Wednesday, December 30, 2015


"Rain, rain, go away...
Come again another day...
Little Don-Don wants to play...
Rain, rain, go away......"
7 inches over the weekend.
2 inches yesterday.
2 inches today.
My view out my kitchen window is soggy!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas = Family Time

Yes, I'm a "family guy."
And nothing brings family closer than Christmas.
Here is our little, but growing, family...
and we're only a small part of the bigger picture.
(Too big to put here, that's for sure!)

(Front row, l-r) my granddaughter, Kelly; then her mother, my daughter, Cindy; then the Mrs., better known as Penny; then great-grandson, Gavin being held by his mother, Katy, my granddaughter;  and last but not least is my daughter-in-law, Maria. 
(Second row, all the guys) my grandson, Conner;  my son, Donnie, or Donovan to be exact, the husband of Maria, and father of Conner;  then of course, ME in the middle; and finally Paul, future husband of my granddaughter, Katy.  


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Today's My Birthday....

"Another (year) older, and deeper in debt....
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go....
I owe my soul to the company sto'e...."
(Lyrics from the song, "Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1955)

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Unexpected Surprise

Got a call from my brother Friday night....
needed my help on Saturday if I was available.
I really wasn't, but I changed my plans to help him out.
A tree fell on his house... hole in roof, collapsed ceiling in his bedroom.
Today... we fixed the outside problem. 
(This pic, however, is still the INSIDE problem.)

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Double The Fun !!

After 3 days of working a little bit here and there,
I've completed the "addition" to my Chicken run area.
It's about 40 feet long!
When I opened it up, they came right up to where the old
fence use to be, and stopped!  
Finally coaxed them to step OVER the imaginary boundary.
Complete happiness overtook them!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A Day of Joy!

My morning was filled with joyful things.
And my mid-afternoon was filled with work, but joyful work. 
And my late afternoon was filled with joy and laughter,
as I watched the face of my great grandchild having a great time jumping in leaves...
A full day of JOY!
I loved it!


Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas Stuff Is Breaking Out All Over

Amidst the hectic day's activities we now have Christmas things beginning to appear around here.
Got the tree decorated...
There are ornaments on there from each year of our marriage.  (48 of them!) 
And there are things the kids made when they were little... they're now in their mid-40's.  
And things the grandkids made when they were small... they're now in their early 20's! 
Why I do believe it is a sentimental tree!


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Red December

Apparently the wet, warm weather we've had throughout
 the Fall season delayed a lot of bushes and trees changing colors.
This morning as I was out, I noticed the brightness of my
 BLUEBERRY BUSHES, and how brilliantly RED they were.
Absolutely beautiful !!!  (Even with a cloudy, rainy morning.)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Working Off Those Extra Pieces of Pecan Pie

Yes sir, I do enjoy Thanksgiving.  And of course, I ate too much too often.
So today, I was back to working on my barn project.
Got a lot done this afternoon putting the cross strips on the lean-to addition. 
Soon the metal roof will be added.
And I was sweating too!  Should have melted off something, surely!

Friday, November 27, 2015

A Big Day Of Thanks!

We wait for so long, then prepare for days ahead,
and then a full day (or two) of cooking, baking, and stirring and mixing.
And the family gathers, a prayer of thanksgiving is offered up, and the meal is finally served.
And in thirty minutes, it's all over!!
Folks are stuffed to their fullest, moans of happiness & satisfaction as each one finds a comfortable place to relax and let it all "settle."




Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I Smell Thanksgiving!!

Nothing like the smell of early cooking being done to prepare
for the BIG day tomorrow!  The whole house smells great!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Here's The Colors

HERE are those Fall colors I've been looking for...
All these from one little maple tree.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Far From The Maddening Crowd... NOT!

1.  The "maddening crowd" of thousands crowd the little (almost deserted) town of Bostwick, GA for their annual festival.
2.  Billed as one of the "largest tractor parades," we watched one after another of these restored, semi-restored, and original tractors that were still plowing fields, file by for 30 minutes... had to be over 150 of them in all shapes and sizes.
3. Susie Agnes Hotel, now serving as the city hall, and being restored by the historical society.
4.  A long, old, brick shed with an ailing tin roof, and a long "pit" down the center for cooking BBQ... "everybody" uses it (organizations cooking to raise money).
5.  One of the few remaining fully operational Cotton Gins being used in the state today.  Up and running day of festival !
6.  Oh the days when "cotton was king" in the south.  Even now, there are places (like here) where fields go on for miles with row after row of cotton ready for picking.  Every time I see one of them, it reminds me of that Bible verse from John 4:35, "Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest."

Friday, November 13, 2015

Sky Writing

Looking West towards the sunset, past the Atlanta airport 60 miles away....
love the contrails of the planes coming and going.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Then There Were Seven

When I went to feed my chickens this morning,
I found one had decided to part this world of luxury here with me.
I did not hold a funeral, but I did bury her.
No signs of violence... so I'll say "natural causes."
And now there are seven....

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


After 15 straight days of rain, clouds, and drizzle,
we here in this part of Georgia
are seeing SUNSHINE and BLUE SKIES!!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Killing A Rainy Saturday!

