Monday, April 24, 2017

RAINY MONDAY AND HAPPY #35 TO D-IN-LOVE

A rainy Monday morning with g-daughter here early to get this week started.We tried to get her to go back to sleep since her mom said she really didn't want to get up this morning after a week of later wake ups.
But no deal so hubbie got her breakfast and I did chores. I had my breakfast then we made a trip to Southern States to get chicken feed for the month. We also stopped by a car wash so hubbie could spray all the Oak tree droppings off the hood of my Honda. We were certainly the only customers at the car wash with the rain falling this morning !!!
We got home and we all had lunch. G-daughter loves french fries , grapes and strawberries . She also learned to say all these things while we ate.
#1 son came in while we ate as he couldn't work in the poring rain.
Hubbie had a dentist appointment in Columbus at 2:00 so he left about 45 minutes early to give him plenty of time to drive down the mountain in the rain.
G-daughter watched Sesame Street not looking very comfortable in her little chair.
Her and her daddy took a nice nap in the recliner while I did 3 loads of regular laundry and 1 load of bed sheets.
After hubbie got home with thankfully no cavities this time and #1 son and g-daughter went home I watched the news then headed out to get the chores done in a rain break.
As I checked on the setting Black Silkie in the old rabbit cage I heard peeps and sure enough her eggs are hatching.
The creek is licking the bank tops but thankfully has stayed in its banks with a 2 & 1/2 inches more rain from overnight and today. With yesterday's 1 & 7/10ths that is over 4 inches of rain in the last couple days.
A lot of my beautiful Azalea blossoms are on the ground this evening.
Hubbie and I relaxed for the evening. I crocheted on daughters baby quit and hubbie watched TV.
Happy # 35 to d-in-love today. I wish her many many more very happy birthdays.
Thanking God tonight for the blessings of this day and asking for His intervention for a situation at #1 son's work place .
God Bless and Good Night.



Sunday, April 23, 2017

BABY SHOWER FOR G-DAUGHTER #2

Waking to the the sound of rain falling always makes me want to just snuggle deeper in bed and forget the busy day ahead.
But that's not usually possible in my busy life style and surely not today !!!
As I dawned my rain gear and slipped and slid through chores in a cool upper 40's morning I was reminded that this is still April and April can feel like winter !!
Hubbie and I got ready and headed out to church. There were a lot of empty seats today in church and when the Pastor thanked the ones of us who braved the rain instead of doing what I felt like doing earlier I was really glad I didn't just snuggle down under the covers and miss church today.
The sermon was good today from Mathew 5 about how to defeat our lustful feelings.
I will stop right here and say how well our new young pastor Craig is doing since he took over the senior Pastor job.  His sermons are very informative and meaningful and done with true passion.
After church we all came home to get to the rest of our day. For d-in-love and I it was to get all our baby shower decor loaded in our cars and head back up to church by 1:00 to get the fellowship hall ready for daughter's baby shower.
Tif picked the cake up and came to help us get set up. The room looked really good .
 The flowers I got yesterday turned out perfect.


There was plenty of really good food that d-in-love and I made with the help of sis-in-law Sandy.

D-in-love ordered the cake from Sam's Club and it was very good.
There was many many beautiful gifts.
Daughter had plenty of help with the unwrapping.

The room was filled with guest and we so appreciate all the love that was shown today.

G-daughter found a playmate in Anni .
Daughter loved the special quilt I made for g-daughter #2 .
Congratulations to this special couple we love you both so much and are so happy for you !!
After everyone left we cleaned up and I got home around 5:00 .
The rain has fallen all day but not the heavy rains we were afraid would get here. However we are still under a flood watch with more rain expected overnight.
I emptied 1 & 8/10ths inch rain from the gauge at chore time. Thankfully not the flooding amount but surely the mud making amount !!
Aa shut the cattle up in the upper pasture tonight just in case the rains get harder tonight.
We have had a relaxing evening and I worked on another special baby gift for g-daughter #2  for awhile tonight.
Thankful tonight for the blessing of a loving family and friends that make this life journey so much more special.
God Bless and Good Night










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