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Yesterday was March 1, 2012, opening day of trout season and this day brings on a whole new meaning to me. I have never before cared about this date or trout season but this week I am excited. Although a tornado just tore through a day ago and I am nursing a terrible cold from grabbing my 6 dogs and running to the garage in the rain at 12:30 am in the pouring rain to ride out the storm while having a hot flash the whole time. Who knew these things in combination would cause a cold? Three of my dogs are absolutely terrified of storms so getting them to move out the door and into a dark garage when the electricity is out while it is lightening is not exactly easy. I am sure we were quite a site. The two little ones weren’t that hard, I put them in their bags zip them closed and carried them out but try that with a 70lb. Doberman Pincher who is shaking like a leaf terrified, not so easy. In our old home we had a basement garage so it was just all go down the basement stairs and we were good. I should of had a plan here in our temporary home and trust me, I will be prepared for the next one and to let you in on a good tip I learned, using a phone for a flashlight does not work well. I am putting an extra large flashlight in my storm kit. One so bright that the neighbors will benefit from all the way over from their house, from inside their garage, that will shine through the nail holes in the building!

Fishing with Dogs

The full story...Dogs who Trout Fish

Back to the opening day of trout season and my cold. Although I feel under the weather today as if my head is a balloon, it doesn’t stop a serious case of spring fever from setting in. Now that we are building our forever home near Bennett Springs I can hardly wait to get involved in all of what is going on in and around the park. I want to walk my dogs all over the beautiful trails of the park, learn to fish and take my Grandsons to the activities in the park, to the hatcheries, go on a float trip, ride my horse on what seems like endless trails.  As for today, I am starting the seeds for my garden, another love I haven’t had time for in several years! It is wonderful to come to a point in life when these small things I always took for granite are what really matter, the little things are my real treasures. If only we could bottle it and give some to our children we would really have something there! Unfortunately we aren’t born with these senses, it is more of an accomplishment, a state of mind I think only comes with life happening and age but thank God it happens. I suppose we can choose to grow old or choose to grow, we decide.

There are many more people who have lost their homes due to this tornado. They may have been injured or lost a loved one. One of the hardest things we may have to do is pick up the pieces and move forward. I never wanted to be in the ranks of those who have been through these tragedies who could give advice on these matters but God makes these decisions that takes us down those long roads, not me. He has also assured me the people I love and cherished are not lost to me and my home travels wherever I go. Unfortunately right now so does this miserable cold.


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This site was originally to belong to my husband Micheal. It was to be a journal for him to share his love of the outdoors, music, food and recipes. Micheal being an avid hunter and fisherman roams the Missouri woods, lakes and rivers came up with the name “Under the Brush” and it was, is, the perfect blog name for him but I believe it might be just as well suited for me, well “us”. It has sat here in limbo for well over a year now so I have decided to make mine as well as his. We share just about everything else so we might as well share a blog.

We recently moved from our 21 sq. ft. home of 23 years sitting on 18 acres just outside of Lebanon and are now slowly but surely preparing to build on 4 acres of brush and rock near Bennett Springs State Park  in Missouri. What better time to begin a new chapter in our lives by creating a journal. We are starting all over again, from square one. We may have a much smaller home but our goal is to build our last and final home by ourselves as cost effective as possible.  I don’t really care how long it takes, I just want to get started. I want to live in a place I can call home again and thankful to have the opportunity.

The Niangua River access just down the road

Unfortunately we are one of the many who have had to close our small business, lost income and left our home. It is a sad truth that the number of U.S. homes receiving a foreclosure filing will climb about 20 percent in 2011, reaching a peak for the housing crisis, as unemployment remains high and banks resume seizures after a slowdown. The Bloomberg News reports that foreclosure filings in the U.S. may jump up to 20% from a record high in 2010 as crisis peaks.

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