Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Month of June 2017

We had a lovely visit with family, Sidney and Laurence Pitt, in Nauvoo, IL.  Even though they had a lot of work to be done on their house, they showed us a good time visiting the historic town of Nauvoo. We all enjoyed the Family Life Center and other historical sites around town. 

Baking bread

Bread proofer. They would put the bowl of dough in the proofer with a bowl of 
warm water to rise the bread. 

Wagon wheel weaving. The pioneers made beautiful round rugs with strips of cloth.

Triangle frame to weave shawls. 


Weaver showed us how to join the wool for the spinning wheel. 


We even learned how the wood barrels were made and also learned that if your name 
is Cooper, then your ancestors were probably barrel crafters. 


These were just a few crafters in the Family Life Center. We also learned the process of candle 
making and rope making. 

One thing I didn't know was that the tin lantern punched designs represented a family design so 
that the family could be identified when strolling in the evening. 


We took a wagon ride. 



We had a fun and informative day. 

While the men remolded Sidney's kitchen, us gals went looking for beach glass.
Sidney is an expert at finding glass and  I have a new passion. Thanks Sidney!




The third week in June, we all went to Butler, Mo for a family reunion. 

This is Glenn's brother and sisters along with Sidney and I with Aunt Ada. Aunt Ada 
is the only surviving sister of eight. Glenn's mother was one of the eight. Aunt Ada and 
her husband were Assemblies of God ministers. 

Glenn had been sick the second week visiting Laurence and Sidney and not much work was 
done.  We both felt we owed them another week. They accomplished as much as they could;
laying floors  and putting up cabinets. I'll be anxious to see it finished and I know Sidney will too.

Before we left, we took another day from construction to visit a unique Windmill. 

The "Prairie Mill" in Golden, IL.  Built in 1873 by Henry Emminga.


It has three millstones depending on how fine the grain was desired. 


We walked out on this deck. Cool experience. 

This home is for sale and is across from the windmill. Henry Emminga built it for his daughter. 
His daughter never married. 

Thank you Sidney and Laurence for a wonderful visit. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Visit With Laurence and Sidney

We had planned to visit Laurence  and Sidney. Laurence is Glenn's brother.  L and S were in a remolding project and Glenn volunteered to help.  They are remoldling their kitchen and living/family room.

It took awhile to get the rv backed into the space provided but with the help of a couple kind neighbors and a few boards and moving mats over a small ditch, Glenn manuvered it in without tearing up the stabilizers.   I told L and S that we were homesteading. 


Glenn will be helping put the kitchen back together.  

It's not all work and no play....

On Saturday we went to Hannibal, MO to visit the boyhood home of Samuel Clemens better known as Mark Twain.  We enjoyed the day touring the Mark Twain home and museum.  And, also the Becky Thatcher home. 









We rounded out the day by going to Sunset On The Mississippi. It was a fun musical.


Grandmas Feather Bed song. One of my favorite. 

Afterwards we viewed the sun going down and stopped for frozen custard. Very delicious. 



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Visit "Home".

After the project in Vacherie, LA, we headed home to Georgia. Glenn had several medical appointments to set up and we also had an appointment to see about the RV. We knew we had a leak somewhere.  We checked into Whispering Pines (WP) on April 7.  We were able to stay there for two weeks then we had to find another RV site because WP was booked. We found a place called Mossy Oak Music Park.  It is not really an RV park even though they have 500 hookups. It is privately owned for Bluegrass Festivals. The owner was kind enough to let us use his facilities since we are Construction Missionaries.  He also lets volunteers for Habitat for Humanity stay here. 

It just so happened that they were having a bluegrass festival the weekend we moved in. Glenn had a Royal Ranger camp out locally that weekend with Dylan and Drew so I was by myself, which wasn't bad, I occupied my time going to a few of the bluegrass acts. 


My little man visited me for a little while. We had popcorn as we listened to the music and also played on the playground. 


We not only had trouble/repair on the RV, we also had truck trouble.  We took the old 2001 truck to our dealership mechanics, of whom we trust, and they advised that if we were to stay locally and not travel, we could put 5,000 dollars into it, but, if we still were to do our volunteer work, we would need to get a different truck.  We decided on a 2017 Chevy Silverado 3500 diesel.  I hate like everything to have a truck payment but having to keep putting money into an old truck was worse. We are thankful to have a dependable, under warranty, truck.  


Our first trip in the new truck was to take the boys to the Blue Angels air show.  






Kelly and I took the boys to the Columbia Riverbanks Zoo. I always have a good time with family. 




Glenn has now completed his doctor appointments. He had to have a Basal Cell cancer removed from his ear which included taking a graff from his neck. 
I'm so thankful he finally went to a skin doctor. 

We also had to go to Charleston for other test but we received good reports. He just needs to eat more fruits and veggies.  His protein was a little high.  He has been on a high protein diet so that will have to change. 

During my stay here, I have made a few more beaded suncatchers and I finished a couple of  playing card holders. 




We will stay here until after Memorial Day weekend then we will head to Illinois to visit family.