Saturday, November 21, 2020

Our Last Day at the Ranch......

It was a beautiful Saturday down here in the country! 
Louis Dean and I finished up some of the projects we had lined up to do.
I like looking out the window amd seeing him in his overalls with a shovel in his hand and digging around doing who knows what? He keeps the fenced in garden area or front yard or whatever as neat as a pin...which just strikes me as so funny!! But I am not complaining!!

While he did what he was doing - I started the process of cleaning up the camper and cabin in preparation for our departure tomorrow. I changed sheets and gathered laundry. I vacuumed both the camper and the cabin and cleaned the bathrooms. Tomorrow I will pick the rest of the peppers from my little pond garden and will make pepper poppers next week to take to Fort Worth for Thanksgiving. Louis Dean defrosted the old small freezer that he had long years before we married - and we have been married 15 years! He vows he will bring a new one when we come back in early December for the bee meeting. In addition to the meeting, we will be having a pot luck supper and I do not want to miss that!

This photo nearly looks like cloud trees!
It's been such a good week down here.
We arrived on Friday a week ago. I decorated and cooked last Saturday and then we had a birthday party for Louis Dean on Sunday. We each have worked on our own projects art and his work....electrical and more.

I love seeing the critters down here.
Around 5:30 we went down to put the ducks up.
The sun sets earlier every day and we missed the pretty pictures of yesterday.
Dean and Sherry are celebrating Thanksgiving at her parents today.
They will be home later tonight to put the goats up.

My last big project was to pin the backing, batting and quilt together that I am making for Louis Dean.
I messed up the star that should go on the blue denim area - but I'll figure something out later.

Louis Dean made homemade hamburgers for our supper tonight.
Then we took showers....although he said they are more like 'pourers' since we don't have hot water yet.
We pour the water over us using a big yellow Dickie's cup!!
It will be a simple thing to get 220 for the water heater but it involves the electric company coming out and turning the power off - for awhile. That was not possible when we needed the AC! And then when they did come out - it started to storm and they advised against turning the power off because they might be out on emergencies and couldn't get back to turn it on. So we waited. And we continued to pour instead of shower. And that's been just fine. We may miss these days of making do once we get the 220!
But maybe not!!!

It's not even 9:00 but bedtime is near!
Louis Dean is out in the front room playing his guitar and singing.
I opened the door so I could listen.
I have been addressing our Christmas cards and will go back out to the table and do a few more before I go to bed tonight. 
If you are reading my blog, I would love to send you a Christmas card!
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So far I have 103 entries for the Christmas Santa giveaway.
I looked back to see how long I have been doing this and this is my 4th year.
Debbie W and Ginny H and Donna G have been past winners.
Since we are going home tomorrow, I probably won't do a journal entry until Monday and that's when I will announce the winner instead of tomorrow.

Thank you all for reading and being such good friends.
I talked to Lillian today and she received three more cards this morning - Thanksgiving cards with beautiful scripture verses on them - and she was so happy!
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the cards y'all have sent.
Not long ago I prayed a specific prayer that God would send Lillian JOY.
I had no idea how and what that could be considering her very limited circumstances.
But God is always faithful and he can find a way where there seems to be no way.
Your cards were the way he chose.
She is so excited to show them to me on Thanksgiving.
She thinks it will be through a glass and I can not WAIT to see her in person! I am hoping that since I will have a Covid test before I visit her in her room, that I will be able to hug her.
Thank you all again, for being such a blessing!!!


Bluebird49 said...

Oh I hope you can give Lillian a hug!
I've got a little something with congestion, a degree or so of fever and a painful area in my chest--around my rib. I am continually wheezing ad using Vick's and Mucinex. please send a little prayer up so I will feel like seeing kids at Thanksgiving. I'm kinda feeling rough, but have avoided going out so far!
Youall are just a whirlwind of activity out there! Love y'all!

Changes in the wind said...

Didn't the quilt for LD turn out pretty and a star would finish it off. You have accomplished a lot there at the ranch with all your artwork and LD and his projects. Safe travels home.

Vee said...

The quilt is so nice. When you figure something out, share! ☺️

Happy Trails home...

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You had a great week there and did a lot too. Hope you have a safe trip home and all is ok there. The holiday season is upon us so it's sure to be a busy time. Happy Thanksgiving !

Jan said...

What a nice surprise for Lillian when she sees you in person

Sandra said...

Happy Days Are Here Again that you will get to see Lillian and hopefully get to hug her. I always enjoy seeing what you say especially the critters. The photo of the horses standing around and laying down just melt my heart when I look at it four-legged critters have that effect on the heart. Sounds like you had a really good week there and got a lot accomplished and a quilt is beautiful

Estelle's said...

Another newsy and lovely blog post.....You have certainly been a blessing to travels home!


It's always so nice to come and visit sweet friend. Yes, I must agree, you are a blessing to Lillian.
I love your pics, and yes, that pic with the trees looks like the clouds are part of the trees, truly amazing !
The quilt for LD looks wonderful. I used to make them when I was young, not as pretty as yours, but now I just don't do much hand work, I've been busy with my 91 year old mother and may daughter and the children because of COVID spent 9 months here. This Monday they're going back to Spain and I am totally heartbroken. Ok, I'll see them January 2021 in Miami.

Susie said...

Linda, You sure have a good heart. God did bless Lillian with a stand in daughter , you. You bring her joy with your visits, now with people sending cards. We all just want to be loved and remembered. Love LD's new quilt. Girl you know there's no way I could be a pioneer...I absolutely love electricity and running water. LOL. Have a safe trip home, stay safe. Blessings, love you,xoxo, Susie

BeachGypsy said...

hello there my green eyed girlfriend, LOL!--hope you have had a great weekend, and a safe trip back home by now? Love those country pictures....that brilliant BLUE SKY and all the empty land and the fluffy clouds! And yes, it did look like big cotton balls up in those trees, ha ha LOL! You've been busy, as usual, I swear....I don't think I could keep up with y'all!! LOL I am sure looking foward to hearing about Lilian's reaction when y'all spring the big surprise on her....sure going to be fun! Hope you can make pictures for us. How is Summer, is she having a ball there, I bet she is! I know you miss her tho. Please tell her howdy for me okay. Well, it's the start of a new week already. Thanksgiving is on the way.

BeachGypsy said...

oh, PS THAT QUILT IS LOOKING GREAT!! And I did answer your question on my blog about if I changed my blouse or not, ha ha LOL....but in case you didn't get b back to see that, the answer is no, I didn't change clothes, I just took off my flannel shirt because I was burning up, LOL!! I dress in layers.

VintageCrafter said...

I'm sure you can't wait to give Lillian a hug...give her an extra squeeze from all of us :)
Stay safe and safe travel home.

photowannabe said...

Its so exciting that you will be able to see Lillian.
I was happy to send her a Thanksgiving card and hope it brightens her day.
It truly is a blessing to be a blessing.

NanaDiana said...

Hi Linda,
I love reading about your life along with LD's. I could just picture you getting up to crack the door open to hear him sing. What a blessing to have that!
I hope you are able to hug Lillian. I have been away from blogging for a while and have so much to catch up on with what is going on in people's lives.
I hope you and LD have a blessed, wonderful Thanksgiving. xo Diana

ps...and don't have to do 'pour overs' at home. lol