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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
Recent Activity
Our cabin front doors are sporting some new decor...handmade by Yours Truly. With supplies and instruction provided by my friend Brenda's (in white top) niece Mel. Quite the crafty gal, she is! First step, painting our wooden shutters.... My friends Peggy and Robin are doing synchronized painting here. Yes, my... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
When I talk to people who don't have lots of cousins, I feel sad for them. And very, very grateful that God blessed me with oodles of them! Next to her siblings, a girl's cousins are her first friends. Those bonds forged at Grandma's house from the day we are... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Meet our great-nephew Sam, a recent graduate of Floyd Central High School in southern Indiana. Sam is the son of our niece Heather and her husband Scott. And sister Emma is just one year behind...she will be graduating next year! Kim, his dad Kenny, and I drove down to attend... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
How is it possible that I have a grandson who is 10 years old?! Kristoffer and Dana invited us all over for a combination birthday party and Father's Day gathering. Karter requested a jelly cake for his birthday, so I got up super-early to make it before church. I only... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Whew!!! What a crazy, busy, fun, exhausting, uplifting, challenging, renewing, Jesus-filled 5 days we had last week! Each day we had 75 children (including 6 of my grandchildren) come through our church doors for a morning of learning about and worshiping Jesus. My assignment was to take pictures and prepare... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
June is one of my favorite months around our cabin. All the colors of the rainbow surround us, full of life, growing and blooming with gusto! Our three snowball hydrangeas are in full bloom right now... Behind the cabin, the wildflower patch is abundant with orange butterfly weeds in June.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
A short photo shoot at the cabin last week with my grandchildren Juni and Krew, who live in Middletown just a few miles away from me. Juni will be 3 years old in August... ...and her brother Krew is 4 years old. I was telling my friend Brenda that many... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Daniel and Papaw finally had a little snuggle time together last week. Since Daniel was born a month ago, Papaw hasn't had really much of an opportunity to get some newborn snuggling in. (I guess over the years he's learned not to snatch babies out of Gramaw's arms...and I'm not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Kim and I recently purchased 60 acres of creek bottom land near his dad's farm. While 40 acres is rich, productive farm ground...'s the other untillable 20 acres that I love. Woods... ...with a creek running through it. Martindale Creek. Kim spent many hours here as a boy, catching... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
This past Tuesday was the annual Middletown Parade, a summer highlight in our little community. A major part of the parade are trucks carrying the youth baseball and softball teams, and this year all 4 of my oldest grandchildren plus my oldest son were on ball team "floats." So I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our family loves to find reasons to celebrate together...a birthday, a holiday, or the end of the school year. Or all three! Over Memorial Day weekend, Emily and Zach (who were so busy hosting that I didn't even get a decent photo of them) had us all over to their... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
An African safari, for a bird-lover like me, is as much about the gorgeous flying creatures as it is about the walking ones. This is my first photograph of an Abyssinian roller, cousins to my favorite African bird the lilac-breasted roller. Driving down the red dirt roads of Tsavo (or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Can a person even GO to Africa without doing a safari?! We can't! And thankfully our missionary friend Dave always schedules a short safari for his teams while they are in Kenya. So while we were there in late March (yes...I'm finally getting around to posting this...) Kim and I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
What's better than 2 great-grandmas? Four GREAT grandmas coming to visit! Grandma Peggy (Kara's mom), Great-Grandma Maxine (Peggy's mother-in-law), Mama (aka "Gran-Gran"), and I took a day trip to Ohio to visit Kara and the three children. Kyler was probably glad he had to work.... Sweet little Daniel (he's 1... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Very close to where Maria lives is a hidden gem. I could have spent most of a day here, just walking around and photographing wildlife. A whiteboard where guests write down their sightings for the day. This was the list from the handful of visitors when we left about noon.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The wildflowers were absolutely gorgeous in late April across the countryside where Maria lives near Gainesville, Florida. I could not get enough of them! Such wild beauty, all along the roadsides! Just the week before we arrived, the community had suffered a stunning and terrible tragedy, as two police officers... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My sister Maria recently bought a home in Fanning Springs, Florida, so Mama and I flew down for a few days to check out her new digs. Maria picked us up from the nearby Gainesville airport. Driving past the University of Florida on the way to Maria's house. This is... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
For every single year of our 38 together, Memorial Day weekend = butchering chickens The man just can't help himself. Oh yes, they were cute 7 weeks ago. I shook my head then, wondering why in the world we needed to raise 75 meat chickens. (The yellow chicks are the... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Growing up, our Hagerstown High School mascot was the mighty Tigers. My sisters, brother, and I were all Hagerstown Tiger athletes. But these days, a new Tiger has stolen our loyalty...a Tiger not from Hoosier-land but from Gator country. My nephew Wyatt, a sophomore at Trenton High School in Trenton,... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
At 10 days old, our newest grandson Daniel had his first photography modeling session with Gramaw. You can see how thrilled he was. Actually, I love for newborns to be as "thrilled" as this! Daniel kept on sleeping through the wrestling cuddling of his 2-year-old sister Lucy and 4-year-old brother... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Today I am celebrating 61 years on this earth. And I'm feeling very, very blessed! My celebration week started yesterday, when two of my dearest friends treated me to lunch. Despite a grumpy waitress, Brenda, Peggy, and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch and conversation together. I'm so very grateful God... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I never get tired of this view, especially in the springtime. Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Fourth-grade music class for Shenandoah students always involves learning to play recorders. Our oldest grandson Karter (top center in navy shirt) loves music and of course (of course!) excelled in recorder-playing as well. Last evening's 4th-grade music program was the last (I think) school programs for the year. Karter loves... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
A few weeks ago, Kim and I joined 50 others from our church family for a trip to visit The Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky. We chartered a bus for the 2 1/2-hour trip. The parking lot is about a mile from the actual park. Don't worry...we didn't have to... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
This time of year, especially, everyone's did this happen? Where did the time go??? Our 5-year-old twin granddaughters Kassie and Kelsey graduated from Preschool (they would correct me to say "Pre-K" instead...but I'm an old fogey and it's still "Preschool" to me...) this week. I think their treat bags... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl