Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Blueberries 2017

Blueberry Season is here and our bushes are loaded this year.  We sure love blueberries♥

Monday, June 5, 2017

Becky the Chicken Lives

We stick together and can see it through 'Cause you've got a friend in me. You've got a friend in me...Randy Newman

This post is for Uncle Dave and Aunt Jane.... Becky, the chicken is alive and well and somehow made it to Tennessee. Ha!   Actually, last year when we butchered our chickens, Scott kept three of them alive with plans to butcher them later.  Only one hen made it through the winter and since the beginning of May she's made a new friend...Bear.   Bear and her are constantly hanging around each other so I decided to go ahead and name her...what else, but Becky.  I've come to  the conclusion that chickens are social and in need of companionship, like us.  Becky sticks near Bear, living primarily on our porch and in our planters by the back door.  I've even caught her sleeping next to Bear.  She's also laying eggs, about one every other day.  I don't think chickens are too smart though. The other day she layed an egg right on the side walk and when it landed, it cracked on the cement. Interesting. The flip side to having a chicken as a pet is waking up every morning to dirt on your sidewalk and poop on your porch. I haven't had the heart to put her back in the chicken house. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Ethan Heads Back to School

Ethan headed back to school for a summer class of organic chemistry.   He looks kind of sweaty in the picture. It's humid today and packing in this heat zaps you.  He text to say he arrived safely.  I asked him on Monday how his first class went and he said it will be "intense." I'm guessing that means he'll be studying quite a bit.  Keep pressing on Ethan! 

Friday, June 2, 2017

The Farm in June

Below are pictures of our home.  After last year's drought I thought the grass was dead for sure.  I love the greenness of spring and early summer.  You know what else I love...watching the fireflies from our window at night.  They start flickering in May and will be out all summer.         

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Virginia Tech Award For Ethan

Ethan received a check in the mail from Virginia Tech; reward money for a competition he entered at Tenn Tech.  I'm really not sure what his project was, but I do know it was a group project with several other guys and he mentioned something about a radio. It's technical! His group came in second place. The check was for a large amount too.  So proud of him!  He put the money in savings toward his school. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Roofing Day

Our roof is an ongoing project and one day it will be totally done.  Scott and Ethan (and Randy helped some too) spent the day finishing up the side of our roof.  We still have the trim around the whole edge and the snow guard to put on before winter.  Sure appreciate your help men. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Last Day of School

School's out for summer.  The halls are filled with desks in preparation of stripping and waxing over the summer.  Goodbyes are both exciting and sad for students and teachers alike. This was a great school year and one of my dear students (below) will be off to a new school. I love seeing the kids progress and mature from 3rd to 5th grades.  It's time for me to say goodbye too as I'll be back at Central Office full time over our department.  Below is a picture of our clinic being repainted to a light gray for the new year. So long Hawkins Elementary!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Catherine's Wheel Afghan

My winter project is done, a Catherine's Wheel Afghan. I worked on it all winter, crocheting each evening. Ethan kept admiring it when he was home and asked about it when we talked on the phone. I gave it to him and he is delighted to have this keepsake♥

Saturday, May 20, 2017

New York Bound

Scott and Ethan left for a quick trip to New York to check on Mom and Dad.  His mom fell and broke her humerus (upper right arm) several days ago. She is okay and home, but her arm is in a sling and she's in quite a bit of pain.  Scott took a blueberry bush up with him also, knowing his dad's love of blueberries. While there, Scott and his dad made plans to lay Uncle Bill to rest at a special vet cemetery.  The service will be held later this summer.  Ethan spent his day taking Grandma to her Dr. appointment...no surgery needed. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Lost Tow Rope Found

Do you remember that special tow rope Scott made a couple months back?  Well, our small bull had gotten out of the fence a while back and Scott used the rope to try and capture him.  We finally got the bull home, but the rope was lost in their pasture somewhere.  Today,  Ethan and Scott went looking for it and found it! 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hay Bales

Ethan has been home on school break, helping around the farm.  He is the best helper, never complaining and no one works the baler like Ethan. The baler worked fantastic, spitting out the bales with not one breaking.  We also baled our alfalfa field.  You are so appreciated Ethan! 

Monday, May 15, 2017


Our poppies bloom every May.  I took this picture on Scott and Charles' birthday, knowing they both enjoy the flowers. Charles is in Cookeville this year and Scott was out of town.  Happy Birthday Men! Miss you and love you.    

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

Mother's Day turned out special after all.  Randy and Charles were out of town and Ethan, who was home on college break, was spending the night with his buddy.  I was feeling a little sorry for myself that none of our men would be in church with me on this special day.  Scott and I were late for SS class, talking with the greeters upstairs.   We finally headed downstairs and there in our class was Randy with a bouquet of wild flowers in his hand. He had driven back from Cookeville late the previous night, woke up early, stopping to pick wild flowers along the road and even wrapping them with his dental floss! We hugged and I started crying at the gift he had given me....him. After church, Ethan, Randy, Scott and I headed over to Jenna's for the afternoon, visiting with our dear friends, the Fugates. They have a huge pond (or should I say mini lake) and Randy ended up  rappelling into the water with Jaxson, their 4 year old son.  We had the most enjoyable afternoon.