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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.

Friday, December 19, 2014

From My Kitchen To Yours.....Part 1 Home Tour

Good evening friends. Hope this finds all of you doing well and ready for Christmas.  It is almost upon us and I have so enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  I have one more gift to purchase and I am ready to sit back and enjoy.  Well,,,, to be honest I have already been enjoying the lights, coziness, and comfort of our humble abode. 

So even though tonight is date night, I chose to stay home and visit with you.  I even cooked our supper.  Sure hope Santa remembers how good I am to him and rewards me in a few days. {smile} After surprising me with a little trip last week on date night, thought I would be nice and snuggle in this week. 

So being that time is going by so fast, and it won't be possible to have each of you over personally, thought the next best thing would be to visit with me through cyber space.  Everyone comes around back so just get on out and come in through the carport.

I'll open the door for you.  All our good friends enter through the back.  And we all have been friends for quite some time now.  You are all special to me.

You all have followed along as we are in the middle of remodeling the kitchen.  Things are on hold until after the holidays,,,,,BUT,,,, Mr. P. has nine days off.  Oh my, couldn't we accomplish a lot in those off days?  We will just have to wait and see.  But as of now, counters are done, back splash done, new hardware done, and new swags are hung.  We have plans to re do the soffits and refinish the cabinets.  But,, I just couldn't wait that long to have you visit.  It is what it is.
A few days ago we had our annual Girls Day and the old grain bin looked like this.

Will share more photos on that wonderful party at the end of this post.  

The eat in part of the kitchen has all the old wallpaper that has to come off.  Anyone want to offer to come and help strip??  I will feed you. LOL. 
Remember before we turned the sun room into my dining room, the china cabinet
 and oak dining table was here.  When we moved it, Mr. P. made me this little farm table and I brought my old hoosier cabinet back in that I had in the barn.
Love the way it looks in the evening.  So cozy.

I am so enjoying the fireplace mantle he made me last year at this time when I was so sick.  A favorite of mine with fond memories.

Well I hope you have enjoyed visiting with me in the kitchen.  On Wednesday all us crazies got together for our annual Christmas Lunch.  This year we went to a local restaurant for lunch.  We were so blessed to have a new friend join us this year. You met Lynn in a previous post. 

After a delicious lunch most of the girls came back here for dessert and a fun afternoon.  We exchanged gifts, ate, and ate some more.  Isn't it just wonderful to have such good friends who seem closer than family? 
But before we say goodnight, I have to show you another visitor we had on party day.  Darbee Rae and I walked in the kitchen and look who was helping himself to the food.
Yes,, Wilbur had opened the chips, grabbed a cookie and was making himself right at home.  BUT,,, oh the difference a few days can make.  I got a call this morning and one little girl has decided elves are stuffed animals and can not fly.  Oh sometime kids just grow up too fast.  But this Nana assured her Wilbur will be around for a long time.  And I bet he will still be up to his mischief.
Have a great weekend folks.  Enjoy the season. Stay safe out,, everyone rushing around can be dangerous.  Hugs to you all and
Until next time...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Busy in a Fun kind of Way

Good morning friends.  Hoping this morning finds you with a hot cup of drink of your choice, a comfy spot to sit and a smile upon your face!!!  Why not?  You are up and have a beautiful day to look forward to.

Since we talked this Nana has been one more busy lady.  Unlike so many of you who are trying so hard to get orders finished, doing your last of the season shows, and making gifts for a special some one on your list,,,,I have been busy doing things that are fun and not always things I should be getting done.

Our kitchen is on hold now until after the holidays, { I think  }. The counter tops are finished, the sink in and the bead board back splash is done.  We still have to re do the soffit and then strip wallpaper on the other side where we have most of our meals,, just the two of us. But for now I am pleased. 

I have been busy yet again baking and getting my sweets ready for more entertaining and for our Christmas holidays.

The coconut cake is in the freezer. They are always so much more moist to me once frozen for a couple of weeks.  Could be just because that is the way my Grandmother always did.  BUT;;;

The caramel one,,, we couldn't resist.  I am so sorry, I should have offered you a slice.  There is still a little bit left and you are welcome to it if you like.  Thank you Betty Crowe.  I could just eat all the icing and leave the cake. 
I tried two new recipes this past week and both are keepers.  This one dish meal was so good and you have everything you need in one dish.  This was before going into the oven.  Forgot to take a picture afterward. 
This was a buffalo chicken garbage bread and delicious. Even Mr.P, ask for this again and so easy.

Don't you just love pinterest. So many good recipes and so little time.  Do you love trying new recipes?

