Thursday, December 14, 2017

MARKET DAY WITH A LITTLE HELPER

Typical hectic Thursday morning with both g-girls here , getting chores done, getting ready for market, getting everyone breakfast.
I dropped RL at her preschool and she was back to her normal happy self today thankfully. IR and I met hubbie at market. She went to sleep on the way as usual and slept while we unloaded and got set up.
I had her bottle and fruit ready when she woke up as daughter had an early morning today and IR hadn't eaten since about 5:30.
She liked getting to sit in my highchair that I have at market since RL used to come here all the time when she was about IR's age.
Connie ,IR's other g-ma is sick today so hubbie had to stay all day at market and help take care of her.
She is always very good and all the vendors just love her. Leslie our manager likes to hold her and walk around with her.
I had a good market day today with all the orders picked up and sales from the table being surprisingly good.
We left when market closed and I went to the bank and hubbie went to the dump with our trash and recyclables. IR went to sleep as soon as I left the market and hubbie met me at Aldi and we switched vehicles and he brought IR home in my Honda and I did my shopping at Aldi and Walmart in his truck. With the whooping cough cases in the county continuing to grow into the upper 30's with more and more people exposed to it we are still not taking IR into crowded places as much as we can help it.
Walmart was ridiculously crowded even this far from Christmas and I promised myself if I find myself needing to come back to Walmart before Christmas I am coming very early in the morning or very late at night to avoid these crowds of ill tempered shoppers !!!
I met daughter in the driveway on my way home after she had picked up IR.
Hubbie helped me unload both vehicles and get things put away then it was chore time.
After chores we watched the news of the "C" ,Chloe, winter storm that is dropping snow across the country but is staying north of our area.

I worked on some projects on the computer tonight and got an early bedtime .
Thankful for the blessings of this day.
God Bless and Good Night



















Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BAKING FRIDAY and 1957 CHRISTMAS MEMORIES

Had an interesting morning with g-daughter RL today. She was really ill tempered and didn't want to co-operate in anything .
G-daughter IR just watched all the excitement from her bouncy seat which RL pitched a fit wanting to sit in ????
Finally we were off to pre-school with her whinning and not wanting to go for the first time ever at this new school.
On the way there she fell asleep and wouldn't wake up. I carried her in and handed her to teacher Jodi.
Jodi sat her in the floor when she roused her up and RL acted like she had no idea where she was at and kept looking around at all the other kids strangely.
I almost picked her up and brought her home as Jodi said she hoped she wasn't getting sick.
She said she would call if she didn't come out of her daze in just a little while so I left and came home.
I called d-in-love and told her to call and check on her when she got a chance.
She called and they said RL was fine so I got IR her breakfast and then hubbie took her over while I baked.
I baked 12 caramel, 1 coconut, 4 pound and 1 blackberry wine plus a pan of brownies.
It's funny how missing just one market day makes me feel as if  I have been away for a long time.
We had a late lunch then put IR down for a quiet afternoon nap since RL's other grandma picked her up today.
She loves to look at the lights on the Christmas tree.


Hubbie went outside to gather firewood in for another cold night. We have kept the fire going downstairs all day today and it sure has felt good with the temperature staying in the low 40's all day. Thankfully the wind died down early last night and we kept our power.
Deb , RL's other g-ma brought her up here after she woke up from her nap to see IR as she was wanting to see her pretty badly. She was acting fine this afternoon so she must just have been tired this morning.
After daughter picked up IR and everyone left hubbie and I got the chores done and then I did weekly paperwork and the month ending figures for November which turned out to be about average.
I watched Survivor while I iced caramel and coconut cakes and got things ready for market.
To start off the December decade pics back in 1957 I was 3 years old and my brother was 1 year old and I got a piano that year.



I remember this piano was kept for many years and now that I think of it this little piano may be packed up in some of the stuff in our barn.
Memories are so fun and sad at the same time as I look at my dad and mom and feel sorry that they never got to feel the experience of grandchildren in their lifetimes.
Thankful for the good times in my memories and for the family that God choose for me. Thankful for the blessings of this day and for the season of the birth of our Wonderful Savior.
God Bless and Good Night.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

Up and out on this morning to greet both g-daughters as everything gets back on regular schedules.
I did chores then took RL to preschool which she was looking forward to today after missing yesterday.
I came home had breakfast then spent the morning cleaning house.
Hubbie and IR went back to pick up RL with me so he could sit with them while I went into Ingles and picked up a few things I needed for baking and some Boars Head sandwich meat and cheese.
As soon as we got home both girls woke up as usual and RL woke with a nose bleed. This is her first nose bleed and I suppose it is the cold windy weather that caused it. It wasn't bad and we got it stopped pretty quickly. My #2 son had nose bleeds often so it didn't scare me when this happened. I told her mom and she said she used to have nose bleeds as a child also.
After we all had our lunch the girls settled in for a play day afternoon while the cold wind blew outside.
Pretty soon these two heads put together will probably mean trouble !!!!!  But today it was just sweetness from RL giving kisses to her younger cousin.


RL went missing this afternoon and we found her under the tree just staring up at the lights and she stayed very still like this for a long time !!!!  Tell me there isn't magic in the Christmas season !!!
I can't help but marvel at the difference a year makes !!!!
I took this last year of g-daughter RL on this same date .

And this is the photo I took today of RL as she took a little horn ornament off the tree to blow in it.
#1 son came by today to line up hubbie to help him move this week . He and Tif are renting an apartment just out the road while they search for a new home. He is supposed to close on his house this Monday.
Daughter brought more storage bins to put in our storage shed today as she and son-in-love also slowly start their packing for their sale in January. They have found a small house in town to rent while they search for their new home.
She is enjoying g-daughter IR's first Christmas before she kicks packing into high gear after Christmas. This is a pic she sent me tonight of IR in her Santa suit under their tree.


And talking about how much difference a year makes, this one will be pulling ornaments off the trees next year !!!
It is the coldest night of the season so far tonight with 25 mph wind and temps in the mid teens putting chill factors in dangerous near 0 levels.  This winter (well it's really not even winter yet) but this December has really started off wintry with snow at some point in the first 10 days of this month in all 50 states of the USA.

We should have built a fire in our upstairs wood stove along with the downstairs one but with the cold lasting only one night and all my decorations in place we opted not to have a fire up here.
Just praying that we don't loose our electric during the night and wake up freezing.
Thankful tonight for the blessings of this day and for the love of The Reason for this Season.
God Bless and Good Night.

Monday, December 11, 2017

SLOW MONDAY

Monday morning after an extended weekend gets off to a slow start around here. The cold temps overnight made for more slipping and sliding around on the frozen snow this morning. Hopefully the bright sun shine and predicted warmer temps today will melt a lot of the snow.

These Azalea bushes have a good insulation against the cold winds that are coming .

Schools were on a 3 hour delay so both g-daughters were a little later getting here and RL's preschool was closed today so we settled in for the day. By the looks on these faces it could be a long day !!!

And even when IR broke into a big smile even Pawpaw looked like it was a blah Monday !!!
I did laundry all morning between getting RL and IR snacks and changing diapers.
They were pretty good to play together and it is so sweet to watch IR react to all the toys that RL shares with her. RL wants her to play with her soooo bad !!!

After we all had a good lunch we took a ride out to town so both girls could take good quiet naps in the car and I could go by the Co-op and pick up some things I needed.
When we got home both girls were awake and we spent the rest of the afternoon until their mom's got here entertaining them.
We did chores and there was some melting today but not as much as I had hoped.
At least the snow was slushy enough for me to shovel all my icy paths clear this evening. The next 2 days are predicted to be the coldest of the season yet so there won't be anymore melting until late week.
Rocky and Flash got acquainted today and acted like they maybe could be friends but things might change once they are on the same side of the fence !!
Tomorrow we will put a cover on the dog lot to help keep the cold winds, snow and rain off him. These next couple days are going to be rough on anything staying on the outside.
I am having a hard time getting warm tonight and I feel like I am catching another head cold.
After the head cold I caught back in October hung on and almost turned into bronchial phenmonia I am definitely not looking forward to another round of that !
Headed to bed early tonight.
Thankful for the blessings of this day and with the knowledge that on some days God's blessings are a little harder to see I know with the confidence in my heart that they are always there. 
God Bless and Good Night









Sunday, December 10, 2017

GOOD FAMILY SUNDAY

Another lazy morning since church is canceled today due to no power at the church.
It is very cold this morning at 19 degrees but thank goodness for that beautiful clear blue sky today.

While I was doing the chores #2 son was up and out early and arrived with a load of things to put in the barn and helped hubbie set up a dog lot we have for Tif's Australian Shepherd that is going to stay with us while they live in the apartment they have rented.
I came inside while they worked and put chicken breasts in the pressure cooker and started getting the house cleaned up for lunch with everyone.
We had everyone here today except Tif who was working and son-in-love who was at the gym.
Hubbie took the chicken from the pressure pot and put it on the grill to finish cooking and it was very good. We also had mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, glazed carrots and Re brought over some delicious broccoli salad.
I made snow cream to go with chocolate cake for dessert and the kids loved it.
While the adults had a nice visit the little ones played well together.

 G-son was overseeing all the little ones patiently watching.
After everyone left hubbie and I took his truck and went up to #2 son's house to haul a load of furniture to store in our storage shed .
He left to get Rocky the dog that is going to stay with us . Rocky is a big beautiful male Aussie and is very friendly.

We are going to have to see how him and Flash get along before he can spend much time out of his pen.
We finished evening chores and then came inside for a quiet evening. As I walked my little trail through the snow to get from the barn to the chicken coops the thought hit me that we are already marred in icy snow paths and it is not even winter yet !!!  It is only the first of December and I am already feeling the fatigue of dealing with the cold and slipping around on the snow on the ground.

All this snow was associated with the 2nd named winter storm of the season, Benji, unfortunately 3 people lost their lives because of this storm as it moved from the gulf coast to the northeast coast leaving record cold and snowfall amounts in it's path.

We have several limbs down around the yard but that is the extent of our damage that we have found so far.
Thankful to God for sparing us any damage and praying for all the folks who did have damage and lost loved ones during this storm.
Thankful for the blessings of this day.
God Bless and Good Night




Saturday, December 9, 2017

SNOW DAY SLEDDING FUN

A little extra snooze time this morning as snow still falls outside. We have 12 inches of the white stuff this morning and it is truly a winter wonderland out here.






The roads were just slushy and wet this morning.
I paid for my extra sleep when I got up to my chicken pens and found the netting over the Silkie lot completely torn down by the weight of the heavy snow.
The net kept tearing when I tried to lift it so I just rolled it up and got it out of the lot. Hopefully no hungry hawks will come looking for a dinner today.
The snow is very slick and I almost fell several times .
Aa brought his 4-wheel drive tractor over and made a couple trips around our driveway to speed the melting if the temperature does get above freezing today. You can see the snow still coming down in this picture.
Aa had a happy little helper.
Hubbie and I gathered some snow clothes and boots for g-son and some food to add to Re's for a big lunch for everyone and we headed over to Aa's for a fun sledding morning.
This is g-daughtger RL's first time realizing what sledding is all about and she didn't much care for it at first.

But she warmed up to it especially when she got to ride with someone heavier so she could go farther and faster.




She particularly liked the rides when the daddies pulled her around.


Come on mom you can go just one time down the hill !!!!  
Cause I have worn dad out !!!
Of course g-son and EL were loving every minute of the snow sledding day.











And BB, well his face in this first pic says what kind of day he was having.



They played and played until I know their little legs must have been completely worn out before we could convince them to come inside for lunch.
We had a pot of ham and bean soup and a pot of potato soup with some cornbread for lunch and it was very good and really hit the spot on a cold snow day.
After a nice restful visit we headed home so all the kids could get naps. I actually felt like I needed a nap !!!!
Hubbie and I rested and watched the birds in the refilled bird feeders outside the front window. They were very appreciative of the fresh seed I gave them.
We did chores then g-daughter RL and g-son stayed with us while their mom and dad went over to a neighbor's house for their Sunday school class Christmas party.
We made more snow cream and just enjoyed having them safe and warm here with us on this snowy night.
RL is patiently waiting for Pawpaw to bring in the snow for the snow cream.

And they both ate more than they should of the sweet mixture that they only get a few times each year.

After they were picked up hubbie and I had a nice relaxing evening  listening to the wind whip outside and saying prayers that our electric would remain on through this windy snowy night.
Thankful to God tonight that He allows me the health and opportunities to have fun with all the kids like we did today and I strive to glorify Him in all that I do.
God Bless and Good Night