Here’s What’s Happening at Grover’s Manse

It’s been quite awhile since my last post.  Actually a long, long time!  I didn’t fall of the face of the earth my dear and faithful readers. I promise!  

 We have been working long hours and haven’t had the chance for much of anything else. We were so worried with all the rainfall earlier in March, we would never get back to work. Although the rain has returned, we are welcoming the time off to stop and smell the roses. No. Really. I’ve got four rose bushes and I’ve been snapping pictures and sniffing the roses!  Ah, what heavenly scents, too. Here are my rose bushes below. 

Sugar Moon Rose

Katy Red Rose


Gertrude Jekyll Rose


Rio Samba Rose


I’ve also got lavender, lemon balm, petunias, mums, tropical cannas, and oodles of other plants and flowers. I guess I get most excited about my roses and go hog wild taking pictures of those!

We are still trying to complete homeschool lessons between working with my husband and catching up on housework. We are in no hurry. That’s the freedom and beauty of homeschooling, especially homeschooling while working in your family’s business. 

I cannot forget our dog, George!  He has been going to work with us and is having a ball.  We just couldn’t bear to leave him home alone all day, so back into the workforce he goes!  He’s such a hoot as you can see in the pictures below. He honestly refuses to ride in truck beds. It’s either the backseat or his most favorable place, the front. He is such a backseat driver, too. He barks when we get passed by other vehicles and barks when we pass them.  He mainly loves hanging his head out the window, with the wind whipping through his fur. Such a spoiled dog!

George has such a “ruff” life!


George riding shotgun, preparing to tell me how to drive.


I guess that’s about it for now. I’ve got laundry to do, floors to mop and meals to cook. I’m also praying for the ground to dry out soon.  We do indeed need a break, but not for too long!  

May your day be blessed!


2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.

Fantabulous Friday

It’s Friday and while the hubs is away, we girls shall play!
Morgan and I had lunch in the town of Pocahontas at a new eatery called Bluebird Coffee House.
It’s an old house converted into a quaint coffee house. The owner has done such a wonderful job keeping the rooms and decor to the period in which it was built. Awesome eats and the salted caramel hot chocolate was out of this world! It about knocked my socks off! Really! That good!

Morgan enjoying her hot chocolate below.


This evening we had homemade mocha chip frappes and watched the 2007 Nancy Drew movie.


George is sad though. The hubs will be gone all weekend. Poor dog has been mopey and has searched the house for daddy. Shhh! Don’t say the “d” word in front of George. The search will start all over again! Especially if the hubs calls. Believe it or not, George knows Tommy’s ringtone on my phone. Sigh. Looks like this will be a long weekend.

George pictured below after his extensive search for the hubs.


All in all, it’s been a blast hanging with my teeny bopper. Yep. Teeny bopper. I’ll be hearing sighs from her soon. According to my daughter, “teeny bopper” is an outdated phrase. Lol.

What do you do with your “teeny boppers” for fun? 😊

Blessings to all,

JoAnn, the momma bear
Morgan, the Teeny Bopper
George, the mopey chocolate lab


Another Day, a Lonesome George and a Sleep-Deprived Mom

Day two of the hubs being out of town. Our dog, George has been restless during the night, and sleeps most of the day. I’m not sure if he’s thinking I’ve got the day shift to be on red alert and he’s got the night shift. Apparently, the daughter and I cannot replace daddy being gone. We’ve paid plenty of attention to him and have not used the “d” word (daddy) around him. We even took him for a ride this evening. He usually jumps in the back of my truck, but when we let the tailgate down, he whined and went to the back door of the truck. He usually likes to ride in the back of my truck, so he can stand up on the sides and bark at everyone and everything. He wags his tail the entire time, too. It’s his way of greeting everyone. 😂 He didn’t think he could jump up in the back this evening when we told him to “load up.” I’m thinking his arthritis was acting up.
I hate to admit he’s getting old. He used to be able to clear a tailgate in his younger days. Of course, that has always depended on the height of the truck, and I’ve got a tall one now. He’s like most senior citizen dogs his age, he’s got good days and bad days.
The daughter thought he’d like his window down, so we rowed the back window down for him so he could see the sights. He wasn’t interested. Not much going on this evening for him, I suppose, either that or he was being a backseat driver, because when I sped up, he barked at me. He’s such a character. When we got home, he did a full house search, looking for the hubs. When he couldn’t find him, he plopped onto his bed and let out one of his long drawn out sighs. Bless his heart.
George’s late night rendezvous entail checking all quadrants of the house, from top to bottom. I’m going to have to squeeze in some naps during the day to catch up on my sleep.
On a happier note, after homeschool work is done, we’ve been watching some great flicks, enjoying yummy food and lots of laughs. Here’s to hopefully a good night’s rest!

Have an awesome and blessed Friday!


Ps. I honestly think dogs are pretty doggone smart. George thinks he’s a genius. 😜

George enjoying a Sonic Drive-In trip


Dog Smarts and Despairing

The hubby has been gone one day, just one day, and our ten year-old chocolate lab, George is moping. He goes from room to room, upstairs and then downstairs with a perplexed look on his face. I think he thought something was up when the hubs was packing yesterday. Today it was confirmed. It’s late and he’s whining downstairs, while I’m trying desperately to get some sleep upstairs!
It’s kind of neat how pets can pick up on things like that. We took him for a walk this evening and gave him oodles of attention. I tend to forget when the hubby is away, George gets sad and then afterwards goes into full red alert mode. So far, we are at Defcon 5. He usually jumps from Defcon 5 to Defcon 1, which in human terms equals NO SLEEP! Gee whiz! This will be going on until Sunday or possibly Monday. On a happier note, the daughter and I had a great day of school, great food and funny flicks.
How does your pets react when one family member is away?

Have a blessed day!