July 16, 2019

The purple bridge

That's the Purple People Bridge that connects Ohio and Kentucky.  You can only walk (or ride a bike or scooter or skateboard, etc. across it, no vehicles), and it's purple, well a bit faded by the sun.
 Under part of the bridge!
And the majestic-looking steamboat getting ready for the daily cruises...
We went to the water spray area to cool off...
And ate the lunch we packed.
Pretty flowers!
Ready to head back, but a fun and free outing.

July 5, 2019


For the first time in a long time I went to the movie theater to see a movie!  Hannah Olivia and I saw Yesterday.  The story is around the songs by The Beatles, who in some strange way have been forgotten and this man, who is the main character, plays and sings their songs beautifully.  Rob had the boys.  
Look who's crawling!
 Nursing on the 4th of July. The pony rides were only $2 each person.
I made these zeppole (minus the ricotta) and fried them in coconut oil. 
I have a new God-daughter she is 9 years old.  She chose a silver cross that's in the very middle here, it was just $24, but tarnished.  One of the girls took it and made a little bowl out of aluminum foil, added baking soda and hot water and now it is beautiful and shiny!
The baptism was Saturday.  Her mom with the baptismal gowns & towels.
The family of 7.  Each of their crosses.
She took St. Hannah as her patron saint.
 Baby shower for my friend, Maryna!
Our little puddle pool is a great way to cool off.
 Parade on the evening of the 3rd of July!  We watched fireworks, too.  George slept through it.
We got way too much junky candy... it seems so wasteful.
Love that old retro bus!
8 months old now!

June 28, 2019


Hannah turned 18 a couple days ago.  She graduated from high school 3 weeks ago.  We had a graduation party 2 weeks ago and her Aunt Lucy made the best photo cookies!  They tasted so good.
My cousin Beth came from NY.  It was so good to spend time with her...and it was her first time meeting George.
Her 11th grade English teacher, who is also an amazing person & knits.  Below, her kindergarten teacher, then we homeschooled for 10 years.
 Those cookies pretty!
And with her cousins!  They are all going to be taller...genetics from their papa.
The babies and their papas.  I wish I'd taken more photos.  None of the chocolate fountain, which was really so pretty & fun!
Rob grilled hamburgers.  We had a simple spinach, red onion & feta salad.  And fruit salad.  I made strawberry cupcakes.  And a chocolate fountain.  We dipped marshmallows & fresh strawberries.
My little sister flew in from Portland, OR.
And took this photo of our family of 6:
She already has 21 credit hours, through participation in the college credit plus program.  Her overall GPA was a 4.33, such a good student!  She's worked one job for 3 years and another for a year.
Hannah plans to move in with Grammie and go to college.

June 17, 2019

Mammoth Caves

Did you know that Mammoth Caves is a National Park?  It's the longest cave in the world, over 400 miles and still unchartered sections, every year they discover more.
Hannah & Olivia got many junior ranger badges at the other NPs (national parks) we've been to, so they helped Paul work on his book.
They went on the Star Chamber lantern tour. If you're over 16, you can go on a tour without a guardian.  Each cave requires a purchased ticket, but there is no admission fee, as there are with the other NPs.  There are plenty of other things to do, hiking, listening to ranger talks that we enjoyed, that were free.
The 6 of us went on 2 tours together, Mammoth passage (which is a path that leads to some very large areas, hence the name...there are no wooly mammoth bones found in the area!) & Frozen Niagara (lots of stalactites & stalagmites).
Filled up my Nalgene water bottle many times!
Had the breakfast buffet on Tues. & Thurs. morning.  The Green River Grill has sausage from a local farm.  Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, bacon, scrambled eggs, potatoes, peppers, biscuits & gracy, custom omelettes, I got one with fresh mushrooms, onions, cheddar & fresh spinach. In all we paid under $50 (I think children under 5 were free, the girls $7.95 each, $12.95 per adult) and we ate enough so that we didn't need lunch!
Junior ranger "swearing" in!
And we got home...and had Hannah's graduation party!