West Baden Is Always Worth The Ride!

On our way up to French Lick, Indiana the other day we followed this truck until it reached it’s destination of a company that makes furniture

The scenery was farm country and small quaint towns

 

We stopped at this little country/family friendly restaurant we had discovered earlier on one of our rides…

The friendliest people eat here… mostly farmers in the surrounding area… and their wives/family…

As we ordered and ate (the BEST friend green tomatoes)…

I got into a conversation with one of the locals who used to farm in this area…

Wife has passed and children have moved away… but, he still resides here and loves it…

He gave me directions to a mill that was close…

making me wonder… “is this the sawmill that the truck we followed had come from?”…

very likely!…

probably in his 80’s… was a pleasure to talk to…

 

We arrived at WEST BADEN/French Lick … about 25 minutes later…

Sharon had never seen this wonderful West Baden Springs Hotel that had been a favorite of gangsters in it’s hayday…

Rich in decor and history…

 

The rotunda is just awesome…

the huge fireplace is so beautiful….

 

Stained glass adorns many of the windows… in the hotel…

 

The wrap-around porch is wonderful… with rocking chairs to accommodate you with a peaceful sit!…

 

The massiveness of the rotunda area is a sight to see…

 

Our friend… Sharon… my sister Carolyn, Bobby and I enjoyed our day!

We made our way over to the French Lick Hotel/Casino to play awhile…

and we did enjoy watching the people… and having fun…

The grounds here are just as lovely

We ate at another local restaurant for dinner…

(many stores and eating places have emerged since we first found this nice spot)…

A few days later… we got an invite with a FREE ROOM … in the mail…

which Bobby and I will take advantage of

Might even ride the train from the French Lick Scenic Rail Way that is available…

an 1-3/4 hour ride through the Hoosier Forest and scenic area…

 

Summer Has Begun!

 

Our “neighbor Grass Cutter” is back at it again…

I tell him, “You lucked out during the winter… no snow… so NO shoveling!”…

He took it upon himself to cut our grass after finding out Bobby’s diagnosis of terminal cancer…

(by the way!… it has been one year!… and he is doing good…)… YEAH!!!

and we have become good friends and neighbors as well…

As grandparents themselves…

they have taken on the role of parenting their Grandson who is “special”… autism and visually impaired

Good folk!…

Refusing payment…

I came up with making a dessert once a week for the family to share…

It seems to be welcomed…

The first time this year was VERY hot

so Bobby took Jim 2 mini Bud Lights … that we keep in the fridge…

Sometimes a cold beer is good when it’s hot… or with something you are eating like pizza or fish…

this worked fine!…

Day 2 of grass cutting was the day before Easter…

I made mini cheesecakes decorated a little for Easter

 

I hear that their little Grandson said, “These are just for me!”……

Probably because they had cherries on the top and he LOVES cherries…

This week I made Cranberry/Orange Breads

 

two for them and a small one for us…

This is therapeutic for me… and a way to show our appreciation…

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Our “Glider” is the focal point of our front yard…

A place to rest and gather with neighbors/friends…

I painted the glider a brown to match the Adirondack chairs we have…

after Bobby added a few new screws…

He then laid Bricks at front of glider to keep grass from wearing down

planted grass seed… and then tried it out!…

 

“Excellent” job as always!…

With the big tree shading this area most of the day…

it’s our little sanctuary!…

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Flowers are budding…

Bushes we bought are taking hold…

seeds planted that I bought and even my neighbors have handed me some to scatter…

   

My youngest neighbor… planted me some “surprise” ones…

can’t wait!…

I did buy two ferns … one for the light pole in front and one for our Tire Parrot hanging in tree in back…

   

When Bobby was digging to place the bricks… another neighbor brings him new gloves to protect his hands…

and a bowl of her fresh lettuce just picked and two “HUGE” strawberries…

Don’t you know “I love it!”…

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Our ditch that runs behind our house has been in need of cleaning for “YEARS!”… and finally after complaining and making many phone calls it is being dug out…

4 feet of dirt had to be removed to reach bottom…

     

“THINK IT NEEDED IT?”

The water is now running freely and not just sitting there to stagnate…

Summer is already busy…

and WE LOVE IT!

 

Easter… TREATS for my LOVES!

I had decided on mini desserts when asked to bring dessert for Easter Dinner

      

Dark Chocolate Fudge mini cupcakes… SPRING Funfetti mini cupcakes and mini cheesecakes…

I had bought this Spring Flower Tiered Cake Stand for 50 cents during one of my Thrift Shopping days…

and it worked perfect for what I had in mind…

Kennedy (youngest Granddaughter) placed desserts on it when I arrived at their house…

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I was also asked to bring Deviled Eggs…

and don’t mind since I learned how peel boiled eggs with a teaspoon…

I cut eggs in half lengthwise…

Mix egg yolks with mayo, mustard, sweet relish and a bit of grated onion

Place in a plastic bag … cut small opening… and squeeze into white of egg…

a sprinkle of Paprika and they are done…

Although I added a few Easter picks to desserts and eggs to make for a more festive look…

   

and the last of my contributions was Sister Schubert’s Parker House Rolls that are Kennedy’s favorite!

Melanie and Pam had made:

Baked Ham

Potato Salad

Broccoli Salad

Baked Beans

another kind of roll

Marshmallow Fluff Salad…

WONDERFUL!

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I always color a few eggs…

More for me than anyone else…

aklthough the guys do like me to do it…

I had purchased 3 coloring kits… for 25 cents each on one of my hunts…

Decided to make the 24k Gold ones…

       

Eggs boiled… cooled… and dried…

until Bobby (husband) comes in the house and grabs the towel I had wrapped eggs in to dry… off of the table…

and the eggs flew

hit the floor and cracked…

My mouth flew open…

and I have to admit I was peeved!…

but, knowing he couldn’t have known…

my thoughts ran to making deviled eggs first since they were just cracked a little (ALL OF THEM!)…

and make more for coloring later…

   

The gold is sponged on after the eggsare dyed bright colors…

quite pretty!

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These are “my loves” I make things for …

and this year it was Easter Baskets

YES!…

I got them at the end of season last year for little or nothing…

with them in mind…

Pink for Kennedy… Blue for the boy (Carson)… and Yellow for Taylor

   

Carson was excited to find a little money in the two larger eggs… as well as the girls…

 

This is what makes me smile… thinking of them as I cook and make treats …

A Good Easter!

Signs of this Holy Day!…

I am up at 3:00am…

Jill… my cat didn’t even wake me…

I went to sleep early after a long day…

so I imagine that is why…

Of course my Bobby finds me…

and asks, “Why are you so quiet?”…

I answer…”I certainly didn’t want to wake you with a lot of noise!”…

but, sometimes “the quiet” is louder than we realize!…

I was reading a blogging friend’s posts…

I have neglected reading my sweet blogger’s writings…

My mind has been off-balance…

too much thinking going on…

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Yesterday… “Easter Sunday”…

started with a slow rain…

 

We were going to a nephew’s church  that he pastors…

First time visiting and listening to him “preach” God’s word 

His church is across the River into Indiana…

Not a long drive… 30 minutes …

The sky changed often during this short ride…

We were greeted with such genuine love and hospitality…

I noticed coffee and a few sweets offered… on a table…

Inviting…

My Great-great niece greeted all that come in the door with a pamphlet of the day’s service…

Her mother (Great-niece)… would be singing with the music group…

with wonderful songs of Praise…

and then her Dad… came with hugs… and smiles showing us he was glad that we came…

His wife… a sweet petite young woman was so gracious…

We were greeted by most of the church members as we had a moment of welcoming all…

My nephew came out… relaxed in his position as the Leader of this small congregation…

and introduced himself… 

and then prayed a welcoming prayer for God to enter into fellowship with all who were there…

I liked that!…

The lights dimmed… and a display made by a fellow member to represent the tomb that Jesus arose from…

was accented with light… as others rolled back the rock from the entrance…

A simple visual that represented that Glorious Day of God’s Gift to us… His son…

that we could have Everlasting Life…

 

My nephew’s words and the songs sung… were so inspiring…

and Believers felt the pull of their heart-strings with the wonderful selfless gift that they have experienced…

When… emotions come through with your followers…

a Pastor should be pleased that his expression of God’s words came through…

that they had an impact on the congregation…

and this was so yesterday…

in a small church…

with a group that has Faith…

and so generously let us be a part of…

With sincere hugs and good-byes…

we headed home as a gusty wind blew and rain pounded the Earth with a downpour…

and just as quick it subsided as we crossed back into Kentucky…

as sunshine made the Earth sparkle anew…

We knew Jesus had Risen!

 

 

 

Finding Peace in My Back-Yard…

As the days become warmer… almost hot the last two…

I walk my yard looking for small signs of summer

Spring is doing it’s “thing”…  

Sprouts begin to show…

Buds begin to grow…

and it makes you feel…

“All is right with the world!”…

That our God is keeping His World in order…

When we went to church with friends yesterday…

a saying struck me…

God was…

God is…

God will be…

and it gave me Peace…

My sister brought me a Palm from her church…

and I added it to my Door Decoration…

a finishing addition!…

As I walked I found these delicate eggs from a bird on the ground… I thought Robin…

but, maybe not dark enough… although a pretty pale blue…

Maybe fell when the wind blew hard

or maybe a thief stole them

like a Jay…

I hear they do this…

but, …

they were cracked open and empty…

Jill was taking in the sunshine coming through the back door…

sound asleep… and as I petted her she was so warm…

 

probably feeling good to her body like us… as she is ageing… going on 17 years…

 

Pale and bright purple flowers and a lot of yellow…

 

 

 

Wildflowers I pick since my planted flowers are just greening now…

making a sweet bouquet that only lasts about 2 days…

but, then I can pick fresh ones while I wander…

 

The red birdhouse hasn’t shown signs of life…

 

Only squirrels running around it as they chase each other in their games of hide and go seek…

We planted two new shrubs that are greening nicely…

a Dwarf Apricot Tree that my son ordered…

and onion sets from a neighbor…

Although I have Columbine growing in one of my BIG pots…

the other was empty and seemed to be a great spot for the onions…

Container gardening will be all I do…

As I straightened up the house…

a never-ending keeping of a home…

I light candles when finished…

I love the faint smell of vanilla or other scents as I enjoy my home…

A place where I find Peace also!

 

 

 

Bobby’s Progress… and Treats Given…

Bobby had his scan on Monday…

We always get the results on Wednesday when he goes in for Chemo Treatment… (every other Wednesday)

(scan is done after every 4th treatment)

An agonizing time for both of us…

I decided to take the Oncology Department some goodies for “Easter”…

our next appointment being after Easter Weekend…

I made fudge…  

 adding a few flower sprinkles for color and make the pieces more festive…

 

I had a kit… which has everything in it to make about 1-1/2 pounds of fudge…

PLENTY!…

I cut the pieces in small squares and put in small muffin papers before putting on my clear “Bunny” plate…

 

 

and tied up with Easter Cellophane Bag and bow…

They deserve to be treated kindly… for all they do to make my Bobby feel good when he comes in for his treatments…

kind words…

a pat on the back…

joking…

encouraging…

A “special” job…

“Special people”…

 

We leave early to go downtown to the VA Hospital…

the day is shining bright… … and ei9t’s early!…

 

we turn to go up the hill to the hospital …

 

Visible above the tress…

 

We valet park… found to be much easier… and no charge/no tipping… are the rules…

We are assigned a room for the day…

he in the bed with his IVs… of 3 or more meds…  

and I take my place near him in my chair

Wednesday is Popcorn Day at the VA… and always buy a bag or two  … one to eat as I read my book… watch TV…etc. …

and sometimes one to take home…

His port is accessed…

and Magnesium is started if in need…

and with these drugs… it usually is low…

I go and get him a little breakfast as we wait for blood work to come back…

they have a nice cafeteria at the VA Hospital with kind people… waiting on you…

With the new med that has been added…

Benadryl is taken… Ativan… Steroids, etc. …

and blood pressure has to be monitored…

It seems to raise his  pressure…

but, being somewhat stressed has it’s effects also…

The Doctor comes in… and we actually “hold our breath”…

he is very direct!…

“his Way”…

but, we get honesty… which we do want…

There are 3 spots in his diaphragm they are keeping a close watch on…

“No new growths”…

but, cancer cell # is rising (which is not good)…

he was 230 when discovered cancer…

dropped to 5-6 at end of first year…

then came back…

went to 10-11…

went 15-16…

and now 30-35…

and we nearing another year!…

so… as you see… we are concerned…

Goal was to remove two previous meds… but, he will have to remain on them at this time…

Three total… given through port… and a pump to take home for two days… Taken off around 1:00pm on Fridays…

This is our routine now for about two years…

“We have been given time!”… (Thank you Lord!)

Now…

the Doctor would like to try a new med but, will it will have to be approved

Will take a month for the approval if given… NO guarantees!…

So… we feel like we have heard “the news”… which is terminal cancer

all over again…

Definitely makes you sink…

and the tears flow for both of us

The girls… “nurses”… social worker… nutritionist…

we have several who come in to check changing bags of meds… resetting machine…offering snacks/drinks and sometimes just stay and talk…
That’s what we like best…

so… as you see…

a treat to brighten the day in this department is welcomed…

 

Hodge-Podge Today!

I am still going through old photos that I have accumulated over the years…

I wanted to put in albums…

I am through with one…

working on another…

when I saw that I had two albums that I could use without buying anymore…

I liked the cover of one…

but, the other although sturdy and lots of pageswas a mess!…

an old brown… worn out cover…

so…

I thought I would try covering it…

Now this was my first of doing this… but, I do crafting and such…

so I felt I could give it a good try…

I purchased a cute print of material from Wal-Mart’s remnant bin… only $1.24…

and a roll of black ribbon to decorate with… 98 cents…

I had a glue gun, some decorative tape and a book of pretty papers already!

 

Layed scrapbook opened on the material and cut to size…

Enough edge left to bring around and glue down with a small folded edge…

 

 

Glued ribbon to cover edges… and then put craft paper that had similar colors inside to cover the “ugly” …

 

Added the clear photo pages that were already in the book…

I liked the way it turned out…

and I think the black ribbon and  bow finished it well…

NOW…

to fill it up!

 

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My husband and I were out late from a ride over to French Lick, Indiana…

We pass by Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on way home…

and knew they would have “HOT” ones…

Oh, so good …

8 glazed… 2 lemon filled… and 2 raspberry jelly filled…

My favorites and his!

 

The girl handed me a hot glazed for a sample…

No need…  I know how good they are!…

but, certainly didn’t turn it down!

Cold milk finished our treat!…

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I found these cute bunny candles in my “stash” closet…

just waiting for me to find them and add to centerpiece on table…

Pretty pastels and so adorable!…

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Oh!… the color of these fresh oranges…

Makes them so desirable!…

just can’t wait to bite into them…

These were so sweet and juicy…

and I knew if I cut them up… the guys would eat them… like me… and enjoy!…

They were gone by afternoon!…

 

 

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I think I had 6 boxes of cereal that had just a little left in the bottom,,,

so I dumped it outside near the bird feeder…

and the birds and especially the squirrels enjoyed munching on it…

 

 

Forgot to offer them milk!…