talking, look at him and say, ‘What were we talking about?’ Because I can’t remember to save my Life!

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Tailspin Farms YouTube Channel

Tailspin Farms YouTube Channel.

Yes, we have a YouTube channel. When I set up the YouTube channel I put it under Margarita Crews. I was just starting to learn about YouTube and wasn’t sure how it all worked. Well, now years later I use it for our farm “Tailspin Farms”. 

I have been making videos of things happing on the farm. How to videos, about my health, and coming soon crafting videos.

Hope you will visit our YouTube channel and like and subscribe to it.

Check out my video talking about our YouTube channel

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Need The Right Tools for the Job

When you have the right tools for a job it makes it easier to do that job. Here on our farm “Tailspin Farms” when one of my tools get broke or misplaced it’s hard for me to complete the job at hand. 

Cleaning our stalls and barns here are some of my favorite tools, a leaf rake, grain shovel, and manure fork. I use them every day to clean up after our goats.   

Leaf rack works great to clean up after goats. 
I rake the goat pellets into the gain shovel. 
A manure fork works great to pick up old hay.

Tools on the Farm

Including the leaf rake, grain shovel, manure fork we also use a good heavy water hose. We like to use the heavy hoses because they last longer and hold up to all the use here at our farm. 

I would call our equipment tools also. Just because they are a key tool in helping us with big jobs. Lik our EZGo cart with a dump bed. Our cart gets used twenty-four / seven. No matter what we are doing we always use our cart. When cleaning up after our livestock this cart works great. Building a fence or repairing fence we load up the cart and here we go. One of the best gifts my hubby has bought me. 🙂 

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