Church was interesting this morning and I thought I would have to leave when the calender announcer and associate pastor put on brightly blinking lighted glasses. Any kind of bright blinking lights trigger my migraine headaches so I told hubbie if the senior pastor was going to preach wearing those I would have to leave.
Thankfully he only put his on right at the end of the service and walked out with them on.
I also felt sorry for a lady in front of us that I know has seizures and I saw her cover her eyes and put her head down as I'm sure she was thinking the same thing as I was.
We came home to a spaghetti lunch with #1 son's family and Aa.
After we ate Hubbie and #1 son went over to look over the property that #2 son is thinking about buying to make sure he would have room for his house and tell him about how much grading cost he was looking at.
It is a very cold day not getting out of the middle 20's for high temps so I went out mid afternoon and carried water to all the animals so they could get another drink of unfrozen water.
The air felt like and the clouds sure looked like snow all day today and this evening the ice pellets started falling.
Rocky didn't mind a little falling ice as he was happily running around and checking out the farm.
Before long #1 son's family pulled up in the yard with food for our supper. They had tried to get to one of their friends houses for a New Year's Eve celebration but the roads were too slick and son almost got hit before he could get back down the road to home.
We had a nice supper of her foods and then had a nice visit before they went home to get the kids to bed.
We had a nice New Year's Eve tea party served by g-daughter RL !!!!
The surprise ice storm caught everyone by surprise tonight and roads came to a complete standstill with accident after accident all around the area. All the red means traffic is at a standstill.
I am very very thankful that all the family made it back home safely as both son's were out on the icy roads tonight.
A look back starting with a January filled with all kinds of weather from a fun 8.5 inch snowfall to floods and summer like temps we had it all. Our country's 45th president, Donald Trump was inaugurated and our church pastor search committee presented out associate pastor, Craig Stepp as their choice for our next senior pastor.
February was a very warm month bringing some spring flowers into early bloom. I worked on all our taxes this month.
March has 2 birthdays as #2 son and daughter get a year older. We had snow at the beginning of the month and ended the month with a flooding rain. Gardening began as cool season crops were planted and chicks began hatching. Hubbie and I made an early trip to the Pickens flea market but were disappointed with the amount of vendors there to sell.
April contained a wonderfully grateful Easter and a fun egg hunt for the kids. I got a new oven and dish washer and we made another Pickens flea market trip during spring break. This month contains d-in-love's birthday and is a month of continued gardening and chick hatching here on the farm. This year it was also filled with a couple baby showers for daughter and son-in-love.
May was a rainy month which contained a wonderful Mother's day and son-in-love's birthday plus a grateful Memorial day. Daughter and I attended the Garden Jubilee downtown and my ordered Cuckoo moran chicks arrived to the delight of g-daughter RL. The biggest news of this month was the court decision that Aa and Re get custody of Re's sisters 2 little girls bring their family to 6 members.
June was an eventful month for the family this year as we added another member with the birth of g-daughter IR on the 20th. We also celebrated 2 more birthdays as hubbie and Tif got a year older and a great Father's day along with the end of the school year. Trips to Carl Sandburgs farm, Strawberry Hill and the spring Heritage day celebration at the Curb Market were some fun events we attended. Garden harvest began and our church hired an associate pastor named William Harden. #2 son and Tif bought a new ski boat this month also.
July continued a wonderfully busy summer starting with a July 4th celebration and fireworks at Aa and Re's house. Daughter and son-in-love celebrated their first anniversary and hubbie and I got to help #2 son and Tif enjoy their new boat with lake trips. Canning season started for me with lots of green beans to can. #2 son put his house on the market for sale this month and the kids enjoyed a week of Vacation Bible school . We ended the month with the beginning of our annual vacation on Oak Island and my birthday on the 31st closed out a good month.
August ranked right up there with June as the best of this year with the Baptism re-birth of g-son. We started the month out still at the beach enjoying the wonderful weather we were blessed with on our trip. I came home to a garden brimming with ripe tomatoes and my canning season kicked into high gear. Before school started we got one more Pickens flea market trip in and another lake trip. Along with the special Baptism this month also contain a historic total eclipse that came through our area.
School began and g-son started his 5th grade year. Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on Texas and brought flooding rain to our area. Daughter put her house on the market for sale.September began with Apple Festival fun and a fun hike to Dupont Forest to a couple of the popular waterfalls. We celebrated g-daughter RL's 2nd birthday and g-daughter IR and I attended all the home volleyball games while daughter kept score for the JV games. My faithful companion Annie the red merle Aussie died from infection in a hip . We made our last trip to the lake with #2 son as we went to lake Hartwell on a very nice hot Fall day. Hurricane Irma brought wind and flooding rain to the area but thankfully we didn't have a lot of damage . G-daughter RL started pre-school at Mud Creek Baptist church everyday of the week from 8:45-12:00 and she loved it. We ended the month with our Fall Heritage day at the Curb Market.
October is always an exciting month around here with #1 son and g-son's birthdays falling on the same day. The first of the month we had Hurricane Nate's winds and later in the month a cold front brought a major flood for us. We also had a few days of record breaking heat mixed in this month. I made apple jelly and apple sauce to finish up my canning season. We ended the month with several Halloween fun days with a trip to the neighbor's hay bale maze mixed in that g-daughter RL really loved.
We attended the high school's carnival, our church carnival and daughter's church's carnival to give the kids a lot of Halloween fun.
We finished off the summer garden with digging the potatoes which had a good year and made a trip on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to the Pickens flea market with all three grands and their moms. Thanksgiving was a wonderful time of family and food. On the last Sunday of the month believe it or not both #2 son's and daughter's houses went under contract on the same day !!!
December seemed to slip by with amazing speed as the year came to an end. We started the month with an extended family gathering at the GE gym to combine Thanksgiving and Christmas parties.
Of course I spent the first week and a half getting all my Christmas decorations up but this year I left a lot of them out just not feeling the spirit. We got a surprise 12 inches of snow to play in the second week of them month. Curb Market was busy all month for me with orders everyday. #2 son had to be out of his house by the 18th so hubbie helped him move into an apartment complex just out the road from us until he can either build or find a house. We attended g-daughter RL's first Christmas program at her pre-school. Christmas Eve was our family gathering and this year's Christmas was really special and so sweet with 7 kiddos in attendance. After the festivities were over it was time to start moving daughter who has to be out of her house on the 19th of January. On a sad note I lost my other companion Aussie this month as Sadie my tri-colored Aussie succumbed to old age problems and died.
And then on this last day of the month we get a cold blast that dropped another unpredicted weather surprise as ice pellets began to fall late in the afternoon covering all roads and everything with a layer of very slick ice.All three grandkids were awake when the new year came in tonight and g-son and g-daughter RL face timed us while watching the ball drop to be the first to wish us a Happy New Year.
And the littlest of the three was looking like she was in a late night trance by the dropping ball !!!
Saying good bye to 2017 is sort of sad for me as it has been such a wonderfully blessed year . With 2 out of 3 of the kids looking to begin the next chapter in their lives with different houses to call home 2018 is already filled with promises and adventures that prayerfully will be blessed with God's love for us all.
My prayer for next year is that everything I do be bathed in prayer and blessed by my Savior Jesus Christ. I don't make resolutions but I did see an idea that I liked about picking a word for the new year and using it as a guide for the months to come. As I go to sleep tonight I will think about what word I could choose that would help me make 2018 a good year.
God Bless , Happy New Year and Good Night.