Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Kentucky, Races, Camping, Creeks, Caves and Cars...

Races Saturday, the only day at the races it did not rain.

Friday was rained out so Saturday we went at noon and stayed till 11 to see two races.

We had a great time.

Camping in the rain, Sparta Ky.

Kentucky River in the rain.

Monday most things were closed.  We went to Perryville Battlefield and sat on the Squire Bottom house porch with a view of Doctors Fork.  I  have more pics on the camera but these are uploaded from my phone to google and easy to get to.  I have rocks from Doctors Fork and wild flowers from its banks.  I hope to get seed to plant.

This is the map of the battlefield showing the Bottom house just a few hundred yards from Doctors Fork.

Today. we are going to Mammoth Cave, tomorrow a Corvette museum.

Starting home Friday. Probably be home Saturday.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Plants and animals...

Helen's rock garden.

Her corn crop.

And beautiful sun flower.

Her pigs.

Our 3 new Mamma's with 5 babies.  We let them all out for a few hours at the end of the day.  We keep the babies penned for the first 3 weeks now to keep the coyotes from picking them off.  We have not lost a baby to preditors since we started keepng them penned until they are old enough to follow without falling behind.

This is Cher's two boys.  Almost 2 weeks old.  

Here are all the new babies right after we turned them out.

It rained a little last night.  I am going to try to go for a walk anyway.  It is overcast now, but seems to have stopped raining.

The girl is glad to be back home, but she had a good time.  Her and her one friend stayed in a cabin with a bunch of teenagers.  I was afraid that would not work well, but she said they were all really nice.  Last year she stayed in a cabin with girls from Coin.  She did say she knew some of the girls, and they knew Emmy.  Anyway, she had a good time and it was fine.  This after noon we are taking them to the creek if it is not raining.  Off to walk now.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Following orders

Helen sez I need to water Mama's flower garden every day.  Wednesday, we went to the mountain and I did not get the watering done.  Last night, I went to water.  The flowers all looked fine even with going a day without a drink.

There is one beautiful gladiola. 

In amongst other plants, including a few weeds.

Many, many marigolds.

She said I did not need to go inside, but I did. The TV is still there, so I don't guess any thieves have stopped by.  This is daddy's chimney.

Everything is well.  Today, Grandpa goes to drag the girl off Bobo mountain.  The boy has enjoyed his time to himself, doing whatever he wants with the boss gone.  I hope he kept up with the chores she assigned him or he will be in big dodo.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Happy Birthday...

Mr. President,

OH, and Sister Betty,

A day late, but I remembered, just did not remember to post.

We went to the mountain top [Bobo] last night to see the girl at camp.  She was having a wonderful time.  We came away with a greater appreciation of Brother Jerry's Sunday messages.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Three babies

Last Wednesday night. Blackie had 3 babies. Only one made it to daylight.  This is Pippa, a little girl.  Pippa was the only woman racer in the Indy 500 this weekend.

This is 2 from Red born about 7 last evening.  One boy and one girl.  I checked this morning and they are doing fine.  George says they are Frankie and Johnnie.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Brothers and Sister

Clayton, Richard, Patsy and Janet.

Powell and Maples.




Dad to Brenda, Gary, Cheryl, and Carolyn.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Gaddy - Thomas - Kinzer @ Gass Cemetery

Momma's Grandparents.

Momma's Parents.

Momma's Great-Grandfather Kinzer, Myrtle Thomas' father.

Grandma Gaddy;s brothers.

Johnnie Widner, just one row and a few feet from Adam Kinzer.

A big tree.  I am sure it was here when the first burial was made at Gass.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

More pics of Helen's flower works

She forgot the Maples flowers the first trip to Alpena, so she had to make a return trip and took more pictures with my camera.

George and I will take the Gaddy flowers to Gass later this week.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wanda Aday Smith(1943 - 2017)

In memory of a faithful daughter, mother, sister, wife.

Wanda Aday Smith passed away Friday, May 13, 2017. Wanda was born to parents George and Pearl Aday in Dixon, California on December 5th 1943.

She was raised in central California primarily in the town of Maricopa, California where she graduated from Maricopa High School then later attended Taft Community College in Taft, California.

In the mid 1960s Wanda and her sister Conda moved to Santa Barbara where they both worked in retail. In 1964 following the death of their mother the sisters took custody of their four year old brother Leroy Aday and raised him into his early adult years.

In June 1968 Wanda married Richard T. (Dick) Smith in Santa Barbara. Wanda worked at Lerner Shops clothing store where she started as a window dresser and was promoted through the ranks to the manager position, becoming the youngest Lerner manager in the state of California. Dick was a Deputy Sheriff with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's department where he worked until retiring in 1991 at the rank of Sergeant. Wanda later went to work at Hallmark shops in Santa Barbara and Goleta, California where again she was store manager until her retirement in 1992.

On June 6, 1973 their daughter Julie was born in Goleta, California where she attended schools in the Santa Barbara Public School System, graduating from San Marcos High School. She continued her education in the field of nursing and has been a nurse for the past 20 plus years.

Dick and Wanda retired in 1991 and moved to Durango in 1992 where Wanda worked as co-manager of the London Fog store and later worked at The Galloping Goose gift shop. Dick worked at the La Plata County Sheriff's Office as a Civilian Civil Process Server from 1994 to 2006.

The Smiths enjoyed travel and visited several states including Alaska and Hawaii and several countries including Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Panama, Costa Rica, and several Caribbean islands.

Wanda had many interests beginning with God and family and including cooking, gardening and reading as well as the fun filled monthly get together with the ladies in her Bunco group.

Wanda is survived by her husband of 49 years Dick Smith of Durango, their daughter Julie, sister Conda, brothers George and Leroy Aday, three grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents George and Pearl Aday, infant sister Regina and brother Robert Aday who was killed in combat in 1969 while serving in Vietnam with the Army's 25th Infantry Division. He died trying to save a wounded soldier and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and his fourth Purple Heart.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Florida Mesa Presbyterian Church, 1024 County Road 230, Durango CO, with Pastor Dan Straw officiating.

In Lieu of flowers friends may want to remember Hospice of Mercy.

Funeral Home

Hood Mortuary
1261 East Third Avenue Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-2312

Published in The Durango Herald on May 16, 2017

Tuesday, May 09, 2017


Helen better do what I say, or I will show Robert this photo.  He will never visit her again.

She was better yesterday.  Don't know about today.  She was gone when I came by a while ago.

Our RV is all tested out and everything works, air, heat, fridge, cook stove, hot water.  I love it.  We are loaning it to Jr's special friend for a week or so because her daughter is coming from North Dakota to visit her from Mother's day.  JR had that nice place to park it. George took it down today.  We may escape in it next weekend.  We will see.

Greg is home again, but he goes to work locally tomorrow.  It is a company out of Blue Eye that is working on the Bass Pro project up where brother Gilbert works.  He may be home all summer.  He likes the big money he makes on the away jobs, but he really ends up with more when he works around here.  We will see how long he stays this time.

The sun has been shinning, but I think rain moves in tomorrow. I think the weekend is supposed to be nice.

For dinner tonight we are having deviled eggs, free eggs from brother, and tuna salad sandwiches.  Everyone here loves deviled eggs.

Garden is just sitting there.  Been too cool and rainy.  Maybe it will take off now, or maybe not.  Yesterday I noticed the plowed areas where I had nothing planted were still bare.  That means not even weeds will grow.  Not a good sign. 

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Quotable Quotes

We tried to go camping Friday, but God said no.  We did drive down to Buffalo Point but it was flooded out, so we did a turnaround don't drown.  Aunt Helen to the rescue.  She took the kids to her house and they had a great time with a bonfire and movies.  Saturday, when Robert returned home, he says, "Bad news is I was gone.  Good news is I am back."  I agree.

Saturday night, they did sleep in the camper and had a big time all by themselves right next to the old folks.  The camper has a queen sized bed, a couch that makes a full sized bed, and a table area that converts to a bed so they had lots of beds to choose from.

Saturday evening, in the pouring rain, we went to Western Sizzler in Harrison, the kids favorite place to eat.  The old folks had steaks, but the kids had everything on the food bars.  Robert had an entire plate of deserts again.

Then, Sunday, Robert cooked hamburgers and brownies for dinner, with a little help.  He was not thrilled with the cooking, but he thought the eating was really good.

It was nice yesterday, no rain, but cool.  I think we are getting more rain later today.  The roads are a mess. George worked on ours yesterday, but it will wash again as soon as we get more rain.  I hope it does not snow tomorrow like it did in 2014.

Today is sister's birthday.