Saturday, February 25, 2017


Thankfully I got a very good nights sleep with Dolly seeming to be on the recovery path and sleeping through the night.
I got things done and we were headed out to market on time today. It feels like a summer morning today and these dark storm clouds were looming over town when we arrived.
Fortunately or unfortunately depending on how dry things are right now around your place it did not rain from these clouds but they blew away and were replaced with a few light clouds before noon.
These clouds look like a hairdo that is brushed and parted !!!

Market was pretty good today and I am thankful for all I sold.
Hubbie went home by way of Sam's Club to pick up some groceries and then went to help #1 son on his construction project in the upstairs of his house.
Daughter sent these pics of her and g-son's bike ride this morning. They couldn't have picked a better day to ride.

They rode the Swamp Rabbit trail in South Carolina around Furman University. Here g-son stands beside the "ghost" bike that  ID's the trail.
They had a fun day of bike riding and when they got home to daughter's house he got to ride his skate board on their paved drive way.

After I left market I stopped by a produce stand and got some nice Cranberry beans along with a couple other things.
These were some of the largest nicest beans I have seen in a while.
I cooked these in my pressure pot perfectly in 6 minutes. Our supper tonight was these beans and some Collard greens from our garden, yum !!!
Hubbie and I finished the chores in a much cooler evening with the winds getting higher by the hour.
Tonight we are predicted to have the coldest night at 26 than we have had in a long time.
I am tired tonight and looking for another nice quiet night .
Dolly seems much better tonight and we think an unnoticed different can of dog food probably caused her problems so she should be okay after getting it all through her system.
I am thankful tonight for the blessings of this day and I pray for all God's children as we all strive to be better people.
God Bless and Good Night

Friday, February 24, 2017


Up and out this morning to get this Friday started !!!
After chores, and breakfast I took a walk in the very nice already 50+ degree sunny morning. I noticed all the color already around at the end of February this year. There have been years in the past that we have had some of these early blooms but I can't remember anytime recently that all of these blooms and growth were this early.
Of course there is still some Daffodil blossoms that aren't spent yet.

The Forsythia is starting to really fill with bright yellow blossoms.
Speaking of yellow , there is many Dandelions poking their sweet little heads out of the warming ground.
Along with these bright yellow Shamrock dainty blooms.
The color purple gets a good start with this Periwinkle along the driveway banks.
And all three of our Plum trees are bursting with blooms.

Down in the edge of the pasture this tree is a beautiful bright spot full of blooms.

The Iris are more than 6 inches tall now and the roses are starting to leaf out.

 After my walk I took a break with a cup of hot green tea and had devotions before starting the baking for the day.
I baked 2 chocolate layer cakes, 4 pound cakes and 2 pans of brownies.
With this finished for the day I tackled out taxes for one last time and got them finished , YES !!!
With 4 whole days left in the "tax" month of February all my taxes are filed and we are awaiting our refunds !!!!  Another big YES !!!
When hubbie came home I was sitting on the front porch enjoying my extra 15 minutes before chore time . The warm sunshine feels very good today.
We did chores and then hubbie put a couple steaks on the grill for our supper tonight. While they cooked #1 son's family came by to pick up g-son's new bike. He is spending the night with Josh and daughter tonight so they all can get up really early and go riding tomorrow morning.
After we ate we gave Dolly some medicine for her upset tummy as she has had really soft stool for a couple days now and has had to go outside about every hour today. Bless her little heart she isn't acting sick and is eating and drinking so we have no idea what is going on. I gave her some medicine to hopefully combat an infection if she has one.
Daughter , Josh and g-son were having so much fun tonight playing this game !!!

It's always good for g-son to get away and be the only child every now and then !!!
I saw this on the news today and am proud of our county but I also wonder how long it will be before protestors will demand these words come down even though these words are on all the money they have been spending on the paper and ink to create their protest signs !!!
By the way this is the old historic courthouse !!
God is the Anchor that we need not just in our county but in the country and the entire world right now more than ever !!
God Bless and Good Night.

Thursday, February 23, 2017


A  6:30 wake up call from Dolly (the 4-legged kid) who needed an early potty time today got my day off to an early start. After taking her outside and standing in the cool morning, thankfully it wasn't really cold but 50 degrees already, but I still got wide awake before I headed back to bed so there was no going back to sleep for me as I just dozed and waited for daylight.
It is a foggy morning and Cayenne looks ghostly against the foggy background.

