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. 

Friday, May 31, 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019

T Stands for Tuesday

It's SPRING!!!!
Finally we are having spring like weather and I am loving it!!! 
We even have a "few" blooms and lots of buds ♥ 

And here is a new coffee photo with new buds...
.. two of my favorite things. 
The weekend was busy busy!!! The twins spent the weekend with us .

Maryana Loves to play peek-a-boo :) 

She loves playing with the dogs and Mini loves racing with her.
Grandpa gave them a magazine to play and they  loved tearing it to pieces....Grandpa had to clean it up :) 
You might say they like Grandpa a little bit. 

...and Grandpa's hat too :) 
The rest of the week will be busy for me with work and Physical Therapy. I'm getting better every day but both of those things still wear me out big time. I come home and crash. 
Today's Random Thoughts


Wednesday, March 20, 2019


It's finally SPRING ♥♥♥♥♥
Even the weather has started behaving like Spring :) 
Makes me a very happy lady for sure. 
I've been getting in some quality baby time and enjoying every minute of it. 
I've actually managed to spend some time outside slowly cleaning up the flowerbeds ♥ Once the are finished I'll have to see if my garden helper wants to put in some hours spreading mulch and compost. I sure hope he wants to work again this year. 
I had my spinal injection on Friday and I am finally able to move around pain free!!! 
Except that Physical therapy decided to up my game there now and my abs are so sore this morning that I could scream.  But it's a feel good pain cause I know it is going to help in the long run if I live through it LOL!!!

It's National Crochet month so I've been working on a couple of projects. Mini has been right there laying claim to each square I finish. 

Today's Random Thoughts

Hopefully I'll continue to feel better and be around more often. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

T Stands for Tuesday

Hello my Tuesday Friends!!!
I know I have been missing in action again the past few weeks and I'm sorry. I miss coming here to visit with everyone but I think I will missing more than present for quite a while. Things are still Topsy Turvy here,

Hubby has recovered from his thyroid surgery and is back to work now but still on limited duties because of his back injury. His company has finally agreed to send him to see a surgeon for one visit and then they will review his report. 😒😒😒😒
Dad is still hanging in there...good one and then not so good the next. Nothing serious for a while now that is good. 
My sister is going to Colorado this and will be gone for 2 weeks. My nephew and his wife will be staying with my parents. I wanted to go up and stay but my back is still out too and I wouldn't be able to help at all.
They do have regular day help coming in now so everything should be covered. 
My sister definitely needs the break from everything and I hope she has great weather for her trip. 

Once again I am reusing a drink photo. This one to celebrate the fact that Spring is only 8 Days away. Hopefully the Spring weather will show up soon too. 
It was so cold last week we actually had Bluebirds at our sunflower seed feeders on the deck. Very unusual for them to do that. They tend to stay out in the wooded areas and prefer thistle seeds or meal worms. I took so pictures with my cell phone so they aren't the greatest.

The Blackbirds have returned from where ever they go for the winter too.
You can see on sitting on the deck post in the last Bluebird picture. 
Of course all of the woodpeckers have been hanging out too.

I missed getting a picture of a couple of the other breeds of woodpeckers that show up. 
All of the other types of birds are still hanging out and the Gold Finch have started getting a bit of their bright yellow Summer color showing :)
Here are a couple of random thoughts for this week...

Thanks for stopping by!!! 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

T Stands for Tuesday

Good morning my Tuesday Friends!!! 
Today is sunny and bright but that is supposed to go downhill this afternoon with snow and ice after sunset :(  A typical day for this winter.  
 Even with the nasty weather I've been busy getting more jugs ready for the "winter sown" project. Eight planted so far and hoping to get a bunch more done today. 
Here's my coffee shot  for today with the newest jugs planted.
The babies are growing so fast. Littleman is pulling up on things now and standing on his own. He just can't figure out what to do next.
Princess is more interested in making new sounds and playing than standing up and walking. 
She is finally getting some hair!!! ♥
and Big Sis is busy being a 
For Valentine's Day I made them heart snails but I only remembered to photograph one of them. The others heart were different colors. 
Right now I'm working on a hat for my daughter-in-law then I'm thinking about trying a really complicated throw or blanket for us. Something like this...
... or this...
...or maybe this...
I found a couple of facebook groups that have amazing patterns and great tutorials and helps. Which ever one I do it will be with lots of color ♥ Love those bright colors!!!


In response to the last image ...
I'm party line and saddle shoes old. 
I finally get a MRI on my back this coming Friday and then an injection on Monday hopefully. Depending on what the MRI shows this time I am hoping to schedule surgery soon. I'm beyond tired of dealing with this. 
So that's it for this week and don't forget to click on the blue teapot on my sidebar and visit the other folks at