I was sharing a cup of bootleg wine behind the bushes at the party the other day with Faye when she mentioned she was taking up drinking now that her last grown child had moved out. Not that I don’t distinctly remember sharing a cup of bootleg wine with her behind the bushes at last year’s party. She likes to tell me about the ice-cold creek behind her house that is ice-cold even on the hottest day of the year, and she’s always trying to get me to come out and sit in the creek with her and have a drink.
Not that I ever have time for that, but this is sounding a bit more appealing since she got running water and retired her outhouse. Still, the idea of sitting in a creek drinking wine makes me think we’ll end up taking our clothes off and dancing naked under the full moon or something. Not that anyone would know because she lives on top of a hill surrounded by woods and her husband is legally blind.
School is out. Ross heads off to boot camp soon, and Weston and Morgan are leaving for six weeks in Texas with their dad. I drove approximately 499,317 miles this year to take them to practice after game after practice after game. It’s been a long past year of hard work, on my writing and on my farm, too. I’m ready for a break. And it’s hot. And I’m free. Of course, I still have a lot of responsibilities. All these animals. And writing my website every day. I mean, I’m busy!! But child-free.
WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH THE NEXT SIX WEEKS?!
Or take up drinking in the creek?
Nancy in Iowa says:
I say – drinking in the creek! Without your pants! And wearing Clover’s tiara!! :snoopy:
BTW – I’ve been meaning to ask, how is Beulah Petunia? Any increase in her girth?
On June 9, 2010 at 1:11 am
You know what, take a few hours, have a drink by the cold creek and enjoy yourself. You won’t be away from the animals too long and you will have a good time! Invite 52 over for a while on another day and enjoy yourself, just relax on your porch or go for a nighttime drive into the city. :hug: 😉 :airkiss: :snuggle:
On June 9, 2010 at 1:21 am
Hooray for drinking in the creek! You go girl!!! I agree with Nancy too, who needs pants, and taking Clover’s tiara sounds like a real plan. :shimmy:
On June 9, 2010 at 1:57 am
Creek drinking. This is the only viable option.
On June 9, 2010 at 2:03 am
yeah, drinking in the creek. What’s not to like?
On June 9, 2010 at 2:10 am
do it all!!! you’re young, you’re free, you’re American
On June 9, 2010 at 2:45 am
Wine by a cool creek sounds tempting. Child-free ~ I’m jealous! Hey, weren’t you just snowed under. How did it get hot so fast!! :sun:
On June 9, 2010 at 3:25 am
Oh yeah totally jealous!!!! :sun:
On June 9, 2010 at 3:43 am
8) Well, I say why can’t you do alittle of both? The glass of rose wine looks wonderful, and there is nothing like feet dangling in the running creek under the shade of huge trees. So, so relaxing. Enjoy your six weeks. You really do deserve a break from all the driving.
On June 9, 2010 at 4:14 am
You actually need to THINK about this??? For more than a half a second?? CREEK! WINE! Can I come too?
On June 9, 2010 at 4:32 am
From the looks of that photo, it would appear you’ve been close to drinkin’ in the creek on at least one occasion. lol
Experience is what makes us… go. Do it for the rest of us who don’t have ice-cold creeks or bootleg wine!! Don’t walk… run!
On June 9, 2010 at 5:16 am
Whatever you want! That’s the beauty of it!
I am betting you are type A and there won’t be too much lolling with a glass of wine in the creek…………….
On June 9, 2010 at 5:28 am
You could do both on separate days… 😉
On June 9, 2010 at 6:50 am
That glass makes quite the enticing photo against that creek! But don’t you have any mosquitoes there? They’d eat you alive around here. Not even the teeniest temptation to get naked outside!!!
On June 9, 2010 at 6:52 am
Rose in Vermont says:
Oh yeah, you will enjoy that creek, that wine, and the quiet – for the first few days!! Then I predict you will MISS the chaos that is family, which will drive you to new projects, new travels and cleaning nooks and crannies you didn’t know you had. But the animals will keep you company, Beaulah P. chats in the morning!
On June 9, 2010 at 6:55 am
Don’t let the animals know, because they will want to go with you, too! Clover won’t share her tiara, and the dogs will get in the creek, etc. etc. It would just be a mess. :snoopy: “want to go! Want to go! Party! Party!”
