I had school time with Isaac, Elijah, Esther, Joy, and Graham. Graham made a moss terrarium during his long Grammy school time. We had been studying about moss as he got interested with some that we have in the back yard. It's a good thing that he likes moss so much as it seems to be the thing that grows best in our tree-shaded yard!
Esther LOVES to hold him. Abigail isn't much interested!
Below is a picture of their new little "pet." I'm not sure if they have named it or not! Poor thing I know that it will be glad when evening comes and they go in the house! Their mommy has suggested that they put him in the playhouse in the backyard for the night. Hmmmm...wonder if he will be there when they check tomorrow...oh, well, there are plenty of toads in the pond and it looks like Joy is pretty good at catching them!
To end tonight's blog...a great big smile from precious little Joseph. He is giving smiles quite freely these days!
Monday, March 31, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
This was the scene that I caught out our upstairs window when it was snow flurrying around lunch time.(Click on the picture so you can see the snow better!) We had bursts of snow flurries like this off and on during the morning and afternoon. And, it was rather blustery too...so all in all a good day to stay in! The children did come over for their usual school times with me, plus Tuesday is art day. Abigail got her sewing notebook caught up during her Grammy school time and also changed the elastic in one of her skirts. Then this afternoon when their homeschooling lessons were complete several of them spent a wintry Spring afternoon over at our house. Several built with K'nex. And, Esther and Elijah played a game of Monopoly with Goosey (Woody). I spent the afternoon resting...just plopped in my chair and had trouble getting out of it...dozed a bit, but mostly just sat. This was another day that woke up super early...around 5am...and I "play out" pretty early in the afternoon when that happens. Even Woody didn't do much outside today except to empty our inside waste baskets into the outside garbage can and take it to the road for tomorrow's garbage pick-up. He decided that the wind didn't bode well for a walk so drove to the prayer room at church this evening.
Monday, March 24, 2014
It started out to be a rather chilly morning, but warmed up to feel pretty good by the afternoon. At least it got into the 50's. Now, tomorrow it isn't supposed to get out of the mid 40's and there is even a chance of seeing a snowflake or two...surely not!!!
I had a normal Monday school day. Woody walked to the library late this afternoon. I fixed our supper and have rested a bit after we finished eating. Now I'm debating on whether I am up to a night of "Dancing with the Stars" or not...not sure that I have enough energy to walk down the stairs!
Saturday, March 22, 2014
45 years ago today my father walked me down this aisle. Looks like Woody and the minister were waiting at the other end of the aisle! This is one of my favorite of our wedding pictures even though it doesn't really show any of us close-up...still tells the story.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Goosey (Woody) and Elijah decided that it would be a good idea to go do our Wednesday grocery shopping together. So I had Elijah do his school time early this morning so they could head out early. Once Goosey finished his crossword puzzle they were on their way.. Then Isaac came over at his regular time. Graham and Abigail each read out loud to me in their school time slots. Then it was Joy's turn to have her long Grammy school time. She read to me and then we continued to work on her sewing notebook. After school I ate a quick lunch, rested for a moment and then headed off to church to work in the library. Once again we got quite a lot accomplished. Now we are anticipating a new book order that will probably keep us busy processing for a while. On the way home I made two stops--the public library (I know...just can't get enough of libraries!) and the drugstore. By the time I got home I was ready to collapse...but no rest for the weary as I needed to get busy and get a dish ready to take to a couple in our church tomorrow for their lunch. I knew that if I didn't get part of it done tonight that there wouldn't be time to get the rest ready in time after I have school with the children tomorrow. Once I had a sweet potato casserole in the refrigerator, THEN I collapsed with the heating pad in my recliner. I did doze for a little while and have just become alert enough to come in and blog!
As I mentioned Woody did grocery shopping this morning with Elijah. They also did some shopping for seeds and plants for the gardens that Elijah and Joy are going to be planting. Elijah is so excited at each sprout that comes up...be it weed or actual plant. His onions are doing quite well. And, today Elijah came in all excited because they think that some of Esther's seeds are starting to sprout. Esther planted flower seeds in one of our barrels on our back patio. Woody took a walk over into the next neighborhood to talk with a friend this afternoon. We both took tours of the grandchildren's gardens this afternoon. That about sums up our last day of Winter, 2014!
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I had school this morning with Elijah and Isaac and then Esther came over to read. Then five came over for art. We did Spring pictures in anticipation of the first day of Spring on Thursday. They had fun and made some really neat pictures. They each pretty much did "their own thing" with the mediums that I put out for them. After art Abigail had her long Grammy school time. She continued to work on her sewing notebook and she read a story in her reading book. After lunch Joy came over for her reading time. After that I pretty much "chilled out!" I am trying to finish a book so read and relaxed.
A little while ago Woody walked to the prayer room at church. The first time that he has walked there in some time...trying to get in the exercise that the doctor recommended! He also walked four miles this afternoon.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Now for the story to explain tonight's blog title. Nathan needed to take their RV to have some work done on it and needed Woody to follow him to where he was going so Woody could bring him back home. Well, Woody and he got separated almost immediately...though Woody couldn't figure out how he could lose such a large vehicle so easily. What happened was that they went totally different directions and so Woody wouldn't have spotted Nathan. (Woody thought that Nathan was driving that big vehicle awfully fast for him to have never caught sight of him!) Anyway, I guess Woody wandered around in Winchester trying to find the dealership that he thought that Nathan would go to...well, he did finally find it, but Nathan was gone by then! Nathan had called home and said that he was driving around trying to find his daddy, but couldn't especially since Woody had driven the new car and Nathan still wasn't sure exactly what it looked like...especially since it is white. Nathan had been told in Winchester to bring the RV back to Tullahoma to get the work done so I suggested that he come on back and that eventually his daddy would figure out that he might as well come on home!!! Which he did! When Woody got home, I was over at Nathan and Kathy's taking care of the kids while Kathy went to pick up Nathan and bring him home! Woody hadn't been over at their house long and Nathan and Kathy pulled back in to their driveway. Kathy said that on the way home, all of a sudden Nathan burst out laughing. He said that he was picturing his daddy finally finding an RV and just following it and that perhaps he was heading to Michigan following the wrong RV! Anyway...never a dull moment around here!
I spent most of the afternoon making our traditional St. Patrick's Day meal--a New England Boiled Dinner: corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and onions. My mouth has been watering for it all afternoon. But then was a bit disappointed as the corned beef seemed very dry...after all the years that I have been making this same meal, this same way, I don't remember the meat ever being dry like this. Oh, well, the potato and carrot tasted good to me! Abigail spent part of the afternoon over here. She got her magazine in the mail today and she made a craft that was in it. It has been a very chilly St. Patrick's day here in Middle TN.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Woody did his normal Saturday errands...WalMart run and also a stop at the library. When he got home, the Proctor's were already here. Wade and Alex did some yard work...cleaning out the leaves in some of our gardens. The older children grabbed up Erin and headed off to play. Isaac claimed his Aunt Melany. Later Melany claimed Joseph and got in some baby holding time! An all in all fun day...good way to celebrate two birthdays!
Friday, March 14, 2014
Look what I spotted this morning in the parking area at Janie's Sewing Center! The first dandelions that I have spotted this season...warmer temps must be getting closer! When I got up Woody was diligently working in the kitchen...getting things all cleaned up for the next messes! I did make a slight mess when I made some homemade green salsa...a first for me. I have a recipe that plan to make in the next day or so that this salsa is part of the recipe. It was made with tomatillos...first time that I had used fresh ones. After I got that made and got the dishes loaded in the dish washer, I headed off to pick up my serger from Janie's. It was in for what I call its "spa treatment" (getting cleaned and oiled). Now both my machines are home...all cleaned and ready to do great and wonderful things...that is if I find the time to sit down and guide them! Woody went on a walk that included stopping at the barber for a hair cut. I have been intermittently doing a bit of cleaning...vacuuming, etc. It needs to be done as I haven't done much but necessities around the house since my dental work last week. I say "intermittently" as I couldn't keep at it very long before stopping for a rest! I did get the whole downstairs vacuumed before coming up and collapsing with the heating pad! Rather irritating not to be able to "keep at" things the way I used to be able to. Tomorrow is a big day...celebrating my birthday with the Proctor's and the neighbor Dorrell's...a family gathering here in Tullahoma. More on that tomorrow!
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
Daffodils = March birth month flower = appropriate photo for my birthday! I have had a very nice day. Isaac and Elijah came over first for their school time. Esther didn't come over today as she was feeling a little under the weather. Then Joy came over to read and then Graham came for his long Grammy time...he opted to read today. He is really "into" the Narnia series and is zooming right along with them and didn't want to stop today to do a bit of sewing time...he said another day! While I was having school with Elijah and Isaac, Woody baked me some birthday brownies which we shared with the grandchildren and their parents for a mid-morning snack. After lunch Woody went next door and kid sat while the parents went to a meeting. I have had several birthday calls today--one from a friend who moved away a short while ago and one from my sister and one from a friend here in town. I have also been planning tomorrow's art lesson for the children. I think that I will have them in a St. Patrick's mood when we get finished tomorrow. Woody got us "fast food" for supper--I wanted French fries for my birthday! I can remember several times when Melany and/or Nathan would give me French fries for my birthday...specifically McDonald's French fries...made their mommy a happy camper! And, so far today, I don't feel much more decrepit than I did yesterday! Now...Woody on the other hand...I have neglected to report that he cracked a rib last Thursday when his arm slipped when he was getting out of the bathtub and he hit the side of the tub with his side...ouch. He does claim that the pain is less, but he has to be careful just how he moves! He supervised the planting of onion slips today...he has given Joy and Elijah the use of one of his gardens for this year and the onions were the first things that they have planted. He did go on a four-mile walk today. I didn't know that he had cracked his rib till Saturday when I couldn't find "my" heating pad and found that Woody had it and why he had it. Looks like we may need to become a "two heating pad family!" Ahhhh! Ain't getting older grand?!?