After chores I got ready to head out to market for a little while. I have one order today so when that gets picked up if it is as slow as I think it will be I am running errands early and coming home to get hubbie and my taxes at least started.
I kept wondering why I was so late getting them done this year but then I thought I always use Thursdays to do them and this year I have been going to market on Thursdays .
When they announced the market would be open on Thursdays it was my plan to only go on the nice warm sunny days but haha so far all Thursdays along with most other days in January and February have been sunny and warm.
So far today as I sit here and type this beginning of my blog post for today the aisles have been totally empty today. I hope the order gets picked up early  but if it doesn't I can take it to the bank with me and deliver it as Jan ,who orders this caramel covered chocolate cake each year for her dad's birthday at this time works there.
I got a nice surprise when a friend who routinely comes to market about everyday we are open came carrying this up to my table saying her rescued it from the trash from a church down the street from market. I love these old wooden things and this is a wonderful old wooden rocking horse statue.
One of it's front feet is broken so maybe that is why they were throwing it away. I think hubbie can match the nice wood and glue a hoof back on. It is very heavy and I couldn't believe Joe carried this all the way down here just for me.  Thanks Joe Hill, you are an angel !
Jan picked her order up just before noon and I sold another caramel cake at the same time to another of the few customers that came through today.
I ate my lunch and then packed up and left market about 12:30, ran my errands and made it home at 2:00.  After I unloaded and had a snack I started our taxes. Whew , I was running everywhere looking for figures to plug in.
When hubbie came in from work I signed out and will work on them again hopefully tomorrow.
I get aggravated after searching for all the figures that have to be filled in and then in he end they don't make any difference anyway but have to be shown on the tax forms,grrrrrr !!!
Hubbie and I did chores and had supper then he watched races on TV while I caught up some paperwork and worked on the computer. I don't like to work on taxes with any distracting noise so I'll wait until there is no TV noise tomorrow.
Talked to daughter tonight and her basketball season is now officially over as her team lost in the second round of the state play-offs tonight to Kings Mountain.
I know she is really tired with all the everyday practices as she gets further into her pregnancy and will be glad to have free afternoons.
I saw this tonight and it reminded me of what a friend and I were talking about the other day about how in the world we survived our childhoods with all the scary things that are now banished.
I can't help but look back and think how much fun kids today are missing out  !!!!
Thankful for all the blessings of this day and for the gracious love of my Lord and Savior everyday.
God Bless and Good Night

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Ahhhhh !!!!  Listening to a gentle rain early this morning and getting to laze a bit longer in bed was soooo nice !
After chores in a light misty rain now I had breakfast and devotions then looking out at the still misting rain I did an inside walking tape today.  I like to do these periodically anyway because they cause me to use muscles I don't use when I just walk outside.
I was sweating by the end of this one, whew but I felt good .
I started housework and only stopped for a light lunch of salad then went back to work. I wanted to get the housecleaning done and get on to taxes today.
I got all the other info from the kids I needed this morning and finished and sent their taxes in just before hubbie got in from work. So now only our taxes are left to get done in these last 6 days of tax month !
After chores I watched this beautiful sunset as the colors peeked through the clouds.
After a bowl of tomato soup for supper I tackled the weekly paperwork and bill paying. I ended the evening watching basketball games. The first one between Duke / Syracuse which Syracuse won on a last second shot and then the UNC /Louisville game which UNC won handily but it was a very good ballgame.
Today's weather was cloudy and the early morning rain left 3/10ths inch in the gauge this evening. The temp reached the upper 50's and I kept a small fire going all day downstairs to combat the dampness.
The "Q" storm was named today as Quid comes into the western states bring lots of  snow.

Thankful for the undeserved blessings of each day and striving to glorify His name in all that I do.
God Bless and Good Night.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


G-daughter arrived at 7am and we layed back down until about 7:30 .
She had breakfast while I let the dogs and cat out of their overnight kennels. We headed out to First Baptist Church for her morning at play school.
There was several kids crying in her classroom this morning and I left her looking around at them as if to say "what is wrong with you all" ??
I worried that she might join the choir of crying but she picked up some blocks and started stacking them and I left.
Back home I did chores and then had my breakfast.
After breakfast I took a walk in the cloudy cooler morning.  I watched these crows attack this large hawk overhead as I walked.

I didn't get a clear enough picture to identify the hawk but he was a large one compared to the big crows that were attacking him.
Back inside I started work on #2 son's taxes before it was time to pick up g-daughter.
I am tired of fighting the congested parking lot at the play school pickup so I parked in the playground parking lot on the next block and took out my stroller and walked to get g-daughter from her class.
She was excited to see me as always and the teachers said she hadn't cried with the rest of the kids one of which was still there and still crying.
G-daughter didn't mind the ride up the street back to the Honda but I'm sure would rather have walked !!!
In the car she was asleep as soon as we started moving. She didn't sleep long when we got home . I think she was hungry because she ate a big lunch.
She is so funny with this old doll and stands and holds her hand as if she expects the doll to say something.

