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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.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Friends

Hello friends.  Hope your week has gotten off to a great start.  Here at the home place things couldn't be much better. And for that reason I chose to visit with you again so soon. 

Today has been a wonderful day as I was in the midst of  some great friends.  We have been slack about getting together as life has been busy for us all, however we all made time to come together today here at the home place for lunch.  You have met all of the ladies before so no introduction is needed  We have cried, laughed, shared secrets, and have eaten more hot wings together than even I like to admit.  Good friends are hard to come by these days, and I count my blessings to have them in my life. 



Lynn is one of the newest friends to join in our little gatherings.  As you remember I did a post about this special lady a while back.  We became friends 7 years ago when Mother was admitted into the nursing home.  This lady was such a special nurse to my Mother.  I am sure it wasn't an easy job sometime as Mother could get rowdy.
.  Today was bittersweet for us because Lynn has retired after over 40 years in the nursing field and is moving to Florida.  She won't be with us on our outings but we will definitely keep in touch.  I am so thankful that God saw fit for our paths to cross.  She will never be forgotten.  She means so much to our family. This picture was taken at Christmas last year when we were having a craft day together

 
There is always enough food to feed an army.  I tried a new recipe for chicken salad and you used puff pastry sheets.  They turned out so cute and were supper easy and good as well.
 

 
I also made a pasta salad, grape salad, and garbage bread. It don't look great, but is delicious. 
 
Can't be a southern feast without home made tea cakes.  There was also cupcakes that were delicious.
 
 
And the list of food continues,,,Fried chicken, okra, potato salad, deviled eggs, sub sandwiches ,and sausage appetizers.  Have I  made you hungry yet?? You just never know what all these ladies are bringing when we spend the afternoon together. We have lunch, the congregate in the great room, and talk and then later, we all snack again. Why not just make a day of it, and we do!!  There was plenty left over , wish you all had some.  Mr. P. ate good when he came in this evening. 
 
I am so thankful that we have a home where everyone can come and feel right at home and have a good time together.  There is nothing like having friends that you feel closer to than some family.  I love all these ladies and my girls so much. 
 
 
I will leave you tonight with a few silly photos from today.  Darbee Rae found the perfect spot in the floor by the door to do her thing.  Guess she got tired of all our "old folk" gossip.

 
Trying out her new selfie stick
 
 
Don't know what I would do without this precious daughter of mine.  God has surely blessed Mr. P. and I with a wonderful daughter and Mommy to Darbee Rae.  Love you Holly.
 
 
Hope you all have a wonderful week.  Take time to call a friend and maybe get together for lunch, a shopping trip or go junking.  You never know what it might mean to someone and it will make for a great day!! 
 
Until next time.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Let's Visit and Catch Up.. Come On In

Good evening friends.  I know it has been awhile since we have visited so let's just sit  a bit and catch up on all the news. 

You have visited with me by way of the front porch, we have even sat there and chatted sipping on lemonade, and also thru the back door and straight into the heart of the home the kitchen.  However, I am bringing you in a different way this evening.  By way of our new deck.  You got a brief view of the deck in the last post.  And I must say when I showed the huge plant on the deck, I called it a pregnant onion.  Mr. P. informed me when he read the blog, I was so wrong.  It is a ponytail plant.  Sorry,  I am not to good with plants and names.  After our new windows and slider was installed, my mister got busy and built us a deck.

 

 
It's a perfect spot to sit and have coffee in the early morning.
 
 
It's not a big deck but you might wonder why I am so proud of it.  Let me share with you a picture of the same area before our renovations began.
 
 
 
 
 
Such a big difference, huh?  Most of the work was done when we were getting sooo much rain, so when Mr. P. transplanted the plants they never knew they had been moved.  Okay, enough about the deck.  We would sit out here and visit but it has been quite muggy and hot here in West Central Georgia this week, so let's step on inside.
 
When we last visited , if you remember I was not pleased with the area where the piano once sat.  Well after several attempts at decorating that space, I have finally found something I am pleased with.
 
