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Monday, February 29, 2016

March 1st Giveaway!

Well I am posting tonight as I am so excited about the March giveaway!!  As I stated in January, on the first day of every month I want to share something that I love in a small give away. I like a small give away as it is not too burdensome to pack and to mail and this way everyone gets a chance to win.

So here is this month's give away...


No it is not my bunny or the big Easter Egg...but it is the cute 100% cotton Easter dish towel. I love the vintage look!

I have purged my Kitchen Towel drawer of all but 100% cotton towels. In the south we call them flour sack towels, harkening back to the days when flour came in fabric bags and housewives used the sack as a kitchen towel...recycling  50s style.  So since I love cotton towels so much I wanted to share one for this Easter giveaway.

We have a wonderful store in downtown Decatur called The Cupboard. Ginger, who owns the store, provides us with unique goods from pottery to seasonings. She sells many things that are made here in our great state of Alabama, the heart of Dixie.


Here is a picture of Ginger's store! I can always find the perfect gift for the pickiest person here at The Cupboard.  I found a Cow painting that I wanted until I found out how much it cost! It was totally worth the price but a bit out of my league.

 Hopefully all of my readers can use a nice Easter dish towel...so leave a comment and on Wednesday morning, I will share the winning name!

I Agree


One last book post! After all our talk about books, I saw this pop up on my Facebook feed. I agree Dr. Seuss.

I took some time to get out my Easter Books for the grands.


I just love all the colors of Easter. These are cheery books. My favorite book for my grands is The Story of Easter for Children. Told in verse form, it is one that I read to my own children when they were young.  This book tells the story of the crucifixion but it also explains many Easter customs and the meaning behind them.  Of course Baylor's favorite book is Max and Ruby! Landon enjoys Thomas and all of the grands like the Berenstain Bears.  I hope to have some photos of my Easter decor up by the end of the week.

Don't forget tomorrow's giveaway. Open to readers in the continental USA, leave a comment and come back on Wednesday morning to see who won!!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

On The Bookshelf

As part of my 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge, I decided to purge my bookshelves upstairs. It is very hard for me to part with books but there were many on my shelf that I knew I would never read again. Now I just have to tell myself that I do not need to purchase every book in the used book room at our library in Decatur.   I have one shelf that I hope will appeal to my older grands. This summer I plan for us to read some of these books during our quiet times.


It is not a big shelf because I am selective in choosing children's literature.

The Thief Lord is my favorite book by Cornelia Funke, a German author. I also enjoyed the first book of the Inkheart Series, the others not so much.

This was my favorite book when I was nine years old. I re read my copy until it fell apart. I found this identical edition at the Used Book Room. Of course it had to come home with me.

Ann Martin, author of The Baby Sitters Club series, wrote The Doll People and its Sequel, The Meanest Doll in the World.   For some reason I have always been intrigued by stories of dolls in dollhouses.

A similar book by Rumer Godden.  I just love Ms Godden's writing...she can do childrens books as well as novels for adults.

Another one by Rumer Godden. It is the story of a little orphan girl looking for a home at Christmas.

Can you tell this was a library discard? I LOVED the Flicka, Ricka and Dicka books when I was a girl.

Oh how I loved the Betsy books when I was in first and second grade.  This is a reprint but if I could find an original copy, I would buy it in a second.

This is the Bobbsey twins book I grew up with. I realize that the reprints in the late 60s were also edited for a more modern generation.

One of my favorite "new" childrens book. Thanks to my friend, Susan, who gave me this book and introduced me to Kate DiCamillo.

This is a book I found as an adult but I loved it! It is the story of a Jewish family who lived and loved in a big city at the turn of the century. I believe they lived in New York City but it has been a while since I read this one so do not hold me to it.

And last but certainly not least...The Little House Books. This is another series that I read over and over again as a child. Reading them as an adult is fun too but as an adult, I often get aggravated at Pa for dragging his family all over creation just because he has an itchy foot.  But then had he not been a wanderer, we would not have this story!

