Southern Girl moves to the Ozarks

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Meg is going on a third Mission Trip

My daughter is taking her third Mission trip to Germany. She is looking for donations to help her pay for her trip. If anyone is interested in helping out, please let me know. Prayers are always welcomed.

She has been to Mexico, San Fransico and this year it is Germany. She will be leaving in June and be gone for a month. She is looking forward to the trip and helping others. I am very proud of the young woman she has become.

Blessings to all....

No pics yet

Well, I got the film developed and not a one was the cordwood project. It will be a while until I can find the right camera.

Things are moving along theses days. It seems that I'm always on the run somewhere. I did get down home to visit for a couple of days. That was a couple of days of running, but I got to see my neices and Little Sis, Terri. Not long after we got home, I got an email from her that said that her hubby had fallen off the roof and crushed his elbow. He was in surgery for 4 hours and they fixed him up as best they could. He won't have complete mobility of that arm again and he has a long road ahead. Being a fireman, that will make things a little difficult for him. Please keep him your prayers.

I still love my job and the people I work with are a hoot. There is something going on all the time. It is long hours and very busy. I love a challenge. We are building alot of houses.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Southern Girl moves to the Ozarks

Southern Girl moves to the Ozarks

I will be picking up some picture today and I hope that they are the ones I took of the project in progress. They show the progress of the cordwood walls and other parts of the structure. I'm most proud of the wall, because that has been my job. Michael cut the trees and I did the debarking and stacking. The work is pretty time consuming, but rewarding.

Hopefully, Brenda will be able to come up this year and see the progress first hand. I'll spray her down with insect repellent and put her up in a motel so that she won't have to sleep on the ground. I know that she hates roughing it. The ticks are something that we have to deal with until we get moved on the land and get some chickens to keep the little blood suckers under control.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

The cordwood and masonry project

Our first big building project is the cordwood and masonry shop to store our equipment that we will need for the other projects. We've dug the holes and set four corner poles. That was done last spring. Then we dug the footings and poured the below grade footings. Next was the forms and pouring the above grade footings, while doing that, we sunk the bolts to set the center wall poles. The next step was the top seals. Michael,my oldest son drew the plans, made the estimates, material list and got the prices off the net. I helped drive a few nails and lift the heavy stuff and learned a lot of stuff. When he didn't need help, I worked on the cordwood wall. I've completed a 4'X10' section with a little help from Megan and Fisher. I have been doing most of the debarking of the cedar and Michael showed me how to cut the logs the length needed, but he has done most of the sawing. I'm still not comfortable with a chainsaw. I'd rather carry and stack the wood than use the chainsaw. If I have to, I guess I'll have to overcome that fear. If you'd like, I can take and post some pics as we progress. When we aren't building, we have been doing other projects. We've made two pretty good size planter beds to grow flowers and veggies in. You know after sitting behind a desk 5 days a week, it feels good to get outside and work. I can't wait for Brenda to see what other things we've gotten done, since she was up. I've got to get a structure built so that she will have a place to sleep when she comes up. I don't think she is into the camping in a tent thing. I can't say that I've done the camping thing with either of my sisters. I kind of like it when it isn't too cold or hot.

My sweet niece, Trish will be having a birthday pretty soon. In case I forget,,,,Happy Birthday Trisha.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

My Baby Girl turned 19 Friday the 13th

My baby girl was 19 Friday. she wasn't born on Friday the 13th, but her first, second and third month birthdays were all on Friday. When she was little and I mean younger than 2 I really believed she was possed. (my spelling is terrible, so please disreguard any misstakes) Anyway when she was in the first grade I found out why she did some of the things she did. The questionair for children with ADD/ADHD had questions that assured me that she wasn't the only child out there who had painted her bed, wall and everything in reach in poop. She will kill me if she finds out I published this. Anyway when she was about 4yrs, she gets up early before anyone else and takes a bike ride on her little bike. We get a call from Mike out on a busy road, that he had Meg and could we please come get her. She had rode out of our neighborhood up to the corner to get her a soda and the guy there told her to go home. Rather than going home she road down the highway to another store and Mike called us. Well her dad got out of bed, because he had answered the phone, and went to get her. I thought she would be dead when he got back with her, but he handled it very well. She never did that again. Everyone knew her by the time she was old enough to go to school. The neighbors would call me when Meg would go visit to let me know where she was. The girl got around and would go up to any neighbor who happend to be outside and talk until they sent her home or I went out looking for her. Needless to say, the child almost gave me a heart attack many times. There are many stories that can be told. She grew up to become a very respondsible young lady. I can say that the Lord took care of her and she is blessing many these days. At present she is working to raise the money for her third Mission trip this year. She plans to go to Germany this year. Please keep her in your prayers.

I made it three days

I started a new job last week and I think I might enjoy it for a while. There are lots of sub contractors in and out of the office everyday and it is a pretty fast pace office. As long as there is a challenge, I'll be there. My life isn't real exciting most of the time around this house. As long as Fisher doesn't try to skip school and leave his bike in a ditch so that I freek and call the police thinking he's been kidnapped. The whole block had excitement that day. I know that Fisher and his friend won't be doing that anymore. It's not like when we were kids. It was alot safer back then. There weren't so many nut jobs roaming the streets back then. Living in a little town made it safer as well. Boy! if my kids did some of the things I did back then. Now I know why I worried so much when they were growing up. You know that saying that "you pay for your raising". That give me alot of reasons to worry. Not that I was really a bad person. Just adventurious. I walked many of miles, I can say for sure. You see we lived at least a mile from town, more than that when I was in Lexa. Kids would die if they had to walk a block these days.

I'll end the day today with positive things. There is enough negative everywhere. So keep your chin up and smile and make people wonder...Be nice even to the rude people. They won't know how to handle that. Live like you were dieing.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Getting Started

Jan. 7, 2006

This is a first for me. I decided to take the plung and see what I can do with this Blogg stuff. Looks like I'm off to a slow start. I'm what you'd call a country girl living in the city these days. City livin has been somewhat of a challenge for me. I'm working hard to get back to the country. It is pretty hard work building your own buildings. So far we have a storeage building, a covered picnic area and in the process of building a shop for future equipment. Just my son and I are doing the construction. If you have any pointers of cordwood and masonry construction, I can use all the help I can get. I've been doing most of the wall construction, while Michael, my oldest son, is doing the other work. I help him some when he needs a helping hand. It is a learning experience. If this goes well, we should be starting a house sometime this year.


Well it seems that my nephew James is having a birthday today. Brenda has so many January birthdays in her family. Thanks Sis, for not letting me be the only winter birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Bubby.!!!!!!

I went for a job interview this morning and I pray that I get the job. I've had too much time on my hands for the past 6 months. I love my JuicePlus business, but I need something steady. I've done lots of crafts. All the kids are getting homemade stuff when I get to go back home to visit. I didn't get to go home for Christmas this year. That is another reason to get back to work. So I'll have money to go home when I want to. I miss my sisters and friends. Oh, I miss my Trish and the girls too!