Friday, August 18, 2017

Be On the Lookout!

Have you noted family groupings in the back window of vehicles?  Well, Nathan, decided that their vehicle needed a personalized family grouping!  From left to right: Nathan (Crazy Tie Guy), Kathy, Graham, Abigail, Joy, Esther, Elijah, Isaac, Joseph.  Nathan has a new machine that will scan and cut things that he has drawn and he is enjoying using it for various things like this personalized family, a sign on the side of their van, their website lighted up on the front of the van, bean bag pieces cut from fabric so he can sew the bean bags, business card size of some of his reversible words, etc. Abigail and I had him attempt something the other day that didn't work the first time, but will probably work given another try. Anyway, he is having fun with his new "toy" and doing a bit of advertising of their ministry as they travel around the country.  Next on their slate is an Eclipse gathering in Kentucky.

Woody got up early and walked four-miles.  Later in the morning, he headed off to do our weekly grocery shopping.  I put away the food when he got home.  And, while he was gone, I walked down the street to a yardsale.  One of my friend's mother died recently and they were having a yardsale today which included a lot of her sewing things.  I got some buttons, a couple of patterns, and a throw-size piece of batting.  I pretty well refrained myself as I just don't need a lot more that has to do with sewing!  I did finish my pj pants today and have the fabric for the top ironed and spread out on my cutting table awaiting the pattern to be pinned onto it.  Woody made another recipe of his coleslaw.

We are settling in for another quiet Friday evening in our household...probably reading, watching a bit of TV, perhaps a crossword for Woody. I have finished my books of Sudoku no puzzle working for me these days. One of the books that I am reading is a cookbook...very interesting reading about the four elements of cooking: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.  I have a couple of fiction books from the church library that I'm reading also.  But I may leave the books in their stack and go cut out my pj top...lots of choices to do in the quiet of the evening! Let me know if you spot the above vehicle in your neck of the woods...they show up just about anywhere and everywhere that their vehicle can roam.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mad Scientist?!?

Elijah had his long time with me this morning and we started doing science experiments.  He got candles to burn under water, made rice dance, and found out how to keep a balloon from breaking when it is held directly over a flame (put water in it)!  The bottom picture shows what happens to a balloon when there is no water in it...a big pop and balloon pieces flying! The rest had their school times another busy morning...and the first full week of Grammy School is behind us!

Woody walked his four-miles early this morning. Joseph spent time with Goosey (Woody) after his school time as he has done each school day.  Isaac continues to love to sew on buttons. Whenever he gets a spare moment, he shows up to sew one more.  He has quite a well supplied sewing basket (little scissors, a pin cushion, needle threader, needles, buttons, thread, fabric pieces) and is really loving it.  I guess I have created a sewing monster out of least for the moment till the newness wears off.  I asked him today why he was loving it so much and he said, "Well, I had to wait all that time till I was in kindergarten to be able to sew buttons!"  I think that he has sewn on 18 buttons in the short time since he had his first lesson!  He has sewn on two-hole buttons, four-hole buttons and just tried a shank button for the first time.  Anyone need any buttons sewn on anything?!? The button-sewing expert lives right next door to me! Elijah was funny when Isaac was trying to impress him with his button sewing skills.  Elijah just smiled and then said, but I know another faster way to sew them on...on the sewing machine!  I'm not quite ready for Isaac to try the sewing machine method! Sewing machine sewing starts in first you think that he will be able to wait that long?!?

Today the second video lesson in my sewing group was published and I enjoyed watching it after school was over.  This time it is about sewing piping and the teacher shared several tricks that she uses that do seem like they would make it much easier to do.  I haven't had time to try her methods out yet.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

First Sewing Lessons

Today Joseph had his first sewing lesson that I teach.  Sewing with sewing cards.  He was pretty proud of his "creation."  Isaac had been counting the days till he started kindergarten and would get his first lesson with "hand sewing."  That first lesson is sewing on buttons.  He did great!  He enjoyed it so much he came back over this afternoon to sew a few more on.  Note Isaac's Poland shirt!

Woody headed off to the local farmer's market before school started this morning.  He got tomatoes and some of the best peaches!  Joseph, again, spent most of the morning with Goosey (Woody) after he had his school time with me.  Isaac followed Joseph and got right to work on his reading and his math lesson so he could start "hand sewing."  Elijah, Abigail, and Joy had their reading times with me.  Then Esther came for her long time.  We got the fabric for a new apron into the wash and found all the pattern pieces that she will need to make her apron.  Then she practiced threading the machine and stitching straight lines and then stitched out some of the fancy stitches on the machine.

After lunch, I headed to the church to work in the library for a couple of hours.  We mainly did maintenance and a couple of other routine tasks since we had finished processing the book order last week.  I came home and flopped in my chair for a little while and Isaac sewed a few more buttons.  I did make a casserole for our supper while Woody went to try to visit with one of his new Sunday School boys.  We are now settling in for the evening.  I'm feeling the effects of a pretty busy day...not much energy to sew this evening.  I did sew more last night and am ready to put the elastic on the waist of my pj pants.  But I think that task will wait for another day unless I get a surge of energy in the next little while!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Rainy Tuesday Afternoon

This afternoon we have had several hard showers move through...I was out and about and luckily each time a shower started I was in a store and was over by the time I came out...that happened twice and then when I went next door to give Abigail something another shower...again...over before I headed home. Showers like these continue to make our flowers and plants quite happy...they still look good for this time in the summer.

Woody didn't walk this morning because he usually walks to the prayer room on Tuesday evenings.  But tonight he combined attempting to visit some of his Sunday School boys with his prayer room visit.  So no walk today.

We had our second school day and it went a lot happier for Joseph today!  He popped right in and got busy and when school was over he wasn't ready to head back to his house.  Instead he spent most of the rest of the morning with Woody downstairs.  Joy had her first long Grammy time.  She continues to learn how to paper piece small quilt blocks.  She is going to make a few more and then I am going to show her how to make some larger quilt blocks so she can make herself a throw-size quilt (maybe).

After lunch I went to get my hair cut.  My next appointment will happen a few days before Cheryl comes for her visit...that means her visit is just a little over 4-weeks away.  After my haircut I went to JoAnn's to get some felt for a project that Abigail is doing and found a piece of fabric for me..  Then I went to WalMart to get a few things.  All my gadabouting didn't allow for a nap today...maybe that will mean a better night's sleep tonight?  I started making my pajama pants after supper.  I guess I got motivated because I found a piece of fabric to make a pj top this afternoon at JoAnn's.  I guess I will head back to my machines and sew a little more this evening.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Grammy's School...Back in Session

This morning we got underway with the new school year over here.  Joseph was the first to come...he had a bit of a problem coming over as he had to be "pulled away" from something that he was watching...I hope that he comes over happier tomorrow!  He ended up having a good school time with me and then went downstairs and worked in the family room with the set of forrest animals and didn't leave till the end of Isaac's time.  Isaac came over with a happy face and we got going on his school work a bit more quickly than Joseph and I.  Everything is review at this point...just getting back in the swing.  Elijah, then Esther, then Joy came for their reading times.  And, then it was time for Abigail's long Grammy time.  She is planning a banner type thing for a group that she helps teach at church.  She needs some felt colors that I didn't have so we switched back to working on a pair of shorts that she cut out just before summer vacation began.  She also was the first one to sew on the machine for this school year so she "got" to clean the machine before we started sewing.  So a busy morning for me to get back in the school routine...started at 8:30 and ended at noon.  It wasn't very long after lunch before I found myself napping in my chair! It's going to take my body a while to get used to being back in a school routine...I can tell!

Woody stayed around till after Joseph went home.  And then Woody went to the Life Care for Bible study with Jeff and also visited with friends who reside there.  After that he made a stop at the hospital to check in on a friend there.  He made another trip back to Life Care after lunch to take something to one of the residents. This evening he is at the Monday night prayer meeting at church.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

It's Been 17 Years!

Happy 17th anniversary to Nathan and Kathy!  They have had a busy day.  Kathy and Abigail left early to go to a church conference in Nashville and Nathan left shortly after them for a meeting in Cookeville.  Abigail came home with the church group after the conference.  Nathan picked up Kathy after her meeting and they went on an anniversary date somewhere between Nashville and here.

Woody headed over next door before Nathan left this morning and we have rotated back and forth during the day.  He stayed next door most of the time.  I took advantage of Woody not sitting in his recliner and ended up spot cleaning it.  He still isn't sitting in it as it hasn't quite dried.  It must be a week that I have been in the mood for my mother's recipes as today I made her recipe for Boston Baked Beans.  They take all night soaking and then all day cooking.  They were done just in time for supper.  One of the times that I went next door for a while, Woody went visiting at the hospital. After he got back from visiting, I headed back to the house and put the final touches on the Sunday School lesson that I'm teaching tomorrow.  Woody is home now and as soon as he got home he started making his favorite recipe for slaw.  He likes to have slaw when we have baked beans.  Anyway, it seems to have been a busy day all, cleaning, keeping an eye on six children, Sunday School lessons, hospital visiting...yup...a pretty full day!

Friday, August 11, 2017


It has been a fairly normal Friday for us.  Woody got up early and walked his four mile circle.  Later in the morning, he went to the grocery stores to do our weekly shopping.  While he was at the store, I cleaned out the refrigerator...getting it ready for more food when he got home.  I put away the groceries.  For our supper I made a recipe of Mother's for pork chops and mashed some red potatoes with the skin new favorite way to make mashed potatoes...much easier than peeling them...and we really like them that way.  It wasn't very long after we ate, that I sat down in my chair to rest for a few minutes...and the next thing I knew it was past time to blog!  Then when I did get in here, the computer decided to be as slow as molases.  Kathy and I talked today and we came up with a schedule for my part of their school week.  We will try the new schedule this next week.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Shoes & A Volleyball Game

I took Abigail to get her back to school shoes today.  She wanted them for her first volleyball game.  She is a Lady Knight.  She (lucky #13) only got to practice with her team tonight as she hasn't gotten to practice enough with them this year since she has been "on the road" with her family.  Her Jr. Varsity team is a homeschool team and they play different schools in the area. Abigail is an eighth grader this year. During the first game they kept it pretty close, but the other team took the second game fairly easily.  So the Lady Knights suffered a loss tonight, but it looked like they had fun playing and hopefully Abigail picked up some pointers on the sidelines!

Woody walked four miles early this morning.  I thought that we were going to get a lot of rain, but we only got a little today.  Areas not far from us got LOTS...some got as much as 5 inches and lots of roads were flooded, but we pretty much stayed "high and dry." It's pretty humid.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Bit of Gadabouting

Woody got up early and walked his four miles.  Then he went to the local farmer's market a bit earlier than usual as I had plans to go out for breakfast with friends.  I spent most of the morning away from the house eating a leisurely breakfast at one of the local cafes here in town.  Then the three of us walked down to a furniture store and looked around a bit.  By that time it was almost lunch time!  We always have fun when we get together...lots of laughs and catching up...what should we expect when we have known each other for around 40 years!

After lunch (this time I guess I should say after noon, as I wasn't hungry for lunch!), I headed off to the church to work in the library for a couple of hours.  Donna and I did general maintenance (checking books in and out and shelving the ones that had come back) and then started planning our next book order.  I ran a quick errand on the way home.  We are now settling in for the evening...another quiet one.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Learning the Ropes

 Esther and Elijah learned a new task tonight...their first time to get behind the mower!  Graham (the usual mower) told Esther that it was like drawing in the grass!  Definitely the thing to tell a budding little artist...a good "Tom Sawyer come-on!"  Both she and Elijah were excited to try their hand at this new task.  It was definitely a tough job as the grass was quite thick due to all the rain that we have been having.  They made a great effort at the job with help every so often from another in the family...Kathy, Nathan, and even Graham.  For a while Joy supervised from the hammock, but in the end decided that she wanted to take a few passes with the mower. Good on the job training and Graham seemed like he thought that it was a good idea to pass the job on...time will tell!

Woody returned from his walk to and from the Prayer Room at church while I was outside watching the mowers and ended up locking me out...he didn't know that I was outside.

I have done a little cleaning today and then "made" a pie.
Now I really don't consider that I made the pie since I used a bought graham cracker crust and a Jello pudding and pie mix for the lemon filling.  I did make the meringue.  I'm used to doing things more from scratch than I did with this pie so it seemed a little like cheating!  But it was good.  A week or so ago, I was making a salad with what I thought was lemon jello and when I opened the box, it ended up being lemon Jello pudding.  So I made the pudding and I realized that it reminded me a lot of my mother's lemon meringue pie...though she did NOT use a Jello mix.  Since I made that comment, Woody bought another box and a graham cracker crust (his choice for a merenge pie) and so today I made us a pie.  It really does taste good...not quite like Mother's since she used a regular pie crust rather than graham cracker crust. Anyway, we had dessert for a change.

Here is a picture to show that Joy didn't just lie back and watch all the work going on around her! Everyone is dressed to avoid mosquitoes.  I got nibbled on several times while I was outside and now am rather itchy.
Oh, and, I did get an email from my Cottey roommate this morning and it looks like she is going to start making plans to attend the reunion, too.  Looking forward to seeing her after many years.  We have talked every so often on the phone and have seen each other several times over the years since graduation but it has been quite a few years now. I think that perhaps the last time we saw each other was at our 20th Cottey reunion...oh, my...30 years ago!  She and her family have been to Tullahoma and we have been to visit with them in Kansas, but I guess both those visits were while our children were young and before our 20th reunion. Time has a habit of slipping away.    

Monday, August 7, 2017

Wet Underfoot

We have had some more rain today...once again we seem to be in a rain pattern.  It's so good to be in this kind of pattern rather than a drought pattern.  It's so nice to see things stay green throughout the summer.  I just checked Woody's digital rain gauge and we have had over a 1/2 inch in the last 24 hours...not a tremendous amount...but enough to make it wet underfoot.  I found out when I ran a quick errand next door a little while ago.

Woody got up this morning and had his walk.  He mentioned that it was quite humid while he walked...not all that hot...just humid.  He said about the moment that he got back in the house it began to rain.  So I guess he missed getting drenched.  He made some more blueberry zucchini bread today.  Did I mention that the zucchini that he bought from the farmer's market was huge?  It made four very large loaves of yummy bread. He took a loaf of it to church for the youth before Sunday School snack.  He gave one to the neighbors (Nathan and Kathy and family), we have pretty much wiped one out, and he has one for the freezer.  He left me in charge of getting these two loaves out of the oven, when he went to the Life Care Center for Bible study with Jeff and then went to the hospital to visit a patient.  Then he stopped by an elderly gentleman's house who is in his Deacon family.  He had a busy morning. This evening he came to the "rescue" of Nathan and family.  They were coming back into town from a weekend reunion with Kathy's family in the Smokies.  Three of the family needed to be three different places.  Woody met them at the edge of town at the National Guard Armory to give Graham a change of clothes (that I managed to find) so Graham would be properly dressed at his Civil Air Patrol meeting, then Woody delivered Kathy at a meeting at church, and Nathan drove Abigail to her volley ball practice.

I have had a fun day planning a future adventure.  I have my 50th college reunion from Cottey College in Nevada (not pronounced like the state...the "a" after the "v" is long), MO coming up in April.  I had pretty much decided that I wouldn't go...until...I got an email from our class rep at the end of last week and the email included me in the group of 35 that were going at this point in the planning.  So seeing my name there made me reconsider!  Also a reference to me about me perhaps taking photos at the reunion got my attention...would hate them to "only" have phone pics!  Woody and I talked it over and we decided that we would start making plans to go.  At the moment the plan is that he and I will drive to Cottey.  I made our hotel reservations today.  I don't know how much Woody will just hide out in the hotel room, but he needs to be there as part of my memorabilia!  After all...I met Woody there so he is a part of my Cottey life!  It is an all-girl college to this day...Woody happened to bring his heart broken roommate over to Cottey for a dance...and ended up changing his own life forever!!!  And, literally I saw him across a crowded room and decided that he was the person that I wanted to spend that evening with.  He took me to my first Cottey reunion after we had been married for a week and now he will take me to my 50th at which point we will have just recently celebrated our 49th anniversary.  From what I understand the current chef at Cottey is fantastic so perhaps Woody will be rewarded for his "sacrifice" through some good eating! I have been Facebook Instant messaging today with Cottey friends and emailing my roommate and other friends.  Our class goal is to have 50 or more at our 50th. I'm hoping that my roommate will be able to come.  This should be fun..I think!

Now I have my sister's visit, Cottey reunion, and my sewing classes to look forward to.  Lots of activities seem to be popping up. I guess I am kicking up my heels like the calf in tonight's picture!

And, with that thought of me kicking up my heels (Never in your wildest dreams could I any more kick up my heels at this point in my life!), I think that it is time to settle in for a quiet evening after all the "excitement" in our day!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Lots of Green = Poor Visibility Sometimes

Tonight's pictures show why it is hard at times to get pictures of barns in late spring and summer.  Green just takes over here in Tennessee.  These barns will be easier to see once the leaves start to late fall, winter and early spring make for the best time around here to be able to really see what is along the side of the highways and byways!

Woody really had a busy morning.  He start his day with a really early morning walk.  Later in the morning, he headed to the Post Office to mail a package for me.  Then I don't know in what order but he went to the library, registered Elijah for Fall Ball, picked up some free Major League Baseball stickers for Elijah, visited at the hospital, and went to Aldis.  I may have even left something out...I'm not sure.  I know that he left a little before 9am and didn't get back home till after noon.

I continue to work on samples for my sewing class/club.  I am working on setting up a notebook.  So far I have done two samples to put in the notebook.  I have been checking out stitches and their settings and then recording them on the technique sheets that go in the notebook.  I watched the class video again...probably a couple of times...but part of the time it was just running as background noise...I wasn't actually watching.  I did learn a new "skill" to save a video from Facebook onto my computer.  That way I don't have to be dependant on an internet connection to watch it.

Friday, August 4, 2017


And, here we are back to Friday...they seem to roll around all too often these days...not that I don't like Friday...but it just seems like I blink and it is Friday again.  Woody walked early this morning.  Then a bit later in the morning he did our weekly shopping.  Today making stops at Aldis, WalMart and Kroger. When he got back home I put the groceries contribution to the grocery effort!

I worked some more on my sewing technique class.  The teacher had a problem getting the video to downloaded...but took a tremendously long time.  She started it downloading yesterday evening and it didn't fully download till this afternoon!  I worked on getting pages printed out for my notebook while I waited.  I also got the list of sewing club members names ready to download onto our sewing club page on Facebook.  It isn't totally complete, but at least it is there for folk to refer to it and act as a reminder to those who haven't given the information yet.  I will update it later when the information is complete. I enjoyed watching the first video when it finally downloaded mid afternoon today.  She is a very good teacher and does a very precise job explaining techniques.

Woody put together another batch of what I call "meat loaf burgers"...again...not my favorite...but they tasted pretty good tonight with a nice slice of tomato on them.  Woody is enjoying burgers at the moment since we have a good supply of fresh tomatoes.

He did a little watering this afternoon and perhaps that is what brought us a shower or two a little after he watered.  He also got caught in the first shower as he was out shucking corn when it started up without much warning.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Busy August Day

Wednesdays are usually pretty busy.  Woody got up early and walked four miles.  Later in the morning he drove to the local farmer's market and got us some more tomatoes...yummy!  He walked later in the morning and got his hair cut.

I spent the morning getting the beds made that were slept in for the sleepover.  I continued to work in the sewing room too.  I got it vacuumed today so I'm all ready to start  sewing for my sewing techniques class.  After lunch, I went to the church to work in the library.  Donna and I finished up some odds and ends and then left earlier than we usually do.  I headed to WalMart before going home.  Finished up my shopping list that I started yesterday.

Big day tomorrow...celebrating Esther's birthday with the family.  Party! Party!  Plus tomorrow is the day that my sewing online sewing class gets underway.  I'm ready for both.  Esther's gift is all wrapped and ready and the camera is ready to celebrate Esther turning 10.  My sewing room is ready for the first class.  So guess I am ready for Thursday, August 3.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Welcome, August!

