Sunday, May 28, 2006

Quiet and Restful Sunday

It is Sunday, May 28th, the day before Memorial Day. I am sitting here at the computer creating this blog and realized how quiet and peaceful it is. The television is off because earlier I had been reading. Eddie is in the back room covering one of his airplanes.

The temperatures are a little high for this time of the year and so we are not outside watching the hummingbirds, purple martins, and butterflies like we would normally be doing on a Sunday afternoon in May, but we are both content doing some of the indoor hobbies we enjoy.

We watched the Food Network and came up with a menu for tonight's dinner from some of Paula Deen's recipes. Eddie told me he fancied some chicken fried steak with biscuits and milk gravy. So I told him I would fix that for him tonight. We will have some home grown snap beans or collards and some green onions to go with it. I may have to make some peach cobbler for dessert and sweet tea to wash it all down.
Tomorrow, since it is Memorial Day we probably will BBQ some pork chops and have potato salad and baked beans.

I wish we could go fishing tomorrow, but Eddie said that the fish would not be biting, so we will hang around the house and find something to do. Our catawba tree has a hatch of catawba worms and Eddie said if the rain crows don't get them all when they are bigger we will take some and go fishing then.

The hay in the hayfield is growing even though we have not had very much rain, so it is likely that sometime in June, Bobby Brightwell will come and cut and bale the hay. He likes to get three or four cuttings a year. Eddie has asked him to come and bushhog around the place in payment for his use of our land.

The old house/shack behind the shop needs to be torn or burnt down. I would like to get the fire department out to do a practice burn and have it taken down. It is an eyesore to me. If we don't go down to the big house and start repairing some things in it, it will be just like the old shack in no time. We just don't have the money to repair it.

The gardens are doing pretty good, but our tomato plants are not (seems like they have some kind of blight). Eddie has planted peas, okra, squash, butter beans, snap beans and bell pepper. He noticed a small bell pepper on one of the plants this morning and the squash are blooming. We have some tomatoes on the plants but the plants themselves do not look good.

I guess I will go for now, I have to go get ready to prepare our country
home-cooked meal for the evening.

I wish everybody the very best holiday.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Sarah's Birthday Party

We all had a great time at Sarah's pool party on Saturday afternoon. I think the kids were worn out after their all day non-stop birthday marathon. Zoie's birthday party in the morning and Sarah's birthday in the afternoon (3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.) From the photos I think you can tell we had a lot of people attend at the pool and clubhouse in Don and Brenda's subdivision. Sarah had family and friends who wished her a very happy birthday.

Zoie's 1st Birthday

Jessica and David held Zoie's 1st Birthday Party at Palisades Park in Oneonta, AL. It was a great shady little park with a covered pavillion. The party was from 10:00a.m. to 12:00 noon. Zoie got gobs and gobs of presents and she was so cute trying to eat her little butterfly cake. She had a lot of people come for her birthday.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Random pictures!

Zoie Madden (Jessica and David's daughter)

Madison Files (Ashley and Chris's daughter)

Caleb Andrew Heis (Leah and Andy's son, born Saturday, May 13, 2006, at 2:13p.m.)

Avery Heis (Leah and Andy's daughter)

A wonderful Mother's Day!

I had a wonderful mother's day. My daughter Shannon came down to see me. She took my picture.

She bought me a Mother's Day Card that had the most heartfelt saying. It made me cry.

The card read:

Now that I'm older, I can step aside and be more objective than I was when I was just an immature kid growing up. I understand better some of the problems you had, the trials you faced, the heartaches you endured, and the feelings you must have felt.

Mother, you worked so hard for our family. You loved us and sacrificed for us. I remember when your heart was broken at times. I wish I could have helped you more.

If I could relieve that part of my life, I'd show you better how much I loved you and appreciated you then. I would undo the things that I did that were inconsiderate or unfeeling. I'd hug you more, thank you more, ask you more questions, and listen better.

Mother, if I ever took you for granted, I didn't mean to. Maybe I didn't know how to show love then, but now that I'm older, I hope you can see how much I love you and that I appreciate you more and more every day.

Shannon bought me the "Friendship" Willow Tree figurine.

She also made me cinnamon rolls for breakfast.

Eddie also made my Mother's Day special. He ordered me some peanut brittle from See's Candies online.

My beautiful niece, Rachael, sent me a lovely Mother's Day card for a Special Aunt. I am only so special because my wonderful niece is so special to me.

I also received a nice card from my step-father and Judy. A special thanks to them for remembering me on Mother's Day.

I don't think I can let a Mother's Day go by without mentioning how much I miss my Momma, but all in all I had a wonderful day.

Thursday, May 04, 2006


What do I have to do to get it to rain? I pray daily that it will rain for the crops to grow. We have not had any rain in months. They say there is only a slight drought, but if this trend continues none of the crops Eddie planted are going to grow. He is considering making a make-shift irrigation thing-a-majiggy. Eddie is part Indian (like Sitting Bull, not Ghandi), so maybe I should do a rain dance. Can't you just close your eyes and see me dancing around in the yard. Not likely, but I am considering it. We have got to have some rain. Not only for us, but for the big time farmers here in the south portion of the State. They are probably getting quite worried about this drought by now. Please pray for rain. I would like it to rain all weekend.

I know the ones of you that live north of here are hoping for a rain-free weekend so you can party at the Crawfish Boil, so just send the rain down here, we need it. Speaking of all of you hoping to party all weekend at the "Boil", have fun, but be safe.