Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mouths of Babes

We continue to be amazed at the conversations initiated by our 3-1/2 year old great grand daughter, Gracen. This is a text we received from her mom Tara: 

So, the other night I played with a couple of her sticker things and the next morning she noticed! And she let me have it.  She said, "Let me tell you something, when someone goes to bed someone else doesn't need to take it upon themselves to play with other people's stickers... I'm really upset with you!"








Sunday, October 12, 2014

Egg Rolls

Every few months the family gets hungry for egg rolls. So today we had them all down and we all had our fill.


Dorothy makes them up.


And I fry them.


I hope we have enough.


A variety of sauces.

The kids eat theirs in the living room.








Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Cold and Rainy Saturday


The best way to deal with a rainy day is to have the kids and grand kids
over and have green chili potato chowder, corn bread, and iced tea.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

A Visit to the Fire Station

Today, Burk and I took Jenna and Gracen to the fire station behind their house for a tour.


The firemen opened the doors and allowed us to explore all the trucks.














These fire fighters had as much fun showing the trucks to the girls
as the girls had exploring them.




Inside an ambulance.










Sunday, September 14, 2014

Quote of the Day

If those who we begin to love could know us as we were before meeting them.....they could perceive what they have made of us.

Albert Camus

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Gracen Goes to School

Last week Gracen started attending pre-school at the Cherokee Nation Child Development Center. She took to it like a duck to water.



Come on, Dad.  Let's get in there.


Let's put my things away.


Ok, let's get this show on the road.






Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Artificial Adventures

We like to travel with the grand kids. I'm always searching the internet for new and unusual places to visit. When Rachel and Kelly were young we went to big name theme parks every few years and we've also taken most of the grand kids to those places.  The younger ones occasionally ask me when we will go to another one, but to tell you the truth I dread it.  One reason I dread it is the expense and another is that the adventure is artificial. I guess I'm looking at it from an older person's perspective but I need a little more substance to my adventures. The trips I've enjoyed the most over the years have been seeing the Arizona meteor crater, touring a farm, a jelly bean factory, and an ice cream factory, a bone museum, a dinosaur museum, the Wright Brothers museum, and an ugly car museum in Tennessee. We explored an abandoned mill town that was the set of "Hunger Games",  we've had a muscadine cider slushie at a peanut stand in North Carolina, toured the waterways around New Bern, NC in a small tugboat. We've eaten fresh sea food at an ocean front restaurant at Nags Head, pulled pork sandwiches in Memphis, and the famous biscuits at the Loveless Cafe just outside of Nashville. We've walked around the Petrified Forest and climbed to the top of Chimney Rock. There are so many things to see in this beautiful country of ours.

Monday Morning with G and the Dogs









G is upset because Riley bit her magic wand (stick) in half.












Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Time is Flying

 
 

Samantha and Tara selling tomatoes in our front yard. This photo
was taken about 15 years ago. They made some cash that summer.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Essence of Summer Eating

Summertime always brings heat, humidity, and insects, which make gardening so difficult, but when you sit down at the table and eat food that you planted, cultivated, and harvested the negatives give way to real pleasure. What do the French say,   joi de vivre?





A lot of the vegetables have been spent and we've mowed them down
and are now trying to take care of what is left.

Gracen helps me shell beans.

Locally caught Sand Bass fillets, baked potato. fried okra and green
tomatoes, pinto beans, and hush puppies.







Monday, July 28, 2014

Reception

Tara and Jarrett were married in May and yesterday we had a reception for them.



Tara and Jarrett with his parents Danny and  Sandie

Dorothy and I with Tara and Jarrett


With Jarrett's grandmother Louvena

with Emily and Corbin

with Kelly





Dorothy made the cake.

Gracen helps unwrap presents


My sister Rita and me.

Jenna and Gracen

Rita, Dorothy, and Karon Dunaway


Robin, Amy, and Madison





Sam and me



                                       Cousins: Morgan, Gracie, Alex, and Jenna












Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cousins

Our nephew Jack Dunaway's daughter Sarah is visiting from California. We had a big country dinner today to give her a taste of southern cooking.  It was the first time she had ever tasted okra. We topped off the meal with blackberry cobbler and cinnamon rolls.

Sarah, Marley, Hunter, Jenna, Gracen, and of course Riley.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

That Time of Year

As the years go by the seasons seem to come around quicker. For me, winter is barely gone when the summer heats up and brings all the things we expect from the season, such as:

One of my favorite summer bloomers, the purple cone flower.

Hibiscus


We are picking black berries every day.


Ripe tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, squash, and okra make summer meals a delight and bring to mind family meals of years gone by. Accent those meals with the heat and humidity, the sound of cicadas in the trees, and fire flies at dusk and a person gets a feel of one's place in the universe and a feeling of belonging to that place.