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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.

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.......

Saturday, February 7, 2015

It Was One Of Those Days

Good day friends. Just had to drop in and say hello and chat with you for awhile. Things have been pretty quite here at the home place. This past week was rather boring and uneventful. Mr. P. has had contractors out just about every day getting estimates on a new roof and companies giving estimates on all new window replacements for the home. He is nearing retirement in the next few years so he is wanting to get all major home improvements taken care of.  I love it as I love when there are changes going on.  Will be sure to post photos when everything is under way.

When we last visited we were in the process of tearing out the bay window and opening up the sunroom/dining room into the kitchen.  The before pictures are on my last post.  Here is the results of lots of hard work for the Mister. Looking out into my new dining room.

You can see the old dough box has a new home in the dining room.  It was in the kitchen as my island.

Looking into the kitchen from the dining room.

All the wallpaper gone , walls sanded, and new paint.  Love the color.

Yep, kinda boring \it has been until Thursday.  My day started out normal.  Well, let me explain. I did get out of bed on the same side I  have gotten out on for over 30 years.  That was the extent of normal.  I fixed my coffee and was peacefully sitting in the great room , ready to visit with all of you and thought I heard the door bell ring.  Being that I was in my pajamas, I jumped up and spilled my whole cup of coffee all over me,.  UGH,,,, just the beginning.

The night before Mr. P. was trying to fix my dusting spray because he had dropped it and broken the top.  Showing me it would spray anyway,,,, he got it on the hardwood floor.  Before work he had told me how slick the floor was and to be careful.  Know where this is heading huh?  Well, I did remember and with sock feet entered the great room with care,  Yes, I remembered the first time,,. Later in the morning went be-bopping in there and forgot and down I went.  With quite a bang I might add. . Before I could get up, blood was flowing everywhere.  I busted my knuckle, bent my ring into my finger and cut it badly, skinned my wrist on both arms, and have a huge bruise on my upper arm. Not to mention the knot on the hip I fell on with all my weight.  And I am not a little person!!!  I am so thankful that nothing was broken. For a minute I wasn't sure I hadn't.  Needless to say the Mister got a phone call from me at work.  Don't you think it was his fault? {smile} This is a picture after a few days ,  Looking better already.

But the day was not all bad.  Sitting there on the sofa feeling sorry for myself and the mail lady delivered a package.  It was for Darbee Rae so the girls came after school  to see what she had.  As you know there seems to be a decline here on blogger.  Just not as many folks posting as there use to be.  But we have met and made some wonderful friends since I started blogging a few years back. The package for Darbee was from one such friend who has a daughter close to Darbee Rae's age.  Since Darbee lives too far away to attend her birthday party, she shared goodies the guest received at Kaylee's party with Darbee.. Even the cutest p.j.'s.  Darbee had to put them on right away.

  There was also a Valentine book and candy and too many more  goodies to name, and being the wonderful giving person she is our friend included a gift for Holly and myself.  We both got these sweet sheep, and a heart from an old quilt with a pocket and a little mice in it,  That mice looks almost too real for comfort.  Thank you Angie and Kaylee.  You don't know how I needed a little surprise to lift my spirits.  It couldn't have come at a better time.

Last night was date night for the Mister and myself.  We did go out to eat, but being that I am still so sore from the fall, we just came back for a quite evening at home.

We woke this morning with beautiful sunshine streaming through our bedroom windows. We went into town for breakfast and are back home now to try and do something constructive with our day.  The Mister is off to work on orders in the workshop and I will piddle in the craft room. 

Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend.  Hope despite the weather you all have a warm cozy feeling in your hearts.   Until next time......

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Little Road Trip and Home to THIS.......

Another January Monday. Time is swiftly moving along in the New Year. Over half the month gone already. Hope today finds sunshine in your world. Finally yesterday the sun decided to show itself after a whole week of fog, rain, and clouds.

On Friday, Holly, Darbee Rae and I decided on a girls trip for the weekend. We left out well before day light for a weekend of shopping in Pigeon Forge, TN.  About a 5 hour drive and we wanted to get there early enough to start our shopping of Friday

