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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
Soccer season is winding down, and Kim and I got to catch 5 1/2-year-old Abram in action one last time this year. We picked a great game to attend...Abram was on fire, eventually scoring 3 goals! Of course, while Abrams on the field there was plenty of cute sidelines entertainment.... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
This was how we spent last Sunday evening...two of very few folks overnighting it at the Brasilia International Airport in Brazil. Eight hours to pass between the time our plane landed from Sao Paulo until we boarded for our 7-hour flight to Miami. For the life of me, I have... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My dear friend Brenda celebrates her birthday today! I won't tell you her age, but I will say that she caught up with me.... It has become a birthday tradition for our coffee friends to go out somewhere special for a birthday lunch to celebrate the princess of the day.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
google image By the time you read this, Kim and I will be in the Panatanal area of Brazil. No doubt we'll be sweating up a storm, fighting off mosquitoes as big as our heads, sleeping in much-less-than-5-star jungle lodges...and having the time of our life! The Pantanal is the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our first-grade granddaughter Kelsey has loved her first year of flag football. Kelsey is fast... ...and tenacious... ....and more than a little bit cute! She's one of the best players on her team, and gets quite a few carries during games. She's come close several other times, but last weekend... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
As we've been cleaning out our childhood farmhouse with plans to sell it this fall (anyone interested???), we have come across countless "treasures." Like this photo booth strip from the 1970s of me (bottom right) with my sisters Barb (in front) and Maria...which none of us girls can actually remember... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I have a soft spot for gorgeous skies, and God surely has painted some beauties this month. Lovely sunrises... marvelous sunsets. From our cabin, we have wonderful views of each! And this dramatic sky scene that soon after became a violent thunderstorm. I like to imagine that it's the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
It was a stellar year for Kim's pumpkin patch, and all 11 grandkids came over and helped Papaw pick his pumpkins. Six-year-old Kelsey was all business.... Daniel (16 months old) helped by manning the garden tractor.... Six-year-old Kassie has about more pumpkin than she can handle.... Even the big kids... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
This fall 4-year-old Juni joined her 5 1/2-year-old brother Krew on the soccer field. Their Y coach was gone, so Mommy Anique and Daddy Kamaron filled in for the evening. Anique and Kamaron were both very good soccer players a few years ago, but coaching these littles requires a different... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My Dad did not like interstates and if possible always chose what us kids called "the long way home." I guess I'm like Dad in that way because I will always choose to stay off the interstate if possible. I too much prefer the small highways and backroads. There are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My 5-year-old grandson Abram is playing in his first soccer league this fall. Daddy Kyler is his coach. Kyler readily admits his soccer knowledge is very weak, but's a group of 5-year-olds, how hard can it be? Of course, being the little collector that he is Abram would be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Late summer is such a beautiful time of year, as the wild roadsides are awash in golds. Allergy-sufferers may not agree, but goldenrod has always been one of my favorites. google image Maybe my love for it is rooted with my memories of elementary school back in the 1960s when... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I let way too many years slip by before reconnecting with my high school friend Jenny. Too often the busy craziness of life pushes aside the things that really matter. Jenny (left middle), Karmen (right middle), and I all graduated together in the 96-member Hagerstown High School Class of 1975.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Man, has it ever been HOT this week?! I am so over these 90+ degree days and sooooo ready for fall! I am 3 chrysalises away from packing up my butterfly paraphernalia for another season. Since I started after we got home from vacation mid-July, we've raised and released over... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
When Daddy's away, Gramaw comes to play. The end of August, my friend Peggy and I (the two grandmas of our three Cincinnati grandbabies) tag-teamed it to stay and help out Mommy Kara while Daddy Kyler was in New York City all week on a work trip. Peggy stayed a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Their big brothers are playing tackle football, but the first-grade twin girls are not going to be left behind. Kelsey is loving playing flag football... ...while her sister Kassie is a cheerleader for her on the sidelines. Yep, they may be twins but Kelsey and Kassie are very different...definitely each... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Fall means football, and in our case youth football. Our son Kristoffer, himself a legendary Shenandoah quarterback nearly 20 years ago (yikes...has it really been that long???!!!), is president of the Shenandoah Youth Football league and head coach of the Packers. #15 Karter (6th grade) plays quarterback/defensive back (I think...)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
This weekend was a honey-and-cider kinda weekend. And it's all because this happened back in May. Our honeybees were working the orchard, collecting pollen and nectar and at the same time pollinating our apple trees. I think every one of those blossoms formed an apple, as our trees are absolutely... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
In his 16 short months on this earth, our youngest grandchild Daniel has already mastered the art of charm. Those gorgeous blue eyes and impish smile melt my heart every time! He's just recently learned to walk, and is quite comical to watch... ...but when he falls he just smiles... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The best part about being a Gramaw is getting to spend wonderful quality time with the littles in my life. August gave me lots of opportunities to do just that! A few photos from some fun moments with 4-year-old Juni and her 5-year-old brother Krew.... A Gramaw-made slingshot for my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
See that handsome kid on the right? That's my grandson Karter, who had his middle school sports debut last night at his first cross country meet. Those other two runners are a couple of his best friends, Matt and Anna. They have a small squad, coached by our friend CJ.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
photo borrowed Last week, my 58-year-old cousin Angie traded her cancer-ravaged earthly body for a strong healthy one in Heaven. Angie lived in North Carolina, the daughter of Mama's sister Bernice. I didn't see her often, but as children we shared some wonderful memories of times together at Grandma Britt's.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
This lovely gal emerged from her chrysalis last week. A few weeks ago, while searching for milkweed to feed my monarch caterpillars, I accidentally found these beautiful cats and brought them inside. I found them to be much more efficient eaters than the monarchs...they eat much less and therefore poop... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Sulphur Springs Community Days, August 24, 2019. God provided absolutely PERFECT weather for the summer celebration finale for our little Hoosier community. First on the day's agenda was the 5K Fun Run in the SON sponsored by our church. Dana registered our 6th-grade grandson Karter, who is running middle school... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Summer came and went in a too-fast whirlwind and, just like that, a new school year has begun for most of our grandchildren. The next-door Gray kids were the first to start, as Shenandoah Schools' first student day was August 2. Short summer! Can you believe Karter is in middle... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl