05.15.20 Our sons’ old rocker comes back home!

In 1979 before our oldest son was born my parents bought a big heavy sturdy rocker to rock our little man at night and when needed. It was such a thoughtful gift from my parents who really could not afford something like that.

That rocker is over 41 years old. It left our family for a spell and is now back in our family!

Oddly enough I haven’t found any photos of me holding the babies in my arms. Of the hundreds of times, day and night that happened no photos.

Over the years, when we had the rocker, I’ve sanded, stained and varnished it about every 5 years. Nothing like what Roy is going to do in this major refurbish!

The first photos below are of our sons sitting in the rocker as they grew up.

This one of me very pregnant sitting with lots of shower gifts also has the rocker when it was first received.

Later in the rocker’s life, we used it in the living room of our house on Hinson Road in Hammond. This is my mama and our oldest son.  In 2012 when we decided to live in our RV on the road we sold almost all our possessions including the rocker. It was sold to a young couple, Angela and Russell, we worked with at Southeastern. After living on our back porch for several years it had pretty much worn out when they bought it.

Last month I received a message from Angela that they were going to sell the rocker and wanted to know if we were interested in buying it back. I just wanted to cry I was so happy while reading her message and seeing the picture she sent of the old rocker. The thought of having the rocker back that I rocked my babies in was an overwhelmingly emotional feeling.

After checking with Roy I wrote Angela back and said: “The answer is YES!” That Friday we picked it up from their house while being virus responsible and social distancing the exchange!

I imagined sanding it down really well, staining it and putting some shiny stuff on it.

That’s not Roy’s way so the following are some of the photos of the initial work Roy’s done on bringing the rocker back to its former life!

Here’s the rocker when we got it home and Roy started working on it.  Several layers of various parts of the rocker were separating so Roy started by gluing XXXX and clamping them together. The headrest was first.

Off to Lowe’s we went last week to get epoxy putty, stain, polyurethane, wood plugs, pre-stain wood conditioner, and two grades of sand paper.

The headrest was removed and the rocker has moved back to Roy’s office.

These are photos of the backrest slats that have separated over time.  Roy calls it delamination.

Since Roy only has a few clamps he’s doing one of the slats at a time.   He really doesn’t have enough to do each slat properly. Another one of those things he used to have lots of that we sold!

This is where the repair work stands right now. One slat down and three more to go!

There are cracks in the bigger pieces, mostly the seat that will be fixed after the slats. It is not quite the quick and easy project I thought it would be!  I’ll update here as progress is made on bringing this beautiful old rocker back to life! Thanks, Angela for thinking of us first before you sold it to someone else! You made this old mama a happy lady!

01.30.20 Everyone should have a Chip

From time to time our youngest son Chip comes to visit on his day off. Today was one of those special days! He dropped precious Madisyn off at school and was at our house around 9 am.

Most of the day was spent down by our pond. Chip and Roy fished, I cheerleaded and several fish were caught. It took a while to catch the 7 small perch and one catfish but they got them!

Here they are fishing

Here’s the fish they caught All seven fish!

It’s been years since Chip cleaned fish so Roy gave him a refresher course and he did great! 

Chip brought some french fries and cooked those and our big mess of fish! He did all the cooking and it was quite a treat for both Roy and I.

There might not have been a lot of fish but they were delicious!  After eating we all rested on the sofa and wrapped up the wonderful visiting we were able to do today.

About the title above “Everyone should have a Chip.” Chip is always helping me remember things that happened in my past. And you know we have ducks. We were talking on the phone when I told him about all of the eggs our Peep has laid. He reminded me of the time we had several ducks when we lived on Hinson Road (the house the boys grew up in). He remembered that some baby ducks were laid and hatched in between the walls in our barn. That was a sweet cool memory. But then he reminded me of the so sad event when several of the baby ducks tried to get water out of our hot tub. They fell in and the covering over the water kept them down below the water. When Chip went to check on them the next day he found them there.

It was a terrible experience for a little boy to have. But his recollection of it included the fact that the ducks that died were “all of the New Kids on the Block” and ducks named after their friends Ronnie and Lauren. Somehow Duck Chip and Duck Chad weren’t in the drowning group.  Somehow remembering we had ducks named Duck Joey, Duck Danny and the other New Kids and the whole event just made me burst out laughing. Chip remembers the details of everything in his life and I always enjoy them when he shares them in the special way he does it! I laughed and laughed and laughed remembering all that! When I hung up from talking to him about this my first thought was “Everyone should have a Chip!”

I absolutely love how he remembers all the details of things that I’ve long forgotten. He’s good for an old lady that doesn’t have access to a lot of things my brain once contained.  I’m thankful he continues to help me fill in the blanks and makes me laugh!

Ya’ll have a Blessed weekend!

 

 

10.19.19 Weekend fun for Madisyn, Chip, Misty, Grannie and Samson!

Last weekend I was blessed to spend time with Chip, Misty, and Madisyn.  Lots of love in that hug between Madisyn and her daddy (our son) Chip.

Saturday morning Madisyn climbed in bed with me and we had a wonderful visit! There is nothing better than one of those Madisyn and Grannie talks!

Roy came in to open our bedroom windows because the temperature outside was a beautiful temperature in the 60s.  We loved it!

Here she is while making cinnamon rolls for breakfast. They were delicious!!  That’s Madisyn’s “Grannie’s taking another photo, look.”

Here’s our beautiful Madisyn, growing up way too fast for this Grannie’s liking!

We saw the new Addams Family movie. I was so surprised by the renovation Hammonds AMC Movie theater has undergone. One of the big changes is their new comfy fat recliners for chairs!

Before the movie, we went shopping at the Fuller Shop in Hammond. Lots of second-hand goodies there! Roy and I will have to go sometime when we are in Hammond.

Meet Misty and Chip’s new teacup Maltese puppy, Samson. Quite a big name for a less than 2-pound puppy! Look at how tiny he is all wet.  He’s really loving this! 

Here he is having his hair blown dry! 

Madisyn immediately fell in love with her puppy brother and he fell in love with her!

Madisyn baked brownies for us Saturday evening.  She’s quite a good cook!

We decorated the front of their home and the mailbox for Halloween. It looks great!

Best of all, our weekend ended with Madisyn coming to church with us at Trinity. Lots of people remember Madisyn from when she came here in her younger years.  They were all glad to see her!

I love these weekends with Madisyn.  My brain on Monday and Tuesday was mostly mush but Grannie keeps on going!

Ya’ll have a Blessed weekend!