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Monday, March 31, 2014

Lion or Lamb?

It is the last day of March....will this month go out like a lamb? The old saying goes March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. When I stepped out to get the morning paper it was quite chilly and my heat is coming on intermittently so I cannot say I spot a lamb!!  The forecast says we will reach the 60s today so maybe March will go out like a lamb.

We had a nice weekend. Marvin got to watch lots of basketball games on tv in his man cave. He was so disappointed as Louiville was beaten by one point on Saturday night. Marvin used to teach physics at U  of L so he still pulls for the Cardinals.  We did take time out Saturday afternoon to go and see Divergent. We had both read the book and thought we would enjoy the movie. We did. The movie followed the plot line of the book so we were not disappointed. We seldom go to the movies but I would like to go to see God is Not Dead. I have heard so many good things about it...maybe next Saturday.

Sunday was church, then out to lunch before coming home to rest. I am so glad God gave us a day to rest!! I enjoy my Sunday afternoon naps.  And now Call the Midwife is back on PBS so I have a nice tv program to watch on Sunday evenings.

And now a new week, full of possibilities!!



Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Boys(And Girls) of Summer

 It is that time of the year again...even if the temps feel like Winter!! Softball is here for the kiddos. Kendall has never played before but she is looking forward to a new experience. She is a good fielder and thrower according to Grandpa who braved the temps one afternoon to watch her practice.
And Landon has the stance down in this photo taken by Mom. He hit a triple! His group is machine pitch softball.

Their dad, Nick, enjoys softball so I can see why he wants to pass down his love for ball to his children. But my side of the family has talent in that area also.(And no it did not pass on to me!!). My Granddad Henderson and his brother, Chet, were good at ball. My mother said there was a ball game going on almost every Sunday afternoon when she was a little girl. And my cousin, Mickey, played for Jacksonville State here in NoAla. He even had an opportunity to try out for a major league farm team if I remember correctly!

We are looking forward to spending some Saturday afternoons watching the kiddos play! But today is rainy so we are heading to the movies to see Divergent. I would also like to see God is Not Dead. I have heard so many great reviews on that movie as well. Have a great weekend blog friends.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Reconstructing Amelia

When I named my daughter, Amelia, almost 34 years ago, there were no Amelia's. Well except for my sister in law who we called Amy. Amelia is a family name in the Grimm line.  Now it seems Amelias are everywhere and now here is a book about one!

I picked this up at Target the other day as I could not find a book I wanted to read at the library. Target has great prices on books by the way. The name Amelia was what drew my attention to the novel.

Kate Baron is an up and coming lawyer in NYC. Kate gave birth to Amelia when she was a young law clerk. Amelia's father is not in the picture and never has been. While Kate is very focused on her work she sets aside two nights a week  to spend time with her teenager.  When Amelia was a little girl, she had a much loved nanny named Leelah. But as Amelia grew older she convinced Kate that she did not need a nanny and was capable of staying at home on her own. Kate buys that story and does not really worry too much about her daughter being home alone while mom works all hours of the day and night. But Kate's world is rocked one day when Amelia's pricy private school calls to tell Kate that Amelia is suspended for cheating and Kate must come right away to pick her up at school. On arriving at school, Kate sees fire trucks and an ambulance on the school campus. Kate is informed that Amelia jumped to her death from the roof of the school. Of course, Kate is horrified and begins to question her decisions that might have led to her daughter's suicide. While still grieving, Kate receives an anonymous text...Amelia did not jump.

Kate along with a local policeman assigned to the case, begin to Reconstruct Amelia's last days by looking at emails, text messages and facebook postings. What is the truth behind Amelia's death? This book reveals the underbelly of an average upperclass teenager's life. It should also make most parents stop and consider if they really do know their teen at all!

I gave it a three out of five stars on Good Reads. I am sure this book will be made into a movie as it has all the components that Hollywood loves to dwell on these days.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Old Georgia Home

 It is spring break week here in NoAla. Even though the temperatures are not cooperating!! Since I have Kendall and Landon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, I decided to take them to Chatsworth to see Grandma Margie, their great grandmother. It was so cold when we got there that we just stayed inside. In fact, though you cannot tell it in this picture, it was spitting snow!! I tried to get a picture of the snow with the blooming apple trees in the background but it did not turn out the way I expected it too!!
 The children always get a lot of attention from their great grandmother and great aunts. Here Aunt Leta is reading to Landon.
 The children playing with the toys that Mother keeps on hand for children visiting her home.
And here is my mother, working on embroidering a table cloth!! You can see where I get my love for needlework. Mother does not use a hoop which is amazing to me. I have to have my hoop or Qsnaps in place to do needlework.

After a good country meal of fried chicken and all the fixins Monday evening I had a chance to go and see my cousin, Pam, who is waging a brave battle against colon cancer. Her sister, Charlotte, was there too so we had a good cousin visit. After a sweet night's rest, we left around ten am as I think we had worn Mother out!! It is always good to go to the old stomping ground.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Happy Birthday Baylor!!

 Looks like dinosaurs made their way to Baylor's third Birthday Party!! Katy and her cousin, Betsy, worked on this theme for the party. We had a dinosaur dig, silly string, party blowers and finally a dinosaur egg hunt.
 Those dinos went right into the house and out into the back yard!
 Cake made by mommy!!
 Sister Margaret checking out the noise makers.
 Baylor munching on a cookie while wiating for his cake.
 Mommy Daddy and Baylor
 Elliott enjoyed being passed from lap to lap. He is such a sweet baby, however in this photo he appears to be telling Nana to buzz off with that camera.
 All four Grimm men...you can see Ben and Baylor in the background.
 Margaret having a quiet moment....
 Hunting for Dino Eggs.
 Baylor enjoyed having his cousins, Lexie and Lila at the party. Kendall and Landon were sorry to miss the party as they had ball practice.
And here is the birthday boy. His actual birthday is today!! We love him a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Easter

 Now that St Patrick's Day is over, I took the time to decorate for Easter. I do not do a lot of decorations for Easter but the Grands love to see what Nana comes up with for this special season. I got this nice Door Hanger from Amberlynn's Door Decor on Etsy. Her things are very reasonably priced and she is an Alabama crafter so I am glad to give her my business.
 And here is the sweet little lamb I found last year at Pier One. Granddaughter, Margaret loves Lambs so I purchased it with her in mind.
 This is my secretary that is just inside the front door. I found this pretty egg at TJ Maxx. Kendall looked inside it to see if there was any candy to be had but alas it was empty. I will have to fix that and surprise her.
 This cute Easter bunny is on the turquoise table that showcases all my sweet grands. I still need to add Elliott's picture to the group!!
 My BIG bunny that I found at TJ Maxx many years ago. The pedestal he sits on is new. I found it at a little antique store down town. And my crystal candle holders came from Tammy Eddy Antiques. I have switched the candles to pink ones!  If you look carefully you can see my little lambs and chicks that I picked up at Hobby Lobby among the eggs and grass.
 My chandelier....It really says Spring!
 Another Mr and Mrs Bunny....atop my kitchen hutch.
And last, another Pier One find....I placed it on the grands little table in the kitchen. The children love the fact that I always decorate "their" table.

Well that is all my decorating at Nanaland. I look forward to seeing everyone's post on their Easter tableaus and traditions. Later this afternoon we will head down the road to Birmingham to celebrate Baylor's Third Birthday!! You can be sure there will be photos on Monday!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

My First Oily Meeting

I have been on the oily bandwagon about two months now! Last night I was so happy to be able to attend my first Oily Meeting ! My blog friend, Myra at My Blessed Life led the meeting at a local church fellowship hall. Some of the attendees like my friend, Jenn atSweet T Makes Three, have been using oils for a while but others like me were newbies or still on the fence as to the use of essential oils in place of OTCs and cleaning products that they are familiar with in their everyday life.

Myra did a great job of explaining the different uses of the basic essential oils. Some people in the audience shared their own stories of how essential oils have worked for them. As I have shared before, I was interested in oils because with Marvin's looming retirement, I want to get off some non essential meds and to just get healthier in general.  I do take meds for hypertension and hypothyroidism. I would never go off those meds. As a nurse, I am very firm in taking the medicines you need but like many people in the US today, I take too many pills for various ailments when oils would do just as well or even better. Here is my own testimonial. For years I have struggled with allergies, taking Allegra to stop my sneezes, watery eyes etc. In the spring time when everything is blooming, I am not a happy camper. I have been diffusing Lavender, Lemon and Peace and Calming to help Marvin and me go to sleep at night. ( Another problem we struggle with!). Since breathing in the diffused oils, I have had no allergy problem and I have yet to take an Allegra this spring.  I  found out last night at the meeting that Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint are the "allergy Oils".  Another product that I LOVE is Thieves Cleaner. I have been using it for three weeks now and I am tossing all the many chemical products that clutter my pantry.  How nice it is to clean your bathroom and not be gasping with fumes from bleach cleaners!!

The Essential oils are not inexpensive but they last a long time and their potency never diminishes. Being healthier leads to less doctor visits and less out of pocket money for treatment. I would much rather purchase oils that the designer antibiotics that the medical community endorses!  Do your research and see how essential oils might work for you!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Has Sprung!

Today marks the first day of Spring. The daffodils are blooming, the Bradford Pears are a snowy white but we are still wearing our winter duds as it has been very chilly. I have my capris and flip flops in readiness for a lovely spring day but so far they are just languishing in my closet...making fun of me every time I go to select an outfit for the day. But I live in hope!!

It is friend day and we are doing breakfast at Mr Henry's in Hartselle, one of my favorite places. So I must be off to get dressed, put on my coat and hit the road. Have a great day friends!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

MOPs Pizza and Painting

 Last night I gathered with a group of my favorite young women to eat pizza and to paint a picture. Thanks to the talented Elena Doepel for sharing her expertise with us. As you can see from the picture above(taken by Tiffany Mooney) we all had a good time trying our hand at being artistic.  Elena brought one of her oil paintings for us to use as an inspiration piece. It was interesting to see that we all had a different take on our own paintings.
 Here is my finished product. I was quite happy with it.
I will be hanging it in my guest room. Thanks to these sweet ladies for letting me be part of their group!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mr Rosenblum Dreams in English

After finishing The Fault in Our Stars, I started on this novel and found another good story!  Jack Rosenblum, his wife, Sadie, and baby daughter, Elizabeth, are fortunate to be able to leave Germany and immigrate to England before the outbreak of WW2.  Jack is anxious to become a proper English man. When he is given a booklet instructing him on English Behavior, he strives to meet every goal. Jack accomplishes much in his early years in England. He learns to speak the language, he becomes a wealthy businessman but his life is not complete. Every Englishman plays golf.  As Jack sets out to learn more about the game, he begins filling out applications to join several Golfing Clubs in his area. However, he finds that his last name is keeping him from being accepted to any of the clubs no matter how wealthy he is and how much money he can donate to the clubs. Not to be deterred from his goal, Jack decides to build his own golf club in rural England. Jack is in his early 50s now, a daughter at Cambridge and this golf club will allow him to finish his goal to be a true Englishman. Without telling Sadie, he sells their London home and buys a large acreage with a decrepit house in the countryside. All does not go smoothly! Jack finds out that building a golf course is a big job. The village people are leery of outsiders coming in to take over their land. And finally, Sadie is not really on board with this whole scheme. Through a series of unfortunate events, Jack hits rock bottom but this is his salvation. Things begin to change and Jack learns that his family and new found friends are what makes life worth living.

If you are an Anglophile or a golf enthusiast, I think you will enjoy this charming story.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Top O The Morning to Ya!!

 This Blinking little Leprechaun stopped by my house!! Landon is my Blinker...every time I tried to get a picture, he blinked. We even tried the "Close your eyes and I will count to three. When I say three, open your eyes." But I finally got one with his eyes open!! I loved the cute little hat that they made at school. Happy St Paddy's Day to all my Blog Friends. I am a bit Irish...some of my ancestors immigrated to America from Northern Ireland. One day I would like to go back there and explore my roots.  But today I am off to Huntsville to get my teeth cleaned at Dr Cook's office! I will be on the lookout for that pot of gold I keep hearing about!!:)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I'm Not Wild About Neutrals!!

This week I had a chance to sit down with some of my favorite decorating magazines. I love all the eye candy and I can usually find some decorating tip that I can use in my own home.  But there is a trend going on that perplexes me! The Neutral Look. It seems that everyone is on the neutral bandwagon. All whites, creams and tans. I guess I am just a Color Girl. I love color and texture all around me.  I think it comes from living in apartments and rental houses when we were a  young married couple but neutral just does not appeal me. I remember the first house we purchased...I could not wait to paint the walls the colors that I liked! I did not go wild but I did use color...a soft green for the living room. And today I have a sage green living room(Nantucket Gray by Benjamin Moore). I do gravitate to greens and blues with some Lenox Tan thrown in! My guest room and bath features warm cozy colors. I hope they make my guests feel happy when they visit Nanaland.

I think that one of the reasons that neutrals are so popular now is that people are looking for peace. But unfortunately, painting all your walls cream and white will not bring inner peace.  I think that here in America, busyness is epidemic. And does this frantic pace really accomplish much? Other than heart problems and hypertension that is!!  I think we could all stand to slow down and enjoy the journey. As to the inner peace...as a believer, I know that my security is in my Savior.

So what about you? Do you like this neutral trend that has taken the nation? Or are you like me, a fan of cozy colors?




Friday, March 14, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars


I just finished my first five star book of 2014. It has been a long time since a book touched me so deeply and I have found that most people who have read it feel the same way! The Fault in Our Stars is a book about teenagers with cancer. Pretty depressing, right? But you would be wrong. Sure it is a sad story but these young people transcend their circumstances.  Hazel is a 17 year old who has struggled with thyroid cancer since she was 13. Now it has metastasized to her lungs. She is terminal but being kept alive with a maintenance drug. ( The drug used for Hazel does not exist...just there for the story.) She attends a cancer support group for teens where she meets Augustus Waters. Gus is one of the "lucky" ones who has osteosarcoma. Amputating his leg has left him NEC(no evidence of cancer). These two feel a spark from their first meeting and their love story is one that will touch your heart. This love story could easily go down the Sappy Road but Mr Green writes it with true grit.

As a former nurse, this book spoke to me on another level as well. The medical community in its zeal to conquer terminal illnesses seldom allows the patient to have a voice.  Death is seen as failure and in the medical business this is not widely discussed or dealt with realistically.  The voices of Hazel, Gus and their friend, Isaac, come through loud and clear in this book. One passage that sticks with me is when Hazel is admitted to the hospital in severe pain. The nurse asks the question, "On a scale of 1 to 10 what is your pain level?" Hazel answers nine. The nurse relates to Hazel, " I knew you were a fighter when you said nine and you were feeling ten." Hazel tells the nurse that she was not a fighter, she was just "saving" her ten.

My favorite quote from the book, Life is not a wish granting factory.  Oh how often we all fall into the trap of thinking that it is!

The book is being made into a movie starring Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley. In fact the movie is completed but there is no release date as yet. I for one will be waiting in line at the box office  for the first showing of The Fault in Our Stars.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring is Here

Well according to First United Methodist Church of Hartselle  it is spring...time for the preschool to put on its' annual spring program. We were so glad that Margaret was here to enjoy Bubba's program with us.
 All dressed up and ready to hit the road to Hartselle.
 Landon marches in with his class. So sad this is our last spring program at the Preschool. Landon will be off to Kindergarten next year! Seems impossible but it is true.
 The children stood against a backdrop of Jesus and the little children.  I am so thankful for Landon's teacher, Miss Pam. She has been a great teacher!! She taught Kendall as well so we requested her for Landon.
 Landon is second from the left. He did a great job following all the directions of their music teacher! And last but not least, a picture of Bubba and Margaret.  These two are great friends as well as cousins. They make my heart smile.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Once and Five

 Here is a picture of the cast in Once that we saw at the Fabulous Fox Theater on Peachtree Street in Atlanta. Before the show started we were entertained by the cast playing some great Celtic music along with some dancing! It was so much fun. The story opens in Dublin as a young man is contemplating his future in music. He loves music and is a great singer and song writer but he helps his Da at the Vacuum cleaner repair shop and wonders if he can make it as a musician. Along comes a young Czech immigrant who is a grand pianist. She encourages him to try his luck at a career in music. Of course there is a little love story included in the play! We enjoyed the witty dialog and the music in this Broadway play. Of course, if you are looking for Celtic music it is only heard in the warm up. The young Dubliner is a modern balladeer but quite talented so I think most music lovers would enjoy Once.
And a view of the Fox at night...just lovely!!
 We slept in on Sunday then headed to Five bar located in the Lakeside area of Birmingham.  We enjoyed a yummy brunch. I had the shrimp and grits which were YUMMO! During the brunch we were entertained by a Jazz trio and it just added to the great ambience of this restaurant.  Thanks to DIL, Katy, for recommending this eatery to us!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Donuts and Hotels

 Doesn't this Coffee Creme Donut from Krispy Kreme make your mouth water? We had to stop by the Krispy Kreme store on Ponce De Leon for a donut fix on Saturday. I think this is my new favorite Krispy Kreme donut. As to the street name, Ponce De Leon....yes it is named for the famous explorer but in Atlanta it is pronounced Ponce De Leon...the leon being said like the man's name, Leon.  Most Atlantans shorten it to Ponce. When I was in nursing school, it was not unusual to make a late night run to Krispy Kreme for a pick me up!!
 After getting our donuts, we headed downtown to Peachtree Street where we checked in at our hotel. We were very happy to stay at the Georgian Terrace Hotel which is just across the street from the Fox Theater.  The Georgian Terrace housed the actors from Gone with the Wind when they were in town for the premier of the film back in 1939 as well as hosting the Gala for Gone With the Wind. This hotel has been a downtown landmark since 1911 and in 1986 it was designated a Historical Site in Atlanta.
It is just a beautiful hotel....marble floors, elegant chandeliers and old time charm. It is the perfect place to stay if you are in Atlanta to see a play at the Fox as it is right across the street. No dealing with the parking or traffic woes Atlanta is known for these days.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Pizza at Antico's

We had a very nice weekend in Atlanta. We started off with a late lunch early supper at Antico's
 Located just off the Tech campus!
 You can watch the guys making the pizza and baking them in the firey brick oven on the premises. Here is a picture of the pizza we chose. I have to say that the bread was the best part of the pizza. The restaurant advertises that they stay open until all the dough is gone! It was not Everybodys but it was a fun experience.