We played until about 2:30 and she got sleepy so I layed down with her in the bed in the playroom and within 20 minutes she was sound asleep. I got up and worked quietly on son's taxes for over an hour and a half before she woke up.
Boy was she a bear when she got up. Whiny and crying as if she was miserable and I couldn't do anything that would make her feel better.
D-in-love was working over this afternoon and when she arrived at 5:00 g-daughter was still in this mood. We couldn't figure out what the problem was , we are just hoping she isn't getting sick.
Hubbie came home feeling really crappy also so tonight I am hitting the Air Borne and hoping that we aren't all going to get sick with something.
I did chores and watched the news then finished #2 son's taxes. I am waiting for more info from Josh to finish their taxes.
Talked to daughter tonight and her varsity girls basketball team who was seeded at #27th won their first playoff game tonight against #7th seeded Sun Valley high school for a significant feather in their caps of the large upset  !!!
The girls were a happy group after the game !
I stayed up tonight and watched the season ending show of the treasure hunters on Oak Island, an island off the Northeastern coast where there is supposed to be 17th century treasure buried.
Of course they found enough to intrigue interest for another season of the treasure hunting show haha!
Hubbie went to bed earlier still not feeling well but he didn't sleep good last night so hopefully a good night's sleep will make him feel better.
Thankful to God for the blessings of this day.
God Bless and Good Night.

Monday, February 20, 2017


Monday mornings always get off to an early start for the week as g-daughter arrives at 7am. Thankfully I get to doze back off while hubbie fixes g-daughter her breakfast and wait for it to get more daylight before going outside to get the chores done.
After I had my breakfast I got the weekly laundry started while hubbie played with g-daughter.
We took turns all morning getting our work done and taking turns playing with g-daughter.
After lunch I turned the dryer off on my last load of laundry and we all went to the park to walk on the trail we usually ride bikes on. It isn't as nice as predicted today but the 68 degree cloudy day feels too nice to spend inside !!
G-daughter has fought a nap all day so we figured this would make her tired enough to take a good nap.
She insisted on walking with us for a long way which was good for her.
 Hah !  She thinks she is alot bigger than she is !!!!!

We saw our first snake today and g-daughter ran to pick it up !!!!   Thankfully it had been ran over and was dead.
She enjoys everything so much and stops to investigate everything along the way. If you lost your glasses on the trail g-daughter found them for you under this bench, but we convinced her to leave them alone so you could go back and get them !!!
She was always playing catch-up from her sometimes really close-up investigations !!!!!
The trail was almost empty of other folks today which made it really nice to let her enjoy herself.
Finally she wanted to ride in the stroller and hubbie and I got a good workout. We walked over a mile down the trail and then when g-daughter started to get fussy again we headed back. We let her try walking again but when a couple with their dog met us going the other way g-daughter pitched a fit to go with the dog !!!!  Now she's tired and mad !!!!!
It was a beautiful day for a walk not too hot with the cloud cover and lots of winter scenery .

We passed by the county mulch yard and g-daughter liked to watch the big machines work.
We got in the Honda and she was asleep before we got out of the parking lot. She slept for about an hour until her mom and brother came to pick her up.
A beautiful sunset ended this really nice day.

I did chores and had supper then after watching the news on TV I finished daughter's taxes.
This has been a good day and tonight I feel ready for bed with my tired legs.
Thankful for the blessings from God today and for opportunities to glorify His name.
God Bless and Good Night.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Ahhhh, love Sunday mornings with a little extra snooze !!!
After chores and breakfast we got ready for church. Today was the "installation" service for our new pastor .
This is Pastor Craig Stepp and his family as they are introduced to the congregation.
The service was very special and I am sure Craig will do a great job of shepherding the congregation of Fruitland Baptist Church. There was a covered dish lunch to say thank you to Pastor David Horton for filling in as our interim pastor over the last several months and to welcome Pastor Craig but our family didn't stay. I took a caramel cake for the dessert table for my contribution to the lunch.
Looks like there was plenty food as there always is and a big cake for the occasion.

We came home to enjoy our BBQ lunch with #1 son's family , Aa and daughter. We had our next to last bag of the wedding left over BBQ from last July and it was delicious. I vacuumed packed it in my preserving machine and it is still as good as it was that July day.
We had baked french fries , baked beans and coleslaw to go with it.
We all ate our fill and everyone took some left overs home with them. We had a nice visit on this beautiful day. G-daughter and her aunt T have Valentine suckers !!
After everyone left hubbie and I rested for the afternoon as the wind outside is making even the low 60's temp feel uncomfortable.
We came out of our resting places to get chores done and give Bernie and Dolly, the 4-legged kids their weekly baths then it was back to the Sunday resting routine.
Thankful to God for the blessings of this day and asking for His blessings on our new young Pastor as he prepares to take on the great responsibility of senior pastor's duties.
God Bless and Good Night.