Monday, April 23, 2018


Monday morning is made harder with the pouring rain today. I got soaked getting chores done with the wind blowing the rain sideways.
I took RL to pre-school and came home to have my breakfast and get IR hers.
IR took a long nap and I got laundry started while hubbie gathered some firewood to build a fire in the wood stove to fend off the dampness and cool high 40's temps.
IR was still sleeping when I went to pick up RL. I stopped by the PO on the way home to mail last weeks bills that were still in my car.
Hubbie was asleep also when we got home. Both he and IR woke up as he brought RL in to take IR's place on the couch.
The three of us had lunch and then I did more laundry while hubbie entertained IR trying to keep her from waking RL.
It has rained all day with the wind and cool temps making this a very raw day outside.
When RL woke up the girls got in some playtime before their mom's picked them up.
After the girls left we tried to watch the news but both of us wound up taking short naps before chore time.
I got wet again doing the chores this evening with the rain still coming down. I emptied 1 inch so far out o the gauge but the heavy rains came in after dark tonight so we are wondering what we will wake up to in the morning.
Since this is the only picture for the day it is a good day to finish up the April decade photos. Back in April 2008 G-son was into everything anyone did around here back then and wanted to help.

We made a trip to Oak Island that April and stayed on Davis Creek which was several streets back from the beach . The weather was cool so getting in the ocean wasn't a big part of this trip but of course g-son who was never afraid of the waves had to test the cool ocean waters under the watchful eyes of his aunt T.

Aunt T had an inflatable canoe but it didn't work like she had hoped so g-son dry paddled it in the house.
G-son and Pawpaw did a lot of porch sitting.

The girls rented scooters and Hubbie and #1 son got to try them out.
The girls rode all around the island on them and had a great time.

It sure doesn't seem like 10 years have passed since this trip !!!!
I am forever grateful for the wonderful memories with my family.
Thankful also for the wonderful blessings of this day.
God Bless and Good Night

Sunday, April 22, 2018


Cloudy morning as we expect rain to move in later today. I got chores done and then had my breakfast. We had a roast in the crock pot and put the corn on the cob on to cook while we got ready for church.
After church #1 son's family, daughter's family and Re and the kids joined us for the roast beef, corn, mashed potatoes, green beans, biscuits with strawberries and cake for dessert.
The kids waited patiently while watching cartoons on  TV while we finished getting everything ready.
This is what lunch for the kids at my house looks like on Sundays and I love it.
These two are so cute now at how they stick together. BB's mom said he couldn't have any dessert because he didn't clean his plate so when RL asked for dessert and took her cake and strawberries back to her little table we didn't realize that she was going to share with BB !!!!
G-son usually eats his lunch out in the sunroom and the adults all eat in the dining room so this works out well and they really cleaned their plates today.
After lunch and a short playtime Re took all her kids home for naps. A man came to buy daughters lawn mower that she was selling and the rest of us enjoyed some outside time.
RL loves the new chicks.

G-son got in on the chick holding also as I remember how much he loved to hold them when he was a little boy.

Even IR got into the mix but she didn't want much to do with the little fluffy chicks yet.
My Silkie hens are pets and RL loves to carry them around but she can't understand why they won't stay where she puts them when she sets them down. Luckily I can just walk up and pick them back up.
After they all left hubbie and I had some relaxing time waiting on the rain  that looked like it would start any minute under the dark clouds.
Missing today from lunch #2 son and Tif where feverishly working on finishing some of their yardwork before the heavy rains get here and it looks really good.

Son also finished making the benches for the cement table he made.
Hubbie and I got chores done and then just as darkness fell the rains started lightly falling.
The weather folks are predicting our area could get up to 5 inches of rain over the next couple days.

I am thankful for just rain as some folks are still fighting snow storms in the northern states.
Thankful for the blessings of this day. Always remember a day hemmed in prayer is a lot less likely to unravel !!
God Bless and Good Night.

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Got chores done and headed out to market a few minutes early today. The customer traffic is slowly increasing each week and today I saw some folks that I haven't seen since last Fall so that means the summer migration has started.
I had a very good sales day today thankfully.
The lady I talked to yesterday about our manager job opening didn't come in today as she said she might if she thought she might be interested in the job so it may be back to the drawing board for another candidate.
Hubbie stayed and helped all morning with sales.  Another of our long time vendors turned the big 90 today and we brought in a cake to help her celebrate.  Happy Birthday Christine.
Hubbie left to get home and work on some things outside and I left after market to make a couple stops at Walgreens and Ingles on my way home.
Daughter came in right after me to pick up her soup that I brought home for her. The soup maker had broccoli cheese soup today and we both love this.
She helped hubbie and me get unloaded and then went to the barn with hubbie to get her lawn mower out to get pictures to advertise it for sale.
She is going to sell hers and buy #2 son's since his is a better mower and he doesn't need a riding mower up at this mountain home.
I waited on a cake customer to pick up a coconut cake and then hubbie and I went to work on changing some chicks around to get the baby guineas out of the basement as they are already starting to kick up a lot of dust.
We moved the teen age chicks from the first hatch of the season into this old rabbit hutch where they can get more sunshine. I'll leave their white silkie mama with them until the night temperatures go up a little bit and then she can go back to the regular silkie lot.
I cleaned their brooder box out and hung a heat light in there for the baby guineas which will give them much more room.
They are cute little buggers with their little beady black eyes. With all these multi colored feathers I wonder what color adult guineas they will become.
I worked all evening on getting things changed around and getting the light hooked up while hubbie worked on daughter's lawn mower and got it ready to sell.
We finally got inside about dark so it was a long day.
Daughter and son-in-love spent a good part of the day at Biltmore house looking at all the beautiful spring blooms with IR.