I have already told Marvin that our little house must have book shelves. I like my Kindle but I have never really warmed to it. I still like the look, the feel and the smell of a new book!!  I think Readers are life long learners! I want to develop that love for reading in all of my grands.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Silly Old Bear


I am in the process of reading Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne.....not the Disney version but the original book.  I became curious about this book by watching the Brit Com, As Time Goes By. Lionel Hardcastle is often pictured in bed at the end of the day reading Winnie the Pooh. "I am really just looking at the pictures." he says to his wife, Jean.

I have to say Mr Milne's work is charming and would be a good read aloud book for older children. I am reading a chapter each night before I go to sleep and I have to say I have laughed out loud and I have been touched by these sweet characters.  It is a good way to wind down at the end of the day.

I am off to MOPs today. It is Mentor Panel day and that is always one that makes me a bit nervous. The young moms write down questions on a piece of paper and we have to answer off the cuff. I want to answer them honestly but in an encouraging manner. And let me tell you , they are not scared to ask the hard questions.  Many are about family relationships and mother in laws come up quite a bit. If I could give them any advice in this area, it would be to remember that one day you will be a mother in law yourself and your view point will be quite different.  I had a wonderful mother in law but I look back and realize that sometimes I was quite the pain!!

Don't forget my blog give away on Tuesday, March 1st!! This one is very cute and I am sure everyone will want to enter!  Have a great day Ladies.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Stream

Come go wading with me in the Stream.

1. Scrub Daddies...have you heard of this cleaning product? I have seen it advertised as the miracle scrubber. It needs no chemicals. Lasts for months and does not get musty.  I had some rebate money at Bed Bath and Beyond so I thought I would go by the store and purchase some.  Well as usual it is one of those Yes/No products.  It certainly does not do as great on my glass cook top as it does on the infomercials.  It took some of the gunk off but it was not just zippity do dah and you have a new cooktop. I have had better results using a razor blade. ( I saw this trick on HGTV).  But it does so a good job scrubbing my stainless steal sink and my fiberglass shower.  They scrub but do not scratch. Will I buy them again? The jury is still out on this one!

2. Salt Lamps....I also used some rebate money to purchase two salt lamps. Several of my friends have them in their homes and are pleased with this product.  I am not a scientist but a chemical engineer friend says the science behind salt lamps is correct.  Basically it cleans the air and cuts down on dust in your home. They also produce a soft glow that I like, especially on these dark and dreary days. I do think I can tell a change in the air quality and I know for sure that I do not have dusty furniture and I have not dusted in a week now.  Impressive. These are relatively inexpensive($20) and for those of us who have sensitive respiratory tracts, this is a good purchase. Would I buy it again? I am thinking of buying one for every room!

3.I just finished reading two good books. My Name is Lucy Barton and The Space Between Us. You can look them up on Good Reads or Amazon. My Name is Lucy Barton is the story of a woman who grew up in severe poverty to have a good life but her past is always beside her.  She appears to be about my age so I could understand the era the book recalls.  The Space Between Us is by Thritty Umigar.  She is a US citizen but grew up in Bombay, India. Her writing is very good and I always come away from her novels, thinking about the characters and the plot for days afterward. The Space Between Us is a story of a Parsi middle class housewife and her Hindu servant. I never realized that Bombay is home to the Parsi culture. These people fled from Iran long ago and they are a distinct people group even today.  If you liked Kathryn Stockett's The Help, you will find Ms Umigar's book interesting to compare and contrast.

4. I have to admit that I am putting out some spring decor in my home this week. I am just doing a little each day. By March 1st everything should be in place.  It is 16 days into Lent now and I have to tell you temptation is REAL!! I am so yearning for something sweet!! But I have not given in. What was I thinking giving up sweets in the season of Easter Candy and Girl Scout Cookies????

5. I was surfing Facebook yesterday and one of my favorite authors, M C Beaton, was doing a live chat.  I asked a question and she answered it!! She was doing the chat on the release of her latest Hamish Macbeth mystery, The Death of a Nurse. I ( along with a few others) wanted to know what she thought of the Hamish Macbeth series that BBC made back in the 1990s. She did not like it and that does not surprise me. Robert Carlyle plays Hamish and while he is an excellent actor he is not six feet tall and he does not have flaming red hair.  As Ms Beaton put it, I wrote a red headed six foot tall Highlander and I got a 5'8" Glaswegian.   I look forward to reading her newest mystery. She also writes the Agatha Raisin mysteries and apparently Agatha will be coming to tv soon.

It is friend day and we are off to Big Bob Gibson's for lunch. If you are an avid Food TV viewer you may have seen our famous Decatur restaurant on that channel. The Gibson family has also been featured on the Today Show.  If you are ever in North Alabama, they have good BBQ and home made pies that are delish, worth the stop for lunch or dinner.

Have a good day Friends.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Big Kids

My oldest grands are really growing up and while I am happy to see them growing and learning, I do miss those little faces that I once knew.

Kendall will be 10 in April and she is already up to my shoulder!!!

She had an ear infection last week and had to go to the doctor. Amelia snapped this picture while they were waiting. Shades of teenager???

Mom purchased a book for her to enjoy on her sick day. Walking and reading is one of Kendall's special skills.

With Mom at the school Valentine party.

Landon Man has started baseball practice!

And when not playing baseball he works on his light saber skills.

Ready for bed. He has such a sweet smile.

I am glad we still have Elliott and Audrey to enjoy. Elliott is two and Audrey will be one in April.  Just another reminder to enjoy each season of life because the days pass by swiftly.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

No Sew Pillow

I had big plans for sewing up a pillow for Easter. My friend, Deborah, was graciously allowing me to use her sewing machine but then I had another idea. When I attended a Christmas Craft Fair, I saw a table full of Seasonal Toppers.  This was a great idea, you just tie the topper to a pillow form you may already own.  Since I like to cross stitch seasonal things I thought this might be a way to use some of my cross stitch without framing it.  I decided to give it a try with my Easter piece.


First buy your supplies.


I found this pillow at Tuesday Morning for $10. It unzips so you really have a pillow with a form inside.


I just flipped it over to use this side! When the pillow is in the chair no one will see the reverse side.


I purchased some fusible interfacing. The linen is very thin so ironing the interfacing to the back of my cross stitch piece gives it some strength and it hides all the threads too!! I found this heat and bond...similar to witch stitchery but a wider width.  And last some pretty ribbon that coordinated with my cross stitch.


This was fairly easy to do...you have to measure and add the heat and bond without it sticking to your iron!!


Here is the back. I even fused the ties with the heat and bond so this was really NO SEW.

 Here it is in my living room.  I may look for a larger pillow as I can just untie this topper and add it easily to a pillow that is a tad longer.  But since this is just a seasonal pillow that I will only use in my decor for a few weeks, it is fine.  And now that I know how easy it is to do I may do a few more seasonal pillows for my home.

Monday, February 22, 2016

WOW...

I do not usually do a whole post on Downton Abbey but last night was so full of plot that I had to devote some time to discussing it with all you DA fans.

I have felt that this season was a bit slow and a bit predictable. Lord Grantham's spectacular hemorrhage at the fancy dinner being an exception to this rule!! As an old nurse, I say kudos to the people who filmed this very realistic and sickening scene,  But last night was more like the "old
Downton" to me. I could forget that it was winding down and I enjoyed the excellent acting. Thank you Julian Fellowes.

