Tuesday, December 21, 2021

 Hello Blogger Friends!

We moved into our new home on July 17, 2021! I never thought this would happen but here we are, and all unpacked, furniture in place and finally growing a new lawn and getting our landscaping finished up. At least we thought, the army worms moved in and devoured our new lawn! They totally wiped it out! So we made a bee line to Home Depot and got some bug killer, and spread it all over the lawn, then watered it  in. No more army worms! Put down some new soil, spread bug killer on it, waited a week then planted new grass seed. New lawn! YAY!

We had some serious drainage issues crop up during some heavy duty thunderstorms in September which flooded our new neighbors back yard and basement. It was like pulling teeth to get the builder back here to fix it. After two months of much complaining to the POA, the builder finally took care of the problem when the POA refused to give them anymore permits. UGH! 

My studio is finally up and running. It was the last room to be setup. Now I can work on a new series of watercolors that I've been wanting to do. These include experiments in painting sea glass. I also have some ideas for some lake shots. As I complete them they will be posted here. Its taking me some time to explore these areas so be patient, you'll see them start showing up in a few weeks, as least that's my hope. I'm having a rough time getting motivated to paint. I hate creative block its frustrating! Oh well it will pass.

Tennessee is a beautiful state, there are several man-made lakes to enjoy as well as the Great Smokey Mountains! 

I am enjoying my retirement!

Merry Christmas to all and a blessed and happy New Year! Until next time!

Sam

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

My left knee replacement surgery took place on February 6th at 9:30. I should have cancelled it! I specifically said three times no spinal, I wanted the same procedure they did on my right knee replacement. Well that didn't happen, I was given a spinal, and I was more than partially awake for it and it wasn't pleasant. On top of that, at the top and bottom of my surgical incision the skin pulled away from the stitches so I have small open pockets with scabs on them which are still healing. I'm six weeks into this healing process and still on the road to mending. This was a very discouraging experience, but I'll get through it. It could have worse I guess.
Now we are all dealing with this Corona Virus idiocy. This is nothing but a political ploy to destroy Trump. I can tell you, people are completely fed up with the democrat party, both republicans and democrats. I'll be surprised if the democrat party survives. Our country is racing off a cliff at high speed! No one has any common sense anymore. Oh well enough said it speaks for itself for sure.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Wow the holidays have just whizzed by and the New Year is in full force. We've had too many things on our plate which is going to change. We are cutting back on a few of our activities to make room for more healthy choices.

My left knee replacement surgery is already scheduled for the beginning of February and the two to three months of healing and restoration that follows. I am looking forward to getting this done, my knee is giving out and very stiff and painful. I need an oil can to carry around with me like the Tin Man in the Wizard of OZ LOL.

We just got back from a visit with our friends in Myrtle Beach, we had so much fun playing cards and aggravation. The weather was pretty decent too.

I'm hoping to start another blog on the the local restaurants by the end of the month. There are some really nice places to eat here and a few not so nice which I will be writing about. I love critiquing eateries. Some specialize in desserts others in seafood etc. It will be fun to take you through them on a bimonthly basis.

Take care and have a wonderful two weeks!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Our wonderful friends from Myrtle Beach were traveling in Tennessee recently and we had the pleasure of spending some quality time with them having card marathons! Great friends who we miss terribly and it was so good to see and spend several days with them.

Unfortunately our other card marathon friends are in Texas and we miss them greatly too. We had hoped to visit them during the Christmas holiday but due to knee replacement surgery and other setbacks we had to cancel our upcoming trip to visit them. We are planning and looking forward to connecting with them over this coming summer while they're in Pennsylvania. Then try to connect with both for another big card marathon in August or September.

Some times life just gets in the way of doing the things that bring an abundance of joy. Our friends mean a lot to us and we try to keep in touch with those that are long distance! Friends are the important treasures in our lives that we never want to lose touch with. Every day that we'll be in Pennsylvania will be filled with visiting and spending our time close friends. Can't wait!

We love living in Tennessee, the weather especially is what drew us here. We were tired of winter and snow and wanted to move where the weather was a little warmer but not too hot. Tennessee's landscape is very much like Pennsylvania's so we're not missing anything in that way. However, our other choice was South Carolina along the coast. We had looked at some areas near Myrtle Beach and  Murral's Inlet. So at some point we may reconsider those areas. We'll see!

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
Sam

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Good Morning! Happy Mother's Day to all!

A lot us may not have kids but we are mother's to our pets, or mother's to neighboring kids or taken someone under our wing. It is a blessing to us and them no matter what type of child we have.

For us we didn't have children, however we've had several yellow labs and one cat over our lifetime that have given us so much joy and many happy memories. Retired now we are pet less but on occasions we take care of our friends pets, and like grandchildren we get to send them home (just kidding)! Then we have pets that we visit at our friends homes and love on them too bringing them treats and toys. We also enjoy doing special things for our nieces and nephews.

This is my mother-in-law Phyllis, she was an incredible lady. She treated me like I was one of her own children. I loved her for that. She respected our marriage, never interfered but was always there with good advice when we asked for it. Although she has passed away I will always remember her and how wonderful she was to me. And on that note: Life is so short so spend time with those you love as much as you can because they or you may not be here tomorrow.


Sunday, April 21, 2019

What a beautiful Easter morning, there's a slightly cool breeze but the sun is nice and warm. Sitting on our front porch this morning enjoying my coffee and the watching the hummingbirds visit the feeder really started my day off great.

Visited our home church via my laptop for their live early Easter service on Facebook. The music was awesome and we just love Pastor Denny's sermons, what great guy! I really miss being there! We attend Two Rivers Church now here in Tennessee. We like the pastors there too. Its not the same though.

Went to Country Kinfolk for Easter Buffet with friends, the food was sooooooooo delicious! They put on quite a spread of food. There was turkey, beef and ham, green beans, homemade creamed corn, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, mac & cheese, cooked cabbage and bacon, salads, and a multitude of desserts which I ended up just having a couple of macaroons and a small taste of coconut pie.

Hope each of you had a wonderful and blessed Easter!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

I love the morning, its a clean slate for my imagination to run on. I am definitely a morning girl. I love the peace and silence of it. I climb out of bed everso quitetly so as to not wake my husband and slip out of the bedroom and head to the kitchen to make a cup of tea, Irish breakfast my favoite. Its 5:30 and still fairly dark outside. I grab my favorite cup from the cupboard, a soft blue and smooth to the touch. There's just something special about this cup that makes me feel good inside, like a hug.

As the water brews I prepare my tea and measure out the honey. I pull the cream from the frig. I like my tea with cream, it was the way my grandmother would prepare it for me as a child. She and her father enjoyed their tea, "like the English" she said. She told me her father was from Yorkshire England. I remember smiling and loving my grammy for that time together. She has long since past away but the memories are vivid like it was yesterday.

I gathered my tea and cuddled in the corner of the sofa to enjoy it and the peace of the morning. I close my eyes as I sip the tea and think about things I would like to do and things I would like to paint. I love to paint, and my favorite medium is watercolor. Its soft too and I love how it flows and works into the paper, kind of like me working into my day.