Thursday, May 24, 2018


Woke early to the sound of the g-girls getting here. I got up earlier today to get things ready for market. I did chores and then we loaded the girls. I dropped RL off at her pre-school and IR and I met hubbie at market. We took turns holding her and getting unloaded and set up then I fixed her a bottle and she had breakfast.
Hubbie had stopped and bought us a bacon, egg and cheese biscuits on his way and IR loved having some of these also.
Connie picked her up about 10:00.
Sales were pretty slow today so hubbie left early and ran his errands on his way home.
I did manage to have a pretty good day with the 6 cake order I already had and some other sales.
I left market and went to the bank, PO, Ingles and Aldi on the way home for groceries and baking supplies.
I made it home about 3:30 and hubbie helped me unload. It has looked like rain any minute all afternoon but so far none has fallen.
Hubbie and I decided to work on the wire lot for my new guinea house. We worked until chore time.
I did chores and then came inside to watch the late news.
Back in May of 1998 hubbie and I were selling crafts on the Tractor Show circuit and this month we were at a show in Dacusville, SC. I remember this was a lovely location on the banks of a large creek that this covered bridge went over.

The kids always traveled with us and these were some special memories. 
Thankful for the precious memories of my families earlier days and for the blessings of this day.
God Bless and Good Night.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Hoping for a better feeling day as I get started this morning. I got the chores done and then took RL to pre-school and came home to have breakfast and feed IR her bottle.
I got ready and went to my annual eye exam at 10:30. Hubbie was going with me but IR went to sleep so he stayed home with her.
I have been noticing lately that my distance vision has improved so much that I actually take my glasses off sometimes to watch the TV because I can see better without them. When I told the doc this he made a bad face and said uh oh !!
After doing all the routine exam things he agreed my vision for distance had drastically improved so much so that he was suspicious of what might be going on in one of my eyes. In order to check it he had to use some special drops that were super strong dilators. He said most people have to go home and sleep them off. I must have gave him a look when he said that because the nurse laughed and said I don't think that's in her plans !!
His suspicion was correct and I have a cataract starting to grow on one of my eyes. He said when these cataracts start the pressure of their growth actually reshapes the iris and either make your vision worse or better pretty quickly. Thankful that mine got better !!!
My mother had cataracts and so have some of my cousins so they definitely run in my family history.
The doc said we would just watch this one and see how fast it grows.
But it did cause me to have to get new glasses with less strength in the distance lens. That was an unexpected $600  expense we weren't expecting. I could actually go without glasses now for distance but I need them for up close.
After I sat around the office for a little while to let my eyes refocus I went to Go Grocery and Aldi to pick up some baking supplies.
I usually get a headache from the dilation drops but I was hoping today if I wore these dark glasses they gave me maybe I wouldn't because they were definitely warranted today out in the brought sunlight.

I made it home around 1:00 and had a late lunch of more fresh garden vegetables before starting my baking.
RL made these "knokulars" at school today ,she said they were for seeing "what God made", I love this little school and what they are teaching her .

Hubbie couldn't believe how dilated my eyes were and they did actually ache but no sleeping it off for me this afternoon.  I fixed IR her afternoon bottle and then started baking.
I baked 6 caramel, 2 chocolate, 1 pound, 1 blackberry wine, and 1 pan of brownies.
Daughter came in after IR and met her surveyor with the land survey he had done. She had to take it over to show ,Rita, the land owner  to see if she agreed.  She said it looked good so now daughter is on to the the next step. While daughter was gone g-son came to stay while his mom and dad went to pick up d-in-love's car from the shop and IR was glad to have someone new to play with.

After she left with IR and g-son ,taking him home, I layed down on the couch to ease my eyes and hubbie woke me up an hour later  !!!!
I felt like I was in a groggy dream for a long time but managed to get the evening feeding chores done in slow motion.
Thankfully I felt better when I got back inside and ate something. I did weekly paperwork and paid bills then watched Survivor on TV while I iced cakes and got things ready for market.
I made it bed about midnight and knew I would have trouble getting to sleep even then after that long nap this evening.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and for the grace and love of our Precious Savior Jesus Christ.
God Bless and Good Night.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Woke to a really cloudy morning and the laughter of the g-girls as they came in together this morning.
I got chores done and took RL to pre-school.  She complained about the sun being in her eyes and I gave her the extra sunglasses I had.

She asked several times to stay home today so the end of the full time school year is probably coming at the right time.
She always runs right in and starts playing when we get there so all is well.
I came home, had breakfast , fixed IR a bottle and then did some ironing and sewing. I finished this full adult size apron and matching bonnet before it was time to go pick up RL .

Hubbie and IR rode with me on this last pick up day for me in this school year.
RL had another good day and ate her chicken nuggets and fell right to sleep on the way home.
She took a good nap while IR hubbie and I had lunch then hubbie went outside for a while to work on mowing with the push mower in the spots he can't ride while I played with IR.
RL woke up and had a snack and then her and IR watched cartoons and played.
I had a Curb Market board meeting at 3:30 at the market so I left hubbie with both girls and headed to town.
Only 4 of our board members made it to the meeting but we got a lot discussed and made some key decisions.
I made it home at 5:45, daughter was still here since she also had a meeting after school and she worked on some things for market on my computer for a while before she and IR went home.
I did chores then rested.
I have not felt good all day. I feel like I could sleep all day, have no energy at all and my joints are more achy than usual. I really hope I am not getting sick.
I skipped over these May decade photos of me enjoying some flowers back in May of 1958. I remember this little circle bed outlined with rocks in our yard many years after these pics.

By the look of the smile on my face I was having fun with my friend Sally back in May of 1978.

I am going to bed early tonight to get a good night's sleep and see if that helps.
Thankful for the blessings of this day.
God Bless and Good Night

Monday, May 21, 2018


Early back to the regular routine Monday today. I got chores done while the girls had breakfast of pancakes and cantaloupe.
I took RL to her last Monday of pre-school this year. I only hope she is as happy with her teachers and classmates next year as she has been this year.
Even after a week at home getting spoiled because she was so sick she bounced right into the classroom and gave the teacher and assistant teacher a big hug to let them know how much she missed them.
I came home and had breakfast then fixed IR her bottle before getting the weekly laundry started.
IR went down for a nap and while she napped and did laundry hubbie went up to find some post to make the lot on my guinea house with.
The clouds and sun are battling today and there is a cool wind blowing making it feel sooo much better outside.
I went after RL and she was so tired from her active morning that she ate her chicken nuggets and went to sleep even before we left the church parking lot.
Hubbie carried her inside when I got home and then IR woke up to have lunch with us.
I went up to the garden and got this for part of my lunch. I love this time of year when the fresh vegetables start coming in. The food straight from the garden just taste sooo much better !!
After lunch IR and I sat out in the sunroom while hubbie climbed up on the roof and cleaned out our gutters since more heavy rains are predicted at the end of the week.
IR watched for her Pawpaw to come back from the shed.
She is on the verge of walking and wants to so bad. She wants to be on the outside of all her bouncy seats now and thinks it is just grand to hold on and walk around them.
RL woke up and wanted a corn snack and then she helped IR walk with her learner walker.

They also enjoyed playing all the sound things on the front of it.
Hubbie looked at me when he came in and saw the interaction between the two of them and he said "this is really going to be fun"   , I definitely agree.
RL was making up for not eating all last week today with eating constantly. She made herself some toast with cream cheese and strawberries when she got home and it looks like she was happy with her creation.
Daughter and hubbie went over to her land to meet the surveyor who is going to survey tomorrow and IR and I stayed here. IR was worn out after her active afternoon and had to take a short nap while they were gone. Nothing more peaceful than a sleeping baby.
When they got back she woke up and they went home.
I watched the news then did chores. Hubbie hoed more weeds from the garden while I took a walk around the farm.
There is a sweet patch of these Daisys above the lower barn and I have always loved this flower. Daisys always look so fresh and clean.
The sweet tasting Honeysuckle is blooming along the driveway bank.
And all the Buttercups that hubbie bush hogged in the upper pasture have been replaced with clover blossoms.
When I look around at all the beauty in nature it impresses me so much that even after all the heavy rains and flooding of just a few days ago I can see no evidence of the harsh weather now. If only we as humans could shed off all the heavy weights that we carry around and bounce back with no evidence of our burdens.
I strive each day to lay my burdens at the feet of Jesus Christ and as the valleys of life come upon me I strive to always know that the light of Jesus is always in view and there are always only a few steps ahead to climb the next mountain out of the valley with the hand of Jesus guiding me.
God Bless and Good Night

Sunday, May 20, 2018


A little extra sleep this morning felt sooooo  good. Sunday mornings are always slow and easy around here.
I got chores done, had breakfast then cooked some scalloped potatoes for lunch and left them in the oven to keep warm.
We headed to church on a nice warm cloudy morning.
We had a young man that has recently been called to be God's servant from his job as a highway patrolman preaching the sermon today and he did a great job. Kyle Smith definitely has a servants heart as I have watched him for several years since he and his family joined our church several years ago. Even while he was working for the highway patrol he always managed to serve in any way he could at church. So I wasn't surprised when he announced he felt called by God. I was a little worried that his demeanor of quiet and humble wouldn't give him the voice projection he would need to preach but today after hearing him preach those fears vanished because he did a great job.
We came home to a lunch or roast beef, corn on the cob, green beans, scalloped potatoes, biscuits and sour dough bread toast.
#1 son's family and Aa's family joined us  and the kids all had a great time together.
After everyone left hubbie broke the golden rule and mowed the grass today since this is the first non-rainy day this week  and tomorrow has another high percentage of rain prediction. This is surely how everyone in our area feels.

I took a break and sat on the porch in my favorite rocking chair. Unfortunately the view from the porch is now completely blocked by the lush greenery of spring and summer.
Now our "porch settin" will have to move to the covered patio so we can look down over the road and out into the mountains.
When hubbie finished mowing we made a trip to Tractor Supply to pick up some fencing and overhead netting for the new guinea house lot.
We came home and watched the news which is still filled with the Friday night flooding pics in Polk County which now clearly show the devastation there.