 
We got this old dresser from an estate sale, and it has been in the barn for a year or so.  Our plans are to have it in the bathroom as a vanity.  We have the large old mirror that goes on the back.  But until that day comes, it has a new home and purpose here.  I now have my reading nook and more storage.  What do you think?
 
Now lets catch up.  Hope you all are enjoying your Spring.  It just seems to be going by so fast. The end of April, Mr. P. and I took a trip.  Our first stop was on the outskirts of Nashville to the Country Living Fair.  It was a first for me and I have to say it was wonderful.  The weather was great and comfortable.  Although I  had blisters on my feet from all the walking,  But I was not disappointed.  Here are a few pictures I will share with you,.
 




 
I just loved the sheep cut outs.  They looked so real.  Would have loved one of them for my yard.  I will definitely be on the look out when the fair comes to Atlanta.
 
We went on up to Dover, TN, where we stayed a few days with our friends.  They took us over  into KY,  We had such a good time junking and antique shopping.  Got lots of goodies and I am still playing with them to get them just where I want them.
 
Also this Spring, we went to our first pasture sale.  It had rained all week, so parking was a mess as you could not park in the field and it was quite muddy, but we still had fun.
 
 
Most of the set ups had vintage and farmhouse items, but I can always find something calling my name to bring home with me.  It was a neat experience.  We don't have many sales like this here in our parts.  In fact this was only the second year for this one.  I hope it will become an annual event.
 
The first weekend in May, we went to the annual Cotton Pickin Festival here in Gay, GA.  It is the biggest craft show around here.  We love it and Mr. P. sales to several exhibitors that set up there.  So we always go and visit with them.  Caught PaPa explaining all about cotton to Darbee Rae.
 
 
And then there was Memorial Day weekend.  We celebrated all weekend. On Friday night we had a cook out at Holly and Stacys.  Was wonderful being with family and as usual it ended with a fire and roasting marshmellows.
 
 
On Sunday afternoon, everyone came here and we grilled again.  It was so much fun just spending time together.  I am so blessed even though we have such a small family.  I always miss my Daddy when we have a gathering.  He always enjoyed it so much.  Caught a picture of a few of the family hanging out on the front porch before everyone arrived.  Mr. P. had his coffee and everyone was reading the paper.  A perfect Sunday afternoon.

 
Loved this picture captured at night of the flag on the swing.

 
I am so excited to tell you I am beginning to love cross stitch.  Nothing hard and complicated, however I am so enjoying all the free patterns I am finding on Pinterest and blogs. I have finished these two  pinkeeps but don't have a clue whose patterns they are.  However I am so thankful to those who are so talented and share with us.
 
 
 
 
 
This one took me forever.  I still have to finish it off but love it. 
 
 
I am still working on Fall /Christmas in the craft room.  It feels so good to be ahead of the game for the show in September.  And so much more fun creating when I am not rushed and in a hurry. 
 
Last week, I played in the kitchen one full day.  Those that know me well, know I love to cook sweets, but hate to prepare a meal.  So,,, this is a sample of what I did.
 
 
This was a recipe I found on Facebook for a Fresh Strawberry Roll Cake.  I was scared, but it turned out perfect.  I really think the longer it sat in the fridge, the better it was.  I will definitely make this again.  It rolled and cut beautifully.
 
 
And these were little individual lemon pies.  Our neighbor was in a bad wreck almost a month ago, and had just come home from the hospital.  I did force myself to cook supper for the mister to take to them and several of these pies.  I have also made chocolate pies this way and they were a big hit. 
 
So,,, hope you have enjoyed your visit with me.  And I haven't bored you too much.  I will leave you with a recent picture of Darbee Rae.  She is getting so tall and growing up so fast.  Looking forward to a fun summer with my girls.  Hoping you have a great summer planned with family and friends.  We will talk again soon, I promise. 
 
 
Until next time...... Know that you are blessed.  
 

 

 

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.......