Monday, July 27, 2009

Home from Kentucky

I am home from Kentucky and missing my beautiful girls. We had such a good time while I was there. I can't believe how much they have grown. Like any grandmother, I must tell you how amazing they are. One is a very talented writer ( I couldn't believe the stories she has written) and the other a gifted artist. She says she gets it from her daddy and me. They have adapted well from the bustle of Florida to the slow pace of Kentucky and I can tell that they really like it there. I am so glad they are happy, I just wish they were closer to me. When you have them from the time they are born until they were ten and twelve, it is hard for them to be so far away. I am just thankful for all the years they were here and so glad that I am able to visit them.
I know that the girls were sad to see me leave, but it looks like Daisy was relieved. I can't tell if she has a headache or was just tired from someone extra in the house. Maybe she's just a lazy little girl.

Stephanie did a lot of canning while I was there. The fruits and vegetables were delicious. It seemed as if almost every house there had their own little patch growing. Stephanie and Dennis had a small garden up near the house and a larger one down in the hay field. The corn was so sweet and the tomato right out of the field were so good. I wish I had a bowl of tomato cracker salad right now.

I guess Stephanie gave me the bug, because I wanted to do some canning myself when I got home. At one time, I did it a lot, but haven't lately. So, I broke out the canning pot, put on my apron I got at the Almish store and got to work. I had picked blueberries earlier in the summer so I started with blueberry jam. Then I decided I wanted to make salsa. It was fun. I just wish my three girls had been here to help me. I really have the bug now. I can't wait for the grapes in my garden to ripen so I can make grape jelly. I also have a friend who has guavas and I am hoping to get some of those for jelly, too. I better hurry starts in three weeks. Where has the time gone? I am having the rest of my floors tiled this week, and I need to work on my art dolls. It seems I never have time to get it all done. Wish me luck!


  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and good luck too! ☺

  2. I'd never heard of canning until I came to the States - my mum-in-law is an avid canner! not sure she'd appreciate that term, but it seems fitting! are you a canner if you do canning?
    I'd like to give it a try!

  3. Sounds like you had a great time with your granddaughters... now if thats you in the apron... you don't look old enough to have granddaughters! But you buy me off with something you canned~ : )

    I loved can goods... it reminds me of my grandma from the South.

  4. Pattee,
    I wish that was me in the apron...that's my daughter!

  5. Raedell what a beautiful post! Your grandchildren are beauties, I've never met them before. I know you have your reservations about the lifestyle your kids have taken, but I gotta tell you it looks fabulous! Your grandbabies look as happy as can be. So glad you got to visit them and hope there will be gobs more visits in the near future!