This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Preparing for Thanksgiving!

 Thanksgiving is tomorrow and we are ready!
 The front porch is decorated and ready to greet our guests!
 The house is decorated...
 ...with pilgrims and turkeys galore!
 Antique turkey salt and pepper shakers adorn my windowsill.
 The pie safe is all decked out!
 Some of my vintage Gurley candles mixed with other fun treasures.
 I glued this vintage cardboard turkey to an old board found on our property. I love it!
 I found this cute book at a thrift store this year.
Warm touches in the family room.
 A "stuffed" turkey and classic Thanksgiving book, Cranberry Thanksgiving.
I filled the centerpiece box with pumpkins and rose hips from the property and some pilgrims and turkeys. My husband found the shed antlers in the woods.
 I love this box my hubby made for me from old fence boards!
 I got my 33+ year old Thanksgiving notes that I took when I was a young woman as I watched my mother prepare Thanksgiving.
 I prepared the menu and the grocery list.
 I went shopping with a very special little person last Wednesday. We had a fun little surprise of seeing two black birds walking around in the grocery store!
 So excited to get a free turkey because I purchased over $100.00!
 Baby boy says it's a good turkey!
 I started planning the dishes.
Started defrosting the turkey on Sunday.
 Today I prepared it and put it in a bag. This is my favorite way of preparing the bird. It always turns out so moist, flavorful and tender!
 I boiled the giblets and neck along with onion and celery. I will use this broth tomorrow for the stuffing!
 Normally I would peel the potatoes, but this year....
 ....I'm trying something new. I got this tip on line, you simply make a cut in the skin all the way around  the potato with a knife and.....
 ....boil them. After you drain them, the skin comes right off. I sure hope it works. I'll find out tomorrow!
The table is set and we are ready to host Thanksgiving dinner for 16 of our relatives tomorrow! I can't wait!

Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving with all of your loved ones!

"I will praise the name of God with song, and shall magnify Him with thanksgiving!" Psalm 69:30

Hugs, Sharon

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pump house flooding washed out our bank account...

 I went out to our pump house to get some boxes and was upset to see that the whole floor was flooded.
 There was an inch of water all throughout the small building. I was so thankful my husband was home! I called out to him and he came running. He looked everywhere for the root of the problem, but couldn't find anything, so we had to call the pump company.
Thankfully they were able to send a guy out that day. He said the pump was fine, but one of tanks for the filtration system had a tiny leak the size of a pin prick at bottom. I was so surprised to hear that such a tiny hole could cause such huge water loss. He removed the old tank and did a temporary fix right to the second filter, so thankfully we had water.
 We upgraded to a better system, which they had to order, so a week later they came back and installed it.
This is our new improved water filtration system. We are actually happy to have a brand new system that we know we can trust, but boy oh boy, we didn't like the $3200.00 bill that came two weeks later. :( The beginning estimate was under a thousand dollars, but of course, slowly things were added, we upgraded and then had to pay the cost of labor, so the bill grew. Ugh.

The timing was unfortunate because it happened just a few days after my husband got about $3,000.00 worth of equipment stolen from his job site that was not covered by insurance. My husband also tore his ligament in his knee and was told it required surgery to repair it.
We've also had a flea infestation, which we discovered when our grandson had multiple bites. I tore apart the whole house, cleaned all bedding and vacuumed and shampooed the carpets.
We took our pets to the vets and had them treated and have temporarily banned them from coming into the house.
I set these traps, which I highly recommend. Just a saucer of water with drop of dish soap and a candle in the center. They jump to the light and drown in the soapy water. We finally have the situation under control. What a hassle!

Oh, and this happened:
From my Facebook post: "This was me today in my garage. I'm not kidding. My dog, Blondie, was in the garage looking up at a shelf full of boxes near the window and whining and trying to get up there. After investigating and even sending the cat up there, nothing was revealed. Blondie would not stop. I finally grabbed a box of cleaning supplies from the shelf and set it on the floor and a large bird (bigger than a Robin) flew out! I screamed and it flew up and landed on a wreath I have on the back door. I got the broom and tried to shoo it away outside and guess landed on my back! Aughhhh! yes, MY BACK!!!! I screamed so loud and ran out to the driveway. I tried to shoo it off of me and it started crawling up my back! Then worst thing that could happen did. It CRAWLED UP INTO MY HAIR! I ran into the front yard and was ready to disrobe, but he finally flew away. Oh my gosh, it was the creepiest thing ever and I think I'm wounded for life! Needless to say, I have a sore throat now from all my screaming and I will never go near a bird like that again. Gross!!!"

Of course I'm laughing at myself with this last one! Any way, life is beautiful, but it also has trials. We truly have so much to be thankful for. I'm thankful that we had money (even though it wiped us out) to cover the pump and we have clean running water. Eric got wonderful news and such an answer to prayer when he went to the ortho surgeon and was told that his knee was getting better and he doesn't need to have the surgery! He never did get the work equipment back, but we are so thankful that it was just equipment and that no one got hurt. We got rid of the fleas and I have not had another bird attack!

 God is always with us and I am truly grateful.

“Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’”  John 4:13-14

Hugs, Sharon

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Parents day at college...

Last weekend we went to our youngest son's college for parent's day. It's a beautiful campus, especially in the fall with all the trees in full color!
He is studying forestry and is real excited about it. We really enjoyed the events that they had planned and learned a lot about the College of Forestry, plus they fed us quite well! It was really fun to walk around the campus with our son.
When we got out of the seminars the sun was going down, what a gorgeous sunset.
We went out for dinner and started with a beer. It was so much fun to visit with Hayden. He moved out  at the end of September and has come home a few times, but this was our first time for us to go up to his campus and see his apartment. I have missed him and it's so nice to see him.
After dinner we took him back to his apartment that he shares with two buddies. It's really nice, clean and safe.
His room was clean too!
It's nice knowing that he is so comfortable and safe and that he's doing so well at college.
We had such a great day with our son and we are so very proud of him!

"For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD; I sing for joy at what your hands have done." Psalm 92:4

Hugs, Sharon

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Nesting newlyweds....

Three month's ago today my son, Grayson, married his true love, Rachelle. The last time we saw them on August 15th they were doing this....driving away in the get-away car (Jeep)!
And get-away they did! They had a fabulous honeymoon in the Bahamas! They sent these cute photos while they were on their honeymoon. They had a trip of a lifetime! 
 While the kids were gone, Rachelle's mother, Terri, and her husband, Rick, had a great idea of posting all of the signs from the wedding along the sides of their street leading to their home to greet them home from their trip. I loaded up my signs and met Rick and Terri down there. 
We started small with a little G&S sign at the start of their road.
Here's Rick pounding in a sign.
It was really fun!
And it turned out so cute!
There were signs up and down the 1 mile street!
The love birds little love nest!
Welcome home!
They got in late Saturday night and Sunday morning I received a text from Rachelle thanking us for the warm welcome home! She said they thought it was so funny and made them smile.  She then asked if Eric and I would like to come over to her mom's house and have dinner and watch them open gifts! This just made my day.

As a side note, after church Eric and I went the hardware store and ran into Grayson and Rachelle! It was the first time in the two weeks since they got married that we have seen them and it was so much fun. Also, right at that moment it started pouring down rain and all of us were so happy about it because we were having a drought. It was just one of those magical moments!
We had left over lasagna from the wedding (they froze it) and I made a blue berry cobbler. Sadly though, the night we had the dinner Grayson had to work overtime and missed it, so we all went back over a few days later to watch them open their gifts. It was such a fun evening and they got so many beautiful gifts! They are so in love and so happy!
A few months ago I showed you photos of their mobile home that sits on gorgeous 19 acres (click here to read about it). It's just one mile away from us, so we are thrilled! The mobile home is very old and needs to be demolished, but they are going to make it livable for now and save their money to build their dream farm house. I am proud of how wise they are with their finances.
They were both so busy before the wedding that they didn't have time to fix it up. They want to make it homey and cute, but do not want to spend a lot of money, so they are mainly painting and will purchase  budget carpeting.
These are some photos of the "before" pictures.
It's a work in progress and soon I will be able to show you the after photos, but they are still working on it.
The people who lived here before left it in bad shape and the kids spent a lot of time just cleaning it and making it livable.
It's a typical 1970s mobile home with plastic cabinets and.....
...very 70's orange, brown and yellow linoleum, which I actually think is kinda cute!
Just cleaning it and adding some homey touches made it look so much better!
Grayson made new bathroom counters out of stained 2x6 boards and then put a high gloss varathane sealant on it. They bought the new sink with plans of tearing it out and using it in their new home when they build. Before the wedding they fixed up the bathroom and master bedroom
Much to their surprise, they got a free kitty with the house. They kept hearing noises in the vents and their dog, Layla, kept sniffing and staring at the vent holes. They finally realized there was a cat in there and coaxed him out with Tuna. He was a scared, but sweet kitty and they decided to keep him. They named him Greg after the previous owner who left him there. Luckily Layla and Greg became friends and get along great!
They have a really nice garden out their back door, and their property is absolutely gorgeous. They have 19 acres and it goes all the way back beyond those trees.
After Grayson and Rachelle were home from their honeymoon for a couple of weeks I went over to help Rachelle do some cleaning and painting.
Getting rid of this awful postal tape was top on her list! The window was cracked and for some odd reason the previous owners sealed it up with this ugly tape. It had been on there for quite some time and was basically baked on. It took a lot of elbow grease along with Goo-Gone and razor blades, but we got it all off!
After that we painted the office.
She's so cute and so sweet too!
We talked and laughed as we worked, it was so much fun and we got the whole room painted! While we were working inside, Grayson was working hard outside.
She made a fantastic lunch for all of us.
I am so happy for my son and his bride. They are off to a great start! As soon as they complete their updating, I will post the "after" pictures.

"I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. " Ecclesiastes 3:12

Hugs, Sharon
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