Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Day With Dad:

Dad thought he needed to go to the store, but after checking the fridge found he didn't need anything.  I suggested we go for a drive.  We wound up at my Aunt Alice and Uncle Robert Feeler's house.  We had a nice visit.  Although, I was saddened at the condition Aunt Alice was in.  She's very weak and her mind is just not the same.  Aunt Alice has always been a whirlwind, never winding down.  I have always looked up to Aunt Alice.  It was hard to see her that way.  Uncle Robert is doing pretty good but he doesn't get out much.  When we left, I was even more grateful for how active Dad is and able to take care of himself.
Dad must be pretty lonely this week.  He called me ten times yesterday, plus I went up to visit with him for awhile.  I don't mind the calls, they are a way to connect with Dad throughout the day.
Dad has come to depend on me being here for him since I'm not working right now.  It's a good time.
We went to the Vichy Wye to eat lunch.   I'm so full; I'm not sure if I can eat supper.  I feel like I could take a nap.  But then I wouldn't get the yard (leaves!) mowed.  I keep putting it off.

                                                                Had a great day and feeling grateful for time spent with Dad.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sam Elliott:

I had a dream about Sam Elliott last night.  I'm not one to croon over movie stars or singers, but I LOVE Sam Elliott's voice.  I also love his acting and charming good looks.
In the dream, Sam had built a small restaurant in the middle of his farm in Missouri.  (Don't think Sam owns any property in MO)  The odd thing was, you had to know it was there to ever find it.  Sam hired me to be a waitress.  Can't remember much more than that.  Where do dreams come from?  I hadn't watched any recent Sam Elliott movies or thought about him.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to meet a star of your dreams?  That would be Sam Elliott for me!

                                                            I'm grateful for this beautiful day the Lord has made.

Cash's Birthday Cake:

Monday, October 16, 2017

Molasses Weekend:

Trip to Sput's for supper before starting our busy weekend.  I was disappointed as I had read a post that Sput was having pork chops as a special.  To my dismay, that must have been for a different day.
Molasses Day starts out early.  There's all the prep work, grinding of the juice, mudding the fire brick that holds the big pan we cook molasses in.  My Dad started this tradition in 1978 and we've continued since that time.  I can't remember how many years ago it was, but Dad turned the operation over to Dwayne and the boys.  I can't even begin to express our gratitude for our Elrod nephews for helping us and feeling the same since of tradition.  Not many in my family has felt the calling for the tradition.  They are there and help wherever needed, but their heart is not truly in it.  It's a big job and takes several to get it done.  My phone messed up and I didn't get any pictures this year.  I like to get some of them grinding the juice and the cooking process.  I did borrow some of Shelley Allen's pictures.
Our "little" Blake pouring cane juice.  He's grown up so much.
Nathan and cash trying to grind juice by hand pushing.  (Hard work, as we use a horse for the press)
The molasses were true to their name, slow!  We had a lot of juice and used the big pan to cook in rather than the evaporator this year.  Took until almost eleven at night to get the batch cooked.  Our friend, Kenny Allen helped all day.  Kudos to Kenny.  We appreciate all our friends and family for their work.
Around seven, we went on our annual hay ride and wiener roast.  We had more than usual for the ride this year.  Cash stayed in the truck and helped Grandpa drive.  He did ride on the back with Grandma for a short distance but preferred driving with Grandpa.  Cash was getting tired and wanted to go home.  I did too.  We were burning a brush pile on our other land for the wiener roast and I could look across the fence and almost see our house.  I thought about walking, but considered otherwise with tall the thorn bushes and climbing the fence with Cash.  Luckily, Dustin was there with his truck and drove us home.  We were both asleep in the living room when Dwayne got home.
Today was the day Cash had been waiting for, his birthday party.  My friend from High School, Kathy Schulte Kleffner makes cakes and she made one for Cash's birthday.  We went to St. James to pick it up and then on over to April and Mike's for the party.  Unfortunately, Cash got car sick on the way.  Poor little guy, him and Iva both get car sick easily.
The party (and food!) turned out really good.
                                                                     Cousin Love
Elaina, Josey, Iva and Cash

Two weeks apart in age.
I have some really good pictures of Cash and his cake but my computer is not cooperating with me today to upload them.
After we got home, it was time for cleanup from the day before.  (I got out of it!  lol)
Todd and Michelle came down afterward and we had a good visit.
This was a great weekend, but I sure did miss my Mom.  She loved this time of year.
I am grateful for our family to carry on this tradition of making molasses and for all the help from family and friends.  It's just a time of good old fashioned fun and you can't forget all the good food.   I'm also grateful for this sweet little grandson, Cash and his big four year old birthday.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Weekend Update:

Just spent the evening watching TV.   Dwayne's work week caught up with him and he was very tired.
We got up early as we had business at the bank.  Came home and Dwayne went to the field to strip cane for our upcoming weekend of making molasses.  I did laundry and just lazed around the house.  That evening, I went to Judy's for Ashlyne's 21st birthday.  So hard to believe our little baby turned 21.  Ashlyne was the first baby in quite some time so we all claimed her.  A little spoiled, but we loved her (and we did the spoiling ourselves, so couldn't complain).  Had a good time.  Hadn't seen Zach in quite some time so it was good to see him.
Dwayne was back to the cane field.  I went to church.  Todd called (while I was in church, embaressing!)  He needed some items from the grocery as they were making deer stew for the work crew.  I desperately needed coffee!  Took the groceries to Todd and Michelle and visited awhile.  Went home to take a nap as I was very tired.  Didn't happen, never could go to sleep.   Mid-afternoon, Dwayne called for me to come up to Dad's as they were cleaning up the pan site and the press to get ready for Saturday.  We then went to Todd and Michelle's for supper.  It was very good and it was nice to get treated for a meal.  Spent the evening relaxing.
Cash had a checkup this morning and had to get a flu shot.  April said he giggled because the bandaid matched his underwear.  Afterward, they went out to eat and Cash looked so happy, you couldn't tell he had had a shot.
Although it's a busy time, I'm grateful our family can still follow Dad's tradition of making molasses each year.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Long Weekend:

Friday:  Started out the evening by trying to move cattle.  The calves wouldn't come in so we had to forget that for the day.  Todd and Michelle were helping us.  They were going to Sput's and asked us if we wanted to come along.  Had a nice meal and visit.
Saturday:  Dwayne was in the hay field.  I was going to clean house but couldn't get in the mood.  Good thing, as Katie called and asked me to go to a craft fair with her and Kensie.  We saw a lot of nice things but nothing I really needed.  Kate got a really nice old basket for $5.00.  Stopped at a couple yard sales and then went to Mary Ann's, an antique shop in Rolla.  Lots to look at.  Some very
nice furniture pieces.  Katie is looking for a new living room sofa so we went to a couple of furniture stores.  Styles have certainly changed.  Came home and then I went to Todd and Michelle's.  Dad was there and Dwayne was taking a break from baling hay.  Visited with them awhile and then went home.  We had supper early and just spent the evening watching TV.
Sunday:   It was Sunday supper day.  I put a roast on to cook and cleaned up the house.  April and the kids came early.  Dwayne came by to get gas cans to go get gas.  Naturally, Cash wanted to go.  Mid-afternoon, we went to Todd and Michelle's to pick up Cash.  He was so excited he got to ride the tractor.                               

                                                       Cash loves cinnamon toast.
Dad, Todd and Michelle came for supper.  Chad was busy working on his tractor.  We had a good time watching the kids play and visiting.  April's babysitter, Susie's aunt passed away and she was going to the funeral Monday.  I am watching the kids overnight rather than transferring them so early in the morning.
Monday:  We spent the day playing, coloring and acting goofy.  The kids had a lot of fun tickling each other.

I met April in Vienna.
Pumpkin Patch

I am grateful for our family and the times we get together.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

Long week and weekend:

On Tuesday, I met April at 42 Junction to pick up the kids.  April was going to have surgery the next day.  I was worried about Iva as she's such a Momma's girl, but she did just fine.  Both kids had a good time playing with Grandpa when he got home from work.
Wednesday:  Woke up with a really bad headache.  Kept getting worse and I started throwing up.  It was hard to take care of the kids being sick.  I called Michelle, but she couldn't get off work.  Todd was able to get off and he took Cash with him.  I could handle Iva since it was almost nap time.  Spent most of the day lying on the couch.  Mike called to let me know April made it out of surgery just fine and would get to go home that afternoon.  She wasn't suppose to lift anything heavy for a couple weeks. Cash spent the night with Todd and Michelle.  Iva slept with us.
Thursday:  Todd brought Cash home midmorning.  We spent the time outside with Cash riding the truck and Iva riding with him sometimes.  Both kids at a good lunch.  I put Iva down for a nap and Cash and I colored and watched cartoons.  Around three, he fell asleep watching TV.  He was still asleep when Dwayne got home.  We enjoyed the evening watching the kids play.
Friday:  We got up at 6:30 and ate our breakfast on the back porch.  Dwayne was home sick.  Mid-morning, we went to Belle to pick up a radiator for Dwayne's tractor.  We then went to visit Dwayne's cousin, Reba's house.  We had a good visit while Cash played with little cars and trucks.  Iva sat on the couch like a little grownup.  Friday evening, Cash and I made a pizza.

Saturday:  You could tell the kids were starting to miss their Mom.  They were both a little whiney.  Cash and Grandpa were going to go see Chad, Todd and Michelle.   Iva wanted to go too.  I think Dwayne was a little surprised she was already wanting to go with him.  Him and Cash did get away later to go feed the cows.  The kids were having fun going on a walk.   They held hands and went around by the kitchen and hallway back to the living room.  They did this several times.
They were very happy to see their Mom.  April was still sore and really shouldn't be lifting Iva but what else do you do when you're a Mom.  She stayed for awhile before they left.   The house was quiet after they were gone.  We had got used to them being here.  We enjoyed our time together and it was a chance to get to know Iva better.  Grandpa was surprised she didn't go to him more but she was a Grandma's girl and set on my lap a lot.  Cash is pretty much Grandpa's boy until he gets tired or gets a little scrape or bump.
I went to church and then to Rolla to buy a baby gift.  Aunt Fern is getting a new great-granddaughter and the shower was at her granddaughter's Tammi Lincoln's.  I was excited to go as I used to clean that house.  They've remodeled and it looked quite different.  It was nice to see cousins I hadn't seen in awhile.
Came home and made tamale pie for supper.  It was an early night for both of us.
I am grateful for my family and especially the successful outcome of April's surgery.

April's Birthday, September 19th.

We are so blessed to have April as our daughter.  She was quite a surprise as we thought we were going to have another boy.  My mouth hurt the next day from grinning so much.  I couldn't believe I finally got the baby girl I dreamed of.
April has grown up to be a very caring and kind person.  She's a wonderful mother and I wish her the best birthday ever.

                                                                                                          So grateful for our "baby" girl.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Happy Birthday, April Lee:

September 19, 1985

Weekend Update:

Friday Night:
We stayed home.  I fixed steak parmesan for supper.
I went to the hay field with Dwayne.  I was to drive the truck while he loaded hay bales with the tractor.  I took a book along to read.  Did real good, drove the truck/trailer across the highway as Dwayne drove the tractor.  He used the tractor to unload the hay bales into the barn while I read.  All going well.  All of a sudden, someone is tapping on the truck window.  Dwayne had drove the tractor up and through the gate and I'm still down at the barn.  I hadn't noticed him go by at all.  He said (kindly) it did a lot of good to have you come along so I don't have to walk so much.  He did laugh some.  I laughed all the way through the gate.  What can I say, it was a good book.
We hauled another load and then went to Sput's for lunch.  Afterward, I went to Cuba for Cody's little boy Jayce's first birthday party.

After the party, I went to visit my friend, Barb who lives in Cuba.  Unfortunately, she wasn't home.  I always have such a good time visiting with Barb.
When I got home, Michelle called to see if I had any Benadryl.  Chad's dog, Sandy had got bitten by a snake.  I took down some allergy medicine.  Visited with them awhile.
Dwayne came home from the field, we ate supper and called it an early night.
I was having the kids over for April's birthday dinner.  I fixed cauliflower soup, chicken pot pie and blackberry cobbler.  Dad came down for dinner also.  These times of getting together are very important to me.
Iva looks so much like my Mom.
The day was bittersweet as we've always had a big dinner for everyone to celebrate Mom and April's birthdays together.  Mom's was the 18th and April's is the 19th.
We had a good time visiting with the grandkids as April and Mike came over early for April to do laundry as her washer/dryer isn't working.  Cash loves to have a trailer hooked up to his truck.  We have an auger (full size) on the basketball court.  Cash looked at it, kicked it, walked around it a few times, then backs his truck up to it.  He lifts the arm of the auger and places it down exactly on the little hook of the truck.  Too bad the auger is full size or he would have drove off with it.  Both kids have such fun with the truck.  A very good purchase.
I am so grateful for my beautiful daughter and to celebrate another birthday with her.

