Thursday, April 20, 2017

Garden, Easter and a Birthday

Good gosh, I didn't intend to be gone so long but it is Spring which means I tend to spend a lot of time sitting on the porch, working in the yard, and of course playing with my grandbabies.  If you are still coming by, thank you for not giving up on me.

I've been trying to get my veggie garden ready for planting but we've been getting a lot of rain, which we desperately needed.  My Mister has tilled and worked the soil and then it will rain and he has to do it again.  Doesn't he look excited...


Hopefully, this coming week, I can get something in the ground without the rain washing it away!  Not that I am complaining about the rain because without rain, we would burn up this summer!  Do you have your garden planted, yet?

 
Our granddaughter and I decided to build a fairy garden.  For the plants, we used herbs.  There is cilantro, purple basil, and german thyme, in this one.  There are also a couple of petunia plants, as well.  A couple of days later, she and PawPaw decided we needed another fairy garden.



This one has a log cabin, pretty arch, and some kind of flowering ground cover.  Cute and so much fun to do this with our sweet girl.  Mentioning our granddaughter...




...Yesterday was her birthday.  I don't know how it happened but she is now seven years old.  As you can see, Moana is her favorite thing right now so we got her the outfit.  She wanted me to take a picture of her wearing it.  PawPaw and I decided to redecorate her room so that it is fitting for a big girl of seven!  We had one day to do it!  Last Saturday, we got up early, dragged everything out, which was no small task because that child has a lot of stuff...or should I say DID have a lot of stuff!  We painted, put up a new bed, added pictures, new comforter, rugs and pillow.  Several small touches and we were finally done.  


We started at 6am and finished at 10pm.  We were worn out BUT we still had all that stuff to sort through and decide what stays, what goes, and what our grandson got.  A big job but we got it all done and everything set up for her birthday party the next day.  

We combined the Easter egg hunt and her birthday, which she always loves to do.  This year was so fun because Hoss got to hunt eggs, too.  He is walking now and seeing him toodle around makes my heart smile.




He is the little one with his hand over his face.  He doesn't like the bright sunshine!  The other two little boys are our step-great grands.  I get a kick out of having so many babies around here!  The best part...




I can fill them with sugar and send them all home!  LoL

As you can see, we've been having fun around here.  Of course, there is always work to do.  My days are filled with homekeeping, babysitting, and taking care of our animals.



Which apparently, I haven't been keeping up with too good.  Betty Goat needs a good brushing to get rid of her winter hair.  She looks so shabby.  I guess I will do that this afternoon.



I wanted to show y'all my Asiatic Lilies.  Do they not remind you of Cousin It from the Addams Family?  HaHaHa...

Well, not much of a post but I did want to tell y'all I do read your blogs every day even if I don't get around to posting!

Grace & Peace,
Pam





Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring blooms make me happy

I ain't even going to lie.  My heart does happy little leaps when I look out my windows and see the fruit trees in bloom and and the big elms with tiny new leaves.  Love the beginning of Spring!

My sweet little dwarf lilac bush is getting ready to bloom.  It is just out my bedroom window.   I'll so enjoy the wonderful fragrance as I lay my head on the pillow.

And these pretty yellow blooms are nearly always the first thing to show up after winter.  I guess they are some form of Daffodil but I'm not sure.  They were here when we moved in eleven years ago.

My favorite early blooms are without a doubt the peach blossoms.  This little dwarf tree only makes about 6 - 8 peaches, every year, but they are so sweet and juicy.  Yummmmmm!

The ornamental Crabapple Tree was covered in blooms, last week!  I don't have a picture of the whole tree but let me tell you, the fragrance from this tree is dreamy!  The bees sure love it!  The winds picked up and have blown most of the blooms off the tree, now. 


I can't wait until the roses start blooming!  I think I'm going to plant a few more roses, lots of flowers for the birds and bees, and probably a couple more fruit trees.  Also I think I am going to try to have a small vegetable garden...we'll see how that goes.

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spring forward???

Spring forward????  How far forward do we need to spring?  LoL  Just when we set our clocks up Mother Nature went all bipolar on us!  It has been below freezing at night and only in the 40's and low 50's, ever since!  Crazy but I knew it would would happen.

So.... One evening, last week, my Mister, and our son, were working on a project out in the shop.  It's a nice size shop but the problem is, there are only two electric outlets.  My freezer is in that shop with only two outlets.  Somehow -- and neither of them will admit to doing it -- the freezer got unplugged. Two days later, I was out there piddling and decided I would get something out of the freezer for supper.  I didn't hear it running and at the same time I opened the door, I had a feeling it wasn't going to be good.  Sure enough, everything was thawing out.  Fortunately, I found it before everything was ruined but I spent the rest of that day and most of the next, cooking all that meat!  Needless to say, I don't have to cook for awhile, however, I wasn't really expecting to have to go shopping for meat again until the summer!  

Not much has been going on around here.  I find myself getting bored which is something that rarely happens.  To top off the boredom, I have no interest in doing anything to fight it off.  I've just been feeling kind of ho-hum, for a couple of weeks.  I don't know what's going on but I hope it will go away once it warms up, if it ever does... 

Y'all have a great week and if you are in the North East, stay safe and warm.

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spring???


I looks and feels like Spring has sprung!  It has been so nice lately.  I got out and pruned my roses, last week.  Glad I didn't wait until March because they have already started getting leaves.  Actually everything around here is starting to turn green!  I can hardly contain my excitement but I know, as sure as my name is Pam, we will get more winter weather before Easter.  We always do but I've certainly enjoyed the last couple of days being in the 80's!


Nemo is ready for Spring, too!  I know my girls and Betty Goat are getting ready to eat lots of bugs and green grass!

Not much of a post but I hope the green leaves made you as happy as they did me.  


I stepped outside and wouldn't you know God has been painting again!  He shares His masterpiece sunsets and I am always amazed and thankful!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Monday, February 13, 2017

I Lied and a Very Special Day...

Yep, I lied!  I didn't know I was lying but never the less I did!  Just when I thought I had completed all the paperwork, they handed me another stack to be completed.  UGH!!!!!  Sometimes I think it just isn't worth all the trouble...but then God taps me on the shoulder and tells me to get on with it.
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.  James 1:27 (NLT)
That's the scripture that lead us to be foster parents.  So we will be obedient...or at least try.


 
Yesterday, was a very special day!  It was this little boy's 1st birthday!  We started out at church.  We have something called "The Birthday Pole", which is that white pole behind my granddaughter.  Whoever is having a birthday,  goes to the pole and the congregation sings Happy Birthday, to them.  It is always a funny time.

In addition to Hoss' birthday, it was dedication day, too.  


It was a special, beautiful time.  It takes not only Mama & Daddy, to raise a child, but also grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles.  It takes all of those folks plus the church family.  We are blessed to have a wonderful, loving, church family, to help us with that.

I just noticed that my Mister, aka PawPaw, was almost laughing at Hoss trying to get the microphone from our Pastors, during one of the prayers.  Well, I guess that's ok.  I would have probably done the same thing if I had noticed!

So after church...


We smashed birthday cupcakes!  I see that PawPaw helped Hoss put some "makeup" on.  Eyebrows!  LoL  

My heart was truly blessed, yesterday!

Grace & Peace,
Pam


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bureaucratic bull corn and poor Jasper!

Whew, I finally got all that paperwork completed!  You would think that it wouldn't take that long since we were already certified but that is not the way our state works.  Bureaucratic bullcorn, if you ask me!

