Friday, May 30, 2014

Birthday tradition

My Mom and Dad bought rocking chairs for their grandkids when they turned one.  Laurie was their first grandchild.  Our first four kid's rockers were the same.  About the time that I was expecting Matt, Dad changed plans and he started making the rockers.  He had a chair that he copied and put rockers on it for my nephew, Brian.

We decided to keep the same tradition.  Howard makes rockers for our grandkids when they turn one.  He got Abigail's done this week.  She turned one on the 28th.  The chair comes apart in four pieces.


He made Abigail's out of cherry.  We do not stain cherry.  It naturally turns darker as it get older.

It is my job to do the finish sanding and to put the finish on it.

I use a wipe-on polyurethane.  I like the way to goes on and the look of it.


The finished product.  We will take it up to Erin's in June.  I think Matt and Amy will come over for the day.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Flowers

Our flowers have been very pretty this spring.  I did miss most of our irises when when were gone.

I bought this star cactus several years ago when we were in Texas.  It is a spring cactus and so therefore blooms in the spring.


I think they are very pretty blooms.

These are my knock out roses. They have produced well this year.


My orchids have done well.  The International Friends gave these to me a couple of years ago.  I once tipped over the plant, and it broke off.  This year I got five blooms on that stalk.  I water it with 3 ice cubes every week.


We got a new fire pit for our patio. We've enjoyed several fires in it already.



A Couple Day Trips

Last week our neighbors, Mike and Tammy asked up to go on a day trip with them.  It was a beautiful day.  We went the back roads down to Sewanee.  The University of the South is in Sewanee.  It was a gorgeous campus.  The school is located on top of the Cumberland Plateau.  It is an Anglican campus.  There is a cross at one end of the campus, overlooking the valley below.


The view from here is so pretty.

It seemed like you could see forever
 Howard and Ann
 Tammy and Mike
Tammy and Ann


We then drove down to the campus.  The school was built in 1860.  It is styled after some of the schools in England.

The chapel was magnificent.  They were even practicing the pipe organ while we were there.  Oh what beautiful sounds!

The chapel

Part of the pipe organ

Some of the windows
Another view of the chapel and the carillon tower


The dining hall

 We drove to another look out point.
It was a very enjoyable day.  After lunch we drove back home, again by all back roads.

We also took another day trip and met Laurie and Brett half way from each of our homes.  We had a picnic lunch.

Marie ( Brett's mom) Laurie, Brett, Hannah, Daria and Howard.

Chase

Laurie and Brett had brought gifts to us from Italy.  This is a cheese grater that goes into an olive wood box.  This is a tasting spoon.  You stir the food with one end, then tip it to run in the other end.  It will cool the food and you can taste it from that end.  Very clever!

They got me a beautiful hand made bracelet and earrings.  I love it!  They also gave me a beautiful scarf.

The kids with their grandparents.




Friday, May 16, 2014

We did it!!

Our car is 10 years old.  We were tired of falling into a car and climbing out, so we decided to get a new vehicle.  Our Hyundai has served us well, so we decided to get another one.
Larry bought our car for Zane.  As soon as he gets his Eagle Scout he can get his driver's license.



Our 2004 Hyundai Sonata that is now Zane's.

We are kind of stuck on the same color.  We really like it.
We got a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.


It's nice to slide into and out of the vehicle.
 We hope it gives us as many years and miles as our other one.

Mother's Day and Mark's B'day

We celebrated Mother's day and Mark's birthday at Larry and Rachel's.
Mark was actually born on Mother's Day, although this year it fell on a different day.

Rachel, Larry, Zane, Mark and Erik

It was good to have the boys there.  Erik is at TN Tech in Cookeville and Mark goes to UT at Martin, TN.  Erik is in school this summer hoping for a December graduation.  Mark is home this summer working in Nolensville.

 Rachel's clematis
Her peony bushes

Mark always like seafood. Shrimp on the grill.
Shrimp scampi, shrimp cocktail, venison, chicken, corn on the cob, potatoes and bread



Yummy food and fun fellowship!!


We finished off the meal with french silk pie!


Erik likes his quilt I finished for him.





Camping

Well, guess what?  We are back to camping with a tent!  We sold our fifth wheel a couple of years ago and bought a tent.  This is the first chance we've had to try it out.  We left Laurie's and drove to meet Matt and Amy in east KY.  We camped with them at Big South Fork for five days.
Our home away from home!
Matt, Amy and Abigail's tent.

This is the first they have camped with Abigail.  She did very well.  She is a trouper.


It was quite warm during the days, but the nights were very cool.  It was great sleeping weather.

 We brought over some birthday presents. Abigail turns one on May 28th.
This is some silverware for Abigail that Howard got for her.  Howard's folks always got our kids silverware when they were little.
I made Abigail a quiet book.  She will grow into it.

Abigail loved to be carried around when we hiked.

The dogwood were in bloom when we were there. 
Saw a couple of luna moths at the campgrounds
We enjoyed picnicking and going to different places.
One day we had ring bologna, cheese and crackers.  I think you have to grow up in Michigan to appreciate the ring bologna.  We always had it  traveling.  Matt can get it in his area.  It tasted so good!

We drove up to the the Cumberland Falls one afternoon.


It is such a beautiful falls.

One day we hiked to Yahoo Falls.  It is the highest falls in KY.  It is 113 feet.  We decided to take the steps down and come back on the trail.  We were glad we chose to do it that way.  The steps were very steep and it would have been a hard climb back up!! At least for this lady!



It was in a beautiful wooded area, and was nice and cool.


 Matt and Abigail



We had to ford this creek on our way back up.
Driving around one day we came upon a stand that was selling strawberries. They were really nice and sweet.  We had strawberry shortcake a couple of nights and some fruit salad.  Yummy!

Just some sights at the campgrounds.




Breakfast one morning.
 Pie Irons one evening.  We made hot sandwiches using the pie irons, and made dessert with pie filling using the pie irons.



You put the irons in the fire with the bread and fillings in the irons.  

We are hoping to repeat this trip in the fall.  Maybe with some more of the kids.



We went to the Blue Heron Coal Mining town.  This is the tipple that sorted the coal from several mines in the area.  It was interesting to read about the coal mining towns.

We packed up on Friday.  Matt and Amy were going on over to VA to her sister's college graduation.  Yes, he got it all in the car.

Abigail was hemmed in!

We were going to leave on Saturday, but rain was in the forecast so we decided to come home a day earlier.

We stopped at the Cumberland General Store on our way home.  We enjoyed walking through the store and eating in the 1950's diner in the back.






This was a single-dip cone!