When we last talked, we were having Mr. P's family over for food and fun.  It went great.  We had 15 folks scattered throughout the house.  First time ever, we have had all of them over together for the holiday and we have been married 41 years/  I know, that is a shame.  We do all get together for Christmas but always at his brother's house since his Mom is in the nursing home.  We will still be doing that soon.

On Friday, I was so blessed to go with Holly and Darbee Rae and another friend of Holly's and her daughter to see Madeline's Christmas .  We had reservations through the Home School Group. It was such a cute play and the actors were amazing.

Darbee Rae and her friend Katherine
I am such a lucky Nana for them to want me to tag along, and to be able to go and enjoy things this year.   We had lunch at a new place we had never visited before.  Don't you just love doing that?  It was delicious and such a neat place.  It was called The Boxcar Café.

While we were having lunch Mr. P. called and just kidding I ask could we take a weekend trip?  He just said hmmmmm,,, we will talk about it when you get home.  So,,, what is an outing with out a little shopping.  We found the neatest little shop and picked up a few Christmas gifts.  This phone booth was on display and the girls had never seen one.  Darbee Rae thought it was so cool.

It was such a fun outing, however my day was no where near over. I arrived home around 4 o'clock  and Mr. P was out blowing leaves from the lawn.  I went inside and almost passed out.  He had the luggage on the bed and had his clothes packed for a weekend trip already.  Now this man never packs his clothing for a trip.  I was tickled pink.  I hurriedly packed my items and we were on our way.  Leaving late in the afternoon and driving for 5 hours for our destination is so not Mr.P.  I was truly like a little girl at Christmas. 
We had a wonderful weekend of shopping and just being!!!Did I buy lots of Christmas gifts?  Ugh, NO.  Just couldn't find much for those on my list, however found a few things for myself!! Do you ever do that?  So,,,, I still have a little shopping to do for family. 
I have wanted one of the replica scale clocks for awhile.  This trip I broke down and purchased one.  Had the perfect spot for it.  I came in and decorated it but even since I took the picture, I have changed it some.  
We love the Comedy Barn shows when we are visiting.  However we have never gone to the church service they offer there on Sunday Morning. They call it Cowboy Church.  We decided to go this trip.  I have to say it was such a wonderful experience.  And on this Sunday there was Christmas music and the sermon was the Christmas Story.  So glad we took the time to attend and will go back when we are there on Sunday.

Our last stop on our trip was a prim shop in Lenoir City, TN. called Country Primfolk.  Such a neat place.  They have a little café inside and we had lunch there.  The décor is so prim and the food was delicious.
All of the light fixtures were old pots and such.

The backs of the booths were made from old doors.  Don't you just love it?

I have to say it was a busy weekend but oh so much fun. However now just a memory as I sit and type , supper is on, the laundry is getting done and I have another busy "fun" week to look forward to.
And by the way Wilbur our elf is back.  He was late coming this year and I will share later what he has been up to. 
Well I have really enjoyed you visiting with me today.. Hope I haven't bored you to much.  Wishing all of you a wonderful week ahead.  Let's not get to busy nor have too much fun not to remember the Reason for the Season, and for those who have things going on in their lives during this season.  We have a wonderful friend who is very sick.  Please remember him and his wife in your prayers. 
Well enough said this visit.  Will talk with you soon.  Until next time.........

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Remodeling during the Holidays??? Only at the Home Place

Good evening friends.  Things have been rather busy here at the home place.  As you know Mr. P. works really hard at his job and right now is working 6 days a week and 5 of those days 10 hour shifts.  During the early Spring and Summer all his free time is spent in the shop getting ready for the 3 day show we do in September.  So,,, during the fall and winter after the show is done we try and get in all the home improvements we can.  This year however work has slowed down that process greatly.  Don't get me wrong we are so thankful for his job.  We could not survive without it and are so blessed he has a job locally and does not have to travel. 

With all that said,,,, we ordered new counter tops for the first stage of our kitchen remodel.  They were scheduled to be installed before Thanksgiving.  Well,,, that didn't happen and were here the day after Thanksgiving.  Well you know what a big shopping day that is.  Never the less,,, we now have new counter tops and I love my cast iron Kohler deep sink. 