1. Mrs Patmore   Oh this poor lady who fears she is having her dreams dashed due to cheating spouses. Now we know why the man was in the shrubs spying last week.  Carson just cannot help himself as he lectures the poor dear. Elsie brings him up short when she reminds him that they have plans to run a similar establishment.  Sometimes I think of Carson as the Downstairs Daddy. He wants to be the one in charge in all situations and he cannot wrap his head around the changing world of 1925. How nice of the Family to come to her rescue and Lord Grantham even gives Carson a bit of a lecture. And when Elsie told Charles he was a curmudgeon but he was her curmudgeon...loved it.

2. Mr Molesley   I had my doubts about Mr Molesley being able to control a classroom and it seemed I was right. I felt so sorry for him. He is always so cautious and does not see himself as others see him. But telling those children that they could rise above their station seemed to do the trick. When they saw how educated a man in service had become, they were willing to listen to him.  And I like that Mr Molesley emphasized that he had done most of his learning through reading!!

3. Mr Barrow   Never one of my favorite characters as he seems to be his own worst enemy, I did feel sorry for him last night. I had seen this one coming however. I loved the scene where Mary brought George to see him. Maybe we will see a new side of Barrow...oh well probably not but it was nice while it lasted.

4. Edith     Bertie is a LORD! Oh my word...I did not expect this at all. And the reactions of the family are priceless. I loved the statement that Lord Grantham made about Edith, "She could not even make her dolls do as she liked!" That pretty much sums it up.  But we all know that Mary is going to be the fly in the ointment and she is! One of the saddest things about Edith is that she seems to expect that she deserves shoddy treatment. She goes back to London to take up her life there without histrionics.  And Cassandra Jones is really Granny's Butler! Bananas!!

5. Mary    She got several tellings off this week and I think we were all glad to see her comeuppance. As with most hurtful people, Mary lashes out to hide her own insecurities. When she finally admitted to Granny that she could not be a crash widow again, even I felt sorry for her.   While I have never felt that she had a lot of chemistry with Henry, I thought the wedding was very sweet. I guess I should clarify here. I felt the actress Michelle Dockery and the actor,Matthew Goode, did not seem to have a lot of chemistry, taking away from their tv love story. Now Michelle Dockery and Dan Stephens really had chemistry.  Some of us were hoping maybe Tom and Mary would get together, they seemed to have more chemistry than Mary and Henry.

6. Mary and Edith...what a touching scene just before Mary is married. Edith reminds Mary that they are all they will have one day when all the people they have loved are just memories.  I do wish these two sisters could come to have a meaningful relationship. I believe Mary will do something to get Edith and Bertie back together.  Maybe when both women are happy with their lives they can be true sisters.

So I believe there are two more episodes.( no, only the Christmas special is left and we have to wait until March 6th to see it!!) I have refused to purchase the DVD. Some of my friends have seen the whole season already but they are kindly keeping it to themselves. I prefer to see it unfold slowly and after the season is over I will probably binge watch this season over again!!


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Weekend Recipe and a Cutie Pie for Dessert


 I made a big bowl of Broccoli Slaw the other night and oh my goodness. I had forgotten how tasty it is. My sis in law, Barbara, introduced me to this dish that she made as a side at a family cookout. One thing I like about this recipe is that you can add whatever you want to it and it still tastes good.

Broccoli Slaw
2 crowns of broccoli...chopped. ( I use my handy dandy hand cranked food processor. I am not sure of the brand name but it works great for these kinds of recipes.)
1 small onion...red onion or a sweet onion is best. (finely chopped)
1 bag of Oscar Mayer bacon bits. The real kind, not bacos.
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Dressing..1 cup mayonaise, 4 T sugar, 2 T vinegar...mix and pour over the slaw, stir well. I always add a bit of salt and pepper to the dressing as well.

When I made my slaw the other night, I added some raisins and some cashews that I had on hand.  And I did not have mozzarella cheese so I used monterey jack.  It lasts in the fridge for two to three days but I seldom have it in the fridge very long because we love it so!!

And now for the cutie pie...


Katy shared this picture of Elliott the other day on FB and she captioned it,  A dagger in the boot in the olden days, a flask in a boot in college years and a toy car in the boot in Mommy Days. I think I will take Mommy Days.

This little one loves his cars and I am not surprised he keeps one or two in his boots!!

The beautiful weather has finally arrived so I am looking forward to a day spent enjoying some time outside. Of course, I have a new library book too so its a temptation to read all day but I will fight it. Have a good weekend friends.

Friday, February 19, 2016

My Favorite Magazine


My favorite magazine was full of eye candy this month. And as it states on the cover, Let's Celebrate Spring. I have been fighting a cold all week so this magazine really lifted my spirits. Southern Living used to be my favorite magazine but in latter years it is just not what it used to be!  Southern Lady is published by Hoffman Media, the company that now publishes Victoria magazine, another favorite of mine.


I spotted the Bachelor Button pattern by Louisville Stoneware right away. I have several pieces in this pattern and it always makes me think of our years in Louavul.( that is how the locals say it!)


If there is one thing Southern Ladies like, it is dinnerware.


And here is my everyday china, Desert Rose by Franciscan. It is a pattern you will see often in the South. Marvin's cousin has this pattern and I had always admired it. So for our 10th wedding anniversary Marvin purchased an  8 piece place setting for me.  I still love it today.  I have some napkins similar to the ones pictured and I may have to look for that pretty ribbon to use for Easter.


A travel ad for Corinth, Mississippi. Corinth is about half way between Decatur and Memphis. Marvin and I like to stop at Borum's Drug Store on the square for a hamburger and an old fashioned milk shake. There is a gift store there where I found my pretty pear platter. At the moment I cannot think of the name. But Corinth is a neat little town, take time to visit the square if you are in the area.


And a story about Byrd's Cookie Company.   If you are ever in Savannah you HAVE to visit Byrds. It is not downtown but it is worth the short drive to their store. My husband loves the Scotch Oatmeal Cookies while I like the savory Cannonballs. When I first visited Savannah, they were called Confederate Cannonballs. These little round crackers have a spicy taste and are great with an ice cold Coca Cola. Byrd's believes in Try before you Buy, so there are LOTs of samples. Needless to say, our children enjoyed visiting Byrds when they were young.  Byrd's Key Lime Coolers and Benne Wafers are cookies they are known for as well.


The final page is always a beautiful encouragement. Really these could be framed as artwork in my opinion.

So if you are looking for a new magazine to enjoy, try Southern Lady. You won't be disappointed.

And a short update on Baylor as many of you commented on his precious picture. Katy texted me last night that in the last two weeks, Baylor has made a lot of progress with speech. We hope it is the new Geminni computer class he is using!  She also told me that many people at church have stopped them to tell them they saw the article about Baylor in the Hoover Sun. More prayers going up for our boy! I assured Katy that many people who read my blog are praying for him as well.  One prayer concern for Baylor is schooling for next year. He is not ready for Kindergarten and the Big Wigs in the Hoover School System have to agree with this or he will not be allowed to attend the Special Needs Preschool that he presently attends. This would mean Katy and Ben would have to find a private school that would take him and that is doubtful with all his needs. Please pray that he can remain at Trace Crossing next year. Hopefully that extra year will allow him to mature and progress to be ready for Kindergarten the following year.  Thanks to each of you who pray for Baylor...our family cannot express our thanks for your caring hearts!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Around the House

I have been trying to get some things done around the house. One major project was framing the family photos we took in Chatsworth at Christmas. I finally got the pictures of my children and their family's framed and hung.


I put them in my bedroom so that I can see them each day. Now I am working on framing my grands photos...the ones made in my mother's okra patch! I just cannot make up my mind as to where to put them.  I have made a family gallery on the back stairs going to the man cave/ grands playroom but I am proud of these pictures and I do not want them hidden there. So I sit and ponder....

While I am pondering, I am working on this...


It is fun to stitch with some sunny colors!

And Katy sent me this picture of Baylor...


Oh how we love this beautiful boy.  Looks like Mom was able to give him a hair cut.  That is a major challenge when you have a child on the spectrum.

It is Thursday and that means Friend Day. I am off to get a hair cut myself before meeting the BFFs at O Charleys.  I have a stop at the library planned for the day as well.  The warm weather we have been promised is slow in arriving...maybe today!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Redwork

Some of you may remember that I took home some pillowcases that were driving my Mother crazy. She enjoys embroidery but cross stitch, stamped or counted, not so much. I told her life was too short to spend her time doing something she did not enjoy. She is 85 and she should enjoy her crafts not get high blood pressure over them.

Well I have finished one of the pillowcases.


I did the cross stitch all in red. It is much easier than changing threads! So easy to sit and do while I am watching some tv in the evenings.  I did some research on Redwork and found that it became popular in the 1800s.  Most red thread back then would "bleed" when washed so no one used red thread for clothing or needlework. But some smart person came up with a process that made the thread color fast and everyone was so excited about it that they started doing needlework using only red thread....redwork.  There is also a blue work and black work movement. I really liked how they turned out. Now I need to get some trim for the edges. I am thinking of trying to crochet an edging for it. I will update when I have both pillowcases finished.

And I got another counted cross stitch piece back from the framers...


I plan to use this in my little farm house but since it is only a dream right now, I am using this sampler in my kitchen as we move from winter to spring.  The cloth it is stitched on is a watermark material. I love the depth it gives and it makes the piece look rather old as well.

I have two projects in the works right now...the other pillowcase as well as a Summer cross stitch.  It is my therapy. There is something so calming about seeing the thread weave in and out and then the final stitch is secured and you have a piece of art.  I love to think of all the women through the ages who enjoyed using a needle to create something of use or of beauty or both!  I am glad to be one of that line!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Making a Difference During Lent

Being a Protestant, Lent was never a big thing in the churches I have attended. But when we moved to Louisville, Kentucky in the 1980s, I had lots of Catholic friends there and they were a big influence on me in this area.  When we moved to Huntsville, Alabama, guess what? My sweet next door neighbor and good friend was also Catholic.  I laugh and say I am a closet Catholic. I love to read the early church fathers and I have learned a lot from watching television programs on EWTN. I am going to say that most Protestants shy away from anything that looks like we might be embracing works and as a result I think we miss some blessings.

Last year I decided to observe Lent in a little way and it was eye opening to me. I realized how world centered and Me centered I was/am. This year I decided to observe Lent in a more meaningful way, adding more prayer and almsgiving to this season.  Several bloggers have really encouraged me in my Lenten journey.

Dawn, at By Sun and Candlelight, shared some meaningful things to do each day of Lent. I "stole" a few of those. Catholic Icing is another blog that helps families really live their faith. Last year she did a post about Acts of Mercy. She suggested making up some comfort bags to have in your vehicle to share with the homeless. This really touched my heart but I did nothing about it...just thought to myself, Well that is nice.  But God did not leave me alone about this idea! So yesterday I made three comfort bags to keep in my car. Two for men and one for a lady. We do not see many homeless here in Decatur but we do see people with signs saying Willing to Work. The other day on our way home from School there was a lady standing near my home with such a sign. My heart was pricked that I had not done what the Lord had been impressing on my heart.


I started with three gallon ziplock bags.


I added these items to the bag. I found the large New Testaments at Lifeway Book Store for $2 each. I looked at some of the smaller testaments but even I had trouble reading the small print so I went with a larger size.


I put the crackers in a smaller bag. You can also use vienna sausages, granola bars etc. You need to change out the food if you do not use the bags in a timely manner.


I put the bags in this lock and lock container in my car. I noted the day they were prepared as well.

If you see a person who needs a bag you can just roll down your window and hand them the bag.  And yes, they may just toss it...or they may use everything but the Bible.  I am not responsible for their reaction but I am responsible for caring for others.

Another idea I have seen in the Blogosphere, is 40 bags in 40 days. Each day you take a garbage bag and clean an area of your home. You toss clutter but better yet, you can donate things you are not using to those who will use them.  Americans have big homes so they can store all the stuff they never use. Guilty!!!

I do not want to use this blog to be a Humble Bragger as one of my daughters so succintly puts it! I just want to share that I struggle like we all struggle to do the things God puts on my heart. I can find an excuse for disobedience and that is really what it all boils down to this morning.  One of my goals for 2016 was to heed the nudgings of God in my everyday life.   Lent is a good time to take a hard look at yourself and to realize that you are here for a purpose. I hope the disciplines that I practice during Lent will stick with me the rest of the year.

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Stream

It is Monday and my mind is a bit sluggish this morning so I am going to jump into the stream! Swim along with me.

I received two more Valentines. One from my blog friend, Terri and one from my sweetheart, Marvin. Marvin got me some new FitBit covers. I wanted some options besides black. I am off sweets for Lent so I asked for something pretty but not fattening! We did go out to dinner on Friday evening...Cracker Barrel! We are old.

Well after some bone chilling days here in NoAla, spring like temps are arriving this week. In the 70s by the end of the week. All I can say is Yippee!!

I was saddened to hear of the death of Antonin Scalia, the last Reagan appointee to the Supreme Court. He was a friend to conservatives and he saw the Constitution in black and white.  He will be missed. Please pray for a wise judge to take his seat on SCOTUS. ( Supreme Court of the United States...believe me when I say I puzzled over SCOTUS and POTUS when I began seeing it everywhere). Living in Huntsville, Alabama  area I am surrounded by acronyms so I should have gotten these two.

My Good Reads Friend, Jeanette, had a great time in the South. I have kept up with her journey via Facebook. She shared that she was surprised that little girls in the South still wear dresses to church. That's right and they usually have a big matching bow on their head!  She was also surprised to see so many churches in the South. We aren't called the Bible Belt for nothing. I pray that we will stand firm in the days ahead.

I watched Downton Abbey last night and am I the only one who feels Henry and Mary just are NOT made for each other. I  do not see the chemistry at all. But it looks like Edith has found the man for her. I hope she will tell him the truth about Marigold.  And oh the trick that Mrs Patmore and Elsie played on Mr Carson!! While I have never been a fan of Barrow, I feel sorry for him. Maybe he can take Mr Mosley's place. It would be a come down but he would still have a home at Downton.

Well I am off to have breakfast with my friend, Maggie, at Panera. Then to the Mall to walk as it is raining here today.  I plan to come home and put away my Valentine Decor. A few spring things might just make an appearance as well.

Have a blessed day Friends.




Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Valentines Day

An early Valentine Greeting to all my bloggy friends.  I have received quite a few cards already!


One had a special post mark...


My childhood friend, Linda, frequently mails her cards off for a special post mark. She is very organized to get them in the mail so early!!  Linda and I have been friends since we were children and we are a little bit kin, we share the same great great grandmother. You can try to figure that cousin relationship out!!

I sent some Valentines to my Grands who live out of town. I will get a treat for Kendall and Landon to give them when they come on Tuesday. This is their weekend to be with their dad and their Tara.  My friend, Susan, also gave me a bag full of treats at lunch on Thursday. I gave Susan and Deborah a pack of Valentine Cocktail napkins. Those come in handy and it is fun to have seasonal napkins.  I guess I will put away my Valentine bling on Monday and I will check out my Easter decorations. They may slowly appear...Easter is on March 27th so it is not too early to begin sprucing up the house for spring.

Here is my Valentine for my readers...


See you Monday!