Tuesday, June 18, 2019


Got to sleep later this morning as we have no kiddos' coming early today.
I got chores done and then had breakfast. I have some honey ordered from a neighbor bee farmer and I took daughter, IR and Addie ,who is now staying with daughter while Kristen works, with me to pick it up. Hubbie and g-son who was now with us while his mom went to her doctor and ran errands stayed at daughter's house with CA while we were gone.
Daughter's dog , Quinn made fast friends with g-son.

And hubbie got some one on one time with CA who looks so much better today.
The bee farm is up on Sugarloaf mountain and the views from up there are so pretty.
We got our honey and headed home.  It is a very good mild tasting honey this time.
I'll get more at the end of July when it comes from the blackberry blooms.
We left daughters and came home. I got laundry started from yesterday and hubbie went up to cut some small trees and bushes from around the barn.
I spent some time with "meow meow" in the covered patio.

The rain showers started about 4:00 and ran us inside.
I have hurt my back from lifting or turning or something I shouldn't have done and I took time to sit on a heating pad some this afternoon.
We got chores done and I moved 3 brooder boxes of chicks into a larger box and took all the mama's out and put them back in the Silkie lot.
I left one box of bigger chicks alone and just took their mama out because they are quite a bit bigger than all the others and are in a bigger box.  It was too dark for pics by the time I got them all moved around so I will take pictures tomorrow.
I emptied 9/10ths inch of rain from last nights storm and this afternoons showers.
I came inside and rested on the heating pad for the evening. I sure hope my back feels better by tomorrow.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and praying that CA continues to improve.
God Bless and Good Night

Monday, June 17, 2019


Since this is the first official day of summer break from school and all the kids will be here we have a busy fun day planned.
But first there is a couple doctor appointments for CA to get through. I got up at 7:00 when g-son and g-daughter RL got here. D-in-love only works 2 days a week through the summer but they are 10 hour days and start early.  I got chores done and grabbed a breakfast bar and a cup of coffee before daughter brought IR over here and picked me up to go with her and CA. First appointment was at the lab at the cardiologist office for a blood draw to check all her levels since they upped her Lasix .
They had trouble getting enough blood and had to stick her in a couple places. She cried and cried, bless her little heart we sure hope this isn't a routine happening.
We left there and headed over to the pediatrician for a weight check and saw a new doctor today who was very nice. Thankfully CA had gained 4.5 ounces since last Wednesday which is a major step in the positive direction.
We came home and had an early lunch since neither of us had eaten much breakfast the left over pizza tasted very good.
Our plans were to take all the kids and meet Addie and Kristen at Carl Sandburgs and take the kids to see the goats.

We cross a bridge over a creek on the way in and out of the park and there is usually always a snake sunning on the rocks in the creek and today there was a large snake that looked like a rattle snake but was probably only a large water snake.
It was very hot and sunny at the park and we left there and headed across town to Pelican Snowballs to cool down. On the way there we drove through a terribly heavy rainstorm but by the time we reached Pelican's the rain had passed there. The kids all enjoyed their snowballs and so did the adults. 

We headed home to rest after our big day .  
I fed CA and hubbie fed the other girls some cantaloupe, g-son had more pizza while daughter got some final grades in the computer and did some insurance work.
#1 son came after g-son and RL and he ate his supper of the left overs from yesterday while he was here.
After everyone left hubbie and I got out and got chores done under a very threatening sky. The storm that passed today left 3/10ths inch in the gauge but they are calling for more heavy rain overnight and if the clouds are any indication they are probably correct.
This is a large "strawberry" moon and this isn't my picture because the clouds are hiding it tonight but it is a beautiful moon.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and prayerfully thankful that CA seems to have turned a corner and is getting better finally with the wonderful healing power of our wonderful Savior.
God Bless and Good Night

Sunday, June 16, 2019


Up to get chores done and get to church on this Father's Day 2019.
Church was good today as the service started out with 2 folks getting Baptized which is always special.
We came home to have lunch of roast beef, coconut rice, corn on the cob and green beans with sour dough bread toast and sweet tea. Daughter's family and Aa's family were our only guest for lunch.
 #2 son came in to see his father a little later and bring him a gift. He and Tif are getting ready to fly to Montana to Glacier National Park this week where they will be getting married next Monday. Hubbie and I were going also but with CA having trouble we really can't feel comfortable about leaving her and daughter so we will miss seeing them get married but I'm sure there will be beautiful photographs.
After everyone left after lunch hubbie and I relaxed for the afternoon. The higher temperatures are back so we turned our air conditioner back on after the repair and thankfully it is working.
We spent a lot of time sitting out in the covered patio this afternoon and "Meow Meow" looks very comfortable and shows what this afternoon feels like to all of us.
#1 son's family went to Dollywood today so that d-in-love could keep her mind of her dad and his passing that is still very raw in her thoughts.
They had fun on a really non-crowded day.

They came by here on their way home and visited for a little while.
There is a beautiful almost full moon tonight .
Happy Father's day to the man who taught me how to work hard and be tough in all that I do. I miss my dad everyday and am very thankful for the foundation he layed for my life.
Happy Father's day to the man that is the wonderful father of my children and the wonderful grandfather to our grands. He has continued the hard work ethic and has layed a great foundation for our children. Happy Father's day to my hubbie.
And Happy Father's day to all dads out there in blogger land, hope each of you had a wonderful loved filled day.
Thankful for the blessing of strong men in my life and thankful especially for my Heavenly Father who is the main foundation I rely on everyday.
God Bless and Good Night

Saturday, June 15, 2019


Up and getting chores done and off to market on time this morning. Hubbie went by daughter's to pick up her breads and met me there.
We got set up and daughter brought both girls by market to let everyone see CA for the first time. She was on her way to meet son-in-love at the grocery store to do some shopping.
Hubbie also left shortly after she did to get home and do some work around the farm.
I had a good sales day today and am very thankful for all I sold.
One of the vendors provided some really good music to shop by today.

I left market and stopped at Aldi to pick up baking supplies and some groceries.
Hubbie helped me unload when I got home then he finished his trimming around the yard.
Today is hubbie's 64th birthday and we are ordering pizza from a new place on the other side of town and everyone is coming here to celebrate with him.
We drove over to the Pi Square pizza place and picked up all the pizzas while everyone was getting here.
After smelling the delicious pizzas all the way home we couldn't wait to dig in with everyone when we got home.
#1 son's family, daughter's family and Aa's family celebrated with us as #2 son and Tif both had to work late and didn't make it.
The kids all had a great time together.
And g-son got to hold his new little cousin for the first time tonight and judging by the look on his face he still loves these babies.

Happy Birthday to a wonderful husband, father and grandfather !!!
Thankful for the blessings of this day and continuing prayers for CA.
God Bless and Good Night

Friday, June 14, 2019


Woke to an early phone call form daughter wanting us to go with her to a couple estate sales that were in our area. She is still looking for some bedside tables for her bedroom.
G-son and RL had arrived at regular time this morning and hubbie took g-son to school for his last 1/2 day of 6th grade.
After chores and breakfast hubbie , RL and I headed over to daughter's to go with her to the sales. IR wanted to ride with us since RL was along today so daughter and CA followed in her van.
The sales were pretty good and we all found things we couldn't live without.
Daughter and CA went home to meet a friend who was bringing her lunch and the rest of us went to pick up g-son and then go get lunch.
Everywhere was so crowded we just got take out and brought it home to eat.
After all the kids ate I started baking while hubbie entertained the girls and g-son had his phone with games so he was happy. All the girls need is the "dance party" show on TV and they are happy.

I baked 12 caramel, 2 chocolate, 3 pound , 1 blackberry wine and a pan of brownies. I was still at it when d-in-love came after g-son and RL to go to the Elk's pool with a friend of theirs. It was a great way to celebrate the end of the school year.

CA had her weekly cardiologist appointment this afternoon and son-in-love got off work and went with daughter .  This doctor doubled CA's Lasix and her milk addition to get more aggressive with the treatments to see if that would get some weight on her.
Son-in-love was coming to pick up IR and I went down to the storage shed to get out a couple things for CA when she is here. As I waited for son-in-love to come by so he could haul the things to the house I noticed these Elderberry bush blooms growing tall enough to be over the roof of the small barn.
These Queen Anne's Lace blooms are so large on this plant and so pretty.
After IR left hubbie and I got chores done and spent the rest of the evening icing cakes and getting things ready for market.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and praying that this medicine change helps CA on the road to recovery.
God Bless and Good Night

Thursday, June 13, 2019


Up this morning to a different Thursday morning as we got chores done and then got ready to head over to the elementary school for EL's kindergarten graduation. She had asked us to attend last week and I decided that was much more important than a day at the market.
We picked up IR on the way and she was very good all during the program. It was held in the gym and was a very nice ceremony honoring all these kindergarteners as they move on to first grade.
EL was perfect in everything she did and looked very proud all during the ceremony and afterwards in her classroom.

In the classroom they had refreshments and of course IR had to have one of the yellow frosted cupcakes along with EL.

We all left school and went to Re's house for lunch and daughter and CA met us there. We all had a nice visit and then I went with daughter home  to get some newborn pictures.
IR had a hard time staying out of the pictures with her sister !!

I stayed at daughter's house all afternoon and took care of IR while she tried to get CA settled on the new milk supplement after she threw up the first feeding.
Thankfully she settled down and with smaller more often feedings seemed to get used to it.
Daughter is pumping breastmilk and mixing this high calorie powder into it and giving CA a bottle.
I left at 3:45 to get home in time to watch BB while Re went to put on her first Norwex party. Norwex is a line of cleaning supplies that are environmentally favorable.
RL came up to play with BB and they had fun swinging on the big swing together.

This old cat loves attention from RL.

After RL left I got chores done while BB and hubbie walked down to see what #1 son was doing to his back deck. They came back when Re came to pick BB up.
EL had went with her mom to help entertain the host's little baby during the party.
I did weekly paperwork tonight since getting this day out of regular schedule caused me to forget to do it last night.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and praying hard for CA tonight that she can get leveled out and start gaining some weight.
God Bless and Good Night