August 8, 2009

At Grandpa & Grandma's new house in Hartwell. Mom fixed us baked oatmeal & blueberries for breakfast on Sunday then we got ready and went to church with them at Hartwell.  We were really glad to see Sam & Bonnie Kurtz again.  Larry Miller preached on "Seeing God in Times of Difficulty".  We went back to Dad's for a wonderful dinner of roast beef, potatoes, carrots, and cucumber salad with fruit & ice cream pie for dessert.  We packed up and headed home around 2:40.  After we got home Ina Sue made us soft pretzels and fresh fruit for supper.  Since this is the first Sunday of the month we did not have church.
Landon somehow fell out of bed and ended up here. I got up Monday morning and went out to pick over the zipper peas.  As soon as Ina Sue had the first load of laundry going she came out to help.  We got a fair amount (for our garden at least)  I spent the rest of the day at work while Ina Sue took care of children, did the laundry, and shelled the zipper peas.  She ended up with about 7 pints for the freezer.  After I got home from work we had supper of scalloped potatoes with ham, fresh zippers, and fresh tomatoes.  After supper Ina Sue finished folding the clothes while I crawled around under the house spraying for fungus.  I was sure that it must have come back under our dining room but when I got under there I could find very little evidence.....
Sewing her little girl a dress. Ina Sue made us sausage gravy Tuesday morning while I fried up some tater tots.  Then off to work.  Ina Sue spent the day sewing and cooking.  An exceptionally delicious supper of shrimp alfredo and squash casserole with peach custard pie for dessert.  After supper I kept the children while Ina Sue worked out in the garden for 2 hrs.  She picked the last picking of beans then pulled them out.  Hot & muggy!
We ate dinner at the Pirate's Landing north of Statesville. A busy day on Wednesday.  Ina Sue made us baked oatmeal with fresh peaches for breakfast.  I went to work and Ina Sue sewed on a new dress for Carolina.  She dropped Savannah off with Ms. Naomi while she did a few calls and took the van for an oil change.  The town of Govan hooked up our meter to the new water system today.  The pressure really doesn't seem to be any better....  Maybe they still need to get the kinks out of it.  Ina Sue took the oldest children to prayer meeting while I stayed home with a very cranky little girl.  Danny Hege led the discussion on "Hospitality".  After Ina Sue came home she baked and sewed while I went back in to work for several hours.
Heatwole get-together a the Berea school. I didn't get home from work until about 5:15 Thursday morning.  I was trying to get everything done so that I could take off today.  I still had a few jobs to do so I took Carolina Sue and Landon with me back in to work for the morning.  When I got home around lunch I went over and borrowed Nelson's mower so that I could get all of our mowing done quickly.  Was able to get our lawn and the square done in about 1 1/2 hours.  Ina Sue picked over the zipper peas again and put them up.  She made us a ham & cheese stromboli for supper.  After supper I took the children for a walk while Ina Sue started packing.
We picked up two wonderful books. We got up Friday morning and finished packing then left for Virginia around 10:00.  We stopped at Pirates Landing above Statesville, NC for a late lunch.  We really like the restaurant and it was a nice break from driving.  We got to Virginia around 6:15.  Aunt Marsha's 30'th birthday party was this evening at Papa's.  There was a pretty big crowd and delicious hamburgers.  Great food and a nice evening.
Benjamin is waiting for his 4-wheeler ride. Savannah does not sleep well when we are in Virginia.  She kept me up for too much of the night.  Ina Sue and Jeanne got up at 6:30 Saturday morning and went yard-saleing.  They say they had lots of fun.  They got back around 10:00.  I pretty much had the children all fed and ready by then and we left around 11:30 to go to the Heatwole Reunion at the Berea school.  This reunion went back to Grandfather Ralph's brothers & sisters and their descendents.  There were a lot of people there but percentage-wise not a very full turnout.  A good time visiting though with great food.  We were very pleased to be able to pick up two new books there.  "Vera's Journey" is the story of Grandmother Vera's life, and the other book was a genealogy book of Enos Heatwole's descendents with lots of pictures.  Both look very interesting.
At the Wildwood Park in Bridgewater. After we got back to the Showalters the children and Ina Sue took naps.  Ina Sue went out for supper with her old friends Toni & Bonnie at an Italian restaurant.  While they were gone Papa, Mother & I took all the children to Wildwood Park for a picnic and playtime.  They seemed to have a great time.  It was a beautiful evening.   We heard today that we have another nephew. 

Congratulations, Laura & Sheldon on the birth of little Ashton James Keller.