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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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Sunday was a day of celebration, as our youngest grandson Daniel (6 months old) was dedicated to the Lord in a special service at their family's church in Cleves, Ohio. We are blessed to share Daniel with his other set of grandparents, Peggy and Jeff, who just happen to be... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our 6-year-old twins Kelsey and Kassie just began their basketball season, with Daddy Kristoffer as their team's coach. They are playing in a Pre-K/Kindergarten league... ...and I'm not bragging or exaggerating when I say they are head-and-shoulders above their teammates both in size and ability. I dubbed them "double dribblers"... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Not-Quite-Country Girl
One last safari post...just a few more of the amazing animals and birds we encountered in the Chitabe reserve. This gorgeous female leopard didn't do anything spectacular, but stunned us with her beauty and grace. Lots of lilac-breasted rollers, hands down my favorite African bird. But they do not get... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The most incredible evening of our safari began at this termite mound. Not that African termites aren't fascinating creatures, they really are. It's just that bugs don't float my boat (well, except my beloved honeybees here in Indiana...) and certainly not what we paid bu-ku bucks for a safari to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The first time we visited Botswana, we were surprised at all the sand. Sand covers 80% of Botswana's land surface and it's quite deep, very effectively buffering the country from frequent earthquakes deep below. There are channels where the sand is very deep and hard to traverse even in a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Every new morning in the African bush is like opening a gift...we are always so excited to see what surprises God has in store for us! With incredible Brooks guiding us and these two great Gray men beside me, adventure can't be far around the corner! And it wasn't! We... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Not a bad way to begin our time at Chitabe Camp... not bad at all! This beautiful female leopard was relaxing in a tree... ...with its partially-devoured impala kill (see its leg dangling down?) nestled high in the branches above, safe from other predators who might be inclined to steal... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The final leg of our September adventures in southern Africa took Kenny, Kim, and me along with our guide Brooks to Chitabe Camp in Botswana's Okavango Delta. We boarded another small plane for the short flight from Chobe airstrip to Chitabe airstrip. Pretty spectacular views from my window seat! Yep...those... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
"Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the other gold." That childhood song kept running through my mind last night. Long-time friends truly are gold in a girl's life, and last night I had the blessing of sharing precious time with some of my gold. Twenty-five... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Driving the back roads to my house last Friday, I came upon a group of 4 sandhill cranes in a rain-soaked soybean field. I love to meander the country roads, and after two days of heavy rain I was hoping to get some photos of the autumn foliage before the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Little June had the only "trunk" I saw on Halloween night...and what a cute trunk it was! The rain chased our church's annual Trunk-or-Treat inside this year, but it certainly didn't dampen the festive spirit! We had around 150 children plus at least that many adults join us for Halloween... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
October is truly one of my favorite months of the entire year...and how quickly it passed this year! We had such a hot early fall, I wondered if we would see any glorious foliage this year. It happened a couple of weeks later than normal, but God did not disappoint!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
It's been a week of nostalgia and reminiscing, so for Halloween I just had to throw this photo out there again. Halloween 1970. 48 (YIKES!) years ago. Me (the oldest at 13) and my sibs Barb (10), Maria (8), and Mark (2) on the porch of our County Line Road... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
June 1993. Kamaron (almost 7...look at those dirty legs and feet!) and Kyler (4 1/2), sitting on the back steps of our old house holding some of our cats from that era. Watching THEIR children now loving on the kitties made me look back at old photos and remember.... Kyler,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
This newest litter of kittens is just the latest generation of a long legacy of barn cats on the Gray compound. Over the 36 years that we've lived on this property, we've had hundreds of cats sleeping in our barns and roaming our property. Never in the house...only as barn... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Kristoffer and Dana spent a few days at Yellowstone National Park last week, and Kim and I were blessed with some "wildlife" of our own...Kelsey & Kassie (6 years old), Kaden (8),and Karter (10). Searching for a ball in the overgrown flowerbed, Kelsey discovered a stash of 5 baby kittens,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
We enjoyed one last unique experience before we reluctantly left Duma Tau camp and moved on to our final adventures in Botswana. A lunch cruise on the Osprey Lagoon. Specialty Guide Brooks became Captain Brooks for the afternoon. The food was good and served elegantly.... ...but the best part were... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I cannot leave Duma Tau camp without sharing some of the gorgeous birds that hang out there. Not only does Botswana have amazing animal wildlife, its bird life is just as amazing! Pretty little bee-eater... A jacana, also known as the "Jesus bird"... it seems to walk on top... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Every game drive feel like Christmas morning...surprises await that are sure to delight! And occasionally it can get a bit scary, even from the relative safety of a Land Cruiser! Watching a group of about 10 male elephants, two of them started with a little trunk-wrestling which turned into a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
We aren't sure if the big male lion eventually got a meal that day after the wild dogs denied him, but he seemed pretty content when we caught up with him and another male lion later that afternoon napping through the heat of the day. When they're sleeping, they sure... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
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 Oct 19, 2018 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 Oct 18, 2018 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 Oct 16, 2018 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