Monday, August 18, 2014

This Little Piggy

Well, this little piggy did go to market on Saturday.  The farmer's market is booming right about now.  The corn is abundant, the veggies fresh, the bake goods yummy! Of course it's not all food.  There are vendors selling all kinds of wares from birdhouses to dish cloths.  Jewelry, knitted items, carved wood and rugs.  It's pretty fun just to walk around and look at everything.
It's also a good time to run into folks you haven't seen for a bit.  Saturday was lovely and sunny and not too hot.   It was busy!
In my photo attempt here I was trying to capture this guy's outfit. Sorry if it didn't come through! He was enjoying himself just talking to everyone. I'm not really sure what he was selling!
Mode of transportation is varied here. New trucks, or vintage....they get their items here!
You can even use this type....a wagon that uses no gas....
Just park your horse anywhere! Our market goes into October where produce gets slimmed down to pumpkins, squash, and other cool things that make Fall a fun time to visit.  It opens at 9am but if you're looking for something fairly popular you might want to arrive by 8.  Horse and buggy is optional! Oh, actually there were no pigs in sight!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

August? Really?

I promised myself I would not complain about any hot and humid or miserable weather we could have this summer.  After last winter's bitter cold and snow that I complained and blog about constantly, I promised....fast forward to this summer.  I must say..and I'm going to whisper this....it's been a very cool and wet summer. I like it.  Not so much the wet, but the cool is saving us lots on A/C bills and making working outdoor pretty pleasant.  Swimming has been done even when the pool temp is 72de.  72de is warmer than the outside temps were today.  We had a high of 68 and tonight it's going to be 45de.  This is September weather. I know it will get warm again soon.  But in the mean time it's perfect for burning the last of the branches from the tree trimming this weekend.
Addy helped pick up branches with the hope that PawPaw would put in a fire tonight.
Which he did! That brought out the marshmellows and blankets and crazy fun around the Pines.  It also brought out a new visitor to Whispering Pines.  I think I should name him "Trapper".  Why?
Because Hawkeye might be a bit obvious!  I've seen this little one flying around and Jack and Phil spotted him sitting on the red chairs in the front yard.  He came and landed on the tripod in the tomato garden. He seems to be eyeing the Creepy Woods.  Yes, it would be a superb place to live!
I tried getting a better shot.  Not having a super great zoom lens I snuck up as close as possible until he took off into the front yard.  Maybe he (or she) already has a condo in one of the pine trees out front.  Oh well, welcome anyway!  Since I don't have chickens I guess I'm not that worried.  Squeak might want to keep a low profile on the deck however!
Here's one last moon shot from Sunday.  I found it on the camera and thought it was a bit weird....blood moon anyone? Hey, with these temps it's more like an October moon!  I failed to mention my featured Grandkiddo last week.  It was Taylor in the goggles.  It was taken a few years ago.  He's 9yrs old now. This week it's his sister Sophie...it too was taken a few years ago. She's 5 now and just as cute as a button.  Thanks guys for letting me feature you on the blog!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Staycation

Everyone seems to be on vacation or just returning.  That's the way summer is.  My summer is more "staycation"!  That's OK with me.  I've been enjoying our weather here in Ohio this summer.  It's been a bit cooler than normal but I still have managed to get some pool time in.  The cool nights keep the skeeters at bay and sitting on the deck is more pleasurable with a good book or a blog or two to catch up on!  The last couple of weeks have flown by.  Last weekend Jack and I did a little service by going to Wooster and helping the "People to People Ministry" get school supplies and clothing donations on a big truck for folks in need.
About 40 of us gathered to make the assembly line to pass the boxes down to the final guys who load it in the bus.
No yellow shirt for Jack!
The bus was sufficiently "stuffed" with the goods right before the heavens opened and  the rain came down!  This weekend was filled with more at home service projects.
The garden is producing and every couple of days I get a few quarts of green beans ready for the freezer.  Phil's girls enjoy helping with picking and Lexi loves to help prep them for the freezer bags.  Saturday she and Addy were a big help!
This poor tree in our front yard is having "issues".  It was hurt in a tornado a few years ago and has had some of it's big limbs die out.  Friday and Saturday Jack got out the chain saw and went to work to get the dead stuff out before it would fall on somebody! Cleaning up the twigs and branches meant a fire was in order.
We'll be doing more of that this week as we finish the clean up process.  I was on call this weekend and got called in Saturday afternoon.  I got home in time to help a bit with the wood but then we headed up to our son Jack's home to wish our little Cameron a happy 7th birthday.
He's a cutie! He loves soccer and will be starting on a league in the new town they moved to.  His age group is called "The midget league"...seriously, I don't think that's really very "PC" do you?
He's growing so fast! He has many allergy issues but he doesn't let that slow him down. Happy Birthday Cam-Man!
Tonight was the "Super Moon". Jack and I got in the car and drove around to see if I could get a shot of it.  This was the best I could do!  (It was a bit cloudy and hazy tonight) When I'm on call I'm never excited when it's a full moon.  Brings out the weirdos! I'm not kidding!  I'm not sure about the super moon.  It's been fairly quiet but hey, call's not over until 7am tomorrow.  With that being said, I do hope everyone has a  super week ahead!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Farm

 
 After Jack and I were married,  his family moved out of town to the country.  They had a 120 acre piece of farmland that was the prettiest landscape in this area.  I have never found any place that equals it.  It lives in wonderful memory for our family.  When Jack's parents passed away, Mom in 2000 and Dad in 2001, the land was sold.  But our good times we had can never be taken away or forgotten.  The real name of their place was "Valley Brook Farm", but everyone just called it "The Farm".   It's where our Christmases, Easters, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and family gatherings were held.  They redid the old farm house...gutted it and made it their own.
The red house stood up on the hill and overlooked the valley that had a spring fed pond.  There was also a spring fed pond right next to the house.  When my kiddos were little it made me a bit nervous until they could swim!  The water in the house was spring water...so good!  The pond near the house had a little waterfall that came from the hill behind and down toward the lane.  Sleeping in the bedroom upstairs with the window open and the sound of the water and frogs could rock you to sleep better than a  lullaby!
This is one of my favorite pictures of Jack's folks. (Jack & Nelda)  They always had a dog...in fact they usually had a couple of them running around the place. This collie was named Rocky.  I could list a ton of other names through the years...McDuff, Max, Sarg, Queenie, Calvin, Hobbs, Ladd...and a few more I can't remember!  Cats also had free reign between the barn and the house.  Never saw a mouse around there!
This is Driana with one of their dogs...it's either Calvin or his brother Hobbs.  They were sweeties!  Driana just turned 19 so you can tell these pics are old!
 I hear people complain about their "In-Laws".  I was lucky.  Mine were the best.  I learned so much from Jack's Mom.  She taught me about canning and gardening and cooking. We had fun picking berries all over the farm or at other places in the back hills. We got caught in all kinds of crazy weather! We'd hop in her Volkswagen bus and putter out the lane for some adventures!  Jack's Dad would always say that we were suckers for anything that was cute or smelled good!  Dad was always there to lend a hand when it came to fixing something or helping anyplace around our house.  He and Jack were in practice together and often times he'd stop by after work, throw on overalls over his shirt and tie and get to work with Jack on projects we had going.  They were the "executive" plumbers, carpenters, car repair, or whatever!
This was their fireplace in the livingroom.  They put every stone in place themselves.  This pic makes me smile because it's one of the few times there was actually a fire going! The farm had natural gas wells so they paid nothing for their heat.  Consequently, the place was always really warm in the Winter and a fire would really make it uncomfortable.  But it was pretty to look at and Mom enjoyed decorating it for Christmas!
This is the pond down by the lane.  Fishing and swimming or just sitting on the dock was a great way to spend time.
My kids spent many Summer days here! When they were real little they often swam in the buff...the first time they went to a public pool I had to remind them that it wasn't the farm..suits were required!
The hills up the back lane were a fun hike.  I usually headed up there after Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners and other times with Mom to pick berries.
This view was toward the orchard.  The new owners have put up a huge out building in that spot.  To each his own I guess!
Winter brought many outdoor activities as well.  Sledding down the many hills or ice skating on the pond.  Much more sledding happened than ice skating!
Christmas was a favorite holiday for Mom and Dad. They decorated to the hilt and their tree was always ginormous! The ceiling in the livingroom was atleast 15-20 feet high...maybe more....and the tree took up half the room! Always fun to see the kids reaction when we walked in and saw it each year.
The Church used the farm too.  Dad was generous in letting the scouts use the spot near the orchard for camping.  The farm had once been a camp ground and it even had 2 outhouses. (I helped clean them more than a few times!)  The scouts had use of the pond and plenty of places to hike.  Occasionally they would camp way up in the back of the farm where they could hike in with their gear.
Good place to learn how to split wood!
I could go on and on about the family gatherings...weddings that were held here, graduation parties, cookouts, and sleeping on the screened in porch.  I know the owners now have redone it to suit them and are enjoying it.  But somehow I hope that the sounds of laughter, the smell of a campfire, or the splash of a dive off the dock can still be heard.
This is the look that I will always associate with "The Farm"....A happy smile and a wave that says, "come on in...the water's fine!" 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Let's Talk

I'm in the mood for a little chat tonight.  I want to explain my blog header's change of pics.   I decided that this Summer is passing us quickly.  Our pool time this year has been hit or miss.  We've had cooler temps than normal and truly I'm not complaining. I know many, especially out West, are roasting to death.  However, it makes for chilly swimming when the pool temps are only around 72de!  But we go in anyway! When I found the swimming background for the blog I decided to feature a Grandkiddo a week.  With 9 of them, I should get through the rest of this Summer!  First I had Alexis...or Lexi-Loo as we call her! (actually we shorten it up to just "Loo"). She's Phil's oldest.  She's a sweetie and I enjoy when she wants to help me in the kitchen.  She loves to cook and love Food Network...especially Giada!  This week I have her Sister,  Addyson...or as we call her....Rae...(her middle name).  She's a corker! She is funny, smart and also will give her Dad (Phil) a run for his money in a few years.  Who does she remind me of??? Oh yeah, her Dad! Ha!  To finish this post up I'm going to the photo board....hey, a picture is worth a thousand words..and Lord knows I can fill anything up with words...spoken or written!
This past week we took our Scouts swimming at the Y so they could finish up some requirements. This was on the wall...something we all could live by!
It was fun and we are grateful to the Y for the free use of the pool!
Campfire Friday!
Babysitting Granddogs!
Sisters cuddling in a blanket by the fire.
Blowing bubbles made with homemade soap and wands...handmade by Loo!
Fruit pizza for a church social.
Handcarts for the pioneer day church social.
Pinecone in the setting sun.
Down she goes!
Hope your weekend wasn't "hairy"! Thanks for the talk tonight!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Seeing RED

I've been a BLAH BLOGGER!  Last July I posted 11 times...so far this July...and it's almost over...I've posted twice...2 times!  That has me seeing RED!  The problem is I'm not really doing a bunch this year.  I'm sticking close to home and how exciting or blog worthy is that?  So I'm going to post what has me seeing RED...see if you agree.
The RED raspberries are finally coming in and I did a batch of jam the other day.  I do love RED raspberry jam!
Salvia is showing off it's RED flair.
Dear RED daylily....even though this wasn't taken in the day...it was more dusk.  Still looks very RED to me!
RED sky at night...or the RED dripping clouds...is truly a delight!
Last but not least...crazy RED glasses that help me see the RED around here.  Yep, it's a blog worthy day at the Pines! Hope your days are filled with RED!



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Do You Like Sunflowers?

A few weeks ago my blog buddy Shady Dell, over at Shady Dell Music & Memories, nominated me for a lovely award. The Sunflower Blogger Award.  Now, I love sunflowers,  but these came in a bouquet of  questions!  Thank you Tom for thinking of me.  I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get around to answering the questions that you asked the nominees to complete.  They are interesting, thoughtful questions and I had to think about them for a bit before answering.  I'm a very complex person you see and I had to peel the onion that's my brain for some good answers.  (If you believe that, you deserve the "Buying some swamp land in Florida" award!) Anyway, here goes!
1.  Why do you blog?  My daughter-in-law, Amy, talked me into it!  Amy's gone the way of  Facebook now, and I'm blogging as a journal tool.  I make my blog into book form at the end of the year and have all my posts and pics preserved for future family members who have nothing better to do than see what their "YaYa"  did with her life!
2.  Are you an early riser or a night owl?  I start work at 7am so that makes me more of an early riser.  However, I could be a night owl and stay up until all hours doing blogging or watching Hallmark movies.  Then of course Jack would point out that I fall asleep around 9pm...I guess I'll stick with early riser! (except on weekends when I get up around 8am!)
3.  What's your favorite smell?  This is funny because Jack always says I have the most sensitive smeller around.  I can smell foul (or fowl) smells a mile away!  But I do love the smell of cinnamon or homemade bread or flowers....can I have more than one fav? Oh wait...let's not forget bacon!
4.  If you're feeling sad what's the one song that you could play or sing to make you happy again?  John Denver's "Thank God I'm a Country Boy"...seriously.  I would never sing it though..that would make many people very sad.
5.  When you look in the mirror, what do you see?   Many days I ask myself "Who in the heck is that looking back at me?!"  I'm surprised to realize I'm 61...where in the heck did that crazy kiddo go?  Time goes fast, but most of the time I like what I see...can't do much about changing it anyway!
6.  How would you describe your personality?  Wellllllll....years ago I would have said I have a good sense of humor....easy going....witty....a good listener...not a genius but not an idiot either...Today I would say...I'm more like Maxine the old lady cartoon gal with the big sunglasses, little dog,  and says things like " I'm as American as apple pie, if you don't mind a little extra crust."
7.  Name something you accomplished in your life through sheer determination.  I think everyday we need determination to get through the hours we're given on this Earth..to have a positive attitude takes determination.  I haven't had to overcome a bad addiction, or abuse or disease...not yet anyway.  But getting through school, marriage, buying a home, raising children, working in healthcare...all take a bit of determination. I'm sure I'll have many more things to get through before I'm done!
8.  What do you consider the most important world or national event that has taken place in your lifetime?  The invention of VELCRO...where would we be without it?
9.  If you had to spend the rest of your life in a different century, past or future, which would you choose?  I really like indoor plumbing and air conditioning and ibuprophen so going back in time might not suit me.  But the early 1900's calls out to me...those big Victorian homes and the dresses...except for corsets! 
10. If you had to speak extemporaneously for 1hr about anything, what would you choose?  How the practice of medicine has changed for the good and the bad in my time. 
Well, there you have it...the onion peel of me....and I want to thank Shady again for making this possible...now I know I'm suppose to nominate others for this award.  I have a slew of great blog buddies out there who deserve it more than me.  But instead I'm throwing this out to anyone who would like to answer any of the questions that I posted here...let me know what you would have said!  Take this bouquet of Sunflowers and give it a try!
                                Thank you very much, Abigail and Daisy!