Today marks day 29 until the wedding of Shawna and Caleb.  So many things left to do, but the girls are taking a break this weekend and traveling to the Lake of the Ozarks!  I am sure I will be posting more about the private conversations we have had through messenger but that will have to wait until the weekend is over.

Shawna has no idea what we have planned and I think she is a little anxious.  You see, she is much like her father (way more than they will ever  admit), she doesn’t really like surprises and is a little worried about what her “girls” have planned for her.  It probably doesn’t help that every time I received a message last night I giggled and she had no idea.

We are leaving the boys at home to work on the house so we expect to see lots of progress without us there to interrupt them.  Prayers that they find something to eat this weekend.  They are not very good at remembering to eat without us there to feed them.

In other news about the wedding, the flowers are done and look amazing!!  Thanks Crystal Beamer.  Several of the dresses are done, Adrianna’s, Tara’s and Amanda’s (I think), Shawna’s reception dress, the flower girls dresses and they are gorgeous.  We love them Debbie Ludwig, as always, your work is beyond our actual vision.  Can’t wait to see it all come together. Most of the decorations are compete, thanks to Marlene Freels and Pat Stemme.  Brittany Bastian and Melinda Bastian, thanks for the use of some of the decorations.  More thanks to come later I am sure, but these things are in my living room right now and need to be put away so they are on my mind.  Thanks to my mom and dad and Jimmy’s mom, Margaret and Mangus Moore and Liz Dunn for allowing us to store things at your house since ours is overflowing!

Pray that our men survive without us this weekend.  Adrianna is being left behind to hold down the womanly responsibilities, pray for her that she survives and doesn’t pull the princess card on them! because she won’t hesitate and they will bow to her wishes.  Pray that the guys get lots completed on the house and have a good time doing it.

More after the weekend is over and we can reveal what all we had planned for her.


Dear Granny

Dear Granny,

Well it finally happened.  We had another Flood reunion after 18 years!  I can’t even begin to explain how much fun we had.  It was the hottest day of the year but that didn’t stop us.  So  many of the kids ended up in Mom and Dad’s pool and the adults sat under the shade trees in the yard and some sat inside in the air conditioning.

We met Uncle Bob’s sons and their family.  Such a nice group of people and Pete and Billy talked about stealing watermelon (not sure their parents knew this!!) and getting caught.  They thought they were smart and stole them during the day because everyone else that got caught stole them at night.  That really made us laugh to think about a couple of 14 year old boys thinking they could outsmart others.  Wow, some things never change.

Of course there was a ton of food (you would have been so proud of your kin folks!!), we know how to cook and eat.  Charlotte brought Carrot Cake that was unbelievable, I think Mike and I got the last of the crumbs (well enough for a good size portion anyway!)  and a German Chocolate cake that was gobbled up.

I got to see Donna, who I remember from the High Hill days but haven’t seen her in forever and knew who she was immediately.

Some of Uncle Bill’s kids came in and we got to see them again, they came in for Aunt Gin’s 100 birthday party a while back and we connected through facebook.

Of course, most of Uncle Buster’s kids were there, Bert made a huge cooker full of green beans and Mark was complaining that she made too many (which we all made too much!  that is what we do right?)  Pat and Bob were there with their crew.  We had a great time with them of course, who can’t have fun with Uncle Buster’s family.

Donnie, his boys and their families were there.  I knew Kevin immediately but Barry has changed (imagine that after 18 years!).  Donnie was one of the first ones there and really enjoyed himself.

So many relatives in one place, you would have been in your element there, family was everything to you.  We talked, laughed, ate, talked and laughed some more.

But the highlight for me was Billy and Rosie and their family.  You knew that though didn’t you.  We have always had a special connection.  Everyone but Little Billy came.  Ryker and Brock immediately had that connection with the girls.  Adrianna wasn’t able to make it but she would have followed them around and possibly snuck in the car and went home with them.  It was Katrina’s birthday and someone bought her a crown to wear, now it is being passed from cousin to cousin as their birthday arrives.  Dad took them a ride in the four wheeler and wagon and they had a great time.  Shawna and Caleb went over to the place they were staying and Caleb fished with Bobby Lee.

Now my family wants to make a trip to California.  Nicole promised Ryker that she would make sure he went to Disney.

I know you all were together in heaven looking down on us and smiling and laughing and enjoying that your family could get together and enjoy each other so much!

We started the week off with the 4th of July picnic at Hatton Hall.  It was misting/raining so they grilled under the pavilion and we had a great turn out.  The 4-H group talked about patriotic songs and we sang several.  Great job on the program and the food.  Everyone seemed to have a great time visiting.

This week the Callaway Youth Expo was the big event in the area.  Our neighbor Shea Smith was chosen queen and I got to talk to her for a few minutes today.  She said it is nice being queen except her brothers don’t comply with her requests!  Except Beau, he tells her every morning, “Good morning Beautiful!”.  What a sweet thing for a little brother to say and what a way to start your day.  Of course, she is beautiful but for a brother to acknowledge it…

Let’s start with Tuesday, I had been asked to judge sewing and told them yes I would be happy to.  As the time approached, it started making me nervous that I would make a wrong decision.  As I talked to other judges, they had the same thoughts.  My partners were Margaret Fansler and Roberta Brown, both I have known for a while so that made it easier.  One of the first people we judged had been sewing for 7 years, she made a lined jacket, top and slacks, hand sewing the arm linings in.  I sat there in amazement, thinking back when my mom tried to teach me to sew.  So our kids ranged from 8-18 years old and they all did a wonderful job.  They were all well spoken and could explain the process very well, knowing all the sewing terms and materials they used.  So to those that I judged, congratulations and to their project leaders, keep up the great work, you are doing amazing things with these young people.

The horse show was cancelled because of all the rain we received.  Sad that happened because we have some really good kids that do a wonderful job with their horses.

They had the small animal show, the pedal tractor pull, swine show, cattle shows, bucket calf show.  As I am scrolling through facebook, I see lots of pictures of kids I know winning events!

Then I go to inspect the ham breakfast.  I see lots of candidates supporting our youth in the county.  Plus they are eating some really good food (if the comments to me were correct!).  What a great way to get out and visit lots of people and see what the needs of the county may be.

To all the youth in the county!  You are all winners just from entering and going through the process, learning to speak and show!  Hope everyone learned something!


Sorry for the MIA

So many times I started to post something and things kept getting in the way.  I am going to try to commit myself to at least one blog post a week.  Call me out if I don’t please!!

So many thing have been happening around here I don’t even know where to begin.

OK, so work has been crazy busy and I have taken on a few more things.  I started teaching a food dehydration class about 2 times a year and it has expanded and I have been to Centralia schools a couple of times to teach them about that.  They have always been a fun group of kids and love what I bring for them to test.  Dried watermelon is their favorite (and by far the hardest to dry!).  Thanks to everyone that has attended and taught me something new.  I have also taught a few classes on various things at the Fulton Library.  Sherri McBride contacts me several times a year and we plan something (usually food wise).  Last year’s “One Read” was a book called “Station Eleven” where most of the population is destroyed and how people survive (Have to read the book to learn more).  So we had a discussion about foods grown in the wild.  We had a great discussion about this and I hope many learned that Nature provides us with many blessings.

This started the search for elderberries, you see my oldest started her own jam/jelly business and wants mostly stuff grown locally.  Strawberries, rhubarb, peaches, blackberries, blueberries and lovely elderberries.  They are tiny but grow wild in so many places here in Mid Missouri.  We started picking them and they are TINY!!  But they are a great source of immune building nutrients.  We are closely watching them this summer so we know when we can start picking them again.

Last month, I did another presentation at the library and we talked about food to boost your brain power and I will be taking this program to the kids later this month.  We talked about how smoothies are easy and quick to make and make a great start to the day.  We used bananas, strawberries, blueberries and cherries.  Everyone had their favorite and no one was the clear winner so that shows how versatile smoothies are.  We used local honey as a sweetener and  I told them they could add spinach, kale or any “green” to make it more healthy.  They were excited to go home and try it.  Can’t wait to teach the kids how to make their own breakfast.

I am still quilting and late last fall, Jimmy bought me a quilting machine.  No not a long arm quilter but it does a wonderful job and I love it.  Just need more time to work on it and learn about it.  Joined a quilter’s guild recently and we have a wonderful time.  It is really just a group of local ladies that are interested in quilting and we get together once a month, usually make a block with a theme and we draw for the winner.  One of the best times we have is that monthly meeting.  If you are interested in joining, let me know and I will have them add you to the Facebook group.

So Tara started her Jam/Jelly business called Fruit of the Spirit (check her out on Facebook), and it has been a journey.  She is always checking my freezer for my summer harvest to see what she can get and has ventured into my garden to “steal” some of my jalapenos.  She has involved the whole family.  I can’t tell you how many bushels of apples they picked and Greg peeled, how many gallons of blackberries the kids picked (and ate!) or how much fun they had planting the 40 rhubarb plants and 50 strawberry plants I picked up for them at an auction.  Sometimes we make runs for supplies if everyone is busy and she has cleaned me out on pint and half pint jars from my stash.  Luckily my mother gave me a bunch of quart jars and I found some at a garage sale (and a friend has been watching auctions for me).

Greg decided to be baptized and chose July 3rd as the date.  We were a little concerned because the weather forecast was for heavy rain for the weekend and he was going to be baptized at their lake.  We got 5 inches of rain but because we had such a dry spring/summer it wasn’t too bad.  The rain stopped and we all stood by the lake while Scott baptized him and it was a wonderful ceremony.  Ryker was really afraid for his daddy, thinking something like a shark was going to bite him.

Shawna decided she had enough of living in Columbia so she and her fiancee (yes you read that right) are building a house on our property just south of where Jimmy’s grandparent’s house used to sit.  They are doing most of the work themselves and have been wiring it this week.  They are getting married in September  and the time is flying by.  We have most everything done except the food which will have to be done that week.  Her first shower is in a couple of weeks and it will really seem real then.

Thanks for staying with me through all this rambling, next time I won’t wait so long.  Blessings to everyone reading this.

Post Thanksgiving musings

Well, it is the day after Thanksgiving, that day when so many people shop and refer to this holiday as Black Friday.  Me, I am not a shopper but did get out and go to my favorite shop in the world today.  Material Girl Quilt Shop in Centralia MO is a wonderful experience so I was excited to go there today.  I found some beautiful material that I just finished creating a pattern for that I saw a picture of and decided I could make a variation of.  Oh, my goodness, I am not sure I am going to be able to give this one away.  Sorry Shawna!  It is going to be made out of batik material and I can’t wait to finish it and post pictures pre-quilted and post quilted because Jan Forsee is amazing always with her quilting ideas for me.

And then because my husband doesn’t like leftovers and we cooked over 35 pounds of meat for his family’s thanksgiving dinner, I decided today to make some food and freeze it and take it to our local sheltered workshop that serves vulnerable adults in our community and gives them employment opportunities.  So we have turkey and noodles as well as turkey and stuffing frozen tonight for them.  I have almost a weeks worth of food for somewhere between 40-60 employees that eat at Kingdom Projects Inc.  We are trying to make our workshop more profitable and if I can help feed them for at least one meal, I am happy.  If you are interested in helping out, contact me and I can help you make contact with them.

This year instead of focusing on what I was thankful for, I decided to focus on the giving part.  I even talked to the children in our church about the importance of giving, even if it was just a hug to their parents.  So I have been trying to do more giving this month and it really makes me happy to see little things become so important to others.    I think I will continue to do this for the rest of the year and it may become my New Year’s Resolution.  I like it to be random and very few people to know about it.  Some times, it may just be as simple as a smile at someone who looks like they really need it, slipping a little present to someone or maybe making a meal for Kingdom Projects when I find myself with extra food.

So from our family, we are giving all of you a big hug today and may your life be a little brighter.

It has been a long time since I was on here and I have missed you all.

Let’s see what has happened.  DH had hip replacement in March and is doing awesome with it, now he has a knee that is bothering him.  At this rate by the time he is ready for retirement, he will be bionic!

Spring came and a huge garden, the kids and grandkids put the garden in with us this year.  Once again our tomatoes were superstars.  We quit taking 5 gallon buckets to the garden and used the wheelbarrow to take them to the produce table about every other day.  Peppers have done well, okra (which we never grew before) did awesome!  not so much for the cantaloupe, something kept eating it and I strongly suspect grashhoppers!, butter nut squash, Oh My Gosh.  I bet we have between 70 and 90 and they are still blooming!

Work is so busy and we have not slowed down since January but it is all good and something different every day.

Mr. B wrestled this winter (still don’t understand it), he played t-ball and did very well, hit several triples and doubles and made several outs.  Ms. A danced and was so cute, she has learned she loves to sing and knows all the words and motions to “Frozen”.  Mr. R is still a Papa’s boy and shadows him everywhere.  When Papa was in the hospital after surgery (that very night) R insisted that he get in bed with Papa and of course he was allowed to and laid right there next to Papa and was content!

Mowing the yard and church has been a challenge this year because we have had rain when we need it and between that, the garden and work for both of us, it has taken some pretty creative scheduling to keep everything looking good.

Most of my quilting has been put on the back burner because we have been so busy but with the weather cooling off, the garden and yard will slow down so I can get back to that.

It is time to start back to Kids For Jesus in about 10 days and I am excited to see all the littles again.  I have missed them this summer and I didn’t get to help with Vacation Bible School because of my work schedule so that makes me doubly excited to get back to work with these kids.  A heart bursting moment I guarantee you all, when you hear your grandchildren recite the Lord’s Prayer during Church service.  I guarantee it will make you cry with joy to know they are being trained up in God’s ways and Grace!  Plus they have awesome teachers at Church and a great babysitter.  Our church held VBS this year with a new preacher and according to the kids it was great.  They ended up with a camp out in the parking lot and breakfast the next morning.  Thanks so much Pastor Rebecca!  You are amazing.  She has a son that is 6 weeks younger than Mr. B and they have become great friends.

Now it is soccer season with the grandchildren, instructional of course, they are too young for anything else.  Makes me glad because another sport that Nanny and Papa know nothing about, luckily Caleb (Shawna’s boyfriend) does and plays with them!

I promise I won’t let it be so long next time and I promise I will be telling you all about Craft Day that is coming up in 3 weeks.  Oh gosh, now that really made me nervous, better get busy getting ready to have a pie baking marathon with the girls and slip some cornbread in there as well!!

Hope your spring/summer has been good.

Our grandkids always want us to make up stories to tell them. First question is fiction or non-fiction. Brock always wants a non-fiction story so I usually end up telling him a story about his mom and aunt growing up.
This is a story I haven’t told them and I believe it is a fiction story or at least I have never seen this happen.
So, as a fiction story starts, here goes…
Once upon a time, there was a husband and wife that lived together in the country. The wife loved to sew quilts in the winter time. She had been gathering quite a pile of quilt tops and material during the spring, summer and fall.
**Side note:a quilt top is just what you think it is, the top of the quilt, there has to be batting and a back quilted to the top for it to truly be a quilt. AND gathering quite a pile of material is called a stash or as the wife’s children call it “hoarding”.
One day on the weekend when the weather was bad as it seems to get sometime in Missouri winters, the wife decided to do a little stash busting (see the explanation above!!) and get those backs complete so she could send them to the quilter. See, most quilts take anywhere from 3-6 yards of material to properly cover the back and this wife likes to piece backs so they are not plain. It makes them more interesting and have more character. She explains to the hubby that she is trying to get rid of some of that material that just appeared over the summer in her sewing room. And she actually had 18 quilt tops to get ready. He said he would take care of the housework if she wanted to sew all weekend.
(This next part might or might not be the fiction part).
So the hubby, while doing house work, cleaning and doing dishes, decided he needed to wear an apron. The wife was a loving wife and didn’t take any pictures to share with the world so you just have to visualize it in your mind. Remember this guy is 6’2″ and weighs somewhere around 245 pounds! By taking care of the housework, the husband allowed the wife to stash bust almost 50 yards of material.

While most of this story is true, there are parts that are fiction but the hubby’s cousin thought it would be funny to write this story, so Kent Hanan, here is a story just for you.  Sorry there are no pictures but I am sure you can use your imagination.



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