But,, we began stripping wallpaper {see behind sink}  and man what a mess.  We had 2 layers of paper and glue.  What were we thinking back in the day.  So now my talented hubby is doing this.
Yes, I am going to have a bead board backsplash.  You can also see the new counter tops here.  I am so proud of them.  BUT,,, remember it is the holidays AND we are having our first get together tomorrow night,  Yes,, you heard right.  Moldings still have to go up and it has to be painted.  Do I work well under pressure?????   No way,  I need Xanax already. As I type the fridge is out in the middle of the floor, island is moved,,, and the eat in part of the kitchen is a disaster. Will we get it done before supper tomorrow night?     I will definitely let you know.  If not,,,,, so be it.  At least this party is family.  They SHOULD understand. 
I told you in my last two post we were making changes.  Well we have managed to complete two major ones on our wish list.  You have visited my sun room many times.  It has always been a room we rarely used, but when we had central air and heat installed this summer, we had it put in that room as well making it much more comfortable in ALL seasons.  So you know how we lay in the bed and dream up ideas when we can't sleep?  Well I think I had a good idea in the early morning hours.  We turned the sun room,from this...
into this...
Finally, even though it is small, I have a dining room.  I am so loving it and will show more when you visit back with me for my humble Christmas tour.
We also had old worn dark green carpet in our bedroom.  I couldn't find a good picture to jog your memory, however it is gone and we have new flooring in there.  I absolutely love not having that old carpet. 
Yes, that is Santa's long johns waiting for him to jump in at bed time.  Hmmmm, wonder if they would fit Mr.P.?  He has to be worn out after all this work.
I did manage to get a little food prepared for tomorrow night already.  Of course I had a good helper.


That is about it for tonight folks.  So thankful sweet Kathy has cooked supper for us, so we are taking a break and going to eat supper with family.  Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. And have a blessed week ahead.
Until next time.


Friday, November 14, 2014

What A Fun Day and a little Christmas inspiration

Good evening friends.  Yes, don't faint,,, I know after a long absence I am posting 2 days in a row.  Well, I just had to stop by and share my wonderful day with you.  When Holly and I heard our weather forecast for today we decided as it was going to be cold all day, and it was Friday, we were going to do something fun and Christmas like.  So our adventure started rather early this morning.  And believe me it was COLD. 

Holly, Darbee Rae and I were heading to the big city and going to ride The Pink Pig.  For those of you who are not familiar with the "Pig" it is a tradition for most of us around and about Atlanta. It debuted in the 1950's as a holiday ride at our Rich's in downtown Atlanta.  It has since changed locations and is now at Macy's at Lenox  Square Mall. Portions of the proceeds from the ticket sales goes to benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. 

Although it has been in existence for many years, I had never rode the pig.  Holly did as a child and she and Darbee Rae have ridden it many times.  Darbee was so excited to have her Mommy and me ride with her.  Yes, it was magical and I felt like a child again. Seeing things through the eyes of a child. Nothing better to get you in the mood for the holiday.

Don't you just love the look??

We had so much fun and now I can say I too have rode Priscilla the Pink Pig.  We were so excited to then shop in the mall.  I had never shopped in a Pottery Barn although I have looked through their catalog many times.  Oh my,,,,,, I was so blown away .  Thought I would share some of the tablescapes with you,.  They were beautiful.

Of course Darbee Rae had to shop in Pottery Barn Kids.  Yes, her Christmas list is growing fast!!

Don't you just love the bedroom setting.  I could see myself with a room like this.

We shopped several other places and found a few goodies I am excited about.  Will share those in a different post a little later.  Caught Holly looking through a journal neither of us could do without.
Loved this old bottle display in one of the shops.

Do you know shopping can make one hungry? Mr. P,. nor myself drive downtown Atlanta.  Traffic is awful but luckily it doesn't bother Holly.  I had always heard of a rather famous restaurant downtown called Mary Mac's Tea Room.  So that is where we chose to have lunch,.  I was not disappointed.  The food was delicious. 

Last on our list was a trip to Ikea.  Can't go downtown without swinging by there.  But today I was on a mission for drawer pulls.  {Hint,Hint}  Remember there are a few changes going on at the home place.  Will share some soon I promise. 
Can you see why I had a wonderful day?  Don't you just love the holiday season?  I even bought some" prim" wrapping paper to wrap the gifts I have bought already!!
This time last year I was a very sick lady.  I can't end this blog without saying how much better I feel this year over last.  With November being a time of thanksgiving I have to say I am so thankful for my health.  I give thanks daily for all the prayers that were answered on my behalf, for the love and support of my family and for all my friends who were so wonderful and so concerned . All of you are so special to me whether we have met personally or you are a far away blogging friend.
In closing , for some reason I am not getting all the notifications on my email when you respond to a post.  If I personally do not reply to you, then that is why.  I don't know how to correct the problem.  I get some, and others I don't.  Please know I read everyone and thank you for stopping by.
Until next time.