Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Paddy's Day-2013

What a wonderful weekend we have had!  Missy and Rodney came Friday evening-Missy had a mud run Saturday morning and I was to compete in a tournament at Creek Casino at the same time, so Rodney, Dick and I went to the casino.  Needless to say I didn't win but it was fun.  When Missy got home we all went out for Mexican food.  It was delicious but Rodney and I found a new "hot", when they say hot, they mean HOT!!!  Dick doesn't understand how I can say it's delicious and still almost too hot to eat but it really was.  Rick came over and picked up Rodney to go to our downtown St. Patrick's Day festival-Rick showed him around downtown and Rodney has found some new places to eat when they come back to town.  Today Rick and Lizzie came over and Rick cooked collard greens, blackeyed peas and fried pork chops, Lizzie made some good cornbread and Missy handled dessert--she bought a huge plastic margarita glass for her Dad and filled it with Ghiardella brownies, chocolate and vanilla ice cream and whipped cream with sprinkles.  This was also a birthday celebration since Dick's birthday was on the 14th.  We sat around and played an '80's trivia game that my bff gave to Dick for his birthday.  It was fun but I couldn't believe how little I could remember....I said I must have slept thru the '80's. lol  Ry came this evening and Michelle came when she got off work so it's been a really cool and very enjoyable day!
   We are planning some trips soon and I'm hoping to be posting more.  I've been sick for quite awhile but thanks to the good Lord and this new medicine my doctor has given me, I'm doing much better.  I read almost all the blogs I subscribe to most every day but just haven't felt like posting myself.  Hoping to change that now that I'm feeling better.  We've had some really gorgeous weather too which has certainly helped.  Our daffodils have bloomed and gone, but we have iris, camellias, rhododendrens, flowering quince and the redbud trees is just starting to bloom.  I've always loved cold weather but I didn't realize just how much I was looking for Spring.  Boy, am I ready.  I've lost about 62 lbs so that helps too.  Went shopping and now buying 4 sizes smaller....can't beat that for a good feeling.  Going to try to post some pics now-hope I can figure it out. lol


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

March Happenings

   More beautiful flowers blooming, lots of yard work to do, and a beauty pageant to attend.  Dick had to cut down a huge Poplar tree that was half dead and we had a really pretty Peace rose blooming.  Planted two dogwood trees at the cemetery so that we could continue the tradition of decorating them at Christmas time – this was a tradition that my Grandmother started 67 years ago,  When she couldn’t continue doing it, my Mother took over and now it’s handed down to my daughter and me.  Many people don’t find comfort in cemeteries but I always have.  It’s the last thing I can do for them here and I like seeing their graves clean and flowers blooming.  It was fun watching Nikki

compete in her pageant, she’s such a beautiful young lady.  Then there’s the flowers blooming that I mentioned earlier, azaleas, rhododendruns and camellias.  The women in my family have always loved yard work – my Mother could be found watering her yard at 11:30 at night.  She said it was peaceful at that time and it was the only time she had to do it with everything else that was going on in her life.  My Grandmother would go out early in the morning and work til almost 11, then come in for some lunch and other inside things to do til it cooled off outside and then back out around 3 p.m. til dark.  It gave them and the neighbors much pleasure to see all the beautiful plants.

February–The Month of Love

I've always liked February - My sweet Granddaddy's birthday was the 14th and my sweet Grandmama's was the 27th.  My dear Mother-in-law's birthday was the 25th and our wedding anniversary is Feb. 6th.  Used to be a busy month for us when they were all alive.  Still a good month to celebrate close to 50 years of marriage.  Our yard begins blossoming out with the promise of a lovely Spring and Summer.  This year we were blessed with a new baby, sweet Michael.  All in all, a great month.  Below are a few pictures to show our yard, a crochet project,  Michael and his sweet Mother Kayla and a romantic dinner my husband cooked and served in our Florida room.

February - The Month of Love

Sunday, January 29, 2012

New Year Fun January 2012

What a great way to start the new year - a trip to Pennsylvania with Missy!  She hasn't been there in many years so it was fun to see her visiting with everyone.  It was enjoyable being with her in the rv on the way up and back.  She had a really good time with everyone-went to Gettysburg with Uncle Gary, gained a huge amount of info on Indians and arrowheads from Uncle Gene, held Brandon and Alyssa’s sweet baby son, got to visit with Josh and Elizabeth and their adorable kids and a whole bunch of other family members.TinaDane and Connie on the porchFeb. 24, 2012 003Feb. 24, 2012 004Feb. 24, 2012 005Feb. 24, 2012 006Tim, Missy, Uncle Gene, Aunt Connie and Dane the morning we left.Feb. 24, 2012 008Feb. 24, 2012 009Missy, Uncle Gene, Tim, Tina, Dane Dick and Aunt ConnieOn the way home

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas 2011

Our real tree complete
with decorations made by
my babes when they were
very young.
Michelle, Rick & Kilo

Erran, Allison, Rodney, Ryan
Nikki, Dick & Missy

Michelle, Lizzie & Aryn

Kayla & Poot

Sweet Granddaughters: Nikki, Aryn & Erran

My handsome son Rick

Kayla, Rick, Kilo, Michelle & Lizzie

Don't ya love Kilo's Santa outfit?

Kayla & Poot, Rick, Kilo & Michelle

Lizzie & Shane



Our small front porch tree

Killer asking for a treat

Killer being handsome

Christmas gift from Charlotte and Don
Christmas is always a special time for me, has been since I can remember.  Celebrating Jesus's birthday has always been upper most in our minds.  Following that has been the family get-togethers...many were somewhat tainted with arguments that when looked back upon were really not necessary....but that's the way it is in some families.  I love and miss every member of my family and would so very much love to go back and have just one of those times when we were all together.  But now I enjoy the company of my young adult children and their families....doesn't it sound strange to say adult children??? lol  They make my life complete and both are such blessings.  Hope I can get all these pics posted....I'm still very much into the learning phase of adding the pictures and don't do it very well but hopefully you will be able to see those who mean so much to me.  The northern members are not with us for Christmas so I will post them in the January section.  I'm extremely thankful to my Father in Heaven for each and every one you will see here and those who weren't here.
Do love the poinsettias
Erran, Allison, Nikki, Ryan  & Dick

Friday, September 30, 2011

September Journeys - 2011

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Walking Killer in Sevierville, TN
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On the road to PA
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Natural Bridge, VA
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Enjoying the porch

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Sitting around the fire on Connie's Patio
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   Our trip to PA – always love to visit our family in Pennsylvania.

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Tina riding Killer on the tractor-he won't do this with anyone but her.  He has claimed her as his human.