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Visiting great-great-grandmaw

Monday, April 04, 2011

My grandmother sent me a message that she guessed she would never see the great-great-grands again. So since DH, DD and SonIL all worked last weekend, I loaded the boys up after school Friday and took them to visit. My grandmother lives with my parents now, so we got to spend time on the farm and had lots of fun, and ate everything in sight. The boys are old enough now they are getting over some of their fears and can be trusted on their own a bit more. They loved that.

The weather turned off nice for a change, and we got up early Saturday and hit the yard sales. The youngest won a cake at a church cake walk and was so proud of himself. But he shared it with all of us. They each bought a little toy and stuffed animal, but we didn't find any bargains.

and we got to go fishing (caught 7).

While we were fixing lunch, they played outside and rode the little gator around the house.

After lunch the youngest had to take a "rest" (fell asleep in less than 3 minutes) and the oldest got to ride his 4-wheeler for a while. He did very well under PawPaw's watchful eye and was allowed to ride it in the "big field" later.

All the neighborhood dogs found out there were boys in the area so they came down to play ball and run with the boys. I'm glad they are getting over their fear of animals. They even got along with the horses in the pasture.

Just as we were getting ready to leave, my cousin's son (he's 16) came down to fish. The oldest grand wanted to go with him so badly (and asked him if he could come along) that I couldn't say no. So off they went.

I thought they would fall asleep on the way home, but they didn't. They sat in the back seat and watched WALL-E all the way home. I'm sure they slept well last night. I know I did. But great-great-grandmaw got to see the boys, and she was very pleased.

Forgot to say, we went through some more of my great grandmother's house and found some of my great aunt and great grandmother's quilt patterns. Nothing fancy, just the templets they had used. They are full of holes from being pinned and the edges are worn, but there is something nice about having their quilting things that is comforting.

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MAKULEWAHINE 4/5/2011 11:53AM

    What an awesome week-end. It is so important to keep those family ties. These are the times the grandkids will remember fondly. Way to go :)

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CARLANNIE 4/5/2011 9:24AM

    Okay, Bev. I want to come play with you and your family one weekend - you guys have too much fun!

That's neat to find the old quilting templates. I have a bunch of actual quilt pieces that were cut out by my grandmother, and I have saved them thinking I should try to make something up with them. Up until now, I've always been afraid to try, but my sewing skills are getting better, so maybe next winter I can dig them out of storage and see what comes together.

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CATZTEACH 4/4/2011 10:37PM

    What a great weekend! Love the pics! sounds like a great place to spend time!

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BOOKWERME 4/4/2011 4:11PM

    Wonderful farm and family fun! Hope you treasure those templates..things have changed so much in recent years...but the tools of our forebears are special treasures!

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KA_JUN 4/4/2011 3:48PM

    Nice blog, great to see pictures. Sounds like you all had a great day!

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KRISLEEB 4/4/2011 1:08PM

    That's awesome!!! You are so lucky to have such a big family!! My gram had a farm and I never appreciated it...hopefully your boys will appreciate it and remember it with great fondness.

Good for you!!!

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RAMALEX 4/4/2011 10:20AM

  You had a great week end and entertained the boys too. Great!

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OSTICJAX 4/4/2011 10:14AM

    Cake walks were my favorite as a kid

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More road blocks

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

After having a great weekend, the week is off to a shaky start. Monday my diverticulitis decided to act up again, so here I am on a low residue diet (miss my vegetables) and back on antibiotics for 10-14 days. Didn't get any riding in Monday or today, but perhaps by Thursday I will feel good enough to get back on the trainer. Guess I should have skipped the peanuts last weekend.

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BEVPRESLEY 4/3/2011 11:06PM

    Thanks everyone, I am feeling much better but won't be back on the bike for a couple of days. Guess I should leave the peanuts alone for a while.

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COLEENCOLE 4/1/2011 8:56PM

    I hope you feel better soon. It's funny how a low fiber diet contributes to it and yet the treatment is a low fiber diet.

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CARLANNIE 3/30/2011 1:33PM

    Oh, shoot! Hope you're feeling better soon.

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KRISLEEB 3/30/2011 10:51AM

    oh, feel better!! How am I supposed to live vicariously if you're sick?!?!?

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CINDYRINAL 3/30/2011 9:26AM

    Sorry you are feeling bad right now. You will get through this. emoticon

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DOLLBABE56 3/30/2011 8:18AM

    Oh, so sorry. Hope you are over this soon.

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TOWHEE 3/30/2011 12:13AM

    Oh, boo. I hope you get over your attack quickly.

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KA_JUN 3/29/2011 11:10PM

    Man, been there. Diverticulitis is no fun, heal up fast, make sure you get the probiotics in there, if you're permitted.

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MAKULEWAHINE 3/29/2011 11:07PM

    Get better quick. Those darn peanuts:)

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DOR2BFIT 3/29/2011 9:48PM

    :( Feel better! emoticon

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Alabama Tandem Weekend

Monday, March 28, 2011

This past weekend DH and I went to the Alabama Tandem Weekend in Clayton, AL. It was based at the Abercrombe Fish Camp (more of a hunting lodge, but he packs sells farm raised catfish, hence the fish camp part). We arrived early enough on Thursday to get a 26 mile ride in. The roads were great and drivers very courteous.

Friday was our first official ride of the weekend. We had lunch at the Dime Store Restaurant in Clayton.

We stopped by the cemetery to see the whiskey bottle tombstone. The story goes that the man's wife told him if he didn't stop drinking it would kill him and she would make him a whiskey bottle tombstone. He didn't, it did, so she did.

Then we hit the road.

After a few more miles we stopped at State Park and did a bit of fishing. We could earn 1 point in the trivia game for each fish caught. No one earned any points.

A few more miles and we were back at the cabins with 38 miles for the day. A quick shower, then dinner at the restaurant at the camp.

Saturday started windy and cloudy, but off we went. We have 6 more riders (1 more double, 1 triple and a single rider). Today is the trivia game. We will be asked questions about our ride (names of churches, unusual sights, that type thing) so every stoker is taking notes as we go along. Lunch was at Hagler's BBQ (man was it good).

And we had a group picture.

Then on to the Blue Springs State Park where our host's mom brought us home made cookies and home made ice cream for desert.

After we recovered from our big lunch, we hit the road again. But it wasn't long till the rain caught up with us.

But it was short lived and we made it back all dried out and we got in all 48 miles. Dinner was at the camp's restaurant again.

We played the trivia game (no we didn't win). I was amazed at the detail in some of the questions.

The prize was a pair of Adirondack chairs made by our host.

Sunday brought the sunshine back! We had a wonderful breakfast made by our host and the owner of the camp, then off we went.

After a beautiful, and un-eventful 24 miles, we got back, cleaned up, packed and went to Eva's Kitchen for some of the best home cooking I've ever had. It is a small hard to find place, but well worth it.

After eating way to much of Eva's great cooking, we headed to Troy to visit our DD and restock her fridge for the week. Then headed home for a good night's sleep in our own bed. Another great weekend, and a BIG thanks to our hosts Steve and Wendy for all their work setting things up.

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BOOKWERME 4/1/2011 9:27AM

    Thanks for sharing your adventures!

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MAKULEWAHINE 3/29/2011 11:46AM

    You have the most amazing trips. What a wonderful idea and such fun. I am soooo jealous. The rain here is non-stop, heavy and cold:( I have gotten in a couple of rides between showers but it is always more fun to have company. You really inspire me:)

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KRISLEEB 3/28/2011 10:39PM

    Holy crap!!! You are so lucky to be able to do these things! I'm totally jealous!

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DOR2BFIT 3/28/2011 10:18PM

    You and your DH sure take the expression 'in tandem' to the max. Looks like it was a wonderful trip! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SVELTSTER 3/28/2011 10:13PM

    Looks like a great weekend. Don't you love it when spring comes to the South and we can get out and ride again?

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Just some catching up

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Had a nice day at work yesterday. Wish they were all so pleasant. While we were on our trip, DD#1 went back to work. So looks like I will be back in the baby sitting business for a while till they get things worked out a bit. With only one car, it will take some juggling. I am sorry I haven't had time to respond to all the replies to my BLOGs, but thank you all for stopping by. Hopefully things will settle down soon and I will have more computer time.

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KRISLEEB 3/3/2011 1:38PM

    eh, computer time is over rated!!!! We know you are there! Enjoy the Grandma time....they grow up so fast and then don't want to be around you! It's great that DD has you to lean on!

Keep sparking!

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Saturday in the Okefenokee Swamp

Sunday, February 27, 2011

We got up early, ate breakfast at the hotel and headed for the Okefenokee Swamp. DH and some of the group did a short 16 mile ride before our tour. Okefenokee Adventures fed us a lovely lunch

then sent us out to get our canoes and kayaks.

After paddling around the practice pond, off we go into the canals of the swamp.

We had seen 30 gators when we turned around. Didn't count any more after that because we didn't want to count any twice.

There were a lot of birds and turtles around too.

We had a lovely day, no problems, and everyone made it back in one piece.

After our swamp trip, we head to Waycross, GA to check into our hotel and get dinner. We decided to take in a movie, so 4 of us went to see Gnomio and Juliette. It was almost midnight when we got in, so I didn't get to post. Then Sunday we drove home, picked up the fur baby, did laundry ..... Now I am going to bed.

What a great week, life is good.

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COLEENCOLE 3/6/2011 3:49PM

    Thanks for the tour.

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CARLANNIE 3/1/2011 10:45AM

    So that's the Okefenokee Swamp! Wow - 13 alligators, oh my.

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KRISLEEB 2/28/2011 11:24AM

    that sounds like an entirely AWESOME trip!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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DESTYDARLIN 2/27/2011 10:46PM

    Thanks for sharing your adventures ... Sounds like fun!

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