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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
Just a few last photos (many taken by my sister Barb) of our Florida Mama weekend... Mama's go-to treat (besides ice cream)...Moon Pies. Me in chill mode... Mark in Mark mode... Seanna braided my hair, just for fun. Maria shared her dream of becoming an entrepreneur...will keep you posted on... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
No trip to my sister Maria's place in Florida is complete without a trip to one of the many springs in her area. This is Gilchrist Blue Springs. Any guesses how it got its name??? In the summertime, this platform is packed with people who jump off the end... ...into... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Here's your trivia tidbit for today: What are lepidopterans? Here's your hint: I raised over 100 of them last summer. Official definition by Webster: Lepidopteran: any of a large order (Lepidoptera) of insects comprising the butterflies, moths, and skippers that as adults have four broad or lanceolate wings usually covered... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
This is my 17-year-old nephew Wyatt, a junior at Trenton High School in Trenton, Florida. Wyatt is a great young man, a sweet kid, and a good student. And an amazing athlete. So amazing, in fact, that the University of Florida wants him to play baseball for the prestigious Gator... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our sweet grandson Krew turned 5 years old earlier in the month, but this weekend 26 family members gathered for the official birthday celebration. After a pizza lunch, Krew opened his gifts... His littlest cousin Daniel did not want to miss out on the action... ...and neither did the older... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Mama didn't know that we had a surprise up our sleeves. Back in October, Maria had the awesome idea to compile a memory journal as a Christmas gift for Mama. All of us were on board, and Maria spear-headed the project, supplying us with 25 or so writing prompts about... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Barb, Mama, and I flew from frigid Indianapolis into the sunshine of Gainesville, Florida last Friday, where we rented a minivan and met Maria and her daughter Seanna (who got out of school mid-day to see us) in Alachua at a charming restaurant called The Conestoga. We drove to our... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Mama celebrated her 83rd birthday Sunday with her very favorite people in the world! US!!!!! That's me, Mark, Maria, and Barbara with our precious Mama. All 4 of her children gathered for a weekend in Florida to celebrate together. It's been a very LONG time since all 4 of us... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Just wanted to let you know, in case you miss me or something, that I'll be gone for a long weekend in Florida's gator country. Kim is staying behind to hold down the Gray fort while my sister Barb and I fly down with Mama to our sister Maria's stomping... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I now have my very own photography portfolio online! Check it out at . Little did I know that all along I've had this Adobe resource freely available to me, included in the cost of their editing software. Now I have a place to showcase my photos to anyone... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I can't think of a better way to spend a winter weekend than watching my grandsons win 6 basketball games. Third-grader Kaden... A few action shots of our #31... Kaden plays with such intensity and much fun to watch! Our fifth-grader Karter (#10) has improved and gained so much... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Seems impossible that it's been 9 years since I awaited our sweet Kaden's birth in the middle of a subzero Minnesota snowstorm. Saturday we celebrated 9 years of joy this boy has brought into our family. Mommy Dana created some of her special cookies for the party. With the weather... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Even in the subzero deep freeze we've been living in the past couple of days, there is beauty to be found. The incredible detail of these flakes of frost are utterly amazing! What an artistic Creator God is!!! And yes, it was -10 degrees as I stood outside to shoot... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I'm a die-hard Charmin fan. And yes, I do spend extra money for ultra-soft and quilted luxury toilet paper. After all my bottom's been through (stage 3 rectal cancer in 2015), it deserves all the extravagance it can get. I know this is definitely a first-world "problem" (in most third-world... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
It's COLD this morning!!! I ventured out just before sundown last night to capture these menacing clouds of FRIGID AIR that were moving in. Makes for a pretty sunset, but I sure didn't stay out long enough for my noogies to freeze! Those of us in Hoosier country have joined... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Me and my man were up WAY before the sun yesterday to head to St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis for his total thyroidectomy. Kim and I both noticed last summer a bump on his neck. We at first assumed it to be a swollen gland, and even his primary care... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
On my way home from Cincinnati this week, I decided to take a detour. About a mile into my 9-mile detour, I was trying to decide if I had made a foolish decision. The county road I was on was snow-covered, drifted, and quite treacherous at times and I never... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Sunday evening, at the age of 6 years 4 months and 10 days, Kelsey lost her first tooth. A big deal. A VERY BIG DEAL. So big that Kelsey and her twin sister Kassie braved the frigid temperatures and snowdrifts to walk across the orchard to Gramaw's cabin to share... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
While Daddy Kamaron and Mommy Anique were fighting the blizzard for a much-needed date night, Juni and Krew were cozy with us at the cabin. All of the grandkids like to take baths in Gramaw's big copper tub. Who needs bath toys when you've got bubbles and collanders? Juni (3... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Everyone in the Midwest has the same tale to tell...Saturday brought a major winter storm, ushered in by a huge cold front that held us captive in a deep freeze over the weekend. Kim warned me, as I opened the front door of our cabin yesterday, "You'll freeze your noogies."... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
There is no place Mama would rather be than sitting at her sewing machine. She told me the other day that she just loves to hear the smooth humming of the machine, that it is music to her ears. Mama will soon be 83 years old. Daily life is getting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
This Playskool train set is 30 years old. Santa brought it to our house on Christmas 1988, when their daddy Kamaron was just 2 years old. While I've gotten rid of most of my kids' toys, I've kept a few things that were special and this train made the cut.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I love me an old barn...add in some snow at sundown and it's picture-perfect! All of these beautiful barns are within just a couple of miles from our cabin... Here's the other side of that one above...totally different... And my personal favorite...even though it's not red and not wooden and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Saturday was a perfect January day in Hoosierland...a snow globe day! On magical days like this, there is no place on the planet that I'd rather be than right here at my cabin in rural Indiana. We had a little traffic down our country road, but vehicles were few and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
If he were still on this side of Heaven, Daddy and Mama would have been celebrating 64 years of marriage last Tuesday. January 8 is filled with bittersweet memories for Mama, so I thought it would be a fun diversion to take advantage of the unseasonably gorgeous January weather and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl