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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
Got us some new girls to work around the compound this summer. This is a "package" of honeybees, about 7000 busy girls, give or take a few dozen. You can see a few rebels on the outside, and that dark mass on the inside is a moving mass of live... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Finally...Spring has sprung around the cabin! I love all the Indiana seasons, but it sure is hard to beat... ...cabin springtime. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
To anyone who may have checked my blog and wondered if I was AWOL, here's the deal: These three adorable littles (12-month-old Daniel, 5-year-old Abram, and 3-year-old Lucy) are staying at the cabin while their Daddy Kyler and Mommy Kara are in San Antonio for a few days of business... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
None of us can describe our little Daniel without using the word "sweet." He has such a sweet disposition, sweet smile, sweet little curly swirl in the middle of his forehead, sweet huge blue eyes with long lashes, and even sweet little chubby hands and feet. His cousins often refer... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our youngest grandchild Daniel is one. How did this happen already??? A few photos from a fun fishing-themed birthday celebration for our sweet boy... Playing with the Papaws...always a good time! Pizza and fruit for dinner. Perfect! Cousins Krew and Abram are both 5 years old and they have a... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The lilacs are in full glorious bloom now, so 6-year-olds Kelsey and Kassie and I decided to cut a few and bring the beauty inside. Kassie (on the right in the photo) said she loved the smell of lilacs, that they "smell like Paradise." Kelsey and I agree. Who doesn't... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
It's taken a couple of seasons, but our 5-year-old grandson Krew has definitely found his soccer groove. Krew started playing in the Y league as a 4-year-old, and even though God has gifted him with great athleticism, he was timid on the field. Not any more. Look at that determination... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The apple blossoms have exploded and our girls are busy working. The orchard is in all its spring glory right now... And my little honeybees are taking full advantage. All of the honeybees you see foraging for nectar and pollen are females. The few male drones of the colony are... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
We have another Gray baseball player...5-year-old Abram played his very first baseball game on Sunday. Our youngest son Kyler, who was a great baseball player himself back in the day, is coaching Abram's t-ball team. Piece of cake, right? After the first practice, I think Kyler truly realized how complicated... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Despite a week of torrential downpours and between lingering raindrops, the 2019 Cal Ripken League baseball season kicked off on Saturday. Karter, a 10 1/2-year-old 5th grader, is playing his second year in the majors. Daddy Kristoffer (in gray sweatshirt) is one of the Cardinals' assistant coaches. Karter is thrilled... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Awaiting some consistent warmth and sunshine (aren't we all?!), our orchard is ready to explode with bloom. During the all-too-brief breaks in the cloud cover, I meandered through our orchard to see the apple blossoms are just on the verge... The honeybees are patiently awaiting too. In a few days... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My oldest grandson Karter is finishing up his final elementary year (YIKES!) and one of his favorite activities the last two years has been SES Choir. God has gifted Karter with a fantastic voice, and I'm so glad to see him using it! The 5th grade choir entertained us with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
What a glorious, fun day Easter was! After wonderful morning church services, the family met at the cabin for lunch. And of course, the annual Easter egg hunt. There was a little discrepancy on egg-actly how many eggs were hidden, but 70 were found. Papaw never minds if a few... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
This is Nicolas, eating dinner with Kim in the jungle of Peru in September 2017. Nicolas is a highly-educated, super-smart Peruvian biologist who was our private guide for a week in the jungle...a fantastic guide but also a very nice fellow. When Kim and I decided we wanted to do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I've been playing tennis for 20 years now, and my love for this sport started at these tennis courts at Shenandoah High School. My daughter Emily was a very good doubles player for the Raiders and while she was learning to play, I began taking tennis lessons of my own.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our 5-year-old grandson Krew can often be such a serious little guy and melts Gramaw's heart in so many ways, but oh.... ...when he smiles.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Saturday the whole clan got together in Ohio for a dual birthday celebration for Lucy (who turned 3) and Abram (who just turned 5). Thankfully the weather was beautiful and all 11 of the bigger cousins could play together outside... ...while the adults chatted and supervised from Kyler and Kara's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Behind Kyler and Kara's house is a wonderful wetlands preserve, a fun place to take a walk and look for beautiful birds. Migratory birds are on the move this time of year, and I was fortunate enough to spot a pair of ring-necked ducks on a pit stop from their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Sometimes a girl's just gotta stop and twirl! I love children...their innocent boldness and uninhibited exuberance for life. Somewhere through the years we lose that precious gift of childhood, replacing it instead with careful words and cautious smiles, always subdued and filtered with the thought that someone might see us... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
When I asked my just-turned-5-year-old grandson Abram what he wanted for his birthday and he told me he wanted a retractable beach with sand and where the water moved over the sand, I was pretty sure I couldn't have that delivered from Amazon. (Believe me, if I could order a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
"Daffodils, daffodils, ...spilling your gold on the April hills. Joy you bring... the spring,... Gay, laughing daffodils." (Some childhood songs just stick with you, no matter how old you get! I sang this song with my class in a first grade school program a "few" years ago...) Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our beautiful sweet Linda is having a knee replacement next week, so our coffee girls decided to do a pre-celebration lunch. Yes, we use any excuse to go out to lunch... We traded our normal table at the Iron Kettle in little ole Sulphur Springs and drove to big, glitzy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
A bowl of ice cream watching "Tom and Jerry"...right down Gramaw's alley. Old school fun. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
And for today's ornithology lesson, I present to you a pileated woodpecker. "Woody Woodpecker" was one of my favorite childhood cartoons. I can vividly remember one summer when Mama let me send away for a Woody Woodpecker toy from the back of a cereal package. I raced to the mailbox... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
This photo is from last April. For the first spring since we moved onto the Gray compound (37 years ago), we are raising no baby chicks. Kim has a hard time understanding the concept of downsizing when it comes to his "farming" pursuits. Those 6 hungry mouths he had to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl