Fall In Tennessee

Fall In Tennessee

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Little Stylist

Chloe's mom is a Hair Stylist and she knows quite a few hair terms. She knows that here customers are called clients, and that sometimes they are late for their appointment. She knows that some people like their hair spiked up and others like it smoothed down.

Debby was going to cut her dad's hair and before she did it, Chloe said she wanted to style it first.

She ask Pop if he wanted it spiked or smoothed. He replied that he wanted it to be smooth.

Pop, "You've got some thick hair, and it has sparkly lights in it." "Does this brushing feel good to your head?" "Am I doing a good job for you?" "I could cut it for you instead of Grandmother."

Pop, let me show you how to find the pictures on your cell phone. I learned today how to see them and I can show you how easy you can do it.

It so easy to see why all of his kids, grand children and great grand children love him so. He is so easy to talk to and you know that he is listening and loves to share his time with you.

It's Feeding Time Again

Pop has a small calf that was separated from it mother shortly after it was born. It was not getting anything to eat, so he brought it home from the farm in Mississippi and lets the great-grand children feed him when they are there.

The milk has to be mixed for his bottle feeding.

As you can see, two heads are better than one when the powder is mixed with the water. She wants to make sure that it is being done correctly.

When you have it mixed smoothly, you are ready to pour it into his bottle.

And once the bottle is filled you can put the nipple on it, and then take it out to the gate and call up the calf for his feeding.

Oh man!!, He sure is hungry, I can hardly hold the bottle.

We're doing a good job aren't we Pop!! This milk must really be good the way he is gulping it down. Can I taste it? Pop, "I think since the calf is this hungry we will let him have it all."

Pop, "I think that while I'm outside I'll go and jump on the tramperene (trampoline) for a little while and you open the blinds so great-grandmother can see me jumping, Ok."

I Can Jump So High....,

Chloe loves to jump on the tramperene (trampoline) and she wants to see how high that she can get.

She had a little rhyme that she likes to say while she is jumping: I'm going to jump so high that I reach the sky, and I want be back until the 4th of July.

If you fold your legs up under you it looks like you are jumping higher.

She jumped so high that she looked like she was stuck up in the sky.

Monday, December 3, 2012

A Worthy Home

A home where God can dwell and be at ease,
Can guide, control, and use just as He please.
His servants prove it as they pass that way
And find a welcome while they have need to stay.

A welcome from a heart true and sincere,
Remembering Him who was a stranger here
And for Christ's sake receiving those like Him
Who give their lives some precious souls to win.

While beneath that roof His servants find rest,
In body and mind and spirit are refreshed.
Then onward they press one purpose in view -
To spend and be spent, His service to do.

Rejoicing, we hear of souls they have won
And some day we'll share with them His "Well done;
"You have faithfully sought my need to see
When my servants were entrusted to thee."

A home where hospitality abounds
True welcome for God's children there is found.
And oft they prove their Father's love and care
Through His faithful ones abiding there.

Oft times strangers to the Father's love
Have in that home the wonder of it proved.
'Ere going thence a longing has begun
That God might make their humble hearts His home.

So ye who have homes, let them worthy be
For Him who has suffered for you and for me.
Seek first the Kingdom and to its needs see
Then enjoy it with Him eternally.

-Willie Jamieson at convention in India, 1928

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Gingersnap Stackers


1 stick plus 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated if possible
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
1 large egg
4 pints vanilla ice cream
Waxed paper
Plastic wrap


In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Stir in the molasses and vanilla until well incorporated. Then remove from the heat, pour into a large bowl and cool to room temperature.

Sift the flour, baking soda, spices, salt and 1 cup of the sugar in a medium bowl. Stir in the chopped crystallized ginger.

Lightly beat the egg in a small bowl and add to the cooled butter-molasses mixture. Fold the flour into the molasses mixture and combine well. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 20 to 25 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats.

Put the remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a shallow bowl and set aside. Take 2 tablespoons of the dough and roll it into a ball, and then into the sugar. Place 6 cookies on each prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Bake until flat and just starting to dry out on the edges, 10 to 14 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack. This can be done ahead, cooled and stored tightly covered.

Cut the packaging from the ice cream pints and cut into thick rounds, 3 slices per pint. Put 1 cookie face down on a 8-inch square of waxed paper and top with the ice cream, matching the diameter of the cookie as close as you can; trim if needed. Top with another cookie, face up, wrap the waxed paper around the stack and then wrap tightly with a piece of plastic wrap. Repeat, placing the finished stackers into the freezer as they are completed. Let them freeze for 30 minutes. Remove the wrapping to serve.

Recipe By: Courtesy Guy Fieri

Total Time: 2 hr 20 min

Prep: 20 min

Inactive: 1 hr 0 min

Cook: 1 hr 0 min

Yield: 12 stacker sandwiches

Level: Easy

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Mighty Oak

These oak trees are in my in-laws front yard and some are over one hundred feet tall. When I look at them I always think of these quotes and of the acorns that stood their ground.

"Large streams from little fountains flow, Tall oaks from little acorns grow."

"The greatest Oaks have been little Acorns."

Great things may come from small beginnings.

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.

The word acorn doesn't come from 'oak' and 'corn', as is popularly supposed, but from the Old English 'aecern', meaning berry or fruit. The tree genus Acer comes from the same root.