I just love traveling.  That's part of the fun of getting there.  I had a bag of activities at my feet to work on and actually finished stitching a stitchery while riding.  We made many stops on the way but the first one was at our favorite bakery in Cleveland, TN.  We were not going to be hungry. {smile}
Friday evening we rode to Gatlinburg to do some shopping.  Everywhere still had the Christmas lights and decorations up.  So Darbee borrowed Santa's sleigh for a picture.
You guys have visited with me in the kitchen many times.  As you know we are doing some remodeling in there. But this is what it looked like when we left on Friday for our trip.
Just past those bay windows is now the dining room.  It use to be the sunroom and you entered through French door in the great room.
We were shopping in Knoxville on Saturday when I got a picture text from Mr. P.  This is what I saw.
The window and wall is now gone!!  I was excited but a little nervous and will be until all is done.  This is turning into a little more major remodeling than I was expecting. 
And so  the saga continues. 
Today the flooring is coming up where the windows were part of the kitchen.  Which will call for new paint on the floor in the "new" dining room. And we won't even mention all the dust!Everywhere!!! I should have stayed out of town until this is all done.
All the wallpaper is now gone and the walls are waiting for their new primer and paint just as soon as all the sanding and construction work is done. And I have to decide on a color.  Really having trouble with this one. 
Oh well,,,, will give you updates as we continue with this major project. 
I did very little prim shopping while we were on our trip.  Can't believe I didn't even go in several of the shops that I never miss while in that area. This trip Holly and I were on quite a different shopping spree.   I will share later what our shopping mission was this trip. I was excited that we found an AC Moore store in Knoxville.  I had never shopped in one.  We don't have those in GA that I am aware of.  Loved it and got many things in there.  Don't you love finding a shop you hear others speak of and finally get to see for yourself?  I did however get this little pie rack on the way home at Country Kinfolk in Lenoir City.
Once the kitchen is back in order, I will use it to display my grandmother's old pie/cake pans.  I am so blessed to have these pans.  I remember as a child watching her bake cake layers in them.  I would beg her to let me stir the batter and she never would.  Said it would make the cake layers fall if two people baked them instead of one person.  Have you ever heard that??

Love the patina of these old pans.
Well, I know my house was not "company ready" today, but I am so glad you stopped by anyway.  Wishing all of you a great week  at your home place.  We will visit again soon.
Until next time.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Nana's News

Good evening to all. Hope the New Year finds all of you doing great. All the Christmas d├ęcor has been packed away for another year.  Except for the twig tree in the "dining/sun room."  Once all the greenery and such was gone everything just looked so bare.  So I decided this year to do the tree in there with snow /winter related items.  Last year here in GA, we got lots of snow, well for us at least and it found me with none of my snowmen decorations on display.  So this year I have a few things scattered around.  Hope I don't jinx us and not get any this year!!  So all of you with plenty of snow to share,,,, send it on down South!!


On Dec 29th Darbee Rae had her tonsils out. She was a real trooper. I rode in for the surgery with them.  She was a little nervous but still had that sweet smile.

 Once she got the "giggle juice" everything was funny.  I think they gave her the juice just to calm the nerves of her Mommy and Daddy and this worried Nana also.  We could not help but laugh along with her. 
Silly girl !! Go ahead and get a good laugh.
But those were the last smiles we saw from her for quite awhile.  So thankful after a couple of weeks, she is back to her bouncy, smiling self again. 

As soon as the holidays were over Mr. P. decided it was time to resume work in the kitchen.  So the next job on the list was to strip all the wallpaper from the eating area .  What a job it has been.  Two layers at that!!! We will be painting this go round....no Mr. P. will be painting this go round.  I love the look of wallpaper but after this ordeal our home will be wallpaper free.  So much easier to just paint.

After service yesterday Darbee Rae decided to come home and spend the afternoon with us.  We played with play-doh, her zelfs she got for Christmas, mixed paint,,,,,,

and then she decided she was going to strip wallpaper like Papa.  When she saw the old mauve and blue pattern wallpaper under the current gold,  she said," Nana, I can't believe this was ever popular". This just did not look like something Nana would have liked.  Oh if this child just knew all the phases we go through in our homes over the years.  Like the last 36 years!  {hehe}

Today was another fun day.  Every year we go out to lunch to celebrate two of our special friends.  Doesn't seem right to say friends, these girls are like family.  We all have gone through so much together.  We have laughed, cried, and been  there for each other and our families for more years than I want to tell you.  Might just figure out how OLD we all are!!{smile} After a delicious lunch we went to a new cupcake shop in town  {Smallcakes Cupcakery } The birthday girls.  By the way they are sisters, can't you tell. Happy Birthday Jane and Beverly.

Just look at all the calories behind the showcase.
We made good choices.  These were the best cupcakes ever.

After a fun day, I came home with a bucket full of fresh eggs from Jane.  I have never seen eggs so brown and big.  I can just smell a fresh pound cake in the next few days.  I just love cooking cakes with fresh brown eggs.  Reminds me of my grandmother and her pound cakes.  Thank you Jane.

As far as crafting,,, well I have been slow getting back in the groove of things.  Since I only have one show a year that we do and it is in September, I usually find myself struggling in late June, July, and August to get things made and ready.  I sell fall and Christmas items more than everyday crafts.  This year once Christmas patterns started showing up on the internet, I got many new patterns and I am so excited to try them.  So I have made a promise to myself to work two days a week on items for my show all during the year.  So far this month I have held true to my promise to myself.  Most of you are working toward Valentine and Easter and here I am playing with reindeer!!!{smile}  But I do have a few rabbit patterns I want to make for myself.  I just love decorating with rabbits here at the home place. Hopefully all our home improvements for the inside will be done by then.

There have been no prim shopping trips for this old girl either.  But I feel one is on the horizon.  Think we need to go on a girl's trip and celebrate Darbee Rae's recovery!  In fact , it almost happened this weekend and then we thought different.  So stay tuned and see what we will be up to next time.

Thanks for stopping by to visit.  Can't wait to hear from all of you.  Don't forget to say hi so I will know you stopped by.

Have a wonderful and blessed week.  Until next time.