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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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I may be a tad bit biased, but that kid in the Santa hat is the cutest thing ever! Our 10-year-old grandson Karter is part of the Shenandoah Elementary 5th Grade "Shenandoah Singers." Last week, they performed a wonderful Christmas concert for their adoring fans. I just LOVE children's Christmas... Continue reading
Posted 50 minutes ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
No, not for Christmas. Although our 8 1/2-year-old grandson Kaden DOES love Christmas (what child doesn't?!), I'm talking about his very FAVORITE season of the year. BASKETBALL SEASON!!! Kaden is a 3rd-grader,... ...and this is his first year on a team with his classmates. Kaden's daddy/my son Kristoffer (on left)... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our son Kyler and his sweet family live near Cincinnati, about an hour and 45 minutes drive away. But we certainly aren't complaining...last year at this time, they were living in Charlotte, North Carolina, about a 9-hour drive! We are thrilled they are closer to home so we can enjoy... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
It's been a short-but-fun Y basketball season for our kindergarten twins Kassie (middle) and Kelsey (2nd from right). Oh, and their wonderful coach, their daddy/my son Kristoffer. The girls were especially excited when the opposing team included one of their best friends. Myles is in their kindergarten class, and if... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
What a fabulous way to start a new week...getting up at the frosty crack of dawn to drive to Indy for a colonoscopy! I mean, really, can life get more exciting than that? Since my rectal cancer 3 years ago, colonoscopies have become somewhat routine for me. I really don't... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The official 2018 Christmas portrait of my euchre club group. The unofficial portrait...when my girlfriends get together, they always bring lots of laughter and fun! When we were making our Christmas party plans, someone suggested we wear our pajamas and all be super-comfortable. No one chose that option this year,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Always a good day when Gramaw can play with her superheros! Abram (4 1/2) and Lucy (2 1/2) move and chatter pretty much non-stop whenever they're awake. When Papaw and I arrived, these cute caped crusaders were saving the universe! Little brother Daniel (6 months) was watching the action and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I decided to try a different Christmas tree farm this year. Millbrook Tree Farm is just about 10 miles from our cabin. Every since we moved into the cabin 7 years ago (wow...can't believe it's already been that long!), I've been going by myself or taking along some grandsons to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
When this adorable little Juni-frog and cutie Krew-monkey invite Gramaw to go along for an evening of bounce house fun... ...of course, if she's free, this Gramaw goes! The ball pit was a big hit...this is the first time they'd been in a ball pit and they both loved it!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
There they Christmas joys! Plus 2 more toddler fostergrandchildren that I can't show off here. Eleven littles, all age 10 and under, will make this Gramaw's Christmas busy and magical and hectic and fun. And joyful. Extra JOYFUL! So thrilled Abram (4 1/2 years) and Lucy (2 1/2) are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I don't do Black Friday. In general, I don't do any more shopping than absolutely necessary. While lots of others were just arriving home in the wee hours of Friday morning after a night of shopping, Kim and I pulled out of our driveway just before 4:30 am. on a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The week before Thanksgiving (yes, I'm a bit behind...) we awoke inside our cozy cabin to an ice-covered world on the other side of our windows. Yes, it was cold and very slippery outside. School was closed for the grandkids next door because of the treacherous roads. But it sure... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
A wonderful Thanksgiving Day...28 of us gathered at my sister Barb and brother-in-law John's house for a day of family and feasting. And I do mean FEASTING!!! Barb says it's the most food that has ever been in her kitchen at one time! I had the blessing and privilege to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
These are my girls. And last weekend we had a girls' night out to see the musical "Annie." Of course, when me and my girls are together, you can almost bet there's food or coffee or both involved! Dinner out at the Burro Loco...strategically located within a block's walk of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
See that adorable little girl leading the team? That's Evelyn, my 3rd-grade friend from our church family. Evelyn's mommy Jamie grew up just around the corner from our house, and was part of our church family as a young girl. I lost contact with Jamie as she grew up, went... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Gymnasts have always fascinated me... ...probably because I was born big and tall, uncoordinated and inflexible. And those traits have only gotten worse over my 61 years... I love watching gymnastics competitions, so when three of my little church friends were competing nearby, I had the privilege of cheering on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
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 Nov 16, 2018 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 Nov 15, 2018 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 Nov 14, 2018 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 Nov 13, 2018 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 Nov 12, 2018 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 Nov 9, 2018 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