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Monday, June 18, 2018

Father's Day

Hope you all had a nice weekend and Father's Day.  I had to work during the day on Sunday, but our girls and their families came over for supper at night.  We celebrated Father's Day and Bob's birthday.

 Enjoying supper together!



 Ruby, "sitting" between Aaron and Laura.



Grandpa and his girlies.


 The girls showing us how they dance to "Little Bunny Foo Foo"!



 Alaina thought she would try out Aunt Heather's hat.



Ruby's hair was wild, so Andrew tied it up with a ribbon from a gift.
Take note of his facial hair.  He has it trimmed that way because next week he is playing the part of a villain at their church's VBS.  He's always up to do something crazy!


This is a gift from Heather and Andrew.  She found this case that he can hang his Dad's old pocket watch in.  There is a picture of his Dad behind it.  Pretty cool!  Laura and Aaron gave him money, with the added benefit of going out and wandering around garden centers, looking for flowers to spend that money on, then supper out.  Bob will love that too.  He and Laura share a love of gardening, plus he gets to spend time with her!
It was a nice day!


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Scurry's of squirrels and warrens of rabbits!

This is our backyard.  It looks quite peaceful and empty, right?


If you look closer, you'll see a few visitors!

Our yard has been especially busy with squirrels lately.  We have a maple tree that's been dropping all sorts of seed pods and the squirrels are loving it!  The other day I came home and Bob said there was a "flock" of squirrels out there!  We knew that wasn't really the right term, so I looked it up and it's actually a scurry.  Don't you love that?  It describes them well.  They scurry all over the yard, up and down the trees and across the branches.  We had brown squirrels, smaller black squirrels and very small red squirrels.  They're fun to watch.




We also have some rabbits.  They aren't as fun to watch, because they don't move a lot.  They like to say around and bask in the sunshine.  Right now they are just eating grass and clover, but sometimes they nibble flowers which makes Bob slightly cranky!

There are several of them, but one of them loves to sit in this little patch of clover.
In other trivia - tame groups of rabbits are called herds, but wild rabbit groups are warrens.  Not near as fun as scurry's!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cooking Thursday

Here's a great summer recipe!  It's cold and creamy, and includes peanut butter and chocolate!  It's always a hit!

Peanut Butter Dessert

Crust:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick melted margarine
Mix together and press into a 9x13 pan.

Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup milk
16 ounces Cool Whip
Beat cream cheese, then add powdered sugar. Add peanut better and mix well. Stir milk in slowly, than fold in Cool Whip.
Pour over crust and freeze.
Top with hot fudge sauce just before serving.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018

Happy Birthday Bob!

It was Bob's birthday on Saturday, and it wasn't just any old birthday.  He turned 60! I wanted to plan something special for him so I started planning some time ago.
First I talked to his boss, and arranged for him to have a vacation day on Friday.  His boss went along with this, left his name on the schedule and told everyone not to say a word.
So - Friday morning when he got up to go to work, I told him he could go back to bed, because he had the day off and we were going to do something fun!  He went back to bed, but of course not back to sleep and we were soon up for the day.  I had him pack a bag and we were off.
After driving for about 3 hours, we saw this old cemetery on a side road and decided to make a little stop.

 It was very old.  The big stone here was from 1891.  There were graves of civil war soldiers and many others that weren't readable.


The brown stone was the newest one we saw and it was from 1982.  The sad thing was the condition of most of the stone.  Most were tipped over.  The grass was mowed, but it appears no one takes care of the headstones.

After 2 more hours, we arrived at our destination - Dayton Ohio.
I had reserved a room at a Holiday Inn Express there and it was supposed to be a suite - 2 queen rooms and a sitting room. We usually just get the standard room, but because of another surprise I had planned, I got this bigger room. Well, this room was probably the nicest room we ever stayed in.  Not only did it have 2 queen beds, and a sitting area, it also had a kitchen with a full refrigerator, a dishwasher, a table, dishes, 2 tvs, 1 1/2 bathrooms and a washer and dryer!  We didn't really use any of that, but it sure was nice!

Around 5pm there was a knock on the door and the other surprise arrived.

 It was Andy!  He drove up from Kentucky to spend the weekend with us.


After Andy arrived we went out to get supper.  We went to a Chick-fil-A, which was a first for us.  We don't have any very near to us and always wanted to try one.  The food was good, but as we were eating it started to rain.  We found there was a severe thunderstorm warning, and reports of hail and high wind.  When the rain slowed, we made a dash for the car and headed for the hotel.

The next morning, I had a little prank gift for Bobs birthday, that could also be shared with Andy.
A while back, Bob had his DNA analyzed and one of the things it said, was that he had Viking ancestry.  Well, I saw these crazy beard and Viking hats and had to order them.  So, here are Bob and Andy in their full Viking glory!  :)

That morning we left the hotel a little after 9 and went to the Air Force Museum.  Bob and Andy both share a love of aircraft of any type.  Andy spent 8 years in the army working on the Apache helicopter and still works on a base, as a civilian working on them.
I figured it was going to be a long day for me, tailing behind those two as they ooohed and ahhed over these aircraft!

I took over 300 photos here, so I had a hard time finding just a few photos to share.  :)  I picked out just a few of the things that stuck out to me.

 Have you heard of the Red Baron from WWII?  This is a replica of it.  The original crashed with the Red Baron in it.


 There was an exhibit on concentration camps that was very interesting and so sad.  This is an actual uniform from one of the camps.



This is the actual Memphis Belle - a B17 bomber that inspired 2 movies.  It was restored and only unveiled here 3 weeks ago.






 This is the Bockscar - the actual plane that dropped the bomb on Nagasaki.



 This is Apollo 15 - the fourth mission to land on the moon.



And this is Air Force One.  This plane carried Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Bush and Clinton. We were able to tour it.  We also got to tour the planes of President Roosevelt and Truman.
We arrived at the Museum at 9:45 and left around 4, so it was a long day, but very interesting!

We went back to the hotel, where it started raining again, along with hail and another severe thunderstorm warning! After it settled down, we went to the Olive Garden for a birthday supper.
Sunday morning, we had to say good bye to Andy and head back home.  It was a wonderful weekend!


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Welcome home...

We had an exciting day last Sunday.  Our church has been without a building for several years. 6 years ago we left our denomination after fighting changes at the top level, things that we felt were not true to the Bible. In leaving, we lost our church building and we have been meeting in a few church gyms.  A few years ago we built the first part of a new building - offices and classrooms.  This past fall, we started the building of a sanctuary.  We also started meeting in our building - separated in different classrooms with the message being streamed to each classroom.
Last week we were able to meet for the first time in our new sanctuary, and be all together for the first time in months!  

 Here you can see the classrooms and offices on the right, and the new building on the left.  The outside needs to be finished yet.



Here's a few greeters, welcoming people in.


The narthex - full of people who were excited for this special day.


The new sanctuary, before most people had arrived.


The stage, before the service started.


Our new kitchen,with the head of our kitchen team.   Do you see all the crockpots? We had a potluck dinner after church.


The sanctuary again - all set up for a potluck dinner.
It was a joy filled day!  It was 6 years to the day that we left our old building.  God was faithful to us, provided us a place to worship each week and bringing us new people who also wanted to be true to the word.  We are amazed by how things went during this time and that this building was able to be done, so much quicker than we anticipated.  This building had a cost of over 3 million dollars, but one million dollars was provided by in kind labor.  There were also cash donations that were far above what would be expected from a congregation of our size.  This whole period of time has been such an evidence of God's faithfulness to us.  One of the songs we sang on Sunday was 'Great is they Faithfulness' and it was perfect for the day.  We are thankful to be "home".

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Cooking Thursday

Since there are only two of us, we often have leftovers here.  There are some things I make, that I plan to have leftovers from and have some recipes that use them.  This is something I make using leftover roast beef.  So, one day we have a roast beef supper, and then I use the leftovers to make this yummy BBQ beef sandwich!

BBQ Beef
2 cups shredded, cooked beef

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup vinegar

4 tablespoons chopped onion
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

4 teaspoons packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder


Heat all ingredients, except beef to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir roast into sauce and serve on buns.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Monday, June 4, 2018

Grand River Ravines Park

Yesterday I told you we visited a park near us.  We've been there quite a few times before, but we checked out a new area this time.  This park is called the Grand Ravines Park and as the name suggests there are some amazing ravines in this area.  The Grand River also runs through this park and they have made some nice paths to explore the whole thing.

This little spot is at the entry to one of the walking trails.  The girls had fun walking on the ledge and jumping off of it.

 Isn't this beautiful?  This is an overlook over one of the ravines.



Walking through to the end you can look over the sides and then there is a sign that talks about the type of trees you see.  Apparently this area is unique in the many varieties of trees that grow here. The weather is good for trees usually grow only in the north or only the south.


 Unfortunately, photos don't show depth very well, but this was taken looking down into the ravine.  It was a long way down!



As we walked we saw some trees that had fallen.  This one had twisted and peeled and looked different from the rest.


 The path soon took us toward the river.  Isn't this a pretty scene?



They've done a great job with this path.  It winds back and forth so the path isn't so steep heading to the river down in the ravine.  It's very pretty too, with lots of wild flowers growing on the side.


Here's a few of the blooms we saw.


 Ruby was lagging behind a bit here.  She said she had "baby legs" and couldn't walk as fast as us, but those little legs seem to be in non-stop motion at other times!

As we walked in this area we saw something so cool. Across the river we saw ducks, and then could see there was a bigger bird flying near them.  It was a bald eagle!  It flew past us, right down the river, which was our thrill of the night! We knew there were bald eagles that lived in this area, but until now, we never had the privilege of seeing one.



 We made it to the river!



We stopped at the covered bridge near the river for some pictures, then hiked back to the car.
What a fun place to take a walk!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

A Day in my life - June!

It's June!  This is one of my favorite times of the year.  No threat of snow, the sky is blue, it's usually not too hot and everything is blooming.  Here's how the first day of the month went for me.

It was a work day for me.  The morning started off beautiful, but quite warm for shortly after 7 in the morning.  I got to work and started at 7:30.  There aren't many photo ops at work, so I'll just tell you a little about the day.
It was one of those days that I planned to get a lot done.  I had no doctors coming in, so I thought I had time for that.  However, when I got there, I found they had trouble with the computer system the night before and a new admit needed everything done yet - orders put it, assessment done, med and treatment sheets printed...  The nurse working this area couldn't do it right away because mornings can be crazy.  So I worked on that, which took close to 2 hours.  Then it was time for the morning meeting, then someone wasn't doing well and needed to be sent out to the hospital, then a family member of one of our residents wanted to talk to me about some changes he was seeing in his mom...  And that's how the day went.  I got things done, just not what I thought I would!
Our girlies were going to spend the night with us, so Laura dropped them off to me at work about 4:15.  We were getting another admission, and I was working on putting in orders, so they hung out in my office and colored while I finished.  We left for home about 4:50.
Bob came home from work shortly after we did and we took the girls out for supper.

We went to Freddy's, where they chose this table because it had spinning seats.  Much of the conversation was something like - "quit spinning your seat", eat some of your chicken". "don't drink all your milk at once"!    They would have been happy with just a glass of milk and a spinning seat!


After supper we went to a park to investigate.  We've been there before, but checked out some new areas this time.  It's always fun to go with kids, because they seem to take notice of things we would just walk past.  When they got off this log, they saw a worm slithering around and were quite fascinated by it.


 Alaina found this old walnut shell and thought it looked like a pigs snout.  She's right!



Ruby saw something on the walkway and wondered what it was.  We didn't know, and she said "Maybe it's possum puke"!   I don't think so, but anything is possible!


It was very hot at this point and the mosquitos were after us.  We went home, but told the girls we would go out for ice cream later.


 We found a surprise when we got home though.  I big branch had cracked off a tree next to the house and had fallen over our gate and garage roof.


 Here's what it looked like on the other side of the gate.


The girls had to swing for a few minutes, and then we went inside while Bob checked out the tree branch.


Bob got out his chainsaw and went to work.


 while the girls took a bath.



All clean again!


When we were done with that, we went to check on Bob.  He found the reason the branch came down.  It was filled with carpenter ants!


We also saw that some of the landscape was torn up.  One of our favorite hosta's which had been looking so good was decimated, and several other plants got beaten up too.  However, nothing else was damaged.


The girls were very helpful in hauling away the branches.


 After everything was cleaned up we checked out the other flower.  The clematis and the Siberian Iris are looking so good!


One more little walk, and then it was finally time to go for ice cream.


This was the first ice cream outing of the season.  Everyone enjoyed it!

Time for jammies and a show, and then off to bed.  The girlies went to bed, but I had some things to finish first.  I had started a load of laundry earlier and had to get that done, then I had to make a dessert and some BBQ beef for the next day.  I didn't get done until about 11:30, but it was good to have it all done.
It was another good day - no injuries, lots got done, we had ice cream and time with loved ones!