Hello first day of Summer! I'm always tempted to say it's the longest day but it's still only 24 hours. However, it is a day when it seems as if the sun will go on forever. It was a perfect Summer day here. The temps were in the upper 70's and low humidity. Blue skies and sunshine. I got the last of my flowers planted and a few weeds pulled. I was glad to have the day off and get some simple things accomplished...like sitting on the deck and reading a new magazine..oh, and taking a nap in the afternoon! Yep, perfect. Hope your first day of Summer was good! I have only a couple of pics to share tonight.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
This special day to honor fathers has been nice for our family today. We had 3 out of the 4 boys here for lunch and some good phone conversation with Craig in Oregon. We sure wish we could have them all together but those days are probably few and far between. However, we enjoy every minute with them when we gather together. I've been blessed to know many wonderful fathers, starting with my own:
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
I was going to title this post "Oops I did it again" but I think I've already used it! This time I'm referring to something that happened to me about 3 summers ago. I was bit by a spider and had a bad reaction. Well, over the weekend I got bit by something again...and again got a bad reaction.. much worse than the first time.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
June is flying by and it doesn't give a hoot that I'm running at full speed to keep up! Work has been up and down and getting the yard and garden ready is also a full time job! But somehow Jack and I manage to "get'r done!" To add to the hustle and bustle we took time to celebrate with my oldest son, Jack, and his lovely bride Evelyn, at an outdoor reception. You can tell it wasn't hosted by us because the weather was perfect! Even though the temps were in the 80's the place was on a small lake and the breeze and shade made it so comfortable. The folks that own the property are friends of Jack and Evelyn and the wife works with them at the hospital. They tap trees for maple syrup and it's just a beautiful place!
We wish you a very "Happily Ever After"
Monday, May 29, 2017
Many are celebrating this Memorial Day weekend with family and friends. I hope that sometime during this day time was taken to think about and thank those that have served our wonderful country and given the ultimate sacrifice. I know I'm so grateful to those in my family and friends of ours who have served and thankfully returned home. It's the heroes left on the battlefields in all the wars that we celebrate and honor today. The cemeteries have been decorated and I will stop this week and see the area where many Civil War soldiers are buried in Ashland. A generous donor paid to have it cleaned up and refurbished. Jack and I went downtown this morning for the annual parade. Small towns all around us were also having parades...wish I could have seen them all! Here's just a few snippets from our town.
The downtown area has been going through a revitalization and the past few years the flowers have been donated to make the streets really pretty. I love this year's selection!
People were starting to line up to watch the parade.
Amazingly an announcement was made to remind folks to remove their hats and put their hands over their hearts when the flag passes. I can't believe people don't know that! There was even a sign preceding the parade....Hats Off!
Two war veterans meeting for the first time. Our friend Greg (on the left) fought in Vietnam, and our new friend (we think his name is Ben...sorry if I've messed that up!) fought in Korea. Thanks so much guys!
Our son Phil is the manager of the Safetlite store in Mansfield and he decorated one of the vans and joined the parade this morning. Good job Phil!
Our Granddaughter Addy and her sister Lexi helped pass out goodies on the parade route for Safelite. Lex was on the other side of the street so I couldn't get her pic. They had a good time!
After the parade it was time to head home and do some outdoor stuff. The deck is ready and waiting for some visitors!
Jack was up early this morning and planted a new apple tree.
Never heard of this kind so we'll just have to wait a few years to try it out!
We've got some on the other tree! It's been about 3 years since we planted this Jonagold and I'm looking forward to a little crop.
I'm going to end with a pic of my peony bushes. 2 are fairly large with a smaller one that hopefully will grow like the others. We always had peonies when I was growing up and they always bloomed around Memorial day. I planted these to remind me of home and the end of this month that kicks off the beginning of the Summer season. Hope your weekend was special and that we never forget those that we honor on this day.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Family...the word means many things doesn't it? Family in the old days meant Mom and Dad and kiddos...or maybe just a "you and me". In the here and now the word "family" encompasses many aspects of living as a "unit". Single parents, gay parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, adoptive parents, friends that gather for dinner on a regular basis....however you want to use the word family it's OK because in the end the real meaning is "LOVE". Last week our Granddaughter, Summer, called and asked it she could celebrate her birthday at the Pines. She said it would be her and her boyfriend, her Dad and Evelyn, her Mom and Brian, (her Mom's boyfriend), her other Grandparents, and her siblings. Of course I said yes and we discussed the menu and who would bring what for the party. Later she called and asked if it would be OK if her Great-Grandparents could come too. You bet! Unfortunately, they weren't able to make it. Shout outs went to the uncles also. I always hoped my kids would not have to go through a divorce. But life happens. Change is part of that and today we all gathered to celebrate a birthday of one of the sweetest young ladies around. Summer has the perfect name because she's always happy, full of life, and brings sunshine every time she walks into a room. It was a lovely afternoon full of all the good things about family life. I can look back on my life and like most people know I've made mistakes along the way. But looking at the happy faces of family gathered to celebrate together, it's proof that many good things happened along the way too.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Before this day is over I'd like to wish every Mom out there a Happy Mother's Day. Maybe your Momma isn't with you anymore. I hope you have wonderful memories to think back on. I would like to tell my Mom how much I love her and how thankful I am for her and all she's done for me in my life. She's the best in the world! I know you're thinking that your Mom is the best and you'd be right! That's how I wish everyone could feel about their Mom today. I also need to say how much I loved my Mother-in-law. Jack's Mom and I were good buddies and partner's in crime...the lawful kind! We shopped and gardened and laughed over many escapades in that Volkswagen Van! She was a Southern lady who like nothing better than to sit and "yak" with you about all kinds of subjects. I miss her as I know Jack does, especially on this special day. My day started out early with a call to do a c-section. I wasn't thrilled to be there at 7am but after seeing the Mom, Dad and baby I thought that perhaps this was what Mother's Day is about and I remembered that I had a Mother's day kiddo too! Our next patient was an elderly lady who fell while talking with her son on the phone and broke her hip. I know she wasn't crazy about being in the hospital today either! So I'm grateful I came home and had a beautiful weather day with Jack and 3 of my sons. I just got done talking with my son who lives in Oregon and I sure do miss him! Happy Mother's Day to my Daughters in-law, Amy and Evelyn..you guys are awesome! Here are some of the Mom's I love: