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Thursday, January 18, 2018

SnoBama

Well the snow finally arrived on Tuesday.

This is the view from my front door. We now have all the grass covered and from what I see on Facebook, road conditions are deteriorating rapidly. It is supposed to be six tonight so doubtful the roads will be better tomorrow.  Girls I live in the South to avoid this kind of mess!! So far January has been one of the coldest I can remember. Usually we get some days of warmer weather between the frigid days. That being said, on Sunday it will be in the 60s. Come on Sunday!!

The kids enjoyed a snow day.

And I hung my Valentine on the door!

Marvin is home today as well. We are watching DVDs, I am cleaning a bit and stitching in between. I am hoping the Weather Man is wrong in his predictions. We are planning a trip to Grimmwood on Thursday but with the bad roads, we may be stuck in Alabama an extra day.

And in Georgia...

I need one of those Eskimo coats like Audrey"s!!

I don't think Birmingham got snow but it is very cold there. Hoping all my Grimmlins are on the road to recovery from their bouts with Flu.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Streaming at the Barn

Bruce added a flag to the barn...I love it!

Thanks for all the sweet comments about my post regarding the barn the other day. I thought I might do a short Stream about growing up on the farm.

1. My parents bought this 40 acre farm in December of 1954. I believe Mother told me that they paid $2000. The house and the barn were built in the 1920s.

2. One of my first memories of life on the farm is my dog, Cindy. She was a collie and I loved her.

3. My daddy had a great aunt named Miranda Magnolia Tankersley. Yes that was her name!! She went by Nolie. ( No Lee)  She was renowned in our family for her gift of gab. Daddy said I took after her...I loved to talk. I passed that gift on to my son, Charles.  Amelia says the two of us could talk to anyone about anything.

4. Another early memory I have is following Daddy to the barn....probably talking the whole way.

5. We had a horse named Tony. My mother has a picture of me astride Tony when I was about two.

6. One thing about growing up on a farm, there is never a Day Off. My daddy worked a hard full time job then came home and milked his cow, plowed the garden or burned brush.  I can remember helping Daddy by dragging brush to the burn pile. Daddy was particular about what he would let us girls help out with on the farm. He did not use us as hired hands and protected us from some of the unsavory parts of farm life. We knew our meat came from some of the animals on the farm but it was rather nebulous to us as how it got from the barn to the table.

7. My mother was always busy. There were no dishwashers, except us girls. When I was a girl we still had a wringer washing machine on the back porch. All the laundry was hung on the line. When we got a washer and dryer it was a big day on the farm. Mother sewed all our clothes, even pajamas. She put up enough food to feed us through the winter. And she taught each of us girls how to cook, clean and take care of ourselves.

8 Our social life revolved around our extended family and our church.  We went to VBS in the summer and we looked forward to the Christmas program at church on the Sunday before Christmas. Our cousins were our first best friends. Our grandparents were a part of our everyday life and we were blessed with great aunts and uncles as well as one set of great grandparents.

I am thankful for many happy memories of growing up in a simple time and place.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

On the Road

This Christmas  two of the four children who did not want to go to Disney World, received a trip to Disney and Universal Studios as their Christmas Gift from their dad, Nick, and step mom, Tara.  From the pictures Nick and Tara texted to me I would say they are having a good time.

Miss Kendall...riding the waves.:)

And its Landon Potter.

I am going to admit that I am jealous as I would like to visit the Wizarding World of Happy Potter. So glad they got to enjoy a fun trip with their little sisters.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Little Women

While browsing the old and rare used book shelf at the local library I came upon this gem and it had to come home with me.

When I was in the fourth grade I was obsessed with this book. I would read it over and over again. Two things stick out in my mind from my early reading of this classic.  1. What are pickled limes and how could they be a candy? I may not remember the name correctly but Amy got in trouble at school over this treat.  2. From the abridged version I read, I was not sure that Beth had actually died. Her passing was written in such flowery language that I had to ask my mother to see if I had the right idea.   And I will admit I was miffed that Jo and Laurie did not get married at the end. Laurie and Amy as a couple just never occurred to my nine year old mind.

Here is the book....isnt it pretty? It was worth the $2  I paid for it and it is the unabridged version so I am going to read it again to see how it differs from the one I read as a child.

The illustrations are just lovely.

When you open the book this is what you see.

Marmee leaving to go to Father.

Jo meets Mr Laurence.

Meg's wedding.

I am looking forward to PBS's version of Little Women which I believe will be aired this year. One of my favorite actresses, Angela Lansbury, will play Aunt March.

I love rescuing these old classics and I hope my grand girls will enjoy them as much as I did back in the day.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Stitching Saturday

Good Stitchy Saturday.  I had my first and second finish for 2018.

The farm is done...now to take it to the framer!

And this finish will be made into a small pillow for my February dough bowl.

This pattern was a freebie online from The Workbasket. It is titled Hearts Galore and I stitched it on even weave with the DMC variegated red and pink.

Now on to the patterns I had to have!

Because I don't have enough Christmas charts...

See above...it applies to this one as well.

I just love this pattern...Of Female Arts in Usefulness The Needle far exceeds the Rest. So true. And on the right you will se my Gooseberry Patch Coupon Keeper, a Christmas gift from my sis, Kristi. I am going to try to be better about couponing this year.

And last...an FFO.( Fully Finished Object)

My little cottage is very cute but I am sticking to my guns on that fabric!! My first and last use of the polka dots.

Have a good weekend friends!

Friday, January 12, 2018

One Down

I took some time yesterday to work on the guest room closet. It tends to be a catch all area in addition to housing some of my cross stitch supplies and my gift wrapping supplies.

I had one of those old time gift wrap holders that hung from a hanger. I think I purchased it from a Current Catalog many years ago.  It was looking worse for wear and it was not really doing a good job at making everything accessible.   One day I was browsing the organizational area at TJ Maxx and came across a hanging organizer that I thought might work better for me.

Here it is with some of my gift bags and tissue paper stacked inside. The boxes on the top hold some supplies.

Tape, scissors, pens and gift tags.

I used this small wastebasket to hold all the rolls of paper.

A close up view.

One of the things I like about this hanging organizer is that I can push it out of the way when it is not in use.

I use the baskets on the shelf for my q snaps and my project bags. The little folding table keeps some of my current patterns handy along with my stitching journal. On the floor of of the closet is my basket of Works in progress. Stitching bags are hung on a sturdy holder attached to the wall.

I purchased another organizer to store my stash of cross stitch fabric. It works great as well. Best of all I can put an organizer on each end of the closet where they can live until I need to use the supplies that are stored safely away.

Of course I feel very smug right now. I just hope I can keep my things organized on a long term basis. The struggle is real ladies!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Looking Back


Cousin Scott posted another picture of Daddy's Barn in the snow.


Technically it is Bruce's barn now but in my mind I can still see my Daddy walking down the road that led to the barn. He has his milk pail with him and he is heading to do the evening chores after a full day working for the US Forest Service. While my sisters and I washed dishes at the sink in the winter, we could look out the window and see the light shining at the barn. When the light went off we knew he would soon be coming to the back porch, taking off his boots and heading to his chair in the living room where he would watch the western that was on that evening. Monday Night was Gunsmoke, Wednesday Night was The Virginian and Friday Night was High Chapparal.  Sweet memories!

And here is a picture one of our Savannah GA friends posted last week.

Snow at Tybee Island. I have sat on that swing many a time, looking out at the water.  Amazing!!

And here is something from Madea....

Times are crazy right now for sure!!