Friday, October 24, 2014

"Adventure" Gone Bad...

Robby and I have been wanting a jeep for some while now.  To sport around in...and have "adventures".  OK, so I'm the one who wants to "sport around" and he's the one who's seeking "adventures".  Because those of you who know me know that I am not much for adventures that I think I can possibly get hurt participating in.  However, I had no idea that I was setting out for an "adventure" last Saturday.

It all started out with, "Hey, we need to go to the grocery store; let's take the jeep."  The jeep that was just purchased the day before and Hubby had already taken all the doors and roof off of.  But hey...I agreed that we did need some groceries.  As I hopped in and we left the driveway we turned in the opposite direction of the highway.  I asked where we were going and Hubby said, "I'm gonna take you for a little ride out on some of the trails back behind our house before going to the grocery store."  Hmmm...not wanting to be a "Negative Nellie" I said, "OK".

We headed out through the woods and when we came upon the first mud hole I gripped the dashboard and asked, "Are you sure we can make it through there?"  Hubby confidently replied by telling me that we were in a four wheel drive jeep, that's what they were made for.  When we came to the next one, I held on tightly again.  Hubby said, "Trust me; have I ever gotten you into a situation that I couldn't get you out of?"  Well, he had a point there, so I decided to just relax and enjoy the ride through the woods, after all it was kind of nice.  Next, we came upon a really tall hill where a ravine was below.  Hubby put the jeep in park and looked around and that's when I said, "That's a pretty steep drop, I know this is an "adventure" vehicle but I don't think we should attempt to go down that embankment.  With an eye roll he told me he wasn't going to do that.  We turned around to head back out of the trail and I was actually starting to relax and enjoy the ride.  We were talking about how much fun it would be to take the jeep to the mountains or even fly to California and rent one.  I was just thinking that "adventures" were pretty fun and that I wouldn't mind having some more of them when suddenly...our "adventure" went bad.

Let me preface this by saying that I think that at ten years of marriage, perhaps even twenty, this "adventure" could have turned out differently.  However, at thirty-two years of marriage, my reaction was not what anyone expected.  We were driving out and came to another mud hole.  Hubby stopped just before hitting the four wheel drive to go through it and that's when I knew that this particular hole just might be a little too deep for our jeep to navigate it.  I was looking out the place where the doors used to be (yea, remember, the doors and roof had been removed) and mentioned the fact that we were dangerously close to taking water.  That's when the wheels began to spin and Hubby said, "ABOUT to take on water?  We ARE taking on water!"  I looked over at his side and indeed there were a few inches of water covering his feet!

Well, we were stuck in this mud hole and couldn't go forward or backwards and all that muddy water was a little creepy and I definitely didn't want to get it on my feet.  Hubby got out and determined that we had high centered.  It seemed that this hole was much deeper than we thought and the tires were not even touching the ground.  He tried putting big limbs under the wheels but the jeep just wouldn't move.  Eventually he took his phone and headed toward the main road to call someone to come pick him up so he could go get his truck to pull us out.  Me?  I got to sit in the jeep and wait for him.

While I was sitting there I took some photos with my phone and sent them to the kids.  That's when I decided that this whole "adventure" was quite funny!  The kids were astonished that their parents had done such an irresponsible thing and somehow that made the situation even more funny to me.  By the time Hubs and his dad came driving back through the woods in his truck, the first thing he did (after judging my temperament) was to ask if this "adventure" (or "misadventure") was already on my blog.  I gave a belly laugh as I told him..."Not Yet!"

As it turned out, I had to get a little of that muddy water on my toes (I only used the tips of my toes on the gas pedal) while I steered the vehicle out of the hole.  As I drove out of the woods (trying to throw as much water as I could out with each curve) all I could think of was one thing:  Yes, this was an "adventure" and one gone bad.  However, I think that all couples who are thinking of getting married should be required to have such an "adventure" of their own to see just how they handle it.  Like I said, at the ten or even twenty year mark of our marriage I may have handled this little situation much differently.  But I have learned a lot over the years and one of those things is that one's reaction to situations is important.  Would it have done anything but cause tension if I had become upset?  Was there anything good that could have come out of telling my husband that we shouldn't have gone through that hole, at the point when we were sitting there unable to move?  Of course not.  And if nothing good could have come out of it,  then why say it?  Instead I decided to just turn a negative into a positive and laugh at the situation and call it an "AWESOME ADVENTURE"!  And ya know what?  It was!  And as I drove out of those woods, with water sloshing around my feet, I wondered what the next "adventure" would be because "Life is either a great adventure or nothing."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

When October rolls around, pumpkins begin to pop up everywhere.  Pumpkin drinks and food and baubles but the pumpkins I like best lie within their natural environment...the Pumpkin Patch!  Usually I just run down to one of the local churches to grab my pumpkins for the season but I found out there is a pumpkin patch out past my house.  So, knowing that Holli would be here this week, I decided it would be a fun little trip to take her out there.  Saturday morning, we hopped in the car (with camera in hand) and set out to find Anderson Farms.

Anderson Farms can be found on a winding country road in rural Louisiana.  I was only about a 40 minute ride from my house and well worth the trip.  Caitlin, Holli and I stayed and played for a while...and I got a few fabulous pumpkins for my front door too!
 When Holli saw the pumpkins there was no keeping her in a stroller...she was out and on the run!
                                        We did, however, grab her for a few photos with us.
               Most of the others we just snapped quickly since she was constantly moving.
Anderson Farms had a great selection of pumpkins.  What I loved was the fact that they had such a variety of pumpkins; not all were even orange!
                                             And lots of cute places set up for photographs.

                 There was also a Hay Maze set up for kids to try to make their way through...
                                                 What a great place for little ones to play!
                                And then there were the animals.  Holli loved the animals...
The turkey were making the most noise.  I suppose they know "their" holiday is right around the corner!

 We all had a great time and I think that Anderson Farms just might be a fall tradition we will continue for years to come...
                                                          Hey...HAPPY FALL, Y'ALL!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Just An Afternoon In The Cotton Field...

Before Caitlin and Holli flew in Wednesday from Ohio, she asked me if all of the cotton fields that surround us had been harvested.  I told her there were a few that had not been but by Friday they would be gone too.  That's when we decided to quickly head out there and capture a few photos of Holli in the fields.

Cotton has been a major crop down here in Louisiana for many years.  Those perfect rows of white scattered throughout the farmland surrounding our homes has just been something we are used to seeing each fall.  I've stopped and snapped a photo at times of them and recently many photographers have begun to use them as a setting for anything from bridal photographs to senior portraits.  It had rained a bit at the beginning of the week and was a little muddy and, of course, I didn't think about that in my rush to get out there before the sun set as I wore my flip-flops.  Caitlin dressed Holli, we set her down among the cotton and I suppose we thought she would just turn and pose for us.  That was not the case...she took off running through those fields and we had to work HARD to get the shots we did!  Here are the results of our "Afternoon in the Cotton Fields"...
I will never get tired of seeing these cotton fields.  Because of their beauty.  Because I know it is when the season begins to change when they are in full beauty.  Because when I see them, I know I am home.  And we all know..."There is no place like home."