Saturday afternoon, the Mrs. and I decided to have lunch and then go "browse" around one of our local "antique malls" that is really nothing more than a gigantic flea market!
And by gigantic, I mean an old cotton mill, 3 stories tall, in a building that takes up an entire city block!
And this same scene was repeated over and over and over...on all 3 floors.  (But we only made it through one of them!)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Rainy Day's Are Good For Some Things

I'm very much involved in my family's genealogy,
and have been researching for years.
I have FINALLY started writing a book about my Mom's family, Charlie & Mattie Morgan.  
For now, here's the cover.....(subject to changes)
So far, I have finished the first section, and well into section two, with plans for sections three and four and five!  Ambitious, I know.   So on these days and days of rainy weather, and winter finally coming on, maybe I can focus more on this project.... sure would like to finish it before the spring planting!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Leaf Watching


Nothing wrong with your screen....
Do not adjust your set or try to clear up the focus.
My "leaf watching" trip this week has been what I could see
while running errands around here IN THE RAIN !!!
Somebody send us some clear blue skies and sunshine!!!
YUK !!!

Monday, November 2, 2015

A Time For Being Thankful

Now that Halloween is gone, we turn out attention
to the season of Thanksgiving!   And my mouth waters!
However, it is also a great time to reflect on what we are thankful for.... so I'm joining in with Betsy over at and listing in my sidebar, "30 Days of Thankfulness."  (And please know my list of things is NOT a sequence of importance... but rather things that I am thankful to have in my life.)
Please enjoy as we march along this month towards the big day of Thanksgiving and family.  

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Fill 'Er Up!

It won't be long, and I'll be living in "lake country."
A new reservoir has been dug, and dams finished.... now they have finally started collecting water.  
And this "new" recreational / fishing lake will be
within WALKING DISTANCE from my house!! 
(Well... about a 2 mile walk, anyway.)
Here's the view facing south towards the dam....
(full pool will be to the tree lines)

         (And the view facing north towards OUR house....)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

More Flower Beds

I love perennials.  Plant 'em and forget 'em!!
That was my thinking when I planted them all in my huge bed.
HOWEVER, I found out I DO still have to pull weeds!
And dig out grasses that run over into the bed.
Or put down new mulch (or pine straw) along the way.
So I've started clearing & cleaning the bed for the Fall.
Still have the area behind the swing to do....
And along the walkway out to the garden gate.....

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Reworking A Flower Bed

First, there were bunches of lilies...
Then there was grass and weeds added...
And all of a sudden, the bed was totally overgrown!
So today....
I enlarged the bed size

Then, removed the old CLUMPS of grass mixed within the lilies.

And finally, the new bunches were set in place, as well as the "old" bunches that were dug up and divided.

And now we wait until NEXT year for the colorful reward!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Still Working On That Barn Dream...

I may be slow, but I'm steady...
Got that "barn dream" in my head, and still banging
and sawing trying to get it done.  Today I finished the joists
and got them all in place.
(This will be my new "parking area" for my tractor.)

Friday, October 16, 2015

Daydreaming Leads To Work

Back to my "barn" project for the last two days now.
That's what I get for getting caught up on cutting grass,
and just sitting in the shade daydreaming!
But my "dreams" have a really nice workshop here,
once the old "barn" outer shell is redone.
I'll keep you posted as I go along.
In the meantime, loving this FALL WEATHER!!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

So Much To Do, So Little Time....

In my daily hustle & bustle, I have neglected my blog.
So, to catch up to some degree, there's been health problems
totally dominating my mind;  a huge family reunion of
my grandmother's family (1st in 20 years!);
and other bits and pieces of life scattered here and there!
All in all, still here, so don't give up on me.
(Here's just a PART of the family reunion....)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Rainy Day Small Town Festival

I love living in a "small town."
Especially when it's the Fall season.
Our festival...

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Egg Thief !

Caught red-handed!!
Notice the round bulge just beneath his head?
That's my egg!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I Forgot How Bad It Was

The other day I had to run an errand
that required me to head towards Atlanta for just a few miles.
Oh BOY! (See my SPEED on the left?  5mph!!)
Since I retired in 2007 I have NOT been back in that mess!
Hope I never have to do it again!!
Give me those country roads and pastures, and an 
occasional slow-down to wait on a tractor!  

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Arrival of Fall

My most favorite time of year has arrived....
according to the calendar.
There are subtle signs beginning to show up,
but I'm ready for campfires, fall colors, and cool breezes.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Breakfast Is Served

WAKE UP!  It's Saturday morning!!
Breakfast is now being served.....
this morning we have French toast and sausage links
washed down with several cups of black coffee. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The "Monster" Egg

Slowly and surely, all of my new hens are starting to lay.
Of the 8 I got back in April, I'm thinking only 1 or 2
may be roosters. 
Anyway, I'm getting 3 or 4 large eggs PER DAY now....
and once in a while one that is double yokes and huge!
 I finally remembered to photograph it with the others.
Not sure which hen she is.... guess I'll look for the one walking bow-legged and proud.