Saturday, August 15, 2015

Catching up with life!

I couldn't believe that it has been 3 months since I have been on here pestering all of you. So I decided to get everyone caught up on what is going on in my life.

During the spring and our drives to the gym in Hendersonville we past many wild animals. One of our favorite sites are the vultures. Unlike the western vultures we saw in Arizona these bad boys are all black. They remind me of grumpy old men. In this picture they are sitting on a wooden fence waiting their turn at the deer dinner in the ditch. It was raining and the wind was blowing so they were facing away from the ditch. 

Carl tried walking up the other side of the road to get a better picture, but as he got closer they took off for the trees one by one to wait until they could go back to their dinner.

We've also seen turkeys all over the place. I wanted to see the 'turkey dance' and one day on our way home from church we happened on one. We sat and watched while this gobbler danced his way across a yard. The hen was just a ways in front of him and every time she wasn't watching he would do a quick 3 step to get closer. 

One of the 'visits' we made this last spring was to Johnny and June Cash's grave site. Both of them have a bible verse quoted and their signatures. It was funny because Carl and I kept talking about finding different grave sites of 'famous' people and we were driving right by Johnny and June every day we went to the gym.

I'm not sure how many people know that I have a true appreciation of our American flag and everything that it represents. I have probably told this story before, but I am going to repeat it here tonight. On my very first trip across this country with my in-laws I saw my first large American flag in Oklahoma, OK. I was sitting at the table in Mom and Dad's motorhome looking out the front windows at the new to me scenery. In the distance (it is very flat in Oklahoma....) I saw something moving against the sky. At first it was just a dot that looked out of place against the blue sky so I just kept my eye on it as we traveled down the road. Then I noticed that it was blue, next it had a little red mixed in with the blue and finally I realized it was an American flag. I had never seen a flag as big as that one in my life. I have seen many large American flags since that day and I am still just as amazed so when we first moved to TN and I spotted these flags I knew I had to share them with you. I have taken many trips to the area to take several pictures of this trio, but I think these are the best. They are flying over 3 auto dealerships on Rt 31E in Hendersonville, TN. The first picture was taken from a Wal-Mart parking lot right next to the one of the dealerships. The second photo was taken several miles east of where the flags fly.


In August we traveled to New York to visit family and to go to the Voorheis' 75th family reunion. I took a picture of a picture of another family reunion many years before. Carl was just a kid in this picture. Not sure where he is, but Mom and Dad Voorheis are in the top row, right side.

This is one of my favorite pictures of Carl. I just happened to take it while we were at the reunion.

Here are a few of the clan standing around getting to know each other again.

A great picture of Carl with his oldest aunt, Ida Voorheis White.

Another great picture of Carl and his aunt Glenna Voorheis Berry.

It was interesting when we heard that Wayne, Florence, Orin and Chartina were making the trip from Utah to New York during the reunion time. Also, Elwin and his family made the trip from Conneticut so we got to spend time with a lot of family from all over the country on this trip.

Here is Kai, Elwin, Nikolai and Wayne enjoying the great weather and visiting with everybody.

The day after the big family reunion just the immediate family got together. We had good food, good conversation and a great time.

Here is Joyce, Carl and Wayne. I'm not sure what they were smiling about, but they were probably up to no good.....
I tried getting around to get pictures of everybody that was there. We had 2 tables surrounded with family.

Here is KiKi with the beautiful smile. She didn't want to talk with anybody until the camera came out. She sure is a cutie. Of course that is me in the middle with Meggin, KiKi's mom.
Carl and I stayed with my sister and brother-in-law, Lissa & Bruce most of the time we were there. On our first night in NY she had our brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Roxanne over for supper. There is only 4 of us 'kids' still living and we were hoping that we would all be together with this trip, but our oldest sister, Loretta couldn't make it. So this is the 'other 3' kids, Lissa, Larry and Sharon.

It was great getting together with both sides of our families to share special times and good laughs. The older we get the more special these times are.

Until next time, 
Happy Quilting, Sharon Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" Certified Instructor since 2013

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Good Evening!

I really have not been avoiding my blog, but have been having some issues with my computer and haven't wanted to spend much time on it. The weather has warmed up and we have started mowing the lawn and getting things cleaned up around here to make it easier to keep everything looking nice. With this nice weather we have also seen a lot of animals running around and I have several cute pictures to share with you when I get my computer cleaned up. 

Since I have been saving time not being on the computer I have been working on increasing my towel stock to be ready for the summer farmer's market. The Hendersonville Farmer's Market will start on May 23rd, which happens to be our 20th wedding anniversary. As of today we are planning on spending the morning at the farmer's market then we are going to see Loretta Lynn in concert at her ranch. I'm really looking forward to that weekend.

Until next time,

Happy Quilting, Sharon 
Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way"
Certified Instructor since 2013

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Today kids usually get an easter basket with lots of goodies and it wasn't any different here. I even got a plant from the youngest members of the house. Boy, these sure do smell nice! I can also plant them outside next to our back door this fall so I can enjoy them next spring too! Thanks, girls!

I hope everybody had a great Easter Sunday and receive all the blessings they are in need of.

Until next time,

Happy Quilting, Sharon 
Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" Certified Instructor 
since 2013

Monday, March 2, 2015

While looking for my birth certificate I ran across this poem. I typed it up on a small piece of paper over 40 years ago and have carried it in my wallet all this time. I have no idea who penned it first, but it really hits me every time I read it.

"But You Didn't"

Remember the time you lent me your car and I dented the fender?
I thought you'd kill me.... but you didn't.

Remember the time I spilled Coke on your new rug?
I thought you'd kill me.... but you didn't

Remember the time I forgot to tell you the dance was formal and you came in jeans?
I thought you'd hate me.... but you didn't

Remember the countless times you'd try to be serious and I'd giggle?
I thought you'd leave me.... but you didn't

Remember all the times I'd flirt with other guys just to make you jealous and you were?
I thought you'd drop me.... but you didn't

There were plenty of things you did to put up with me and there were so many things I wanted to tell you after you returned from Vietnam....

But You Didn't

Happy Quilting, Sharon 
Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" Certified Instructor since 2013

Friday, February 20, 2015

Life can throw you curve balls at times.......

Many years ago we left the great state of New York in part to get away from the weather. We did have a few times when we were in Arizona where we did get a layer of ice on the yard. It didn't stay around like it has around here this past week. We haven't been house bound because of snow and ice in 22 years and we were out of practice! We have a pool but as you can see here you can't really tell where it is. I don't think I shall jump in anytime soon...

Then we took a ride into town after we managed to get the van up the driveway. It really surprised me that the post office didn't have their parking lot cleaned up. It was a solid layer of ice with lots of ruts.

Nobody was ready around here to get snowed under. From what I have been told this hasn't happened in over 14 years so why would they spend the money on snow plows and salt/sand stockpile. Now I am ready for it to be over so we can get back to life without the white stuff..... Do you think I'll get my wish? 

Happy Quilting, Sharon 
Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" Certified Instructor since 2013

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ideas for blog posts...

 If you have followed my blog over the years you know that we love to see the wild creatures around us. As Carl & I travel back and forth to the gym each day we see some neat sites. On one stretch of road there is a hawk that sits on the electric lines just waiting for a snack to pop up in the field. 

On another one of our trips we went traveling a new road. Coming around a corner we saw an old house or barn that was falling apart. Of course I had to stop and get a picture and while I was clicking away I noticed  a vulture in the rafters. Can you find it? It took Carl a couple minutes to find it even though we were right there. While we were there a second one came hopping out to join the first one.

Over the years we have seen a lot of natures beautiful creations and I think a couple of our other adventures have been my favorites. This one while we were on a picnic not far from Lake Pleasant in Peoria, AZ and on our way back from Hoover Dam a few years ago. What are your favorite sites you see around you?

Until next time,

Happy Quilting, Sharon 
Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" Certified Instructor since 2013

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Barns and churches in our area.

As we have traveled around this area I have noticed a lot of barns that are no longer being used and are falling down. It would be interesting to know what secrets these buildings have hidden in the wood. These are a few of my favorites. 

The first 2 are the same barn from different directions.

This one is out in the middle of a large field.

I have a feeling that this one was a store front at some point. Recently someone bought this property and removed the front addition that someone added at some point. This has much more character. 

The rest of these buildings are inspired by Lynne. When we go to 'town' we pass a minimum of 9 churches and here are a few of them. Check out the signs if you can read them.

Same church from both directions.

The one below is also in the picture above. Two churches next door to each other. One starts at 9 or 10 am and the other starts at 2 pm.

Happy Quilting, Sharon 
Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" 
Certified Instructor since 2013