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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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"Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud." Maya Angelou Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Current situation: monarch chrysalis count 16, with 2 more caterpillars in "J" position. Plus 28 more juvenile caterpillars chomping on milkweed. And about 10 eggs incubating. And no, the word "chrysalisation" is not in the dictionary...but it should be. What better word for the forming of chrysalises??? I'm sure not... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
4-year-old Abram's first fishing outing with Papaw, August 2018 When you take a boy fishing,'ve got someone who is glad to take care of the worms... If you're lucky, you might get to witness his Daddy pretending to be (in his words, not mine) Sacagawea... You get to share... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Three years ago today, God blessed our family with the birth of our beautiful little granddaughter Juniper. On Saturday we celebrated Juni's birthday... ...with a Paw Patrol party at the Middletown Park. It was the first time the cousins had been together since our beach vacation, and I think they... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
It all started with an innocent Facebook conversation with my earliest childhood friend Kathy... ...who wanted to know if I might like to try my hand at raising monarch butterflies like she has been doing the past few summers. "Sure!" I said. And it was all over when she brought... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Mama had a fun couple of days with her Florida granddaughter Seanna, who flew on an airplane BY HERSELF to Indiana for a week-long fling before her school starts. Seanna spent 4 days with her exciting and energetic (at least, compared to me) Aunt Barb before coming to her grandma's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The boys will have their days, but so far in August it's been all about the ladies. As you probably know (and if you don't, you should!), 99.9% of all the honeybees in a colony are females. Yep, they do ALL the work, every single bit of it except fertilizing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
See that man wearing the aqua shirt, making his way up to the front of this Hagerstown, Indiana crowd? That's my father-in-law Kenny on one of the more thrilling nights of his 82-year life. (Right behind, I'm sure, the thrill he felt when he found out 38 years ago that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
For the very first time, all four of our next-door grandchildren are off to school. Karter, our oldest grandchild at 10 years old, is starting 5th grade at Shenandoah Elementary... Kaden, 8 years old, is beginning 3rd grade.... And 5-year-old twins Kassie... ...and Kelsey are in full-day kindergarten. They were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
"Sandhurst"...aka "Gramaw's Beach House"...our home-away-from-home for a week in July every year. Before I reluctantly close the book on another fabulous Gray family vacation, a few more photos from our time together at the beach... Cousin time...such a special time for our grandchildren to spend some uninterrupted time together, just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
One gorgeous morning while we were on the North Carolina coast, a few of the Gray men went fishing and I tagged along. With camera in hand, of course! The sun was barely breaking the horizon when we met Captain Jonathan for a morning outing to fish for red drums... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I finally finished going through my hundreds of photos from our family beach vacation a couple of weeks ago.... ...without further ado, I'll share a few many of my favorite moments from our week on the seashore. Ten adults and 11 children under the age of 10...I posted here about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
"O Lord, it is You who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them..." Acts 4: 24 How is it even possible to stand in the presence of this incredible beauty, unfathomable vastness, and majestic power and NOT believe in our Creator God?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The third best thing about our family beach vacation...HUSHPUPPIES at our favorite seaside restaurant... ...the Crab Shack in Salter Path, North Carolina. Number one is, of course, spending a whole glorious week with my peeps... Number 2 is having my feet in the sand, soaking up the ocean beauty... And... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
We always have some extra time to spend before we can check into our beach house late Sunday afternoon. So this year Kim and I thought we'd check out a nearby state park. We had hopes we might see some wildlife, particularly some water birds. We walked a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
It's a long 15-hour drive from our cabin to our beach house on Emerald Isle...doable and has been done a few times, but we've found we enjoy the trip much more if we break up the drive into a couple of days. The 5 households of us do not caravan... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
This photo just makes me laugh...the perfect depiction of a wonderfully fun-and-crazy vacation with our entire family. Twenty-one people...10 adults (somewhat...) and 11 children under the age of 10...all under one roof for one glorious week in our favorite spot on earth, Emerald Isle, North Carolina. At nearly any given... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
When Anique invited me to join them for an afternoon watching airplanes take off and land at my hometown Hagerstown's small airport, I couldn't resist an outing with this bunch! Anique had her two littles (4-year-old Krew and 2 1/2-year-old Juni) and invited Kassie (5 1/2), Kaden (8), and Karter... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My "baby" brother Mark and his family arrived at Mama's for a visit just as we were leaving for our week-long family vacation. I hate that I only got to see my Texas peeps for a couple of hours, but at least I did get that much time with them!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Most people would call this a creek. Except for many Hoosiers, like my husband's them, it's a crick. And since Kim spent much of his boyhood here, when we go to this small stream down on the new property we just bought, it's "the crick." 6:00 am, 4th of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
For the first summer ever, we've had a hummingbird moth frequenting our wildflower garden. I've only seen these amazing insects a few times in my 61 years on this earth, but this is the first time I've ever had the opportunity to photograph one. Now for your entomology lesson of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
One of our coffee clubbers, my dear friend Linda, retired in May from a wonderful career as a Shenandoah Elementary teacher. With all the hoopla at the end of the school year, our coffee friends held off our celebration with Linda for about a month and declared June 27, 2018... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
We can say it was the HOTTEST Summer Shindig in the 4 years our church has been hosting it! But the 90+degrees and 100% humidity didn't keep us from having a hot-diggity time! The inflatable obstacle courses gave the kids a chance to work off some of their excited energy.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Another season of baseball is over for the Gray boys, and they capped it off in grand style on Saturday! On a sizzling hot day both of the boys' teams played for the league tournament championship. Kaden's (back row, 2nd from left) minor league Orioles finished 2nd in the tourney... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
One of the most beautiful summer country sights is a field of wheat ready for harvest. Since late February, I've been enjoying this field just down the road from me every time I drive by it. Wheat is the first thing to green up after a long dreary Indiana winter,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl