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I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 40 wonderful years. I have been blessed with one daughter who is grown and gone! She and her hubby have blessed us with a precious grandchild, Darbee Rae. She is six years old and the sunshine in our days. I have always been a stay at home maid, cook, doctor, babysitter, taxi, wife, mother, and grandmother. I enjoy crafting. My interests include primitives, vintage and colonial styles. I love decorating my home. I enjoy traveling with my hubby and friends, reading, and trying different recipes. I am a Christian and enjoy activities within my church. I hope you enjoy reading about my daily adventures in crafting, shopping, and enjoying life thru the eyes of my darling grand daughter.

Monday, September 22, 2014

A New Obsession....Why ????

Good evening friends and Happy Fall!!! The weather has been just fall fabulous here at the home place today.  I am so excited that cooler weather is in the forecast  for the rest of the week. Spent most of my day looking at recipes that I want to try now that the weather  is cooler.  You know,  all those comfort foods. 

Okay on to the topic of this post.  I will share something with you that you might not know about me.  I have always as long as I can remember loved to write.  When I was in grade school, my mother bought me a five year diary.  Remember those that had a little lock and key?  Guess that was the beginning of my obsession.  I have kept many five year diaries.  In fact I still have most of them stored safely in the attic.  The very last one was the one I kept while Mr. P. and I were dating. Written in it was every date we had, where we went, and if that wasn't enough, the outfit I wore on the outing.  Yes, and I still have it!! Darbee Rae will enjoy laughing at that one when she is a little older. {smile}

After marriage, I started keeping a journal.  Guess I  had grown up enough to no longer keep a diary. Every evening before bed, I would write about my day.  Good, bad and ugly, it was all written down.
Happy times, sad times, fun times and times when I was learning some of life's hardest lessons were all documented in these books.  Needless to say, I have quite a few. 

Holly  is a chip off the old block.  She does not keep a journal, but a planner.  {hehe,,,, I kept a planner along with my journal} But recently I have tried to condense my writings.  With all the rage of journaling, and all the neat ideas on Pinterest  I too have become obsessed with my planner.  Do you think Holly had anything to do with it??  Of course she did!!!

So for the first time since I was in grade school, I am no longer keeping a diary, or journal.  Instead it is all  combined into my planner.  Not a special planner, just  one bought at Target, however I am trying to make each month's calendar and week pages special for me.  Thought you might want to take a peek before I start messing up October's pages by writing on them.

 
We have many birthdays in October.  The first week we will be celebrating my birthday. Guess I deserve a few balloons don't you?
 

The second week in October we are having company from out of town.  My friend Dimple and her husband will be visiting from TN.  Can you tell I am soooo excited? 
 
 
On October 18, We will all be celebrating with a big party for Darbee Rae's birthday.  She has the week decorated in her honor.
 
 
The next week Mr. P and Holly will be celebrating their big day.  But can't show you that week as I have run out of birthday stickers and embellishments. Hobby Lobby here I come!!  And of course there is Oct. 31 and I will definitely have to do something cute for that day.!!!
 
It looks quite simple, but it takes me hours to decorate the pages.  I have to agree with Mr. P. when he ask WHY???  Who will see it but ME?  Oh, this is so true.  Do I enjoy doing it,,,, well yes I guess I do or I wouldn't do this, but why make something so simple, so hard?  The story of my life. 
 
 
One day someone will open this plain looking planner and be blown away at all the information that is stored inside.  A small part of my daily life will be written on the simple pages. 
 
Do you keep a journal or planner?  If so would love to hear from you.  Hope you all have had a
Marvelous Monday and are looking forward to the first week of fall.
 
Until next time....
 
 
 








Friday, September 19, 2014

The Beginning of A Fun Weekend

Hello everyone.  Hope you are looking forward to a great weekend. Once there is a little nip in the air, I so start looking forward to fall and all it's glory and activities.  I love decorating for fall, cool crisp evenings, football games at our local high school, craft fairs, and pumpkins.

This year has been so special to me already.  As most of you know {and by the way, probably tired of hearing it by now} I had been unable to do much walking  without a walker for the last few years. Just about this time last year, I began having major problems with my health.  Thanks to God, prayers, and the knowledge of a great urologist , my problems  were resolved.  I can't stop thanking all of you , family, and friends for all of your prayers.  Okay ,,, on with my story.  Why this has already been a great fall.

On Thursday night, Mr. P. and I went along to our County Fair with Holly and her family.  A first for me in more years than I could count.  I felt as excited as Darbee Rae.  I walked over the fair several times over, I got to watch Darbee Rae ride and play games all without any assistance.  God is so good!!  We also toured the exhibits and saw all the blue ribbons Darbee had won for her artwork. She was one proud little girl.