Friday, September 15, 2017


Nathan came over to play cards last night.  I have missed him and Lizzy so much.  They used to come over every Tuesday night to play cards and watch TV.   At Christmas, Lizzy moved in with her Mom.  Nathan didn't want to come by himself.
Out of the blue, he called yesterday to see if he could come over to play cards.  Dwayne was at Vichy bush hogging.  We were so involved in cards, I didn't even start supper.  We all ate cereal for supper.  I'm such a good wife!  lol
I am so grateful for these visits.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Visiting old friends:

This morning, Dad and I went to visit some friends of his, Charles and Fay.  Dad and Charles relived their earlier years.  Dad, Mom, Charles, Fay and my Uncle Gale and Aunt Ruby used to go on dates together.   I've seen several pictures of this era and it looks like they had so much fun.
Sadly, Charles and Fay are in poor health.  Fay, especially so.  I visited with Fay but unfortunately I could not understand much of what she said,
Fay and Charles came to visit more than one time during our last week with Mom.  Fay sat by Mom's bed and held her hand for an hour or more.  She told stories about when they were kids and the games they played, the times spent at school and shared a bond of losing their Mom's at a young age.  I know Mom heard Fay, as she would grip her hand tighter at times and had a smile on her face.  This visit meant a lot to all of us.
Today, I once again thanked God for my Dad's health and being of sound mind.  So much, we take for granted.
                                                                         I am most grateful for my Dad and times spent together.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Anniversary Weekend:

I worked at the flower shop.  That evening, April and Mike picked us up to go out and eat.  We didn't know where we were going.  The kids all surprised us at Matt's Steakhouse.  We had a great meal and an evening visiting.  Cash spent the night. 

5 Year Anniversary

40 Year Anniversary

We were once again surprised by the kids by going to the river for the day.  I love boat riding so this was a real treat.  Chad ferried us all from Nagagomi Lodge to his camp site.  It was a nice shaded spot a little elevated from the river. Chad brought toy tractors for Cash to play with.  Chad would rake up sections of dirt for Cash to haul from.  Iva had fun but the ground was a little rough for her walking.  Todd barbecued and we ate lunch.  Some played washers, others just relaxed in the peace of being around the river.  It was Cash and Iva's first time riding in a boat.  Cash wanted to spend the night again.

When it comes to bedtime, Cash is Nana's boy.  Very tired after playing all day at the river.
Sunday, September 10, 1977
We look so young in this picture.  Actually, we were young at twenty years old.  But we certainly thought we were old enough to get married.  Guess so, as we've been married 40 years.
Cash had spent the night with us.  We spent the morning on the front porch while Cash played.  A very nice day out. Cash was missing Iva so he asked Grandpa to go pick her up.  She also misses him when he's gone.  I'm glad they're close like that.  In the afternoon, we took Cash home.   He was asleep not much longer than we left the house.  He cried when we got to his house, he wanted to stay longer.  We stayed for awhile watching the kids play outside. 
We took one side road and wound up on the other side on Meta.  The first part of the drive was nice but the last part was just scrub brush and runned down fields.
We went on into Rolla to eat a sandwhich and then home to watch movies.
What a great weekend we had.
I am grateful for Dwayne and the family we've created.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Labor Day Weekend:

We went to the Vienna parade Saturday.    Cash had so much fun catching candy.   Iva was find as long as she was with Momma. April's sister-in-law, Elizabeth, daughters, Kylie and Elaina came over for the parade. Todd and Michelle sat with us and Chad rode his buggy in the parade.  After the parade, we all met at Checo's for dinner.  It was nice having the family together.

My Aunt Alice and Uncle Robert Feeler celebrating their 65th Anniversary.

Chad and Trevor
Dwayne baled hay.  I went to church and then to my nephew, Wayne's for a fish fry.  They had a ton of food.  My favorite was the fried okra.  Judy and Aunt Fern were there among other family and friends.  I took home a plate for Dwayne so I didn't have to cook.  Dustin came by and dropped off Noah for me to keep overnight.
 Noah is such a good little boy.  He's easy to watch.  We made a hand print for his Daddy.  Dustin came mid-morning to get Noah.  I spent the afternoon mowing the yard.  Funny, it's not near as "fun" as it is in the beginning of Summer.
Just as I got cleaned up, Dwayne came home.  We went to Todd and Michelle's to see her horses she just moved from her parent's house.
We then went to visit Chad.  Home to Dwayne grilling hamburgers.  Overall, a good weekend.
I am grateful for our country and safety.  I pray for all the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.