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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
How many little heads do you see? Five newborn kittens, 3 days old. Momma Cat has been catching up on her rest lately, very pregnant with her second litter of the year. She's a prolific cat. Her first litter was born on a cold, rainy morning and we think they... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Not-Quite-Country Girl
You know you've had too much rain when a great blue heron is standing sentry in the cornfield. They are gorgeous birds and I love photographing them...but they don't belong in the cornfield! Over the past couple of weeks (really, it all started in May...), we've had several inches of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Who allows themselves to be locked in a tiny room with only our wits and smarts and puzzle-solving ability to get us out? Ummm....that would be us.... An Escape Room adventure was our Mother's/Father's Day gift from our two oldest children. I guess it's a trendy thing to do right... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Seems impossible that our sweet Karter is already 9 years old! Karter was born in Minnesota, and I started this blog soon afterwards. That means I've also been blogging for 9 flies, doesn't it? Karter had a birthday/Father's Day celebration at his house Sunday for the local family. Kassie... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
It's one of my favorite weeks of the year...and also one of the most exhausting! Vacation Bible School at Sulphur Springs Christian Church...this year's theme was "Maker Fun Factory," organized and led by our goofy Pastor Bryan. The children loved it...and these smiles are what it's all about! That's my... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I'm feeling like Mama Kitty this morning...wiped out! But unlike Mama Kitty, I can't lounge around on the porch all day like I'd so LOVE to. I've got one more day of Vacation Bible School ahead of me.... Today we're closing out a fantastic week of VBS at our church.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Two years have passed since I published my first book, "Unsinkable," but I still enjoy occasional opportunities to share about the book and its subject, the late Winnie Nirich. In May, I was invited to join a local book club meeting and flattered that they had chosen my book as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Most of the time, a fishing outing is not about fishing. It's about being together, enjoying time in God's beautiful creation. Kamaron and Anique and their children joined us for an evening expedition on nearby Summit Lake, their first time in Kim's new boat. Three-year-old Krew was all about it.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My seesta Reezie and her kids Seanna and Wyatt came up from Florida to stay with Mama a few days. Really her name is Maria, but my other sister Barb and I have always called her Reezie. She was only there a few days and I didn't get to spend... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Hazel House's granddaughters. There are 12 of us girl first cousins, and 9 gathered at our cabin for our first-ever girl cousins' get-together Saturday. Of course, when the House girls gather a yummy spread of food is a definite requirement! We ate together under the shade of an apple tree...... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
A few daily images from the second half of May (yes, I'm a little behind...and yes, I did miss a couple of days...oh well...)..... May 16. "Purple Beauty" My 21-month-old beautiful granddaughter Juni... May 17. "Grace's Place" Friends reconnecting with a former Shenandoah teacher at her coffee shop... May 19.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Summer officially begins in our area with the Middletown Fair...and everyone's favorite, of course, the big parade! The stars of this year's parade, for this proud Gramaw, were these two cutie-pie baseball players, my grandsons Kaden (7) and Karter (almost 9). While Mommy Dana took the boys to find their... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Love me an old covered bridge... Meandering north from West Baden Springs in southern Indiana a couple of weeks ago, we got off the beaten path to find 3 covered bridges that were kinda on our way home. This one has been beautifully restored but, like many old covered bridges,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
After a long day of a baseball game, 2-hour drive, and graduation open house the kids (and adults!) were excited to cool off and expend some pent-up energy in Aunt Barb and Uncle John's pool. Since we were already in Bloomington for Sydney's celebration, we (Emily, Kristoffer and Dana's gang,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
It's been a weekend full of smiles and congratulations...graduation weekend! Our family graduate this year is our niece Sydney. She graduated from Indiana's Bloomington North High School on Saturday, and we joined her family for an open house in her honor. Sydney will be commuting to Indiana University this fall,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
69 eight-week-old Cornish cross pullets. Memorial Day. Just a few minutes of life remaining... Death site. Master scalder and plucker. Ready for cleaning. Bucket of feet, wing tips, and tails anyone? The crew... Dana and her mini-me. 4-year-old Kelsey, yes. Her twin sister Kassie, NO. The Krew. Another no. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Kim understandably could hardly wait to get his new fishing boat into the water! Kristoffer and his two boys were not yet home from the Indy 500 race, so Dana and the twins joined Kim and me on its maiden voyage. Just a few miles from our cabin is the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Kim and I, both being planners, are not big on surprises. But I was able to pull one off and surprise Kim big-time, with the help of my son Kristoffer. He's always wanted a simple fishing boat. Now he has one. I made a plan for Kristoffer to meet me... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
On Wednesday of last week, Farmer JB replanted this corn field after sections had flooded out from a big rain 2 weeks ago. On Thursday of last week, 8" of rain fell. Again. Not been a good spring for farmers. This is our cornfield. The side road next to our... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
While spending time at West Baden Springs, we took advantage of our southern Indiana stay to visit nearby Spring Mill State Park. It was a drizzly morning with thunderstorms in the forecast, so we went early to beat the rain. We were ALMOST the only people in the park... The... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
From the highway in southern Indiana, it looks totally out of place in the Hoosier landscape, a magnificent piece of architecture even from a distance. West Baden Springs Hotel is voted the #1 hotel in Indiana. It has a very rich history...built in 1850, it was a luxury health resort... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
A few photos of our 21-month-old Juni-bug... ...looking so pretty in purple. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
What a spectacular 60th birthday I had! It started out with lots of birthday wishes, including a wonderful FaceTime call with my Carolina kids and grandkids. But despite even that, I felt like I was under an invisible dark cloud. During a routine cancer follow-up appointment last week, the doctor... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Today is my 60th birthday. Wow. 60 is a BIG number! I guess I've changed a little in 60 years... On the outside, at least! But inside I don't feel 60. Or at least, I don't feel what I think a 60-year-old should feel like. But my body doesn't lie.... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
May 1. "So Much Rain..." After a week of constant rain, only the visiting Canada Goose was happy. May 2. "Shortstop" My 8 1/2-year-old grandson Karter... May 3. "Tennis, Anyone?" Yes, ME!!! After 2 years of not playing, I finally got back on the court again and it felt SO... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl