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Sunday, April 14, 2019

That's why I had her.

Cullman,  AL

Daughter Terri had business meetings up in Nashville, TN starting last Wednesday until Friday at noon.  She then rented a car and drove about 100 miles down to Decatur, AL where she left the rental and we picked her up.   Decatur is about 45 minutes from our home.

Her plan was to fly back to Harrisburg, PA today.  More on that later.

While here she kept looking for ways to help.    So, after dinner at one of our favorites, Jim and Nicks BBQ she set about pruning our fig and pear trees.   This was OK with Leonard

On Saturday we took a ride of about 40 miles each way to Trinity, AL where we went to Roden Surplus Supplies.  They have a bit of everything there.   I purchase a wooden scoop and some silk flowers.   Later in the day Terri made an arrangement to hang in the master bathroom.

As it was past lunch time we decided to go to a restaurant that I had picked up a brochure about a week or more ago.   It is an Amish buffet only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday.   I punched  in the address in the GPS and off we go to find it.   Well, if someone did not know about this place doubtful they would go there.   It was back a dirt road, between a business selling storage buildings and around a few curves.   Aha!  There it was:

Talk about off the beaten track.   Whew!   We will go back.  If we can find it.

Once home it was time to release my ducks.   They spent the last few weeks in a pen Leonard had make under a partially enclosed shed.    Len opened the top of the pen, the ducks ran to the other side, Terri would grab one and hand it to me.   I would drop it into a container.  They lived up to their names Poopsie, Stinky and Craps.

To the pond and freedom!

They love it.   Even though to pond is green with pollen and algae (we are working on that issue) they took to it like ducks take to water.     We just hope they are not sitting ducks, with there being hawks in the area.   Sorry for the puns.

While Len and I porch sat, Terri cleaned out and refilled one of my bird feeders.

Terri had decided I needed some cookies made for Easter dinner.  So she did.  Yum Italian Lemon cookies.

After a busy day we were all sleeping soundly.  UNTIL..... all 3 of our phones went off.  Take Shelter Immediately.    You guessed it.  Tornado warnings.   We got up, dressed, prepared to go to the basement.  I turned on the Birmingham news station.   Cullman was once again in the predicted area.  We were fine.  None came down.   So back to bed.  And try to sleep.  And worry about the ducks outside in the winds.

We got up this morning and all ducks were fine.   After church and lunch it was time to drive Terri to the Airport.   She was concerned as her flight was to Harrisburg, PA with a connecting flight in Chicago.  Chicago was getting hit with snow.   It looked like her flight would be delayed.  We dropped her off, got half way home and she called.  Flight cancelled.  Back to the airport.

So here we all are.   Terri is now scheduled to leave tomorrow.   I sure don't mind her being here another day but I know she was anxious to get home and settled in before work tomorrow.  Not going to happen. 

Well time to close this chapter of our life and make us some supper.   Soup and salad it will be.

Oh, and about the title to this blog.......   Did I really have her to do all these things for us in our "old" age?    It doesn't hurt.

Until next time.


  1. Cute Title. Terri was probably remembering all the times you did that for her while she was growing up and to show that everything you tried to teacher her did not fall on deaf ears. Besides the look on her face shows she did it out of Love.
    All you can do now for the Ducks is pray for their Safety.
    Sorry we didn't stop but you might have noticed all the Severe Storms seemed to be following our trail. Maybe on our way south in the fall.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  2. I know she loved doing every bit of the things she did for you and I know how happy you were to have her there not just to do all the work but to have her near. Great kid you raised. Can I have some of those cookies?

  3. I am sure she enjoyed helping you while you all shared some family time together.

  4. You have a wonderful daughter and I’m sure she enjoyed being with you all and helping out!!!

  5. Nice to have a daughter to help! Ask me how I know, I'M the daughter that helps, lol.