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I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 41 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.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Flip that became a Flop

Okay,,,, let's be honest here.  Please tell me I am not the only one guilty of such a thing.  Do you ever lay in bed when sleep doesn't come and rearrange your whole house room by room?  In your dreams that is?   I have done this more times than I would like to admit, just ask Mr. P. Poor fellow has helped me rearrange more than a popular moving company.  Most of the time,, after several attempts things seem to work out.  BUT,,, as you know there has to be a time when what we vision in our mind just don't work in reality. And that is where we are right now.

Remember in my last post, Mr. P. was getting rid of my piano.  Well,, I had such big ideas for the area where the piano had called home for too many years.  As soon as all the parts were gone, cleaning had been done, the floor shined, I began to play out the vision I had for the area.  And then in steps REALITY.   It was not working.  Okay Angela, you are tired,,,, walk away until the next day, and so I did.   Still  not working. 

I had so hoped to have a comfy chair, table, and to make this space into a reading nook.  A place of my own where I could read my daily devotional, my wonderful Amish books, and just be ME.  Nope, as of now that is not going to happen.  Nothing I tried seem to turn out as I had it pictured in my mind.  So .... as of now, this is what I have done. The little chair on the wall will not be staying however, I had a nail there and until I am completely happy with the area, I will not put anything on that wall.

I still have a vision and I will not be defeated.  May not turn out the way I had planned in the beginning, but there is hope of a new old piece of furniture to go there.  I just so need to be able to expand my walls. {smile}  Little did I know that getting rid of such a big piece of furniture{piano} could cause so much trouble.
So what does this beautiful Saturday morning find all of you doing?  I haven't shared a picture of our new deck with you ,  Here is a sneak peak through the new slider doors.

Thought you might like to see our "huge" plant.  This is what we call a "pregnant onion".  I really don't know the real name of it.  A couple of friends gave it to us over 30 years ago as a small plant to sit on our pool deck.  And look at it now.  It weighs a ton!!
And this is where you will find me this morning.  Yes, enjoying the beautiful cool breeze and coffee with Mr. P.  Hope you are spending the day with  someone you love.
Stay tuned,,,, I will be back with hopefully a happy ending to my flip that has become a flop in a few days.
Until then......

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Saying Goodbye Can Be Quite Emotional

Hello friends.  I know it has been a while ,,, again,,,, but life here at the home place has been rather busy and shows no signs of slowing down.  Not a bad thing, just so much we are trying to get done.  Hope you are all experiencing good Spring weather and are safe from storms and so much rain!!  We had our share of rain for weeks on end, but now the grass could use a good watering.

April ended on a very happy note.  Mr. P. got a week off from work for vacation.  He surely deserved it as he has been so busy working on things around the house.  But will share all that later.  Today I have something more important to share with you.

I started taking piano lessons when I was in 4th grade at school.  It was fun as I got out of class for 30 minutes once a week.   I practiced on an old tall upright piano  we had at home for years.  Then on my 11th birthday my parents surprised me with a brand new piano.   I continued with lessons with a private piano teacher through middle school.  I loved playing the piano and began playing in church once a month as our church where Daddy pastored had Young People's Day once a month.  And guess who lead in the singing.  Yes, Mr. P. was just a young fellow too but he lead in the singing.  .  Little did I know that I would one day play for the church congregation on a regular basic.

Well after I began having so much trouble with my kidneys over a year ago, I gave up my position as I was not able to attend church regularly, and Mr. P. gave up his position also.  I looked for a picture of my piano to share with you but could only find the song book that I had posted about a good while back.  If you were not following me then, and choose to read about this book you can find it here.

This is the book I learned to play the church songs from and most our churches still use today.  Yes, it was rather "used" and I finally had to start using a new Hymnal. Just behind the door there is where the piano has sat for many years.  Holly took lessons on this piano, and I was so hoping Darbee Rae would show an interest, however she doesn't seem to care about learning to play. 
 Since I know longer have a need for the piano, we tried to give it to someone, anyone who might like to play it and get enjoyment out of it.  But after months we had no luck.  It too is heavy and takes up quite a bit of space and we could not find anyone . Because of it's weight we could not take it to good will and donate it, and the best we could do, it was making big indentions to our wood flooring in the great room.   So today,,,, this is what Mr. P. is doing.

Yes, a first for him also.  He is disassembling the piano right in the great room and taking it out a few pieces at a time.  As he goes out with each arm full, out goes so many memories.  Years of practicing when I was small, singing to my dolls, and playing church in the summer.  Singing cute little songs with Holly when she was a tot, and later with Darbee Rae.  She just loved singing Christmas tunes while I played.  All the Saturday nights when the song leader at church would call with his list of songs for Sunday morning and off to the piano I would go to make sure I could play the songs and do a quick practice. God took him away from us years ago and Mr. P. stepped in until we gave up our positions. There were many happy times as I practiced for weddings, homecomings, and fun times, but sad times as well when I had to practice for a funeral especially of a friend or loved one,  Yes, today has been a roller coaster ride for my emotions. But at this point in our life we had to let go.
Tonight as I prepare for bed, I will be going to bed in a home that no longer houses a piano.  The first time in the almost 60 years of my life, I will not live in a house where there is a piano present. Life goes on, times change , and we accept life as it is, and continue on thankful for the memories. 
I will share with you later, what I put in that empty spot that has been full of happy sounds for the past 36 years. Thank you for stopping by and listening to me tell the story of our piano.  Hope I haven't bored you too much.  Will be back soon and share our vacation and what's happening around the home place.
Happy Mother's Day to all you Mom's out there and to all of you Ladies.  Hope your day will be special and blessed. 
Until next time.

Monday, April 6, 2015

One Amazing Man

Sending sunshine and smiles your way on this another Monday morning.  Hoping you all joined me in waking this morning with a thankful heart for a wonderful Easter weekend spent with family and or friends. 

Maybe this post should have been saved for Father's Day, however I woke with this on my mind this morning so just bear with me as I share my topic with you this morning. All of you have met Mr. P. many times here on the blog.  He is my partner in life, my very best friend, and the father of our daughter Holly, and granddaughter Darbee Rae.  God has blessed us with a wonderful soon to be 42 years together.  Sometime we can just look at each other and know what the other one is thinking . Yes we are human, and sometime our tempers run short, we disagree, but we forgive and life goes on.

Mr. P. is one of the most driven and hard working men I know.  And that is the subject of this post.  As you know we have been doing some major improvements here at the home place. They started  back in December with the installation of new countertops and back splash.

As the old saying goes,,,, One thing calls for another.  So true. And my poor Mister has been on a roll. Next, all the old wallpaper came off the walls in the kitchen and new paint now covers the walls.  Believe me this was not an easy task. 

  He tore out the bay window and opened up the space leading into the now new sunroom//dining room while the girls and I were on a trip to the Great Smokey Mountains. That was a huge undertaking and labor intensive.  But we love the results. I have on previous blogs shared the photos for all the improvements mentioned above.

  We had a new roof installed, all new windows put in to replace the old and a new slider door installed.  During this time as contractors were in an out and dodging all the spring time rain we have been getting, the mister was hard at work doing improvements inside and out himself. 
Most of the time after working 10 hours at work, he would come in , have supper, and then get busy again until darkness ran him inside or he completely wore himself out.  He tore away our old front steps and replaced them with new ones

Hehe, see my foot in the picture.  Yes, I sat on the porch and cheered him on.  You know you need encouragement when working, LOL
Notice,,, the color changed. From red to blue.  So..... Painting the porch came next. 

And in the process,,, the banisters got a new coat of paint also. You can see in this photo the shutters are still red, and will get a new coat of paint after all the pollen is gone and the house gets pressure washed. 
Inside after doing the sunroom/dining room the floor needed a new coat of paint.

Whew,,, don't it make you tired just seeing all the work in progress? Well, if that was not enough, this past week, he started building a deck outside of this room.  The new slider just spoke to us that a deck was needed.  Before there was just steps leading outside.
Of course he had some help.  Darbee  Rae getting a lesson on how to mix cement.  {smile}
So,,, don't you think I am a lucky lady?  I am so thankful for my mister.  He is the most wonderful man.  I thank God daily for giving us these wonderful years together. 
I  too have been busy.  With all the contractors inside doing the windows, I found a spot in my craft room and have gotten ahead for the fall show.  You can see I have gotten lots done over the last  month or two.  HEHE,,,, now this summer I can roam more with the girls and work less,!!

Hope you have enjoyed visiting with me.  At the end of the day, God is good and all is well,
Until next time.......

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March Brings Changes to the Home Place

Good evening friends.  Hope you are all having a good week thus far.  All of you who had all the snow and are now experiencing flooding my heart and prayers go out to you.  Hear in GA, we have had some rain, but also some above average temps. these last few days.

Birds have been singing, and flowers are beginning to show their beautiful blooms.  Signs of Spring are everywhere.  And for this I am thankful. Why?  Because..........
This was the way our house looked everyday for the past week.  Yes, old windows torn out, and a gapping hole until the new one was quickly installed.  Had it been really cold, the house would have been miserable.  But thankfully with the warmer temps. it went smoothly,  The old black windows are now gone, ,,
And the new white ones have taken their place.
They are so pretty from the outside as well.  Can you tell I am so proud of them?

I was most excited to be getting new windows in the sunroom/dining room as the windows out there was just single pane glass.  And wouldn't you know it,,,, the window company that was making the windows made and sent our contractor the wrong size windows.  They didn't realize it until Monday just before removing the old windows.  AND  the new slider door did not get ordered.  So we had already taken down blinds, curtains, etc, for the windows to be installed.  This is the way it looks now.
They put a rush on the windows and a special delivery so this time next week if the weather is good we should have all new windows and this part of our home improvements should be done. Slowly but surely we are marking things off our to do list.  Week before last we got the new roof on so that is two major projects done.   Oh,, but there are so many more  projects on the horizon.  I just love all these lists.  Do you like to have lots going on around your home place??
It always seem with warmer weather on the way, we want to spruce up this old home place.  So thankful Mr. P. is such a good handy man and not scared to tackle a home project.
All of my prayer warriors please remember Darbee Rae in your prayers.  She is having some digestive issues and we are waiting on test results.  She was so excited to spend the day with me today and was so pitiful when she got here and had an attack and didn't feel like staying.  All you Grandma's know how it makes us feel when our grands are not feeling well. 
Once she got to feeling better we played with Beanie Boos all afternoon.  Guess that was more fun than working on Santa ornaments anyway. Yes, getting  an early start for my fall show.  But they are too cute.  Can't wait to share them with you.  I know,,,, should be working on rabbits but I only do one show and it is in the fall,. 
Well, that's about all I have to share this evening.  Take care and be blessed until next time.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Girl's Weekend and News From the Home Place

Sweet Sunday Blessings friends. Hope today is filled with sunshine  and all the ice and snow for those of you that have had bad weather is now behind you. Here in West Central Georgia two different times last week we were placed on Winter Weather Watch or Warnings, and we have yet to see ice or snow. The girls and I were so wanting a pretty white snow fall but as February comes to a close our chances are getting quite slim. However I recall one of the largest snows I  remember came in early March.  Keeping my fingers crossed.

Most of you know Mr. P. has a wood working shop.  So naturally he uses a good number of table saw blades.  He gives all the old blades to a co worker who paints scenery and such on them.  Last week his friend gifted him with such a blade.  Thought he did a great job.

If you look close he even wrote Papa's Workshop over the door. 

Last Monday supplies were delivered to the house for the next phase of our home improvements. 

Since we had "liquid snow" aka RAIN, they had to unload the materials close to the road as the yard was too soft for the big truck.  YIKES!! I was so scared it would get stolen since the rain and bad weather delayed the project several days.
But eventually the work began and we are now the proud owners of a new roof. This picture was at the end of the day before it was quite finished and the clean up had begun. Looks kind of yuk, huh?
Come Spring we have plans to put in new steps, and change the colors on the shutters.  Oh,, and as soon as our contractor can get caught up from last week's rain, all of our new windows are in and they will begin installing them.  Keeping my fingers crossed it will be soon.  Not looking to promising as the weather forecast for all next week is rain. 
Mr.P. is planning on retiring within the next few years, so he has decided to make all these improvements before retirement.  I am so thankful that he takes pride in our home and wants to keep it in good condition. Also thankful that he had the roof done before leaks appeared and would ruin the inside ceilings.  Especially with all the rain we have had.
Now for less work and more fun.  The mister was working in the shop on Saturday so I placed a call to my gambling friend to see if she wanted to go have some fun.  We left around lunch and drove to our nearest Casino in Alabama for an evening of fun.
The hotel had no vacancy so her casino host gave us free dinner at the Steakhouse inside the Casino. Can I say fancy?  Oh how I could get use to this lifestyle.  Now some of you may be use to restaurants this nice, but around here Texas Roadhouse is about as nice as we get.
Of course we had to have reservations.  Upon entering the restaurant, the waitress unfolded our napkins and place them in our laps.  {oh yes} First indication this place was wonderful.
We got our basket of bread,,, not just hot rolls, but 5 different kinds of bread. Pick and choose.  Our menus were placed in front of us and here is a small sample of the prices.  Hope you can see to read them.

Yes, I ordered a $42 steak, with two sides that were $8 each. Oh, and a wonderful salad. Forgot the price of it.  Also had appetizers as well. Are you jealous yet?  This was a once in a lifetime dinner but oh so much fun.  And it was also delicious!! Especially since it was free!!
But that is not all.  Oh No!!  After our appetizer and salad, the waitress comes out with this for each of us.
Now I know I am a little bit country, but not too backward { I didn't think} but I had no idea!!!!Do you??  It was sherbet and if you chose she had a little pitcher with champagne to pour over it.  Do you know it's purpose??  To clean our palette and cleanse our taste buds before our main course!!  Yes, I had never!!  But now I have. {smile}
This is a picture of some of my food. And,ugh, no, I could not eat it all!!

Our steaks were brought out on a cloth covered cart with the silver domes.  You know like you see on T.V. Once they were placed in front of us, our waitress brought out the steak knives in a wooden box lined with velvet and we chose our knife.  Really?
Okay,,  guess you have figured out by now just how impressed I was, or how country this girl actually is.  But that is not quite all.  Being that we were all stuffed, we decided to pass  on dessert. But again we were pleasantly surprised when our wonderful waitress appeared at our table with this.
The little silver bowl was full of dry ice and inside were chocolate bonbons for each of us.  How cool was that?  The picture does not show the effect of the dry ice.  And such a tiny sweet treat after that big wonderful meal.
Just as we were ready to leave, each of us was presented with one of these.

A perfect long stem red rose. What a wonderful meal with such a great long time friend. Thanks to you Jane and your Casino Host, we had a wonderful dinner and made lots of memories
We were also glad that Jane's daughter Angie came down and joined us for dinner and played  a while in the Casino.

We played all night long, won a little and lost a lot and arrived home safely early this morning.  What a fun Saturday night.  Wonder could Mr. P. beat this on a Friday Date Night??  I really doubt it.  Friends are wonderful, huh?
One more thing before I leave you.  A couple of weeks ago, I was honored to attend the circus with Darbee Rae's home school group.  It was downtown Atlanta.  I had not been to a circus since I was in fifth grade in grammar school.  Oh my, what fun we had.  Just had to share a few photos.  I felt like a child again!!

Well that is all for this cloudy, cool, rainy Sunday here in Georgia.  Hope I haven't bored you with snippets from life here at the home place.  Be sure to say hello so I will know you have visited.  Have a wonderful week everyone.  Until next time.......