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rural Indiana
Loving living the country life!
Interests: photography, beekeeping, tennis, traveling, Indiana Hoosier basketball, my wonderful husband of 36 years, 4 terrific children and their spouses, my 8 adorable grandbabies
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Lots of critters hanging around the cabin these hot end-of-summer days... Butterflies and goldfinches... Teenage kitties (this is Bon-Bon) from the spring litter... Killdeer... Plenty of honeybees... Oodles of newly-hatched cicadas...I love hearing their buzzing songs ring through the August air... This heron made an unwelcome appearance for a few... Continue reading
Posted 20 hours ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
It's been two weeks since Miss Lucy Pearl and her big brother Abram went back home to South Carolina. I miss them something fierce when they're gone, but looking back through photos I took one afternoon we were just hanging out at the cabin brings smiles to my face. Papaw's... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Things look a lot different around the Gray cabin and homestead since the Tree Man came. Seven dead or dying trees were cut down, and some limbs trimmed. A big pecan tree that we planted when we first moved on the property 35 years ago...I'm excited to see the boards... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our adorable little Juniper is now two years old! Despite her sober expression, Juni thoroughly enjoyed her birthday party. She just doesn't do crowds well yet and was a bit overwhelmed. Big brother Krew enjoyed being a butterfly too! Cousin Kassie sported some wings too... And even Gramaw got in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
A whole lot of sweetness in this photo here! My twin 4 1/2-year-old granddaughters Kelsey and Kassie and their mama Dana helped Kim and me extract this year's honey harvest. We only have 4 hives, but those little bees of ours were very busy this summer! The honeybees build the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
If you happened to be the driver of the one lone car motoring down our country road at 5:30 this morning, before the sun came up (and thankfully before the rain came down!), you might have witnessed yet another one of our crazy adventures. We moved our beehives. No, not... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Earlier this summer, we enjoyed a fun visit with our peeps from Texas. My brother Mark and his family...Alli, Scout (7 1/2), Blaise (11), Ethan (13 1/2)...made the 24-hour drive to Indiana from their home near San Antonio. My 4-year-old granddaughters Kelsey and Kassie adore Blaise... ...who is always so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My youngest son Kyler drove his family home to Indiana for a quick visit last week so he and wife Kara could attend their 10th Class Reunion. And Papaw and I got to spend some precious time with Lucy Pearl (15 months) and Abram (3 years). Aunt Kara had a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
How did this happen??? My grandbabies are growing up oh-so-quickly! So thankful they both LOVE school and are excellent students (touts their very proud Gramaw!), so I think they were both ready to go back. Gramaw walked down to take the traditional photos and see them off to start a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
What a fun day yesterday, as we introduced "Lick and Turn" to the world! And what a fitting place to the basement of White Branch Church of the Brethren, the small country church where Dave and I both grew up. The book recounts the life (so far!) of Dave... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
One of the most satisfying days of my life happened last week. Two years after I began writing my second book, 500 finished copies arrived on my doorstep. (I don't think Dean, my UPS man, was quite as excited about delivering this shipment as I was receiving it...) Finished. FINALLY.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
One last post from Emerald Isle before we reluctantly leave the beach behind... So many wonderful moments, I just had to share a few more photos... My man. He's the reason we can go to the beach each summer and rent out such a fabulous house to stay in. Kim... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Sandhurst on Emerald Isle. Aka Gramaw's Beach House. While we had plenty of fun on the beach, there were lots of shenanigans OFF the beach too! Kaden, always the entertainer... Some of my very favorite people in the whole world...the grandbabies! (minus Juni, who wasn't in a picture mood...) Bright-eyed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
"Catch a wave..." "...and you're sitting on top of the world." Or not. Just ask Kelsey. While her sister was riding the waves, for most of the week Kassie was content to hang around the water's edge. She did let her Daddy and Mommy take her out a few times,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Nothing gives me more pleasure than to watch my grandbabies enjoying the beach as much as I do. Little Lucy (14 months) was our youngest beach baby with us on Emerald Isle this year... While these four...Karter (9), Kelsey (4), Kaden (7), and Kassie (4)...are old beach pros. Lucy and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
photo credit Judy Hall I remember Ryan Lohrey as one of my son Kamaron's fellow senior classmates on the 2004 Raider championship football team. (Kamaron was #1, and his friend Ryan was the bald guy kneeling in front of him.) photo credit Peggy Morton Last night some of those same... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Everyone has a special place in her heart, a place associated with happiness where you can go in your mind when you need to calm yourself, relax, and destress. This is mine. Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Which, by the way, was incorporated the same year I was born...a great year... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
You're going to leave a little smarter today after reading this post...maybe even learn some answers just in case "Jeopardy" calls. Ready for a quick history lesson? On our way to the beach, Kim and I made a little side stop at Moores Creek National Battlefield near Wilmington, North Carolina.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our much-anticipated annual trek to Emerald Isle, North Carolina always begins with an early morning departure. Not as early as the 3 am departure we used to make when the kids were home, but this year we were on the road by 6. I had to text this photo to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The Nettle Creek Players tent theater was a summer regular during my teenage years in the small town of Hagerstown, Indiana. Every summer, the big red and white tent would go up and for a few weeks our little town enjoyed a taste of Broadway culture. I have wonderful memories... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My bean-pickers are way cuter than yours! I mean, seriously, could they get any CUTER?! In all honesty, it's a good thing I had my camera out in the garden early, as Miss Kassie was quickly over the bean-picking, moving onto the ripe raspberries that she could pop into her... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Here we are...the 2017 edition of the Gray Family Reunion. And no, I'm not trying to hide...I hurried into the far left back row after setting the camera timer, beside my Kimmie and behind little Hayden. She's so much cuter than me! My father-in-law Kenny's branch of the family tree... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The evening of July 7, just before dusk, I took this photo. Once again, we had been slammed with a torrential rainstorm, flooding the fields and garden and completely flattening our first planting of sweet corn. Kim was sick with frustration. We both were. Had we not been leaving early... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I'm back! Did you even miss me?! Back from a fabulous week at the beach with all 18 of my peeps together under one roof for 7 glorious days together! As you can imagine, I've got oodles of photos to go through and I'll gladly share some later, but I've... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My camera must've been out of commission the first two days of June, so we start out last month's mostly-daily photos on June 3. "Sydney's Graduation" June 5. "Florida Peeps" My sister Maria and her children Seanna and Wyatt... June 6. "Middletown Parade" Grandsons Karter and Kaden, on either side... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl