Monday, October 16, 2017


My yucky head cold is still hanging on this morning as I sneezed and coughed myself awake before either g-daughter got here.
G-son was staying home from school today as expected with his coughing and sneezing.
It is really nice to have your big brother to play with before you leave for pre-school.
RL was excited to go to school and when we pulled into the parking lot of Mud Creek Baptist Church she said "school day, yay" .
I came home and ate breakfast and fed g-daughter IR then got g-son set up with his toys where he wouldn't wake IR from her morning nap.
I got laundry started and hubbie called in the refills on Bernie's meds so hopefully we can pick then up on the way home from picking up g-daughter RL.
I am feeling pretty run down today and feel like I am moving twice as slow as usual.
We all left to go pick up g-daughter RL and stopped back by to pick up Bernie's meds then came home to have lunch.
Both g-daughters were sleeping so g-son, hubbie and I had lunch.
I did more laundry and fixed IR her afternoon bottle while RL still slept.
G-son went outside to ride his wagon down the steep driveway.
RL woke up just as IR was going back down for another nap. IR had a big weekend and she acts pretty tired today plus she has a little runny nose along with the rest of us.
When daughter came in from work and woke IR up g-son wanted to have his birthday cake with his sister and his cousin. He successfully blew out all 11 candles with one puff so he should get his wish.

How did 11 years pass so quickly ?????  We are so proud of the young man g-son is turning into and wish him all the best in the years to come.
Also this young man who turned 36 years old today and we are also very proud of the hard working dad and husband he has become.
This is #1 son at 11 years old.
A very happy birthday to both our boys today as they get a year older and more handsome each day.
Today has been a taste of Fall with sunshine but temps stretching to reach 60 degrees today. It was 59 when I got home from picking up g-daughter RL at noon today.
After chores I crashed on the couch and then went to bed very early hopefully I will feel better tomorrow.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and for these 2 birthday boys today.
God Bless and Good Night

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Uhhhhhh !!!  Thankful for the dose of  Nyquil I took last night that got me a good nights sleep. I still woke this morning with a hoarse voice and runny nose.
I got chores done and had breakfast then got the chicken and noodles in the crock pot for lunch.
Hubbie shucked the last corn on the cob probably of the season for us to have also.
We got ready and headed to church. The sermon continued in Mathew 7 verses 21-23 today and what your qualifications will be to present before God to get into Heaven.
We came home and had lunch with #1 son's family and Aa.
After everyone left I layed down for the afternoon to try and get a leg up on this cold.
Daughter came by and picked up her dogs which have spent the weekend here while she and son-in-love went to Mocksville, NC to visit one of son-in-love's brothers Brad and his family.
They left Friday evening and got home late morning today.
Hubbie and I got the chores done early and picked up g-son who is turning 11 years old tomorrow and met #2 son, Tif, daughter and son-lin-love at Cracker Barrel for a birthday dinner . G-son has such a load of homework it is hard for him to go out through the week.
G-son and I played a game of checkers while we waited.

We had an extended wait tonight to be seated but there was a lot of folks there but after we were seated there were open tables everywhere. I thing a lot of folks got aggravated with the wait time and left.
G-son enjoyed his pancakes and bacon and cleaned his plate quickly. We all enjoyed our food and then g-son did some shopping with the money he got for his birthday.
As we left we all posed for our annual birthday pic.
 We all had a good time even with my cold and g-son is coming down with it now also as he was coughing and continually catching his runny nose tonight.
We said good bye to everyone and headed home with g-son who was a very happy boy with several birthday purchases and a full belly.
When we dropped him off we went in so he could open his presents from his mom and dad.

He was a really happy birthday boy now with a new skateboard and some other things.
And was a sweet brother and let little sister help open the packages and share in his joy.
Hubbie and I came home and relaxed until we both took more Nyquil and got into bed early.
Thankful for the safe travel for daughter and son-in-love this weekend and thankful for the joy of grandchildren and all the laughter they bring. I have a loving , gracious Lord and I praise His wonderful name each day.
God Bless and Good Night

Saturday, October 14, 2017


Feels like we are gradually getting our cool Fall morning air in here as I head out to get chores done this morning. By the looks of the 7-day forecast we are going to go from releasing school early when the air conditioning breaks down because of the heat and humidity to having to turn the heaters on all in less than a weeks time.

Market was really busy today early and I was afraid I was actually going to sell out before noon but I didn't but I did have a very good day.
Hubbie left early to go to g-son's soccer game at Jackson Park. He said they lost the game 3-2 but g-son played really well.
Mid October is always very busy even though the leaves around here aren't changing color yet.
With the unseasonal warm weather we have had this year there are a lot of flowers still blooming.

The fans went off in market and I was dressed too warmly for the day and with a runny nose the heat just made me feel worse. I was definitely glad to see 2:00 roll around.
Another summer like day with very high temps.

