Time To Check The Star

Friday, November 17, 2017

It was 39 cool degrees this morning with a high in the low 60s. Another pretty day. We worked on FRED cutting new carpet covers for the entrance steps and the drivers section. We know the light berber carpet will show dirt but we had it and now that we have cut this we have a pattern for when we want to replace with a darker carpet and have it bound. This will do for now and didn’t cost us anything. We like that.

Next on the agenda was a reconnaissance hike out to the star. For those that don’t know, there is a huge 80’ high lighted star on a bluff on the side of our mountain – Pine Mountain. It has been there for over 50 years and began as a project of Max’s Mom and Dad’s Sunday school class. It was the idea of Max’s Aunt Sybil after reading an article in Southern Living about a similar star in another state. We have been working on maintaining and lighting the star with various other people for over 30 years now. We called the power company and had the power turned back on and today hiked out to see how it had fared since last January when we cut it off. Unfortunately, the contractor who clears the right-of-way on the high power lines came through and felled trees and brush onto the star, again. Now we know we need to take a lot of tools and supplies with us when we return tomorrow to try to get the star lit. We always try to be ready to turn it on the weekend after Thanksgiving and it remains lit until after the first of the year. We are told that the airlines flying into Birmingham sometimes point out the star to their passengers. We have decided that we really need to find some younger folks to take over this project. Not sure it’s as good a fit for us at 65 as it was at 30. Any volunteers? Hope everyone has a great weekend.


Another Un-Blogworthy Day

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Today’s temperatures were about as usual the past several days, but today was more cloudy. The clouds were okay because Anne drove to Tuscaloosa and back today. We prefer driving on cloudy days.

Anne left shortly after eight to go spend the day with her Mom. Max spent most of the day cleaning inside and outside of the truck. We drove through some road construction on our last trip and picked up a lot of tar that made a mess out of the truck. So, Max spent his day splitting his time between checking on his Mom and working on the truck. The truck now looks good again. Anne’s Mom is doing better. Her spirits have improved and her walking seems better. Praying this continues. That was the short and sweet of our day today.

5 Stores, 5 LOL Visits

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Great Alabama weather going on right now. We decided to take advantage of the good weather and dedicated today to the errands of the LOLs (Little Old Ladies). We left home at 8:30 and returned about 4:30 and didn’t take a break for lunch. We made purchases for all four LOLs as well as ourselves. We started the day stopping at Aunt Helen’s for the shopping list. We had received Juno’s instructions yesterday because we didn’t expect her to be up when we left. However she was up and doing her morning devotion. Love her dedication to daily Bible study. What a wonderful example she remains even in her frail condition. Next was on to Trussville to visit with Aunt Jean at the assisted living and take an inventory of what she needed. She also had a couple of bills that needed to be paid. After taking care of those duties it was time to hit the stores. First was Sam’s Club for Jean, Juno and ourselves. Then Walmart for Jean, Helen, Juno, Mama Ruby and us. Next was Aldi and we think that was just for us. You know it is hard to work five lists at the same time. And yes, it takes more than one buggy and good organizational skills to keep things straight as far as payment, and loading in car in reverse order of delivery. Now it was time to return to assisted living and Jean. Bless her heart she was as excited to see us after lunch as she was this morning. At first she may not have remembered we were there earlier but then seemed to remember. For those that remember Noodle, Jean’s 46 year old turtle, he was doing well today, too. We cleaned his terrarium and fed him six worms.

Then we headed back toward Pine Mountain with one more stop, at Publix. That stop was for Juno and us. Probably wouldn’t have stopped there but we were going right by there and there were some good BOGO’s, plus it was senior day. Back on the mountain we unloaded at Helen and Juno’s. Home to unload there. Then to Oneonta to pay property taxes for Helen and ourselves and purchase new tag for FRED. Back to Helen’s and a visit with them and our pastor and cousin Barry. Finally home for lunch/supper at 4:30. That was our day. Not very interesting, but when we are 93 we might enjoy reading this again. It would probably just put us to sleep. Hope you got a nice nap.

Another Busy Day At Home

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Today was a repeat of yesterday except cooler this morning. Sunny, nice Alabama fall day. Looks like we may be down in the 38 range tonight. We have our antifreeze. It’s just a matter of time, but since we have it maybe we won’t need it.

Today was another busy day trying to get caught up on things at home. More laundry, vacuuming, mopping, and roasting pecans. The roasted pecans were mighty fine if we do say so ourselves.

Deer visiting this morningOne of the things we like about being here is that we have frequent visits by various wild life. Today it was a deer that just hung around the back of the house for a good while. When she was out in the sun it would have made a gorgeous picture. Of course, by the time we grabbed the camera from the living room she was back in the shade. Oh well, we got to enjoy her. Haven’t seen our turkeys lately. Maybe they are hiding until after Thanksgiving. That’s it for our day. Hope you are having a good week.