Merry Christmas 2018


As the year ends and we celebrate our first Christmas in the new house, it’s nice to sit here and remember the journey of the last six months or so.

Trail camera

The house is complete. Our builder is addressing a few repairs and Randy is tweaking some systems to his satisfaction.  We added a garage apron, some sod and seed and new limestone for the driveway. Looks great. I added some hydrangeas to the northeast wall and next to the back steps. They are plants that I grew from cuttings from a large plant that was here and had to be moved.

We have some basic furniture in place with new stuff scheduled for January arrival. The guest house is set up nice for mom and any guests who want to visit.

The dogs are loving it. Marble is holding his own at 80 lbs and has a kill record of 2 squirrels and 3 possums– that we know of. Cappy is pushing 60 lbs and everyone (including the vet) is trying to tell me he is just filling out from his puppy form. I just see a “chunky dog”

Gardenwise it was a great year for peppers (hot, mild, sweet and everything in between), one crop of eggplant, good okra, terrible cucumbers and tomatoes unfortunately. I also grew loofah and got some good ones. The asparagus is ferning nicely and I hope to start harvesting in the spring.

While it seems that Randy is always finding something about the house he wants to change just little, he still had time to help our neighbor with the hay in the pasture. He learned how to fluff and rake the hay in preparation for baling and even got to drive the tractor down the highway to another field. He was so happy. (I could just hear Craig Morgan singing International Harvester in my head).

He also got his first deer while I was taking care of Mom. He skinned it, cleaned it, deboned it, processed it, made roasts, shanks, tenderloin, ground meat and sausage—ALL BY HIMSELF-and smoked part of it too–Bear Grylls eat your heart out. We will eat well this year. And he got this deer from his deer blind-also known as our back porch. Can’t do that in Californina can ya?!

I survived the summer heat and was starting to enjoy fall when Mom had an accident in early November. She broke her left humerus and was miserable.  I was fortunate enough to be able to be with her through the doctors, consultations, preop clearances, then the surgery itself and the aftermath. Two plates with about 20 screws and one GIANT screw in her ulna.

They moved the funny bone nerve, but thankfully did not remove her wonderful  sense of humor! I am glad to report that her physical therapy  is super pleased with her progress and she seems to be healing well.

It was quiet Christmas. Mom was here and we were joined by my brothers and SIL’s. Nice day but we did miss the kids. Speaking of them….

Emily is living in Amarillo. She married Todd and is working hard as a union electrician in their apprenticeship program.  She calls me for cooking advice but it’s fun to hear her call and talk shop with her father.  Kind of like he thought he may be talking to his son who…

Is a junior now at Fresno State.  Andrew is doing well in Women’s Studies and still looking at a minor to compliment the major. He is happy in the dorms and has some support from April who….

Just got engaged! Ervin popped the question with his daughter Aubrey and we all very excited. She is still teaching science at Caruther’s High School and coaching JV volleyball among other things. She also just bought a new house.

So the years move forward, the family grows, we laugh, cry, pray, love and life goes on.

Love to all from Green Acres