We spent a restful evening and went to bed early.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and for the love of Jesus Christ.
God Bless and Good Night.

Friday, April 20, 2018

T. G. I. F.

Up to get chores done and get RL to her pre-school.
I always marvel at how much and how quickly the sun changes positions. It doesn't seem like it was long ago at all that the sun was just beginning to peek over the horizon through the trees when I came out at this time of morning to get chores done between 7:30 and 8:00.  Look how high in the sky the sun is today at this time.
This is a beautiful colorful time of year.

I had my breakfast then fed IR before  gathering all my baking supplies up to the kitchen. I decided to wait until after we pick up RL to start baking since there isn't enough time to get it all done this morning. 
I worked on some Curb Market business that needs to be done this morning and then we all loaded in the Honda to go pick RL up.
She was on the playground and was happy to see everyone come to pick her up today. We drove up the road from her pre-school to a produce market and got some fresh green beans, tomatoes and cucumbers .
RL was asleep as soon as we left there and IR had slept most of the way there and back.
Hubbie carried both girls in and while RL still slept IR had lunch with us.
I started my baking , 6 caramel and 4 pound cakes while RL napped and hubbie took IR outside.
While I baked RL woke up and said she was hungry and asked me to cook her an egg. 
Hubbie took both girls outside to play while I finished baking then we all watched cartoons and played in the living room. It is in the low 60's today but the wind is still blowing making it feel cool outside.
IR turned 10 months old today !!
Daughter was disappointed this afternoon after the inspections department called and said the spot where she had cleared for her septic system on the land she is going to buy wouldn't perk because it was too rocky. There is another spot that did perk if it is big enough but it will need to be cleared and measured before she buys the land.
After both girls were picked up hubbie and I watched the news and then did chores. I completely forgot about walking today until it was too late. Maybe my body is telling me something.
My knee feels much better today thankfully .
Hubbie and me both are pretty wiped out tonight after this week. The warmer weather brings extra chores and grass mowing, weed eating  and spraying along with a host of other things to get done that we aren't used to doing along with taking care of these little girls.
I spent the evening icing cakes and getting things ready for market.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and for the grace and forgiveness of a Faithful Heavenly Father.
God Bless and Good Night

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Hectic Thursday morning rolls around seemingly very quickly these days.
Both g-daughters were in good moods and very co-operative this morning which made things much easier but after getting chores done and all the extra things that have to happen on these mornings we were still late for RL's pre-school but thankfully the doors weren't locked yet and RL jumped out of the Honda and ran inside on her own.
IR and I met hubbie at market and I took care of her while hubbie unloaded then he took her while I set up.
IR was hungry so we fed her breakfast before we had ours.
Connie , other g-ma came after her at 10:00 and then hubbie and I had time to have our biscuits that hubbie had stopped for on his way to town.
Market started off very slow but it did pick up as the day went on thankfully I had a good day.
Connie brought my 6 guinea chicks that she picked up for me when she got hers and they are so pretty.

Hubbie left market and brought them home to put them in their box under the heat lamp I sat up last night for them.
He came back to town to run all his errands.
I left market and made a cake delivery to a rest home to one of my customers and then went by the bank, our insurance office to pay our auto insurance and then to Aldi for baking supplies for tomorrow's baking.
I made it home at 3:45 and hubbie helped me unload and get things put away. I had a snack and was just sitting down to watch the news when Re called and asked me to come over there at 5:30 when someone was buying some of their baby goats because she and the kids were there alone.
The people were really nice but you never know so it was better to be safe than sorry and I didn't mind playing with the kids some extra time.
It is really cold this evening with a very strong wind . Making me wonder when I will finally be able to put away the insulated cover-alls that I had on.
I came home and got the chores done and then hubbie walked with me today. Even in the colder weather I feel like these walks are necessary to make my knees feel better.
We came back inside and he built a fire in the woodstove to warm the house and it felt really good.
Back in April of 1988 we celebrated Easter.......

And the kids entered the huge Saint Bernard we had then named Sugar in a dog show at one of the area parks.
I can't remember what the catagories were or what she won but Sugar won a blue ribbon and #1 son was so proud to show it off !!

Sugar was a wonderful dog for many years but as she aged with her size she became  a danger to the kids and we gave her away to an older couple who loved her very much in her later years.
Thankful for the blessings of this day.
God Bless and Good Night