Ups and downs

The last couple days have definitely had their ups and downs.

Yesterday morning I spied turkeys behind our house. I grabbed my camera and stepped out on the deck. I got pictures of the hens but that old Tom would not come out in the clear. One hen came out of my garden shed and later on one was under my bird feeder.

I worked outside a lot over the last two days. I have been working on my strawberry beds. I wanted to lay down weed screen on either side of my strawberries. I finished them today.

Yesterday evening we had the tough job of going to my husband’s parents to tell them that Hospice is moving Troy’s dad to a nursing home this coming week. It is too much for his mom to continue to care for him. Her health is failing fast. She cannot continue the way things are right now. This is a tough decision but it’s what’s best.

This morning I went to a farmer’s market with a friend. I found some fresh strawberries at on one the booths. My strawberries are just starting to ripen. I came home and made strawberry delight for my husband.

This is one of my husband’s favorite desserts.

Anniversary weekend

We are back home in Indiana for now. We spent the past weekend on our farm in Missouri. We extended the weekend for our anniversary. We have been married 36 years. We enjoyed our time on the farm. On our anniversary the clouds had many different looks throughout the day.

I don’t know that I have ever seen purple clouds like we seen that evening. It was something else to watch. We watched them moving east of us across the sky. While watching them we heard a turkey gobbling down below us and one would answer in the distance.

Today I worked on cleaning up my strawberry patch. I’m putting down weed screen tomorrow. While out on our farm my Mom gave me some of her phlox plants. I’m wanting to get them started here in Indiana. I transplanted them today. They originated in my great grandmother’s flower garden.

As I sit here on our deck we have a storm moving in. I’m going to have to get things taken inside. I hope everyone is staying safe.

Remembering

Memorial Day is a day for honoring those who gave their all for our nation. We have the freedom we have because they gave their all. I’m thankful for those men and women who have given us the precious gift of freedom.

Even though this day was meant for honoring soldiers who gave their all we also have the tradition of remembering our own loved ones who have died. We decorate their graves and pay tribute to them.

Today I visited two graveyards. I went to the graves of my grandparents.

My dad’s parents
my mom’s parents

I was immensely blessed with two sets of awesome grandparents. I miss them so much. I would love to go walk the fence with my Grandma Delaney(my mother’s mom) one more time or sit at the table pouring over the family Bible, asking her questions about my ancestors and taking notes from her answers. I remember helping her sort through her mother’s things after Great Grandma had passed away. Grandma had a story to tell about most of her mother’s belongings.

My mother’s parents had a dairy. I loved to go there. I loved watching the milk swirl around and around in the milk tank. I loved the smell of the feed room. When the milk truck came to pick up the milk the driver would give us kids a pack of peanuts. We would munch on them as we watched him hook the hose up and drain the milk out of my grandparents’ milk tank. Most of all I loved being in the milk barn when my grandparents milked because I was with them both. I remember my grandfather having to shoo me away from the bullpen. The bullpen was a big NO! We lost my grandfather 2 days after my eleventh birthday. We had our grandmother for many more years. Today I stood at the door of a milk tank room in a barn. The smell brought all these memories flooding into my mind. If I closed my eyes I could imagine myself as a young girl standing in my grandparents barn.

My dad’s parents were equally awesome grandparents. I loved spending time with them . It did not matter what they were doing they would include us kids. They had us work alongside of them learning as we worked. My grandmother almost always had chocolate chip cookie bars in the cookie jar. She worked for the Brown shoe company In Mountain Grove. My grandfather raised cattle and worked the farm. I will admit, I was his girl. He always told me I looked like my grandma(I may have favored her, but I am built like my other grandmother) My grandfather tatted, my grandmother crocheted and quilted. I learned to crochet from my grandmother.

Today was a walk down memory lane. This evening we had friends and some family over. We grilled hotdogs and enjoyed each other’s company. I’m very thankful for the family I have been blessed with.



A Good Day

I’m done counting the days of quarantine. Our state is in stage 3 of opening up. We had a good day here on our farm. Our calves still have their nose rings in. Troy got all the gravel spread. I cleaned the room and bathroom we used in my sister’s house one last time. I then vacuumed our camper and filed my fuel tax for my business.

we went for a drive around the property today. There is an old house site on our farm. There is a ton of irises growing there. I plan on digging up a few to plant at home.

Troy grilled chicken and asparagus and I fixed baked potatoes in the instant pot. We enjoyed a glass of ice tea with our meal.

I need to get our dishes cleaned up. We are enjoying our weekend so very much. We hope you are enjoying life! We need to make the most of the life we have.

Day 58 of Quarantine

We now have internet! It works great. It is hard to get good internet here where our farm is. We had two spots that you could see the tower. I spent part of my day getting our tv, computer and tablet connected. Now when I bring work with me I can connect and get things done.

My lunch today was a blueberry yogurt I got from the Market Wagon. It is the best yogurt I have ever had. I added granola to it.

This evening we put our cows in the corral to separate calves from their moms. We had an audience across the road. My brother’s calves lined up across the road to watch. We moved the cows back out of the corral and kept our calves in the corral. We put weaning clips in their noses and turned them back out. We don’t have our pasture separated yet so we are using weaning clips.

We are enjoying our weekend on the farm. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Day 57 of Quarantine

This morning I had two grandkids dropped off early. One had spent the night. The three of them played while I cleaned and packed. We were coming to our farm this afternoon.

I have bought two new princess dresses for the playroom, so the granddaughters can play dress up. Anna was wearing Cinderella today. It is a bit big on her, but it should fit Taylor perfectly.

I picked lettuce and spinach this morning. I wanted to take some with me this weekend for salads.

We seen lots of families pulling their campers down the road today. It was so good to see them getting out and going away for the weekend. We stopped for some IMO’s pizza and toasted ravioli. My husband had never had the toasted ravioli. He liked it better than the pizza. We went through the drive through to pick it up. We made it out here with a little daylight left.

Day 56 of Quarantine

Our daughter is home. She sounded really good on the phone. I kept her three children today.

I did not get any quilting or sewing done today. I did learn how to play Fortnite though. My grandsons were teaching me how to play. It was a fun afternoon.

I made butter this afternoon to the amazement of my grandson. I also managed to get our laundry done and paid the rest of the month’s bills for both us and my business. We have one grandson spending the night. We are going to play a bit more Fortnite. 😊 I don’t spend much time playing the games but I do get on every once in a while. Most of the time it is with my grandsons. I have other things I’d rather spend my time doing. I do enjoy spending this time with my grandchildren.

Update on our daughter

This is an update our son-n-law put out.

Well we’ve been a little quiet about it here lately but Emily has been in the hospital since Sunday night because of high levels of bone infection, having horrible headaches , high fevers ,and not eating, but today she is a little better sounding, they are putting a chest port “catheter” in today because IV picc lines keep getting infected, so hopefully momma is home this evening and still feeling better! she was feeling great Saturday had told me to go race then Sunday everything went downhill, which is the way this infection has gone ups and downs lots of them , this has been a long hard road for her and I’m thankful for her and my parents or we would have had a much harder road , remember her in your Prayers, we know God has a reason for everything, and a plan ! we just have to trust him thru our weak times!!! Thank you all !

Day 55 of Quarantine

Our daughter will be taken to another hospital tomorrow to have a port put in. If all goes well she should be coming home in the next few days. Our oldest grandson who had the heart surgery is home and doing well.

I tried the Market Wagon this week and my first order was delivered. I ordered strawberry milk, Regular milk, yogurt and bacon. The milk is delicious as is the bacon. I’ll try the yogurt tomorrow. The Market Wagon is an online farmers market. Everything comes from farms in our region. I will be ordering again.

I’m watching the grandkids again tomorrow so that their father can take their mom to get her port in. He is to pick her up and take her to St. Frances to have the port put in for antibiotics.

This evening I’m watching tv and working on a crochet project.

Day 54 of Quarantine

Our day started a little early. We got a call just past midnight and we needed to run one of our daughters to the hospital. Her husband was not home yet and she needed us to take her. She has been battling an infection for a few months now. She has had an iv in, a pic line and been on oral antibiotics. Every time they take away the iv antibiotic and give her oral antibiotics she ends up aching, running a fever and will have a horrible headache. When she was 14 she fell out of a tree and became paralyzed from around the T12 vertebrae down. She is now 31. She has a pressure wound that they had to open back up and scrape her bone. The wound is now healing but she is still fighting this dreadful infection. They admitted her last night or I should say early this morning. They are trying to get to a solution for this infection. I’m praying that they will figure out what will kill this infection. She has been through so much. We could not go in with her. It is so hard to leave your child(even though they are an adult) and to walk away because you are not allowed in.

The rest of my day was spent working in the office and then finishing the newest steps to the silver lining quilt along.

It rained this evening and now the frogs are so loud. I’m really enjoying listening to them.

These flowers close up at night and open up during the day.