Saturday, September 27, 2008

It's BBQ Time!

Today is our annual BBQ held right here at home. We usually have between 75 and 150 people to show up. We have been working this morning to set up tables, ice cream machines, slushy machines, and start the turnip greens & potatoes. The BBQ is already in the warmer and I have a big pot of white beans ready.

Everyone that comes will bring a dish that goes with BBQ and we will have a great time. There will be music, volley ball, horse shoes and a hayride at dusky dark.

It takes a lot to put this together, but in the end it is well worth it. To see the children running and playing on the farm is a joy. After all, some of these children and parents live in the city and coming out to our place is a big treat for them.

I am spending a little down time right now, waiting until they start showing up. I am going to try and finish another step in my quilt mystery and also embroider a new hand towel. I am just trying to relax for a few hours before all of the excitement starts.

Friday, September 26, 2008

How Quickly Things Change

Just the other day, I was saying how things were okay with Mom and then bang!, the situation changed. I walked into her room and, luckily she knew me, she started talking about how I had wrecked the motor home (which we don't have) and I killed 2 people. She ask how I got out of jail so soon. I told her they let me out on community service so I could come and check on her.

That is how quickly her mind goes. All during my visit she would see people and mini cars moving around in her room. It just breaks my heart to see her like this. Even though she knows who I am she has no clue where she is or what is going on. I am hopeful that she will pull out of this but, time will tell and we have to wait and see.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Turned 55!

Another month has gone by and now I am another year older. I used to think that once you hit 50 things started going down hill. I now think that hitting 55 just makes you want to keep striving harder to make it to 80 or maybe 90. I hope I live that long.

Mom also turned 78 in August. It is hard for me to explain how she is doing, so I guess I will say that she is holding her own. Her vital signs are stable and I am grateful for that.

Amanda's good friend Tracy was killed in a car wreck last week. She was 37 and had 2 children, 5 & 7. At times like that it makes you really think about where you life is going.

I have finished 1 lap quilt, have 2 to quilt and bind. I am working on the Carolina Crossroads mystery quilt of Bonnie Hunter's. I hope to be finished with step 4 today.

This is my latest oil painting titled "Waterfall". The photo was taken at Fall Creek Falls here in TN by my daughter and son-in-law. I am pleased with the way it turned out but I am glad it is finished. All that green was really a challenge.

This weekend Ricky and I will be hosting our annual BBQ. Usually we have 75 to 125 people show up. Food, music, games and hayrides. I guess I will be busy this week with fall cleaning inside and out. Actually, everything goes rather smoothly. It is a little hectic until the day of, but then it all falls in place.

Have a good week and I will chat later.