 
Today was another first for me.  The girls had ask me to go on a long day trip to North Georgia Mts. to visit a Pumpkin Farm.  What did I say?   What time do we leave?  And all the time giving thanks that this year I am able to tag along. 
 
It was the neatest place.  Pumpkins everywhere.  All sizes, and colors. 



 
These were blue!!  I think they were my favorite.  We all bought pumpkins, cider, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin rolls.  Yum Yum!!
 
It was such a beautiful place.  Perfect for picture taking.  Darbee is a pro when it comes to having her pic. taken.  She even changed into a different outfit. 
 
 
 
We loved walking through the old covered bridge.
 
 
On the way to the pumpkin patch we saw acres of sunflowers.  Another perfect place to take pictures.  You paid by the car and could drive down to the fields and stay as long as you liked. 




 
We could not end the day without a little shopping.  Found a few neat goodies at a Goodwill store and had to stop in downtown Atlanta at Ikea. 
 
This one Nana is totally pooped out and my sofa sure feels good this evening.  But I can go to bed tonight with such wonderful memories of these last two days with my girls, and a very happy, thankful heart.
 
Don't forget no matter how small it may seem, we all have something to be thankful for.
 
Until next time.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Craft Show, A Long Vacation Part 1, And Getting Back to Normal

Good evening friends.  Well, I can only hope you all are still my friends.  I have been gone for so long and we haven't chatted except those of you I am friends with on Facebook.  But if you read the title to my post, then you will know why I haven't been on here to visit with you.

Our 3 day Craft Show was Labor Day weekend.  We had great weather, very little rain, but the temps. were in the 90's and we have no shade except for the tent.  We had a wonderful show.  We had our regular customers there waiting for us at 7:30 in the morning.  Our booth was so full you could barely walk.
 
But not for long.  These next two photos were all the big items waiting outside to be picked up before we were open an hour.
 

 
Soon we had room for more customers to shop.
 
 
Darbee Rae tried really hard to keep things straight.
 
 
Seeing friends and family during these 3 days are always fun.  Darbee had fun seeing friends also and even had a surprise visit from Santa.  How cool was that?  He bought wooden swords from her and gave her an order for Christmas.
 

 
On Tuesday after the show, we left out for a well deserved vacation.  Yes, our destination was Berlin, Ohio.  We stayed overnight in Pigeon Forge, Tn, and drove on up on Wednesday.  We both were so excited because of health issues the last two trips up I was using a walker.  This time I could walk and do so much more.  And to add to the excitement we were going to meet a blogging friend who was there celebrating her anniversary.  If you don't know Cindy already , stop by and visit her on her blog, http://cynthialeedesigns.wordpress.com/.  We met her and her hubby Gary for lunch at the Farmstead Restaurant In Berlin. 
 
 
Cindy was so sweet and gifted me with a really pretty wrap around bracelet that she had made.  She also had gifts for Holly and Darbee Rae.  It is always so much fun to get to meet a blogger friend. One of the highlights of our trip.
 
We did lots of riding out in the country and looking at the farms.  So peaceful.  Just love this area.
 



 
This was a picture of one of the many school houses we saw on our travels.


 
Have you ever visited a kraut farm?  Huge pretty green cabbages everywhere.

 
Look at all the horse poop on the side of the roads.






 
I have so many more photos to share with you but don't want to keep you too long .  So I will stop here and will share some of the neat places we visited next time we visit.  Hope you all have a wonderful evening and wake to a beautiful and blessed Tuesday. 
 
Until next time.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Welcome to My Craft Room

Happy Friday friends.  Hoping you are all looking forward to the weekend.  Oh, I just love Saturday mornings when the Mister does not have to work.  Nothing better than a lazy Saturday morning sharing our coffee together.

I have many times invited you to sit on the porch with me, and this week has been a perfect week to have coffee out there in the morning.  We even broke a low temp. for a morning low one day this week. So early in the morning this is where you could find me.

 
Yes, life is good.  Sitting in the swing and watching the hummingbirds at the feeder and the squirrels playing in the yard.  Enjoying God's Beautiful World.  But eventually I had to go inside and get busy. Mr. P's tomatoes are coming in great, so I made homemade salsa this week.  Great eating in the winter. 
 
I have also begun crafting upstairs in the craft room.  Yes, September and our annual craft show will be here way before I am ready.  And that brings me to my topic for the day.  We have chatted on the porch, the sunroom, and you have toured the other rooms in the house,.  I have always been hesitant to invite you into the craft room.  All you crafters know sometime we need a sign on the door that says, "Enter at your own Risk"  My craft room gets quite messy when I am working for my show, so,,, before I get in there in full swing, thought I would share it with you.  Now, don't get excited, it's not a room that would be worthy of a magazine, however I am so thankful to have a place I can craft and close the door when it gets too messy.
 
