Friday, August 16, 2013
Spent the entire day in the garden. I've finished mulching the new plantings in the center garden. Pulled up all the old mulch from the heirloom lilies and blackberries, used it to put in the fills around the property, and filled a small sinkhole near the driveway (probably caused by all the moles in the area combined with crawdads. I deadheaded, trimmed, weeded, and just kept going. In the evening I pulled out the weed eater and trimmed about half the side of the pond and cut the side of the dam where I had almost overturned the mower a few weeks ago. I think I can do the whole thing once it's put into more manageable condition. That will probably be in the Spring. I'm sore tonight....but I'm content that I did the best I could.
Had a really amazing day with the critters. the twin fawns brought friends this morning..other spotted fawns...and the 4 of them were right up in the yard outside the kitchen door. we stepped out to take pics and they ran, only to show up again a few minutes later up at the mulch pile when I was shoveling my first load. they took off again...but one came right back and acted like he was going to come right up to me. I tried to keep an eye on it and not spook it (if they attack they hoof and bite)and it was startled when sister showed up and ran again. A little while later, we kept hearing a lamb bleat and sister spotted one of the fawns a short distance away from us in the yard above the pond. It was bleating. I imitated the sound and it ran toward us. Suddenly it seemed to realize we weren't deer and stopped short, watched us and we bleated back and forth with it and it finally went back into the south woods. This afternoon they all came back together for another visit. I also had a rabbit follow me around. I try to take pics but sometimes miss. Fun.
Last night was a good experience. We were early and got to watch the folks come into the meeting. The food was wonderful...and healthy...fresh squash with other veggies baked in seasonings, pulled (plain) pork..you could add sauce at the table, baked beans, fresh corn on the cob. The only really fattening thing was the pies...baked by the women of the church. They held a pie auction before the concert to raise money for special Olympics and must have raised several hundred dollars . The men were so competitive and the bids were outrageous on several pies. A little boy had come with his grandparents and I heard him telling his GM that he had seen a peanut butter pie that he really wanted. GM told him that GF would not buy it, that nobody liked PB pie but him and GF really wanted a cherry pie. The bidding started on the PB pie half way through the auction and the little boy quietly went over and sat at a table by himself. The pie was amazing ...and GF sat with folded arms and a scowl, seemingly ignoring the men vying for the treat. The price reached 20.00 and suddenly GF raised his hand. 21.00. The little boy had the most surprised look on his face. Pure shock. He stared in total disbelief. The bids kept coming and the men began to realize that GF was on a mission, and the laughter started rolling with every new bid. The little boy was breathless and eased over to stand by GF. Every competing bid was met with his anxious eyes flicking to the voice and then back to GF. Finally....going once, going twice....sold to Don Ford ( for over 40.00). Everyone erupted in cheers. The auctioneer had the helpers present the pie to GF who set it in front of the little boy and patting him on the shoulder announced "There's your pie". That little boy got more than that PB pie last night. He was given a memory that will last a lifetime. His grumpy old GF loved him enough to fight for a silly pie that could NOT have been worth as much as it ended up costing. It was a 'priceless' moment. He ran to his GM to tell her and she just grinned, "yep, you got your pie". I think GF made some brownie points with her too.
Another 'moment' was also during the auction when a young man with Down's Syndrome was sitting at a table with about 7 or 8 men and they started telling him to raise his hand and get a pie. They ran the price up on that one too, and then they all chipped in and paid for it. They put his prize in a container to take home and when it got to the table he peeked into the sack and announced with a huge laugh, "PIE"!!! and all the men echoed it back, PIE!!! There was a room full of joy.
I loved meeting the retired music teacher turned artist who is currently having a showing of his work. The church actually has several artists in the congregation and every month a different person is invited to display their work. I loved what I saw.
I cut the concert short, but was invited to sing and speak at another location by a man in the congregation. It was a long trip and I needed today to regroup. God has been good to me. Sunday I'm singing on the praise team and offering a solo for the services. This sounds silly but I really would like to keep losing and get to sing a year from now looking like a normal/averaged sized woman. I'll just keep working on it. The scales are still kissing 300 but won't dive into the 200's. Can't fret about that...just have to keep living right...healthy is the theme.
Be blessed all and keep Sparkin'!!! Heading to see GS in the morning and get to spend the day spoiling him. Thank you all for your encouragement. I really do love SP!!!