Monday, June 30, 2014

Idaho visit

We had very dear friends (Jim and Juanice) pick us up at 4:30 am on the 24th and take us to the airport.  Sometimes I wonder why I make the reservations I do.  Larry had assured us that for a six o'clock flight, that 5:00 was plenty of time.  We were at the airport a little before 5:00.  It was a zoo!  I had done a mobile check-in so didn't have a bar code so had to wait in line.  When we got to the check in, they put these tags on our suitcases.  

Not a good thing to see.  She told us that our suitcases might not make it.  Thankfully they were in Boise when we got there.
RaeAnne picked us up from the airport.  She had arranged her work schedule so she could do that.  We were very appreciative for that.

Josie has been picking raspberries and selling them to build up her college fund.  She made some raspberry jam that afternoon.

The next day Howard and I helped her pick.  

Howard has gone out a couple of times this week to help her.  She sells the flats for $25.00.  I think that is a good price.

She has been picking four or five flats every other day. She usually sells out.
I love fresh raspberries.  I've enjoyed having some.

This is  raspberry cobbler ready to go in the oven.

Howard made some raspberry rhubarb tarts one day.  This is the recipe we had at Erin's.

 Harold is cutting the alfalfa.
The tractor is ready to rake the alfalfa when it dries.
McKenna had a head wrap to put on your hair when you wash it. I copied the pattern and made one for Josie 
 and Emily. I also made one for Cheryl.

RaeAnne came out and spent a couple of nights here.  Grandma is giving her some words of wisdom!!

Grandma, RaeAnne and Cheryl

This has been a different visit, because Cheryl Harold and Emily are working.  We've spent a lot of time with Josie.  She is such a help, usually has dinner ready when everyone gets home.  I've tried to help her with that this week.

Saturday, Cheryl was home, so got to spend some time baking.  They had a potluck at church yesterday, so she wanted to make rolls.  She made some crescent rolls. She and Howard rolled them out.

I've been baking a lot of bread.  Everyone loves it for sandwiches.  Cheryl just does not have the time.  I got four loaves done today to put in the freezer.

I love putting clothes on the clothesline when I do laundry.  Got to do that today with the five loads I did.
 I've enjoyed playing games with the girls.  It's been lots of fun.

We hasn't seen Josh until tonight.  He came in about dinner time.  He and his room mate are going fishing tonight.  He is going to spend the night here, and then take us to the airport in the morning.  Josh works for Horizon Airline which is part of Alaska Airlines.  He got someone to cover his shift tomorrow, so he is hoping to fly with us.  Just have to wait and see if you gets on.

Tomorrow we fly into Anchorage.  We will be cooking for GraceWorks Alaska in Wasilla for July and part of August.  We will covet your prayers for us.  Pray for good health, strength and servant hearts.

Sister Visit

We came back home from Indiana on Wednesday and my sister, Becky and her husband, Keith came down for a visit on Friday.
Keith and Becky also make the rocker's for their grandchildren.  Their youngest grandchild turns one in July.  Becky had to make up several snow days, so she didn't get out of school until Friday.  They drove down (8 hours) that afternoon and evening when she got out of school.
Keith and Howard worked on a rocker for Elliott. 
They started out the mornings sitting on the patio drinking coffee.  ( not Howard).
Becky and I had fun hanging together.

We drove out to Percy Priest one night just at sunset.  We timed it perfect.

Larry and Rachel had us over for dinner Zane made a chicken dish.  It was very tasty.  
It was called Grilled Chicken Souvlaki.

He put the marinated chicken on skewers.  When it was grilled he put them in a bowl.  

We ate them on heated Naan bread.  It was a very tasty meal!!

Larry, Rachel, Keith and Becky.

It was a fast weekend, but so nice to have Keith and Becky come.

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Erin and David moved from Southern California to Indiana in January.  We planned to visit them for Erin's birthday and Father's Day.

Howard had made Erin a cherry box for her sewing machine to set in for her birthday.

Erin wanted hamburgers and hot dogs for her birthday.  We spiral cut the hot dogs.  They were really good that way.

When Erin and David moved into the house the washer and dryer were installed in such a way, that the doors opened on themselves in the middle.  She requested for her birthday they they be switched out.  Howard and David worked on that for her.  They had to get more dryer vent tubing, a longer gas line and a longer water hose.  They did get it changed out and she was so appreciative.

We celebrated Father's Day with a BBQ after church.  We had ribs.

Erin cut her watermelon into sticks.  What a nice way to eat it.

Townsend, McKenna, Clayton, Grandpa, Grandma, Colter and David.

For dessert Erin made raspberry, rhubarb tarts.  Yummy!
We visited Traderspoint Creamery one day.  They sell milk, yogurt, and cheese.  We bought some chocolate milk and raspberry yogurt, cheese and crackers.  We went to a park to eat and drink it.
Eagle Creek City Park is the second largest city park in the USA.  Central Park in NYC is the largest.

McKenna wanted to do a sewing project with me.  We found a cute bag on Pinterest so we made four of them.  She was going to share them with three friends.

 Matt and Amy came over one evening and day so we could give Abigail her rocker for her first birthday.
She is loving walking around things now.  It won't be long and she will probably be walking by herself.

We spent a day at Conner Prairie Village, a living history place.

Townsend trying to walk with stilts.  He actually did pretty well.
Notice the protruding brick?  That is actually the brick oven in the kitchen.
McKenna looking into the oven area.

This lady was explaining the spinning of the wool.  She also told us how flax is spun and made into linen.  It was very interesting.
The school house.
The potter making ink wells.
Howard got to try his hand at a foot-powered lathe.  
 Townsend, Colter, Clayton and McKenna with Grandpa and Grandma
Erin with her Dad and kids.

When we were riding in the car, or at home, Grandpa read, "Rabbit Hill" by Robert Lawson.  It was a fun book.

Erin had fun things for us to do.  She had a puzzle set up and a dot to dot book.

It was a fun week there.  We are so blessed to have them just 5 1/2 hours away.

Ending 2017

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