Thursday, July 10, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
My father has been gone since January 1, 1966. I had just turned 16 years old two days before his death. I didn't know he was ill...Mama never told us kids (me the youngest) how ill Daddy was. He had a heart attack (his first) while driving the car. He and Mama had been on vacation and were almost home. Mama kept her senses and brought the car safely to a stop but Daddy never made it home. Enough about that part.
Daddy was a kind man. Probably one of the most kind-hearted men I have ever known with the exception of my husband, Rick. Daddy was honest, hard working and as I said, kind. He taught all of us kids right from wrong, how to be tactful, how to do many things. I remember a lot about my dad...more than my older sister and brother, which is surprising to me as they had more years with him.
I remember him planting the tiny oak sapling in our yard. We would water that tree every night -- I would be right beside him, helping. That giant oak is still in my yard, giving home to squirrels and birds and supplying our home with wonderful shade and plenty of acorns! He taught me - his tomboy - how to use the jigsaw and make puzzles. He taught me how to splice electrical cords, how to whittle, how to garden and how to look at people without judging. He also taught me how to apologize when necessary.
Daddy ate "funny" things sometimes. He liked pickled pigs feet. They looked horrible to me, so of course I've never tasted them. He also ate crushed saltine crackers with coffee on them. Funny how people like different things!
I'm lucky that I had my dad for 15 years. I wish I had him in my life for a longer time, but I'm grateful for the years he was on earth. Daddy loved Mama and all of us kids.
Happy Fathers' Day!
Friday, May 30, 2014
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Busy weekend for Rick and me.
It started on Friday night...Hadley had a T-ball game. Poor thing has been fighting strep throat and a respiratory infection, so she only was up to bat once and that was all she could handle.
Treva was feeling fine, so she was running and playing and being silly with Papa! It was cold and windy at the ball park, but it didn't bother Miss T at all!!
Nathan likes to pose!
Anna likes to give you her sweet smile. She got
the game ball! (She caught a ball in the chin...but she was tough and didn't even cry!)
Evelyn...having a good time at Guinness's birthday party.
Vivian gave Mimi a smile...not always willing to have her photo captured!
I made him a neckerchief with his initial to celebrate his birthday. He was a good sport and wore it all day.
Sophie had fun at the doggy party. She (and some friends) found a mud puddle to do a little wrestling, then went to the black mulch around the swing set. This is how she looked before we rinsed her well and brought her home!
Needless to say, we were tired when we arrived home Saturday evening...Sophie was tired too!
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
It's raining here today...not storming, just raining. Rick was opening up the drapes this morning and spotted these two waddling down the street in front of our house. I grabbed the camera and ran outside in my jammies and bare feet to grab a couple of photos. We are in a neighborhood with a little woods to the west of us and a little woods to the east of us. We have a small herd of deer who travel between the woods, but these are the first feathered friends like this that we've seen.
I just love that nature surrounds us in our small town.
Have a wonderful, wonder-filled day!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Todd drove (as we really are uneasy driving in Cleveland) so it was like having a chauffeur!