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One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

Dan sent me this photo this morning, with a note that all is well with the babies in the front pasture. Lol! Yes, that IS a chicken

Week One Without Home Internet

To Recap – Limitless, our internet provider, went bankrupt.  Windstream, our other option out here, has lines running to the farm that are so old and degraded that the signal barely gets here – the service is barely more than dial up, at High Speed prices.  We’re hopeful that River Valley Internets new tower will reach the farm, but it’s not turned on yet..  so rather than buy into one of the ridiculously overpriced, limited, options like exceed or hughes net (and we aren’t actually sure that either of those would work at the farm anyway…) we’re going to see how hard it is to live without internet at the farm. 

We have 25% of our phone data left, with 13 days left.  However, our daughter heads back to college, where she has constant unlimited wifi, tomorrow, so that will help.  (Our youngest is in air force basic training for 8 weeks – with no access to his phone - that is helping too.)
A quick look at my data usage shows that I’ve used 1.08gb on google chrome, .87gb on facebook, and .…

Tips For “Surviving” Without Home Internet

1. Use your phone as a hotspot.I was impressed by how easy it is to connect my laptop using my phone.Just remember to plug your phone in, it will drain your battery fairly fast.On my phone (Samsung Note 5, Verizon Network) I simply chose “Mobile Hotspot” from the drop down menu, and followed the instructions.After the key was added to my laptop, for future use all I had to do was click on the mobile hotspot button and my laptop automatically connected, as it does to any other saved wifi hotspot.
2. 2. Know where the local free Wifi is.  For me, in Watsontown PA, I’m finding our local libraries, and The Well (At Christ Wesleyan Church) to be the best options so far.  But my moms house is also an option I took advantage of this week. Panera & Sheetz also have free wifi.  Our local Sheetz (Lewisburg) was sooooooooo slow, I left and went to the library instead.  This map ma…

Timeline - What We Experienced When While Our Son Was At Air Force Basic Training

 Week 0 & Week 1
Our youngest is off at basic training at Lackland Air Force Base.  This is our second son to go through this, but 4 years later, we’re finding this journey just a little bit different..  so if you are reading this a few years later, there many be many more changes.  This is a time line, as we experienced it in 2017.
Our son was set to swear in on January 3rd 2017, so he was required to appear and sign in at the hotel near MEPS by 5pm on January 2nd.  This first week is Week 0 of training.
January 2nd4:45 drop Matt at Hotel.  He signed in, took his bag to his room, and attended a briefing.  We went to a nearby park and took a walk.
5:45pm – roughly – Matt called to say he was free until 10pm.  We picked him up and went to the mall, where he made a build a bear with his voice recorded in it, for his fiancé for while he is away.  We went out to dinner at Chick Fil A, then went to Applebee’s for dessert, where the guys could watch the football game.
9:40 – we dropped Matt …

Party Games For Large Groups

We love cards and board games, but when our crew gets together, there are just too many of us for most board games, which often only allow 6 players. Before the holidays this year, I went on a search for some games we could play when there are 9, 10, or 15 of us.
Partners In Pen(View a YouTube Video Of This Game)Items Needed: A bag full of random objects, a paper, a pen and a bunch of friends.
Take the tablet and pen out of  the bag.  Add  random objects from around the house to the bag—you’ll want 2-3 items per a team.
Hand one of the partners the tablet  and a pen and hand the bag full of random objects to the other partner.
Now ask the player with the bag to describe 2-3 objects, one at a time,  without naming them or telling what is it used for while the other partner tries to draw the object. 
Then flip to a new page in the tablet, pass the bag and tablet to the next team, and repeat., with them choosing different items from the bag. ==================================== Likes & …

Signing Up For Birthday Freebies

With my birthday coming up in December (along with my husband & daughter in laws birthdays) I thought this would be a good time to make a list of places to sign up for birthday coupons and freebies.  I'll update this after my birthday, with the ones I actually received....  

ACE Hardware: Sign up for ACE Rewards and get a $5 off coupon on your birthday.

This arrived in my account on the first day of my birthday month.  :-)Free Auntie Anns Pretzel

 Arby’s: Get a free milkshake on your birthday when you register with Arby’s.  PLUS - When you sign up to get deals through email, we'll give you a coupon for a FREE ROAST BEEF CLASSIC with purchase of a drink.

bareMinerals: Join the Friends and Benefits Program, and they’ll send you a gift on your birthday.

Brusters -  "A Special Birthday Gift"

CVS: Join the CVS BEAUTY CLUB &   and get $3 in ExtraCare Bucks every year on your birthday.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Get a free beverage on your birthday by signing up for the DD Perks Rewa…