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Guns and Geraniums


What a good weekend it's been! Can't say as I got much of anything done inside the house, but we planted two flats of flowers outside, a box of red and white petunias and a box of moss roses.  My mom had a bed of moss roses when I was small and I was fascinated by all the brightly colored tiny flowers... and the bees that loved them as much as I did! Her mother always grew them too. So I plant them now in mom's memory, and because they thrive in our hot, dry climate.

My husband filled a pail with concrete to support a metal  post so we could put up the rural delivery box for our local newspaper.  We put the pail inside a large planter, filled it with good planting soil and then some beautiful pink and white striped "fiesta" geraniums.  It looks so cute sitting next to the road near our driveway, and I pity anyone who thinks they might like to take off with it, it weighs a lot with the cement and then all the dirt!  So what does the above photo have to do with flowers?  Absolutely nothing! 

John has to take his concealed hand gun permit recertification test next week, so we set up a target out back for practice.  I had a great time with the torso targets, naming them appropriately.  Suffice it to say I took out a few old archenemies, or at least I fantasized about it. LOL  However, John's 9 mm automatic is a little large and heavy for my hand, so when we went over to Academy Sporting Goods to pick up more ammo, I kinda, sorta steered him over to the gun counter to look at what they had in stock. :-)  Found an awesome Smith & Wesson 9mm automatic M&P Shield - a brand new model they've just come out with, that was the perfect size and weight. It followed me home, so I got to keep it! hehe

We had a great time target shooting this evening after it cooled down a bit, I really love the gun! It amazes and amuses my children that their Mom now owns both a hand gun and a Remington 22 automatic rifle - an earlier gift from Papa Bear, and can actually shoot quite well with both of them!  Not bad for a confirmed hippie girl who NEVER, EVER allowed guns of any kind in her home.  But this is Texas, and it is a way of life here, I guess it's kind of rubbed off on me.  I am not a game hunter, couldn't kill an animal unless I was starving, and have no intention to try.  I enjoy the challenge of target shooting, and living as we do out here in the country, it makes good sense to have protection when John is away, though I hope to God I never have to use it. 

This is the first time John has ever lived in a place where he could shoot on his own property!  When the oil company was out here drilling their well last year, we had them use their loader to scrape up a huge mound of dirt out back by the shipping container.  It makes the perfect backdrop for a shooting range, and facing south keeps us from aiming in the general direction of where other folks reside.  My biggest complaint before was owning a collection of  guns we had to take somewhere to fire. Now we can take aim in our own back yard!

I think I'll be suggesting my kids send Academy gift cards for Mother's Day... mama needs more ammo!  I tell you it's a great form of therapy... just blow your troubles away!  We share a lot of laughter too, like when John aimed a little low and effectively neutered the green guy torso he was aiming at!  I've also noticed that he takes great care to always be behind me when I shoot... smart man! :-)  (He says it's either that or in the next county! LOL) So the hippie girl likes to play with guns... one never knows where life is going to take you!  I hope you all had a great weekend too!

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  1. Oh I am jealous I would love to own a gun and be able to shoot it in my back yard ok maybe not my back yard as that would be dangerous and I would end up hitting a person or animal or something just as bad.........but if I lived in the country it would be just cool............

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    1. We lived in town before too Jo-Anne, and had to travel 30 miles to a friend's ranch to target shoot, so didn't get to do it often enough to become good at it. People don't always realize how far bullets can travel, so we definitely don't shoot in the direction of houses or the highway. Part of owning a gun is learning what not to do! Target shooting is actually quite fun!

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  2. Momma needs more ammo! Nice. :)
    If nothing else, the knowledge that you're armed and dangerous, should keep the spectators at bay on those trips across the yard to your hot tub! :)

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    1. My kids got a kick out of that too, Ken! Yes, perhaps we need to post signs around the property. One of our friends who owns a ranch way out nowhere has a sign posted by the fence gate that says "If you can read this you are in range." Definitely makes you think twice about trespassing! Thankfully, our hot tub is only a few feet from our back door on the back deck. I'm not sure I'd be brave enough for nekkid trips across the yard! :-)

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  3. I love to target shoot at a little place here in town. So much fun and I'm gettin' good!

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    1. My hand-eye coordination has never been stellar, so I was surprised that I actually do quite well at this, and yes, it is fun. Something I can share with Papa Bear!

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  4. LOL! You really surprised me with this one! In my wildest dreams I never would have expected to find out that you enjoy guns... it's very cute of you! I'm happy to hear that you are having so much fun with target practice - and I don't know if it's just my computer or not - but I am unable to see the image you posted.

    Thanks for the laughs - and also for helping me out on my blog :-)

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    1. Thank you for letting me know about the picture, you should be able to see it now. For some reason it didn't post correctly. Believe me, I am surprised as you are that I actually own and shoot a handgun! If you would have told me five years ago this would happen I would have told you that you were crazy. I see it a little differently now, who says an old dog can't learn new tricks! I also think it's important to be open to new ways of looking at issues.

