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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, 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. 
 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thankful Thursday...Come meet an Amazing Lady

Such a cool wonderful morning here at the home place.  My trees are up, Christmas music is playing, fire going, and I am anticipating a  p.j. day full of decorating.  The mister is working overtime and I have a long day to play house.

But first, I want to introduce you to some one who has become very special to myself and our family.  As most of you know, my Mother spent the last 5 years of her life in a nursing facility.  She was unable to walk and was completely blind.  Many of you have experienced having to resort to a place like this for your companion or family member and you know first hand it is not an easy transition for yourself as well as the family.  At the nursing home we met this wonderful woman.  She was so kind to my mother and to all of us as we visited with her.   Evenings when I knew she was working I could go to bed and go to sleep just knowing she was there.  I am sure Mother tried her patience at times as she was not the easiest person to get along with.  But Mother was fond of Lynn,.

Lynn has been in the nursing field for 40 years and is now counting the days until retirement and a big move to Florida to be close to family.  As November is a month to be thankful, I just felt the need to give Lynn a big thank you for always being there for Mother and for our family.  How ironic is it that she is now a nurse on many evenings to Mr. P.'s Mother  that has since entered into the same facility,

Lynn has attended Darbee's celebrations, visited with us on occasion and even became an instructor yesterday  as we had a craft day at Holly's.


 
She has followed along with Darbee Rae as she was only 4 days old when we first took her to the nursing home to visit with Mother.  Hmmm,,, just noticed they even have the same hair color. {smile}
 
Lynn came over to show Holly and me how to make the ever so popular mesh wreaths.  What a sweet lady to spend her day of work with us.
 
 
Holly did such a good job on hers don't you think?
 
 
 I think my wreath  turned out really cute too. My mind is already churning on how to make a prim one maybe out of burlap???


 
Of course Darbee Rae had to do a craft too, so she made garland out of pipe stems to use as part of her Christmas décor. 
 
 
Time passed by so fast as we were having fun.  Soon our day came to an end.  I just want to thank you Lynn for being such a wonderful friend to our family.  And thank you God for sending an Angel to us when we needed one the most. 
 
As I stated in my last post, we are making a few changes here at the home place.   Slowly things are coming together.  I promise to share a few pics. with you on my next post.  Mr. P's work schedule has really slowed down things on the home front because he is my all around handyman.  But am thankful for him and his job.  So......
 
Wishing all of you a wonderful Thursday and don't forget there is always something and some one to be thankful for. 
Until next time......

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Exciting Week Here At The Home Place

Good evening friends.  Happy October to you!! Hoping you all had a perfect fall weekend where ever you call home. 

October thus far has been an exciting one here.  On the fourth I was blessed to see another birthday.  You know this time last year I was extremely sick and yes there were days I didn't know what my future would hold.  Oh, this year was so different.  My day was spent at the only Craft Show close to our town.  It is a wonderful show, just no prims.  We {Mr.P., Holly, and Darbee Rae} shopped and walked and walked some more.  We found a few things, but nothing major.  After we left there we went to a tiny little Southern town nearby and had lunch at this little café


.  It was so neat and the food was good as well.  The little town didn't even have a traffic light.  But we did manage to find a store there to shop in as well.  I actually bought a few Christmas gifts.  Back home late in the evening after a great day, but yet looking forward to the following day.

On Sunday, our friends Dimple and Roger were to arrive to visit from TN.  I was so excited to have them come to visit.  We always enjoy our time together but it seems as we get older our visits are further and further apart.  Can you see why October has been great so far?  On Tuesday while they were here we met with our lunch buddies and there were 8 of us who had lunch together.  Where are the pictures you ask?  Well I was so excited I did not get a single picture.  We were too busy enjoying each other's company.  I am so sorry

Holly has always thought of Dimple as "another mother". They were here one evening and us girls were talking and enjoying each other so much.  I happened to look over on the sofa and this is what I saw.  Hehe!!



  I laughed and said this is how Mr. P. entertains.  They were all looking at the t.v.  They didn't even know I snapped their picture.  We laughed, shopped, talked, and ate from Sunday until they left for home on Thursday.  I realized when they left I didn't even have a picture of them.  Dimple was sweet enough to send me one so you could put faces with names. 


 
What a difference a week can make.  This Saturday Holly and I were busy helping Mr. P. with a contract job he is doing for the plant where he works.  You might remember he did one this past January.  This year I was able to help,  They cut, and drilled  and I stacked.  We still have many more hours on this job before it is complete. 



Today starts another exciting and busy week.  Working on the job in the afternoons, one day a trip to the movies with the girls, { it's been years since I have been to the movies} and on Saturday a really neat birthday party for Darbee Rae.  Afterward our family will be spending the night all together at the cabin. 

There are also lots of changes in the future here at the home place.  Mr. P. has promised to make some major changes and I am going to hold him to it.  This is a little tease and to what is to come,

 

Hope you have stayed with me.  I know this has been a long post, but wanted to get you caught up on life here in the south.  Storms are on the way for Tuesday.  Hoping everyone will be safe, and afterward cooler weather is to arrive.  I am so ready!

Will leave you with a really pretty sunset as we were driving home from supper this past weekend. 

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Hope you all have a great week ahead of you.  Have fun and stay safe.  Until next time....

Monday, September 22, 2014

A New Obsession....Why ????

Good evening friends and Happy Fall!!! The weather has been just fall fabulous here at the home place today.  I am so excited that cooler weather is in the forecast  for the rest of the week. Spent most of my day looking at recipes that I want to try now that the weather  is cooler.  You know,  all those comfort foods. 

Okay on to the topic of this post.  I will share something with you that you might not know about me.  I have always as long as I can remember loved to write.  When I was in grade school, my mother bought me a five year diary.  Remember those that had a little lock and key?  Guess that was the beginning of my obsession.  I have kept many five year diaries.  In fact I still have most of them stored safely in the attic.  The very last one was the one I kept while Mr. P. and I were dating. Written in it was every date we had, where we went, and if that wasn't enough, the outfit I wore on the outing.  Yes, and I still have it!! Darbee Rae will enjoy laughing at that one when she is a little older. {smile}

After marriage, I started keeping a journal.  Guess I  had grown up enough to no longer keep a diary. Every evening before bed, I would write about my day.  Good, bad and ugly, it was all written down.
Happy times, sad times, fun times and times when I was learning some of life's hardest lessons were all documented in these books.  Needless to say, I have quite a few. 

Holly  is a chip off the old block.  She does not keep a journal, but a planner.  {hehe,,,, I kept a planner along with my journal} But recently I have tried to condense my writings.  With all the rage of journaling, and all the neat ideas on Pinterest  I too have become obsessed with my planner.  Do you think Holly had anything to do with it??  Of course she did!!!

So for the first time since I was in grade school, I am no longer keeping a diary, or journal.  Instead it is all  combined into my planner.  Not a special planner, just  one bought at Target, however I am trying to make each month's calendar and week pages special for me.  Thought you might want to take a peek before I start messing up October's pages by writing on them.

 
We have many birthdays in October.  The first week we will be celebrating my birthday. Guess I deserve a few balloons don't you?
 

The second week in October we are having company from out of town.  My friend Dimple and her husband will be visiting from TN.  Can you tell I am soooo excited? 
 
 
On October 18, We will all be celebrating with a big party for Darbee Rae's birthday.  She has the week decorated in her honor.
 
 
The next week Mr. P and Holly will be celebrating their big day.  But can't show you that week as I have run out of birthday stickers and embellishments. Hobby Lobby here I come!!  And of course there is Oct. 31 and I will definitely have to do something cute for that day.!!!
 
It looks quite simple, but it takes me hours to decorate the pages.  I have to agree with Mr. P. when he ask WHY???  Who will see it but ME?  Oh, this is so true.  Do I enjoy doing it,,,, well yes I guess I do or I wouldn't do this, but why make something so simple, so hard?  The story of my life. 
 
 
One day someone will open this plain looking planner and be blown away at all the information that is stored inside.  A small part of my daily life will be written on the simple pages. 
 
Do you keep a journal or planner?  If so would love to hear from you.  Hope you all have had a
Marvelous Monday and are looking forward to the first week of fall.
 
Until next time....
 
 
 








Friday, September 19, 2014

The Beginning of A Fun Weekend

Hello everyone.  Hope you are looking forward to a great weekend. Once there is a little nip in the air, I so start looking forward to fall and all it's glory and activities.  I love decorating for fall, cool crisp evenings, football games at our local high school, craft fairs, and pumpkins.

This year has been so special to me already.  As most of you know {and by the way, probably tired of hearing it by now} I had been unable to do much walking  without a walker for the last few years. Just about this time last year, I began having major problems with my health.  Thanks to God, prayers, and the knowledge of a great urologist , my problems  were resolved.  I can't stop thanking all of you , family, and friends for all of your prayers.  Okay ,,, on with my story.  Why this has already been a great fall.

On Thursday night, Mr. P. and I went along to our County Fair with Holly and her family.  A first for me in more years than I could count.  I felt as excited as Darbee Rae.  I walked over the fair several times over, I got to watch Darbee Rae ride and play games all without any assistance.  God is so good!!  We also toured the exhibits and saw all the blue ribbons Darbee had won for her artwork. She was one proud little girl.



 
Today was another first for me.  The girls had ask me to go on a long day trip to North Georgia Mts. to visit a Pumpkin Farm.  What did I say?   What time do we leave?  And all the time giving thanks that this year I am able to tag along. 
 
It was the neatest place.  Pumpkins everywhere.  All sizes, and colors. 



 
These were blue!!  I think they were my favorite.  We all bought pumpkins, cider, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin rolls.  Yum Yum!!
 
It was such a beautiful place.  Perfect for picture taking.  Darbee is a pro when it comes to having her pic. taken.  She even changed into a different outfit. 
 
 
 
We loved walking through the old covered bridge.
 
 
On the way to the pumpkin patch we saw acres of sunflowers.  Another perfect place to take pictures.  You paid by the car and could drive down to the fields and stay as long as you liked. 




 
We could not end the day without a little shopping.  Found a few neat goodies at a Goodwill store and had to stop in downtown Atlanta at Ikea. 
 
This one Nana is totally pooped out and my sofa sure feels good this evening.  But I can go to bed tonight with such wonderful memories of these last two days with my girls, and a very happy, thankful heart.
 
Don't forget no matter how small it may seem, we all have something to be thankful for.
 
Until next time.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Craft Show, A Long Vacation Part 1, And Getting Back to Normal

Good evening friends.  Well, I can only hope you all are still my friends.  I have been gone for so long and we haven't chatted except those of you I am friends with on Facebook.  But if you read the title to my post, then you will know why I haven't been on here to visit with you.

Our 3 day Craft Show was Labor Day weekend.  We had great weather, very little rain, but the temps. were in the 90's and we have no shade except for the tent.  We had a wonderful show.  We had our regular customers there waiting for us at 7:30 in the morning.  Our booth was so full you could barely walk.
 
But not for long.  These next two photos were all the big items waiting outside to be picked up before we were open an hour.
 

 
Soon we had room for more customers to shop.
 
 
Darbee Rae tried really hard to keep things straight.
 
 
Seeing friends and family during these 3 days are always fun.  Darbee had fun seeing friends also and even had a surprise visit from Santa.  How cool was that?  He bought wooden swords from her and gave her an order for Christmas.
 

 
On Tuesday after the show, we left out for a well deserved vacation.  Yes, our destination was Berlin, Ohio.  We stayed overnight in Pigeon Forge, Tn, and drove on up on Wednesday.  We both were so excited because of health issues the last two trips up I was using a walker.  This time I could walk and do so much more.  And to add to the excitement we were going to meet a blogging friend who was there celebrating her anniversary.  If you don't know Cindy already , stop by and visit her on her blog, http://cynthialeedesigns.wordpress.com/.  We met her and her hubby Gary for lunch at the Farmstead Restaurant In Berlin. 
 
 
Cindy was so sweet and gifted me with a really pretty wrap around bracelet that she had made.  She also had gifts for Holly and Darbee Rae.  It is always so much fun to get to meet a blogger friend. One of the highlights of our trip.
 
We did lots of riding out in the country and looking at the farms.  So peaceful.  Just love this area.
 



 
This was a picture of one of the many school houses we saw on our travels.


 
Have you ever visited a kraut farm?  Huge pretty green cabbages everywhere.

 
Look at all the horse poop on the side of the roads.






 
I have so many more photos to share with you but don't want to keep you too long .  So I will stop here and will share some of the neat places we visited next time we visit.  Hope you all have a wonderful evening and wake to a beautiful and blessed Tuesday. 
 
Until next time.