Monday, June 26, 2017


Off to a good start on this Monday morning with g-daughter R and g-son's arrival. While hubbie fixed them breakfast I did chores and then picked my peas and fed the vines to the chickens which made them very happy. This is the first crop from the garden and after putting some in the frig to use in salads I had three freezer bags full for later.

Bless my little "pea picking heart" as my dad would say !!!
We all got in the Honda  and went over to daughter's to take her a little bassinet that she had stored here thinking she wouldn't need it. Hoping to get g-daughter I to sleep beside the bed in it so she can stop sleeping in the recliner. She has tried a couple other things to get her to sleep in but she cries.
We left there and went by Southern States to pick up chicken feed on our way home.
We got home just in time for a lunch of left overs from yesterday.
G-daughter R and g-son played outside in the nice cooler mid 70's afternoon after lunch.

Love the color of the sky in this pic.

She got tired and came inside to rest in her bean bag !!!

Because of the plumbing problems at their house we gave g-daughter R a nice warm bath here and it helped her relax to take a nice nap .
While hubbie got her down for her nap I did weekly laundry.
D-in-love picked them up about 5:30 and then hubbie went down to help #1 son unclog the commode that g-daughter R had thrown a hair clasp into.
I did chores and then picked green beans for my second crop harvest of the day. These are the bush beans for dilly beans.
I love this time of year when meals consist from fresh garden vegetables. I cooked some fresh beets for my supper tonight to go with a piece of left over stuffing and it was a great supper !!!!
G-daughter R was enjoying her supper of spaghetti tonight while hubbie and son worked on the plumbing problem at her house.
Daughter used her new carrier wrap tonight as she took a nice walk to enjoy the cool evening.
It looks like rain may be headed out way over night with these mean looking clouds.
Word from our church mission trip is good . This is our Pastor Craig doing what he does best on these trips.
This evening I rested up for another busy day tomorrow.
Thankful for all the blessings of this day and for God's guidance in all that I do.
God Bless and Good Night.

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Sunday morning laziness is not happening today. I got up at the regular time to get a large turkey breast in the pressure cooker and then get out to do the chores.
I had breakfast then fried a pound of bacon for our wilted lettuce at lunch. I also sliced the onions I gathered last night so now all I have to do when we get home from church is gather the fresh lettuce from the garden.
We had a guest speaker today at church in the absence of our pastor who is on mission trip to Ohio with other members of our church. Here is Pastor Craig sitting on a rooftop.
We came home to lunch with #1 son's family, daughter's family and Aa. We had turkey breast, stuffing,boiled potatoes,corn on the cob, green beans,red beans and rice,and the wilted lettuce.
After we ate and visited for a while #1 son and hubbie went to cut some trim for #1 son's house, Josh went to work to get things ready for tomorrow , Aa went to the hay field, daughter and d-in-love put the g-daughters to sleep and we had a nice visit while they both slept. G-son sure loves his new cousin.
#2 son and Tif made a short trip to the lake to make sure his new truck would pull the boat and do what he wanted it to as the place he bought it from has a 5 day satisfaction guarantee.
It was a cloudy day but there was no crowds on the lake today.

The truck did fine so they were happy even if a rain shower cut their trip short about mid afternoon.
After the girls all left hubbie and I went over to Aa's to change the cast on the mama goats leg and her leg looks like it is healing as she did start putting a little weight on it and it isn't floppy obviously broken now. The old cast was damp under all the duct tape but there wasn't any signs of infection.
We also turned the one little chick out in the lot with her mama hen while we were there.
We came home to get chores done and then had a visit from nephew Mark about the coyotes that are traveling between our houses. He is putting his game camera up over at his house. My camera hasn't caught anything messing around the chicken cages anymore this week. It usually makes a couple pictures after daylight each day ,we think probably of birds flying through.
I will keep setting it up in this one place for about a week then I'll move it to a new location.
Thankful to God for a wonderful family filled Sunday and all the blessings that He sent my way today.
God Bless and Good Night

Saturday, June 24, 2017


Another even earlier alarm this morning. The annual antique fair is on Main street in downtown today and with a nice morning and rainy afternoon predicted I expect folks to crowd the streets early. There was 3/10ths inch of rain in the gauge from the overnight rains.
We made it to market exactly an hour earlier than usual and had no trouble  finding a parking space.
Market was pretty busy this morning with the extra people in town today.
As I watched the antique fair shoppers coming and going through market I noticed no one was carrying any purchases from the fair like I have seen in some years ???
I sold very well today and am very thankful for the busy day.
Just as I left market a light rain began falling. I stopped at Sav Mor for eggs to bake with next week and then made a stop at Walgreens to look for some things for daughter and a couple things for me.
I went by her house and dropped off her things . Connie (Josh's mom) and a couple of her grandkids were there. When I got ready to leave the rain had gotten harder and I drove home in a heavy downpour.
By the time I turned on our road the rain slacked and left the mountains steaming in the heat and humidity of the afternoon.
We unloaded in a light rain then I rested while it rained off and on all evening leaving another 3/10ths inch in the gauge.
After the rain passed our area we went up to the garden and dug some potatoes and pulled up some onions for tomorrow's lunch.
Then we did chores and I planted some plants a lady gave me at market today. Thanks Linda's Plants for the sweet potato vines and flowers.
It was nice to see the blue sky appear this evening.
Back in June of 1997 #2 son was playing all star baseball and we were traveling around from district to state tournaments and his team was winnig.

Headed to bed early tonight to catch up on rest from this busy week and looking forward to worshiping my Heavenly Father tomorrow with my church family.
Thankful for today's blessings.
God Bless and Good Night.