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    2. Yes, I can see it now :) Thanks!

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  5. You never EVER fail to surprise me Josie. Now I can't help but picture you as an Annie Oakley type figure, hee hee.

    I've always been against guns but I wouldn't hesitate to buy (and use)one, when it comes to the protection of my Spawn. I think I'd be like Clint Eastwood in 'Dirty Harry,' so it's probably best that I don't own one.

    I can't see the image you've posted either. I keep refreshing but nothing happens.

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    1. LOL Lily, I don't think I'll ever be Annie Oakley but I sure am having fun. Like you, I have been steadfastly no gun all my life. I've always seen them as being evil. And in my past marriages it is probably good there were no guns allowed in the house, I might have put them to good use! John has shown me another perspective, and if I was home alone and someone broke in with the intent to do bodily harm, I'd much rather have a gun at hand than be cowering defenseless. I never want that day to come, and I don't intend to be carrying it around in my purse or on my person looking for reason to use it. But I am glad I own it and am learning to feel comfortable with it just in case.

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  6. I love to shoot!! We took the kids a few months ago but it's kinda pricey around here so it's not something we can do very often. Peanut was a natural just like her mom! How cool is it that you can shoot on your own land? (yeah, I'm a bit envious LOL)

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    1. That is what makes it so cool, Elise. John has as assortment of weapons in the gun safe, but it always seemed to me to be a strange thing to collect if you only rarely got to use them. Now that we can actually shoot them where we live (with the blessing of the county sherriff who John knows and checked with), it's something we can do often and enjoy together. Not many folks can say that, so I guess this is one plus to living in dry, dusty, hotter than hell West Texas! :-)
      John was especially happy last night, as he never thought the day would come when he would own a piece of property to call his own.

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    2. When we lived in Louisiana we were able to go much more because it didn't cost an arm and a leg. The range fees and targets were next to nothing. Plus, you could bring reloads...can't do that here =(

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  7. I don't own any guns. But it sure is fun to shoot! Such a release! Definitely makes me feel good after shooting. I can see how it's a good way to blow off some steam!

    I live in the country surrounded by cornfields... I should get a gun! My wife don't like them but here lately she feels it might be good to have a couple for protection. The world is going crazy in a fast way!

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  8. I didn't like them either Workingdan, in fact I loathed them. I was adament about never ever living in a house with guns. Along with the "shoot em up" mentality, there are issues with them falling into the wrong hands, such as children, or criminals. But the line of thought is different where I live now. Children are taught how to use, and more importantly how to respect weapons at an early age. They know they aren't toys to be played with when Mom and Dad aren't looking. From a moral standpoint, I would never to have to take the life of another human being. I know it would be very difficult to deal with that emotionally. But at the same point, if it comes down to protecting your spouse, your children, or yourself, you want to have the best possible advantage in the situation. A baseball bat probably isn't going to cut it! Guns aren't inherently evil, guns don't kill people. People kill people. We all know of cases, including our recent news, where someone was just itching for an excuse to shoot someone, but there are crazies everywhere and in every given context. Guns are also used to save lives, and to provide food for families. If I'm going to have one, I want to be so familiar with it that using it will be a reflex action, and I want one I can easily handle. This one is American made by a company with an outstanding reputation, at a reasonable price. It's large enough to be steady (no tiny pink purse models for me PLEASE), yet narrow and short to feel well-balanced in my hand. Ammo is inexpensive so I won't spend a fortune doing some target pracice, though I will also have a clip of hollow point bullets for home security use, as they are more effective at stopping someone. The world is crazy, and my thinking on protection and being prepared has changed, I am no longer young enough to believe that no harm can ever befall me. I want to be ready if the day comes.

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  9. I've never even held a gun, but I think I'd like to try my hand at target practice. I wonder how I'd do? There's a big indoor target range about 10 minutes from where I live. I'm always surprised when someone who doesn't live nearby mentions it. I guess it's a rarity? And that magazine...Guns and something...I can' think of the name. I always wondered what guns and gardening had in common. Now I know! Nothing.

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    1. You really should try it sometime, Cheryl. Take Rob with you and have a blast! :-)) I would love having an indoor facility in this area where weather wouldn't be a concern. When I think of guns and flowers I remember way back to the 60's when protesters would put flowers in the barrel of the National Guard's rifles as the soldiers stood forming human barriers. That image is still engraved on my mind.

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  10. Pistol packin' Josie. That is so cool. Living in Australia we have very strict gun laws. In fact, I don't know anyone who owns a gun but I would love to do a bit of target practice. No one is going to mess with you now and that is the truth!!

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    1. To think of it makes me laugh Selma, cuz that image is so far from the person that I am, but still, I truly do enjoy the challenge of target practice and it's fun to share something competitive with John! It also makes me realize that we can't always judge people by first impressions, no one would guess I own guns! :-) I wasn't aware firearms laws were stringent in Austrailia, I learn something new and surprising every day!

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