On June 9, 2010 at 6:57 am
Bootleg wine and creek sitting. Sounds like a plan to me :snoopy: I am going to try making wine this summer. 🙂 I did make dandilion wine. Have not tasted it yet to see how it is.
On June 9, 2010 at 7:03 am
Karen Patrick says:
Drinking in the creek sounds like a winner to me.
On June 9, 2010 at 7:20 am
Carmen C. says:
I suggest do a little of both, and enjoy the break;) Of course there’s still the puppy to look after, all the precious farm babies, and the cow to milk…..
On June 9, 2010 at 7:31 am
I vote for wine and the breezy side of the front porch. By the way, we will be traveling through your area in mid-July. Are there any really awesome places to shop/eat/sightsee that aren’t in the travel guides? We are spending a few days traveling to parts of WV that we don’t usually see and will be looking for fun things to see and do.
On June 9, 2010 at 7:39 am
Lori Skoog says:
Enjoy! Six weeks of quiet is unheard of….
On June 9, 2010 at 7:45 am
Work in the mornings…drink in the creek in the afternoons of course! :sun:
On June 9, 2010 at 7:53 am
I will give you an hour before you miss them and wonder what you will do without them for 6 weeks. Course, I’m one of those strange moms who looked forward to summer vaca.
On June 9, 2010 at 7:55 am
Nita in South Carolina says:
What Connie said above. 🙂
On June 9, 2010 at 7:56 am
Staci Lynn says:
An ice-cold creek and a bottle of bootleg… sound mighty fine to me. Be careful not to slip on those rocks.
On June 9, 2010 at 8:02 am
Oh the interesting posts that could come from drinking in the creek :yes: I’m sure you’re an extra creative person with a little bootleg in ya 😆 and Faye, she sounds like a very fun woman! Take the time, enjoy it!
Weston and Morgan — have fun!!!!! Make your dad drive you EVERYWHERE and enjoy new friends! 😉
On June 9, 2010 at 8:02 am
I agree with Connie. Work in the morning, then have that cold drink after all the chores are done. Better yet, how about taking 52 with you down to your creek; plunk two lawn chairs in the shallows; and enjoy the evening sunset together while cooling your feet in the cold water. How’s that for restful, romantic, and fun?!
On June 9, 2010 at 8:09 am
Absolute no brainer: creek drinking. Look at it as doing “Nature” research. Around here we have perfected the art of creek sitting. Get an old, metal lounge chair. Walk out to a carefully selected spot and park your chair. Tie your cooler to the chair and park your buttocks for a spell. My friend and I started this activity about 27 years ago when we couldn’t afford to go to the local pool and needed to cool off. Pretty soon, a bunch of our friends followed and we had a grand time. Enjoy.
On June 9, 2010 at 8:24 am
Kim Gibson says:
Now THIS is a no brainer! And I like the idea of Clover’s Tiara!
On June 9, 2010 at 8:55 am
What a photo! Wish I were there.
On June 9, 2010 at 8:59 am
[email protected] Acres says:
I got distracted looking at all the icons! :dancingmonster: But if it were me…I’d sit in the creek with some cool wine! Without pants! :snoopy:
On June 9, 2010 at 9:39 am
Cousin Sheryl says:
I will bring my lawn chair, a six-pack of Coca-cola and wear my bathing suit. I can be the safety officer if you two slip and fall on your heads in the creek!
On June 9, 2010 at 10:20 am
Why does it have to be all or nothing??? I say both too! It’s frightening to think how quickly you’ll be posting about the first day of school….
On June 9, 2010 at 10:22 am
:snoopy: I vote creek and wine … but only if I get to come too!
On June 9, 2010 at 10:28 am
What a lovely way to spend an afternoon. You go girl.
On June 9, 2010 at 10:37 am
The creek looks so nice and so does the wine!!! Where’s the bottle of DEET? :hissyfit: I want a cold creek to sit in with a glass of sparkling refreshing adult beverage too!! Just bug infested yard here in hot, hot Kansas. Take advantage, think of the kiddo’s, what to do with your time, then drink some wine and you’ll forget about it for an hour or two. Looks so relaxing. Enjoy :wave:
On June 9, 2010 at 10:51 am
Enjoy, enjoy and then enjoy it some more!
