Sunday, May 30, 2010

Beauty in nature...

Seen this wildflower along the backroad I took going into town tonight. Had to stop and take a closer look. Luckily, I had my camera with me.

Isn't it gorgeous? It has some kind of prickly thorns on it. Only God could create something this beautiful!

This tree grows behind our shop. Think it is called a Catalpa Tree.
Here's a closeup of its flowers.

Honeysuckle growing along the roadside. Smells heavenly!
Old fashioned pink roses also growing along the roadside. Always in bloom just in time for my birthday!
Sometimes you just need to slow down and take the back roads to where you are going so you can enjoy God's beauty in nature. Life goes by too fast to not enjoy the ride.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

And what a wonderful party it was!

Leslie and I just happened to be born on the same day so we like to celebrate our birthdays together. And we went to the same church until she moved to another town so we both know the same friends.
Everyone was very impressed with Tool Belt Jim's newly enclosed gazebo. Was nice and cool inside even though it was 80 degrees outside and we didn't have to worry about flies around the food either. And the food was wonderful! Tool Belt Jim ran the smoker and we had ham, brisket, Italian beef which son in law Steve made and of course the ever popular hotdogs!
Everyone was all smiles and enjoyed reconnecting with old friends.
It was nice and cool sitting out under the trees.

There was much laughter and relaxing and of course eating going on!

Two of my favorite friends. And one of my daughter in laws parents!

Even the older kids seemed to enjoy the food!
Good to see my young friend home from college for the summer. How fast they grow up! I came home one time to find this young lady hanging from the rafters in my garage after her and my son decided to go exploring or something. I just about had a heart attack!

Baby Kaden eats anything you put before him. Loves food and loves going outside!
And my little great-nephew peacefully slept through it all. He's a little sweetheart!

My daughter in law says I always take her picture when she is eating. And here's my very special friend Shirley. Missed getting to see another special friend Laura tonight though. Hope she gets to see the pictures.

I have so many friends and family that God has blessed me with.

And here's Tool Belt Jim taking the hotdogs off the grill. Even with the ham and brisket and Italian beef, we went through several packages of hotdogs. Everybody loves hotdogs! Remember the old jingle so popular back in the day "Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Meyer hotdog, that is what I'd really like to be, cause if I were an Oscar Meyer hotdog, everybody would be in love with me."
The smoker is empty. Perfect size for 3 chickens, a whole ham, and several briskets


The little kids loved playing in the little pool I picked up just for this day.

And the kids playgym was right next to where we were sitting . Gracie loved the swing. Adorable little great-niece of mine.
Best friends.

It was a day full of smiles and good times.

Although Koda seemed pretty solemn.
Hope everyone had as much fun being with friends and family as I did. Throwing myself a party was a great birthday present to myself. I think I will do it again next year!
By the way, Tool Belt Jim bought me an antique rocking chair for my birthday. Love it!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Blackberry Cobblers are done....

Last time I counted I have 65 people that say they are coming to my birthday bash tomorrow evening. Will be lots of good times going on there!

The day the snake terrified the sister....

Hicksie Chick # 4 and Hicksie Chick # 6 (that's what we'll call my sisters) were outside working in the yard when a small snake --possibly a baby copperhead slithered out. Hicksie Chick # 6 was standing with a hoe in her hand but the snake disappeared before she could do anything. Now Hicksie Chick # 4 had surgery on her foot or ankle and has a cast on it with open toes. She is almost positive the snake has went up her cast. She thinks she feels it move. Now the dilemma. How do you get that snake out if it really is in there?
Now the cast is to come off Wed. anyway, so I say either go to the ER and have them cut it off or let Hicksie Chick # 6 do it cause she works for a DR. and knows how. Hicksie Chick # 6 was going to bed and Hicksie Chick #4 was lying very quietly on the bed hoping and probably praying the snake is either dead, not in there at all or gonna crawl out somewhere when it gets quiet. And that brings us to another scary thought.

Hoping it is all her imagination and nothing is in that cast. Praying it does not bite her if it is in there. And also praying she uses some common sense and maybe goes to the ER to get it checked out cause baby copperheads are just as venomous as adult ones I hear.

Just so you know,  Hicksie Chicks are a little on the crazy side.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Throwing my own birthday party again this year!

Countdown is on... Only 2 more days until my big birthday bash. Once again this year I am throwing my own birthday party. Who knows better what I like than me? I've got 60 definites, and 13 maybe's and several I haven't heard from yet. So looks like I am going to have quite a crowd.

Yesterday I washed windows, unthawed the meat, and today I mowed, made sure the outdoor kitchen/gazebo was ready, set up the tables and chairs outside and I need to make a blackberry pie, but think that will have to wait until tomorrow.
Tomorrow I need to wash out the coolers, clean up the smoker from last year, and hit the store to buy some paper supplies and last minute things. Then I'm ready to hang my American flags off each end of the deck and I'm ready for the party to begin. Son in law Steve is cooking briskets, hams and chicken. Is this going to be a old fashioned Walton birthday or what?

Love getting together with friends and family no matter what the occasion!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sister and the traveling rooster

Remember that feisty rooster that I was keeping for my sister while she was living in Mexico for the winter? Well she is back home and wanting her chickens back. My other sister Brenda was going to spend a week with Janet so we conned her into taking the chickens with her. Now this is a 5 hour drive and the problem we ran into was that the cage wouldn't fit into the trunk. But bless her heart she just smiled and put them in the back seat of the car. I just love her! And both my sister Janet and I owe her big time!!!

Question is, will she still be smiling and thinking nice thoughts about us at the end of this trip?

Monday, May 24, 2010

A present for me!

I organized a Red Cross meeting/potluck in my hometown tonight with 24 volunteers attending.

I was presented with this antique Red Cross First Aid manual. I love it!!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Present from my sister...

My sister brought me this cast iron rooster bell back from Mexico for my birthday. Don't you just love it? It's now keeping guard on my patio complete with a pull chain to call everyone in for supper.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The promise of the rainbow....

There was a storm moving in tonight as I was finishing up my mowing and had my camera on the mower with me. I snapped this pic of the dark clouds over the pond. While I was watching a double rainbow formed. Reminded me of God's promise to never again flood the whole earth.

Can you see the faint markings of the second rainbow next to the first one? Thought that was pretty cool. Ready for all this rain to end so I can get back into my garden. Big birthday party next Saturday and I have lots to do before then.

Lettuce and Tomatoes...

My lettuce is looking great! The garden is one muddy mess right now. You can see my heirloom tomatoes in the back of the lettuce. Won't show you what the rest of the garden looks like. This may be as good as it gets. I really like mulching with the straw. Keeps the weeds down. Although straw is $4.00 a bale this year. Need to find a farmer friend looks like.

All about chickens

Look where the guineas have been laying. Found this nest under the wisterial bush when I was mowing this evening. Have to throw them away cause I don't know how long they have been there and they are not fertile cause I don't have a male guinea.

It was pretty cool the other evening so I threw a couple old quilts over my little chicken tractor. Hopefully the mama silkie will keep them warm but this can't hurt. Thought it looked pretty cute.

My peonies bloomed for the first time this year!

I love peonies. Wish I had more but it has taken a long time for this one bush to bloom. Unfortunately, it is down by the greenhouse instead of up by the house. But it is lovely anyways!  I have a picture taken of me my Senior year in High School standing by the peonies dressed in my finery.  Takes me back a day or so and makes me smile.  So young and ready to start a life without school...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Had 25 Red Cross volunteers on standby last night during all the storms in case we were needed to set up a shelter. My house in town was two doors down from where this tree fell. Actually looks like the tree split and this is only part of the tree. Power was also out for a while cause it took the power line with it apparently. Thankfully, we missed the worst part of the storm and never needed to activate the volunteers but we were prepared if it did hit us!

Dear Mr. Coon, There will be no chicken dinner tonight!

Well this is my solution to protecting my baby chicks until we can catch whatever creature of the night is slowly killing off my "little flock". Something got my Seabright rooster night before last so I am down to one pretty mille fleur rooster left from the ones I bought at the swap meet.
I had my motion light click on and then the head of a coon peeked into my patio door. So my guess was he was following the chicks to see if he could get a chicken dinner. Obviously the light didn't bother him==just made it easier to see what he was looking for. I think it is a coon getting my chicks cause something pulled the staples out of the wire and drug off my last banty rooster. Shoulda had a slat over the wire and staples is my guess.

Doesn't this little pen look sweet in my little secret garden with the flowers? The motion light kicking on and off all night probably drives the momma nuts but you gotta do what you gotta do to keep the little ones safe.

Friday, May 7, 2010

The flowers are beautiful this year!

Ferns were transplanted from my parents home when they were dormant...

Old fashioned Iris

my mothers favorite poppies....

my sister shared her yellow Iris with me....

yellow Iris growing in front of the old iron rake..

Wisteria start came from my dad and mom's property where I grew up...

Old rock step came from my Great Aunt Myrtle's property...

the outdoor kitchen...

What a beautiful Spring we are having and the flowers are glorious! What a creative God I serve! Hope you serve Him too!