Thursday, May 25, 2017


Wow !!!  Sunshine this morning as I got up early to let the dogs out for a potty break at 7:00.
I got chores done and got to market on time thankful for a nice sunny but cool morning.
Hubbie had to finish some of the business I started yesterday at the central office this morning so he came by market and brought the papers and helped me unload and get set up.
Market was pretty slow today but I am thankful for all that I did sell as always.
Another meeting up with hubbie right after market at our bank to have some of the retirement papers notarized and then on to the regular errands of picking up baking supplies and groceries at Aldi and Walmart. I made it home at 4:15 and got things unloaded and put away.
The clouds have moved back in and are making me doubt we are going to have a day without rain.
We watched the news and then did the chores as the sky slowly cleared to give us a dry , sunny day but a cool one at 65 degrees and tonight the low is going down into the upper 40's so we will need to shut the windows !!!
The blue sky looked so pretty with the fleeting clouds this evening.
As I walked down the drive I spotted this white Egret stalking his supper tonight and loved the reflection in the flood waters of the bottom pastures.

Hubbie spent the evening working up at the shed on a place to get Sadie penned up out of the rain and away from the other dogs as Flash has started being really mean to her for some reason this evening?
I pulled some weeds and emptied standing water out of things so they could dry out before coming inside to more retirement paperwork.
Looks like we are going to get back to more normal temps and more rain over the holiday weekend.

Thankful for the blessings of this day and for the strength God blesses me with each day.
God Bless and Good Night

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Another soggy morning as a rain overnight left another 1/4 inch in the gauge. The mud in the chicken lots is getting deeper and slicker by the day.
After chores and breakfast I decided to take a walk before the dark clouds brought more rain. There is still beauty even on this dreary cloudy morning.

These Blackberries are a bit late blooming but it looks like we will have a bumper crop.

Back inside just as a light mist started falling I rested with a cup of hot tea and had devotions before starting my baking.
My phone beeped with a weather message that said we were under a tornado watch for the day along with most of the southeast.
Looks like we are in for a rough day !!!

I wanted to get my baking done before the storms started and luckily I got 6 caramel, 2 chocolate, 4 pound cakes and a coffee cake made and had a late lunch before anything but rain made it into our area.
I had more papers to fill out and more phone calls to make with retirement stuff, man I'll sure be glad when this is all done !!!
I did a brief house cleaning today with all this other stuff to get done and forgot about my sewing today also.
Very heavy rain started falling about 4:15 and within 45 minutes we had another 1 & 1/2 inch in the gauge and the creek was licking the bank tops.
Sadie took off during the hard rain even without any thunder or lightening and as soon as the rain slacked we took umbrellas and found her standing on the side of the highway at #1 son's house. We are going to have to come up with a plan to keep her penned up in bad weather or when we aren't home so she won't run off. She seems to be brain dead and just gets worse as time goes on. Probably a combination of the hit she took last winter, her deafness and her old age.
This is a rare sight but one that says it definitely has rained too much. This poor frog must have gotten caught in the current of water that ran through the yard earlier and drowned.
There should be a "saying" here that when frogs start drowning it has rained too much.
We waited out another rain band and did chores a little late in a light mist of rain. All the animals look like they could sure use some warm sunshine and the garden is standing full of water once again.
Memories of a summer not too many years ago when we got rain almost everyday and didn't get anything out of our garden that year keep crossing my mind as the rain totals for the year keep growing and are already at a surplus of well over 5 inches.
I spent the evening icing cakes and watching the finale of Survivor which had a surprise winner.
I am glad this season is over as it is hard on Wednesday nights to get all the weekly paperwork done, the bills paid and the cakes iced with a TV show to watch.
I made it to bed at midnight again even with an earlier start to this evening.
Thankful to God for the blessings of this day and striving each day to be the person He wants me to be.
God Bless and Good Night

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


G-daughter arrived at 7:25 this morning and we got started on our day. She seemed to be in a great mood today and waltzed right into her play school like she owned the place !!!
Back home I did chores in a misting rain and emptied 1/4 inch of rain from the gauge from the overnight rains. This was much less than was forecast for our area thankfully.
I had breakfast then read my devotions and did some ironing . Since the light rain is continuing I did a walking video online for my exercise for the day.
I walked down the street to get g-daughter instead of taking the stroller since it was raining pretty hard when I picked her up. She loved walking back to the Honda splashing in the puddles in her lime green rain boots.
As usual she went right to sleep and slept after we got home until I had my lunch. When she woke up she acted like her usual self for awhile.
She loves my raggedy dolls....
And was so proud to finally be able to stand on this stool and reach the sink in the bathroom.
As the afternoon wore on she became very clingy and acted like she did not feel well. She acted like she was having stomach pains. Poor baby just wanted to be held.
This is totally unlike her so I hope their is nothing serious going on with her.
After d-in-love picked her up I went downstairs to sew up these 2 little (curtain valence) aprons.
With this many rainy days I am starting to really make a dent in my cut-out pile.
Hubbie and I watched the news and waited out a hard rain shower before getting out to do the feeding chores. I emptied another 4/10ths inch of rain from the gauge at chore time.
This is a pic from down town this evening as the sun finally made a late appearance prompting a colorful rainbow.
We even saw some blue sky this evening at our place .
I spent some time this evening doing paperwork for hubbie's retirement and trying to get some insurance papers filed online but got locked out of the account because hubbie gave me the wrong password multiple times,grrrrrrr !!
I am thankful for the blessings of this day and the love of a gracious Savior.
God Bless and Good Night

Monday, May 22, 2017


This day got off to an early start with the arrival of g-daughter and g-son who didn't go to school today because he had pains in his stomach all night.

I think he may have been just hungry because he ate 2 waffles, a piece of cinnamon toast and a slice of caramel cake for breakfast !!!
I did chores and then loaded up Bernie for his yearly check up at the vets office so he can continue getting all his heart meds.
Bernie was not thrilled at all about the poking and prodding the vet did and looked as if he felt like he had indeed been violated.
There was no change and they are all still amazed that Bernie is still alive with his really bad heart .
We spent almost 2 hours at the vet and got home just before lunch. I had time to grab lunch of left overs and get one load of laundry done before it was time to head out again.
This time the kids went along as I have an eye exam appointment and always need to have my eyes dilated so hubbie has to drive me home. He walked around with the kids in a small shopping center near the Doctor's office. G-son pretended to pop wheelies on the riding lawn mowers.

G-daughter was not happy !!!

To hubbie's grief (and mine) my appointment took 2 hours.

For what reason I have no idea as I have never had to spend that long in there before. I need to get new glasses but didn't want to take time to look at frames with g-daughter starting to pitch a fit.
We headed home and she went to sleep for her afternoon nap. A thunder storm was dropping hard rain in town but only brought us a short shower and a little over 1/10th inch of rain here.
I didn't have time to do any more laundry before it was time to head out once again . As soon as d-in-love picked the kids up hubbie and I loaded up Flash the Basset Hound and back to the vet we went for Flash's rabies shot.
He was unexpectedly very good and if we had known he would have been this well behaved I could have handled him and Bernie both this morning. At least this vet visit only took about 30 minutes.
Whew !!!!  At least we got home in time to get a short break with a cup of hot green tea while the news was on before it was chore time this evening.
This Kousa Dogwood tree is so pretty this year and this limb so heavy with wet blossoms forms an arch over this pathway. Beauty on a cloudy rainy day !!!
After chore time I got my other 2 loads of weekly laundry done and went over more retirement paperwork for hubbie.
Thankfully my throat feels much better today with a good nights sleep last night and I feel like I am getting my strength back.
Each time I am at market and look around at my empty craft shelves I promise myself sewing time each day. So tonight I made good on that promise and sewed up this little baby bonnet I already had cut out.
I am going to get an early bed time again tonight to keep my recovery on the upside.
It is 10:15 and I am signing off and heading to bed.
Thankful for traveling mercies for all my doctor and vet visits today and for positive outcomes at each visit.
God Bless and Good Night

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Yuck , I feel pretty cruddy this morning as I rolled out of bed with a dizzy head. I shook the cob webs out and did chores in a pouring rain, which isn't going to help my sore throat !!! There was already 1 & 1/2 inches of rain in the gauge that I dumped out.
Back inside I had a bowl of oatmeal thinking that would make me feel better but it didn't. All I wanted to do was go back to bed , so that's what I did !!
Hubbie went on to church and I slept the entire morning away.
I woke up just before he and #1 son's family came in for lunch of a crock pot full of beef stew and corn bread muffins.
I ate lunch and felt a little better.
G-son had his last soccer game today and I so wanted to go but they were going to play in the pouring rain so I decided that wouldn't be a good place for me.
His team won the game to put them in first place and he played awesome mostly at the goalie position. Playing in the rain was fun for these young boys !!!! Thanks to d-in-love for the pics.

I pretty much spent the afternoon on the couch watching the rain outside and hoping to rest whatever is wrong with me away !!
Thankfully the hard rain stopped before chore time tonight and I emptied another 2 inches from the gauge at chore time bringing the total since last night to 3 & 1/2 inches !!
Hopefully we will have a rain free overnight and tomorrow before more heavy rain and storms move back in for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Back in May of 1997 we were in baseball mode with both boys playing on the same team at Berkley Park.
#1 son bats.....
#2 son pitches......

And here is #1 son and me at the Curb Market behind my booth that month.
I was just sewing crafts back then and hadn't started baking yet but the craft business was pretty good at that time.
With a sore throat and now starting to cough my head off I am headed to an early bedtime. Hoping the dose of Nyquil helps more tonight than it did last night !!!
Thankful for the blessings of this day as I know the day was filled with them even if I didn't recognize them all.
God Bless and Good Night

Saturday, May 20, 2017


With a pretty restless night of sleep I dragged myself out of bed this morning to get things done and get to market on time.
Market sales were pretty good today and I am thankful that the season seems to be picking up.
Daughter came by and stayed for a while to help out this morning then went home to do yard work.
After market I made stops at Ingles and Aldi for baking supplies and tomorrow's lunch supplies.
I made it home at 4:00 and hubbie stopped mowing long enough to help me unload and get things put away.
While he continued mowing I rested and drank hot tea to sooth my still sore scratchy throat.
G-daughter came to stay with us while her mom and dad and brother went to a birthday cook out at a friends house this evening.
She was active as ever.

G-son had a soccer game earlier today and his team won again so he was happy.
Hubbie and I took turns getting our chores done tonight and watching g-daughter as she investigated everything around .
After her mom and dad picked her up about 8:30 hubbie and I relaxed for the rest of the evening. I am still battling a sore throat and feeling pretty bad again tonight.
Thankful for the blessings of this day.
God Bless and Good Night.

Friday, May 19, 2017


A 6am alarm really shook me awake today as I remembered why I had set it that early. I got up and went up to the brooder boxes and took the screen down that I had put in front of the nesting tunnel so the new little chicks couldn't get away from the mama hen last night. I wanted to get it down as soon as daylight came today to avoid the hen getting upset and hurting the chicks trying to get out to the feed and water.
The little chicks were all still tucked under her warm feathers so I went back to bed for a little while.
I did regular chores about 8am and took these pics of the mama hen and her new babies who seem to have taken very well to one another and the 2 little spotted chicks that hatched from the 2 eggs I had under her are so pretty.

I had breakfast then took a walk around the farm . I emptied 1/10th inch of rain from an overnight shower from the rain gauge .
The sun is shining this morning and the humid air caused me to sweat before I got back inside.
I started baking cakes and baked 6 caramel, 2 chocolate, 1 carrot, 6 pound cakes, 1 blackberry wine and 2 pans of brownies . I had lunch as hubbie came in from work. He is taking 1/2 day off today to work in the garden before the rain gets here this afternoon.
I went to my friend / beautician to have her cut my hair at 1:30 and while I was there the rains came.
It was only one shower but a heavy one that left another 3/10ths inch in the gauge in less than 30 minutes. These are some quickly forming severe thunder storms and they are popping up all over the county prompting a severe thunder storm warning for the entire county.

When I got home the rain had stopped and hubbie had went back to work in the garden and was finishing up putting stakes at the pepper plants and cages around all the tomato plants.

Our garden is looking pretty good in spite of all the up and down weather we have had so far this season.
It's funny how things jar memories, when I looked at this pic I took of my haircut and saw this old and I do mean old , about 20 year old tee shirt that I have on it jogged a memory.

Not of the days back them spent at the baseball field watching both boys play ball or the many trips this baseball mom took with the all stars as we traveled all summer some years to tournaments . But the memory jogged today was of the sweet older couple that I bought this tee shirt from. This couple were fellow vendors in a little country craft store business a friend of mine started 20 years ago and asked me to join her. I sold Avon and Stanley products as well as my crafts and baked goods in there for several years. Her business mane was The Rusty Bucket and  it is still open with a barber shop and hair salon in there now. But this elderly couple were so sweet and they sold screen printed tee-shirts as well as ceramic crafts (I have one of their ceramic Christmas decorations that I use every year) to make extra money in their retirement. Funny I can see their faces clearly but can not remember their names.
I left this business after a couple years there as my kids got older and got into more activities and it became too much for me to do the Curb Market and this business together so I made a choice to leave there so I lost touch with these folks.
I sat on the porch and watched another storm skirt off the north of our area and felt the cool air from what was probably hail in that storm.
We did chores and then I spent the evening in the kitchen icing cakes and getting things ready for market.
I am tired tonight from that early morning wake up and all of a sudden this afternoon my throat started hurting and I feel pretty bad tonight. Hopefully a good nights sleep will make me feel better. Daughter had a sore throat earlier in the week and there seems to be a bug going around so maybe it will be short lived.
Thankful to God for the blessings of this day and for His everlasting love.
God Bless and Good Night