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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, October 20, 2011

Ramblings from the Homeplace

A chilly evening here in the South !!! YEAH YEAH!!!  Can you tell I am so excited?  I just love Fall/ Winter and I am so ready for the temps to cooperate with the season.  I know,, the 7 day forcast shows us getting back into warmer temps. but for tonight and the weekend I can pretend the cooler temps are here to stay.

Yesterday was Darbee Rae's 4th birthday.  What a bad Nana I was not to make a post and wish her Happy Birthday.  But I did call her early in the morning and sang to her.  She had a fun day with a party at daycare and last evening along with her parents and her other Grandmother, Papa and me joined them in Fayetteville at Chunky Cheese for a fun filled evening.  She is having a big bash on Sat. so tonight I am just going to share two pictures with you.  The  one on the left was when she was 2 weeks old ready for her first Halloween.

And on the right , just before our night of fun on her 4th birthday.  She is so proud to be four.  She told anyone who spoke to her yesterday, she was a big girl and she was 4. 

Monday morning I had taken a project out on the porch and was sitting there listening to  the water feature Mr. P has in the yard and the maillady  stopped at our mailbox.  She sat there a few minutes and then pulled off to the side of the road and came up the walk.  Now,,,, I smelled the package she had in her hand before she reached my front steps. Really, it smelled wonderful, and she commented on that fact.  I laughed and told her I had no idea who it was from , but it had to be tarts or candles.  I bet she really hated to leave  the package  with me because it had to make her mail truck smell good too.

Shirlee over at Farmhouse Ponderings was so generous and gifted me with all these wonderful  tarts and so many different yummy scents.  I was so touched by her generosity.  She had sent a package to me (posted in a previous post) and had included a few tarts.  Those were the most wonderful tarts I have ever burned and lasted such a long time in the burner.  She gave the e-mail address to me of the lady she purchases them from and decided to share with me until I can get my own.  You should smell my house tonight... prim , cozy, and simply delicious. 

Smelling those tarts before I had even seen them put my old brain to thinking.  How we take our senses for granted.  True, I had rather loose my sense to smell than my sight, but what would life be without the smells we are so familiar with  in our daily lives?

How many times have we walked into a primitive shop and the aroma of a tart or candle makes us feel so comfortable and puts us in a shopping mood?  Often times that smell becomes the ice breaker between us and the shopkeeper as we ask what scent that is and  does she have it in stock?  I have so often purchased the item I smelled in  the shop in hopes of making my home smell that welcoming once I returned from my shopping.
The smells of fall, what could smell better?  Apples cooking in the kitchen, whether it be apple butter,  sauce, bread,  muffins, cake, or apple dumplings the scent gives us a feeling of comfort. And we can not forget all the recipes that are available for pumpkin this time of year.  Hot, spicy and yummy. Do we ever stop to think would these foods taste as good if we could not smell them while baking in the oven or cooking on the stove top?

The smells of cotton candy, hot dog stands and corn dogs at the county fair?  Smells that we have grown to enjoy since our childhood.  And all the craft fairs we attend in the fall.  There is funnel cakes, kettle corn, curly fries, all the smells that we associate with that particular outing. 

And not only are there smells of food, the smell of fresh cut firewood and kindling awaiting the first fire of the season.  The smell of leaves burning after a morning of raking  and a the smell of a fresh cut hay field.

Yes, one could go on and on with our favorite smells.  But do we think what life would be without them?  I am going to try this season to march to a much slower pace and enjoy the simplest of gifts, the gift of smell.  I am beginning as I type. One of my favorite smells of fall.....

Yes, tonight we are having our first fire in the fireplace.  It is warm and cozy inside and the aroma of coffee brewing in the kitchen is drifting in the room.  Tonight  life is good here at the homplace.  Wish you all were here to share it with Mr. P. and I.  But since you are cozy in your own homes,, won't you share with me your favoirte smell of the season? Tonight I am thankful for the gift of smell.
Until next time.......


  1. Happy Belated Birthday, DarbeeRae!!!! Hope you had a great day!!!! She has changed in her face of becoming a cute big girl!!!!! She is growing up sooo fast, Angela!!!!
    Boy, as you were listing all the smells, I could smell each one, as you went from the first wood fire, to taking in hay!!!!! I guess I love the spicy smell of a tart/candle. I love them all, the smell of fresh cut grass, the smell of dry leaves walking in the woods. Soooo many!!!!


  2. O GOODNESS GRACIOUS GRAMMY SHE IS A BIG GIRL NOW ! and looking fabulous n happy on her big day ! Happy Birthday DarbeeRae!
    How sweet of Shirlee to send you smell goodes , I wish this darn screen was scratch n sniff , cause you and your descriptions got me drooling and longing for a comfy chair and a handmade blanket some warm cocoa and a fire! :0) TFS Its a windy super chilly rainy eerie Ohio fall night here , brr snuggle up weather Love it ! Enjoy sweetie , hugs lilraggedyangie

  3. Shirlee is such a sweet lady. I loved your post and Happy birthday Darbee Rae. 4 is a big girl. Loved the fire in your fire place and I gotta know what kind of coffee you are having. I am having a cup of hot cinnamon tea. mmmmm it is good too. I love the smell of pumpkin squares baking, along with the smell of the coffee. I love the smell of hot mulled cider on the stove too. I loved this post. Have a cool weekend. It is cool here too.

  4. Happy belated Birthday to Darbee Rae!! She's a cutie!!


  5. Happy Birthday to sweet Darbee Rae! I know what you mean about sweet smells, we take them all for granted. I love cinnamon and apples, lilacs in the spring, the smell of a wood fire from my neighbor's chimney, pine in the winter, and esp. the smell of snow as it comes on the breeze before the flakes actually start to fall.

  6. I have my favorite smells, but nothing will ever top the smell of the fireplace at home and cozying up in a warm afghan and dozing on the love seat. I need a day like that soon. Love ya!

  7. Happy Birthday to your adorable Darbee Rae!
    Yes, it's a good idea to stop and 'smell' the candles! We are so...blessed and it important to acknowlege it. Thanks for reminding me Angela

  8. Happy, happy, birthday Miss Darbee Rae - from TheCrankyCrow and her Snow Dog!!! Four is such a special age to be!! Hope you spent it with happiness in your heart!

    As for you Miss Angela - what a lovely post. I love smells - and certain smells can zap me back to a past moment in a heartbeat. I lived in Spain for a spell, and to this day, there are times I smell certain smells that transport me back there instantly. Can't exactly say which or why, as I don't question, I just absorb. My favorite smell of Fall, though, has to be the smell of a woodsy walk when the leaves have fallen - that dank, earthy, whole smell....I just get lost....

    Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  9. Happy birthday to you - Darbee Rae! Isn't 4 one of the most fun ages? As far as smells, I love it all! There is nothing like good candles or tarts, a big pot of soup simmering on the stove, a wood fire (your's looks so inviting), coffee brewing, a little child in their jammies after a bath, HORSES, a pie or cake baking in the oven, the smell of the earth after a rain and more, more, more. You're right, we all need to stop and "smell the roses" a lot more often. Have a wonderful weekend, Dawn

  10. Happy Birthday Darbee Rae!! Yes...you are a big girl now!

    I love this time of the year. It has been cold and rainy here today...and on days like this, I always have a candle burning or some tarts melting. And I made a big pot of soup for dinner.

  11. Happy birthday to your little one. They do grow up fast. Love the pictures. I too love tarts, love the fall scents. It is rainy and cold here today with temps in the 40's and will dip down to the 30's on Sat night. I am not ready for cold weather at all. Takes me longer to feed and care for the animals outside. The time change will be coming in a couple of weeks and it will be dark when I leave for work and dark when I get home. Gee, I just realized that Christmas is around the corner, I better get crafting on my gifts.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Country at heart

  12. Happy Happy Birthday to your sweet sunshine DARBEE RAE!How wonderful.
    I love scents of Fall. I need that address for those yummy tarts too please.:)
    We also have a wonderful Fire going too. My favorite thing besides for sewing.
    Happy Friday

  13. Happy Birthday to Darbee Rae! The hearth burning is one of hubbies favorite smells(we don't have one though)..Yes as a candle maker I've always loved scents.I can even remember as a child wanting all the scratch and sniff stickers.The warm scents from grandma;s kitchen were always the best or smelling chocolate chip cookies when you came home from school.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  14. Happy Belated Birthday to Darbee Rae!! She is adorable!!

    Enjoy your day~Becky

  15. Your fireplace looks wonderful Angela, so cozy and happy birthday to Darbee Rae.