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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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October is the birthday month for so many of the people I love, Peggy being the last in a string of special October birthdays! (I guess those cold Indiana winters are good for something...) And we certainly can't have the birthday of one of my very best friends pass by... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
October is a month full of birthday celebrations in the Gray family...yesterday was Kim's turn. The old man turned 62. Most of the Gray gang was able to gather for a birthday supper last evening. I made Kim his traditional jelly cake, a Gray family classic and favorite. Definitely a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My twin granddaughters, Kassie and Kelsey, just turned 5 and celebrated their birthdays on Sunday. They are growing up WAY TOO QUICKLY... ...and so are their brothers Karter (9) and Kaden (7). They aren't babies any more! The girls couldn't have more different personalities. Kassie is all-girly-girl, pinky-pink, and she... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Three times each day, Orlando and our boatman Ugo would take Kim and me out in a motorized canoe... ...down the river to see what surprises the jungle had in store for us that day. Right after sunrise, after breakfast until lunchtime, then later in the evening. Each time a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
God blessed us with a beautiful spring (Peru is in the southern hemisphere, remember...) morning as we flew from Lima's international airport into the small airport of Iquitos in north eastern Peru to begin our first jungle adventure. Iquitos is the world's largest city that cannot be reached by road,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Hello, Peru! For three fabulous weeks in September, Kim and I experienced the wonderland that is the nation of Peru. For those of you who are geographically-challenged (I include myself in that category!), Peru is on the west coast of South America. It is the third largest country in that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
After two restful evenings in Knoxville, the four House girls (Mama and my two sisters and me) headed southeast to visit our Carolina peeps. First stop: a visit with Mama's Aunt Harriett, 97 years old. What a history these two share, and so many fun times! Mama remembers Harriett as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
When the House girls (pictured here, the oldest two House sister Barb and me) make up their minds to do something, it happens. We learned that, among many other valuable life lessons that have shaped who we are, from our Mama (pictured here with the youngest House girl, Maria).... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The next-door Gray boys are finished with flag year our 7-year-old Kaden will have to move up to join his older brother in the tackle league. Kim and I were gone most of September, missing most of Kaden's games, but we were thankful to be able to see his... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Happy Sweet 60 to my dear friend Brenda today! To commemorate Brenda's milestone, she, Peggy, and I went to Cake Bake in Broad Ripple for a VERY SWEET celebration! We intended to have lunch and cake both, but when we saw the CAKES we decided to forego the "healthy" lunch... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
All 18 of us...July 2017, photos taken in Emerald Isle, North Carolina by professional photographer Graham Hunt. It all started with these two crazy-in-love kids 37 years ago. Kim and I were blessed way beyond our dreams with four wonderful children who have grown up to be fantastic Christian adults... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Now that September is winding down, I'm finally getting around to posting my August photo diary memories! August 1. "Silly Abram" August 2. "A New School Year" August 5. "Bright-Eyed and Pony-tailed" August 6. "Lick and Turn Launch" August 7. "Bell Bunch" August 8. "Dana's Cookies" August 9. "Porch... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My 3 1/2-year-old grandson Krew is obsessed with all things mechanical, and especially big machines. And most especially farm equipment. He's in awe of tractors of all kinds, but in his eyes, Farmer JB's farming equipment is the ultimate. I can't drive past JB's road with Krew in the vehicle... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My most recent photo of Lee Ann and husband Rob, at our Mystery Dinner March 2017 The last time anyone saw her alive on this side of eternity, Lee Ann was smiling and princess-waving to those who loved her most as the nurses rolled her away to surgery. How fitting.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I'm BACK!!! After a fantabulous 2 1/2-week vacation to Peru, Kim and I made it back home Saturday afternoon. Over the past 3 weeks, we've experienced nearly every mode of transportation known to man...10 airplane flights, 2 train rides, 2 bus rides, countless boat rides, countless vehicle rides, and last... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
photo from google/ Kim and I are about to embark on our most ambitious and adventurous trip ever. maps from We're going to Peru! For those of you who, like me, are geographically challenged (I'm not sure we ever really studied geography much in school...), Peru is just below... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My 9-year-old grandson Karter moved up to the "big" league this year, from flag football to tackle. Don't you just love a cute boy in a football uniform?! Since it's 4th-6th grade, he's one of the youngest on the team. Kim and I are going to be gone most of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
That time of year cider! We made our first batch of the season over the weekend. There are jobs for everyone. The kids are great at filling the buckets up with apples. The apples get all chopped up... ...and that's when the young muscular bucks come in handy, turning... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
God provided a PERFECT August Saturday last weekend for Sulphur Springs biggest event of the year! It was a busy day for our church, as we are heavily involved in many of the activities of Community Days. Saturday morning started with our 9th annual 5K Run in the SON, starting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My 3 1/2-year-old grandson got to meet his hero on Saturday. JB farms our ground, and even though he'd never actually met him, Krew has been mesmerized by our farmer friend. For Christmas, Papaw and I got Krew his own John Deere tractor, which only fueled his obsession with farm... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
As a final joint event on our 2017 "Lick and Turn" book tour, Dave and Jen Bell and I set up a booth at Hagerstown, Indiana's annual end-of-summer Jubilee Days. All of us having Hagerstown beginnings, we hoped to reconnect with some folks we knew way back when and sell... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Image of my favorite months! We started it off with a BANG... July 1. "Summer Shindig" July 3. "The Firefighter" July 4. "Gramaw's Firecrackers" July 6. "Flooded Middletown Park" So. Much. Rain. Record flooding the first part of the summer. July 7. "Summit Lake Beaver" July 8. "West Virginia Landmark"... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
We expected it to be a rinky-dink operation. I'd never even heard of Scotland Neck, North Carolina. But when I read about it in an online photography forum, Kim and I decided to take a short detour on our way home from the beach and check it out. If you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
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 Aug 21, 2017 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 Aug 18, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl