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Picnic and a Surprise

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Tuesday we went for a picnic with the Horn’s.  We had a great time.  It was our first picnic of the season with them.

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The picnic spot was beautiful!

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Fresh strawberries from North Carolina.  It’s still too early here for them but these were delicious!

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I came home today to find this lounge chair being made.  I love it!  Thanks Hubby.  We have looked at this design for a while now and he said he thought today was a good day to build one.  It is chilly here today and very windy.  Our temperature is 50 degrees as I type.  I think there is a freeze warning in effect for tonight.  Wouldn’t you know it, we just got our plants in the ground this week.  I certainly hope they are wrong.  It has been a beautiful day though, just chilly.  Beautiful sunshine and the air is so clean and clear.  I do love days like this.

Have a great evening and God bless.

 

Birthday, Recital, and Bramwell Trip

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We certainly have had a lot of fun things going on here.   Thursday we went down to Jessica’s.  We got 2 more gallon of fresh strawberries.  We put 1 gal. into the freezer and just enjoyed the other gallon.  Friday was Hubby’s birthday and the girls piano recital.  We celebrated Hubby’s birthday with burgers and cake.  Then got ready for the recital.  Saturday, the ladies from our church made a trip to Bramwell WV.   It is a town where the extremely rich coal barons lived.  Very fancy and extravagant houses.    The above picture shows the town from one of the houses.

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Our group-such fine looking ladies!

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Most of the houses had amazing lawns-huge.  The kind you know had to have several gardeners just to keep them looking nice.

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Several houses had cooper sinks in the kitchen.  When the wealthy were living there, they all had servants to do the work.

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I think every house had stained glass windows.  This one was in a bathroom.

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A cozy little nook in one of the houses.

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One of the houses-notice the brick road.

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Another house.  Altogether we toured 9 houses.  It took over 3 hrs to walk through them all.  On the third floor of one of the houses, there was a ballroom.  We did not get to see it though.

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Every house had tables set with old dishes, Mrs. Faye.  You would have loved them. 

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The old furniture in these houses was amazing.  The wood floors, cabinets, everything.  I have so many pictures it was hard to choose which ones to show you first.  We had a great day! 

I hope each and every one of you had a great Mother’s Day.  God bless.

 

Mr. Frog

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Check out the size of this frog.  He is huge!  He was soaking up the sun yesterday afternoon in front of our car when we were leaving for piano practice.  We, of course, could not resist taking a picture of him.

Yesterday was a nice day.  Temperatures were in the lower 70’s with sunshine.  My plants looks (maybe) just a little better but I do not think they will make it.  The tomatoes look strong but the cucumbers look the worst.  The squash may be okay-not sure yet.  Lesson well learned.  I suppose it was too hot when I transplanted them.  Maybe if we had waited until the sun went down to transplant them, it would have made a difference.  Not sure.

We had a nice visit with the Horn’s yesterday.  We ate pizza and a strawberry crisp she had made from her fresh strawberries.  It was delicious.  We walked around her yard looking at all her flowers that were up.  Her chicks and ducks.  Everything.  I love doing that.  Just walking around with her looking and talking.  I am so thankful she is my friend.

We hope to finish science this weekend.  We are on our last definitions.  Today looks to be nice.  The sun is shining.  The garden is still too wet to work in but we have plenty of other things to do.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

Easy Pie Recipe

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I thought I would share with you all this super easy pie recipe.  I don’t know the name of it but years ago when I worked, one of the ladies I worked with used to make this a lot.   It uses simple ingredients and takes very little time.

  I used 1 store bought graham cracker pie crust.  For the filling use, 1 container cool whip, 1 pkg cream cheese-both at room temperature.  Add 1 tsp. vanilla and 1/2 cup powdered sugar.  Mix with your mixer until well blended.  Pour filling into pie crust.  Then for the topping I used fresh strawberries and a little strawberry glaze.  Set in fridge for a little while to chill, then enjoy.  You can make this with blueberries, peaches, almost any type of fruit.  If you do not want to use the store bought glaze you can always just add sugar to the fresh fruit and let it make its own glaze.  Its all up to your taste. 

Well, Julie ended up with strep throat.  She started running a fever yesterday.  I called the doctor’s office and he called us in a prescription.  Needless to say, we will not be going to church today.  Just staying home and recuperating. 

I hope everyone has a great Sunday and God bless.

Our “New” Car

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We have a new car.  Well, new to us.  It is a 1991 Ford Taurus and seems to be in excellent condition.  It gets really good gas mileage.  We took it down to Jessica’s yesterday and got about 27 mpg.  This sounds great to us as “ol Red” only gets about 8 mpg.  Please don’t get me wrong, we are very thankful for ol Red.  It is just not exactly a family vehicle.   The girls and I used ol Red as our vehicle to ride into town for piano and other things.   We have had to use the van (Hubby’s work vehicle) for work and leisure.  Not a lot of fun.  We had to unload all the tools when we were going somewhere, then reload them back when we got home.  Times have been hard.  These are choices you make in order to make ends meet.  But now by the grace of God we have another car.  Paid for-no payments.  Thank you, Lord.  Tonight’s menu at church is Ham loaf, deviled eggs, corn, green beans, cole slaw and corn bread.  I am bringing the green beans (home canned) and the corn bread.  I use my grinder and grind corn to make the corn meal.  It is baking in the oven now and smells soooooo good.  I also cut up some fresh strawberries from yesterday.  We are having pound cake with strawberries and ice cream for dessert.  It all sound delicious!  It has been very windy here today.  I wanted to work on my bible study outside but it was just too windy.  The girls say God is blow drying the earth when the wind blows like this.  I guess that’s as good a description as any.  Smells like my cornbread is done.  I better get it out of the oven.  Take care and God bless.