Monday, December 18, 2017

My Favorite Books of 2017

I know many of you are like me, always looking for a good book to read!! At the end of each year, I look back over my Good Reads list to see which books stood out among the rest for me. It is fun to go back and read my reviews and remember all the good stories I have enjoyed this year.

Here are my TOP TEN...

1. The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia S Fenollera was this years TOP READ.  It is a book that will take you away from all your cares to a kinder and gentler community of refined citizens.

2. The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff is a thought provoking read but what a story!

3. The Bird House by Kelly Simmons was such a timely book for me as it is about a grandmother. Being in the same season of life, I could understand many of the main character's feelings.

4. The Lost Woman by Sara Blaedel is a great police procedural/mystery. Set in England and Denmark it was very interesting to me.

5. The Hired Girl by Amy Laura Schlitz. This is an author to be aware of! Great writing and masterful story teller. I have read two of her books and look forward to more from Ms Schlitz.

6. The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan features a troubled young heroine who might or might not have killed her mother.  Exactly who is the psychopath in this mystery?

7, Local Knowledge by Liza Gyllenhaal is set in New England and features a real estate agent as the main character. Two of my favorite topics in one book!

8. Easter at the Lakes by Sara Hylton is an older book that I found in the stacks at the library but charmed me from the get go. Ms Hylton's books are in the style of Rosamunde Pilcher, another favorite author of mine.

9. I Found You by Lisa Jewel was a real page turner for me. Amnesia is always an interesting subject in a mystery!

10. Magpie Murders by Joel Horowitz was a fun read for anyone who is a lover of all mystery genres. You will enjoy the references to other mysteries you might have read.

So there you go!! I realize not all readers have the same taste but I think there is something for everyone on this list!!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Stitching Saturday

This will be a short and sweet post.

Remember this?

My Prairie Schooler that will say Foothills Farm?

Here is my progress this week.

I did get the house built and I changed a few things. I do like this version much better. I will be packing this one up to take to Grimmwood. My January Cottage will journey to Georgia as well. All of my Christmas stitching has been put away until June or July when I will start them again in hopes of finishing them before the holidays.  In 2018 I also plan to spend more time working on Smoky Mountain Christmas. I hope to complete it before Christmas 2018.  I think I was a bit ambitious in my holiday stitching this year.

We will be celebrating with my family in NoGA today. Marvin and I are hoping to get a picture of us with all the grands. And if we can get one with our kids and grands that will just be icing on the cake. I have put off my Christmas baking until next week. I know if I make it now, I will eat it now. I am going to try to have all the Christmas goodies gone by January 1st so I can get back on my eating well and walking routine.  Hoping you all have a blessed weekend enjoying these days leading up to Christmas.

Friday, December 15, 2017


I have some random pictures in iPhotos so I decided to just share them all.

A friend of mine shared this on Facebook and it really made me laugh out loud. That is Snow in the Deep South in one painting.

Miss Audrey sporting a side pony tail, she just might bring them back into fashion.

My sister was sharing some old pictures last week and here is one of me and Amelia, Christmas 1981. I think Amelia had just woken from a nap.  And I look like I need one.:)

Marvin surprised me with this beautiful blown glass ornament made here in Alabama, Fort Payne to be precise.

Amelia shared this group of photos of Hudson on his birthday! He is a handsome fella.

And here is Mr Modest...being congratulated by his coach after scoring 10 points in a recent basketball game.

Here is Baby Ben...six months old and sporting his two new teeth.  We lived in Hull, Georgia and this photo was made in our back yard while out for a walk....remember umbrella strollers? They had just come into vogue and were so convenient compared to the old strollers.

The Brothers Grimm out for a ride in Elliott's birthday gift. Katy said Baylor was tentative at first but was soon laughing and clapping his hands as they rode around the yard. For a four year old, Elliott can really wheel his car around. Marvin suggested that Katy hide her car keys!!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Snow in Canton

Charles posted some snow pictures as well.

Miss Audrey had fun exploring the snow covered back yard in Georgia.  Charles said the problem was keeping her from getting all cold and wet. I told him that back in the olden days, we used loaf bread bags over our shoes! We never got enough snow to warrant having snow gear so loaf bread bags over shoes and arms would keep you dry...for a while anyway.

And look at this pretty picture..

We cant wait to see our girl this Saturday when we celebrate in Chatsworth. She is growing up so quickly.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Grimm Birthday Party

We motored down to Birmingham to celebrate the birthdays of Margaret, Elliott and Ben.  It was just a family party with the Hargrove and Grimm fam in attendance.

Margaret had to prank her brother with bunny ears. As you can see, they had a lot of gifts to open.

Elliott and his big boy cousins playing with cars.

Ben brought out the huge cake that was for all three of them. Ben is wearing a birthday gift tee shirt that Katy got him. Apparently Bill Murray is one of Ben's favorite actors.

Kissing cousins. Margaret and Landon have always been best friends. They are so cute together.

Being silly...I asked them to pose and Kendall took me literally. :)

Finally a cute ornament that I had to get a picture of...

Mr Baylor....

We had a fun afternoon and made it back to Decatur just as darkness was falling.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Snow at Grimmwood

One of the best things about having a vacation home on the family farm is that I have a dear brother in law who goes to turn off the water at the house when it is going to be in the teens! When we are there in the winter we always turn off the water before we leave but we were not expecting this kind of weather in December!! Thank you Bruce for being a life saver. I told someone the other day that Bruce's care for Grimmwood helps us to have peace of mind when we are not there.  The next best thing is having a sister who will go out in the elements to take pictures of the snowfall so that while we were in snowless Decatur, we could live vicariously through her photography. Thanks Kristi.

This just might be our Christmas card for next year! Being an early bird, my cards for 2017 have been mailed. I love the sunlight that is filtering through the woods.

Our driveway.

The view of the pond and the house.

Cousin Scott was out in the elements as well. He drove up to Mother's house to get these two pics.

You might remember this view that I posted several weeks ago..the grist mill stone is in the foreground.

The Barn...

It was beautiful while it lasted!  I am sure people will be talking about this Big Snow for weeks to come.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Snow in the South

Well the southern part of the USA got a Christmas surprise in the form of a snow storm. While Decatur was snowless, Birmingham got six inches of the white stuff.

You know Margaret was glad for a snow day!

Katy got the kids up bright and early to see the snow, thinking it would melt quickly.

Baylor enjoyed watching the snow from the inside of the house! I love how he was clapping his hands with joy over the winter wonderland.

Katy and Ben enjoyed the snow day as well. Ben's work was cancelled as everyone remembers the snowpocolypse of several years ago. So just stay home and chill out was the good word.

Snow in the south is a wonderful thing as we get so little of it. And true to form by today, it was gone except for the snow lingering in shady places.  And that is alright with most Southerners as we love it but we have things to do this time of the year!