Monday, May 30, 2011

Sideling Hill

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend!  Since LV doesn't have the day off today we decided to do our fun little get away yesterday. We don't have very far to Sideling Hill and thought it might be just the thing since the views there are breath taking. There are picnic tables along the edge where you can look out over the mountains while you enjoy your lunch. They closed their exhibit center but a few trails are still open so we got to enjoy those. Another great thing about this place is that it isn't packed with tourists like most attractions which makes it much more enjoyable to us.
 The view from the top of the trail of stairs.
 The bridge is still open to walk across the highway to follow the trail on the other side.
It was worth climbing the one hundred twenty seven steps to be able to see the views from up there. I did wish they would have continued on to the top of the hill. I can only imagine how great the would have been from there.

We enjoyed our short excursion and hope to do it again someday.

What are you doing for the holiday?

Saturday, May 21, 2011


  The oven on our stove quit working so we called the repairman to come out and fix it. They were busy and had to schedule a repair visit several weeks later. 

   When they finally arrived there were two guys whom I'll call Sam and Ben.  Sam was a tall overweight guy with glasses.  Ben was a short skinny little fellow. After they messed around with the stove for quite awhile they informed me soberly that there are three major things wrong with the stove and they will have to shut off the gas to the house until it is repaired and of-course the parts have to be ordered in.

   Sam asked me to come lay on the floor next to him so he can show me what is wrong under the stove. I walked over to the kitchen counter but declined the offer to lie on the floor next to him.  Getting up from the floor he went through the list of monotonous things they had to order and exactly what was wrong with the stove. I really have no idea what it was since the boring information all swirled together into an unidentifiable blob and I tried to remain appearing to be at least half ways intelligent and awake as I nodded my head and stifled the urge to yawn.

   Ben turned and asked Sam for a pen to write the serial number down so they can order the correct parts. Sam slowly and methodically unscrewed both pens he had in his shirt  pocket to make sure he doesn't give Ben the pen with the most ink. (I was choking back a wild urge to burst out laughing there.) They finally finished cleaning up the mess they had made, all except the dirty floor, and left.

   I already feel like yawning just at the thought of them trying to explain what they're doing as they fix the stove once the parts get in.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Remember this pair?  You're right. It is the little calf that almost drowned after it's mother gave birth to it in the creek and kept knocking back down into the water every time it managed to struggle up onto it's wobbly legs.

Their story continues.
 After two days of steady rain our peaceful little creek was turning into a river with the waterfall gushing loudly. I couldn't quite decide if it was grumbling or laughing. Either way the sound was pleasant as long as everything seemed to be fine.
The water kept rising until the creek didn't really look like a creek any longer. Even the road was flooded after the water no longer could all rush under the bridge. The children were watching it in fascination and all of a sudden cried out that a calf is being washed away. I hurried to the window in time to see something black being sucked down into the current at the bridge.

There was a lull in the rain so I hurried outside in hopes I can at least see what has happened to the poor little thing. I wasn't planning on risking my safety by getting into the rushing water but I did hope I would see it emerge on the other side and be able to get to the creek bank or at least be able to grab some footing on on of the little islands.

I couldn't see a thing though and as I was turning to go back into the house our neighbor called from his yard and asked if I had seen the calf being swept away. He was concerned about it as well but we decided that there really is nothing an 86 year old man and I can do about it except feel sorry. The water running across the road kept us far enough apart that we had to yell our entire conversation.

The children kept feeling so sorry for the cow as it stood there the rest of the day looking at the creek sorrowfully.

The owners of the cows came by last night and the were fishing things out of the creek by the bridge. I kept being afraid we'd see a dead calf being pulled out next. It grew dark and our watching was ended.

This morning the little calf is safely by it's mother. Rescued once again. I'm thinking it should find something other than near drownings to participate in.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Bits and Pieces

Blogger went ahead and swallowed the post I had made yesterday as well as making that a host of comments from several different posts vanished as well.

We enjoy a daily walk along the edge of the woods. Rosebud and Sunbeam enjoy all the May Apples that are almost ready to start blooming. Taking a leaf they enjoy pretending it's a little parasol as they walk along.
We had the honor and pleasure of having Suzanne Woods Fisher visit us one day this week. The day was much too short as we enjoyed visiting and seeing some of the places that are special to me.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sharing More News

I am excited to tell you that while I am waiting for our baby to arrive I will be busy writing. I have been contracted to write a four book series based on my childhood, with the help of Suzanne Woods Fisher.
I need to have the manuscript for book one finished by September which is creeping up surprisingly fast! It will then be released in September 2012 which somehow doesn't seem to be approaching with the same kind of speed.

In the meantime I am having a lot of fun recalling memories from my childhood.

With out having had my blog and all you loyal readers I don't think I would be writing a book, much less four of them! I want to extend a heartfelt thank-you to each and every one of you!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day Announcement

Mother's Day has always been special to me. First to show my mother how very special she was and now enjoying the blessings of being a mother myself.

Yesterday was a very sweet Mother's Day at our house. With three children, each of which have a healthy dose of imagination and creativity I never know just what to expect. And by next year they will have another little sibling to join them in their celebration.  We are all very excited!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Rosebud's Letter

  Rosebud loves writing letter to her Grandmother who always faithfully answers each one. She is quite happy to have a pen pal and writes regularly.

  Early this morning she came down and handed me another letter that she hoped would get mailed today. I always find it interesting to read her letters and with her permission I'm sharing her latest with you today.

I changed the names to those that I use on my blog but otherwise everything is just the way she wrote it.

Dear Grandmother,

 Yesterday after school we took our bikes up to the barn. Beyond the barn is a big hill. We thought it would be fun to take our bikes up the steep winding field lane. When we finally got to the top I felt like sitting down and resting but when I got on my bike and started down the steep winding field lane I forgot all about my weariness for I had to concentrate on my steering. If I would have looked back or even sideways I would surely have crashed into a rock or into the ditch. There were lots of stones on the lane too when I drove over them my arms shook very much making it harder to steer my bike. That was not my only problem, for there were potholes in the lane too. I tried to avoid them but when ever I drove through one I flew off my seat and landed on it again. There is a little ditch with a stream of water at the bottom of the hill that we had to drive through. We bounced off our seats again when we went through it. We decided not to ride down that hill again. It is too steep.
   Do you have any steep hills?

   A few days ago Sunbeam and I went up the steep pasture behind the house with a bowl to pick violets to make violet syrup. While we were there we happened to get into some poison ivy. When we had picked four cups of violets we started down to the house. Then we had to sit at the kitchen table with Mom and pick all the stems off the violets. It was fun but kind of tiresome. When we finished fixing the violets like the recipe told us to, but instead of turning pink the syrup turned green and stinked awfully so we dumped the syrup and that was the end of our experiment.
   This morning I stood up really early. And since it is springtime of the year I started cleaning my room. It is all clean now and nothing is out of it's place and as I say a place for everything and everything in it's place. I always think a clean room makes you feel happier than a messy room. Have you started spring cleaning too?

   Today is sunny but it looks as though it could rain. I hope it doesn't so I can go out to play after school. But I think the plants think just the opposite of what I said. I think they want it to rain to water them. I am sure if I were a flower I would think so. Is it raining at your house? If it is I think the plants are glad.

   Mr. Bumblebee has come back and is satisfying himself by buzzing around the rhododendren bush. A bird made a nest in the rhododendren bush but left it's nest and it's egg to rot. It never came back again. Another bird lives in the bush now. When we walk up the porch steps it flies out. It made me fall down the steps one time. I fell all the way to the bottom.

      Love, Rosebud