Friday, December 2, 2016

Happy Birthday Margaret!

Seven years ago today we met this lovely young lady and we were instantly in love with her.

I love this picture of Ben. He is not a smiler and can be rather "Grimm" but he was smiling form ear to ear on this day.

Nana finally gets a turn!! See how she is looking at me!!

Hey Grandpa still had sorta dark hair in this one!!

Aunt Mimi was glad to finally become an aunt.  She is known as Mimi to all her nieces and nephews as Amelia is hard to pronounce. When Audrey was born, Charles said she had to call Amelia Aunt Amelia....none of this baby talk for Audrey. But Aunt Mimi nipped that in the bud. She is Aunt Mimi to EVERYONE.

Uncle Charles and Aunt Nancy were there. This is in the days when they said they did not want children. Ha Ha!! That It's a Gril balloon was prophetic.

Landon is thinking, "Oh no...I am not the baby anymore.

Kendall and Margaret ...cousins and friends to this day.

It is so fun to look back on special times. We will have Margaret as an overnight guest tomorrow while her parents get the house decorated for her Surprise Party!:)  She has requested Zaxbys for dinner, Neapolitan Ice Cream and Lucky Charms from the grocery store.:)  I do not think I have EVER purchased Neapolitan Ice Cream...I think Margaret just likes that word, Neapolitan.  What a girl!!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Winner

As I mentioned at the end of yesterday's post, I decided to make a list of all the winners of this year's give aways to draw a name for the December prize.  It took me a while to look back over the year to get this information but it was nice to remember all the fun we had this year with Giveaways.

And the winner was Mrs T at Across My Kitchen Table.   Mrs T is one of my long time readers and we have known each other for quite a long time as we were active on a  home making forum hosted by Kelli, who no longer hosts the forum or blogs. And that makes me sad as she had a lovely blog and I enjoyed visiting her via the net.   But that is the way things go in Blogdom.  I gave up blogging for a short time thinking I could use my time more productively. Boy was I wrong!! I missed writing and I missed visiting with my blog buddies.  Apparently blogging is important to my mental well being!!

So what did Mrs T win?????

A personally cross stitched ornament from Prairie Schooler Designs.   I hope you enjoy it Mrs T.

Guess what? You can order all the Sarah Plain and Tall houses for about $25 on EBAY.     Could this be my Christmas gift to me from me????

 Today is Cracker Barrel day here in NoAla so I am looking forward to some time with my besties. Another plus for my mental health...good times with good friends.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Old and New

When I pull out my Christmas Decor, there are old favorites that make me smile and then there are new things I purchased that I had forgotten all about and I am happy to see a new trinket or two. I know I need to STOP buying Christmas things but I cannot help myself.

This is a bell pretending to be a little girl.  I received her in 1977. I was working at Oak Ridge Methodist Hospital in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. One of the nurses I worked with named Rosella, gave this to me.  I believe Hallmark made this sweet girl.  She has a rather 70s look doesn't she?

This little house was part of the Hallmark Sarah Plain and Tall series. I am not sure of the year but I wanted to collect them and only got one.It just occurred to me that I could look on EBAY...or as a friend calls it The Bay of Evil because it is so tempting.:)

I did get one new ornament this year.

One of my MOPS moms made this one. She is selling them to pay for her new Cricut that she purchased.  I just love it and I like helping out the young moms who have home businesses so they can stay home with their little ones.

Thanks for your prayers for Gatlinburg. I was watching a news broadcast this morning and the reporter was interviewing a local resident. She asked what they needed( I am sure she meant in the way of supplies etc). The man looked straight at the camera with tears in his eyes and said, Prayer!! So keep those prayers going up. Downtown Gatlinburg is intact but several hotels and many cabins in the area were lost. We are getting a good soaking rain and I pray that east Tennessee and North Carolina get it too.  Along with  the rain we had some tornadoes but hey, we are all okay. There are some trees down and power lines on the ground but we are used to dealing with that here in Tornado Alley.

Off to do some Christmas errands today. And tomorrow I will announce the winner of my December Giveaway. I decided to take the names of all 11 winners and put them in a drawing for the December Giveaway. I have so enjoyed doing these giveaways this year. It has been a lot of fun.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Cross Stitch

In addition to putting up my Christmas Tree and adding a lot of sparkle to my house for the holiday season, I hung some of my Christmas needlework.

These pieces are hanging in the little foyer near my guest bedroom.  I am working on another piece to add next year!!

And in the bedroom...

Prairie Schooler's Christmas Tree Farm looks so cute next to the plate I found at Target.  I am just a nut for Prairie Schooler designs.

And another plea for prayers for Gatlinburg, Tennessee this morning.  The wildfires in North Carolina made their way into east Tennessee due to high winds. Last night, Gatlinburg was evacuated and many have lost homes in the area. Downtown Gatlinburg was still in tact this morning according to the news but the surrounding areas have not fared as well.  East Tennessee depends on tourism for their economy so this will be a big hit for them here at Christmas.   My mother and daddy went to Gatlinburg for their honeymoon and most people in the South, love to travel to the Smokey Mountains for rest and relaxation.  Pray for those brave fire fighters as they work to stop the blaze.

A quiet day here at home, hoping to get some gifts wrapped and some crafts finished.  Have a blessed day bloggie friends.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Fun

We had a nice Thanksgiving week here in Nanaland.  And looking at my calendar I can see that December is going to be a very busy month with parties and festivities.

Wednesday was a school holiday for Kendall and Landon so they were here with Nana and Grandpa. Landon was a good sport and helped Nana get out a few Christmas decorations. I am still on restriction for lifting so my big boy was glad to tote boxes.

 I am thankful for this young man!

He also helped me set up my Willowcreek nativity.

When my Daddy passed away, he left instructions with my mother to give each of us girls a little monetary gift to buy something we wanted! Daddies are always looking after their girls. I had wanted one of these nativities so I purchased it in memory of my Daddy.  This year it is on the tea cart in the dining room.

Thursday we had a nice Thanksgiving lunch with our friends, Barry and Sharon.

Sharon's table was lovely! We shared the cooking so it was easy peasy. I am thankful for good friends who live just up the street.

I wore my new shirt and pants that sis in love, Lanier, sent to me.  I am thankful for my sister from another mother.

I managed to put this gum drop tree up all by myself. My sis in love, Amy, gave this to me. She said she never used it and it reminds me of sweet Mama G. She always had a gumdrop tree at her house. And the gumdrops kept disappearing as the grands and one cousin, named Carter B, ate the candies.  Believe me you do not want one of these gumdrops...I think they had been in the store for ages as they were rather hard and had no flavor but they work for this project.

With the help of my elf named Marvin, I got the tree decorated. I went for a pre lit tree that changes light colors. They can be colored or clear. Amazing. And Sandy I am hoping it does not give up the ghost on Christmas Eve. My friend, Sandy, at I Majored in Home Economics experienced that disaster with a prelit tree so she has a LIVE tree this year. I will be sharing some more of my decorations here on the blog over the next week or so.   And my Elf was very happy that Georgia Tech BEAT Georgia!!!  Nana was happy that Bama rolled over Auburn. On to Atlanta for the SEC playoffs.

I love this picture of Audrey playing with her Fisher Price nativity that Nana and Grandpa gave her for Christmas last year.  It is never too early to tell the little ones about Jesus.

We also went to Chatsworth to purchase some appliances for the little farm house.  We got GREAT deals at Lowes on Black Saturday.  I got to see my new flooring in person and I love it. We also got KEYS to our house. Our contractor estimates it will be done in three weeks.To say we are excited is an understatement. It is our Christmas gift this year.   We have dreamed of it so long, it is hard to believe that it is close to completion.   While in Chatsworth, I went to visit my Uncle Robert, who lost his wife of 70 years two weeks ago. Please remember him in your prayers. He is almost 90 and in poor health. He has outlived all his younger siblings and he is ready for Heaven. So glad I got to tell him I love him one more time.

Off to the eye doctor this morning for my yearly check up, then errands to do and our prayers for rain should be answered this week. Two to three inches is in the forecast. Thank you God for sending showers of blessing!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

I am going to take a blogging break over the long weekend to enjoy the time with friends and family. See you on Monday!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Stream

1.  I went for my two week check up yesterday and Dr S says all is looking good. I cannot walk my 10,000 steps daily for two more weeks. I was disappointed to hear that but I am going to follow orders. Apparently take it easy means take it easy.

2. Do you remember where you were on Nov 22 1963?  I was in the third grade...outside for our last recess of the day when children began saying that President Kennedy had been shot in the head. One boy in our class had heard the principal tell our teacher.  We all accused him of fibbing.( If anyone in the class was going to start a rumor, it would be this particular boy, not known for truth and honor! He probably heard this info while sitting in the principal's office)  It was the second big shock of my childhood...the Cuban missile crisis being the first.  There were no safe rooms back then. You depended on your teachers and your parents for assurance and you got it too!

3. Target has all their toys 20% off this week. I stopped in there after the drs appointment to pick up some things for the grands.  Whitney Pendell who blogs at Come Home for Comfort, noted that even the Dollar Spot at the front of the store had some cute toys for $3.  I did put a dent in my shopping and now I need to place my Amazon order to complete the list for all the grands.  Amazon is also having some good sales pre black Friday.

4. I did put up a few Christmas things yesterday and I was waiting for Marvin to make a comment about it but I was sneaky and they are discreet so I think I got away with it.  I will depend on him to help with the bigger items.

5. I am re reading some old cozy mysteries with a holiday theme. We Wish You a Merry Murder by Valerie Wolzien. Featuring Susan Henshaw, upscale suburban housewife and quasi sleuth.  I always enjoy reading about the upper crust in Connecticut.  Even though I know who the murderer is, I still enjoy the story. Here is one all my South of the Mason Dixon line readers will enjoy, Hark the Herald Angel Screamed by Mignon Ballard. And yes the lady in the choir procession really screamed.LOL  I will probably read Red Bird Christmas by Fannie Flagg as well. If you have never read that short book, I recommend it. I do think it is my favorite of Fannie Flagg's writings. It will put you in the Christmas spirit.

6. Does anyone else have Christmas china/ironstone that they use during the holidays? I have a set of Ironstone that my inlaws gifted to us over the years and it will be washed and readied for the holiday season this week.  I also picked up four more of the acrylic glasses with Christmas trees at Target yesterday.  Target really has some pretty Christmas things this year. I was also on the search for the plates with the truck and the Christmas tree that I had seen on Mrs Erica's you tube channel. She had purchased four to use as salad plates. I could only find one at my local Target.  I wanted to have some on hand for sandwiches etc. They were a bargain at $1.99.

7. One of my floss tube friends says that Instagram is an enabler for stitchers. You see something someone is working on and you want that pattern too! I think the blog world is similar. When I see posts about Target finds etc, it makes me want to go hunting for the same thing! But today I am off to my needlework shop to get some material for new projects. Let's see how strong my resolve is there today. I am sure I will come home with more than two pieces of fabric and floss!!

Have a good day y'all!!