Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Monday, August 9, 2021

Summer Storms 2021

 It's been a summer of major storms for us . These photos are from yesterdays storm damage .

These photos are from two weeks ago....

There was even more that I didn't get photos of....
Thankfully my son and his family came over and helped us with some major cleanup after the first storm. They will be back when the weather is cooler to help with more cleanup . The bright side of the story is we won't have to buy firewood for at least 5 years. 
The kids have been a big help with small branch and leaf clean up.
Even our resident Princess worked hard.

Hopefully we won't have any more of these tree killing storms... our lovely shaded woodland areas are becoming quite sunny. So some of my shade gardens will have to be moved :(
I'm trying to get back into posting more often.... It's hard with these little ones under foot constantly. But I wouldn't have it any other way!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Friday, December 13, 2019

Saying Goodbye to Daddy

Wayburn Williams

8/9/1930 - 11/24/2019
PEKIN ~ Wayburn Troy Williams, 89, of Pekin, passed away at 2:32 p.m. Sunday, November 24, 2019 at his home.
Born August 9, 1930 in Cuba, Kentucky to Ballard and Lela (Canter)  Williams, he married Emma Sue Clapp on October 9, 1948 in Corinth, Mississippi.  She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Carol (Robert) Samsel of Wright City, Missouri and Deloris (Dave) Martin of Delavan; ten grandchildren, Rick (Amy) Guile, Todd (Julie) Stauthammer, Shannon Green, Michael (Jessica) Calhoun, April (Marc) Vonderheide, Aaron (Amber Martin, Jason (Stephanie) Calhoun, Erica (Trent) Strunk, Anthony Samsel and Jessica Samsel; twenty-three great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his parents; four brothers and two sisters.
He had been one of the founding members of Bethel Baptist Church in Pekin.
Wayburn had worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for 31 years, retiring in 1979 as an assembly line trouble shooter.
Wayburn enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting, especially deer.  He also loved working with wood and was very mechanically inclined and enjoyed working with his hands.  He was always there to help someone that needed it, whether it be with a car, house or any other projects.
His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  The Rev. Steven M. Rowell, Sr. will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.  Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to Bethel Baptist Church, 2720 Broadway Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

It's been a tough year for our family. Watching Dad go downhill as the Dementia stole more and more of him.  Leaving him not only confused but physically weaker as well. We all knew the end was coming soon.  He finally caught one of the nasty colds that haven been going  around and it only took 4 days to take him away from us.
My heart has never hurt this bad.
I wanted to say more of the great and positive things about my Dad  but my heart is too raw yet...maybe soon'

Monday, July 15, 2019

Best Friends and other things going on here.

This is just one of the many reasons I haven't been blogging this year. Spending lots of time with these two fills my heart and wears me out. 
Can't believe they are 14 months old now and busy little bees for sure. Dominic is now walking and into everything. While Maryana is still crawling or walking on her knees, she still manages to get into her fair share of mischief. 
Their Mom has been very sick so I have been with them a lot the last couple of weeks.
Bob and I are both still struggling with our back issues so we are not getting the things we want done around here. 
We did hire someone to tear out the front porch and pour a new one. They will be adding a roof in the next few weeks and then the re-landscaping around it will begin.
We loved our old porch and we had built it ourselves. Unfortunately even with the help of  all of the youtube videos we didn't build it right. We have have TOO much clay in our area and the porch began to settle and crack. 
Here are so photos when it was first built..

After landscaping it was beautiful...
Then it starting sinking after a few years.

So this is where we are now with the new construction.


There are concrete pillars rebar and tons of gravel under there to keep it from settling this time. It has to set for several weeks before the columns and roof can  be added. Then I get to landscape around it again. HOPEFULLY FOR THE LAST TIME!!!!
My parents are still going downhill. Now Mom has been in and out of the hospital. Mostly with dehydration and it's complications. Can't convince her she has to drink even though it makes her go to the bathroom too much.
I'm not linking to "T Stands for Tuesday" again this week as I know I won't be getting around to visit many.