Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tuesday Notes

Up early as usual and Donna was off to the truck company, at 07:00AM Grandpa & Nicole were off to Augusta Elementary, since it is 25.7 miles from the door of the Weeb Ranch to the door of the school, Nicole usually snoozes most of the way there,a  Grandpa sets the cruise and snoozes on the way home.(just kidding).

Today was just a piddle day and I went out and just like last year the fan on the trailer A/C wouldn’t run after setting all winter. My son Andy crawled up the roof and took the cover off and sprayed Wd-40 and turned it by hand and then it ran normally again. We have a Dometic A/C on this trailer and our last one had a 13.500btu Coleman, never had to do this with the Coleman and it lasted from 1993 to 2006 when we got this trailer. It also would freeze you out. This unit is a 13500btu also and barely carries the trailer. I know when it comes time to replace it I will put a 15.500 Coleman unit on it.

When we got home from school, Grandma had stopped somewhere and run into the bunny, (Easter) she brought home some gifts that the bunny had for Nicole including a stuffed bunny and some bubble making stuff for Easter.

Here are some shots taken of the bubble making in the backyard.








                           Is life great or what.

I have to tell you all, I was never Blessed with a daughter, We had 4 boys, I guess that God figured I was better raising boys. Our one son Tim had a daughter right off but then moved to New Jersey so we had very limited contact with his daughter our first Granddaughter. Who is 18 now.

Funny how life works, but now that Nicole has come into our lives, it is just one of the most wonderful things that has ever happened to me. As if you can’t tell I truly adore this little lady and enjoy every minute we can spend together, she has instant laughter just watching her at play and how she enjoys such little things in life makes me feel so good. and she is just such a good and cute kid. You couldn’t have had one made to order any better than this. God I love her and treasure the time God is giving me with her. So if I bore you, sorry. but she is the girl that has captured Grandpa’s heart.

When I went to pick her  up today I saw two little things that stood out at her school, the first was a flower, the only one I saw on the grounds, don’t know how it got there but it adds a nice touch of beauty.


Also there is a bell that was saved from the original one room school house in Augusta, it is now in front of the Augusta Elementary school.



Look at the casting mark. Rumsey MFG CO. St Louis MO. 1883. This bell is 128 years old, That is so neat to have a bit of history and know kids were getting schooling even back then.

Back in the 1880s not very many kids even got any formal schooling so I thought this said a lot for this little German Farm town to even have had a school back then.

Well that’s about it for today from the Weeb Ranch, centrally located in Dardenne Prairie Mo. Hope everyone is having a great week. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..


  1. You know I LOVE history...and that bell is awesome!....Also..that last photo of Nicole running with the bubbles is exactly what life is all about...You captured it in that great photo..You should frame it...Pictures like that don't come along every day!!

  2. HEEEEYYY I want one of those bunny bubble blowers!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  3. I never get tired of hearing stories about your grandkids, and when you can't be with Adam, it's fun to hear about your adventures with Nicole. You and Donna sound like wonderful grandparents and I admire the way you've accepted Nicole and her brother into your family.

  4. you go ahead and write all about Nicole all you want!..you have been blessed..they are only young once..and it looks like you have been treasuring every moment!

  5. Sam - you made me cry!!! I love that last picture of Nicole running with the bubbles. You certainly have a treasure there but I hope she realizes what a treasure she has in you. Enjoy every minute.

  6. Just wanted to say thanks for the invite to park at the Weeb Ranch. And thanks for the DVD's, train pics. I haven't had a chance to watch them yet. Teri

  7. Nicole is a blessed youngster too. I saw both my grandfathers regularly but they were remote figures never interested in my world. But then that is the way it was in those days.

    I love that you appreciate your Grand Children so.


  8. So nice that you can spend so much time with Nicole. You are so great with her and you sure can see your love for her.

    Kevin and Ruth

  9. I love your blogs about the grandkids. It is a shame about your oldest grand daughter, but life sometimes isn't fair. Nicloe is the lucky one to have such caring grandparents.

  10. Wow, how interesting. I raised 3 boy's and never had any girls around until my boy's startd having girl friends. I always want a girl too, but like you God must have thought differntly.
    Then I married Ms Pat and she had a baby grandaughter. Her Mother needed some help raising her, so Ms Pat and I took her on weekends. What a Joy!!! Her, (Megan) and I still talk about our walk's, bike rides, etc. She now has 2 children of her own and also like you, I am so proud of her and lover her so much. I thank God for that little experience too, very much!!!
    Keep writing about her Sam, you are a bigger part of her life than you realize!!