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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.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Revelation, a Surprise Gift,and Unwanted Vistors

Hoping this evening finds all of you well and happy and enjoying the cooler weather.  I am so excited because we are suppose to have a beautiful fall weekend.  Temps. in the 40's in the mornings and 60's and 70's during the day.  Whoopie!!! It has been so hot and we are in desperate need of rain.  Could some of you send some our way??

Well, I am in a great mood tonight and would you like to know the reason??  I was chating on the phone this morning with a dear friend of mine in TN.  We are the same age and our birthdays are a month to the day apart.  We were just talking in general and I don't know how the subject came up but I voiced our age.  And do you know what?  She immediately corrected me and told me I was a year younger than I thought.  Ya know how good that can make a woman feel?  I had just replied to a blog last night how old I was.  Making myself older than I am.  When Mr. P came in tonight, (we are a year apart.) I ask him how old he was, and he said he was a year older than he is.   What is wrong with us? He didn't believe me and had to figure it up. 
That old saying,"If you didn't know your age, how old would you be?"  Well, guess I would be older than I am.  (giggle).  Anyway, I am so happy to have been blessed and lived as long as I have and am going to be a year older next week, but  I won't be as old as I thought. ... .  Thank you Dimple. for the revelation. 

I had an early morning appointment with Hospice on Monday and when I got home there was a package on the door steps.  Knowing I had not ordered anything I picked it up and it was from a dear blogging friend, Shirlee. My spirits lifted right away.  I was so excited, I opened the package but did remember to grab my camera and  take a picture.

Each item was wrapped so cute with the neatest prim tissue paper.  The card was on top and it was the sweetest little book containing such sweet encouraging words.  I sat and cried.  Shirlee you really touched my heart

The box was full of the neatest goodies.  The first thing I saw was the pinkeep.  Oh, I just love it and it is my very first pinkeep.  Shirlee knows I am trying to learn CCS and she has been so helpful and informative.  I do have a piece started but it has been slow go for me.  I'm not sure it's going to be my "thing".  Next was a sweet little prim black doll.  I so love her also.  There was a tin of Cranberry Autumn Tea,  a New Christmas Edition Cross Stitch Mag.  and some wonderful smelling tarts.  I put some of them on that afternoon and you can still smell them when you walk in the door.  That's why there is no picture of the tarts.  I have already had a cup of tea and have picked out several small cross stitch patterns I am going to try for the holidays.  I was so touched by Shirlee's kindness.

Here is the doll and my pinkeep where I have it in my great room.  I can see it all the time.  Fits right in with my fall decorations I have worked so hard getting out this year.

A close up of the doll.  Don't she look right at home holding the little ornament I sat in her lap?  And I had the perfect size chair just waiting on her arrival. 

And the close up of the pinkeep.  I am so excited to have this.  I love all the ones I see on all your blogs, and I so want to learn to do them, but those are some "tiny" little squares and it will take time, and I am so impatient.... but I am going to really try.  Shirlee did such a great job on hers didn't she?

And last but definitely not least is this great magazine with all kinds of creativity just waiting to come to life on material.  Can't wait to get a piece finished and share with all of you.  You really won't enlarge it to find all the mistakes will you??   Oops, I forgot to post a picture of the tea, but I have already been enjoying it and have it in the cabinet.   Thanks again Shirlee for your kindness, but most of all for the friendship we have through blogger. If you haven't visited Shirlee you can find her at http://farmhouseponderings.blogspot.com/  I will say it again as I have already so many times, you are all some of the best friends one could ask for. 

Now on to the unwelcome visitors.  We built our house on the property where my parents old home once stood.  There were two huge old pecan trees on the property.  Sadly years ago lightening struck one of them and had to be cut down.  The one remaining has never yeilded pecans.  Over the years you would see maybe a dozen lying on the ground.  But for some reason this year the tree was loaded.  Pecans everywhere.  Are we going to get any to use?? I doubt it seriously.  Why??? Because of these....

and like all  these little fellows need help.........these

There are like 6 of the biggest crows just eating away at our pecans.  These crows are Not my prim friends right now.  Just look at the mess on our driveway.  Mr. P. can blow it off in the afternoon and the next day all these hulls and shells are right back.

Oh well, what's a girl to do?   Don't guess there will be any good ole Southern Pecan Pies cooked here anytime in the future.  Thanks to all our unwanted guest.

I know this has been a long post and lots of pictures so if you are still with me,  thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed your visit as much as I enjoy having you .  Take care my friends and have a great  and safe Friday. Until next time.....

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Very Sincere Thank You and My Week In Pictures

Hello my dear blogging friends.  I want to send my sincere thanks to all of you who e-mailed me this week and voiced your concern in my absence from blogland.  It really touched my heart that so many of you took the time from your busy daily lives to show concern for me , Holly and Darbee Rae. Although our paths may never cross and I may never meet you in person, you all have become such an important part of my life.  Meeting all of you thru my blog has been one of the best experiences I have had in my life.  And at the most perfect time. So just because we haven't met let me tell  you I feel as close to you as I do some of my friends I have known for many years.  You are the kindest, most caring, and generous folks I have ever known.  Okay all that said,  I will try and catch you up on my stressful week.

Last Saturday was a fun day.  Mr. P , Holly, Darbee Rae and I went to a craft show in a neighboring town.  It was a little cooler and we got started early and had a fun day. And guess what?  There was actually one primitive booth.  Holly and I spotted it  way up the midway.   I got a crow make do and she got a few pumpkins.  Most of the items was Halloween and I wanted something to leave out all the time.  But,,, we were so excited to find some prims. 

On Sunday after services we made our regurlar trip to visit Mother at the nursing home.  Really, I thought Mother's time had come.  Unresponsive, just laying there and she looked so pitiful.  A call to Hospice and they assured us this was normal for her condition.  I know in my heart she will never be better, and I think I am prepared for whatever, but is one ever really prepared?  Thus, my heart has not been into posting this week.  She did perk up a bit and although she does not make sense when she speaks, she has begun to speak some, but her eating is declining fast.  Just keep us in your prayers.

Tuesday I did go with the WMU ladies group from our church for lunch at the Historic Bullouck House in Warms Springs, Ga.  Warm Springs is the home of The Little White House that belonged to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. We enjoyed a great lunch and enjoyed a few hours shopping.

Today I went with Holly and Darbee Rae shopping, had lunch in the mall and visited a few junk shops.  Didn't find many goodies at all.

I have not forgotten about the goodies I got in Ohio.  Most I want to show when I do my fall decorating , but this past week, I just could not bring out the decorations and get started.  I did buy some mums on Friday so hopefully I will have pictures to share  early in the week.  Mr. P. did a little something for me that I saw while we were gone today.  It will be part of my porch decor.  Can't wait to share it with you ... so simple.

I have enjoyed visiting all of your blogs and seeing all the beautiful prim  Fall decor you have been posting. I so want to get started with mine. So praying for a better week starting tomorrow.

So in closing, Happy Fall to all of you ( a day late) and I am asking you to be patient if I am not around so much in the next few weeks.  Hopefully I will be, but who knows.  Nothing last forever and  all my sadness and grief will end some day  in the future.  Mother will soon be at rest and peace again.  I am leaving you with a few pictures of Darbee Rae at the Craft fair.  Looks like fall has arrived in Ga, huh?

A few photos of the ladies at our lunch on Tuesday.

Of course Darbee Rae is our youngest member.  She feels she is just as grown as the rest of us ladies and they all love her to death.  Love this picture.  This was the official greeters at the resturant.  Darbee Rae called the lady on  the right " Nana".  Haven't figured out if that was paying me a compliment or not.  What do you think?  *giggle*

Have I introduced you to Cuddles?  Well Cuddles is Darbee Rae's shadow.  And do ya know why?  When Holly was trying to take the pacifier away from her, she took her to" Build a Bear" and they put the pappys in Cuddles stomach.  That was the end to the dreadful thing in her mouth, but the attatchement to Cuddles well.... you can imagine.  Today Cuddles is sporting a new outfit. Holly was hoping for a Halloween outfit, but Cuddles and Darbee Rae had a different outfit in mind.  Even got new pink hairbows for Cuddles. Darbee Rae has new red shoes that sparkle, too. 

Okay, now we are all caught up and even though it has been a very emotional week, it's a week that I am alive, I can still smile, and I have so much in my life to be thankful for.  I so hope each and everyone of you can say the same thing.  Until next  time, I love all you guys and will talk to ya soon........

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Wonderful Prim Shop..... Vacation Part 2

Thank Goodness today has been a calm one after Holly's accident yesterday.  Thank all of you for your concern.  She was bummed up and sore this morning but was able to go back to school. All her kiddos were so sweet as they knew she had been in an accident. 

While we were in Ohio, we made the short trip to  Millersburg and visited  The Pioneer Loft. Thanks Betty  http://bettyjcrowe-throughmybackdoor.blogspot.com/ for making me aware of this shop.    I was so impressed as it was the neatest prim and antique store.  I don't know about you guys, but I love to walk into a store and have the shopkeeper acknowledge you are in the room.  Well, Denise was one of the nicest ladies I have ever met.  Friendly was not the word . She was such a sweetheart.  I got several goodies from her shop.  She was so kind and even tho she was very busy she took the time to stop for a picture for me to share on my blog.  Here is Denise and her official greeter Precious. 

If you are ever in the Millersburg, Ohio please stop in and browse her wonderful shop.  You can visit her blog also. http://pioneerloft.blogspot.com/

Most of the shops we visited would not let you take pictures, but most of the ladies were very nice.  Would have loved to got pictures of each one so that I could share with you.

Teresa  http://www.deppenhomestead1862.blogspot.com/ was also very helpful and informative as she knows the area quite well.  Thanks Teresa for all the info you provided.  Thanks to her Mr. P. got to visit the largest  Lumber/hardware store he had ever seen; Keim Lumber.  That thing was so nice and  had two stories.  Luckily for me it had a very nice cafe inside where I could sit and wait.

See how long it is to the left, well there was just that much more building to the right  out of sight of my camera.  A handyman's paradise. If I can remember correctly it was in a little town called Charm.

Now this place, I don't even remember the name of it.  I could politely rename it the junk yard and shop.  They had a little of everything.  That's my Mr. P (Picker) looking thru all that stuff. I went in the store and immediately came out.  Not for me.  I'm sure they had anything you wanted if you could ramble thru and find it.  A true junk shop, and their prices were unreal.... so expensive.  I took this picture from my seat in the car.  I needed a hot bath when I got out of there.  Mr. P laughed at me.  Guess he got some shopping in on this trip also. 

Teresa suggested we try the trail bolgona and thank you so much Teresa.  Mr. P and I fell in love with the taste of it.  Soooo Good.  And the little store that sold it was so quaint and wonderful.  So old fashioned.

They had a little bar / counter  like an old soda shop and they would fix you a bolgna and cheese sandwich.  We bought ice there and Trail Bologna made the trip back to Georgia with us. 

This sliced with the Amish fresh cheese we also brought home on crackers,,,,, yummy. 

This was also a fun place to visit.  They had produce, all varities of apples, but their fresh made cider was wonderful.  It was fresh and not pasturized so we could not bring it home. 

Loved the covered bridge.  Although not a real old one, it fit in so well with its surroundings.

This was Mr. P's favorite antique mall.  We visited there on two different occassions and he got goodies on both trips.  See the closed sign... well he was still in the store shopping as they were closing.  Who said men don't like to shop???

Okay folks that's about it for this time.  Hope you have enjoyed the photos as much as I have sharing them with you.  I promise to show my goodies just as soon as I get them displayed.  Hope you all have a fun Saturday planned and are enjoying the cooler temperatures.  Have a safe and happy weekend.  Sending you all Smiles and Hugs... Until next time......

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Truly Thankful Thursday

Are you ever awakened early in the morning with the phone ringing and you can feel in your bones a chill,,,, knowing in your heart something is wrong?  I quietly say,"Hello" and the voice on the other side of the reciever says,"Mama I have had a wreck, we're okay, got to go.".  What does a Mother do?? My heart is racing, I jump out of bed, call Mr. P and tell him to go find where she is.  He is on his way to work.  I immediately start getting dressed as any mother would do. That is my baby and my grandbaby.  Phone rings again, cops on the way, 9l1 has been called and she gives me her location.  Call hubby back.  I am ready to go out the door and Mr. P calls ... assures me they are okay but in ambulance on the way to ER to be checked out.  I get there just about the time they arrive.   Thank God for being in that car with my two girls.  I prayed and thanked him all the way to the hospital.  Holly's hubby was there with them when I got there.  I finally got to go back and see for myself, and they were okay.  Darbee Rae was a trooper.  Never cried a tear.  They were in the same room and she was sitting there  like an adult.  Holly was pretty upset.  Her BP was very high but they think from the excitement.  She had to have Xrays on her chest as the air bag opened.  Darbee had a cut from the seat belt, but they are fine.  Darbee wanted the ambulance to take her home, she didn't want to ride with me.  She enjoyed the ride I think. The car on the other hand was not so lucky.  The men think it will be totaled.  And to make matters worse, the car that cut into her lane and caused the accident didn't even stop.  It forced her off the road and she hit 2 cement centers with poles on them.  There was an eye witness that stayed and talked to the police and his name was given to the insurance company. 
The car can be replaced.  And tonight I am so thankful that my girls were spared any serious injuries.  They are really sore and bummed up, but are home and fine.  Yes, I am a thankful Mama and Nana tonight.  God is good.  Hope you have all had a great day, and remember there is always always something to be thankful for.  Until next time.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

We're Home... A Great Vacation

Hello to all my blogger friends.  It seems like forever since I have chatted with you all.  We had a wonderful trip and I want to say a big thank you to each of you who suggested a place for us to visit when we were in Ohio.  I have tons of pictures and so much to share with you.  Won't bore you all in one post but this morning as I sit in front of the computer with my coffee cup close to my side, the t.v. is blaring all the news of the morning, and as with most mornings not so much of it is good, my mind wanders back to the quiet peaceful mornings from our trip.  Amish country is absolutely beautiful.  So peaceful.  I admire these folks so much.  Such a hard working people, but so much at peace.  No electricity, no phones, computers, t.v.s, these people live one day at a time.  Could I live this way,,, No, but I think we would all be better off if we could adapt to a few of their ways.  Okay.. today thought I would take you along on a ride thru the countryside with me. When we entered Ohio, we did so in terrible rain, and it rained at some point everyday we were there but one.  Didn't bother us as everything was so green and beautiful.  Mr. P, kept commenting on how beautiful all the flowers and plants were.  Not scorched like at home where we got little rain this summer.  The sky on the way back to the hotel one evening was so pretty, but as you can see, rain was sure to follow. 

Once the sun broke thru the sky, every home had laundry on the lines.  Love how they hang it so high.  From house to barn on cable.   Yep, still working on a clothesline from Mr. P.  It is such a necessity for these ladies.

Passing by this farm we saw all these buggies and there were folks coming for a mile up the rode to gather at this home.  It was in the middle of a week day so we assumed maybe there was a death.  They were all dressed in their Sunday attire.

This family was just down the road from the gathering.  That little boy was so cute.

I love the simplicity of the school buildings. 

Everywhere you looked were fields and fields of corn.   We just don't see farms and farmland in our area.  We so enjoyed stopping at the open markets and seeing all the pumpkins, corn, and other veggies grown on the farms.  

Okay,,, I won't  bore you with anymore pictures today.  Hope you have enjoyed coming along as I shared some of the sights from our trip.  Next time  I will show some of the places we visited.  I must get busy now.  Want to get some fall items out and will show a few of the items I purchased down the road in a post later on.  Hoping all you ladies are having a great week and are enjoying life.  Take care and will talk soon. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Window and Porch Shopping

Good evening everyone.  We arrived in Berlin, Ohio this evening just a few minutes after 6:00.  Of course with my luck most of the shops closed at 6.  We got our hotel room and headed out for supper.  Mr. P was looking forward to those Amish noodles and roast beef. After a delicious supper with homemade bread and Amish food, I just had to go take a peak in all the prim shops.   I had to peep in the windows

And I could do damage on this porch.  The store was closed but all of these goodies were left on the porch.  A rope and chair was all that was there to keep customers out.  Oh how I wish they had been open still.

Do you know how I am feeling right now?  Coming from an area that has no primitive shops at all and get  to a town with so many shops and they are all closed??  Just take a look at all the prim shops.

This shop is going to be great.  It has material, wool, kits, patterns, etc.  Can't wait to get lost inside there. It was too dark to share all the goodies I saw thru the windows.

And of course in the middle of Amish country, there has to be many horse and buggies.  Almost missed this one because I was drooling in a window. Hope you enjoyed the shops and this was only a little section of one side of the street.  There are so many more.  Mr. P is a good man.  I am blessed that he enjoys the shops also.  Of course he has already spotted some antique shops he has put on his list for tomorrow.

Our hotel is wonderful.  We were given hot fresh baked cookies when we checked in and it even has a movie theater showing two movies if we choose to go. Here is a view from the window.

Well now you all know where we are and what I will be doing for the next few days.  We passed so many neat places coming into Berlin and we will definitely be going back there also.  I really don't think there are going to be enough hours in the days ahead to do all we want to get done.

So if I don't make it around to commenting on your blogs, just know what I am doing.  Hopefully this evening is the last time I have to window shop, and come tomorrow morning, this gal will get to do some serious prim shopping.  Wishing all of you were here to share in my excitement.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Bring on the Rain and Ohio Bound

Good morning everyone.  Thank you for all the kind comments on my post with the craft show pictures.  Mr. P. and I read everyone but was just to tired to comment on each one so a big thank you to all. 

If you need rain in your area just plan to set up at a craft show and more than likely you will get rain.  The tropical storm moving in from the gulf coast caught up with us yesterday as we battled showers all day.  Not a wash out but rain.  Luckily for us we had almost completely sold out on Sat  and even more so yesterday.  The show owners gave an option to the dealers to set up today or take down yesterday so we were delighted to take down.  We are under flood watch and heavy rain warnings here today.  I feel for all the dealers whose sales were not so good and needed todays sales, but am glad to be home today.  And we desperately need the rain. For those of you who saw our booth pictures in  my last post.  Here is one of our booth on Sunday afternoon.
The black hall tree was SOLD and waiting for pickup.  Don't ya think we had a great show?  Hardly anything left to sell.  Mr. P. had 1 large item left.

And I only had these two crates and one of them not full.

We were truly blessed with a great show.  Hoping all of you with shows in the near future have such a great success.  But I am so thankful this is our only one.  What are our plans now????  A much needed vacation,,, Where you might ask?

To  Amish Country, Berlin, Ohio.  We visited there last year but did not have enough days scheduled to take everything in.  This year we have many more days and I am so looking forward to being there.  Prim shopping is #1 on my list.  So if any of you Ohio ladies have any suggestions on places to visit , please let me know.  I will have my computer with me and will be checking in with you all.

Hoping you are having a great Labor Day whatever your plans are.  Take care and will visit  with all of you  later, hopefully from my destination in Ohio.  Until we talk again.......