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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....

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October 6, 2022

Charles and I have been on the road quite a bit recently trying to get our Tiny house, "Myrtle" to where we can sleep over so it is not so hard on us and so much spending on gasoline.

I do love the drive to Madge and Myrtle's.  It is calming..

As we turn on Roaming Horse Road we are going down towards the lake.

We turn and twist different roads.  This road we are about to turn on is Flying geese road.

Flying geese bridge.

And then we go up to higher ground above the lake.

On Crepe Lane that leads to Myrtle. 

We have arrived at Myrtle, our little tiny house we are working on and looking out the door to a taunting task that I have this day. I am making steps into the hill so I can walk up and down without my knees getting too sore.  

Charles has many small jobs inside Myrtle that take some time to do so I decided to work on the steps.

I haven't handled a pick axe in a long time and I can tell you that three days after I still knew it.  

I kept working, getting my outline of what I was going to do.  I did not want to go straight up so it would need to curve. These steps will lead to a fenced in area for our little doggies we call our girls. It is important to get this job done because we need their fenced area to be done as soon as possible and they need the steps because they are older girls and climbing the hill is difficult.

Charles helped me out by carrying up most of the blocks and laying them to the side and he chopped the tree roots that I could not manage because they were too big or this would have not gotten this far. 

It is a good thing I garden....

Those darn tree roots were a challenge and my wrist are not strong but they are stronger this week than they were last week after I got to where I could move them again.

Well, this is how far I got before I had to quit.  Now I have to go back and dig down more and level them and put some rebarb in front of the blocks and put some mulch down.  Then a handrail.  

Inside Myrtle I have made a few areas of comfort. I am glad we did not get rid of these old chairs.

Here is where we eat our meals and a few time now we have invited Madge come down to eat with us.  She said the other day that she misses us when we are not down working on Myrtle. 

It has been difficult working around the things we brought up for comfort such as the wash stand, table and chairs and the bakers rack to hold some food and dishes. But they have all been helpful.  We just  move it out of the way.

We finished getting the bead board up so now we trim it out.  This is the only way we could manage it.  This was a real neck, shoulder and arm strain. We will cut bead board strips to strip out those sides and we have nice boards that will frame all this in and make sense when it is done.  We have the pretty trim there for the corners and windows and we already purchased the flooring.

We always enjoy the cotton fields when we leave to go home.

Back home it is normal cooking...

Doing my one room proper cleaning...

This day I was wiping down blinds...

When they are in need of a deep clean I will take them down and hang them on the wood fence outside and wash them..

Starting to harvest the radishes, this one was a little late and burst open but still usable.  We sauteed them with our meal. 

The fall test garden is doing much better than I thought.  We have had no rain here at our house in over a month.  

Have our first baby fall pattypan squash so now I know I will plant these next year and probably plant two weeks earlier.  

These are from the fall bean seeds  I planted in mid August and we are starting to harvest now.  Our climate has changed and so we are trying new things and this seems to work.  We get such hot weather in spring now that it seems fall gardening may be better for us.. We have baby okra pods on our okra plants now.  Our spring okra did not do anything this year and we are hopeful for fall okra. 

I have a lot of catching up to do with regular things. I have gotten behind on ironing and other things.  I am not going to stress over it because I know it will settle back down. The one thing that is helping me to keep going is that Charles is still out there working his job and doing this extra work.  

I hope that we will both remain in good health, we have paid for all of these expenses as we go and the way it should be.  It would be easier to pay someone to come in and do this for us but we would not have the memories we continue to make.

Just a reminder, if your comment does not show up right away it is because I am away from my computer.  Comments must be checked for spam before posting, we don't want any of that here in our little peaceful place. :)

 Grandma Donna


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Comments (18)

Miriam in Finland

October 17, 2022 4:21 AM
Oh how charming names! Roaming Horse Road and Flying Geese Road/Bridge! And Myrtle looks wonderful!

Katherine Minaker

October 10, 2022 7:28 PM
Oh those steps look great! Such a job tho. Love how that little house is coming together. You both do such nice work. All the pictures are good to see and to follow along with you. I just picked my last green tomatoes as it is getting colder here at night. Pulled the plants also. I always get terrible blight on them but they are old heirloom varieties so have to put up with it. Left my last beans for seed to save and now they are done. Still have loads of zinnias and other flowers blooming. No frost yet. Always looking forward to what you are doing next!


October 10, 2022 3:37 PM
Oh everything looks so nice. The drive to Myrtle looks amazing such a pretty spot. Thanks for sharing


October 10, 2022 3:02 AM
It was so lovely to see an update on 'Myrtle and from what we've seen she's looking great'. Regards the step making, I can't believe you were outside with a pickaxe !! oh my :) You never fail to surprise me. The steps look great though. Take care and blessings to you ~ Linda


October 9, 2022 10:05 PM
I love your steps! Myrtle is looking amazing. Last year I re-did the room my daughter's share with the same bead board and it just really made a difference. I so wish we could could have a winter garden, even fall is tough in ND. We just had our first hard freeze the other day, house got awfully cold so I broke down and turned on the furnace. Now it's suppose to warm up again so I will have to turn it back down. Can't wait to see what you share next :)


October 9, 2022 2:57 PM
What a beautiful little home! Your garden is producing so well. I admire all that you and Charles do. You have invested wisely. Your life is so productive. What a pretty drive, as well.


October 8, 2022 2:24 PM
Dear Grandma Donna, what a wealth of inspiration you are, hardworking, visionary…using every talent the Lord has gifted you. Thank you for all you and Charles share with us, your readers.

Mrs. Kiwi

October 7, 2022 8:48 PM
Dear Grandma Donna, thank you for sharing these pictures of Myrtle with us. I enjoyed seeing the progress of the steps. They are a beautiful labour of love.

With love from,
Kelly (Mrs. Kiwi)

Darlene from Ohio

October 7, 2022 8:37 PM
Oh, Donna...my back just hurt looking at the photos of the steps you made. That is some backbreaking work, but oh so nice when done. I bet they will be great for all to use...especially the girls.

I had to smile at the comment that Madge said she misses you both when you are gone. I am sure she would love to have you there every day. Some day you will be able to be more comfort for her.

Myrtle is coming along so well. You are right about the memories you are making. It's a lot of hard work, but doing it yourself is priceless.

I have started my own version of "one room proper" here and at my mom's house. It is working out and I am going to keep it up. It makes it all so much easier to do, just a bit more each day and if I have to skip a day, there's always next week. I used to get so discouraged when things would not go right, but now, I just let it go knowing I will catch it next week. Thanks for your encouragement on housekeeping.

The photos of your scenery on the way to the lake are nice and calming. No wonder you like it there. I love the fields of cotton. Around here, it would be corn or soybean.

Take care,

Grandma Donna

October 7, 2022 5:13 PM
Susan, it is about an hour and 15 minutes each way.

Susan Kaye

October 7, 2022 5:07 PM
How long is the drive from your home to the tiny house? You sure get a lot done ina day! You go girl!!


October 7, 2022 4:15 PM
Looks like things are coming along quite well. Your steps are going to be so useful and I'm impressed with your work on them. I can imagine how your muscles must have let you know that you had given them a real workout! It will be nice when all this is done and you can enjoy your time there with your relative and not just work! I imagine that you are a lot of company for her and it's good that you can (and will) do this to help her.


October 7, 2022 9:51 AM
Beautifull, thank you to let us look into your life, you're interesting, inspiring, unique.

Kathy T.

October 7, 2022 9:31 AM
Great job on those steps! I love your little tiny house - such a nice place to get away to. Almost like a playhouse to fix up!

Hilogene in Az

October 7, 2022 9:05 AM
What great progress on the tiny house! Congratulations. And the photos of the drive were lovely. I nodded when I read your comment about Charles still working and doing extra jobs helps motivate you as well. There are days when I see my husband being very productive and it spurs me to get up and get going ;). Thanks for the update on your tiny home.


October 7, 2022 8:59 AM
Grandma G you and Charles are such an inspiration. I have wrote a couple of letters before and you were always gracious to answer. This summer we moved from our older house in Christiana, TN to a small farm in Ethridge, TN. I am still working and we are figuring out where we want the garden and the fruit trees to go in for next year. When I feel that there is not enough hours in the day I think of all that you get accomplished and I am inspired to keep going. Thank you for all that you share with us.
God bless.


October 7, 2022 8:47 AM
The pictures were beautiful Donna, and the names if the roads just delightful.
You worked SO hard making those steps and the work being undertaken inside Myrtle one can see how much progress you and Charles are making.
Back home to regular life you are still working hard. I have pattypan squash about to be planted also for my Spring garden. Your posts are always eagerly awaited each week. Thank you for the gift of your time to write them for us.


October 7, 2022 5:02 AM
It is all looking lovely Donna, you are both doing a really great job. Is it a quiet place? Do you hear forest sounds?
We have been changing out our very bad old kitchen here this week, and replacing it with a second hand one I found online. What a mess and we are both feeling very tired. It will be worth it though, once we are done.
Blessings, Pam in Norway
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