Saturday, April 22, 2017

SLOW MARKET AND 1997 MEMORIES

Up and off to market on time this morning. It is cloudy but no rain today yet. I emptied 7/10ths inch out of the gauge from the overnight rains.
Market was very slow today. I don't know what else was going on in town that everyone went to or maybe folks just stayed in on a cloudy day .
We celebrated the 89th birthday of Christine Jackson today one of oldest market members with a birthday cake.

I left market and made several extra stops today to pick up things for daughter's baby shower tomorrow afternoon.
I finally had everything I needed and got home at 4:30. Hubbie helped me unload and we relaxed for a little while. Daughter came after her dogs as they got home earlier this afternoon.
She stopped at Strawberry Hill and brought us another gallon of strawberries on their way up the mountain.
We did the chores and then had supper .
We had a dry day all day but the rain started about 9:00 tonight and is really heavy. We are under a flood watch until Monday night.
Back in April of 1997 we were a very busy family with all three of the kids in sports. Both boys played thankfully on the same baseball team that year. #1 son was 15 and #2 son was 14 and they had a 14/15 year old team at Berkley Ballpark that year.
#1 son......
#2 son......
And daughter who was 12 years old was playing on a traveling basketball team. She was on a very good team and they won all of the tournaments they played in.
 Daughter is facing this way on the foul lane.
She receives her 1st place metal.
Her team....

The Hendersonville girls on the team..... daughter. Lauren Few, Morgan Corn, Leslie Arney.
It was a busy but fun time in our lives.
Humbly grateful for the blessings of this day and for the return home traveling mercies for all the family this evening.
God Bless and Good Night.






Friday, April 21, 2017

APRIL BLOOMERS

Woke to a sunny warm day this morning. Hubbie is taking another day off work to work around here.
After we did chores and had breakfast he got the tractor and his wood carrier on the back and went into the bottom pasture to clean up all the debri left by the last flooding.
He picked up 3 boxes filled with logs,limbs and sticks .

I took a nice long walk in the nice weather. I admired all the beautiful blooms that have emerged after the rain this week. This is the first Iris to bloom.

The old fashioned Snowball bush is covered with snowballs that are starting to turn white.
Fleabane Daisys are already blooming this year.

 The Golden Oxalis is showing itself a little early also.

The woods in front of the house are filled with color from the Dogwood trees and Money Plant.

This Azalea is glorious this year !

All my Hosta are growing nicely this year and are really pretty shades of green..

The Cottonwood tree in the yard is blooming and there will soon be a covering of these purple blossoms all over the lawn.
And even inside the Easter Cactus is blooming.

I came inside and started baking. I baked 2 pound cakes, 6 caramel, 2 chocolate and 1 pan of brownies. When hubbie came in for lunch I was doing a happy dance after discovering this oven is bigger inside than my previous one and that means more cakes can be baked at a time. I discovered that 4 layers will fit on each of the three racks in the ovens making it possible to bake 6 layer cakes at a time in each oven. I also can get 3 pound cakes on the rack at a time , Yea !!!!
This means less baking time and less running time for the ovens !!!
After lunch I started up to the hen houses to remove the plastic window coverings but thought I had better stay close to the house phone as the Direct TV man was coming to re-install new equipment and turn our Direct TV back on some time between noon and 4pm.
I sat outside the back door until the clouds covered the sun. Hubbie was mowing the lawn and he had to speed up as you could see the rain coming across the mountains.

 And about 2:00 the rain arrived dropping heavy showers for the next hour.
The Direct TV man made it about 3:30.

This is an interesting saga . I canceled our Direct TV service earlier this month as the price went up to high and my year contract at $56 ran out on the 11th. I talked to 2 different Direct TV people and they both said I couldn't get anymore discounts and would have to cancel or pay the higher price so I canceled. They sent me a pre-paid postage box and I mailed the boxes and remotes and the smart cards back to them earlier this week.
I received a full bill for the entire month yesterday. I called Direct TV again to get the correct amount I needed to pay and was asked why I canceled my account. I went through the entire story once again and this time the lady said they didn't want to lose me as a customer and would give me a new 2 year contract even cheaper than I was paying before at $50 per month plus a $200 visa card , plus all new updated equipment and they would come out immediately and re-connect the service !!!! ??????
Anyway so we have Direct TV service once again.
The rain started back just before he left at 4:30 and it has rained off and on all evening with heavier rain after dark tonight.
I emptied 4/10ths from the gauge this evening at chore time.
I spent the evening icing my cakes and getting things ready for market tomorrow .
The kids have had a wonderful time at the Great Wolf lodge today. Awww, she looks so big following her brother and Nic to the water slides.


And Josh and daughter had another beautiful day on the beach.

Thankful for the wonderful blessings of this day and for the never ending grace of my wonderful Savior Jesus Christ.
God Bless and Good Night

