Sunny and calm in Mayberry this morning.
I plan to spend the afternoon parked on this porch with a book and a tall glass of iced tea. Until wine thirty.
Who wants to join me?
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I love my yard boys! This little kid can’t wait to grow up and drive the tractor alone, bless his little heart.
Shortly after this photo was taken, one of the back wheels on the mower section fell off. That means: find the wheel, find the pin; put it back together again. Hey, that rhymes!
Fixing goes along with mowing, my young man! Just ask Grumps…who had an oil leak on his piece of equipment.
Jason and Will are back to mowing now. And sweating. That mowing business is sweaty business. Manly business. Boys bonding. Love it!
And Alex? He and a bud are on the dock fishing.
Have I mentioned that I love living next door to these kids, short and tall?
Blessed. I am. And now the grass is cut. Thanks, boys!
Life is good in the ‘hood, y’all! Have yourselves a ginger peachy day.
Love these happy smiles. The boys and Amy got to go up for a free helicopter ride Saturday.
These boys don’t know how blessed they are, but that is typical of most all kids.
Their Nana is losing her fight with cancer, so Amy and Jason are under a lot of stress…quite an understatement…but still trying to maintain balance with the boys and work, while helping with Nana. The kids are asking good questions, and getting honest answers. Life is very real.
We are all thankful for help from family and friends right now. Everyone is helping in so many ways. We are truly blessed with goodness and mercy. Except for that wicked cancer. It has now gotten painful for Nana, and none of us want her to suffer.
Hug your family and friends while you can. Life is precious!
I close off the kitty door to keep the kitties inside overnight. To be safe, right? Our Houdini figured out a way to escape confinement.
Several times after closing said door, KC has appeared on the deck. How’d that happen???
I looked at all windows and screens. Nothing seemed amiss. The boy still escaped.
Next, I FELT the bottom of every stinking screen in the house, and discovered his customized escape route. Now we know how he was able to be outside at 3 AM and get injured:
MM, your honey-do list just got longer. The glass door AND the kitty door both have to be shut, Mr. KC. Mom rules! Mom doesn’t want another injured kitty nor another vet bill, thankyouverymuch.
Have yourselves a ginger peachy Monday, y’all! It’s just another day in Mayberry.
There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country.
"Is there anything breakable in here?" asked the postal clerk.
"Only the Ten Commandments." answered the lady.
So the land sale went well yesterday. At least half of the lots were sold on the 200 acres, so the owner is pretty happy. MM is sleeping in this morning, at last. He has had entirely TOO many early mornings and late nights out there working. He still has more mowing and brush piling and burning to do out there, but today is a day of much-earned rest…finally!This is a shot of the lodge while it was still in the staging stage on Friday. Check out the moose…and that heavy cedar table:
And a peak at a cleared area by one of the lazy creeks on the property:
Thanks, Mowing Man, for mowing our yard yesterday. That was small potatoes, compared to what you’ve been mowing recently!
Um, I think my honey-do list is next, right?!
Life is good, y’all!
Faith being one of five gals…and off enjoying a camping “staycation” and being unable to show off the “family jewels” to all their family and friends…posted this photo on FB:
Lucky me got to see this on her hand last evening. And hug the future Mr. and Mrs. and Junior Miss. I should have gotten a photo of the necklace Brian gave to lil Haley when he proposed to her…FIRST! It is a sweet, small cross of diamonds with her mom’s birthstone on the back of it. Precious! Our guy did good in the bling department (and in picking a good woman).
Most of the rest of the clan were there for the cookout. Yum. MM and Logan laugh at Haley and me when we call each other before going anywhere together. We didn’t call yesterday…and we both showed up in pink, denim, and tan sneakers. Sheesh.
It happens all.the.time. We’ve learned to live with this problem. And laugh. A lot.
Welcome to the family, Faith. You are a brave woman. Faith was also wearing a (bright) pink shirt. She fits right in.
Life is good in the GA Alps, y’all, filled with happy smiles!
Our family is increasing by two, and we couldn’t be happier! Love these gals bunches.
And we love this very lucky guy:
Welcome to the family, Faith and lil Haley…your lives will never be dull, that is for sure.
BTW, does proposing in an Airstream make y’all trailer trash? Just wondering. Brian, you are definitely getting yourself a good woman!
Life is VERY good, y’all!!! Let’s celebrate!
Joy's dad, Roger Howell, Jr., got his final wings last night at age 92.
I know wife Lois was singing him home, and greeting him at heaven's door.
You fought the good fight, and will be missed by everyone who was blessed to know you, most especially missed by your children and grandchildren.
And me...your "Sandy Dandy" is already feeling your absence.
RIP, sweet Jolly Roger. Your mission is complete.
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Sweet Bee met MM and me (and a bunch of the classmates) at fabulous John G’s for lunch on Saturday. Then she introduced us gals to an outlet store nearby! That rocked…for some. I will definitely go back shopping…without MM…next winter. Good quality at good prices---my kind of shopping! Who needs retail?
The dinner cruise was outstanding. We actually motored S to Boca, rather than N to fancy Palm Beach, but that was even better, since MM and I were less familiar with that territory. The food was good (no rubber chicken), the DJ was good, and the company was GREAT.
We enjoyed a leisure breakfast with the gang at the hotel, said our “so long” to everyone, then headed to the airport for the 4 hour flight home.
We were definitely IFR intermittently, but MM is a great pilot. With his trusty copilot, we make a good flying team.
Amy invited us over for dinner on their deck. Loved that…steak, salmon and all the trimmings! Not to mention the SWEET company…
And we had two furbabies mighty happy to have us back home…and happy Father’s Day wishes to MM from both of the other kiddos.
Dontcha love happy endings? I sure do.
Life is good, y’all…except for the scare of seeing a fox run across the yard just now, knowing KC is outside!
I ran out front yelling for my boy, figuring that would at least scare off the fox. No KC in sight, but I heard a meow from behind the door. He was thankfully back inside!
Another happy ending.
Welcome aboard the Lady Atlantic!
This is where the class will be eating and cruising tonight. Not too shabby, right?!
We shall see how the “other half” lives, check them out over in Palm Beach as we float by…eating, listening to music, and enjoying excellent company.
Ahh, the good life. I could get spoiled with this luxury…at least for awhile. No-thank-you to the expensive maintenance, cost of crew (not to mention the purchase price) of one of these babies. We’ll settle for the occasional pampering.
Speaking of, there might be a “real” cruise—or two—in our future.
Our Saturday will be fantastic. I hope yours is, too!
Five years ago:
We had outside bouncing:
Plus a pile of presents.
Blessed boy. Lucky us, we get to literally watch him growing up…daily. He is a delight!
I get to take both boys to the library for story time this morning. That’s just what I want to do this overcast Monday morning…read and play with my sweet boys.
Life is good, y’all!