And On The 10th Day. . . It Is Finished. . .Well Almost. . .

I can't tell you how much I've cried today.  I woke up early and baked the second apple pie in 10 days that our Amish friends have had.  I had to pick up Matt at Basketball Camp and had to run out at 2pm.  At 2 one of the guys had just finished working on my fence up in the front which they so kindly reconstructed for us.  I told them how great it had come out and that I would be back.
I returned at 3:15 to find that my Barn was finished, and the guys were gone.  I didn't get a chance to hug them and tell them how much I had appreciated all they had done for us.  How I felt God's presence here since they had arrived, and how I knew this barn would be a blessing in our lives.  I didn't get a chance to say it to them.  I couldn't stop crying.  My husband was laughing on the phone because he couldn't believe how I felt. Amos, Mark, Sam, Steve were so wonderful.
Well I called the company and told them about what had happend and he said to me. . . " Do you want Amos's cell phone number?"  I thought that was too funny.  I said yes of course and called Amos and spoke to him and thanked him profusely and told him to tell the other guys how much I appreciated all they did.  Jane (their coordinator and assistant who is not Amish and I have gotten very friendly with, she is a lovely lady with lovely daughters) promised me she's gonna take me on a trip to go see them.  She knows their families.  Well I finally got a photo to show you. I hope they don't mind but I decided to post it.
Here is the final photo of the barn, Day 10 before the stone mason and painter comes.  The barn will have grey stone all around where you see the black on the bottom.  It will also be painted in white.  And we are still missing the cupola on the top.  


Discovery Cove

When my son Matthew graduated a few weeks ago from 8th grade, my husband and I gave him as a present a trip to Discovery Cove.  Matthew has been obsessed with marine life ever since he was able to talk.  Always had rubber sharks with him and dolphins in his bathtub and loved to watch any program that was under the sea.  Well, our Marine Biologist son (God Willing) got his chance first hand at Discovery Cove this weekend.
He fell in love with a dolphin named Diego.  Here Diego is giving Matthew quite a ride. 

There's my husband, Matthew's side kick for the weekend.  I wasn't able to go but they promised me they would go again and take me next time.  I told Matthew I only expected one thing from him this weekend, and that was for him to kiss a dolphin on the lips for me.  He promised.

He always keeps his promises.



Spent an Evening with Carole and James Again.

I could hear them play night after night and never get tired.  Can you see Miss King's killer shoes.  My fav color purple.  And boy did she dance in them at 68.  God bless her.  


Today I learned all the Amish workers names:  Amos, Steve, Mark, and Sam.




All I can say is I am humbled.  I made them an apple pie today.  They loved it.  I am so in love with my Barn.



The Framing Begins.  Crazy huh?  They are so fast.  I love my Amish Builders.


The Amish Are Here! The Amish Are Here!

That's not really him.  That's Vigo Mortensen or whatever that handsome actor is.  
Okay so today is official.  The building of our Barn.  Finally the day has arrived.  We only signed contracts a year ago.  Our land is part of a historical society and everything we do, I mean everything must be approved by the historical board.  So it has taken an entire year.  The lumber arrived today and so did our amish builder.  Notice there is no picture of him because I am not able to take photos of the Amish.  Due to the fact that they believe the devil will take the negative.  (So I'm gonna have to take them secretly, hee hee.)  Well It should take anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks.  I will be posting and documenting the changes on my blog.  
As you can see from above our old shed is gone and now there is a huge space where the barn will be going.  I was expecting our builder to have some biblical name like Zebediah or Zachariah or something more Amish as in all the Amish lifetime movies I have seen.  (Hee Hee) But he came to my door this morning, very kind and courteous and introduced himself as Steve.   No I'm not making this up.  

Here are photos of all the lumber that was delivered.  And this hole they dug is about 5 feet deep.

My garden was looking great as I was taking photos of the construction site so I decided to post some on this entry.  I unofficially have named my house.  For years I have named it but have never registered the name.  I do plan on getting a plaque with the name "Pinerowe" engraved.  You see our house has 4 acres and it is surrounded by a line of pines that go completely around the property.  What better name right?  I pretend I'm Carolyne Roehm hosting one of her parties and imagine stationery printed with the a monogram and the name on the top.  Her home is called Weatherstone.  (I have gone to it twice and have walked on her farm.  It is my favorite house of all.  Anyway after today's trip around my garden I would say it was Hydrangea house.  My hydrangeas are thriving this year.  Take a look.  


Riding in Cars with James

It was late 70's and I had to be around 12 the first time I heard James Taylor.  My cousin had a cool Maverick back then and she would take me on rides.  I remember she would blast James Taylor and we would open up the windows and I felt the wind in my face and closed my eyes and anything was possible.
It felt incredible.  I was growing up and dreaming of being older and driving.(now I dream of being younger, hee hee)  What a hoot!  If only I could go back in time.
Well last Tuesday my husband took me to see my favorite guy, James Taylor with Carole King.  She was fantastic. The concert was wonderful.  I felt like that 12 year old again listening to these songs that I grew up with.  I took Matt with me.  Both my sons have come to love James Taylor through my love for him.  We unfortunately missed the first 40 minutes of the concert due to an accident on the highway.  I was pouting for the first half of the time I was there as if it were my husband's fault.  I missed Carolina on my mind (my most favorite song of all).  Not that North Carolina is part of my life or anything, but the song is a nostalgic look at a life gone by, changes, growth, moving, and longing for a past time, his youth.  I feel that and I guess that is why that song has always struck a chord for me.  So needless to say I was really bummed.  Rob told me this weekend that they added another show since the one we went to was sold out.  So what did he do?  He got me tickets for this Tuesday night.  You gotta love him!

At the end of the concert they came back for an encore and sang one of my favorites in a duet.  
You can close your eyes  
I think when my time comes, I would like this to be my song, sung for my family and friends and sons.
Well the sun is surely sinking down
But the moon is slowly rising
So this old world must still be spinning 'round
And I still love you

So close your eyes
You can close your eyes, it's all right
I don't know no love songs
And I can't sing the blues anymore
But I can sing this song
And you can sing this song when I'm gone

It won't be long before another day
We gonna have a good time
And no one's gonna take that time away
You can stay as long as you like

So close your eyes
You can close your eyes, it's all right
I don't know no love songs
And I can't sing the blues anymore
But I can sing this song
And you can sing this song when I'm gone


Matt's Graduation

Hard to believe my younger son Matthew just graduated from 8th grade.  I feel like it was yesterday when he was just a little "tigger".
We were so proud of him on Thursday night.  He received many awards including highest average.
Matthew's dream is to become a Marine Biologist.  So our surprise graduation present for him is to experience a taste of his dream.  He will be going in two weeks to Discovery Cover in Florida to swim with the dolphins along with his dad.
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