Thursday, April 20, 2017

SLOW RAINY MARKET DAY

Ahhhhhh !!!!!  A regular morning and it isn't raining today. I did have to get moving this morning to get to market. Hubbie took another day off to get some loose ends tied up and hopefully clear my sunroom of the old oven and dishwasher that are taking up most of the room in there.
He helped me get to market and get set up then left to help #2 son figure out what was wrong with his dishwasher which he was afraid the lightening that hit his house may have ruined it. They were going to take our old one up there and hook it up just to check to see if it was the dishwasher or the wiring.
He left to head that way soon after I got set up.
Market was pretty slow as expected on the week after a holiday. I am very thankful for all the things I did sell today. I took all my Easter decorations down and put them away. I need to find my light green table cloth that I have put somewhere to brighten up the table for the spring and early summer months.
The pouring rain started about 30 minutes before closing time with some thunder and lightening that sounded pretty close.
Thankfully the rain slacked and I got my Honda loaded without getting too wet.
Hubbie came back into town and after I went to the bank and PO I met him at the social security office to apply for his SS benefits. They didn't have anyone who could help him apply today so we made an appointment for next Thursday.
I headed to Aldi and he headed home. The rain was still falling lightly as I made my way in and out of Aldi with baking supplies and groceries.
This was my only stop thankfully in the rain and I made it home around 3:30. Hubbie helped me unload and then we relaxed for a while to watch what the darkening clouds would bring us.
We only received 1/10th inch of rain today.
Sis-in-law Sandy called and said she got her kitchen successfully inspected today so she can start selling some baked goods at her cousin's fruit stand.
At chore time I checked in on the newly hatched chicks and found a 100% hatch for this mama as all 7 chicks were running around and eating under mom's watchful eye.

When I came inside the weather man was talking about the first named tropical storm of this years hurricane season as Arlene was named today but is no threat to land.

This is rare for a storm to get a name in April. Since record keeping began in 1951 only 7 tropical storms have formed in the Atlantic basin before the month of May.
Praying for traveling mercies for #1 son's family this evening as they take a fun trip to the Great Wolf Lodge in Charlotte with friends of theirs Mat and Claudia and their son Nic who is g-son's best friend.
Thankful for traveling mercies yesterday evening for Josh and daughter who are taking a relaxing trip to Edisto Island ,SC for a few days. Looks like they had a wonderful first day and she sent me a video of huge sea turtles swimming by the beach this morning.

Thankful for the blessings of this day.
God Bless and Good Night



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

RAINY PICKENS FLEA MARKET TRIP

An early alarm sounded and woke hubbie and I to the sound of pouring rain. Hubbie took today off to make a trip with daughter to the Pickens flea market today. We looked at each other and sighed as we were hoping for a just cloudy day like yesterday.
We got up and watched the radar on TV and it showed the rain moving but slowly. Daughter arrived and wanted to go on because this is her only opportunity to go down there without having to take a day off work.
I did the chores to the questioning looks of all the animals as to why I was there this early in the rain??
We headed down the mountain and thankfully the rain got lighter as we drove. There was very little traffic so we made the 45 minute trip easily.
There was a surprising amount of vendors there but they have a lot of covered spots.
It seemed funny to have rain gear on at the flea market but these rain boots came in very handy with all the standing water.

There were no vendors out in the open spaces but we found our deals on coffee pods and bread and found some watermelons and strawberries at good prices. We bought several smaller things but nothing big. Daughter went looking for mirror but struck out on that.

We left the market and had an early lunch at Arbys on the way back up the mountain.
We got back home at 1:30 and unloaded then daughter left to go home and rest.
Hubbie and I decided to tackle the installation of the new dish washer. It took us longer than it used too, haha , but we got it in and it works when we turned it on.

We did chores and as I checked the rain gauge after the misty rainy day it had 1/2 inch of rain for the overnight and day in it.
I heard peeps from the white Silkie that is setting on all green eggs and when I peeked under her she had several chicks that had already hatched and more hatching.


She has luckily been able to keep her eggs warm enough to get a good hatch it looks like.
I will never get tired of seeing these little black eyed babies peeking out from under mom's feathers.
This rainfall has really made the garden vegetables jump up.

Back inside we straightened out the kitchen and I did weekly paperwork and paid bills for the week.
We watched survivor then hubbie went to bed and I got things ready for market.
Thankful for safe travels this morning and for all the blessings of this day with His love to look forward too each day I stand amazed in the Glory of being a child of God.
God Bless and Good Night.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

DREARY DAY AND 1987 APRIL

Up to a cloudy dreary day. Only 2/10ths inch of overnight rain in the gauge this morning was less than we expected.

After chores and breakfast I started out on my walk but cut it short when a light drizzle of rain came . It is cooler this morning at only 55 degrees and I don't want to get too wet.
I came back inside and had devotions then decided to try out my new ovens. I baked a couple pound cakes in each one. There is definitely a learning curve to get the timing right in these new ovens but the cakes came out good .
The true test will come when I stack several layers of layer cakes in the ovens.
I was able to sit out in the sunroom while the cakes were baking instead of having to babysit the ovens closely today which was very nice.
This is my view as I sat and had a cup of hot tea.  Hubbie and son decided to wait for a dry day to get this old heavy oven down the bank in the back yard to be loaded on the truck. And hubbie decided to wait until he gets it out of the way before he tackles getting the new dish washer installed.
After my cakes got done I had a quick lunch with daughter as she brought some things over to store in our basement. She also got some paint that hubbie had for her to use.
She is working hard on her nursery this week while she is off.

After she left I worked on planning her baby shower that d-in-love and I are giving her this Sunday afternoon.
I did more odds and ends small jobs to finish out this cool muggy day.
After chores this evening #2 son came by for a nice visit and brought the box that Direct TV sent for me to ship back my boxes and remotes in. He helped pack them up and he took them with him to mail off tomorrow.
Back in April of 1987 we had a big snow storm that the kids loved.






Sugar the St Barnard loved the snow !!!!
Easter that year was good for these three . #1 son -5 yrs old, #2 son-4 yrs old, daughter-2 years old.

Easter egg hunting at Granny Ila Moore's .



I am tired tonight and looking forward to a hot soak in the tub and an early bedtime. Perfect weather for snuggling down under the warm covers.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and asking for His guidance in the days to come.
God Bless and Good Night.