I had a wonderful visit from a girlfriend earlier this month and I haven’t seen her for several months. Carol and I worked together at Virginia Tech and I love her dearly.
Celebrating my birthday the year before I retired from VT.
We always have so much to talk about including our kids, grandkids, her work and my part-time work and home. We both love to read and we started a book club soon after we met at VT.
She bought me a new book and a wonderful tin of cookies for Christmas. I’m hoping we’ll have more visits like this in the near future. I fixed lunch for us and we talked and laughed for several hours. We talked about gardening, her work, my work, families, and of course, our cohort in crime that she still works with, Gwen. I miss you guys so much!
Christmas tin of goodies from Carol.
I’m pretty sure she told me there were no calories in this batch!! 😉
Carol, I hope we can get together for lunch really soon because we have a lot to catch up on! I’ll call you soon, I promise!
The new book that I guarantee she will finish before I do!
On New Year’s Day and the whole year through, I hope the kindness you’ve given to others returns many times to you. I wish you all peace and harmony in this New Year 2017! May peace and love fill your heart, beauty fill your world, and contentment and joy fill your days.
Most of all have a safe, happy and peaceful end to 2016!
For all my friends, whether close or casual, just because. One of the shortest posts I will ever do.. and the most real, too. Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn’t easy. Just something to think about…did you know that people who are the strongest are usually the most sensitive?
Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated?
Did you know the ones who take care of others all the time are usually the ones who ……need it the most? Did you know the three hardest things to say are I love you, I’m sorry, and Help me?
Sometimes just because a person looks happy, you have to look past their smile and see how much pain they may be in. To all my friends who are going through some issues now, I may not always email, call or write to you but I am thinking about you and praying for you.
The revelation of all of the wonderful family and friends that I have, came to realization this past year and I want to make a concerted effort to reach out to all of you in a letter or card in the coming months. I gave up Facebook because of all the whining, politics and “just bad news” posted on there. I want to get back to that one on one friendship that everyone needs. SO, be on the look out for the card or note that lets you know that I am thinking about you!!
Mother’s Day was a whirlwind of activity. My son and daughter came early and spent the entire day with us. I also had friends from the office join us for lunch and we visited the babies, picked asparagus, walked a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the day. The day started for me at 6:00 a.m. and everyone was gone by 5:30. Then, hubby Sassy and I enjoyed some quiet time.
Heather and Shawn bought me beautiful cards and a push mower for the yard which I’ve wanted for two years and was going to buy in June. It’s part of my new weightloss program.
New toy from my daughter.
Mother’s Day card from my daughter.
Mother’s Day card from my son.
Eddie made me a beautiful hanging flower table out of a old wagon wheel and bought flowers to go on it. He had to have the kids help him hang it in the yard while I was preparing lunch for our other guests. I absolutely love it and never thought for a minute he would re-purpose something like this. I may be rubbing off on him! 😉
Antique saw blade will be inserted in the center of the table.
Antique wagon wheel re-purposed into a hanging flower table.
Not only did he build the table for me but he loaded it with plants that I’ll repot as soon as the cold snap passes this weekend. He also went to the woods and brought me this beautiful bouquet of trillium. The blossoms are so delicate and elegant, don’t you think?
Trillium from the woods behind the house.
They adorned our kitchen table where I served our guest and my family their lunch. We’re going to try to transplant some to my shaded flower gardens later this week or next. Hopefully with all the shade they’ll think they’re in the woods and thrive. He also got me a beautiful card and all of my cards made me cry!! I am so loved.
Hubby’s card for my day!!
To top the day, one of our gielbiev cows delivered a calf which was perfect for Mother’s Day.
I hope your Mother’s Day was as wonderful as mine.
I have recently become a big fan of author, Karen White and have read the Legare Street Trilogy. I’m patiently waiting for what will be a fourth book in the series and at which point it won’t be a trilogy anymore, I guess. Karen White keeps her readers enthralled in a story of love, mystery, supernatural and lots of humor mixed in. I would give them a rating of 10 out of 10. The first book is “The Girl on Legare Street”, second is “House on Tradd Street” and the third is “The Strangers on Montague Street”.
Karen White Legare St Trilogy-1st two books.
The Strangers on Montague Street
The fourth book “Return to Tradd Street” came out on January 7th and I pre-ordered it but it hasn’t arrived as of yet.
This is probably a good thing because I haven’t finished reading our book club selection and our meeting is sometime next week. I highly recommend Karen White and all of her books and here are a few more of her titles that are on my list to read.
More titles authored by Karen White.
Read, it soothes the soul and ignites the imagination!
Sassy is our “little” blonde cocker spaniel that makes our bed her bed!! Over the last few summers Sassy has made it habit of running, playing and rolling in tall grass and I guess because she love the coolness of it and she’s hunting for mice. She’s a good mouser but she never eats them. On occasion during these outings, we have gotten some nasty ticks off of her. That’s another reason we try to keep her sheared so it makes it easier to fine them and to treat her so she won’t get them at all.
Anyway, it seemed like there were some places where we removed the ticks that she got a hard smooth bump afterwards. The most noticeable one was on her back and we always warned our groomer of them whenever she went to get a haircut. Early in the spring we had the vet here for some cattle issues and he checked her out while he was here. Dr. Wall advised us that the cyst on her back which had gotten about the size of a dime and about a 1/2″ thick needed to come off and he was more concerned about the ones she had on her belly which were smaller but turning black.
Hubby called the doc’s office and made the appointment for the 9th of May and he had to have her there at 8:00. He said while he filled out a mountain of papers for her surgery, Sassy took a tour of the office and got to know everyone. Sassy has such a wonderful temperment and never meets a stranger. Hubby left her there and met me at an eye appointment and took me to breakfast and we ran some errands.
We got a call from Dr. Kelly around 10:30 and he was taking her in for the surgery and wanted to know if we wanted the cysts biopsied and we told him no. We’re not wealthy and have gone through cancer and heart problems with our dogs before. It’s not cheap and we felt like lots of love and attention would be better than putting her through chemo or radiation. The vet’s office called a little after noon to let us know the surgery was over and Sassy had woke up from the anesthesia and we could pick her up around 3:00. She was still groggy when he picked her up and a little unstable. We had to give her antibiotics twice a day which we finish tonight. The cyst on her back has 10 stitches in it and the ones on her stomach had at least two stitches each. The cyst on her back we are told was nothing to worry about but the other’s are very suspicious. He told us that they probably won’t come back where they’ve been removed but to expect more.
Surgery on her back 05092013
She seems to be doing fine and we’ve been very careful to make sure she doesn’t jump up in her bed or go out and get the stitches wet. She never once seemed to be in pain and likes all the attention she getting. We’ve always spoiled her rotten and plan to continue to do so. I want what time she has with us to be as happy as humanely possible. Keep her in your prayers, please! Here’s some baby pictures through current time of our precious little girl!
This past weekend was special time for hubby and me. We had the house and farm to ourselves for two nights and one day. You see, almost five years ago my Mom passed away and my youngest brother, Dean, came to live with us full time. Our family of two became three and no more privacy.
This “special t ime to us is very important. Our kids left home at the same time and we had a little over six years by ourselves. Ten years ago we moved to hubby’s uncle’s farm to take care of him because he had Alzheimers and his caregiver passed away suddenly. Hubby was his only living heir that could move in and take care of him and the farm. While he was doing this, he was also taking care of our small farm and his mother’s 200+ acre farm. I was working full time to provide us with some extra cash and medical insurance. We spent another five years with his uncle until he passed away.
Then we had about two years by ourselves again and cherished every moment of the time. My Mom passed on and we took in my youngest brother who is mentally handicapped. Our family of two turned into three. This is why those “special” weekends alone mean so much to us. We don’t do anything any differently but just knowing that we can run around in our shorts(hubby) and nightie (me) gives us such a feeling of freedom. Being able to sit and talk and not having someone in the next room listen to every word. Until you have been through this it’s hard to grasp the feelings that I’m trying to put in words.
I guess the real reason behind my post is this:
Make every moment in your married life count, cherish each other, do things together!!! Treat every moment as if it may be your last because there could always come a time when that shared time together won’t be there anymore or things could happen to change that couple into a “group” again.
I have several very good friends that mean so much to me. Some are my age, some younger and some older but we all have common interests.
Tonight I want to talk about my friend Holly. She has such a giving heart, she’s a little bit “hippy”, she’s very intelligent, she gives of her time without question and she’s my friend!! We can go for two or three months without talking on the telephone or seeing each other but we always know we’re there for each other all the time. When things bother us to the point of making us nutty, sleepless, unwired, and all those other adjectives that only friends understand, we’re there for each other. Holly, I love you and so enjoyed our visit on Sunday! Forget about the cat!! 😉
This is the blog for our little farm in Skagit county. Here we have Shetland sheep and Nigerian Dwarf goats. In addition we have donkeys, llamas, cattle, pigs, chickens, geese, and peafowl. The blog describes the weekly activities here.