Thursday, June 21, 2018

Happy First Day Of Summer!

My previous post was a bit of a downer but thankfully the sun did come up the next day and of course it's all good again.  First...Happy Summer! For those of us who tromp through snow and freezing days, it's a welcome time.   Second, my Mom came home from the hospital and is doing pretty good.  She had a bleeding ulcer but it's under control and she's getting some physical therapy and her strength is coming back as her blood count rises.  She's a trouper and I truly appreciate all the good words and prayers!  Father's day was nice with the kids that live here coming for a cookout of ribs and a fun call from Craig out West.
Our Granddog Kip seems to just keep growing! He's like a big muppet...so sweet and soft and loveable..but keep the ribs on a high counter!
Jack got this cool carved eagle from me and our oldest son Jack.   I found it on one of our adventures in resale shop hopping and had our son Jack get it and fix the flaws in it and make it good for the outdoors.  We're getting an outbuilding and it will look good there after we landscape around it.  Hubby looks frowny because the temps were in the 90's along with the humidity and he was ready to head indoors! Thanks for the pose Jack!  The weather has cooled back down but the rain is still coming off and on.  Yesterday Jack and went on another of our "adventures" to Mount Vernon, Ohio. It was a rainy afternoon but we had a destination in mind.  After our failed attempt to adopt a dog last month I found another little guy on Petfinder. 
Meet Arnold!  He's a rescue from KaleidoscopeK9's and was in a foster home in Mount Vernon. He's 5 according to the Vet papers.  He's super loveable...just loves riding in cars, playing with toys, playing in water and so far he seems to even love us!  He was living in the same home his whole life but the owners became involved in drugs and he was taken out of their home. 
He also loves to beg for a treat..doesn't he look like an EWOK ?  He gets groomed next week.  All that hair is a bit much for summer!
He loves Jack!
Addy and Lexi came over tonight to meet Arnold (that's been his name since birth so we kept it..although "Arnie" seems to roll of the tongue better!)  After playing and brushing his flowing locks   they are in love with him.  So all around it's been a crazy ride these past few days but isn't life like that...ups and downs?  Love seems to be the word of the post today.   Happy Summer and I hope everyone finds some love this week!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Just A Bit "Wonky"

Do you ever have those times when the universe is feeling off  kilter?  When things just seem to be happening and you want to yell:  "Jesus, take the wheel!"    The basement leak has been a pain because after 2 visits to fix it, the leak is still there..smaller for sure, but still dripping.  I know that's not earth shattering, horrible but it's like a stone in my shoe..very irritating.   I was out weeding last week and found some unexpected poison ivy and then it found it's way to my eye and some spots here and there.  I usually don't get a real horrible reaction but I've never had it so close to my eye...another stone in my shoe I guess.  My car's air conditioner is being replaced.  Not for free that's for sure! Now I'm up to 3 stones in my shoe.  Work last week..especially Friday was like a boulder in my shoe!  When someone asked how my cases were going I said we were somewhere between hell and despair.   Today we had a case that went not as expected and I was really thinking I had a black cloud over my head!  But the real issue is my dear Mom is in the hospital.  After tests and things they think they have her bleeding problem under control but Mom is 92 and nothing is easy.  My wonderful sister is with her at the hospital day and night.  I don't know how she manages to do it all and I feel bad I'm here and not there.  But hopefully Mom will be home soon so say some prayers for her...I know they will be heard and answered.  So I will stop my complaining and go to bed.  Things usually look better in the morning.  Last week I snapped  a pic of that black cloud and perhaps that's why I'm on the "wonky" side of life!
Weird looking clouds..
Scary looking too!

Friday, June 8, 2018

It's June? Already?

Yes it's June and I'm a bit slow in blogging this month already.  I had an early morning surgery yesterday,  but afterwards we weren't too busy so they sent me home (to my delight!).  I have a friend who drives around and gets some nice photos and I always think that I would do that if I had the time.  Well, with an unexpected time slot available I grabbed my camera and took off.   To my other delight,  I was on the low census list and scored today off too!  However, our leak in the basement was still leaking due to faulty new part issues.  The plumber must have sensed I was home and called.  So being stuck home for a bit I now had time to put pics to pen and blog,  So here goes...my life in June, 2018...
My $1.00 sign I found at a resale shop last week has found a home.  So here's a quick tour of my little garden areas.
My new climbing rose is blooming and climbing my new trellis.
My hosta jungle! I will be transplanting some of these to a new area.  Actually I've already done a little of that but have some more to go in that spot.
Ferns anyone?  This is down by the creek and they are ginormous!  About 5ft tall!
Laundry room window boxes coming along fine...red, white and blue.  That's what happening at the Pines but I took off down the road and spotted some typical Ashland scenes.
Goats..yes sweetie I'm shooting you today.
Cows. I noticed the electrical tower thingie and wondered if that's really good for those bovines.
Amish...yes sweetie I'm shooting you too.
I like this shot.  Rush hour in the morning!
This Church is down the road a bit and it always reminds me of a castle.
This Church is so old school and charming.
Even it's mailbox is cute!
How about this  mailbox?  I bet the postman/woman has fun delivering mail here!
Heading back home, we're getting new neighbors on our road.  What has me puzzled is I hardly ever see anyone working yet it's getting built quickly.  Hmmmm
Back to the Pines..no,  the house isn't leaning..I guess I am! Can't really trust photos from the car window!  So the weekend begins and we have some adventures in mind.  I'll bring the camera and maybe have something more interesting to blog about. Hope your weekend is wonderful!



Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day

This day is coming to a close and I wanted to get my post in as I do every Memorial Day.   I love that we have a holiday to honor our heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can have the freedoms in this country that we sometimes take for granted.  I know many enjoy this long weekend.  I sure do! Jack and I went to the cemetery on Saturday to put new decorations on his parent's graves and also to see the beautiful flags on all the graves of service men and women.   I didn't have my camera so no pics of that,but today, as I usually do, I went to the parade downtown.  The weather has been pretty warm for this time of year up here.   In the 90's today and that's not Jack's cup of tea at all.  He had been up with the chickens and did work on our garden before the heat kicked in but decided to pass on standing in the sun for the parade. 
It was pretty typical of our small town celebration.  Not as many participants as in the past.  Not sure why but I enjoyed it anyway.
The high school band sounded good as they played patriotic marches.
The flowers that are donated and kept up so beautifully all Summer are looking fabulous this year.
I love how hard many folks try to keep our downtown looking pretty and inviting.  It's hard to have a thriving business community in these small towns.  I remember when we moved here back in the 70's.  The downtown had many stores and it was always busy.  That was before Wal-Mart and malls and now we have the internet that also has hurt even the big malls and box stores.   Cute cafes and antique stores seem to be the new downtown draw for tourists and locals.  We do have a little of both.  So as the day comes to a close I know Jack and I are both tired as we spent the rest of our day off planting our garden, painting, and getting all our deck furniture down from the garage loft.   I hope everyone had a chance to thank a service man or woman and pay respects for this special day.  I guess it's time to let Summer begin!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

It's Summer..The Kiddo, Not The Season!

As May starts to wind down so do all our May birthdays.  The beginning of the month has Lex, then Phil, then Katie, (throw in Mother's Day), then Mom's, and last but certainly not least we have Summer's!  Whew...that's a lot of cake for one month!   Summer and her boyfriend Brett bought a house and she hosted a combo house warming and bday celebration.   Brett just graduated from Ashland University and has a job just a few minutes from this new home.  Summer is starting her senior year at the same University and also has a full-time job just 5 minutes from the new digs.  It's a tiny, cute first "starter" home.
She welcomed us in with  her usual happy, smiley face!  She's had that same sunny outlook on life since the day she was born!  I should know because I was there to see her only a few minutes after delivery.  It was nice she was born in the hospital where I work! 
The back yard is up against a nice green space with no buildings behind them so it's pretty quite and pretty to look at.
Plenty of room to gather on the deck for a cookout.
Her little rescue, Happy, seems very happy with his new place.  As long as Summer is there Happy is happy!
While everyone was gathered eating,  Cameron asked if he could give us the speech he had to do for school the next day.   So we listened to his speech he had prepared.   He had to be a famous person and talk about that person's life.  He did a great job but I really had to hold my laughter when he said he was Louis Armstrong!   No type casting here!  At the end he let out a big "OH YEAH....."  Just like Louis!  So darn cute! 
The sweet sisters!   It was great to see Driana.   She's busy with working full-time and going to LPN nursing school.   She'll graduate in July and then start the RN program in January.  You go girl! She'll make an amazing nurse!  So proud of both these girls.  Hard workers, A students, and cute as can be.
Summer and Brett...the host and hostess.   They've dated since high school and we just love Brett...he's a great guy!
This is Dri's boyfriend Ryan.   Another keeper!  He and Driana are very cute together.  He also works in a hospital in the x-ray department.  Lots of medical folks in our family!  It was a lovely evening and we made it home before the storms hit.  We've had plenty of rain this month but it can't dampen our celebrations.  Looking forward to a long weekend and plenty of outdoor work getting the gardens and house ready for Summer...the season not the kiddo!   

