Musings and Family…

I think we had the coldest March and April in many years here in Eastern Tennessee.  Spring came and then disappeared.  The last week the weather warmed to the 80’s without the humidity.  All the cars are yellow with pollen and allergies are at their height of the season.  Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to bother me.  We wait patiently for the rain to wash our cars and bathe our trees and shrubs clean.

My back yard looks like a wilderness…it’s not really a backyard.  From our back patio and about 10 feet beyond it becomes a wilderness haven for all the critters, including snakes that occasionally make their appearance known to us.  Early mornings, I can hear the Raccoons banging the garbage can lid up and down as they forage to satisfy their hunger and the Owls hooting to each other and have even managed to get a photo of the Owls on the top of the old Oak tree before we  had it cut down. I didn’t have my good camera then so it is not a clear photo, but you can see they’re Owls.  We do have to keep an eye on our furry babies.  We even have a new FROG family this year.  We think there are four of them.  They’ve sure grown since I took the first photos.

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Since Bud had his car accident, we’ve not done much to the yard this year, and it’s looking pretty sad.  Hopefully, we will be able to do some yard work before long.  I’ve not planted my flower pots yet either, so the front porch doesn’t have its usual “ Happy it’s Spring look”.

A few weeks later…. (July 21, 2018)

Whew…it’s been a few weeks since I started writing this post!  Time has a way of rapidly disappearing from the glorious glow of the morning light to the blaze of colors of the peaceful setting sun. Have you noticed the days are getting just a tad bit shorter?  That means Autumn is just around the corner.  EARLY Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year.  The Summer haze is gone and the sky is endless blue.   The colors of nature are bright and distinct.

I don’t know about yours, but in my world this summer is slipping away.

We had our middle son, Jason with us for a couple weeks. He put together several purchases I had made and left in their boxes. One being a cubicle storage cabinet with cloth basket inserts. I put this at the end of my bed. Works perfect! Another was a shoe rack that I thought would be hard to assemble but wasn’t at all!   He washed all the windows inside and out, cleaned the roof and gutters out (they don’t want DAD on the roof anymore) and mowed the yard. If I’d had my study ready he would have put my desk together that I’ve had in boxes in the garage forever! He repaired the roof the last time he was here. He’s painted our living room, hallway, and entry and tore out the old carpet and put down flooring. Completely painted my kitchen cabinets inside and out and put molding on the top of the cabinets after removing the soffit. Painted the garage doors and the front and back doors.

Tim put in the new storm door and movement light over the garage doors as well as lights on the front steps. Marc has cleaned the gutters and roof off when he’s had the time. We enjoy every day the things our sons have done for us.   We are blessed and spoiled by our sons!

We had a visit recently with our grandson Tim (Brian to us) his beautiful wife, Christina and our gorgeous GREAT granddaughters, Chloe and Ella. We got to hold our first GREAT grandson, Harlan for the first time.   He’s precious.

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Sadly, I was so busy taking photos I never took one with me and the girls or Harlan ☹. It was a brief visit, but so good to see them! They stopped on their way to Florida.

Then Marc our youngest son, wife Shenyle and our grandson Gavin stopped on their way to Florida and dropped off the furry grands, Bear and Aries. We had a time! Marc later told us we had spoiled their pets!  On their way back home they stopped and picked them up and we got to see our handsome grandsons, Micah and Gavin. They are getting so tall and older!   Wow, our kids are all growing up!   What does that mean we’re doing?

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August 2018

Our granddaughter, Kailee brought Terri (her mom & our DIL), and her Mom in love, Dawn along with her sis in love, Kaylee by for an overnight visit.     YUP, there’s two Kailee/Kaylee’s in the family now. Plus she has a cousin named Kaylee (not sure if I have the correct spelling). We had a great time, found out gramps is good, but a little slow on one of the games we played. We are both showing our age! 😊 Papa fixed breakfast before they left Saturday morning for all of us by request.

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Our visits seem to be few and far between, but all the more pleasant and appreciated when we do!

Wow…it’s now September 1, 2018 and Fall is just around the bend.  I’m glad because we had an extremely HOT HUMID Summer!

Love my Family…

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Change is in the Air…

Whoa…it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged and not because I’m  empty of words…but simply for lack of time.  There’s a lot going on in my life currently and many changes in the near future, so I cherish every moment of quiet time I can flee away to.

We are welcoming my parents, who will both be 88-years old this coming July, once again into our home.   After 3-years we will again share our home with them.  Our lives and routine will again be restructured to fulfill a need.  While they do still ambulate well, they are both getting feeble.  Mom tires quickly, and Dad has slowed down considerably.  Also, the house in Missouri that they currently live in is needed for the owner’s daughter and family. 

Although Hubby/Pastor has retired from his secular job at the hospital, I still work full-time and will for a few more years as my health permits and the job is there for me.   Because I’m working, a lot of the responsibility will fall on dear hubby’s shoulders.

So today, Saturday, we are busy rearranging our home to accommodate my parents.  First, we are working on their room, removing the exercise equipment, and bringing in the other bed.  I purchased new sheets for their beds yesterday during my lunch break and would like new bedspreads.  We have removed carpets in places to prevent falls, etc. 

Bud has been busy getting the stair rails painted and back up…a job we had  procrastinated doing!   They do look nice…kind of a black antique-y finish. 

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One project out of the way…now on to the next.  I think we are moving the beds around and clearing out the closet in what will be their room.  I’ve still got the kitchen to reorganize.  We need to finish painting the kitchen too, but probably won’t get that done before they get here.

Here’s a photo of what will be the family photo wall above the sofa.  I’ve yet to insert our photos.  The silhouettes are of our three sons.

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I also have a photo wall to put back up in the hallway.  The photos will all be in black frames.  I have the frames, just another one of those things I’ve not had time to get back to.

Well, my break is over and now back to work!

Happy Saturday,

Pam

Monday’s Muse…

January 14, 2013 –

We are well on our way into the NEW YEAR!  I was looking at the calendar and counting the days until Spring!  Perhaps that was because I had read we (Southeastern Tennessee) were in for some COLD weather in the mid-teens, atypical for our area.Copy of Newspaper1020

While perusing the calendar it made me think about how swiftly life passes by!  Sometimes it seems like yesterday that my three little towheaded boys were seeing how much mischief they could get into before getting caught!  They had great imaginations!  This was back-in-the-days before all the video games, Wii, Xbox, movies, and all the miscellaneous electronics.  My boys played outside and improvised with whatever was available…they built things, rebuilt their bikes, painted their bikes, made ramps, tree houses, tunnels in the ground, played in the dirt, and on and on.  They came in at the end of the day with freckled, sunburned faces, with sweat-rings and dirty smudges.  I never knew what I’d find in their jeans pockets!

During the long days of summer they were outside from early morning to dusk or later!  I don’t think they were ever “bored”, really. 

Now I look at them and they are grown men who have ventured out into the world.  When I’m around them it still amazes me, that these handsome MEN are my cute little boys!

Copy of spiral-clock“Life goes on, Bud”.  These were Dad Childers last words to Bud knowing he would probably not see his son again.  Three short words filled with so much truth!  I think we need to muse about life occasionally, if nothing else, just to remind ourselves how precious it is and not to be taken for granted.  Life does go on…  

Just musing about many things today.  Thankful for STRENGTH to make it through whatever the day may hold and enough JOY to enjoy the wonder of each new day!  Waking with anticipation of the day ahead, and in wonder and awe of God’s love, compassion, mercy, grace, deliverance, and Power! Words are not enough to describe the emotions of awe and wonder of God.  I’m so blessed to have HIS Spirit living inside me…I am a living temple of God!

Blessed beyond measure,

Pam

 

FORTY-FOUR YEARS…

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 Where do the years go?  It seems like just yesterday that we exchanged those Wed Pix with With Parents 1967-jpgcovenant vows!  Vows to love, cherish, honor, …until death parts!

 

 

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This was our first non-professional Christmas card photo .

 

 

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Our engagement party.

 

 

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… now on to today…

 

Today, at PF Chang’s for our 44th Anniversary photo (4)dinner. We had been shopping (got a cover for my Kindle Touch that my boss gave me for Christmas).  We usually celebrate a day early because it’s too hectic on the 24th and places close early.

 

 

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I love green tea…this was very good, but I do like mine a bit stronger…however, this was pleasant.

photo (3)Now for dessert!!!

The Great Wall of Chocolate & Creamy Cheesecake.

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Before and After… yum… and just enough to satisfy without elevating our glucose level!!  I forgot to take photos of our meal Sad smile.  I had Sweet and Sour Chicken with brown rice and Bud had ???Lamb…forgot what his was called.  We had spring rolls (they make the best I’ve ever eaten) for appetizers!  I could go to just eat the spring rolls!  Smile 

Now home and ready to relax, read, snack, drink more coffee, read, snack…  take a nap, read some more… snack…

To friends and family… “Merry Christmas, and Have a wonderful time with family and friends”… missing my kids!

Pam

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Garden of the Gods

RendLakeFAMILY )9-2011 060Here are the promised photos from Garden of the Gods in So. Illinois.  I have also included this link to more photos that other’s have taken.  It is breathtaking-ly beautiful!!  ( )

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Jason conquering his fears!

 

 

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Gavin, Micah & Papa

 

 

 

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Grandpa & his grandkids on one of the trails.

 

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Kailee & Tyler

 

                        

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Brian, Tina, & Chloe and Jason behind the tree (as usual).

 

 

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Cousins: Micah, Gavin & Chloe

 

 

 

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Gavin & Micah

 

 

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 Tim & Terri enjoying the day!

 

 

 

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Playing with Uncle & Pop Tim

 

 

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  Papa Bud (too close to the edge)

 

 

 

 

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Jason across the ravine from where I was taking the photo.

 

 

 

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Time with the GRANDS…

Grandsons Micah and Gavin have gone back home! Crying face  The house is quiet again (not that they were noisy).  We enjoyed our time with them.  I had to work but Grandpa Bud went with them to the Smokies from Thursday – Saturday late.  He had a wonderful time keeping the GRANDS entertained with his corny grandpa jokes.  Just ask our oldest grandson Brian about the “grandpa jokes”! 

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My handsome grandsons and son, relaxing at the cabin.

 

 

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Father & son at the top of the tower.

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Getting ready to tube down the river.  But first we’ve got to get Dad’s

blown up!!!Smokies 7-2011 037 Grandpa BUD did NOT go tubing.  He kept the home fires burning and watched out for them coming back down the river past the cabin!  He had to whistle at them or they’d have kept  floating on by!

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I think Marc had a hard time getting his tube aired up…

Just one of the quaint sights to see!

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A NEW friend finishing the uneaten breakfast…

 

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Overlook stops on the way to Klingman’s Dome.

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Dad and his boys! They are growing up way to fast.  Micah is almost as tall as me!!  Gavin looked like he had grown a foot since I last saw him!

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WAVE good bye!

Until another time…

 

 

I have hundreds of photos that Marc, Bud and Micah took … some beautiful scenery and I’ll save those for another blog.  Bud is anxious to take me there now… we’ll see.  I don’t think I’ll float down the river though!  That would be a sight or NOT!

Grandkids are God’s extreme blessings for grandparents! 

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Ramblings…

Crowing RoosterCan you believe it’s the middle of July all ready?  This summer is zooming by!  We are continuing to try to do some much-needed work and updates on the house.  We are getting ready to totally redo my master bathroom with the exception of the tiled shower.  I purchased the vanity, mirror, light, and faucet almost 2-years ago.  The walls will be white tile part way up and then painted “honey butter yellow”.  Also purchased a new toilet recently and as soon as I clear out the bathroom, they can start the work.  I’m excited, but I always dread the mess made before the project is completed.

 Side note:  Sometimes our life is like that… we have all the elements and spiritual leadership to succeed in the journey we are on, but we have to make a mess (true repentance) before we can start the clean up and the rebuilding.   Then it takes steady, consistent attention to our choices in life to continue cleaning up the mess we’ve made of our lives.    God forgives us instantly, but we often reap what we’ve sown… but if our relationship with God has been strengthened by daily prayer, Bible reading/study, consistent church attendance (we must hear the Word preached), we will be overcomers in the end!  The mess will be cleaned up and the remodel will be awesome!  What a testimony!

 Got the gutters cleaned out (we were growing beautiful vines/trees) and cleared branches off the roof from the last windstorm.  We are surrounded by trees, so this is typical to see small twigs and branches on the roofs in this neighborhood.  I can’t wait (I think) until they start on the kitchen.  My kitchen has never been painted since we’ve lived here.  I’ve got the paint colors for the cabinets and walls and a new farm sink picked out.  Got the carpet pulled out of the upstairs guest room and will install either hardwood or oak laminate flooring in that room and the hallway.  We’ll do the other two upstairs bedrooms one at a time.   These are pay as you go projects, so nothing will be done quickly!  We have to do it the way we want to now, because it probably won’t ever get done again! 

On another note, Bud and I have been walking the nearby high school track early in the mornings.  We’d like to be out there by 6:00 am but it’s been closer to 6:30. We started with a mile and added a 1/4 mile each day.  We didn’t walk this morning, the humidity was too high and the temp was 80 degrees this morning at 6:00am.  But I think Saturday morning we’ll go walk the walking trail at Harrison Bay.  It feels good walking in the morning.  We can talk, or pray, or just enjoy each others company in silence.

****I woke up this morning missing my grandkids!  Sure would like to see them and their parents too!! 

Enough…rambling…  just thought I needed to blog since it’s been so long!  I’ve some notes from something I’ve been studying… but I need to piece them all together in my mind first, then I’ll post.

Enjoy the weekend!  Blessings to all.

A Wonderful Surprise Visit…

Well, I got to see my youngest son (36) Marc, and his wife Shenyle and my grandsons, Micah and Gavin.  What a nice surprise!!!  They had told us they might come down for a visit and then Friday night late we get this call that they are in Nashville.  Whoohoo!!!!!

Here’s some photos:

 

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Micah and Gavin having fun on the stairs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eating chocolate cake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Poppy Wilson taking a nap on the porch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dressed up for Church Sunday evening.  Aren’t they handsome?!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our family after church Sunday evening.  We had a good time!

 

We just had a good time visiting, didn’t go anywhere special.  The kids went downtown to the Walk Bridge for the Fireworks Saturday night.  We “old folk” just stayed home and got ready for Sunday.  They said there was a huge crowd.  This is downtown Chattanooga and people come from all over and also bring their boats to the downtown dock area and watch from their boats.  Marc said there were a lot of boats there this year.  They almost didn’t find a place to park.  When we lived downtown we could see the fireworks over the tree tops and hear them.  We only lived about 1/2 mile from the Walk Bridge.  Sometimes I miss living downtown.  I had a huge living room and in one of our house services we had almost 30 in our living room.  Those were good times.  We had several Cambodia young people coming, Bud used to see some of them at the hospital where he worked…they worked there also.  But now they’ve grown up and married and have kids!!!  Time goes on … quickly!

The house is once again quiet and the dogs are moping around (almost depressed LOL) because now they don’t have anyone to play with them!  They love the boys!  Scrappy really misses them!   Me too!  Until next time…

Thanksgiving 2007

Thanksgiving 2007

The photo is of our Thanksgiving Dinner on the plate!  And “NO” that is not wine in the glass, but sparkling red grape juice.   😀

 

 

Today was wonderful!  I missed having our sons and their families with us but that’s just the way it is this year.  We had invitations from several of the church families, but chose to just enjoy ourselves. We cooked together.  Actually, we each took turns in the kitchen.  We’ve learned that we each need our own space when cooking and we don’t do well when we’re each treading in the other’s space!  LOL  I guess after 40-years we should know a few of each other’s quirks, right?

Dinner was delicious.  Everything turned out just like it should.  We didn’t have a turkey since it was just the two of us so we decided to have cornish game hens instead.  Ummm, they were so tender and moist.  I had an orange marmalade topping that I basted them with the last few minutes of baking time.  Bud made the sweet potatoes and the pumpkin crisp-pudding cake.  Of course, we had dressing with gravy and cranberry salad.  I also made our traditional orange salad.  We didn’t have the usual “green bean casserole” this year, instead we had brussel sprouts.  The kids never liked them… so we had them this year.  🙂

We had a quiet, relaxing, unhurried and with “no where to be”, just a peaceful day together with our doggies… they had a Thanksgiving dinner too!!!

I hope everyone had a blessed day… we have so much to be thankful for.   Sometimes we only count the BIG things… but when you add up all the “little” blessings… it’s awesome what our God does for each one of us.

Fall…I love it!

dsc00366.jpgI’ve been away from blogging for a little while. 

We’ve a new baby born into our church, Anna Rose.  She is precious and her great grandfather just had his 88th birthday.  We had a coffee and cake reception for him after Sunday night service.  He just lost his wife last November and this was his first birthday without her.  He misses her so much!

 I’ve photos to post, but don’t have time to post right now.  I will within the next couple days or so. 

The new header is near the Conasauga River last October.  The small photo is of my husband, “creek hopping” in the same area.  He loves to check out the creeks and all the critters under the rocks, etc. 

Our leaves are just starting to turn and since we didn’t have much rainfall this year, I don’t think they’ll be much variation of color.  We usually have beautiful fall colors and if you take the Southern Bell (steam boat) “Fall Color Cruise” the riverbank is an endless panorama of color.  We are just now getting some much needed rainfall.  I still have all the windows open… airing out the house and enjoying the cool nights.  I dread having to close up the house.  I do believe this is our “weather change”.  The temperature should start dropping.

Hubby has been after me to get my flu shot… he gets one every year since he works in the hospital.  I’m supposed to get one… but haven’t had one yet.  I used to give them when I worked at the HMO in Maryland, but have never been a recipient LOL.  I’m fighting something right now and hubby is saying, “see you should have…”.  I hate it when he’s RIGHT!  🙂

Are you ready for the time change?  I guess I am… it’s so dark in the mornings now.  It used to start getting light around 5:30am and now it’s closer to 7:00-7:30ish.  So, I guess I’m ready.  I love the early morning hours.  I’m usually up early and then have a tendency to nap when I get home from work and then stay up later than I should! 

Whoa… I guess I’m rambling tonight!?  I’ll be back….