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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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When you think "safari," I doubt that African wild dogs come to mind. But some of our most exciting adventures on this trip involved African wild dog drama. Wild dogs are one of the most endangered species on the planet, with estimated populations at less than 5000 and still declining.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
(Continuing my photo-journaling on our Africa trip last's taking me awhile to go through the thousands of photos I took...) After a quick-but-fabulous stay at the Royal Livingstone Hotel in Zambia to see Victoria Falls, Kenny, Kim, and I were off to spend a week at two different safari... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Six years ago, God blessed our family with Kassie and Kelsey...twin sisters by birth, but very different and unique individuals. At this point in their lives, Kassie is more interested in mermaids and Kelsey is into LEGOs, so Mommy Dana made special cookies for both! A few photos of their... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Hello, Autumn. Hello cool crisp mornings and lovely warm afternoons with the brightest blue sunny skies. Hello cozy fireplace and fuzzy fleece blankies. Hello snuggly sweaters and leggings and Uggs. Love my Uggs! Hello cinnamon apple and pumpkin spice candles. Hello cinnamon apple and pumpkin spice PIES! Hello glorious-hued trees... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My cute little soccer player, Krew, is 4 1/2 years old. You might think putting a bunch of 4-and-5-year-olds on a soccer field would be mass chaos at times. And you would be right. And even though half the time they were kicking toward the wrong goal, they had fun!... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
After being gone to Africa and not seeing my Cincinnati grandbabies for over a month, Gramaw just had to get her baby fix! Let me first just say: "HOW DID THIS HAPPEN???!!!" Wasn't it just yesterday that baby Daniel was born?... I can be sure to get my fill of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
When his mother Paula asked me to do Daniel's senior portraits, I was flattered yet a bit reluctant. I'd never done official senior portraits before. "Just some simple ones on the farm," she said. So I decided to give it a shot (pun intended), telling myself they still had plenty... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
After a fantastic safari in South Africa, we flew to Livingstone, Zambia for an overnighter. Aerial shot of the mighty Zambezi River, the defining border between Zambia and Zimbabwe... Not too shabby a place to lay our heads for one night...The Royal Livingstone Hotel.... ...literally on the banks for the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Breakfast in the bush...a nice surprise in the middle of one of our morning game drives. We aren't just talking a bowl of Cheerios and a juice box...this was a full-blown hot breakfast served on white tablecloths! Complete with a hand-washing station.... During each game drive, we'd take a snack... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
While the Big 5 get a lot of safari attention, there are lots of other marvelous creatures to see in South Africa. Africa has so many fabulous bird,s but it's really hard to beat the lilac-breasted roller when it comes to gorgeousness! And who can resist these cute little vervet... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
A typical day on safari goes like this: Wake-up call at 5 am, a light breakfast at 5:30, then out for the morning's game drive by 6 am., about the time the sun is clearing the horizon. Back in camp by 10:30-11:00ish for brunch, then mid-day when the sun is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
People often ask me, when they find out we're vacationing in Africa: "Why Africa?!" I've given a lot of thought to that question, and the only real answer is that once a person goes to Africa it just gets under their skin and they feel compelled to go again. I've... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Their first season of tackle football is in the books. A final record of 2-3 doesn't indicate a stellar season, but it was definitely a successful experience in the "learning" category. And that's what youth sports is all about. Right? As a 5th-grader, Karter (#10) played a lot on both... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Takes more than a few raindrops deluge to deter these wonderful folks who are passionate about saving the lives of unborn babies. Despite the miserable rainy morning, the Henry County Pregnancy Care Center's Walk for Life was a huge success! My son Kamaron brought his two children Krew (4 1/2)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I'm home! After 2 weeks, 12 different airplane flights along with travel by boat, van, bus, train, Land Rover, and foot across 3 African countries, Kim and my father-in-law Kenny and I arrived safe and sound back in the good ole USA early this week. It's been CRAZY ever since!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Today is the day we've been excitedly anticipating for months. Our bags are packed... Passport. CHECK. Travel documents. CHECK. Safari clothes. CHECK. Binoculars. CHECK. Bible. CHECK. Snacks. (Always snacks) CHECK. Camera equipment. CHECK. And DOUBLE-CHECK! Actually I check and double-check all of these things several times before we walk out... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My rookie monarch-raising season has come to a close. Since my obsession began in mid-July (thanks to my childhood friend Kathy, who got me started...), Kim and I and our grandkids have released 46 monarchs. There are 3 chrysalises yet to emerge and I still have 2 caterpillars munching away,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Even though it's still hot and the calendar says the beginning of autumn is yet a couple of weeks away, Labor Day always feels like the unofficial end of summer. And I can't think of a better way to spend the end-of-summer day than with some of my favorite Gray... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The 2018 honey harvest on the Gray compound was a good one this year. Our 3 hives produced 16 gallons... ...of sweet liquid gold. DELICIOUS!!! By the way, even though we do love our honey and eat oodles of it, we've still got plenty for sale so if you live... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
No more of that flag stuff on a short field...this year it's full-on pads and tackle for my football studs 10-year-old Karter and 8 1/2-year-old Kaden. I've stood for many a national anthem at Shenandoah's football stadium, and I couldn't help tear up a little as I watched the next... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The forecast was not favorable for this year's Sulphur Springs Community Days, and the predicted rain showers began about 8:45 am. The annual parade is usually a short one anyway...I've never seen one more than 15 minutes long, but Sulphur old-timers says it was once quite a production back in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Since I've been sharing my new-found monarch obsession with everyone around, I took 2 almost-ready chrysalises down with me for Abram and Lucy. When we got up the very first morning, one butterfly had emerged and the other was on the verge. By the time Abram (4 years old) and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
...Gramaw comes to help play! Okay...I did try to help some. Daddy Kyler is spending this week in California conventioning with his Procter & Gamble peeps, so the grandmas tag-teamed it to provide some extra helping hand for Kara. I spent the first couple of days this week with three... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
This week marked new beginnings for three...well actually four...more of my grandchildren. Four-year-old Krew began his first year of preschool... ...and his 4-year-old cousin Abram in Cincinnati began his preschool year too. Their little sisters were not to be left behind! Abram's 2-year-old sister Lucy had her first dance class....... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our little Lucy will soon have a new baby cousin on Mommy Kara's side of the family... Kara's sister Kelli (pictured here with her long-time neighbor/friend Kelsey) is having a baby boy in October! My beautiful daughter-in-law Kara, along with Kara's sis-in-law Jamie, hosted a lovely "Forest Friends" themed baby... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl