I love consignment shopping! I found this cute Vera Bradley purse for Kendall for just $10 and it is a recent pattern. My favorite local consignment store is Better Than Before here in Decatur. I have found many bargains there! This Vera Bradley purse still had the tags on it, I do not believe it had ever been used. It was the perfect Back to School Happy for my sweet girl. I have also found many name brand clothing items and purses for a great price. I recently found a cute Vera Bradley in a purple pattern that I knew would be perfect for my friend, Susan, who is a Purple Lady. My friend, Michie, recently posted a blog about the younger generation getting back to basics. It rather reminds me of the kids in the 60s and 70s. In our materialistic world, it is good to see the next generation being more aware of saving money and living simply. As my friend, Martha, would say....It's a Good Thing.
Friday, August 30, 2013
I took Landon to his Meet the Teacher Day at Preschool and I could not help but compare this year's visit to our stressful Meet the Teacher Day last year. Landon has grown up so much in one year.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Mary Anne Schwalbe was a world traveler, busy in many social concerns in Afghanistan and Burma so when she came home tired and jaundiced her doctor began treating her for hepatitis. But she did not get better. After more testing the physicians find out it is not Hepatitis but rather pancreatic cancer. Advanced pancreatic cancer. Even with treatment, her prognosis was six months to a year. Her son, Will, a book editor, takes the time to go with her to her treatments at Sloane Kettering. Being voracious readers, they each have a book with them to pass the time. Soon they decide that they will have a book club of two and they read the same books and discuss them. (There is a list of the books they read included.) Will comes to know his mother as a reader and they find that while they enjoy many of the books, their opinions on the characters, plot etc are often quite different. Mary Anne keeps busy with her life and friends as she is going through treatment and I think that really made the difference in her survival of two years after her diagnosis. Mary Anne is also a believer...she trusts in God as she is on this journey. I am looking for one of the devotional books that she kept on her bedside table, Daily Strength for Daily Needs.
This book also helps the reader to understand what cancer patients are going through as they are treated with chemo. Will includes some helpful advice on how to help the patient and the family when they are in this situation. Ultimately, Mary Anne does die but she dies peacefully at home which is a blessing.
I must tell you that this book also includes a lot about liberal ideas and philosophies...I would just skim over these parts and move on to the rest of the story. It is a book that I will keep in my own library and I will re read it I am sure. I will also be reading some of the books that Will and Mary Anne read in their End of Your Life Book Club.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
When my children were little, we had quite a collection of Smurfs. Of course they were small and very blue back then. In fact I think I still have one or two upstairs in the toy box. Kendall and Landon have been on a Happy Meal kick lately, hoping to collect the new bigger, sky blue Smurfs that MacDonalds has wisely included in their children's meals. MacDonalds knows that a Nana in Alabama will be helping her grands collect as many as possible. Ok, I know that you can buy them without purchasing a Happy Meal but what fun is that? The kiddos love to open the Happy Meal to see which Smurf is hiding inside! Kendall has been on the hunt for Vexy....the new dark haired girl Smurf. Well Saturday while we were in Hoova, we got Margaret and Baylor a Happy Meal and there she was! Baylor kindly shared his Vexy with Kendall. Then yesterday I took Landon on a MacDonalds run after a trip to the park and lo and behold, there was Smurfette....or as we call her in the Grimm House, Smurfhead. That is what Ben, Amelia and Charles thought that the girl smurf was named back in the day.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
www.thehappyscraps.com came up with this cute teacher gift and I wanted to do something like this for Kendall's teacher. However, I knew that Kendall would never get to school with the sharpies intact so I changed Amy's idea up a bit. I purchased two packages of sharpies...one regular and one fine point and placed them in one of my little cellophane gift bags. I purchase these bags at Hobby Lobby and I find that they are wonderful for all sorts of little happies. I made my own card using Amy's little saying but she does offer a free printable at her site if you want to print off this cute blue tag. I have added Amy to my blog roll and I hope you will check out all her creative ideas for happies and gifts.
Monday, August 26, 2013
This is what Margaret told me when I said something about visiting Birmingham! She is a Grimm for sure...she must get the facts right! And yes the Ben Grimm family does live in Hoover, Alabama.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
And today we are off to Birmingham to see the Grands! Of course I got to see them yesterday as I kept them for Katy while she was helping her mom. They were both so happy to be at Nana's house. Toys, treats and yummy snacks are what a Grandmother's House is all about! But Grandpa did not get to see them so he is very happy to be off to see Margaret and Baylor. You will probably see pictures on Monday!!
Friday, August 23, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Another rainy, cool Monday here in north Alabama. This has been one of the coolest summers on record for our region of the country but we are not going to complain!! Off to do chores and errands. Have a Happy Birthday Charles!!
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Landon and Kendall were with their dad when Daddy passed away so Nick wanted Amelia to tell them about it. But Amelia had not had time to sit down with them when they arrived on Tuesday morning to stay with me. I was not going to say anything, leaving that up to Mommy but that is not how it turned out. Kendall was upstairs playing when it was time to check the mailbox. Landon loves to go with me to the mailbox and he likes to take the mail into the house where we open it together. On Tuesday I received quite a number of sympathy cards and as Landon was helping me open them he wanted to know what those cards were for! (He knows all about Birthday Cards and thought maybe it was my birthday). I explained to him that Pa had gone to heaven and my friends were sending me cards to tell me that they were thinking of me as I said goodbye to my daddy. Landon looked at me with big eyes, "Can Pa stand up now? Can he walk?" I assured him that Pa was all better in heaven. That was all he needed to hear and he was fine with that! How we could all learn from the simple trust of the mind of a child!
Friday, August 16, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Kendall starts school on Monday and she is looking forward to getting back to class. Landon will be with me until after Labor Day when his preschool resumes. He will be in the M W F four class. It will be nice to get back into a routine but we have enjoyed our summer together.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
One of the most poignant aspects of this book is the ladies trip to Camp Meeting each summer. In the old days of the South, Camp Meetings were held for a week or so at a time. Families considered this their vacation. They moved to the camp meeting site, many owning little houses called Tents and they spent this time, singing, eating, listening to preaching and visiting with friends they saw infrequently. For these sweet ladies, it seems that every year less people attend Camp Meeting. The older people are dying and the younger people do not see the need to keep this tradition going. Pet opines that one day they are going to arrive at Camp Meeting and they are going to be the only people there! To add to their dismay, when they get home from Camp Meeting, they find that Miss Addie's son has sold her beautiful old home to the owner of the local funeral home. Now when they sit on their porch at night, the funeral home will be right across the street. They cannot understand why Son did not want to live in the family home! Times are changing and one of the biggest changes is the acknowledgement of a secret that has haunted Miss Cora for years.
Truly this book has been one of my favorite summer reads! Swan Place is still my favorite Trobaugh work but Resting in the Bosom of the Lamb is a close second!!
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
I have several other "fluffing" plans and I hope I can get them done soon!!