Category: along the way



The sun has been shining, the weather much more seasonable and reasonable the past few days. Yesterday, one grandson arrived to help Hubby with some things. The foremost, to me, was replacing a broken stair tread on our porch. It was becoming a bit scary walking down them when it was slick.
Today, three teenage boys are here, the pen for new chicks has been completed, a trailer of junk was loaded and removed.
Now they are finishing the stair railing on the porch steps. :)
Hubby is mentoring and supervising. Tools and training are available.
The reward for all this effort? It is not monetary, hot showers at end of the day, a good meal and being allowed to set up one of the tents in the yard for the night. Well, yes, there is a possibility of a campfire and s’mores.
Sleeping bags and pillows are provided by the management.
There will be more weekends like this coming! It’s time to get he garden ready and planted, school vacation will be coming and then the rewards grow into trips to the river, swimming and fishing.


I got up this morning, having tossed and turned for quite a while. What sleep I got was riddled with dreams of two people I knew in high school. Both of whom have been undergoing some unpleasant things this nearly 50 years later.
I bothered me, and an e-mail from one of them, regarding upcoming surgery bothered me even more.
Why, you might wonder? Our high school class was small, many of us still keep in touch. Especially now that we are getting older.
What to do on those kind of nights? Well, honestly, most of the time, I lay there in the dark and pray for those who were in my dreams or on my mind.
Sometimes, after a while, I can go back to sleep. On nights like the one just passed, I finally get up and put on the coffee.
can always hope that there will be a nap waiting somewhere today.


Sitting here inside, looking out my window. The only signs of spring I see are colorful birds flocking to feed. Sunrise Ridge is covered in icy sleet about 3 inches deep.
Only a week ago, temperatures were in the 50 and 60 degree range. Some outdoor chores were done.
We separated some plants off the ‘mother’ blueberry bush and got them in new spots. Well mulched, hope they survived the weekend storm.
One of the ‘babies’ didn’t have much root, so I brought it in and stuck it in a bucket of water in a south window. Roots are filling the bucket and this morning discovered tiny green leaves coming out. Yes, there is hope!
It has been a long winter, and the return of robins, green growing things even inside) and sunshine is a blessing.
In the not far away future, the snow and ice will go away, as it has for millions of years.
Today, I rejoice in that fact!


If you are not familiar with Hannah Reed’s cozy mystery series about beekeeper Story Fisher, I suggest you make a bee line to get it and read a honey of a tale.
OK, puns aside.
Reed take the reader through a twisting maze of clues and suspects to find who committed murder. The victim is found on her estranged brothers farm. Is he the obvious suspect? The local law enforcement thinks so.
Story finds herself believing otherwise, getting herself and friends involved in some very strange events.
Honestly, I could not figure this one out, right up to the end!
I was given his book by the author to read and post an honest opinion. It’s well worth reading, 4+ stars. An enjoyable read and some tasty recipes included at the end.

winter travel


I know a little bit about this subject, having lived in New Hampshire for 10 years. I managed to avoid any of the weatherly consequences, but I always went prepared, blanket, flashlight, some snackable food and water, just in case.
You never know and it’s a lot nicer to unload it from the car than have frostbite or worse.
Today, I heard about a young mother who had a flat tire in our sub zero wind chill and decided to take her kids and walk home…
Thankfully, a neighbor happened by and got them to their destination.
I can’t get out of my mind how this could have gone so horribly wrong and thank God for their safety thisevening.


I found this pattern in a magazine called Country Afghans back in 2000. Yes, I keep things I might need again, and turns out I do sometimes. I do not know it the copyright is still in effect so I am giving them credit. It is called ‘Blue Skies’ in the magazine and should, if done in the colors the instructions call for look like the first picture below.
granny square 101 part 2 006
You will need: 4 ply worsted weight yarn
30 oz. white
10 oz. light blue
11 oz. Med blue
12 oz bright blue
Size H hook
tapestry needle gauge : Large square should be 13″ at end of border
First large square: starting in center with light blue, ch4, join with slip stitch to form ring.
Rnd 1 Ch 3 for first dc, work 2 dc in ring, (ch2, 3 dc in ring)3 times ch 2, join with sl st in top of ch 3.
Rnd 2 With med. blue join with sl st in any ch 2 space, ch 3, work 2 dc in ch 2 sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same space, (ch1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc) 3 times and join to first chain with sl st. Break off yarn.
Rnd 3 Using bright blue, join yarn in any ch 2 corner. Ch 3 2 dc, ch2, 3 dc in ch 2 sp. (ch1, 3dc, ch1, 3 dc, ch1) in ch 1 space. (3dc, ch2, 3dc,) in ch 2 corner and continue in this pattern to end of round. Join to first ch with slip st and break off yarn.
Rnd 4 With white, repeat rnd 3 including an extra 3 dc cluster in the extra ch 1 space on each side. join at end of round but do not break off yarn.
Rnd 5 Sl st over and into first corner ch 2 spthen ch 1, sc in same sp. * Hdc in each of next 2 st, dc (in next st, in nextch1 space work 2 tr, ch2, 2tr)dc in next dc, hdc in next 2st, sc in ch1 space, repeat from * once but end repeqat in corner ch2 sp. repeat from * aonce moer and join with sl st.
Rnd 6 Ch 3 for first Dc, dc in nest 5 st to first ch 2 sp. (2dc, ch2, 2dc)in ch 2 sp, *dc in next 4 st, sk next 3 st, dc in next 4 st(2 dc,ch 2, 2dc) in next ch 2 sp. Dc in next 11 st to ch 2 sp, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in 2 ch sp. Repeat from * ending row with only 5 dc, join at top of ch3 at beginning. ZBreak off.
Rnd 7 join light blue to top of 3 ch3,. Ch 3 for first dc. Dc in each dc to next ch 2 sp (2 dc, ch2, 2dc) in 2ch sp, dc in next 5 dc, dk next 2 st,dc in next 5 st. Rwepeat from * around, join and break off yarn
Rnd8 Join med. blue to top of ch 3, ch 3 and repeat Rnd 7 from * except sk4 st, instead of 2. Join as brefore and break off.
Rnd 9 Join bright blue and work as round 8, break off and set aside.
Small corner blocks Make 4 to complete large block. With white yarn, use pattern instructions for Rounds 1 and 2 fasten off.
Sew one small block to each corner of large square.
Border Dc in each stitch around, work (2dc,ch2,2dc) in each of the corner spaces. Join and break off.
You will need to make 20 squares.
Arrange squares in a 4 X5 rectangle and sew together on wrong side through back loops only. Finish with a row of hdc in each stitch around edge and weave in all yarn ends.

I made this for Hubby so I chose more masculine colors, as shown here.
granny square 101 part 2 005
Closer look at the block.
granny square 101 part 2 005A


Even the weather forecasters were telling us to go out and stock up for this one!
In our case it was not a ‘stock up’, just the basic needs we have to get every week and a trip to the feed store for the animals.
However, this little incident gave me a smile that lasted most of the day. At the grocery store yesterday we parked next to a truck that sported a Viet Nam Veteran decal on the back window.
A man was loading groceries into the truck, so I did what I usually do, said “Thank you.’
He gave me a funny look, so I said, “Thanks for your service”.
He did a double take and said, “Oh, this is my wife’s truck, she was an Army nurse.”.
I hope you all are warm and cozy, enjoying the snow and cold wind from the windows. If you are one of those who must be out, I thank you too for your service!


If you counted the presents for my birthday, or what was wrapped up under the tree, it looked pretty meager.
If you count the well wishes, cards and calls, the family time, the home made food and cake, it’s a whole different story!
Hubby kidnapped me one day last week for an adventure with the camera. Hiking through snow near Current River, watching wildlife and exploring old buildings. A picnic lunch and ‘time’ to rnjoy the world of winter together.
No, no one took me out to eat, son-in-law made lasagna and the grandkids made a cake.
birthday 006
Family time, visiting, playing checkers and mancala, sharing thoughts, ideas, laughter, plans and love.
No one got me anything fancy or expensive, but I was very pleased to get craft supplies that will be used and are a pay it forward. More than likely someone else will end up with the things that will be made from them.
I did not make a Christmas dinner, we gathered for a pot of chili on Christmas eve, and enjoyed a dinner made by our daughter and grand daughter on Christmas day.
I don’t need a lot of ‘things’ anymore. I can count my blessings, be grateful for what I have and be very content with it. I am blessed and life for us on Sunrise Ridge is good.


Standing with my parents, siblings and other relatives on a cold windy November day.
Surrounded by white markers in the “Soldiers Circle”, my grandmother stood at the stone for my uncle. A bombardier, shot down in the European theater during World War II.
Prayers, then an official intones the names of those fallen men from foriegn battles. At many stones a family member answers “Here, Sir” as the roll call goes on.
Then later in the day, a parade, honoring the living as well as the lost.
A day of solemn tribute.
More wars have been fought since then and this day has lost much of the significance it once held.
Go out, find someone in uniform or wearing a ball cap showing they are a veteran, walk up and say “Thank you”. Without them, your life would be very different.


kids day at gramma's 007
I took this picture of my granddaughter helping in the kitchen.
When I looked at it, I was transported back about 60 years. There I was, standing on a chair in my parents kitchen, following directions from great-grandmother, grand-mother or my own mother. “Cooking”!
Then as my mind moved along the path of years, I could see my children and many nieces, nephews, family friends in my kitchen. All of them doing the same thing.
I don’t think anyone ever went on to become chefs, but we all came away with a basic set of skills and the concept that a kitchen is a great place to share thoughts, give comfort, and learn the blessing of ‘family’.

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