Sunday, June 15, 2014

Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad. ~Anne Geddes

Neil and daughters Kelly and Holly ~ Happy Father’s Day! Thanks for being such a great pa and grandpa!
me and dad
Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes.  ~Gloria Naylor
This is probably my favorite picture of me and my dad. He passed away March 18, 1999. He was so quiet and mostly patient and I’ll always love him for being the spiritual man he was all his life which still has a huge impact on my life now. Thanks, Pop! Love you and miss you!

Saturday, June 14, 2014


Grandpa Neil and Grandson Knox got haircuts today at Village Barber Shop.
Knox sat still with his mom’s help while Trish clipped and snipped. It also helps to get to hold onto a cool toy~~a Lightning McQueen race car~~ while you’re in the chair.
The talc brush tickled
Knox at Village Barber Shop 6 14 14
The best part~~picking out a sucker when the haircut is done. Cool Dude, indeed!
I think this is a house wren. She’s made her nest inside the bluebird box, and judging from the high pitched chirping going on inside there, I’d say it’s full of babies. She stays busy feeding them.
I made a loaf of bread this afternoon. Well, the bread maker made it. All I did was measure ingredients and push the button.
Neil and I shared a slice when it was hot out of the machine and slathered it with butter. It tasted as wonderful as it smelled when it was baking. Tomorrow I’m planning to make my first loaf of raisin/cinnamon bread. Hope your day was delicious! Happy Saturday, everyone!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things. ~Nate Berkus

I think the plot was hatched at lunch today. My granddaughter Shelby has always wanted to add a streak or two of color to her long hair. Shake things up. Try something new. They were talking about it during lunch today. My daughter Kelly, Shelby’s aunt, said I’ll help you do it! Since school starts up again at the end of July and they don’t allow students to have unusual colors of hair, Shelby decided she only wanted the tips of her hair colored in case she needed to have the color cut off.
They bought a hair color kit. She chose raspberry, but Kelly had to bleach Shelby’s hair first before she could apply the color—an important part of the process.
It took some time, but they finally got the results Shelby wanted. She ended up with blond tips.

Did she like it? Oh yeah. She loved the blond so much that she decided to save the raspberry color for a later date.
Nice job, Kelly!
It’s fun to shake things up every now and then. Shelby is beautiful, inside and out, no matter the color of her hair.

Friday, June 6, 2014


06~01~14  Did you know that Joe Muggs coffee shop at Books A Million makes the BEST frozen hot chocolate? True story.
06~04-14  Grandson Knox gets the biggest kick out of playing Angry Birds on the iPad, especially when he’s made a direct hit on a pig or two.
05~13~14  Totally awesome cloud formation over the ball park right before grandson Elijah’s game
05~16~14   Anticipation. Grandson Knox checking out his options at Ralph’s Donut Shop
05~16~14  Box of goodies ~ and it wasn’t even National Donut Day
05~22~14  Grandson Elijah finished 2nd grade with ALL E’s! Awesome!
05~27~14  School’s out! Granddaughter Shelby hanging out at my house, plugged in to iPad mini and enjoying a cup of markers and a coloring book. High tech, low tech, it’s all good.
05~27-14  Grandson Elijah brought his bike over to my house and rode up and down our big street for a while ~ but the video games were calling.
05~28~14  We had just finished our Wednesday night Bible class when a fierce storm blew torrential rain into the wall of windows in our fellowship hall. Then the lights went out. I think everyone got home safely, but there were lots of trees down that night.
05~30~14  These beautiful pink day lilies bloom in late spring every year in our back yard ~ one of my favorite flowers
05~30~14  Neil took a day off and power washed our very dirty deck and back porch
05~30~14  Bunny ~ at the hop, hop, hop…hop! [If you grew up in the fifties, you probably remember that song and know what a sock hop was~yes, I’m old] There were four bunnies hopping around in my neighbors yard that day. So cute.
05~30-14  Our fave Thai food place, Ocha Thai Food Deli, was closed for two months, except for take-out [the owner was visiting family in Thailand]. I’m not a big fan of take-out, so we were thrilled when Ocha finally reopened for dine-in. Rice and spicy chicken and a cream cheese won ton. Oh yummy. [Neil and I split that egg roll, by the way~it was delish]
06~06~14  Today is National Doughnut Day! Neil and Kelly and Knox and I hit Big O and brought these home. Technically, there are only three doughnuts in the box, but we won’t nitpick. And that gigantic thing on the side is a cinnamon fritter [I think] and belongs to Neil [of course].
06~06~14  Daughter Kelly says, “Happy National Doughnut Day!” Did you celebrate, too? Of course, we don’t need no stinkin’ excuse to eat doughnuts.
Knox Neil new train track  6 6 14
06~06~14  Our neighbor across the street was having a yard sale today, and Neil spotted this Thomas the Train race track, one that Knox didn’t have. Grandpa thought it looked like it would be fun. And it was!
06~06~14  Neil got an early Father’s Day present from me today ~ an iPad mini, so he’s finally entered the 21st century age of technology. Grandson Knox couldn’t wait to watch videos on You Tube.  He’s been using his mom and dad’s iPads for a year now and knows how to work it, so he’ll be giving Grandpa a few tips and pointers.
06~02~09  Blast from the past ~ grandson Elijah and granddaughter Shelby picking berries off the Mulberry tree in our back yard ~ one of their favorite things to do. The tree had been in bad shape in recent years, and we had it cut down earlier this year. I’ll miss watching the kids picking berries and eating them and getting the juice all over their mouths and fingers. But I won’t miss tracking red berry juice through the house.
06~18~12  Another blast from the past ~ grandson Knox at Cracker Barrel ~ he still loves to sit in those pint sized rocking chairs.   Happy TGIF, y’all!
70 years ago today, American troops storm the beaches of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. D-Day was the largest seaborne invasion in history. More than 150,000 Allied troops -- about half of them Americans -- invaded Western Europe, overwhelming German forces in an operation that proved to be a turning point in World War II.