He could dribble a basketball with skill and precision as a third grader. He attended the same school as my granddaughter. I watched him play for two or three years, then he moved over to public school where they had a football program.
He came down with a sudden and confusing illness at about age 11. They had fund raisers everywhere for him. He spent many months in the Arkansas Children Hospital.
He made his recovery and entered into a contest to win a trip to the Super bowl. They choose several people who loved football and had overcome adversities to get an all expense paid trip to New York.
Halftime show Super Bowl 2014 Bruno Mars
Bill Clinton, Nate's Mom, Nate, Nates's Dad...they all come from a place called Hope.
Whoopi and Nate's Mom
sitting with the stars!! Jennifer Garner, whoopi
Nate and His Mom.
He got to meet so many people. lots of players. He will be a star one day himself.
this is nate with another one of the kids who won the trip. I watched a show on TV about him. He was born without an arm. still plays ball and is good at it.
I probably started in the wrong time of year. March of 2013 was a wet month. It was warm but not good painting weather.
After the cleaning and taping off it set many days.
The porch furniture set in the yard for 2 and a half months.
I put plastic over the windows so I would have some light inside. that's the part that seemed to take the longest. keeping the windows covered.
Very satisfied with the finished look. the cedar trim looks amazing.
back of the house. This is the first time I have had it all done at the same time. For years I would paint the front one time and the back the next or maybe one end. the deck deck alone always kept me busy. What a joy to have it all done at once!
Our oldest grandson is about to turn 16! He is wanting the car his mom drove when she was a teenager. 1971 Javelin made by American Motors Co. It has been parked in the barn for about 15 years. It is still running but needs new brakes, hoses, tires ect.
I've been saying for years that when I retire I am going to enter something in the fair. I have an online friend who wins blue ribbons with her paintings and her husband with his jelly. It just seemed like a fun thing to do.
I decided on photography. It was so hard to pick one of the many favorites. I have taken thousands of pictures over the past three years. I love my new camera and I take pictures at every opportunity.
I quickly found out that it's not cheap to have something in the county free fair. There are rules and regulations. Frames matting and trips over there at certain times made it a bit of a drag for me. I was amazed at the selection of photo's there.I think the last time I went there was about ten total for the flower category. This year there were over twenty. I was happy with the 'judges honorable mention' but still complaining that a mushroom won the flower category. Here is my picture and a shot of it in the fair with the blue ribbon winner.
I sowed the seeds I gathered from the basil last year. They all came up. I pulled a bucket full of basil, just enough to thin them out, and thought how nice it would be to make Pesto.
I picked the leaves, washed them, used the blender and added garlic, walnuts, salt, pepper and olive oil. I will add the parmesan cheese when I use the cubes I froze as cheese does not freeze well.
An hour and a half later I wound up with six cubes to freeze. I think that is about half of the jar in the photo. I don't have the mess cleaned up yet!
It better be extra good! or I just have too much time on my hands!
Classic, simple basilpesto recipewith fresh basil leaves (2 cups packed), pine nuts (1/3 cup) or walnuts, garlic (2 cloves), Romano or Parmesan cheese (1/3 cup), extra virgin olive oil (1/3-1/2 cup), and salt and pepper.