It looks like this little blue bird is welcoming in the month of August.  Once again it doesn't seem possible that another month of this year has come to a close and another started.  Time certainly is flying whether we are having fun or not!

Woody is off on his second walk into downtown Tullahoma today.  This morning he had a meeting downtown and then this evening he has walked to the prayer room at church.

My activity of the day consisted of driving to do some errands this afternoon.  Esther will be happy that I went shopping as we now have a gift to give her on her birthday the day after tomorrow.  This morning I spent working on straightening up my sewing room, dusting, etc.  I just have to run the vacuum and it will be in good shape to start my online class on Thursday!

Isaac came over to tell us that they had been taking pictures today for his "My Book About Me."  This booklet is a tradition for their I guess it is getting to be official that school is about to start.  They went swimming at a friend's pool this afternoon.  They asked us to go so we could watch the newest little swimmers and so I could take pictures, but I knew that I wouldn't last very long outside plus I had my shopping trip planned for the afternoon.

Woody just walked in, I guess that means that we are both settling in for another quiet evening in this Dorrell household.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Guess the Newness Wore Off!

This is our refrigerator on the day we got it 6 1/2 years ago.  I guess that the newness has worn off since we had to call the repairman to come.  The shock over the repairman is that we were told he would be here between 8am and 5pm...AND...get this...he arrived a little after 7:30am.  It is all fixed...and...almost as good as new?!

Woody went for a walk early so he would be back in time to wait on the repairman...well, he wasn't back before repairman arrived.  He did get back in time to write the check! Later in the morning he went to the Life Care to have Bible study with Jeff and visit friends and also stopped to see a friend at the hospital. Woody  has just returned from Monday night prayer meeting at church.

I have done a little of this and a little of that today.  After I blog, I need to go down and transfer the sheets that I washed this morning into the dryer.  I made a dish for supper called Okra-and-Corn Maque Choux (pronounced "mock chew").  We had some fresh okra given to us and I had the rest of the ingredients so decided that this recipe was meant to be!  Oh, we did have to shop at the neighbor's (Nathan and Kathy's) for onion.  So I didn't quite have all the ingredients.  I was surprised that we didn't have any onion as we "always" have onion...but I hadn't taken into consideration that Woody had been eating onion on his hamburgers and had depleted our supply.

I am having fun getting ready for an internet sewing club to start up later this week.  I haven't ever done something like this on line...but I "know of" the teacher so I decided to join. She teaches at a lot of sewing schools in the south and across the US.  It is going to take place on Facebook...another first for me to take a class on Facebook.  It is going to be a technique class and I am really looking forward to it.  I have been working on an alphabetized (the librarian in me!) list of members and the states/countries they live in.  So far the farthest away is Bahrain in the Middle East.  Most members are from the United States.  At this point, I have only met a couple of the 111 members (to this point) in person, but "know" several from different sewing sites online that I have visited over the years.  This gets underway "for real" on Thursday.  I plan to share the members list with the group once I have all the names and places for each member.  This club will last for a year and perhaps longer if the teacher has more techniques and interest in it continuing.  She will share two technique videos and other files each month.  It should keep me busy enough to keep me out of staying out of trouble isn't a for sure thing...especially when it comes to sewing!  .

Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Blast From the Past!

I was looking for a picture for tonight's blog and I happened to open up this one and realized that I had never posted what our old garbage disposal looked like.  I bet that not many have seen such a colorful one...very 70's right!?!  We no longer have a unique garbage disposal...this one lasted almost 40 years.  I'll bet the generic looking one, that looks like everyone elses, that we now have doesn't last even half that long! I will say that the new one is much quieter.  Our old one, when it was running, sounded a bit like a jet plane taking off.

Woody headed out this morning to do his usual Saturday running around...library and hospital visits.  He was gone longer than usual and I was beginning to wonder if he was going to get back in time for us to go to a memorial service.  But he did get home in time to change clothes and then we both headed to our church for the service.  Woody went for his four-mile walk this afternoon.  Our hot temperatures and high humidity have broken and it has been a VERY pleasant day to be outside. He enjoyed a walk a bit later in the day rather than having to go super early to avoid the heat.

The three boys survived their sleepover and all slept well.  They headed home shortly after they had breakfast.  Melany and I talked on the phone for a while this afternoon.  We hadn't talked in a while.  Often these days we send off quick text messages back and forth so it was good to catch up with her today.  Her school year is getting back underway with teacher meetings starting this coming week and she will start having kids in the classroom sometime the next week.  Tullahoma City school kids start this coming Wednesday...just too early...summer seems like it is just getting underway!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Eating & Spying = Sleepover for Boys!

We seem to be doing everything by the clock...time for supper, time for bedtime snack!  I attempted to snap a picture of them eating their watermelon that we had for dessert, but Elijah ducked under the table to get out of the picture...I fooled him! They are just finishing their bedtime snack and will head to the bathtub shortly after I finish blogging.  In between the meals, the boys...especially Elijah and Isaac have been spying on the "girl party" next door.  They have been spying both from inside and outside our house.  The third picture is of them looking out my bedroom window...watching the girls trying to break open the pinata on their back porch.  Looks like the girls are having fun!

Woody didn't get in his usual morning walk, as it was raining early this morning.  I guess he ended up getting his exercise at the grocery stores.  He went to Aldis and Krogers for our weekly grocery shopping.  The kids were in and out bringing their "spend the night" stuff over and then going back home and then coming back again...especially Isaac.  He finally just came over around 2pm and just stayed...he wanted to get a little more time for his sleep over!  I think that they are having a good time.  The three of them pretty much entertain themselves...keep coming up with different things to do.  Making up their own games, etc.  Well, I think that I have stalled as long as I can about getting the bath ready...Isaac is chomping at the bit!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Shoes for JoJo

This morning Joseph (aka JoJo) showed up at our house with three of his siblings.  They all wanted to go with Joseph to buy shoes.  Kathy hurt her foot yesterday...playing with the youth group from church!  So at first I didn't think that she was going.  Woody and I were trying to figure out how I was going to transport four children with none old enough to sit in the front seat...and get car seats and boosters for them in the car also.  But Kathy showed up and said that she was able to drive since she had a boot for her foot from her last foot injury. (She went to the doctor later this afternoon and he says that it isn't broken...but she has to wear the boot for at least a week.) So six of us headed off to help Joseph pick out some shoes.  Now the top picture shows more children than we took.  The two young girls on the right are the shoe store owner's granddaughters.  I taught these girls' mother in Montessori school many moons ago.  They were helping out at the shoe store this morning.  The middle picture shows Joseph looking in the mirror checking out the first pair of shoes that he tried on.  In the end he chose the ones that he has on in the bottom photo.  He is much happier with more room for his little toes!

Woody got up and walked early this morning.  He and Graham ran an errand to attempt to buy a new blade for the lawnmower.  In the end they had to make two trips because the lawnmower shop needed to see the lawnmower to be sure to get the right blade.  They thought that just taking the blade would work...but no.  It started sprinkling just as we drove back into the driveway after our shoe shopping trip.  By the time that Woody and Graham got the lawnmower loaded it was raining a bit harder and not long after they headed off it started pouring...not for very long but poured enough to get water into the trunk of the car  since they couldn't close the trunk down with the lawn mower in it.  The did get a new blade and Graham got the blade changed and has mowed some today.  The grass in their backyard is pretty tall and thick since Woody wasn't able to mow it this last time that they were gone due to extreme heat and then due to rain.

I have done a little of this and a little of that around the house today...started a few cleaning jobs...will continue to work on them some more tomorrow.  Today the children and I discovered an interesting spider web in one of our living room looked like a hammock connecting one side of the curtains to the other.  One of the reasons that I decided that it was time to do some cleaning!  But I had gotten rid of a spider web on this same window last week...guess I only got the web and not the spider.  I guess a day or two will tell if I relocated the spider this time!

Woody made his crispy quinoa burgers again today.  And, he also made what I call his meat loaf burgers...these burgers have what you would put in meatloaf...not my favorites!  I prefer "just meat!"  He made me some of those too.  He put them together and I broiled them for our supper...along with some to eat on other days.
Tomorrow is the day that Esther is having a sleepover for her 10th birthday party.  The boys are planning to have their own sleepover...over here!  Party! Party! Party!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Caught Us Another Bandit!

Nathan and Kathy and family got home last night after being away in Texas for a church camp where Nathan was camp pastor.  This morning Elijah was greeted by this little raccoon that got too curious about one of his traps.  Elijah had set the traps hoping to help us relocate some squirrels away from our bird feeders...but got this little critter instead.  After everyone got a good look at him, Nathan released him back into the wild.

Not long after the excitement over the raccoon, Nathan came over and said that I needed to come outside and get a picture of Esther on the hammock that friends gavethem.  Ummmm Nathan and I had to try it out too.  And, Nathan insisted on getting a picture of me on it...for the I guess I am obligated...but if I am on the blog then he and Esther will be too! They had the frame but no now they have both. I will confess that I had to have Nathan's help to get out of it!

Woody walked early this morning.  Later in the morning he went to the farmer's market and got tomatoes and a large zucchini.  I "see" zucchini bread in our future!  After lunch, I headed off to work in the church library.  The three of us managed to get all the new books processed and on the new book shelf all ready to be checked out. A good accomplishment that will make our fiction reading library patrons very happy. 

And, now I leave you this fine evening, as I attempt to live the "Life of Riley!"

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

On Closer Inspection...

On closer inspection of this photo, I spotted a person down next to the metal gate in front of the barn with a yellow slicker over their head.  It's fun to work on the pictures after getting home from one of my photo excursions.  I snap them pretty quickly on the trip and sometimes am not aware of what all shows up in the picture until later when it is blown up large on the screen when I am editing them. If you click on the photo, it will enlarge and perhaps you will spot the person in this photo.  I wonder what this person thought about the car that slowed down with three ladies in it with their cameras sticking out the car windows! A good portion of the barns that we take pictures of are abandoned...or at least don't have people around...but once in a while...

Woody spent time in and out today attempting to do a little mowing.  It hasn't been quite as hot today, though still not very cool!  He did manage to make several swipes across the areas that he has been attempting to mow all week.  He just walked back in the door from his walk to and from the prayer room at church.

I have spent some time today cleaning up from my most recent sewing projects and starting to plan more.  I spent quite a bit of time looking at fabric online...planning some projects that I want to do.  I am now taking apart a pair of pajama pants that I like that I have worn out...but like am tyring to salvage them for a pattern.  But "on closer inspection" I think that I would probably be better off just going to Walmart and buying a new pair! These were extremely well made even though they were inexpensive when I bought them many years ago.  They are NOT easy to get apart.  I may give up soon and figure that it just isn't worth the time and effort and hope to find another pair that I will like equally and use the fabric that I am thinking about using to make something else! It's not like I don't have other projects waiting in the wngs to be started!


Monday, July 24, 2017

Farm Decor!

Some farms are fancier in their decor than others.  This farm had lots of peacocks and this one posed on the fence in front of the barn.

Woody came in a few hours ago just dripping and said, "It's too hot to mow!"  Our temperatures continue to be high and the humidity is high also.  We had our first good rain since the hot temperatures showed up.  We got almost an inch and a half last night.  Woody's new digital rain gauge that Melany and family gave him for Father's Day is working great.  This is the first time that we have been able to test it out since Graham got it set up.

I did manage to finish my baby sewing this afternoon.  I was all ready to sew last evening and the storms started coming through.  We had some heavy rain and quite a bit of lightning and thunder.  We had only one really bright flash of lightning and then one big crash of thunder.  The rest of the time it was mainly rumbles of thunder and rain.

Woody just returned from Monday night prayer meeting at church.  Late this morning he went to Life Care and had Bible study with Jeff and then visited with friends there.  Then he made a stop to see one of the Life Care residents who is in the hospital. Woody walked early this morning.  He said that the temperature was cool, but that the humidity was high after all the rain we had gotten in the night.

That about sums up our day.  We are now ready to settle in for another very quiet evening enjoying the AC and ceiling fans that keep us cool.