Friday, May 22, 2015

Blooms, Birds, Birthdays and Baby Kittens

It's Friday!  And it's been a busy week since I was here last.  
Rain has fallen, the sun is now shining....the
flowers are growing.

Birds are singing.  I snapped the bluebird while sitting on the 
patio one afternoon in between bottle feedings and chores.  
This photo is a happy accident and not clear like I wanted, 
but I like the way it turned out looking kinda like a painting.

Kittens are thriving.  And this is one of the reasons I've 
been too busy to blog.  They are both doing really doing well now. 
Rainie is eating much better as well as walking and is so sweet.  She likes to be cuddled and purrs a lot.  Rambo the Rambunctious loves to run around and explore everything.  It was quite an undertaking as I'm not used to feeding, burping and fixing bottles!  Not to mention the changing and washing of their bedding each time they are gotten out to feed and to play. 
But, it's impossible not to fall in love with them.
As my friend, Virginia, said in an email just the other day,
"Animals don't ask for much, just love, and they will
return it a thousand times."

Birthdays are happening.  Our daughter is having a birthday this holiday weekend.  One of her friends is having a party at their house with some of her friends to celebrate.  This photo is from last year, but she doesn't look any older!  
Happy Birthday, Kim!!
We love you lots and lots. 

BG and I picked up some fast food and enjoyed the lake view 
while we ate our supper last night.  I'll be happy when the 
bridge work is done so we don't have to take the detour.  
I don't go very often now and I miss my lake visits. 

While we were making plans for the weekend, we decided
to go this evening to the cemeteries and decorate the 
graves of our loved ones.  It is tradition here to not only
remember those who have died for our country but also to decorate
  the graves of our loved ones on this special holiday.

May each of you have a wonderful holiday weekend
in remembrance of those who died so that we might be free.

Happy Friday to you!
xo Cheryl   

Friday, May 15, 2015

Kittens, Muffins and A Conversation

We have had rain, lots of rain.  More rain is forecast from now until Christmas.  Just kidding about Christmas.  But it's supposed to rain through the weekend.  I want some nice weather and see skies again like in the photo above that I took the other day.  

I did get the planting of flowers in my pots finished this week in between feeding kittens.  One job crossed off the list.  Yay!

The kittens are still having a time getting used to bottles.  They might start out eating good, but too soon they act like they don't know what to do.  They do purr and are walking fairly well, but the female, Rainie, is not quite as big or eats as much as Rambo, the male.  I'm a little worried about her, I don't think she gets enough formula.   

I managed to get some blueberry muffins made yesterday.  I had heard about these delicious muffins at Vee's and the recipe for them came from Estelle's.  They were every bit as delicious as promised, but I will make them next time with fresh blueberries, I only had some frozen berries on hand.  If you like blueberry muffins you must try this recipe from Estelle's.

                                ~What did he say??  Yes, I lightened the dark circles.~
On Tuesday, BG and I drove to the Big Town for his doctor appointment, but the doctor was called away and BG had to reschedule.  He did get the blood work done.  After fasting all morning he was hungry so we stopped for a nice lunch.  After lunch and a stop at Lowe's we headed home.  On way home, the conversation went something like this.....

BG:  I really missed going into work today.

Me:  What??

BG:  I enjoy my job, as you know.  So I miss it when I'm not there.

Me:  You probably think the place would fold up if you weren't there.

BG:  Ha.  Ha.

Me:  You know I'm really glad you love your job.  Everyone should be so blessed.

BG:  I know I'm blessed.

Me:  Well, you know you could have added that you were blessed to have me riding with you to your appointment.  Or better yet, you could have said you were blessed to have me!

BG:  Sigh.  Were you just taking pictures of yourself?

Me:  They are called selfies and I didn't think you would notice.

BG:  Sigh.  Like I said, I really missed going to work today, but I did enjoy lunch.

Me:  If you want to work, when we get home you can mow the lawn.  It's supposed to rain tomorrow.

BG:  Pop in a CD and let's hear some music.

Me:  Sigh.  I know when to be quiet.  

Hope you have had a wonderful week.  It continues to be hard to get all the reading and commenting done that I would like to do.  Thanks for hanging in there with me...I'll be by as soon as I can! 

Happy Friday to you!
xo Cheryl

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Food, Fun and Furbabies...

I hope all of you had a wonderful Mother's Day.  I sure did and I even got a Tour of Italy.  Well, that's what it was called on the menu!  

My sweet daughter took me to the Olive Garden for dinner.  BG, who isn't all that fond of OG elected to stay at home and babysit the kittens...more on that in a minute.  We really love their salad and bread sticks and the whole meal was delicious.  Thank you, Kim! 

My daughter also got me a beautiful card and red rose.  It was a fun day and the weather cooperated until we were back in the car and ready to head for home.  The rain began and just poured.  

I received 2 cards in the mail from my son.  The funny one said "If I had an extra $1000, you'd get more from me than just a Mother's Day card."  On the inside it said "You'd get a postcard from Hawaii."  lol!  He added at the bottom that he just couldn't resist buying that one.  He actually is in Hawaii this week for work, flying there a couple of days ahead of time to do a little sightseeing.  I'm trying hard not to be jealous.

The kittens I mentioned are the two little rug rats on the right.  lol!  I don't know whether to laugh or cry.  It's really sad because their mother abandoned them on our property and it was beginning to storm, they were soaking wet and starving, so we did what anyone who loves furbabies would do.  Brought them inside.  They are only around 2 weeks old or so.  We've looked for their mama but haven't found her.  I hope something didn't happen to her.  Anyway, to make a long story short, we I have gotten a new job.  One that I really didn't need, but the little ones didn't ask to be abandoned either and they deserve a chance at life.  So, I will be doing everything I can to give them that chance.  I did call the humane society in the Big Town, but as I'm not in that county I was put on a waiting list for a foster family to become available.  They told me they are bottle feeding over 70 kittens now, so I don't expect an opening anytime soon. 

I hope you, too, are enjoying this beautiful (and busy) month of May.  BG and I are headed today to the Big Town where he has his routine checkup with his heart doctor.  Our daughter will watch the furbabies and work on a grant for her center until we return.  I am behind on visiting, but I'll be by to catch up as soon as I can!     

Happy Tuesday to you!
xo Cheryl 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

The spotlight is on mother's today and I want
to wish each of you a very beautiful day.

Happy Mother's Day!


Monday, May 4, 2015

Flower Planting Time

There is something I always seem to have to learn the hard way every spring.  And that is don't sit on your derriere all winter long and then fly into a cleaning and planting frenzy and not expect to hurt all over.  Ouch!  Ow!  Arrggh!  Where's the Advil?

The new entertainment center and mattress arrived Saturday.  Oh, I really love that comfy pillowtop mattress!  Of course, being the procrastinator that I am, I waited until Friday to do most of the cleaning in the bedroom where the new mattress was to go.   I store stuff under the bed, doesn't everyone?  And that stuff had to be moved.  Dust bunnies had to be rounded up.  The closet which didn't need to be opened even got cleaned out again.  How does it get so cluttered anyway?  The essentials were at least done by the time of the delivery.  More needs to be done yet, but now is the time for some outdoor work.  

It started to sprinkle today so that was enough to send me back into the house to do a little laundry, load the dishwasher and give the kitties some attention.  I will try to get more planting done tomorrow.  

I just wanted to check in this evening to say that I am still here even though I haven't been able to visit or blog much lately.  Unless the weather changes, I will be working in flower gardens and planting my flower pots for the back patio.  The front patio planting is done and looks nice, if you overlook all the seeds falling from the maple tree.  I'll take a photo as soon as we get the window painted.  The window needs replacing, but that is one of those things that gets pushed to the bottom of the list.  

We haven't forgotten The Project.  We're still awaiting someone to remodel the bathroom and a few other things before we get back to doing what we can do there.  It's too hard to find the right people for certain jobs around our small community.  

Hope your week is a good one!  I'll be by to visit as soon as I can.

Happy Monday to you!
xo Cheryl

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pretty Horse, Nice Fence

One of the fun things about a drive in the country is getting to see horses in various colors and sizes.  Whether this one is a paint or a pinto is something I'm not qualified to say for sure, but my guess is that it would be called a paint judging by the size and shape.  I wonder if this guy has been wallowing in the dirt or just needs a good brushing?   

Most of the farm fences in our area are pretty much alike and are usually woven wire or barbed-wire like this one.  I liked the posts in this fence.  This photo was snapped about 10 days ago.  

Linking to Theresa's Good Fences 

A memory.....when I was a youngster growing up on the farm we had a number of horses and one day my dad brought home a bay horse and a pinto.  The pinto was a little smaller than the horse in the photo above.  The bay was the same size as the pinto and had a blaze of white on his face and was named Blaze.  The pinto became my riding horse at the time and I called her Sally.  

My older brother, who rode Blaze, and I raced our horses up and down the lane at the farm.  He would always beat me.  Blaze was fast enough to be entered into the races at the county fair and won a few.  Sally was a good horse but not all that fast.  

My dad, who would sell almost anything if he could make a dollar, eventually sold Sally.  I had other horses to ride, one named Star became my favorite and would also get sold.  When I was a teenager, I got off the school bus one day and as soon as I went into the house I told my mother that I was going to saddle up Star and go for a ride.  She had to tell me that Star was gone.  Dad had sold her without telling me he was going to do so.  Yes, I was heartbroken.  I loved that horse and she was the last one I considered mine.  Other horses, including Blaze, were around for me to ride, but I never forgot Star and I remember wondering if Star missed me, too.   

We're having some beautiful spring weather this week.  Hope it's a beautiful day for you.

Happy Thursday to you!
xo Cheryl       

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Flowers on Tuesday

Yesterday morning dawned pretty and bright, so I headed out in search of flowers to plant in pots for my new front patio.  I wish you could have seen my car at the end of the day.  It was loaded down with bags of potting soil, flowers and a few new pots.  

I decided while I was at it, I might as well get flowers for the back patio as well.  When I got home, BG helped me unload everything and said he didn't know how I did it.  He's rather be at work!  I told him it started out to be fun, but ended up rather like work.  I think I went to every home center in the Big Town and a greenhouse, too, looking for the best flowers with the best prices!

A couple of my knockout roses pictured above didn't make it through the winter, so I bought replacements.  I learned something new while discussing roses at the greenhouse that I want to share.  Maybe you already know this, but it was new to me.  Knockout roses can be trimmed in any month that has an R in it.  I was glad to know that I can still trim a couple of mine that I neglected to get done.

  "She better not be moving my feeder to hang flowers here!"

Before I get busy planting flowers, I want to thank you for your sweet comments about my trip down memory lane.  I wish everyone had grandparents like my granddad and also my grandmother on my mother's side.  Even though I didn't have quite the idyllic childhood it might appear to have been, I was definitely blessed with some wonderful people in my life.

I also want to welcome my new followers!  If you would leave a link in a comment, I would be happy to visit you and follow back.

Now it's time to get these weary legs moving and get to planting!  It's a beautiful day here, I hope you are enjoying wonderful spring days where you are!

Happy Tuesday to you!
xo Cheryl

Saturday, April 25, 2015


It's wet outside from the rain today, so I thought I'd take a walk down memory lane instead of walking outside.  

For some reason, my dad's parents were on my mind today.  My grandmother passed away when I was 10 years old and I don't remember much about her.   She was 3 years older than my grandfather just as I am 3 years older than BG.  Her first husband had died leaving her a widow with a young daughter.

My grandfather's first wife had died leaving him a widower, also with a young daughter.  He and my grandmother met and married.  When Granny was 42, my dad was born.  My dad then had 2 step-sisters...who ended up marrying brothers.  This was always fun to explain!  There wasn't much visiting between my dad and his sisters in later years, so I didn't really know them all that well.  

My dad had an excellent memory and was a great story-teller.  He liked to tell the story of the time my grandparents...who lived on a small farm and often struggled to make ends meet, particularly during the depression...were in the kitchen talking about taxes and my grandfather was worrying that he didn't have enough money to pay them.  He said my grandmother didn't say a word, but got up from the kitchen table where they'd been sitting and left the room.

Granny came back in the kitchen and handed a bulging envelope to my grandfather.  He opened it up and just stared.  There was enough money to pay the taxes.  There was a milk cow and chickens on the farm and my grandmother made butter and sold eggs along with the butter to a little country market to make extra money.  She had saved it unbeknownst to my grandfather. 

I wish I had an excellent memory like my dad.  I just can't remember what my grandfather did the years after Granny died until his health started to fail and he moved in with my parents.  One thing I do remember and will never forget...Grandpa gave me my first wristwatch on my 18th birthday.  It was a beautiful gold Hamilton watch and although he had little money, he wanted me to have a good watch.  I still have that watch in an old jewelry box.

Another memory is of him sitting in his rocking chair in his room, singing When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder.  That was his favorite hymn.  Grandpa was in a nursing home the last two years of his life and lived to age 92.  He was a dear, sweet man that I'm glad was part of my life.  I just wish I could remember more, but the important things are never forgotten.  He loved his family and he was loved in return.

Happy Saturday to you!
xo Cheryl 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Redbuds and Fences

I have to confess that I really didn't think about the fencing when I snapped these.  Both shots were taken on the same day last week as I drove to the Big Town.  Redbuds are one of my favorite spring flowering trees and they are almost through with flowering now. If only they stayed in bloom a lot longer!

This building is along the interstate on the way to Columbia.  Last year they planted redbud trees all along the chain-link fencing.  I snapped this shot through the window of my car so it's not a very good photo, but I think you can see how beautiful this will be when the trees are fully grown.  I tweaked the color a bit on this one to make the redbuds stand out more.  And I should have straightened the building, it's not that crooked!  lol!

I'm joining Theresa's Good Fences  today.  Be sure and click the link to see many interesting fences and gates from around the country!

Happy Thursday to you!
xo Cheryl  

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Weekend

A drive in the country.

Beautiful spring flowering trees.

A freshly mowed lawn.  Thanks to BG.

A few chores got crossed off the list.

A Bald Eagle sighting.

And last, but not least, lots of good food to eat.   

We went to my favorite place Friday evening to eat fish and the best mashed potatoes around.  I was so hungry and tucked right in without thinking about the camera ever present in my purse so I didn't get a photo.

We now have a new front porch/patio to walk onto out our front door.  It was a long wait, but it's done now as of Friday.  I loved checking that one off the long to-do list.

Such a nice weekend and most of the storms missed us.  How was your weekend? 

Lastly, I was excited to have found a barn or two on our drive to snap, so I'm linking today to Amy's The Barn Collective.

Happy Monday to you!
xo Cheryl