Monday, August 25, 2014

Hertzler Doings~Aug. 25-31, 2014

Mon.-Studied, exercised, shopped in Appomattox while Susan worked out at the gym. Then she joined me and we found some perfect clothes in Peebles for our future excursions. Also bought her some jewelry at B&L that I've been wanting to get her and she found herself some big pearls. As I put groceries away, Susan made some of the best food I've ever eaten. Chicken, vegetables, rice, cashews, green peppers. Wow. After she went to the volleyball games I went over to Helen's and got some corn and tomatoes. Then I stopped in at Alli's and watched Nathan while she fed the dogs. They came here for the evening and we attempted to watch an extremely long movie about Pocahontas that I borrowed from Helen. New Land I think it's called. Michael is studying and doing an on line theology course. The guys put in a full day's work. The coyotes are howling extra loud. And it's time for bed.

Tues.-Watched Nathan for a little while-Alli got groceries. Then I went to Dr. Harvey's to get xrays for tooth pain. May be sinuses. Have appt. for new fillings in 3 weeks. Dr. F is sure it's the ragweed. Canned 7 qts tomato juice. Guys came home early today. Michael and Philip went to Chi Alpha and Susan went to Andrew F's going away party. Headed over to Europe for 4 months with Calvary Chapel. I studied Is. 61 and got my notebook organized for Wed. nights at church. Little Nathan is teething and miserable. Am glad Freeman is home and is able to take turns with Alli holding the little guy.

Wed.-Took the car to Bailey's. Lisa H. met me there and we went to Uptown Café. I love that place. Great food and friendly faces. Bailey's rotated the tires and replaced one that had wires exposed. Said it could have exploded any time, that I shouldn't even touch it. Went to Dr. F's on way home and she worked on my jaw and sinuses. Teeth are better today. Alli came over and brought lunch for her and Freeman and then took a nap with Nathan on our bed. I did some cooking, washing clothes, exercising, etc. Played with Nathan and then packed for the long weekend up in Pa. Susan got another phone today and is finishing up the mowing and will pack when she comes in. Phil's working over at O'Briens. Philip's at youth group and Michael's at Chace's working on school.

Thurs.-Susan drove us to Diane Horan's from 8-3 with several stops and one very long 30 min. traffic jam. Got there before D. did and she told me the number to punch in to get into the house. I found the chocolate stash right away in her pantry. She came home soon and the three of us sat in the pool and chatted until Zach got home.  I took a nice long Jacuzzi bath while Diane made a delicious supper of Steve's chicken, homemade mac and cheese, and tomato salad. Oh! And her famous handmixed chocolate chip cookies with coffee. Diane can tell a funny story and one of them put me over the edge and I saw anxious looks among them. But it felt good. Slept in Meg's room. Susan had the guest room.

Fri.-Had a few hours with Diane alone this morning drinking coffee, eating eggs and bread with honey, and chocolate chip cookies. A chocolate chip cookie, I should say. D. took Susan and I on a Corvette ride around the neighborhood. D. showed me her gardens and we sat around and talked, took a nap, and left around 4. We got to BB's around 5 and shopped and filled the trunk. Then we went to Joe and Karen's and visited with Jonathan also and we took him with us to visit Debra, Bradley, Anne, Dave, and David. Jordan, too, I think. Grandpa's weren't home. They were with Uncle Allen. Debra's mother showed me her apartment. I said, "I want to live here!" She said, "Pick a number" or "Get in line". Apparently I'm not the only one who likes how cozy Debra made the two rooms Karalee designed. Susan saw a movie with Brads and a few of his friends and after they left, those two stayed up until nearly 2:00 talking. I hit the sack relatively early after spending some quality time with Karen and Jonathan while Joseph slept on the couch. Oh, how I love my sister in laws. And Oh how I miss them. I liked the new puffy mattress in 'my' bedroom.

Sat.-Had a nice leisurely breakfast with Karen, Joe, and Jonathan. Homemade waffles and homemade peach, strawberry, and vanilla yogurt. She makes it by the gallon. Mom called and we went to Walmart together and had a nice time visiting. Susan and I went over for lunch then and had toasted tomato and cheese sandwiches and peaches. Started getting ready for Travis and Corinne's wedding around 1:00. Wedding was at 3 at Weaver's Orchard. Got to see Anne, Ed, Kimberly, Justin, Elizabeth, their four children, Uncle Allen, and Linda Renno. Anne showed me their new old place. Such a dear friend she is. They gave us a huge bag of apples. The wedding festivities took place between 3-9. Philip and Michael were in the party as were Chace and Eric and Jordan. I got to dance with Travis and tell him how much I appreciate him. Had to cry a little bit. It's amazing that Corrine and Travis met in Farmville and will be living in Birdsboro. One of my favorite things of the wedding was when Corinne and her father danced a slow dance together and then went into numerous other kinds of dances. Learned 'The Shuffle.' Susan and I left around 8:30. She and Brads went to get a pizza at Walmart and Jordan and Dianah and Bradley and her watched a movie and ate pizza. I had another nice visit with Jonathan and Karen. He told her that she and daddy need to go away again so I can take care of him. Maybe in March if they go on a missions trip. We'll see. Jonathan kept telling us to stop talking because he wanted to do a little show for us.

Sun.-I woke up Jonathan and snuggled with him for a little while. Then Susan and I met Michael, Philip, Chace, and Jordan, at Grandpa and Grandma Hertzler's for breakfast. They recited Psalm 103 together. It was beautiful and meaningful. Mom had made blueberry baked oatmeal. We also had some donuts the guys brought, concord grapes, peaches, and coffee. Jordan and Bradley came over and then Jim and Debra. We stood in a circle and dad led us in a prayer. The guys left and then our car did that security system freeze so we 'hurried back' into the house sooner than dad expected when he said those words. Had another nice visit. Dad blessed me with "God bless you and give you grace, joy, and peace, as you minister to your children and your good man." We got gas at Joanna and I changed from my jeans into stretch pants right there in the car. Got onto the turnpike around 9:40 and were home 5 1/2 hours later. I went to bed at 6:30 and slept until 7 the next morning.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hertzler Doings~Aug. 18-24, 2014

Mon.-Busy rainy Monday. Washed clothes, made some mashed potatoes and venison mushroom gravy, rice, 2 quarts tomato juice, and butter beans. Baked oatmeal also later on in the evening when Nathan and Alli were here. Watched two movies. 'Heaven is for Real' and 'Divergents.'  Enjoyed them both. Michael had his first day at Liberty. Guys were rained out at their job in W.

Tues.-Went to Farmville. Stopped in to visit Judy, meet with Jenny and Savvy at Uptown, went to the PO and bank, and then headed towards Midlothian with the girl's day out I promised Savvy for her grad gift. We found some great buys at TJMax, Old Navy, and Target. Had supper at Chipotle and got back to her place after 8. Showed the 'girls' our buys and headed home. Alli, Nathan, Susan, and Michael, were all here. Nathan didn't want to sleep. After trying to settle him we were quite sure he was missing his daddy. She strapped him in his car seat and he was really crying and I started to whistle and he stopped crying immediately and smiled. I kept whistling, Alli kept whistling, and his little eyes started drooping. She took him the long way home and I think he went to sleep. Guys were rained out again in W.

Wed.-Great day catching up with correspondence, wash, etc. Eve. with Nathan and Alli watching 'Walk the Line.' Nathan loves this music. Stops crying immediately. He talked to me tonight more than ever but he sang with 'June Carter.' What a crooner he is. Taught Michael how to iron his shirt and pants today. He bought an ironing board and is going to do his own from now on. Important for him to look pressed and professional for the airlines. Susan went to the gym and got groceries, took care of Phil's calves, etc. We went for a ride on the gator today to see the hornet's nest over at Happy Valley. Susan got stung by one on her foot on our property yesterday. I wanted to make sure she knew where this one was. Beautiful lightning tonight. Saw where they are predicting an early colder and snowier than average winter in our area this year.

Thurs.-Today's big event was going out to Richmond early to shop at Home Goods, Whole Foods, and Trader Joes. Then went to the Richmond airport during rush hour and picked up Janelle and Micah. They had been in Alberta for 2 weeks.

Fri.-Didn't sleep well last night. Took herbal supplement to help me sleep from Whole Foods and Susan didn't sleep either after taking them. We were restful but our minds were so alert. I think it would be a great thing to take on a plane to help me relax and yet stay alert. Anyway. Got the back room somewhat cleaned up today and organized a notebook to prepare for studying to teach some Wed. nights this fall. Did wash and took care of Nathan while Mommy went grocery shopping. He chuckled and smiled deeply 5 times in a row-each time I said, "Mommy's going to tell me because you can't!" He thought that was hysterical. Or at least humorous. But his mommy called later in the day and he had belly laughed. I forget why but oh, this is so much fun. It's nice to have Phil and the guys home from Williamsburg. Nathan and Alli are happy too, that Freeman is home.

Sat.-Busy Sat. making pot roast, cleaning house, loving on Nathan.

Sun.-Nathan's baby dedication. Streams were there and it was so good to have them sitting beside us. Susan felt awful but didn't want to miss Nathan's dedication so she came for that and left. Has a sore throat, stiff neck, and headache. Made some exciting plans for the near future. Phil and I drove the gator all over kingdom come. Found some elderberries. Next year, I want to get them a little sooner and make some tincture for the winter season. PB and Livi came for a key to the fishing spot. In the 70's. Overcast.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hertzler Doings~Aug. 11-17, 2014

Mon.-I slept in until 9:30. Susan slept in too. Michael, Phil, and Kathy, left early to go to the Ronald Reagan Library beyond Los Angeles. I was just too tired. Susan started yelling in her room. I quickly went over. "Mom, Mom! Karalee had her baby!" We relaxed by the pool and later, Tom took us shopping to REI, just 6 miles away, where we both bought Hoka sneakers. Wow, what a difference they make. After the others came back from RRLibrary, we went out and met the Shippey's and Jenny and Seth at Hibachi, where we saw a great show demonstrated on the grill and with sharp utensils and had wonderful Japanese food. Hard to say good bye to such dear friends.

Tues.-Up at 5 and left at 6:15. Had some traffic on the way to the airport but got there in time to take it easy for an hour. Phil and I bought several books to read on the plane and later, I went out for a walk and snuck in a snickers as I lapped around the concession stands in my new sneakers. Flight was uneventful but we did have some turbulence from storms and saw two beautiful rainbows in the sky and one later on the ground. DC had storms. Landed at 5:45 and pulled away from the parking lot at 7. Drove nearly 4 hours to get home. Stopped at Subway. Michael kept Phil awake by holding interesting conversations with him. I fell asleep. It's good to be home.

Wed.-Slept until 8:30. Unpacked. Did wash. Caught up with Naomi on phone and made plans for our trip to Nantucket. Alli came over in the afternoon and Nathan looked and looked all around and took two naps in my arms. Susan went to the gym, got groceries, did wash, and mowed. Phil had meeting in eve. Philip went to youth group. Michael is studying. School starts Monday for him.

Thurs.-Phil left for Williamsburg early to check out job for next couple of weeks. I worked on blogging and correspondence. Susan made Greek yogurt and went out to Farmville for some errands. Mowed Happy Valley later in the eve. Phil picked up two calves and then we went out to Farmville to get some cow food. He handed me a big bag of chocolates and a beautiful card which made me cry. It's our 32nd anniversary. Nathan and Alli came over around noon and were here for awhile. He doesn't want to settle and we are wondering if it is connected to the Tylenol Alli took earlier. Phil held him for awhile and Nathan really likes being in the crook of his crossed legs. He thinks Phil wears the coolest shirts and he studies the checks and plaids. Philip is excavating tonight and will close on his house tomorrow. Life is changing.

Fri.-Still getting back to normal. Studied, made pizza sauce, did some wash, cleaned both bathrooms, took care of Nathan this eve. He had some colic and he cried so hard I had to cry for him and Phil almost cried. The colic and teething hyland's tablets really work. He enjoyed his bath. I can't believe how big he is. He looks more like a 4 month old. What a dear little guy he is. Philip and Susan went to Philip's ball game tonight. Michael went down to the cottage to write and study. Phil finished a book he bought at the airport. And I fell more deeply in love with Nathan. I wonder. When we cry. Does God cry too?

Sat.-Went to see Dr. F. Pretty tight from all the traveling experiences. Cleaned the house a little, made food, tidied the porches, cleaned the car. Susan went to Matthew J's good bye party tonight. He's headed to Bible School.  Philip went bow fish hunting with Ricky. Jordan came over to be with Michael down at the river. Tom and Phil are cutting corn. I'm alone. Stalking people on face book. About to study. It's been a good day.

Sun.-Enjoyed SS and Church today. Pastor Bill is teaching a series on spiritual disciplines. Today was on the discipline of having the Word of God active in our lives. Stopped in to see Doyne and Diane on the way home. Phil picked up another calf from Steve. I rested and studied a little. Haven't seen much of the guys today. Susan spent the night at Claires after Matthew's party and she got very little sleep. Has been sleeping this afternoon and is going to bed early. Phil's preparing for his next few weeks of work at a m. base in W. I'm catching up with Lindsay on fb and making plans for the week ahead. It's been a nice day. It was fun seeing Nathan at church. I usually see him here and so it was really exciting to see him. I knew better than to fight for him before church. Philip said "I have dibs on the babe." So, I gave up. And waited.

Hertzler Doings~Aug. 4-10, 2014

Mon.-A busy day packing, getting the car inspected, shopping, holding Nathan during an entire nap (his, not mine) having to cry a little thinking of leaving him for over a week, getting ready for a flight to CA in the morning. Susan packed, mowed two lawns. Michael worked around here and went out to town to buy some things for the trip. The guys built a back porch for Freeman and Alli. Nathan slept through most of the banging. Phil worked at Happy Valley and on paper work and on the farm. The last of the corn has gone to its last customer. Hoping to hit the sack early. 3:00 will come early. Dulles here we come.

Tues.-Left before 4. Made it to plane just as it was being boarded. Almost 5 hour flight. Kathy met us. Drove 45 min to their beautiful home in Orange County, designed and built by them. Michael got the lavender room with the sauna. Susan got the yellow room with the slipper tub. Phil and I got the pink room with the shower/tub. There is nothing quite like the humble generosity of those who have known poverty and are wealthy through hard work.  So hungry. No food served on plane. Ate a lunch of sandwiches, chips, etc. 3 hours difference. Rested and swam. Got a tour of Gate--- Farms complete with the beauty of Callemare ponies. Not sure if I spelled that correctly. Beautiful gardens in spite of the drought. BBQ in eve with the rest of the family there. Kelly made us the burgers that she will make at the competition this Sat. If she wins she gets a grill and the right to enter the next contest where she will make big money if she wins. If she doesn't win, something is wrong with the judges. Incredible! Went to bed around 9. Woke up at 3, 5, and 8:00.

Wed.-Leisurely breakfast of eggs, cheese, and bacon, toast, avocado, coffee, yogurt, OJ. Avocado's and lemons grow year round here. Met Susan earlier in the work out room off the laundry room. She showed me several exercises on a machine like the bowflex. Played the piano and sang with Kathy. Left for Pacific Coast Beach around noon. Set up two tents. Soaked in the sun. Michael and Susan and Phil explored the tide pools after Phil and I took a walk on the beach. Kathy got us lunch right on the beach. Toasted cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, Caesar salad, fruit salad, chips, and soda. Kept having to move our stuff back because of tide coming in. Water a little cool. Ate at a restaurant on the beach. Had Thai chicken sticks and fries and shared a pastry/ice cream/chocolate sauce dessert with Kathy.

Thurs.-Disneyland! Kathy dropped us off and went back home to straighten out the mess created when her neighbor left on her water all night. She joined us later. It was very crowded at Disney. Got in a few rides-Boat, Splash Mt., Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Age-Susan was the spy, parades, CA land-flight over Ca.-my favorite. Met the rest of the family-Tom, Dan, Kelly, Sloane, Blythe, Jenny, and later, Bryan, Seth, and Gabe-at a Jazz restaurant on mainstreet Disney. Had beef medallions, mashed potatoes, and green beans, and split another dessert-banana split-with Kathy. Kelly had them bring out champagne for us to celebrate our anniversary. It must be an acquired taste. Did a little shopping. Found Disney socks for Alli. Saw some fireworks before heading home. We could hear the fireworks every night.

Fri.-Went for a tour on the back of Bryan's truck into stark wilderness territory. Got a little sicker than I did on the Disney rides. 2 1/2 hours of exploring the mountains, rock formations, plant communities, cypress or was it cedar trees that only grow on 3 places on the earth-this valley being one of them. Loved this. Stopped for great burgers and fries at In-n-Out. Enjoyed the pool in the afternoon with Jenny, Bryan, Seth, and Gabe. Played Keepaway and Swimthrulegs until I was worn out. Read 'Savannah' by the pool. Went out to Fish House for supper. Got Macadamia Nut Encrusted Roughy, baked potato, and homemade coleslaw. Did some wash. Hung out in hot tub with Kathy.

Sat.-Took 1 hour to get to Tar Pits in Los Angeles. Took 2 hours to get back home due to traffic.
Amazing museum and tour. Mexican Restaurant for lunch. Found out on way back that Kelly won the burger contest! To Vegas she goes! Good money on the line now as a grand prize. Rode ponies in eve. I'm too old for this. Went out to Italian Restaurant around 9 that eve. Young crowd. Restaurant owned by same people that own Fish House. FH attracts the older crowd. Kelly was waiting at the house when we got back to give me a chiropractic treatment. My body was squashed between the horses body and a pole when I tried to turn her around in too tight a space. Kelly fixed me. Thank God.

Sun.-Went to church with Dan and Kelly and girls. Church was wonderful. Worship worshipful. Teaching on the authority of the believer. Got a CD from Dan later as a gift. Raced home. Changed. Raced to the stadium. Watched the Angels play against the Red Sox. They lost. Great fun. Went to Jenny and Bryan's for supper. Had rice, pork, vegetables, berries, watermelon, and peach cobbler and ice cream.