I was sitting on my reading chair in the living room at 5:00 am with the lights on reading when a bird came knocking on the living room window. It was so pitch dark outside I think the bird thought it could fly through the window into the light. It left, but a few minutes later was back again. It wasn't slamming into the window like a cardinal fighting his reflection, this was more of a gentle tapping as the wings hit. Mark was heading out to get some wood for the wood burner and I think if he would have left the door open the bird would have come in to warm up. What a shock, we went from a high of almost 60 degrees yesterday to 24 degrees this morning with a strong wind so the real feel was 10 degrees. Winter coats were needed for the walk. I got to the dumpster a few minutes early so went inside the barn to get out of the wind and to see the progress. The sun was shining through those tall windows making it seem like there were orange windows on the north side.
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Aunt Jinnie got a phone call at 7:30 this morning from the Hanna City post office, her thread had finally been delivered. She was asked if she wanted it to go out on the truck or did she want to drive in to get it. Karin was sent to get it. That thread has been in transit trying to make it here for over 2 weeks. The company finally sent another batch of thread (which hasn't arrived yet either) We had a good walk this morning. Joan stopped in and took a look at the repair needed in the barn and agreed with what Mark wanted to do yesterday. We just have to figure out how. The wheel chair van was taken to the Berean office this morning with mom and Aunt Jinnie and thankfully it worked perfectly. IF you would like to read about our morning there click HERE. We left there just after 11:00 am. I had to stop at the trailer repair place to get the key out of the trailer and give it to Kim in the office. From there we drove to the Hanna City post office to drop off the two boxes of Bibles, all of Aunt Jinnie's Christmas cards and a return package I had to send back. We finished lunch by 12:45 pm and Joan showed up a little early to relieve me. That gave me time to finish cleaning a stall and prepare Evan's shelter for a new bale. When Mark got home he helped move the bale in.
Monday, November 28, 2022
Mom wanted an omelet for breakfast this morning. That meant running back home for fresh spinach and sausage to add to the ingredients mom's house already had on hand. After breakfast Jessica arrived to do therapy on mom's arm.
Sunday, November 27, 2022
Peoria church was blessed with visitors today as we had 4 baptisms after the afternoon service. Rachel and Dave served lunch and even though church was almost full still had plenty for everyone. Ruth took mom and Aunt Jinnie to church as Joan's family were in Ohio for a wedding. Ruth took my car home from church as she needed to leave after the morning service. Sarah helped with mom in the afternoon. Spark ended up driving Mark and I along with mom and Aunt Jinnie to the jail to pick up his van then Mark drove us the rest of the way home. John was there to visit with mom so a quart of frozen chicken soup and a quart of chili were taken over for he and Beth. Ben, Jace and Abe were the first to arrive at our house. Thankfully Ben was willing to work on my computer. I had been getting notices that our hotmail account was accessed by someone from Russia but it turned out to be a scam. I was pretty sure it was so wouldn't open any of those emails but thought I may as well call in one of the experts. Rhoda, Phil and Anna's family all arrived about the same time with Taunya, Addyson and Jack a little later. Tonight we had chili, cinnamon rolls, hot dogs for kids, salad and some of us had chili dogs. We also had plenty of grapes, pears and apples. The kids went out to the barn to play for awhile after supper then when they came in we played games with old peoples canes.
Saturday, November 26, 2022
The car was frosted up from being left out of the garage this morning but the sun came out and soon everything melted. I think it got into the high 50s today. Another beautiful sunny day. It was my turn to be with mom so I showed up in time to cook breakfast and stayed until after supper. It was so nice we were out on the deck for a while this afternoon.
Friday, November 25, 2022
We had a late breakfast this morning. Mark had gone up to the barn to feed the cat then over to mom's to put chargers on the mowers so we waited until he got back. Kim and I had so much to catch up on that Mark ask, "don't you girls ever stop talking? That had us laughing. Kim left for home before noon. This 25th, day of November was so nice it was a great opportunity to walk around and replace any older or broken boards in all of the paddocks.
Thursday, November 24, 2022
We had an easy morning waking at 5:00 am and enjoying a good strong cup of coffee. The crock pots were all filled but not turned on until 9:00 am as we were getting ready to head to church. The food was cooked earlier and I only needed to have it heated up. Craig Stickling had the Thanksgiving message. He started with Hagar and finished up with the women who had the issue of blood and touched the hem of Jesus' clothes to be healed. A good message for Thanksgiving. We didn't rush home but probably should have as by the time we got home the turkey was a little over cooked. Butter was used to moisten it up some and a second batch of stuffing was quickly made to add to the first batch. We had about 40 minutes to get everything done and over to Joan's house. Below are a few pictures as we were getting the food set out.
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
I was getting ready to head up to the barn this morning when Joan sent a text with a short video clip of swans swimming in the lake. Instead of going to the barn I drove over to mom's to take a few pictures of the swans.