Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy 2018

We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas, and Thank you so much for all the well wishes. Sorry for our lack of responses, but kids have been out of school and driving JUGM batty at  

So here we are again at another New Year and hoping you all have a wonderful, prosperous, and safe 2018.

Wait until tonight at time square. They will release 34 Billion pieces of Hillary Clinton's email traffic , which tonight will be called CONFETTI...... HA HA HA!!!!  


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

The end of the Christmas online shopping season has come to an end for Senior and his coworkers.  I can tell you he is very happy the rush is over. I think since Thanksgiving he has had 5 days off. Now he is on his first of two 3 day weekends and home relaxing and decompressing.

From our family to yours we want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas to you and your family. I pray that you all have a blessed holiday.

-Jugm, Senior and boys

Monday, December 11, 2017

No snow here and other stuff

    Happy Monday everyone! Well the storm that wasn't supposed to be came and went this past weekend and my area got dumped on with buckets and buckets of rain. That fine line separating snow and rain was literally just to our north... Bummer!

    Senior has been extremely busy as of late. Some of you may or may not know that for almost the past 3 years, he has worked for the Veterans Health Administration both in Columbia and Charlotte. He has worked in numerous departments within the VA, where he met most of our current group members but he decided to abandon ship for reasons that he will explain once the holidays are over as he has been working a lot of hours. This last 2 week pay period he had 131 hours, 51 of that was OT because of the holiday rush. He actually told me that it felt like he was back on sea duty with as much time he is putting in but he loves his new job. The week before he started his new job, he went to Midlands Tech in Columbia and got his forklift certification before starting as the new warehouse manager. During his 12 hour day he gets to handle all kinds of firearms and firearms related products. Best part about the job, he can purchase them at cost and along with the most of the staff, they can carry at work. He really enjoys the family atmosphere, the warehouse staff is awesome.

And in a bit of some other news..  with the approval of my sister and I, my mothers guardian petitioned the court to sell her home,  it was not on the market for very long and a person who is a home "flipper" will be purchasing it. I wish I could say that there was no opposition to the guardian petitioning the court, but as luck would have it, my brother ( who has not seen his mother in a year)  had to be notified. Well, once he was sent the petition he immediately denied it and scribbled "Consent not given" across the bottom.  I know-what a jerk!

The funds from the sale of the home would be placed into a "Special Needs Trust" for mom. This was her house and this money belongs to her, why a child would deny their mother this is beyond me. And frankly it upset me quite terribly.
The court date came and the Judge pretty much squashed my brothers seems that if a person wished to argue against something then they needed to show up in court with representation and explain why. My brother never did that. So, the Judge immediately approved the sale of the home and the establishment of the trust. My sister and I were elated as this was a huge answer to prayer.  everyone we have talked to has told us this was the right thing to do and my sister and I  feel completely at peace with it. If you have ever had to do this, then you know selling your childhood home and having it cleaned out is probably the most difficult thing a child has to do, but it was the right decision and my sister and I no longer have to worry about the upkeep of a house that has been sitting vacant since my dad passed. The relief is overwhelming....

Friday, December 1, 2017

kids and their art

As proud parents, I have to brag we have been blessed with boys that are not only gifted academically and athletically but also artistically. Senior and I are speechless over the talent that we produced as neither of us can draw more then stickmen.

NW our oldest was inducted into the National Junior Art Honor Society, below is his Ronald Reagan. Yes he really did draw this, and it is hanging in his schools front office. The art teacher will be entering it in this years district wide art show.

 His real passion is military art and WW2 Planes, so for Christmas this year I am on the search for WW2 plane puzzles or artwork for his room, and etc. He is also into radio control stuff and is putting his art skills to work by designing and building his own RC plane.

The Blue Angels in a dive

NW calls this one "The Dam Busters" 

 Twin Thunderbolts in a nose dive

Not to be out done by his older brother the youngest ND is in the 6th grade spelling bee finals for his school, and also joining the Academic Challenge team. His passion is robotics and is hoping to build a robotic arm for Christmas. 
I guess I talk so much about them, because in this day and age, it is rare to find a set of kids that aren't getting into trouble, that care about their grades and want to make a difference in the world. They know they can't do those things with bad grades and going along with the crowd. God truly blessed with when he gave them to Senior and I. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

American Pride Story

 A few weeks ago our oldest son NW brought home a writing project. It is called a ABC-123 story.  NW chose to do his about American Pride, he wrote this to honor veterans and to honor our flag. . It was challenging in some spots, and  may not be grammatically correct, or make sense in some parts .but the emotion of what he is trying to convey is felt.

A (1 word):America
B (2 words):became a
C (3 words):country of freedom
D (4 words):due to sacrifices of
E (5 words):exemplary actions dignified in order
F (6 words):for their fellow Americans. These sacrifices
G (7 words):were given from America’s servicemen. They gave
H (8 words): humility towards their country for it’s national defense-
I (9 words):intending to bring an end to wars and to  
J (10 words):justify other global problems before a catastrophe occurs. Although the
K (11 words):kind Americans remember soldiers legacies with a patriotic and prideful manner,
L (12 words): lesser minded Americans disrespect the soldiers who have or are serving this  
M (13 words):magnificent country. The latter type of American mentioned are people who are always
N (14 words):never thinking about how they receive such privileges as an American citizen. People of    
O (15 words):origins that differ from America are mostly denominated in terms of education, entrepreneurship, and sometimes
P (16 words):possession of property or living quarters. While these people suffer, the selfish Americans bathe themselves in                                                                                                              
Q (17 words):quarried privileges. What makes me furious is that the selfish Americans say that they are “proud Americans.”
R (18 words):Reverence needs to be established. The selfish Americans are oblivious to what America’s veterans and soldiers have endured
S (19 words):since the time of the Revolution War. From PTSD to the extremes of deceasement, all soldiers and veterans endured
T (20 words):traumatic involvements of all sorts. Do you see how hypocritical and disrespectful and how rude people can be towards their
U (21 words):utmost respected veterans and soldiers? When I think how people disrespect America I think about when students at school behave as
V (22 words):volatile substances. These students are shaming the American flag by laughing and mocking the Pledge of Allegiance - one of the main connections
W (23 words):with reverence and the sacrifices made by the servicemen of America. Always the simple things that undermine Earth's greatest things. Hearts are like
X (24 words):xenon when they are hateful- colorless. Hearts are ruby red when they are filled with compassion and reverence. People who disrespect America need to
Y (25 words):yield to the glories brought on because of sacrifice and remember them and use them with pride. The sort of pride that fills you with
Z (26 words):zealous desire; intended to fill your consciousness with the values of reverence. The values of reverence will take American pride to a another dimension of respect.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

camping out and a buck

One of the greatest advantages of living in the woods is having free space to do whatever you want. It has been our goal for a while to clear out an area and make it our personal camping grounds. Senior and the boys worked hard on this particular spot. However finding the right time proved a big challenge. Fall baseball consumed our weekends as well as trips down to check on mom, finally this past weekend our calendar was clear and the weather was nice so the guys pitched their Hennessy Hammocks, packed a small cooler, and headed out into the woods.

I, JUGM did not camp this time, but did hike out for a visit and dinner with them around the campfire. Then a little rain hit, but that did not dampen their spirits, Senior and his boys had a great time bonding and simply relaxing.

The week before Halloween, I was checking the trail camera and looked what popped up! A nice little 8 point. So have appropriately named him "8-ball". While out camping Saturday night Senior and NW caught site of him about 30 yards away, and I tell ya he is a big boy. We were amazed that he ventured so close to the camping spot, especially since they were not Scent blocked. The next morning they checked some of the trees and saw where he has been rubbing his antlers.

Rabbit to left, Buck to the center right (date correct, time wrong)

Last weekend we also took down what was left of the summer garden. Our freezer is now packed with green beans, and okra. The cabinets are packed with homemade tomato sauce and pickled okra. All that is left is the row of collard greens and food plots. It saddens me in a way, but I am also happy for the break.

As I said above we have been back and forth to see mom.. All I can ask for  is prayer please? The situation with her house, and her deteriorating health is bad. We pray every day for Gods mercy....


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

wildlife and the garden

Sorry for the lack of post. All I can say is we have just been busy with work, fall baseball, and school. So here is a update on all that's been going on around here:

Recently, we put out some more deer feeders, and planted our food plots. With the unseasonably warm weather we have had the past month the deer were slow to show. Then this past week a cold front moved through, Senior said to be on the look out because they move around more in cooler weather. Well,  this morning the dogs started barking, I  looked out the window and saw this doe and her two fawns smack in the middle of our driveway of all places eating acorns. Then they drifted to the edge of the woods and hung out there for another 30 minutes. I quickly grabbed my camera to show Senior and the boys.

Usually, when we see deer its at night on our trail camera, or they are running across the road in front of us. We never see them this close to the house but here they were just right outside our front door. I got to tell how serene and peaceful the moment was to sit there and watch nature at its best.

Again being surrounded by woods makes for lots of morning I sat on the porch with camera in hand watching the hummingbirds:

We have had two male cardinals around the property on a regular basis. I usually see them early in the mornings

  Things in the garden are starting to come to a seasonal end, we have given away so much okra that we could have opened our own road side stand and made a nice profit ( hmmmm   ideas for next year).  Senior and the boys love it pickled, so I made a few jars enhanced with red peppers

  Tomato's have been coming off the vines like tic- tacs, so I processed some sauce:

  Then there are the Collard Greens..  leaves so big they look like elephant ears. I was approached by a local culinary school about them, the head instructor wanted some for a function his students were cooking for. He also wanted to give a lesson in cooking traditional southern foods, so I loaded up a garbage bag full and donated them to the culinary school. They have also started buying eggs from us as well...that helps with the chicken feed cost.

The summer growing season has been long and I think we are all ready for a rest. We love being so self sufficient and able to store away all the good things we have grown. I will miss our daily chore of picking our veggies, but spring will be here before you know it and planning for next season has already started.