This is the view from the doorway.  The small double doors hide the sewing machine.  The cabinet above holds my cross stitch materials and felt. The bottom cabinet hides a filing cabinet.  My dear Mr. P. made all the cabinets for me and turned this spare bedroom into my craft room. 

 
Continuing on the same wall, this is a tiny workspace

 
And the cabinet above this area, holds my patterns.  I have them in notebooks and sorted according to the season ,etc.

 
My paint rack is way too small. {hehe}  I have got to go through and weed out all the old paint.  Need more room, eh?

 
Can you tell the sun was shining when I snapped these pictures.  This old peddle machine is what I learned to sew on.  It was my great grandmothers.


 
Mr. P. made my table, and this my friends is where I do my crafting.

 
These old lockers from a work place are wonderful for storage.  Lots of supplies hid away in them,

 
And hid in this cabinet is my ironing board.


 
You met Miss Maggie ages ago, but today she is dressed in my work aprons.  She keeps me company while I work the day away. The white door to the right hides my walk in closet where I store my materials and such.

 
Just to prove to you I don't waste my day away on the porch here are some WIP that I have to finish for the show.  Lots of stitcheries waiting to be framed.

 
Just finished this cute "Witch Upon A Star ".  It's a pattern by Sagebrush and Sassafras.  Got the spindles painted to make more of these.  Loved how she turned out.

 
Pumpkin men are waiting for heads so they can be assembled.

 
Ghost are ready and waiting for a new home.  This pattern is by Sassafras Hill Primitives.

 
Well I hope you have enjoyed visiting with me in the craft room today.  Sure was nice to have you stop by. 
 
Do something this weekend to make you smile,,, and don't forget to stop back by soon and we will visit again.  Hugs and smiles until next time........

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

And Our Journey Continues

Good evening friends.  Hope you are having a great week.  Today has been Monday all day long.  Why you might ask?  Well my Mister had yesterday as a holiday and did not work so with that said today is my first "work day" for this week.

On Sunday Mr. P. and I celebrated our anniversary!!!  Are you ready for this?  41 yes 41 wonderful years of marriage.  Those of you that have followed along with me all these years since I have been blogging know the story already. But for my new followers, here we go again.  We were childhood sweethearts.  Liked each other from the time I was in 5th grade and he was in 6th.  My Daddy pastored the church where his family attended.  Mr. P. was the only boy I ever dated.  We were married when I was 17 and he was 18.  I graduated from high school in June and we were married in July.  I loved him then and love him so much more today. God has truly blessed us with a wonderful daughter and granddaughter and a good Christian  son in law.

We left out early Sunday morning for a quick over night road trip.  We had heard of a neat restaurant in Alabama and that was our first destination.  We arrived in time to have lunch.

 
Their specialty is seafood.  The atmosphere was really neat and very Southern.  They brought out "vittles" before your meal.  They also served hot cornbread and flipped it at your table in a little iron skillet
 
 
Don't you just love the tin plate and cup they served our food in? Notice the onion circles on my plate?  They were to die for.  They were called pickled onions.  Wow, I would have loved to gotten that recipe from them.  Just made the meal.  The inside was very rustic and maybe I should say "prim"
 
 
These were divider windows. Just covered in old tin.  They opened with chains.  Yes, the food was delicious too.  What fun we had. Mr. P. looks quite happy here don't you think?
 
 
We shopped at a few antique stores on our outing.  We both picked up a few little things but nothing that I was really impressed with.  This store has the best prices around for antiques and junk.
 
 
We reached our destination later in the evening.  Our room was beautiful and we had a great view from the 7th floor of the pool.  Looks inviting huh?
 
 
Sure was nice to get away even if it was just overnight.  Now we are back home and each day is another day together as we look forward to another wonderful year together. It is a journey we will travel together for as long as God see fit. 
 
I have been really busy in the craft room, and this year Darbee Rae has decided to help me a little.


 
Papa cut her some wood and she is painting them orange.  They will be little pumpkins when the stem and moss is added later.  Love her in there working beside me and talking constantly.  Sure makes time go by fast.
 
Before I leave you tonight, I have to give a shout out to a very special person in Mr. P. and my life.  We have been friends with this couple for many, many years.  You have visited Dimple's home with me when we go to TN. to visit .  Today her hubby, Roger retired from his job. We are so proud for Roger as he too starts on a new journey in his life.  This was taken this morning as he started to work for the last time.  How neat!!  Roger my Mister is so proud for you, but I think he is eat up with jealously.{smile}  Now you have to bring Dimple to visit any time she wants.  We are waiting on ya'll to come.
 
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Well that is all tonight dear friends.  I have so enjoyed you stopping by.  Have a great week and we will visit again soon.
 
Until next time.......