Friday, December 20, 2013

A Charlie Brown Christmas

The last two years, my friend, Hui, has participated in an ornament swap at the Christmas lunch with her co-workers.  This is her two ornaments on what we tell her is her "Charlie Brown tree!"

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

November 28th Pictures - Garrett's Birthday and Thanksgiving at the farm

Mike and Cedric helping Wayne (middle) cook the pig

Cousins Madison, Bri, Chloe and Amelia

Garrett's cake - can you tell he is a fireman/EMT?

Happy Birthday, Garrett!

Bri and Chloe ponder over the I-Pad

Missy and Anthony

Wool Crazy finally hung

Monday, October 28, 2013

John Lawson Legacy Days

If you are from Eastern NC you should know about John Lawson.  He founded Bath and New Bern.  Many Swiss and Germans migrated to this area partly (or largly) because of him.  His capture and subsequent murder was the beginning of the Tusauroran Indian Wars.

This past Saturday, I spent the day in Grifton remembering John Lawson and the early settlers of Craven County.  The museum in Grifton had a lot of period reenactors, craft folks, singers and speakers.  Dr. David LaVere has written a recently published book called The Tusauroran Wars.  He was one of the speakers at the day's event.

At the end of the day, we traveled to Fort Barnwell.  I grew up 1/2 mile from there.  The fort is located on what is now privately owned land.  Dr. LaVere discussed the fort, its great location and how the land was considered one of the best sites on a river on the east coast.

All of us enjoyed browsing around the old cemetary and we went to the site of the now gone plantation house called the Simpson-Biddle house.  I never realized that it was built on a mound.  So, the view below would have been very beautiful if you lived in the old plantation house. 

As a teenager, my father lived in that house for a while.  It was a very informative day and I enjoyed learning more about my roots.  The older I get the more I realize what a great legacy those of us who grew up in the US and especially eastern NC have!!

John Lawson Legacy days has been going on for several years.  So, I look forward to next year!

Monday, July 22, 2013

8U and 12U Southeastern Regional Softball Champs

I can't say "We are the champions of the world" yet, but our 12U team will be headed for the World Series in Florida the first week of August.

Granddaughter, Madison, is part of the 12U Pitt County team and sister, Bri, is part of the 8U team for Pitt County.  8U does not go to the World Series, but Bri has been asked to be the bat girl for the 12U team.

Also, the 14U team from Washington, NC were the champions for their age group in Virginia this past weekend.  We are very proud of our winning teams here in eastern North Carolina.  Way to go girls!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Eastern NC State Softball Tournament

This week starts the Eastern NC State Softball Tournament.  Both of my granddaughters made Allstars and will be participating!  This year it is in Beaufort County - which is right next to us.

We are, also, excited that it is only about five miles from our farm in Washington, so we have a place to "hang out" between games.

I still need to get a battery charger that actually works, but here is a picture from last year.

Madison with help from sister, Bri, holding Southeastern Regional Winner's Trophy
 Pitt County usually does well in the tournaments so I am hoping that both my girls and their teammates (12U and 8U) have a successful tournament.

We, also, have a niece, Amelia,  that lives in Bath that will be playing for the 12U team.  It should be a fun week!  Good luck - Madison, Bri and Amelia!!!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

My Recipe for Summer

Now that the weather has gone from cold and wet to hot - I have decided the following is my recipe for summer!  (Also, I got the new "Our State" in the mail yesterday and it talks about "building a summer.")  So, here goes . . .

A little softball. . .

OK - A lot of Softball!

A graduation to attend

Some end of the school year events (You know that happens BEFORE summer officially begins!)

A trip to the mountains, of course!!!

As well as the beach. . .
And, if I am lucky - another trip to the mountains. . . to spend time with my family

and, perhaps, a visit to a historical site.

Wish I had a picture of our garden available - since we usually spend a lot of time in it.  However, there is plenty of time to work on my recipe for summer since it is only May!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Alpaca Day

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit an alpaca farm here in Pitt County.  Heidi, the owner, showed us around, gave us a history lesson and told us how alpacas came to be in the US.  She, also, told us a little about the alpaca and their personalities.

My husband, Mike, was interested but so ready to go into the fence to visit Heidi's alpacas!  Soon, he was leading Mordecai around the pen!  I like animals from a distance, but I got brave and walked around with Mordecai (the head alpaca!), too.

Heidi gave us a lesson on needle felting using alpaca fiber - and I loved doing it!  So, I have already started a project using some of the fiber from Heidi's alpacas.

Heidi's farm is called Celestine Ridge and is great to visit!  However, you need to give her a call first - 252-753-5751.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Snow! Twice in one day!

My friends, Kathy and Betty, rode with me on Saturday to a class at Sharon's house in Raleigh.  Actually, we were taking two classes - to start a new project and work on round two of our Bunny Mat.

However, it started snowing in Raleigh around 11:30 and it did not take long to cover the ground.  So, we hurried and picked out the wool for both projects "lickety split!"  It was beautiful driving home in the snow, but by the time we got to our favorite hot dog spot in Clayton the snow had mixed with rain.

By the time we got to Greenville around 2:15, it had stopped snowing and the temperature had reached 43 degrees.  I fell asleep on the sofa about 3:45 but this is how everything looked 45 minutes later.

The back of my house

My son forgot to put his motorcycle in the garage!

The front

My street

It was nice seeing the snow cover the ground twice in one day!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year!

My two Chinese friends from ECU, invited us over today for authentic Chinese food that they made for us.  Also, they played a video that one of them had taped showing the celebration at ECU on Sunday to celebrate Chinese New Year.  Unlike us, here in the US, their celebration runs for many days.

They, also, told me that this is the Year of the Snake  - a very good year - since the snake is smart and powerful.  I thought 2012 was good, since it was the Year of the Dragon.  However, I was informed that though the Dragon is powerful the Snake is much smarter, therefore, he has more power.  I hope they are right and that we have an awesome 2013!


This is a picture of one of the young participants at the festivities on Sunday.  Sam told me that the long sleeves are very typical of "costumes" from Tibet.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Monday night, I helped my youngest granddaughter, "Bri", "BeeBers", "BriBri", "Li'l Bow-Wow" or simply  "Brianna" address Valentine Day Cards for her classmates.  The guys got Super Heroes and the girls got Disney Princesses - both got matching pencils.  How cute!  However, I still love the old ones!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Happy Friday - Almost Valentine's Day

Sometimes it's hard to know what season I am in - last week we had ice and this week it is raining!  At least we are not going to get all that snow!  The best thing is that it is Friday!

Here are some pictures of my office to show all the seasons/weather we have going on:

My Poinsetta is still looking Christmasy.  See the cutout snow flakes on my window and the rain on the outside?

More snow flakes - and the ECU practice football field in the background and the stadium beyond that.

Valentine cutouts hanging from the door.

We even decorate the exit sign!

Wall of hearts!  We would cover the power box but "they" won't let us!

A snowman surrounds our peep hole.

Away from the office - this is a picture of our beagle puppy, Missy.  I took this a couple of weeks ago.

Mike playing with Missy at the farm in Washington.  People were running off the road trying to see what was going on!

She might be little, but she likes to be in the middle of everything!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Forgiveness and Les Miserables

I am taking another class with Bridge Builders at church based on one of Rev. Adam Hamilton's series of sermons on forgiveness.  He, also, wrote a book on the subject.

Last night, I went to see the movie Les Miserables with a friend.  Les Mis is about a lot of things but it shows what can happen to a person that forgives and to someone who cannot forgive. 

It often happens to me.  When I am taking a class at church, I experience something (in this case the movie) that helps me understand the meaning of the class.

I recommend both - the book (Forgiveness) and the movie (Les Miserables.)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Fort Caswell Quilting Retreat

I could not have asked for a more lovely weekend!

Quilting - Check!
Hanging out with some ladies from the Greenville Quilters Guild - Check!
Staying at a lovely, historical fort - Check! - on the Atlantic Ocean - Double Check!
House that could have been in a movie - Check!
Someone else to do all the cooking - Check!

Lucky me - I just got back from Oak Island - location - Fort Caswell - which is owned by the Baptist Convention.  We quilted, knit, talked and ate all weekend!  Here are some of the pictures I took at the retreat:
Vickie and one quilt she was working on

A closer view of Vickie's quilt            

Another one of Vickie's works of art!
A close-up of Vickie's quilt
  More Ladies at Work!
Diane would knit some and sew some. . .   
           Miss ClaraMelva
       Carol left us Saturday night and went to Myrtle Beach for the shagging festivities!  She came back on Sunday, however.

Joy is a new quilter.  Also, she had a new sewing machine and a new iron - which was used a lot!




                    Miss Clara and her quilt  

Betty worked on several UFO's -  Beautiful!

The group of us (except for me) at Fishy Fishy

Our view

Our cottage

Tina works at Fort Caswell.  Here Melva & Janet fix her hair for church.  Ready to go. .                               


Melva reads instructions on knitting      

Janet uses the window to trace a pattern

Miss Clara also knits                              

One sock down - one to go!  Carol shows off her finished sock!

Oak Island Light House in the distance.