Saturday, October 31, 2009

More CPR Red Cross volunteers trained...

Helped set up another CPR class to train our Disaster Action Team volunteers for the Red Cross today. I would encourage everyone to take a CPR/AED/First Aid class with their local American Red Cross!


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tool Belt Jim's dad in the shed...

Stopped in to see how Tool Belt Jim's dad was getting along. Found him working in his shed so snapped a quick picture. So glad he is back on his feet and able to get outside and do the things he loves to do. Missed getting to see Tool Belt Jim's mom cause she had went to town for a dentist appointment.
Slowly working my way back towards home. It's been a nice morning driving the back roads and enjoying the change of seasons. And even though rain had been predicted, I never ran into any. Good thing cause my "new" wipers didn't seem to be working so good. Can say the same thing for my lights. They need adjusted even though Tool Belt Jim tells me he can't see a problem with them.

What stories could these old buildings tell if they could tell us their history....

Had a Red Cross meeting in the city so spent the night and then took the scenic way home through the countryside. Had my camera with me so snapped some pictures of buildings many no longer being used. But what stories and memories they could tell us if only they could talk.






Stopped in and browsed through this old building which is a antique store now. Even climbed the steep stairs to go upstairs. Was once an old lodge. What stories it could probably tell!

An old church located down the road from where Tool Belt Jim grew up.


Another wonderful old barn

A deserted old school house. Can you hear the laughter of children from days gone by?




This old Post Office built in 1948 is still operating in a small rural town.

Little country church still meeting...

It mayhave taken me a little longer to get home from my trip but it was worth it

The leaves have fallen...


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Now that is one large pumpkin ...Son Kevin....

Reminds me of something I read:
Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff--including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed etc. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see.

Happy Fall Everyone!

Baby Kaden today...

It's been a while since I updated my blog with pictures of Kaden. He's gaining weight and doing great. He really, really, really likes being held. He just got over having this flu stuff. I keep reminding God grandchildren are an inheritance of the Lord. He got held a lot when he had the flu. I stayed at their house and slept with him in my arms.

He also thinks his brothers are pretty special. I love this picture.

He still loves the snuggle bear they always put on his head while in the hospital. They "bonded" I think while there.
And he loves the baby food his momma feeds him.


He's such a happy boy!! He's got a lot to smile about, don't you think?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Watchman, What do you see?

I was awake at midnight the other night and I feel like God asked me the age old question He has asked before "Watchman, what do you see?"
I see the harvest is ready....

and there is a change of seasons....


First, the natural and then the spiritual.
My question is, What do you see and what do you hear the Lord is saying in this day and hour we live in?
My prayer is that God would fine tune my ability to see as well as hear what He is both speaking to me and wanting me to see. I want to see with my spiritual eyes as well as with my natural eyes. And I also pray for understanding of what I am seeing.
I'm still pondering that question! Watchman, what do you see....

Special project for the sawmill

Tool Belt Jim has a friend who wants to make his wife a bed and table out of this log. I told him we would take a before and after picture. He's also my friend cause he brought me a smoked ham and tenderloin. Love that smoked meat!! I froze it and now I have a head start on Thanksgiving!!!

Enclosing in the Gazebo before winter

We're hurrying up to get the gazebo finished before cold weather hits.
What is grandson Mark thinking? He's studying something out.
Tool Belt Jim and friend are measuring intently.

Must be accurate.

And my son in law gets to staple up insulation.

I love this yellow tree. Little cabin in the woods.
Tool Belt Jim is getting the insulation and getting the inside enclosed so we can get some stuff moved in there.
Little by little, we're about to get it finished. But will it get done in time to have one last party before the snow falls?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Enjoy the fall scenery....





something growing along the roadside



Pampas Grass growing out in the Country Club




Close up of the red bush. It has berries on it. I want one at my house!



Beside my little house in town


Look how big this tree is compared to the car under it. And it if ever blew over, it would squash my little house.

These leaves are still green..
Hope you enjoyed my little photo shoot of fall in the Midwest....

Too good ....

Red Neck Bank Loan Never underestimate a Texas Redneck Cowboy.

A Redneck cowboy from Sweetwater, Texas, walkedinto a bank in New York City and asked for the loanofficer. He told the loan officer that he was going toParis for an International Redneck Festival and wouldbe gone for two weeks. He needed to borrow $5,000but he was not a depositor in that bank.The bank officer told him that the bank would needsome form of security for the loan, so the Redneckhanded over the keys to a new Ferrari. The car wasparked on the street in front of the bank. He producedthe title and everything checked out. The loan officeragreed to hold the car as collateral for the loan andapologized for having to charge 12% interest.

Later, the bank's president and its officers all enjoyed agood laugh at the Redneck from Texas for using a$250,000 Ferrari as collateral for a $5,000 loan. An employee of the bank then drove the Ferrari into thebank's private underground garage and parked it. Two weeks later, the Redneck returned, repaid the$5,000 and the interest of $23.07.The loan officer said, "Sir, we are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked you out on Dun & Bradstreet and found that you are a highly successful investor and multimillionaire with real estate and financial interests all over the world. Your investments include a large number of wind turbines around Sweetwater, Texas. What puzzles us is, why would you bother to borrow $5,000? "The good ol' Texas boy replied, "Where else in New York City can I park my car for two weeks for only $23.07 and expect it to be here when I return?

"His name was BUBBA.....

Monday, October 19, 2009

Putting in the insulation...

It was a beautiful day outside today so we took advantage of the weather to put the ceiling up in the gazebo and pour in the insulation. Three guys showed up just in time to help Tool Belt Jim cause I wasn't too excited about working with him after the lifter thingy fell on my foot.



Thanks guys!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Early morning swap meet...

Got up early this morning and headed to one of Tool Belt Jim's favorite places. It's billed as "Missouri's Largest Garage Sale & Flea Market". Only problem was this morning was COLD. And I had only brought a light jacket. But not too many people had ventured out to set up in the cold weather so it didn't take us long to walk through it.



And every swap meet I've ever been at had someone selling tires...

Remember how the man who owned the barn gave me some fruit jars? Well at the swap meet I bought a water bath canner for $5.00 and a cast iron skillet for Steve for $3.00 and another one for me for $5.00. See the kind of things I keep an eye out for can't you?


On the way home we took old Hwy 66 and passed this old barn. I love old barns that have advertising on them.





Another old house that has seen better days.
Made it back home. Hit the grocery store for the usual milk, juice, sandwich meat etc. etc. Promised Tool Belt Jim I would fix mashed potatoes with chicken for supper tonight. Cold weather puts me in a cooking mood. Gonna have to get the old faithful wood stove ready to go if this cold, rainy weather keeps up. Had to turn on the furnace when I got home. And this is only the middle of Oct.
Hope you had an enjoyable week-end. I sure did!

May be a holiday for some of you tomorrow but I have to work in the Red Cross office so it's getting late and I need to get to bed. Have a good night!