Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tax day woes

No, not for these two:

They are actually touching...and not whapping!

Ansley and the high school chorus were supposed to be arriving from Chicago this morning, instead they have been stuck on the bus for about 7 hours in Indiana because of a HazMat accident.

Luckily, a state trooper guided the bus onto the shoulder of the interstate, got them turned around, and they are now moving.

You can bet the batteries on all their electronics are dead or near dead at this point.

I'm happy I'm not chaperoning a bunch of 15 year olds today! Poor bus driver. Poor chaperones. Prayers needed for safe travels!

Good luck to all the worried parents. It will be a Loong day for all, but the kids will bring home lots of mostly good memories. That's Ansley on the right end.

Safe travels!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday birthday!


Joy birthday cake

♪♪ Happy Birthday to you, ♪♪
♪♪ Happy Birthday to you, ♪♪
♪♪ Happy Birthday, Dear Joy! ♪♪
♪♪ Happy Birthday to you. ♪♪

Haley’s card class began celebrating Joy’s birthday yesterday with this cake, baked by Joan.  Yummm.


We managed to be creative and not get crumbs on our cards.  Crumbs, what crumbs? 

So it is Monday washday.  We had three kids overnight (they loved the birthday cake, Joan!), so I have a load of towels going now that said three kids have been dropped off at their schools. 

As a friend said long ago, “the two best things about grandchildren are headlights and taillights!”  We do love to have the kids here, but also love having our alone time.  Temporary is good!

A hug a day makes us a whole lot happier – Phineas

I’ve gotten a whole bunch of hugs already, thanks to those (mostly) sweet grandchildren.  Love them.

And I’m happy that Amy and Jason will provide taillights later, bless their hearts!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday story


palm frond

The palm branch is a symbol of victory, triumph, peace and eternal life originating in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean. 

They also entertained a young husband.

Way back when, it was the annual job of my dear hubby and his brother, being farm boys, to go cut the fronds for church so the nice church ladies could clean them up and get them ready for Palm Sunday morning.

I got to replace Bob for this adventure the first year of our marriage.  Being the city girl that I was (and NOT a Florida native), I did not understand why some of the palm fronds were fully developed, and some were sorta deformed.  MM had to ‘splain to me that those “deformed” fronds were from the previous year’s cutting of the fronds.  Of course, he first told me that they were a strange, hybrid palm tree that grew that way.  Yeah.  Right.  Funny man.

And there was also the first time that he took me  shooting at the back of the farm.  He got me all lined up with the target, got the shotgun solidly in place, told me how to properly stand and sight the target, and then I pulled the trigger.

He is still living because while I was sighting in the target, he moved behind me so that he could catch me before I hit the ground.  That sucker packed a mean punch, and I would have landed on my behind.

I did learn to shoot well, thanks to him, and lots of practice.  That is a skill one needs to know when one lives on a farm, which we did for a number of years.  It was a great place to raise our children, by the way.

Yesterday’s photo scanning brought back lots of fond memories of way back then.  I still have about 189 pounds of photos to get done…maybe in this lifetime.

Have I mentioned that life is never dull with my guy?  Nope, it sure has been one big adventure after another.  Perfect?  No.  Never dull.  Life is as good as you make it, Peaches.

Will you look back on life and say, I wish I had,” or “I’m glad I did”? ~ Zig Ziglar

I’m glad I did!  How about you?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday stuff from Paradise

My two helpers are (annoying) overseeing what I am doing today, in between serious napping.  They are wasting a perfectly beautiful day.  My two granddogs are hanging around the front door, but they don’t scare the kitties.  No sirree.  The dogs know who rules around here.

KC, Missy

Our sweet Will has learned how to make those popular silicone loop bracelets, and was showing his handiwork to Joan at lunch the other day.  He made a bracelet for her, since she was so graciously praising him, and even gave him some $$ to buy more supplies.  I was heading to the WalMart just for that purpose.  He had fun spending our money, Joan!

Will, bracelets

Pretty dang good for a 5 y/o, huh?  This guy is learning early that girls like jewelry!  Smart boy.

Grammie's bracelet

So toady I have been scanning in some old photos into the computer…instead of doing some office stuff that I really should be doing instead, like IRS krappola…boring, but its gotta get done, and these two assistants are not helping one bit.  MM is off mowing, so I need to jump on this paperwork and be done with it.  Pronto.

But first…I need to move a gray paperweight.

Life is sunny and good, y’all!  Hope yours is, too.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chilly Thursday in paradise

Mid-April and it was officially 32 here in the mountains this morning. Brrr. Missy snoozed in my lap (only because MM is not here) while I enjoyed my coffee.

And the score last night:

Yay, gals! We kicked butt. And they deserved it. Poor Dan couldn't even get on the board through several of the rounds. That happens occasionally.

My two orchids and basil plant are mighty happy inside in the sun room. I'm not sure where Spring went, but having heat on now is ridiculous. At least we have sunshine...and jackets.

Oh, and MM has a big goose egg on the top of his poor head. He was on one machine yesterday; got off that one and about knocked his head off when he didn't bend far enough to get into a different machine. I guess he forgot how low the other one was. Maybe he needs a hard hat?! Poor thang.

Life is bumpy, chilly, but good here in paradise. How's yours?

Mind your head!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

And the winner is…


Paradise Hills Wine


Here is the post I received last night from Paradise Hills Resort and Spa:

Congratulations Sandy! You are the winner! An impressive 53 likes! A record so far...
Come by anytime to pick up your bottle of wine.
We loved hosting you for Women & Wine —

Owner Ilke challenged all the ladies to post photos on Facebook of our visit last week for Women and Wine, and whoever got the most “likes,” would get a free bottle of wine.  Naturally, BFF Joan and I decided we would split the bottle if either of us won.

I did…and I will!  Lucky us.  Joan and I both look forward to the next event, as well as our free bottle of wine.  We’ll have the cab, thankyouverymuch!

Who wants to join us at the next event on May 7???  Women only!

Have yourselves a ginger peachy Toosday, y’all!

Life’s too short for fake butter, cheese, and people.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday smiles

Except I am not smiling now, having been awake since 4:30. Oh well...

Haley wants to go shopping today, so we shall go. Ansley and lil Haley are joining us, so there will be plenty of smiles pretty soon. Coffee for now as the sun slowly finds these mountains.

Rain is expected today, but that won't matter.

Mowing Man is back working on a major job. The good news is that it is nearby...and he has an enclosed cab to keep him dry, and a handy dandy iPod to keep him entertained. He's a happy worker.

PSA. My free blogger app appears to be sneaking in some ads. It is NOT my doings. I do not intentionally advertise for fee anything on my blog. If I mention a place or product, it is only my own opinion. Period. Boycott any sneaky ad!

So there. That'll show those sneaky folks.

I am seeing a wee puff of pink now. Hooray, morning has broken. Life is good, and today presents another opportunity to enjoy it to the fullest. Do it!

Do you have your smile on?

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