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Going To The Ballet

This weekend was a flurry of activity that found us getting some culture..not the yogurt kind... the ballet kind.   We also attended a wedding...no not that wedding...a more simple affair than the royal one.   Throw in a car issue that involved getting a new tire and that was the weekend in a nutshell.  Of  course I always have to snap a few photos so here goes:
The ballet was put on by the Ashland Regional Ballet and that would not be Jack's first choice on how to spend a Friday night but when it involves your Granddaughter than it's a go!
This was our Addy's first ballet recital and her part involved being a sea creature.  It was the cutest thing ever.  Seeing all the little ones as well as the more experienced dancers was more fun that we had thought it would be.  Addy just got interested in dance so at 9 she's a little later than some.  She really was excited and afterward she was beaming!  We'll see if she sticks with this but that's how you find out what you like in life and your talents.  Bravo little sea creature!
So proud of her!
Her sister, Lexi, was cheering her on.  Lex does gymnastics so it was her turn to be a spectator.  Saturday rolled around and of course we all know there was a special wedding being broadcast.   I watched part of it and it sure seemed to be a fabulous affair.  Even the weather cooperated with sun and very blue skies.  We had a wedding to attend also.  It was out in the country about an hour from home.  However, the weather was iffy.   Sun, rain, sun, rain...it wasn't quite the elaborate pomp and ceremony of the royal couple but it was enjoyed all the same.  We did get rained on but the reception was inside so that worked out OK.
Small and simple was how the couple wanted it and they seemed very happy. 
Hey, I thought Jack looked dapper enough for even a royal wedding!  Well, back to work in the AM and more fun ahead and more blog moments.  This month is flying by!


Monday, May 14, 2018

Mother's Day

I was trying to think of a catchy title but that was the best I could do tonight.  It was great to go and visit Mom this past weekend.   I was excited to get away for a few days and we had a nice trip even with some rainy weather.   We usually go out and visit Mom in May because her birthday is on the 17th.   Originally we planned for this coming weekend but other plans made it necessary to go for Mother's Day weekend.  And I'm glad we did!  I haven't spent that special day with Mom in a long time.  My sister and I also had a fun time.   Jack is such a good sport to put up with our craziness!   The weather was very cool and wet but that didn't dampen our spirits.  Mother's day turned out to be nice with the sun coming out and letting us enjoy some outdoor time.  My sister's kids and grandkiddos all stopped over and we had a really nice visit.  Here are some photos of the day:
We arrived Friday afternoon and had a nice time catching up with Mom.  Doesn't she look fabulous for almost (on Thursday) 92 years young?
Their church gives out roses to the women on Mother's Day and my sister was in charge of all that.   We went over to the Church on Saturday to get all the flowers ready.  Mom always does whatever she can to help.
Sunday found us color coordinated!
My sister and her kids..Amy, Bill, and Katie.   Katie had to work but took a few moments to stop by while on duty.  She's in full uniform with her bulletproof vest and all!  As usual the time flew by and we had to head out this morning.  It's so nice to go but also nice to be home again.  I'm far behind in my blog visits so I'll try and do that this week.   Jack and I worked outside as quick as we could tonight since rain is predicted for the rest of the week and the grass was in need of cutting and trimming.   I took a quick shot of some of our Dogwood trees.  They finally have bloomed and look so pretty!
Have a good week and Happy Mother's Day to all! 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Water, Water, But Not A Drop To Drink

It was one of those "interesting" weekends.  Actually the interesting part started on Thursday.   I noticed a weird smell coming from our basement.  It's a finished basement...very big and carpeted.  I went down and checked out the bathroom down there to see if that's where it was coming from.  A little later I went back down and when I entered the family room I was sloshing in water...the whole place was saturated!  I called Jack down and we couldn't believe how wet it was and of course were perplexed as to the source of the flooding.   It took Jack about a nanosecond to figure it out.  The pipe from the well that enters the house had sprung a leak.  It was leaking right above the shutoff valve so that was another problem!  So he called a plumber, turned off the power to the well pump and the next morning I called the insurance company to get a referral for someone to clean up the mess.  Goodbye carpet, hello big fans to dry out the cement floor.  Hello higher insurance rates I'm sure!  Anyway, that will be an ongoing saga so I was happy to turn our attention to family coming over on Sunday for lunch.  Jack and Evelyn and the kiddos...along with our Granddog Kip...came for a little cookout.   We're going to be at Mom's next weekend for Mother's Day so they brought me some Mother's Day gifts...beautiful flowers, a fabulous picture frame with new photos that the kids put together and a really nice surprise.  My son Jack likes wood working and he made me a lovely bench for outside.
It's so cool!  I'll find a really special place for it...come on over and sit a spell!   We had such a pretty day and the kids played outdoors with the dog.
Blossoms and super green grass!
Kip was worn out chasing the soccer ball.
He's so adorable...but he's ginormous too!  (I have to keep an eye on the food since he's as tall as the kitchen island!)
Yep, I'm sure they all slept good last night.   Later we  had a little lesson on fire building.  If you read my post on burning brush you might think I'm not too good a teacher on how to build a fire.  But I told Cameron I would show him how to start a fire with a potato chip.  He didn't believe me but after putting a match to the chip and throwing it on the pile of wood in the fire pit he was a believer.  Yep, all the grease in chips really make good fire starters!
That little chip started this pile burning and even when rain came in it kept on burning all evening!  I should have used potato chips instead of 5 gallons of gasoline a few weeks ago!  So even with the soggy mess of the basement, it was a nice weekend. 
The sky looks like it's on fire but I assure you I didn't start it!