Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A poem by Papaw...

A no picture day...

As you know, the other day Lorelei lost one of her teeth.  It was the third one she has had come out, but the first one on top.  The first time you see one missing when she smiles.  Well, I got a text from Sarah just two or three days later.  On the bus ride home from school, Lorelei's chin bumped a little girl's head, and the other tooth came out....you know, the other one in the center in front.

Well, the tooth fairy had not sent anything from here yet, so was thinking about getting something, then just thought it would be simpler to send a card with stickers and a little money.  So we found a card that had a picture of a tabby cat with sunglasses on...the inside was blank.  Roger says, I will write a poem for it...so below is the poem he wrote.  He just came in and sat down and wrote it in a few seconds...

The tooth fairy said you lost a tooth 
While eating something cold
Then later on another one
Well, that was very bold!

So in honor of your double loss
That really made us snicker,
We're sending you this funny card
and these pretty stickers! 

I thought that was pretty darn good/cute to be able to come up with that in just a minute.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The sedges flaunt their harvest
In every meadow nook
And asters by the brook-side
Make astors in the brook
  (these lines are from September by Helen Hunt Jackson.)

I am not positive I have these correctly identified.  I was reading this poem and had to look sedges to see what they are.  I clicked on images and scrolled down and the top one was included.  I think it is so pretty.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Myers Cabin

This cabin is located at the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge.
We could open this door to stand within and view the inside through plexiglass.

These are not the greatest, but I did not want to use flash.  I figured it would just reflect from the plexiglass....but maybe I should have tried both.

See this stove...we had one similar to it when I was a child. That was what we heated our house with till I was probably 8 or 9.  I don't think this is exactly like ours, but cannot remember it clear enough to tell you the difference.

Friday, September 26, 2014

A little show and tell

The photos are not the greatest...debated on waiting and trying to get better photos but figured I couldn't do much better.
I am showing a few pics of the quilting....
 Two of the borders I quilted the same, and the two others are different.  Different to the two that are alike and different from each other.
oh, and the back is this red flannel...
Not the greatest, but even though the pics don't show it, it is better than I thought it would be.  But there is still a lot I am not really happy with.

The latest

Sarah sent me this last night...while we were gone, Lorelei lost another tooth.  She was eating Italian ice, and when she removed the spoon from her mouth, this tooth flipped out onto the counter.  Sarah said Tootie laughed so hard at the way it came out that she was crying.
We took off for a couple days and went down to Madison, Indiana.  It is a historical rivertown that sits on the Ohio River.  We were through that part of Indiana 3 or 4 years ago and have always wanted to go back.  Not so much for anything other than to see that part of Indiana.  And we were not disappointed.

People are so friendly...the country is rolling hills...the roads are twisting and winding...some so narrow I don't know how far someone would have to back-up in order to pass!
We even saw several barns with tobacco hanging in them.
And we saw a few fields with the tobacco not yet hauled to the barns.

No, I don't smoke or anything like that, but we did raise the stuff when we were kids.  So, it brings back memories.  I look at them with fondness now, remembering working with my family.  But at the time, I was not so crazy about it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A mural in the making...

There is a new mural going up in Brazil, Indiana.  I cannot imagine doing something this huge.  I think it is going to be a beauty once it is finished.

Did not have time to visit any yesterday, and am so weary tonight I am not sure I will get far.  But going to attempt a few.

I hope all is well in your world.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Another barn from 2008

This is another barn from our road trip in 2008.  I just cannot resist posting it though I thought about saving it for Theresa's Good Fences. Remember you can click on the photos to expand the view.

It is beautiful weather here in Indiana...lots of blue skies and sunshine.  And I for one am happy to have them.  Days and days of clouds really get to me.  I am a person that needs lots and lots of sunshine.

Monday, September 22, 2014


A few years ago, we went north...to Mackinaw City, Michigan and when we came home we went up over and across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and down through Wisconsi.  These are some of the shots from that trip.
I thought I had died and gone to heave...the only thing, there was not enough time to stop and take all the pictures I wanted.  So I snapped what I could.
There were places that there were so many barns I could not snap pictures fast enough to get them all!
I think I counted and had taken almost 300 pictures of barns during that trip...I do not remember if that was 300 different barns or counting the ones where I managed to snap two or three.  Knowing me, it would have been almost 300 different ones.  Not saying they were all salvageable. 

I finished the binding on my quilt but going to be a few days before pictures are taken.   I am so glad to have it finished.

I am going to be busy the next few days.  So, I may or may not blog.  I am hoping to get some visiting done at night, though.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Kitty Soft Paws

Tried to get a few pics of her...she is just so cute.
I still did not get a picture that does her tail justice...
when she is standing up walking around with it in the air, it looks at least 2 inches too long for her.
There is a couple more pics of her over at Time Stand Still.

She likes to hide and jump out and bat your feet with her little paws.  Or likes to get Otto's tail if he is sitting down.   When Lorelei first brought her home, she was afraid of him, but now she knows no fear.  She will do the sideways walk up to him....he ignors her. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Willy Nilly Friday 5

It is time for the Tanya's Friday 5....and I thought some of you might get a giggle out of the following two videos.

Yep that is our Lorelei when she was a little over a year old

And that is their dog Otto, who we call Otti a lot of the time.

They lead to one of my Friday 5...

1.  Last weekend, Sarah told me that she had been outside washing the car?  Washing something and can think of nothing but the car.  Anyway, Otto was standing there with her...the Fed Ex guy came and Otto ran and got in the truck before she could put her sponge down.  He was going for a ride...or so he thought. 

And another evening, he was standing with her waiting for Lorelei to get off the bus, and he tried to get on.  This time I am not sure if it was a ride he was wanting, or all the kids.  Anyway, they all make me laugh.

2.  We may get up and go see them sometime this weekend....

3.  I am in the process of hand sewing the binding down on my quilt.  I am just a tiny bit over half done.  I will be so glad when it is finished.

4.  Our tomatoes are done for...I am going to miss being able to go pick a fresh one when we have hamburgers or tacos.

5.  I am reading Journey Across the Four Seas: A Chinese Woman's Search for Home by Veronica Li, and have really enjoyed it.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

More knives by Roger

This first one is made to be a working knife.  He bought one of those big rubber mats that are for horses to stand on a year or two ago.  I don't remember why.  Anyway, the handle is made from that material.
It went home with our nephew on Saturday.
The dollar is there to show the size of the knife/blade.  It is something most of us are familiar with.
This is his other finish...it reminds me of mine....in fact, I would not have minded keeping it either.  But I thought that might be a little selfish of me.
Those little groves in the tops of the blade is a place to place your thumb...kind of gives it a grip that won't slide off so easy.  And there is a term for the way the tip of the knife is done, and for the life of me I cannot remember what it is called.  And if you look at the first picture of this knife, there is a little place on the sharp side of the blade...a little grove if you will.  That is just for looks as far as a I know.  Some knives have it and others done.
The handle is from an antler...that slight curve feels very good in the hand.
Again, to give an idea of the size.  This one went home with my brother...the grandpa of Jackson.  Also he grew that 72 lb watermelon.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

From March 2010

To me, fog or snow can make any picture a great picture.

Something that is otherwise mundane, becomes captivating or mysterious.

This morn the fog is so thick you could cut it with a knife.  A good morn for pictures, but also a good morning for a wreck so I stay put. 

I did not accomplish one single thing yesterday.  Other than cooking and doing dishes, and not much to either one of those.    I always feel like I need to accomplish something each day, even if it is just a load of laundry.  So maybe that is what I will go do now.  I think this fog will clear off and maybe I can hang a load or two outside.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Hoosier Homestead

This is another Hoosier Homestead Farm, one that has been owned by the same family for a hundred years or more.  We noticed the sign for the first time when we were by it a couple weeks ago.  We have seen the place before, but I did not remember the sign.
We had rain all yesterday afternoon and evening, and it is overcast again today.  No rain in the predictions, but it looks as if it could rain at any moment.

I finished the quilting on my quilt yesterday, but still have the binding to put on.  At least I have it made.  I really made a mess of the quilting.  It is just too much for the quilt.  I should have went with straight lines which was my first thoughts on it.  However, it served the purpose of letting me experiment with quilting so not a total loss.  Will keep someone warm when it is cold once it is finished.

Sunday, September 14, 2014


First of all, these photos were taken by my brother, not me.

Yesterday we had a little family reunion down at Spring Mill State Park Park here in Indiana.  These two played and played and played.  And we laughed and laughed and laughed.  Jackson is real good at acting like he has been shot and killed.  He was so good, that a couple times I actually thought he must have got hurt when he fell...

This one time as he came pretended to come to, he said "Am I on Earth or is this Heaven?"  We about fell out at that line.
 Notice Lorelei has to be funny...notice her face.  At first glance you might think I have published the same picture twice but it is two different photos.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

End of summer charm

This is just a drop in the bucket...there just seems to be no way to show the measure of yellow that is out at the strip pits.  Everywhere in sight one will see yellow flowers.  On warm, breezy days, it is just glorious to stand and look.  I never seem to be able to capture a picture that shows the way I feel.

It is really on the cool side now of the morns.  It is  46ºF as I type this.  The high is only supposed to reach into the 60's.  

I will be busy today, so probably won't get much visiting done till either tonight or tomorrow.  I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Will Nilly Friday 5

1. How about a song and a photo....first the photo.  This is what I think of when I think of clear, blue skies.  Which incidentally have clouds in them.  But it is the clearness of the air I notice.  When colors are more saturated, and you get that feeling you could see forever.

And this is another song from Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young.  One of my favorites.

2.  We had a neighbor that lived to the south of us several years ago.  I was probably in my late 30's or early 40's, and she was well into her 70's.  She loved Neil Young/Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.  They seem to be a group that are timeless.  One of my daughters likes some of their stuff.

3.  This has been a hard week...

4.  Does anyone besides me seem to live wishing their life away?  Wanting certain dates to just be done and over with.  Things you dread.  I have gotten better about that than I used to be.  If things are months away, I can tell myself I am not going to worry about it till the week before, and can manage to push the worries away that way.

5.  What are your feelings about people that join link-ups but don't get to visit other participants?  If I know for sure I won't get to visit, I usually don't join.  But sometimes I join, and then don't have the time to visit.   Then I suffer guilt.

And speaking of link-ups, if you were one that linked to the Barn Charm meme, you might want to check out what your links connect to now.  I went through and 'broke' the connection to all the links I could find on my blogs.  If I had linked to a specific Barn Charm post, I got 'this page is not here' but if it was just to the blog in general, it was something you might find objectionable.

Linking to and hoping to get in several visits to
Willy Nilly Friday Five

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A rainy day in the making

This shot was taken just the other day...on another rainy day.  I don't know about every where else, but around here, the goldenrod is more beautiful than I have ever seen it.  And I think more abundant.  Not sure how it will be after the rain we get today.  Flash flooding is predicted for a huge area, and with it comes strong to severe storms.  Looking at the radar, it looks to be a mess heading this way.  Right now there is just the occasional drop or raining hitting my window.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thistle and a memory

Never can resist thistle....I don't remember ever seeing it as big in Tennessee.  But back then I may not have noticed the beauty of it.  Then again, maybe it didn't get as tall as around here.

One thing I am simply amazed at is in Tennessee, morning glories were as much a pest, as they were flowers.  Don't get me wrong, my mom usually grew some as flowers.  But oh, what a pest in the garden and in the tobacco and corn!   They would take over a garden if left alone.  I would love to know the reason for the difference.

I was watching an old episode of Friends the other night.  In it Chandler and Joey had a little butting of heads over who had the right to sit in a chair.

I had not thought of it in years, but we used to get in arguments similar to this when we were kids.  I don't know why we argued over a seat...but I can so remember arguing about a place being 'my seat'--I can remember saying 'Mom, make him move.  I was sitting there.'   I think mom ignored us when it came to that stuff.  And I can't remember why we would argue over a seat, unless it was us wanting a seat at the end of the couch.  I don't even remember which brother I argued with...and actually think some of them would claim a seat as theirs, too.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A updated look

Remember this barn...I have posted it both here and on Time Stand Still at different time.  Imagine my surprise when we passed it a week or two ago and saw this:
Isn't it wonderful to see it given new life?
I just could hardly believe my eyes.  Even if it is metal, I am glad to see it worked on and given some TLC.

Just a little Lorelei

The following photos were not taken by me, but by Sarah.
They wanted to try putting on make-up....I told Sarah it looks like they were practicing for Halloween!
And this one is from about a week ago...Tootie was sick and fell asleep on the couch.  Kitty Soft Paws sleeps wherever Lorelei sleeps!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fishing or hunting for crawdads

Or maybe they are hunting for crawdads...Roger spotted one and stopped to let me get out to take photos.  While I was snapping the one in the creek, the other one wondered out.  This was at a little creek near the strip pits we go to.

We have had storms moving through as I type this...not as bad as they looked like they would be on radar.  I am glad of that. 

Not much going on in our world, and that is a good thing.  Peace and calm is always good.  Now if I could just get motivated to finish some quilting/sewing projects.  I have the desire to be done, just not sure how to proceed on a couple things.  It's one of those decision things of not know what I want to do as opposed to not knowing how to do something.

Next week we are supposed to have some cooler weather and days that are not so humid.  I am really looking forward to a few days like that.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A bit of this and that....

I have run across the Willy Nilly meme several times, but never in time to join....just something that kept slipping my mind.  I have no idea why.  I loved Random 5 Fridays, but truthfully, had a hard time remembering to join it.  Hoping I will do better with the Willy Nilly Friday 5!

So here goes....

1.  I would love to own the above rat rod!  If I had it, I would want to drive it everywhere! This was from last weekend...ran across it out in the middle of nowhere.  This was taken through our windshield...

2.  Are you ready for some football!!!!  I am.  At least it is something to watch.  There is so little on TV that we enjoy.  Sometimes I think I could live just fine with Netflix and You Tube.   I have been watching episodes of New Tricks for a while now...even though I have seen them all.  Maybe not all of Season 10...I do like the episodes with all the original cast best. 

Anyway, I just happened to look, and You Tube has the Inspector Lynley Mysteries, and believe it or not, it has Foyle's War!  It is one of the greatest series ever.  At least in our opinion.  It is set in England during WWII, and he is detective.  I cannot say enough good about this series...but will admit to not watching the first couple of years just because the title did not appeal to me.  I only started watching it by accident when I landed on it without knowing that it was it...I was hooked.  Even Roger has watched them all a second time with me.

3.  Did anyone else try the 30-day free trial of Kindle Unlimited?  I tried the 30 days, and actually read several books I would not have otherwise read.  But the ones I really, really want to read were not included in Kindle Unlimited books.  If I am going to pay $9 per month, then I will just buy some of those books.  I only have about a thousand books already, and most of them I got for free.

4.  I am looking forward to the colors of autumn.  I hope for a long, extended fall season this year.  I have never grown tired of that time of year.

5.  Do you like the following song:

It is one of my all time favorite songs....
Linking to Around Roanoke, VA

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Art from the flea market

Sunday we took a little drive...headed north to check out the swamp area we go to.  Nothing happening there, so continued on our way.  Just taking a rambling drive.  Then Roger wondered how far we were from Veedersburg....and wondering since it was a holiday if they would have the flea market.

So that is where we heading and the flea market was open, though not nearly as many vendors as during the Covered Bridge Festival. I could not resist a picture of these guys...the yellow/orange makes me think of Roadrunner....what about you.  What/who do they remind you of?

This past weekend I was looking for something on you tube, and I came across an advertisement for Tennessee....which led me to finding this song/video...

It was fun to watch this because I have actually photographed at least two or three of the same barns used on the slide show.