3. MEMORIES

I was standing on our patio when I took this pic. That barn is our son's and the rainbow looks like it's going right behind the barn into our son's house. I quickly jumped on the four wheeler but when I got down there, alas! There was no pot of gold!
I was standing on our patio when I took this pic. That barn is our son’s and the rainbow looks like it’s going right behind the barn into our son’s house. I quickly jumped on the four wheeler but when I got down there, alas! There was no pot of gold!

 

1-2011 AUG BRAIDEN GORD BACKHOE 1S
2011… My husband digging up an area below the house to plant some raspberries and blueberries. Our granddaughter was helping. Sort of.

 

My grandson, under an apple tree in our yard.
2011  My grandson, under an apple tree in our yard. He was three at the time.

 

Our grandson's mom and dad like his hair "buzzed." At first he wouldn't let his dad do it, only me. Then my husband started taking over. You just couldn't do it all at one time when he was little. It had to be done in stages, as shown in the pic! He was 5 in this pic. He's finally graduated to allowing his own dad do it, all at once.
Our grandson’s mom and dad like his hair “buzzed.” At first he wouldn’t let his dad do it, only me. Then my husband started taking over. You just couldn’t do it all at one time when he was little. It had to be done in stages, as shown in the pic! He was 5 here. He’s finally graduated to allowing his own dad do it, all at once.

This video is of our grandson, Cutler, in 2010, when he was 2, enjoying some of the flowers next to my patio. He was always interested in flowers and still loves going to the greenhouse in the spring and picking out stuff. Maybe a future horticulturist?

We were tearing a fence out in the video below and decided to let Cutler run the small backhoe. He did a great job and he was only 6 at the time!

 

Our granddaughter got her very own .22 rifle when she was five. It's a scaled-down version for kids, but it is a real rifle. She is now 13 and a wonderful deer hunter!
Our granddaughter got her very own .22 rifle when she was five. It’s a scaled-down version for kids, but it is a real rifle. She is now 13 and a good deer hunter!

 

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Our son and his wife on her 40th birthday.

Our son (pictured above and below), graduated from high school in 1992 and received an ROTC scholarship to attend college.  in 1993 he went to Airborne school at Ft. Benning.  After graduating from Illinois Institute of Technology with a civil engineering degree in 1996 he went through the Officer’s Basic Course at Ft. Leonard Wood. In 1997 he went to Ranger School at Ft. Benning,  then back to Ft. Leonard Wood for Sappers Leader’s Course. From there he went to Ft. Bragg and went through the Jump Masters Course in 1998, and also the Air Assault Course. Part of his job at Ft. Bragg was Jump Master. He told me that basically, his job was to shove men out of the plane when they were too afraid to jump.

This was a proud moment in our lives.... pinning our son's Lieutenant stripes on him after he graduated from Officer's School at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO.
This was a proud moment in our lives…. pinning our son’s Lieutenant stripes on him after he graduated from Officer’s School at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO.

 

Graduation from Ranger school. Our son, on the left, and a friend of his on right.
Graduation from Ranger school. Our son, on the left, and a friend of his on right.

 

2010 - Me, having a little fun at a mall in Tennessee.
2010 – Me, having a little fun at a mall in Tennessee.

Below, Braiden age 4, singing up a storm in 2007.

 

Braiden and cousin Hunter fishing with us. Hunter caught a nice bass.


Braiden catches her first fish!

 

2014… Braiden trying to get her little brother interested in riding, but I think the only riding he really gets excited about is on his four wheeler or dirt bike.

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The pic below was taken in summer, 2016. That’s our granddaughter Braiden on her horse. Both of them are beautiful! Unfortunately, the horse had to be put down because of chronic laminitis. Braiden is on her own property. Our home is in those trees in the background on the left.

1-BRAIDEN ON BLACK

 

When we moved here in 1971, walks in the woods were always turning up shelf-bracket fungi on the trunks of trees. We sawed one off as I though it might be fun to try and paint something on one of them when I had some time. This was my first attempt in 1987.  I am not an artist.  Sometimes I think that if I had the spare time I’d like to go to the local college and take a few art classes.

1-RACCOONS PAINTED ON FUNGUS

 

I made these dolls for my mom and dad when they moved to their North Carolina home. The bodies are pantyhose, stuffed with polyester, and the features are made with a sewing needle and thread pulling through the filling.  I really don’t like doing “crafty” things at all, so this was a one-in-a-lifetime effort. Now that my parents are both passed away these stupid things are back in my own home. I am going to try and pawn them off on my daughter or one of the grandkids.

DOLLS MADE FOR MOM AND DADa

 

I HATE TO COOK! I also suck at it. I would rather be out in the woods with a chain saw than in the kitchen with a frying pan any day! I have never been a good cook, and it seems that no matter what I try most of it tastes crummy.  Every woman wants to hear those special “three little words” from the man in her life. Unfortunately, I’ve never heard those precious three little words, “This tastes good.”  Here’s just a few pictures of major fails.

2002 JUN 4 CRATER CAKE
I have no luck with layer cakes. They always split apart on the tops.

 

This was a birthday cake for my husband. He loves cherry cakes. Another fail! It also split apart on the top. I figured the red plastic spoons, shoved down between the two layers, would hold them together and the color at least coordinated with the cake!
This was a birthday cake for my husband. He loves cherry cakes. Another fail! It also split apart on the top. I figured the red plastic spoons, shoved down between the two layers, would hold them together and the color at least coordinated with the cake!

 

This was supposed to be biscotti. Instead, it just looks like big chocolate butt cheeks.
This was supposed to be biscotti. Instead, it just looks like big chocolate butt cheeks.

 

Every single time I tried to make bread it would fail. Usually it was hard as a rock and only suitable as a door stop. This one started off looking good, but as soon as I removed it from the pan it deflated.
Every single time I tried to make bread it would fail. Usually it was hard as a rock and only suitable as a door stop. This one started off looking good, but as soon as I removed it from the pan it deflated.

 

An epic fail! This was supposed to be "beer can chicken." I put the beer can inside the chicken, turned on the grill, and this is what I found when I checked it.
An epic fail! This was supposed to be “beer can chicken.” I put the beer can inside the chicken, turned on the grill, and this is what I found when I checked it.

 

A lemon meringue pie. Unfortunately, the meringue wasn't nice and fluffly, but fell flatter than a squashed bug.
A lemon meringue pie. Unfortunately, the meringue wasn’t nice and fluffly, but fell flatter than a squashed bug.

 

These were supposed be be cookies. Not bars!
These were supposed be be cookies.

 

Waffles, anyone??
Waffles, anyone??

 

Raspberry pies. Used my own black raspberries and made my own pie crusts!
Raspberry pies. Used my own black raspberries and made my own pie crusts!

And the photo below is one of the worst fails! I had made two home-made pizzas.  Even made and rolled my own crust! We put one on a pizza pan and cooked it and ate it right away. Very good. The one pictured below was put on a pizza pan and frozen. When I went to bake it I thought to myself, “Hmmmmm… when I buy a frozen pizza the instructions say to put it directly on the oven rack without a pan. That must be what I should do my this home-made pizza.”  Well, obviously,  I didn’t think it through. When you buy a frozen pizza the dough isn’t raw. It’s already been cooked. Therefore, it won’t simply drip down between the tines on the oven rack! When I froze my pizza the dough was not cooked. Ergo, pizza disaster!

1-2001 PIZZA FIASCOx