Friday, January 20, 2017


An early wake up call from daughter who was supposedly only stopping by for a dozen eggs that I had put on the porch for her last night so she wouldn't have to wake me.
She was calling to say"don't shoot me" I'm coming inside to get a glass of milk for her instant breakfast mix.
I went back to sleep until the alarm sounded at 8am. As I looked out the window at the rain still falling and checked my phone radar I layed back down to wait out the rain which was about to exit our area.
After another 30 minute snooze the rain had stopped leaving a little over 1/2 inch in the gauge.
After chores and breakfast I took a nice long walk in the now sunny and warm morning.
The high temperature of the afternoon was 68 today,whew !!! 
I spent the day inside cleaning and re-arranging in my office. This room always catches all the things that don't have regular places during the year and each January I clean and see what treasures I can unearth in here.  And like any of my other re-arranging jobs this one created the need for other re-arranging projects to find places for the things I take out of the office. I sold Avon for years and still have on online account but don't distribute books or take personal orders anymore regularly so I needed to get all the things I used for that out of a cabinet in there and thrown away. I also had some extra Avon products that I need to use now so that created the  need to create some space in my bathroom cabinets for these supplies.
After lifting heavy boxes and stooping and bending for over 2 hours my back was screaming so when hubbie came in from work he found me stretched out on the heating pad on the couch.
After a short rest on the heating pad and a little relief from the intense pain I did chores. The sunset this evening is pretty as the clouds move in ahead of the next storm system that arrives about noon tomorrow bringing a lot more rain to our area.

Today was a special day in the history of our country as the 45th president was inaugurated . Donald Trump is the first president with absolutely no political background . Whether this helps our country or not is yet to be seen. One thing is for sure I think politics are not going to be "as usual" under this president.
Out going president Obama and wife Michelle flank the new president Donald Trump and wife Melania.
He goes straight to work under the watchful eye of vice president Mike Pence on the left.
To all the "nay sayers" out there about this president I say lets give him a chance !!
Just remember the inauguration of President Lincoln was marred with protest and some of the same things that happened today and look how that turned out !!!
Tonight was a different schedule for me as I waited until this evening to bake cakes as well as ice them. These winter months are so hard to predict what market days will bring I waited all day to see if any orders came in for tomorrow. I got one order earlier this morning and then about mid afternoon I happened to scan my e-mail and saw another caramel cake order there.
I baked 3 caramel, 1 chocolate , 1 pound cake and a pan of lemon bars then iced the layer cakes and was still finished and had everything packed up by 10:30 tonight.
Thankful that my faith is secure in my Lord Jesus Christ and no matter who is president He is still my King and I will always love Him.
God Bless and Good Night.

Thursday, January 19, 2017


The streets of Hendersonville were empty at 7am this morning and also pretty much the same at 10am when I got to market. I stopped by the PO first to mail a handful of bills so they would get today's post mark !!!!
Some fellow vendors bought brownies in the first hour I was there for a grand total of $6 , I also sold  three dozen eggs for $8 and that is what I made today before I decided to pack it in just after noon and get my errands done.
Can't blame the customer lack on the weather as it is a sunny day with temps in the 50's after starting out a bit cooler than lately with temps in the upper 30's. This storm named Kori seems to be dipping more southerly than any of the ones before it so we'll see what this might mean for our weather ??
I did the banking and shopped at Ingles and Aldi for groceries and baking supplies. I made it home around 3:00 for an early  afternoon.  I was surprised and dismayed at the same time when Sadie the Aussie came running down to meet me in the driveway !!  She is feeling much better and starting to eat better but still is not strong enough to get out of the way of approaching cars in the drive. I was hoping she had learned her lesson but unfortunately she has not. Hopefully everyone will watch out for her until she gets her full strength back.
I bought her some new different dog food today and she seemed to really like it this evening.
Sis-in-law Sandy came over and brought the kennel and heating pad back that she borrowed for an older dog she has. We had a nice visit while she was here.
Hubbie and I both rested this evening. Even with the temperature still at 50 degrees it is so damp from the approaching storms that hubbie built a fire downstairs in that woodstove to knock the chill off this evening.
Back in January 1987 we had a snow storm on New Years Day to the delight of our three little snow bunnies !!  #1 son was 5 years old, #2 son was 3 years old and daughter was 22 months old.

Even Aunt Lauri got in on a snowball fight !!!
Our camper.......
Back of the house.....
My dad's old barn in the background of this picture was what we used for several years when we first got into cattle farming.
Great memories !!!!
Thankful for the grace of God to have led me through the life I have had and allowed me the memories I have. I strive each day in all that I do to glorify His name.
God Bless and Good Night

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Wednesday mornings are always nice as I am alone and unhurried (at least most days) . After chores were done and breakfast dishes put away I headed out in the beautiful sunny morning for a nice walk.
I picked up my pace this morning and would like to get back to jogging some but have to be careful with my knees. Having no knee pain recently has really been nice and I definitely don't want to start it back up.
My Jonquils are starting to bud out in all this warm weather.

I cleaned house today and was able to mop myself out the door and rest in a rocking chair on the front porch with my three outside fur babies !!
Not a usual thing on a mid January day but I'm surely not complaining.
When hubbie came home from work we watched the early news and then did chores. The high temperature was 59 earlier today and it has been dropping this evening already and with the wind that is stirring around there won't be any more porch sitting today.
On the news tonight the determination has been made that 2016 was the warmest year worldwide on record by 1.7 degrees.  This breaks the old record set in 2015.
In January 1977 this is  a picture of my parents house with my brown Subaru parked in front. They raised Cocker Spaniel puppies back then and a couple of the dogs are also in the pic.
My nephew Aaron and his wife now live in this house.
I spent time in my office this evening getting weekly paperwork done and paying bills.  I cannot believe this is already passed mid January in this new year.
Thankful for the blessings God sent my way today.
God Bless and Good Night

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Whew !! 7 am came really early today as g-daughter arrived. We layed back down in bed to wait for a little more light outside so I could get the chores done before we left for play school.
Neither of us went back to sleep and at 7;30 it was light enough to begin our day.
While she ate her waffles and watched cartoons I went outside to get the chores done.
We got to play school about 8:45. She was a little better about me leaving her today and started playing with some stacking blocks they had so I quickly sneaked out the door.
The laundry wasn't crowded at all and I got the big machines to get all my rugs and bedspreads in them. After washing and drying all except the rubber backed rugs I was finished about 10:00 and headed home. I decided to hang the wet rugs out on the clothes line as the wind is blowing and even though it is cloudy it is almost 60 degrees and there is no rain predicted until tonight.
This is the final good bye to my favorite holiday season when all these are dried and put away !!!  Also it is strange for me to have anything hanging on the clothesline in January !!

 I finished hanging out the wet rugs and putting away all the dry things and then had time for my devotions and a hot cup of tea before heading back into town to pick g-daughter up.
She was tired from playing hard all morning and slept all the way home.
We had lunch when she woke up then played . She loves dancing with the Sesame Street characters !!
At 2:00 she went down for about 1 1/2 hour nap again today. She slept restlessly as if something was bothering her.
When she woke up it was back to playtime. She is getting very inventive and figuring out how to climb everywhere.
 Big girl status in the recliner !!!
 This little red stool is about to disappear as soon as she leaves today  !!!!!

"Who me ??? What do you mean I'm not suppose to be sitting in the window ??? "
She is getting to be quite a little character !!!
After d-in-love picked her up and hubbie came home we did chores. It feels like it could start raining any minute outside with the humidity in the air.
A new storm was named today, Kori, this one is predicted to follow the same path as Jupiter and add more snow and ice to the hard hit areas.
Some weather folks in our area are predicting a pattern change for us by the first of next week .
We have had a lazy evening as hubbie is still recovering from his clod and now I have a sore throat tonight, grrrrr !!!
Thankful to God for all the undeserved blessing He sends my way each and every day.
God Bless and Good Night.

Monday, January 16, 2017


No holiday for us today as g-daughter and g-son arrived about 7:45 this morning as mom has a class this morning and is working this afternoon on this Martin Luther King Day.
After chores and breakfast for everyone we decided to make a trip to Southern States to buy chicken feed and then stopped by Belks to check out their sale. Lordy Lordy before very long this boy is going to be taller than me !!!!

 Neither hubbie nor I found anything for ourselves but g-son found a couple things at a good deal and I got daughter's baby girl a couple things on sale.
We made it home to have lunch of yesterday's left overs.
I got weekly laundry started and hubbie played with the kids until g-daughter pooped out and went to bed for a nap.
While she took her almost 2 hour nap hubbie took g-son outside to adjust his new bike and he played with this stretchy monkey he bought at Belks today.
D-in-love picked them up about 4:30 and hubbie and I started our chores. We took care of Aa's cattle today as he is coming home later tonight  and it probably will be raining.
#1 son came out and helped hubbie unroll the hay rolls.
This has been a cloudy damp day with highs in the upper 50's and they say rain is moving in tonight.
I finished the last load of laundry tonight after we got inside and then I went to work in my office on December monthly figures and the 2016 yearly figures.  My totals continue to slide downward but I am still thankful for what I do make. The loss of the large summer camp order last summer really showed up in the yearly totals. Hopefully next summer I can work on finding a replacement customer.
At least I am ready now to pay the last quarterly taxes of the year.
I loaded all my rugs and big bedspreads in the Honda tonight to take to the laundry tomorrow even in the rainy weather. I will build a fire in the downstairs woodstove to dry the rubber backed rugs.
Thankful for a blessed day and grateful for the grace of a wonderful loving Lord.
God Bless and Good Night

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Getting to lounge in bed longer than any other morning on Sundays starts my Sundays out Heavenly from the beginning !!
A big announcement at church this morning from our pastor search committee as they presented our associate pastor Craig Stepp for a vote to be our next pastor. Me and my family are over joyed with this decision and I just hope that 75% of our church members feel the same way and will vote him in on January 29.
For lunch we had roast beef , mashed potatoes, green beans and creamed corn with biscuits and some of our fresh garden kale greens.
#1 son's family were our only guest today.
After everyone left we had a good laugh when I went outside to let Flash out of his dog lot and found hubbie had shut up Roho the rooster with him before we left for church this morning. They were happily co-habituating !!!  This rooster really does think he is a dog !!!

Hubbie who is still trying to get over a nasty head cold and I spent the afternoon resting.
A misty rain was falling by the time we went out for chore time this afternoon. The high today was  65 degrees  and cloudy most of the day.
  Sadie the dog that was in the accident a couple weeks ago has suddenly stopped eating today so we are wondering what is going on with her.
BB celebrated his 2nd birthday today up in Ohio with Re's family. Re is so creative when it comes to birthday cakes and this suits BB perfectly !!

I moved a younger rooster that I thought was a pullet for a long time out into the garden this evening hopefully he will stay in there and I can put him a lady friend to keep him company.
In my decade search last week I ran across some news articles from January 1947. I remember hearing talk about the "Black Dahlia" when I was a young girl and this is her picture in  a news article from January 1947.Elizabeth Short aka Black Dahlia was killed on January 15, 1947 , in this article the police had brought in a suspect but he was turned loose and this murder was never solved .

In this article about the Political firestorm that surrounded the Georgia governor's inauguration in January 1947 just goes to show that politics have always had an ugly side !!

And this is the birth announcement of one of my first cousins. Pat who was the second daughter of my mom's sister, Carol was born on January 11,1947.
I know these news articles mean nothing now but by preserving them in this blog I'm sure they will get even more interesting as time moves on.
This has been a really quiet evening and hubbie and I both have just rejuvenated for the week ahead.
Thankful for the decision for our church today and I pray that God will bless this young man as he prepares to serve and I pray that God touch the heart of everyone in the congregation that they be accepting and supportive as Craig embarks on God's mission for our church.
I am thankful for the daily blessing in my life and I find myself not feeling like I am appreciative enough of all the good things He does in life.
God Bless and Good Night.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


While I was out doing the chores this morning I heard a sound that sounded like a pouring rain was coming through the trees making me pick up my pace in hopes of getting back inside before I got soaked. Just as I started back to the house the reason for the sound appeared in the eastern sky.

A huge flock of squawking Starlings blackened the tree tops as they stopped for a quick rest.
These birds are a nuisance but I am always amazed at the number of their huge flocks and the way they all seem to know exactly what the others are going to do and the way the entire flock swoops and dives in total unison.
Hubbie and I made it to market on time today but by the time we got here the clouds had darkened the sky and I knew this would hurt customer flow today.
Business was slow but I did do better than Thursday with $11 in eggs and $86  in baked goods sales for the day. I'll take these day !!!
 I left market and stopped by the estate sale place as she had sent out an ad saying 50% off sale today.
Daughter had stopped by earlier in the day and bought a couple old jars. I found some deals as I found 2 large table cloths for my market tables for $5 each and a bundle of jewellery for $4.

A nice surprise tucked in the middle of all the beaded necklaces and bracelets I found this really pretty set of Rosary Beads.
This green tinted large jar will have a place beside my Kurig and hold pods !!
I left there and stopped by the Co-op for some fresh leaf lettuce and some of their beet salad that I love. The Co-op is across the road from the athletic facility where g-son was playing his first basketball game of this season today. #1 son signed up to coach this year  and this was his first coaching experience also. They lost the game 15-10 but looked much better playing than they did last year.

The family......
We left there and came home. Hubbie and I unloaded and put things away just in time to get chores done.
We had a nice relaxing evening and watched TV on this warm damp evening. It is 46 degrees at 11:00 tonight after a high of 55 this afternoon. We didn't get any rain yet just dreariness.
Thankful for the love of God and all the blessings of this day .
God Bless and Good Night