We got chores done in a light sprinkle of rain but that is all we have gotten today for the rain free'est day in a week.
This little nugget turned 11 months old today as her family returned home from a weekend visit to some family in Mocksville,NC.
To continue with some of the May decade memories here is my report card at the end of my 8th grade year.

Back then the 7th thru 12th grades were in the same building and I knew the seniors that were graduating because we actually all went to school together . This is the 1968 graduation ceremony program and a list of the graduating seniors.

Going into another week counting my blessings and prayerfully asking for God's grace for my family as we move toward the end of another month.
God Bless and Good Night

Saturday, May 19, 2018


At least the sound of rain didn't wake us up this morning but the clouds were still here and the evidence of the 2 inches more of overnight rain were obvious when we looked around and down to the bottom pastures.

We got the chores done and got ready to go to market . We took the main roads since most of the back roads we usually drive are closed from flooding this morning. This is a picture of  one of the flooded roads in our area.
Market was slow as I figured it would be with all the rain, flooding and closed roads. They did get the interstate back open this morning. 
The damage in Polk county is devastating and one lady lost her life when her house was hit by an eight foot wall of mud and water.

 Most of the roads are covered with mud , water and slide debris.

A heavy rain shower came in town just before we left market but thankfully stopped before it was time to load up.
I came straight home today and hubbie helped me unload to beat the rain that looked like it was coming our way.
We only got a short shower this afternoon to add only .10 inch to our total for the day.
Hubbie hoed weeds in the garden before they get too much of a jump on the vegetables. He also made the door for my guinea house.
I moved the teenage chickens to a new on the ground cage tonight but they wouldn't come out of the box in there for a picture tonight.
I cleaned up their old cage and got it covered until I need it again.
When chores were finished we came inside and had the vegetable soup I bought from the soup vendor for supper and then relaxed for the evening.
Thankfully #2 son and Tif got back tonight safely from their vacation.
I am very thankful that we were spared any damaging rain fall last night and praying for all the folks that did sustain the damage and loss.
God Bless and Good Night

Friday, May 18, 2018


Thankfully back to the 2-g-daughter morning today. RL seems to be much better and is able to eat and drink pretty much anything she wants this morning.
IR was sooo happy to see her and had such a big smile on her face when she first saw her .

While the girls played hubbie and I did some house cleaning this morning waiting for the rain to stop and the DOT to get all the fallen trees out of the roads since alot of the worst damage seemed to be up toward #2 son's house and we needed to go check on his house.
RL elected to have her morning snack out on the porch with "Meow Meow" as she calls the cat.

I emptied another 1.4 inches from our rain gauge at choretime this morning and the ground is certainly saturated all around.
Just before noon we decided to drive up to #2 son's house to give it a final check before he gets back from Florida on Saturday.
This is the site of one of the trees in the road on Davis Mountian  road on the way to his house.

Both girls went to sleep on the way there so they got naps in while we checked out everything in and around his house. Hubbie had to unstop one of his gutters that had been running over but thankfully that was the only thing we found from all the heavy rains.
We headed back home and ran through a couple showers that added to the sogginess of the day.
The girls woke up when we got home so we all had lunch. This is RL's smorgasbord for what she thought she could eat and she ate most of it along with some ice water to make her mouth feel better.

After lunch hubbie took the girls outside to enjoy part of the day with no rain showers. RL loves batting the ball with this tennis racket. We are going to have to work on keeping her eyes open and on the ball though !!!!!!

While they played I baked, 12 caramel, 3 chocolate, 2 pound, 1 blackberry wine, 2 blueberry and 1 pan of brownies.
RL wanted to help me count the eggs when they all came inside when another rain shower started.

After the girls were picked up hubbie and I did the chores early as we heard distant thunder starting up.
Just as we got inside and started our supper the storms made it to our area. Thankfully the rain wasn't so heavy here but we did get some bad thunder and lightening that lasted all evening.
I iced my cakes and got things ready for market.
Daughter called when they arrived at son-in-love's brothers house in Mocksville,NC for a weekend visit. I was worried that they would run into the rough weather on their way there. Thankfully they got there okay but she said it was really bad coming off the mountain in the heavy rains.
I am so glad they went earlier this afternoon because just after dark tonight the interstate that they had traveled had to close after several cars got trapped in 4 foot of water that flooded the interstate.
Mudslides and flooding inundated Polk county this evening .

The rain here was heavy at times and I am sure the creek is flooding but in the darkness we can't see it but can hear it's distinct roaring sound it makes when it jumps it's banks.
I made it to bed just after midnight and am very thankful that the rains have slacked and the thunder and lightening seems to have passed.
#2 son and Tif are spending their last night of their Florida vacation tonight and tried to make a family pic but Bear didn't co-operate !!

Thankful for the blessings of this day and for the healing of RL and her hand ,foot and mouth disease blisters and praying for traveling mercies for son and Tif as they travel home tomorrow.
God Bless and Good Night