Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Recently my ride was the '62 Chevy. It seems to be our favorite as it is the car we dated in, used as our main transportation for several years, & have always kept. (Although one day he came dangerously close to trading it off for a Corvette!)
Bob drove this car nightly to his job as caboose man for Rock Island Railroad. During our Kansas City years, he began showing the '62 at local car shows, including Darryl Starbird events. That's when the real show bug bit him!
Most of these old Chevy's lack air conditioning. Remember the vents that opened & let the warm wind blow inside the vehicle? Bob usually has to have them wide open so he doesn't have to hear me complain about no a/c! The grandkids love riding in the cars, but I'm not too sure if their Mommy much approves. Grandpa Bob usually waits until we are almost home, on the back stretch behind our Walmart, and then he puts his foot to the floor & gives the grandkids a little thrill. They love it! "Do it again Papaw", they say...& they can't wait to tell Mommy about Papaw going real fast!
Hopefully the heat will wait until we get home from church before it is unbearable tomorrow. Because, I just never know what my Sunday ride will be in! (Do I hear the GTO revving up?)
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
And so began my love for worn, weathered looking black furniture.
Since my grandbabies are more or less out of the diaper stage, I handed down my changing table, & once again had a vacant spot in my laundry room. Hmmmm.....I needed storage space as my room had become cluttered over the months with baskets of books & magazines, bags of treasures, & boxes of things I didn't want to part with. I considered buying ready made shelves, the ones that just screw together, and then I could have my clutter half way organized.
Then the idea came to me to have Bob's cabinet man build some shelves. I knew he could at least paint them black!
I should have known that anything Andy made would be the best. He is quite the craftsman & makes beautiful cabinets for our homes we build. Andy came & measured, looked over my little black table, and when he left, I could see the wheels turning. And so I patiently waited for several weeks for Andy to work his wooden magic.
The day for delivery came last week. I was thinking that Andy would come in with some type of shelving system that had to be mounted to the wall. Needless to say, I was quite happy when I saw the beautiful cabinet he had built! He knew what I wanted without me even planning for it! All at once my idea of just a storage unit turned into something completely different. I was still going to use it for storage, but now it would also be a display piece, giving me access to things not used every day.
It didn't take me long to cruise through the house & find enough things to begin filling up the shelves. My green pottery I had found at T J Maxx had a new home on the top shelf, along with the white ceramic bunnies & Target bird salt & pepper shakers.
The next shelf would give me easy access to the Martha Stewart dishes I had found on sale at Macy's.
And then I found stacks of my Paula Deen magazines, cookbooks, pottery, a few Longaberger baskets, mixing bowls that once belonged to Mom, & matching mixing bowls of my own & even Mom's old kitchen tablecloth.
More cookbooks are stored in baskets on the floor, along with holiday napkins & paper plates. Believe it of not, most of these things had been either crammed on shelves in my hallway, or stuffed in my laundry room closet, waiting for a place of their own.
For now everything has been cleaned & put away. Knowing me, I may find a few more pieces of the green Portugal-made dishes, or some other holiday accent that I can't live without. No doubt, the shelves will evolve into something completely different in a few months.
My next project...I think the washer & dryer area is begging for custom made "Andy" cabinets that would house more things that need more elbow room in my laundry closet. Wonder when Andy can get started....
(My faithful old Whirlpool washer does a dance at least once on laundry day. I'm just biding my time until it bites the dust & we can get new front loaders! Dream on......)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
He's just happy to be here! : ) I found out that Coldstone Creamery has frozen ice cream cakes & decided to try one out. It was delicious...chocolate cake & chocolate ice cream, called "Midnight Delight"! Mmmmmm
(I think there are some leftovers in the freezer)
It was a good day, fun to be together & visit. The grandchildren found a huge puddle of water out on our back driveway & had the time of their lives riding bikes & Big Wheels through it. That led to some big time stomping in the water, then some took off shoes & socks & did a little dance...& we even saw one child taking off his britches! I'm sure the neighbors were being greatly entertained! All of the fun they had was well worth the wet mess they brought inside with them when it was time to go home.
Happy Birthday, Papaw! Your family loves you very much.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Some of our family had plans for tonight so we decided to put off the birthday celebrations until Sunday afternoon.And if the grandchildren cooperate like they did a few weeks ago,we may have some lovely pictures to post once again!Dad Thompson took Bob & I out for a special birthday dinner at Red Lobster.
(I just happen to have a big day planned tomorrow with my gardening friend--going to Nichols & Dimes Country Gathering festival in the big city of Elizabethtown (just find the 4-way stop at the grainery & you're there!)
& then on to lunch at The Farmhouse Cafe near Bean Blossom, so hope I don't forget to come back early enough to hit the grocery store!)
Oops...sorry, Bob, I forgot this was supposed to be your birthday post.
If you happen to know what vintage year this car was made,
then you can figure out how old Bob is!
(It is his tradition to stand by the car that is the model of his age.
Good thing he is a Baby Boomer)
More to come....
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I found this picture frame, and the grandma that I am,
just had to have it,
thinking I would just snap a picture of those little darlin's
& hang it on my wall.
Ha! Have you ever tried to photograph six wiggle worms?
Well, let me tell you...it ain't easy,
& I haven't accomplished the job just yet!
before some of those little wiggles made their escape!
Peyton even said "ta-dah"....
in other words-catch me if you can!
We gave up.
But since it really was Mother's Day
we thought we would try for a few family shots... Hey! April got a good one of her little brood!
And since it was Karen's weekend to work
Jonathan took the kids in to see her at CRH.
(Good thing one of the other nurses thought to bring a camera!)
So, for now, I still have an empty spot right in the middle of my picture frame.
Just waiting for those six little youngin's to quit squirming long enough
that some lucky photographer can capture them all smiling at once.
Anyone want to set up an appointment?
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Jonathan helped friends at Franklin get away from their home that was nearly flooded. Later, he and that friend had to go rescue another couple, ones who suffered much more severe damage. Jeff was out of town, but made arrangements for anyone needing shelter to come to their home, and later Jonathan, Karen & Monty had to spend a few hours there as they couldn't get back home.
I never did get close enough to Miss Julia's home to see if she was okay. Later I tried to call & there was no answer. My phone rang very early the next morning & one of our other renters told me that she had Miss Julia with her & they were in a shelter. I felt a wave of relief, knowing she was safe. But she had gone through a terrifying time, having to be evacuated from her street in a boat, & then was loaded on a school bus. They were taken to Columbus East High School where Red Cross set up a shelter. But in the middle of the night, water breached the street & Columbus East began flooding. Once again, the refugees had to be loaded back on buses & were taken across town to Columbus North, going through streets covered in flood waters. No wonder Miss Julia told me, "Sheila, I about drowned!".
Our community was in shock.
The flood waters had completely shut down our hospital and it took over 5 months for them to be able to reopen.
But during that time, a mobile hospital was brought in for emergencies as our nearest hospital was almost 20 miles away.
Factories & businesses were shut down. Some suffered multi-million dollar losses. Some never re-opened.
Complete housing additions were in total ruin. Mud, sludge, & field debris was everywhere.
I remember driving around a few days later, feeling so helpless & at a loss of how to help. I had my camera with me, thinking I would take pictures of the piles & piles of trash, carpet, clutter & cornstalks that was curbside. But I just couldn't do it. It was like I would have been photographing someone else's loss & it broke my heart.(These photos were taken from our newspaper)
But we found out that during a disaster, our community pulled together & did what we could to help our friends, neighbors, & even those we didn't know. The City immediately began hauling all of the trash away without charge. They went up & down the streets that had suffered damage week after week, hauling away things that used to be someone else's history.
Residents that weren't flooded found it a good time to clean out their closets, attics, or basements & donated tons of clothing & furniture to those in need.
We talked to people we would never even notice before.
Everyone had their own story.
It seemed that if we didn't suffer personal loss,
we knew someone who did.
It was a terrible time.
I'm not quite sure why communities like ours have to go through these kinds of experiences. But I know that we all learned from this terrible flood.
I now have a much more sympathetic ear when I hear of flood waters in other areas and sort of visualize what they are going through. This Spring when the torrential rains came & the river banks were about ready to overflow, a feeling of dread was felt. But thankfully the waters have receded & we are going on with our lives.
We'll never be the same...