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I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 42 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 eight 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, November 16, 2015

Time Flies When You Are Having Fun

Good evening friends. It is so good to be blogging again. I have tried to keep up visiting with those of you who still blog, but just haven't been still long enough to invite you over.  It is so hard to believe it has been almost 3 months since we visited.  I have got to work on my Southern hospitality.  Shame on me.

So, grab a cup of your favorite drink and a snack and let's try and catch up.  When we last visited , we were getting ready for our Labor Day craft show.  Well it was a very good show again this year, however it was bittersweet.  The precious couple who have hosted this show for over 25 years were not as visible this year.  The mister was going through treatments for cancer.  Also many of the regular vendors  were having battles of their own and were not there this year.  We are keeping them all in our prayers.

The day after our show we began our annual trip to Berlin, Ohio to Amish country.  Usually it is just the Mister and myself but this year Holly and Darbee Rae went along with us.  It was their first time in Ohio.  We found some really neat shops on our way.  These were in West Virginia.  Got some great goodies.

Finally, we arrived in Ohio.  Darbee Rae was so excited to see the Amish, and the horse and buggies.
While we were in the country site seeing we came upon an Amish auction. This was a first for all of us.  So neat.  There was buggies and bicycles everywhere. And it was raining and cold too.

We also visited a cheese factory and got to watch cheese being made.  A learning experience for Darbee Rae.
We also visited an apple orchard.  They had the best fresh cider.  We enjoyed watching the folks work sorting the apples.
We also did lots of prim shopping in and around Berlin.  This is a favorite little place of Mr. P's.
You buy here on an honor system.  Get your goodies and leave the money in a box.
On Saturday while in Berlin, we were on a mission.  Most of you are familiar with Teresa and Deppenhomestead.  .  I had googled and we were not to far from her shop.  Oh yes, we had to go and visit her.  Teresa was one of the first ones to follow me when I started my blog.  I have always been so in love with her home and always suggested she open it as a Bed and Breakfast. hehe.  So off we went to find her shop. A few pictures along the way

I was so excited to finally see this sign
Teresa was so nice and we also met her niece who was helping in the shop.  Teresa took us on a tour of her home and I must say I was in heaven.  Like a dream come true. It was beautiful and all of her accessories were amazing.  I got several goodies in her shop.  This was one of my favorite. The little writing box and feather pen.
Teresa was kind enough to let us take pictures around the farm. Holly got some great ones of Darbee and then we had to get one too.  So sorry, but when we got back into the shop, Teresa was taking another couple through her home so we didn't get a picture with her.  But if you ever get a chance you won't be disappointed visiting her shop.

We also visited Hinton's Primitives and Christmas Tree Farm.
It was the neatest shop and the owner was so nice.  We had such a good visit with her and found some really neat fall goodies.  She also had Sweet Annie  bundles she had just harvested.  Smelled wonderful. She was getting ready for the show with Dawn from Holly Hills, Michigan.  Small world huh?
Oh well, there is too much more to share from our Ohio trip, but it was a fun and wonderful trip.  Two weeks home and one of my best friends from TN, called and she and her hubby were coming to be here for my October birthday.  The big 60!! SSHHH,, don't tell anyone, but I am getting old.  I was so excited.  No,,,, we don't ever think  to get a picture, but I have one from a past visit.  You all know Dimple and Roger by now.  It was so much fun.  We ate, swapped patterns, shopped, ate, gossiped,, and did I already say ate??{giggle}.  Spending time with friends is always the best.
October is always a busy month as we have so many birthdays.  Darbee also had her 8th birthday celebration. And so did her Papa and her Mommy.  On the same day!!  Kathy also celebrated her birthday this month.  We all took her out to lunch,
We celebrated Mr. P. and Holly's with supper at Texas Roadhouse.
Are you beginning to understand why I have been missing for so long?  Hehe,,, lots of fun stuff going on. 
I was also blessed to go to the presentation of Disney on Ice with the girls in October.
That was such a fun day in the big city and then out to lunch and a little shopping. 
And of course there has been our local high school Friday night football games.  This year we are in the play offs.  Way to go Cougars.

And finally last weekend Mr. P. and I rode up to TN. to the Smokey Mts. to see the leaves and do a little prim shopping. We were shocked at how crowded it was.  Always fun to get away even for a short time. 

Well I sincerely hope all of you are still with me as this has been an extra long post.  But now we are all caught up.  I am going to do my best to check in more often in the future..  I know the busiest season of all is fast approaching us, but it's one of my favorite times of the year.  I already have my trees up and all decorated inside.  Little too early for outside yet. 
So I will leave you now.  Let's not forget to pray for our country and all the bad things happening around the world.  Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to let me know you were here. 
Until next time. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Visitors in the Guest Room

Well July just seemed to disappear and already we are coming to the end of the first week of August.  July was such a busy month, beginning with the 4th celebrations.  Then our anniversary and the surprise trip to TN, that the mister surprised me with.  There was a week spent at the pool with the girls, {a treat for myself} and a trip to the city for Holly to attend the Southeast Homeschool Expo. Going into the city is always a fun trip for me because I don't drive downtown Atla. We had a great time and we had lunch at the Cheesecake Factory.  I had never eaten there so it was a fun experience. The restaurant was beautiful.  Loved the painting on the ceiling.

Spending time with these girls and you never know what to expect.  Always a good day.

 As most of you, I find myself asking the question where has summer gone?  Although the calendar has turned over a new page and fall is creeping up on us, here in the south we have a few more months of hot summer days to enjoy .  Maybe I should say for the Mister to enjoy.  I so love cooler fall weather and even winter days. 

The last week or so, the humidity has been much lower, and I have enjoyed my morning coffee out on the deck.

Love this basket of flowers.  Mr. P. is so good with plants.  Me,,,,, we won't go there.
Before we meet the visitors in the guest room, I will share another unexpected guest that showed up in my great room.
Do you want to take a guess as to what is hidden under the bowl ?   No, thank goodness it is not a snake,,, but a  lizard!!!  Almost as bad.  I hate those things.  Of course Mr. P. was at work, and this was all I knew to do to confine it until he came home.  Ugh,,, snakes, spiders, lizards, bugs, all are on my do not like list!!!
Okay, as you know we do our only craft show Labor Day weekend.  It is a 3 day show and I have worked on my goodies all year.  It has been nice to have items made in advance, however as the date comes closer I work harder than ever to get more things made.  This is where I spend most of my days.
I have quite a few new patterns from various artists to make this year and I have to say it has been fun.  Our guest room is right across the hall from my craft room,,, so it has many visitors hanging out until time for the show.  The witches and cats are trying to rule the room.

The Jacks are trying to look just as scary as to put their claim on their space on the bed. {giggle}
The scarecrows decided it wasn't worth the fight , so they just found a crate and decided to wait it out.  As did the pumpkin men, candy corn, and many other fall items. 
However Santa Claus feels his importance and demanded to be seen in the dormer window.  He has many twin Santa's. {hehe}.  Don't they look like they feel important? 
Snowmen are everywhere.  Some decided to hide as they don't want the sun shining in from the window to just melt them away.   But a few got brave and decided to show their faces.
But this little snowman stole my heart when I found this pattern.  I made one and then just couldn't stop. 
The little fella went to sleep waiting on Santa.  And he sits on an old quilt square.  He has lots of brothers waiting for a new home.
They will take their blankets and find new homes Labor Day Weekend. Sorry these pictures are not so good but took them with my phone.  All my items are grunged and look lots darker than the pictures show.
I have so enjoyed visiting with you this evening.  I hope all of you are enjoying summer.  If you have children, or grandchildren, or just friends  starting school, lets all join together in a prayer that God will keep them and their educators safe this school year.   
Until next time....

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

An Awesome Anniversary Weekend, and the days of July

Good morning all my blog friends.  Hope you are having a great week thus far.  I just have to share what an exciting weekend I have had.  If you follow along with me on facebook then you might just get a little bored as you already know what I am going to say. 

First  let me tell you I am not telling this to brag, but to let you all know just how thankful I am.  Guess I could have titled this post as "Thankful Tuesday." Our anniversary was yestesday, July 13.  Mr. P. and I have been married for 42 wonderful years.  However our celebrating started a little early.  On Thursday after work, we drove the 2 hour drive to Alabama to the Casino.  I love to play slots, and Mr. P. being the great man he is was taking me as part of the celebration.. He is so good because he doesn't like to gamble so he just sits beside me or stands behind and watches.  I didn't get rich but played a long time.  You know we are not young anymore, but being out until 4 in the morning was really quite nice.  We had some good long conversations on the ride home so early in the morning.  We went out for supper on Friday night , and on Saturday we just stayed around home.

We met the girls on Saturday evening and went for a swim.  Let me say, I had not been in a pool in over 20 years.  As you know I have had some serious health problems in the last few years and it was just not possible.  But not Saturday night.  I got in the pool and really surprised myself that I could still swim and float.  It was a wonderful evening with family.

Mr. P. told me on Saturday evening , he had plans for Sunday.  That was all the information he would share with me.  He set the alarm on Saturday night and wouldn't tell me what time we were getting  out of bed.  I had no idea what he was up to.  Let me say here, you all know I dearly love this man.  He is wonderful, BUT not one to do something on a whim.  He thinks, plans, and plans some more before doing anything.  And as good as he is I would not consider him a true romantic.  So,,, back to the story.  We get up and I go into the bathroom and get dressed.  I come out and put on my make up, and he is just waiting around for me to get ready.  Still will not give me a clue as to what is about to take place.   He does tell me I will need my water bottle.  So I assumed as hot as the weather has been here, we were going to a flea market or something out doors.  UGH!!  I was thinking he knows I don't like heat....

About 10 miles up the road right before getting on the interstate he tells me he is taking me to Pigeon Forge, TN. for dinner.  Now mind you that is about a 5 hour drive from home.  I was so shocked, I started to cry.  All this way for supper???? Yes, he is a wonderful man, but I was blown away.  This man that never does anything on impulse.  But you haven't heard anything..... I said, we don't have clothes... His reply was you have what you need.  He had slipped and packed a bag while I was getting dressed.  This man, who I don't give credit for remembering his name on a good day, had everything we needed for the night.  Even down to my make up, phone chargers and what was so sweet,,, my book I read each night before turning in to bed. All without me knowing anything was going on at all.  A few hours up the road, he also told me  we had a picnic lunch and a cooler of drinks.  Now do you see why I love this man so much???  And why we had such an amazing weekend? And just look.  Men even know how to pack.  Not even a piece of luggage!! I could have never left home even for one night with such a small bag.  {smile}

He has always made our anniversary a special one. Gold bracelets, flowers, perfume, etc.  but the fact that he did all of this made this one  so very special to my heart.  We had a wonderful meal at Cheddars.  Love that place and we don't have one close to home.  Yes their steak and chicken, baked potato, broccoli casserole, and that delicious sweet bourbon glaze for dipping is what we drove 5 hours to have for dinner


We shopped at our favorite shops for the remainder of the day . We also toured some of the roads less traveled.  I just love the back roads and curvy roads around the mountains.  And of course we had to take coffee and a late night snack back to the hotel room with us.  Love this place as well.

Okay, now back to reality.  July has been a busy one.  We always look forward to summer as winter can sometime seem so long, however summer seems to be so busy.  Trying to get in all we can before once again fall approaches.  We had not had a yard sale in some time, and with Holly and Stacy hoping to sell their house soon, we decided now was the time.  You know, they can be so much trouble.  We always have it at Holly's because she is in town and I have to say I was impressed with all the people and with the sales.  We had a wonderful Saturday and a lot of items sold.


On July 4th it is a tradition to meet at the Davis' and eat and watch the fire works that the city has at the high school which is just up the street.  Family and friends bring food and we have a wonderful time catching up and munching.  Saturday night was no different.

However just as the fireworks started so did the rain.  Look at us all sitting with umbrella's waiting for the excitement to start.  One little girl wasn't worried about herself, she was protecting her babies from the rain.  Thought this was so sweet.

Thankfully the hard rain waited until the fireworks was over.  When the Davis' house sells we are all going to miss this tradition. 

Well, today is my Monday since the mister was off and we were out of town yesterday, so back to the craft room and getting things done for the craft show in September.  Time is passing by and I still have so much work to do. 

Thanks to all of you who stop by to visit.  If you comment and I don't respond, I am not getting all  the comments through my e mail.  Don't know what to do about it.  But I do enjoy your comments and thanks for visiting.  You are all special to me.  Until next time.