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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Saturday Stitching

Welcome to Saturday Stitching.  I accomplished a good bit this week. Stitching on a Rotation of six pieces has really helped me to be more productive. In the old days when I only worked on one piece at a time, I would get bored, put it away and it took quite a while to finish a project.  Stitch Maynia and Floss Tube have been such an encouragement to me as a stitcher.

This is a work in progress. First I drink the coffee then I do the things. This is Coffee Quaker by Heartstrings Samplery.  I am doing this in a Stitch Along with some other gals on Stitch Maynia. I plan to hang this over the coffee bar at Grimmwood when it is completed.

Another WIP...
Prairie Schooler's JULY. I had started this one on a darker piece of fabric but it screamed for White so I started over.  And I am glad I did. Most Prairie Schooler pieces look better on white or cream fabric.  Let the stitching be the star, not the fabric.

And Ta DA...
This is one of the Series of Sheep Virtues. Little House Needleworks is the designer.

And here he is all ready to hang on the Christmas Tree.

My blog friends Mrs Erica and Preppy Empty Nester introduced me to the Mackenzie Childs line of decor.  I decided to finish this ornament in that style. You can never go wrong with black and white.

Now I have five ornaments ready for Grimmwood. Some will hang on the tree, some will be displayed on the mantle.

My next Christmas ornament features Apples. My friend, Sandy, at I Majored in Home Economics, gifted the pattern to me. It will be appropriate for Grimmwood as my daddy planted a small orchard near the homeplace. The apples are still growing there today.

So I am on target to have 12 ornaments come December. And stitching Christmas things all year is rather fun!  As Ebenezer Scrooge said, " I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year."

Friday, April 28, 2017

Well It Is Nanaland!

I thought I would share some of the latest pictures of the grands.  I have not seen the Hoover Grimmlins in a while and of course Miss Audrey lives over in HOtlanta so we do not get all the sugar we would like from that baby girl!

I will start with this memory that popped up on Facebook.

I love the Facebook memories but they can bring a tear to my eye as well. Look at these babies. We had traveled to the Heart of Dixie Railyard to see Thomas the Tank Engine. We even took a ride on Thomas. Margaret and Landon were all about Thomas back then. Grandpa had his arms full for sure!!

And now Audrey..

I am going to turn around and she WILL be driving.

Elliott got a new pair of cowboy boots!! Now he will not have to wear Margaret's pink ones.lol  I do not know a little boy who loves to play in the dirt as much as Elliott Grimm.  Cars, Dirt and Big Machinery fascinate this cute lad.

Landon's Daddy is teaching him to play golf.  He looks quite the pro here.

And finally a picture of Kendall with her friends as they were out celebrating her birthday.

They had a blast eating pizza at Cici's.

So there are a few of the grandest kids in Nana's Book.  As they get older and are more involved in sports and friends, I realize that I will see less of these kiddos and I am trying to be okay with that fact. I so enjoy seeing them growing up but a little part of me misses those sweet babies.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

On the Web

I saw some interesting items on Facebook and I decided to save them and share them with y'all on a day where the news is slow in Nanaland.

Here is the first one.

Yes I am a pink Starburst. :) Who eats those yellow Starbursts??? Right before Easter I found a bag of Starburst Jelly Beans that were all the Pink/Red Colors. Finally!! When I buy a bag of jelly beans I end up tossing the green and yellows. The black ones would be in the garbage can too but Grandpa likes those. EEWW....  I would pay extra money for a bag of red jelly beans. I would also pay extra if I could go and see a movie without previews. The last time I was at the theater there were 25 minutes worth of ads and previews. Just NO....I am paying to see the movie. I do not mind a preview or two but it has gotten ridiculous.

Number Two...

My children laugh because no matter where I am, people will tell me their life story. Maybe I should stop smiling and saying "Hi" or "Good Morning".( We still do that here in the Sunny South.)  I guess it might give the impression that we want to hear a good story!!  I want to be nice and I am usually interested in other people but I have had several encounters with people who needed to be on medication!  If you ever watched Designing Women, you might remember Julia Sugarbaker saying, "Here in the South we love our crazy relatives. We don't put them in a home, we sit them out on the front porch."   I think they are also going to Walmart now in addition to sitting on the porch.

Today is Friend Day and we are checking out a new eating place downtown. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. I am hoping it is a good thing today. I have checked out the lunch menu and it looks promising.    Have a good day friends.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Return of the Fanny Pack

Daughter Amelia was lamenting the fact that there are no cute ways to carry your necessities when you are hiking, walking etc.  She and Todd do lots of out door activities and she gets tired of carrying a big backpack when she only needs a few things.

Well when I was in Dalton at Raspberry Row, I came across this little item.

It is a band with two zipper pockets that fits around your waist and hip area. It rather looks like an extension of your shirt.  They come in black, turquoise and fuchsia. This one was about $25 but online they have some that are $10. The less expensive ones just have one zipper pocket it appears.

I texted a picture of it to Amelia and asked if she would be interested. YES, she texted back so I picked up one for my girlie.

She came by last night to get it and tried it on.  It really worked well and Amelia said an added benefit is that it gives you a tummy tuck!  It looked great on her but then everything does!! You would not know that it was a fanny pack at all.

I may have to get one of these for myself. Even walking here in the neighborhood I carry my phone.( In case I fall down and I can't get up!) I can see that this would be great for active people who need their hands free. I think it would be perfect for an amusement park this summer as well. Active Nanas who need hands free to manage the small grands when out and about would love this as a Mother's Day Gift.

So if you are looking for a gift that someone is sure NOT to have, check out Hips Sister.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Happy Birthday Kendall

It is so hard to believe this young lady is turning 11 today. I still remember sitting anxiously in the waiting room at Decatur General hoping to hear the Brahms Lullaby over the intercom system. At DGH every time a baby is born, that sweet song is heard through out the hospital. Finally we heard it and after a bit we were allowed to see and hold our precious first grandchild.  We were all baby hogs.

Kendall was never a lap baby. She was busy from the time she woke up until her head hit the pillow at night.  And as she grew up, we found she had a bright mind and a sweet spirit. That is a good combination.

I can see her turning into a teenager. She is almost as tall as me, lean and leggy, she is a pretty girl as well. Kendall never leaves my house without stopping to give Nana a hug. You know I love that!!

So Happy Birthday sweet girl. Enjoy your special day.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Cherokee Pizza and Brewing

Now that we are part time residents of NoGA, we are always on the hunt for new places to eat in the Chatsworth/Dalton area.

Niece Laura, who is a student at Dalton College, told us about this new pizza place in Dalton, Cherokee Pizza and Brewing.  It is located near the iconic Oakwood Cafe and is owned by the same family who owns the Oakwood. The Cherokee Pizza Facebook page it states it is casual and hip. Well that is just perfect for me and Grandpa as we are casual and hip too.

Located in an old warehouse, it reminded us of Antico Pizza in Atlanta.

You enter and place your order at the desk. They only make 12 inch pizzas and you can choose from the menu or you can build your own pie. We decided to build our own on Saturday.  Appetizers and salads are available as well.

You seat yourself and they bring your pizza to you when it is done. I have to say our pizza arrived quickly but we were there at a slow time.

If you want a cold one to have with your pizza, they have many selections.

Pepperoni, Tomato, Mushroom and Green peppers were our choices for our pizza.  As you can tell we had a nice lunch with a few pieces for leftovers.

We highly recommend this restaurant if you are in the Dalton area. While we were in Dalton we stopped at a Mexican /Guatemalan Bakery we found online, La Espernza. It is located on Morris Street( which happens to be named after one of my ancestors) and we really enjoyed browsing their store. We were the only non Hispanic people in the store on a Saturday afternoon but let me tell you, they have some good products.  Marvin picked up their Flan, packaged in individual pieces or you can buy a whole pie.  We tried to note what the regulars were purchasing and we found some of the best bread. It was in a mini loaf and I imagine most people were picking them up for Sunday dinner.  The prices were very reasonable and the service was good. We will be going back there as well.  It has been fun finding new and interesting places.

Well off to have coffee with the ladies I worked with at Central Weekday School. We are all retired now and we try to get together once a month at Panera.  Hope you all enjoy this Last Week in April. This year is sailing by!!


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Grimmwood in April

We were so excited to get to Grimmwood to see if the leaves were finally out on the trees! And they were!

It was a beautiful blue sky day when we arrived around lunch time on Thursday.

The Swing was just waiting on us.

We are looking forward to all the seasons this year. We moved into our little house the week before Christmas and we thoroughly enjoyed our winter weekends there with a nice fire going in the fireplace.  But now is the season for sitting on the porch and enjoying a cold beverage.

This originally held some sweet tea but water works as well.

Some of you wanted to see the bonnet I had mentioned in a previous blog. Here it it.

Looks pretty good for a 50 year old bonnet. I found the rustic hanger at Kirklands.

These farm animals are hanging in the guest room. Believe it or not I found them at Dollar General.

I added a few new things to my coffee bar wall. I plan to add some more stitching as I get it done.

We got home around lunch time today and now we are napping and reading the Sunday paper after unloading all our things.  It takes a while to transition back to City Life.:)