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Friday, November 30, 2012

I got a sweet book in the mail on Wednesday thanks to PaperbackSwap.com.  Donna, one of my book loving friends shared a list of childrens books that everyone should read with our Tuesday Book Group. Well I had read most of the books but one title caught my attention, All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor.  I have had that little book on my "wish list" for quite a while and I was so excited when PaperbackSwap notified me that someone had posted All of a Kind Family and it was mine if I wanted to order it!!

When I was a child, Friday was library day during our summer breaks from school. My mother took all three of us girls to the library and we checked our books for one week. Usually by Friday evening or Saturday afternoon, I would have read my books. I loved reading! I felt rather like a child again as I sat down with this book Wednesday evening after dinner. I found myself gobbling up this sweet story and I could not put it down.

All of a Kind Family is the story of five sisters, Ella, Sarah, Henny, Charlotte and Gertie. They are the daughters of a young Jewish couple who live on the East Side of New York City.  Their father owns a junk shop and their mother takes care of the girls and the home. Ms Taylor includes much information about Jewish festivals that the girls enjoyed celebrating with their family and I found that very interesting.  I enjoyed reading about the lives of these girls in the early 1900s and all the ups and downs in their young lives. Ms Taylor's writing style is similar to Laura Ingalls Wilder in that she really brings the time period to life.  I wanted to read the next two books in the series but the prices on Amazon were quite high. I am thinking that the other books must be out of print.  That is truly a shame as these books are so lovely. If you want to escape the 21st century for a bit, visit with the All of a Kind Family. It will leave you with a smile on your face.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

 I thought I would share a few more Christmas photos this morning. Here is my tea cart all decked out in Christmas angels. And my sweet Christmas tea towel with a G looks so pretty on the tea cart. I love that this tea cart has a special towel holder built right into the cart.  I found the tea cart in a Savannah, Georgia antique store (Maggie's on Bull Street) and at just $90 I had to bring it home with me. It has a brass label on the side that says it belongs to the Shepheard Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. When I first got my tea cart, I googled the hotel and found that it is a four star hotel on the bank of the Nile River. I wonder how this little piece ended up in Savannah. I have heard of stealing towels from a hotel but a tea cart????

Below is a picture of my dining room chandelier. I am thinking of adding some tulle to the glass berry strand...it still needs some tweaking but I was glad to find a garland that matched my ornaments!  I have to admit that on the Friday after Thanksgiving I tend to put things up in a hurry to get it done in one day! Then when I have time, I go back and freshen it up a bit.

But today is my Friend Day and I am going to lunch with the girls so decorating will have to take a back seat to Nana Time today!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

With the library being closed for renovations my reading has been limited to re reading books that I love in my own collection but thanks to friend,Susan, I did read a very good book by M L Stedman. It is titled The Light Between Oceans.  Tom Sherbourne is looking to find peace of heart and mind after serving in World War One. He becomes a lighthouse keeper and volunteers to take the post on Janus Island, a remote Australian lighthouse. It is so remote that the supply boat only comes every three months. Tom would be totally alone and that was just fine with him. While on one of his leaves from duty he meets a local girl, Isabel. They marry and move to Janus. Isabel has hopes of raising a big family on this beautifully wild island. But sometimes things do not work out the way you plan. After several miscarriages Isabel despairs of even having one child. Then a miracle happens. Or at least it is a miracle in Isabel's eyes. A boat washes up on the island and inside is a dead man and a crying baby girl of about three months old.  Isabel feels that God has sent this baby to her. Tom is not so sure. Being a meticulous lighthouse keeper, carefully logging in all the details of their everyday life on the island, Tom feels he should report this event. Isabel assures him that people will think it is her baby. Unwilling to see his wife disappointed again, Tom agrees to her plan. Tom buries the man and they fall in love with this tiny girl. Isabel seems to forget that Lucy is not their own child but Tom is fearful that one day they will pay for this deceit.  While home on leave to have Lucy baptized, Tom and Isabel learn that Lucy is actually the granddaughter of a very wealthy man and Lucy's biological mother has gone almost mad with grief over the loss of her husband and baby.  This book is a story of love and hate, war and peace and right and wrong.  You can understand the viewpoints of each character and you sympathize with them as they each try to do what they feel is right in this situation.  I will be looking forward to more books by M L Stedman!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

 Here are the ornaments I made for the grands this year! They really do look pretty on the tree. I had seen similar ornaments on Pinterest and thought I could make some for myself.  I usually purchase an ornament for the grands every year so that when they are grown, they will have their own ornaments. I did that for my own children and I think it brings back many memories for them.  But I have been thinking instead of buying ornaments, I may just buy some big clear ornaments at Hobby Lobby and whip up four more of these.


Kendall and Landon were here yesterday and they loved the tree and they superloved the gingerbread house, although they did want to play with it. I had to explain it was for decoration only. But Kendall got busy and made a  paper gingerbread boy and girl, inspired by the pretty house. That girl loves crafting!!

And Landon kept asking me how long it was until Jesus' birthday....not Christmas, Jesus' birthday!!  I had placed some gifts that I had already wrapped under the tree and that sweet boy asked if those gifts were for Jesus.  I guess I got a good theology lesson yesterday and from a four year old no less. Out of the mouth of babes!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

 Here are four of my favorite ornaments....I have pictures of each of my grandchildren on their first Christmas.  At the top is Miss Kendall all decked out in her Christmas finery!!
 Youngest Grandson, Henry Baylor!!
 Oldest Grandson, Landon AKA Bubba!
And Miss Margaret who was born on December 2nd so she was just a bitty baby when the holiday rolled around.

Just seeing these sweet faces makes me smile!!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

 Here is my Gingerbread House that I saw at Cracker Barrel and my sweet husband bought it for me.  It is hard to tell in the morning light but it is lit on the inside and glows so cheerily!! I thought the grands would love it and I cannot wait for them to see it.
 A side view...it is decorated so nicely!! Much better than I could do if I decided to make a Gingerbread house!
And one of my favorite Christmas decorations. Mama G made this nativity set for us at her ceramics class and we have treasured it for years!! Grands know that we look but do not touch! They have their own Fisher Price nativity upstairs in the toy corner and they are welcome to play with it all they like.

I look forward to seeing everyone's Christmas decorations on the blogs I read regularly! It makes me feel that I have stopped in at their homes for a little visit.


Friday, November 23, 2012

We had a very nice Thanksgiving...I only took two photos because I was too busy loving on the grands from Birmingham. I had not seen them in three weeks.  Kendall and Landon were with their dad and Amelia was under the weather so it was just us and the boys and their families.  We enjoyed a delicious meal together and Margaret told me, "This is the best Thanksgiving I ever saw Nana." What a sweetheart.

Today I plan to get out my Christmas decorations and deck the Grimm Halls. Pictures to follow!!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

 One of my blog friends wanted to see my Christmas ironstone so here it is!  We have used this china for at least 20 years if not longer!  My parents in law had commissary privileges at the base in Savannah and I believe they purchased these dishes there.  I love taking the set out every year and using them during the Christmas season.
I have already been busy this morning getting dishes ready for tomorrow. So far I have made my cornbread for my dressing, a fruit salad and a chocolate eclair dessert. Next up is my apple pie, bake my sweet potatoes for my sweet potato crunch casserole and make some pecan pie bars. It will be a busy day and I have lots of cleaning to do as well. My last chore of the day will be to get out all my China and make sure it is ready for tomorrow. I am no Martha Stewart but I like to set a pretty table for Thanksgiving.

I hope all my blog friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

 I received my order from Sutton Place yesterday and I was so happy with it!!  I have had this piece of cross stitch done  for quite a while and  I wanted to have it made into a cushion. My problem was that  I did not know a seamstress who could do it for me. Thanks to Kim's blog, Savy Southern Style, I heard about Ann at Sutton Place. I sent my cross stitch to Ohio and it came back looking so pretty. Ann does great work at a good price.  I had to go ahead and put it on display!
You can find Sutton Place Designs on Etsy! Ann has lots of pretty cushions and she does custom orders too!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

 I just had to share these pictures that my sister, Kristi, made when we were in Chatsworth at the end of September. I had been bugging her to get them up on Facebook and she finally did!! Bless her heart, she has lots to do besides listen to her big sis! I just loved this picture of my niece, Laura, and Margaret. Laura is our "miracle baby". My sister, Leta, was told she probably would not have any children but God knew different and sent our "LaLa".  She is growing up to be such a fine young woman. We are all proud of her!! And isn't she pretty too!  All my grands just love LaLa, as they call her.
I love this picture of Ben and Baylor. Kristi was trying to get Baylor to smile by holding up a bag of candy. Every time the bag was held up Mr Baylor put on a big smile.  And it is rare that you catch my Ben in a real smile...so that makes the picture even more precious to me.

I am looking forward to seeing the Birmingham Grands this week. We sure do miss them!!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Kendall colored this cute picture for me last year. I have been meaning to get it laminated but alas that has not happened.  I have plans today to get ready for Thanksgiving by doing some cleaning and organizing. I made a grocery run yesterday and already I have realized that I need to make another trip. Even with my extensive list, I forgot a few things.

And another chore for today is getting out my Christmas Ironstone that we use every year during the holiday season. Marvin's parents gave us a set when we were a young family and they added a bit each year so we have a nice set of dishes. One or two have chips but we have been very careful with it as it is no longer produced here.  I use my mother in law's china on Thanksgiving Day so I need to make sure I have that all ready for Thursday as well.  Mama G always kept her wedding china on display in her china cabinet and as far as I can remember it was never used. I decided that when I inherited it, we would use it for special holiday dinners to honor her memory.

Off to get busy!! Have a wonderful weekend.


Friday, November 16, 2012

The Bible tells us that a cheerful heart is good medicine and last night Marvin and I took a dose as we went to our local Princess Theater to see a comedy show presented by Henry Cho. Henry is one of those rare things, a comedian who keeps his comedy clean. He talks of normal everyday things and makes it funny. He reminds me a bit of Bill Cosby.  Before Mr Cho came to the stage, two young men did a warmup and they were also funny and had the audience ready for the main event.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that the theater was full. I guess there are lots of people who need a good laugh.

At the end of the program, Henry showed us some tshirts and other merchandise but then he let us know that all the proceeds go to two missions that he supports. One was a mission group who digs wells in Africa and the other supports a young boy and his brothers who live in the Dominican Republic.  Despite his funny nature you can tell that Henry Cho has a heart for people!

Among some of Mr Cho's funny lines...

We named our sons Grant and Jackson because we knew they were going to fight.

I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. I was the only Asian in town...I did not know that I was supposed to be smart. In college everyone wanted to copy off my paper until they realized I was not smart. I explained to them that "hey, I was born here".

He had the whole audience laughing as he described meeting his wife and her family. They are from a small town not far from Decatur, named Arab.( A Rab) It was a bit of a culture clash to say the least.

If you get an opportunity to go to one of Henry Cho's shows,  take the time and go! It was well worth the money spent on an evening out.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, I thought I would share this picture of Marvin's mom, aunt and grandmother cooking together.  All three of these dear ladies have gone on to heaven and all are missed, especially on holidays.

  Thanksgiving in the south is not complete without turkey and dressing. Most southern cooks do not stuff their birds but make the dressing and bake it in its own dish.  The aroma of celery and onions cooking in butter, always makes me think of Thanksgiving!  So on my menu this year will be turkey breasts (my family is not big on the dark meat) dressing,gravy, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, daughter in law Nancy's broccoli, corn, orange salad, and rolls. For dessert we will have apple pie and sweet potato cream cheese pie made by son Charles as well as a new pinterest recipe for pecan pie bars. It will be a feast with many thankful hearts around the table!

When I was a little girl, we spent most Thanksgivings with my Tankersley Grandparents. My grandparents did not have a big house but that did not keep their four adult children and their families away. It was a full house but I remember the fun we had with all the cousins together, playing and fussing.  I love to see my grandchildren playing together. It brings back so many sweet memories! Today I am thankful for my four sweet blessings named Kendall, Landon, Margaret and Baylor!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

 I had been puzzling over a gift idea for Granddaughter Margaret's third birthday which comes on December 2nd. As she is a Dora the Explorer fan, I thought that a backpack might be a fun gift. For those of you unfamiliar with Dora, she carries a backpack that helps her do her exploring! I found this cute girly backpack at Cheldens here in Decatur. It even had a little monkey on the front. Dora has a monkey friend, called Boots so it was another link to Dora, although the monkey on the bag is a girl monkey!

 I love that Margaret's backpack is personalized with her sweet name.  In the south, we love anything personalized with a name or a monogram.
I am filling her backpack with lots of books, coloring books and twistable crayons.  I may also make a "map" to include as Dora's backpack has a map tucked inside! That would be a fun project for Nana. I would draw a map of Alabama and a route from Margaret's house to Nana's house!  I will get it laminated to that it will survive a sweet little preschooler!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Well I have been reading my way through the Tudor series and I have had to take a break and read something light and fun to shake up my brain a bit! I finished The Queen's Fool as well as The Virgin's Lover.  The Queen's Fool was quite good. It is the story of a young Jewish girl who has fled the Spanish Inquisition. In London, she is introduced to the ailing young King Edward and she becomes his wise fool. Apparently the kings and queens had fools who were funny and fools who were serious. The Serious Fool was also known for their ability to see things others did not see.  Hannah Green predicts the death of young King Edward and goes on to become the Wise Fool to his older sister, Mary, when she takes the throne.  As usual, there is fiction among the historical bits as is usual in historic novels but it is a good read. The Virgin's Lover was the story of Elizabeth the First and her love affair with Robert Dudley. Of the Tudor Series, this is my least favorite book so far. Elizabeth and Robert are both out for number one and neither of them comes across as likable. By the end of the book, I was just skimming along. I have two books left to read, The Other Queen, which is about Mary, Queen of Scotts and The Boleyn Inheritance, which is about the Boleyn line after Anne Boleyn's death.

As I said, I am taking a break from the Tudor novels and reading some "fluff" as we call it in our Book Group. I am reading Plaster and Poison by Jennie Bentley. It is a mystery series set in Maine. Now I ususally love cozy mysteries set in New England but this one is not keeping my attention so I may just put it aside and read something else. Thanks to Paperback swap and the Book Sale Room at the library I do have some books to chose from!  And with the holidays on the horizon, I think my leisurely reading will be cut short. It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week!! Where has this year gone?

Monday, November 12, 2012

I am thankful today for all the ones who have served through the years so that I can live in the land of the free and the home of the brave! My father and my father in law both served in the Army. My father served during the Korean Conflict with the Army Seahorses. He was stationed in Japan where he assisted on the boats that took the soldiers to Korea. My father in law was in WW2 where he served in the later part of the D Day invasion. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was among some of the US forces who liberated France and Germany.  He also went on to serve in Japan during the Korean Conflict. He and my father were there at the same time but at different bases.  Now my nephew, Will Grimm, is in the Army, serving as a 2nd Lt at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Take a moment today to remember that freedom is not free.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

 We had such a nice time at MOPs yesterday...crafting and visiting and eating. Our crafts board member, Crystal, came up with these cute crafts for us to make. ( I am borrowing her photo of our turkey and Christmas ornament.) If you want to see more photos from our MOPs meeting, check out the MOPs blog on my blog roll. MOPs member, Jenn, is taking photos and updating the blog for our group. I really appreciate Jenn's willingness to do this. She has two blogs of her own, Sweet T Makes Three and Those Groovy Gervens. In addition to this she has two preschoolers, one being a new baby boy!! She is one busy lady.
Here is my Christmas ornament. I am a renegade, I had to make mine just a little different!!  I think these ornaments would be great Christmas gifts. All you need is a wooden letter, scrap book paper, ribbon, modge podge and a little round attachment for the top. I cannot think of the name for these little things but they screw into the top of the ornament. We just used modge podge to adhere the paper to the letter, then cut the paper away from the letter. Some used Exacto knives, others scissors. I found I had a few little "fuzzy" bits of paper around the curved area of the letter but when I got home, I just used some fine sandpaper to sand that off and it looked fine.

I always enjoy my MOPs meetings. I am thankful to be their Grandmother of Preschoolers!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Another short post this morning as I am on the run!! Marvin's car started acting up on him yesterday on the way home from work so he drove directly to the Ford place to leave it to be checked out. So I get to be his chauffeur today! I would let him have my car but I have MOPs today and I do not want to miss that meeting. We are making some cute crafts and I hope to take some pictures so you can see how crafty we are!!

After MOPs and the grocery store, I am going to a Pampered Chef party that my friend, Susan, is hosting. I always enjoy seeing the new gadgets that the Pampered Chef company have come up with to make cooking fun and easy.

I had planned to take my camera to our Birthday lunch yesterday but I forgot it! Seems I forget a lot of things lately.;) We had a good time eating, visiting and laughing. I truly do not know what I would do without my sweet friends. We have been through many things together and Deb and Sus are the people I feel that I can share anything with and they will understand.

Off to Huntsville!! Have a great Friday...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Isn't this a pretty picture from my parent's farm in North Georgia? My niece, Laura, posted it on her Facebook page yesterday and I had to "steal" it for my blog.  The mountains in the distance are shrouded in the clouds.  I liked this photograph so much that I made it my screensaver for this month.

Today the besties and I are heading out to Hillsboro, Alabama to have lunch at Dot's Soul Food. It is Susan's birthday so she gets to choose where we will celebrate.  If you cannot eat a true "southern" lunch at Mama's house, then Dot's is the next best thing.  We also talked of taking in a tour of the Joe Wheeler Home that has just been refurbished and is now open to the public.  Joe Wheeler was a general in the Civil War and is well known in these parts for his large plantation in Lawrence County.  Lawrence County is still a big farming county in Alabama. If you want to see some pretty fields of cotton growing in the summer sun, Lawrence County is the place to find it. But in the early fall when you smell the defoliant in the air, you know you will soon see beautiful white fields of cotton...stretching as far as the eye can see. It is a beautiful sight to behold. Those fields, with the cotton ready to pick always remind me of the Bible verse about the fields being white unto harvest!!

And once I get home from my leisure time, I will be making cookies for our Mops meeting tomorrow morning. We are going to have a craft morning and that is one of my favorite activities.  I will post some pictures of our handiwork!

Friends are truly a blessing and another thing that I am thankful for in this month of Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I am a little late posting today as I had a doctor's appointment at 7:30. I like to do appointments early in the morning so I do not have all day to "stew" about it and get my bp up!! I am one of those people who suffer from White Coat Syndrome...and I am an old nurse no less. For some reason going to the doctor's office just makes me nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs.  I have a wonderful doctor and a great nurse so I am not sure why I get so worried.  I think part of the problem is that I know how many things can go wrong with the human body.

And now I am home, having some coffee, finally. I had to forego breakfast for fasting bloodwork and let me tell you McDonalds has some of the best coffee you will find! I am not a big Starbucks(or Fivebucks as a friend of mine refers to it!) fan as it is just too strong for me. McDonalds, Panera and Cracker Barrel are my favorite places to get a cup of coffee.  I have a little time to clean before the carpet cleaner comes this afternoon. I got my garage all organized on Saturday and now getting my carpet cleaned will make me happy to get ready for the holidays.  We only have two rooms with carpet but they are big rooms so it is a job that I can no longer do on my own. My friend, Lori M, recommended this company. She uses them regularly and is very happy with their work so I am sure I will be too.

Well this has been a rambling blog post so I will ramble on and comment on the election results.  I think the election results demonstrate how far our culture has strayed from the foundation that our country was built upon back in 1776. When God is not honored and His Name is used frequently as a swear word it breaks my heart. We should be ashamed that abortion has become a form of birth control.  When marriage is no longer considered to be between a man and a woman, God's Word is mocked. Hopefully those of us who claim to be believers will stand up and show the world that God is still ALIVE!  I am going to pray for revival in our land...it is the only answer to today's problems.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I found a new recipe that I wanted to share today. Our Sunday School Class enjoys coffee and snacks every Sunday before class begins and I am always on the lookout for something new to make and take! I came across this recipe in our ALFA insurance magazine that comes to our home each month. I like to read about the farmers and their farms but my favorite part of the magazine is the recipe page at the back of the periodical. When I saw the recipe for Sausage Egg and Cheese Muffins, I had to try them.
Everyone enjoyed them Sunday morning and using the aluminum tray made by my late mother in law, the muffins stayed nice and warm!( By the way, the tray was a Church Lady craft project...I love using mine!)

Sausage Egg and Cheese Muffins
1 cup Biquick
1/2 cup grated cheese
1/3 c sour cream
2/3 c milk
2 eggs..beaten
1/2 pound sausage..browned
Mix all ingredients and spoon into greased mini muffin pans. Bake at 350 for twenty to thirty minutes.( Mine took about 25 minutes) Yields 24 mini muffins.

I always follow the recipe the first time I try something but this time I decided to add a little something. Before putting my muffins in the oven, I sprinkled just a bit of grated cheese on each one. I think it makes them look prettier.  When I make this again, I might use hot sausage instead of regular, it would kick the taste up a notch if you like hot seasoning.  My favorite pork sausage to use in recipes is Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage. His sausage is not as greasy as some other brands and the taste is consistently good.  Last of all, I doubled this recipe and I had 48 muffins with a bit of batter left over...I stored it in the fridge and will bake it up soon.

With the holidays approaching, it is good to have some new appetizers to add to the old favorites.

Monday, November 5, 2012

 Here is our pile of "stuff" for our Operation Christmas Child boxes. Our church supports this ministry every year in November. This year the ladies in charge of this project decided that they would make the Christmas Child project a bit more fun by having two Sunday School Classes competing against each other to see who could donate the most boxes.  The losing class has to make breakfast for the winning class!! Yesterday our class had 12 boxes and I am not sure how many boxes the other class has donated. We have one more week to turn in our boxes so we are hoping to win the competition and help lots of children have a happy Christmas.
Kendall and Landon were glad to help fill the Christmas boxes. I found some decorated shoe boxes at Target...aren't they fun? And hopefully the child who receives these boxes can use them to brighten up their little corner of the world. Kendall and Landon did not understand why we were putting tooth brushes, tooth paste, soap, washcloth and comb in the boxes. That is not what they think of when they think of Christmas. It was a good introduction to talking to my grands about how we are blessed here in the United States and that many children around the world are happy to have their own hygiene products. We also put in lots of fun things as well...candy and small toys, crayons, pencils, fun pads etc.

If you would like to participate in this wonderful ministry just go to www.samaritanspurse.org. Operation Christmas Child is a branch of the Samaritan's Purse ministry which is headed up by Franklin Graham.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

 Here is my loot from an old fashioned Christmas Bazaar! Central UMC, where I used to teach preschool, hosted a Christmas Bazaar. It seems in our busy world there is not a lot of time for ladies to do handwork and baking so Bazaars as we knew them in our childhood are few and far between. I must say the ladies of Central really worked hard and presented buyers with all sorts of goodies. My plan was to get some Christmas gifts but I ended up buying things for myself!! The baked goodies include bread and cheese crisps...both are yummy!
 This beautiful baby quilt was just $15...it is made of squares of soft flannel and I know my grands will enjoy it for a "snuggle". No matter how old you are you can always enjoy a soft blankie.
 This little angel was made by my friend, Donna. Isn't it precious? This would be a good project for Nanas and grands....
 And here is a notecard with a picture of Central UMC. I purchased this to frame as a memento of my time as a teacher there.
And here is my blanket on this old "Sunday School" chair. When my husband's church updated their childrens department, they got rid of all the "old" things and my sweet mother in law, grabbed some for her children. These were the chairs they sat on at Sunday School when they were little. I did not do anything to mine but wash it off...I love all the wear and tear and it is still sturdy as sturdy can be. They do not make things like this chair anymore. I keep it in my living room for the grands to sit in. I just love how the blanket and the chair look as though they were made for each other.  And the little pillow says, Count Your Blessings. A good reminder for the new month of November!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

I found another mystery series that I like...The Hawkenlye Mysteries by Alys Clare. I came upon The Chatter of the Maidens at our Book Sale Room at the library. It was just fifty cents so I took a gamble and brought it home. I am so glad I did.  Alys Clare is the pen name of Elizabeth Harris. She writes of the Hawkenlye Abbey where nuns and monks work together for the spiritual and physical good of the people in the area of Tonbridge. The mysteries are set in the late 1100s during the time of Richard the Lionhearted.  While I do enjoy Cadfael, I am not usually a fan of medieval books so I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed Chatter of the Maidens.  Abbess Helewise  is the wise head of the sisters of Hawkenlye and along with her friend and mentor, Sir Josse d'Aquin  she solves the mysteries that seem  to come often to Hawkenlye. Chatter of the Maidens finds three sisters coming to Hawkenlye for help after the death of their parents. One sister claims to be a nun but is she? Her two younger sisters seem to be terrified of their older sister which puzzles Abbess Helewise. Soon after the arrival of the young women, there is a murder among the pilgrims who travel to Hawkenlye. Is there a connection between all of these events?

I enjoyed reading of this time in history. Living in the 21st century it is hard to grasp the hardships the people faced in a day of limited finances, travel and medical care.  I will be looking for more books in this series and thanks to PaperbackBook Swap, I have another book in this series on its way to me right now!! With our library closing for two months, PaperbackBook Swap will be a blessing!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

 I had to share pictures of the grands....Here are Baylor and Margaret. Baylor was a farmer and Margaret is a princess.
 Ben and Baylor...love that Hat!!
Kendall as Merida from the Disney movie, Brave...love that snaggletooth grin. Landon refused to have his picture made but he was Thomas the Tank Engine and looked really cute in his costume.

We only had four trick or treaters to stop by our house so I have candy left which is not a Good Thing. I will be tempted to eat it!! On to November and Thanksgiving!!!