Before oaks were mighty they were first either great, tall, sturdy or even just big. Examples of early variants of 'mighty oaks from little acorns grow' are found in Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde.

Pop And His Horses

Growing up Pops dad promised him that if he never smoked he would buy him a horse when he was grown. He had wanted a horse when he was young and they had lived on a farm. They had mules that worked the farm but they were nothing like a horse, so he kept his promise that his dad had made with his dad, but he never got the horse.

As a young man he loved to ride his friend's horse as he never lost that love for horses.

After he was married and they had there first child (my wife) they had her picture taken on a horse in there backyard..

As more children came along and they grew older he bought them each a horse and they rode horses out on their farm. And they all had a love for horses just like he did. As the families grew up and married and grandchildren came along they inherited the same love for horses.

He enjoyed spending time with his grand kids taking them trail riding, horse shows or just a buggy ride.

Whenever he was outside and the grand kids were there they were outside with him because they knew that he would let them ride a horse or go with him to the farm.
Sometimes they would help him around the barn when hay was put up for the winter.

Sometimes it would take two kids working together to get the job done, but working together was fun.

Sometimes they got carried away in there fun and Anna got a load of hay.

As the family has grown and there are more grandchildren, so has the family of horses grown and there are enough for each grand kid to have a couple each to ride. The have names everyone of them and their love for them is the same as their Pops.

Pop has taught them to respect and care for the horse and he will respect and take care of you.

This picture is one of our son on one of his first horse rides.

He loved to ride barrels and ride in the speed class in horse shows and did quite well in these events.

This is one of his favorites, Blackjack and he had one speed, fast. He also had another favorite Sampson.

Sampson had one brown eye and one blue eye and they were one whenever they rode.

Amber riding one of the horses, getting the kinks out.

The third generation of great grand kids are getting riding age and the horses are ready. Pop teaches Chloe how to take care and respect them.

She loves the white horse even though it is to big for her because it reminds her of Peagus, Barbies horse. (minus the wings)

He is teaching Chloe how to put a lead rope on the horse so you can walk them.

After checking on the horses Chloe enjoys walking and talking with Pop and he answers any questions she has. There is no generation gap here just pure love.

Chloe putting out some hay for the horses to eat. She doesn't look at it as work but as time to spend with her Pop.

Pop feeding some of the horses a snack of load bread.

Well the holidays are approaching and the kids, grand kids and the great grand kids will be coming and the horses are ready for their friends and riders because Pop has been taking care of his favorite friends.

We have all heard the saying, "We think that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence," well in this case it is.

The Baby Calf

A new calf was born on Pop's farm in Mississippi, and the mother got sick and couldn't take care of the calf. Pop brought it home with him so it could be fed three times a day until he could eat feed and grass.

He mixes up the milk in the house and takes it out and feeds the calf faithfully every day. Chloe and Debby have fed him and Chloe decided to play with him and he would run after her like another child would.

Debby has fed her several times and she said that he will drink it up very quickly, smacking it up.

The other night Chloe went out to the barn for his evening feeding with her grandmother. After the calf had had his feeding Chloe was playing with the calf and it was dark and the calf decided he was ready to go into the barn to his stall. Chloe doesn't like to get her clothes dirty as a rule but that wasn't the case this evening. She went right into the barn with the calf and set down with the calf in his stall. Grandmother was watching from the doorway and Chloe exclaimed, " I think he wants me to spend the night with him tonight." Where is the camera when this would have been a perfect picture?

"Happy Thanksgiving"

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Her Own Little Car..,

We recently had a neighbor pass away and their children have been cleaning the house out. They have been putting things out for the recycle and garbage man to pick up.

The other day as I was going to the Grocery Store, I saw beside the garbage can a small red pedal car. I thought that probably one of their grand kids had had that little car to play with on their wonderful circle drive and all of the enjoyment that they would have had.

The more I thought about it, I thought that if it was still there when I went back home I would stop and check it out and if it wasn't to bad I would fix it up for Chloe to play with at our house.

Well when I got back to my surprise the little red car was still there, so I stopped to check it out. It was covered in years of dirt and a headlight cover was missing and the horn cover was torn but over all it was in great condition. I put it in the back of our SUV and brought it home. On closer inspection I found out that it was a treasure indeed.

I kept it in the garage and when Friday came I picked up Chloe at school and I told her I had a surprise for her. When we got home she was so excited she wanted to get in it right away, but I explained that first it needed to go thru the car wash. She wanted to bring it into the house and wash it in our shower so she could play with it sooner. I told her that on Saturday she and I would go to the car wash and give it a good wash and rinse.

When we got home she got a clean rag and dried her little red car off. She was so happy with her little red car. Look Poppy, "It has the key in the ignition and the door opens so you can get in. On closer inspection we discovered that it was made in the 1960's and it was a 1957 Chevrolet Belair. Yes It will need a few decals replaced but it will give her many hours of fun.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Grandmother's Little Helper

Chloe has always wanted to do her share of helping around the house. Wether we are cleaning or cooking or setting the table she wants to do her part. Every weekend when we are at the Great-Grandparents she wants to help feed G-Grandmother or be her nurse.

So today she wanted to get the table ready for lunch. She picked out the plates and set the table.

An appetisier...

Choosing what she wants to eat. She loves to eat her vegetables.

She loves Califlower, Broccoli, cheese and noodles with a few chips on the side.

Mmm this is so good...

And to finish the meal with a glass of milk in a glass not a sippy cup.