Tuesday, May 24, 2016

MM at work!

My guy is retiring (again) on Friday, after working for six weeks for a developer on two different projects.

He is tired.  It has been a BIG project, so here is a little of what he has been doing.  This is a "before" photo...a "during"...and an "after" shot of one location:



Don't worry.  There are PLENTY of trees left on site, but folks will soon be able to have places to build homes, with fantastic views of the lake and mountains surrounding our area.

It's just another day at the office for MM...but only three days...and then he can park this baby and take some time off.  He needs it, bless his heart.

We are going on a cruise!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Four furbabies!




Yes, there are four! There is one black furball by Jackie's paw, all birthed Saturday on an old sleeping bag in the storage room in Amy's basement. Amy is grateful she chose this place, inaccessible by the two dogs, and NOT under any people beds.

I saw them yesterday and cooed and talked with Jackie to let her know what a good job she has done, stray that she is and new to the family herself. It wasn't very nice of her to show up in her condition and have the wee ones fall in love with her, but that's life, and she has a forever home.

They are keeping mama...but NOT the kitties. One is already claimed. Anyone interested in the other three, available in six weeks?

This will be the only litter Jackie produces. Yessiree. She will go to the vet ASAP, and hopefully the neighborhood Tom will get gone!

His company is NOT wanted or needed.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Senior recognition

Our girl racked up lots of honors at the Senior Recognition presentation just now. Here she is all decorated with cords, a medal, and her Honor Graduate stole:



Gosh, we are proud of Ansley. She has worked hard, and now gets to take off for the day.

She has earned a rest. She will need it. This girl's gonna fly!

Life is ginger peachy good...and her future is mighty bright. All is right in our world.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Rainy Toosday!




I didn't get picked for jury duty yesterday, so I am kicked back and bonding with Missy this free morning while MM is off working.

But not for long. I really do need to get some chores done, but how can I resist this sweet girl?

It's gonna be a busy next two weeks with school stuff going on as graduation nears for our Ansley.

Haley had a joint birthday dinner celebration for Macey and Ansley because of all this busy-ness, plus travel interruptions. Any excuse for Triple Chocolate Cake is a good excuse for a gathering!



Happy late birthday to Macey, and early birthday to Ansley! Birthday Season is a good thing.

Laugh, love, travel, and keep smiling!

Oh yes, and visit your grandparents often!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Fun spring concert

Our UCHS Chorus did an outstanding performance last night in the Fine Arts Center. As a senior, it was Ansley's finale, and a very fun and memorable event. Haley captured the seniors, the sisters, and the cousins...so I blatantly stole her collage:



The view from Row K from my phone:



Joy and I had a meeting to attend, so we didn't get to stay for the after-concert photos. Thanks, Haley!

I love small town living and FB, because I see where Faith's sister has posted some videos of the concert this morning. That rocks!

These kids have been given a firm foundation, and now are ready (they think) to tackle the world.

Go, UCHS seniors! Make Mayberry proud to know ya!!!


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Monday, May 9, 2016

Happy kids, happy mom!




Our kids treats me to a fabulous Mother's Day celebration. Rather than all 14 of us going out to eat on this restaurant-busy day, (fabulous) pizza was ordered, and the girls provided all the trimmings...nanner pudding included!

We gathered at the pavilion next door, while kids and dogs ran around and played. It was perfect. The weather was beautiful, and clean up was mighty easy.

Gosh, I love all these kiddos, their spouses, and the grandchildren they provided. And the tall guy who helped with this production. I definitely won the family jackpot lotto, and am eternally grateful. Thanks be to God, a lot of luck, a few tears and tantrums, but even more love and laughter.

Carry on the family tradition, kiddos.

Life is ginger peachy good here in Mayberry, y'all!

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Three bands!

Mayberry was treated to a Fabulous performance last night in our new Fine Arts Center. Guest performance by Woody Gap Band of Steel led the toe-tapping event:



Yes, steel drums...from the smallest public school in our state. They did quite well, playing a nice variety of music...even a country number. Yep, that was probably a first in the history of steel drums.

The UCHS Jazz and Concert bands were next. We especially love percussionist Macey there on the R:



Now on the L (momentarily) in the Concert Band:


Those playing percussion get their exercise during every performance.

Love this gal...friend Sean is a sweet senior. Hi, Sean! We are gonna miss you. And Ansley, who I learned QUIT band. The stinker.



We are sooo proud of all these fine young men and women. Going on the NYC trip with all of them made the performance even more special to me. Great kids; great memories!

Life is mighty good, y'all.

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