I had to take my four-legged kid, Jasper, to the vet, earlier this week.  Remember, we found him on the side of the road.  Well, anyhow, he has always had some kind of skin rash but we just figured he had gotten into something because he runs all over our place and the neighbors land.  It never crossed our mind that it was anything as frightening as it turned out to be.  Suddenly, we noticed he had little white blisters all over his under belly and down both legs.  We gave him a good bath but it just kept getting worse until it got between his toes and he was going down hill.  I made the appointment and took him in.  As soon as the vet looked at him she knew exactly what it was.  Mites!  Did you hear me?  Mites!  Now who would have thought those tiny little bugs could do that to a big ole boy like Jasper?  Apparently, these mites are under the skin and in the hair follicles, therefore giving him a bath or anything topical just doesn't work.  Sooooo...$300 later and a bucket full of medicine, he is on the mend.  He is almost back to his chewing, jumping, chicken-chasing, cat agitating, running all over creation, annoying self!  LoL...yes, he is all that but by golly, he is such a good kid and we love him to pieces.  

I've been receiving seed/plant catalogs, for weeks now.  I want to have a normal garden, this year, instead of the bucket gardens, but I don't know if that will happen. The ground around here just doesn't seem to grow much of anything except weeds.  We'll see.  Of course, I will be loving on my roses and fruit trees, so that will keep me busy for the most part.

I have used essential oils for years, so yesterday I took the plunge and became a Young Living distributor.  Since I use them so much, I should at least get a discount!   Do you use essential oils?  They are very beneficial to mind, body, and spirit.  From time to time I will probably post a recipe or something informational.  

We were gifted this television armoire.  Ignore the blue hair tie on the lower doors.  Grandson proofing at it's finest, courtesy of my granddaughter!  HeHe!


Obviously, our tv doesn't fill the space and I'm not really wanting a larger one so I have a question for you.  What would you do with the area behind the television?  I don't want to paint it but I thought maybe hanging a fabric that will coordinate with the living room or something.  What do you think?  Any ideas?

I hope y'all have a great weekend!

Grace & Peace,
Pam
ace & Peace,

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

It is time for us to have our recertification, as a foster/adoptive home, done again.  Can I just say, What a huge pain in the kister!  You would think once you are certified all you would have to do is submit update financial, medical, and driver's license changes, but NOOOOOOooooo!  I been since the middle of December doing this.  I have to submit every last document that we did in the first place.  How dumb is that?  Like they can't just pull our file!  *groan*  It is irritating because just when I think I have turned in everything, I get a phone call requesting more forms and documents!  Well, I guess if that's what it takes, I will do it every year.  

Now, that I've gotten that off my chest...How the heck are y'all?  We've had a bit of winter weather but nothing like in years past.  We will have a week of brutally cold temps and then a week of mild temperatures.  Not much in the way of snow but we did get some much needed rain.  I'm ok with that.  The older I get, the more I dislike winter.  I don't like to be miserable and it seems that's what happens every year.  Of course, this old house doesn't help.  When the furnace is running it is hotter than blue blazes, then as soon as it turns off, it gets so cold.  I don't understand why because we have put in lots of insulation, the windows are air tight, and I always roll up a towel to put in front of the doors.  I guess that is what happens in a 112 year old house.  I think I am going to have my Mister run a gas line to the living room so I can put a space heater in there.  That way, when I get cold, I can back up to it and warm my bum!  HeHeHe!  Y'all remember your Granny doing that?  I may or may not lift my nightgown like they did!  *wink*

Sorry for the lack of photos but this time of year just doesn't make me want to get the camera out.  And I'm sure not going out when it is cold, anyhow!  

I guess I am going to have to go back to the doctor.  My allergies have been acting up and I have, what feels like, a ball of phlegm in my lower throat.  Sometimes, it's not bad and then other times, it is super bad.  Not to the point that I can't swallow or breath but almost like it is the size of a quarter.  I hope it is just my allergies or sinuses but after about a month, I am getting kind of worried.  I guess we'll see what the dr. says before I start to worry much.

Well, I guess that is all I have to say.  I hope y'all don't stop coming by.  I know my posts are erratic but know that I do read y'alls blogs.  I just don't have a lot going on right now...well...except paperwork!  UGH!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas doings and happy to see the end...

Goodness, y'all, I don't know where time goes.  We have been busy, around here, though.  Christmas time always seems to keep us that way.  Between the decorating, shopping, cooking, Christmas happenings at church, as well as all the normal routine stuff, I often feel as if I meeting myself coming!  Y'all ever hear the old folks say that?  Well, I guess I am an old folk now because I say it all the time!  Thought I would pop in and post a few pictures.



I made my "Elementary Soup" one Sunday and decided to have the kids and grandbabies over to take pictures.  My son and DIL couldn't be here so we had substitutes!  HeHe!  That'll teach 'em!


Our granddaughter was the angel in our church Christmas program.  She did such a good job!

I have to say, I will be happy to see 2016 come to an end.  It has been a great year but also a difficult year.  So many highs and lows but I am thankful that we made it through.  I will be back after New Year's to look back on them all.  Until then...


My Mister and I wish you Grace, Peace, and Love.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Hello December...what did you do with Fall?

Goodness sakes, can you believe it is December?  Where in the world did this year go?  December seems to have thrust us into the throes of winter...just as I knew it would.  Seems we didn't have a Fall but went directly from summer to winter in one fell swoop!  I suppose that's how it is when you live in the middle of the country.  Oh well, I'll just grab another sweater and rock on!


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  My kids and their kids were here and we all ate way too much!  Normal behavior for us!  HeHe!  After we ate, the Littles "decorated" our tree.  That is something they look forward to and if truth be told, the only reason we still put up a tree!

Well, I started this post sometime last week and as would be quite normal for me, I got sidetracked and never finished it.  I guess I will try to finish now!

So anyhow, I thought I would show you a bit of my decorating, around the house.  Just let me say that I had big plans to decorate every room but I burned myself out and only got the living room and kitchen semi done.  Our rooms are so small, in this old house, that I don't do a lot, anyways.


I must say, right here, I got sidetracked again!  LoL... A.D.D. is kicking my tail, lately!  On to a bit more of the decorating.


The Redbird is my favorite bird so I decided to decorate this little primitive tree, with a whole flock of them.  I don't know what happened to the bow I had on the basket but it's still cute.  Have you ever heard, "When  a cardinal appears, an angel is near"?  I must have a lot of angels because my yard is always full of those beautiful red birds!

Most of my decorating is in the kitchen.  Remember, back last winter, we remodeled our "Brown Overwhelm" kitchen.  My favorite color for any kitchen is white so this year I decorated in a Scandinavian theme, in honor of my new found bloodline! 

This is my sweet little kitchen tree in an old rusted out bucket.  I made the salt dough ornaments that are hanging on it.  The straw angel is one that the Mister brought to me several years ago.  I think he either found it at a garage sale or somebody's left over decorations.  I love it.  Then I just scattered a few pine cones and silver ornaments and boxes around the bottom.


The top of the refrigerator got a bit of decorating with another rusted out bucket full of poinsettias, an oil lantern, the blackboard and a basket of checkers!  Simple stuff!


I think my favorite thing is the open faced cabinets.  It normally looks like this but I added the greenery, a tiny little tree, a bowl of pecans from my pecan trees, and a block of wood.  Of course I made the salt dough ornament garland and wrapped the cabinet doors with burlap and a bit of pine sprigs.  Again very simple but I love it!


Of course, my "Happy Window" got fancied up, too.  Aren't those white deer just adorable?  I had them as a center piece on the table but quickly decided to put them out of reach because I know my granddaughter would fall in love with them and want to play with them.  They are porcelain so I was afraid she might drop them.  I like them better in the window, anyhow.  Do you see that light fixture?  That is an old water can for chickens that is wired to the original light fixture.


There is also a wooden nativity sitting on another wood block that I dug out of the mud!  The candles are in baby food jars filled with small pebbles and wrapped with twine.  I have never seen a nativity like this.  


Very unusual and beautiful.  I added the star on top because it just felt right.  Do you do that?  Decorate a certain way because it feels right?  

So anyway, that is my little bit of decorating.  I may or may not do a little more but at this point I am almost ready to pack it all up for another year!  OCD starts kicking in and I have to get everything back in it's rightful place!  LoL  Me and my quirks!

 I hope you are enjoying the season.  Be blessed!

Grace & Peace,
Pam