After market I made stops at Sav Mor and Ingles. Aldi has gotten so crowded on Saturdays I will go back there one morning this week if I need baking supplies from there .
I made it home at 3:15, hubbie helped me unload and then we both crashed to rest for awhile.
We both got up at 5:00 and I put a couple sweet potatoes in the oven and hubbie put some chicken breast on the grill and some corn on the stove for supper. We thought #1 son and the kids would be up for supper since d-in-love is photographing a wedding this evening so we cooked some extra and sure enough they arrived just after we started cooking.
G-son loves to ride this wagon down the driveway. I can't believe he still gets those long legs curled up in it.
 I got g-daughter RL this little tractor that g-son used to call "his green one" and she took right off on it with the biggest smile on her face !!!

She helped me feed the chickens and gather the eggs before we all came inside to have supper.
We checked on the new chicks and managed to get a pic of some of them tonight.
 After we ate RL found a sheet a stickers !!

They stayed here until d-in-love came home from the wedding. She made some really good pictures .
One of g-son's teachers, Mr. Rhodes married a cousin of sis-in-law Sandys and a friend of my kids, Amy Beth. They made a really sweet couple.
By the time they were ready to leave the kids were both pooped and watching music on the I-pad.
After they left hubbie and I relaxed for the evening.
Thankful for all the blessings of this day and for the love of a glorious , loving Savior.
God Bless and Good Night

Friday, October 13, 2017


Another week almost gone and it doesn't even seem like we've had any Fall yet . Both g-daughters arrived on time this morning to get the day going. Hubbie has a really bad cold and cough so he is trying to keep his distance this morning and the girls are having a hard time understanding why Pawpaw isn't holding them today??
I went out to do the morning chores and these Morning Glories in the garden were just glorious today.

I took RL to preschool and came back to a happy little IR watching her morning cartoons.

I baked cakes all morning, 12 caramel, 2 chocolate, 2 pound and 1 blackberry wine plus 2 pans of brownies.
For a late lunch hubbie gathered some late season vegetables for our lunch.
Add some frozen chicken breast and put on the grill and we had a wonderful fresh tasting lunch.
After we ate hubbie went outside for some fresh air and g-daughter IR and I relaxed . She loves rolling around now and also loves watching animals on TV. This was the animals at the North Carolina State Fair.
Her mom picked her up and then hubbie and I relaxed and watched the news on TV.
I went out to do the chores and tried to check out the newly hatched chicks but mama had moved then in a back corner but she had left an empty nest. I think I put 7 eggs under her and she has a 100% hatch.
I took a short walk before coming inside to try and stretch out a knotted muscle in my hip. I could feel it after bath last night and it was a really large lump but after resting all  night and rubbing it with pain gel several times today it is shrinking and not so painful.
I came inside and started icing cakes and getting things ready for market.
My nose is starting to run tonight so I'm afraid hubbie has shared his cold and sore throat with me, yuck !
I got everything ready for market and got into bad at 11:30 .
Thankful for the blessings of this day and for all the answered prayers of this day.
God Bless and Good Night

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Up early to greet both g-daughters on this market day Thursday. I got chores done while hubbie and RL had breakfast.
We all got ready and headed out, I dropped RL off at her pre-school and took IR to market to meet up with hubbie.
We got set up and then gave IR her first bottle. She was in a good mood today. Sales were slow early.
Connie, son-in-love's mom picked up IR about 10:45 to spend the afternoon with her at daughter's house.
Hubbie left to get his errands done and I had a pretty good day of sales thankfully as the day wore on.
I left market and ran my regular errands and stopped at Aldi and Walmart on my way home.
I made it home about 4:00 and hubbie helped me unload and get things put away.
We relaxed for a little while as hubbie just finished mowing the lawn and is really fighting his head cold which was made worse by all the dust kicked up by the mower.
We watched the news and g-son's interview was on this evening and I was so proud of him as he sounded so confident and grown up.

After the news hubbie went up to clean up some of the limbs and brush the trimming crews left yesterday and I did chores.
I have some Fall hatching chicks !!!  When I moved the older hens out into the garden tractor I was thinking about selling them but haven't decided for sure yet. But anyway since I don't have any chicks out of these hens this year and they are the last of the Dominique breed I have so I decided to let the 2 little setting Silkies try and hatch some chicks.
This first Silkie has several chicks already hatched today.
Hopefully it won't get cold too fast so these little ones can get older and feather out.
We came inside and watched the local high school play a football game on TV. The local TV station WLOS has a Thursday night lights game each week and this week it was North Henderson hosting West Henderson. Unfortunately the home team lost the game 15-0 but it was a very good game.
G-daughter RL loves to stand in her yard and watch the cattle graze.
Thankful for the blessings of this day as I strive to glorify His name in all that I do.
God Bless and Good Night.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


The sun looks like it will win the battle this morning as it rises while I did chores.

Both g-daughters arrived early and after breakfast I took RL to preschool. The fog in spots on the way was really dense.

After dropping her off in her classroom I went upstairs to view her school pics she had made Monday.
They only got 2 poses from her before she was "done " with the photographer but they were both good.
D-in-love had sent a blank check and she told me what to order after I sent her a picture of them.
Back home I fixed IR a bottle then had a late breakfast myself.
I got all the baking supplies gathered and started baking. I baked 6 caramel, 4 chocolate, 4 pound cakes, and 1 blackberry wine cake before having a late lunch.
After her second bottle which she insisted on holding herself IR took a good nap.
While she napped the Asphund tree trimming crew came to get the limb off our electric line and did a really good job of trimming the other branches away from the lines so the same thing won't happen again.
The limb hanging on the lines after hurricane Irma's winds.
Today after the trimming crew finished.

After hubbie got back inside from this he took care of IR while I finished sewing up all the little pillows I had cut out. I made 16 pillows to restock my market supply.
I also got the 10 for the order boxed and labeled and ready to ship to Charleston,SC tomorrow.
Daughter came after IR and had to wait for her to wake up to feed her and take her home.
G-son called and said he had been interviewed by the local TV station at his outdoor education class today and to make sure we watched the news.
We watched all 3 segments but his interview wasn't on yet. D-in-love is going to try and find out from the other parents that were at the class when the interview will air.
We did evening chores and then I did paperwork for the week and for the month of September. Fortunately for me I had the best September sales I've had in about 8 years and unfortunately for all the folks who had to evacuate their homes and were in town during the hurricanes of September that brought me all the extra business.
I finished all this and had time to sit and watch the last 30 minutes of Survivor on TV before I started icing my cakes.
Hubbie has to wait up for me to finish on Wednesday nights now as we have to get all the things in the Honda at night as both g-daughters come in the morning.
I have sweated enough today in the hot kitchen to clear my system of all the impurities that have been trying to make me sick. We had a record breaking high temperature this evening of 85 that broke the old 84 degree record set back in 1954. We also had another record breaking warm morning temp of 71 degrees. I am hoping we get to more fall like temps by the end of the week as they are predicting.
Hendersonville High School let students out at 1:00 today because the air conditioning stopped working !!!!   What ?????  There wasn't any air conditioning when I went to school and we some how survived and went to school on hot days !!
We made it to bed about 11:30.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and for the health that God blesses me with each day.
God Bless and Good Night

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Up to a rainy cloudy morning as we welcomed both g-daughters early. As I did chores the sun was starting to rise and compete with the clouds that were breaking up.

There was another 1/2 inch of rain in the gauge this morning.
Both girls appeared to be in good moods this morning.
I took RL to preschool and hubbie put IR down for a morning nap.
When I got home we cleaned house until IR woke up then hubbie took her outside to walk and rock on the front porch while I finished mopping the floors.
I went to pick up RL and after she had her chicken nuggets she went fast to sleep on the ride home.
Hubbie and I had lunch and then IR had her bottle and went to sleep also. With both of them sleeping soundly I started making my apple peel jelly with the peelings from the Jonagold apples that were made into applesauce last week.
Almost as soon as I put the peels in the pot and turned the stove on g-daughter IR woke up. Hubbie took her outside with him to meet the Duke Energy guy who was looking to see what we needed to remove the hanging limb from our power line.
I cooked the peels for about 30 minutes in 6 cups of water and then wrapped them in a cheesecloth bag and pressed 7 cups of juice from them.
These apples make beautiful juice.
This is why I always use a very deep pot for jelly making !!!
  I added pectin and sugar to the juice and brought it back to a rolling boil for 1 minute. I ladled the jelly into jars and water bathed them for 5 minutes.  The results , 14 jars plus about a cup to eat now of this really pretty yummy jelly.
Here is the recipe I used for this batch of jelly.

RL woke up about the time I was taking the jars out of the canner and was in a remarkably good mood after her long nap. In her case long naps worry me as she may be getting sick because she never does this ????
I always wonder if RL  remembers using these things that IR is using now as she remembers exactly how to work everything on them ?
She got my hat and gloves on and said "I'm Neena going to feed the chickens"   I love this little mini me !!!
After their moms came and d-in-love left with RL I went out to the volleyball game with daughter to take care of IR while she kept score for the JV team. The JV team won the match winning 2 out of 3 sets. G-daughter IR couldn't have cared less who won !!!
I left after the JV game as son-in-love was coming to watch some of the varsity game with daughter and IR.
I did chores and then stuffed, closed and finished these 10 little eyelet pillows for the order that needs to be shipped .
I spent the rest of the evening relaxing a bit before an early bedtime.
 Hubbie and I both are fighting head colds or something that is making us both feel exhausted this week. Probably how we feel has something to do with the unseasonal weather we are having, today was a miserable hot muggy day and the morning lows are setting records for being the warmest ever in the upper 60's. Thankfully it is going to cool down later in the week.

Thankful for the blessings of this day and for the love of a Wonderful Savior.
God Bless and Good Night