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I'm a retired elementary music teacher. I've been retired since 2010. I live in Nashville, Tennessee, with my husband of 45 years, Don. I am currently an independent instructional coach in our school district, working with music teachers. We have one daughter, one son-in-law, and two grandchildren. All of whom live across the street! It just doesn't get any better than that!



I'm a retired middle school band director. I worked in corporate industry for 30 years, retired and re-activated my teaching degree. I currently teach driver's ed.


The Pickle Pot

Passing our skills to the next generation


A few years ago, we had a huge family garden. My husband's brother lives fairly close to us and his house is located on several acres of land. So I asked him and my sister-in-law early one spring if they would be interested in starting a family garden. They were and the Aston Family Garden was planted!

The Pickle Pot was born!

“What are we going to do with all those cucumbers?”

The first year, we had an abundance of cucumbers. I decided that it was a great time to show my then 6-year-old granddaughter, Jordan, and 3-year-old grandson, Asher, how to make and can pickles. They loved it.

And everyone loved their pickles! And that's how the Pickle Pot was born. Read the posts to find out about "Secret Recipes," "JAGG's," how to make pickles with young ones, and how we learned about work, selling, advertising, interacting with customers, and MUCH more.




"Would you like to sell our pickles?"

Silly question! Of course, they would!


Grandmama went to Google again and found local farmer's markets. And sure enough, there was one in our neighborhood—Farmin' in the Hall!

Now, just in case you've been thinking,


This woman has absolutely nothing to do with her time.

I couldn't possibly do all of the things she does!


I've got news for you! I'm actually a busy person with lots of other things to do—I am an independent side-by-side coach for our school district, working with elementary music teachers, I am a Pampered Chef Consultant (want to schedule a virtual party??), I have responsibilities at my church, I co-lead a Bible study and attend another one at Bible Study Fellowship, and this year, I am coordinating a retreat for grandparents at our church—Grandparenting with a Purpose.

I say all of that to say, Yes, you can be an influential grandparent and make time for those kiddos and still have a life! It's all about being organized and not re-inventing the wheel. Which is why I am writing this BLOG!

The posts in the Pickle Pot section are about how we do what we do! And here's the beauty of this. You don't have to plant a garden or can pickles. Use the skills you love. What are your favorite things, hobbies, skills,? The things that bring you joy? Share these with your grands. Teach them. Pass these on to the next generations. I had one grandmother who taught me how to crochet and knit and the other grandmother taught me embroidery. My mom taught me how to sew and cook.

What are your grands learning how to do?