Life is rushing along at a fast pace. The long cozy winter days are long over and the summer busyness is setting in.
The garden is doing great. I've got loads of squash, lots of green tomatoes, and quite a few meals worth of green beans. I have canned 2 canner loads of squash and one of green beans. I would love more beans but may have to find a farmers market to buy them at and can them. It would be a blessing to have enough to last the winter. One of our fruit trees has 14 granny smith apples on it and Amy is excited ~ those are her favorite. We are getting some cucumbers too, so I will get to make relish this year!
Moms health had a slight set back a couple of weeks ago and she experienced a moderate stroke. 3 1/2 days in icu isn't a fun place to be. For the most part she had great nurses ~ there were a couple that needed to work on their bedside manner. She was really blessed in that it mainly affected the strength in her left arm and hand. It could have been so much worse.
Miss Amy is starting to look for another car. She is getting tired of no air conditioning and the power locks don't work on the doors. She and Greg are combing Craigs List looking for something. She would like something of the used Jeep something or other variety. We will see what comes of that.
About a month ago we bought something we have wanted for a long time....a boat. Its used and in pretty good shape. There is some cosmetic work to be done but nothing major. We've taken it out twice and had a lot of fun. We grew up boating and skiing and wanted to at least enjoy the boating part again.
I've got several pretty detailed lists going for the wedding. We are working on completing the reception details with food, condiments, treats, paper goods, and manpower. We are hoping that 2 of Amys co workers at Chick Fil A will come work for us that day and help with set up and serving all the food. We've looked at plates, flatware, napkins and invitations and those are all on the list to be bought next month. Its getting to be time to focus on the guest list and get those invites together. She has 2 bridal showers coming up and this mama is getting apprehensive and excited about all the excitement. I made her veil last week. I used Katies wedding hair bow for the top of the veil and the lace on the layers is from my wedding gown 35 years ago. The tulle was given to my sister at a garage sale...it was a bolt that had never been used ~ now what to do with the other 23 yards left! I also have a full bolt of light pink!
There have been several work days at Amy's house and the current project is painting the inside. Then to 2 rooms that are carpeted will have the carpet ripped out and replaced with laminate flooring. The previous owners were smokers and its evident in the smokey smell when the door is opened.
We've had some awesome playdates with our grandsons. They are at such fun ages. Saturday, all 4 were together for most of the day. We started the day at an indoor play place with lots of climbing and sliding and having fun. Then lunch at McDonalds. Everyone was ready for a nap. After naptime, Aiden came over and they all played again for a couple of hours in my sunroom/playroom. Kitchen toys, cars and trucks, legos and Lincoln logs, and a small inflatable ball pit kept them entertained. Aiden and Alvin got up their courage and decided to ride on the rocking horse....and loved it. Most of the toys in the room were my kids when they were little...the rocking horse was from Gregs childhood. There are a few new things in there....the little kitchen, little tractors, additional set of Lincoln logs, and books. Several months ago, Allen and Jennifer cleaned out Aidens playroom and they gave me the ball pit. Aiden never missed it. Sat. Greg blew it up ~ Aiden walked out to the playroom and exclaimed "look a ball pit"...never realizing it was his former one. He had a blast playing in it!
I've got pictures but those are for another day. Its time for dinner & then cross stitch till bed time!
Thankful for ~
4 grandsons ~ happy, healthy, energetic, funny, enthusiastic, loving
modern healthcare and medicine
a thriving garden
Mason jars containing canned vegies!
the blessing of church fellowship & prayer
long, productive days