Friday, December 29, 2017

Moving Charles' Fiero

We're making the beginning preparations to build onto our garage. First things first...moving Bud's old Fiero. Got to love a backhoe!  Next up...moving our stack of wood. We still have more to remove, but it's a beginning.

A Radio For Randy's Truck

Randy's truck is coming along....a new muffler, officially registered and tagged and today, a new radio, installed by Ethan. Ethan is our electrical guru, soon to graduate in electrical engineering. Randy was a good supervisor...somebody has to do it!  Thank you are awesome. BTW, Ethan shaved his beard and it took until the next day for anyone to notice!  He just smiled, waiting.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

Merry Christmas to our family and friends. We pray blessings on you as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. We spent our Christmas eve with our dear friends, Frank and Susan and their son, Daniel. Frank recently had a stroke and their son Daniel has come to stay with them. Christmas eve was extra special for us all, and the blessing of once more gathering around the table is one that we'll all cherish. The men requested cube steak and mashed potatoes for dinner and I also made a feta cheese salad with glazed pecans and poppy seed dressing to make the dinner more festive. Plus we had plenty of home made goodies for dessert. Christmas day was simple, family time together, opening gifts and grazing on appetizers throughout the day. We loved all our gifts but in truth, nothing compares to the gift that God gave us..His Son!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Randy's Latest Wood Projects

All my men were home for the holidays and they were days filled with projects....and cooking and baking for me. Randy spent most of his time building several pieces of furniture for his apartment. The first piece was a table for his coffee, complete with a metal top. This turned out so cool and I can just picture his coffee pot and mugs on his table. He also made a bench for his standing desk that he made several weeks ago, complete with deerskin....such a guy! The bottom picture is the finished bench. Love it. 

Charles' Bike Ride Adventure

Charles got home for a couple days during his college break. I hugged him and wouldn't let him go!  Boy, it was nice to see him. Being the adventurer he is, first thing he did was hop on one of our motorbikes and head out back over the mountain, checking out the logging being done nearby.  It poured buckets of rain, but that wasn't going to stop him. He bundled up, packed a few snacks and first aid supplies."Should I be worried?" I asked him. He just laughed. He called once to say he'd made it to the top of the mountain and called again to say he'd run out of gas and could dad come pick him up on one of the side roads. Once home, Charles shared his adventure with us...I was just glad he was home safe! 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Ice Skating at Bristol Raceway

For something fun this holiday season we went ice skating with our friends from Poland at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Everyone had ice skated before so there was no need to hang on to the side rails. Scott really enjoyed being back on the ice from his hockey days. Yep, my man still has it!  I know he'd have loved to have that rink by himself to get some speed up. He was the only one skating backwards at the rink and soon was teaching others how to skate.  I was the picture taker as I've had two back surgeries for herniated disks and wasn't going to take a chance on falling.  Good decision too, as I saw many people do just that. We had the most wonderful time. 

Sandra, Natalia, Maciej, Scott and Ethan.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Special Lunches

Ethan is home from college for winter break and he grew a beard! Gosh, it's so good to hug him. We met Randy in Morristown for lunch at the Mexican restaurant and as a mom, it brought me joy just listening to them, talking and laughing, catching up on each other's lives.  The next day Ethan, Scott and I headed to Johnson City for a visit with Nana and Steve.  We went out to lunch at Olive Garden and stayed for several hours visiting away. Thank you Lord, for the blessing of family.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Becky the Chicken Escapes

Becky, our white chicken, was banned to the chicken house several months ago for continually pooping all over our back porch. I was tired of cleaning up after her. A few days ago, we had a cold front sweep down from the north with lots of wind, blowing open the chicken house door.  I didn't think anything of it until I saw Bear standing at the entrance of his dog house looking inside and low and behold, I found our escapee, nesting on Bear's bed. With Bear's gentle personality, he wouldn't force the issue, and just like when the cats take over his bed, I knew he'd walk away and sleep elsewhere. Not tonight. After I took my picture, Ha! I picked up Becky and off to the chicken house we went, firmly shutting the chicken door behind her. On the flip side, doesn't she have the prettiest white feathers and BTW, we do let her out every once in awhile to socialize with her friend, Bear. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Tree Trimmed

The tree is trimmed, stockings and advent calendar hung, my nativity is set up, all in celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior. There's something special about glowing lights this time of year, reminding us of the Light that entered the world. I pray that we also can be a light to our world, giving glory to our Father in heaven. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Randy's Truck Comes To Life

I was inside working on our tree when I heard the most awesome sound...Randy's truck coming to life. He just about whooped and hollered! I'm totally amazed at the knowledge these guys have, being able to put in a new motor with a gazillion wires and they get it to run. The work on the motor and truck is not over yet, but Randy sure passed a hurdle tonight. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Tree

Scott got home from another trip to Mexico last night and this afternoon we headed out back to find our Christmas tree. It was a beautiful, warm, blue sky kind of day, just perfect for Christmas tree hunting in our grove of white pines. To be honest, white pines are kind of scraggly looking compared to frazier furs, but by the time we add lights and ornaments, it will be country beautiful. We sure love our big back yard! I thought it was unusual to find a daisy in bloom this time of year. It's been a mild November, but cold weather is on the way.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Farm Days

Have I mentioned how much we love owning a backhoe? It makes work around the farm so much easier. Today Scott dug up the tree stump next to our house, transplanted our elm tree and smoothed the dirt level.  Next, we tackled the stump on our front lawn. Scott dug around this stump and Ethan pressure washed it to remove as much dirt as possible. It took almost an hour, but Ethan leveled that stump to the ground with the chain saw. Afterwards, Scott smoothed the dirt over the stump.