Friday, June 23, 2017


Early wake up this morning as I get chores done quickly and head over to daughter's to pick her and g-daughter I up to take I to her first doctor's appointment.
Daughter's walkway is so pretty bordered with all the blooming flowers.
 We got to the doctor 's and thankfully they put us in a back waiting room away from all the sick kids in the regular waiting room.
G-daughter I was borderline Jaundiced yesterday when she left the hospital so they wanted to check her again today.
She didn't much care for the doctor's office !!!

She checked out fine and thankfully didn't have jaundice bad enough for any concerns.
We left there and went to the Aldi store in Arden for both of us to get groceries and baking supplies.
We took turns shopping and sitting in the car with a sleeping baby then we waited for Andrea one of daughter's good friends to meet us with some things for daughter's healing. Andrea works in a hospital in Morganton and just had a baby in March so she had some things left over and gave them to daughter.
It was good to see her and her family for a short visit as they passed through on their way to visit family in Georgia.
We then made stops at CVS and picked up some lunch and headed to daughter's house. Daughter was looking pretty pale and moving very slowly by this time and needed a good rest time.
I left them there with Josh and headed home.
I got home at 3:30 and ate my late lunch salad and then started baking . I baked 6 caramels, 1 pound, 2 blackberry wines and 2 pans of brownies .
#1 son brought a load of gravel and spread it on our driveway to repay hubbie for all the painting he did. Thanks son !!!
Hubbie came in from work and took a nap while I finished baking then we did chores. I checked the card on my camera but there were no pictures of any over night critters. It rained pretty hard at times last night so maybe that kept them at bay. There was over 1/2 inch of rain in the gauge this morning.
G-daughter R was cute in her sundress this evening and she loves this dog named Marlee.

#2 son bought a used 2008 Toyota Tundra truck this evening so he would have something to pull the new boat they bought with.

It has been a nice sunny warm day today as the storm named Cindy is expected to hit our area later tonight but her effects are predicted to be even less than originally forecast as she stayed more to the west and north of us.

After chores I iced cakes and got into bed about midnight, whew !!!!
Thankful that g-daughter I is healthy and praying for quick healing for daughter. Thankful for all the blessings of this day and for the strength He gives me each day.
God Bless and Good Night

Thursday, June 22, 2017


The outer bands of tropical storm Cindy are upon us this morning as I head out to do the chores.
The cone of the storm track has shifted a bit toward our area so I'm sure that means more rain but they are still saying not over 2" for our area so that won't be so bad.

Thankfully the storm named Bret fizzled out a couple days ago and won't deliver another punch.
I couldn't find the new Buff Orpington rooster this morning and there were some feathers in his roosting place. I am going to buy a game camera today to see if I can see what got him because that is coming really close to the rest of my chickens if it was a coyote.
Market is slow today as expected on a rainy day. It is breezy and cool but the rain so far has been light.
Talked to daughter and they are waiting on paperwork to be finished so they can go home. Both doctors had already been in and released them. Little g-daughter I thinks this packing up to go home is boring ad she'd really rather just sleep  !!!!

But she is not sure at all that she likes this carseat thing !!!

They made it home about 1:30 and were glad to get settled in.
I ran the regular errands after market and then went to Ingles where 2 strange things happened to me.
(1) as I got ready to self check out I noticed there was a bag of groceries left on the bagging tray and gave it to the checkout girl.
(2) I got my groceries loaded in my Honda and took the shopping cart to the nearest cart holder and there ran into the outside of the holder was an entire shopping cart filled with groceries. I looked around for the owner of the groceries but there were no cars close and no one . As I stood in the light rain wondering why anyone would leave their groceries like this I decided to at least push the cart back inside the store out of the rain in case the owner came back after it.
The same girl was standing at the office when I pushed it up and told them where I had found it. They said this is a new one that had never happened before.
I went back and got in the Honda and left and drove really slowly by the spot where I found the cart and still no sign of anyone around.
I made another stop at Walmart and then made it home at 4:15 to unload and get things put away still in a light rain.
There was 3/10ths inch in the gauge this evening from an all day light rain.
I bought one of these game cameras at Walmart so I can be sure what predator I have stalking my chickens.
#1 son helped me set the camera up and we tracked the  rooster feathers down a well worn trail through the woods toward the road . I hope it isn't an entire pack of coyotes coming around.
I did chores then came inside to catch up on my e-mails . I haven't checked it since Tuesday and customers are beginning to call and ask if I got their cake order e-mails
I got this "Moon Flower" plant at the flea market last year and it has come back this year and multiplied and this bloom smells so good tonight.
This plants blooms aren't as large as the Moon Flower vines I have had in the past but this one does smell really good although not as strong as the vine blooms.
Time to get some more decade pics on here and in June of 1987 we spent time on the lake as usual.

The boys loved to ride the tube behind the boat while we drove slowly around and back then there wasn't so much boat traffic that we had to worry about someone running over them if they fell off the tube.

That year we also spent alot of time with hubbie's grandmother and I found these pics of her house that I made just for my memory bank. Her house up on Sugarloaf Mountain will always contain wonderful memories for me.
At this time one of her daughters, Lucille , put this single wide trailer in the yard so she could take care of granny.
I remember spending many evening sitting on these steps and talking to granny as she rocked on the porch..
The living room with the oil heater that was her only heat source.

Her bedroom where the boys when they were little would play and the window they broke out on the coldest day of one of the winters.
The kitchen where she prepared many many Sunday after church dinners for all the family.

The mountainous pasture that surrounded the house and barn where we kept cattle for many years.
Precious memories from days gone by that were indeed blessed by the hand of the Lord.
I thank Him each and everyday for my life and the people He put in it.
God Bless and Good Night.