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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
Thursday, January 18, 9:25 am....twenty-four hours following my total left hip replacement...walking in my cabin kitchen! Now that I've come out of the surgery fog, I'll share with you probably more than you want to know about the surgery. Our friend and pastor CJ came by the cabin at 4:45... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
So...this is me in all my hip-bone glory. After tomorrow, my x-rays will have a whole new look as I'm getting a total left hip replacement. My left hip, which is on the right side of the x-ray above, is damaged from osteoarthritis. The cartilage has worn away and now... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Yesterday as we were driving to church, the sun was brilliant and the ice-covered trees and grasses appeared absolutely gorgeous January morning. After remarking on how beautiful it was, I asked Kim if he would miss it if we lived somewhere that winter didn't exist. His answer was, "Maybe... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Most Wednesdays I spend with two women that have shaped me into who I am. My sister Barb (who is 3 years younger than me and my closest sibling, both in age and proximity) and our Mama. They aren't earth-shaking visits, but they are special times for us. Time has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Just a little over a year ago, our grandchildren Krew (3 1/2) and his 2-year-old sister Juni moved to Middletown...a 7-minute drive from the cabin instead of a 45-minute one. We've LOVED having them closer because it means we get to spend much more time with them more often. And... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Some of my dearest friends...CJ and Leann and their girls...I love them so much! And they love me too...and show me all year long. But Christmas is especially fun, because Leann always goes to great lengths to give me the perfect personalized Christmas gift. This year she outdid herself, reaching... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
For those who are closest to me, it's a well-known fact. I LOVE ICE CREAM!!! While I've always liked ice cream, it wasn't until my cancer journey that it became a staple in my diet. When my system couldn't tolerate many of my normal foods, ice cream was always a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Christmas 2017 is in the books. The decorations are packed away, the pine needles swept up (although I'll likely find stray ones all year long...), the trash burned, the bills paid. The UPS/FedEx delivery trucks no longer make daily stops at the cabin. (I really liked that part...) Yes, my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
According to the Urban Dictionary (who needs Webster?!), the street definition of "pyromaniac": A person who absolutely loves fire. The smell of smoke sends them into ecstasy. Lighting a candle and blowing it out and relighting it and blowing it out repeatedly, watching the smoke lightly twirl around in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Mama started this tradition with her grandchildren years ago, when my children were young. Now that it's gotten too difficult to get everyone together at Mama's house and too much work for her, I've moved the sweet memory-making to the cabin for her great-grandchildren (and the adult grandchildren still enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Anyone who lives in the Midwest knows all too well...we're in the midst of an Arctic deep freeze that's not going to be letting up any day soon. We had our first significant snowfall on New Year's Eve Eve...December 30...and Kim braved the cold temperatures to clean off our driveway.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I love calendars. Especially brand, spanking-new blank ones just waiting to be filled. My daughter Emily shares my love for organizational/office supplies and gave me this fantastic personalized calendar for Christmas. (Although she gave it to me early, knowing I'd want to be putting my 2018 appointments in it long... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our Christmas celebrations are not yet complete...we didn't want to celebrate until our Carolina grandkids arrived this week. Lucy, at 20 months old now, is quite the charmer. And talker. According the child "experts," a normal 19-24-month-old should be regularly saying 50-75 words. Lucy is not normal. She's saying at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My father-in-law Kenny is amazing. This is the 11th Christmas without my mother-in-law Peggy, who died from ALS in 2007, but at 81 years old Kenny still hosts and cooks a Christmas celebration for the entire Gray clan. It's pert-near impossible to get everyone together at once, but even with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My Christmas Day started out calm and quiet and most days in the cabin. I started the morning making yeast dough and doing prep for our noon meal when the phone call came... ...from these 4 cuties next door, wanting Kim and us to come over. Santa had definitely... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I miss him most this time of year. Daddy loved Christmas! This photo, taken 5 years ago in December 2012, is the last time Dad played Santa Claus, at the White Branch Church of the Brethren Christmas Party. He was already showing many signs of the Alzheimer's that would take... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
It's becoming one of my favorite traditions...the pre-Christmas grandkids' sleepover. I'm hoping that as the other grandchildren get a little older, they can ALL spend a night together at Grammy and Pappy's cabin, but for now it's the oldest four that live next door. My tennis friend gave me the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
"In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to Almighty God our brother Elbert; and we commit his body to the ground; earth to earth; ashes to ashes, dust to dust. The Lord bless him and keep him, the Lord... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
You know you're out in the boonies when you're turning onto Seed Tick Neck Road. On our recent weekend getaway to North Carolina, we had a free Friday, the weather was spectacular, and we set out on a wild goose chase. Literally. Mattamuskeet Wildlife Refuge is, as the crow swan... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Smiles like these are what brighten Gramaw's days and make me love this time of year. Last week I picked up my 3 1/2-year-old grandson Krew to help me get my Christmas tree at a nearby farm. Krew is such a darling child and so enjoyable to be around. And... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Mama is in her happy place these days. This is not just any quilt. This one is extra, extra, extra special. The quilt blocks are made from Dad's old shirts, each one of which Mama sewed for him years ago. See the Hawaiian print block? I just saw a photo... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our Euchre Club's first Christmas party, December 5, 2017 at Amazing Joe's in Muncie, Indiana. Although our little card-playing troupe has been together for less than a year, these amazing girlfriends of mine have been in my life for decades. We've laughed together over the silliest, most trivial things and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
This photo always makes my heart smile. Taken back in the 1940s of two first cousins and best friends who grew up to be two of the most important men in my daddy and Elbert. Of course, I wasn't around to witness any of their boyhood antics, but I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
These two have certainly brightened our world and made everything merrier since God brought them into our lives and hearts 5 years ago. Kelsey and Kassie and the rest of their preschool friends put smiles on lots of faces as we enjoyed their Building Blocks Preschool Christmas program yesterday. Their... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I love the beach, any day, any time of year. But there is something very special about spending seaside time in the off-season. Normally we stay in a beach house when we come down with our big family in July. But this trip, Kim and I opted for the Hilton... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Not-Quite-Country Girl