Tuesday, June 27, 2017

DOCTOR VISIT, PARK PLAYTIME AND 2017 CANNING SEASON BEGINS

Ahhhhh A really cool morning feels more like early Fall than early Summer today. I hated to leave the warm spot under the covers.
After chores and breakfast I had devotions then took a walk around in the crisp morning .
These pink clouds of Mimosa blossoms have the entire yard smelling Heavenly .
My Morning Glories are finally blooming to say good morning each day.
I love this row of blooming Hostas just outside the chicken lot.
Spotted this pretty butterfly taking a rest in the cool morning .

I reluctantly came back inside and started some house cleaning this morning. I didn't clean any last week and it definitely shows.
I also got a start on putting some July 4th decor out.
After a quick lunch I headed over to daughter's . She asked me to come over with enough time before g-daughter I's doctors appointment to help give her a bath.
She was just finishing nursing when I arrived and we gave her a good sponge bath since her naval cord is still hanging on.
Then we headed to her doctor's appointment to check her weight again.
We got to meet her regular doctor today and she was very nice and very informative.
G-daughter I has gained 13 ounces since Friday which puts her above her birth weight already at 8 lbs 2 oz.  so she said that was excellent and she didn't need to see her again until her 1 month check-up.
Daughter felt very accomplished with this news.

We went to Ingles to pick up a few things and g-daughter I slept in the cart the entire time.
D-in-love met us there and we all headed over to Dana Park for some fun. G-son met one of his cousin's there and had a very good time .




Of course g-daughter R was having the time of her life running from one thing to the other and she also found a playmate.


And of course Neena is always her playmate !!!
 G-daughter I was not impressed with the activity at all !!!!

D-in-love took g-daughter R to her swimming lessons and g-son stayed with us and played a little longer.
We finally bribed him with a stop at Dollar General to get him to leave.
We dropped daughter and g-daughter I off at their house and g-son had to kiss his littlest cousin good-bye.
I dropped g-son off at his house and then got home about 5:30. I watched the news and then did chores. Hubbie finished a sturdier more protective box for the young roosters and we put it in their lot so I don't have to worry about any predator getting to them.
I came inside and started breaking the ends of all the green beans I picked yesterday. I worked through the evening making Dilly Beans and ended up with 17 pints of deliciousness for the first project of this canning season.
I finished and took the second batch out of the water bath at 11:00 then I wrote my blog post and headed for bed.
Thanking God for the wonderful blessings of this day and for the strength He gives me each day to spend it being a grandmother !!!
God Bless and Good Night.

Monday, June 26, 2017

GARDEN HARVEST BEGINS

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

FAMILY SUNDAY

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

BUSY MARKET DAY AND 1997 BASEBALL

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

FIRST DOCTOR VISIT

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