On June 9, 2010 at 11:25 am
Come on, you already know the answer to this question. I am with Connie on this, get work done during the day, and head for the creek afterword. Which gives me an idea. I have a creek behind my house…
On June 9, 2010 at 11:40 am
I have no idea why, because Stringtown is full of “waterholes” (river, creek, ponds), but there are essentially no mosquitoes out there, (Knock on wood with me, will ya ?) :bugeyed:
On June 9, 2010 at 11:50 am
Shirley Corwin says:
No kids or driving them everywhere!!!! . . . a reason to celebrate! Have a few little glasses of wine but don’t forget your animals need you! And us too! Don’t slip on the slippery stones.
On June 9, 2010 at 12:39 pm
I say dress up the animals and parade them down to the creek with you, take pictures and let us see them!! How exicting is that! Or have some good friends over and make Cadillac Margaritas on the rocks with salt! :dancingmonster:
On June 9, 2010 at 12:55 pm
Miss Becky says:
my advice ~ a little of both. get your work done and then head for the creek and that bootleg wine :yes: :yes: :yes:
On June 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm
I’d say, take up something that doesn’t kill brain cells….
On June 9, 2010 at 1:25 pm
Kelly Rose says:
Can’t even believe you’d ask such a thing!! Drinking in the creek sounds PERFECT!!!
On June 9, 2010 at 2:14 pm
I was wondering if you have ever made homemade wine and, if so, can you show us how? I would love to have wine by the creek. I would also love to feed the animals. Love your life!
On June 9, 2010 at 2:27 pm
Angie Seehafer says:
Sign me up!
On June 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm
Going creek hunting! I was cleaning my cupboard today and came across an unopened (how did that happen?) bottle of wine, so that part is taken care of.
On June 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm
Creek. Wine. Quiet. Is there really any doubt?
On June 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm
oh geeze, now she sounds like my kind of friend 🙂 and that sounds like a pretty PERFECT way to spend a day. PS.. Folk festival is coming up quick… hope to see ya there, and Georgia too if she goes!
On June 9, 2010 at 6:14 pm
Drinking in the creek, definitely! No other choice seems reasonable!
On June 9, 2010 at 7:58 pm
Drinking in the creek….and you’ve got to write about it and take pictures! You really ought to do it!
On June 9, 2010 at 8:24 pm
claudia w says:
Uh…the creek and some bootleg wine would be just the ticket for some of my weeks…it sounds absolutely scrumptous.
On June 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm
Sounds great, but I have to recommend some salt in case you get into any leaches. Those guys would ruin your buzz. Have fun: you deserve it!
On June 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm
I concur, go set your tired tush in Faye’s creek and imbibe in bootleg wine. Take Cousin Sheryl as safety monitor.
On June 10, 2010 at 12:20 am
ahaa! 52 posted. I bet ya got a ton of lighting bugs though. I can see it now. Memories of life on the Pocatalico.
On June 10, 2010 at 1:51 am
I believe that you have chosen wisely! Besides, you’ve earned enough glasses of wine to sit with your feet in the creek every day until the kids come home! Don’t forget some bug spray! Enjoy a glass for me, too! :devil2:
On June 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm
I wish I had a creek nearby…I surely would drink the wine while cooling my feet. :dancingmonster:
On June 11, 2010 at 3:23 am
:snoopy: Hey Suzanne, any idea when the next Chickens in the Road Party will be?
On June 11, 2010 at 8:33 am
On June 11, 2010 at 8:17 pm
Beth C says:
Oh, for heaven’s sake – Life is TOO SHORT! Take up drinking in the creek 😆
On June 11, 2010 at 11:11 pm
I hope you ended up drinking in the creek some. Delightful.
On November 5, 2010 at 1:06 pm
I’m thinking drinking by the creek with a little naked moonlight dancing!
On February 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm
I don’t drink wine, but this picture sure makes me want to start. Wow, what a nice photo. I also like the one with the wine glass and rooster perched on the banister. Nice Job!
On April 8, 2011 at 10:39 am