Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter fun

~ Note:  This was supposed to be yesterday’s post, but our Internet provider decided to pick Monday morning to die, just before I finished typing, and stay dead ALL DAY.  Here’s hoping it will stay fixed!

Despite the sun being in their eyes, we got the kids to (mostly) stand still for a quick photo.  Say CHEESEEE!

Easter Munchkins


Easter Dyers

See that boulder over Macey’s shoulder?  Yep, that one.  The same one that the three kids were climbing right after the above photo…before the service.  A little dirt may have been tracked into the nave.

We enjoyed the huge Easter Feast after the service.  I had two requests for the recipe for the marinated Roma tomatoes that I took.  The bowl was mostly emptied, too.  Good stuff!

The real fun began later with hot dogs, S’mores, and a campfire next door at Amy’s house…and a four-wheeler! 

Hot wheels

And off into the sun they go…

Hot wheels2

Zoom, zoom…

Both kids are excellent drivers.  Seriously!  Yes, the short one is only five…almost six, but he has lots of experience already.  Lots.  That boy loves anything on wheels.

Good times and good food for everyone!  We had it. 

Spring has mostly arrived, and might be in full swing before the calendar is soon flipped to May.  Life is zooming here in Paradise, y’all!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Blessings!


Happy Easter

The Lord gave us life so that we may live it to the fullest.

Blessed Easter Day to all our family and friends!


Sandy and Dick


Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday to all!


Easter cross

In three short days, grief will be turned into joy!

And spring will (almost) be here (again):


This lovely photo is thanks to friend JC, taken by our hospital.  I need to go find this lovely dogwood.  This is gorgeous, and so much prettier than the white ones, which is the only type I have here, and they only have a few piddly blooms on them.

My intentions were good to do a TBT photo yesterday, but I had to be at church for the installation of another stained glass panel, so my feet hit the floor and I kept running all day (not literally, but still…).  Then when I got home, I worked on some genealogy stuff both before and after dinner, so the day was shot, and my mind never got back to blogging.

And now it is Friday and those things that were left undone……..are still here and still needing to be done.  Bugger.  My (worthless) assistants excel at napping, not DOING!  And MM is still mowing, and will be till mid-June.  It is a big job, but he is (mostly) enjoying himself…until the tracks come off the mower.  He maneuvered them back on where they belong.  He is good at his craft!

Have yourselves a ginger peachy day, and stay on track, Peaches.

Be sure to hug someone special!  Honey, you’ll have hugs AND clean work clothes waiting on you.

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.